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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Card Concept #100 Challenge - Elegant Fall

Hello, sweet friends! It's me two days in a row ... wow!

Today I am happy to guest design for The Card Concept #100 Challenge, "Elegant Fall." Special thanks to my precious friend Julie Gearinger for asking me to be one of her guest designers. I am honored and loved making a card for the challenge.

Here is the Inspiration Photo, and it is gorgeous!


The Card Concept  #100 Challenge -  Elegant Fall, October 2018

I was inspired by the lovely array of pumpkins dipped in gold, one with flowers, and one with a delightful flower and flourish array. I would say that my card is clean, simple, and layered. 

CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, The Card Concept #100 Challenge, October 2018

I chose a new clear stamp by Power Poppy that reminded me of the pumpkins on display with the lovely flowers and golden pears. After coloring with Copic markers, I used an oval die and then carefully used my Krylon gold pen for a gilded edge. I added a scalloped oval die underneath using designer paper that I sanded for some texture. I matted the two pieces of designer paper and used my Mini MISTI for the sentiment, but it still needed something more. That's when I remembered a long-ignored Ornare piercing template that was inspired by the large pumpkin with the flower. See that flourish? Lovely, right? So I decided to stop there (although I was tempted to add some sequins or pearls, haha!). Hope you like it.


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One of the wonderful things about the stamping/blogging community is the number of precious friends I have met online (like Julie Gearinger who invited me to join The Card Concept Challenge). We help each other by sharing techniques and commenting on each others' cards. More frequently than one might think, we develop close friendships, and we are privileged to share prayer requests and to encourage each other. It's a joy to be able to share on a personal level with friends. Friendships are important ... especially to us gals.


Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
and the sweetness of a friend comes from his [her] earnest counsel.
Proverbs 27:9

Let each of you look not only to his [her] own interests,
but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:4

Sweet friends, you are truly loved ... and remembered. Thank you so much for your visits and comments. I am behind in replying to your comments and to visiting many blogs, but I look forward to catching up. May God encourage and bless you all. You are a joy to me.

Blessings, sweet friends,


StampsFortunes of Fall and Simply Camellias (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, French Flea Market/Julie Nutting (Photo Play Paper)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Ovals and Scalloped Ovals dies (Spellbinders), Mini MISTI tool, Mini Perfect Layers tool, Krylon gold pen, Ornare piercing template, Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), Tombow Multi Mono Glue, red tape
Techniques: Copic coloring, paper piercing, sanding
Card Size: 5" square

Monday, October 15, 2018

Painting Pumpkins

Hello, dear friends! 

Today I am happy to join my Power Poppy Instant Gardeners, and we have a fun new digital release that I think you will love! It's called Painting Pumpkins! Are you ready for some fun?


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Instant Garden Digital Image, October 2018

Here's what Marcella shared:
"Painted pumpkins -- whether given a coat of chalky milk paint in pastel hues, a bold dip with metallic accents, or delicate dots with a fine-tipped brush -- are all the rage. Now you can paint the pumpkins in real life AND in your paper-crafting process. In this arrangement I have several pumpkins primed for your special creative touches. Paint pots and brushes await your artwork on the 'blank canvas' version, or use one of my pre-drawn patterns or jack-o-lantern faces. A series of four sentiments ranging from a general Thank You through Halloween and Thanksgiving allows multiple uses for this fresh fall imagery."
There are so many wonderful ideas for painting pumpkins...oh my! I have a new paper pad that was my color palette for "painting" my pumpkins, and I sure had fun.

I printed the "blank canvas" version and then decided to add a sentiment (like I've seen on the internet), and then I did some "doodling" of my own with a gold gel pen, a white gel pen, and dots with a Copic marker. I used my Mini MISTI and curved the sentiment from Olive and Oak Expanded to match the shape of the large pumpkin. Cute, eh? I used an oval die to cut out my focal image, and then I embossed that die on the card stock and fussy cut it to make a thin mat for the oval (using Copic BG72 to match the designer paper). Works like a charm. Then I put the papers together, matted it, and I added a couple of fishtail flags. And then I was done...what fun!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Painted Pumpkins, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, October 2018

As I was making this card, I thought about how much I have to be thankful. God has given me the time, ability, and resources to enjoy making cards and sharing His love with others through my blog. What a blessing to have you all as friends. I want to share the blessing of having Christ as my Savior, for that is where I find true joy each day.


