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Thursday, November 05, 2015

A Warm Autumn Welcome!

Hello, sweet friends, and I trust that you have had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend soon. Yes, it's been far too long since I've posted (where did October go?). But I'm back and have a special treat for you (and it really got me coloring again).

It's the 5th of the month, and I am playing with the newly remixed digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Maize for Days. Here's what Marcy shared, "Maize for Days is a bough of colorful Native American Corn (also called Indian Corn and Calico Corn - how cute is that!!) extending a token of friendship and a warm welcome to everyone, and it colors up beautifully in autumnal tones. Three sentiments allow you to have a straightforward sentiment  or two jaunty puns!"


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Maize for Days, Digital Image, November 2015

This delightful image is exquisitely designed, and I love its beautiful detail. I found some wonderful inspiring photos to guide me in coloring my corn, and I used a lot of colors. I decided on a green ribbon for contrast, and I matted my focal image with green and sponged inside the die with Antique Linen and the edges of the card base. I know this is going to be a perfect image for lots of occasions, especially with the sentiments (and of course many other Power Poppy sentiments).

Power Poppy, Maize for Days, Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

So, for any non-techies or those who are hesitant about digital images, today I'm going to explain how to use a digital image in Microsoft Word only. I know you can do it  I have confidence in you. First, I opened Microsoft Word, dragged in the main image and resized it (clicking on the image and using the corners only to push and pull for resizing). After I resized my main image, I righted click on that image, chose Wrap Text, and selected Tight. Now you can click in the center of the image and move it anywhere you want (you'll see the blue border around it). Easy, eh? Then I clicked anywhere in the white area to "unselect" the main image and dragged in the sentiment. If you do that, the sentiment will be "on top of" the white space of the main image. Repeat the Wrap Text and select Text procedure. Resize it and move it where you wish near the image. If you want to make multiple copies of this "arrangement," hold the Shift key down and select both images. Then right click, hover over Grouping, and select Group. Voila! Now move that "group" to where you want it, copy it, and paste it. Then move the second one where you want. Now you are ready to print two copies to make two cards (if you wish, do all four). If you have any questions, email me.

Well, this image really has put me in the fall and Thanksgiving mode, and I am reminded of all the many blessings God has given me. And in good times and bad, He is always my strength.

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.
Therefore my heart exults.
And with my song I shall thank Him.
Psalm 28:7

Now it's time to visit the Power Poppy blog and see what Marcella has to share with us, and then hop over to see what "a-maize-ing" cards Christine and Stacy have done!

Be sure to visit Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today. While you are there, don't forget to check out the entire digital collection

Thanks so much for visiting and sharing a comment, thought, or question. I love hearing from you and am always happy to answer questions, so don't hesitate to email me. (I am entering this in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge.)

Blessings,


Stamps:  Maize for Days (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Classic White (Neenah), Wild Wasabi (SU)
Ink: Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Stitched Rectangles dies (Simon Says Stamps), Perfect Layers tool
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, sponging
Card Size:  A-2
Copics used:  Corn and husks - Lots of Y, YR, E - just have fun with the colors; Ribbon - YG61, YG63, and YG67

32 comments:

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

Cheryl, I am in love with this card! Each kernel of corn and husk are so expertly colored. You know I'm a fan of this CAS style. You sponged the BG? Hmm!
Anyway, I'm headed over to Power Poppy to buy my own Maize For Days.

Lin said...

Gorgeous, Cheryl, and a lovely representation of this beautiful season! Isn't Indian corn a miracle in all the different variations? Thanks so much for your directions on how to use a digital image!

ChristineCreations said...

Beautifully warm and inviting Cheryl! It has a lovely CAS elegance! Great tips on using MS Word too!

Crestajune said...

Such a lovely card. Thank you for the explanation of how to work with the digis in Microsoft Word. I haven't taken the leap into the world of digital stamps just yet, so your explanation is very helpful. Thank you for the inspiration, Hope you have a wonderful day!

Team Clark said...

Oh Cheryl! I just love this AMAZING image and your beautiful coloring technique! This is gorgeous and the sentiment just warms the heart. Hugs! Autumn

Misti said...

WOW!! Cheryl, this is gorgeous! I love it!!

Caly Person said...

You're cards have such a unique and elegant style. And your coloring is always beautiful!

Robin Clendenning said...

Beautiful Cheryl!! I especially love your ribbon!! gorgeous color and gorgeous coloring!!! Beautiful Autumn card!
I love you sweet friend and hope you are doing better!!

Susan Lankford said...

Beautifully colored, Cheryl! Yes, I was getting worried about you and was hoping you were not sick! Thank you for this lovely inspiration!

Leslie Miller said...

