Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pear of my Eye??

Today’s challenge from Created Byhand is…

Create art using glossy paper! Use glossy paper to create your art - use dye inks, paints, papers, collage images, eyelets, ribbons, etc… along with glossy paper! Create a card, ATC, tag, altered art, 4 x 4, inchie, skinny (3 x 5 inches)… whatever you fancy. Post your art to your blog, picture trail or photo sharing site, then post a direct link to your challenge art under the comments section to share with others! Have fun and make art!!!

I first gold embossed on the Glossy paper and then used alcohol links in various tones. This created a fabulous background paper (a little to busy…but oh well). From there I stamped the pear, eye and lettering using StazOn brown ink. I added diamond glaze to the words. Lastly I wrapped the entire ATC with bronze DMC floss.

I started with just the pear on the ATC but it was a bit to small so where to go from there? Beside me I had open my binder of stamps and there was a stamp with an eye. So I started thinking “why not Pear of my eye” and where exactly did the phrase “apple of my eye” come from. So I did a bit of research…here is what I found courtesy of the Phrase Finder.

Meaning: Originally meaning the central aperture of the eye. Figuratively it is something, or more usually someone, cherished above others.

Origin: The phrase is exceedingly old and first appears in Old English in a work attributed to King Aelfred (the Great) of Wessex, AD 885, entitled Gregory's Pastoral Care. The earliest recorded use in modern English is in Sir Walter Scott's Old Mortality, 1816:

"Poor Richard was to me as an eldest son, the apple of my eye."

It also appears in the Bible, Deuteronomy 32:10 (King James Version)

He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

and Zechariah 2:8:

For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.
Kinda interesting…I hope you enjoy. I am open to any and all comments…Caro


Deborah said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE your card!! So bright, artsy...beautiful embossing!

Stempelchaotin said...

Woooooooooooooow what a fantastic creation. Love the work.

Femmy said...

this is fabulous!!!!

Home Made Greetings said...

Love the card. You are working faster than I can go look at all the sister's blogs :-)

To my knowledge pear is a cross between Apple and Guava, but I can't find any reference to that. May be I dreamt it.

Alexas Art Blog said...

this is really fabulous!!!!

Gayle Page-Robak said...


stampingbalou said...

Wow, this is so stunning - what a great art work !

Anonymous said...

Wow, love it, looks really great.