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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Black-Eyed Susan

Hello, dear friends! What a fun-filled post we have today. So let's get started.

First, it's September 15, and here is the new Instant Garden digital stamp set called Black-Eyed Susan. This is a simple early-autumn botanical paired with three sentiments. Marcy has been so fascinated with prairie wildflowers (note the Pure Prairie Bouquet), and this Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) goes along with that thinking! Now isn't this a beauty?


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Black-Eyed Susan, Instant Garden Digital Image, September 2016

I had hoped to try some watercoloring but decided on doing something totally different from what I've done so far with the digital images. I fussy cut the image - oh my! Yes, I printed it out to fit the size I wanted for my layout (one of the benefits of a digital image), colored it, and fussy cut it! Oh, how I loved doing that! And this pretty black-eyed Susan is easier to cut out than I thought it would be. I CASE'd one of the beautiful birthday cards I received (thank you, Tracy)! I embossed the teal designer paper and sanded it to show the raised portion. Next I printed one of the sentiments from Cuppa Buttercups and then used the notebook edge die, rounded the edges of the "notebook" and popped it over the embossing. I used my Empressor tool to add some shape to the petals and leaves, added something dimensionals, and popped it in place. And I even added some Wink of Stella to the petals and sequins! Wow, I think I am really getting wild, eh? But I think they work with the card. 

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Black-Eyed Susan, Cuppa Buttercups, Instant Garden Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, September 2016

I was reading from one of my devotionals yesterday morning, and it was about having a grateful heart versus an unthankful heart. One is full, and the other is empty, and the difference is almost always gratitude. She challenged us to make a "gratitude list" of what God has provided. It sure makes me "full in the things that matter most." I praise God for all He has given me...for He is good and loves us with an everlasting love.

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
for His steadfast love endures forever!
1 Chronicles 16:34

NEWS: As we help kick off Power Poppy's brand new release, Black-Eyed Susan, we have some other fun to share! A selection of our favorite digital designs is available at a special price! These late-summer flowers and fruits are in full bloom -- ready for you to download, print, and color to your heart's content. Power Poppy's brand new Black-Eyed Susan, plus Pure Prairie Bouquet, Sunshine of My Life, Cuppa Buttercups, and Apples in Season are just $4 each (save $2 per set), OR get all five digital stamp sets in a bundle for $15 (a total of $14 savings). What's even better? Play along in our weekend Coloring Contest over at Passionate Paper Creations and Friends using one of these five digital stamp sets, and you could win a $20 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! The contest and sale close Monday, September 19, at midnight Central Time. A winner will be announced sometime on Wednesday, September 21, on the PPCF Facebook page. WOW! Isn't all this exciting?

AND have you seen the new Free Coloring Downloads from the first Power & Sparklette Mini Challenge? They are free and available to download here. Congratulations to our winners. And don't forget to visit the newest Mini Challenge here for an opportunity to win a $25 gift certificate.

Now it's time for my stamping friends to hop on over to Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today -- and also check out the entire digital collection. Then be sure to visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my teammates have in store for you. 



I so appreciate your visit and sharing a comment, thought, or question. I would love to know what you are thankful for and challenge you to join me in making a "gratitude list."

It's always such a joy to hear from you, and I love reading your comments. I am always happy to answer questions regarding digital images. And I hope to watercolor a digital image again soon. (I am also entering my card in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge.)

Blessings, dear friends,



Stamps:  Black-Eyed SusanCuppa Buttercups (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 80# and 110# (Neenah), Genteel/Fancy-Free Collection (Fancy Pants Designs)
Ink:  Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Notebook Edge die (MFT), Pierced Rectangles dies (ODBD), Charles embossing folder (Cricut/Cuttlebug), sequins (Verve), Empressor tool, corner rounder punch (EKSuccess), Wink of Stella, Diamond Glaze, Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  A-2
Copic markers used: Flower Petals - Y11, Y35, Y26; Leaves - G40, G43, G46, YG01; Flower Centers - E55, E57, Y11

29 comments:

Heidi Stamps said...

Cheryl, I really love these new flowers and the pretty teal color you paired with the classic gold black eyed Susan. How can it possibly already be the 15th of September! This month is flying by! I just bought a wink of Stella pen the other day and have not even had a chance to open it up. I am looking forward to having another choice other than my Sakura glitter pen. Have a great day!

Marcella Hawley said...

Cheryl, I just love what you did with this digi, you always color with such depth, such skill, and such beauty. But I love the jaunty angle of the notepaper die (looks so "back-to-schoolsy") and the sentiment works extremely well paired up the way you have it! Bravo. Of course I love the idea of a gratitude list, and am going to set aside some time today to work on mine. I know YOU are way up there on that list! Thank you for always sharing such sunshine. xoxo

Danni said...

What a wonderful card!! This made me smile!!

Patti J said...

Cheryl, your card is just beautiful. I love the mix of the elegant coloring, and the whimsical back-to-school feel of this creation! As always, I love reading your post. I'm working on a program for our women's group at church, and it's all about cups half full, etc....Thanks for always lifting me up!

*Vicki* said...

