Friday, July 14, 2017

Thinking of You Tulip

Hello, sweet friends! I trust you are having a good week and always remember how blessed we are. No matter what God brings into our lives, He is always with us.

Several weeks ago, a beloved friend breathed his last and is now with the Lord. He was a former pastor and a very dear friend...and a mentor and friend to my husband. His dear wife held a women's Bible study on Thursdays, and we had some precious times together. They were such dear friends, and we used to meet them after church for lunch each Sunday. We had such sweet times of fellowship...times we now cherish in our memories. We are so thankful to God for such a godly couple, and now we pray for his dear wife and know that her ultimate comfort is in knowing that he is no longer suffering and is now in the presence of the Lord.

We went to his memorial service and spent several days on the west coast of Florida, and I was able to relax a bit and try out my colored pencils. I don't have a lot of experience using pencils, so it was a fun time...but I definitely need more practice. I stamped the tulip with Antique Linen Distress Ink on X-Press It Blending Card and used only pencils, but I will definitely use other paper on my next project with pencils. Several months ago I was blessed to win the entire Stamp Simply spring release, and what a surprise! I am so thankful, and I know I will use these sets a lot. So here's my first card using the Get Well Tulip set. I did no-line coloring, used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment from the Thinking of You Rose set, used a decorative die (that I popped), matted it, and added pearls in the corners.

Stamp Simply, Get Well Tulip, Thinking of you Rose, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2017

What a difference it made to attend this memorial service to celebrate his life, as we heard his family and friends speak of how he influenced their lives. What a legacy he has left. We are certain that our brother is enjoying being in the presence of the Lord and is no longer suffering, and we do not sorrow as others do. While we mourn his loss, we have the assurance that we will be reunited with him in the presence of our Lord Jesus...that will be our ultimate joy! 

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers,
about those who are asleep,
that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
1 Thessalonians 4:13

Sweet friends, thank you for visiting and leaving comments that I love to read. Your prayers continue to mean so much to thank you! May God bless you.

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps:  Get Well Tulip, Thinking of You Rose (Stamp Simply) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Certainly Celery (SU!)
Ink:  Antique Linen Distress Ink, Onyx Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, A2 Filigree Delight dies (Spellbinders), Petite Oval dies (Spellbinders), MISTI tool, Perfect Layers tool, pearls (Martha Stewart), Mono Multi Liquid Glue (Tombow), 3M dimensional tape, red tape
Techniques: Colored pencils, no-line coloring
Card Size:  A2

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Eat Cake...and Strawberries!

Hello, sweet friends! I hope you are keeping cool and enjoying your summer (for my friends in the States and in the Western Hemisphere). It's hard to believe at times that some of my friends who live in Australia (and other countries) are having winter. Brrrr. 

Well, I needed a birthday card and decided to participate in July's Power & Spark copy a Bloomie! What fun! I hope you'll consider joining the challenge.

Power Poppy, Power & Spark Challenge July 2017, Allison Cope

I was inspired by today's Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers hosted by Audrie. I love her Saturday challenges and don't often get to participate. I decided to "copy" this card made by Cindy Lawrence, one of the talented Bloom Brigade (aka "Bloomies"). I must say that it is a bit intimidating to copy a card made by someone who has been a stamping "hero" and who is an amazing colorist...who also teaches Copic classes all over the country! However, it's always good to stretch ourselves and work at getting better by copying someone like Cindy (who is so dear).

I colored my image on X-Press It Blending Card, and it is so smooth and makes it easy to blend the background by first using the clear blender marker (zero) and then adding the blue. I learned this at my class with Debbie Olson (another "hero" I've followed through my stamping years...and who now is a friend after getting to meet her at the Copic classes she taught). I have learned to love using X-Press It Blending Card more and more. Anyway, I die cut the circle and matted it, and then I added the borders to the designer paper. I used twine and a button like Cindy did. I used my Mini MISTI to add the sentiment. Then I used some red tape and some Tombow glue to secure it all down...and it was done. And now it's ready for the birthday girl (but it's a secret...shh!). 

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Tea in the Garden, Simply Camellias, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2017

I am so thankful for precious friends God continues to bring into my life, and I am especially grateful for dear, long-time friends who have walked with me and encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. 

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the pleasantness of a friend
springs from their heartfelt advice.
Proverbs 27:9

Even though Power Poppy is "on vacation" right now, the store is open. And digital stamps are 20% off with the VACATIONDIGIS discount code. Who could resist that?!

Power Poppy, VACATIONDIGIS, Sale 20%, July 6-14, 2017

Sweet friends, thank you for your visits and comments that I love reading. Your prayers continue to mean so much to thank you! And there are many of you for whom I am praying for specific needs. We love and need each other, and I praise God for our friendships both face to face and on the blogosphere. May God bless you.

