Sunday, May 15, 2016

Seeds of Today

Hello, dear friends! Can you believe it's already the middle of May? School will be out soon, and it's time for graduation. With that in mind, I get to share the brand new Instant Garden digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Seeds of Today.
A daisy-like trailing vine sprouts from a flowerpot, twisting and curling around a very special sentiment in this new illustration from my imagination. But I give you the choice here to use the image with or without the sentiment provided, and you can swap it out for anything in your stash! If you do choose to keep the "seeds of today" quote, you may want to use the other sentiment in this set to congratulate a new graduate. Enjoy!
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Seeds of Today, Instant Garden Digital Release, May 2016

Before I decided to use the full image with the sentiment, I did try a number of sentiments from my clear stamps that worked (depending on the size you make this image). So this new digital set has a lot of possibilities. I started with a pretty piece of plaid paper to use as my color palette and decided to use a new die set with the mini scallops that I thought looked pretty and delicate. And how could I pass up paper piecing, right? Hehe! As always, I auditioned my image (after making a quick color copy of it) and decided to add a bow and some buttons. I used one of my Copic markers to color white seam binding, and the tip about coloring it is to use a piece of plastic similar to what you use with the Stamp-a-ma-jig and then keep coloring with the chisel end and don't let it dry -- otherwise, you will end up with color changes. 

So here she is, and I hope you like it. I really fussed around with the layout, and it usually takes me longer to decide how to put a card together than to color it! Ah, well, at least I finished it, and I always enjoy making a card.


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Seeds of Today, Instant Garden Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, May 2016

This lovely pot with the flowering vine reminds me of what Paul says about how he planted the seed by sharing God's Word and that another co-worker Apollos watered the seed by the works he did. But it is always God Who brings His Word alive in our hearts. We might say that God causes His love to bloom in our hearts and gives us life. Then He allows us to shine so that others might see His mighty works.

I planted the seed,
Apollos watered it,
but God has been making it grow.
1 Corinthians 3:6


Now it's time to visit some of the Instant Gardeners for more inspiration. After that, I'm sure you stampers will definitely want to hop over to Power Poppy to purchase this new digital release to use today. Don't forget to check out the entire digital collection that keeps growing. And stop by the Power Poppy blog to read and see what Marcy has to say about this image and about her creative journey from years past...fascinating!
Thank you ever so much for visiting and sharing a comment, thought, or question. I love hearing from you and am always happy to answer questions, so please don't hesitate to email me. I love to help whenever I can. (I am entering this in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge and in Simon Says: Flowers Challenge.) 

Blessings,


Stamps:  Seeds of Today (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Blue Bayou (SU), Subtle Plaids paper pack (MFT), white textured paper (Bazzill)
Ink: None (printer)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Scalloped Circle Layering dies (Tonic), Ocean Tides buttons (PTI), seam binding dyed with Copic BG72, white DMC floss, Perfect Layers tool, piercing tool, Zots adhesive dots, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, paper piercing, fussy cutting
Card Size:  5¾” square

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Peony Love

Hello, dear friends! Did you have a wonderful May Day? It was a beautiful day here in South Florida, and I know everyone is looking forward to seeing more beautiful flowers grow, even up north. Today I'm sharing a card using the remixed digital set from Power Poppy called Peony Love, and it's just in time for Mother's Day.
"By now most folks know that I am a peony lover from way back. This myriad of peonies in this halo was inspired by those hybridized by the Klehm family. I designed and illustrated mail order catalogs staring in the early '90s for these renowned plantsmen, Klehm's Song Sparrow Farm & Nursery, and learned so much from rare and wonderful plants from this experience! This circle of peonies includes various forms you might find in an heirloom garden: single and Japanese types, bobs and doubles. This image is rather large at 4.125" and can be sized down, but I wanted to leave it pretty large so all petals could get some coloring love! Complete with two sentiments and a small accent peony. Also there is an alternate version of "World's Most Awesome Mom" -- using "Mum" for our friends up north, across the pond, and way over on the other side of the world!"
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Peony Love, Remixed Digital Release, May 2016

