Monday, July 25, 2016

Forget-Me-Not Heart

Hello, dear friends! Are you ready for a good week? I hope you are keeping cool (or warm for my friends in Australia).

Today we have a different kind of remixed image -- it's a heart made from the strand of forget-me-nots from one of the brand new clear stamp sets (Soothing Sympathy). It comes with two sentiments and with the heart alone as well as with the Thank You sentiment placed inside. As you may have seen last Friday, Julie Koerber shared a beautiful card that inspired this new digital release (and I'll let you read how it came about -- hehe!). The new digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley is called Forget-Me-Not Heart


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Forget-Me-Not Heart, Remixed Digital Release, July 2016

This new digital set is simply sweet and will surely make some quick thank-you cards or a card for someone who needs a lift or to know that you are thinking about them. One of the great things about digital images is resizing them, and I resized this floral heart to fit into this heart-shaped die. It just seemed perfect with the scallops, don't you think? I wanted to participate in Thursday's Ways To Use It challenge at Splitcoaststampers called "Simply Stripes" and used the striped side of one sheet that worked with the floral piece at the bottom. I used some ribbon and matted with Rich Razzleberry, and I think it may be the first time I've used this color. It needed a little something in the corner, and I used some Liquid Pearls and also popped the heart. So now it's ready to mail, and I have another one ready to put together. Remember, when you have the markers out and have printed more than one, it's a great way to make multiple cards. After all, that's why we started stamping, right? To write notes and send out cards (wink).

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Forget-Me-Not Heart, Remixed Digital Image, sentiment from Juicy Strawberries, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2016

I love this sentiment, and I hope this card will tell my friend that I care and am praying for her. We are all busy with so many different things in each of our lives today, and yet we need to remember to nurture our personal relationships, as Paul reminds us in these verses. 

I do not cease to give thanks for you,

remembering you in my prayers.
Ephesians 1:16

I thank my God always
when I remember you in my prayers.
Philemon 1:4

Now it's time for my stamping friends to hop on over to Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today -- and also check out the entire digital collection. Then leave some "love" for my teammates and see what they have in store for you today, and also visit Julie Koerber's blog to see how today's newest digi came to be! Enjoy!


Cheryl Scrivens (me)
Julie Koerber

Thanks so much for visiting and sharing a comment, thought, or question. I always love hearing from you and am happy to answer questions, so don't hesitate to email me. (I am also entering my card in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge.)

Blessings, dear friends,


Stamps:  Forget-Me-Not Heart, Juicy Strawberries (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Coffee in the Arbour (Maja Design), Rich Razzleberry (SU), and White (PTI)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Ornate Hearts dies (Our Daily Bread Designs), Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon (SU), White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Gelly Roll (Sakura), Thin  3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), Perfect Layers tool, white tape, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  5¼”
Copic markers used: Leaves - G20, G40, G43; Flowers - V1, RV91, V15, R56; Flower Centers - Y23; Shadowing - W00, W0, W1

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sunshine of My Life

Hello, sweet friends! I imagine you have heard of the terrible events in Nice, France, and may we continue to pray for the people of France.

I've colored up another brand new Instant Garden digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Sunshine of My Life. One of my favorite flowers is the sunflower, and they are just so big and happy! Marcy shares this:
"I've long been inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's series of vibrant sunflower paintings done in Arles in the late-1800s. The studies partly became famous not only for their but, but for their innovative use of 'the yellow spectrum' -- as new yellow pigments were being developed at the time, and Vincent was able to create many new colors and shades of yellow with paint. This is my little ode to his lovely creations. Of course, mine are done in black and white, and YOU get to add the 'yellow spectrum!' There are lots of petals to color and joy to bring! I dare you to google  sunflowers and see just how many varieties there are today -- deep reds, purples, oranges, peach, and every shade of yellow from palest lemon to intense sunburst! The sentiment is inspired by Stevie Wonder, who is one of the sunshines of MY life."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sunshine of My Life, Instant Garden Digital Release, July 2016

I had fun coloring this sunflower and found so many kinds and colors of sunflowers! Wow, that was a surprise! I know this is going to be a fun image to print up and color again and again, and it will be fun to color this image in different colors and even crop it (as you will see from some other teammates).

This sweet bouquet  is in a lovely striped vase, and I love blue with yellow and tried to give the vase a vintage feel. My sunflowers are more bright/light and "sunny" than they appear, but I did have fun slowly giving them more contrast (something I keep working on in my Copic coloring). I used X-Press It Blending Card, and it's important to have a Copic chart that is colored on the paper you plan to color on because it is amazing how different the colors appear. Anyway, I colored my image and slowly added more contrast and finally said, "Put down the markers!" There are two very nice sentiments with this digital release, but I used one of the sentiments from Rose & Chamomile. I wanted to this full image to take front stage, so I kept it simple and used the Wonky Stitched dies with a blue mat that makes for a very mail friendly card. So here she is finished and ready to be mailed.


