Saturday, 9 March 2013

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Aft'noon chums!
How are you today? It's raining here, but at least the fog has gone.
Simon is playing Mr D.I.Y and generally making a mess and being very noisy. After all the remodelling of the bathrooms last year, we are now starting with the hall and landing, so he is ripping it to bits. We're also replacing all the internal doors and surrounds, with the exception of the en suite (11 doors! - I'm dreading the painting).
At least it will be worth it in the end. It's going to take a few years to get the house completely finished, but we'll get there. We're not into ultra modern etc, so we're keeping it very vintage, shabby chic and cottage like.
Anyhoo! I've a friend Stephen who is Irish, and every year I always send him and his lovely wife June, a St Patrick's Day card. I've just finished it, so here it is...

I wanted the monster to hold a bunch of balloons, so I created them along with the sentiment on the computer and printed them out.

What you need...

Stamps: Falling For You - Paper Smooches
Dies: Framelits Ovals (657563) - Sizzix
Punch: corner rounder
Embossing folder: Seeing Spots - Cuttlebug
Card stock: lime green, grey, white
Ink: Jet Black Archival - Ranger
Promarkers: Lime Green, Lime Zest, Lime Twist, Pear Green, Cool Grey 1
Crochet cotton: white
Self-adhesive pearls: black
Shimmer dots

What you do...

Create a bunch of balloons with the sentiment using Wordart and shapes in Microsoft Word and print out. Colour in each balloon, using Lime Zest, Lime Green and Pear Green and cut out.

Stamp the monster in black ink, colour in with Lime Twist and shade his horns, tooth and eyes with Cool Grey 1 and cut out.

Create a top fold A6 blank in lime card and round the upper right corner. Emboss a smaller piece of white card with Seeing Spots and round the upper right corner, attach centrally onto the blank. Die cut the smallest oval in grey card, shade around the edge with Cool Grey 1 and adhere to the lower right corner.

Cut three lengths of white cotton and colour each strand with the corresponding colours of the balloons. Fix one end of each to the back of the balloons and attach to the top left with foam tape.

Cut small slits either side of the monster's arm and thread the other ends of the cotton through the slits (I found it easier to thread them onto a fat needle and pull through). Attach the monster to the grey oval, pull the cotton strands taut, tie a length of white cotton in a bow around the ends and trim. Add a black pearl to each pupil of his eyes. Finish with a few glitter dots.

Cute isn't he? I love this stamp set - you've probably guessed by now, I'm a big fan of Paper Smooches. This layout would make a great birthday card too, just change the sentiment and the colours.

Well peeps, that's me for the nonce. Thanks for dropping in, until next


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