Friday, February 05, 2016

Magnolia Sunshine

Hello, dear friends, and I trust you have had a wonderful and blessed week and are looking forward to the weekend.

Well, it's the 5th of the month, and I am so happy to color up the newly remixed digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Magnolia Sunshine. And it's a wonderful one to chase away the winter blues and to remind us all that spring is coming! Marcy shares this:
"It's hard to mess up Magnolia Sunshine. Whether colored in or left alone, this showy medallion-shaped bouquet, featuring a remix of Saucer Magnolias, Trumpet Daffodils, and Snowdrops, leaps off the page. It's jam-packed with joyful details and is the perfect springtime digi stamp to add to your collection. I selected this mixture of flowers because they are some of my mother's favorites; she grows so many varieties of each of these plants in her garden! The sentiments are quotes from Frances Hodgson Burnett's book, The Secret Garden, and would be the finishing touches on an uplifting card for certain."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Magnolia Sunshine, Remixed Digital Image, February 2016

For my card, I used Microsoft Word and pulled in the main image and a digital sentiment from Winter Pick-Me-Up and resized them to fit into a die. I printed it on X-Press It Blending Card and started to color with no real direction other than using this new die set because it fit so well. I chose to go with pink magnolias and yellow daffodils. I was delighted to discover that snowdrops are white and green and really do grow up out of the snow! I die cut my image using the main die and also cut a piece of white card stock with the same die to use the outer decorative frame adhered to Papertrey's Soft Stone. Then I used my handy Perfect Layers tool for an even mat. For a bit more interest, I decided to pierce around the focal layer (yes, you know how much I love that). Once again, it's a very mail-friendly card -- especially given the increase in postage rates!


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Magnolia Sunshine, Remixed Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, February 2016

This sentiment is a appropriate one for so many occasions, and it reminds me of how many dear friends and family members are always in my thoughts as I pray for those in need. And then I realized that we are always in God's thoughts -- and always in His care. What great comfort and peace it is for me to know that He will always comfort us and will never forget us. 

Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the LORD has comforted His people
and will have compassion on His afflicted.
...Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
Behold, I have engraved you
on the palms of My hands.
Isaiah 49:13, 16a

Now is time to hop over to the Power Poppy blog for lots of inspiration, a new monthly challenge - and more! And then you will surely want to go to Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today -- and also check out the entire digital collection.

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.)

Blessings,


Stamps:  Magnolia Sunshine, Winter Pick-Me-Up (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card (Copic), White and Soft Stone (PTI)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Elementals #11 - Bracket Coved Labels die (Frantic Stamper), Perfect Layers tool, piercing tool, 3M spray adhesive
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  A2

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Everything's Rosy

Hello, sweet friends, and I wish you a wonderful and blessed week! How has your year started out? Have you made and kept any resolutions? 

Well, it's the 15th of the month, and I am absolutely delighted to color up the new Instant Garden digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Everything's Rosy. I think this is one of my all-time favorites! Marcy shares this:
"I was inspired by the sweet scenes of British teacups and mugs (and I love Cornishware, the graphic blue and white pottery), each filled with lush roses from the garden."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Everything's Rosy, Instant Garden Digital Image, January 2016

Now isn't this a gorgeous image? Roses come in an amazing range of hues that are so inspiring! And just Google Cornishware to see all the delightful images and colors, and visit Wikipedia to learn more about the history of Cornishware (it's fascinating). The signature color - blue and white - are the colors I chose for both teacup and mug. The teacup pattern is actually called Blue Domino. This image really needed to be front and center, and I used it all.

In Microsoft Word, I resized my image to fit into a die and printed it on Neenah Solar White. Once colored, I used a fine line marker to make a line across to give it a sense of being at a table with a linen cloth (just ready for tea time). I shaded the table portion a pale linen yellow and the wall a soft blue. I decided to add a clear sentiment from Good Thinking: Renewal using my MISTI. I used a rectangular die for the colored image, matted it with a blue scalloped die, and then adhered that to the card base. The joy of making this card was coloring it, and I know I shall enjoy using it for future cards.


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Everything's Rosy, Good Thinking: Renewal, Instant Garden Digital Image, January 2016, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

As I was coloring this image, fond memories came flooding back of many wonderful teas several of my dear friends have hosted over the years. These precious gals have the gift of hospitality and love sharing it. I am thankful for the many precious friendships of those who live nearby as well as those whom I have grown to love through blogging and on Splitcoaststampers. I love all the friends I've made through my love of stamping, but of course the greatest friend I have is my Savior Jesus. That reminds me of one of my dad's favorite songs that he would sing so beautifully.


What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
-- Joseph M. Scriven

Now is 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 is ever so quickly growing -- like gardens do, right? Are you ready to be blown away and welcome our newest Instant Gardener, Barb Walker? And don't forget to visit the Power Poppy blog.



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.)