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sunshine of My Life, Instant Garden Digital Image, sentiment from Rose & Chamomile, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2016

I used this sentiment so I could sent this to a friend, and I trust it will comfort her knowing that I am praying for her. We all have things in our lives that can weigh us down, and some days they feel far more than we can bear. I am reminded of two precious verses that are short and yet such great reminders of how our Father in heaven cares for us. I love short verses that can be memorized just for those times when I can remember and then rest in Him, Who is always with us.

Cast your cares on the LORD,
and He will sustain you.
Psalm 55:22

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1

We have a double-header today. The Instant Gardeners and Bloom Brigade are showcasing the new Instant Garden release, and then Christine, Kathy, and Tosh (sharing two cards) are posting other Power Poppy images in their cards. So I hope you will leave them some love. And then you will surely want to go to Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today -- and also check out the entire digital collection. So let the blog hop begin:


Nancy Sheads
Cheryl Scrivens (me)
Broni Holcombe

Thanks so much for visiting and sharing a comment, thought, or question. I love hearing from you and am always happy to answer questions, so don't hesitate to email me. (I am entering this in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge.)

Blessings, dear friends,


Stamps:  Sunshine of My Life (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Marina Mist (SU), and White (PTI)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies (MFT), Perfect Layers tool, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  A-2
Copic markers used: Vase - B21, BG72, BG78, E81; Leaves - G40, G43, G46, YG93, YG01; Petals - Y13, Y15, Y17, Y32, YR31; Flower Centers - E30, E31, E33, E37, E99; Shadow/Grounding - W1, W4

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Sweet Simple Things

Hello, dear friends, and I trust you had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July (and for my Canadian friends, a happy Canada Day on July 1). 

I was delighted to color up the newly remixed digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Sweet Simple Things. I would say that this is truly sweet, and I love both sentiments! Marcy shares this:
"Imagine coming upon an old-fashioned bee skep perched between cottage blossoms, with honeybees buzzing about to collect the nectar. Well, I once imagined this scene, and now I have reseeded the garden to bloom with foxgloves and cosmos -- and two brand new sentiments. Share this one with your sweetest friends! Or just color it up for the sheer joy of it."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sweet Simple Things, Remixed Digital Release, July 2016

I had fun coloring this newly remixed digital image, and I also learned a new word -- to me, anyway -- but my dear husband, the avid reader, knew it. In the center is a skep, and it's amazing to see how they are hand woven. Just "google" for them, and wow! However, for those of you who loved "Downton Abbey," Highclere Castle is where it was filmed. And Lord and Lady Carnarvon own it. Lady Carnarvon has a blog, and here is the post about a new skep on the estate. It's quite an amazing blog and website that could easily keep one busy for many hours. Here is the main website, and I believe you will be enthralled as I was. But I digress, so back to my card.

As I searched for a piece of designer paper, I came upon this adorable piece in a paper pad with these chubby little bees. Aren't they sweet? I am allergic to bees, so I stay clear of them in real life, but these were irresistible and helped me with my color combination. I used a stitched die and then matted both my focal image and the designer paper with So Saffron. Thinking it needed a little something else, I used some So Saffron taffeta ribbon. And it was done!


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sweet Simple Things, Remixed Digital Release, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2016

The sentiment I used was just perfect for the card front, and I will use the beautiful quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder inside the card. It reminds me of this wonderful Scripture verse that emphasizes the value of kind words in dealing with one another. Oh, may I daily remember that myself.

Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Proverbs 16:24

Now is time to hop to see what my teammates are up to and leave them some love! And then you will surely want to go to Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today -- and also check out the entire digital collection.



Ooh, and because I have some BEES, a BEEHIVE, and a BOW, I am going to enter this in this month's Power & Spark Challenge - B Happy, hosted by Kathy Jones. 

Thanks so much for visiting and sharing a comment, thought, or question. I love hearing from you and am always happy to answer questions, so don't hesitate to email me. (I am entering this in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge, the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.)

Blessings,


Stamps:  Sweet Simple Things (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (Recollections), So Saffron (SU), and Garden Party paper pad (Pebbles)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Dual Stitched Squares dies (Lil' Inker Designs), So Saffron taffeta ribbon (SU), Wink of Stella, Lemon Yellow (Kirarina Wink), Perfect Layers tool, white tape, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  6" square