Thursday, March 17, 2011

Waltzingmouse Irish Blog Waltz!


Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

What better way to celebrate than to join the Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz today...with a very appropriate Irish theme.  As you may know,WMS creator Claire Brennan just happens to live in Ireland!

I hope that my card isn't a cheater!  I made a shamrock for last year's waltz, so I tried a different route this year.  As soon as I heard the theme, the song "Wild Irish Rose" popped into my head.  I remember it as one of the very first songs that I learned in elementary school...can still hear our teacher Mrs. Neale singing it so beautifully.  My WMS "Roses in Bloom" set just happened to arrive in the mail last month, yippee!

Another funny thing...see the background?  I made it with the plaid strips from Faux Fun in pale green and tan inks.  When I started this card, I immediately knew I wanted that type of background for my red roses.  I thought it would make my card look even more "Irish".  Truly, the thought just popped right into my head!

Hmmmm, does it look familiar?  It didn't to me!  Here I was patting myself on the back for creating such a lovely plaid when......I noticed the packaging from WMS stamps!  Honestly, I didn't even mean to do that!  So I'll just call this "Claire Plaid", and give credit where it is due!  The roses are sponged with Tim Holtz Distress inks, cut into 3 separate pieces, and popped up on dimensionals.  Sentiment is from Teeny Trees.

Though I have red hair, freckles, and a name like "Kelly", alas I am not Irish!  But that won't stop me from wishing you "Top O' the Mornin'"...have a great waltz, everyone!

24 comments:

Antje said...

I love how you did the roses - have to try it with sponging myself. Great inspiration!

Crafty Math Chick said...

Lovely Kelly!. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too!
~Meredith

Julia Aston said...

Beautiful coloring on your Irish roses Kelly! and the plaid BG sets them off wonderfully!

FrancineB said...

LOL Your story gave me a chuckle. Beautiful card. Love the delicate roses with the soft colored plaid. Nice combination.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day Kelly! Such a pretty card! Love your stamped BG and those flowers look beautiful!

Debgem said...

I adore these red roses - and the dimension too. As for the plaid, well I've made a similar one before - but it's stunning!

Niki Estes said...

Beautiful card, Kelly! I love the plaid background and the pretty flowers!

Cyndie said...

How lovely! I love your story about it, too!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Gorgeous Kelly! You've colored those roses beautifully, and I love how you created the background using Claire's brilliant stamps!

rudlis said...

Absolutely stunning!! Happy St. Patrick's Day.

cbuswell said...

beautiful, love the plaid and blooms. Happy St.Patrick's Day!

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

Hi again!!
What a beautiful card you've made for the hop!!! LOVE it!

LaurieJ said...

Absolutely lovely, Kelly! Love the plaid. And I think it's fabulous that the roses are colored by sponging with distress inks! Never would have thought of that. Great idea and beautifully done.

Joanne Gilch said...

Happy Patty's Day to you, Kelly! Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog for the waltz.
this card is just amazing...those flowers are gorgeous. You really have a knack for creating the most delightful cards.

Cassie_lu said...

beautifully done and I really like the plaid you created as well as the depth in the roses

Diane Jaquay said...

oooh, LOVE the plaid background you created, the gorgeous roses look amazing on it!!!

Carly said...

What a fabulous plaid background and the flowers are just perfectly pretty!! Just lovely Kelly!

Meredith said...

Beautiful!! The plaid compliments your beautiful roses just wonderfully :)

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

OMGoodness, Kelly...what a beautiful card. Your plaid background is divine and looks so wonderful behind those gorgeous flowers. Well done!!!

Hazel said...

Another beautiful card. Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog. We are so fortunate to have a Happy House and it's much happier when our sons and DsIL come to visit. Hazel x

Claire Brennan said...

Kelly - this is a dream - a stunner!!! so very pretty!!! Thank you so much for waltzing along with us!

Sue W said...

I love yur card for this hop Kelly and your colouring is just beautiful!!

Karen B. said...

I think your red roses are absolutely gorgeous as is your gingham background.

Meredith said...

Hi Kelly! Thanks for the wonderful comment on my WMS Waltz projects :) I actually just used my ink pads directly on both the tag and the border to distress them - the border was Rich Razzleberry by Stampin' Up :)