Sunday, September 20, 2015

Simply Sweet Flowers

Hello, sweet friends, and I hope you are having a wonderful Lord's Day. After church this morning, I decided to try this week's Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoaststampers

Sundays are a day of rest, and I find coloring so relaxing. And I am working at getting more cards mailed - yes, written, put into an envelope, and mailed! 

Power Poppy, Go Wild, Simply Camellias, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

Flowers always make a nice card for friends, so I used this image of a Mason jar with wild flowers. I colored it, sponged around the oval, pierced it, and matted it with a scalloped die. Following the layout of our Featured Stamper Linda's card, I matted a piece of designer paper with a small scalloped edge at the bottom. I used some printed ribbon like she did, and then I stamped the image using my MISTI (oh, do I love that new tool). I actually stamped it twice to get a nice, sharp image. The bow is actually tied and attached to the ribbon across the card (using one-side ribbon is a challenge). So now it's ready to send to a friend. 

This week I read a wonderful post by a dear blogging friend who lives in South Africa, and we have become good friends. Kelly-Anne shared some "Thoughts on Letter Writing," and I hope you might visit and read it. She said, "It is delightful to discover a handwritten letter in the mailbox in amongst bills and such, and just imagine the smile your sweet note will put on another's face." How precious!

When I receive a card or letter from a dear friend, I actually love to touch it and be reminded that it was touched by them and written by hand. To me, it's a piece of "love" from my friend, and I can read it over and over again. Friends are such precious gifts from God! 

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

I trust you will be encouraged to take a few moments this week and write a handwritten note to a friend. We may never know how much it will mean to them, and we share the love of Christ as well. May we bring some sunshine into a special friend's life this week.

A friend loves at all times.
Proverbs 17:17

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment, thought or question, and I hope you have a wonderful week!  (I am entering this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge and the Simon Says: Die Crazy challenge where I used two dies.)


Stamps:  Go Wild Simply Camellias (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Midnight Muse (SU), Brioche (Memory Box)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black (Versafine), Barely Banana and Midnight Muse (SU)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Ovals and Scalloped Ovals dies (Spellbinders), Border Duo 2 die (Impression Obsession), MISTI, Perfect Layers tool, piercing tool, corner rounder punch (EK Success), ribbon (American Crafts), clear adhesive foam pads (Kool Tak), nymo thread, glue dots, red tape
Techniques: Sponging, paper-piercing
Card Size:  A-2


Unknown said...

Cheryl, I really like the beautiful flowers in the mason jar on the oval. The dark blue is a beautiful accent color. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 201st AG challenge!
Blessings and Hugs, Carole

Conniecrafter said...

Your card is simply sweet, that bouquet is lovely, I like wild flowers in a mason jar, just says summer to me. Like how you colored the background too and the pretty paper complements it all so well and such a pretty tiny scalloped edge and ribbon to match to top it all off!
A MISTI Is on my wish list for Christmas :)

Leslie Miller said...

Cheryl, this is beautiful on so many levels. First, the card, itself, with your flawless crafting and coloring is lovely and I'm so happy to see it today. It is truly one of life's small blessings. Additionally, I enjoyed reading your post and even clicked over and read your friend's post. Funny how I've been thinking of this so much lately and will have a little something to say about it in an upcoming blog post. I still have a letter my mom wrote me so many years ago. I get it out and read it every now and then. It is more precious to me than anything I could have inherited. It was the small things from Mom that meant the most to me. The button collection, for instance. What a wonderful post today, Cheryl.

Beth said...

Oh, dearest Cheryl! How darling this card is! You colouring is sheer perfection, and I love the layout you used...just gorgeous! The flowers in the mason jar is delightful and really works with the sweet sentiment... Aww, I am so glad my little post inspired you, dear Cheryl! I love how you said a handwritten note is like a piece of true! And the verse you shared is so lovely and a wonderful reminder...
May your week be loevly and special...I send my dearest love to you and oh so much love!
Kelly-Anne {on her little sister's account!}

SewPaperPaint said...

Oh Cheryl, this is such a darling card, beautiful in every detail! So happy that you could enjoy a day of rest and celebrating friendship! :)

Pretty Paper Junkie said...

This is a lovely card. You take so much care with the detail on your cards and this one is no exception. The colors and coloring are so pretty and I am not sure how you can perfectly pierce that oval. You are among the best of the best.
I always enjoy your inspirational post. That is another of your multiple talents.

Nancy said...

Beautiful card and beautiful post! Thank you, Cheryl! :o)

Karen Dunbrook said...

