Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sweet Berries

Hello, sweet friends! It's nearing the end of summer, but today we have a newly remixed digital image for you from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Berry It. And is it ever sweet - and with a great sentiment!


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Berry It, Digital Remix, August 2015

Raspberries are a mid-summer treat, and I was surprised at the variety of colors. I took a little artistic license and made mine a bit darker than most - so they look ripe and really sweet! I don't know about you, but I love fruit year-round. 

For some of my dear digi-phobes, this card was an easy one - really! I opened Microsoft Word, pulled in the image, resized it, did a "copy and paste" for another digital image, positioned them top and bottom, and printed the page on Neenah Solar White paper. (Remember, I always try to print two so I can easily color with the same markers and make another card - which I actually finished yesterday.) I found a piece of "raspberry dots" designer paper and used a die set to make a frame. I cut two extra white "frames" to layer under the designer paper frame to give some depth to the frame. 

After coloring my image and die cutting it, I used my MISTI to make sure my sentiment was stamped correctly. I can't tell you how many times I've messed up a card after spending hours coloring, but no more thanks to my MISTI. I picked one of the sentiments from Farmers Market that works perfectly with these berries for the person I made this card for. After adding the sentiment, you know I looked at it and decided it needed something more, right? And you guessed it, piercing won out. But when I placed it on the card (I always "audition" a card before I glue anything), the piercing did not show very much. So I pondered some and decided to tape some small strips of black paper behind the piercing, so now it shows better. Cool, eh? I adhered my "frame" to the card base with red tape. So once again, print, color, die cut, pierce, and adhere to the card base - and it's done - well, two are done now! Smile!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Berry It, Remixed Digital, Farmers Market, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

Now it's time to visit my amazing teammates! Be sure to visit Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today. While you are there, check out the entire digital collection

I wonder what your favorite fruit is and how you like to eat it. For me, I love mine over ice cream - yum! And it can be almost any kind of fruit. I am so thankful God provides us with a wonderful variety of fruit, and fruit is not only tasty but healthy too. How sweet is that? Just another reminder for me of how God gives us good things.


Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights....
James 1:17a

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment, thought or question. I am always happy to answer questions, and I've shared some tips for using GIMP and Word with several friends - so don't hesitate to email me. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Blessings,

Stamps:  Berry ItFarmers Market (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Back to Backs Raspberry Dot (BoBunny), White and True Black (PTI)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Stitched Rectangles dies (Simon Says), MISTI, Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue, piercing tool, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, paper-piercing
Card Size:  A-2
Copics used:  Berries - RV00, RV00, RV52, RV17, RV55, RV19, RV02, R81, YG11; Leaves/Stems - YG11, YG13, G43, YG17, YG01, E31; Flowers - Y02, R81, 0; Background Shading - RV0000, RV000, V000, C2, 0



Saturday, August 15, 2015

Easy Breezy Coneflowers

Hello, sweet friends! Today we have beautiful new digital image for you from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Easy Breezy Coneflowers with two delightful sentiments. 


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Easy Breeze Coneflowers, Instant Garden Digital, August 2015


Coneflowers are gorgeous and grow in a variety of colors, and I just love how Marcella's beautiful digital images are so inspiring. I continue to be amazed at the beauty God has created.

I used GIMP to remove the background of my flowers, and I also isolated the one coneflower and used it in my "trio" of images to make a mini "field of coneflowers" for my card (one of the images is a mirror image). I brought in the sentiment, made sure it was all arranged properly, and printed it (two on a page)...and then I started coloring...and began to relax. I die cut my square, matted it with a deep rose, and then adhered it to my card base. And did you notice I did no paper piercing? I "auditioned" piercing and various kinds of doodling...and then I finally decided to go clean and simple. Ha! It did need a little something extra, and I remembered one of my favorite border punches that finished the bottom. It's quite simple, but I hope it will wish someone an "easy breezy day" to cheer them!

Power Poppy, Instant Garden Release, Easy Breeze Coneflowers, Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

Now it's time to visit my Instant Gardener teammates! Be sure to visit Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today. While you are there, check out the entire digital collection.
Starting today, Power Poppy will be playing along with Passionate Paper Creations and ushering in a coloring contest. As part of this promotion, the new Sunflower Power digi will be on sale through the weekend for only $3. You can use this image to enter the contest, and two winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Power Poppy store! So hop over and buy it - now!

