Friday, September 22, 2017

Tying the Knot Blog Hop

Hello, sweet friends! Praise God we survived Hurricane Irma and suffered only minor damage, but my heart aches for the thousands who have lost loved ones and everything...their homes, jobs, and entire towns and villages. Let's all continue to pray and to do whatever we can to support those who are helping after the three hurricanes and the earthquakes in Mexico. 

Marcella Hawley, Wedding Hop, Tying the Knot, Doug and Marcy, September 2017

Both the Bloom Brigade and the Instant Gardeners are teaming up to celebrate a very special day...and couple. Our dearest Marcy is getting married  she and Doug are "tying the knot"  tomorrow. We have been keeping it a secret, and I know she will be delighted when she reads all the lovely things her teams share and sees the cards we have made.

I decided to use a favorite flower of Marcy's mom, and I colored it with pencils and did some "extreme" fussy cutting. I sponged the background to give it some blush...all brides blush at some point, right? Then I positioned the branch, carefully stamped "love," and then adhered it all to the card base. I used a number of small clear adhesive pads to add the delicate branch and flowers and adhered it to the card...breathing a sigh of relief...sort of how a bride feels when she is finally ready to walk down the aisle. So, here is my card!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Planning for Magnolias, My English Rose, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, September 2017

I have to admit that initially I was a bit overwhelmed at making a card for our artist extraordinaire, Marcella Hawley! However, I realized that this isn't about art per se but rather celebrating the love Marcy and Doug have for each other.   

Love is patient and kind;
love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13

Whether you are a stamper or not, I hope you will visit the posts below to see what each of the team members is sharing. And I encourage you to visit the Power Poppy blog and wish Marcy and Doug a blessed wedding day. 

Sweet Marcy, I wish you, Doug, and your entire family a beautiful and fun day as you and Doug join together as husband and wife. May God bless you with increasing love for each other (and for God) as your love matures over the years, and may you have a lifetime of happiness, health and  most of all  love. Know that you are dearly loved! Big ole hugs and love, my precious friend! xoxo

Thank you for visiting with me today, and may God continue to bless each of you. 

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps:  Planning for Magnolias, My English Rose (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White and Autumn Rose (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine), Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Tools/Accessories: Chameleon Color Tone Pencils, A2 Devine Eloquence and Labels 28 dies (Spellbinders), Stamp-a-ma-jig, Multi Mono Liquid Glue (Tombow), clear foam adhesive pads (Kool Tak)
Techniques: Fussy cutting
Card Size:  A-2

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Splitcoaststampers Product Focus - Chameleon Color Tops

Hello, sweet friends! It's been more than a month since I've last posted...time sure flies. But we are praising God for surviving Hurricane Irma with minimal damage. There are so many people still without power, and it's been an extraordinary effort by the thousands of workers from Canada and throughout the United States who are helping to restore power in this extreme heat. Please continue to pray for all those impacted by Irma here in the States and in the Caribbean...and all the people helping in so many ways.

It's Product Focus time at Splitcoaststampers today. The Product Focus team has been working the last month with the new Chameleon Color Tops that are a new edition to the Chameleon Pens system. We have been creating projects and are sharing our thoughts and tips about this new product. Be sure to visit the Product Focus Page: Chameleon Color Tops to read the reviews, and check out the special Product Focus Gallery filled with beautiful projects created by the design team. Here are the three cards that I made.

My first card is a simple one with a small bouquet of posies.

Cheryl Scrivens, CherylQuilts, Splitcoaststampers, Product Focus Team, September 2017, Chameleon ColorTops, JustRite Stamps, Stamp Simply Clear Stamps

For my second card, I used a digital image and hand-drew a broken frame and colored it in.

Cheryl Scrivens, CherylQuilts, Splitcoaststampers, Product Focus Team, September 2017, Chameleon ColorTops, Power Poppy

My third card is my favorite because I love hydrangeas. I enjoyed coloring the flower petals with the Color Tops to achieve a nice variation of colors. 

Cheryl Scrivens, CherylQuilts, Splitcoaststampers, Product Focus Team, September 2017, Chameleon ColorTops, Stampendous, Altenew

I certainly have loved experimenting and coloring with the Chameleon Pens and the new Color Tops. You will definitely be seeing more cards with them. 

Rather than list my card recipes, please feel free to visit my personal card gallery at Splitcoaststampers for all the details.

