Monday 25 June 2012

Male birthday with Easy Events

Chrissie and Mandi have got the LiMettes paper piecing this week at Less is More and I have really caught the bug! So for my Masculine Monday slot today here's a paper pieced birthday card:

I punched a large oval out of my textured Crumb Cake card stock and used it as a guide before stamping my tree on the card base.  The textured panel was then stuck over the top. I stamped the tree on various scraps of designer paper and cut the pieces out; these were then glued to the stamped tree and I allowed the leafy sections to overlap my aperture. Here's a close-up:

That little heart was punched out of Just Add Cake paper with my ever useful owl punch - the leafy bits of the tree were from that range too. I liked the stripy trunk - that's from Mocha Morning, a gorgeous range of speciality papers with flocking and gold details. I got so carried away with my paper snips that I cut a sentiment out too!

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Easy Events, Perfect Punches
Ink: Early Espresso plus Poppy Parade, Garden Green, Early Espresso markers
Card stockCrumb Cake smooth and textured
Other: Just Add Cake and Mocha Morning designer papers, extra large oval and owl builder punches, paper snips, Stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

It's been a dodgy few days on the sporting front: First sports day was cancelled on Friday due to adverse weather conditions (which I was pretty relieved about actually, as picnicking on a soggy field in a gale watching my son lose his trainers in the mud isn't really my thing!); then my oldest son lost his tennis match yesterday (which he was pretty disappointed about for about a minute and a half!); and then the England football team went out of the European Cup after losing a penalty shoot out (although to be honest, Italy really did deserve to win.) Oh well, back to normality!

I've got lots of fun projects to show you this week so do pop back and see!



  1. Hi Vicky, I love what you did with your tree top and the trunk...very clever! I like how you layered your sentiment, too. It gives your card more depth, rather than stamping straight onto your card...which is brilliant! x

  2. Lovely paper piecing, something I don't really think about but perhaps should? Love the stripey tree trunk, really snazzy! Oh, and the teacher's apple looked great. Helen (Sydney)

  3. Beautifully paper pieced tree Vicky, love the touch of the little heart, and the swirl beneathe the sentiment! Lovely card!

  4. Lovely card Vicky! I really must have a go at paper piecing, it would probably improve my cutting out :)

    It's our boys sports day today, the clouds look very threatening though!

    Have a good Monday xx

  5. I LOVE this male card. Super! xxx

  6. The striped trunk is brilliant - you have a lot of patience!

  7. Such a clever card - you've even cut out the tree trunk - now that's patience!!
    It's a lovely card Vicky - Jacqueline xx

  8. A beautiful card, Vicky. I love the paper piecing.

  9. Gorgeous card Vicky. I am in love with this stamp!
    Paper pieced it is even more gorgeous.


  10. Love that the tree overlaps the oval and super neat cutting on the sentiment! xx

  11. Love how the tree peeks out of the aperture. So clever.

  12. That is soooo effective Vicky - love the stripey tree trunk!

  13. Love the paper pieced tree! what a cleaver design with the oval and overlapping of the tree~Beautiful:)

  14. Another fab card Vicky well done , masculine cards are so hard to do, this is perfect .Hugs Elaine

  15. Thank you so much for the design idea, taking the oval out of the layer is a great idea, and the paper you have used for the tree top and trunk are gorgeous.

  16. Hi Vicky, that's just a super perfect and great card. Looks fantastic.
    Thanks also for your visit and your lovely comment on my blog.
    Hugs Claudia

  17. This is such an elegant card Vicky but it has a sense of fun:) Love the way you allowed the leaves to hang over the oval aperture. Only three more matched to go thank goodness!
    Val x
    Charlie was much more fun:))

  18. Absolutely fabulous..
    Do i ever say anything different I think not
    Every card you make blows me away Vicky
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  19. Love the tree trunk!! Lovely clean and simple design and the heart is a super sweet touch!

    Sorry that your son's sports day was rained off and that your oldest lost his tennis match. I watched the football and was shouting at the TV. I would have loved England to win, but the right team won - they deserved it!

  20. This is so ridiculously amazing! I love the trunk, especially. Oh, and the leaves falling over the oval opening. Oh, and the heart. Oh my, the paper, I adore the paper. Oh, and the layout. And oh, yes, the sentiment. Yeah, that's about it. The rest is so-so.

  21. A beautiful and very clever card, love the tone on tone effect and your overlapping paper piecing . I love how you get so much use out of each of your stamps you are amazing.


  22. Hi Vicky, Your tree is fabulous dressed up in it's papers and your paper piecing is wonderful too. Love that you also cut out the sentiments. x

  23. I love the punching and the paper pieced design overlapping the aperture! Beautiful colors too!

  24. mmm that is some intricate fussy cutting but so worth it, love the way the canopy strays ouside the oval :0)
    James had sports day yesterday, he totally loved all the attention and not worried about winning at all, just wanted to wave at all the parents assembled to watch him!!!
    Jenny x

  25. Perfectly brilliant idea with this LIM card Vicky, brilliant idea to remove the oval, Liking your style !.x

  26. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Love the whole design.....perfect!


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