Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sunset Sway

Hello, sweet friends! I trust that you had a blessed Easter and are ready for spring. It's such an uplifting time as flowers start blooming in so many gorgeous colors.

Today's beautiful Instant Garden digital stamp set is called Sunset Sway. Here is how Marcella describes this lovely new release: 
"Mingling stems sway and distinct flower forms dance together in this digital image that's ideal for springtime. The interplay between naturalized Clusiana Tulips and Wild Anemones will sweep you right up in the excitement of nature in bloom. This set comes with two large focal features a butterfly, and the other is only the flowers. It includes the blessing: 'May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace.' Isn't that a wonderful thought from which we could all benefit?"
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sunset Sway, Instant Garden Digital Image, April 2017

These two digital images are exquisite, and there are so many beautiful colors of each flower and the sweet butterfly. I used the image with flowers only and resized it in Word and rotated it a little to fit into the die...and printed it on X-Press It Blending Card. I did resize it again and printed it so this would fit into a smaller stitched square, and I think it will make a nice card set with various small sentiments. But that's for another day (or week). Ha! 

As always, I struggle with what to do for my layout. In the end I paper-pierced the around the focal image and placed some lace with an overlay of seam binding and Perle cotton diagonally. I added the sentiment from Burst of Kindness using my Mini MISTI and then put it all together using some thin foam squares. I added some Wink of Stella and decided to stop there! 

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Sunset Sway, Instant Garden Digital Image, Burst of Kindness, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, April 2017

Beautiful flowers remind me of God's amazing goodness. We can completely trust in our Heavenly Father to provide for all our needs - great and small. Even during difficult times, God is with us and has the future in His hands...and will never let us go.

Consider the lilies, how they grow;
they neither toil nor spin;
but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory
clothed himself like one of these.
"But if God so clothes the grass in the field,
which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace,
how much more will He clothe you?"
Luke 12:27-28

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. It's always such fun to see the beautiful cards that are made. And surely visit my teammates to see what gorgeous cards they've made and leave them some love. I always love reading Marcy's post.
Oh, dear friends, you are such a joy to me, and I am grateful for your visits and your sweet comments. Thank you for visiting with me today, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week. May God bless you.


Stamps:  Sunset Sway, Burst of Kindness (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Winter Wisteria (PTI), white (Bazzill)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Grand Labels 11 (Spellbinders), Mini MISTI tool, paper-piercing tool, Mat Pack piercing guide (SU!), lace (May Arts), seam binding (Hug Snug), white Perle cotton (DMC), Thin 3M Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), Wink of Stella, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word
Card Size:  4 3/4" x 5 3/4"
Copic markers used: Tulip Petals - RV000, R81, R83, RV34, R85; Tulip Leaves - G40, G43, G94, YG01; Tulip Center - T5; Anemone Petals - BV000, BV00, BV02, BV11, V12, V17; Anemone Leaves - G20, G21, YG21 YG01; Anemone Center - YR21, YR23, Y11, YG01, YG03; Shading - B0000, 0

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Hyacinth Bulb in Glass

Hello, sweet friends! My eye surgery went well, and I am beginning to see better each day. It takes time for the tear film to fully "recover," and given my other health issues...I'm sure to need extra time for healing. I thank you all for your prayers and your love. You are so dear to me.

Today I am sharing a card with you using Hyacinth Bulb in Glass, and it's been a fun one to research -- especially after reading what Marcella Hawley has shared about it:
"Let’s zip back to the 18th century Holland, when hyacinth bulbs were quite the rarified rage. People could not get enough of the beautiful scents and rich colors, helping to drive the business of professional flower growing hot on the heels of the tulip. Soon folks were forcing the bulbs into bloom indoors to brighten their windows when it was too chilly for anything to flower. Hyacinth glasses and vases were designed to cradle the bulbs and hold them just above the water; roots were coaxed from the bulbs down into the water, sending the bulb into bloom soon after. In a nostalgic nod to these wonderful windowsill displays, we have Hyacinth Bulb in Glass, so that you can have blooming hyacinth whether or not you have a bulb and a glass!
Includes a sentiment by the visionary Coco Chanel hand-lettered by a reverent Marcella Hawley. :)
This set includes a no-line coloring version of the Hyacinth Bulb in Glass image."

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Hyacinth Bulb in Glass, Remixed Digital Image, April 2017

The hardest part was deciding on what color to use for my flower. To begin my card, I pulled into Microsoft Word both the flower image and another sentiment from Sweet Simple Things and re-sized them to fit an A2 card. After coloring the flower image, I decided to color in the background with a pale yellow. I also added some shading and highlights. I die cut the rectangle and decided to paper-pierce...something I've not done in quite a while. Then I matted it onto the lavender scalloped die and added some small nail-heads just under the sentiment to balance out the card. I adhered it to the base...and it was done. But why stop there, right? I added some Wink of Stella and some white gel pen for the flower centers and some Irresistible Pico Embellisher to pop them up. Then it was done! Hehe!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Hyacinth Bulb in Glass, Remixed Digital Image, Sweet Simple Things, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, April 2017

When I think about "forcing a bulb to bloom," I know we can do that by creating an environment conducive to its growth. We ourselves need a proper environment in which to grow spiritually. For us that means time spent reading God's Word, praying, meditating, and asking the Lord to guide us in our spiritual growth so we may become more and more like Christ. 

All Scripture is breathed out by God
and profitable for teaching, for reproof,
for correction, and for training in righteousness.
2 Timothy 3:16

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. And be sure to visit the Power Poppy blog today to see what Marcy has in store for us...I hear there are some surprises coming...that's all I can say now! Hehe!

Precious friends, thank you for your visits and comments that I love reading. Your prayers continue to mean so much to thank you! May God bless you.

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps:  Hyacinth Bulb in Glass, Sweet Simple Things (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Lavender Lace - retired (SU!)
Ink:  Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Blueprints #20 dies (My Favorite Things), A2 Matting Basics B dies (Spellbinders), paper-piercing tool, Mat Pack piercing guide (SU!), Wink of Stella, white gel pen (Sakura), Irresistible Pico Embellisher, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word, paper-piercing
Card Size:  A2
Copic markers used: Petals - B60, B41, BV04, V01, RV52; Leaves - G40, G43, G24, G94, YG03; Bulb - V99, E44, E43; Sprouting Roots - E81, E84; Glass - B000; Background - Y000; Shading/Grounding - YR30, E50, E51