Thursday, June 04, 2015

Camellias - Color Challenge

Hello, sweet friends! I've been busy with other things the last week or so and have to catch up on my weekly card commitment to myself. 

When I saw yesterday's Color Challenge on Splitcoaststampers, I knew it would work with this gorgeous digital image. The colors are Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, and Basic Grey. But the best part is that "dessert" is allowed by using blue and/or green, which works for my flowers. So I had half a dessert! Thanks to this week's hostess Karen Barber, who just loves coloring flowers (and she surely makes gorgeous cards)!

I used watercolor paper and "fussy water-colored" this image - a first for me. A couple of weeks ago I watercolored my first flower with great abandon. But not this one...hehe! Next I fussy cut this image (it was a lot of work), and then I colored the edges with a black marker for a finished look. My Empressor tool and an old mouse pad were used (on the back of the image) to give the flowers and leaves dimension. (Oops, and I nearly forgot that I added some clear Wink of Stella for some glimmer.) Wanting a pretty background, I used the main Tranquil Moments die in white against Crisp Cantaloupe, and matted it with Basic Grey. There are many itty-bitty pieces of 3M dimensional tape behind this fussy-cut image to adhere it to the background (using tweezers!), along with some regular adhesive for the branches. Added the word "joy" between a couple of the leaves, and it was done and ready to be mailed to a very special person in our lives. She is a joy to us.

Power Poppy, Camellias, Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

When I was looking for ideas for coloring my camellias, I found some vibrant colors and was surprised at how vivid some of them were. Isn't it just amazing how many beautiful flowers and colors God has created? I can only imagine how much more beautiful heaven will be some day. We truly are so blessed! It reminds me of the wonderful hymn by John Rutter that we used to sing in choir. Here are the first two stanzas.

All things bright and beautiful, 
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The LORD God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment, thought or question, and I hope you have a wonderful week! 


Stamps:  Camellias (Power Poppy), Mixed Messages (PTI) 
Paper: Watercolor paper (Strathmore), Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Basic Grey and Crisp Cantaloupe (SU)
Tools/Accessories: Distress Inks (Ranger), Tranquil Moments dies (Spellbinders), Perfect Layers tool, Wink of Stella, Empressor tool for dimension, 3M dimensional tape, Glue n' Seal adhesive
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, watercoloring, fussy cutting
Card Size:  A-2


Unknown said...

Love your color challenge card Cheryl!! Great background and beautiful camellias!!! Your wonderful gift arrived yesterday and I thank you so much for your thoughtfulness sweet cyber friend!!!

Tracy said...

Oh my dear your little fingers are probably still sore from all that fussy cutting but what a gorgeous effect. You chose such pretty colors to use for the blooms and that background die is scrumptious. I was looking at them on Amazon a couple of days ago, trying to figure out which ones might be able to figure out how to use. I ended up just getting the marvelous squares but I sure would like to add some of these deco background to my stash. Hope all is well with you. Hugs!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, Cheryl, I'm simply stunned! Your coloring is amazing enough that these camellias look almost real, like a photograph you cut out. Speaking of which, your cutting is so precise! I just love these exquisite, warm colors. I'm thrilled to see this card today. I was missing your beautiful work!

Becky said...

This is beautiful Cheryl! Love the die cute and colors.

Graciellie Design said...

BEAUTIFUL dear Cheryl!!! Love your coloring and these flowers are just divine! Hugs dear friend.

stampingbowd said...

Cheryl, your coloring is stunning. The flowers look so real I can almost smell them! This is stunning! Going over to SCS so I can fave!

Sabrina Jackson said...

GASP, sweet, sweet Cheryl!! My friend this is one stunning card! Love your amazing coloring! Miss you and your encouraging words! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful job in coloring and your cutting is perfect, the framing of it all is just so lovely. I remember our kids choir singing this song at church, it is amazing all the different scenery and wild life that he has given us to enjoy in this world. Have a wonderful weekend!!

Misti said...

Cheryl, this is a stunner!!! WOW!

Jerri Kay said...

So beautiful Cheryl! What a gorgeous card, your coloring is bright, vivid and intense, so, so beautiful!

Stephanie said...

Elegant, beautiful, and oh-so-feminine, my friend! Everything I love in a handmade card :) You are so talented, dear Cheryl, and it's truly a joy to see your lovely creations.

Thank you for sharing the precious words at the end of the heart was so refreshed. Have a blessed afternoon. Love and hugs!

Traci M said...

Cheryl, this is beautiful in all it's glorious array of color!! The colors are radiant...and the fussy cutting is a lot of may have more patience than I do! That song is one of my very favorites also...I find myself singing it around the house quite often. Having these old praise choruses and hymns keeps our spirits lifted and praising God, don't they? Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Another beautiful card Cheryl. The coloring is just amazing. Can you teach me to do that? The delicate background die-cut is so pretty. Gives an even more elegant look to the already gorgeous flowers.

Robin Clendenning said...

Oh, beautiful colors on your flowers Cheryl!! Gorgeous coloring and framing! Love it my friend!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I was not able to visit last week with my busy week but could not miss the opportunity to stop by this a.m.!! I just love your gorgeous die cut frame, colors and your stunning coloring of the Camellias!! Love it my friend!!! TTYS!!

Angelica Schmidt said...

Gorgeous card as always ! Love those gorgeous Camellia's and the die cut you used! I'm sure heaven will be absolutely gorgeous ! Thank you for the inspiration my sweet friend! Have a Blessed day! Hugs

wannabcre8tive said...

Very beautiful. Love the die and you have colored the flowers perfectly.

Christina Hor said...

Gorgeous Cheryl! The colors are so vibrant I love your fuzzy cutting. It really POP! Enjoy your week! Hugs.

Irish Cherokee said...

Gorgeous Cheryl. Camellias are such vibrat flowers and yours a good examples of that.

Love, Hugs and Blessings

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh my goodness, Cheryl. What a beautiful card! Your camellias are stunning!!

JD/ Jill said...

So beautiful! I like to fussy cut, and you are right it's a lot of work. But I don't think that my fussy cutting is as perfect as yours is on this card! Very nicely done!