Thursday, 13 September 2012

Perfectly Preserved in three minutes!

Aargh - autumn has suddenly happened! It seems only yesterday I was disporting myself on the beaches of Kent and now suddenly I'm in a jumper and scarf and am toying with the idea of getting my boots out!

One of the things I love about the autumn around here is that people with fruit trees in their gardens share their crop and you find houses with crates and boxes outside with notices instructing passers by to help themselves. Isn't that lovely? It's what has inspired today's card which I've made for One Layer Wednesday, where Cheryl has an autumn theme, and Addicted to Stamps where the challenge is to use markers. Come and have a look:

It's Three Minute Thursday here today so this is a very quick and simple one-layer card. I've used the Perfectly Preserved set in the new autumn/winter catalogue - and actually managed NOT to use the jar today (it was a close call though!) I stamped the gingham apples first, stamping off once on scrap paper before making my impression on the card base. TIP: Stampin' Up's grid paper is useful for quickly working out the centre of your card base when stamping a symmetrical group.  Using my stamp-a-majig to get the positioning right, I stamped the other stylised apples over the top.

Once the apples were in place, I added the leaves and sentiment and finished by doodling little bows on the apples and rounding the bottom corners of the card. I used some of this year's In-Colours for this card - I am LOVING these new colours!

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved, Thank You Kindly (retiring)
Ink: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple
Card stock: Naturals Ivory
Other: Midnight Muse marker, corner rounder, stamp-a-majig
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Talking of quick and easy, I had the most delicious lunch yesterday, courtesy of the lovely Irene who sent very kindly me her recipe for cheese scones.

I'm a bit of a fiend for cheese scones and had wolfed down two before anyone else in the family got a look in! They managed to elbow me aside however and the scones were voted a huge success!

I'll be back tomorrow with something quite different! See you then,


  1. What a sweet card, just perfect for all these challenges! The scones look devine!

  2. A stunning and so simple but brilliant card Vicky, I love the colours and your doodling, and even better those scones look fabulous LoL, so pleased you enjoyed them.


  3. Gorgeous card Vicky and those scones look delicious


  4. Beautifully done. What a great thing putting out crates of fruit! It is spring here in Australia now and starting to get very warm already where I am. I love your apples and I have just ordered some of the grid paper, so that's a great tip! Thanks so much for playing along at ATS xx

  5. Hi Vicky - it's great to see you playing along at ATS this week - even if it is for just 3 minutes! Lovely card - Jacqueline xx

  6. Beautiful CAS card Vicky, I love the apples in the two colours.
    Those scones do look yummy!

  7. Lovely apple card and the cheese scones look delicious xxx

  8. Cute apple card Vicky and your scones look very yummy, think l may have to try these soon.

    Have a great day xx

  9. Absolutely adorable! LOVE the little hand-drawn cute!

  10. Super sweet and adorable card. I love any kind of scones.

  11. Put those boots back in the cupboard..don't even think about it, we want more Indian Summer weather please! Those little apples look so gorgeous and a one layer card too - you are so brave! I'll come round for the scones next time, they look delicious!

  12. Fabulous as always Vicky and perfect for this time of year. Your cheese scones look scrumptious.
    Lynne xxx

  13. Gorgeous "quick" card Vicky. Great to see you - thanks for joining us at ATS this week.

    Karen x

  14. A perfectly super CAS design! Love the little apples with the bows!

  15. Fun gingham apples! I love scones -- cheese would be fabulous~

  16. I tink you should get the Guinness book of records in Three minutes Ha !!! Not possible , well not for me at least ! fantastic card Vicky, scrummy and yummy and nearly as good as those delicious scones ( sorry am starving ) Thanks once again for joining us at ATS and good luck.


  17. These apples are fab. Love the cross stich look. That sounds a lovely idea of sharing apples etc. We used to have an apple tree in a previous house and made loads of crumbles. Mmm yum. x

  18. Vicky, Such an adorable card! To me apples are another sign of fall! Very cute. Thanks for playing along with OLW Challenge this week


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