Wednesday, 13 March 2019

a rainbow of luck

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Yes, there is a difference between Shamrocks and Clovers.
Here is a little of what I have found HERE in cyberland:
The word shamrock comes from the Gaelic word Seamrog, meaning “little clover”.  A clover is the commonly used name for any number of plants belonging to the genus Trifolium, meaning “having three leaves".  Even among botanists, there is some disagreement on what species is the “true” shamrock, but most agree that the White Clover is probably the original shamrock of Irish symbolic heritage.  While trying to convert the Irish into Christians, St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity with each leaf representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The three leaves of a shamrock are also said to stand for faith, hope and love.  A fourth leaf is where we get the luck from.  The four-leafed clover, or “lucky clover”, is an uncommon variation of the three-leafed clover, and widely considered to be a symbol of good luck.  Because they are a mutation, they are rare, and not found in the same abundance as the shamrock, and thus, considered lucky.  The traditional Irish symbol of a shamrock does not include the fourth leaf.

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Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.
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The sponsors for this challenge are:


Prize ~ $12 Gift Certificate


Prize ~ $10 Gift Certificate


Prize ~ 1 digital image (non colored)

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Today I have used the St. Patrick’s Day Mini Kit digital stamp set from Ike's Art, one of our generous sponsors this week, to make a two cards.
Lucky I did a bit of homework for these cards (see the italics at the top of this post).
The cute little bear has shamrocks on his paws and a bunch of shamrocks in his hat.
The round "good luck" card has a shamrock frame and the rainbow "Lucky" card has an ornate panel with four leaf clovers ... does that mean it's extra lucky?



This post is to focus on my second card, the ornate shamrock panel with the rainbow sentiment.



FULL details about BOTH cards can be found HERE
or click on the image below.




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NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for
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*** INGREDIENTS ***
Ike's Art - digital stamp - St. Patrick’s Day Mini Kit
Copic markers - bear - fur - E33-35-37
Copic markers - bear - face & paws - E31 + E95
Copic markers - hat - T5-7-9-10 + G43-46-29
Copic markers - shamrocks - G46 + G29
Copic markers - "Lucky" sentiment - 
R24-27-46 + YR14-16-18 + Y13-15-18 + G43-46-29 + B 14-16-18
Kaisercraft - gold metallic gel pen - hat buckle
12x12 textured cardstock
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #75138
5x5 and 5x7 Clover Flourish card by Daniela Angelova
font - "Lucky" - ZP Hogs and Kisses 3D
font - "to know you" - Tatima
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers

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Sending a big Thank You to Ike's Art for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #187 - Add A Shamrock / Clover at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my ornate rainbow "Lucky" card in the following challenges:
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Shamrocks and Clover . . . Oh My!

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Yes, there is a difference between Shamrocks and Clovers.
Here is a little of what I have found HERE in cyberland:
The word shamrock comes from the Gaelic word Seamrog, meaning “little clover”.  A clover is the commonly used name for any number of plants belonging to the genus Trifolium, meaning “having three leaves”.  Even among botanists, there is some disagreement on what species is the “true” shamrock, but most agree that the White Clover is probably the original shamrock of Irish symbolic heritage.  While trying to convert the Irish into Christians, St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity with each leaf representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The three leaves of a shamrock are also said to stand for faith, hope and love.  A fourth leaf is where we get the luck from.  The four-leafed clover, or “lucky clover”, is an uncommon variation of the three-leafed clover, and widely considered to be a symbol of good luck.  Because they are a mutation, they are rare, and not found in the same abundance as the shamrock, and thus, considered lucky.  The traditional Irish symbol of a shamrock does not include the fourth leaf.

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Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.
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The sponsors for this challenge are:


Prize ~ $12 Gift Certificate


Prize ~ $10 Gift Certificate


Prize ~ 1 digital image (non colored)

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Today I have used the St. Patrick’s Day Mini Kit digital stamp set from Ike's Art, one of our generous sponsors this week, to make a two cards.