When you see my card, you are going to wonder: "Where is the wreath?" Wanting to show my stamping friends that you can watercolor using digital images (easily), I decided to use the small accent peony. I enlarged the single peony and added my sentiment (in Microsoft Word). If you want to move the sentiment closer to the image, you will have to use a photo-editing program to remove the backgrounds (as I did by using GIMP). Once I was happy with the size and placement, I printed it on watercolor paper. I used yellow FrogTape to secure all the sides to my cutting mat, gently rubbed a Sanford Magic Rub eraser across the entire image, sweeping away the eraser crumbs. (Before you apply the FrogTape, press it on your clothes a couple of times to reduce the amount of adhesive to keep it from tearing your paper when removed.) Then I started to color, doing one section at a time. Since this is only the second watercolor card I've posted, it's clearly not my best work (and I'm not a watercolorist by any stretch). However, I love watercoloring, and this was an experiment on how the watercolors worked using my HP PhotoSmart 7510 inkjet printer. I would encourage you to try yours. So here she is with sequins and all -- hehe!


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Peony Love, Digital Remixed Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, May 2016

Sunday is Mother's Day, and I remember how much my mom loved flowers! Each spring on hands and knees she would prepare the flower beds and plant lots of beautiful flowers. She loved to make her house beautiful inside and outside -- and I miss her and have deep, loving memories of her. But she is with Jesus now, and I have the assurance from God's Word that I will see her again because of her faith in Jesus. I know that in the same way a beautiful flower springs from a seed, we will be given new, perfect bodies when united with Jesus in Heaven.

Every time you plant seed, you sow something that does not come to life
[germinating, springing up, and growing] unless it first dies.
1 Corinthians 15:36 (Amplified Bible)

Be sure to visit Power Poppy blog to see some of my other teammates have in store for you. For my stamping friends, you might want to hop over to Power Poppy to purchase this new digital set to use today -- just in time for Mother's Day or for that special friend in your life. And it's so exciting to see the digital collection continue to grow -- such fun!

As always, thank you so much for visiting with me. You always delight my heart with your precious comments. I am always happy to answer questions -- especially since you may have questions about watercoloring using digital images. Please don't hesitate to email me. (I am entering this card in the current Word Art Wednesday challenge.) 

Blessings,


Card One:
Stamps:  Peony Love (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Watercolor paper, White (PTI), Cool Caribbean (SU)
Ink: None (printer)
Tools/Accessories: Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, and Broken China), aqua brush, FrogTape (yellow), Sanford Magic Rub eraser, Sweetheart Mix sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Perfect Layers tool, Irresistible Pico Embellisher adhesive
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word
Card Size:  A-2

Monday, April 25, 2016

Two New Power Poppy Digis Today!

Hello, precious friends! Can you believe we are starting a new week and that soon it will be May? It's that season for lots of delicious fruit and time to get refreshed after the winter. Today I get to share two cards using two new digital sets from Power Poppy. The first is the remixed digital image by Marcella Hawley called Juicy Strawberries with two wonderful sentiments.
"We have three images in this strawberry-centric set. My drawing showcasing berries, flowers, leaves, and curlicues was based on heirloom strawberries that are growing in our backyard, plants originally from the previous owner's grandmother's garden! The sentiments are inspired by the kindness that I so often see shared in the conversations with my design teams. Most recently I have been the beneficiary of lots of virtual juicy, squooshy hugs — and they were a big juicy help to me. I hope these messages will do the same for the recipients of your card-making."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Juicy Strawberries, Remixed Digital Release, April 2016

What fun to see this set with the wonderful sentiments and these fabulous strawberries. I have strawberries on my cereal every day  yum! I used one of the pretty Spellbinders borders and used it on top and bottom, and it was inspired by one of the beautiful cards my dear husband gave me this Christmas that has a pretty border like this with beautifully sparkly paper underneath  and I even used sequins. I have used the wonderful larger sentiment for inside this card and know that special someone will love it the "squooshy" hugs inside.


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Juicy Strawberries, Digital Remixed Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, April 2016

So now for the second digital image, which is the new Instant Garden digital image by Marcella Hawley called Created to Create
"This set is a little different than what I have introduced previously, in that the 'scene' includes a hand-drawn sentiment, and then there is a version of the same scene with a 'blank canvas.' I was thinking that a sentiment from another set could be hand-stamped inside — OR — the artist could draw a little scene on his or her own on the canvas! Maybe a little watercolor wash or a swirly doodle. :) The idea is that we were created to create!! Nobody ever said exactly WHAT to create, just to get to it! :)" 
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Created to Create, Instant Garden Digital Image, April 2016

One of the wonderful things about this new Instant Garden digi is that you can just pull it into Microsoft Word and it will fill the whole page (with or without the completed "canvas"). Wait till you see what some of the gals have done — simply amazing! Anyway, I used the complete image and made it smaller and had such fun coloring it — and even decided to "buck the tide" and made my daffodils a peachy pink color. I have had this notebook edge die for a while and decided to use it for this card. Truly, this is such a fun new Instant Garden digi, and I know we will be seeing lots of great artwork with it.

