Sunday, March 1, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Deco for Love To Craft Challenge #44

Saints be praised, greetings and welcome! Today is March 1st and we start a new monthly challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog - here's what I've made to hopefully inspire you to join us!
I may only have a wee bit of Irish in me, but I love to decorate my art corner to celebrate St. Patrick's Day along with Spring and Easter. Kids my age grew up making sure to wear something green to school on March 17th so we wouldn't be pinched by classmates. (Ask me why I say forget just once and learn the hard way! LOL) Green and orange are such bright colors and it's a happy holiday!

Since I already have a good selection of decorated tags, I decided to make a deco with 4" round coasters, and of course decorate both sides of it as it will hang with the tags on my Tim Clip Carousel.  I wanted to focus on Patrick and on the shamrocks that he used in his teachings for this deco. Luckily, I found what I needed in my computer files from Free Vintage Digi Stamps.

I began by choosing 2 4-inch round coasters from my stash. I left the one for the front as is but die cut the second one for the back with a Spellbinder scalloped circle die which made it a wee bit smaller in diameter. I then colored them with distress inks, green and orange, respectively. After that, some stenciling on both sides in contrasting colors and patterns.

I didn't take pics of each step, but here are a couple more process shots. I cut 2 Spellbinders die crosses from gold and orange papers and then I cut a Spellbinders Lotus Pendant die from patterned paper. I fussy-cut some collage sheet images and stamped and heat-embossed some shamrocks and punched them out with a circle punch.

For the front side, I used the bigger coaster base and layered on the pendant die cut, a cross and an image of St. Patrick. I used gold Stickles inside and around the cross, around the image and dotted inside the pendant. I wanted some kind of trim sandwiched between the coasters, so I used a few of those big paper muffin wrappers colored green inks and then flatten out and glued to the back of the larger coaster. I then Stickled in gold all around the outside of the coaster on the wrapper.

For the back coaster, I layered the other cross and an image and sentiment and then the clover circles, and then adhered the coaster to the back muffin wrappers. No hang hole needed as the carousel clips hold it fine.

Thanks for visiting me and allowing me to share my Love To Craft Challenge Blog design team make with you today. Please do take a look over at LTCCB at all the creativity my teammates have posted to inspire you. Anything handmade, as long as it's decent, is welcome and you have all month to play and you can link up 5 different projects.

Have an awesome Sunday and week ahead! XOX

1.   Try It on Tuesday: Go Green or Recycle -- mainly green colors
2.   Brown Sugar #298: AG
3.   Crafty Creations #406: AG
4.   Aud Sentiments #245: AG
5.   Cut It Up #194: Fave Color with a Die -- In March, my fave color is green and I used 4 dies listed in post (scalloped circle, 2 crosses and lotus pendant).
6.   The Creative Crafters #25: AG
7.   Outlawz Sundays Songs & Rhymes: I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover


Cath Wilson said...

Wow, Aimes... you've put a lot of thought and work into this. There's so much incorporated into the detail.

I'm always amazed at the way you all celebrate 'Paddys Day', although I presume the high number of Irish immigrants had that effect. (My Great Grandad was one of a number of his family who emigrated!)

I'm not too far from Liverpool, where there are still a lot of Irish, but the only thing that will be celebrated is Guinness - and Irish whiskey, as opposed to whisky - as people drink themselves senseless in the Irish bars, lol.. oh, and music, of course. Friends and I used to go to the Irish Music Celebration nights in Liverpool and they were amazing. I love Celtic/Gaelic music :-)

Wishing you a Happy St Patrick's Day!
Thank you for linking to Try it on Tuesday's Go Green challenge.
Cath x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Once again, you have outdone yourself, Aimeslee. Your lovely coasters are incredible and your choice of coloring and those heavenly layers make this project a real winner. It's also perfect for Try it on Tuesday's Go Green challenge.

Sherri Thacker said...

These are so pretty! I always green on St. Patrick's Day too! Thanks for sharing these at Cut it Up. Sherri DT

Inkyfingers said...

What a fabulous creation, Aimeslee! Love the inky layers you created and the overall vintage look.
Hope you are having a good weekend!
Carol x

Meggymay said...

Fantastic coasters Aimeslee, the colours are so bright and cheerful. I am so happy you have shared your St Patricks day project with us at Try it on Tuesdays .
Yvonne xx

Rosie said...

Just wonderful

Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

Lozzy said...

Both stunning xx

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Your coaster is delightful. The front really grabbed my attention. Always enjoy the few added photos of your process. You can make a coaster sing like no other. Love the shimmer. Have a great week, Aimes.

LeslieT said...

Love, love, love! I'm part Scotch-Irish myself so green is the thing every St. Patrick's Day here, too! Your design, as usual, is fantastic! Love the colors and all the elements! Great job!

Valerie-Jael said...

Love your beautiful Irish creations. And happy belated leaping 16th! Green and orange are wonderful colours. Have a happy week and a great March! Hugs, Valerie

My name is Erika. said...

Wow Aimeslee, these are gorgeous. And they make me think of spring, which is what is so great about t. Patrick's Day. Thanks for sharing them with us at try It On Tuesday. hugs-Erika

Billie A said...

So creative and glad you shared over at Aud Sentiments.

Let's Art Journal said...

So beautiful! I love how you created the backgrounds and all the adornments look amazing too 😀. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday and wishing you a wonderful week! Happy March! Hugs, Jo x

Donna Ellis said...

I DO remember those pinches, despite my green eyes! But I had no excuse since there is lots of Irish in me LOL I am proud of all our ancestors who survived the famines and the journey over the sea. What resilience! Culturally speaking, your project could not have embraced the Irish Feel more, Miss Aimes! It's beautiful, and those details are just incredible with fabulous die cuts, a pretty mixture of papers and colors, and the theme itself. Sigh - no pinches for you this year! LOL hugs, de

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Wonderful detail again Aimslee smiles at the forgetting to wear green on 17th never heard that one before!
You know why St Patrick used the ☘️ shamrock as his symbol?
Because it showed the trinity. Three in One of Father Son and Holy Spirit... a practical illustration. See a post written here.. if can find it!
Well add in reply so don’t lose it while looking.

Thanks for Sharing, God bless, hugs Shaz in Oz.x

{Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Here tis, sorry my life link will need to copy and paste,


Words and Pictures said...

Love the detailed layering in these discs - they kind of remind me of kaleidoscopes - and the fresh greens are perfect for St Patrick's Day.
Alison x