I will give thanks to You, LORD, with all my heart;
I will recount all of Your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 9:1

For my stamping friends, you will find this new digital image at Power Poppy. Hop on over to the Power Poppy blog and see what Marcy shares about this wonderful new digital release and see what my teammates have to share. 


Oh, precious friends, you are dearly loved and remembered in my prayers. Thank you so much for your visits and comments. There are many special prayer requests that I continue to remember,  and there are always new ones. Thanks for sharing those with me. I know that God will encourage and strengthen you. May God give peace and comfort to those suffering loss and encouragement to us all. You are a blessing to me.

Blessings, dear friends,


StampsPainted Pumpkins and Olive and Oak Expanded (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Cool Caribbean colored with BG72 to match designer paper (SU!), FarmLife (Mintay by Karola)
Ink: Smokey Gray (Versafine), printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Infinity Oval dies (Hero Arts), Fishtail Flag Layer STAX dies (My Favorite Things), Mini MISTI tool, Mini Perfect Layers tool, gold gel pen, white gel pen, 3M dimensional tape, Tombow Mono Multi Glue, red tape, white tape
Techniques: Digital images with Microsoft Word, Copic coloring, fussy cutting
Card Size: 5 1/4" x 6"

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Season's Seatings

Hello, sweet and lovely friends! 

Today I am happy to join my Power Poppy teammates in sharing the newest "Digis on the 5s" digital release, Season's Seatings. Here's what Marcella shares about this new release. 
"We love any scene that exudes cozy fall goodness — a second-hand chair in the garden? Of course! It's the ideal perch for a rustic pumpkin bouquet. You may recognize this image from our popular clear stamp set 'So Grateful.' What's especially neat about this digital download version is that you get two focal images, one of the large chair vignette and a second large image of the pumpkin bouquet by itself featuring dahlias, berries, and black-eyed Susans. The verse from Ecclesiastes, 'He has made everything beautiful in its time,' is the perfect accompaniment, and you'll also get a shorter 'Hello, Beauty' sentiment. A coloring feast awaits!"  
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Digital Image, September 2018

In South Florida we do not see many real carved pumpkins, and if we do, they are inside our air-conditioned houses. It's far too hot for pumpkins to survive very long. So to have a pumpkin filled with fall flowers is a delight for me!

Using Microsoft Word, I arranged the flower-filled pumpkin next to the Scripture verse for a wide card, printed it on X-Press It Blending Card, and started coloring. I found this vibrant fall plaid designer paper and kept it simple with a wonky-stitched die, thin mat of Tangerine Tango, and it was done. I dug through all my embellishments but finally decided to keep it simple flat and easy to mail. ;)

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Season’s Seatings, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, September 2018

I truly enjoyed making this card, and I read on in Ecclesiastes where it tells us that there is nothing better for us to do than to be joyful and to do good as long as we live. This is God's gift to us. As I considered the enjoyment I experienced in making this card, I am reminded that pleasure is fleeting and that true and lasting joy is found only in Jesus Christ. May I glorify God in all I do. 

He has made everything beautiful in its time.
...there is nothing better for them than to be joyful
and to do good as long as they live; 
— this is God's gift to man..
Ecclesiastes 3:11, 12b, 13b

For my stamping friends, you will find this new digital image at Power Poppy. Hop on over to the Power Poppy blog and see what Marcy shares about this wonderful digital release and see what my teammates have to share. 

This week Splitcoaststampers has a wonderful Inspiration Challenge, and we are to be inspired by one of the flags. There were many I could have used, and I think it's a wonderful website to inspire many other future cards.

Precious friends, you are truly loved. As always, I thank you so much for your visits and comments. I continue to pray for many of the special prayer requests, and I know that God will encourage and bless you all. I thank God also for how He is answering our prayers. May God give peace and comfort to those suffering loss and encouragement and joy to us all. You are a precious gift to me.

