Monday, November 26, 2012

Kadripäev and Christmas

Few weeks ago I wrote about Mardipäev (Mart's Day, St Martin's Day), today I share a little about Kadripäev (Kadri's Day, St Cathrine's Day).
Here is what Wikipedia says about it:
"The customs for the Estonian St. Catherine’s Day are generally associated with the kadrisants (kadri beggars) or kadris, which give the whole day a unique quality, although it is similar to the traditions practised on St. Martin’s Day. Both require dressing up and going from door to door on the eve of the holiday to collect gifts, such as food, cloth and wool, in return for suitable songs and blessings.
On Estonian farms, minding the herds and flocks were primarily the responsibility of women and therefore, St. Catherine’s Day involves customs pertaining more to herd keeping than farming. In addition, both men and women may dress up as women. In comparison to the mardisants, who were generally dressed in a masculine and rough manner and often wore animal masks, the kadris wear clean and light-coloured clothing, which is in reference to the coming snow.
As with mardi eve (the evening before St. Martin’s Day), when the village youth chose a mardiisa (father), the main player on kadri eve is kadriema (mother).
Regarding the songs for St. Martin’s Day and St. Catherine’s Day, the main content difference is that the former songs wished the visited families harvest luck and the latter songs luck with the herds and flocks, particularly with the sheep. On St. Catherine’s Day, in order to protect the sheep, shearing and weaving were forbidden and sewing and knitting were also occasionally banned.
St. Catherine’s Day has retained its popularity throughout the centuries, including the half-century of Soviet occupation, during which no direct official obstructions to the celebrations were made, probably due to the apolitical nature of the holiday. Thus, St. Catherine’s Day is still widely celebrated in modern-day Estonia. It is particularly popular among students and the rural population."
Kadripäev is almost the same as Mardipäev. Except everyone dress as women. Unlike Halloween, kids have to earn their candy by singing or dancing, but they can do it twice a year (in November). Kadripäev was on the last weekend.
But now to the new challenge at the Paper Makeup Challenge Blog. This time we want to see a Christmas or Holiday project with digital stamp on it.
I made a suspension card (I think it is called like this, not sure though). I used beautiful Holly Fairy and sentiment from Season Greetings Holiday Set. Holly is colored with Promarkers. I added some stickles to her wings and Flower Soft to her jacket and boots. Jacket is paper pieced.

The image and sentiment is attached with a string, so it turns around in a little window. Pattern papers are made in PhotoShop from damask pattern created by sofi01. I added digital stitching's to it. Edges of papers are distress with Tea Dye Distress Ink and Matting layers are colored with Promarker - Burgundy.

Flourishing Christmas tree die cuts was cat in two and I clued one to the front of the card and other inside. There are also lots of stickles added to them.

Little Holly leafs and berries under the sentiment are from Holly Fairy hair :o) I thought that it looks nice on there.

This is it. Remeber, you have a week to upload your project with digi image to PMS Challenge blog. You can win three digi stamps from PMS (+2 extras if your winning project has a PMS stamp on it). Don't forget to visit my team mates blogs. They have awesome cards to share :o)

Materials used:
Stamps - Paper Makeup Stamps - Holly Fairy and  Season Greetings Holiday Set
Papers: White paper from mys stash; red and beige pattern papers made in Photoshop; matting layer colored with Promarker 'Burgundy'
Coloring: Promarkers
Inks: TH Distress Ink - Tea Dye; Printer
Dies: Spellbinder - Label 4 sm; Memory Box - Flourishing Christmas tree
Embellishments: Viva pearl pen - Ice White; Ranger Stickles - Crystal, Flower Soft - White

I'd like to participate on following challenges:
Stamping Sensations - November challenge - Traditional Christmas 28.11
Polka Doodle - Week 47 - Any die will do 2.12
The Crafty Pad - Challenge 198 - Add some glitter 30.11
Sweet Stamps Blog - November Challenge - Suspension card 14.12

Thank you for looking!
Hugs & smiles,


  1. This is gorgeous Eret!
    You've coloured the sweet fairy so beautiful.
    Everything looks so perfect, also the inside of the card.
    I love it.
    Well done.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors and your design is amazing. I definitely want to try this technique sometime soon.

  3. Your card is gorgeous Eret. I love the sweet image and such a fabulous design. I like the way you have used the Christmas tree die for the flourishes

    Hugs Sue

  4. A gorgeous card Eret. Thank you for playing along at Polka Doodles this week and good luck with the challenge hun. Hugs Clare xxxx

  5. Beautiful card Eret, the design is just stunning. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month.

  6. ohhhh wow this is totally amazing. I'm really impressed with this design!

  7. WOW, Eret! This card is gorgeous :) Love your work and the look is beautiful!

  8. Eret your card is awesome lady! Thanks for playing at The Crafty Pad this time & for adding some glitter!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  9. A beautiful card Eret. :-) It´s nice to have you at Polka Doodles this week. xxx Monica DT Polka Doodles

  10. Oh WOW!!!! I adore your card!! Where to start?! Love the paper piecing, the patter papers are divine! I have never seen a card like this!! I LOVE IT!!! You are super creative!!

  11. Interesting details from Wikipedia Eret, it's always nice to learn something new. A lovely Christmas card as well.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge this month.

    B x

  12. Lovely card and just perfect for our challenge this week at The Crafty Pad, thanks for playing along. :)

    Debbie The Crafty Pad Designs

  13. beautiful card Eret - lovely shape and perfect for our challenge at the crafty pad - thanks for joining us xx

  14. Stunning card, Eret! Clever idea too! Thanks for playing alomg with Polka Doodles. See you again next week! Asha- Polka Doodles DT

  15. hello, you did a great job with this challenge, great création and so beautifull, thanks to play with us at CSAYL this week, hope to see you next time and i wish you a wonderfull holiday season, biz

  16. This is gorgeous! I haven't made one of these types of cards for ages!! Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles for our Any Die will do challenge! HUgsxx

  17. Gorgeous card, love what you've done with the dies, thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles.

  18. This is a beautiful card- for a great celebration. Thanks for entering in the Sweet Stamps Suspension Challenge- and good luck in the draw!


Thank you so much for your comment. It is always so nice to read them. Hugs and smiles. Eret

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