I opened the digital stamp set on my Silhouette Studio design mat.  I started by adding the hat to the cute stitched bear.  Next came two different cut files (details below), where I sized the image to fit inside the feature panel.  I used some different fonts to create my "good luck" and "Lucky to know you" sentiments.  I printed the image panels, cut using my Silhouette Cameo, heat set, then coloured with Copic markers.  I finished off the hat buckles with a luscious gold gel pen.  I made a 5" x 7" card base for the rainbow "Lucky to know you" card and used my Cameo to cut the layers for the round "good luck" card.  I used liquid adhesive to adhere the layers.


Lucky I did a bit of homework for these cards (see the italics at the top of this post).
The cute little bear has shamrocks on his paws and a bunch of shamrocks in his hat.

The round "good luck" card has a shamrock frame and the rainbow "Lucky" card has an ornate panel with four leaf clovers ... does that mean it's extra lucky?




I matted the inside of the card by cutting an extra layer of the pale green layers then trimming off the top to fit under the top fold created when the two round panels were adhered together.



My second card is filled with a rainbow of luck.
I used Copic markers to colour the "Lucky" then finished it off by colouring one of the "negative" shamrocks from the ornate panel with Copic markers and adding it as an embellishment.



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NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

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*** INGREDIENTS ***
Ike's Art - digital stamp - St. Patrick’s Day Mini Kit
Copic markers - bear - fur - E33-35-37
Copic markers - bear - face & paws - E31 + E95
Copic markers - hat - T5-7-9-10 + G43-46-29
Copic markers - shamrocks - G46 + G29
Copic markers - "Lucky" sentiment - 
R24-27-46 + YR14-16-18 + Y13-15-18 + G43-46-29 + B 14-16-18
Kaisercraft - gold metallic gel pen - hat buckle
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #183265
Shamrock Ring St. Pat 6x6 card by Snapdragon Snippets
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #75138
5x5 and 5x7 Clover Flourish card by Daniela Angelova
font - "Lucky" - ZP Hogs and Kisses 3D
font - "to know you" - Tatima
font - "good luck" - Tatima
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the sentiment

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Sending a big Thank You to Ike's Art for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #187 - Add A Shamrock / Clover at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my ROUND card in the following challenges:
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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Flora and Fauna with Team Lou

It's time for another challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

This fortnight Team Lou have created projects to inspire you for the new challenge





Our generous sponsors for this challenge are:

Waffle Flower Stamps & Dies


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Today I have used the Lacy Flower clear stamp by Waffle Flower Stamps and Dies, one of our generous sponsors this fortnight.  I've had this stamp set in my stash for a while now but I'm thrilled to report that it's still in stock in the Waffle Flower store (link below) and highly recommend the design and quality ... you might add it to your shopping cart if you're the lucky challenge winner.

I tried something new for me, colouring on Kraft.  I dusted the front panel of the card base with powder, then, using my MISTI, I stamped the largest Lacy Flower image and sentiment on a Kraft card base with Versamark watermark ink.  I smothered the stamping with embossing powder, shook off the excess then gently removed any stray granules before zapping it with my heat tool.  I always love watching the magic happen when embossing powder melts.



I gave the card a few minutes to cool down then coloured the segments of the image with Kaisercraft metallic gel pens.  These pens are so juicy and have such a luscious metallic shimmer and shine which looks even more decadent against the Kraft cardstock.


It's not very often that I stamp and colour directly on to a card base.  It was nice not to worry about layers or colours bleeding through.  Using the MISTI would make it quick and easy to make a bundle of these CAS cards to have ready and waiting for some "colouring therapy".

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NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for

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*** INGREDIENTS ***

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Sending a big Thank You to our generous sponsors for sponsoring the
Flora and Fauna with Team Lou challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

I hope I have inspired you to get creative and look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery.  
Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

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

Thursday, 28 February 2019

With love, today and always . . .

