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