Saturday, March 17, 2018

Cup of Columbine

Hello, sweet friends! It's Saturday, and next Tuesday is the first day of spring. After a long, hard winter, we are all looking forward to seeing flowers bloom and the weather warm.  

I am late for this month's Instant Garden release by Marcella Hawley, but it is a darling one called Cup of Columbine. Here is Marcy's wonderful description: 
"A delicate tea cup overflowing with pretty plants is steeped in detail and delight. Columbine (Aquilegia) flowers intermingle with ruffled miniature Hosta leaves for a bouquet that will tickle your coloring fancy all the way through summer. You get two designs -- one with the flowers and tea cup only, and a second, more challenging composition with a baby robin snapping up a few of the Columbine seeds. Both images have a lighter 'no-line' version included. 
For this Color Story, I'm envisioning an exploration of blues and purples -- the classic Columbine colors, and you may not know that Hosta leaves come in lots of blue hybrids. Hostas also often have variegated foliage, which can be streaks of vanilla, chartreuse, chalky blue, and various greens -- all on the SAME LEAF! Do a bit of Googling, and create a piece in blues that does anything but give YOU the blues! :)"

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Cup of Columbine, Digital Image, March 2018

There are so many beautiful colors for Columbine flowers, but my favorite color is blue (not that you would know that with all the pinks I've been using lately...hehe!). I found some lovely ideas and colored the flowers and leaves. I was struggling with the color for the Susie Cooper tea cup and found today's Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers just what I needed. It was an unlikely image that inspired me -- a frog. Haha! Yes, it is a blue frog on green leaves with some dark gray/black. Since some of Susie Cooper tea cups are found in dark colors with white polka dots, I finished coloring the cup a darker color and used a white gel pen for the polka dots. I added some stripes to the cloth after I finished coloring it (since I used a regular blue writing pen). Not sure it's my favorite, but I enjoyed the challenge. I used a new decorative die to add a bit of frill and then mounted it on a Marina Mist card base. Voila! It is done, and I hope you like it. I think it is growing on me a little. ;)

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Cup of Columbine, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, March 2018

Yesterday I found out that a dear young mom of five was called home to the Lord after a two-year battle with cancer. Please pray for her family as these dear young ones will surely have precious few and fading memories of a mom who loved them dearly. I am thankful for the church family they have to love and encourage them on this hard journey.

Many of us are looking toward Holy Week, celebrating Good Friday when Jesus was crucified and died and then Easter (Resurrection Sunday), when Jesus rose from the dead. I praise God that we do not live without hope and that this young mom is now in the presence of her Savior with no more pain and suffering. And when He calls me home, I look forward to being with Jesus as well for all eternity. May we consider the true meaning of Easter this year.

Jesus said to her, 
"I am the resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in me,
though he die, yet shall he live."
John 11:25

For my stamping friends, you will find this new digital release over at Power Poppy. Hop on over to the Power Poppy blog and see what Marcy shares about this beautiful new digital release. 

I would like to enter this card in The Flower Challenge, which is Anything Goes. I just love the design team and of course always love flowers!

Precious friends, thank you for your visits and comments. I read each one and pray for you. Your prayers continue to encourage me as well, and I thank you! May God bless each of you and give you joy today and every day.

Blessings, dear friends,

StampsCup of Columbine (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Marina Mist (SU!)
Ink: Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Pleated Lace Rectangles dies (Gina Marie Designs), white gel pen, white tape
Card Size: A2


Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Cheryl, I am so happy to see your version of the columbine. I love this new digi from Power Poppy! I saw that Marcella said it will be out in clear too, so I might wait till then to buy it, but the digi does look very temping to use with and without the bird, etc. The color blue you used is so pretty, and you captured the beauty of the flower. Your new die is very nice with that interesting edge!

I am very sad for the family whose mother and wife died. Praying that they will have comfort during this difficult time. Easter is a special season, and may it bring them hope.

Kia's Place said...

I saw this on SCS Cheryl ... so beautiful in the blues, it pops wonderfully. Love the framing too!

Tracy said...

Your coloring is stunning Cheryl. The mixture of hues blend so well together. Thinking to add the stripe to the cloth was a wonderful idea. Adds even more of a homey feel. I have the GMD Pleated Circle dies, may have to get the rectangles too. Very pretty.

Lin said...

Oh Cheryl, this is so lovely! My favorite color, too, and you couldn't have chosen a more perfect edging for your panel! Beautifully done!

Cheryl said...

Oh, how beautiful!! Just lovely! I am praying for you, sweet friend, and so appreciate your prayers for my family and me. You are such a blessing! God bless you with a wonderful Lord's Day and Easter season!

Leslie Miller said...

