Thursday 15 September 2011

Three Minute Thursday - Tree Trimmings Christmas card

Good morning! Welcome to Three Minute Thursday, my weekly offering for crafters who are a little pushed for time - or who are just impatient like me! Today, as promised, I've got a Christmas card for you. Come and have a look:

These baubles come from a lovely Christmas stamp set called Tree Trimmings. There are three decorations to choose from - and they're all as gorgeous as each other! I stamped them here in Poppy Parade ink and decorated them with Stampin' Up's ultra-shiny self-adhesive rhinestones.

Now Poppy Parade may not be your first choice of red to use for Christmas projects but if you're stamping on kraft card stock, I'd highly recommend it. Some red inks go a bit muddy looking on kraft and while Poppy Parade does darken down a little, it really does keep its wonderful intensity of colour.

I used the sentiment from Contempo Christmas - which has to be my favourite 'merry Christmas' sentiment of all time! You can also see in this photo that the edge of the card stock has been sponged with Whisper White craft ink - a technique I use often with this card stock. This quick card is easy to make and easy to post card but the effect relies on accurate positioning so I'd say a stamp-a-majig is pretty much essential for making it.

Supplies needed for today's quick card:
Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Contempo Christmas (sentiment)
Ink: Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, Whisper White craft ink
Card stock: Crumb Cake
Other: Basic rhinestones, stamp-a-majig
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. Click here to view the Last Chance List - full of stamps and accessories, some at up to 40% off! These items are available only while stocks last - and some have sold out already!

Things are getting quite autumnal around here so I've bought my youngest son a dressing gown. It's red and fluffy and he loves it. In fact he loves it so much that he wears it a lot. Quite a lot more than I had imagined. In fact I may have to buy him another one to wear when this one is in the wash! Oh well, who needs trousers anyway!

I hope you enjoyed today's quick card. I do love a nippy little card but tomorrow I'll be showing you something that took quite a lot longer than three minutes!  Do you remember that sneaky peek I gave you yesterday? I can't wait to show you - do come back tomorrow and see!

See you then,


  1. Fabulous, Vicky! I really love your stamping and those gorgeous baubles with rhinestones... the sentiment, too. The kraft card with red looks lovely and I love how you edged it with white. It may only have taken a few minutes to make, but it looks amazing!:)

  2. I love these cards! They look like they take a lot longer than 3 minutes but can be stamped so quickly!

  3. Love this! I have this set and love it! Must CASE this card--thank you so much for sharing!!!

  4. I love this, Vicky! Those ornaments are beautiful and the little rhinestones on top are perfect. I love red on kraft, too. Ann

  5. Ooh, great tip about using Poppy Parade on Crumb Cake card; thank you! These are SO "my" colours ... will be CASEing this little beauty, if you don't mind, Vicky xx

  6. Love the sponging and the colour combo.
    Great card for making "in bulk".

  7. Hi Vicky

    A beautiful Christmas card .. .. I don't think I have ever made a card in 3 minutes LOL!!

    If only I could!!

    Looking forward to the reveal of your sneaky peek .. .. the papers look gorgeous on it.

    Love Jules xx

    p.s. I would have to do something far worse than leave cards on the bed to warrant divorce!! In fact .. the 6ft table stayed in place all night ready for starting again today!! LOL!! I am well spoilt!

  8. Vicky - another gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing! Hope you don't mind but I will be CASEing this! Nx

  9. Gorgeously simple card and great for doing on mass but still looks so stylish. x

  10. Absolute STUNNERS. LOVE these.

    Hugs, Sandra

  11. Beautiful card Vicky, I love the Poppy Parade baubles. Did you know this is on Pinterest already !!
    Thank you for the comments on my blog, the ribbon is 3/8 Taffeta in Pumpkin Pie.A xx

  12. Fab card Vicky love the white edging gives it a fade away effect! Love your dressing gown story, my youngest son Keir loved anything that had a fleecy lining and used to just wriggle inside any clothes like that! Even now at 27, married and expecting his first child he will stroke anything that feels like that!
    Val x

  13. Hi Vicky, what a great 3 minute card. I have JUST bought this set, not even mounted it yet but think I will be very soon after seeing your fab card!!
    M x

  14. Vicky, What a quick and classy Christmas card, and I love the white sponged edges. I too may CASE the card like some of your other followers, you are such an inspiration Guru!!!

    I wish my only Autumnal worry was the washing of a dressing gown! problem is the horse sized spiders that keep coming to join me on the sofa every evening! Last night while watching part 2 of the Appropriate Adult one ran over my was big enough to saddle it and ride it in the Grand National!!! Very traumatic few minutes I can tell you.

    Looking forward to your reveal tomorrow


  15. Just beautiful - I love the idea of a 'Three Minute Thursday' card. What a fun little card! I'm so hooked on kraft card stock these days and never thought to ink the edges with white. TFS!
    Cheers, Karen

  16. Why can't I do something like this in 3 minutes, my stamping takes yonks and still doesn't look as great as this, probably 'cause you are so creative me thinks LOL

  17. It's spectacular! I hope you don't mind if I do a little case-ing!

  18. Hi Vicky, the perfect quick Christmas card but looks so neat and stylish too, the gems just add that perfect touch:)
    Jenny x

  19. Gorgeous! Love the red on kraft!


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