Friday, July 20, 2018

5 Days of Digis - Kindness Starts Us Off

Hello, sweet friends! Well, it's been what I would call a sabbatical for me. It's been several months since I have shared a post with you, and truly, I've missed you...a lot! However, it's good to take a break. 

Today I am happy to join my Power Poppy teammates to start off 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 start off with this first FREE digital image. And Kit and Clowder has a FREE online coloring class using these images. You surely won't want to miss that! Here's what Marcy shares about this newest digital download:
"Our first 100% FREE download with a botanical theme  I am proud to offer Kindness is the Way here at Power Poppy. Whether you've never worked with digital stamps before and want to give it a risk-free try or you are an experienced digital download aficionado in search of new flowers to color, this image is here for you! I've prepared an allover pattern of Gerbera Daisies in black and no-line versions. Then you also get two versions of the background with the phrase 'Kindness is the Way' superimposed, using lettering that you can color in. Lastly, a single Gerbera Daisy is included in case you want to just keep things simple."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Kindness is the Way, Digital Image, July 2018

If you do a search for Gerbera Daisies, you will find both soft and vibrant colors. It was hard to decide what to do, but I ended up coloring the allover image and colored my daisies in a variety of colors along with coloring in the background (It reminds me of a patterned fabric, don't you think?). Once I was finished coloring, I remembered something I've wanted to try  the camouflage die technique. I used a "hugs" die and cut my colored image (yes, it was a bit scary, but I did it). Then I die-cut several layers using the navy card stock and glued the stacked layers, with the final colored image on top. It's camouflaged, but held sideways, you can see a bit of blue and feel the "hugs" die with your hands. It's sort of like a touch-and-feel card — much like a real hug!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Kindness is the Way, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2018

This card will hopefully share some "virtual hugs" with my sweet friend. Hugging has been shown to be effective in helping to heal sickness, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress. God is our ultimate Comforter and Healer, and He blesses us by allowing us to comfort others through hugs.
Be strong and courageous.
Do not fear or be in dread of them,
for it is the LORD your God Who goes with you.
He will not leave you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6

For my stamping friends, you will find this new free digital download over 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.

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

Precious friends, I hope to visit to your blogs more often. That's one way I can share virtual hugs with you! Thank you for your visits and comments. I read each one and continue to pray for you, and your prayers continue to encourage me as well! Life is filled with many things in our times, but God is gracious. May God bless each of you and give you joy today and every day.

Blessings, dear friends,

StampsKindness is the Way (Power Poppy) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Soft Sky and Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Ink: Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Big Hugs dies (MFT), rounded corner punch (EKSuccess), Multi Mono Glue (Tombow), red tape
Card Size: A2


Kia Gibson-Clapper said...

Simply beautiful Cheryl. You always do such beautiful work on your cards. The flowers are so wonderful with perfect shading and placement. Love this, as always my friend. Sending hugs

Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint said...

How very generous of Marcella! Cheryl, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE what you've done with this beautiful background image. The die cut inlay is fantastic and adds such amazing interest to your gorgeous colorful blooms. Wishing you every blessing my friend with hugs, Autumn

Angelnorth said...

Thanks for the heads up on the Power Poppy event, I’ll pop over and check that out. The card is beautiful Cheryl, a hidden hug in an envelope - who could resist?!

Donna Ellis said...

What a beautiful eclipse amidst your wonderfully colorful gerbera daisies! I love the aqua background against your pretty tropical pinks and golds, and how each petal has highlights of sunshine in them! Beautifully done, Cheryl - sending a virtual hug back to you, too! hugs, de

*Vicki* said...

Hello sweet Cheryl!! WOW! Incredibly colorful and happy those flowers are! I just LOVE how you've added the eclipse technique into your design! So beautifully done and wha a wonderful story and message you have to share with us! Sending HUGS to you friend!

ChristineCreations said...

Cheryl it’s so good to see you creating again and with such a beauty to kick it off! An awesome background for the pop of colour in these blooms. You really brought them to life, and the camouflaged letters are so great with this image! Sending virtual hugs and hope and healing to you to friend!

FD91354 said...

Beautiful card! Yes, isn't it scary die cutting into something you labored over? Your card turned out lovely and what kindness from Power Poppy and Kit and Clowder!

Debbie Harris said...

Stunning Cheryl!
With that background color those flowers are popping with joy and happiness!

You are so right, hugging is very effective in the lives of others as we share them generously and in love.

So good to visit with you ~

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

I do like those bright colors for the daisies! I wouldn’t have tried using that color turquoise for the background, but it works so well! I love your camouflage sentiment technique, you did it very well!

I am going to have to stop over at power poppy for this digi, can it really be free?

I was so happy to see a post of yours today! Thanks for sharing.

Melanie MacKenzie said...

So lovely to see your beautiful work again Cheryl. I love the card! Wonderful colouring and I really like the idea of the raised up Hugs. Just terrific. Cheers from Canada.

Barb said...

Cheryl, this is SO beautiful! I can't stop looking at it. Beautiful coloring, beautiful design, just beautiful, beautiful!

Conniecrafter said...

Cheryl it is so good to see you posting, I do hope all is well with you and your hubby!
Your card is just beautiful, such lovely vibrant coloring of these flowers, just beautiful! The hugs die is just wonderful with it, sure to bring a smile to whoever receives it!

Pretty Paper Junkie said...

I for one am so glad to see you back. And what a way to make an entrance!!
This is just spectacular. It reminds me of one of my favorite DCWV papers.

Stacy Sheldon said...

It is so nice that you got a break and that you are back :) I love how you did the sentiment here and colored the blooms Cheryl.

Barbara said...

I just colored up with generous free digi from Marcie yesterday, but I am going to pin your idea now. What a great way to send a hug and you are very right about the healing touch of a hug.

Robin Clendenning said...

Oh so beautiful Cheryl! I love all the gorgeous color and your camo word is amazing!!!
Gorgeous my sweet friend!

Pauline said...

Cheryl, it is so good to see you back here stamping! I missed your creations. Your card is beautiful, love the colours you chose, so pretty and vibrant. I like the way you did your sentiment, it adds that bit of interest and dimension. Thanks for sharing today Cheryl, hugs,

Marge said...

Hi, Cheryl! So glad to see your cards again.Your coloring on the flowers is wonderful! Love the slightly different coloe variation and shades on each petal. The whole color palette is very charming. You know....I haven't tried camouflage diecutting yet, lols! I always looks fantastic but is something scary for me to do ..right? Congrats on your card's success and thank you for sharing this beauty with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!



Kim Hamilton said...

Gorgeous card! Love it! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge :)

Leslie Miller said...

I've been wanting to try this technique, too. Touch and feel -- I like that! It's typically sweet and kind of Marcy to share this digi with all as a gift. I've loved her Gerberas from the get go and now here they are as a most beautiful background. Love all the wonderful colors you used. Virtual hugs back to you, Cheryl! It was lovely to see your sweet comments on my blog.

Tracy said...

Wow! Just wow! The colors are so vibrant against that blue background. Your creative juices were running over on this one my friend.

Patti J said...

Hi Cheryl, I'm just catching up, as I had need to take a health related break! Your card is beautiful, as always, and I love popping by to read your encouraging words! Big hugs to you, and sorry I've been MIA!

Stacy Morgan said...

Darling! Oh I like the HUGS you have hidden inside these daisies, very clever and such a pretty card. I need to try this with the letters when I have time... This is darling Cheryl.