Thursday 6 October 2011

Three Minute Thursday - Pennant Punch Christmas trees

Good morning! Welcome to Three Minute Thursday where this week I have another quick Christmas card to inspire you. Let's go and have a look:

The Christmas trees were created by sponging through a template I made by punching out a pennant shape with my new Petite Pennants punch. I love how you can use these supplies in all sorts of different ways! I think the Naturals Ivory card stock makes the perfect base for a card with this kind of homespun feel.

If I zoom in a bit you can see how I added the tree trunks. They're from Trendy Trees and are stamped quite softly in Soft Suede to give this distressed look. I added a greeting over the top in Early Espresso - can you guess which set it's from? It's from Welcome Christmas - a set that I'm loving more and more. What I really need to do is sit down with it for a few hours and let it show me what it can really do!

Here's another version of the card, this time stamped on a 9cm square card base. I love the different greens together - I used Certainly Celery, Pear Pizzazz and Wild Wasabi - and I like the effect where they overlap.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Welcome Christmas (sentiment)
Ink: Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Pear Pizzazz
Card stock: Naturals Ivory
Other: Petite Pennants punch, Sponge Daubers, Early Espresso marker, 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. I'M RUNNING PRIZE DRAWS EVERY DAY THIS WEEK: If you order today your name will go into a draw to win a Punch Potpourri stamp set. If your order is over £25, you'll also receive one of my Christmas House tutorials. 

Our heatwave is finally over and the winds of autumn have started to blow. Windy weather always reminds me of a time when I was a small child. I remember my sister and me being doubled up, helpless with laughter in the back in the car, watching an unfortunate lady chasing her hat down the street. Every time she bent over to grab it, the wind would whisk it away again and she would set off in hot pursuit while my sister and I screamed with laughter! Weren't we wicked?!!

Goodness - is it nearly the end of the week already? Tomorrow will be the last of my prize draws and the winners will be announced on Monday. Will one of them be you?!!!

I shall be back tomorrow with some leafy fun so do come back and see!



  1. Oh, you're so clever! I hadn't thought to use that cute little punch as a stencil. Fabulous! Love the mix of greens :)

  2. This is beautiful so clean and simple! A fantastic idea to gain the most from your equipment, this is something I don't do enough. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Stunnig cards Vicky! I love using punched shapes as stencils! I am waiting for my pennants set & punches to arrive (I didn't get them on the pre-order), then I will be trying my hand at making some christmas tree cards with them!!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  4. Hello Vicky

    Another two beautiful cards, simple but so beautiful. The different greens are gorgeous and I love how you have added the tree trunks.


  5. Fab! Do you mind if I demo this at my workshops this month please?

  6. Ahh what simplicity Vicky, love the stylised trees and they DO look so good overlapping too :)
    Yes I did roll the paper flowers..they were a die cut from Little Claires :)
    Jenny x

  7. Both of these cards are fabulous. Perfectly designed. I love that you sponged the trees. My dilemma is that I have a very difficult time getting things in the "sweet spot" as Susan calls it. I have her grid for thirds and everything and I still struggle with this and it is so important for eye appeal.

  8. These are just lovely Vicky, plain, simple and elegant. Might have to CASE these!!
    M x

  9. Great use of a punched out template there! Ingenious.

    Hugs, Sandra x

  10. Great idea Vicky and so effective! Sorry for shortage of comments lately but I don't seem to have been home much:) Looking forward to having a go at making the little house when we get back for holiday:)
    Val x

  11. What a great idea for a quick and easy card! This would be a good workshop project!

  12. Hi Vicky, Oh I love this one it's perfect, sorry these are perfect, :0) Love the shape and the distressed look! Just like you to think outside the pennant LOL
    Fun story too LOL Gay xxx

  13. Great fun cards - what a brilliant idea - Jacqueline xx

  14. Fabulous card, Vicky! Might have to borrow that idea as well! Keep the CAS Christmas cards coming, as by November I will probably still only have made 4!

  15. You are so clever and get fabulous use from all of your stamps you are one inspirational and wicked lady !


  16. Your sponging is divine, Vicky! I love both these tree scenes.

  17. Fabulous trees. Brilliant idea to use a penant punch as a stencil. Your sponging is great!

  18. Wow love this card am off now to have a go at making this one i just love trees too Luv Sue x


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