Monday, February 27, 2012

Green for St Patricks Day

Hello everyone !   I'm excited to learn this morning that I won a $25 shopping spree (random draw)  for last week's Challenge at Outlines Rubber Stamps !   Thank you Outlines !

The Challenge theme at Outlines this week is St Patrick's Day.     You will find beautiful DT creations and details here at Outlines Blog.      St Patrick's Day makes me think of Shamrocks, Everything Green & a Pot of Gold.    I don't own any Shamrock or St Patrick's themed stamps so I decided to create a card with lots of Green & Gold which hopefully suits the theme of this challenge!

The following Outline Stamps were used:    J986 Ellason Background, E224 Funky Flower 2 & F220 Mandala 4.  The Funky Flower & Mandala 4 stamps are so cool & work well with the larger Outline Mandala stamps to create many different designs.   I own quite a few !

My special & creative Aunt (Tantje) Saakje introduced me to Mandalas while on one my visits with her in the Netherlands many years ago and I fell in love with them.  She creates beautiful ones with various mediums.

This  background was created with Smooch Inks.   I blended Lettuce, Green Apple, Frosted Aqua and some Gold Lame added afterwards using an acrylic block.       I stamped the Ellason Background with Bamboo Leaves Memento Dye ink over top.

I embossed Mandala 4 on dark green card stock with Gold.   The Funky Flower was stamped twice and embossed with Gold on smooth white card stock.   I painted the funky flower with gold smooch ink and then used the little applicator tip of Green Apple on the small circles of the flower.     I colored the center with green on the 2nd flower and then cut all the images out and layered as shown.   I popped up the 2nd flower layer and also the flower onto a strip left over from the smooch background.

I used dark green and soft yellow card stock for the layers and added some gold Starform border stickers for the  finishing touch along with some small green rhinestones.

A little early, but I hope you enjoy your St Patrick's Day.   Don't drink too much Green Beer !
Thanks for stopping by !


Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Soo beautiful and elegant Shirley. Love this creations. Fabulous colors and very nice background.
Lovely greet

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A gorgeous card Shirley, I love the greens and golds together they look very elegant, and as you say seem to suit the occasion.

Sue x

stampqueen said...

Great card and Congradulations!!! :)

Jenny Gropp said...

Shirley, you were ready to go for this week's challenge! Congrats on last week's win! This is lovely with the green and golds.... there is nothing more elegant than gold embossing!

Sharon Traynor Designs said...

This is so gorgeous! The colours make it so opulent and your background is wonderful. Weel done on your win too.
Sharon xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Hi Shirley, I've just stopped by to say that I've left you something over on my blog if you would like to pop over and take a look.

sue x

Ellen Taylor said...

Hi Shirley, Congratulations on your win! Don't we all love free goodies!! I'm not surprised you won, your card was spectacular as is this one!!! Your gold edging and your greens definitely make me think of St patty's day! Love that smoochy background! Looks like another winner to me!! Beautifully done!

Joan Ervin said...

This is absolutely gorgeous...I soo love the flourishes in the background and your flower is fabulous!!!

Marn said...

Hi Shirley!
What a very very nice card you have made for St. Patty's Day!
WOW! - it is so well done and indeed captures the theme very nicely! Beauuutiful background, very striking, and I love what you have done with the pretty stamps! what a great combination, that goes well together, and excellent colour choices and combinations, does that ever look great !! You will win again I am sure! :):)
warm greetings! Marlene :)

Saakje said...

Hi Shirley.
Again such a beautifull card! I love your background and the way you choose your matching colours. Really I LOVE this card and it makes me thinking : "I need some time for using my mandala and funky flower stamp." Thank you so much for the inspiration you al allways give me. Saakje

Sue from Oregon said...

Well blarney stone (or whatever the Irish say when they see something pretty LOL) Gorgeous creation! Thanks for sharing with us at Outlines MOnday Challenge! ♥ Sue Kment

Kecia said...

Congratulations on your win, Shirley! You've made another beautiful creation this week. The flower is wonderful!

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

What a lovely card! The colors are wonderful and your layered flower is just so pretty.