Blessings,


Stamps:  Everything's Rosy, Poppies (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White and Blueberry Sky (PTI)
Ink: Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, A2 Matting Basics B dies (Spellbinders), Blueprints 20 dies (My Favorite Things), MISTI, Fine Line Marker 005 (Prismacolor)
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  A2

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Lovely Hellebores Abloom

Hello, sweet friends, and I wish you a Happy New Year! Yes, it's been a while, and I'm sure you have all been as busy as I have over the holidays. Can you believe it's 2016 already?

It's the 5th of the month, and I am delighted to color up the newly remixed digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Hellebores. Marcy shares this:
Say "Hello" to this clipped stem of winter and early-spring-blooming Hellebores (also called Lenten Rose or Christmas Rose), just loaded with flowers and nodding buds. I've paired the image with a quote by Rumi aimed to help us look at things a bit differently.... "The inspiration you seek is already within you. Be silent and listen." A mojo boot if I've ever heard one. Can you think of someone who would benefit from reading that quote today?
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Hellebores, Remixed Digital Image, January 2016

As you will learn from Marcy on today's Power Poppy blog post, these gorgeous flowers come in an amazing range of hues that are so inspiring! I chose one of the Pink/Red Lady varieties. I resized my image to fit into a die that allowed space for a sentiment from Poppies that fit perfectly, which I stamped using my MISTI. While in the die, I sponged the focal image with some Vintage Touch Tea Dye ink from Papertrey, but it doesn't show well in the photo (but it's there and matches the paper and the ribbon/lace!). I used some designer paper and edged both with Copic markers, and then I pierced both layers (ah, you know I love to pierce!). After adhering them to each other, I wrapped some lace with seam binding on top and adhered that to the card base with red tape (anything with heavy ribbon needs something strong to stick well). And that was it! Now it's ready to mail with no extra postage - yay!

Power Poppy, Hellebores, Poppies, Remixed Digital Image, January 2016, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

Now that we have started a new year, I've been trying to refocus a bit. Our thoughts and desires are often centered on what we don't have rather than on what we have already. And that reminded me of one of my favorite chapters in the Scripture - Psalm 103. Here's the excerpt that has called me to pause and consider all I do have, in spite of the health issues I continue to deal with. God is with me all the way - and He is all I really need. I trust that this passage will encourage you as well.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless His holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits...
Psalm 103:1-2

Now it's time to visit the Power Poppy blog and see what Marcella has to share with us, and be sure to visit my sweet friends to see their beautiful cards. 

Then hop on over to visit Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today. While you are there, don't forget to check out the entire digital collection! Remember, they are available instantly!

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.)

Blessings,


Stamps:  Hellebores, Poppies (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Flourish (Authentique)
Ink: Black (Versafine), Vintage Touch Tea Dye (PTI)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Labels 11 dies (Spellbinders), MISTI, lace (May Arts), Very Vanilla seam binding (SU), piercing tool, 3M dimensional tape, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, sponging
Card Size:  5" square
Copic Markers Used:  Flowers - RV0000, RV000, RV00, RV63, RV55, RV66; Leaves - YG03, YG61, YG63, YG67; Flower Centers - Y11, Y21; Vase - BG0000; Grounding - W1; Paper Edging - E81 and BG34

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Blessings

Hello, sweet friends! Well, it's hard to believe Christmas is upon us, and I hope you are all ready to take a deep breath in and a big sigh out. In all the hustle and bustle, may we all remember the true meaning of Christmas!

Here's a card I made last year that I never posted on my blog. I really enjoyed making it for the Color Challenge on Splitcoaststampers. The focal image is James with his snowman pal, and it was such fun coloring this adorable pair (how I love snowmen - just not in real life - haha!). I added a simple sentiment, as they are clearly wishing someone special a beautiful Christmas. After die cutting with a square, I matted it with red. I used a background for the red and white stripes and matted it as well. I wrapped some red jute around the striped background piece, popped the focal image, and adhered it all to a white card base. A simple but sweet card with this cute little pair of snow buddies!

Lili of the Valley, James with Snowman, Cover-A-Card Stripes, Impression Obsession, A Muse sentiment, designed by Cheryl Scrivens, CherylQuilts

It's been such a joy to share with you this year, and I look forward to sharing more in 2016. I truly thank you, dear friends, for your prayers and thoughts as I have struggled through my health issues this year. God always has reasons for everything that He allows in our lives, and I can tell you that I have been so blessed by how God has worked both in my body but also in my heart. I believe God is answering our prayers, and I can definitely say that I am starting to feel a little better - praise God. Thank you for your continued prayers, as I pray for you as well!

How many of us have enjoyed watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" over the years? I am always touched by the part where in desperation Charlie Brown asks whether anybody knows what Christmas is all about. Then Linus stands all alone on the stage and says:


"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them;
and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not,
for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you:
You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.'

"...That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."

Linus read the Scripture passage from Luke 2:8-14. And that's what Christmas is all about - even today! 

Blessings and loving wishes for a beautiful and joyous Christmas,


Stamps:  James - Snowman (Lili of the Valley), Cover-A-Card Thin Stripes (Impression Obsession), Beautiful Christmas (A Muse)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White and Poppy Red (PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black (Versafine), Lipstick Red (Colorbox Chalk)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Squares dies (Spellbinders), Perfect Layers tool, red jute (May Arts), dimensionals
Card Size:  4¾”

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Christmas is drawing near...