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment, thought or question, and I hope you have a wonderful week! 

Blessings,

Stamps:  Easy Breezy Coneflowers (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Autumn Rose and White (PTI)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Grand Squares dies (Spellbinders), Perfect Layers tool, Eyelet Lace border punch (Martha Stewart)
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word and GIMP
Card Size:  5 x 5½”
Copics used:  Petals - RV00, R81, R85, RV63, RV21; Centers - V17; Leaves - G40, G43, YG11, YG45, E31; Background - YG30, 0


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Sunflower Power

Hello, sweet friends! It's the 5th of the month, so it's time for the newest freshly remixed digital stamp by Marcella Hawley. And is it ever beautiful! It's called Sunflower Power and is a big, beautiful sunflower with a sentiment that fits perfectly. It's available for purchase now, so you can make a card today...no waiting for the mail!


Power Poppy, Sunflower Power, Marcella Hawley, Refreshly Remixed Digital Stamp

My sweet husband has grown sunflowers for us here in South Florida, and they are gorgeous! They grow tall, are full of sunshine, and surely make anyone smile! 

Wanting to use the entire image, I simply opened Microsoft Word, pulled in the image, resized it, and then brought in the sentiment. I finally found a piece of designer paper that worked with my image, and I used it to guide my color palette for the sunflower petals. I added a little "sunshine" yellow to the sentiment. I traced inside the smallest of the Grand Labels One dies, and I fussy cut my focal image and matted it with Coastal Cabana. And you just knew I had to pierce, right?  Hehe! I added some Copic-dyed pearls, added some seam binding, and used some new thin dimensionals to adhere my focal image to the background. I adhered that to the card base with red tape (because I never want my cards to fall apart after they arrive). Print, color, mat, pierce, glue pearls, add seam binding, add to background, and adhere to the card base - done! 


Power Poppy, Sunflower Power, Digital Image, Flowers, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

Now it's time to visit my some of my sweet friends! Be sure to visit Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today, and check out the entire digital collection
Because I absolutely love sunflowers, this digital remix for me is a special one. It reminds me that we all are able to bring sunshine into someone else's life. And may we all shine the light of Jesus wherever we go and whatever we do. 
So, whether you eat or drink,
or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

This card works for two of the Dare To Get Dirty challenges hosted by TammieE and TexasGrammy. The challenges are posted here.

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment, thought or question, and I hope you have a wonderful week! And think of one way you might bring some sunshine into a special person's life today!

Blessings,

Stamps:  Sunflower Power (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Coastal Cabana (SU), White (PTI), American Crafts paper pad
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Grand Squares dies (Spellbinders), pearls dyed with Copic marker (Kaisercraft), seam binding (Martha Stewart), Diamond Glaze adhesive, piercing tool, Perfect Layers tool, Power Tabs clear adhesive tabs (Tombow), red tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, paper-piercing, fussy cutting
Card Size:  5½”
Copics used:  Petals - Y11, Y13, Y32, YR31, YR21; Flower Center - E31, E35, E55, E44; Leaves - YG11, YG13, G43, YG01, YG21, YG45; Leaf Edges/Tips - E31; Background - G0000, BG0000, 0; Designer Paper Edging - YR31


Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Dare To Get Dirty Challenge on Splitcoaststampers

Hello, sweet friends! The big news is that I am hosting my first Dare To Get Dirty challenge at Splitcoaststampers

Splitcoaststampers (SCS) is the world's largest stamping community with more than 400,000 members, many of whom are Fan Club Members. Each year a number of the past and 12 current designers at SCS (known as the "Dirty Dozen") have a week-long challenge fest known as "Dare To Get Dirty (DTGD)." This special week-long event is just for Fan Club Members to say "thank you" for their support. It's an amazing community for inspiration and encouragement, and I have come to know and love so many wonderful friends from all over the world. If you aren't a Fan Club Member yet, click here to learn more about it. There's plenty of time to have fun! And if you need to "give" yourself permission, here's one from the Dirty Dozen.


Splitcoaststampers.com, Dare To Get Dirty 2015, DTGD

I can't tell you what my challenge is, but I am sharing my card with you. I know there are some Fan Club Members who follow me, so I would love to see what you do (and you know where to go to see my challenge). And my sample card makers have made some absolutely beautiful cards to inspire!

