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

Friday, November 25, 2016

Whimsical Wreaths Release and SALE!

Hello, precious friends! I hope all my friends from the U. S. had a blessed Thanksgiving! We have so much to be grateful for, and I continue to count each and every blessing that comes from our loving Father.

Well, today marks the start of Christmas shopping, and just wait until you see the beautiful new digital stamps...yes, there are four sets...and you will love each one! 

The Instant Gardeners are being joined by the Bloom Brigade, and what fun we've had with this release, Whimsical Wreaths. Check out the Power Poppy blog to see each of the new sets...they are amazing! And what a variety of beautiful cards and projects that will inspire you! AND there is a storewide "SALESGIVING," including a treasure hunt of sorts to search for the Mystery $1 Holiday Digi. Sound like fun to you? It does to me!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Whimsical Wreaths, Salesgiving Special, November 2016

Well, one look at the Felt Leaves and Fruits had me. Being a life-long crafter, I could easily remember crafting with my grandmother. She was my dad's mom and was Scottish, and each summer my sister and I would spend a week with my grandparents. During the day while grandpa worked, we would craft. What fun and great memories...and I am still crafting!

I resized this digital wreath in Microsoft word, die cut it, and then colored it (my favorite part of making a card). I decided to join in on this month's "Think Pink" Power and Spark Challenge hosted by Tosha Leyendekker. These puffy little tufts so wanted to be pink! Hehe! The little "berries" are teal. I used a stitched die and ended up having to fussy cut the green for a mat. I started with an idea to use some designer paper, but I was going through my scrap bin and found this beautiful lattice die. So I cut another one and layered them together and then popped it with a LOT of dimensional tape to lay over the green card stock. I added the ribbon and finally mounted the wreath on the card. It's definitely a box card. 

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Wreath Felt Leaves and Fruit, Instant Garden Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, November 2016

When I used to sing in choir, I remember the song "Come Into His Presence" by Don Moen. I loved singing it, and you can listen to it here. It's based on Psalm 95:2 and reminds us to give God thanks and to praise Him...both in our words and in song. What a great way to start the Christmas season.

Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Psalm 95:2

Now it's time for my stamping friends to hop on over to Power Poppy. So get out that wish list and add them to your shopping cart, check out this new digital release, and search for the Mystery $1 Holiday Digi! What fun, eh? And don't forget to leave some "love" for my teammates. You will surely be inspired! 

As always, sweet friends, I so appreciate your visit and love reading your comments. I am always happy to answer questions. And one day soon I hope to watercolor a digital image again. (I am entering my card in this week's Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.)

Blessings, dear friends,



Stamps:  Wreath: Felt Leaves and Fruits (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 80# and 110# (Neenah), Pear Pizzazz (SU!)
Ink:  Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Stitched Mats: Circle dies (Lil' Inker Designs), Interlocking die (Penny Black), Mini Perfect Layers tool, seam binding, Matt Finish Seal 'n Glue adhesive (Ranger), 3M dimensional tape, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, fussy cutting
Card Size:  A-2
Copic markers used: Leaves - G20, G21, BG93, YG93; Berries - BG10, BG72; Fruity Tufts - RV000, RV00, R02, RV21, R81; Branch - YG91; Shading - W2, W0, W00, 0