Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kiss Me, I'm Irish

A St. Patrick's Day card in untraditional colors...that's what I like! 

My birthday is on St. Patrick's Day (March 17th), and all of my life, I would tend to receive the same card from various loved ones for my big day.  That's because very few greeting card companies made St. Patrick's Day/ Birthday combination cards.  It's probably better than it used to be, but they all tend to be GREEN (for obvious reasons).

I changed things up a bit by adding navy and deep red for something unexpected.

The layout is from CASE Study's muse this week, Eva Dobilas.  Here is Eva's card:
I kept the same layout, even tying in some of Eva's elements like the Spellbinders Label Ten die-cut, and a green swirl stamp.

The shamrock stamps and the sentiment are from a Studio G pack purchased at AC Moore.  The swirl is a clear stamp that was part of a blog candy win, and I don't remember the company name.

The deep red layer is part of a gift bag that I cut apart.  I had to reassemble it under the cream die-cut to match up the stripes.

Other challenges entered:
A new Play Date Cafe challenge is issued this Thursday at 12:01 AM EST, and you don't want to miss the bright, fresh group of colors coming your way!

Thanks for joining me.  :)

Colleen

Stamps:  swirl - unknown, shamrocks and sentiment - Studio G
Paper:  Not Quite Navy, PTI Vintage Cream, red from gift bag, greens from SU retired designer paper
Ink:  Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Inks, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler
Punches:  scalloped border by SU, Lattice Edge by Martha Stewart
Other:  bling from Queen & Co., Big Shot, Labels Ten and Labels Eight by Spellbinders, sponge, dimensionals

26 comments:

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

Love all the layers Colleen! Lots of fun stuff on this one! Great job! Thank You for joining us at Dutch Dare this week!

Monique said...

Oh this is so cute Colleen!! I love the shamrocks they look awesome :)..

Ann Schach said...

I love the navy and deep red with the green! Of course, the bling is the perfect touch!

Marisa said...

Great card and use of that nestie, Colleen. Wonderful shape of the card too :) That is now 3 people I know with St. Patty's b-days. Better get going on my cards!

Andrea Ewen said...

What a delightful card, Colleen! Love how you use the surroundings around you for details...I like to call it cannibalization...
Super sweet and we'll have to get together again to celebrate your birthday!

Stella said...

This is love; I love the non traditional use of colors; so elegant and gorgeous! As always :)

Fleur said...

A gorgeous card ~ your colours are stunning,
Thanks for joining my nature challenge at ALLSORTS this week, Good Luck
Hugz Fleur xXx

Loli said...

COLLEEEEEEENNN!!!!! MY BIRTHDAY IS 17 MARCH TOO. the world is smallest....
I LOVE TI YOUR CARD, of course, in England St Patrick day is BEAUTIFUL.
A BIG hug from Palma de Mallorca Spain

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

this is so cute, love the design and colors

Tenia Nelson said...

This card is sooooooo cool!!!!

Benzi said...

No, I'm Irish! At least, my hubby is and I bet you can tell from my last name. LOL I love your non-traditional colors for St. Patrick's Day. The red gift bag paper looks great under that nestie and I love your clovers. Very cool card!!

Emily Keaton said...

What a fantastic CASE, Colleen! I do love those nontraditional St. Patrick's Day colors you used. Beautiful. I am so impressed with how artfully you arranged and stacked those lovely cut-out shamrocks. I can never quite get that kind of thing, and I desperately wish I could. So beautiful, my Irish friend!!

*psychangel* said...

Colleen this is fantastic! I love the sentiment, and the shamrocks on the card. Great colour combo! Thanks for sharing at Dutch Dare, hugs Ang x

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Colleen! This card is absolutely amazing! Being of Irish heritage, I absolutely adore this non-traditional St. Paddy's day card! :)

Amy said...

I like your grouping of shamrocks for this CASE study challenge! Amazing job Colleen!!

Linda Callahan said...

Oh my! My husband - and his twin sister - were also born on St. Patrick's Day - I confess I have purchased many of those Birthday/St. Paddy's Day combo cards :) I love how you added some other colors - I will keep that in mind this year!

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

What a striking design, Colleen!! Thank you so much for joining us at CASE Study for a "combined grind" challenge!

papertrails leaver said...

Using non traditional colors for this St. Party's day card was a brilliant idea! It's gorgeous! Love the flower pairings! :-) Amy

Emily Keaton said...

Oh, my goodness!! Colleen!! I can't tell you how THRILLED I was to see *both* of our names in the Top 3 at CASE Study this week. CONGRATULATIONS!! Your beauty of a card was destined to win. :D !!!

Tracey said...

FABULOUS Colleen!!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!! I love your subdued colours and your St Patrick's Day theme! Happy Birthday Colleen for March 17th, wishing you a wonderful day filled with delightful things! It is a special day for me too as it was my mom's birthday and also my wedding anniversary! :)
Susanne - lavenderandrosecreations.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Colleen! I love your subdued colours and your St Patrick's Day theme! Happy Birthday to you for March 17th! Wishing you a wonderful day filled with delightful things! It's a special day for me too as was my mom's birthday and is also my wedding anniversary! :)
Susanne - lavenderandrosecreations.blogspot.com

Maria said...

Oh Wow! So love this St. Patrick's Day card!. It nontradional and so beautiful. Just admire all those shamrocks! Those shamrocks are ROCKIN'...love it!!!

Pauline said...

Happy birthday for the 17th! I'm half irish too - well both my parents are Irish, but I was born in the UK. I love the shamrock shapes, I did have a tiny shamrock stamp that I tried out, but it looked too fussy on the wreath, so I remade the card! I love that sentiment too, such fun! xx

Anonymous said...

I saw your comment on Mary Fish's blog and had to check your blog out! My birthday is St. Paddy's Day too. Love your comment about the cards we receive, I am older than you and when I was a kid, I swear they only had one card for several years that the card company put out. It always got a laugh at my b-day party I would get at least 5 of the same card!

Anyway, I love this card you made esp the dramatic colors! Our minister's wife shares our birthday as well as the church secretary at our old church so I surprise them with a card. Also, a co-worker was married on 3/17 so I make her one too. I was thinking about using that one on Mary's blog and putting Happy B-day on one square, etc and also the church secreatary is retiring so she would get that on a aquare too. Anyway, just wanted to ramble. Will check more on your site now! Sorry, I don't have a blog - my stuff is just not the greatest either.

Chris R. from Iowa

...just Barbara said...

Just dropping by to check out your great card! Thanks for playing along in the "Spring or Flowers" challenge at Forgotten Scraps. ;D

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