Blessings, dear friends,


StampsSeason's Seatings (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Tangerine Tango (SU!), Perfectly Plaid Fall (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: N/A (printer)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX dies (My Favorite Things), Mini Perfect Layers tool, white tape
Card Size: 5" x 6"

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Bountiful Bouquet

Hello, sweet friends! 

Today I am happy to join my Power Poppy Instant Gardeners. Marcella Hawley has illustrated a brand new digital image release for us, and it is both beautiful and versatile. She colored it with her masterful watercoloring to delight and inspire us as we celebrate fall.


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Instant Garden Digital Image, September 2018

Here's what Marcella shared:
"Emanating autumnal élan, Beautiful Bouquet features TWO focal images! One illustration is large and in charge  with three Rudbeckia blooms intertwined with berries and leaves. A second illustration is a pitcher filled with the same Rudbeckia flowers, plus branches of fruiting persimmon and the vivid stems of pokeweed berries. Two sentiments encouraging happiness and mindfulness round out this bountiful digi set."
Since we live in South Florida, we do not experience fall as do our northern friends here in the States. Having grown up in New Jersey, I always looked forward to seeing the leaves turn gorgeous colors in the fall. Since Marcy shares the names of each flower and plant, we can find inspiration for coloring with a few clicks on the internet. However, she always encourages us to color as our hearts desire. So I decided to color this beautifully filled pitcher with vibrant colors (to remind me of what I am missing up north).

Since the pitcher image is tall, I decided to keep the layout simple and make the image as large as possible. I did a "test run" with my color combinations and then happily colored another "Marcella" beauty! The details in her illustrations are amazing, aren't they? After I finished coloring, I used a stitched die to trim my colored piece and then matted it with "Copic-enhanced" card stock to match the pitcher. I used my Mini MISTI to add the lovely birthday blessings sentiment from Artistic Bouquet clear stamp set. A dear friend has a birthday next week, and she loves and grows many flowers. I hope she will enjoy this card. 

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Bountiful Bouquet, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, September 2018

Birthdays are special days to celebrate God's gracious gift of life here on earth. He has known us since before the earth was formed and joins with us in celebrating the joy of each birthday. As we awake each morning, may we be reminded that God has a purpose for us each day. May we find joy in each day.


For you formed my inward parts;
You knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.
Psalm 139:13-14

For my stamping friends, you will find this new digital image at Power Poppy. Hop on over to the Power Poppy blog and see what Marcy shares about this wonderful new digital release and see what my teammates have to share. Of course, you have most likely been following Marcella's newest clear stamp release, Natural Wonders.

This week Splitcoaststampers has a fun Ways To Use It Challenge, and we are to use fruit on our cards. Persimmons are fruit, and I have some ripe ones in this lovely image. 

Oh, my dear and sweet friends, you are truly loved. Thank you so much for your visits and comments. I know there are special prayer requests that I have continued to remember, and I know that God will encourage and bless you all. May God give peace and comfort to those suffering loss and encouragement to us all. You are a joy to me.

Blessings, sweet friends,


StampsBountiful Bouquet and Artistic Bouquet (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Baja Breeze colored with BG72 to match pitcher (SU!)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine), printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 dies (My Favorite Things), Mini MISTI tool, Mini Perfect Layers tool, red tape
Card Size: 4 3/4" x 5 5/8"

Monday, July 23, 2018

5 Days of Digis - Gifts from the Sea

Hello, sweet friends! 

Today I am happy to join my Power Poppy teammates on Day 4 of the "5 Days of Digis." Marcella's theme of this release is "kindness, love, peace, curiosity, and meaning. Each of these images were created from the heart, with the intention of sharing part of myself with our customers...a little more than usual."


