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


Barbara said...

Cheryl, your design just takes my breath away. Marvelous!

Jerri Jimenez said...

What a beautiful card Cheryl! A sweet design, I love the paper piercing and the sweet sentiment, truly a wonderful card for a dear friend. I think you've done a fabulous job with the layout, gorgeous ribbon that compliments the image. Hugs sweet friend. xxx

Caly Person said...

I struggle with layout often, Cheryl! It always seems to be ok in the end and this card is beautiful! 😘

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

I was excited to see your blog post pop up in my blog feeder this morning. You always create the most beautiful cards. I love this image and the color choices are excellent. I love it on the purple background with the clean and simple paper piercings. Thanks for sharing, Cheryl!

Patti J said...

Hooray! I was so happy to see you pop up here this morning! Thanks for your wonderful always, they are just the words that my feeble brain has been searching for! Your card is gorgeous, Cheryl, and who can believe you ever struggle with anything? My goodness! Love your layout, dear friend! Have a great day - God Bless!!!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Cheryl, your coloring is just stunning, and your piercing is just perfect, who needs those stitched dies :) Love the touch of lace you have given with it. Such a lovely way to kick off spring, all the blooming flowers are just so exciting to see after a long winter, God has really blessed us with so much beauty to enjoy!

Susan Lankford said...

Beautifully colored image, Cheryl...I would never know you have any problem with layout...your card fronts always look perfect to me!

Cheryl said...

So beautiful, sweet friend! I hope you are feeling well today. Praying for you and sending much love to you. :)

Traci M said...

Your coloring of these blooms brings them to life, Cheryl...and I love it on the colored cardstock. You have been on my mind,,,,so nice to see your stunning card creations! Hugs~

Anonymous said...


It's so nice to read you talk about how difficult the layout part can be! Me, too, as you've seen me write in other places! Your result is beeyoutiful! I do'n' know about paper piercing....had assumed it was a die! Gorgeous card!

Donna Ellis said...

Your sentiment is the perfect complement to your incredible floral spray, Cheryl. Beautiful, feminine, classy, and a special loveliness -- all to make the recipient of this masterpiece feel the same ways. Your heart must sing with delightful wonder while coloring these gorgeous images. Hope you are doing well! Hugs, de

Bev Polen said...

Oh, sweet Cheryl! Your card is so beautiful in the colors your used, and what a fantastic job you did coloring them! Wow! You're awesome, my special friend.

Pauline said...

Oh Cheryl, this is beautiful. Love your layout and your beautifully coloured flowers. And your piercing is so perfect! Thanks for sharing.

Leslie Miller said...

What a beautiful image Marcy has for us this week, and you've colored it so prettily. I'd never know you struggle with your layouts because they always look like the perfect setting for the image. Never too much or too little. It's a delight to see this today, Cheryl!

Robin Clendenning said...

Oh Cheryl, I LOVE your card!! It is so deliciously gorgeous!!! I love the colors, the lace at the diagonal and the beautiful way you colored this gorgeous image!!!
Precious are you my dear friend, this is absolutely gorgeousness!

Shirley N said...

This is such a sweet and delicate layout Cheryl! Your card is beautifully done and your coloring is stunning! Thanks for sharing your copic marker colors too, I really appreciate that!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh how gorgeous, sweet friend!! I just love your coloring of that stunning image. It is so soft and elegant!! Such a gorgeous bouquet and design!! Love it dear friend!! You have a natural talent!! One among many!!!

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Dear sweet sister in the Lord, Cheryl, I think of you every day when I pick up my book from you to see what we're reading tiday, I'm always ahead of your time zone I guess 😉 I've you on my prayer list too, so glad your eyes went well.
I'm so behind in commenting I'm sorry.
Trying to catch up. This card is just stunningly beautiful.. don't you love the way the Lord guides you as you create ❤❤❤.. as you cry He answers esp when I've lost something!!
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

stampingbowd said...

Stunning! I love the paper piercing and the diagonal ribbon! Always gorgeous coloring! I would never have guessed you struggle with layouts, your cards are always amazing!!! I always love this scripture..."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?"! Hugs!

Susan aka rainy said...

SO wonderful to visit your blog again and see your beautiful creations. Your designs and coloring... everything is always such perfection. Blessing to you, Cheryl.

Mac Mable said...

Such a delicate and pretty card. Love the colouring and the paper piercing you've done. Always love a little bling to finish. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such kind comments. Glorious card, thank you for sharing x

Pretty Paper Junkie said...

Oh my goodness! What a beauty you've created here. I love the perfect match coloring of the lavender and the paper. The coloring and shading is spot on. Truly, tryly beautiful!

Stacy Morgan said...

Soft and gorgeous... These colors are wonderful and oh I do like the crochet trim you added to the back. Awesome touch and oh such beautiful coloring.

Tracy said...

Such pretty hues and it's nice to see your piercing again. Such a pretty detail on your cards. :-)

Bonnie said...

This is GORGEOUS, Cheryl! WOW!

Marisa said...

I can't WAIT to have flowers in my garden again. The pops of colour bring me such joy and I love looking closely at them and seeing God's amazing handy work as they are all so different. A gorgeous representation of these beauties and way to rock the purple!! Hugs to you!!

Susie said...

Spectacular coloring on this piece!! Beautiful, Cheryl!