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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Power Poppy Instant Gardener - February Release

Welcome to the Power Poppy Instant Garden Digital Release for February! As a reminder, an "instant garden" is the monthly digital stamp collection from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley. You can buy, download, print, and color the digi images - in an instant - today!

I am delighted to share this month's digital release. Feast your eyes on this beautiful French lilac! And have you noticed that sweet little lady bug on the leaf? Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers and oh so fragrant. They grew in our backyard in New Jersey and were always in a large vase in our house and in my office. This delicate lilac comes with a lovely "thinking of you" sentiment - the digital set is called French Lilac

Power Poppy, Instant Garden Digital Stamp Release, French Lilac, February 2015

After searching for images of French lilacs (and oh did I swoon over the many colors and hues...they are so romantic), I decided to go with lavender/purple, using a variety of V and BV Copic markers. I used Labels 28 die for the focal image and sponged with Antique Linen, and I edged the border with my Krylon gold leafing pen. I used the coordinating Devine Eloquence die over the lavender card stock (that helped to dress up the card) and edged that in gold as well. Add to the card base, and it's done. Truly, the most enjoyable part of making this card was coloring this beautiful image! And, by the way, there really are yellow lady bugs...hehe! I decided to go for yellow for a soft, subtle look! Don't you just love this sentiment by Emerson with the beautiful font with the lilac? And this is a mailable card (a goal I continue to strive for this year).


Power Poppy, Instant Gardeners, French Lilac, Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

Once again, I used Word to "drag and drop" the image of the lilac into my "document." I resized it (from the corner) and and then added the digital sentiment from Geraniums. (Remember to "bring to front" the sentiment by right clicking on the sentiment image.) I do a test print on copy paper to see how it fits in the die and adjust from there. Once I get the two images where I want them, I "group" them. Now I can copy and paste this "group" and put four "images" on a single sheet and print them to make four cards. (After all, the creative work is done, and I can just color along with some beautiful music!)

So now it's time to visit the rest of the amazing Instant Gardeners and to visit Power Poppy's website to get this new digital release - today (no shipping required)! 

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment, thought, or question...and I hope you have a wonderful week! And warm hugs to all!

Blessings,

Stamps:  French LilacGeraniums (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Lavender Lace (SU)
Ink: Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Labels 28 and Devine Eloquence dies (Spellbinders), Krylon gold leafing pen
Technique: Sponging, digital stamping
Card Size:  A-2
Copics Used:  BV0000, BV000, BV00, BV01, BV02, BV04, BV11, BV13, V04, V05, V06, V12, V15, V25, RV10, RV13, RV23, RV52, RV63, G20, G40, YG03, YG63, YG91, E31, E57, YR30, YR31, B63

36 comments:

Pauline said...

Cheryl this is gorgeous! I love how you framed the Lilacs and they are coloured to perfection. Thanks for the inspiration.

Becky said...

This is just stunning Cheryl. Love the dies and love the beautiful colors you used.

Vicki B. said...

OH Wow Cheryl, this is stunning!! I love lilacs, they are my absolute favorite spring flower!!!

Benzi said...

Oh my goodness, Cheryl, this is just the most beautiful card. I love the gold edging and it added even more beauty. The lilac and the way you colored it is outstanding. I did not know there were yellow ladybugs so I learned something new by coming to your blog today.
Hugs and have a wonderful Sunday.

Julie Koerber said...

Absolutely stunning Cheryl! I love the sponged effects and beautiful die cut -- it just makes your gorgeous coloring pop all the more! I also loved how you said you printed extras to be able to color to beautiful music! I never, never, never lift a marker or colored pencil without music! ;-) Both feed the soul!

Dawn Burnworth said...

This my friend is stunning. I love the die you chose and the sponging knocks this out of the park. Love all of it. So happy you are on this team.

dpkennedy said...

Wow Cheryl! Absolutely gorgeous! Your coloring is wonderful and I love that delicate die-it's just perfect for the sweet lilac!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my goodness gracious! Your sponging makes this look like it has a frame popped up over it, and your coloring has so much depth and beauty! This is one of my favorite dies AND a favorite flower to color. Your gold leafing is the perfect finishing touch. Truly swoonworthy, Cheryl!

Kelly-Anne @ Beautiful Girlhood said...

Oh! Indeed! Such a beautiful image - I do so love stamps on cards and this one is gorgeously coloured, too!

Thank you so very much for your lovely visit to my blog! And your sweet comment!

I feel so silly, my computer was playing up and published a Thoughtful Thursday today instead of when I scheduled it to - on Thursday! And I didn't even notice:)

But thank you for stopping by - I'm always thrilled to hear from new readers!

You have such a pretty blog - I will be visiting again soon!

Hugs and love,
Kelly-Anne

Grace said...

