Saturday, September 05, 2015

Climbing Clematis

Hello, sweet friends, and what a week it's been for me. I celebrated my birthday on Wednesday, and it was a glorious day...week actually! I am still receiving cards and birthday wishes - and I feel so blessed by family and friends...and so thankful! God is so gracious!

It's the 5th of the month, and I am playing with the newly remixed digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Climbing Clematis. Clematis is a flowering vine that is able to scramble up walls, fences, and buildings...and even provide ground cover. This digi comes with a fitting sentiment.
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Climbing Clematis, Digital Remix, September 2015

I love Marcy's images and take great delight in looking for ideas when I color. I chose a bright pink for my clematis, but just wait until you search for clematis to see all the amazing colors - wow!  Here's the clematis that inspired me, and I used some card stock to guide my coloring.



Once again, this was an easy card using GIMP to remove the backgrounds (erase the one butterfly) and Microsoft Word to resize my image and to add the sentiment. I started coloring with one layout idea in my head and ended up with a totally different card (life is sort of like that, isn't it?). Seeing so many images of clematis growing on trellises, I ended up going that route. You surely know how much I love decorative dies, so one of them became my "trellis" -- and the rest was easy (well, with some fussy cutting...hehe!). I die cut two white "frames" to give some depth and layered that onto the card base. I cut a pink mat with Labels 28 (used three layers glued together to raise it rather than use adhesive foam dimensionals). Then I placed the die over my focal image and lightly traced inside with a pencil. I very carefully cut inside the pencil line to achieve a thin pink mat and cut around the "out-of-the-box" part of the image -- to make it look like my clematis is growing on the trellis. Glued the matted focal image to my card...and it was done!


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Climbing Clematis, Remixed Digital, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

Because of a busy birthday week, I didn't color two cards (like I normally try to do). However, with the annual "Hope You Can Cling To" challenge starting October 1 on Splitcoaststampers, I will definitely use this new digital release -- such beautiful flowers and a great sentiment to encourage. 

Now it's time to visit my amazing teammates! Be sure to visit Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today. While you are there, check out the entire digital collection...it's growing! 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and surely you or someone you know have been touched by cancer. Let's all remember that we too can continue to "keep climbing" by supporting cancer research with our donations and encouraging those battling cancer with our prayers and support. What comfort it is for me to know that our true and only hope is in the Lord.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from Him.
Psalm 62:5

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment, thought or question. I am always happy to answer questions, so don't hesitate to email me. I am entering this card for today's Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers, the weekly challenge at Word Art Wednesday, and this week's Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Blessings,

Stamps:  Climbing Clematis (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Regal Rose (SU), White (PTI) 
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Devine Eloquence and Labels 28 dies (Spellbinders), Glue n' Seal adhesive, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word and GIMP, out-of-the-box technique
Card Size:  A-2
Copics used:  Flowers - RV10, RV21, RV13, RV52; Flower Centers - Y32, Y17; Leaves/Stems - G20, G43, YG01, YG03, G46, E31; Butterfly - Y000, Y32, W5; Background Shading - YR30, YR31, 0

42 comments:

Nora N. said...

How lovely!! The coloring on this is perfection!!

Lin said...

Swooooon, Cheryl, this is so pretty - sure to be treasured by its recipient! This would surely encourage someone going through treatments or another trial. And happy belated birthday!

Team Clark said...

Happy happy birthday to the sweetest blogger around! Such a gorgeous card! Love the sentiment with it!

Katie Sims said...

Cheryl, you made these clematis positively s-i-n-g here.....how lovely to have them climbing up your beautiful die cut background. The colors you chose and your stellar Copic skills make this card simply stunning. Sending you big belated birthday hugs today! :)

ChristineCreations said...

Cheryl this is beautiful! You captured your inspiration beautifully and your intricate layering and cutting just makes this a showstopper! Happy belated birthday to a beautiful lady, inside and out!

905lovestostamp said...

Cheryl, this is so lovely, your coloring is stunning, and I'm a big fan of having your blossom trail onto your die, love that look!!! I am a VERY enthusiastic fan of Marcella's since I discovered her glorious floral stamps at Flourishes years ago. I haven't tried playing with digital stamps yet, but have bought a few from Marcella... This card just made me happy to see it, what is better than that! Blessings to you, Sister in Christ! And thank you for your support of my cards on SCS, it's been awhile because I've had some shoulder problems, hopefully I will be able to create again soon. You are such a kind encouragement to me, and I appreciate you. Hugs, Joanne

Caly Person said...