Cheryl, such a beautiful job you did with your coloring! I love the blue with touches of purple, and then you have that darling polka dot cup. Everything is cuter with polka dots! That's a very pretty new die you have there, too. It frames your image beautifully without a lot of fuss. Love that! Any loss to cancer is a tragedy, but a young life leaving all those children motherless is especially devastating. I'm so sorry to hear about it.

Karen R said...

Wow, beautiful card. I love the colors, they just make it pop!

Donna Ellis said...

Such a beautiful, delicate, fabulous take on this contemporary GORGEOUS Columbine arrangement! So sweet and beautifully colored as always with lovely shading. I'm sorry to hear about the family who just lost their mom. They will be in my heartfelt thoughts. Blessings during Holy Week, Cheryl! love, de

Davi said...

Cheryl your card is BEAUTIFUL!! Love the colors you used and your coloring is FABULOUS!!So sorry for the children who lost their mom, But a blessing to know that she is at peace and pain free with her Savior!

Allison Cope said...

Sigh... such a beautiful blue beauty Cheryl! I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of the Mom. So sad. Hugs to all! Thanks for all the lovely messages this week. You brighten my day girl! Hugs!

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous Cheryl, I just love the blues and great idea with the color of the pot also. That die is a lovely one to frame these beautiful flowers.
So sad to hear of the young mom who lost her life, we had a lady in our town get hit by a car and she had 6 kids, but in the case with the young mom you are talking about she and her family know the Lord and that is such a reassuring thing to know, Praying that all of them can lean on our Father and find rest and peace in his presence.
Wishing you a great week ahead!

Robin Clendenning said...

This is so beautiful Cheryl! I love your coloring of the columbine and leaves and also that tea towel, wow!! So amazing my sweet friend!! I love your beautiful card!

Barbara said...

Each set that comes out is one that I really want. This is no exception. I have been drooling over it for a week now, but still, have not pushed the button. Your inspirational coloring and example are sure stunning. I think you may have been the deciding factor.
So sorry to hear of the loss of that young mother from cancer. I am so glad that we do live with hope and will see our loved ones again. And they will be without pain and beautiful again.

SewPaperPaint said...

Oh Cheryl! What wonderful inspiration. I'm crazy over this new digi and you've colored it brilliantly. Hugs, Autumn

Helen Gullett said...

This is so very lovely!!! I love this new digi stamp and it is on my wishlist now :)

Viv said...

Such a beautiful card Cheryl! I love that pretty flower stamp,and how you coloured it too!Thank you for sharing it with us over at 'The Flower Challenge'and also for your lovely comments about the team. Wishing you a very Happy Easter too ;) Viv DT xx

stampingbowd said...

OH, Cheryl, that is so sad about the young mom. Sad for those left behind but we know she is in a much better place. So difficult for kids to grow up without their mom though. Your card is stunning. I saw it first on SCS and fell in love with EVERYTHING! Stunning!

Pauline said...

Cheryl, your card is beautiful! I love blues too, and love the purple and aqua tones you added. The die cut frame is so pretty, just love the eyelet edging. I"m so sorry to hear about the family that lost their mom. Sending heartfelt thoughts.

Craftyhugs said...

Hi Cheryl. So sorry for the loss of that dear young mom. It's always the best isn't it. It's heart wrenching . I absolutely love your colouring it is just stunning. Gorgeous card and thanks so much for your kind words on my post about my nan. It helped me so much xx

Karen Dunbrook said...

I just love the look of are so good with the markers, you need to give me some lessons mf. Wouldn't that be so wonderful, colouring together.
Hope you are well...have a great wk.
xx Karen

Susan aka rainy said...

Such a lovely image and so so beautifully colored and presented in this gorgeous card! You always create such gorgeous cards that are such wonders to look at. So very talented.

Sorry to hear of the young mother who has passed on. My heart and prayers are with her sweet family.

Traci M said...

Hi Cheryl. First of all, my heart breaks for this family...and will remember them in prayer. I know children are so resilient, but nothing can ever replace the loss of a Mom no matter the age. Did you know this her family part of your church family?
I love your card...the beautiful blues with hints of beautifully colored!! Your frog inspiration did the trick, didn’t it? ;). Your cards are always so pristine, perfectly finished...and your words are surely used by God! Hugs and love!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a gorgeous card Cheryl. Love the blue hues and the polka-dot cloth. Sweet! The decorative rectangle is so elegant! Oh, the way the Lord works! We don't understand it fully, but He does have a plan! We just have to trust in Him!

Camille Short said...

I love the Columbine flowers! The pattern on the napkin just finishes it off - a detail I too often forget. :D

Carol Rossouw said...

Such beautiful colouring Cheryl! A really pretty card xx

Stacy Morgan said...

You can NEVER go wrong with blue anything... LOVE this! The cup looks totally cute and really love the blue hues you used on this image. BEAUTIFUL all around sweet friend.