Ooooh Cheryl, this took my breath away!!! I just love how you colored the beautiful lilacs and the dies you chose, and your sponging just makes it all pop!!! I can't take my eyes off it!!! Just breathtaking!!!!
hugs,
Grace

Lisa Lara said...

This is a WOW card Cheryl. I love the sponging and gold leafing pen edge. So pretty with the texture and shapes.

Kathy Jones said...

Oh this is just beautiful Cheryl!! Looooove the framing and the touch of gold and your colouring is just lovely!!

Broni said...

This is just gorgeous, Cheryl! I really, really love the purple hues you used and that frame (and the gold trim) is just beautiful!! I have actually seen yellow lady bugs in my yard!!

Susie said...

Very impressive. The frame and gold leaf pen added elegance galore to your lovely colored lilac. Beautiful hues of violet and blue violet, in fact, I even saw a bit of red violet when I increased the view - beautifully blended. And yes, I have seen yellow lady bugs and I love both colors. A nice addition to the illustration.

Traci M said...

Such beauty and inspiration in your card...just lovely!! I love the framing and the gold pen edging, Cheryl!!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful, love the colors and that framing is just wonderful!!!

Angelica Schmidt said...

Wow Cheryl! This sure is a gorgeous creation! Love lilacs too, we used to have some when I was a kid! Perfectly colored too! Have a Blessed day! Hugs~

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh my dear sweet friend, this is beyond gorgeous!! I so love your layout with the die cut background the gold and that gorgeous coloring!! The card shows your inward beauty my friend!! God has blessed you with talent and me with your friendship!!
hugs,
Chris

Stunning work my friend!!

Tracy said...

This is sheer rich elegance my friend. So classy in it's design and your beautiful coloring just tops it off. I have a "family" of lady bugs that hatches in my crafty closet every year. I'm not sure if we can grow lilacs down here, but they are a lovely flower. How all is well with you. Hugs!

JD/ Jill said...

So beautifully done...and your coloring is amazing!

Stephanie said...

Good evening, sweet friend. I am slow in visting and I apologize... Your card is another beauty! It makes me think of the sweet scent of Lilacs. Mmm....I can't wait until Spring :) Hugs to you, dear Cheryl.

Debbie Olson said...

So elegant and lovely, Cheryl!

laughingstamper said...

This is sooooooo beautiful Cheryl!!!! I just want too reach out and smell it!!! The gold on the die cut just sets everything off so beautifully!!!

Jill Norwood said...

Cheryl I found you from Irish's (Jim's) blog. Your lovely lilac card brings memories of the trees that used to bloom in our backyard growing up! What a truly stunning design and card! Your coloring is so beautifully done!!! :) Jill

Karen D. said...

how gorgeous mf....love how you framed it all and your colouring is amazing.
I have to agree with you...these images are just so dreamy and wonderful in your hands.
Hugs,
Karen

Floridagal said...

Such a beautiful work of art, my friend. It's wonderful to read all the adoring comments....it must do your heart good. Love you.

Sammy said...

Hi Cheryl, thank you so much for your lovely message on my blog!
And your card is gorgeous, and my favourite colour too. You know, as a kid I was terrified of the yellow ladybugs, as my dad jokingly told me they were poisonous. It was years before I'd let one sit on my hand!

Nat said...

your work is so delicate and beautiful. I can learn a lot from your creations. very inspiring :)

Viv's Visuals said...

What a lovely message you left on my blog Cheryl! Thank you so much. Really like this card - a gorgeous stamp and I love the way you have framed and coloured it.

Inkyfingers said...

Oh my Cheryl this is absolutely stunning and needs to be framed!!!
Hugs
Carol x

Becky said...

wow! How stunning. The colors are gorgeous. I am loving that spellbinders die you used, makes this card so elegant along with that gold.

Angie said...

Gorgeous! I love how you manipulated the image and sentiment to achieve this beauty! Gorgeous lavender with gold highlights!! Such an elegant project!

Katie Sims said...

Cheryl, I cannot imagine this image being colored any more perfectly than what you have done here. I absolutely l-o-v-e every color you chose...including your yellow lady bug (and yes, I have actually seen a yellow one!) I am so excited to see you working with Power Poppy images and I know you are going to be wowing us month after month with your gorgeous and oh-so-heartfelt work. You are such an inspiration to SO many, Cheryl. Hoping you are having a wonderful day....sending hugs from up "north" ;)

Floridagal said...

I saw this in person. It is truly beautiful....straight from a beautiful heart.

Irish Cherokee said...

You know I was drawn to the coloring of the image. A marvelous job of coloring to say the very least. The die cut, color and everything else work beautifully on this card. Excellent. - Jim

Barbara said...

You hardly need another person to tell you that this is a gorgeous creation, but I just have to tell you it is fabulous! I am so glad to know you!