It’s a Blog Parade, it’s over in the CLASSroom, and the theme is “Flowers”.  How fun is that!  Here is the card I made to play along.

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The poppies were colored with CopicsEnamel Accents were used to dot the centers of the two largest blooms which were cut out and popped up.

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My card today also represents something near and dear to my heart.  My son, Jeff, whom I have spoken of before, will be graduating from dental school in the Spring.  Jeff is also in the Army National Guard and works on soldiers at an Army Processing Center to ensure that our soldiers have their dental needs taken care of before being deployed overseas.  One of his colleagues has opened a Veteran’s Dental Clinic as a memorial to his brother Sgt. Clint Ferrin who was killed by an IED on March 13th 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq.  The purpose of the Clinic is to help restore our veterans’ oral health free of charge.

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Here is the story behind the Clinic:

“Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ferrin was an American hero. He served in Bosnia, West Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantryman. During training SFC Ferrin had a front tooth knocked out. Frequent deployments, training and a lack of desire to take off work kept him from receiving the proper dental treatment. Two years after he lost his tooth he was given a removable partial denture with fake tooth. Clint was later killed by an IED on March 13th 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq. We know there are more of our servicemen and servicewomen who are like SFC Ferrin. Our clinic serves a variety of veterans.”

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Jeff (front left) with his fellow National Guard Dental Students

“One aspect of the clinic serves members of the National Guard. Unlike the active duty troops, they do not get 100% of dental treatment covered.  Most of those who join the Guard do so to help their struggling budgets. Thus, the lack of 100% coverage of dental insurance persuades many of them to avoid dental treatment overall. The qualifications that we give the National Guard Units when they refer soldiers is that they have no dental insurance, are experiencing financial difficulties, and have served in a combat zone or have a deployment date with their unit. The other groups of veterans that we are focusing on are those who are not currently in the service. We will serve those who were never called to be a combat zone. However, we will give priority to those who actually served in war zones in wars including World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans.”

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I have added a link to Sgt. Ferrin Veteran’s Memorial Dental Clinic in the sidebar here on my blog.  If you would like to donate to the clinic to help restore our veterans’ oral health, please know that 100% of donated money goes towards treating veterans.  0% goes to administration, 0% goes towards advertising and 0% goes towards the website.  The dentists (and dental students) all donate their time.  Even the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine donates the space and equipment.  The main expense for the clinic is the lab work, and even that is done at cost.  So any donation goes a long way in helping our veterans.

The administration is still in the process of setting up PayPal donation capabilities so until that time all donations can be made by calling:

Donations: 702.774.2507
Information: 702.774.2460

Email: info@veteransdental.com

Address:
UNLV School of Dental Medicine
Attn: Veteran’s Dental Clinic
1101 Shadow Ln
Las Vegas, NV 89106

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Hey, thanks for sticking with me today!  I do hope that you can have some fun and play along in the CLASSroom’s Blog Parade with Flowers.  If you do, be sure to visit this CLASSroom post and leave a link to your creation.

Happy Crafting!

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Stamps: Hero Arts “Poppy Background” and Cornish Heritage Farms “We Remember”

Papers: Neenah “Solar White” Cardstock

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Archival “Jet Black”; Copics:

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Accessories: Ranger Enamel Accents; GG Ribbon


43 Responses to “Poppies – In Loving Memory”

  1. What a powerful, beautiful and GORGEOUS card!! I love that image, and you`ve certainly made it shine:) Stunning!
    Hugs.

  2. Your card is gorgeous and I love that rustic background behind those beautiful blooms! TFS the story about your son and the wonderful things he’s doing to help provide dental care to those who serve our country. Congrats to him on his upcoming graduation!

  3. Awwwwwwwesome coloring and dimension. What a GORGEOUS card!

  4. What a gorgeous card! I love the color contrast here. Poppies are so beautiful and I love the dimension and enamal accents you added!
    Thank you for sharing a story about your son and all wonderful things he and the hospital doing for our soldiers!

  5. the HA poppy stamp is one of my favorites and you did a beautiful job coloring it w/copics. also am a army nat. guard mom – thanks for the neat story about your son.

  6. Beautiful card, your coloring is awesome! and what a great story!!

    God bless.
    Giovana

  7. Wonderful card – Thanks for sharing the wonderful story. Very inspirational.

  8. Absolutely beautiful card, Susan. Your coloring is gorgeous as always. I just ordered the black and white enamel from Ranger and can’t wait to use it. It’s perfect for the flower center.
    Thanks for sharing the story and congratulations to your son!
    Hugs and smiles

  9. Jaw dropping gorgeous! Congrats to your son’s upcoming graduation! Thank you to your son & this organization for what they are doing for our Veterans & troops!

  10. Your card is just stunning – I have that stamp and can’t wait to run into the craft room and try to imitate your look! I love the background – – – how on earth did you get the pebbly effect? Was it with the copics (I don’t know how to use those yet)?

  11. Your poppy card is beautiful Susan. I love poppies and your treatment of them here is just gorgeous. The background is very cool too, making a striking and very appropriate card.

