Sunday, February 15, 2015

Power Poppy Instant Gardener - February Release

Welcome to the Power Poppy Instant Garden Digital Release for February! As a reminder, an "instant garden" is the monthly digital stamp collection from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley. You can buy, download, print, and color the digi images - in an instant - today!

I am delighted to share this month's digital release. Feast your eyes on this beautiful French lilac! And have you noticed that sweet little lady bug on the leaf? Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers and oh so fragrant. They grew in our backyard in New Jersey and were always in a large vase in our house and in my office. This delicate lilac comes with a lovely "thinking of you" sentiment - the digital set is called French Lilac

Power Poppy, Instant Garden Digital Stamp Release, French Lilac, February 2015

After searching for images of French lilacs (and oh did I swoon over the many colors and hues...they are so romantic), I decided to go with lavender/purple, using a variety of V and BV Copic markers. I used Labels 28 die for the focal image and sponged with Antique Linen, and I edged the border with my Krylon gold leafing pen. I used the coordinating Devine Eloquence die over the lavender card stock (that helped to dress up the card) and edged that in gold as well. Add to the card base, and it's done. Truly, the most enjoyable part of making this card was coloring this beautiful image! And, by the way, there really are yellow lady bugs...hehe! I decided to go for yellow for a soft, subtle look! Don't you just love this sentiment by Emerson with the beautiful font with the lilac? And this is a mailable card (a goal I continue to strive for this year).


Power Poppy, Instant Gardeners, French Lilac, Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

Once again, I used Word to "drag and drop" the image of the lilac into my "document." I resized it (from the corner) and and then added the digital sentiment from Geraniums. (Remember to "bring to front" the sentiment by right clicking on the sentiment image.) I do a test print on copy paper to see how it fits in the die and adjust from there. Once I get the two images where I want them, I "group" them. Now I can copy and paste this "group" and put four "images" on a single sheet and print them to make four cards. (After all, the creative work is done, and I can just color along with some beautiful music!)

So now it's time to visit the rest of the amazing Instant Gardeners and to visit Power Poppy's website to get this new digital release - today (no shipping required)! 

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment or thought, and I hope you have a wonderful week! And warm hugs to all!

Blessings,

Stamps:  French LilacGeraniums (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Lavender Lace (SU)
Ink: Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Labels 28 and Devine Eloquence dies (Spellbinders), Krylon gold leafing pen
Technique: Sponging
Card Size:  A-2

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Power Poppy Instant Gardeners - January Release

Welcome to the first Power Poppy Instant Garden Digital Release! As Julie shared yesterday, an "instant garden" is the new digital stamp collection from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley. You can buy, download, print, and color the digi images - in an instant!

I am thrilled to join this amazing team of talented artists and excited to share the first digital release for 2015. On the 15th of each month, we will share the newest botanical "digi" by our amazing Marcella...and it's available today - instantly (but I guess I already said that...hehe)! Yes, Marcella has once again outdone herself with a stunning cottage rose and two individual sentiments - called La Vie en Rose

Power Poppy, Instant Garden Digital Stamp Release, La Vie en Rose, January 2015

I decided to showcase the main image from La Vie en Rose and used the sentiment from the digital set, Gladioli. With this card, I went low-tech and simply resized the main floral image in Word and then "dropped" the sentiment into the same document, resized it, and right-clicked to "bring to front." In future months, I will use GIMP to do more manipulation and share some tips and hints. 

Truly this rose "stole the show" for me, and I loved coloring it! I used Copic markers, matted the image using one of my Copic markers to match. Then I paper-pierced for some added interest and used a feminine border punch at the bottom for a simple and mailable card.

Power Poppy, Instant Gardeners, La Vie en Rose, Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

So now it's time to visit the rest of the amazing Instant Gardeners and visit Power Poppy's website to see the full "scoop" about this new digital release!

Be sure to check out the Instant Gardener creations today:


Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment or thought, and I hope you have a wonderful week! And warm hugs to all!

For His glory,

Stamps:  La Vie en Rose (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Blushing Bride colored with R20 to match (SU)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Perfect Layers tool, piercing tool, red tape
Techniques: Paper-piercing
Card Size:  A-2

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Blessings


Our Daily Bread Designs, ODBDSLC220, Faith, Butterfly Branch die, Mini Tag Sentiments, Mini Tags dies, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

This is Week Two of our Shining the Light Sketch Challenge.


