Monday, July 23, 2018

5 Days of Digis - Gifts from the Sea

Hello, sweet friends! 

Today I am happy to join my Power Poppy teammates on Day 4 of the "5 Days of Digis." Marcella's theme of this release is "kindness, love, peace, curiosity, and meaning. Each of these images were created from the heart, with the intention of sharing part of myself with our customers...a little more than usual."

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, 5 Days of Digis, July 2018

Today we have "Gifts from the Sea," a lovely arrangement from the gifted Marcella Hawley. Here's what she shares:
"First of all, I'm going to recommend that everyone stop, run to the library, and pick up a copy of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's book, Gifts from the Sea. Life-changing perspectives on life as a woman and mother, all written while she was staying in a cottage by the sea in Captiva, Florida. I read this book on the very beaches where she wrote the book years ago and collected seashells galore from the fertile Gulf of Mexico. This illustration is inspired by that experience -- with a bouquet of plumeria flowers and petite palm fronds, nestled in an ink-bottle vase. Seashells of every stripe surround the scene, where someone has been writing a postcard or maybe starting to write the follow-up volume to Gifts from the Sea. Whatever it is, I recommend all to Seas the Day."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Gifts from the Sea, Digital Image, July 2018

Even living here in South Florida, I did not realize all the beautiful colors of seashells. Certainly, some shells are colored and sold to create lovely arrangements like this one. But it was fun to color this image. We have plumeria plants/trees throughout our area, and we call them frangipani. We first purchased a "stick" they sold at a craft fair, and the vendor told us to stick it in the ground. Truly, we were shocked when it grew and finally bloomed! They grow in so many beautiful colors. I must admit that I ended up coloring my flowers more vibrantly than I had planned, but it was fun. Hope you have as much fun as I did with this arrangement.

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Gifts from the Sea, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2018

This card reminds me the need to make time for relaxation and "downtime" -- something I struggle with doing. My quiet time in the morning is spent reading God's Word, praying, and journaling. With life's many distractions -- especially as I age, it can be difficult to shut out the pressures of my daily schedule. That's why it's important for me to treat my quiet time as being equally important than any other item on my schedule.

Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
Psalm 46:10

For my stamping friends, you will find this new digital image at Power Poppy. Hop on over to the Power Poppy blog and see what Marcy shares about this wonderful new digital release and see what my teammates have to share. Tomorrow is the last new digi, and I hope to finish a card to share. It's a darling one.

I would like to enter this card in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week, which is Use a Die and/or Punch. Once again I used a die.

Sweet friends, you are dearly loved. Thank you so much for your visits and comments. I have begun reaching out and thanking you for your sweet comments (when possible). It's such a joy to encourage and be encouraged. I trust you will take time to enjoy some of the beauty that God has around you today. May God bless each of you and give you joy today and every day.

Blessings, precious friends,

StampsGifts from the Sea (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Flirty Flamingo (SU!)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine), printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, Pleated Lace Rectangles dies (Gina Marie Designs), white tape
Card Size: A-2


Barbara said...

What a wonderful story, I take a breath in and feel renewed.
Your illustration of this digi is amazing and the story with it makes it magnificent.

Colleen said...

Beautiful story and picture you colored!

Christine Kiehl said...

Very pretty! Tahnk you for sharing!

*Vicki* said...

Your coloring is out of this world Cheryl! Really love how you've featured this image, your beautiful die you've used with it and even your base color! Thanks for sharing your lovely story on your post friend! HUGS

Pauline said...

Cheryl, this is beautiful. I love that you kept your card simple as it makes your beautiful coloured image shine! Your pencil colouring is exquisite. The flowers look so velvety! Love the pleated lace rectangle you used, so dainty! Have a wonderful day. Hugs!

Robin Clendenning said...

Oh I saw this on SCS!! This is just gorgeous my friend! Your coloring is out of this world Cheryl!!! Love your beautiful card!

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Gorgeous dear sweet sis..
Love your verseso precious and so important to know be still and KNOW THAT I AM GOD. Sometimes we try to be God and Holy Spirit and control things instead of letting God be God. Like Quiet place reading a few days back I shared on my FB page.
Your colouring is superb great creativity indeed.
We call plumeria poinsettias and they are picked a branch when dormant in winter and allow milky sap to dry for few weeks then plant and grow. I’ve a number in our garden here amd now they’re dormant as it’s our winter.
Love you dear sweet, sis. Shaz in Oz.x
Ps thanks ever so much for each of your prayers, you and DH. How precious and dear to my heart is this rich oneness we have in Christ. Xxxxxxxx

Barb said...

Cheryl, this is simply lovely! Your coloring is beautiful and your card design showcases this sweet image just perfectly.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a beautiful post and card!! I so love that scripture. It is one of my favorite reminders that I have throughout the house. So often we need reminders that He is in control and not us. Your card is gorgeous!! I love your coloring of that image. It sure does look like relaxation. Beautiful sweet friend!! Hugs!!!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful job of your coloring, like how you grounded it all, love the die you used to frame it all too!
I agree we all need that down time when we put out the world and concentrate on our time with God, to revive us to face the world out there!

debby4000 said...

Oh what amazing colouring makes you card look gorgeous.
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

Pretty Paper Junkie said...

Flowers, shells and snails! Beautifully colored.

Stef Perry said...

Cheryl, I feel like an echo, but indeed your coloring of this lovely image is exquisite! The die cut is so pretty and frames it just perfectly. I hope you do find a way to relax more, whether that be through coloring or whatever gives you time away from life's worries.

Hugs and love back to you!


JD/ Jill said...

I saw and commented on this card at scs...but I'm glad I had the opportunity to see it here again. Your coloring is always so amazing.

I have the book you mentioned...given to me as a gift...but I have to confess that I never read it...I think I need to go find it...
Hope you have a good week...Blessings, Jill

Leslie Miller said...

This is probably my favorite of all the new digis, but they're all beautiful and your coloring makes them more so. I understand about giving yourself some down time. I need to keep that in mind, but when I give myself a day I get stressed afterward about the things that piled up while I was relaxing. It never turns out to be as bad as I thought, but that's me.

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Gorgeous coloring of one of my most favorite digis from Marcy, I have a few of this pretty shells on top of my 75 gal. marine aquarium, yours look just so true to life.
Beautifully done Cheryl, thank you for sharing.
Big Hugs.

Anonymous said...

Beautifully done, Cheryl.

I love that book. I recall many years ago, spending the day all by myself and reading that book. A delicious memory. I own at least one copy of that beautiful book.


Tracy said...

Beautiful, although you do have some of my arch enemies on their--sea urchins. Ended up with a ton of spines in my feet on a trip to Puerto Rico. Not fun. LOL at lest these don't have the spines left.

Ann said...

Your card is just beautiful! You have given this digi such a tropical feel that really brings it to life!

I also wish to thank you for letting me know that I was the random winner of last month's challenge - I am so grateful for that! I have been following Marcella for some years, and love all the positive vibes she gives out through her art and her perspectives! Best wishes, Ann

Stacy Morgan said...

This feels so fresh and pretty. Great color combo and I do like the CAS design but you knew that. :-)