I love clematis and this card is beautiful!

Carole Robb Bisson said...

Beautiful is really an understatement Cheryl. The coloring and position of this Clematis is so lovely. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday, in our 199th challenge.
Blessings and Hugs, Carole

Robin Clendenning said...

Beautiful Cheryl! I have some purple ones at my house..I love those things! So gorgeous. Well, I know I told you Foxglove was my favorite but I love them all! Love this one too. Your pink clematis are so beautiful and so is your framing dear friend!!! Love it!

Pauline said...

Cheryl, this is exquisite! Beautifully coloured, love the 'out of the box' look. You have used one of my favourite dies to showcase your climbing clemitis. Gorgeous! Sending belated birthday wishes! Hugs,

Leslie Miller said...

Cheryl, you've done it again! Wow! Not only is your image colored beautifully, but the way you've put the card together with the die set and the flowers out of the frame you've turned this into a masterpiece. What a beautiful card this would be as an encouragement for someone fighting breast cancer, especially with the sentiment. I didn't know you had a birthday this week. Happy belated, Cheryl!

Susan Lankford said...

Cheryl...what a gorgeous card and so beautifully colored! Love the matting!
Happy Birthday to you! We share September as our birthday month! Mine is coming up soon!

Vicki Burdick said...

Oh My goodness Cheryl!!! This is over the top gorgeous!!!! Your coloring is beyond perfection and the die cut frame is awesome!

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful card!!!Love your design,coloring is awesome!!!

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

This is just gorgeous and a new favorite. Love the die and your coloring is out of this world. Had to pin it from the SCS gallery.

Shari Winterstein said...

Look who I found! Just going through my emails and looking at all the beautiful artwork from Poppy and saw your picture and was immediately blessed! This card is stunning. Have a wonderful Lord's Day!

Davi said...

WOWOW is that gorgeous!! The way you cut it out looks as if they are really growing on the trellis! A beautiful image that you showed off to perfection :)

Natalie said...

Your coloring is gorgeous, what a beautiful card!! Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at Word Art Wednesday! Hope you will join us next week for our 200th challenge!

Angelica Schmidt said...

Love your clean and gorgeous clematis card! Glad to hear that you are had a great birthday! Hope that you got the birthday card I sent you! Have a Blessed weekend my sweet friend! XO

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Cheryl your clematis look beautiful! The frame is wonderful to frame them, and you are quite the digi expert I have to say. This is beautiful!!! Happy belated birthday sweet friend! I hope Walt and you celebrated in style. You are such a sweet friend. Prayerfully wishing you a blessed year. Hugs...

Karen D. said...

just an amazing beauty. You have such wonderful colouring skills. The flowers just pop off the page and that die cut frame is so wonderful. I need to get myself one of those too. There are so many wonderful images from Poppy Power....my printer won't work, something in my computer that won't send a message to it. I would love to buy a few but will have to wait.
Hugs mf...you are truly a treasure to me!

Teresa Kline said...

hello Cheryl! wow, what a gorgeous card, the flowers are colored beautifully...stunning! so glad you played along with us for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

sparkle & shine *~*

Karen W said...

Fabulous card and Happy Birthday!!!

Stephanie said...

Oh Cheryl, Happy belated Birthday, my special friend! I must tell you something.... September 2nd is my spiritual birthday {{smiles}} How delightful to share a day with someone as wonderful as you. You bless so many, dear friend, and you have greatly blessed my life with your kindness, love, and friendship. Wishin you many, many more years of joy and happiness.

Your card is another stunning creation. You are such a lovely inspiration, Cheryl. Love to you!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow, Cheryl!! Stunning!!! I just love the coloring of your clematis and the frame you created with the dies!! Beautiful beyond words my friend!! I love this image and how you showcased it!! You are gifted my friend!! LYMI!!
hugs,
Chris

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Such a stunning creation...love te superb coloring and the way you layered it on such a beautiful die cut
Cheers
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts Kids Projects

Debbie Harris said...

Oh Cheryl...I believe this is my favorite of the cards I have seen you create, just lovely! The colors are just the right color for my liking, love the pinks.
Happy belated birthday to you! I wished I would have know before the fact.
How wonderful that you had a great week, not just a great day.
I have two new clematis plants that I planted this summer and I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful flowers next spring. The flowers will be a deep red. :-)

Bless you~ Debbie

Karen Letchworth said...

