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Friday, July 14, 2017

Thinking of You Tulip

Hello, sweet friends! I trust you are having a good week and always remember how blessed we are. No matter what God brings into our lives, He is always with us.

Several weeks ago, a beloved friend breathed his last and is now with the Lord. He was a former pastor and a very dear friend...and a mentor and friend to my husband. His dear wife held a women's Bible study on Thursdays, and we had some precious times together. They were such dear friends, and we used to meet them after church for lunch each Sunday. We had such sweet times of fellowship...times we now cherish in our memories. We are so thankful to God for such a godly couple, and now we pray for his dear wife and know that her ultimate comfort is in knowing that he is no longer suffering and is now in the presence of the Lord.

We went to his memorial service and spent several days on the west coast of Florida, and I was able to relax a bit and try out my colored pencils. I don't have a lot of experience using pencils, so it was a fun time...but I definitely need more practice. I stamped the tulip with Antique Linen Distress Ink on X-Press It Blending Card and used only pencils, but I will definitely use other paper on my next project with pencils. Several months ago I was blessed to win the entire Stamp Simply spring release, and what a surprise! I am so thankful, and I know I will use these sets a lot. So here's my first card using the Get Well Tulip set. I did no-line coloring, used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment from the Thinking of You Rose set, used a decorative die (that I popped), matted it, and added pearls in the corners.

Stamp Simply, Get Well Tulip, Thinking of you Rose, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, July 2017

What a difference it made to attend this memorial service to celebrate his life, as we heard his family and friends speak of how he influenced their lives. What a legacy he has left. We are certain that our brother is enjoying being in the presence of the Lord and is no longer suffering, and we do not sorrow as others do. While we mourn his loss, we have the assurance that we will be reunited with him in the presence of our Lord Jesus...that will be our ultimate joy! 

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers,
about those who are asleep,
that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
1 Thessalonians 4:13

Sweet friends, thank you for visiting and leaving comments that I love to read. Your prayers continue to mean so much to me...so thank you! May God bless you.

Blessings, dear friends,


Stamps:  Get Well Tulip, Thinking of You Rose (Stamp Simply) 
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card, Certainly Celery (SU!)
Ink:  Antique Linen Distress Ink, Onyx Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, A2 Filigree Delight dies (Spellbinders), Petite Oval dies (Spellbinders), MISTI tool, Perfect Layers tool, pearls (Martha Stewart), Mono Multi Liquid Glue (Tombow), 3M dimensional tape, red tape
Techniques: Colored pencils, no-line coloring
Card Size:  A2
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31 comments:

Sharon Johnson/Stamp Simply said...

Cheryl, this is just truly so stunning. Your no-line coloring is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us and I'm so pleased you are enjoying your new stamps!!!

Team Clark said...

My deepest condolences, Cheryl. But we know all of heaven rejoices to receive the saints. Praise God! Love your colored pencil work. I'm sure it is so much different than working with markers. I find that adding a little dark brown in the end helps with deep shading and color variation, but I have so much more to learn and practice! Biggest hugs, Autumn

Heidi Stamps said...

I am sorry for the loss of your friend and your husband's mentor. It is a sad time, but an encouragement to remember God's promises. Your card is simply gorgeous. The coloring is lovely in depth - you definitely have a gift for coloring no matter the medium! I love the background die, it adds to the garden look. TFS!

Craftin Caly said...

So sorry for your loss, Cheryl. You are all so blessed to have such wonderful friends. Sending sweet prayers for all of you as you heel and celebrate his legacy. The rose is stunning and you did a wonderful job coloring with pencils. Hugs, dear friend!

Kia said...

I am sorry for your loss Cheryl. Our friends are very important in our lives. What a wonderful way to remember your friend. Your colouring is beyond beautiful and I love the die you used for your background. Beautiful work as you always do.
Hugs,

Misti said...

Cheryl, I'm so sorry for your loss! Your card is amazing!!! Love the intricate background with the tulip! Beautiful!

Susan Lankford said...

What a sweet post, Cheryl...While so many will miss your dear friend, he is in the presence of the Lord now and that is the promise and hope of all who trust in Christ, isn't it? Your card is lovely...you did such a great job with the no-line coloring!

Jerri Jimenez said...

Cheryl, dear friend, I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you, your husband and your dear friend's family. Your card is so beautiful! I love the depth you've created with the pencils. Bristol paper is really nice for working with the pencils as it has a lot of "tooth". You've done a beautiful job with the Express It. It's truly difficult to build layers with such a "sleek" surfaced paper so you should feel very proud of this beauty and the depth you were able to achieve!!! Well done dear friend and so beautiful!!!

Pamela Haskin said...

Such a lovely tribute to your friend.
Your card is lovely.

Leslie Miller said...

Cheryl, I'm sorry to hear you've lost such a good friend. I know you loved him as much as family, just as I feel about many of my friends. Memorial services should always have a bit of joy in them as we remember and celebrate a beautiful life. You did such a lovely job with your pencils here, and with no-line coloring! Beautifully matted. Gentle and precious. I haven't had much luck using pencils on X-Press It, either. Not enough tooth. Live and learn. Congratulations on your win!

Angella Biro said...

So sorry for your loss. Your card has inspired me to check out the stamp set. I ordered it today and can hardly wait for delivery. Thank you for sharing your story and beautiful card.

