Wednesday, February 24, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Layers

It is time for a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time Nancy is our hostess and wants to see us Layer It Up.  She describes the challenge this way:

"Create a shabby chic or vintage project that includes multiple layers."

When I saw this theme I thought it would be no problem but it is amazing how your mood affects your creating.  I have been dealing with some personal stuff for the past couple weeks and usually getting in my studio is just the ticket to make me happy and productive but this time I felt like I was spinning my wheels and this card with layers didn't translate as well from my head to finished product as I thought it would.  I am sure many of you go through the same thing from time to time so despite the fact that I am not really happy with this card I am forging ahead and sharing it anyway.

I started with some Bazzill card stock for the blank and then added a panel of paper from the Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime pad.  All the elements have been distressed and inked on the edges with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  Next I took a piece of yellow paper from Maja Designs Vintage Spring Basics and ran it through a Tim Holtz Texture Fade called Collage.  I inked the highlights with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.

The next panel is a piece from Graphic 45 Time to Flourish paper pad.  I created a calendar for March on my computer and highlighted the 17th with a Prismacolor pencil.  The vintage lady is from The Graphics Fairy and the Irish music poster is from Mallory and McCall.  I inked a piece of a Wilton doily with some Shabby Shutters DI and tucked it behind the music poster.

I added a clear disc to a shamrock chipboard piece from the Graphic 45 set and grouped it with some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and a button from my stash. 

I altered the colour of a Tim Holtz Typed Token with some Lettuce and Meadow Alcohol Ink and added a Making Memories brad from my stash.

Next I dyed some seam binding with Shabby Shutters to make the loopy bow, tied it with some burlap string and added a little flower from Wild Orchid Crafts to the centre.  Finally I cut the sentiment from the Time to Flourish pad.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Boots Challenges - No Stamps Allowed
Polkadoodles - Lucky Green
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Celebrate Theme with Ribbon or Trim

The following items used in the creation of this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Well Cec, you may not be so happy with this gorgeous card but I love it! The shamrock cluster and typed token work so well here. Jenny x

  2. Beautiful card Cec. I love the St Patrick's theme, very vintage and wonderful shades of green. hugs :)

  3. Beautiful St. Patty's day card! Love the details in your lovely layers! The sweet bow and lucky charm are charming.

  4. I think this card is like a fresh spring breeze! The color palette makes me think of Ireland with all those lovely shades of green. Beautiful distressing and such a pretty bow! It's a beauty, Cec!

  5. Wow, Cec! This is the most elegant card I've seen for St. Patty's! Great inspiration! <3

  6. Cec, we all feel that way about a piece once in a while, however I do not see anything not to love. It may just be the picture in your head of this one doesn't match the final product, but it is gorgeous. I love the elements you added, the calendar and ephemera are so very pretty. I especially love the bow. Take care of yourself....hugs!

  7. Gorgeous card Cec. You have taken a fresh look at the St Patrick's Day theme and something which seems to have captured the spirit of Ireland. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  8. I hate that when I have a creative block too. It always seems to happens just when you need it most. I have to agree with your other comments. It turned out great. Loving that dyed seam binding and all your Graphic 45 goodies.

  9. I love your card, Cec! Great layering, fabulous green tones and awesome bow! A truly beautiful design! Hugs! Branka xxx

  10. Happy to see you back in action dearie and do give yourself a hug for me please. Now to this beautiful design! I absolutely love it! The greens and the greens coupled with the vintage vibe and the layers, swoon goes my heart! That GF image was made for this LO! Wowzers! Awesome sauce calendar and here's a pinch of good luck to be used on St. Patrick's day itself! Hehe! Need to get my hands on that Irish Music poster! Your shabby now is so luscious and sweet! Awesome sauce layers and details! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  11. Fabulous card. Love all the images, layers and distressing. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  12. This is lovely. Thanks so much for joining us for our Celebate Challenge. I love having you play along, and I hope that you will stop by to join us again soon. And don't forget to check out all the fabulous ribbons, laces, trims, flowers and more at Really Reasonable Ribbon.
    Karen Letchworth
    Design Team
    Really Reasonable Ribbon

  13. Love this card Cec! Great theme and I love all the layers. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. This is an amazing card! I just love all the layers and the vintage feel.
    Thank you for joining in with the 'Lucky Green' challenge at Polkadoodles Mia - DT Member xx

  15. Cec, first of all, I am sorry to read that you are going through a tough time right now. my prayers are with you in hopes that life settles back to a somewhat peaceful road again soon.

    now for your beautiful card, there is absolutely no way I could tell you had any struggles while making it. everything you create is just lovely, this included. every element is perfection!

    Thank you so much for joining our "Celebrate with Ribbon or Trim" challenge at the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog! :)

  16. soooooooo pretty....perfect Irish touches


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