Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sunset Sway

Hello, sweet friends! I trust that you had a blessed Easter and are ready for spring. It's such an uplifting time as flowers start blooming in so many gorgeous colors.

Today's beautiful Instant Garden digital stamp set is called Sunset Sway. Here is how Marcella describes this lovely new release: 
"Mingling stems sway and distinct flower forms dance together in this digital image that's ideal for springtime. The interplay between naturalized Clusiana Tulips and Wild Anemones will sweep you right up in the excitement of nature in bloom. This set comes with two large focal images...one features a butterfly, and the other is only the flowers. It includes the blessing: 'May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace.' Isn't that a wonderful thought from which we could all benefit?"
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sunset Sway, Instant Garden Digital Image, April 2017

These two digital images are exquisite, and there are so many beautiful colors of each flower and the sweet butterfly. I used the image with flowers only and resized it in Word and rotated it a little to fit into the die...and printed it on X-Press It Blending Card. I did resize it again and printed it so this would fit into a smaller stitched square, and I think it will make a nice card set with various small sentiments. But that's for another day (or week). Ha! 

As always, I struggle with what to do for my layout. In the end I paper-pierced the around the focal image and placed some lace with an overlay of seam binding and Perle cotton diagonally. I added the sentiment from Burst of Kindness using my Mini MISTI and then put it all together using some thin foam squares. I added some Wink of Stella and decided to stop there! 

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sunset Sway, Instant Garden Digital Image, Burst of Kindness, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, April 2017

Beautiful flowers remind me of God's amazing goodness. We can completely trust in our Heavenly Father to provide for all our needs - great and small. Even during difficult times, God is with us and has the future in His hands...and will never let us go.

Consider the lilies, how they grow;
they neither toil nor spin;
but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory
clothed himself like one of these.
"But if God so clothes the grass in the field,
which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace,
how much more will He clothe you?"
Luke 12:27-28

Now it's time for my stamping friends to hop on over to Power Poppy and purchase this beautiful digital image and use it today. It's always such fun to see the beautiful cards that are made. And surely visit my teammates to see what gorgeous cards they've made and leave them some love. I always love reading Marcy's post.
Oh, dear friends, you are such a joy to me, and I am grateful for your visits and your sweet comments. Thank you for visiting with me today, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week. May God bless you.

Blessings,



Stamps:  Sunset Sway, Burst of Kindness (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Winter Wisteria (PTI), white (Bazzill)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Grand Labels 11 (Spellbinders), Mini MISTI tool, paper-piercing tool, Mat Pack piercing guide (SU!), lace (May Arts), seam binding (Hug Snug), white Perle cotton (DMC), Thin 3M Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), Wink of Stella, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word
Card Size:  4 3/4" x 5 3/4"
Copic markers used: Tulip Petals - RV000, R81, R83, RV34, R85; Tulip Leaves - G40, G43, G94, YG01; Tulip Center - T5; Anemone Petals - BV000, BV00, BV02, BV11, V12, V17; Anemone Leaves - G20, G21, YG21 YG01; Anemone Center - YR21, YR23, Y11, YG01, YG03; Shading - B0000, 0
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Hyacinth Bulb in Glass

Hello, sweet friends! My eye surgery went well, and I am beginning to see better each day. It takes time for the tear film to fully "recover," and given my other health issues...I'm sure to need extra time for healing. I thank you all for your prayers and your love. You are so dear to me.

Today I am sharing a card with you using Hyacinth Bulb in Glass, and it's been a fun one to research -- especially after reading what Marcella Hawley has shared about it:
"Let’s zip back to the 18th century Holland, when hyacinth bulbs were quite the rarified rage. People could not get enough of the beautiful scents and rich colors, helping to drive the business of professional flower growing hot on the heels of the tulip. Soon folks were forcing the bulbs into bloom indoors to brighten their windows when it was too chilly for anything to flower. Hyacinth glasses and vases were designed to cradle the bulbs and hold them just above the water; roots were coaxed from the bulbs down into the water, sending the bulb into bloom soon after. In a nostalgic nod to these wonderful windowsill displays, we have Hyacinth Bulb in Glass, so that you can have blooming hyacinth whether or not you have a bulb and a glass!
Includes a sentiment by the visionary Coco Chanel hand-lettered by a reverent Marcella Hawley. :)
This set includes a no-line coloring version of the Hyacinth Bulb in Glass image."

