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2/24/2018

Art Impression Lucky Leprechaun

Hi and thanks for stopping by. We got back  from sunny Florida mid-week; our traveling pal wanted to head back north. He left sunshine in Florida, warm weather in South Carolina, arriving to snow in Massachusetts! What a change of weather in just 2 days....

While away, I worked on some St. Pat's images, and plan to hunt out some Easter stamps, so I don't have a boring repeat of what I did for Valentine's Day. I'll try to intersperse some Easter and St. Pat's (won't have that many St Paddy's I think), and perhaps some other motifs.... But here's a card I finished - finally.


This is my favorite of all the St Pat's (as well as Art Impressions stamps) of any I own. This little guy is such fun to color. His cross eyes always make me grin each time I color him, and his expression is just precious. Used a Penny Black Antique Frame rectangle, distressed the edges with DI. Worked again on my cloud skills for the background.

Some old DP from the stash, Impression Obsession Shamrock dies (2 layers, colored white snippets with green copic, then Luna Metallic Green, then WoS Christmas green).

Sentiment is VOS - stamped years ago when I was going to a stamp group. Borrowed a stamp and did a bunch on some card stock. Hand cut it, gave the shamrock some more green (this was in the pre-Misti days so not a great inking)...edged the outer bit with the same green as the little leprechaun, and hey, that's it. I have a niece-in-law who is 100% Irish, and I think she will enjoy this little guy.

Added some new Valentine cards to the Cards by Friends page, which I hope you'll take time to enjoy. These arrived the evening just before our trip, and are so lovely.

We have had some gorgeous sunshine & warm weather the past couple of days. Even got in a little porch time. I'm sure we'll get another frosty blast before Spring officially arrives, but in the meantime, we're enjoying the balmy days.

Come again when you have time. God Bless and many hugs.

36 comments:

  1. No wonder he is your favourite Mary such a cheeky cutie......love your background and die cuts.....
    We have the beast from the east hitting us this weekend and snow expected from Monday...so much for spring!....enjoy the rest of the weekend xxxx

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  2. LOVE LOVE this little character, such a great card Mary, I love his crossed eyes and the background.

    Glad you have some barmy days and enjoying porch time. We are in for a "blast from the East". Siberian cold is making its way to us from tomorrow, we have been warned of it all week. In the meantime we have gloriously blue skies and sun and coldish.
    Have a good Sunday and week.
    Faith
    x

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  3. Hi Mary oh i love this card,cute leprechaun,well done my friend xx

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  4. Hi Mary, Glad you didn't come home to much lower temperatures thatn Florida. We are in a very cold snap with temps staying below freezing day and night for the week at least. Snow forecast tomorrow afternoon and then Tuesday and Wednesday. Tomorrow the highest temperature will be -5, but most of the day it's -6 or -7.

    Card is lovely.

    Hope you have a nice day and a lovely week. Sue

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  5. The clouds in the background look great! This little fellow is one cute dude!!! Precious image and I love your card.
    Lynn

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  6. How fun and sweet Leprechaun!! Your colouring is absolutely fabulous and love the whole design! The distressed edges of the image layer and the shamrocks add a lot of dimension!It's an adorable card!

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  7. That sweet leprechaun certainly makes you smile Mary, and you have coloured him beautifully, also the shamrocks and pretty green paper suit him perfectly. Glad you had a great time in Florida and that the weather is being kind to you at the moment, letting you acclimatise to being back in slightly cooler climes, harder for your friend though, going back to snow! x

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  8. Mary, your coloring is just beautiful. The shading is perfect. When I saw this card my first thought was that I know him. He looks like someone on TV but I can't think of who! This really is adorable.

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  9. Glad you are safely home, Mary! Sounds like a relaxing time in the sun! Isn't this weather amazing for February? The birds, flowers and trees all seem to think spring has arrived! Love this Leprechaun! He does have a fun expression. I got the shamrock die after seeing it here last year and need to think of a way to use it now.

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  10. Hi Mary,
    so glad you are back safe and sound.
    My that was some weather your friends expierenced when he got home.
    I bet he felt the cold.
    I love this card and that wonderful image is so super cute.
    As always your work is excellently created and designed.
    Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

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  11. What a darling little old elf man. Your coloring is awesome too. I love the whole layout. Yes, I need to work on mine for St. Pat's Day too. I won't be making that many either but do send a few to shut-ins.

