Friday, March 1, 2013

Ombre Shamrocks

March? What? What happened to February? Time sure does fly by. Now that it is March I can share with you guys my Marchy themed crafts!

First up is my St. Patrick's day craft. I like St. Patty's day, not because of green food or beverages, but because it also so happens to be my dad's birthday. Yup, he was born on St. Patty's day. And he is half Irish! His mom immigrated here from Ireland when she was a wee lass. Actually his dad also immigrated here from Germany when he was a boy, too. Couldn't even speak english. Super cool.

Anyway, so my dad, who was born on St. Patty's day and happens to be half Irish was named....Rick. My mom always says he should have been named PATrick because of those reasons above. And he could still be called Rick. She always gave my grandmother a hard time. Actually, my dad's legal name is Rickie because my grandma was sweet like that!

My mom has also told us that if my sister would have been a boy his name would be Patrick. I would have been Kevin, not my first choice. I'm glad I was a Stephanie : ).

Alright on to the crafty tutorial.

I wanted something simple and modern, but still St. Pattyish. So here is what I came up with:

What you need:

  • Paint chips
  • Shamrock template
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock paper
  • Frame
First I stole acquired some paint chips. I like using the paint chips because I wanted the ombre look and those are prefect for achieving it! Then using this template:

I cut out  3 leafed shamrocks from the paint chips. I found the template just by google 3 leaved shamrocks. A ton popped up and this was my favorite.

I also wanted one 4 leafed shamrock in yellow, to add a little pizazz. I made one by using this template and yellow cardstock:

I knew I wanted to glue the shamrocks onto a piece of white card-stock and frame it, but I also wanted a little more. After a bit of google searching, I found a great Irish quote. I typed it up in Word at the bottom of my page and printed it out on the card-stock.

Then I glued my shamrocks to the printed card-stock and framed it. I ran in to some problems when I went to stick it all in the frame. See, I didn't measure the frame and fit my paper to it. I ended up doing the opposite, forcing me to cut off the Irish Blessing bit at the bottom. But, all in all, I think it turned out well. Very festive!

I guess I like shamrock crafts for St. Patties day. Last year I made Shamrock Boutonnieres. Maybe next year I'll change it up a bit.

I'll have a Easter craft in a few weeks, to continue with my Marchy themed crafts. Stay tuned!


  1. stopping by from the blog hop at:

    o wow this is def very cute!! and creative!
    thanks for sharing :-)

  2. Very fun! I love the verse at the bottom; so festive.

    I found you today thru the Linky Party at Sugar Bee Crafts, where I'm #245. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  3. What an awesome, unique idea. I love it! I'm so glad to be your newest follower, you've got a great blog!


  4. Love it! Simple and unique. Great idea.

  5. This is a GREAT paint chip project! Gorgeous!

    I'd love for you to share this at my March Madness Party.

    Happy Hump Day!

  6. I'm really loving the ombre trend these days. This is so cute! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great weekend!

  7. Love this - the paint chips are genius! I'll be featuring this tomorrow on my blog!


  8. Very cute idea. I'd love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with patterns and templates to share are invited to link up!

    1. Thanks for the invite! I'd love to join!

  9. I love this idea!! I'm featuring you on MMM tonight!

  10. Thank you for linking up at Fluster's Creative Muster. Hope to see you next week!

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  11. Don't you just love paint chips...this is a great project! Thanks for sharing at March Madness