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Hyacinth Bulb in Glass, Remixed Digital Image, April 2017

The hardest part was deciding on what color to use for my flower. To begin my card, I pulled into Microsoft Word both the flower image and another sentiment from Sweet Simple Things and re-sized them to fit an A2 card. After coloring the flower image, I decided to color in the background with a pale yellow. I also added some shading and highlights. I die cut the rectangle and decided to paper-pierce...something I've not done in quite a while. Then I matted it onto the lavender scalloped die and added some small nail-heads just under the sentiment to balance out the card. I adhered it to the base...and it was done. But why stop there, right? I added some Wink of Stella and some white gel pen for the flower centers and some Irresistible Pico Embellisher to pop them up. Then it was done! Hehe!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Hyacinth Bulb in Glass, Remixed Digital Image, Sweet Simple Things, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, April 2017

When I think about "forcing a bulb to bloom," I know we can do that by creating an environment conducive to its growth. We ourselves need a proper environment in which to grow spiritually. For us that means time spent reading God's Word, praying, meditating, and asking the Lord to guide us in our spiritual growth so we may become more and more like Christ. 

All Scripture is breathed out by God
and profitable for teaching, for reproof,
for correction, and for training in righteousness.
2 Timothy 3:16

Now it's time for my stamping friends to hop on over to Power Poppy and purchase this beautiful digital image and use it today. And be sure to visit the Power Poppy blog today to see what Marcy has in store for us...I hear there are some surprises coming...that's all I can say now! Hehe!

Precious friends, thank you for your visits and comments that I love reading. Your prayers continue to mean so much to me...so thank you! May God bless you.

Blessings, dear friends,


Stamps:  Hyacinth Bulb in Glass, Sweet Simple Things (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Lavender Lace - retired (SU!)
Ink:  Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Blueprints #20 dies (My Favorite Things), A2 Matting Basics B dies (Spellbinders), paper-piercing tool, Mat Pack piercing guide (SU!), Wink of Stella, white gel pen (Sakura), Irresistible Pico Embellisher, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word, paper-piercing
Card Size:  A2
Copic markers used: Petals - B60, B41, BV04, V01, RV52; Leaves - G40, G43, G24, G94, YG03; Bulb - V99, E44, E43; Sprouting Roots - E81, E84; Glass - B000; Background - Y000; Shading/Grounding - YR30, E50, E51
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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Kick Off and Giveaway

Hello, dear and precious friends! I am recovering from blepharoplasty surgery (eyelids) and am slowly able to see better each day  and always cherish and thank you for your continued prayers. I am very eager to start coloring again soon. It certainly is wonderful therapy for me as I continue to deal with health problems. But...I have some wonderful news to share with my dear stamping friends (including a big giveaway and a month-long discount code).

Kathy Racoosin of The Daily Marker is unleashing a world of color on her blog and Instagram (@kathyrac) this month, and she wants all of us to join her in the fun! 

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge, Kathy Racossin

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge energizes us to color something every day — even if only for a few minutes. Whether you love markers or prefer paints, colored pencils or crayons, all media is welcome! CLICK HERE to find out where to share what you are coloring and join the encouraging community of happy colorists. You'll also find answers to questions you may have along the way, participate in contests, and more! If you share your work on social media, don't forget the hashtag #thedailymarker30day. If you use Power Poppy stamps and digis, add the hashtag #powerpoppy

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge, Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley

Power Poppy Giveaway
To kick off the challenge, Power Poppy’s Marcella Hawley has a surprise of epic proportions! She’s giving away Power Poppy’s SOON-TO-BE-UNVEILED MARCH CLEAR STAMP SET RELEASE! That means EIGHT of the freshest, most fun Power Poppy designs to hit the market yet. It's a $144 value! Plus you can enter a friend to win.