Such a stunning card, Cheryl. You are so very talented, and I am so grateful that you are willing to share your God-given talents with us in our challenges. Thank you for playing along, and please stop by again soon.
God bless you!
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

Irish Cherokee said...

You card is a stunner. I have several clematis plants (a pure white and a purple) a love them. The coloring is excellent and the die cut is gorgeous.

Love, Hugs and Blessings
Jim

Heather T said...

Your clematis are beautiful, Cheryl; you chose a gorgeous colour. I especially like the overflow of blooms outside the box.

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Cheryl, thanks for sweet visit on my blog, nice to meet you. Love the beautiful cards, roses are my fave flowers. Happy belated birthday, and have a wonderful week. Hugs from Rhineland, Valerie

Julie Gearinger said...

This card is gorgeous! Love the coloring and your helpful tip on the die cut border :-) Happy Birthday my friend!! Hugs and God Bless!

laughingstamper said...

Wow, I just want to reach out and touch the edge of the petals!!! This is so beautiful!!! I do love pink and green together. I think it is my favorite color combo. If you ever make a video while you color a floral image, I want to see it!!! Happy Birthday!!! I hope to send you a message soon. I haven't forgotten. The warm weather just keeps me busy!

Christina Hor said...

I feel like the white rabbit from Alice In Wonderland, very late to wish you a lovely birthday Cheryl. So HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Birthday to YOU and many more! I'm with Laughingstamper, just want to touch the edges of those petals! Your pink is so stunning! A perfect match to the cardstock! StampinUp! sure has beautiful collections of cardstock. Awe, you do wonder to your images and cards' layering as always Cheryl! A very very belated birthday once again Cheryl and a very lovely weekend to you.

- Christina
p.s.- my MISTI arrived! YAY! Will test it out once I get some sleep.

Tracy said...

Exquisite! My mom has the purple variety. Your design is perfect. Love all the layering and the eye catching color. Hugs!

Gunilla/Nilla said...

You creat the most elegant cards. I have some clematis in my garden and I just love them all!

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh, dearest Cheryl! It was your birthday...and I didn't wish you as I haven't stopped by in simply too long! Oh, I know this is belated, but I want to say a beautifuly and blessed happy birthday to you! I do hope your day was glorious and special...just like you! :)
Thank you for the precious encouragement you are and for the blessing you are to many, not just me! I praise the Lord for allowing us to ''meet''!
I am praying much for you...hugs to you, dearest Chery!
And I my! What a stunning card you created...your colouring is perfection, as is the design...and I love the thought behind the sentiment... Blessings and joy!
Kelly-Anne

Angie said...

Stunning!! I love how you manipulate your images with Gimp! I am not all that good at it and have to watch lots of tutorials!!! Your coloring is outstanding on this beautiful image! I love the background shading. I don't think my local craft stores carry YG. I need to find YG!! :)

Stamping With Bibiana said...

amazing card
warm hello from california
Bibiana

Monika/Buzsy said...

Amazing card Cheryl. Pretty colors and fantastic background. The trellis is so elegant. Great idea cutting extra layers instead of dimensional adhesive.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow that is totally amazing, love the look of depth you gave to the flowers, and you did such a lovely job with the out of the box technique, I have tried that a few times and just don't get a good result. Beautiful framing of it all, love that die!

Anonymous said...

Cheryl, my sweet friend, I am ashamed: I am just now discovering your blog. Not only that, but I've just discovered from your narrative, it's your birthday. With a heavy heart for not knowing either of these 2 very important things, I ask you to forgive me for not knowing. I hope your day was filled with God's abundant blessings (and lots and lots of gifts, too).

I can certainly attest to your God-given talents since I now have this card in my hands. It's exquisite and so beautifully colored. You have an eye for coloring and design for certain. This card is gorgeous.

Your name indicates you quilt. I used to teach a quilting class at our women's prison up through early 2015. Actually, I had signed up to teach sewing but when I arrived with what I thought was the sewing group, we were ushered into a quilting space. I know nothing about quilting. I don't even know how to tie a quilter's knot. Although not a quilter, I did manage to teach the ladies how to hand press seams and how to make invisible stitches. We're more kindred spirits than I thought. God Bless. He blessed me when he made the connection between us. Hugs and love, Anne