Friday, 16 March 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

I love St. Patrick's day!  Not only is it a day where everyone wears green (my favourite colour)  but it seems to put a smile on everyone's face, Irish or not!

I wasn't going to make a St. Patrick's day card this year, partly because I only have one stamp (the little shamrock) and I was stumped as to what I could do with it thats different than what I've done before.  You'd think I'd just get a new stamp but I am a procrastinator and without many craft stores in my area there isn't enough time to get one before the day, so my little shamrock is what I have to work with.

Then yesterday I was visiting Desert Diva's blog and scrolling through her free digital sentiments (which are awesome by the way) and I came across this post.  This reminded me of another card I saw in a magazine a long time ago (if I could remember where I would link it but I don't, sorry!) and I immediately knew what I wanted to do.

 In honour of the snow storm we get every year around St. Patrick's Day (this year was no different)  I decided to take pictures outside:

I haven't used my spray mists in a while so I chose some Sand cardstock from Stampin' Up! and sprayed it with various shades of green and gold.  I find that while its neutral, the Sand colour kind of has a green cast to it, so I thought it would work well with the green sprays.

Once dry I die cut the circles with nestabilities dies, then used the next size up to cut the white pieces layered underneath.  I could probably just have used one piece of white that was just cut smaller than the front so that the edges didn't show at the sides, but I didn't think of that until later.

I stamped the smaller white circle with the shamrock and coloured it, then hand-wrote the sentiment on the larger circle.  Once I figured out where the holes would be when the card front was attached, I adhered the white circles to the card base, which was also in the Sand colour.  I added bakers twine to the card front and attached it to the card base with foam tape to give dimension.  I made two versions because I couldn't decide if I wanted it lengthwise or widthwise.  I like it both ways!

I hand wrote the sentiment inside as well, and added a few more shamrocks.

These cards were sooo quick and easy and I love the result!  I have ideas to do something similar for different types of cards  so stay tuned to find out what happens!  :)

I've decided to enter these cards in the following challenges:
  1. Catered Crop - Ravenous for Ribbon Quickfire - Twine counts, I swear!!
  2. Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
  3. Pile it On - St. Patrick's Day and/or shades of green
  4. Ladybug Crafts Ink - Anything Goes
  5. Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Simon Says... a Bit O'Green
  6. Daring Cardmakers -  Lucky Green

Here are the supplies I used:

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up!  Sand, Whisper White

Stamp Set:   Stampin' Up! Year Round Fun II

Ink:  Memories Black.  Smooch Spritz Gold Glow, Emerald Sparkle.  Shimmer Paints Spritz 4 Leaf Clover, Goldie lox, Heavy Metal.

Markers:  Bic Mark It! Key Lime, Forest Green

Twine:  We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Fancy Floss Baker's Twine Secondary - Wintergreen.

Adhesive:  Tombow Mono Adhesive Runner permanent, Scotch Tape, foam squares.


Heather P said...

I just love these! Really beautiful clean and simple cards!! Thanks for sharing with Pile it On this week!!
Heather P :)

Rein said...

Pretty cards,
thanks for joining in with DCM.

Mephisto said...

lovely card.
Thanks for joining us at SimonSaysStamp this week.


Shirley said...

Cute card, love the cut outs.
Shirley xx

Hanne said...

Wonderful cards for St Patricks day!

Diane's Card Designs said...

Lovely cards and the twine looks fabulous. Thanks for joining us at LCI Challenge this fortnight.
Diane xx

Gemma said...

a gorgeous Green themed creation! Thanks for joining in our shades of green challenge this week at Pile it on! Gemma :)

pinky said...

Gorgeous cards for St. Patrick's day. Thanks for joining us at LCI this time.

Christine said...

I've been sitting on a Mister Huey white mist and only just started using it again properly! This is a fab Cathy. Love the little cut outs for the senitment and image. So cute xx

Samm said...

Ooooo nice and sparkly!!!! Great cards!

Thanks for joining in with my challenge over at Daring Cardmakers!

Terry said...

Thank you for joining into the fun over at the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge Blog, your card on St.Patricks Day is very classy thank you for sharing, hugs terry xxxx

Keilly said...

Great cards, love the green twine. Thanks for sharing with us at The Daring Cardmakers this week!

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

Fabulous cards! Thanks for joining in with the Daring Cardmakers Lucky Green challenge x