If you are on Instagram (IG), visit @marcellahawley for more information. If you do Facebook (FB), visit the Power Poppy page by Marcella Hawley for more information.

Read all the details HERE on the Power Poppy Blog!

Pop over to the Power Poppy Blog for the full link list of today's huge hop.


One more thing! Power Poppy is offering 25% off all digital stamps for the month of March  to coincide with The Daily Marker's 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Please be sure to enter the code COLORMEHAPPY at checkout. It's good only on digital images. How's that for making sure you have no excuse to find an image to color each and every day?

As I close today, I always love to share some words of encouragement. If you are a stamper, I trust you will find some joy in coloring. No matter what we do each day, may we always (through whatever God has allowed in our lives) find our true joy and hope in the Lord. God is our Father and the Source of all good things, and He has greatly blessed us.

He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Also, He has put eternity into man's heart,
yet so that he cannot find out what God has done
from the beginning to the end.
I perceived that there is nothing better for them
than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live;
also that everyone should eat and drink
and take pleasure in his toil  this is God's gift to man.
Ecclesiastes 3:11-13

As always, sweet friends, I enjoy your visits and love reading each of your comments. I hope to be able to color and share a card with you soon. Until then, may God continue to bless you.

Blessings,


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Graceful Still Life

Hello, dear and precious friends! It's been a while, so I'm happy to join in the Power Poppy blog hop today. It is my hope that I will resume posting a bit more often soon...Lord willing. And I so cherish your continued prayers for me. 

Today's gorgeous digital stamp set is called Graceful Still Life. Here are some thoughts from dear Marcella: "To me, the most relaxing scenes are composed of elements that feel familiar, with touches of nature, style, and beauty. My home is composed of little 'still lifes' -- arranged on shelves, tabletops, windowsills, and basically anything that is not moving. This springtime still life is similar to what I'd set up in my living room: a Susie Cooper teapot filled with fresh-cut roses and trimmed branches of flowering dogwood, piled on top of a stack of decorative books (the books have to have cool-looking spines with great colors or nice typography, or they will not make the cut). Completing the scene, a straw hat with a millinery rose and berries to suggest we've just come inside from gardening. But who knows if we have? Maybe we've just been sitting here coloring up this still life."

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Graceful Still Life, Instant Garden Digital Image, February 2017

This stunning artwork has so many possibilities, and there is a graceful dogwood branch included that I used for my card. I needed "easy peasy" this week. So I used GIMP and Word and arranged two dogwood branches...leaving space for the sentiment from the clear stamp set, Dynamic Duos: Foxglove & Ranunculus. It's one of those perfect sentiments for almost anything, and I printed a bunch of these to relax and color up and then add the sentiment. I think there are lots of other ways to use this lovely dogwood branch, and you will see another one on our hop. 

After coloring my dogwood branches, I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment. I knew it needed something extra for some sparkle, so I added some sequins that are varied in color...I like how that looks in real life. Next I decided to add some Wink of Stella. Oh, I love the shimmer it gives. Well, suddenly my "Stella" (bad girl that she was) started leaving "blops" below one of the blossoms. Hmmm...well, I had to really get creative, so I said, "okay, girl, if that's how you want to play...." So I took my fingers and started flicking adding some splatter and "played along with her!" Hehe! And of course, now the card has some really pretty glimmer and splatter that is so popular (yes, I am always the last one on the band wagon with techniques). I matted it with a light gray mounted on a pink card base. Voila...ready to mail to a friend with a special note inside.