Our Daily Bread Designs, ODBDSLC220, Sketch Challenge

Once again I adjusted this sketch to make a square card (I tend to gravitate to a square card). But I truly had fun with this card using one of my favorite images from Faith. I used the matching Butterfly Branch die and fussy cut another butterfly to pop it. I used several designer paper patterns, pierced one layer, and then popped my butterfly branch with a LOT of little pop dots! Then I added the ribbon with one of the Mini Tags dies and "blessings" from the Mini Tag Sentiments. I know I will be using this set a lot in the future, and I love the different shapes of the dies. I used Copic Marker W0 to make the white edges of the butterfly branch blend with the designer paper. 

Well, my sweet friends, this is my last card as a member of ODBD. I have been blessed to have been one of the "Breadsticks" since June 2013, and I am so grateful for the wonderful friendships and privilege of representing ODBD. As some of you may know, I have been dealing with chronic pain and recently ended up in the hospital. But I am regaining my strength, praise God! My sweet Challenge Team members have been such a blessing and fun to "play" with, and Chris has been the most wonderful CT Coordinator. I will miss the entire ODBD team and all my wonderful friends who have participated in the challenges and left comments. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
always in every prayer of mine for you all
making my prayer with joy...
It is right for me to feel this way about you all,
because I hold you in my heart....
Philippians 1:3-7a

I will continue to make cards and post on my blog, so I hope you will visit in the new year. In the meantime, I wish you all a blessed Christmas as we celebrate God's greatest gift to us -- Jesus, our Messiah. May we eagerly long for His return to restore creation to its original glory!

To see all the designs in one place or join the challenge, please visit Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. You have until December 28 to join us. You may use any stamps to enter, but if you have any Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we would love to see you use them. By participating in the challenge, you have an opportunity to win a $15 ODBD gift certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the "stamps column" on the ODBD website or to be "spotlighted" for the Shining the Light Award. We would love to see your designs!

For more beautiful inspiration ideas for this challenge, please visit my precious design team sisters:


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

For His glory,

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Faith, Mini Tag Sentiments (ODBD)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Vintage Cream (PTI), Flourish (Authentique)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Butterfly Branch die (ODBD), Mini Tags dies (ODBD), Pool Party ribbon dyed with BG11 (SU), Perfect Layers tool, piercing tool, Diamond Glaze adhesive, 3M dimensional tape, red tape
Techniques: Paper-piercing
Card Size:  5 1/4"

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Filled With Love

Our Daily Bread Designs, ODBDSLC220, Christmas Blessings, Mini Tag Sentiments, Mini Tags dies, Christmas Paper Collection 2014, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

This is Week One of our Shining the Light Sketch Challenge.

Our Daily Bread Designs, ODBDSLC220, Sketch Challenge

This is a great sketch that Chris Olsen has designed for us, and I adjusted it for a square card. I used two pattern pieces of ODBD's Christmas Paper Collection 2014. I used Copic marker BG72 for the matting for a good match and then did my usual piercing (you know how much I love to pierce!). My focal image is from Christmas Blessings, and I added my sheer ribbon (once again colored with Copic marker BG57) but tied under the sentiment layer. Then I added one of the sweet new Mini Tag dies with a sentiment from Mini Tag Sentiments

Christmas is indeed a time that should be filled with God's love and blessing. But is it? When I think of the lengths to which God went to provide me with eternal hope and life, I am humbled. He sent Jesus to live among us, die for our sins, and rise, defeating sin and death...forever! May each day be Christmas in our hearts.

You will keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts in You.
Isaiah 26:3

This is the last full week before Christmas, and I have a very long to-do list (and I'm you do as well). But my goal is to look at each item on my list and decide what tasks are most important and decide what not to do. I know it will be very hard, but I plan to focus more on anticipating Christmas (remember, Advent is based on the Latin word for "coming"). I am remembering His first coming that Christmas day and looking forward to His second coming. In the meantime, I desire to have a greater longing for His return, as He keeps me in perfect peace.