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, 5 Days of Digis, July 2018

Today we have "Gifts from the Sea," a lovely arrangement from the gifted Marcella Hawley. Here's what she shares:
"First of all, I'm going to recommend that everyone stop, run to the library, and pick up a copy of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's book, Gifts from the Sea. Life-changing perspectives on life as a woman and mother, all written while she was staying in a cottage by the sea in Captiva, Florida. I read this book on the very beaches where she wrote the book years ago and collected seashells galore from the fertile Gulf of Mexico. This illustration is inspired by that experience -- with a bouquet of plumeria flowers and petite palm fronds, nestled in an ink-bottle vase. Seashells of every stripe surround the scene, where someone has been writing a postcard or maybe starting to write the follow-up volume to Gifts from the Sea. Whatever it is, I recommend all to Seas the Day."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Gifts from the Sea, Digital Image, July 2018

Even living here in South Florida, I did not realize all the beautiful colors of seashells. Certainly, some shells are colored and sold to create lovely arrangements like this one. But it was fun to color this image. We have plumeria plants/trees throughout our area, and we call them frangipani. We first purchased a "stick" they sold at a craft fair, and the vendor told us to stick it in the ground. Truly, we were shocked when it grew and finally bloomed! They grow in so many beautiful colors. I must admit that I ended up coloring my flowers more vibrantly than I had planned, but it was fun. Hope you have as much fun as I did with this arrangement.

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Gifts from the Sea, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2018

This card reminds me the need to make time for relaxation and "downtime" -- something I struggle with doing. My quiet time in the morning is spent reading God's Word, praying, and journaling. With life's many distractions -- especially as I age, it can be difficult to shut out the pressures of my daily schedule. That's why it's important for me to treat my quiet time as being equally important than any other item on my schedule.


Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
Psalm 46:10

For my stamping friends, you will find this new digital image at Power Poppy. Hop on over to the Power Poppy blog and see what Marcy shares about this wonderful new digital release and see what my teammates have to share. Tomorrow is the last new digi, and I hope to finish a card to share. It's a darling one.

I would like to enter this card in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week, which is Use a Die and/or Punch. Once again I used a die.

Sweet friends, you are dearly loved. Thank you so much for your visits and comments. I have begun reaching out and thanking you for your sweet comments (when possible). It's such a joy to encourage and be encouraged. I trust you will take time to enjoy some of the beauty that God has around you today. May God bless each of you and give you joy today and every day.

Blessings, precious friends,


StampsGifts from the Sea (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Flirty Flamingo (SU!)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine), printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, Pleated Lace Rectangles dies (Gina Marie Designs), white tape
Card Size: A-2

Saturday, July 21, 2018

5 Days of Digis - Love One Another

Hello, sweet friends! Yes, two days in a row...wow! 

Today (even though I am late) I am happy to join my Power Poppy teammates on Day 2 of the "5 Days of Digis." Marcella's theme of this release is "kindness, love, peace, curiosity, and meaning. Each of these images were created from the heart, with the intention of sharing part of myself with our customers...a little more than usual."


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, 5 Days of Digis, July 2018

Today we have "Love One Another," a lovely arrangement of flowers and some fascinating insects:
"Bring the life of the garden to the front of your cards! This harmonious scene has an uplifting arrangement of dwarf and intermediate bearded irises mingling with tulips and insects. Irises come in a massive array of color combinations -- oftentimes the fuzzy 'beards' are the most colorful part! Have fun researching palettes that allow you to pick up the shade of the iris beard in other areas...the wings of the moth, the stripes on the caterpillar, streaks on the tulip petals. You can think about the way you want to plan out a garden, coordinating colors of plants, and adapt this process to the way you color this image."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Love One Another, Digital Image, July 2018

I originally started out with a totally different plan, and you will enjoy researching all the wonderful colors of each element in this digital image. I decided to try using colored pencils again, and it was fun. However, it takes a lot longer to color. But it's great therapy and very relaxing (for the most part). Once the flowers were colored, I struggled with the insects -- in particular, the Luna moth. However, after it was all colored, I actually think I like him the best. I ended up using him to pull together my "garden." So I think they may enjoy each other now. Hehe!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Love One Another, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2018

This card reminds me of the amazing gift of God's created beauty, no matter whether we look at flowers or insects...or anything else. Everything we see was spoken into existence for us to enjoy. Flowers grow from seeds (and bulbs) and then bud and finally bloom. The caterpillar you see becomes the Luna moth. Who can account for these things other than as the miracle of God's creation.


Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
He will not leave you or forsake you.
Psalm 96:11-12

For my stamping friends, you will find this new digital image at Power Poppy. Hop on over to the Power Poppy blog and see what Marcy shares about this wonderful new digital release and see what my teammates have to share.

I would like to enter this card in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week, which is Use a Die and/or Punch. I used a die.

Precious friends, you are dearly loved. When I think of all that God has created, I am in awe and great thankfulness! Thank you for your visits and comments. I love reading each one and continue to pray for you, and your prayers continue to encourage me as well! I trust you will enjoy some of the beauty that God has around you in the days ahead. May God bless each of you and give you joy today and every day.

Blessings, precious friends,


StampsLove One Another (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Cryogen Iridescent White, Solar White Neenah, unknown designer paper
Ink: Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Stitched Rectangles dies (Gina Marie Designs), Mini Perfect Layers tool, white tape
Card Size: 4 3/4" x 6"
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Friday, July 20, 2018

5 Days of Digis - Kindness Starts Us Off

Hello, sweet friends! Well, it's been what I would call a sabbatical for me. It's been several months since I have shared a post with you, and truly, I've missed you...a lot! However, it's good to take a break. 

Today I am happy to join my Power Poppy teammates to start off the "5 Days of Digis." Marcella's theme of this release is "kindness, love, peace, curiosity, and meaning. Each of these images were created from the heart, with the intention of sharing part of myself with our customers...a little more than usual."


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, 5 Days of Digis, July 2018

Today we start off with this first FREE digital image. And Kit and Clowder has a FREE online coloring class using these images. You surely won't want to miss that! Here's what Marcy shares about this newest digital download:
"Our first 100% FREE download with a botanical theme  I am proud to offer Kindness is the Way here at Power Poppy. Whether you've never worked with digital stamps before and want to give it a risk-free try or you are an experienced digital download aficionado in search of new flowers to color, this image is here for you! I've prepared an allover pattern of Gerbera Daisies in black and no-line versions. Then you also get two versions of the background with the phrase 'Kindness is the Way' superimposed, using lettering that you can color in. Lastly, a single Gerbera Daisy is included in case you want to just keep things simple."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Kindness is the Way, Digital Image, July 2018

If you do a search for Gerbera Daisies, you will find both soft and vibrant colors. It was hard to decide what to do, but I ended up coloring the allover image and colored my daisies in a variety of colors along with coloring in the background (It reminds me of a patterned fabric, don't you think?). Once I was finished coloring, I remembered something I've wanted to try  the camouflage die technique. I used a "hugs" die and cut my colored image (yes, it was a bit scary, but I did it). Then I die-cut several layers using the navy card stock and glued the stacked layers, with the final colored image on top. It's camouflaged, but held sideways, you can see a bit of blue and feel the "hugs" die with your hands. It's sort of like a touch-and-feel card — much like a real hug!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Kindness is the Way, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2018

This card will hopefully share some "virtual hugs" with my sweet friend. Hugging has been shown to be effective in helping to heal sickness, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress. God is our ultimate Comforter and Healer, and He blesses us by allowing us to comfort others through hugs.
Be strong and courageous.
Do not fear or be in dread of them,
for it is the LORD your God Who goes with you.
He will not leave you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6

For my stamping friends, you will find this new free digital download over at Power Poppy. Hop on over to the Power Poppy blog and see what Marcy shares about this wonderful new digital release, and see what my teammates have to share.

I would like to enter this card in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week, which is Use a Die and/or Punch. I used both.

Precious friends, I hope to visit to your blogs more often. That's one way I can share virtual hugs with you! Thank you for your visits and comments. I read each one and continue to pray for you, and your prayers continue to encourage me as well! Life is filled with many things in our times, but God is gracious. May God bless each of you and give you joy today and every day.

Blessings, dear friends,


StampsKindness is the Way (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Soft Sky and Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Ink: Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Big Hugs dies (MFT), rounded corner punch (EKSuccess), Multi Mono Glue (Tombow), red tape
Card Size: A2
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