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I am a seeker of the truth. Honesty & Integrity are very important to me. I am a student of life who Loves to learn from Life and friends. I live by a system of values and honorable principles. I am a harmony seeking idealist. I am keen to understand others,and what makes them tick.I seek ways to improve my mental ability.

Friday, 4 February 2011

St Dwynwen's day - The welsh valentines day

St Dwynwen day is celebrated here in Wales (Cymraeg) on
                                     the 25th of January..

                                     But who was St Dwynwen?

St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, which makes her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.

Dwynwen lived during the 5th century and was one of the prettiest of Brychan Brycheiniog's 24 daughters.Dwynwen fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father had already arranged that she should marry someone else. Dwynwen was so upset that she could not marry Maelon that she begged God to make her forget him. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.

God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; her second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers; and third, that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God's service for the rest of her life.

She founded a convent on Llanddwyn, off the west coast of Anglesey, where a well named after her became a place of pilgrimage after her death in 465AD. Visitors to the well believed that the sacred fish or eels that lived in the well could foretell whether or not their relationship would be happy and whether love and happiness would be theirs. Remains of Dwynwen's church can still be seen today.

So why wait until St Valentine's Day to make your romantic feelings known, when you can wish your loved one 'dwi'n dy garu di ' (I love you) three weeks earlier?

But there are many other occasions to also celebrate your love like anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, and any day that you you choose to show or tell your loved one how much they mean to you.

I would like to share my love and friendship to all who take time to view my blog and I would like to share some love by first sharing with you this card

Magnolia/Tilda challenges.
 Materials : Stamp Magnolia princess from the fairy tale collection.

Papers/cardstock - Red heart design vellum from create and craft.tv. I embossed some hearts onto it and highlighted the hearts already there. (see picture below)

Transparent white christmas ribbon, some stick on hearts and roses, peeloff's and heart shaped doily all from my stash.
I cut out two heart shapes and distressed the edges then added some white ink and white embossing powder.

I made the bird/heart embellishment but stamping the image onto white card then embossing with red embossing powder. I then threaded some beads onto some red wire and secured this to the back of the heart shape.

I also made the roses. (My first attempt at making roses for my cards) and I will admit I was pleased as to how they turned out.

I then added some stickles to the roses, Tilda's socks and shoes, and to the bird heart embellishment.

I coloured Tilda's hair and shoes with copic and highlighted part of her dress after Paper piecing The dress with the same paper i used as one of the roses.

I embossed hearts inside the card using dry and embossed powder.

Inside of card with pinky white hearts.

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges.

http://magnoliadownunderchallenges.blogspot.com/     The challenge requires Embossing either using Dry or Heat

http://totallytilda.blogspot.com/  this challenge requires  Tilda has three or more hearts

http://atsblog.typepad.com/ats/2011/01/all-that-scraps-magnolia-challenge-6.html  All that scraps 6th Magnolia challenge. This month theme is Queen of Hearts.


http://magnoliastamplovers.blogspot.com/    The challenge is to use Glitter.

Thank you for taking time to view my post

Hugs and love



Susie Sugar said...

Very prety and I love the sparkle
Thanks for joining us at Totally Tilda this time
Hugs Susie and the TT DT xx

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Julie, so very pretty, your handmade roses look fabulous.
Thanks for joining us at Totally Tilda for our Tilda with lots of hearts challenge
hugs Mandy xx

Lori said...

Great card, thanks for playing with us at Totally Tilda, we're happy to have you!