Thursday, March 17, 2011

Erin Go Bragh! It's the St. Paddy's Day Blog Hop!

Top of the morning to you, lassies!

On St. Paddy's Day, everybody is a little bit Irish. Some are even more so, if they've spent the night drinking some Guinness or Jameson! 

I'll celebrate my 25% Irishness by joining in Dee's St. Paddy's Day Blog Hop today and tomorrow.  So if you've come to hop along, you're in the right place. If not, pull up a bar stool in Card O'Monkey's green jungle, and enjoy the visit. And troll on down to the bottom of the post, where you'll find yourself eligible for some Blog Blarney.

Here is today's card:

I will be posting two cards ... one each on the two day hop.  The first of the two features a sweet leprechaun, a grunge-look clip art, and a unique envelope approach.

I cut the sweet little fellow out using Cricut's Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. He's cut at 2.5" so the paper piecing is intricate at this size.

I added the shamrocks to his hat and lapel ... the little one on the lapel is cut at 1/4" from regular weight printer paper, to keep the detail. I dotted the buttons on his vest and jacket with Stickles, and also Stickled his hat and shoe buckles.

Patrick is also holding a grunge-style medallion I found on ClickArt Online. (I ♥ that website!!!)  I also added that medallion to the inside message, as shown here.

Paddy rests on a bed of shamrocks of a holiday paper stack.

I think the unique thing I did with this card is that I used a CD Tyvek envelope with a see-through window as the card envelope. On the back of the envelope, I added a strip of matching shamrock paper. I also put a strip of double-sided Sookwang tape on the envelope's flap, leaving one side of the paper intact so the user can peel/seal the card.

Ahhhhh, now for your Blarney:  I've got a unique collection of St. Pat's embellishments for you, wrapped up in a green glittered "Chinese food container". (What did you expect? A container to hold some corned beef and cabbage?)  I've decorated the container as well, to make it a cute and fun gift.  Inside, you'll be seeing green ... green glitter glue, green stamp pad, and more green too!! 

To win:
1.  Be or become a follower of the CardMonkey blog.
2.  Send me some ♣ Blarney Love ♣ via a comment left on the blog. Please include a way for me to be in touch with you when the Luck O' The Irish falls on your clover patch.
3.  You may comment today and tomorrow, once each day please, maximum of two entries. Respondents will be combined, and only one prize will be sent to the winner, drawn at random by Random.Org. 
4.  USA shipping addresses only, please.  The prizes won by those outside of the United States will be substituted with a gift card to an online shopping service of the winner's choice, value $10 USD. 

♣ Check back tomorrow for the next Card O'Monkey's card! ♣

For now, hop on over to the little lassie, Faith ♣, for your next stop on this hop.  Thanks for joining us here today! 

Please don't miss the rest of the wonderful bloggers who are in this 2-day St.Paddy's Day Blog Hop. A full list of blog stops is posted at the start of the hop: Dees Designs From My Heart.

Thank you, Dee, for hosting this hop -- may all the luck associated with this holiday be yours in the year ahead!


Unknown said...

Im already a follower!! love your card to cute!

scrap mama said...

I am a follwer.
thanks for the chance to win!
great layout!

Unknown said...

Ah faith and beegorah youre a fine Lassie, yer jig dancing is perfect. Well in other words love your card and the envelope. Thanks for the inspiration you consistently give to others.
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

Gill McCall said...

LOVE it Ellen - its so cute. TFS

Stacey Brucale said...

This is cute! I love the beard!


grannyjuju said...

very cute

LesleyfromWI said...

Great card and I really love the sentiment on the inside! TFS
lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

Nanascreativecorner said...

Love your cute card and i will become a follower.

Unknown said...

Super great card. Love it

Unknown said...

What a darling card! I have to admit, I didn't do Guiness or Jameson--I did a few sips of Baileys, though! I'm a follower--you can find me at ksjennings at gmail dot com or

Trisha said...

Sweet card. Love using the CD envelope. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win your Blarney goodies. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Super cute card! Love the idea of using the tape (I can't spell it) and the cd envelope to put it in! Great idea! Long time follower!!!
craftycardgallery at gmail dot com

Theresa said...

Cute card! That paper is just perfect. The sentament on the inside is cute too.

Unknown said...

Love your card. TFS and I am a follower.


abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Cute card, love the paper!

Stephanie said...

He's really cute! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Lisa R. said...

love the grunge tag. Great little paper doll. Thanks for sharing.