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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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Monday, April 16, 2018

Casting all your cares on Him...

Hello, sweet friends! It's been a busy time, and I know we are all looking forward to spring. While our weather has been lovely, I know that snow still is falling in parts of the country. Wishing you warmer weather soon!

This month I am honored to be a guest designer for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge. It's a challenge that I love but one that has often stumped me. So the best way to fix that is to meet it head on! As a guest designer, I know the colors ahead of time and place half sheets of the card stock on my table to be inspired by them and visualize what I might do with the colors. This week's colors are Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, and Soft Sky (Stampin' Up), and they just spoke flowers. You know my love for coloring flowers, right?!


Cheryl Scrivens, CherylQuilts, Splitcoaststampers, Color Challenge, April 2018, Penny Black Full of Glee, Verve Stamps Faith Medley

I found a Penny Black stamp that I could color with my Copic markers blending from the darkest areas out to the petal edges with Blackberry Bliss (and just a wee touch of yellow in the center -- can you see it?). Of course the leaves were easier with Mossy Meadow, and then I added some shading using Soft Sky with pointillism. My positioning of the flower allowed for the precious Scripture verse that I know will encourage my friend.

I used a decorative die, added some paper piercing, and then adhered it to the base. I added a make-shift easel on the back that folds flat for mailing, but it allows the card to be displayed like a normal card. 

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This Scripture verse is such a great reminder for us all that no matter what our cares are (and we all have them -- big and small), God cares for each of us and wants us humbly to place all our burdens and cares on Him. I sometimes think that "Oh, I have this under control." But He wants us to bring all our cares to Him. Nothing is too big or too small for God to handle. That brings me great peace, and I trust that it will bring you peace as well.

Cast all your cares on Him
for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

Oh, sweet friends, thank you for your visits and comments. I love reading each one and pray for you and your requests. Your prayers for me continue to be an encouragement, and I thank you! May God bless you and give you joy today and every day.

Blessings,


Stamps: Full of Glee (Penny Black), Faith Medley (Verve)
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Soft Sky (SU!)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Grand Decorative Labels One dies (Spellbinders), MISTI tool, Mat Pack (SU!), piercing tool, Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue
Card Size: 5" square
Copic markers used: Flower Petals - V01, V15, V17, V09; Flower Center - wee touch of Y15; Leaves - G20, YG91, YG93, YG95, G99; Shading - BG000, 0

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Cup of Columbine

Hello, sweet friends! It's Saturday, and next Tuesday is the first day of spring. After a long, hard winter, we are all looking forward to seeing flowers bloom and the weather warm.  

I am late for this month's Instant Garden release by Marcella Hawley, but it is a darling one called Cup of Columbine. Here is Marcy's wonderful description: 
"A delicate tea cup overflowing with pretty plants is steeped in detail and delight. Columbine (Aquilegia) flowers intermingle with ruffled miniature Hosta leaves for a bouquet that will tickle your coloring fancy all the way through summer. You get two designs -- one with the flowers and tea cup only, and a second, more challenging composition with a baby robin snapping up a few of the Columbine seeds. Both images have a lighter 'no-line' version included. 
For this Color Story, I'm envisioning an exploration of blues and purples -- the classic Columbine colors, and you may not know that Hosta leaves come in lots of blue hybrids. Hostas also often have variegated foliage, which can be streaks of vanilla, chartreuse, chalky blue, and various greens -- all on the SAME LEAF! Do a bit of Googling, and create a piece in blues that does anything but give YOU the blues! :)"


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Cup of Columbine, Digital Image, March 2018