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Graceful Still Life, Instant Garden Digital Image, Dynamic Duos: Foxglove & Ranunculus, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, February 2017

Once again, many of you know how I've struggled with health issues the last couple of years as we continue to seek a definitive diagnosis. Scripture gives us many verses filled with hope and the knowledge that we can rest safely in our loving heavenly Father's hands. This verse is a very special one for me, and it reminds me that I must continue to trust in the Lord. He is my strength and my Redeemer.

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

Now it's time for my stamping friends to hop on over to Power Poppy and purchase this beautiful digital image and use it today. But first, be sure to visit my teammates to see what gorgeous cards they've made and to read what Marcy has shared about this amazing digital stamp set. I know she will delight...she always does!
Sweet and loving friends, I am so very grateful for your visits and love reading each one of your comments. Thank you for visiting with me today...and I hope to see you again in a few weeks. May God bless you. (And I am entering this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge using flowers...how could I not resist?)

Blessings, dear friends,



Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Pink Pirouette and Smokey Slate (SU!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, MISTI tool, Wink of Stella, sequins, Irresistible Pico Embellisher, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word
Card Size:  A2
Copic markers used: Petals - RV10, RV11; Petal tips and flower centers - Y23; Branches - E31; Leaves - G40, G43; Shading - B0000

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sweet Pea Show

Hello, sweet friends, and happy January to you all! Sorry I'm been MIA for a while, but "life" has been interesting and kept us far too busy.

But...it's time to share another Instant Garden digital release that is sure to delight many of you who are enduring cold weather! Brrr....we are so spoiled here in South Florida. 

Today's sweet digital stamp set is called Sweet Pea Show. Here are some thoughts from our artist extraordinaire, Marcella Hawley: "Aren't sweet peas just the most nostalgic, romantic, homespun flower ever? I sure think so. I've created this 'display' of some especially divine ones just for you. While you are coloring them up, I hope they also conjure up wonderful memories. Sweet Pea Show comes with a few Valentine's Day sentiments, as well as a sweet little hello."

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sweet Pea Show, Instant Garden Digital Image, January 2017

This was an easy one to get ready for printing. I just dragged the beautiful flower image into Word, resized it to fit my die, printed it, and started coloring. I always love finding photos before I color, and what a variety of colors! The possibilities are endless. I found some soft pink sweet peas and colored, and did I ever need the relaxation that I find in coloring.

Next I cut the decorative die in a coordinating color, adhered it to the floral image, and matted it. I added some "diamonds" to give it a little glimmer, and then mounted it on a card base...and it was finished! Voila!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sweet Pea Show, Instant Garden Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, January 2017

As some of you may know, I've struggled with health issues the last couple of years. I want to be more active in the stamping and blogging community, but at times I'm unable to accomplish all that I want. However, I am looking forward to the months ahead in hopes the doctors can figure out the source of my problems and provide me some relief. 

There are many others who struggle with far worse health issues, have lost loved ones, and yet push on. January is a month to consider new beginnings, and may we each remember the Source of our hope and strength -- our caring and loving Heavenly Father.  

Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened,
 and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Now it's time for my stamping friends to hop on over to Power Poppy and purchase this beautiful digital image and use it today. But first, be sure to visit my teammates to see what gorgeous cards they've made and to read what Marcy has shared about these "sweetest" blooms!"
Dear and precious friends, I am so very grateful for your visits and love reading each one of your comments. Thank you for visiting with me today!

Blessings, dear friends,



Stamps:  Sweet Pea Show (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 80#, pastel pink paper (unknown)
Ink:  Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Elementals #11 - Bracket Coved Labels dies (Frantic Stamper), Diamonds (Honey Bee Stamps), Mini Perfect Layers tool, Matte Finish Glue n' Seal adhesive (Ranger), Diamond Glaze adhesive, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  4½” x 5¾”
Copic markers used: Flowers - RV00, R81, R83, YR000, RV52; Leaves - G40, G43, G46; Tabs - E41; Shading - W1