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Thursday 17 March 2011

Celebrating St Patrick's Day with Rainbow Lady

Hello, lovely to see you visiting today. I've got a couple of days annual leave which means a long weekend off work so I'm really looking forward to some 'me time' in my craft room although I should really tackle some spring cleaning. This weeks theme over at Rainbow Lady's Challenge is 'St Patrick's Day', we are also celebrating the birthday of none other than Cynthia, our Rainbow Lady herself!! This week we are lucky enough to be sponsored by
CRAFTY NOTIONS ... our lucky winner will recieve a fab mixture of goodies! I'm really jealous and the Crafty Notions shop is a real Aladdins Cave of crafty loveliness :-)

Anyway my card this week features a gorgeous shamrock image which is a freebie from Waltzing Mouse (as is the sentiment, you can find them here). The image is coloured with promarkers and cut out with one of my favourite nesties and distressed with antique linen distress ink. The image and sentiment are both matted on green mirri card edged with a gold krylon pen.

I made the background with starburst stains, I love using these inks they are so shimmery! I had to use 'Lucky Shamrock Green' and Golden dubloons for the background on a St Patrick's Day card lol. After a layer of lucky shamrock green I added random splodges of golden dubloons and sprinkled it with lots of sea salt. When you dust the salt off the dry background it give a really lovely mottled effect. Its hard to see on a photo but hopefully this shows it a little better

The swirly corner stamps are from Elusive Images and the green and gold  stripy ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and the gold gems are from my stash.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts: Luck of the Irish
Alota Rubber Stamps: St Patrick's Day green
Crafty Cardmakers spotlight: Make your own designer paper
Crafty Ho's Challenge: gold, green and white
Delicious Doodles: green for St Patrick's Day
If the shoe fits: St Patrick's day
Inspiration Avenue: St Patrick's Day
Mamie Doodles: Monochomatic green with a bit of the Irish
Sentimental Sunday: Let's go green
Sisterhood of Crafters: St Patrick's Day
Stamp something: something cream and green
Tellen's Place: St Patrick's Day celebration

Thanks for visiting, I'm really looking forward to seeing your
St Patrick's Day inspired cards this week.
Claire xx


  1. Lovely!

    Thank for participating in the Alota Challenge!

  2. Hello Claire. What a very effective and classy creation. Love the gold and green blend, and that ribbon really highlights the beautiful image. Thank you for joining us at Tellens Place and good luck.
    Love Sandra xxx

  3. Beautiful card Claire, love the background
    Beryl x

  4. WOW this is amazing, What a stunning card. Love Hazelxoxo

  5. Love the image and riboon. Very elegant card. Thanks for joining us at Tellen's Place.

  6. Gorgeous card Claire, that's one stunning background, and the ribbon matches perfectly, I love it.
    Hugs Irene

  7. Saw this over on one of the challenge blogs and i love it. very sophisticated!
    kathleen mc xx

  8. A lovely card using some great techniques and a fab well coloured image. That ribbon is delicious. Thankyou for sharing this with us at Tellen's Place this week and hope to see you back next time

  9. Beautiful card, so elegant! Thanks for joining us at Delicious Doodles Challenge!!

    Greetings, Saskia :)

  10. Oh how beautiful is that gold embossing. I love how pretty and elegant this card is with so many techniques you used and a wonderful image! Thanks for joining our "St. Patrick's Day Celebration" challenge at Tellen's Place this week. :~)

  11. Happy St Patricks Day! It is beautiful card, thanks for taking part in the Mami Doodles challenge.

  12. Great card and lovely stripey ribbon, thanks for playing with us at the Alphabet Challenge, blessings Hilde

  13. stunning! great use of the image, the background inking takes my breath away! thanks for playing along with us at the Shoe!

  14. Such a lovely card, so pretty! ~Theresa

  15. This is gorgeous. I love the background you created. Thanks for playing along with the Crafty Hos.

  16. Hi Claire, what a beautiful card! I love that shimmer on the background designer paper! Thanks so much for joining us over at the Tellen's Place St. Patty's day challenge. Good luck and I hope you come back again next week!
    Hugs, Sarah

  17. What a pretty background! Thanks so much for joining a Mami Doodles challenge!

  18. I love that little sentiment! Thanks for taking part in our Mami Doodle Challenge.

  19. Hi! I came from Creative Card Crew's blog, just joined today for the first time. Such a lovely card! :)

    Debbie, Crafty Heart

  20. GORGEOUS work as always Claire, I love how you made the background, just STUNNING! I also love the gold detailed embossing, so pretty. Thanks for joining CRAFTY HOs' this week as well. Hugs my friend:)

  21. what a great card, I love it :o) the background is lush

    thanks very much for entering my Irish theme this week at Allsorts


    Amanda x

  22. such a pretty card! i super like your great coloring of the image and the pops of gold are wonderful. thanks for joining us!!
    - Shauna {The Sisterhood GDT}

  23. Lovely card! Beautiful textures and great color combination. Great job!

  24. Hi Claire, the background on your card is stunning. Its ages since I played with salt, you have achieved a wonderful effect. Many thanks for playing with Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight, hope to see you again. Cazro

  25. Hello so very beautiful card.
    Thanks, for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafter.
    ** Karla

  26. Great technique for a fabulous card. Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew! hugs~

  27. Very Stunning!
    I love the paper! The colours are amazing!
    Thanks for joining in Crafty Cardmakers
    Hugs Melly xxx

  28. Very elegant.....This is just lovely. Love the elaborate stamp in the corners. Thanks for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters!

  29. Another stunner, love your backing papers

    Thanks for getting crafty with us at Crafty Cardmakers

    Judie xx


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