Be Lucky for St. Patrick’s Day

Today’s project is more than just a card – it’s a bold political statement with a long-reaching impact on our modern culture.  OK, maybe it’s not political, and I admit that it’s not really bold.  That said, I like it – and I hope you do, too.

I always cringe when I hear one person say to another, “You’re lucky!”  I’m not a big believer in “lucky” – I believe that we have to put ourselves in front of good things if we want good things to happen – we always have to be open to good.  That’s what inspired the sentiment on this card – “Be lucky.”  Still, with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner (let’s not forget the Luck ‘o the Irish), I made this card:

Flower Shop, Project Life Remember This, Crazy About You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS177

And here’s the Freshly Made Sketches challenge that inspired my creation:Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Green Ombre.  The front panel of this card consists of four shades of green in an ombre pattern – from the bottom-up, there’s Mossy Meadow, Garden Green, Old Olive and Pear Piazzazz.  The greens are completed with a Pistachio Pudding flower and are complemented by the Crumb Cake base.
  • Creating a Bold, Striped Card Front.  Last year, I made a quick-and-easy card base for a super-fun Christmas card and shared a video with tips and tricks.  I used the same technique for this card base but kept all my strips of cardstock horizontal in the background.  To see the video and original post, please click here.
  • Be Lucky.  The word “Lucky” is one of the many versatile sentiments in the Project Life Remember This stamp set.  It might be designed for Project Life, but it’s perfect for cards.  🙂  I combine “Lucky” with “BE” from the sentiment “JUST BE” in Crazy About You to make my own fun saying. Project Life Remember This, Crazy About You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • A Tricky Pansy Punch.  As we re-enter Spring, Flower Shop and the Pansy Punch are regaining popularity.  The Pansy Punch is not created with the same, exact petals on each side (like the Blossom punch, Petite Petals and all the Scallop Circle punches).  One of the sides of each flower has three little bumps.  Finding that side on your stamp and punch will help you line it all up perfectly.

Stamp Sets:  Flower Shop, Project Life Remember This, Crazy About You  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Garden Green, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pistachio Pudding  Inks:  Mossy Meadow  Accessories:  Pansy Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Pistachio Pudding Thick Bakers Twine, Hexagon Punch (for banner tip), Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to Freshly Made Sketches to play along with this week’s sketch.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Nice card today, Brian. I especially like the ombré effect in different sizes. It gives your card more dimension and interest.

  2. Great card and it also shows the different greens that SU has to offer . This is a clean and bright card ….cute could be added to those descriptions also. And don`t you love that Project Life stamp set ? It is loaded with cute sayings ! Luck is one of those words that promotes great discussions ….hmmmm

  3. How lucky for us who read your blog! Great St. Patrick’s Day card. Happy that you discovered the “Be Lucky ” stamp combination for those of us who are last minute card creators! I too love the ombre effect .

  4. Good Morning Brian:
    Thank you for putting the link to your stripped card front video. I had completely forgotten about this great way to create a unique background! So now instead of throwing out those strips I so often have left over, I’m going to stash them aside and when I accumulate some coordinating colors I’ll be making my own backgrounds. You are such a creative guy, I just love it. Wonderful St. Patrick’s Day card today and the matching baker’s twine really adds a pop to it.

  5. Cute but classy card showing the different colors of green. Thanks for your tips to help us make our cards easier because you have thought out every detail. Have a great day!

  6. I love the gradation of green in your card Brian, great way to showcase all of the shades of CS that are offered.
    Now, about being lucky…..I consider myself lucky to have found your blog, maybe almost 3 years ago because there has not been a one single time that I don’t learn from you, laugh and share with you and, of course, meet some of the most fabulous crafters on this planet and, at the same time, I have made wonderful friends whom I just love to pieces.
    So yes, my dear, I am one lucky gal.
    Thank you again, for sharing.
    So yes, I feel lucky for this and so much more.

  7. We are indeed lucky to know you! Nice take on the sketch; beautiful greens!

  8. Hi Brian!
    Love the greens you used today!

    AND, I have friends that don’t believe in luck, they say they are blessed. I say “if you win my raffle you are lucky…if you hit the lottery you are blessed”
    Seriously, I like being lucky, however; I’m grateful for my blessings, big and small.
    Your blog is so much fun, I’m lucky and it’s a blessing!

  9. Beautiful card! Love the different shades of green!:-)

  10. Wow…love the card, but mostly wanted to comment on your “lucky” philosophy…I too do not believe that luck has anything to do with happiness/harmony…you must create an atmosphere for it…BE LUCKY!

  11. Ooooo I love it Brian, so soft and so St Patty ,
    Hope you have a great one my friend

  12. This is an awesome St. Paddy’s Day card, Brian. I love the innovative ways that you use paper. I love the stripes. And thanks for the tip on lining up the stamped image and the punch. I hadn’t heard that tip before! I’m sure it makes it so much easier. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

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