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Monday, August 15, 2016

Pure Prairie Bouquet

Hello, wonderful friends! I hope you are keeping cool here in the Northern Hemisphere and warm in the Southern Hemisphere, aka "down under."

Once again, I get to play with another brand new Instant Garden digital image from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley called Pure Prairie Bouquet. Wow, is this an amazing bouquet, and there are three sentiments in this set! Marcy shares this:
"I spent a week immersing myself in prairie wildflowers. I spent time looking through the native plants of regions all over the country. While this bouquet is more specific to middle-America edging in to the west, some of these plants are also native to the Great Lakes region and the Northeast. Sorry for the Southerns. I haven't tackled that territory yet!"
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Pure Prairie Bouquet, Instant Garden Digital Release, August 2016

Now I have to say that this was quite the coloring project! Hehe! The main image has so many interesting and beautiful flowers, and I had to research some of them. Marcy will surely tell you more about what they are and about her journey in drawing this image. I decided to stay as close to what these flowers generally look like and colored the entire image. I added one of the three sentiments -- one that I'm sure I will use a lot.

I used a new Papertrey die that cuts an entire A-2 size card with the scalloped and stitched borders and a score line to fold it. The trick was cutting down my finished piece to the right size so I could add a very narrow mat using Calypso Coral. So here she is, colored, matted, and with a sentiment for a friend.


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Pure Prairie Bouquet, Instant Garden Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, August 2016

I love this sentiment, and I have so many friends that I cherish dearly. Friends are wonderful both in good times and in hard times, and we should always be looking for opportunities to encourage one another. These two passages remind me of the significance of being a good friend:


So if there is any encouragement in Christ,
any comfort from love,
Let each of you look not only to his own interests,
but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:1a, 4

Therefore encourage one another and build
one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

We have a special treat today, as we have a new addition to the Instant Gardeners team. I know you will love her work, and you will surely love to see what my teammates have done too. Hop on over to Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today and (as always) check out the entire digital collection.



One last note. Tomorrow begins the sneak peeks for the August clear release "Nature & Nurture Collection." You won't want to miss it, so visit the Power Poppy blog tomorrow. So you don't miss a thing, subscribe to the blog!

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 please don't hesitate to email me. I love reading your comments and cherish your friendship deeply. (I am entering this in this week'Word Art Wednesday challenge.)
Blessings, dear friends,


Stamps:  Pure Prairie Bouquet (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 80# and #110# (Neenah), Calypso Coral (SU)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Noted: Scalloped A-2 Die Collection (PTI), white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  A-2

35 comments:

Misti said...

Cheryl, this is such a gorgeous card!!! I love how you have colored the flowers & the scallop edge on the card is perfect!

Susie said...

Cheryl, I always look forward to seeing how you will color and choose the framing of your piece -- I've never disappointed. Beautiful work! Like you, I too stay close to the original mainstay colors while I'm getting a feel for the piece and branching out. Something that I think is a signature style and love is your choice of framing. What a beautiful scalloped card base, and the coral mat pops this piece very nicely. Classic designs and illustrations such as this will always be a favorite for me. Beautiful work Cheryl - just beautiful!

Heidi Stamps said...

What a lovely bouquet! Your coloring is so lovely and realistic! Some of the flowers I recognize from local trails. Your matting of the coral is just right, I am sure that took a lot of double checking to fit the dainty new die. TFS. :)

*Vicki* said...

Oh my friend your coloring is just a dream!! I love how you take the time to really bring out the vibrant coloring of the image in perfect details!! The scallop edging really adds an elegance to the overall design as well!! Just beautiful in every way my friend! SENDING HUGS

Deloris said...

What a gorgeous card! That image is lovely and your coloring is amazing! I'm sure whoever receives this one will treasure it.

Caly Person said...

👍🏻👍🏻 so many beautiful colors in this bouquet! I love your take on it compared to the original photo!

Donna Phelan said...

Uhm yeah, this is STUNNNIG! I adore your coloring and how you have added the blue 'hi-light'....that makes all of your pretty posies POP! Just gorgeous!

Jerri Jimenez said...

This is so precious Cheryl! Amazing job with the coloring! I love how clean and crisps your cards are, the focus is on the beautiful design. Hugs!!

Susan Lankford said...

So beautifully colored, Cheryl! And I love the sentiment!

Robin Clendenning said...

Beautiful Cheryl!! What a sweet bouquet and colored so beautifully!! I love the scalloped edges of your card too and the sentiment is wonderful!!
The sentiment sounds just like you! You are so sweet!

Barbara said...

There is a lot of wonderful images going on in this digital stamp. You did a fantastic job coloring them and just letting them be the in the spotlight. Love how you just used a scalloped edge and small border on your card. I can see a lot of uses for this image, as you can just use part of it and have a completely different look.