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  12. He really is adorable and you have coloured him beautifully! I love the DP in the background, it matches perfectly. The weather is pretty crazy over here too at the moment, I think winter is returning this week... Hugs, Anne xx

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  13. This is so adorable, Mary!! He's too cute!! I love how you colored him!! The papers and shamrocks are fabulous!! I'm glad you had a safe trip home!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  14. This is cute and love the layering and all the green. You coloured Mr. Weaver so well. I call him that because he reminds me of the old man from Hollywood Squares

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  15. He is a cute little leprechaun isn't he? Those crossed eyes make me smile everytime too! I love the coloring you did too, and all those shamrocks with a 4 leaf clover spell good luck in a big way! So glad you had a fun trip and made it home safely too! Now send some warm southern sunshine up north for a day or two please? LOL After 4 solid days of rain, I feel like a drowned duck! LOL

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  16. This is fabulous Mary, such a fun image and great papers - a super card.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  17. What a fab card Mary, love the fun image and your colouring, great design too. Pleased you had a lovely holiday, Kate x

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  18. Fabulous card Mary, afraid something I do not make.
    Glad you had a great holiday.
    Pam x

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  19. Love the cute leprechaun even with his cross eyes!perfect B.paper-glad you enjoyed your break-we have had a little sun last two days but absolutely freezing!!!Apparently our granparents on both sides were from Irish descent
    carol x

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  20. What a fabulous fun fellow, looks a really happy little chappy, like the way you have cut out the paper around him, lovely design.

    Kath x

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  21. What an adorable leprechaun, Mary, super card.

    Hope you had a good time in Florida. We could do with a bit of warmth here in the UK. Temperature are dropping this week with the chance of snow by the weekend. xx

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  22. Such a cheerful St. Patrick's Day card! It's fun to make a few cards for this occasion for family and friends. Glad to hear you had a good time on your trip.

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  23. What a fun card Mary. Glad you've enjoyed your travels. We have snow arriving imminently so staying cosy and enjoy the excuse to craft. Hugs Zoe x

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  24. What a super cute little guy! Love your coloring of him and the clouds. Super little sentiment! The background dp goes perfectly too! Super job here, Mary! Glad you had a safe trip to Florida!

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  25. Love your card, it's that cheeky wee chap that makes it, he's brilliant.
    Hugs
    Pyricia xxx

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  26. Your St. Pat's card is so cute! That leprechaun is fun and you did a great job coloring him!

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  27. Glad you are home safe and sound. What a wonderful and jolly card, brought a smile to my face....Thank you x

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  28. I love this little guy too and love his expression so I guess too he is fun to color! This is a cute St. Patty's card Momma Mary. Glad you all had a safe trip home and glad your traveling pal made it home safely as well. Just sorry he had to go back to snow! I keep saying, "spring is coming, spring is coming, spring is coming....maybe one day it will. Right now I just need some sun! lol Hugs, Brenda

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  29. Timely and so cute ......Lis

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  30. I can see why you love this fun image Mary :). A fun and fabulous card
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  31. How nice for you to have some porch time. I hope it holds. We have been in a deep freeze here. I had to bring all my planters inside as my primroses were freezing. Peeled off half the leaves but the rest seem to have survived. We now have had a couple days of milder weather but not long enough to melt the snow yet. We have predictions that it will drop again in temp and lots more snow coming. this is very unusual for us here. Usually we are done with snow by now and starting to work in the garden!

    Your card is fab. The is one great image! I just make two St Patricks Day card for my girls but must gt cracking on with them. Luckily easter ones are finished!

    The sentiment is great and I love those shamrock dies. I do not own any but if I will go to the 2 paper craft stores that are 5 minutes from me, I can use their dies for free if I buy a sheet of green card from them. That is my plan so far!

    Hugs to you, Mary

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  32. Great St. Patty's Day card, Mary! Nice to see as there aren't a lot of them in Blogland. I'm glad you made it home safe and sound from Florida and I hope you had a wonderful time ~ it seems like only yesterday when you left to go down there!! Hugs, Darnell

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  33. Oooo what a super St Patrick's Day card, just an adorable image and layout, luv Sam x

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  34. Hi Mary love that image and wonderful colouring as always. We have been snow bound for the last couple of days as The Beast from the East and storm Emma did battle over the West Country. We did not get as much snow as some parts but enough to confine us indoors. It is starting to thaw now and there are some slushy bits of road showing but still too slippery to drive or walk anywhere unless you have too. We are staying put with the log burner lit! Hope all is well with you.

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  35. Great St. Patrick's day card! Awesome Leprechaun!

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