The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy St. Patty's Day

I know that many folks don't bother with cards for St. Patrick's Day, but I really like making and sending them. It's fun to celebrate a bit o' green to get in the mood for impending spring! Sending out these cards is a great way for me to stay in contact with my folks and aunts, too.

After filling my crafty time with design team assignments this week, it was fun to create just for the sake of creating. So here's what I ended up with.


I'm test-driving some brand-new New Leaf cardstock that I purchased from Papertrey Ink with the $60 gift certificate I won in PTI's 6th anniversary celebration last month. I adore this shade of green! And it was perfect for a St. Patrick's Day card. I dug deep into my hoard collection of Basic Grey 6" x 6" patterned paper pads to find this awesome green and white chevron print. And that fun gray shamrock background paper? A digital patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket. I love my digital elements!

I think this DeNami Design Happy St. Patrick's Day sentiment is the best! So whimsical and perfectly scripted. And how genius is that shamrock as an apostrophe? I also used a chevron border from the DeNami Modern Borders set for the center of my handmade twine-y flower embellishment featuring Peapod baker's twine from The Twinery.



I'm playing along with a few challenges:

In addition to a bit of recreational crafting yesterday, I spent quite a bit of time getting ready for Career Day at my daughter's middle school today. It's an early release day, so the guidance team invited parents and friends to come in for the morning to talk with the kids about what they do in their jobs. Each Career Day guest has been assigned to a classroom teacher and will talk to each of that teacher's classes on an abbreviated schedule (after all, it is a half day!). I've been assigned to my daughter's math teacher, and she couldn't be more excited that I will be there! I'll be presenting my 28-minute-or-less spiel to each of Mr. Coger's five eighth grade math classes. And to tell the truth, I'm pretty excited to be doing this--I have so much I want to tell these students and can't wait to share how I use real-live math every day!! I just hope I can make my daughter proud :). Fingers crossed!!

Once the kids are out early, they are each bringing a friend home to our house for lunch before we head out to the Museum of Science in Boston to take advantage of their free IMAX movies every Friday in March. Woo-hoo! LOVE free! We're going to see Africa: The Serengeti. Should be fascinating!

EDITED TO ADD: Well, we've been torpedoed by Winter Storm Saturn. School has been cancelled for today!!! So, no Career Day after all. We have two very sad faces here this morning. No word yet on whether or not it will be re-scheduled; I don't have high hopes. Darn! It looks like we could still get 3 to 5 inches of snow before noontime, so our trip to MoS for the IMAX movie hangs in the balance, too. Such is life in New England, I guess!! We drowned our sorrows in French toast, a treat that's usually not possible on weekdays. So, at least there's that. :)

I hope you have a fabulous weekend--don't forget about the time change on Saturday before you go to bed! I'll be back on Sunday with my post for the DeNami Birthday Bonanza Blog Hop. There are going to be some AWESOME prizes, so be sure to hop along with us!

Thanks for dropping by!
Emily

23 comments:

Pam said...

What a perfect St. Patty's day card with your sweet embellishment, and the lovely sentiment! Love that script too! Best of luck at school with the kiddos!! Sounds like you have quite a full day! Glad to hear your enjoying the mug cozy!! :)

Lisa said...

This is perfect for St. Patrick's day Emily! Love the paper with the wee shamrocks. I see a lot of snow in your area and wondering if you'll have career day today :( hope it goes well if you do!

Benzi said...

Such a cute St. Patty's Day card and I love your twine-y flower. You won a $60 gift certificate..how fabulous!!!

So sorry about the snow and cancellation of Career Day. I know you were looking forward to it. You may have to move down South with me so you don't have all that snow. LOL

Stacy said...

This card just says COOL. I love the shades of greens and the mix of chevrons. I am not sure I would have ever thought to split the green chevron panels line that but I love how it looks! See you at the blog hop!

Marisa said...

Happy with all the glorious green and having flashbacks to when I used to make string art as a child :) Fabulously done all round.

Hopefully the french toast and some snowman making in the yard will help ease the pain of no career day.

Tracey McNeely said...

Emily this is a perfect St. Patty's day card and I love you embellishment and the fantastic papers. Yes New leaf is an awesome green! I am so sorry that Career Day has been cancelled/postponed. I am sure you are all disappointed. French toast works wonders though. :)

sandie said...

Love the fab use of twine, great mix of papers. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Fab St. Paddy's card, Emily! I'm so sorry you got hit with more snow and it ruined your plans which makes for little frowny faces! You are sweet to try and make up for it with delicious French Toast. Stay in and stay cozy and have fun!!

Sue Lelli said...

So sad about the storm and no Career Day! LOVE your card, though! LOVE what you did with the twine!!!

Lisbeth K said...

Beautiful card, and I love the twine-y flower!! I had a little laugh about your snowy-problem. Here nothing closes because of snow, not even for 12-15"... But hey, I live in the winter wonderland of Norway :D Sad that Career Day was cancelled though... Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational this week, hope you join us again soon:)

creatingwithpaper said...

Very fun! Great use of the color green! I like the stitching detail and the twine pattern is really nice. So glad you joined us at Inkspirational!
- Shauna

Kathy Skou said...

Beautiful card! LOVE how you used the twine! Thanks for playing along with The Twinery.

Suzanne said...

Emily, I love all the green, the top white border, but what you did with the twine! Awesome!

Marlena M. said...

Your green card is wonderful,Emily, that twine treatment is incredible!
I'm so sorry your day was cancelled-bummer. ;( I appreciate the reminder to change clocks...eeks!!!

Monika Wright | I Love It All said...

Thanks for joining us at The Twinery!

Mynnette said...

What an awesome card! I LOVE the stitching and the twine element! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational! :)

PS: Sorry about career day! Hope it's rescheduled! :)

Kellie said...

OH wow this is amazing! Thank you so much for joining us over at The Twinery!

~Tammy~ said...

Big bummer I hope they can reschedule especially with the work you put into it!

Congrats on your winnings at PTI! Love your St. Patrick's card!

Jessi Fogan said...

I love the spirelli effect with the twine - that turned out so cool!

Boo, hiss on the cancelled career day - I hope they do reschedule, because it sounds like a really fun day! Then again, french toast for breakfast sounds pretty good too ;)

Bonnie said...

Love that woven twine! Great layout!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Love this Emily especially how you did the flower. That is so cool. I am sending out a St Patrick's day card-so I do enjoy looking at them. Yours is darling.
Bear Hugs,
Carol

Colleen Dietrich said...

I remember seeing this in my email inbox and being wowed by this twine-bedecked flower! What a genius idea, Emily. I love the color of your new PTI cardstock too. If ever, or whenever, I use up my colored Stampin' Up cardstock, I must buy some PTI. Love the array of their colors!

Meighan Wheller said...

Fabulous St. Patrick's Day card Emily. Love how you have used the twine it looks fab on the card. Great layout and papers too! Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational. Hope to see you again soon! Meighan