Friday, August 28, 2020

Power Poppy's Healing Bouquet

Hello, sweet friends! Well, it was about time for me to try making a card again, and it felt like I forgot everything. Coloring was relaxing, but I am rusty and will have to keep practicing. Things have changed with my photo-editing program GIMP and the new Blogger, so even writing this post took extra time. Oh my! But after researching all the wonderful elements in Healing Bouquet, I did finish coloring this beautiful image and quickly found a die I had not used before. I finished it off by adding this sweet image from the clear set Always Here -- and breathed a sigh of relief but satisfaction in making a card again!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Healing Bouquet, Always Here, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, August 2020

For my stamping friends, you will find this new digital image at Power Poppy

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Healing Bouquet, Digital Image, August 2020

Check out these fabulous cards my beloved Bloom Brigade teammates have shared along with what Marcella has to share about the Fresh-Squeezed Scents Mini Release. You are in for a delight! 

My husband and I are so thankful to God for all He has done for us this past year and a half. I am feeling much better but am on a prescription to increase my iron level (and my energy level). I am trusting that my next blood work will be fine and will see the oncologist in a couple of weeks. Then I hope to get a clear CAT scan after that. We continue to pray that any remaining cancer cells are gone. I had my cataract surgeries, and I will get a new prescription for eye glasses and am eager to see better. It's amazing how white everything is and how some colors have changed. 

I continue to love this precious verse from Philippians, which reminds me how we all can face each day no matter what God allows in each of our lives. I know there are many who are facing great loss, grief, sickness, along with dealing with the pandemic. The fires in California and the hurricane in the Gulf are heartbreaking, but God can give each of us strength to endure. May we each reach out to share the Hope we have in Christ and help in any other material way as well. 

I can do [endure] all things
through Christ Who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13

I especially appreciated that my friend said "endure" in his text because it fit what I experienced. After my second surgery, I did not think I could go another minute feeling the pain. A very dear and precious friend came to the hospital and prayed for me asking Jesus to give me His strength to endure. I have learned this year that we can endure trials of any kind only through God's strength. Some are more difficult than others, but I assure you that God is always with us and will strengthen and encourage us -- and give us peace. God promises that He will never leave us. May you be assured of His love and care as I have been.   

Precious friends, thank you for stopping by. I have missed you and have continued to pray for you. I am thankful as God brings your names and situations to mind. Please feel free to email me with prayer requests and updates. I have found joy hearing about praise reports as well as updates. Your friendship, love, and prayers are cherished. Prayer is powerful! May God continue to give peace, comfort, and strength to us all. May God Almighty be praised always! You are a great blessing to me and to those for whom you pray.

Blessings, love, and big hugs, sweet friends,

StampsHealing Bouquet and Always Here (Power Poppy)
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Mellow Moss - retired (SU!)
Ink: Printer for digital image, Onyx Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Antique Frame die (Penny Black), Tombow Mono Glue, Gemini Junior die-cutting machine
Techniques: Digital images with GIMP and Microsoft Word, Copic coloring
Card Size: A-2


Barbara said...

So very glad to see you feeling better and creating again. You have been in my thoughts and have always been so very encouraging and helpful to me. Now look at where I am, I this team with you. Amazing! I know that you think you are rusty, but this is a splendid card. It is a profound example of you resilient you are. Hugs!

Caly Person said...

I love your beautiful card, Cheryl! It's always such a blessing to see an email from your blog to read and catch up on what's been going on with you. I'm so glad to hear you were feeling better - this Healing Bouquet is so relatable and I will pray for continued healing for you!

Stacy Morgan said...

Morning sweet friend. Glad you are getting into the craft room and making some extra time to dig in. You are not rusty at all missy, this is beautiful. I like the soft edges and your CAS style to the card. Hugs and love!

Patti J said...

Cheryl, I was so excited to see your post in my feed! So happy you’re back. I’ve so missed your beautiful creations, but most of all, I miss your words, my friend! Pray for you and Walt always! So glad you’re doing better. This card is gorgeous! I would never guess it’s been a long while since you created! You certainly haven’t lost your touch! Thanks for sharing, for caring, and for your never ending inspiration and positivity! Hugs...

Marcella Hawley said...

