Thursday, October 05, 2017

Poinsettia Hugs

Hello, precious friends! Well, as many of you have welcomed fall, we are still enjoying our "summer" weather here in South Florida. But it's definitely time for making Christmas cards, because Christmas always seems to sneak up on me. 

Today I am sharing one of the most beautiful poinsettia images ever, Poinsettia and Pomegranates.
"An instant classic for Power Poppy, this showy holiday image is finally available as a digital stamp — ready for you to resize, flip, flop, or edit to fit any project you've dreamt up. Elegant poinsettia leaves burst from a whorl of pine needles and sprays of baby pomegranates. Whether you take it on at full speed with punchy reds, inject it with pinks or oranges, go for chartreuse and white, or a subtly shimmering metallic, this image is pretty much an instant knockout. Comes with a lighter version for no-line coloring, plus two new sentiments that are not available in the clear stamp version."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Poinsettia and Pomegranates, Remixed Digital Image, October 2017

Once again, I could not resist coloring this entire image and giving it center stage. It truly is a lovely arrangement! I resized it and nestled in the sweet sentiment. With all the amazing detail, I decided to use colored pencils, and I am so grateful for the wonderful Kit and Clowder real-time video classes with Alyce Keegan. They are worth the time invested, and I've listed the pencils I used in my "recipe" below. I started with the darkest color and worked to the lightest, and then I finally burnished them for a smooth blend.  

Since this is such a classic image, I decided to make a traditional card using a shaped die and designer papers. I sponged the focal image while it was still in the die, and then I very carefully gilded the edges in gold...and then added some enamel dots. I added some DMC Perle cotton to serve as "ribbon," and finally I popped the focal image with dimensional tape. I actually like the vintage feel of the card, don't you think?

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Poinsettia and Pomegranates, Remixed Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, October 2017

I absolutely love red poinsettias and still remember all the beautiful ones that my mom would array throughout their house during the Christmas season. It was a special time to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is said that the star-shaped leaf pattern of the poinsettia symbolizes the star of Bethlehem.

And behold, the star that they had seen
when it rose went before them
until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
Matthew 2:9b-10

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. And be sure to visit the Power Poppy blog today to read more and see who else is joining me!

I am entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, along with the first anniversary of The Flower Challenge. (I would not be eligible for the Power Poppy prize.)

Precious friends, thank you for your visits and comments that I love reading. Please join me in praying for the victims of the hurricanes and for the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas. God is close to the brokenhearted. Your prayers and love continue to mean so much to me and many others! Thank you, and may God bless you.

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps:  Poinsettia and Pomegranates (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Rustic White (PTI), Soft Suede (SU!), Classic Christmas (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Shabby Shutters Distress Ink, printer
Tools/Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, Grand Labels 11 die (Spellbinders), Mini Perfect Layers tool, gold paint pen (Craft Smart), enamel dots (Recollections), DMC #840 Perle Cotton, Copic E43 for edging, 3M dimensional tape, red tape, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, sponging, pencil coloring
Card Size: 4½” 5½”
Prismacolor pencils used: Poinsettia Petals – PC925, PC924, PC923, blended with PC938 and PC940; Poinsettia Center – PC1034, PC940, PC923; Greenery – PC1097, PC1005, PC989; Pomegranates – PC922, PC923, PC1034, blended with PC940

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tying the Knot Blog Hop

Hello, sweet friends! Praise God we survived Hurricane Irma and suffered only minor damage, but my heart aches for the thousands who have lost loved ones and everything...their homes, jobs, and entire towns and villages. Let's all continue to pray and to do whatever we can to support those who are helping after the three hurricanes and the earthquakes in Mexico. 

Marcella Hawley, Wedding Hop, Tying the Knot, Doug and Marcy, September 2017

Both the Bloom Brigade and the Instant Gardeners are teaming up to celebrate a very special day...and couple. Our dearest Marcy is getting married  she and Doug are "tying the knot"  tomorrow. We have been keeping it a secret, and I know she will be delighted when she reads all the lovely things her teams share and sees the cards we have made.

I decided to use a favorite flower of Marcy's mom, and I colored it with pencils and did some "extreme" fussy cutting. I sponged the background to give it some blush...all brides blush at some point, right? Then I positioned the branch, carefully stamped "love," and then adhered it all to the card base. I used a number of small clear adhesive pads to add the delicate branch and flowers and adhered it to the card...breathing a sigh of relief...sort of how a bride feels when she is finally ready to walk down the aisle. So, here is my card!

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Planning for Magnolias, My English Rose, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, September 2017

I have to admit that initially I was a bit overwhelmed at making a card for our artist extraordinaire, Marcella Hawley! However, I realized that this isn't about art per se but rather celebrating the love Marcy and Doug have for each other.   

Love is patient and kind;
love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13

Whether you are a stamper or not, I hope you will visit the posts below to see what each of the team members is sharing. And I encourage you to visit the Power Poppy blog and wish Marcy and Doug a blessed wedding day. 

Sweet Marcy, I wish you, Doug, and your entire family a beautiful and fun day as you and Doug join together as husband and wife. May God bless you with increasing love for each other (and for God) as your love matures over the years, and may you have a lifetime of happiness, health and  most of all  love. Know that you are dearly loved! Big ole hugs and love, my precious friend! xoxo

Thank you for visiting with me today, and may God continue to bless each of you. 

Blessings, dear friends,

Stamps:  Planning for Magnolias, My English Rose (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White and Autumn Rose (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine), Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Tools/Accessories: Chameleon Color Tone Pencils, A2 Devine Eloquence and Labels 28 dies (Spellbinders), Stamp-a-ma-jig, Multi Mono Liquid Glue (Tombow), clear foam adhesive pads (Kool Tak)
Techniques: Fussy cutting
Card Size:  A-2