Thursday 18 October 2012

Three minute Papaya Collage background

It's Three Minute Thursday here today, so let's talk about fast card-making! Stamping and punching has to be one of the fastest ways to make a card and I love how Stampin' Up have punches that coordinate with stamp sets. There are butterflies, birds and flowers to choose from, but the circle and square punches are also in constant use in the Crafting Square Metre. Today's card uses the 3/4" circle punch with two stamps from different sets - come and see:

When I first got my stamp-a-majig, I forced myself to use it for everything with the result that it has become a very natural part of my stamping and is now a very quick and efficient way of getting stamped images where I want them.  This background, using the lovely ornate frame image from Papaya Collage, took seconds to stamp.

The sentiment was stamped and cut out with the punch before attaching to the inside of the frame with a dimensional. Of course, I could have gone the other way and cut an aperture in the frame image... perhaps another time! I filled the other frames with the pretty snowflake/flower from Make a Mitten which I thought went rather well with the frame; I deliberately didn't decorate the centres because I wanted the sentiment to take centre stage.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Papaya Collage, Make a Mitten, Mixed Medley (hostess)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Card stock: Naturals Ivory
Other: 3/4" circle punch, stamp-a-majig
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My daughter and I have lots in common. One thing is that we both like zumba fitness classes (where we fondly imagine we're just dancing!) and the other is that we love mucking about with words. Here's an example of both: Yesterday, on the way to zumba, neither of us was feeling entirely up for it - she had a headache and my tummy hurt. "We're just a pair of old crocks," I said, and she immediately made snapping motions with her arms to indicate a crocodile. She always makes me laugh.

Good gracious, it's happened again - the week has galloped past! I shall be here tomorrow with more stamping fun. See you then,


  1. Thank you Vicky! I have no end of trouble using this particular stamp in the set - whatever I do it always looks tacked on as though I've just added it because it was there to use. On its own as a repeated pattern, it looks fabulous. I wish I had your eye for seeing alternate ways to use images. Thank you!

  2. I love my stamp-a-majig too Vicky. You've placed the frames perfectly on the card and I love the colour. Sarah xx

  3. What a fab idea for a card - will have to take a closer look at that set!
    Zumba is a bit too energetic for me I'm afraid although I am enjoying walks along our lane - in between the showers that is! - Jacqueline xx

  4. Lovely card Vicky and such a lovely idea


  5. Fabulous card Vicky, and I love the colour.

  6. I must use my stamp-a-majig, it sits on my desk crying out for use!! I will have a go at making a pattern after seeing your lovely card Vicky:)
    Val x

  7. Gorgeous card Vicky, lovely stamping again too. Your daughter sounds a hoot lol ! :) Viv xx

  8. Your frame creates a lovely pattern. I sometimes out of laziness don't use my stamp-a-ma-jig but then wish I did. Lol! x

  9. Yes my poor ma jig is abandoned too but when I do remember it is a god send. Fabulous card love the stamp set an great use of the punch.



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