I just finished making this St. Patrick's Day card for my Aunt Carol who lives in Texas. The holiday has alot of meaning for her since she lived in Ireland for many years.
This card came together for me using supplies from various sources. My favorite store to get paper and ribbon is Pocketful of Treasures (http://www.pocketfuloftreasures.com) here in Clovis, only 2 blocks from me!! They have a great selection of ribbon and ds paper and the staff is always friendly and helpful.
I got the stripped background paper and silver brads at PFOT. The heart stamp is from SU and part of a set called Polka Dot Punches. My stamping buddy Ellen (who BTW has a great consignment shop http://www.allofmeconsignments.com/) used the heart stamp with green ink on white cs. She then used the Full Heart punch to make the hearts. Ellen stamped and punched a total of 9 hearts for me, what a stamping buddy :o) To make the stem for the clover I used the "extra" hearts to cut them out. I cut a total of two hearts until I got a stem I liked, it was well worth it.
This is the first time I used this sentiment and it won't be the last, I really like it. I used one of the SU clips and the white Dress Up Ribbon. I was set to get ribbon at PFOT and took one last look at my ribbon stash and saw the DUR. I took a close up picture of the ribbon to show the texture which is more like cotton. It's very lacy looking and it adds another Irish dimension to the card. It actually reminds me of lace curtains we had when we lived in Europe during my teenage years. I'll definitely be getting more of this SU ribbon.
I don't always decorate the inside of cards but decided to with this one because my Aunt is very special to me. It's simple but I like it that way. To make the background I used the crimper on light green cs. I then used the Celtic border stamp with light green ink on white cs. I was very nervous using this stamp because I had to stamp all four corners separately, hoping that they would all line up. They did and next time I'll feel more confident.
There were alot of firsts for me on this project and I really enjoyed using stamps and accessories for the first time. I tend to hoard them instead of use them which defeats the purpose of having them in the first place. So the making of this card was a step in the right direction...