Wednesday, October 26, 2016

O the Depth of the Riches

Hello, sweet friends! It's time for another Word Art Wednesday card.

This week's verse is Romans 11:33. "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!" What a wonderful God we serve, and He loves us so dearly. His resources are inexhaustible, and His mercy is unending.

CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, Word Art Wednesday, October 2016

I printed out the digital image to allow for flowers above and below the verse, and I drew a light pencil line above and below the sentiment and masked the verse. I made my floral masks using stickie notes (both of the large and small flowers). I stamped the larger one first, masked it, and then stamped the two side flowers. Next I stamped the leaves in Pear Tart Memento ink...and repeated for the bottom portion. I colored my flowers, and since the leaves are nearly solid, I outlined them with a multi-liner pen and colored them with a Copic marker. Then I finally used a multi-liner pen to draw the lines above and below the Scripture verse. Once done, I used a pierced die and matted it (I used the chisel end of a Copic marker to color a piece of card stock large enough to mat using my Mini Perfect Layers...and now it matches my flowers perfectly). Lastly, I added some sequins...and it was done and is now ready to mail.

Karen Letchworth shares a devotional about each Word Art Wednesday challenge verse, and I know you will be greatly encouraged by reading it. 

O the depth of the riches both of the
wisdom and knowledge of God!
how unsearchable are His judgments,
and his ways past finding out!
Romans 11:33


Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the projects made by the rest of the design team and to pick up your free digital image. After reading the devotional about this Scripture verse, be sure to check out the fantastic sponsors. Word Art Wednesday is so blessed to have Simon Says Stamp as the primary sponsor for our challenges. And I am participating in this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

As always, dear friends, it's such a joy to hear from you. I love reading each of your comments and am blessed by your friendship. I am always happy to answer questions regarding digital images...so don't hesitate to ask anything. May God bless you richly this week.

Blessings, dear friends,







Stamps:  Oh Happy Day (Simon Says Stamp!)
Paper: Solar White 80# and 110# (Neenah)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black and Pear Tart (Memento), printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Pierced Rectangles dies (ODBD), fine line marker 01 (Prismacolor), clear ruler, Mini Perfect Layers tool, sequins (Verve), Diamond Glaze, clear Wink of Stella, white Gelly Roll pen (Sakura), white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, masking
Card Size:  A-2
Card Size:  Flower petals RV10, R81, R83, R85; Flower centers Y35, Y26, E47; Leaves – Y93

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Bittersweet Wreath

Hello, my sweet friends! We are definitely feeling some cooler temperatures here in South Florida, as we are approaching my favorite month of the year. Yesterday we did our weekly shopping, and it was a joy to feel the cool breeze. I love November because the temperatures are cooler, the humidity is lower, and our orchids love it. 

Today I am sharing a newly remixed digital image called Bittersweet Wreath. Marcy has shared, "Given a bit of a shearing and a plumpen-upping, my remixed Bittersweet Wreath illustration downloads in a flash and colors up easily to make a beautiful Thanksgiving, fall or holiday card front. Two sentiments accompany this sweet and simple set." 


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Bittersweet Wreath, Remixed Digital Image, October 2016

Today I have two cards to share. My first one is CAS (clean and simple in the stamping world) with this sweet wreath and the Scripture verse below it. I colored the bitty berries and leaves, die cut it, matted it, and adhered it to the card base. Easy, right?

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Bittersweet Wreath, Remixed Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, October 2016

But one of the images I saw online kept my brain working. And finally yesterday I was able "put to paper" a card design that had been "ruminating" in my head for a few days. Here's the photograph of the bittersweet vine that inspired me. Are these the sweetest little berries...I just love the soft, warm colors!


Bittersweet - Milkay Photography (c)

As many of my stamping friends know, one of the wonderful things about digital images is being able to resize them. So I enlarged the wreath (by a lot....hehe!) and made two "copies" of it in Word. I rotated and arranged them to "frame" this wonderful Scripture verse. I used the same colors as the first card and a couple more colors and matted it. But something was missing...and that's when I decided that jute with a button would lend a more country feel. I used dimensional tape under the entire card front and mounted it to the card base. So there you have it...an easy card to make and color...just in time for this Thanksgiving season. I have printed out another one with the "Happy Thanksgiving" sentiment, so don't tell my family this is the card they will be receiving in the mail, okay? Hehe!


Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Bittersweet Wreath, Remixed Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, October 2016

As we approach Thanksgiving Day, may we continually thank God for His many blessings, remembering to rejoice even in difficult times. Our Father is good and gracious...and always uses difficulties for our good...even when we cannot see them as good at the time. He is always with us...in the good times and the hard times. 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,

give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


So, my sweet stamping friends, it's time to hop on over to Power Poppy to get this new digital release to use today and check out the entire digital collection. Then visit the Power Poppy blog...and be sure to leave some "love" for my teammates, including Marcella, who continues to delight us all with her wonderful artistry...and heart! (Note: Due to internet issues, the Power Poppy sale is extended through Wednesday, October 26, midnight CT.)

Thanks so much for visiting and sharing a comment, thought, or question. I always love hearing from you, precious friends, and read each and every comment! You are such a joy, and I appreciate your friendship!