Cheryl, there is no end to how much you inspire — getting back into the craft room and already coming up with a dazzling card that knocked my socks off. I am so grateful for you, and so grateful that you are healing... prayers answered! xoxo, marcy

Conniecrafter said...

Cheryl it is so wonderful to see you posting once again and such lovely coloring you have brought to this lovely stamp. Love the die you chose to cut it out too, Beautiful work as always!
I felt the same way after both my cataract surgeries too, in fact I can't go outside without my sunglasses, more light sensitive then I was before. Will pray that your upcoming CAT scan shows all is clear, and you can get back to feeling stronger once again, so thankful that God gave you the ability to endure and trust that he had you in his care all along the way through your journey! Hugs to you!

Stef Perry said...

Cheryl, your recovery is truly are a testament to God's love and strength, and it is so very wonderful to see you back to sharing your beautiful work, my friend! Sending prayers that you and Walt remain safe and healthy.

Pauline said...

Cheryl, I'm so glad to see you are back creating again. I've missed you and think of you often. Your card is gorgeous, so beautifully coloured, and the sentiment is perfect, you have not lost your touch my friend! I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a full recovery! Hugs my friend xo

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Hello Cheryl: I'm so very happy to see you posting your gorgeous and inspiring cards again. I hope you continue healing and enjoying this craft that has the ability to pull us all together in spite of the distance that separates us.
Your Faith is comforting and gives me the strength to deal with all the pain and suffering all of us are going through, the uncertainty of these times and, most importantly, the hope for change to start healing as a Nation.
Thank you for sharing your story and your amazing cards with us.
Sending Love and Hugs.

Leslie Miller said...

Sweet Cheryl, you know we love you and are so happy to see your beautiful card. You have not lost your touch. Things can change a lot in a little bit of time, but you persevered with Gimp and Blogger, the same as you persevered through your illness and recovery. You are an inspiration. Hugs!

Sathya said...

Beautiful coloring Cheryl. Happy to see you back again.

Cheryl said...

Dear friend, it is so wonderful see a blog post from you. What a dear blessing you are to all of us. Praying for you and trusting God you will soon get that clear cat scan. Much love to you.

Donna Ellis said...

It's so good seeing your beautiful artwork again, Cheryl! It's hard enough remembering how to do techie things when we've been away for a while. But returning to blogging and finding everything has changed is just another challenge! LOL Glad you are responding to your treatments, and I pray you continue responding well... and that your hubby's health has improved as well. The die you chose for your creation is so pretty, Cheryl! Wishing you all the best, and hoping we dodge the hurricane season. hugs, de

Jerri Jimenez said...

Cheryl, I was so excited to see your feed come through my e-mail box. Your card is perfectly stunning! My heart rejoices that you feel well enough to create such a beauty, you have certainly not "lost your touch" . . . your coloring is fabulous! God's glory shines in your miraculous recovery. I will pray that your scans are completely cancer free and that you and Walt continue to improve. I am so happy your cataract surgery was a success! What a blessing!! I remember my mom telling me how much brighter her world became after her surgery. I look forward to seeing more posts from you sweet friend. Hugs!!!!

Traci M said...

Dear Cheryl, you don’t know how many times you have come to mind...and prayers if gratitude that I have a friend that reflects our Lord in all kinds of suffering. It is such a joy to see your beautiful spirit reflected here in this gorgeous card!! I can’t imagine coloring this well after so much time...well I am almost there also. Just know how much you’ve been missed. I was just talking to My husband today about cataract surgery and how amazing it would be to be able to see so clearly every detail. I will pray for your surgery to go well!!

Karen Dunbrook said...

so truly gorgeous mf....your work is stunning and so pure, just as your heart is to me.
sending lots of love and hugs.
xx Karen

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

So know what you mean in this post Cheryl, so true... endure. My life verses are 1 to 6, but Heb 12:2 key verse.. "looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him ENDURED the cross, despising the shame, and is set down before the right hand of throne of God."
Love of course your card, beautiful indeed, praying on for strengthening day by day.
Thanks for sharing, and may God bless and keep you and all whom you love safe and well.
Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz. X

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Monika/Buzsy said...

What a beautiful card Cheryl. I am so glad you are back to feeling good and that your eye sight is better... God has created us so perfectly and when something is off, we can surely feel it! But it's all in his plan, good and bad, pain and no pain... Thank you for the inspiration... crafty and spiritual! Be safe!