Saturday, March 10, 2012

Beautiful Emerald Isle - a WOW Design Team Project

Hello friends!  I hope you're all doing well and that Springtime is quickly approaching wherever you are.  Again, it's been a little while since I posted something new on my blog.  I have been missing my crafting but the past 3 weeks have been very busy and very hectic at work and I have been putting in 10 hour days on a regular basis.  By the time I get home in the evening and feed the critters and myself and relax a few minutes, it's half past dark and not long before bedtime.  Hopefully things will smooth out a bit and with Daylight Savings Time starting this weekend, I'll be able to get more done in a day.

For my group feature on the WOW! Embossing Powder blog, I created a birthday gift for my co-worker, Emily, who traveled to Ireland with her sister a few years back. She had never done anything with her photos from that trip so she gave me some of them to use on my project for WOW! We were challenged by our team leader to create something to coincide with the theme of St. Patrick's Day, luck, or green.  My particular assignment was a layout using green with flowers and/or shamrocks. My co-workers enjoy seeing the things I make for my design teams and as gifts for family and friends and in passing, I divulged to Emily that I didn't have any really good photos to use for this project. That's when she told me I could use some of the ones she took in Ireland.  I jumped at the chance, not only because they were perfect for my assignment but also because her birthday is next month and I had already promised to make her something special for her special day.

Here it is!! I love how it turned out... and so did Emily! I just couldn't wait a whole month to give it to her! LOL!

The cardstock I used as the backdrop is from one of DCWV's newer stacks called Modern Bouquet. It's branded as Recollections and is available at Michael's. The background was all a creamy white with the green epoxy design over it. I used a grass green pigment ink pad to color the page from the outside edge of the circle and left the inner circle white. I intentionally swirled the ink pad in small circular movements to give the color a sort of marbled look.  

I think I may have mentioned before how much I like the look of corrugated cardboard with one of the outer paper sides stripped away.  Well, I took a 12" long strip of it and embossed it with WOW! Embossing powders in Rich Pale Gold and Tea Garden Green, which is an emerald shade of green with a translucent quality. I found the beautiful green shamrock doily you see in the upper left quadrant at Michael's as well and thought it would be perfect for this layout.

I started with a strip of Terrifically Tacky Tape 1/4" wide and about 11" long and adhered it to a strip of scrap cardstock to stabililize it while I was working. I adhered my ribbon to the strip, pleating it as I went. Then I attached the ribbon strip to the cardboard strip with Beacon 3-in-1 Glue and adhered the strip to the layout below where I wanted the photos to be. I embossed the outer edges of the photo mats that I cut from DCWV Shimmer cardstock with Tea Garden Green and mounted the photos on them using my ATG. I attached double-sided foam tape in varying thicknesses on the backs of the photos and arranged them in a waterfall pattern across the middle section of the layout.

Next, the flowers, which I embossed with Rich Pale Gold and Tea Garden Green WOW powders and highlighted by brushing on some diamond Stickles, and the felt shamrocks were arranged around the page and set in place using Beacon 3-in-1.  The title was created from dimensional alphabet stickers purchased from Michael's and the little purple butterflies were made using a Martha Stewart punch and the wings were embossed with Rich Pale Gold and a little stripe of purple Stickles was added for the thorax.  

Finally, the little layered journaling tag was attached in the lower left-hand corner and the small shamrock was added as the finishing touch.  I really like the tone-on-tone effect created by using the different shades of green and just the small pop of contrasting color created by the butterflies.  I'm quite envious that Emily got to visit the "Beautiful Emerald Isle" as my ancestors came from that region and it has been a life-long dream to travel there.  After seeing her pictures, it's definitely on my bucket list now!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout.  Please join me again on the 21st when I'll be posting another project for WOW!  They are the best embossing powders I have ever used and are so much fun I just want to put them on everything!  Until next time...

Happy crafting!

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  1. WOW! What a fabulous layout. I love all the details for the Irish theme. Great take on the sketch! Thanks for joining the fun at Quick Quotes :)
    -Suzanne QQdt

  2. And Emerald it is :) A beautiful layout and love the vivid green. Thanks for playing along with the Quick Quotes challenge :)

  3. beautiful photos, love the colour combo, thank you for joining in with us over at Quick Quotes


  4. WOW! Gorgeous layout. So many wonderful details. I love the corrugated cardboard and the pleated ribbon.

  5. love all the details! what a gorgeous gift! :)

  6. WOW! Beautifully done with all the green details! Thanks for playing along with us at Quick Quotes! QQDT

  7. Stunning LO! I love the way you did the title on this one! Thanks for joining us this month at Quick Quotes!

    barb :)

  8. What a pretty layout and wonderful St. Patrick's day inspiration too! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Quick Quotes!


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