Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Irish ATC Swap

   I was so happy to be able to join this swap. I would have loved to have hosted this swap but knew that I just really didn't have the time. I wasn't even sure that I would be able to get cards done for it. I asked if someone would host this and Sandie Hamel jumped right in and hosted it. Thank you Sandie! Mom was not doing well. She had been in the hospital thirteen times since June and then back to the nursing home. She got really bad at Christmas time and I was afraid that she wouldn't be with me much longer. She passed in February a few days before her 90th birthday. Together we had planned a birthday party for her. I had so many things planned for the two of us to share. I never even got to share these ATC's with her. I really miss sharing my latest projects with her. She was my greatest fan.

   For this ATC I started with a green card stock background. I embossed the edge with Emerald embossing powder. I cut clover patterned scrapbook paper to size and then embossed the outside edge with iridescent  embossing powder. I cut a strip of the same paper and accordion folded it making the rosette flower. I then went back and cut a clover from the scrapbook paper and used a punch that punches and sets the epoxy center as it punches out the shape. I trimmed two pieces of ribbon that says "Irish Blessings" and glued them in place. I then glued my rosette flower on the card.

    This card started with a clover patterned scrapbook paper. I used glitter glue to trace over the white clovers. Then using Puffy paint I wrote the word "Luck" on freezer paper. I sat these aside to dry. I made the large clear clover by cutting it from clear plastic, the kind that is used to cover most things that we buy (toys, electronics, and other items). I used alcohol ink to color it green. I then used my heat gun to curl the petals giving it shape. I glued a rhinestone in the center. After the glitter glue background was dry I lifted the word Luck from the freezer paper and laid it in place. I found that it was lost on the background paper so I glued it on transparent vellum. Before putting it on the card I punched a small hole in the upper edge and tied a small gold charm to it with green embroidery thread. I then glued it in place. When I went to attach the large green clear clover I found that it disappeared on the background paper so I cut a vellum clover and placed it beneath it also. For the finishing touch I glued a green glittered clover charm next to it.

   I started this card by mounting green plaid scrapbook paper to white card stock. I then distressed the edges with a gold ink pad. I ran green ribbon through my sticker maker and applied it to the one edge of the card. I then re-sized and printed my favorite picture of St. Patrick chasing the snakes out of  Ireland. Wish I could live where there are no snakes. I'm terrified of them. I then mounted it on chipboard. I used the same gold ink pad on the outside edge. I glued it in place and then for the finishing touch I glued on the gold cross charm.


 Cheryl L. Russ

Leslie Brooks

April Hall

These are the ATC's that I got in return. Thanks, Ladies.

Take Care 

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