Thursday 3 January 2013

Merry Minis set - a three minute star!

If you're anything like me, you'll still have all sorts of Christmas sets out in your crafting area - but that's a good thing because it means you can give them a new job! My Merry Minis set has come into its own with a batch of quick thank you note cards I've made for my regular Three Minute Thursday slot. Come and have a look:

Hmm - not my best photographic hour but I hope you can see what fun this card is from the following photos...

The star is cut into the corner of the card base using the coordinating punch from the Merry Minis punch pack. (All the images in the set have a punch that coordinates and if you want both the punches and the stamp set, don't forget to order them before the autumn/winter catalogue expires at the end of this month. I'd hate for you to miss out!) Next I stamped one of the star images from the stamp set below it and then, without inking up again, inside the punched star using my stamp-a-mjag for accurate position. I used a lighter blue for the third star and a marker for this gorgeous sentiment.

You can see from this photo how you get a star appearing inside the card using this technique...

... as well as the decorative cut out on the opposite page.

I designed these for my eldest son as he wanted to send thank you notes to our generous relatives, and it took very little time to produce a little batch of them.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Merry Minis, A Word For You
Ink: Midnight Muse, Marina Mist
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Merry Minis punch pack, Midnight Muse marker, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and have them delivered straight 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.

Talking of stars, my three children decided to cook dinner for us on New Years Day. They planned the menu together, shopped for the ingredients and produced a fabulous meal with very few mishaps (although I'm told my youngest son inadvertently threw away the garlic my eldest son had just spent ages chopping finely which caused the good humour of the event to hang in the balance for a minute or two!) For those that are interested, we feasted on doughballs stuffed with garlic butter to start; chicken, bacon and basil in a creamy sauce served with pasta, green beans and carrots for our main course; and an amazing homemade banana and peanut butter ice cream to finish. Their team work and culinary skills were amazing and I took a trip to Mumland that lasted well into the washing up!

I'll be back with more thank you cards tomorrow using one of my new stamp sets. Hope to see you then,


  1. I think your set of thanks cards are super! Clean, simple and fun!

    So enjoyed reading about the meal your children prepared for you - sounds delicious. Looking forward to the day that Kathryn does that for me :))

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. Great card design, and I love the idea of repurposing Christmas stamps (I'd do just about anything to avoid having to put them away...I just love Christmas!). It sounds like you've raised truly wonderful children. How thoughtful of them to cook dinner for you! Hope you enjoyed your holidays!

  3. Hi Vicky
    How nice to be waited on .... Your meal sounds gorgeous......
    Cards are gorgeous to..... Cant wait to see more of your ideas for 2013...
    Hugs Sylvie xxxx

  4. These are the perfect quick make when you have a batch to do, like I have right now!
    Your dinner cooked by your children sounds delicious, can I borrow them? Happy New year Vicky xx

  5. Good Morning Vicky

    A simple design but a brilliant card. I love the little cut out and colours.

  6. Fantastic Star card. Very CAS and I love the added punch-out element.

    Your NY Day dinner sounds great! Congrats to the kids for being so considerate. xxx

  7. Great little thank you cards how you have punched out one of the stars.


  8. The punched star just takes this card to the next level Vicky. Love the colours too. So nice to have someone else do the cooking, your meal sounds delicious!
    Val x

  9. They're the perfect CAS thank you cards for your son to send out, Vicky. Quick to make when you need a few, but so effective! x

  10. Gorgeous as always Vicky! Sorry I've been AWOL, will be in touch when things are a bit less hectic. Happy New Year to you all
    M x

  11. What a lovely set of three-minute star cards, Vicky! Fabulously inspiring to whip up quick gift card sets for friends and family.

    Sending you best wishes for all things bright and beautiful for you and your amazing, caring, and cooking, family!!

  12. These are gorgeous Vicky, so quick and easy but so effective.

  13. Vicky you are amazing, why can't I think simple? perhaps because I am LOL. I love this card.

    As for your children, you must be so proud of them, what a wonderful treat and all sounds yum yum.

  14. Gorgeous cards Vicky, love the cut out star. It sounds like you have had a lovely Christmas and New Year - that meal sounds fabulous - Jacqueline xx

  15. Fabulous - and fun! Love the quick idea, sometimes they are much better than things you spend ages on. I am very jealous of your special meal on New Years Day, children who are talented and thoughtful- you're very lucky. The menu sounds delicious

    Louise xx

  16. Great use for these stamps and punches. I didn't get them before Christmas but they are coming on Monday - and they are clearly not just for Christmas. I love the colours you have chosen and the simplicity of the design.

    Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year x x


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