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

Monday, December 05, 2016

Stand Here...for Kisses

Hello, sweet friends, and happy December to you all!

It's time to really get going on my Christmas cards. I have been making cards and have been making duplicate cards, printing off four on a page and cutting them down to color. Then I begin constructing them, one process at a time. We'll see how many I actually finish. 

Today's sweet digital stamp set is a darling sprig of mistletoe called Stand Here: "When you just need to have that Christmas kiss, like, right now. All you have to do is print out this bunch of mistletoe tied up in a bow! With two sentiments for your holiday loves. Illustrated with a whole lotta love by Marcella Hawley."

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Stand Here, Remixed Digital Image, December 2016

I started by pulling the larger sentiment into GIMP (the free photo-editing software available for both Windows and the Mac). I wanted to make the "with extra kisses" green to match my designer paper. I did a "save as" so as not to overwrite the original image. Then I pulled in my altered image along with the mistletoe into Microsoft Word and resized them to fit my layout.

I colored the mistletoe with Copic markers and then used some colored pencils to add some shading. (My sweet husband bought me an early Christmas gift of Prismacolor pencils, and I am just starting to get used to them.) I then used color pencils to color in "Merry Christmas" to give it an ombre look. The pencils left a nice waxy/shiny finish, and I added some Wink of Stella in strategic places on the bow and the berries. Then the fun (for me at least...not really...hehe!) begins in constructing the card, making sure the mats are even with my Mini Perfect Layers tool. The finishing touch was the little heart button threaded with some DMC floss. Obviously, this is for my dear husband (who has seen it), but he will still enjoy it on Christmas day!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Stand Here, Remixed Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, December 2016

During this Advent season, with all of the festivities and celebration, there are many who are feeling heightened grief at the loss of family and friends. However, we remember the consummate gift that God our Father gave us in the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. While we celebrate the birth of Christ, it's also a time to remember God's deep love and promise to always take care of His beloved children. 

My God shall supply all your need
according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a sign.
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall call His name Immanuel [God with us].
Isaiah 7:14

Now it's time for my stamping friends to hop on over to Power Poppy and purchase this delightful digital image and use it today. But first, be sure to visit my teammates to see what delightful cards they've made and to read what Marcy has shared about mistletoe...you just might be surprised and fascinated as I was!
As always, sweet friends, I am so grateful for your visits and love reading your comments. I am always happy to answer questions. (I am entering my card in this week's Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.)

Blessings, dear friends,



Stamps:  Stand Here (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 80# and 110# (Neenah), Pure Poppy (PTI), Comfort and Joy (My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, Stitched Square STAX dies (MFT), Heart Buttons dies (Memory Box), Mini Perfect Layers tool, white DMC floss, Wink of Stella, Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), white tape
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word
Card Size:  A-2
Copic markers used: Bow - R21, R14, R35, R46, R59; Leaves - YG61, G46, YG01; Berries - Y11, G20; Stems - YG91; Shading - Prismacolor pencils; "Merry Christmas" letters - Prismacolor pencils