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

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The sponsors for this challenge are:


Prize ~ 3 Digital Images
Prize ~ Two Digital Images
 & Two Coordinating Digital Paper Sets

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Decosse's Dynamite Doodles
Prize ~ 1 of 5 sets offered by the sponsor
Bio:
Are you interested in digital sentiments, papers and other embellishments? How about a badge made especially for your blog? If these are items you are interested in, you are going to want to check out Décosse's Dynamite Doodles. My name is Lisa and with over 200+ posts of freebies to choose from, and new ones added often, I just might have what you are looking for. Along with the freebies I offer, I also create blog badges, watermarks and digital Scrapbooking Kits. I also sponsor a number of challenge blogs throughout the year and it is my absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to sponsor the Crafty Gals Corner Challenge Blog!  If you have the time, I'd love for you to pop by and visit me. There is always inspiration to be found among my many different features. Come and take a look--I hope you have a blast!

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Today I have used the Daisy Clipart Frames digital stamp and Digital Plaid Paper from Twinkle Lane Designs, one of our generous sponsors this week,
to make tag with matching card.



The tag is a fussy cut daisy frame and has a matching card to finish off the set.


This card is a fancy fold called a Gatefold Centre Easel Card

... a real tongue-twister that looks pretty spectacular when open (and closed).
It has a sleeve / belly band to hold the card closed.

Here's how it's made: I opened the daisy frame image panel, plaid paper panel and cut file (all links are below) in my Silhouette Studio.  I enlarged the card base to just fit on my cutting mat (11.75"), sized the daisy frame to fit on the centre easel panel, sized the plaid paper panel to fit the decorative matting panels, sized the daisy to fit the medallion of the card sleeve, printed them all on textured cardstock then cut them with my Silhouette Cameo.  I fussy cut the daisy on the card sleeve / belly band and the daisy frame that was used to make the tag.  I went around the edges of the fussy cut panels with a Memento Tuxedo Black Dual Tip Marker to give them a neat finish.
I punched a hole in the top of the tag and threaded a knotted ribbon through it,
just above the die cut bow.

I coloured the daisies with glitter gel pens.  The colours are so rich, the inks so juicy, with the red and pink blending together perfectly, the sparkle is delightful too.

Here is a close-up of the card panel.

Here is a close-up of the tag.
If you click on the image, you should be able to see the
stitched detail in the die cut alphas, matching the frame border.

Here is a close-up of the "card sleeve / belly band" for the card. 


Instead of cutting the folds with the Cameo, I used my scoreboard to manually score the folds then burnished them with a bone folder.  I adhered the layers to the card base using liquid adhesive, finishing off the image panel with a die cut sentiment and bow.  The alphas used for the sentiment have stitched detail, so they work wonderfully with the stitching of the daisy frame.

The sentiment block used to stand up the easel panel is a "today and always" sentiment matted on three layers of scalloped cardstock. 




I made two cards so that you can see what the card looks like when closed and open at the same time.  The belly band slides smoothly off the closed card.

What do you think?



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NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

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*** INGREDIENTS ***
Twinkle Lane Designs digital stamp - Daisy Clipart Frames
Twinkle Lane Designs - digital paper - Digital Plaid Paper
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock
Kaisercraft - Glitter Gel Pens
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #267905
Gatefold Easel Card by Lori Whitlock
scoreboard and bone folder
Sizzix Big Shot
Paper Smooches - Bows Dies
Li'l Inker Designs - Mixed & Stitched Alphabet Dies
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the bows

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Sending a big Thank You to Twinkle Lane Designs for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #186 at the Crafty Gals Corner.
   
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
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Monday, 25 February 2019

a wreath filled with deepest sympathy

Sadly we needed a little too many sympathy cards during 2018.
It's always harder to make them when you need them, so I plan on making some to have ready and waiting in my stash.  This is my second set of designs for 2019.

