Mar 15, 2013

March's Duel Includes an Irish Blessing!

It's the 15th of the month and time for another duel between the Divas and the Dazzlers!

April was the Hostess with the Mostest for the Dazzlers this round and let me tell you, she sent us the most adorable image (MFT's ala mode "Wishing You Luck") and pretty shamrock papers.  She also included a traditional Irish Blessing and all sorts of pretty embellishments.  It wasn't hard to come up with something great!

Just look at that beautiful shamrock DP!  It's even prettier in-person.  The image was not actually die cut with a Nestability, as the sizing just wouldn't work, so I traced the Nestie die and hand cut with scissors, edging it with dark green ink.

The adorable lass is colored with Spectrum Noir markers, and her shirt and shoes are colored with a silver marker from SU.  The shamrock and her headband have a thick coating of Crystal Effects, as you can see here:

Here's a closer look at the Irish Blessing which has been cut into three segments:

For the flower, I took the gorgeous piece of green & white polka dot ribbon that April sent us and basted long stitches along one edge, drew it tight and tied it off.  Then some glue dots on the back kept it in shape while I went digging for a white button.  Can you believe that I could not find ONE white button?  LOL  Then I remembered that I save the extras from prior rounds, and found this beautiful peal brad - perfect!

Here's a look at the inside which features yet more beautiful DP from April.

We were asked to share a RAK that we have done, or one that we have received.  This card itself is going to become a RAK as I'm sending it to a dear friend who is recently widowed.  I like sending her cards just as a nice little surprise in her mailbox.

April, a HUGE THANK YOU for such a delightful kit this month!

Now each of you, skip on over to the Divas and Dazzlers (links are on my sidebar) and admire their talented creations.  You will be glad that you did!


Liz Williams said...

Cute card and love the Irish blessing.

Melina said...

I like the way you used the blessing piece. Your polka dot flower is so pretty! :)

MiamiKel said...

Oh look at you!!! How charming and creativit to break up the sentiment - awesome, darlene! Bijou-tiful coloring, of course! Love this!

*Irish* you blessings, my friend! <3 You!

kadie said...

Darlene, you card is so much FUN!! I adore how you broke up the blessing into panels--such a great idea. And the ribbons on the corners is just awesome. Another wonderful card! What a blessing it will be for your friend. I'm so blessed to be part of this great group with you! Hugs, kadie

April said...

I agree with Kadie...I love that you broke up the blessing! And that flower you made is utterly perfect!!

Judy McMullen said...

Awesome card, Darlene! How very clever of you to "die cut" this image...looks terrific as does your luscious coloring of her!! Oh, I LOVE those gorgeous papers and WOW!What a fantastic flower you created with that lovely ribbon and pearl brad! Love how you displayed the sentiment in 3 interesting!!! Great job both inside and out!
Thanks for being a blessing in my life. You are an inspiration, dear friend!!

~Paola~ said...

Ohhhh this is a stunning surprise Darlene!
What a clever way to cut up the sentiment a
And your ribbon treatment's is truly the cat's meaw!!
Loveeee all the many inspirations you've provided!!
Thank you dahlin!♡♡

Terry Ladwig said...

Wow much creativity going on with this card! I love how you broke up the blessing and that flower is very cool!! I love it ☺

Great job this round!

kiwimeskreations said...

Love that image Darlene and the way you have presented it - a lovely card.

Carol W said...

Darlene what a great card. I love how you did the sentiment and the ribbon accent in the corner. Love the layout and the inside as well...Your friend will be delighted when she receives this beauty....great job my friend....♥

paige said...

So clever to break up the sentiment and even more clever to turn the ribbon into a flower! Great card!

maryrose said...

So cute, Darlene! I love that background paper, and the polka dot "flower" is a great accent!

Barb said...

Darlene--your card is so creative! I too really like that you cut apart the sentiment and that flower is very cute!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love that fun image- love the way you made a rosette out of the ribbon- and the button is very classy- and love the way you added the sentiment! Awesome card!

:: BlueInks :: said...

The green colors on your card are so rich and pretty! You highlighted them well with the coordinating colors.

Great layout and card, D!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

WOW!!! I love the way you trimmed/cut the blessing into pieces. Great idea! And your image is colored beautifully! The flower is amazing, too... WOW!!!

dweatter said...

Oh your card is so pretty. Love the ribbon crossed sideways and the flower. What a great idea to set out the sentiment on different panels. So great.