To see all the designs in one place or join the challenge, please visit Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. You have until December 28 to join us. You may use any stamps to enter, but if you have any Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we would love to see you use them. By participating in the challenge, you have an opportunity to win a $15 ODBD gift certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the "stamps column" on the ODBD website or to be "spotlighted" for the Shining the Light Award. We would love to see your designs!

For more beautiful inspiration ideas for this challenge, please visit my precious design team sisters:


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

For His glory,

Card Recipe:
Paper: White (PTI), Christmas Paper Collection 2014 (ODBD)
Ink: Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: Copic marker BG72 for matting, Mini Tags dies (ODBD), Rectangle dies and Scalloped Rectangle dies (Spellbinders), white organza ribbon dyed with Copic marker BG57 (CTMH), Perfect Layers tool, piercing tool, 3M dimensional tape, red tape
Techniques: Paper-piercing
Card Size:  5"


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Christmas Poinsettias

Our Daily Bread Designs, ODBDSLC219, Cardinal Ornament, Peaceful Poinsettia dies, Fancy Foliage dies, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

This is Week Two of our Shining the Light Christmas with ODBD.

I kept my card fairly simple this week because I was not feeling very well. However, it turned out to take a while to "construct" it (mostly because I had something in mind but did not exactly know where it was going - ha!). I decided to use Peaceful Poinsettia dies together with Fancy Foliage dies to frame my lattice circle. I used one of the sentiments from the Cardinal Ornament set and placed it all on an embossed background with a shaped frame. And, of course, you know how much I love to pierce for a border accent! For my poinsettias, I sponged them to give them definition and added seed beads for the centers.

Our pastor's sermon this past Sunday was excellent, and he reminded us about the meaning of Advent and how the Israelites were longing for the coming of the Messiah. Today we look back to the first century when Jesus to earth, and we look forward to the second coming of Jesus when He returns to rule and reign...forever.

In the meantime, we are to leave at peace with others and to live in such a way that people are attracted to Jesus, not to us. We never know how God will use us in our everyday lives.

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy,
always being prepared to make a defense to anyone
who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;
yet do it with gentleness and respect.
1 Peter 3:15

This year John Piper has once again published a wonderful Advent devotional, and it is a free download. Perhaps you will join my husband and me as we read through it. It certainly can be a wonderful family devotional.

To see all the designs in one place or join the challenge, please visit Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. You have until December 14 to join us. You may use any stamps to enter, but if you have any Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we would love to see you use them. By participating in the challenge, you have an opportunity to win a $15 ODBD gift certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the "stamps column" on the ODBD website or to be "spotlighted" for the Shining the Light Award. We would love to see your designs!

For more beautiful inspiration ideas for this challenge, please visit my precious design team sisters:


Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment, thought, or prayer request, and I hope you have a wonderful week as we look forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus!

For His glory,

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Cardinal Ornament (ODBD)
Paper: White (PTI), Lucky Limeade, Old Olive, Ruby Red (SU)
Ink: Black (Versafine), Old Olive, Crisp Cranberry (SU)
Tools/Accessories: Peaceful Poinsettia dies (ODBD), Fancy Foliage dies (ODBD), Circle dies, Petite Ovals dies, Fancy Lattice die, Grand Labels One dies, Dainty Dots M-Bossabilities reversible embossing folder (Spellbinders), seed beads, Diamond Glaze adhesive, piercing tool, red tape
Techniques: Paper-piercing, fussy cutting, sponging
Card Size:  5 1/2"


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Poinsettia Wreath


Our Daily Bread Designs, ODBDSLC218, Poinsettia Wreath, Poinsettia Wreath dies, Mini Tag Sentiments, Mini Tags dies, Fancy Foliage dies, Doily dies, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

This is Week One of our Shining the Light Christmas with ODBD.

For this week's challenge, I chose the Poinsettia Wreath with matching Poinsettia Wreath dies. This is a lovely image to color, and then I gave it some dimension with my Empressor tool. I used a piece of stripped designer paper matted with red for my background and then added another embossed layer and popped my wreath on it. Of course, each layer was paper pierced! With my ribbon I added a "sprig" from Fancy Foliage dies and used the new Mini Tag Sentiments and the Mini Tags dies for my "Merry Christmas" sentiment. My final touch was to add the sweet little "buttons" from the Doily dies threaded with some DMC floss.

