Monday, March 9, 2015

A Little History and some Luck O' the Irish for St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 17th is St. Patrick's Day. A little luck and green clothing never hurt anyone. But where in the world did St. Patrick's Day originate? I'd say probably in Ireland, wouldn't you?

Actually, St. Patrick was not even Irish, although he is known as the patron saint of Ireland. 

St. Patrick's Day card

Find out more about St. Patrick and how I made this card.

St. Patrick was born in the 4th century, kidnapped by a band of pirates, and was sold into slavery in Ireland. During this time of captivity he is said to have dreamed that God dictated him to escape.
He did escape, joined a monastery, and eventually became a bishop. He converted many people to Christianity. This, of course, upset many and he was imprisoned several times, but escaped. He traveled throughout Ireland establishing monasteries and setting up schools.

There are many legends about him, but he is said to have used the three-leaf shamrock to explain the concept of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

He died on March 17th, AD 461 and that day have been commemorated as St. Patrick's Day ever since. The day originated as a spiritual day, but as we all know it has been popularized as a day for crazy parties and loads of green beer! UGH!!

I believe we can keep the spirit of St. Patrick alive and well by honoring him as we spread good and kindness to each other. Why not send a St. Patrick's Day card to someone you love?

Instructions for the card above:
Theme:  St. Patrick’s Day                                                
Card Base: 4.25” x 5.5”

Patterned paper, handmade paper, clip art, ribbon, bling, stamping ink

1.      Cut paper to size and adhere to card front.
2.      Cut handmade paper to size.  Adhere to card.
3.      Print clip art.  Trim and adhere to card.
4.      Add ribbon and bling.

And how about a sentiments for the inside of your card?

  • When Irish eyes are smiling
  • Wishing you a sky full of rainbows and a pot of gold at the end of every single one

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

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