Sunday, March 17, 2013

Garden Shamrock

Top o' the mornin' to ya!  Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you, and Happy Birthday to me.  :-)  I have a St. Patrick's Day card to share, which was inspired by THIS card by Ann Fitzgerald, which I found on Pinterest.  I love her card, but decided to take a different spin on mine.


The shamrock (planted in Early Espresso 'dirt') is made with hearts from Stampin' Up!'s Heart-to-Heart punch, and the stem is from their Extra Large Bird Punch.  I creased each heart down the middle and applied a thin line of craft glue to adhere it to the card.  The Houndstooth pattern behind it is a stamp, from Market Street Stamps.


Love this sweet, simple St. Patty's day sentiment, from SU.  The little bit of ruler peeking out is a scrap I had left over from Heaven-knows-what, a long time ago.  It's a Girls' Paperie stamp.


I've been so very busy here in my little corner of the world.  I'm putting the finishing touches on my new craft sanctuary in my attic (I'll be sharing pictures when my final piece of furniture arrives), and taking online courses to help make me more appealing to employers.  My job hunt continues and it sure is tedious.  The kids keep me very busy with their various 'things', too.

Since today is my birthday, I plan to be spending time in my new craft space (somebody, pinch me!  I am so excited!), and will probably go see my niece do her Irish dancing at a nearby pub.  She's only 8, but she's got a wicked set of dancing legs!  It's been AGES since hubby and I went out drinking on St. Patty's Day, but since we'll be at a pub already, well....might as well have a drink.  ;-)

Cheers!



Dimensions: 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes - SU; ruler from Paper Girl - Girls' Paperie; Houndstooth - Market Street Stamps
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, green pattern - SU
Ink: Frayed Burlap - Ranger; Old Olive, Early Espresso - SU
Fibers: twine - Creative Impressions
Other: Word Window, Heart-to-Heart, Extra Large Bird, corner punches - SU; large corner rounder, Dotted Scallop punches - EK Success; doily - Wilton; pearls; button

26 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Beautiful! LOVING the shamrock!!

Jennifer said...

Happy, happy birthday! Love your card, all the elements just go together so perfectly. That shamrock is gorgeous...hope your day is as amazing as you are! Can't wait to see your new craft room.

Hussena said...

A very happy birthday Colleen ...hope you have a great day and fabulous year ahead :) ...your card is just lovely..loved the way you have made the shamrock :)...waiting to see your new craft space ...!!

Lisa said...

The happiest of birthday wishes to you Colleen! Enjoy your time in your new craft space, can't wait to see it. I love this pretty card, your shamrock is outstanding!!

Benzi said...

Oh, too cute, Colleen. Love the houndstooth (did I even have to say that) and you made some very cute clovers.

Can't wait to see your new craft digs. I know you're excited.

Our church choir is going green today and no robes...just green clothing. Hubby was glad to wear it so he could feel even more Irish. :-)

Marisa said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Colleen :) Wishing you a fabulous day celebrating you!

Love the patterned leaves on the shamrock and the lovely card.

Enjoy your new crafty space!

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous!!!!

LeAnne said...

Oh, I do remember you saying your b-day was on St Patrick's! Happy Birthday, my friend! I love your card---full of shabby-chic-goodness!

Pauline said...

So lovely Colleen, I love the textures of the hoiundstooth pattern, and the elegant shabby chic feel to this.

Loll Thompson said...

Beautiful card to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and your birthday :) Happy B-D to you! Loll xx

Vickie Z said...

Happy birthday....read it the other day on your blog!! Love your card....kraft, doilies, and shamrocks...can't get better than that!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Happy birthday to you!! You have a great time with hubby at the pub! :) Fun celebration card~

Maria said...

Happy birthday to you, Colleen! Sweet St. Pat's card! We enjoyed Irish food Friday and Saturday with family and friends. My husband is Irish and his bday was on the 12th, so we had lots of fun celebrating! Hope you had fun watching your niece dance and celebrating your bday! Take care, hugs!

Martha Herrera said...

Happy Birthday, Colleen! I can't wait to see pictures of your craft space. How exciting! As always, another gorgeous card..
I hope you are enjoying your special day..

~Tammy~ said...

Happy Birthday Col! Your card is gorgeous! Love all your fun elements! Hope you were able to go out and have fun!

Sophie said...

Eine wunderschöne Karte für diesen Feiertag.

Sophie

Shani Thomas said...

Fabulous card!!! All of the elements work so well together. I wouldn't have thought to put these together this way and that's what makes the card so striking!

Carole said...

I hope you had a very Happy Birthday Colleen, and I'm so pleased that you will finally have a dedicated craft space, you deserve it. Lovely shamrock card

Leslie Miller said...

An elegant St. Patrick's day card with that pretty patterned shamrock! I hope you had a lovely birthday!

Lesley said...

Happy birthday Colleen!!! Hope you had a great day! It was my Anniversary yesterday! Ha! Too fun and I'll bet we both had a perfect day!
Hugs,
Lesley

Linda R said...

Happy Birthday or should I say belated birthday to you. I do hope it was a great one. And how cool a new crafting space. You are going to have fun my friend. I just adore you cute little St Paddy's day card. So adorable.

Hugs~

Ann Schach said...

Adorable, Colleen! I love the shabby appeal!

Sue Lelli said...

Happy Birthday to YOU, colleen, even though I'm a little late to the party! I wish you all the BEST in 2013! LOVE your take on her card! The shamrock is FAB and LOVE the doily and measuring tape!

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Colleen

Thank you SOOO much for your lovely comment over on my blog - it really cheered me up this morning, and has inspired me to get organised and get blogging again, and I have done a post today and even scheduled one for tomorrow and the next day!! So thanks for that my dear crafting friend.

So it was your birthday MANY, MANY happy returns I do hope you had a great night out on St Pat's day too and that you enjoyed that drink!!

I can't wait to see photos of your new crafting space I'm sure we are all gonna be green with envy - but how very exciting for you.

Hope all is well with you - keep in touch.

Big hugs

Tina
XXXXX

Emily Keaton said...

Somehow this post slipped past me, Colleen! I'm glad I caught it though, because it is a beauty of a card! That shamrock is adorable, and I really like the bit of ruler peeking out at the side. I hope you had a fabulous birthday, enjoying time in your stamping sanctuary and a drink at the Irish pub!

Bonnie said...

I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Colleen! I kept thinking I'd get a birthday card out to you but it just didn't happen. Love this card by the way!

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