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Thursday, September 27, 2012

A special dedication...

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  Dear Anna,
it's been about three weeks since Heaven called you...
How wonderful it must be to be painfree now and in total peace in such perfect, wonderful Lord's garden, amongst all of the angels. I'd like to think you were still able to hear me on your last day on Earth...yes, your eyes were closed but I sensed you were still there with me even though you no longer's just a feeling I had , the same strong feeling I felt first thing that particular morning and last thing that night before going to bed, couple hours before I received the hospital phone call at 2:00 am.
We were there in less than 20 minutes, Iole and I, and was glad to be able to stay and pay you a wakeful respect all night, as I did not want you to be alone at all....It was comforting praying most of the night away , I felt the presence of your spirit in the room, saw your face noticeably relaxed and instantly knew you were happy there, in your new Home. Much later on in the day, we had to say our final goodbye...I hope you liked the song selection I picked for you. Amazing Grace is such poignant , beautiful song and aria don't you agree? You have been an amazing friend to me for so many years...I will miss your inner beauty, your kindness and generosity so very much - especially this time of the year...who's going to bring me those crunchy, crispy apples from your garden from now on , those freshly picked eggs just for me?
Today, my card is dedicated to you Anna, I actually felt your presence as I was creating it....
I hope it ment you liked it and that you enjoyed seeing it from above...perhaps you were even smiling at me. I sure like that thought! ♥
Know that you have been a true blessing in my life and that I feel so much 'richer' because of YOU... Rest In Peace dear in peace....
Fly away like the butterflies...spread you wings above and smile....
* I {{{♥}}} you *
CALENDAR GIRLS:  September Theme
       Hello My Friends,
Miss September here ♥ and this month is my turn to host a challenge for all the multitalented, very creative Calendar Girls. My request to each of the gals was to :Create a beautiful card using the following guidelines:
card must be a fancy fold, and have apples stamped on it -and colored-
(OR, if  don't own any apples's stamps, apples can be incorporated on cards via designer papers,stickers,dies etc..), plus have at least one 3-D butterfly on the card too.
The main colors used for this challenge are to be their own favourite colors
- use at least two of them please -
Why the apples/butterflies combos you may ask? My friend used to bring me tons and tons of beautiful apples from her garden at about this time of the year as the fall season just starts to appear, and today, at the hospice, she was covered in a gorgeous handmade blanket full of beautiful colorful butterflies as we said our final goodbye....A bigger 3-D all white sequined butterfly was placed on top of her heart too...♥Please note: Cards are NOT to be sympathy cards at all, please keep them ‘happy/festive’ - as a celebration of LIFE in general! ♥

                                               Pocket without its panel                                                

                                                           Inside panel



                                         Closeup of the inside panel -
                                    Sakura jell pen really shows off well...

   Pocket and inside panel . I think they compliment each other pretty well, don't you   agree? :o) BTW I believe this is my first ever pocket card...why oh why didn't I tried this before?...mmm...better later than never I
I chose deep reds and shades of green as my colors...they are, by far my most favorites...not sure why...perhaps because they reflect my passionate personality
and my impulsivity ? ( Who knows...;o)

 Close up of the 3-D butterfly...check how glittery it is!
It is also made of four wings layers and topped with a crystal red heart...
This morning , at school , we had our annual Terry Fox run/walk for Cancer
How appropriate that it happened TODAY of all days...I was proud to be able to walk for some of my friends, which, of course, it included Anna ♥
                ♥ Remember to hug a friend's way too short! ♥

Card Deets:
Stamps: In The Garden (2000) and Sun Ripened (2002)both old SU sets
Card Stock: green bazzill, very vanilla (SU)
Designer Paper: Summer Picnic (SU 2007) and The Mariposa Collection (DCWV)
Ink: Memento black . assorted SU markers for coloring image
Accessories: red,pink,white floss/ butterfly trio dye from A-Muse/red pearls by Kaiser/crystal green gems/
red heart gem/ Sakura jelly roll pen/ lily white glitter/ green leaves fromA-Muse/ corner punch/
handmade crochet ivory flower from Carol ♥

Please don't forget to check out the other Calendar Girl blogs.
 You will be stunned how creative they are!
Thanks for stopping by , and God's bless to All!


:: BlueInks :: said...

Beautiful post and card, Paola..

All of your special touches really show on your card. It turned out so pretty. I am sorry for the loss of your friend.

Take care....

Imke said...

Paola, this card is gorgeous. I like the different layers and this lovely butterfly.

April said...

After I wiped the tears from my cheeks, I could finally tell you that your card is gorgeous. Anna appreciates every thought you have sent and are still sending her way! Take comfort that you did get to spend those last hours at peace with her here on Earth and that one day we will truly see HIS GLORY!

MiamiKel said...

What a beautiful post and a lovely tribute to your friend, Anna. I can feel the love! Your pocket cards are both beautiful - perfect idea to make one of each to give glory to both elements in it's own space ~ I forgot I had the apple dsp and wish I had thought to use it after seeing your creations! Wonderful challenge you've given us this month and I am honored to make a tribute card :) Blessings!

Barb said...

Paola--your post is such a wonderful tribute to Anna. And, your cards are both stunning--and met every single challenge you put to us. Love the pocket card--wink!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Oh my goodness, Sweet P, your card is STUNNING!!! I love every fabulous detail on it! You've really outdone yourself withthis one!

It was a great challenge... thank you!

I'm so glad you are Miss September!

Darlene said...

Well I just knew that I was going to cry when I got to your post on this challenge. Such a loving tribute to a dear friend.
Your card is a work of art, it's beyond beautiful. You can feel the love and I don't know what else to say! She loves it.

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Paola you had me in tears, what a beautiful tribute to Anna, both your words and the card.
Blessings of P eace

Terry Ladwig said...

WPS...this was an awesome challenge! I didn't know how apples and butterflies would work, but everyone did a great job in bringing them together!

I love your's more like a work of art!

You have a very big heart, and it shows in everything you do!!

dweatter said...

Stunning card Sweet P. I love the rich colors you used and the glittery, layered butterflies are beautiful. What a wonderful challenge to honor such a treasured friend.

HappyCrafter said...

What a special card, and wonderful way to honour your friend. I hope you are doing ok, and am thinking of you.

Carol W said...

Oh my goodness Sweet P...your tribute to Anna brought tears to my have such a friend (both ways) is indeed a rare and beautiful treasure to behold. I am blessed to be able to call you my friend and I'm sure Anna felt that way too...The challenge you chose was awesome and your card...well I can only say "JAW DROPPING BEAUTIFUL" oh my what a card... You really outdid yourself with this one...I love the coloring and the whole truly are an angel here on earth...and I ♥ you....

Shelly Schmidt said...

What a beautiful tribute to your friend- your pocket card- fabulous! Wow- what a dear friend you are to do this in her memory- I have seen a few of your blog friends cards- lots of love in blog land today!!!

Margaret said...

So very sorry for the loss of your sweet friend. I know she is there watching over you and just loving your beautiful creation just for her. I love just everything about it especially that beautiful crocheted flower and the gorgeous butterflies. A work of art.

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous card and what a wonderful tribute!