Sabrina Jackson said...

Sweet Cheryl, I am blown away by your coloring! It is absolutely stunning! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Stacy Morgan said...

You temp me with this die now... Oh man... Might have to get this one in the future. These colors are fresh and beautiful Cheryl. I like the shadowing and the coral layer is perfect. Gorgeous card. I have a few that this sentiment is perfect for as well.;-)

Irish Cherokee said...

Gorgeous coloring Cheryl. That image is beautiful. Excellent.

Love, Hugs and Blessings,
Jim

Pauline said...

Oh Cheryl, this is gorgeous. Beautifully coloured, love the scallop border on your card base. I can't wait to get this one coloured, I just love anything floral. Thanks for sharing such a beauty! Hugs,

Donna Ellis said...

Cheryl, beautiful choice of colors in your friendship bouquet! The delicate single die cut is perfect for framing your masterpiece! Lovely soft colors to melt my heart! Hugs, de

Lisa Lara said...

Oh WOW what a gorgeous beauty Cheryl. I love your color choices. Such a happy card.

Cheryl said...

Oh, how beautiful, Cheryl! Honestly, I don't see how you could ever improve! Such lovely work, and so sweet of you to always think of others. You are SUCH a precious encouragement to me and to so many others. I thank God for you, your friendship, and your gentle spirit. So thankful to walk alongside you on this blogging journey. God bless you abundantly. Much love and many hugs to you!

Leslie Miller said...

Cheryl, you've outdone yourself. Your coloring of this is top notch and so lifelike. What a fabulous die and that pop of Calypso Coral makes a beautiful frame. I was looking forward to seeing your card today, even though I'm a little late getting here. Wally is my main focus right now, as I'm sure you can imagine.

Barb said...

Cheryl! You've done an outstanding job with this image! Your coloring is gorgeous and I love that die! The addition of the Calypso Coral was a good choice, it frames everything so beautifully.

I always enjoy your sweet posts! They are so uplifting and encouraging. Such a blessing!

Hugs!
Barb :)

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Cheryl, you did an amazing job coloring this Beautiful bouquet of flowers,absolutely lovely, and that framing with the scalloped edge card is just perfect!! You are a wonderful encouragement to so many people, a real blessing!

Patti J said...

Really beautiful coloring, Cheryl! This image is so pretty, and you have done an outstanding job of showcasing it. As always, I love the scriptures that you include in your posts. Thanks for always inspiring!

Melanie MacKenzie said...

Hello my dear girl.... your card and your colouring are sensational as always. What an inspiration you are! Hugs.

Cheryl said...

Hi Cheryl! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting, I appreciate that. Your card is absolutely beautiful, what an amazing coloring job you did...wowza! Hope you have a great weekend! xoxo~Cheryl

Shirley N said...

Another gorgeous card Cheryl! Your coloring is always so beautiful and so is your layout. You are such an inspiration!

Karen D. said...

This is so gorgeous mf....such a summery looking card and I love the way you coloured that pretty collection of flowers....fresh and beautifully done.
Hope you have a great wknd
sending hugs,
Karen

Angie said...

Cheryl this is beautiful! I love the colors and your exquisite coloring. The framing is gorgeous with the scallop die!

Katie Sims said...

Cheryl, your coloring of this image is simply stunning. I think I remember us having a conversation about this die set, right? ;) I think your use of the lovely die created a lovely backdrop for your beautifully colored image...yes, she is a beaut for sure! Loved reading your precious post and know that YOU are cherished as well! :) Hugs, you sweet thing, you!

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

I just love all the colors you used. And your background is so perfect. In fact the entire image is perfection. I love how you always keep it simple and let the image be the focal point. Of course I had to purchase this digi! (Enabler!)

Marisa said...

A beautiful, fresh bouquet of gorgeous flowers. Fabulously coloured and love the blue shading that grounds and makes the image pop.

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

OH, this is just beautiful, Cheryl! Love your gorgeously colored flowers and that scalloped edging on the card is just the perfect accent.

JD/ Jill said...

Lovely card! Nice design with you pretty edging!

Kia said...

Again, you have used such beautiful colours Cheryl, and I love that scalloped border die - fabulous. You are ever so right, our friends hold special places in our hearts.

Traci M said...

Hi Cheryl! I think I missed commenting on this beauty on your blog!! Your coloring is excellent...so many hues of color and shade...just like in nature!! I have those scalloped notes from PTI and love them! They dress up a card, don't you think? Thanks for sharing the encouragement from scripture as well. I just breathe a happy sigh when I visit you here. Big hugs!

Monia - Monika Jakubowska said...

Oh wow, what a fabulous card, I love it :)