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Sunday, March 10, 2013

A "Lucky Charm" Suncatcher for Week 2 of Anything But a Card Challenges #14

Happy Sunday - I hope you are having a great weekend! Today is week two of the current Anything But a Card Challenge... Challenge number 14. Are you ready to CREATE and play along??? Please click here to head on over to ABAC and see more fantastic projects shared by our amazing design team AND submissions by all of you. I shared one project last week - and - as promised, I have another project to share today.

There's two weeks to play along and link up via inlinkz froggy. Anything But a Card Challenges is a bi-weekly challenge and today, the Design Team showcases NEW projects using a brand-new challenge #14 of "Green, Irish or St. Patrick's Day."

REMEMBER this challenge blog is ANYTHING and EVERYTHING... except for Cards. ATC's aren't greeting please link up your ATC's!!!

Anything But a Card Challenge 14: Anything Green, Irish or St. Patrick's Day. It's a BROAD challenge but it has so many options - surely you can find something to inspire you: leprechauns, fairies, rainbow, pot of gold, Saints, St. Patrick, shamrocks, recycle something (go green), Ireland, iconography, triptychs, just to get you started! Or you can just do something primarily in the color tones of green. I hope you are inspired to play along and I can't wait to see what you create! 

This is a greencrafted project - one that I've had in the works for longer than I'd like to admit. I've had these strips of handpainted and collaged green paper leftover from another project. I quilled them straightaway into a shamrock and it's been sitting there for a good, long time {OK, it's been over 2 years} waiting to be glued and placed in a proper home. Well now my clover has it's home... a repurposed half of an embroidery hoop for a frame that houses a faux stained glass. The background is created from a painted paper towel collaged onto a recycled piece of acetate {leftovers from the imagesetter at my job} with Sakura Crystal Lacquer. I used the Crystal Lacquer to adhere the hoop to the background and when dry, trimmed to the outside edge of the hoop. To finish off I tied a bow at the top with two colors of green raffia and fashioned a hanger with some white tulle. A "Lucky Charm" suncatcher now adorns my kitchen window and a lingering unfinished project off the list, too!

I really love creative upcycling and I try not to let anything go to waste. In this project it was some papertowel. I was using a green Ditto spray mist to add a green patina to my hoop and most of the spray went to the paper towel I was rubbing it around with. When I was done, I just couldn't let all this green goodness go to waste. I added a little water to wet the paper towel and then wrapped three more paper towels around it in a ball and squeezed the color thoughout. I set them aside to dry and this yielded four beautifully green variegated papers for collage later. My hands are still a bit green - but my heart and muse are happy with the results.

Happy Creating!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Do you have creative playtime on Saturdays? Please join me live at 4:00pm EST {1pm PST} in the Daylight Musings room at the Saturday Crafts Fair on Linqto! I am demonstrating there every Saturday where I share my projects, how-to's, tips and tricks and more. Next weekend I will be showing how to make a scrapbook page-in-a-box. Hope to see you there!  : ) Sb


  1. That's so gorgeous.. especially with the light glowing through.... the curly leafy flourishes are so clever as well as so pretty!
    Alison x

  2. Susan, it is a fabulous creation!!!

  3. Beautifully quilled shamrock! Love your collage element!

  4. WOW! That's really pretty! :) Thanks for sharing.

  5. recycle and reuse baby!!!


  6. You are a creative being!! Next time, don't wait two years! lol!

  7. Lovely! I totally understand how fast two years can go by. Congrats on getting this back out and completed.

  8. Just beautiful Susan! I have a fondness for quilling too!

  9. Ok I put a comment in once but I'm not sure it's showing up. So if you get two from me, you'll know why ;) I love this - it's gorgeous and I have a fondness for quilling!

  10. Love this...the scrolling in the shamrock is just so cool. I like it a lot. Great job with this challenge. Very original idea.


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