Thursday 3 November 2011

Three Minute Thursday - three Holly Berry cards!

Good morning! It's Thursday and time for some more speedy designs here. I'm now focused on Christmas cards ever since someone told me that it's only a matter of weeks until I'll be wanting to post them! Yesterday I brought out my new Holly Berry Bouquet speciality papers and spread them out on the table - I find just looking at them inspires me!

Those clever designers at Stampin' Up have made these gorgeous vintage-style papers perfect for all the year round - some are very Christmassy but some are quite ambiguous! And the speciality paper are delicious! Look:

It's a pretty rubbish photo but I hope you can see the glittery embossed finish on these - they are lush! Anyway, I digress - I'm here to show you fast cards!

How about these? Punches and designer paper are a marriage made in heaven and this is what happened when I brought out my square punches. The small square nests perfectly in the large one and that makes for very fast cards.

For the first, I made a tile by punching a small square and glueing it onto a larger punched square of Wild Wasabi card stock. This lovely sentiment from Beautiful Season has a space perfect for adding a tile into and it's easy to pick out words in different colours using markers. There was even time left over for punching a hole through the tile and tying a rustic bow with linen thread!

Here's another quickie. This time I made a super-fast background with my Very Vintage jumbo wheel, added the tile over a strip of Wild Wasabi card stock and stamping another sentiment from Beautiful Season - this one has a tile-shaped space too!

For the last card, I mounted my tile on a background square of Wild Wasabi card stock. (It was when I made the four cuts to produce this that I really began to appreciate the time-saving square punches!) A simple sentiment stamped onto the background and my linen thread embellishment, and the card was finished!

These cards are so quick to make and use very little paper, so why not make some extras and send them off to the St Lukes Charity Challenge? They'll be sold to raise vital funds for the hospice which cares for terminally ill patients and their families. Christmas cards are needed at this time of year of course but any cards are welcome. Click on the link for sending details.

Supplies needed for these cards:
Stamps: Beautiful Season
Ink: Chocolate Chip and Cherry Cobbler markers
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Wild Wasabi
Other: Holly Berry Boutique speciality paper, square punches, stamp-a-majig, linen thread, handheld hole punch
Stamps: Beautiful Season, Very Vintage wheel
Ink: Wild Wasabi, markers
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Wild Wasabi
Other: Holly Berry Boutique speciality paper, square punches, stamp-a-majig
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Wild Wasabi, Real Red
Other: Holly Berry Boutique speciality paper, square punches, stamp-a-majig, linen thread, handheld hole punch
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

This seems to be an extremely long post so if you're still with me - thank you! I'll go away now as your relatives may be sending out search parties... See you tomorrow for more designer paper fun!



  1. All three are lovely but I particularly like the layout of the "Thinking of you at Christmas".

  2. All three are wonderful Christmas cards, Vicky.

  3. Lovely cards, don't have this paper...yet!! lol

  4. Hi Vicky

    Very inspirational .. .. thank you!!

    They are all beautiful.

    Love Jules xx

  5. Awesome set of cards! These CAS designs really
    pack a punch, and they would be so simple to make multiples! Love the two tone sentiments!

  6. Fab quick CAS christmas cards Vicky! Love the square tiles you've whipped up with the punches, they look really effective as the focal points of the cards!! I love these new Holly Berry Bouquet papers too, especially the glittery spot & stipes sheets!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  7. Gorgeous, quick and very stylish, love them Vicky :0) Gay xxx

  8. this are lovely thou the first one is my favourite its very striking.x

  9. Hello Vicky

    A Christmas Feast of fabulous cards - just brilliant.


  10. Do you know I never think to use DP as the main focal image on cards..these are just so pretty Vicky, just the sort of idea I need for Christmas cards :)
    Jenny x

  11. A well timed post for me Vicky as you know I've just placed by order for this goregous set of DSP, can't wait to receive it and start making.Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Brilliant 3 minute makes. Love 'em. xxx

  13. These are brilliant Vicky, why can't I come up with these wonderful ideas? It's a good job we have YOU!!!
    Val x

  14. Very stylish cards indeedy, love them all,

    Liz x

  15. Hi Vicky
    Three stunners and what a simple idea ...with the gorgeous Papers ...i agree with Valerie
    Good job we have you !!!!
    Fabulous ....
    Hugs sylvie

  16. Hi Vicky,

    I have just come across your blog and I absolutely love your CAS designs. I think the simplicity is really effective and makes such an impact on the lovely cardstocks you use. You have won yourself a new stalker :o) Suzanne

  17. Wonderfully stylish cards Vicky, and what a lot you can do with those beautiful papers!

  18. Great idea for some quick cards. I may need to copy this because I haven't made very many Christmas cards yet and time is running out!

  19. Love your fast cards Vicky - will no doubt be following your example for fast cards once I've waded through 35 of the 70 Christmas cards I have to make!?! How is it when I see your creations and want to replicate I find there's something else I need to order (square punch)! Bah humbug ... yet another order!?! -x- Linda -x-

  20. Well you have inspired me enough to make Christmas cards these look fantastic and stylish as is of course everything you do. Love the simplicity and the dynamism of them. As for the lottery numbers and bread crusts for Christmas lunch have you forgotten i live in Greece ! Christmas is cancelled this year we don't even have crusts, don't believe everything in the news !


  21. Those are really fabulous, Vicky! I love them!

  22. Oh, Vicky, these are simply beautiful! I will have to CASE them!!! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous talent with us--you are so incredible with CAS style. :)

  23. Simply lovely! Tks for sharing this idea to use DP as the main panel.....:)

  24. These cards are fabulous, Vicky, so artful and elegant again! Have a great weekend! Janna

  25. Love how you have made these cards so effective yet so quick and easy Luv Sue x


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