You always have such wonderful posts here my friend! :) I love your encouragement always and of course your designs are always just so stunning to look at as well!! Had to pop on over here because you had a link to do so!! HUGS

Caly Person said...

Sanding the embossed background looks great! How clever! Miss you, Cheryl! This card is wonderful!

Deloris said...

It's lovely! Great background with the sanded embossing!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh how beautiful my friend!! I just love the coloring of the daisies!! Your coloring makes it look more textured and so realistic! The use of the notebook die and the blue background is a perfect design! Gorgeous, Cheryl!! I read that same devotional...LOL! It is true, if we really list all the things we are thankful for, we would indeed feel rich! We are definitely richest in "Him" So glad we had a chance to catch up. :)
HUGS!

Robin Clendenning said...

Beautiful sweet Cheryl!! I love those flowers! I order a couple days too early because I would have gotten these too! Oh well, next time.
I love how you colored your flowers and leaves, so pretty!!
Beautiful as always dear friend!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Gorgeous card, Cheryl dear friend, great theme too I love " in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus, concerning you", and often quote it to myself to help get Gods perspective on things.
Thanks for popping over and for sharing,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Susie said...

He is a good, good Father! Cheryl, this is so lovely. You did a wonderful job with the fussy cutting - loved the the background and all the love you've given this piece. I think once you get going in that happy place your "art heart" kicks in and before you know it - Tada! Full of detail, technique, and beautiful coloring. Love it!

Leslie Miller said...

Cheryl, you've had the hang of it for a long, long time! It looks as if you were born having the hang of this stamping thing. I love what you've done with these beautiful flowers. First, you've colored them expertly, and then your fussy cutting is so precise it appears as if they were cut with a specially made die. Looks like you tore a page from a notebook and set your flowers on it when you came in from the garden. I'm still hanging onto my SU! notebook punch, but I really like the look of this die cut with the dashed line. Oh, and that gentle Wink of Stella sparkle and the sequins make a wonderful finish. All that and still an easy to mail card. Brilliant!

Lisa Lara said...

So beautiful Cheryl. I love how you cut out the flower, great fussy cutting skills. I just love it.

Cindy Lawrence said...

Dear, sweet Cheryl, this is absolutely beautiful! Your fussy cutting is amazing, as is your coloring! I love that sweet little notepaper element and the perfectly placed sequins. So very beautiful, my friend! Isn't it amazing how God fills us up when we have a grateful heart! He is such a good, good Father! ...and YOU are a sweet, sweet sister-in-Christ, for which I am thankful! :)

Shoregirl said...

I saw your link on WAW and wanted to stop by and say that I love your beautiful card! Love the look of the flowers layered over the notebook page!

Barb said...

Beautiful card, Cheryl! And you fussy cut the image?! Oh my word! It really looks great! Your coloring is fantastic! The flowers look so real and have a bit of texture to them. LOVE it!

Tracy said...

Eeeps! You cased my birthday card and what a lovely job you did. The sunflowers are perfect paired with the blue background and didn't you just love popping that cute tag behind. Beautifully done Cheryl! Hugs!

Conniecrafter said...

You have once again done a beautiful job coloring this lovely flower and it looks great cut out and on this piece that you cut with the notebook die, the blue background compliments it wonderfully!
I so agree, when you concentrate on your blessings you just overflow with gratitude!!
I did down load the free images, makes it so easy to do, I may have to get in on that sale too :)

Donna Phelan said...

Simply glorious! I love how you let the Black Eyed Susans shine in all of their glory! This is really beautiful!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Lovely card Cheryl. Those flowers are so pretty... fantastic coloring. I also love the textured background... neat pattern. Perfect Bible verse! I so love readying your thoughts Cheryl...

Susan Lankford said...

Hi Cheryl...love your coloring and fussy-cutting! God IS good and we owe him so much thanks for all that he is to us! And you are good to name this image after me!! Haha!

Christine said...

Gorgeous card! The embossing is lovely, and your coloring of the flowers is so wonderful! The tilted panel and touch of shine are so pretty! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work at Word Art Wednesday.
Blessings,
Christine
Guest Designer

Davi said...

Beautiful Cheryl!! I love the image and cutting it out really shows it off too :) Have a wonderful week!

ChristineCreations said...

Cheryl this is gorgeous. Your cutting is amazing and it really showcases how beautiful the flowers are paired against the teal paper! Love the little notebook design too! Perfect touch! Have a lovely Monday sweet lady!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Such a beautiful card, Cheryl! Love how fabulous those flowers look against the notebook page.

Angela Bode said...

Cheryl, this is so gorgeous! I love the fussy cut flowers against the pretty teal background. Beautifully done!

Natalie said...

Pretty card, love the design and your coloring, too! Thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday!

Marisa said...

Love black eyed Susans - neighbours have some and I need to get some for my own yard now LOL! Gorgeous colouring as always and well done with the fussy cutting! I am all about being thankful :) Ann Voskamp's book A Thousand Gifts is a fabulous read on this! Keep a list and write three things you are thankful for every day and by the end of the year you have 1000 gifts :) Huge (9hugs)) to you my friend!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Gratitude and attitude - loved your post and the beautiful card too!