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps:  Tea in the Garden, Simply Camellias (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Kraft (PTI), Melon Berry (PTI), White (PTI)
Ink:  Black Tuxedo (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Border Duo 1 die (Impression Obsession), Circles die (My Favorite Things), corner rounder punch (EKSuccess), Mini MISTI tool, twine (PTI), beeswax, button (PTI), Multi Mono Liquid Glue (Tombow), red tape, white tape
Card Size:  A2

Monday, June 05, 2017

Luminous Bouquet

Hello, sweet friends, and happy Monday! I've been busy trying to reorganize my craft room and am making some great progress. But today starts the celebration! We're wishing Marcella Hawley happy birthday TODAY, and she sure knows how to celebrate. She has three new digital stamp sets today. 

Today's luscious digital stamp set is called Luminous Bouquet. Here are some thoughts from Marcella:
"While the afternoon away coloring this bouquet to your heart's content! A large, frilly, open Japanese-type peony is poised atop a cloud of hydrangea petals and patterned oxalis leaves, punctuated with trailing species clematis. Snips of periwinkle vine curl to and fro. This bouquet can be rotated, cropped, enlarged, or reduced to create a myriad of beautiful combinations. Two sentiments lift up friendship and a special friend's birthday."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Luminous Bouquet, Instant Garden Digital Image, June 2017

As you will see, there are several kinds flowers and leaves in this bouquet, so I had to do some research to find color schemes and ideas...and what wonderful inspiration I found! I used GIMP to reverse the image and used Word to arrange the image with the sentiment from Cuppa Buttercups that nestled perfectly in the top corner. I colored a "practice run" piece on regular copy paper, and then noted my colors for each flower and leaf. Then I printed my card layout on X-Press It Blending Card (which is becoming my favorite paper to color on with Copic markers)...then finally started coloring the final piece for my card.

After having colored the "practice run" piece, I played around with it to come up with a layout and decided to keep it simple with a thin black mat and a bit of the image "outside the box" for some interest. I added several black rhinestones, and it was done -- simple and allowing the flowers to be the main attraction. 

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Luminous Bouquet, Instant Garden Digital Image, Cuppa Buttercups, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, June 2017

I have to admit that initially I was overwhelmed by the complexity and variety of flowers and leaves in this amazing bouquet. But as I began coloring, I started to think about how I wanted to make something beautiful for Marcy's birthday. That's truly when I begin to enjoy the creative process as I moved from section to section...and before I knew it, it was done. I know that God inspired and encouraged me. With all the social media, it can be a struggle. But my desire is to glorify God in all that I do.

Whatever you do, do your work heartily,
as for the LORD rather than for men.
Colossians 3:23

This week, Power Poppy is once again joining Passionate Paper Creations and Friends on Facebook. And of course, Marcy will have a fun blog post today sharing the new digital stamp sets and all the birthday celebration news! What fun, eh? 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 the Power Poppy blog to see what Marcella Hawley is up to today...and to wish her a very happy birthday! And from there you can visit my teammates to see what beautiful cards they've designed.

Sweet Marcy, I wish you a beautiful and lovely birthday today and the whole week long (and month long)! You are so dearly loved, and I am blessed by you and so thrilled to get to work with you and your amazing artwork. Big ole hugs and love! xoxo

Dear friends, I am always ever grateful for your visits and love reading each of your comments. Thank you for visiting with me today...and I hope to see you again soon. May God bless you. (And I am entering this card for The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes.)

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps:  Luminous Bouquet, Cuppa Buttercups (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Solar White #110 (Neenah), True Black (PTI)
Ink:  Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, black rhinestones, Glossy Accents, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word, fussy cutting
Card Size:  5¾” x 6¼”
Copic markers used: Japanese-type Peony Petals – RV55, RV11, RV00, RV02, RV10, RV11; Peony Center – Y11, YR20, RV11; Hydrangea Petals – RV63, V01, BV000, BV01, V12, RV000, B0000; Patterned Oxalis Leaves – RV32, RV95, G40; Clematis Petals – B63, B66, B60, BV00, BV000; Clematis Centers – Y11, YR20; Periwinkle Vine – G40, G43, G82, YG03; Shading – B0000, B000, 0

Saturday, May 06, 2017

He is always with us...

Happy Saturday, dear friends! I trust you are having a beautiful weekend. I was playing with some watercoloring using the ZIG Clean Brush Markers, and they definitely were fun to use. But I need more I do with all my watercoloring. 

Anyway, Friday's "Free For All" challenge on Splitcoaststampers was to make a "CAS for me" card. In "stamping" talk that means making a "clean and simple" card that is even more CAS than I would normally make. I wanted to add some pearls or other embellishments, but I held back and merely added a narrow stitched frame. I am also entering this card in my first CAS Watercolour Challenge, and I am entering this card in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge

CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, May 2017, Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp, CAS, Splitcoasttampers

It seems I am in need of more and more cards that encourage. When we are going through difficult and even painful times...times of discouragement, sickness, or even the loss of a loved one, it's vital to remember that we are never alone. God designed us for community, and yet even when we feel abandoned...we are really never alone. Our faith is vital, and God has promised:

I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5

May God bless and encourage you always, and may you know the One Who is always near. 

