Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

I love to give my co-workers handmade cards so I came up with this quick Saint Paddy’s Day card . I didn’t have (or couldn’t find since I’m reorganizing my craft room) a shamrock so I created one. I used the heart from one of our stamp sets, Hello Again (113780), stamped in Wild Wasabi Classic Ink (109014). If you are feeling especially lucky, you could also create a four leaf clover, using 4 stamped hearts.

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As is my usual habit on holidays, I wanted to also share some fun St. Patrick’s Day trivia I found on various internet sites:

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in most parts of the world on March 17th.. It is named after Saint Patrick, one of the the most  recognised of the  patron saints of  Ireland. It originated as a  Catholic holiday and over the years it has become more of a secular celebration of Irish culture.

Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue  Over the years, people started wearing green to celebrate this holiday. Green ribbons and  shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century.

The shortest St Patrick’s Day parade in the world takes place in  Dripsey, Cork. The parade lasts just 100 yards and travels between the village’s two pubs. Speaking of parades, each year since 1981, a parade and after party has been held on  Lower Greenville Avenue here in Dallas, Texas. The parade is held the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day and is the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival in the Southwest.

Seattle and few other cities paint the traffic stripe of their parade routes green.  Chicago dyes its river green and has done so since 1962 when sewer workers used green dye to check for sewer discharges and had the idea to turn the river green for Saint Patrick’s Day.

I’d love to hear your favorite Saint Patrick’s Day tradition…leave me a comment!

Anne Brown, The Stamp Maven, anne@stampmaven.com


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