Top o’ the mornin’ to ye!
I decided at the very last minute to try the color challenge for Pals Paper Arts PPA 242.
The colors for this round screamed St. Patrick’s Day, (really, it was very loud and in a leprechaunish voice), so I decided to go with the obvious because angry leprechauns can be scary. Here are the colors:
As always seems to be the case when you decide to try something at the last minute, I faced several challenges. I don’t have any gold paper, glitter or embossing powder. And, I don’t have any St. Patrick’s Day sentiments or images. So, I pulled out what I DID have in the challenge colors and tried to work with that.
In my Trim The Tree DSP stack, I found several designs that used Garden Green. I’ve said this before, but here it is again: I LOVE that even the “seasonal” Stampin’ Up! paper collections have designs that can be used year round. I chose the striped design because I liked the way it looked against the Basic Black card base.
I knew I wanted to make a four-leaf clover, because luck, and that it had to be large because I didn’t really have anything else to be the focal point. Problem was that I only have the small heart punch from the Itty Bitty Punch pack. However, the luck of the Irish was with me in that I remembered the heart Thinlit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies!
I embossed Garden Green card stock with my Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, ran it through my Big Shot and voila — textured heart-shaped clover leaves! To add a bit of sparkle, I used Gold Sequin Trim for the stem, adhering it with Glue Dots where I wanted it to curve.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted a sentiment at all, but finally decided on “You Make Me Happy” from the Hello Love stamp set, which I earned as a Hostess reward. I chose this sentiment because the hearts that form the clover make me think of love, and the recipient of this card is someone I love and who makes me happy.
Speaking of happy, I’m happy I didn’t let what I thought was a lack of supplies keep me from trying this challenge. With the versatility of Stampin’ Up!’s product line, I was able to create something fun with what I had and that’s no blarney! (OK, I’ll stop now.)
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you find gold at the end of your rainbow! (Really, that was the last one.)
Here’s what I used for this project: