Monday, April 25, 2016

Two New Power Poppy Digis Today!

Hello, precious friends! Can you believe we are starting a new week and that soon it will be May? It's that season for lots of delicious fruit and time to get refreshed after the winter. Today I get to share two cards using two new digital sets from Power Poppy. The first is the remixed digital image by Marcella Hawley called Juicy Strawberries with two wonderful sentiments.
"We have three images in this strawberry-centric set. My drawing showcasing berries, flowers, leaves, and curlicues was based on heirloom strawberries that are growing in our backyard, plants originally from the previous owner's grandmother's garden! The sentiments are inspired by the kindness that I so often see shared in the conversations with my design teams. Most recently I have been the beneficiary of lots of virtual juicy, squooshy hugs — and they were a big juicy help to me. I hope these messages will do the same for the recipients of your card-making."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Juicy Strawberries, Remixed Digital Release, April 2016

What fun to see this set with the wonderful sentiments and these fabulous strawberries. I have strawberries on my cereal every day  yum! I used one of the pretty Spellbinders borders and used it on top and bottom, and it was inspired by one of the beautiful cards my dear husband gave me this Christmas that has a pretty border like this with beautifully sparkly paper underneath  and I even used sequins. I have used the wonderful larger sentiment for inside this card and know that special someone will love it the "squooshy" hugs inside.


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Juicy Strawberries, Digital Remixed Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, April 2016

So now for the second digital image, which is the new Instant Garden digital image by Marcella Hawley called Created to Create
"This set is a little different than what I have introduced previously, in that the 'scene' includes a hand-drawn sentiment, and then there is a version of the same scene with a 'blank canvas.' I was thinking that a sentiment from another set could be hand-stamped inside — OR — the artist could draw a little scene on his or her own on the canvas! Maybe a little watercolor wash or a swirly doodle. :) The idea is that we were created to create!! Nobody ever said exactly WHAT to create, just to get to it! :)" 
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Created to Create, Instant Garden Digital Image, April 2016

One of the wonderful things about this new Instant Garden digi is that you can just pull it into Microsoft Word and it will fill the whole page (with or without the completed "canvas"). Wait till you see what some of the gals have done — simply amazing! Anyway, I used the complete image and made it smaller and had such fun coloring it — and even decided to "buck the tide" and made my daffodils a peachy pink color. I have had this notebook edge die for a while and decided to use it for this card. Truly, this is such a fun new Instant Garden digi, and I know we will be seeing lots of great artwork with it.

So, here is my finished card, and it was such fun to get my "watercolor set" on the "canvas" smudged with the paint.


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Created to Create, Instant Garden Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, April 2016

While I was enjoying coloring and finishing my cards, I thought about the quote, "We were created to create." And I thought about how we are made in the image of God. While God created everything from nothing, we have been given the gift of creativity, allowing us to make beautiful things with the materials He has given us. When we do something creative, we are imitating God, which helps draw us closer to Him. God's Word tells us how He specifically equipped people to be craftsman and work with their hands.

And I have filled him with the Spirit of God,
with the ability and intelligence, and knowledge
and craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs,
to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting,
and in carving wood, to work in every craft.
Exodus 31:3-5


Be sure to visit the Power Poppy blog and see what Marcy has in store and to see what my amazing teammates have to share  creativity abounds!! And then I hope you stampers will hop over to Power Poppy to purchase these new digital sets to use today. Have you checked out the entire digital collection lately? It's amazing! 



Thank you so much for visiting and sharing a comment, thought, or question. You always bless me. I love hearing from you and am always happy to answer questions. Please don't hesitate to email me. I love to help whenever I can and have answered a number of questions about digital images, so don't be shy. Remember, the only dumb questions are those that you don't ask. (I am entering this in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge.) 

