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! :)" 

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spring Meadow Bouquet

Hello, precious friends, and it's so wonderful to "chat" with you today! I am sure you are all looking forward to spring. So in anticipation of its arrival...I get to share the brand new Instant Garden digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Spring Meadow Bouquet.
Isn't this an amazing bouquet? The flowers are, starting clockwise: Bleeding Hearts, Summer Snowflake, Lilacs, and then Checkered Lilies (also called Snake's Head Fritillary), more Summer Snowflake, more Bleeding Hearts, Lilac, and more Summer Snowflake. And just look at this sweet butterfly and the bumble bee (did you know they absolutely love the nectar of bleeding hearts).
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Spring Meadow Bouquet, Instant Garden Digital Release, March 2016

Marcy is always so wonderful to provide us with the names of each of the flowers in her images, and I love finding examples of photos. I must say that I was amazed at seeing checkered lilies - they are really checkered! Isn't it so neat how God loves to delight us in His designs? After finding many photos of the various flowers and their different colors, I started to decide what color mix would work best for me. But before I started coloring, I used GIMP to remove the backgrounds of both images (the main floral image and the sentiment). Next I opened Microsoft Word and dragged in each image, resized them, and placed them where I wanted. I decided to make a "copy" of the sentiment and cropped the first two words for the top and the last three words for the bottom of my staggered sentiment (so I could "nest" my sentiment toward the bouquet). The sentiment that comes with this new digi is a single line. Then I printed it (always having two on a page whenever possible). Ah, and then the fun begins -- coloring! I must confess that this one took me three "pre-coloring" tests to figure out what colors would work best for me. I wanted my lilacs and checkered lilies to be compatible and still "work" with the vibrant bleeding hearts. I think they compliment each other. I have to admit that this card took me a long time to color, but oh -- the joy of coloring is so relaxing to me!

Once my coloring was done, I fussed some with trying to figure out a different layout and tried some border dies that just didn't work for me. So I finally "auditioned" Strawberry Slush as a mat and decided to use it with a favorite border punch. The rest was relatively easy using my Perfect Layers tools and trying to make my border symmetric at the bottom (yes, we perfectionists can get a bit carried away - haha!). But in the end, I think I like it enough. Truly, the image is amazing in its fine detail, especially if you enlarge it and see all the tiny dots and lines that give Marcy's images such beauty and depth! 

So, here she is in a simple layout with the decorative border punch at the bottom, and I think that this beautiful bouquet deserves front stage, don't you?


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Spring Meadow Bouquet, Instant Garden Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, March 2016

I was so thrilled to see this beautiful bouquet, but I was also delighted to see the lovely sentiment. It really means a lot to me these last couple of weeks. As many of you know, I've continued to deal with health issues, and a dear friend of mine on Splitcoaststampers (Anne Ryan) requested that I be the "destination station" for the March 1 Teapot Challenge. Well, I can't believe the outpouring of love and encouragement, and I continue to receive beautiful cards from the "Teapotters" and other wonderful friends from SCS. How touched I am, and so this card will be posted on SCS tomorrow as a small gesture of my thanks to such a caring and encouraging community. And, precious friends, I thank you all for the many prayers and words of encouragement here on my blog! I love your dearly!

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
always in every prayer of mine for you all 
making my prayer with joy.
Philippians 1:3, 4


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. So hop on over to the Power Poppy blog to read and see what Marcy has to say about this image and how she developed it - it's amazing, and she takes us on a walk! Well, that's all I'll tell you - find out for yourself! You won't regret it!
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.) 

Blessings,


Stamps:  Spring Meadow Bouquet (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Strawberry Slush (SU), White Weave textured paper (The Paper Company)
Ink: None (printer)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Perfect Layers tool, piercing tool, Modern Garland border punch (Martha Stewart)
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word
Card Size:  6¼” x 6½”

Monday, February 15, 2016

Flowers Always

Hello, dear friends, and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful and restful weekend. 

It's the 15th of the month, and I am delighted to color up the new Instant Garden digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Flowers Always. Marcy shares this:
"I have been very intrigued with folk art and primitive art for a long time. Not the super duper primitive, so much as the decorative arts of rug hooking and quilting. Doing this research led me to stumble upon a bunch of crewel embroidery images." 
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Flowers Always, Instant Garden Digital Release, February 2016

This is a really neat image with lots of versatility. I found some beautiful crewel embroidery patterns, decided to use some designer paper as my color palette, and started by opening Microsoft Word and dragging in the main image. Once I resized it, I dragged in the sentiment and resized it as well. Since I decided to use an oval die, I made a copy of the sentiment in Word and cropped each one (cropping the quote from one and the author from the other). Then I moved and centered them under my main image and started coloring (with beautiful music that is also playing as I type).

Since I did not use a decorative die, making the card took nearly as long as coloring it! I love using my Perfect Layers tool for even matting, and it came in very handy for this card. I die cut my image with an oval die, matted it by fussy cutting, and just had to paper pierce it (yes, it was begging for it - hehe!). And I used a ribbon across the card, and it was finally done.


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Flowers Always, Instant Garden Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, February 2016

I remember years ago when I did embroidery and how I would look at the back of my work and be amazed at what a mess of threads and knots it was. However, the front was beautiful. That reminds me of how God works. He is creating a "beautiful tapestry" as He transforms me into the image of Christ. From my perspective, my life is as messy as the back of one of my pieces of embroidery. But I can be assured that He is always working in my life with the ultimate plan of working all things together for my good and for His glory. 

And we know that for those who love God
all things work together for good.
Romans 8:28

Now it's time to visit the rest of the Instant Gardeners. After all the inspiration, I'm sure you stampers will definitely want to hop over to Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today and also check out the entire digital collection that continues to grow. And don't forget to visit the Power Poppy blog to read more about this gorgeous new digital set.


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.)

Added Note: Marcella Hawley posted a Special Note on Tuesday, February 16, that I wanted to share with you, and I trust that you will join me in praying for her and her entire family.
"It is with the heaviest heart that I must share with you this news. My beloved mother, Susan H. Smith, passed away on February 6. You can read my special post about Mom's life here. We cannot thank you enough for the prayers and good thoughts everyone has been sending."
Blessings,


Stamps:  Flowers Always (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Classic White (Neenah), Vintage Cream and Enchanted Evening (PTI), Tangerine Tango (SU), World's Fair Collection (Graphic 45)
Ink: None (printer)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Grand Ovals dies (Spellbinders), Enchanted Evening Satin Ribbon (PTI), Perfect Layers tool, piercing tool, 3M dimensional tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, paper-piercing
Card Size:  5” x 6¼”