This past Sunday was the start of the Advent season. Traditionally, the Advent wreath is constructed of evergreens to represent everlasting life through Jesus, and the circulate shape represents God, Who has no beginning nor end. As we light the candles of Advent wreaths at our churches, we anticipate the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

The first candle is white and is the candle of hope, as we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of God's Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness
 -- on them light has shined.
Isaiah 9:2

It's a beautiful time of year, but it's a time for us to stop and consider the real meaning and significance of Christmas. May the Lord draw you and your family closer to Himself during this Advent season.

To see all the designs in one place or join the challenge, please visit Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. You have until December 14 to join us. You may use any stamps to enter, but if you have any Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we would love to see you use them. By participating in the challenge, you have an opportunity to win a $15 ODBD gift certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the "stamps column" on the ODBD website or to be "spotlighted" for the Shining the Light Award. We would love to see your designs!

For more beautiful inspiration ideas for this challenge, please visit my precious design team sisters:


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

For His glory,

Card Recipe:
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Vintage Cream (PTI), Riding Hood Red and Pear Pizzazz (SU), Jolly Holiday Designer Series paper (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black (Versafine), Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Poinsettia Wreath dies (ODBD), Mini Tags dies (ODBD), Fancy Foliage dies (ODBD), Doily dies (ODBD), DMC floss 470, Perfect Layers tool, Diamond Glaze adhesive, piercing tool, Empressor tool, 3M dimensional tape, red tape
Techniques: Paper-piercing
Card Size:  5 1/4"


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Every Morning

Our Daily Bread Designs, ODBDSLC218, Violet, Sentiment Collection 3, Doily Dies, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

This is Week Two of our Shining the Light "Blessings" Word Challenge. For your recipe, use four letters of the word "blessings.

B - Blossoms/Bow, L - Layers, E - Embossing, S – Scripture, 
S – Sponging, I - Ink, N - Nestabilities, G - Green, S - Shaped Card

I love flowers and doilies, and I managed to use every letter of "blessings" again this week. In my kitchen window is my beautiful African violet that is in full bloom right now, so I was inspired by it. I colored the Violet image twice so I could add a couple of extra flowers that I fussy cut, and then I added some pearls for the centers. I used the Doily dies and stamped my sentiment from Sentiment Collection 3, and then added the doily on top of my embossed and sponged background. Then I popped my flowers, paper pierced around my shaped card, and added a taffeta white bow. Since I continue to try to make more cards that are mailable, I think this one qualifies. 

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

This Scripture passage has been one near to my heart recently. My husband had a close call with a possible blood clot in his calf. Praise God it was only a large hematoma that will resolve over time. However, as I waited in the imaging center for several hours, God brought to my mind this wonderful Scripture passage and the song, "Great is Thy faithfulness." I especially remembered, "Thine Own dear presence to cheer and to guide; strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow." What a special blessing it was to speak with some of the staff who were believers and were so kind during this stressful time. I praise God that He is always with us and gives us opportunities to praise Him through the hard times!

To see all the designs in one place or join the challenge, please visit Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. You have until November 30 to join us. You may use any stamps to enter, but if you have any Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we would love to see you use them. By participating in the challenge, you have an opportunity to win a $15 ODBD gift certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the "stamps column" on the ODBD website or to be "spotlighted" for the Shining the Light Award. We would love to see your designs!

For more beautiful inspiration ideas for this challenge, please visit my precious design team sisters:


One more thing. ODBD is having a BIG sale through Sunday, and I do mean big. You won't want to miss it.

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

For His glory,

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Violet, Sentiment Collection 3 (ODBD)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Blushing Bride (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black (Versafine), Blushing Bride (SU)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Doily dies (ODBD), Grand Labels One dies (Spellbinders), Dainty Dots M-Bossabilities reversible embossing folder (Spellbinders), White White taffeta ribbon (SU), pearls (Recollections), piercing tool, 3M dimensional tape
Techniques: Paper-piercing, fussy cutting, sponging
Card Size:  5 1/4"