So, here is my finished card, and it was such fun to get my "watercolor set" on the "canvas" smudged with the paint.


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Created to Create, Instant Garden Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, April 2016

While I was enjoying coloring and finishing my cards, I thought about the quote, "We were created to create." And I thought about how we are made in the image of God. While God created everything from nothing, we have been given the gift of creativity, allowing us to make beautiful things with the materials He has given us. When we do something creative, we are imitating God, which helps draw us closer to Him. God's Word tells us how He specifically equipped people to be craftsman and work with their hands.

And I have filled him with the Spirit of God,
with the ability and intelligence, and knowledge
and craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs,
to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting,
and in carving wood, to work in every craft.
Exodus 31:3-5


Be sure to visit the Power Poppy blog and see what Marcy has in store and to see what my amazing teammates have to share  creativity abounds!! And then I hope you stampers will hop over to Power Poppy to purchase these new digital sets to use today. Have you checked out the entire digital collection lately? It's amazing! 



Thank you so much for visiting and sharing a comment, thought, or question. You always bless me. I love hearing from you and am always happy to answer questions. Please don't hesitate to email me. I love to help whenever I can and have answered a number of questions about digital images, so don't be shy. Remember, the only dumb questions are those that you don't ask. (I am entering this in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge.) 

Blessings,


Card One:
Stamps:  Juicy Strawberries (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Home Sweet Home 6x6 paper pad (Graphic 45)
Ink: None (printer)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, A2 Scalloped Borders Two dies (Spellbinders), Retro Green sequins (Hazel & Ruby), Irresistible Pico Embellishment adhesive, Multi Liquid Glue (Tombow), red tape
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word
Card Size:  4½” x 6”


Card Two:
Stamps:  Created to Create (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Cameo Coral (SU), White textured paper (Bazzill)
Ink: None (printer)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Perfect Squares tool, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  5¼” x 6”

Friday, April 01, 2016

Happy Birthday, Power Poppy!

Hello, sweet friends, and happy Friday! I am excited to help kick off the "party" to celebrate Power Poppy. Yes, Power Poppy is two years old today, and what a weekend Marcy has planned for everyone! After reading her words and seeing her adorable face, can you tell Marcy is excited?
"Power Poppy is turning 2. WOOHOO! We want to THANK YOU, our sweet and encouraging peeps around the world, for helping us spread the botanical abundance and zest for life. Your creativity, love, and generosity of spirit is SO STRONG! We are thrilled to kick off another year of flowering and empowering together. 
From Friday through Monday, we're offering 20% OFF all in-stock clear stamps and all digital sets. Use the discount code at checkout to receive the special savings. PLUS, for four days only we have a special birthday digi Layer Cake for only TWO BUCKS! Visit Power Poppy to learn more." 
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, 2nd Birthday Celebration Sale, April 1-4, 2016

As part of the celebration, some members of the Power Poppy team had fun using one of Becky Fleck's CardMaps sketches at PageMaps.com. While I'm not a big fan of sketch challenges, I must say that it was good for me to get out of my "comfort zone." I think we all need to do that from time to time, right? I have wanted to use one of the images from the new Folk Heart clear set, and worked that into the sketch, together with a sentiment from the Cozy Cupfuls clear set.

I stamped the adorable vase of folk art flowers and colored away (once I found a piece of patterned paper - oh, the challenge that can be, as I hunted through many paper pads!). Guided by the sketch, I used various dies and shapes - and finally added a sweet little double-layered button die to fasten my sentiment and added some embroidery floss around the focal image. So here is my finished card:


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Folk Heart, Cozy Cupfuls, PageMaps, CardMaps, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, April 2016

And below is the CardMaps sketch. So if you need a little help with your mojo or just want to try a new layout, head over HERE and see all the card-making fun you could have.


