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Shamrock Scroll

>> Saturday, February 17, 2018


I love bouncing from holiday to holiday with my card making and switching from the red and pink of Valentines to the green and gold of St. Pat's day is just so satisfying!

I started my card today by cutting a 3" square piece of white card stock and stamping our new Shamrock Scroll in each corner, then trimming the square to 2 7/8" and lightly sponging some lime green along the edges.  I colored the shamrocks with green marker and stamped our Tiny St. Pat's Day in the center using green ink then layering it on black cs.

For the green background I started with a 4" green piece of card stock and positioned our Celtic Knot in my Misti so I could stamp all 4 corners in the exact same place.  I used a white gel pen to add the dots inside the knot and thinking it was still a bit bare, I added black dots around the edges and then added white dots on top of the black and then layered all on a folded black card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Shamrock Wreath Shenanigans

>> Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! Now that Valentine's Day is over are you ready for St. Patrick's Day? All the green just makes me happy! For my Shenanigan Wreath, after stamping & coloring the Shamrock Circle, I stamped the Good Luck Circle inside, colored it & die cut it w/ a circle die. I didn't want all the white space left on the inside of the wreath, so I fussy cut it & added a marigold layer behind it.  
The lower edge was die cut & more of marigold added under it. On the cut off part, I stamped the Silhouette Shamrock Field  w/ the lt green ink & added just bit more darker green inside the petals. I added some wink of Stella on the wreath & it's nice & sparkly in real life!

Here's a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend.

ink: Memento tuxedo black, new sprout
paper: Staples 110# white, marigold
accessories: Copic markers,  Misti, Wink of Stella, Spellbinders circles dies,  Gina Marie wonky stitched rectangles dies, Lawn Fawn stitched hillside dies


Green Clover and Irish Blessings To You!

>> Thursday, February 15, 2018

Good morning!

Valentine's Day is over, time to move over for the green!
St Patrick's Day is coming soon.
This first card is using DRS stamps: Better Irish Blessing 555G
I shrunk the cup with the shamrock scroll on it using shrink plastic with StazOn ink.  I colored in some of it with Tombow markers.
I used a die from I.O. to make the shamrocks under the cups.
The embossing folder is Taylored Expressions.

This next card uses DRS stamps: Shamrock Circle 619L, Irish On 1005D 
The frame die is from Lawn Fawn and the embossing folder is from 
Cuttlebug.  The stitched circle is from MFT.
I colored the dancer separately and fussy cut her then foam tape to the shamrock circle.

Ok, your turn to get your green on!!
Go get crafty!
Thanks for visiting today!!


Irish Coffee With Cream

>> Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I know you are probably expecting a Valentine's Day card full of hearts and love today, but I have moved on to St. Patrick's Day and some Irish Whiskey topped off with plenty of whipped cream and a bit of cinnamon.

I made this card on my stove top - seriously.  The light is better there and my counter was covered with crafting supplies, mail, and a cookie cake.  

To make my background, I swiped ink on crumbled up aluminum foil, splashed on some water and dipped in my paper.  I did this a few times changing the ink up.  After it dried, I stamped on some shamrocks using the Small Shamrock Group and added the new Better Irish Blessings greeting.  It still needed something so I mixed up some leftover coffee, the ink left on my foil, and some cinnamon.  I dipped a container lid in it and stamped some coffee rings.  

Next I stamped the Paper Coffee Cup.  I cut it out and then stamped on the new Silhouette Shamrock Field and the Whiskey part of the Better Irish Blessings.  I sponged around the edges with some Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and realized I should have popped up the middle.  I didn't want to redo the cup so I masked off the edges around the middle sleeve and sponged on a shadow.  I added the middle of paper doily and one of the shamrocks off the shamrock group to make it look a bit more festive.

Now for the fun part.  I wanted to have some realistic whipped cream so I mixed up some gel medium and some white acrylic paint.  I fluffed it up and added it to a little piece of acetate.  I heated it up with my heat gun and made sure the fan over my oven was on full blast.  The "creme" bubbled up and looked awesome.  I sprinkled on some cinnamon and heated a bit to make it stick.  I then added it to my cup and cut off the excess.  It looks so realistic and smells awesome.

Happy Valentine's Day!  




Birds and Shamrocks

>> Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hi Everyone,

One of my favorite things to do in summer, is to fill up my feeders and sit on the deck and watch the birds. However, in the midst of winter, I feel like that time will never come.  So while I'm waiting, I've colored up the new Birdfeeder stamp and made a friendship card :) 

After my image was colored, I then chose my papers to match.  I created the patterned paper using the Splatter background stamp by stamping in both blue and brown ink.  I thought that it might look like specks of birdseed.  In the end, I don't really think that's the case, but I like it just the same.  

The Birds of a Feather Greeting is also new.  I die cut and matted them both the same way, and used a scrap of the gold cardstock behind them.  I went searching through my stash for some embellishments in the form of brads or bling, when I came across these felt bird stickers.  I've had them forever and I've no idea where they came from, but it felt like destiny since their color matched the card! 

This was a simple little card that I made using the new Silhouette Shamrock Field.
I stamped and embossed the clovers in black ink and sparkling embossing powder.  Doing that gave me the option to sponge green inks onto the background.  While I was searching for embellishments for the above card, I came across this clover charm, so I added it with some baker's twine to the top of the card.  That was after I stamped the Lucky to Have You Greeting.

And here is a close up of the sparkle in the embossed shamrocks.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



>> Monday, February 12, 2018

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. I'm still recovering from the flu so my cards today are on the quick and easy side. The first one was created using the sketch challenge at Splitcoast stampers this past week. It's a great sketch and works so well with the new Blizzard of thanks greeting.

 I started by stamping the Blizzard thank you with Versafine Onyx ink onto white CS, then die cut it with a stitched oval die from ODBD. It's layered on the next larger oval. The white panel was dry embossed with a Darice snowflake EF. Once everything was attached to the white card base, I added some snowflakes die cut with an IO die. Some white half pearls were added to the centers. I really like the look of this card.

 My next card is really CAS and it is based on the sketch at CAS(e) this Sketch.

The new Silhouette Shamrock Field was stamped with Memento Bamboo ink onto the center of the white card base. The Happy St. Patrick's Day greeting was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink, die cut with a SB die and attached to the card with foam adhesive. Super easy!

Thanks for stopping by today.



Holiday Santa

>> Sunday, February 11, 2018

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

 Happy Sunday!
Me again, on a Sunday! And another Christmas card. A little deja vu going on here. As I mentioned, I didn't have a chance to work w/ these Christmas images before the holidays & I really wanted to color this one. And there's the plus that I was asked to be on the Splitcoast Fan Club Monthly Christmas Challenge team & this was my card for Feb's challenge. 
After I colored Santa, I used the smallest of the Grand Labels 1 die to cut a frame out of the blue layer. I thought it needed something, so I die cut a decorative labels 1 out of black & used the largest of the Labels 1 to cut out the middle of it & make a double frame for Santa.

Here's a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great rest of your weekend!

stamps: DRS Designs - Santa w/ Birds  (inside- Deco Peace & Joy Poinsettia Vine Corner )
paper: X-Press It white, lt blue, black
ink: Memento tuxedo black (Kaliedacolor fruitcake used on inside)
accessories: Copic markers, Misti, spellbinders grand labels 1, labels 1, decorative labels dies, sizzix Holiday words #2 die


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