You've colored this beautifully, Cheryl! It looks so real. My, how I love this image. Your colors are spot on, and the sponged edges give it a glow and just the perfect color to compliment. I always love a large colored image on a simple card, and this is just perfect! Hmmm... do I want to do it big or smaller? Decisions, decisions!

Jerri Jimenez said...

It's absolutely gorgeous Cheryl, you did an amazing job with this fabulous design! I hope all is well with you sweet friend! Hugs!!!

Barbara said...

Marcella is so talented, but you do an amazing job making her drawings come to life. In this card the coloring is so real and lifelike. The colored Indian corn is a wonderful fall and Thanksgiving image. I love your talent and card.

Conniecrafter said...

So wonderful to see you posting again and such a lovely way to come back, beautifully colored! So sweet of you too share how to use it in word, I pinned it so if I ever want to try it that way I know how to do it.

Cathymac said...

I love the colors of Autumn, Cheryl and your gorgeous card depicts them perfectly! Expertly colored, your Indian Corn is so life-like and real! The sponging around the outside draws the eyes inward to the masterful fall bounty! Hugs, my friend!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Oh Cheryl, this is just yummy!!! Your coloring, as always, is fabulous, and I adore how you inked up the frame! Absolutely gorgeous!

Christina Hor said...

Hi Cheryl! Oh what a delight to see a new card from you! I've been stopping by your blog each weekend hoping to see another beautiful inspiration from you. So glad you're posting again. It has been too long.

Oh this is absolutely a stunning warm welcoming autumn card! The corns are amazing and I got to try sponging inside the die sometime. That came out beautifully and all this time I thought you've been sponging directly on the paper! Haha. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration Cheryl and welcome back to blogland! Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Christina

Kathy Jones said...

Oh Cheryl, this is beautiful!!! Your colouring is gorgeous and the CAS style is so perfectly done with the sponged edges and lovely matched matting! Stunning card as always!! :)

Davi said...

Thank you for all the info! Your card is beautiful, the corn looks so real with your super coloring ;)

Stacy Morgan said...

gorgeous Cheryl. Fabulous fall feeling, love the stitched border. I like the way you did the sentiment, thanks for the instructions. Just need to start learning to play with this stuff more. Alas... gorgeous.

BeckyTE said...

I love it, Cheryl! Superb coloring work on this beauty!

Tracy said...

Exquisite! Your colors are spot on for fall indian corn. Great tips for MW too Cheryl. Be blessed my friend. Hugs!

JD/ Jill said...

Second try with giving a comment...so I hope this only posts once...smile..
I did comment on this card at SCS...but it deserved a second look...Your coloring and shading is awesome.
Thank you again for commenting on my cards.
Hope you have a great weekend!

Barb said...

This is such a beautiful card! The maize just seems to jump off the page. There is so much depth in the colors you've used. It's truly a work of art.

And thank you so very much for visiting my blog and leaving such sweet, encouraging comments. I appreciate it!

Karen Letchworth said...

This is truly beautiful, Cheryl. It's always SUCH a blessing and a joy to see your wonderful cards linked to our challenges. I prayed for tonight as I stopped by your blog, and hope that you are doing well. May God bless you as you create your art and share the amazing talents He has blessed you with. Have a wonderful week!
Hugs,
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

Stamping With Bibiana said...

love love that image and your card is so nice ...but right where the time goes???
hugs from california
bibiana

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wowzer, dear friend!! Such a stunning fall creation!! I so love the Indian corn!! Your coloring is spectacular!! It looks so life like or real!! Gorgeous Maize!! You are the most talented techie I know. You sure do wonders with digis. Wish we lived closer so you could teach me!! Love you girl!!
Hugs,
Chris

Jo Ann said...

What an amazing creation. Love the coloring for sure. So very blessed that you joined our Word Art Wednesday Challenge last week. We just started a new one and we would like for you to link with us again. Leaving you with the inspiration of God's Word in Colossians 2:6-7 which tells us, "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Have a wonderful week...

JO ANN
http://jatterburycreations.blogspot.com

Angie said...

Cheryl, this is soooo stunning! The coloring on the ribbon makes it look so real. I just keep scrolling back up to take another look!!!

Traci M said...

Very beautiful, Cheryl...I love the country feel to this image and homey way you've colored it up and decked it out!! You have wonderful skills! I will look here the next time I need to do a digital stamp...thanks so much!!

Debbie Olson said...

Okay, besides creating a beautiful card, you've taught me something I didn't know about using Word for digital images. Thanks, Cheryl!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic card Cheryl. What an amazing coloring job... again!

Shirley N said...

I'm a non-techie so I so appreciate your word tips. I must learn this and give it a try. TFS! Again, your coloring is amazing. The ribbon looks so real!