Monday, March 2, 2015

Crafty Secret's Design Team Challenge and Linky Party! (And a Full Photo Tutorial too!) :)

It is the first Monday of the month, and that means it is time for our Crafty Secret's Design team challenge.  The challenge? 
Feature flowers, green, growing things, garden journals or farm images. Easter banners, Easter baskets, or home décor! Use an “upcycled” item in your project: a bit of corrugated cardboard, packaging material, paper bag, twist ties, jars and bottles or anything else that would normally go to the landfill.

Although it still feels like January outside, it is indeed March! Which means St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner.  And even though I am 100% Polish, we all have a wee bit of Irish in all of us, don't we? ;)
Obviously, mine is going with the "green" theme. 

Lots of green patterned paper with touches of gold and white.
I love this image of this girl and her dog.  
If you are interested in seeing how this card was put together, here is a step by step.  :)
First I printed designer papers from the Garden Papers collection,  in various patterns of green.  I grabbed a Tattered Angels chipboard frame, and an image from the Seasonal booklet.
I glittered my frame using glossy accents, gold glitter, and of course the image I selected from above. 
These are the layers of cardstock I used. 
I cut the patterned paper into one inch strips and inked along all of the edges with black ink.  
You can't tell from this picture, but remember the angled piece of card stock from above?  I adhered the strips on an angle on that piece of card stock.  
Here is a shot on the backside.  You can see that I adhered the pieces on an angle. 
Cut the excess off with scissors. 
Here it is all trimmed up. :) 
I wanted a four leaf clover for the corner near the bottom, so I pulled out my very ancient heart punch and punched four hearts.  I glittered them up and hand cut a teeny weeny stem to go with it.  
I had these white glittery leaves (cut from my Silhouette) sitting on my desk and knew they would work perfectly for this card.  I also wanted to incorporate a bit of gold for an additional layer.  
I layered the gold under the diagonal paper.  I adhered the white leaves.  Tied gold ribbon around the top.  I then attached the gold frame, added a bit of white ribbon and twine to the top.  For a finishing touch I added an acrylic flower to the center of the bow, gold sequins, and a few green rhinestones.   
I hope you will join us for this month's challenge! 
Be sure to visit the other designers' blogs! 
Their projects are gorgeous!


Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!




9 comments:

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Wow, Michele! This is sooooo gorgeous, and your tutorial is wonderful, too! I loved seeing how you put this together! Thanks for another fabulous Linky project!

Diane said...

Full of beautiful glittery gorgeousness!! A great tutorial on the way you did your background...now I have to try that!!

Melody Clement said...

Oh my goodness, this is so beautiful! I love all the detail you put in your cards - and the perfect amount of sparkle!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

GORGEOUS! I too am Polish but hubby is 100% Irish so NOW I know what St. Patty's Day card I'll be making for him! (thanks ... lol)
Love how you did the background ... awesome tips and tricks .. thanks!
Give Cortney a hug from me and thanks again for inspiration!

Heather Flaherty said...

Wonderful tutorial, love the image and the card as a whole!

Shantaie said...

Awesome tutorial, and such a sweet card! { as always}
I really am Irish and I love that the whole world is for at least one day! :)

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Co. said...

Great tutorial Michele, I like how you used our Garden papers diagonally and then all the extra little details you added to turn it into a 'Wow card!

Wow - it's a really pretty card!

Thanks
Sandy

The Paper Toile said...

Love this! Your projects are always so beautiful!

Gloria Stengel said...

Such a great way to use up scraps. And just the prefect touches of gold and glitter!