Monday, March 17, 2008

It's Patrick's Day...

My daughter is so cute... since yesterday she has been planning for "Patrick's Day"- she's 3 so no matter how many times you tell her it's St. Patrick's Day- she informs you that no- it's Patrick's Day. Ok- fine. Today was Patrick's Day. I dressed her in the requesite green shirt with shamrocks and sent her off with sugar cookies (with green shamrocks on top of coarse!) to daycare. As I tucked her in tonight- she told me she had a great Patrick's Day and asked if there would be another party at daycare again tomorrow- ahh... to be 3 again. What a cutey.

I am Irish- apparently only about 1/4- but for some reason it's the heritage that sticks out the most. My Grandfather was Irish. Before he passed away- he shared with me a LOT of stories about family traditions and the big family bash over the 4th of July where all of his aunts, uncles and cousins would gather when he was a young boy- and into adult-hood for a whole week long celebration. They came by horse and buggy back in the day. They sang and danced to Irish Jigs- the music being played by family members. My Grandpa played Irish Jigs on his harmonica. I always think of him on St. Patrick's Day- I wore a pin today in memory of him. It was the pin that all of the female cousins in my generation received and wore at his funeral. Ours were clear and green crystals that formed a cross- with a gold shamrock in the middle.

Anyway- as the day is nearing an end- I thought I'd share one more "Patrick's Day" card with you. This card uses the Lucky You stamp set that I've been playing with. The "Good Luck" is from the For Every Occassion Stamp Set. I wanted to show the close up of the shamrock because the front view loses the 3-d effect of the card. I used a fun technique to create the background of my white circle- It's very hard to see in the picture- but essentially- I cut the frilly edge off of a paper doily and inked that up with ink from my stamp pad. I then stamped the paper onto the white circle- it left a beautiful design that is totally lost in this photo- the real thing is super cute! The reason I went with a white circle was to balance the white stitching in the ribbon.
(Supplies: Cardstock: New England Ivy, white Daisy ; Textured Cardstock: Bamboo; Patterend paper (scalloped piece) from the Silhouette Level 2 Kit; Ink: New England Ivy, Black; Stitched Ribbon: Holiday Ribbon Round Collection Stamp Sets: For Every Occassion and Lucky You- All from CTMH Co.
Scallop Punch- SU! Circle Punch - Creative Memories, Paper doily from the grocery store.)

1 comment:

Christi said...

I like the 3D effect...wherever do you get your ideas from?