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Friday, July 15, 2016

Sunshine of My Life

Hello, sweet friends! I imagine you have heard of the terrible events in Nice, France, and may we continue to pray for the people of France.

I've colored up another brand new Instant Garden digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Sunshine of My Life. One of my favorite flowers is the sunflower, and they are just so big and happy! Marcy shares this:
"I've long been inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's series of vibrant sunflower paintings done in Arles in the late-1800s. The studies partly became famous not only for their but, but for their innovative use of 'the yellow spectrum' -- as new yellow pigments were being developed at the time, and Vincent was able to create many new colors and shades of yellow with paint. This is my little ode to his lovely creations. Of course, mine are done in black and white, and YOU get to add the 'yellow spectrum!' There are lots of petals to color and joy to bring! I dare you to google  sunflowers and see just how many varieties there are today -- deep reds, purples, oranges, peach, and every shade of yellow from palest lemon to intense sunburst! The sentiment is inspired by Stevie Wonder, who is one of the sunshines of MY life."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sunshine of My Life, Instant Garden Digital Release, July 2016

I had fun coloring this sunflower and found so many kinds and colors of sunflowers! Wow, that was a surprise! I know this is going to be a fun image to print up and color again and again, and it will be fun to color this image in different colors and even crop it (as you will see from some other teammates).

This sweet bouquet  is in a lovely striped vase, and I love blue with yellow and tried to give the vase a vintage feel. My sunflowers are more bright/light and "sunny" than they appear, but I did have fun slowly giving them more contrast (something I keep working on in my Copic coloring). I used X-Press It Blending Card, and it's important to have a Copic chart that is colored on the paper you plan to color on because it is amazing how different the colors appear. Anyway, I colored my image and slowly added more contrast and finally said, "Put down the markers!" There are two very nice sentiments with this digital release, but I used one of the sentiments from Rose & Chamomile. I wanted to this full image to take front stage, so I kept it simple and used the Wonky Stitched dies with a blue mat that makes for a very mail friendly card. So here she is finished and ready to be mailed.


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sunshine of My Life, Instant Garden Digital Image, sentiment from Rose & Chamomile, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2016

I used this sentiment so I could sent this to a friend, and I trust it will comfort her knowing that I am praying for her. We all have things in our lives that can weigh us down, and some days they feel far more than we can bear. I am reminded of two precious verses that are short and yet such great reminders of how our Father in heaven cares for us. I love short verses that can be memorized just for those times when I can remember and then rest in Him, Who is always with us.

Cast your cares on the LORD,
and He will sustain you.
Psalm 55:22

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1

We have a double-header today. The Instant Gardeners and Bloom Brigade are showcasing the new Instant Garden release, and then Christine, Kathy, and Tosh (sharing two cards) are posting other Power Poppy images in their cards. So I hope you will leave them some love. And then you will surely want to go to Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today -- and also check out the entire digital collection. So let the blog hop begin:


Nancy Sheads
Cheryl Scrivens (me)
Broni Holcombe

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, dear friends,


Stamps:  Sunshine of My Life (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Marina Mist (SU), and White (PTI)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies (MFT), Perfect Layers tool, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  A-2
Copic markers used: Vase - B21, BG72, BG78, E81; Leaves - G40, G43, G46, YG93, YG01; Petals - Y13, Y15, Y17, Y32, YR31; Flower Centers - E30, E31, E33, E37, E99; Shadow/Grounding - W1, W4

39 comments:

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

Thank you Cheryl for brightening my day. I absolutely adore this card. It's just my style and oh my goodness your Copic skills are just amazing. I took a watercolor class and one thing I still work to perfect is determining where the light and shadows are coming from. You've mastered it! This is one of my most favorite Cheryl creations.
Thanks for today's verse. I needed it today. Prayers for all victims of violence and their families.

Heidi Stamps said...

What a lovely image and how interesting about the yellow paints in Van Gogh's time! I love how you colored it, especially the striped vase! The stitched frame is such a great way to finish off your card :)

Team Clark said...

CHERYL! Could this be any more beautiful! I tell you, these digis are fabulous, so wonderfully designed. You turn them into art! Have a lovely day sweet friend. <3

Lin said...

Beautiful, Cheryl! I love blue and yellow together, too! Who isn't cheered by a big bouquet of sunflowers?