Blessings, dear friends,


Card One:
Stamps:  Bittersweet Wreath (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 80# and 110# (Neenah),  Cajun Craze (SU)
Ink:  Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Stitched Rectangles dies (Simon Says Stamp!), Mini Perfect Layers tool, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  A-2
Copic markers used:  Leaves - YG03; Berries - Y32, R05


Card Two:
Stamps:  Bittersweet Wreath (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 80# and 110# (Neenah),  Peach Parfait (SU)
Ink:  Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Mini Perfect Layers tool, natural jute (May Arts), Summer Sunrise button (PTI), 3M dimensional tape, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  A-2
Copic markers used:  Leaves - YG01, YG03; Berries - Y32, YR12, R05

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Chickadee in Barberry

Hello, my sweet friends! It's hard to believe that we are soon approaching Christmas, isn't it? 

Well, here's something that will definitely put you in the mood and delight your eyes. It's the new Instant Garden digital stamp called Chickadee in Barberry. Now isn't this just the sweetest little chickadee? It comes with four sentiments that surely will delight you. 

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Chickadee in Barberry, Instant Garden Digital Image, October 2016

My mom would have loved this darling bird. This sweet image got me into a Christmas mood and reminded me of how much my mom loved Christmas. One of the special things I remember is that the day after Thanksgiving she would start decorating by putting out something red. So I decided that I would start my Christmas card with something red. 

I decided to use this beautiful Papertrey die that cuts out an entire card base with scallops and stitching, and I wanted a red mat. I used GIMP to make my sentiment red, and then I used Microsoft Word to pull in both the bird and the sentiment to resize each one and placed them where I wanted. I printed out four on a sheet and then started coloring. I added some glitter on the snow, and it was done. Since this sweet image is easy to color, I plan to make a few more of these cards....and they are so mail friendly and require no extra postage. 

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Black-Eyed Susan, Chickadee in Barberry, Instant Garden Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, October 2016

This precious bird reminds me of a Scripture verse in which Jesus uses an analogy of birds to assure us that we need not worry. We can rest in His loving care, seeing how He provides for even the tiniest of birds. 

Jesus said, "Look at the birds of the air,
for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns;
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not worth much more than they?"
Matthew 6:26

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 know you will be delighted!

I so appreciate your visit and sharing a comment, thought, or question. I would love to know what special Christmas memories you cherish.

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. 

Blessings, dear friends,


Stamps:  Chickadee in Barberry (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 80# and 110# (Neenah), 
Ink:  Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers,  Noted: Scalloped A2 Die Collection (PTI), ZIG 2 Way Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds (SU), white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word and GIMP
Card Size:  A-2
Copic markers used: Berries - R22, R14, R37; Leaves - G40, G43, G46; Branch - E33; Snow - B0000, BG70, BV20; Chickadee - E30, E31, E42, N2, W3, W5; Shading - BG0000

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Flowers and Something New

Hello, dear friends, and welcome to my very first post as a design team member for Word Art Wednesday. I am honored to join this wonderful group of women who love the Lord and enjoy making cards and other projects using God's Word.

This week's verse is Proverbs 8:17. "I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me." This verse refers to seeking God's wisdom, which is found in Scripture. I have found it so important for me to set aside time early each day to read and study a portion of God's Word. 

CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, Word Art Wednesday, October 2016

I decided that I wanted to showcase this Scripture verse with some flowers, and you know how much I love flowers, right? I white embossed the flowers onto card stock, sponged the colors with Distress inks, and then fussy cut them (something else I love). Next I used some oval dies to highlight the verse on the curved rectangle die that was layered on top of the Island Indigo embossed layer. Then I added the flowers using some thin dimensional squares and added some sequins. Now it's ready to be mailed.

Karen Letchworth shares a wonderful devotional about each Word Art Wednesday challenge verse, and I know you will be greatly encouraged by reading it. 

I love them that love me;
and those that see me early shall find me.
Proverbs 8:17

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will visit the Word Art Wednesday blog to see the projects made by the rest of the design team and to pick up your free digital image. After reading the devotional about this Scripture verse, be sure to check out the fantastic sponsors. Word Art Wednesday is so blessed to have Simon Says Stamp as the primary sponsor for our challenges.

The Flower Challenge is a brand new challenge, and I am also participating in their first challenge. And I am also joining this week's Simon Says: Totally Resist challenge.

As always, it's such a joy to hear from you, and I love reading each of your comments. I am always happy to answer questions regarding digital images. May God bless you this week.

Blessings, dear friends,


Stamps:  Spring Flowers (Simon Says Stamp!)
Paper: Solar White 80# and 110# (Neenah), Island Indigo (SU)
Ink:  Versafine; Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); printer
Tools/Accessories: White embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp!), Pierced Rectangles dies (ODBD), Stitched Rounded Rectangles STAX dies (MFT), Oval STAX Set 2 dies (MFT), Stitched Oval STAX dies (MFT), Charles embossing folder (Sizzix), sequins (Verve), Diamond Glaze, Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, sponging, fussy cutting
Card Size:  A-2