  12. Fabulous card. I have this HA stamp and you’ve given me so much inspiration for its use.

  13. What a beautiful card and congrats to your son on his upcoming graduation.

  14. Absolutely stunning Susan! Love the poppies, so beautifully colored. Can’t wait to try to Ranger enamels! Thank you so much for sharing the story of your son and Sgt. Ferrin, I’m so sorry for the family’s loss and will make my donation as soon as the Paypal is up and ready. I’ll keep watch through your blog by clicking on the link in the sidebar. Hugs, Jerri

  15. Susan, you card is fabulous. What gorgeous coloring. I love the enamel accents and the dimension you gave the flowers by popping them up.

    You must be very proud of your son. The clinic is certainly a wonderful memorial to Sgt. Ferrin.

  16. Stunning card! Love the black BG!
    My oldest is also in the Army National Guard – he is in the PR department for the Beyond the yellow ribbon campaign.

  17. oh you must be so proud of your son!!! Does a Mother’s heart proud doesn’t it?!!!

    This card is so very lovely!

  18. Beautiful card, Susan! What a proud mama you must be of your son. What a wonderful thing that dental clinic is! I have a brother-in-law who was is a veteran of the Vietnam war and has gone through a lot as he was in the thick of combat there. He is now on full disability but I know very little dental coverage is available to him and I think this clinic provides a very valuable service. Thanks for sharing your son’s story and this information.

  19. Beautiful card, love the effect the black enamel gives to it!
    What a wonderful thing your son is apart of, it is always great to hear there are people out there willing to serve those who served us.

  20. Your card is gorgeous, Susan! Fabulously coloured and I love the red and black. Loved the story about your son! Congrats to him on graduating from dental school and for his hand is such a wonderful organization! Those who serve give up so much and it is great to hear about those who give back to them.

  21. A very beautiful card, I love the poppies and congrats to your Son! I think it’s wonderful that he is giving something back at the clinic, you must be very proud.

  22. What a beautiful card..and a beautiful tribute to a deserving soul. Congratulations to your son! He sounds like a young man with a heart of gold.

  23. Unusual color palette sets an appropriate tone for this card. Thank you for assisting our veterans.

  24. This is an honorable mission. I’m proud and sad at the same time. You’ve made a beautiful card, Susan. Those Ranger enamels have me very impressed!

  25. I love that title…blog parade! Beautiful card! And thanks for sharing your story.

  26. Susan, thanks for sharing this story — you must be so proud of your son!

    Your card is stunning — your coloring is gorgeous, as usual!

  27. This is an absolutely stunning card, and the care and thought that went into making it is obvious! Thank you for sharing your son’s wonderful endeavors with us, too – you have obviously put a lot of care and thought, too, into raising him to be a wonderful man!

  28. Your card is stunning and seems so simple to make. I wish your son the best of luck in all of his endeavors.

  29. WOW. You are very talented. I think you are a real artist with the Copic markers. I am truly inspired.

  30. Gorgeous card…I love all the details that take it from simple to simply amazing! What a wonderful story and wonderful son! I know you are proud and you should be. Congrats to him and the new dental centre…I wish them all the best!

  31. Your card is absolutely gorgeous, Susan!!! I just love the poppies and your coloring is FABULOUS!!!! I loved hearing about the wonderful dental clinic you son helps with….taking care of our veterans dental needs is such a wonderful mission!!! My DH is retired Army and has had some dental issues in the past…I am sooo glad that someone has taken on this wonderful task to help veterans in need!!!! Kudos to your DS and his team!!!

  32. Beautiful card Susan!! And thanks for sharing the story of the clinic!!

  33. Absolutely stunning card! Must get some of that Ranger enamel..oh and REALLY practice the Copic colouring 😉 Yours is amazing!
    Congratulations to your son and thank you for sharing the wonderful story behind the dental clinic. Many thanks to all involved.

  34. gorgeous card – love the added dimension on the flowers. And a wonderful story. You should be very proud of your son and his commitment!

  35. What a beautiful card. The colors are brilliant.
    I wish your son lots of contentment doing this good work.
    Eveline.

  36. Lovely card.

    Thanks for sharing your story! Best wishes!

  37. Gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing about your son also :o)

  38. What a great story about your son Susan such good work too…you have a lot to be proud of lady 🙂

    And a gorgeous card…the color is so rich, and I just love the dotted centers. That little detail really makes the card wow!

  39. Beautiful card! Layering just adds that little something to a card. Great colors! TFS!

  40. What a wonderful story about your son and his colleagues! Kudos to him and his buddies.
    LOVE this stamp…just made a card this week with it…was going to use it in the flower parade but it is for a friend’s birthday next week and I didn’t want to spoil it by putting it on my blog early. I sure do love what you did with it…really love the popped up flower. Must remember to do this! Thanks for the inspiration.

  41. Lovely card and a moving story. you must be so proud of your son and what he does (congrats on his grad!) by the way, that poppy stamp is one of my faves.. a stunning effect you achieved with the stamp!

  42. Susan! What a great story! I didn’t know Jeff was in the guard – will he have to go overseas at any point?!? He’s sure a cutie! I’ve forwarded on your link to my brother who is a dentist in Provo, he would probably like to get involved somehow or at least help financially with this great project- thanks for posting! And we’ll make a donation, too!! Love you! Nan

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