Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Twilight Tuesday Inspiration Challenge #23

To keep in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, Beth, from Twilight Tuesday challenged us to incorporate today's holiday with the Cullen family.

Crafter’s Challenge: Take the spirit of the holiday and create a St Patrick’s Day themed craft. Try to incorporate some Cullen in there - imagine them celebrating! Erin go bragh!

Comment Portion: Think about how the Cullens would celebrate… they are smart vamps - did they come up with an ingenious way to color their “beverage” green? (Um, yuck! ) Attend the Forks Irish Festival (they could have one!) or jet off to Ireland for a quick vacation? -AND- How do YOU celebrate?

Since I have been super festive this year (in particular on my blogs), I loved this idea. Some of the examples from Twilight Tuesday's design team have been utterly amazing.

I originally thought I was going to do something with the Irish coven of vampires from Breaking Dawn. I even researched Irish vampires, myths, etc., which there isn't a whole lot of. So, today while I was out running errands and of course stopping at Michaels, I had a bit of a creative breakthrough... or in my case a big DUH! moment.

I created a card that Edward would give to Bella for St. Patrick's Day.

From Semper Papercrafting

When I had my epiphany today, I thought of the Irish claddagh. The expression often associated with this symbol is: "With my hands I give you my heart, and crown it with my love". That statement made me think of Edward's note to Bella in Eclipse that says: "Look after my heart -- I've left it with you." So to incorporate Edward into my project, I put the crystal heart in the center of the claddagh and also used his font for the claddagh quote. I also used a new (to me) technique with the knotted ribbon trim around the claddagh. I was inspired to use the knotted ribbon after seeing Celtic knot graphics online.

**Editing in** Click here for the info on the ribbon frame instructions from SCS.

For the comment portion of this project, I don't even want to THINK about a green beverage for the Cullens... gross!! Today I wore something green and was a little overly ambitious in the kitchen. My husband is of Irish decent (apparently our last name is VERY common in Ireland) and I am Scottish (my great-grandparents immigrated from there), so my plans for dinner got a little out of hand. I made Irish soda bread, bangers and mash and sticky toffee pudding, all of which I have never made before. I would have made corned beef and cabbage, but someone (not I!) in this household can be a picky eater. But I must say they all turned out really well.


  1. You ARE ambitious! I ate pizza. Straight from my freezer. LOL... Your card is perfect. What a clever idea to use the claddagh!!! I love the ribbon tying too...I haven't seen that before. Everything is perfect! Thanks for playing!!!

  2. Oh my I love the Claddagh!! Perfect relation to edward and bella!!

  3. OME! This is beautiful! Brilliant idea to use the Claddagh! Very unique and pretty! :)

  4. That's really wonderful. I love the use of the knots in the border to symbolize the Celtic knots. And the claddagh is just perfect for that quote! Very pretty and lovely work.

  5. {gasp!} this is amazing!!!!!

  6. I swear I posted a comment- I remember just loving this!
    The ribbon is such a great border! I think it's the perfect card for Bella from Edward :)

  7. This is so lovely, I really like the knots in the ribbon and the soft colors. TFS

  8. Gorgeous what you did with the ribbon frame! Great job!