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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Heart Abloom

Hello, dear friends! Spring is in full bloom here in South Florida, and our temperatures are perfect. 

Today I am sharing a most extraordinary Heart Abloom digital release by Marcella Hawley. I could say it's my favorite, but she somehow always "tops" it again! Here's her delightful description:
"A tapestry of spring flowers fill a large, lush heart shape in this Color Story adventure! The flowers for this heart were expressly chosen for scene to celebrate yellows, greens, blues and purples. We have Daffodils and Narcissus, Trout Lilies, a myriad of single and double Hellebores, Trout Lilies, and then the surprise guest: Blueberries! Now, here’s the thing. Blueberries ripening on the vine start out a very pale greenish-white. The same stem can have a multitude of shades in white, pink, chartreuse, light and dark blue. Hellebores also are cross-pollinated to create loads of color combinations. So, whether you take this Color Story into cool territory with green, blue, deep purple, and white, or something warmer with blushes, yellows, and peachy tones, you are pretty much going to end up with a masterpiece! "
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Heart Abloom, Instant Garden Release, February 2018

So if you look down at my card, you are probably saying to yourself, "Well, that's not a heart or all those flowers." But, Marcy has also included a single hellebore drawn from the main image. Now isn't that just fabulous for a simple card? I found a beautiful inspiration photo, pulled out my Copic markers, and colored. I used a Crimson Red to add some of the fine lines found in the Helleborus Harlequin Gem and then used a 50% French Grey for shading/highlights. (And I had to remind myself not to use my Copic markers after using my pencils.)

As most of you stampers know, I struggle with card layouts and with how to finish my cards. I tried using a stencil, tried sponging, and other ideas. But nothing worked beside just a bit of shading.  One of the fun things about this one (giving away my tricks here now…) is being able to make a photocopy of it and then enhance the areas that did not copy well with markers and/or pencils to look as good if not better than the original. So, I’ll definitely be making more of this card…and I am definitely going to try to be more daring with those! Hehe! As many of you know, Marcella Hawley always inspires us by sharing what each element is. Just wait till you see what she has done with it! Wow! So here's my clean and simple card, and it's easy to mail.

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Heart Abloom, Remixed Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, February 2018

Reducing stress has been very important for my health, and God has given me an opportunity this week to relieve stress by coloring this beautiful artwork from Marcy. I've been focusing on being quiet and listening to what God would have me do each day and not try to tackle too much. I hope you too might find joy in the quiet of His presence. 

He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul.
Psalm 23:2-3a

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!

Precious friends, thank you for your visits and for your comments that I always love reading. I am behind in replying to your comments (and also your blogs), but I am working on it! May God bless and encourage each of you.

Blessings, precious friends,


StampsHeart Abloom (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 110# (Neenah), Purely Pomegranate (SU!)
Ink: Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, Rectangles dies (ODBD), Blueprints 27 dies (MFT), Mini Perfect Layers tool, white tape, red tape,
Techniques: Digital images using GIMP and Microsoft Word
Card Size: 4” x 5¼”

Monday, February 05, 2018

Blossoming Cherry

Hello, dear friends! Spring is definitely on the way, and I know most of those in the United States and Canada are eager for the warmer weather. It's been a very cold winter. 

So, today I am sharing the very lovely Blossoming Cherry digital release by Marcella Hawley. I especially love her description:
"Help usher in spring with ebullient cherry blossoms. How can such a simple branch pack such a pretty punch? God works in marvelous ways, that's all I can say! Paired with one of three friendly sentiments, your composition will be the blossoming belles of the ball."
Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Blossoming Cherry, Remixed Digital Image, February 2018

Who does not love the beautiful cherry blossom trees that are a symbol that spring is here? I remember living in Atlanta many years ago and seeing the beautiful pinks and white cherry blossoms. 

I used two cherry blossom branches and arranged them on my card inside a square and added one of the sweet sentiments that I will definitely use a lot. Who doesn't love to receive a "happy hello" card from a friend? I colored it very simply (and quickly) inspired by a photo I found on the internet, and then I tried my hand at "pointillism" around the branch for my shading. It's my first attempt, and I will definitely try it again. Then I trimmed my image and adhered it to a scalloped square die, and then I adhered that to a 4½" square card base. It's simple and easy to mail, and I have already finished coloring another one to build up my stash.

Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley, Blossoming Cherry, Remixed Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, February 2018

God certainly does work in marvelous ways, and He has created such amazing beauty all around us -- if we just look. If we look around us even in the midst of the cold winter and difficulties of life, we can see evidence of His beauty and love for us.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.
Psalm 19:1

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.
James 1:17

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!


Barb Walker
Cheryl Scrivens <me>

Precious friends, thank you for your visits and for your comments that I always love reading. Your prayers and love continue to mean so much to me and many others! Thank you, and may God bless and encourage you.

Blessings, precious friends,


StampsBlossoming Cherry (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White 110# (Neenah), Soft Sky (SU!)
Ink: Printer
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Grand Scalloped Squares dies (Spellbinders), t-square ruler, white tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, sponging, pencil coloring
Card Size: 5” square
Copic markers used: Petals/buds – RV00, RV10, R43, R59; Branch – E31, E37; Stems – YG03; Background – B0000
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