Thursday 22 March 2012

Three Minute Thursday Spiced Paisley

It's Thursday (already!) and time for my weekly speedy card. I was playing with the Spiced Paisley stamp set earlier this week and had the idea of using the stamps to make tone-on-tone patterns. That's what inspired today's little set of café au lait thank you cards:

I used the smallest paisley pattern on the first, masking off the top of the card with a post-it note and stamping the image repeatedly, letting it overlap. It gives this sort of lace effect which I rather like, but it needed something else so I sponged it with Crumb Cake ink and that did the trick! It was very quick to add a strip of card stock at the top of the patterns and snip a ribbon tail in the bit that overlapped. I decorated the strip with three of my gorgeous self-adhesive pearls and finished with this beautifully ornate sentiment stamp from Thank You Kindly.

Here's the same design but this time using the small flower stamp too from the set. I do like the sort of textured effect.

For this last one, I tried a pattern that didn't overlap. I think I prefer the top two - how about you?

Now I would enter this card in the Less is More challenge where the theme is Masking but, since I've already entered three cards this week, Mandi and Chrissie will be fed up with seeing me I'm sure! Why don't you go and enter a card there instead?!

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Spiced Paisley, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Early Espresso, Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Other: Basic Pearls, papersnips, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you (except the post it note!) and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.
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I've been having some terrible 'senior moments' just lately. When I was staying at my lovely aunt's house a couple of weeks ago, I turned up for breakfast all dressed but with my nightie still round my waist.  She is such a sweetie though (my aunt, not the nightie!) and made me feel much better by sharing a story about going off to church once with a label stuck on her back from some new underwear; the label read: 'scanties'!

I'll be back tomorrow when I'll be showing you my favourite Spiced Paisley project so far. Hope you can join me.



  1. I think I like the overlapping stamps best, but they're all so lovely!

    Your nightie story reminds me of a friend of mine who went to a restaurant wearing only a slip! She had taken off her skirt when she got home from work and when her husband suggested they go out for supper she forgot to put the skirt back on!

  2. Oh, I love these, Vicky. Just beautiful. The middle card is my favorite, but they're all fab. Ann Y.

  3. I prefer the first two, very clever idea, love them.

  4. A beautiful set Vicki! I like all of them but I also prefer the top two, the second is y favourite, love the texture the overlapping gives!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  5. They're all lovely Vicky but I like the first two as well. Maybe I'm not as 'senior' as I think I am, not done anything like that with clothing - YET :0)
    M x

  6. Love them! The first two just have the edge, but, all terrific
    We could never and will never tire of you Vicky, you are too inspirational!

    mandi x

  7. Great idea's Vicky, how do you keep them coming? My faves are the first two also. Laughed at your 'senior' moment, glad it's not just me then!

  8. Brilliant Vicky, more inspiration for this set of stamps! Love the overlapped ones best:) I'm just off to see the new man in my life:)
    Val x

  9. Very creative. I like these three minuters! xxx

  10. Vicky they are all stunning - Jacqueline xx

  11. I think your cards are beautiful as usual! I think we all have our 'senior' moments even when you're young! Love from Holland, Mimi

  12. Vicky I love your cards, the muted colours are gorgeous, as are the addition of pearls. My favourite is the second one.


  13. These are lovely Vicky. I like your first best and it does look all lacey. x

  14. I think I like the overlapping designs best. All 3 are great CAS cards.

  15. Gorgeous Vicky - love them all but I think my favourite is the 2nd one. They would be good for masculine cards too! Nx

  16. I like them all, as I can't choose! Oh dear to your senior's only going to get worse ya know!

  17. These are lovely; the lace effect is so subtle and beautiful! I think the first two have the edge. Your 'senior moment' story made me laugh!

  18. Lol, just as well you didn't go shopping like this Vicky and I agree, it definitely gets worse! These are all really gorgeous, and I love the cardstocks you've used - I don't think I could pick a favourite!

    Maria x

  19. These are fabulous Vicky, I like them all! Such a lovely subdued colour scheme!

  20. oooo I recognise this card :0)
    Even better in real life I have to all the overlapped paislies.
    Jenny x

  21. So simple and yet so effective Vicky - beautiful cards, I love the overlapped ones:)
    I'm afraid I have to confess, I was the one who put the sticker on Mum's back...and then forgot about it.....until I saw it as we were leaving was funny though!
    Sarah x

  22. These are brilliant! I like them all but the first two are my favourites as well.

  23. No one could ever be fed up with seeing your beautiful cards, it's always a delight to pop by and visit.mthis is one classy trio , beautiful , elegant and stylish. Am still laughing at the image of you with your nightie around your waste !



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