Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sweet Pea Show

Hello, sweet friends, and happy January to you all! Sorry I'm been MIA for a while, but "life" has been interesting and kept us far too busy.

But...it's time to share another Instant Garden digital release that is sure to delight many of you who are enduring cold weather! Brrr....we are so spoiled here in South Florida. 

Today's sweet digital stamp set is called Sweet Pea Show. Here are some thoughts from our artist extraordinaire, Marcella Hawley: "Aren't sweet peas just the most nostalgic, romantic, homespun flower ever? I sure think so. I've created this 'display' of some especially divine ones just for you. While you are coloring them up, I hope they also conjure up wonderful memories. Sweet Pea Show comes with a few Valentine's Day sentiments, as well as a sweet little hello."

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sweet Pea Show, Instant Garden Digital Image, January 2017

This was an easy one to get ready for printing. I just dragged the beautiful flower image into Word, resized it to fit my die, printed it, and started coloring. I always love finding photos before I color, and what a variety of colors! The possibilities are endless. I found some soft pink sweet peas and colored, and did I ever need the relaxation that I find in coloring.

Next I cut the decorative die in a coordinating color, adhered it to the floral image, and matted it. I added some "diamonds" to give it a little glimmer, and then mounted it on a card base...and it was finished! Voila!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sweet Pea Show, Instant Garden Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, January 2017

As some of you may know, I've struggled with health issues the last couple of years. I want to be more active in the stamping and blogging community, but at times I'm unable to accomplish all that I want. However, I am looking forward to the months ahead in hopes the doctors can figure out the source of my problems and provide me some relief. 

There are many others who struggle with far worse health issues, have lost loved ones, and yet push on. January is a month to consider new beginnings, and may we each remember the Source of our hope and strength -- our caring and loving Heavenly Father.  

Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened,
 and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Now it's time for my stamping friends to hop on over to Power Poppy and purchase this beautiful digital image and use it today. But first, be sure to visit my teammates to see what gorgeous cards they've made and to read what Marcy has shared about these "sweetest" blooms!"
Dear and precious friends, I am so very grateful for your visits and love reading each one of your comments. Thank you for visiting with me today!

Blessings, dear friends,



Stamps:  Sweet Pea Show (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 80#, pastel pink paper (unknown)
Ink:  Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Elementals #11 - Bracket Coved Labels dies (Frantic Stamper), Diamonds (Honey Bee Stamps), Mini Perfect Layers tool, Matte Finish Glue n' Seal adhesive (Ranger), Diamond Glaze adhesive, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word
Card Size:  4½” x 5¾”
Copic markers used: Flowers - RV00, R81, R83, YR000, RV52; Leaves - G40, G43, G46; Tabs - E41; Shading - W1

36 comments:

Debbie Olson said...

Cheryl, this is so sweet and lovely! I'm sorry that you are feeling so unwell. I am praying that God will strengthen you and give you relief. You are a blessing to so many people. . .

Patti Willey said...

There's my Sweet Pea Cheryl Quilts 2! I don't thing I've ever been by to visit your blog! {gasp!} Precious color selection and I love your lacy attractive color matched die! I was not aware you're struggling with health issues my friend! Praying for wisdom and healing right away! Hugs! Patti

Deloris said...

What a gorgeous card! Love that wonderful image and your fabulous coloring!

Gail said...

Miss Cheryl you never disappoint!! This is just lovely. I love your uncluttered elegant cards and this one is no exception. Only one problem.. you have once again enticed me to purchase not only this digi. I will probably have to have that die also!

Broni said...

What fabulous coloring, Cheryl! I think pink sweet peas are my favorite! They look perfect in that elegant die cut frame!!

Craftin Caly said...

This card is stunning Cheryl! Don't worry about being MIA! I think we've all been a little busy recently! Praying for you and hoping this will be a year for answers for you. Hugs, dear friend!!

Patti J said...