Stacy Sheldon said...

you caught all the highlights in this image so beautifully Cheryl, love the colors and the stitch lined framing so much :)

Kia said...

What an interesting post this is Cheryl. I love this beautiful card and also love that stitched framing ... you enabler you!

Caly Person said...

That wonky stitch die really is great for every card! I love seeing you use it!

Deloris said...

What a beautiful card! That image is so pretty and your coloring is amazing!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Okay...I seriously *sighed* when I saw your card Cheryl!! SERIOUSLY!! I adore the vintage colors of your vase! Wow!! And your shadow beneath really makes everything pop! Okay...now you are enabling. I actually had that wonky stitching die in my cart (as well as a few other things...shhhhh), and I told myself I didn't need anything new. So I deleted them all. Now I'm thinking I NEED them after all. *sigh*...I guess turn about is fair play right? ;) Guess it's my turn to enable...mwahahahahaha

Conniecrafter said...

Stunning job on the coloring Cheryl, and I so love the colors you used on the vase too, I am sure this will be very touching for your friend, there is nothing like knowing others are praying for you. To know the Lord is listening to everyone's request on your part is just amazing!! Have a most wonderful weekend!

Susan Lankford said...

Love the beautiful coloring and shading...adore the wonky die .... must have!

Graciellie Design said...

How lovely and delicate dear friend! Your coloring is beautiful as usual! What a pretty, pretty image! Hugs and have a happy weekend!

ChristineCreations said...

Gorgeous Cheryl! You’ve captured the light on your vase and flowers beautifully!

Alshandra said...

Such a beautiful card Cheryl and I love the contrast you achieved. The colours are gorgeous and I especially love the vase! Thank you for sharing those verses too - how loving is our God who comforts and takes care of us in times of need. Hugs and have a great week Cheryl.

Donna Ellis said...

I don't believe you colored these, Cheryl. These are freshly cut from your beautiful garden, right? They ARE gorgeously highlighted, realistically shaded, and I can actually smell their freshness and hear the happy buzzing of delighted bees. Thanks for sharing your stroll through your marvelous garden! Hugs, de

Misti said...

Gasp! Cheryl, this is amazing!!!! I absolutely love this!!!! Gorgeous!!!!!

Leslie Miller said...

Not surprisingly, you've done a beautiful job coloring this, Cheryl! I hear you when you say "put the markers down". I keep going until it's far too vibrant sometimes. This is just right! Love it printed large with the sentiment below. And you know I love those Wonky Stitched Rectangles. I have the squares, but would love to have the rectangles, too. Your friend will appreciate receiving this beautiful card. It's so nice when you can keep it easily mail-able, and it doesn't look any less gorgeous than a card that's all layered up and piled with doodads. Those cards are wonderful, too, of course, and they sure are fun to make, but when it comes to mailing you can't beat a card like yours.

Julie Gearinger said...

Wow, this is gorgeous Cheryl! Love your coloring of the flowers and stripes on the vase- just beautiful :-) Hugs, sweet friend!!

Debbie Harris said...

Wow! You could frame this card it is so beautiful. The bouquet is gorgeous and the edging on the card really sets it off beautifully.
Your talent brings glory to God.

Have a beautiful and blessed weekend~~

Stacy Morgan said...

Yes I am sure she will appreciate your prayers and your card. Beautiful card Cheryl. Your stripped vase is awesome (and I never think outside the box to do that) with your awesome stitched border. Beautiful!

Donna Phelan said...

Oh WOW, Cheryl! The digi is delightful and your card is AH MAZING!!! It certainly is the main attraction of your gorgeous card! I like the wonky stitched die and that thoughtful sentiment. BUT your sunflowers are beyond....beyond beautiful, beyond gorgeous, just over the top STUNNING! Have a happy day, my friend!!!

Barbara said...

I really enjoy seeing what you come up with on your blog. But this time, I think you have out done all of the past ones. Love the white background and the perfect coloring on the vase and flowers. Truly a work of art. Thanks also for all of your sweet comments on my blog. They are really appreciated coming from you. Hugs!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh dear sweet sister in the Lord, I always lve your work your colouring truly is superb ( do you ever use other media? Like watercolours or pencils?) I've just water coloured some poppies that's what made me ask.

