Monday, June 05, 2017

Luminous Bouquet

Hello, sweet friends, and happy Monday! I've been busy trying to reorganize my craft room and am making some great progress. But today starts the celebration! We're wishing Marcella Hawley happy birthday TODAY, and she sure knows how to celebrate. She has three new digital stamp sets today. 

Today's luscious digital stamp set is called Luminous Bouquet. Here are some thoughts from Marcella:
"While the afternoon away coloring this bouquet to your heart's content! A large, frilly, open Japanese-type peony is poised atop a cloud of hydrangea petals and patterned oxalis leaves, punctuated with trailing species clematis. Snips of periwinkle vine curl to and fro. This bouquet can be rotated, cropped, enlarged, or reduced to create a myriad of beautiful combinations. Two sentiments lift up friendship and a special friend's birthday."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Luminous Bouquet, Instant Garden Digital Image, June 2017

As you will see, there are several kinds flowers and leaves in this bouquet, so I had to do some research to find color schemes and ideas...and what wonderful inspiration I found! I used GIMP to reverse the image and used Word to arrange the image with the sentiment from Cuppa Buttercups that nestled perfectly in the top corner. I colored a "practice run" piece on regular copy paper, and then noted my colors for each flower and leaf. Then I printed my card layout on X-Press It Blending Card (which is becoming my favorite paper to color on with Copic markers)...then finally started coloring the final piece for my card.

After having colored the "practice run" piece, I played around with it to come up with a layout and decided to keep it simple with a thin black mat and a bit of the image "outside the box" for some interest. I added several black rhinestones, and it was done -- simple and allowing the flowers to be the main attraction. 

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Luminous Bouquet, Instant Garden Digital Image, Cuppa Buttercups, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, June 2017

I have to admit that initially I was overwhelmed by the complexity and variety of flowers and leaves in this amazing bouquet. But as I began coloring, I started to think about how I wanted to make something beautiful for Marcy's birthday. That's truly when I begin to enjoy the creative process as I moved from section to section...and before I knew it, it was done. I know that God inspired and encouraged me. With all the social media, it can be a struggle. But my desire is to glorify God in all that I do.

Whatever you do, do your work heartily,
as for the LORD rather than for men.
Colossians 3:23

This week, Power Poppy is once again joining Passionate Paper Creations and Friends on Facebook. And of course, Marcy will have a fun blog post today sharing the new digital stamp sets and all the birthday celebration news! What fun, eh? 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 the Power Poppy blog to see what Marcella Hawley is up to today...and to wish her a very happy birthday! And from there you can visit my teammates to see what beautiful cards they've designed.

Sweet Marcy, I wish you a beautiful and lovely birthday today and the whole week long (and month long)! You are so dearly loved, and I am blessed by you and so thrilled to get to work with you and your amazing artwork. Big ole hugs and love! xoxo

Dear friends, I am always ever grateful for your visits and love reading each of your comments. Thank you for visiting with me today...and I hope to see you again soon. May God bless you. (And I am entering this card for The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes.)

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps:  Luminous Bouquet, Cuppa Buttercups (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Solar White #110 (Neenah), True Black (PTI)
Ink:  Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, black rhinestones, Glossy Accents, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word, fussy cutting
Card Size:  5¾” x 6¼”
Copic markers used: Japanese-type Peony Petals – RV55, RV11, RV00, RV02, RV10, RV11; Peony Center – Y11, YR20, RV11; Hydrangea Petals – RV63, V01, BV000, BV01, V12, RV000, B0000; Patterned Oxalis Leaves – RV32, RV95, G40; Clematis Petals – B63, B66, B60, BV00, BV000; Clematis Centers – Y11, YR20; Periwinkle Vine – G40, G43, G82, YG03; Shading – B0000, B000, 0


Lin said...

You've brought this image to life beautifully, Cheryl, as always! It just glows!

SewPaperPaint said...

Cheryl, I have to say I am relieved to hear that you were a bit daunted by this complex image. I practiced my coloring all week while we were at the beach and decided that I most enjoy more simple images, but just like you said once you get over the initial intimidation, you really get into the coloring and it is relaxing and fun. I just love the layers of color you built into this image. Tremendous inspiration! Hugs, Autumn

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

This is such a complex bouquet and so many flowers I am not familiar with. You colored it so nicely, surely a result of your research and talent. Great job! I will hop over to Power Poppy too.

Anonymous said...

Simply beyond gorgeous, Sweet friend. Hope you are doing fine. Hugs and love, Anne R

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh my goodness Cheryl, this is absolutely stunning, gorgeous image and even more gorgeous coloring!!!
I hope there is a stamp set soon!!
Love this amazing array of incredibly beautiful flowers, only Marcella can combine all of this blooms in one gorgeous image.
Thank you for sharing this amazing card with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE and I hope you come back and play again next time.
Maria Rodriguez.DT

Stacy Sheldon said...

Each and every element of this bouquet looks so amazingly beautiful Cheryl. I just want to sit here staring at it and smiling, I love the black mat that is perfect. ( I will have to try running that paper through my printer )

Enna said...

So beautiful! Now I need that stamp! :)

Bev Polen said...

Wow, Cheryl!! What a stunning card with the gorgeous floral image. Each flower is colored so beautifully and the colors used are fantastic! You are such a wonderful artist, Cheryl! I love, love the card, my sweet sis!

Susan Lankford said...