Cheryl, this is beautiful! You always showcase these images so nicely with your amazing coloring. And...you have the best dies ever! This die looks like it was made to surround the image! Love this. As always! So sorry to hear you've been feeling poorly. I've missed you, but had hoped you were just visiting with family. Take care! You'll be in my prayers, my friend!

Leslie Miller said...

This is the prettiest thing, Cheryl! You're so good with the coloring, and the die you chose makes the perfect frame for these sweet sweet peas. Love those pretty little gems you sprinkled around, too. You accomplish a lot, all things considered. I mean... just look at this! I hope this is the year your health issues are resolved. Take care, my friend!

Heidi Stamps said...

This stamp is beautiful and you colored it so nicely. I like the color of pink you picked and it is so fancy with the die I think it would be a great Valentine. Sending prayers that your doctors will be given the wisdom to find some relief for you.

Eliz Z said...

Oooo I'm loving these pink pretties! Can't wait to try my hand at these flowers. Thx for the inspo :)

Susan Lankford said...

Cheryl, I'm so glad (and sorry) for your explanation about your health! I was just wondering about you and knew I hadn't seen you for awhile...I've missed you!
Your sweet peas are so lovely and sweet! ...and the Labels die is perfect!
I'll be praying for your health and that God will give the doctors wisdom and discernment for your treatment and healing.

Donna Ellis said...

Hello, Cheryl! Very good to see another of your incredibly colored masterpieces! My heart always sighs with deep contentment when visiting your blog. Simply beautiful goodies to see, and a smile from the artiste! Your frame matches the soft hues of your sweet peas wonderfully! So delicate and sweet. I'm sorry you have not been doing well. Hoping that you soon find some relief and that you will be able to do all the things you enjoy.
love,
de

Robin Clendenning said...

This is simply beautiful Cheryl!!! I love Sweet Pea, it grows here in the spring coming up wild everywhere!! Such lovely coloring as always sweet friend!!
I love that framing die as well, nice and wide opening to show all the beautiful flowers!
I sure hope you are doing better and they find the source of the trouble VERY soon!
Love you to bits!

Shirley N said...

This is so beautiful Cheryl! Love your pretty image, your gorgeous frame and your beautiful coloring! Hope you feel better soon, take good care! Hugs!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Hello sweet friend!! I have been praying for you and hoping you are well. Hope to chat this week with you...miss you!! Your card is absolutely gorgeous!! I so love your coloring of the sweet pea in pink and your framing is absolutely stunning. You are such an inspiration my friend!!
hugs,
Chris

ChristineCreations said...

I hope you’re doing better sweet Cheryl! You are such an encouragment to others, I pray that you’re encouraged and strengthened too. Gorgoeus sweet peas, I love the soft pink palette and framing. It makes it feel so light and airy...lovely!

Marisa said...

Brilliant idea to pull up a few pictures for colouring ideas. I adore sweet peas as they are one of my mom's favorite flowers and she used to grow then in her yard so the kids could watch them climb the trellis when they were young and ooooh and ahh over it :) Plus they smell so good!! Gorgeous card!!

So sorry to hear health issues are still stealing your time. Praying this year would be a great year for you and they can determine what will bring your relief. Hugest of cyber ((hugs)) to you!!!

Tracy said...

This could grace the pages of one of those old botanical journals. Beautifully colored Cheryl. I really like it framed in that delicate die cut. Hugs!
P.S. Did you get my package at Christmas?

Cheryl said...

Oh, I was SO happy to see a post from you! It always brightens my day! And, I so appreciated your sweet comment the other day on my blog...I have missed you. So thankful all is well with you, my friend. God bless you!

Melanie MacKenzie said...

Cheryl my dear girl...how utterly sublimely lovely. You were right when you said that I would like it....I love it. Sweet peas are one of my most favourite flowers and you have excelled in your colouring of these delicate blooms. So wonderful to see you making beautiful cards again. Prayers to you for better health. Hugs xo

Debbie Harris said...