I love also you share the word of our great God, and yes you're right about needing to "cast all our care upon Him for He careth for you", I am giving to the Lord my darling dad, only my God can sort out all the issues there. He is omniscient and sees what we cannot. In this I rest.
Hugs dear friend, am sure your friend loved her sunflowers in the Cornishware blue and white jug.
Shaz in Oz.x

Marisa said...

Your card is gorgeous and your colouring is out of this world!! Great verses you shared too :) Thankful His Truth and Love are a firm foundation to stand on in these troubled times.

Lisa Lara said...

oh my what a beauty Cheryl. I love the edge die you used and so beautifully colored up. Love how you colored the vase!

Cheryl said...

Your creations are just beautiful, sweet friend. And the encouragement you bring to my life is even more so. May the dear Lord continue to bless you and keep you always! Sending you much love and many blessings!

Robin Clendenning said...

Oh Cheryl, I love this new stamp/digi and I just love your coloring of it!! Your sunflowers are just gorgeous an love your pot!
Beautiful sweet friend!

Anonymous said...

Sweet Cheryl, this is such a beautifully colored image. I love those funky stitched dies you used. As always, your coloring skills are so skillfully transferred from hand to paper. Beautiful work on this one, my friend. Anne Ryan

Barb said...

Cheryl, this is so beautiful! Your coloring is perfect and I love the clean, fresh look of the whole card. And that vase is GORGEOUS!

Patti J said...

Oh my goodness! Cheryl, this looks like God's handiwork! Seriously, it looks like a totally real bouquet of sunflowers in a totally real vase! You amaze me with your coloring! And you know how much I enjoy READING what you write about! Keep up the wonderful work, my friend!

Stephanie said...

You always bring sunshine to my day, sweet friend, and this card is the icing on the cake :) Beautifully made, dear one. The coloring is simply perfect and would brighten anyone's day.

Wishing you a joyous Tuesday! Much love to you!

Monika/Buzsy said...

OH, how pretty Cheryl. Love the image and the coloring. The shading is amazing both on the vase and on the flowers. Everything looks so real! I love sunflowers. :) Perfect verses!

CHRISTINA HOR said...

Hello Cheryl! I can just sit and stare at this card all night! LOL. Oh I just love the vintage look of the vase and those sunflowers look so lifelike! WOW! Stunning, stunning colors choices and love that you blown the image up. And I have that Wonky stitched frame - both this rectangle and the square one! Got it right when it was first released. Couldn't resist. Such a beautiful design isn't it?

Thank you so much for sharing these Psalm verses too. A close friend of mine is going through some tough time right now and these verses will surely help lift her spirit up.

I just got back from my 3 long weeks family vacation and look forward to catching up to the rest of your posts that I have missed very soon. Wishing you another beautiful Florida day Cheryl. I was just there 3 weeks ago in the Clearwater/Orlando area. What a beautiful state you live in. Many hugs from Ohio.

Broni said...

I love your coloring of the sunflowers, Cheryl, and the dimension on your vase is just exceptional!! The CAS design is perfect to show off the flowers! Love the wonky stitching around the edge!

*Vicki* said...

Cheryl, I have t say that your coloring is just perfect on this image my friend!! You've done such an amazing job with the image and I think you enjoy the coloring process as it shows through your designs every time! :) I know what you mean about what's going on right now with the world. We all need to find encouragement from others and faith that God will work it all out. SENDING HUGS - enjoy your weekend!

Kathy Jones said...

Cheryl this is sooooooo beautiful!! Clean and classy and such a beautiful colour palette, letting this beautiful bunch of sunflowers take centre stage! Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

Tracy said...

Blue and yellow is one of my fave combos too. Your pretty sunflowers just light up the screen. Love that fun wonky stitched edging and the pretty sentiment. You're cards are always truly classy. Hugs!

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

This a very clever us of this stamp and I just love it. The subtle shading of the forget-me-nots just lifts them off the precious heart. I couldn't be sweeter, Sweet Cheryl.

Jerri Jimenez said...

A very beautiful card Cheryl, you done a wonderful job with coloring the sunflowers, very detailed and lots of wonderful depth to the flowers. A very clean and classic card, I'm sure your friend felt very blessed to receive it. Hugs!!!