Graciellie Design said...

I was feeling a little overwhelmed while checking my email and I saw your newsletter and decided to visit to refresh my busy schedule. Love to be here dear friend. Love this no line coloring tulip. Such a delicate and beautiful card. Hugs.

Graciellie Design said...

I wanted to post this on a second comment. So sorry to hear dear Cheryl. Loosing someone special is never easy especially when there is a long friendship behind and lots of memories and moments shared together. Sorry for your loss and this blessed family's loss. Hugs.

*Vicki* said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Cheryl! It sounds like a very important person in your life and glad that you've both shared fellowship with the Lord. Memories are all we're left with so it's great to have those with you. Your card is so beautiful and glad you were able to sit and experiment with your pencils as it really looks amazing! Thanks for sharing my friend! Hugs & prayers

Bev Polen said...

Cheryl, so sorry about the loss of such a dear friend! You are right on target with the content of your touching post! The card you created is outstanding as usual, my sweet friend!! Hugs!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Cheryl, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend and Pastor. It is so hard for us because we miss our dear friends and family but such a blessed feeling to know all the overwhelming joy they are experiencing being with our Lord.
You did a Beautiful job with your pencil coloring on this, such lovely blending of the colors!! I love how you framed it too!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Donna Ellis said...

I am sorry to hear about your dear friend, Cheryl. Your lovely card will bring Love to the recipient. How nice and appropriate to try a new technique with a sympathy card, and especially since it is "something" new during a time of new beginnings. Thoughts and prayers to you. xx

Anonymous said...

Sweet child of God, your card so reflects the deep and loving feelings you and Walt had for your dear pastor/friend and mentor. Knowing that he suffers no more and knowing that he is in the arms of our Lord is comforting. So glad you got to use your new pencils. Although u say you need more practice, I would have to disagree with you: your coloring is wonderful and your shading brings a certain depth that causes your image to look truly life like. Still praying for you and Walt. Hope your summer finds you feeling much better and Walt's knee is doing better. Hugs and Love, Anne

Brenda said...

Cheryl, such a beautiful card and a beautiful tribute. Wonderful memories and faith are such gifts. I am so glad you and your friend's family have both of those to celebrate in this time of loss.

Pauline said...

Cheryl, I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. Your card is beautiful. Your no line colouring is exquisite as you have captured shadows and depth with the pencils. I have yet to try the 'no line colouring' but some day I will. Big hugs,

Barbara said...

So sorry for the loss of your dear friend, but so happy that you have wonderful and gracious memorizes of him. Your card and coloring is just perfect and looks so very real. I do enjoy your posts both for your cards and for you comforting words. My dear sister has been very sick and has a rare cancer diagnosis. She is in a lot of pain, but I wanted you to know that your message here today, helped me. Yes, the Lord works in mysterious ways.

Tracy said...

You just can't beat leaving a testimony like that behind. How blessed you were to have had him in your life. Your card is gorgeous. I am drooling over your coloring on the leaves. So much definition and detail. Go Cheryl! LOL Hugs!

Robin Clendenning said...

Gorgeous Cheryl!! I love the tulips and this one is so perfect!
Beautiful coloring sweet friend! Your leaves are beautiful!! I love that beautiful die cut as well!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Amen dear sister, as we sorrow not as those who have no hope... in Jesus, we will see these dear ones again, a comfort and hope to treasure in the path we walk before passing over too.
Love your colouring, Cheryl, glad you were able to have a wee break, and yes the layout complements your gorgeous image beautifully ...
Prayer hugs,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Angela Bode said...

This is so beautiful! I love the way you colored the leaves. I can't remember if I first saw this on instagram? but the leaves are what attracted me first! So sorry for the passing of your dear friend but I am so glad you were able to attend the memorial service and celebrate his life while also resting in the knowledge that you will once again be reunited! Hugs!

Dandi93 said...

It is hard to lose a treasured friend, so sorry for your loss... Your card is absolutely beautiful Cheryl, you've done an amazing job with the no line coloring and the pencils. Congrats on the big win at Stamp Simply..... Hugs and prayers my dear

Karen D. said...

The loss of a special friend is never easy...so sorry.
I love your card...love your work always. It has such a pure elegance to it all mf...just like you! You are special to me.
xx Karen

Davi said...

So sorry to hear of your loss Cheryl! Yet, such a comfort to know he is with the Lord and left a wonderful legacy of eternal seeds! Your card is beautiful, looks like you have the pencils down with the wonderful image :) Have a blessed week!

Irish Cherokee said...

Great coloring for the first time using them. The die you used is perfect for this card.

Love, Hugs and Blessings
Jim

Patti J said...

Hi Cheryl, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I'll lift his wife up in many prayers. Yours sounds like a rare friendship - praise God for giving you the good times with these dear people. Your Card is beautiful - great job with your pencils, my friend! Hope you are doing well! Congrats on your big win!

Marisa said...

So sorry for your loss...those that touch us deeply leave many fingerprints on our hearts and a hole in our heat when they depart. Thankful to read much was learned which can in turn be shared with others. Legacy is what it is all about and so thankful that amidst the pain of loss there can be great comfort in knowing they have heard "well done my good and faithful servant". Sharing in your sorrow ((hugs)) and celebrating in your joy. Gorgeous tulip (my favorite flower) and card!