There are so many beautiful colors for Columbine flowers, but my favorite color is blue (not that you would know that with all the pinks I've been using lately...hehe!). I found some lovely ideas and colored the flowers and leaves. I was struggling with the color for the Susie Cooper tea cup and found today's Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers just what I needed. It was an unlikely image that inspired me -- a frog. Haha! Yes, it is a blue frog on green leaves with some dark gray/black. Since some of Susie Cooper tea cups are found in dark colors with white polka dots, I finished coloring the cup a darker color and used a white gel pen for the polka dots. I added some stripes to the cloth after I finished coloring it (since I used a regular blue writing pen). Not sure it's my favorite, but I enjoyed the challenge. I used a new decorative die to add a bit of frill and then mounted it on a Marina Mist card base. Voila! It is done, and I hope you like it. I think it is growing on me a little. ;)

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Cup of Columbine, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, March 2018

Yesterday I found out that a dear young mom of five was called home to the Lord after a two-year battle with cancer. Please pray for her family as these dear young ones will surely have precious few and fading memories of a mom who loved them dearly. I am thankful for the church family they have to love and encourage them on this hard journey.

Many of us are looking toward Holy Week, celebrating Good Friday when Jesus was crucified and died and then Easter (Resurrection Sunday), when Jesus rose from the dead. I praise God that we do not live without hope and that this young mom is now in the presence of her Savior with no more pain and suffering. And when He calls me home, I look forward to being with Jesus as well for all eternity. May we consider the true meaning of Easter this year.

Jesus said to her, 
"I am the resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in me,
though he die, yet shall he live."
John 11:25

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

I would like to enter this card in The Flower Challenge, which is Anything Goes. I just love the design team and of course always love flowers!

Precious friends, thank you for your visits and comments. I read each one and pray for you. Your prayers continue to encourage me as well, and I thank you! May God bless each of you and give you joy today and every day.

Blessings, dear friends,


StampsCup of Columbine (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Marina Mist (SU!)
Ink: Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Pleated Lace Rectangles dies (Gina Marie Designs), white gel pen, white tape
Card Size: A2

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Orchid Cascade

Sweet friends, spring is on its way throughout the country, and I hope you are enjoying the weather as it begins to warm.

Today I am sharing the newest digital image, and you may recognize it from the clear stamp set called Orchids Rock. This new lovely and versatile digital stamp set is called Orchid Cascade by Marcella Hawley. Here's her delightful description:
"This showy cymbidium orchid is now available as a digital download with two fresh sentiments. A delight to color in any rainbow of hues, with a pretty arched design that works perfectly with a sentiment tucked to the right. This is one you'll turn to again and again!"
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Orchid Cascade, Digital Image, February 2018

As many of you know, I love digital images because we can resize them, recolor them, reverse them, and much more. I decided to go "clean and simple" (aka CAS in the stamping world) and crop just the top portion of this beautiful orchid. It was easy to color with three simple colors, and I know I will enjoy coloring more to build up my card stash with these sweet sentiments. I used a realistic cross-stitched die that I enjoy, matted it with pink to match the petals, and then added a few sequins for interest. And that was that! Sweet, eh? 


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Orchid Cascade, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, February 2018

God is so gracious in giving us so many good things, and I continue to thank Him for the wonderful friendships I have made through blogging. You are so dear, and it has been a good week for me to continue to be quiet and listen to what God has for me each day. Thank you especially for your friendship.

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
always in every prayer of mine for you all
making my prayer with joy...
Philippians 1:3-4

I hope my stamping friends will hop on over to Power Poppy and purchase this beautiful digital image and use it today. That's the fun about digital stamps. Buy them and use them the same day!

Precious friends, thank you for your visits and for your comments that I always love reading. I cannot tell you how much it means to me that you are praying for me. God has been so gracious, and I continue to pray for you as well. May God bless and encourage each of you.

Blessings, precious friends,


StampsOrchid Cascade (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 80# and 110# (Neenah), Pretty in Pink (SU!)
Ink: Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, X Stitched Square Dies (Gina Marie Designs), Mini Perfect Layers tool, sequins, Diamond Glaze, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word
Card Size: 4 1/2"
Copic markers used: Petals/buds – RV10, RV11, RV23, RV34; Stems – G20, G40, G24, YG01; Background – BG0000, BG000
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