Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Poppy Retirement Card

My amazing and wonderful surgeon, Dr. Richard  Wintch,  has announced his well-earned and richly deserved retirement for June 30th this year. His card was created with the Poppy found in my "Make It Crafty" Graphics folder (though I am not positive that the artists there drew this poppy stem) These were printed on Vellum, then colored with Vellum Pens.  They are placed over  Tangelo Twist DP that is filled with happy and caring sentiments.  The vellum is outlined in Starform White and Gold straight lines and the Happy Retirement in gold is a Starform Sticker.  The inside sentiment reads: 

You’ve spent your life helping others, Dr. Wintch,
 and the time has come when you can pursue a quieter life,
 to travel, to read and enjoy your family.

Your legacy as a doctor is unrivaled among your peers.
 Surgeons like you are not just doctors, but real life-savers.
 Lucky are we, your patients, for having seen the favors of the Lord
 through your skill, your compassion and your counsel.

We wish you days of happiness
Filled with contentment, joy and pleasure, 
And hope that your retirement years
Are the best years ever

Then the protective cover over the card shares the special sentiments of the poppy flower (from the internet), and reads: 

Symbolism of the Poppy
Few flowers played such an important role in religion, mythology, politics, and medicine as the Poppy. Often found growing along roadside ditches and other humble places, these flowers have enchanted poets and helped doctors treat their patients for centuries. Besides the medicinal and edible qualities of the Poppy, the flower symbolizes some very deep emotions.
The Poppy is one of the most widely used symbolic flower around the world. Ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Roman societies linked it with sleep due the sedative effect of the plant’s sap. The Greeks in particular tied it to sleep because of Morpheus, the God of sleep. The Victorians gave the flower a variety of meanings based on the color, including consolation, deep sleep, and extravagance. Chinese and Japanese flower experts recommend the Poppy for couples because it means a deep and passionate love between two people. Other colors represent success and beauty in Eastern cultures. The red Poppy is the traditional flower of remembrance for Europe and North America because of its ties to World War I and II. Some people simply think it is a cheery sign of summer because of its size and intense colors.
For many cultures, the Poppy is a symbol of:
Restful sleep and recovery
Remembering the fallen of various wars and armed conflicts
A lively imagination
Messages delivered in dreams
Resurrection and eternal life

Monday, June 20, 2016

Aurora Wings_ Challenge #31

This blog challenge at  Aurora Wings is to work in black and white and shades of gray with ONE other color.  I chose the Eye-Butterfly Mask   for this 6x6 Easel card, and Pacific Point Blue for my one color.  The butterfly is colored with ALL the grays that Prismacolor Pencils have, and the eyes and accents are Prismacolor aquamarine. The monochromatic border accent is created in Photoshop and pencilled with the Prismacolor grays.  The "celebrate" sentiment is an Avery Elle die cut called sentimental dies. (spritzed with Shimmer Sparkle before cutting)  The butterfly is covered with Wink of Stella, and with Black Glaze pen outlining.  

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Aurora Wings_Gardenia and Pearl Goddess

This top fold card  Prismacolor Pencil (close to monochromatic) Gardenia goddess was created for the  Aurora Wings Challenge #30  "A Touch of Class"  Cardstock is SU Tip Top Taupe, and Natural and the diecut is part of the lace edging of  Double Delights Tattered Lace die.  The artpiece is finished with stickles clear diamonds, and with Liquid Pearls (Buttercup).  The gold and transparent glitter edging is by  Starform and available at pop-ups etc.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Aurora Wings_Flowers and Butterflies

This is the Girl Flower Butterfly stamp drawn by Mitzi Sato Wiuff.  She is finished in  Prismacolor Pencils, stickles, and Wink of Stella .  Matts are SU paper (Choc Chip, Tangelo Twist Hello Honey and Natural..., and the butterfly is a diecut from Memory Box  Butterfly Branch over an inked Spellbinders Les Papillions Die.  The Lace edging is a "ribbon doily" by Paper Ribbon.  This side-fold square card (5x5) is created for the A Touch of  Class Challenge #30 on the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog

Aurora Wings_Orchid Fairy

This beautiful fairy goddess was drawn by Mitzi Sato Wiuff and is entered in the Aurora Wings Blog Challenge #30  "A Touch of Class"   She is colored in Prismacolor Pencils, accented with wink of stella and Diamond Stickles, and quadruple mounted on So Saffron (and coordinating) SU paper that has been diecut with Stitched Rectangles by Lil Inker.  The sentiment reads "Wave the wand and sprinkle the dust. Make a Fairies we Trust." The font for that is Sleigh Ride.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Razzle Sunshine Suzi for Miran Progressive June

Here is little Suzi Sunshine dressed in polka dots (done with glaze pen) looking for butterflies (Colette Butterfly Branch die by memory box).  She is colored in Prismacolor pencils, and mounted on Spellbinder Labels 17 (S5025) Tim Holtz texture fades dots embosses the Rich Razzleberry SU paper card.  The sentiment banner is Itty Bitty Banners by SU.  She is created for the June Progressive Challenge at Art By Miran.  

Sunshine Suzi--Miran Progressive for June

Little Miss  Suzi Sunshine is in a sheer organza dress caught in her little flower garden.  Papers are by SU, and dress is white on white.  Her hat is a sheer see through organza hat.   She was created for the Art by Miran Progressive Challenge for June.  Her sunglasses have 3d crystal glaze lenses.   She is colored in Prismacolor Pencils. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Happy Little Mermaid

This little Spritely Mermaid with the Perky Tail was drawn by Mitzi Cato-Wiuff and can be purchased from her Ebay Aurora  Wings Store.  The card was created for the Aurora  Wings  Challenge #29 (Clean and Simple featuring a card with a central focal point, minimal embellishments  and few  (if any) layers.   The inside of the card is embossed with a bubble background (by The Paper  Studio) and contains sentiment "Make a wish on a Mermaid's Kiss" medallion  on a "tag" (Spellbinders Fancy Tags 3-S5-030) That tag is just the  right size to hold a gift card.  The paper is plain white cardstock, and the medium is Prismacolor Pencils.  The "pointilism" background is done with copics.