Well I just love you mf. Gorgeous how you did the shading; just amazing. I am so with you about touching the card that has been touched and created by a is such a thrill and I feel somehow connected to them by doing that.
So many people feel that sending cards is a bother and they just want to send an email. I have to tell you that I know that actually holding that precious card, something wonderful and tangible in your hands, is like a small gift from God. I so appreciate it.
You just keep inspiring us with your beauties mf. Your love and goodness surely shines through your lovely cards!
hugs and love,

Misti said...

Oh my goodness, Cheryl!!! This is beautiful! This will be a blessing in an envelope, sure to brighten someone's day!

Susan Lankford said...

Cheryl...what a sweet and very pretty card! I love flowers in jars or vases! Thanks for the link to the letter-writing post....

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

So true Cheryl, love mail hand written too, and yes it is easier to make cards rather than send them, great card really love the colours and layout.
Hugs Shaz in Oz.x
PS Finally worked out what was wrong with feedburner, as subs not coming to email addy.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Shaz, it's so good to see you, and there have been problems with Feedburner. Thought it had worked itself out, but I hope to "see" you again soon. Will hope to pop over to your blog! Hugs!

Davi said...

A Beautiful card Cheryl!! I love the background dp with the pretty image! It has such a lovely soft feel to it and adds dimension too! Great encouraging scriptures too. It is quite a treat to get a card in the mail, when it usually just bills are advertisements!!

Stacy Sheldon said...

the depth of colors on this is so very beautiful Cheryl. :)

stampingbowd said...

This is so gorgeous!!! I love how you grounded your mason jar and the shading on the oval. Love the blues you used on the card. Just beautiful!

Barbara said...

Cheryl. What a lovely card that you have created for a friend. This is just gorgeous!

Charity Morris-Chamberlain said...

Pretty card! Love how dainty those flowers are! I also love the blue color you used! Thank you for playing along in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge! Have a blessed day!

Charity - DT Member - Word Art Wednesday (my personal blog)

Robin Clendenning said...

So sweet Cheryl! Just like you my friend! Thank you for all your prayers and support...things are looking better!
I love your card, the bg paper and the image with the oh so pretty flowers!
You are amazing sweet friend!

Stamping With Bibiana said...

pretty card and the coloring is very nice
hello from california

Caryn said...

What a pretty card Cheryl - I love the delicate feel you have to this.
Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!
Caryn xxx

Heather T said...

This is a lovely card, Cheryl, your colouring is superb, blue is my favourite colour and I love navy with white polka dots.
I smiled when I read, "yes, written, put into an envelope, and mailed!"
I have such trouble actually getting cards in the mail. I blame it on my serious 'postal disorder'!

Irish Cherokee said...

Love the image and your coloring of it. The card itself is just beautiful. Love the message in this post as well.

I am not much of a card or note sender. I really should do more.

Love, Hugs and Blessings

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I love receiving written mail so I will definitely check out that link. Your card is gorgeous, colored so well. I love that ribbon with it. It is perfect in every way.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Friends certainly are gifts from are to me. I so enjoyed talking with you today!!

Your card is gorgeous!! I love your layout with the dainty edged border and your stunning coloring!! Love the depth of your shading!! You are so gifted and have a heart of gold!! You can tell how many other hearts you have touched by the comments you receive. Such a gift from God!!

Stephanie said...

What a beautiful post, my friend. I have always loved those verses from Ecclesiastes...such truth and power in the words. Frisnds are so precious and I am so thankful the Lord allowed us to meet and become friends {{smiles}}

Your card is extra charming and sweet. The flowers in the jar are simply darling. Love and hugs to you!

Christina Hor said...

Awe what a charming card Cheryl. Your coloring talent and awesome choice of the blue designer paper really made this mason jar image shine. A lovely week to you Cheryl.

Hugs - Christina

Tracy said...

Love the homey feel of the mason jar and the sweet little scallops. Another beautiful creation my friend. Yes, the written word seems to be a thing of the past four most people. I've always loved to get letters, so good for you for carrying it on. :-)

Dewi Lam said...

Hi Cheryl, This is Dewi.. I love this santa.. the shading is so cool!

Susan (rainy) said...

A beautiful card made with love for a friend. Your coloring is so detailed and perfect. Love.

Helen Gullett said...

This is soooo beautiful. Your coloring is fabulous and great choice of colors, too. Love it!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such a pretty card Cheryl. Love the beautiful coloring... soft, feminine... and just perfect. The blue background paper is really nice too. Wonderful thoughts. While I am the worst when it comes to hand written notes and sending out cards (yes, I love to make them, but forget to send them out)... I miss the old snail mail and finding something special in the mailbox.