Thursday, 27 August 2009


As a kid growing up in the 1960s-70s I loved playing all the usual boys games, football, rugby, run outs, British Bulldog, Marbles, climbing trees, Knock down Ginger ... etc.

But I was always fascinated when the girls at school sang little rhymes (usually dirty ones) as they skipped in groups or played "ball" against the school walls.

Fab was ill yesterday I had a bit of time on my hands so I used some sketches I had drawn recently and made some cards from them.

I used 5"X7" white card for both.

The "Skipping" card was backed with Burgundy paper, over laid with a strip of green and pink patterned paper and edged top and bottom with white card cut with decorative scissors.

I then printed out on pink card one of the rhymes the girls would sing (the "clean" version of course) while skipping, then cut the base of it with the same scissors this was then attached to the card and edged with thin pale green and burgundy ribbon.

I decoupaged the picture to give it a bit of dimension and backed it with a white oval cut with the same scissors before using foam pads to adhere it.

Two "Kanban" pearls were backed with the same punched burgundy paper and glued in place.

For the "Leap frog" card I first decoupaged the girls (a bit fiddly at first but easier as the parts get smaller)

I punched the lace edge then backed the card with the same green and pink paper as in the card above leaving some of the white card showing on the right, the edge was covered with a very thin green ribbon.

A thicker piece of Ribbon (luckily the same hue) was added to the "center" of the paper and topped with the decoupage.

Finishing touches were a few die cut flowers around the topper, a few pink gems and a strip of pink paper inside the card to show off the lace.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - coloured and uncoloured "Leap frog, Skippers and Marbles"

Vince x


  1. Another great set Vince, thanks again :D

  2. Beautiful card, lovely memories

  3. Wow this takes me back.

    I don't know why I am about to confess this to the world but I had an accident playing british bulldog once. My friend and I were laughing so hard where she couldn't get me on the ground that I managed to pee down her leg!

    Brilliant cards, love the whole nostalgia thing. Will you look at the length of those skirts, that's when us girlies had a modicum of decorum about us, when we were having accidents that is.

    Thanks for sharing the files.

    Cheeky question here, any chance you have them uncoloured?

    Also have you thought about flogging your designs (uncoloured) as digital stamps?


  4. Lol - Lin you're a treasure ! !

  5. Vince you are a sweetheart. Thank you so much for the uncoloured ones. Thanks also for your lovely comments over on my blog about my stitched card.


  6. Vince your sketches are excellent. You should have started this blog a long time ago. All I can say is WOW!

  7. Not sure if my comment went through but love what you did with the border punch to create a added dimension. Mine is called eyelet lace, what's yours called?

    Thanks for sharing!

    ps: found your site via my friend who shared yours with our group: Just Cards

  8. I haven't a clue who made this punch, it was bought from "Ideal World" as a set of seven generic corner punches.
    There isn't even a makers mark anywhere on any of the punches to say who they are made by either.
    Sorry I couldn't be of any help.
    Vince X

  9. Better late than never - many thanks :)


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