Friday, January 05, 2018

Power & Spark - "Grab A Map"

Well, Happy New Year, and hello, precious friends! It's been far too long since I've posted, but life can just get in the way. But I look forward to a wonderful new year and continue to trust God in and through all things. 

For this month's Power & Spark Challenge hosted by Julie Koerber, we're asking you to "Grab A Map" and get in on some Power Poppy Fun! We've teamed up with the's CardMaps to showcase ten new sketches featuring some of Power Poppy's fabulous stamp sets. You can find all ten sketches along with the design team samples HERE. So grab a map, use it to spark a little cardmaking creativity, and then link up your creation HERE. If you play along, you'll be in the running to win a $50 Shopping Spree to the Power Poppy Shop! But wait – there's more! Becky Fleck, the fabulous PageMaps guru, is also offering a $25 Power Poppy gift card, and all you need to do is leave a comment on THIS post! The PageMaps contest closes January 22, so hop on over soon. We can't wait to see what you create. 

Power Poppy, Power & Spark Challenge, Grab A Map, PageMaps, January 2018

Truly, I struggle with sketches, so this was a good way to stretch myself creatively. I could color all day, but when it comes to making the card – I get stuck. Here's the sketch I was given to use.

I decided to use the sweet peonies from Soothing Sympathy, a sentiment from Simply Camellias, and a new paper pad. I selected three patterned sheets and started some quick coloring. After searching for a heart die, I decided to stamp the bitty peony bud and hang it as a heart with some very old thread that I found from my mother-in-law's stash (had some sentimental thoughts of how she loved needlework). The rest was a variety of other dies (see below in my recipe), and then edging several pieces with a Copic marker for a finished look and to make them stand out a bit. So here she is, and I am happy to have been inspired by this sketch. Perhaps I should try more, right? How about you? There are ten sketches to try – are you ready to stretch yourself creatively?

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Soothing Sympathy, Simply Camellias, PageMaps, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, January 2018

I'm sure that I am not alone in saying that God has allowed many difficulties in my life this past year. He has graciously given me the strength and endurance to trust Him and get through them all and has used each challenge to draw me closer to Himself. I look forward to the new year with great confidence that God is with me no matter what the future brings. This reminds me of a beautiful hymn that my dad used to sing so tenderly (and now my dad is with the Lord). Here's the refrain from "I Don't Know About Tomorrow" recorded by Bev Shea.

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know Who holds tomorrow
And I know Who holds my hand.
Lyrics by Ira Stanphill

Now it's time for my stamping friends to hop on over to the Power Poppy blog and see what Julie has to share about this new Power & Spark Challenge for January along with links to my teammates to see what sketches they used and how. Sounds like fun! 

As always, sweet and precious friends, thank you for your visits and comments that I love reading. Your prayers continue to mean so much to thank you! May God bless each of you and give you strength.

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps: Soothing Sympathy, Simply Camellias (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Pretty in Pink (SU!), Bundle of Joy Girl (Echo Park)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black (Versamark)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Stitched Rectangles dies (Gina Marie Designs), Fishtail Layers STAX dies (MFT), Double Stitched Circle STAX dies (My Favorite Things), Large Holiday Shapes dies (Simon Says Stamp), Varicor variegated rayon thread #15 from Brazil, Thin 3M Foam Squares (Scrapbook adhesives), white tape
Card Size:  A2
Copic markers used: Petals - RV00, RV11, RV52, R81, R83; Leaves - G20, YG93, YG95; Center - YG31

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Power Poppy's Newest Christmas Digi - Forest Finds

Hello, precious friends! It's been a busy time for me –  and I'm sure for you as well. It's hard to believe that we are into November already, and I still need to make many more Christmas cards. To help me, Marcella has released a brand new set (yes, brand new), and it's darling...whimsical. 

Today's sweet digital stamp set is called Forest Finds. Here are some thoughts from Marcella:
"Embrace forest finds –  or glass ornament lookalikes! –  for this special holiday grouping. A vintage pinecone, tiny pumpkin, and pomegranate ornament are arranged among poinsettia leaves and a berry-bedecked twig. Color this illustration for a simple, sweet, and unique way to wish your friends and family a warm and wonderful holiday season."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Forest Finds, Instant Garden Digital Image, November 2017

Most often I color a practice piece on copy paper, and I struggled a bit with the color palette I wanted. But after finding some vintage pastel color combinations, I knew that was the direction I would go (at least for this card). I discovered a soft plaid paper that helped guide my palette, and it was an easy image to color. Once done, I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment from Berry Sweet Holiday and used a cross-stitched square die (again giving it a vintage feel). I matted it with the designer paper and adhered it to the card base, but it still needed something. So out came my sequins, and I found several that worked...and then it was done! I always love finishing a card and now am ready to start another!

So while my card may not look like it came from the forest, it was fun to color Marcy's darling "finds" from the forest! And I printed another one and will have fun coloring that one in different colors (especially after seeing one of the teammates' cards). So many possibilities! What color combinations would you color these ornaments? I'd love to see them. 

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Forest Finds, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, November 2017

As I was making this card, I had lovely thoughts of when I was a child and how our family celebrated Christmas. Yes, I remember vintage Christmas ornaments like these, and I especially remember our rustic creche with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, along with the sheep and cattle. We always added the three wisemen, and of course, the angel was at the top of the creche. It was a reminder of the angels' proclamation to the shepherds. Oh, that we would always remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased.
Luke 2:14

Now it's time for my stamping friends to hop over to Power Poppy and purchase this beautiful digital image and use it today. Be sure to visit the Power Poppy blog. Marcy never disappoints, and I am eager to read how she was inspired to draw this sweet image! My sweet teammates have some lovely cards of their own. You won't be disappointed...I promise!

Thank you for visiting with me today. I always love reading each of your comments. I hope to see you again soon and to do some catching up on blog visits myself. 

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps:  Forest Finds, Berry Sweet Holiday (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Primrose Pink (SU!), Sugar Plum (My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Large Cross-Stitched Square Stackables (Lawn Fawn), MISTI tool, sequins, Diamond Glaze, white and red tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  5½” square