Hello, sweet friends! I think everyone is super busy getting ready for Christmas, and I just wanted to share some news about Power Poppy's Christmas sale and the new digital image for the 5th. Power Poppy has a special "Holiday Sale" going on right now. Just click on the Power Poppy store banner to see the Christmas sets for sale, and be sure to enter HOLIDAY10 in the discount code box at checkout - sweet!

And today is the 5th, so here's the new and adorable Snowglobe Greetings that features Santa Claus trying to squeeeeeze down into the chimney, and maybe we can help him out if we give that snowglobe a few shakes? Hehe! Marcy has created a decorative base wth extra spaces for your personal touches. A simple seasonal greeting rounds out this globular set! Is this not a beautiful snowglobe? I just love the base with the holly and berries. Allison Cope posted a most adorable card using this new digi, and she's even included a great video here. Be sure to stop by and leave her some "blog love."

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Snowglobe Greetings, Digital Image, December 2015

So you may wondering where my card is with this snowglobe, right? Well, I just could not get myself going this week. It's been a struggle, and I would surely appreciate your prayers. I am being treated for small-fiber peripheral neuropathy and slowing increasing the medication, and this week has been a bit hard - hence no card. But I will be making a card soon, for sure. God is so gracious in His daily strength, encouragement, and peace through it all.


I am always so encouraged by God's Word, and here are just two Scripture passages that I trust will encourage you this day.

...do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

Our soul waits for the LORD;

He is our help and shield.
For our heart is glad in Him,
because we trust in His holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
Psalm 33:20-22

May we never lose hope or faith in the Lord. He is always with us...praise God! And that's what's so precious about Christmas, as we celebrate Immanuel, God with us in His Son Jesus.

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. It brings great joy to connect with my precious friends.

Blessings,

Friday, November 27, 2015

Let's Chill...and Then Shop!

Hello, sweet friends! Well, today is the day, and I'm sure many of you will be out shopping in malls and shopping online. It's the big day that many stores hope to make it into the "black" in profits, hence Black Friday.

But today is a big day at Power Poppy. Not only is the new 25th digital remix available, but there is a 20% off storewide sale! The new digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley is called Let's Chill, and just wait until you see the entire set - a sweet "snowdude," a snowy background, and a sentiment.


Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley Storewide Sale Black Friday through Cyber Monday 2015

But before you run off to shop, here's my card using this adorable "snowdude" that I just love from Let's Chill. I used only the snowman and used a sentiment from Wreaths Plain and Fancy. It's been a busy week, and I decided to keep it simple.


Power Poppy, Let’s Chill, Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, November 2015

After opening Microsoft Word, I dragged this little fella in and resized him (and as you know, I always print two at a time). I colored up this cutie and used a new stitched banner die that my little "snowdude" fit into perfectly and still allowed for a sentiment. I had planned on using the snowy background but chose a simpler card. I used a sentiment from Wreaths Plain and Fancy that fit just perfectly and also fits for someone sending a card from South Florida - ha! I fussy cut a "mat" for the banner by tracing the outside of the die and fussy cutting it, and then I matted the designer paper with red as well using my Perfect Layers tool. I added a ribbon, and then adhered it all to the card base.

We had a quiet and lovely Thanksgiving yesterday, and I praise God for the many blessings He has given my husband and me over the years. During this busy season, I trust that we will all take some time to reflect on the many blessings from God...even when times are hard.


Look to the Lord and His strength;
seek His face always.
Remember the wonders He has done.
Psalm 105:4-5

Now it's time to visit the Power Poppy blog and see what Marcella has to share with us, and then blog hop to see the other beautiful cards my friends have designed.

Be sure to visit Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today. While you are there, don't forget to check out the entire digital collection! Remember, it's all on sale!

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 and also this week's Anything Goes Simon Says Stamps challenge.)

Blessings,


Stamps:  Let's Chill, Wreaths Plain and Fancy (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Classic White (Neenah), White and Pure Poppy (PTI), Merry (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX dies (My Favorite Stamps), Red Riding Hood taffeta ribbon (SU), Perfect Layers tool
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, fussy cutting
Card Size:  A-6

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thank You For You Sale!

Hello, sweet friends! I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving here in the United States and enjoyed being with family and friends. It's still hard to believe the year is nearly over.

Many of you are wondering where the new digital is for the 25th of the month. Well, it's coming tomorrow. 

Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley - Storewide Sale Black Friday through Cyber Monday 2015

To celebrate you, hope over and get 20% off everything in the store at Power Poppy!

PLUS -- the new digital set, Let's Chill, featuring a sweet "snowdude," a snowy background, and a sentiment -- debuts tomorrow and will be ONE DOLLAR. Sale starts Friday, November 27, at 12 a.m., and ends Monday, November 30, at 12 p.m. CST.

Come back tomorrow, and I will be posting my card with this sweet "snowdude!"

Blessings,