Blessings,


Card One:
Stamps:  Juicy Strawberries (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Home Sweet Home 6x6 paper pad (Graphic 45)
Ink: None (printer)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, A2 Scalloped Borders Two dies (Spellbinders), Retro Green sequins (Hazel & Ruby), Irresistible Pico Embellishment adhesive, Multi Liquid Glue (Tombow), red tape
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word
Card Size:  4½” x 6”


Card Two:
Stamps:  Created to Create (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Cameo Coral (SU), White textured paper (Bazzill)
Ink: None (printer)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Perfect Squares tool, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  5¼” x 6”

Friday, April 01, 2016

Happy Birthday, Power Poppy!

Hello, sweet friends, and happy Friday! I am excited to help kick off the "party" to celebrate Power Poppy. Yes, Power Poppy is two years old today, and what a weekend Marcy has planned for everyone! After reading her words and seeing her adorable face, can you tell Marcy is excited?
"Power Poppy is turning 2. WOOHOO! We want to THANK YOU, our sweet and encouraging peeps around the world, for helping us spread the botanical abundance and zest for life. Your creativity, love, and generosity of spirit is SO STRONG! We are thrilled to kick off another year of flowering and empowering together. 
From Friday through Monday, we're offering 20% OFF all in-stock clear stamps and all digital sets. Use the discount code at checkout to receive the special savings. PLUS, for four days only we have a special birthday digi Layer Cake for only TWO BUCKS! Visit Power Poppy to learn more." 
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, 2nd Birthday Celebration Sale, April 1-4, 2016

As part of the celebration, some members of the Power Poppy team had fun using one of Becky Fleck's CardMaps sketches at PageMaps.com. While I'm not a big fan of sketch challenges, I must say that it was good for me to get out of my "comfort zone." I think we all need to do that from time to time, right? I have wanted to use one of the images from the new Folk Heart clear set, and worked that into the sketch, together with a sentiment from the Cozy Cupfuls clear set.

I stamped the adorable vase of folk art flowers and colored away (once I found a piece of patterned paper - oh, the challenge that can be, as I hunted through many paper pads!). Guided by the sketch, I used various dies and shapes - and finally added a sweet little double-layered button die to fasten my sentiment and added some embroidery floss around the focal image. So here is my finished card:


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Folk Heart, Cozy Cupfuls, PageMaps, CardMaps, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, April 2016

And below is the CardMaps sketch. So if you need a little help with your mojo or just want to try a new layout, head over HERE and see all the card-making fun you could have.


PageMaps, CardMaps, April 2016

What a blessing it has been to be part of such a vibrant, creative, and fun group of stampers and to work with some of the most beautiful botanical images hand-drawn by Marcella Hawley. I love her enthusiasm and spontaneity, along with her love for the beauty of all that God has created for us to enjoy! I thank God for gifting her in so many ways and wish Marcy and Power Poppy a very happy birthday with many years to come. Thinking about celebrating made me think of this verse from the book of Psalms:

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; 

let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Psalm 96:11-12

Now it's time to "run" over to the Poppy Poppy blog for the latest news from Marcella Hawley as she kicks off the birthday party celebration - together with a brand new Power & Spark challenge by Christine Okken! I'm sure you stampers will definitely enjoy this fun weekend! Wait till you see this adorable Layer Cake Digital Stamp and Sentiment set!

Cheryl Scrivens < that's me >

As always, thank you for visiting and sharing a comment, thought, or question. You know I love hearing from you and am always happy to answer questions, so don't hesitate to email me. (I am entering my card in this week's Word Art Wednesday challenge and this week's Simon Says: Anything Goes Challenge.) 

May you have a wonderful weekend, sweet friends! You are loved!

Blessings,


Stamps:  Folk Heart, Cozy Cupfuls (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 80-pound and 110-pound (Neenah), Certainly Celery (SU), America Crafts designer paper
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Pierced Square STAX dies (MFT), Brackets dies (SSS), Double-ended Banners dies (PTI), Matting Circles dies (ODBD), Scallop border punch (SU), DMC floss 350, Perfect Ruler, Perfect Layers tool, Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), red tape
Card Size:  A-6