PageMaps, CardMaps, April 2016

What a blessing it has been to be part of such a vibrant, creative, and fun group of stampers and to work with some of the most beautiful botanical images hand-drawn by Marcella Hawley. I love her enthusiasm and spontaneity, along with her love for the beauty of all that God has created for us to enjoy! I thank God for gifting her in so many ways and wish Marcy and Power Poppy a very happy birthday with many years to come. Thinking about celebrating made me think of this verse from the book of Psalms:

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; 

let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Psalm 96:11-12

Now it's time to "run" over to the Poppy Poppy blog for the latest news from Marcella Hawley as she kicks off the birthday party celebration - together with a brand new Power & Spark challenge by Christine Okken! I'm sure you stampers will definitely enjoy this fun weekend! Wait till you see this adorable Layer Cake Digital Stamp and Sentiment set!

Cheryl Scrivens < that's me >

As always, thank you for visiting and sharing a comment, thought, or question. You know I love hearing from you and am always happy to answer questions, so don't hesitate to email me. (I am entering my card in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge and this week's Simon Says: Anything Goes Challenge.) 

May you have a wonderful weekend, sweet friends! You are loved!

Blessings,


Stamps:  Folk Heart, Cozy Cupfuls (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 80-pound and 110-pound (Neenah), Certainly Celery (SU), America Crafts designer paper
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Pierced Square STAX dies (MFT), Brackets dies (SSS), Double-ended Banners dies (PTI), Matting Circles dies (ODBD), Scallop border punch (SU), DMC floss 350, Perfect Ruler, Perfect Layers tool, Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), red tape
Card Size:  A-6

Friday, March 25, 2016

Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher

Hello, sweet friends! I am so excited to use the newest remixed digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher.
"This lush bouquet of freshly gathered tulips captures laid-back country living, complete with a hobnail-trimmed milk pitcher. Two birthday sentiments round out this set that is just begging to be colored up this spring." 

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher, Remixed Digital Release, March 2016

There are so many gorgeous colors of tulips...so needless to say, I swooned over the many tulips I found on the internet. As I started coloring on a practice piece, I decided to go with pink with red, leaning more and more toward red. Then came thoughts of a layout and designer paper or a decorative die -- always a dilemma for me. With this lovely country pitcher, I thought about a favorite doily die and found a piece of homey designer paper. The fun part of using digital images is making them any size you want, and I wanted a larger size that fit with my doily with a small mat (that I fussy cut after tracing the outer circle die). Before adhering it to the doily, it needed piercing -- hehe, yes, I love to pierce. I sanded the edges of the designer paper, matted it, and added the ribbon with a bow. While it's not mailable, I am willing to box it up for mailing. 

So here she is finished -- after struggling with choice of colors, layout, and finishing touches. I really like that the roses stand out but compliment the blue. Talk about blue...it was fun finding the right combination of markers to match the designer paper and the card stock for the pitch. But in the end, I think I like it.


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher, Digital Remixed Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, March 2016

When I was writing this post, I was thinking about the Last Supper when Jesus took the cup and and the bread and announced the New Covenant sealed with His blood. I am thankful for the sacrifice Jesus made for me and anyone who trusts Him as Savior.

Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many
.

Matthew 20:28

For this is My blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 28:20

Now it's time to see some amazing cards from both the Bloom Brigade and the Instant Gardeners -- and then finish off at the Poppy Poppy blog for the latest news! I'm sure you stampers will definitely want to get this new digi at Power Poppy and also check out the entire digital collection. Remember, it's available today -- to print, color, and make a card! Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.


Thanks so much for visiting and sharing a comment, thought, or question. I love hearing from you and am always happy to answer questions, so don't hesitate to email me. (I am entering this in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge.)

May you have a blessed Easter -- Resurrection Day!

Blessings,


Stamps:  Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Not Quite Navy (SU), White Weave textured paper (The Paper Company), Home Sweet Home Collection (Graphic 45)
Ink: None (printer)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, English Tea Party die (Cheery Lynn), Nesting Circles dies (QuicKutz/Lifestyle Crafts), Enchanted Evening satin ribbon (PTI), Perfect Layers tool, Perfect Squares tool, piercing tool, nail file
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, paper-piercing, fussy cutting, sanding
Card Size:  6" x 6"
Copic markers used: Tulips - R20, R14, R29; Leaves - G40, G43, G85, YG11, YR31; Pitcher - BG72, BG75; Grounding - E40, E81