Thursday 5 May 2011

Three Minute Thursday - using Strength and Hope

I'm really enjoying my week of show-casing the Strength and Hope stamps. If you've been reading my blog this week you'll know that I would love everyone to buy this set because every time someone does, Stampin' Up donates £1 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation - an organisation dedicated to finding a cure for this vicious disease. If you've not yet ordered your set, send me an email and I'll get it organised for you.

I've found Strength and Hope perfect for a three minute card! Here's the design I came up with for Three Minute Thursday:

It's the work of a moment to layer the wood carving flourish onto a background of script then add a sentiment. All you need is that useful tool, the stamp-a-majig, and everything is kept straight.

The little flower and pearl embellishment is the thing that gives the card a bit of dimension and I've chosen to pair soft colours with the neutral background. This one is in Pink Pirouette...

...while this one is in Bashful Blue. The pearl centres of the flowers are self-adhesive and so easy to use. I use these and the rhinestones all the time.

The flowers are both the tiny flower from the Boho Blossoms punch. The pink one has been snipped between the petals and the blue one hasn't - can you see that it gives them quite a different appearance?

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut a 9cm x 18cm piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Score and fold in half to create a card base.
  • Using a stamp-a-majig to keep everything straight, stamp the script onto the card front in River Rock ink.  Ink up the stamp again and add a second impression directly under the first image.
  • Ink up the wood-carved flourish in Early Espresso and stamp over the top of the script, using the stamp-a-majig again.
  • Stamp a sentiment underneath the script using Early Espresso ink again.  The stamp-a-majig comes in handy again!
  • Cut a flower with the Boho Blossom punch. Snip between the petals if you like and embellish the centre with a self-adhesive pearl. Attach the flower to the centre of the wood-carved flourish using a glue dot.

Stamps: Strength and Hope, Thank You Kindly
Ink: River Rock, Early Espresso
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette or Bashful blue scrap
Other: Self-adhesive pearls

The three-minute card I've shown you today was adapted from another card I made using the Strength and Hope set and I thought I'd show you this one as well!

This one obviously took longer than three minutes! To get the textured bit of the Early Espresso card base, I just tucked the bottom of the card front into my favourite Square Lattice embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot. The wood carving flourish is stamped onto Crumb cake card stock which has been sponged round the edges with Whisper White craft ink, which gives a lovely soft look. I punched a pink Pirouette flower and attached it to the flourish with a gold brad before mounting the panel onto a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock using dimensionals. It was then glued to the card front.

Buckingham has been basking in sunshine again! It's gorgeous and no-one's enjoying it like this little lady....

... and they say it's a dog's life!

Thank you for visiting today. I'll be back tomorrow to show you the prettiest little tissue box and I do hope you'll join me then.


  1. Gorgeous and simple but effective! Love the embossing folder, it's so crisp!

  2. Beautiful cards Vicky. So quick and simple to do, but so effective! I love the last one, perhaps it's got something to do with the bit of square lattice embssing on the bottom?? I am loving this new folder!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  3. Love how you have been using this set this week !
    Julie x

  4. I love the last one too! Thanks for the idea of sponging white around the edge of Crumb cake- had never heard of that one before! Love your pussy cat- looks nearly as cuddly as our "Molly"!!

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  6. Vicky,I know of no one else who can demonstrate the versatility of one set as well as you do. These are stunning x

  7. Another fab design Vicky, a very sophisticated style :)
    Jenny x

  8. All lovely cards but I particularly like the last one. Very classy. Can't wait to see the tissue box tomorrow!

    Hugs, Sandra x

  9. Another winner, I particularly liked the last one. I love the way that you make your stamp sets work so hard but manage to make all your cards look different. Thanks for sharing.
    Linda x

  10. Really like these cards Vicky. Thanks for sharing your ideas. And your pussy-cat is gorgeous - she looks so like my cat only with shorter hair. Enjoy the sunshine. Gill x

  11. These are gorgeous Vicky - definitely another CASE card, especially good for my ladies at class and may even encourage them to buy it!!
    Margaret x

  12. That little punched flower is perfect on this woodcut! I love, love, love the one with the EF. That's my favorite folder too.

  13. It's great how you use the stamps and other embellishments together to make a sophisticated card.

  14. Beautiful cards Vicky - love the last one, it's simple but so elegant and the white sponging on the edges is just genius. _ Jacqueline xx.

  15. Wow - I really love both your new card and your original card. Very nicely done Vicki :)

  16. Hi Vicky,

    recently I discovered your beautiful blog and cards, it's so inspiring.
    I've made a card and used your card of april 14th as inspiration. I've changed the plane in a kite :-) I've made a link to your blog because you deserve all the credit.



  17. Beautiful cards so perfectly executed and very very elegant.


  18. They are all beautiful Vicky. That`s a very classy stamp set.
    Lynne xxx

  19. All the cards you've been creating with this stamp set are just beautiful!

  20. I just love your techniques and style, you so so creative.. love these cards too.. So very pretty :)

  21. Gorgeous cards, so elegant and yet so simple, love them!
    Helen x

  22. Love your three minute cards, Vicky. The layering of the stamps is so effective. And adding the flower and pearl for dimension really elevates the design. More perfect cards from you!

  23. This set is gorgeous and so is Buckingham!


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