Sweet friends, thank you for your visits and comments that I love reading. Your prayers and love continue to mean so much to me! There are many prayers that I lift up in your behalf. Thank you, and may God bless you. 

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps:  Antique Rose Stem (Hero Arts), Blessed (Simon Says Stamp) 
Paper: Cold press 140# watercolor paper (Strathmore), Soft Sky (SU!), Solar White 110# (Neenah)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), printer
Tools/Accessories: ZIG Clean Brush Markers (Kuretake), Mini MISTI tool, Single Stitch Line Rectangle dies (My Favorite Things), gold embossing powder, Multi Mono Liquid Glue (Tombow)
Techniques: Watercoloring, embossing
Card Size:  A2

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tree Peony

Hello, sweet friends! Can you believe that April is nearly over? Before we know it, school will be out. My eyes continue to heal, but my vision is still not completely I blink to refocus a fair amount and will see my regular eye doctor for a checkup next week. But I see progress each day. How thankful I am to God for His healing hand.

Today I am sharing a card with you using Tree Peony, and what a delight to see yet another gorgeous example of God's creation. I always love reading what Marcella Hawley shares. Here's what she said about this beauty, and it touched me to read about her precious mom:
"If you think peonies are frilly and fantastic, have you ever seen a TREE peony? The woody cousin of herbaceous peonies, the ones that most everyone is familiar with, have much larger blooms, more exotic coloration, and dazzling centers. The foliage is beautifully cut and is a lighter green than regular peonies, and they grow on large shrubs. Flowers can be 8" across when fully open! This is my homage to the Tree Peony, re-freshed and re-newed for spring release, and a favorite of my mother, Susan. (Her birthday would have been April 29)."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Tree Peony, Remixed Digital Image, April 2017

Well, this giant beauty definitely wanted to be center stage on my card! With all the amazing detail in this flower, I could not size this down too much. Then I bravely decided to try my hand again at no-line coloring. No pressure, eh? I finally watched the Kit and Clowder video class I signed up for in March using Power Poppy images. I learned a lot, but I still need more practice (but that's the fun part, right?). As I was coloring, I remembered some of what Kathy Racoosin said in a recent video. She is so real, and I love listening to what she says about coloring and enjoying what you do. She quoted something Jennifer McGuire said and shared some thoughts of her own. I hope you'll check out her blog post using one of Power Poppy stamp sets, watch the video, and listen to what she says as she enjoys her coloring experience. So I colored and really enjoyed it, and I need to do more of it. Sure, I can see areas I need to work on, but like everything else, we learn from practice...and more practice. 

This time I decided what my layout was going to be ahead of time...surprise! It helped me a lot. So I opened my flower image in GIMP, lightened it to a pale gray, and printed it on X-Press It Blending Card. I worked hard to achieve more depth and contrast. After I finished coloring, I decided to fussy cut it and use a couple of tools to burnish the back to give it some dimension. Then I die cut two of the split chevron dies, adhered them together, and added it to the pink card base. I stamped a sweet sentiment from Natural Beauties on a cute ragged-edge die cut and curled it a bit before adding it to the "lattice" for my flower. I added some thin foam squares in the outer areas of the flower and leaves and some thicker foam to the inside and placed the flower onto the "lattice." was done! I was going to add some sequins or something and decided not to. So ready or not, here she is! Hehe!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Tree Peony, Remixed Digital Image, Natural Beauties, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, April 2017

When I saw this large peony and read that it was a favorite of Marcy's mom, I was so touched knowing that this is the first year that her mom Susan is not there to celebrate with...and I personally know how hard that is. But I thought of how gracious God is to give us parents who pass along their gifts and talents. Certainly, I know both my parents and grandparents passed along many precious gifts to me that I cherish to this day...and acknowledge that they are ultimately from God. Paul talks about this concept of passing down a legacy in his letter to Timothy, one of his protégés (sons in the faith):

I am reminded of your sincere faith,
a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois
and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure,
dwells in you as well.
2 Timothy 1:5

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. And be sure to visit the Power Poppy blog today to see the beautiful images of tree peonies, and then be sure to visit my teammate Jessie Banks to see her beautiful card and video!

Precious friends, thank you for your visits and comments that I love reading. And remember that I am always happy to answer any questions you may have about using digital images. Your prayers and love continue to mean so much to me! Thank you, and may God bless you.

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps:  Tree Peony, Natural Beauties (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, White (PTI), Blushing Bride (SU!)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Split Chevron die and Blueprints #13 dies (My Favorite Things), Clear Double Sided Adhesive (Elizabeth Craft Designs), Irresistible Pico Embellisher adhesive, Empressor tool, stylus, Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), 3M dimensional tape, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word, fussy cutting, adding dimension
Card Size:  A2
Copic markers used: Petals - R30, RV10, R81, YR000, RV11, RV00; Leaves - G20, G40, G43, G94; Center - YG01, Y13, Y35, Y38, W3