I used the Build A Bouquet stamp set by Stampendous, and I love blue and decorative dies. That's all I can share with you...hehe!


Cheryl Scrivens, CherylQuilts, Dare To Get Dirty 2015, Splitcoaststampers, Stampendous

Now it's time to say, "see you soon." And I do hope to see a card from some of my sweet friends! You have until Monday, August 10, 11:59 p.m. Central Time, to post your cards.

The Lord will open the heavens,
the storehouse of His bounty...
to bless all the work of your hands.
Deuteronomy 28:12

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment, thought or question, and I hope you have a wonderful week! (And I'll see you tomorrow - it's the 5th of the month and time for a new remixed digi!)

Blessings,

Stamps:  Build A Bouquet (Stampendous) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Blueberry Sky and White (PTI)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Devine Eloquence dies (Spellbinders), Perfect Layers tool, Empressor tool, Glue 'n' Seal adhesive, Kool Tak clear foam dimensional tape and thin squares, red tape
Techniques: Fussy cutting, adding dimension
Card Size:  A-2
Copics used:  Flowers - Y11, BG70, B21, B000, B34; Leaves - G40, G43, G24, YG25, G46, YG21; Stones - W0, W2, W3, W4; Water - BG0000

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Christmas is coming...

Hello, sweet friends! Can you believe that Christmas is just five months away? Today I am sharing my first Christmas card for this year. I know some of my friends work on their cards throughout the year, and I so admire them. But, I've finally made my first one...yay!

Power Poppy, Hollyberries, Digital Image, Christmas CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

It's the 25th of month, which means it's time for the newest freshly remixed digital stamp by Marcella Hawley. This new set is called Hollyberries and is a beautiful botanical image with two sentiments, and (as always) is available for purchase now...ready to print, color, and make a card. And there's another big surprise (for today only)...but, I'll leave that to the end! (What a tease, eh?)

Holly is such a traditional image for Christmas, and this image lends itself to so many design possibilities...especially as a digital image. I envisioned the image "cascading" across my card with a sentiment below. I downloaded the Hollyberries image, used GIMP to erase the left portion, saved it as a temporary .png file, and pulled it into Microsoft Word. I also pulled in the original Hollyberries image, and I resized and arranged the two images to allow room for a sentiment from the clear stamp set, O Holy Night. (You can also use GIMP to do the same thing and print directly from GIMP.) After I finished coloring, I used my MISTI tool to stamp my sentiment for perfect placement. Once again, I kept it simple with an out-of-the-box technique and a matting of red...taking care to fussy cut around the holly leaves...then matted that with some striped designer paper. I decided to pierce it (guess you could have expected that, right?), rounded the corners, used a Copic marker to go around the edge of the designer paper for a finished look...and then adhered it to a white card base. It still seemed to be missing that little something, so I added some medium green rhinestones to dress it up a bit...did it work?  

It's a "Christmas in July Sale!" Stock up early and get a head start on your Christmas cards and creations! Power Poppy is offering 20% off all its Happiest Holiday Collection clear stamps for 24 hours only. And Hollyberries is half off for 24 hours too. The sale is today only, July 25, until 11:59 p.m. (Central Time).


Power Poppy, One-Day Holiday Sale - July 25, 2015 - Central Time, 20% off Happiest Holiday Clear Stamps, Hollyberries digi set $3

Now it's time to see what some my sweet friends have to show you! And be sure to visit the Power Poppy blog to read and see what Marcy has for us!
I'm not sure about you, but this was just what I needed to get me into the Christmas spirit! Christmas is a time for giving, and we cannot begin to give what God has given us through His Son Jesus.

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment, thought or question, and I hope you have a wonderful week! 

Blessings,

Stamps:  HollyberriesO Holy Night (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Patterns & Solids/Home Sweet Home (Graphic 45), Poppy Red and White (PTI)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, MISTI tool, Perfect Layers tool, piercing tool, Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), rhinestones (Jolee), Diamond Glaze adhesive, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, out-of-the-box, paper-piercing, fussy cutting
Card Size:  4¼” x 5¾”     
Copics used:  Holly leaves - G20, YG25, YG17, G43, G46, YG21; Berries - R22, R35, R29, YR02; Branches - E35; Designer paper edge - G40