Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ye Olde St. Patty's Decor by Laura C

Have you enjoyed our National Craft Month posts this week?
Hopefully you are inspired to get crafty this month!!

One of my favorite things to do is altered art projects, so for
our special National Craft Month posting, I mixed the fun of
altered art with the idea of home decor for one of my favorite
holidays.....St. Patrick's Day!  And so,  St. Paddy's Pub was born:

This project is the kind of thing National Craft Month is about,
to me....just playing!!  With paper, and ink, and's
all about fun!  I have a few close ups of the steps along the way:

I started with a divided box I picked up on clearance, it's
similar to a Tim Holtz Configurations Box, the edges are
 painted with an Adirondack Paint Dauber (I used Lettuce)

And here is the side view:

I covered the sides and the B&W strip in each cubby
using Core d'nations embossed cardstock, you can do
this yourself or use a pre-embossed type, then sand to
bring out the embossing.  And then I started the cubby
decorations, using bits and pieces of different items:

I used a lot of different Idea-Ology products.....everything
you see here plus a few others on the finished project.
Lost & Found Paper pad, Cash Keys (charm on the calendar
with shamrock sticker inside),Clock Keys (lantern "hanger"),
Corked Vials (small glass jars in small cubby), Game Pieces
 (bingo #17 in red), Plaquettes (porcelain looking #17) , 
Ornate Plates (in lower cubby with Ruler Ribbon inside),
Locket Keys (metal piece on Pub Sign under shamrock),
 Ruler Ribbon (inside ornate plate), Memo Pins (stuck into
wooden spools lower right cubby) and Hanger Clips (holds
small piece of burlap with shamrock sticker in lower cubby),
Salvage Stickers--Crowded Attic (label on mini vial).
  Kim can order you any and all of these fun goodies!
The vials are colored using Adirondack alcohol inks
in Meadow and Sunshine, the calendar is distressed
with a Tonic distress tool, and Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
and Black Soot.  Tiny Attacher staples finish it.

In the close up of this cubby, you'll see I added one of the 
Idea-Ology Woodlands Miniatures dyed with re-inker in a
Mini Mister bottle mixed with water, accented with Paper Twine,
and you can see the Mini Lantern hanging from the clock key
(Yes it's lit up....the battery pack is attached to the back!):

A close up of the left side....

I used saved corks (love to recycle!) in addition to the
Tim Holtz goodies.....each cubby is outlined with
Tinsel Twine.....this is FUN many different uses!

The top of my little "pub" is a medallion stamped on black
cardstock and embossed with WOW embossing powder 
(the Metalline Green color), the letters are cut out of the the 
Lost and Found pad, inked with Black Soot Ink, layered onto 
chipboard and then painted with Rock Candy Crackle Paint to 
give them an old antique tile look, you can see in the close up:

And a close up of the last two cubbies....a little twine,
and Glossy Accents on the bottle cap....and Distress
Stain in Peeled Paint on the wooden spools:

And a final look from a different angle at the finished project:

My "go to" adhesives for a project like this are Scor-Tape
and Glossy Accents.  They really hold, and are both
available in Cutter's Creek. Same goes for the products
used in my project....many are already in-store, and the
others can be ordered any time!  

Hope we have inspired you this week to join in our
National Craft Month fun with some projects of your own!

Tell us what you are inspired to make!! 


  1. Cool beans! What a terrific project.

  2. That is gorgeous!!! This design team is so creative and talented. Just Amazing.

  3. Laura that is one awesome altered box. I think its the cutest one ever. I love all the embellishments you used. You did one awesome job creating the PUB. Hugs, Fran

  4. I love this !!! That would make an awesome home decor gift for my son. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Laura, fantastic project. love how you altered this tray. so perfect for St. Patrick's Day celebration.


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