These CAS cards use a pre-coloured wreath digital stamp from the Fall Cotton Wreath Digital Stamp Set [DIGI3150J] (details and links below) by Sparkle N Sprinkle.
I opened the wreath image in Silhouette Studio, added "with our" to the sentiment banner, sized two to make 5" x 7" card panels, printed on A4 textured cardstock, heat set then manually trimmed to make image panels to add to 5" x 7" card bases.  I played around with the size and position of the wreath so that I could make several slightly different cards.



Next came something I don't do often enough.

I made the card bases with sentiments inside.

One sentiment is a simple "Thinking of you and sending our Deepest Sympathy for your loss" using the same "Deepest Sympathy" sentiment from the Fall Cotton Wreath Digital Stamp Set used on the front of the card and added the extra text (font details below).  I printed the sentiment on a sheets of A4 textured cardstock, manually trimmed down to 10" x 7", scored at 5", folded and burnished with a bone folder and I had a card bases with a sentiment inside.



The other sentiment design is a two pager.
While I still had my original simple sentiment open in Silhouette Studio, I duplicated it (saving the original copy) and added the beautiful "Those We Love" verse from the Memory In Our Hearts Digital Stamp Set to the inside left of the card.  As with the single sentiment, I printed them on sheets of A4 textured cardstock, manually trimmed down to 10" x 7", scored at 5", folded and burnished with a bone folder to make some more card bases.


I adhered the image panels to the card bases with the sentiments inside
and soon had a set of cards completed. 



Here they are, all together
... I'm not so sure that I like the offset one.


These wreaths are warm and wonderful, filled with comfort and love.
I'm so glad knowing that I have these in my stash,
hoping that I won't be needing them for a long time.

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*** INGREDIENTS ***
Sparkle N Sprinkle - digital stamp - wreath with "Deepest Sympathy" sentiment banner
pre-coloured image from the Fall Cotton Wreath Digital Stamp Set [DIGI3150J]
"with our" sentiment - Eras Light ITC font
Sparkle N Sprinkle - digital verse - "Those We Love"
from the Memory In Our Hearts Digital Stamp Set DIGI917DE
American Crafts textured cardstock
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers

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

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Love is in the air . . .

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

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The sponsors for this challenge are:



Prize ~ $15 Gift Certificate

Prize ~ 3 Digital Images

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Today I have used the Emily Showers Of Love Digital Stamp Set [Digi831FS] digital stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle, one of our generous sponsors this week, to make some cards filled with LOVE.



This delightful digital stamp set comes with the digital image, pre-coloured image and several sentiments.  My road to recovery is very bumpy, so it was wonderful to be able to use the pre-coloured image.  I opened the image in Silhouette Studio and made it in two sizes to fit on to matted A5 card bases.  I added the sentiments and printed them on textured cardstock ... wow ... they came out looking like paintings.  I used my Perfect Layers Rulers to add different matting layers to each panel, adhered to A5 card bases then finished them off with sparkling Stardust Stickles.
It's so hard to capture the delicate sparkle of the raining hearts and purple panel.

... if you click on the photos below you should be able to see some sparkle





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NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

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*** INGREDIENTS ***
Sparkle N Sprinkle digital stamp - Emily Showers Of Love Digital Stamp Set
[Digi831FS]

American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock
American Crafts Pow! Glitter Paper - Grape
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Stardust Stickles

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Sending a big Thank You to Sparkle N Sprinkle for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #185 at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
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The Crafter’s Café Challenge Blog - Challenge #212
Theme: Fairy Tale OR I spy with my little Eye something beginning with F
My card has a combination of Fancy Fonts in the sentiment and
the cute image is surrounded by Floating/Fluttering hearts
Tuesday Throwdown - Tuesday Throwdown #425 – Falling Hearts
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes #374 – 375