Friday, February 17, 2012

Feeling Irish yet? Get "Eire" @ Studio Miki at Intro Sales Pricing

"Éire" is not only the Irish name for the island and state of Ireland, but is also derived from the name of the mythical goddess "Ériu"- who was key in helping the Gaels conquer Ireland according to the Book of Invasions.

This collection, "Éire", by Microferk Designs focuses on the essence of Ireland, and the most well-known celebration: St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland,  was born in Wales circa 385 AD. He was a pagan until his mid-teens, when he was sold into slavery by a marauding band of Irishmen, and in captivity converted to Christianity. After escaping his enslavement, he traveled to Gaul and studied under St. Germain, and gradually realized he was called to convert pagans to Christianity. He was eventually appointed as bishop to Ireland, where he was quite successful in his conversion efforts. During his 30 year mission in Ireland, he established numerous monasteries, schools and churches. He died on March 17, 461 AD- giving rise to this feast day.

Many legends surround St. Patrick- one being the myth that he drove all the snakes from Ireland during a sermon. Actually, no snakes were indigenous to Ireland, but still, St. Patrick's Day celebrations persisted! Traditional symbols of St. Patrick's Day include shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold and rainbows. And historically, the shamrock was a 3 leaved clover. Legend says that St. Patrick explained the mystery of the trinity with this plant, showing how each leaf represented the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, yet remained one plant after all. But there is a four-leafed clover- though it is rare. Ancient Druids considered them a sign of luck, and through the years, they too became intermingled with the legends surrounding the normal clover- and you will find both in Irish lore~

Leprechauns   are mythical creatures - elves actually- that will lead you to a pot of gold if you catch them. They are solitary beings- avoiding humans and other leprechauns- and traditionally, they are shoemakers. They are short, rather homely creatures- broad of shoulder though and quite graceful. They usually dress in green coats and wear a hat. Some smoke pipes called "dudeens" and most have a fondness for beer. They are the guardians of the fairy treasure. Rainbows are a sign to mortals that the treasure is nearby. If you find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, you may demand the leprechaun turn it over to you~

So with all of this mind, let me give you "Eire" by Microferk Designs- a collection that will meet all of your St. Patrick's Day and Irish heritage scrapping needs for years to come. Based on traditional colors of the Irish flag: green, white and orange, with some gold and brown thrown in for good measure (and even a little rainbow - unique and whimsical!)

In "Eire Page Kit" by Microferk Designs, you get 17 beautifully blended, patterned and/or textured papers. You also get over 40 elements that include curly green satin ribbon with matching bow, thin green ribbon wrap, white lace, a line of shamrocks, four leaf clover, a glass and glittered shamrock, a glitter shamrock, a 2 across package frame with ribbon (both shadowed and unshadowed), a 3-up package frame with ribbon (both shadowed and unshadowed), a cascade of bling (both shadowed and unshadowed), and a full span a bling "rain" (both shadowed and unshadowed), a green braided ribbon wrap, white and green carnation, golden Celtic cross on a ribbon, a set of 4 shabby chipboard shamrocks, a fancy tag, a golden filigree shamrock on a ribbon, a set of 4 different flair in Irish theme, 3 different golden frames, 2 buttons with ties, a glittery leprechaun hat, 4 pieces with Irish Blessings and poems on them with Celtic framework, 4 lined and slightly glittered journal blocks, a golden Celtic knot, a hand-drawn leprechaun, a line of Irish pennants, a pot of gold, a semi-transparent rainbow, 2 swirly arrangements with shamrocks and dazzle, a small jewelry tag with string bow, a set of 3 vintage Irish cards, a wooden frame and a golden crown with emerald gemstones.

You also get an alpha set- a golden Celtic font that includes upper case (only) letters, numbers, and 7 extra characters!  It's lightly  glittered and set with emeralds. This alpha set is truly versatile and can be used with so many different kits and layouts! Each element is in its own file - no need to 'cut' apart. All elements and papers are created at 300ppi, with papers saved as high-resolution jpgs for stunning print clarity, and elements saved as png files to preserve transparency. Drop shadows are only applied in instances where layering of pieces within an element necessitate shadowing for realism.

(Also available separately as Eire Papers, Eire Elements and Eire Alphas by Microferk Designs)

Check out the "Eire Collection" for more coordinating design products by Studio Miki.


Eire Papers

Eire Papers

Eire Elements

Eire Elements

Eire Elements

Eire Elements

Eire Alphas
by Miki:
Zack- Eire


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently purchased the Eire Kit and want to tell all: the greens are brilliant and compliment the other colors in the kit perfectly. I love the elements, especially the little leprechan and pot of gold and oh, the hanging diamonds/four leaf clovers add just the right amount of sparkle to a page. As always Miki, your kits are just beautiful. Sally M.

5:22 PM, February 21, 2012  

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