Happy Leap Day to all.
There are lots of traditions surrounding the 29th of Feb, mostly regarding women asking their man to marry them. Here is an Irish tale,
Legend has it that St. Brigid of Kildare, a fifth-century Irish nun, asked St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, to grant permission for women to propose marriage after hearing complaints from single women whose suitors were too shy to propose. Initially, he granted women permission to propose only once every seven years, but at Brigid's insistence, he acquiesced and allowed proposals every leap day. The folk tale suggests that Brigid then dropped to a knee and proposed to Patrick that instant, but he refused, kissing her on the cheek and offering a silk gown to soften the blow. The Irish tradition therefore dictates that any man refusing a woman's leap-day proposal must give her a silk gown. From Huffpost WeddingsI suppose it is appropriate that the Irish tradition included both St Brigid whose feast day is in Feb and St Patrick whose feast day is in March. Huffpost Weddings also writes about other leap year wedding traditions.
Yesterday was my niece's birthday, time is flying, it seem only like 5 years ago when I was changing her nappies etc, but it was 23 years ago. :0
Even if I say so myself, she has turned into a lovely woman. Of course her parents are to be responsible for that, I was just passed through her life every-so-often. lol
Here is the card I made for her. The photo is not the best, I know I have said this before but I must organise a light box for taking photos in all weathers and at any time.
The card itself was meant to be much simpler that it turned out. I had an accident, while stamping the sentiment there was a tiny blob of ink on one corner of the block, (stamp was acrylic and I had to mount it on a block) and when I stamped the sentiment, I accidental marked the top of the card. :( To cover that up I had to add the blue ribbon on top then to finish it off I added the "bling", the little gems.
I embossed the bottom 1/3 of the card using Swiss dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. The "present" is just a square of metallic card embossed with another cuttlebug embossing folder. I add the ribbon and bow to look like a wrapped gift. The sentiment was then stamped straight on to the card. It is hard to see in the photo but there is another ribbon just above the "swiss dots".
I printed out the inside sentiment onto ordinary cardstock and used nestibilities labels 4 to cut it out, this sentiment is a freebie from Create with TLC.
Cardstock: DCWV Hippie Chic Cardstock.
Embossing folders: Cuttlebug - Swiss dots and D'vine Swirl
Ribbon: Local haberdasheries.
Bow: Papermania - Capsule collection.
Stamp:Papermania - Clear stamps Sentiments.
Ink: Archival ink
Bling: Papermania - Adhesive Gems
Hope you like,