Cheryl...there are some good reasons your creations are so beautifully done! The time, research, and preparation you put into the coloring speak to the fact that you do it all as unto the Lord. Hope all is well!

Pauline said...

Oh my goodness Cheryl, this is exquisite! Such beautiful colouring and love the colours you used. Gorgeous!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh Cheryl, so gorgeous!! I so love this image and your coloring is d-bomb!! I love it!! Stunning card my friend!! I hope it comes out as a stamp set soon also since I still can't get my new printer to print on cardstock :( Talk to you soon!!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Cheryl this is truly a stunning card! The colors and blending you did is just wonderful. I think that just letting go and coloring for the fun of it does work very well and this is proof. Beautifully done and the thin matting is all it needed! Hope all is well with you and wish you well as you try to organize your room!

Cheryl said...

Another beauty, sweet friend! Thank you for sharing! God bless you always. :)

Donna Ellis said...

Wow! how gorgeous this is, Cheryl! The stamp set is a lovely commendation for friendship. Your coloring and shading of the floral spray is amazing. Gorgeous color choices, of course, and I love that the image takes up the entire front of your card, matted with the simple black. I would never have guessed you found this image challenging. So glad you enjoyed yourself. hugs, de

Leslie Miller said...

You've outdone yourself yet again, Cheryl! This is so amazingly gorgeous! You make it look easy, but I know how time consuming this must have been.
Incredibly worth the effort, though! Love that little bit of out of the box image, perfectly placed sentiment, and those delicate black rhinestones are just enough embellishment. I have oxalis that color, and purple hydrangea, too. Hugely inspiring, my friend!

Pretty Paper Junkie said...

Oh Cheryl, you've outdone yourself. This is positively stunning. I've said it before, I love your simple designs. They are so crisp and remind me of a freshly pressed lady's handkerchief. (Remember those?) And now let's talk about your fabulous coloring skills... WOW! I love how thinking of a friend, pulled you into the image and the completion of the project.
You always delight us with you beautiful creations and inspiring post.

Robin Clendenning said...

Ooh Cheryl, this is my favorite of all time!! I love your two toned colors on the stamen and on your smaller flowers. Your colors choices are so wonderful as well! It is a pleasure for my eyes to feast upon!! Beautiful card my sweet friend! I'm gonna have to look at your other recent post when I get home...I'm at work, suppose to be working, heehee!
Love you dear friend!

Dandi93 said...

Oh Cheryl, you've done a fantastic job coloring this bouquet of flowers, I can't even imagine you hesitating with your coloring skills..... Lovely color choices and I love that some of the flowers have several colors.... A true Beauty

Ruth said...

What a beautiful image and I'm so glad you decided to go with it and colour away - you really have got some beautiful blending and some gorgeous highlights on all the flowers with your Copics. Thank you so much for entering this month's Flower Challenge. Ruth DT xx

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Amazing dimension in your colouring of this very detailed image dear Cheryl, the Lord did indeed bless the skill of your hands as you coloured. I love it, well done.
Simple layout complements it all beautifully and may happy returns and blessings of day for Marcella too.
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Shirley N said...

Amazing coloring Cheryl, your card is absolutely stunning! When I first opened your post, WOW was my first thought! I love that you reversed your image, I will have to look into using GIMP. TFS your wonderful work. Hugs!

Marisa said...

Beautifully coloured as always!

Traci M said...

This so gorgeous, Cheryl...and a testament to God's amazing beauty and design!! I love the true to life coloring and depth you've achieved!
Blessings on you, dear lady!

Karen Dunbrook said...

wow Cheryl, this looks so amazing! I just love the colours you used on these delicate petals and blossoms. You are such a talent mf.
Sorry I have been MIA, super busy with my little ones and life in general.
Hope you are doing well especially with your eyes.
sending many hugs and happy smiles,

Monika/Buzsy said...

Gorgeous card Cheryl! Love the soft shading and the pretty colors... you did an amazing job coloring the flowers... yes, it does look overwhelming at first. God is good! Amen to that!

Tracy said...

Oh Cheryl this is so lovely. I really like the two tone flowers and your simple design is stunning. Hugs!

Susan aka rainy said...

Oh so beautifully done, Cheryl!! Your coloring is truly inspiring.. perfect shading and shadowing. Just beautiful.

Monia - Monika Jakubowska said...

Oh wow, what a gorgeous card, your colouring is just breathtaking :)

Julia Aston said...

What gorgeous coloring on this beautiful stamp Cheryl! Julia xx

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Congrats on your being chosen as a favorite at the Flower Challenge, Cheryl! Thanks so much for your recent comments. I hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

Jerri Jimenez said...

Absolutely stunning Cheryl, your coloring is fabulous! The layout is perfect, love your colors!

stampingbowd said...

This is so gorgeous! I love the different colors you chose. Your coloring as always is exquisite!

Bev Polen said...

Wow, wow, wow! Oh my goodness, Cheryl! What a piece of art you created! Your coloring is top-notch and awe-inspiring! I need to pick my jaw back up!!! You are a master of color, my sweet and precious sis! Hugs!!

Lisa Lara said...

Oh I just love how you colored up this beauty Cheryl!

Irish Cherokee said...

Just awesome Cheryl. Excellent coloring. When love and the Lord are involved the time seems to fly. Beautifully done.

Love, Hugs and Blessings

Papercraft Boutique said...

Wow, gorgeous coloring of these delicate petals and blossoms, Cheryl! This is an incredibly beautiful card! I love it. Hideko