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As I close, here is a link to John Piper's Prayer in the Path of Hurricanes. You can listen to it or read the transcript, but I am sure you will be greatly encouraged by it. Among many good avenues for giving and going, please consider The Salvation Army (where my grandfather served many years ago), Samaritan's Purse, and the North American Mission Board's SEND Relief. These organizations and others have been on the ground helping both Harvey and Irma victims.

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and He delivered them from their distress.
He made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
They they were glad that the waters were quiet,
and He brought them to their desired haven.
Psalm 107:28-30

Thanks so much for visiting with me today, and may we all continue to pray and help those in their distress. May God continue to bless and encourage you! 


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Splitcoaststampers Product Focus - ColorBox® INK Premium Dye Mini Inkpads

Hello, sweet friends! Today I get to share a fun project with the Splitcoaststampers' Product Focus Team playing with ColorBox® INK Premium Dye Mini Inkpads. I had so much fun using these adorable ink pads. Here are my three cards that I made.

My first card was using the ink with my Copic markers, my go-to color medium. No smearing at all. 

Cheryl Scrivens, CherylQuilts, Splitcoaststampers, Product Focus Team, August 2017, Mama Elephant, Simon Says Stamp

For my second card, I used a water-resistant ink to stamp my image and then watercolored with the ColorBox® INK Premium Dye Mini Inkpads. I was impressed at how well they interact with water.

I white embossed my third card and watercolored with the ink pads that I once again "smooshed" on a craft mat and sprayed with water. It's amazing how much depth of color I was able to achieve.

I have had fun experimenting and coloring with the ink pads and will definitely enjoy using them for more projects. And who knows...I just may try my hand at a mixed-media project. They certainly lend themselves to that form of stamping.

Please hope over to the ColorBox® INK Premium Dye Mini Inkpads Splitcoaststampers' Product Focus to read what all the designers think about these ink pads. And I encourage you to view all the designer samples in the Product Focus Gallery. You are in for a treat!

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I know so many of my precious friends are facing such difficult trials today, and I continue to pray for each of you. We all have burdens that God allows in our lives. I am always comforted in knowing that God always hears our prayers and cries for help any time of the day or night. May we always be encouraged and trust God through it all. The Scripture verse on my last card is extra special to me. It was one my mom's pastor shared with her during her difficult battle with breast cancer that she eventually lost. I know that she is now with the Lord and find comfort myself in these precious words of hope and encouragement.

Whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable 
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy
think on these things.
Philippians 4:8

Thanks so much for visiting with me today and for sharing a comment, thought or question. May you have a beautiful and blessed week! 


Card One:
Stamps:  Butterfly Kisses (Mama Elephant), Hydrangea Blooms (Simon Says Stamp) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Cool Caribbean (SU!), Subtle Plaids (My Favorite Things)
Ink: ColorBox INK Premium Dye Mini Inkpad  Coal
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Mini MISTI tool, Mini Perfect Layers tool, Mat Pack (SU!), piercing tool, sequins (Verve), Diamond Glaze, white tape
Card Size:  5¼ square
Copics used:  Flower Petals – RV00, V01, V12; Leaves – G40, G43, G82, G94, YG00, YG21; Branch – E35; Shading – B0000, B000, B01, 0

Card Two:
Stamps: Floral Greetings (Sweet 'n Sassy)
Paper: Watercolor paper, Strawberry Slush (SU!)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine), ColorBox INK Premium Dye Mini Inkpads (Poppy, Limon, Pea Pod, Carrot, Coal)
Tools/Accessories: Timeless Rectangles dies (Spellbinders), Mini Hearts dies (Simon Says Stamp), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (SU!), XTreme Permanent Adhesive (Tombow), Glossy Accents (JudiKins)
Card Size: 4" x 6"
Techniques:  Watercoloring, fussy cutting

Card Three:
Stamps: Beautiful Day (Altenew), Get Well Tulip (Stamp Simply)
Paper: Watercolor, Cameo Coral (SU!), Solar White 110# (Neenah)
Ink: ColorBox INK Premium Dye Mini Inkpads – Poppy, Pea Pod, Limon, Aqua, and Coal; Versafine
Tools/Accessories: White fine detail embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp), Pierced Rectangles dies (ODBD), Mini Perfect Layers tool, Mini MISTI tool, Sea Breeze Crystal Drops (Nuvo), watercolor brushes, XTreme Permanent Adhesive (Tombow)
Card Size:  A-2
Techniques: Watercoloring