Howe very beautiful! That is quite the feminine card with those sweet peas, love it!
My prayers continue with you as you search for answers to your health issues.

God bless you, dear lady ♡

Conniecrafter said...

So good to see you posting and glad you had a bit of relaxation time as you made this beautiful creation, your coloring is just gorgeous and love the delicate framing to go with it!!
You continue to be in my prayers, may God grant wisdom to the doctors as they go about figuring the best approach for your care, sending hugs!!

Barbara said...

So sorry to hear of your health issues. I know it is not easy when you are not feeling good. You sure can create and it shows in this beautiful sweet pea card. Love the frame that you used here and the entire car. I will include you in my prayers.

*Vicki* said...

This is so gorgeous Cheryl!! I love the pink colors and you've found the perfect die to compliment your image just beautifully my dear!! Hoping you have happiness and health for the New Year my friend!! Sending HUGS

Lisa Lara said...

So beautiful Cheryl paired with that gorgeous die!

Camille Short said...

How delicate and scrumptious this is!

Traci M said...

Dear Cheryl...you have been missed! I find January is a hard month anyway...but aren't we blessed to have a community of stamper-creaive souls that can soar ( even temporarily) above our pain and find respite and rest in creating beauty? Your card is so soft and lovely...a breath of spring for certain!! I will pray for your health and God's rest for you.

Davi said...

Cheryl have missed your lovely creations and encouraging scriptures! Cheryl, Your card is Gorgeous! Such wonderful coloring of the pretty image. The lacey frame around really shows it off and the dew drops perfect! Praying for you and that you find some solutions for your health this year. I know how frustrating it can be. Yea that we can find rest in our Savior!!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

I did read this post dear sis when it came in my inbox, but not time to comment. Lovely work stunning indeed, as are your sweetpeas, so,beautful the colouring as always. You must enjoy it so.
Am praying re your health for Fod ssoloutions tot he problem he has allowed in your life. "For ALL things work together for good to them that love God who are the callled, ACCORDING TO HIS purpose."
We may not see this side of heaven the why of some things and i think when we get to heaven, where we know all indeed for "we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." I think then we really won't care about those answers. 😊 Looking forward to it so!!
Thanks for sharing your inspiration,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Karen D. said...

So sorry I have been MIA. Love this beautiful elegant card. You always do such amazing work that looks so elegant and wonderful.
I pray that your health will improve and that you will be able to enjoy this hobby more often and inspire so many.
hugs, love and prayers,
Karen

Stacy Morgan said...

Gorgeous Cheryl. You made the tape on the stems look like they are 3D it is so COOL! I like the soft coloring, fantastic die cut framing. Just gorgeous sweet friend.

Donna Phelan said...

Loooove how you have framed those beautiful sweet peas with that gorgeous frame die cut! Your coloring is amazing, as always! I have these in my gardens a pretty purple pink. Be well, my dear friend, be well! xo~

Angela Bode said...

This is exquisite!!! I saw it over at SCS but I don't think I was able to come over to your blog to leave a comment. Of course you have me with the pink! This is a gorgeous image colored beautifully! Your shading is stunning! Love the framing too! Hugs and wishing you a more healthy 2017!!!

JD/ Jill said...

Oh so beautiful! Pink! My favorite color! Hope you are feeling so much better! You are still in our prayers!

Bev Polen said...

Cheryl, your card is outstanding with the wonderful coloring of the gorgeous image! Hope all is well! Hugs, sweet friend!

Susie Lessard said...

Cheryl, your lovely cards have always charmed my heart. This sweet pea image has a special meaning for me because it was my youngest sister's favorite flower. She started planting these little sweetie's with the help of our mother when she was just 5 years old and she never out grew her love of them. I never see one that I don't think of her. Beautiful card my friend.