Friday, March 16, 2012

The Charm of the Irish

Well, tomorrow is St. Paddy's Day, and I needed to create a card to honour the Irish.  After all, they saved civilization, during the time of the barbarian invasion of much of Europe, the Dark Ages.  This is according to a book called, "How the Irish Saved Civilization" by Thomas Cahill.  I have to admit that I did not read this book myself, but my husband did and provided me with lots of the details as we discussed the topic.  Quite fascinating, and I'm going to have to read it for myself, if I can ever get to the bottom of the pile of books people have lent to me!!

My mother used to tell us quite proudly that she was 1/4 Irish.  By deduction then, we children concluded that we were 1/8 Irish, and every St. Patrick's Day, we were proud to take part in "the wearin' of the green" legitimately, if not a little watered down!

So to honour my roots (some of them, anyway), here is a card I made to celebrate the day tomorrow:

Without a St. Patrick's stamp to my name ( for shame!), I used the SU Heart Punch to create a shamrock and cut the base out myself.  The Sweet Stitches brad goes so well with the theme, as does the new Twitterpated Designer Series paper.  I added a little trim using the Eyelet Border punch and some Designer Series buttons in 3 different shades of green. 

There, now I can go to bed happy tonight that I haven't ignored the Irish in me!  Happy St. Paddy's Day tomorrow, and wear something green!

Supplies used (all from Stampin' Up):

Paper:  Old Olive, Always Artichoke card stock, Twitterpated Designer Series Paper                                                      Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes 
Ink: Old Olive                                                                                                                                                                 Punches:  Full Heart, Eyelet Border, Large Oval, Scalloped Oval
Accessories:  Designer Series Buttons in Pear Pizazz, Garden Green and Wild Wasabi, Linen thread

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