Friday, July 14, 2017

Thinking of You Tulip

Hello, sweet friends! I trust you are having a good week and always remember how blessed we are. No matter what God brings into our lives, He is always with us.

Several weeks ago, a beloved friend breathed his last and is now with the Lord. He was a former pastor and a very dear friend...and a mentor and friend to my husband. His dear wife held a women's Bible study on Thursdays, and we had some precious times together. They were such dear friends, and we used to meet them after church for lunch each Sunday. We had such sweet times of fellowship...times we now cherish in our memories. We are so thankful to God for such a godly couple, and now we pray for his dear wife and know that her ultimate comfort is in knowing that he is no longer suffering and is now in the presence of the Lord.

We went to his memorial service and spent several days on the west coast of Florida, and I was able to relax a bit and try out my colored pencils. I don't have a lot of experience using pencils, so it was a fun time...but I definitely need more practice. I stamped the tulip with Antique Linen Distress Ink on X-Press It Blending Card and used only pencils, but I will definitely use other paper on my next project with pencils. Several months ago I was blessed to win the entire Stamp Simply spring release, and what a surprise! I am so thankful, and I know I will use these sets a lot. So here's my first card using the Get Well Tulip set. I did no-line coloring, used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment from the Thinking of You Rose set, used a decorative die (that I popped), matted it, and added pearls in the corners.

Stamp Simply, Get Well Tulip, Thinking of you Rose, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2017

What a difference it made to attend this memorial service to celebrate his life, as we heard his family and friends speak of how he influenced their lives. What a legacy he has left. We are certain that our brother is enjoying being in the presence of the Lord and is no longer suffering, and we do not sorrow as others do. While we mourn his loss, we have the assurance that we will be reunited with him in the presence of our Lord Jesus...that will be our ultimate joy! 

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers,
about those who are asleep,
that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
1 Thessalonians 4:13

Sweet friends, thank you for visiting and leaving comments that I love to read. Your prayers continue to mean so much to thank you! May God bless you.

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps:  Get Well Tulip, Thinking of You Rose (Stamp Simply) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Certainly Celery (SU!)
Ink:  Antique Linen Distress Ink, Onyx Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, A2 Filigree Delight dies (Spellbinders), Petite Oval dies (Spellbinders), MISTI tool, Perfect Layers tool, pearls (Martha Stewart), Mono Multi Liquid Glue (Tombow), 3M dimensional tape, red tape
Techniques: Colored pencils, no-line coloring
Card Size:  A2

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Eat Cake...and Strawberries!

Hello, sweet friends! I hope you are keeping cool and enjoying your summer (for my friends in the States and in the Western Hemisphere). It's hard to believe at times that some of my friends who live in Australia (and other countries) are having winter. Brrrr. 

Well, I needed a birthday card and decided to participate in July's Power & Spark copy a Bloomie! What fun! I hope you'll consider joining the challenge.

Power Poppy, Power & Spark Challenge July 2017, Allison Cope

I was inspired by today's Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers hosted by Audrie. I love her Saturday challenges and don't often get to participate. I decided to "copy" this card made by Cindy Lawrence, one of the talented Bloom Brigade (aka "Bloomies"). I must say that it is a bit intimidating to copy a card made by someone who has been a stamping "hero" and who is an amazing colorist...who also teaches Copic classes all over the country! However, it's always good to stretch ourselves and work at getting better by copying someone like Cindy (who is so dear).

I colored my image on X-Press It Blending Card, and it is so smooth and makes it easy to blend the background by first using the clear blender marker (zero) and then adding the blue. I learned this at my class with Debbie Olson (another "hero" I've followed through my stamping years...and who now is a friend after getting to meet her at the Copic classes she taught). I have learned to love using X-Press It Blending Card more and more. Anyway, I die cut the circle and matted it, and then I added the borders to the designer paper. I used twine and a button like Cindy did. I used my Mini MISTI to add the sentiment. Then I used some red tape and some Tombow glue to secure it all down...and it was done. And now it's ready for the birthday girl (but it's a secret...shh!). 

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Tea in the Garden, Simply Camellias, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2017

I am so thankful for precious friends God continues to bring into my life, and I am especially grateful for dear, long-time friends who have walked with me and encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. 

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the pleasantness of a friend
springs from their heartfelt advice.
Proverbs 27:9

Even though Power Poppy is "on vacation" right now, the store is open. And digital stamps are 20% off with the VACATIONDIGIS discount code. Who could resist that?!

Power Poppy, VACATIONDIGIS, Sale 20%, July 6-14, 2017

Sweet friends, thank you for your visits and comments that I love reading. Your prayers continue to mean so much to thank you! And there are many of you for whom I am praying for specific needs. We love and need each other, and I praise God for our friendships both face to face and on the blogosphere. May God bless you.

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps:  Tea in the Garden, Simply Camellias (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Kraft (PTI), Melon Berry (PTI), White (PTI)
Ink:  Black Tuxedo (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Border Duo 1 die (Impression Obsession), Circles die (My Favorite Things), corner rounder punch (EKSuccess), Mini MISTI tool, twine (PTI), beeswax, button (PTI), Multi Mono Liquid Glue (Tombow), red tape, white tape
Card Size:  A2