Pages

Saturday, May 06, 2017

He is always with us...

Happy Saturday, dear friends! I trust you are having a beautiful weekend. I was playing with some watercoloring using the ZIG Clean Brush Markers, and they definitely were fun to use. But I need more practice...as I do with all my watercoloring. 

Anyway, Friday's "Free For All" challenge on Splitcoaststampers was to make a "CAS for me" card. In "stamping" talk that means making a "clean and simple" card that is even more CAS than I would normally make. I wanted to add some pearls or other embellishments, but I held back and merely added a narrow stitched frame. I am also entering this card in my first CAS Watercolour Challenge, and I am entering this card in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge

CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, May 2017, Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp, CAS, Splitcoasttampers

It seems I am in need of more and more cards that encourage. When we are going through difficult and even painful times...times of discouragement, sickness, or even the loss of a loved one, it's vital to remember that we are never alone. God designed us for community, and yet even when we feel abandoned...we are really never alone. Our faith is vital, and God has promised:

I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5

May God bless and encourage you always, and may you know the One Who is always near. 

Sweet friends, thank you for your visits and comments that I love reading. Your prayers and love continue to mean so much to me! There are many prayers that I lift up in your behalf. Thank you, and may God bless you. 

Blessings, dear friends,


Stamps:  Antique Rose Stem (Hero Arts), Blessed (Simon Says Stamp) 
Paper: Cold press 140# watercolor paper (Strathmore), Soft Sky (SU!), Solar White 110# (Neenah)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), printer
Tools/Accessories: ZIG Clean Brush Markers (Kuretake), Mini MISTI tool, Single Stitch Line Rectangle dies (My Favorite Things), gold embossing powder, Multi Mono Liquid Glue (Tombow)
Techniques: Watercoloring, embossing
Card Size:  A2
SaveSave

38 comments:

Angie S. said...

This is such a beautiful and uplifting card Cheryl! May God richly bless you as you continue to encourage others in Him!

Loll said...

Such a beautiful watercolour rose Cheryl, with a very uplifting message. Love the shading you've added to give the flower lots of visual depth. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour. Loll xx

Donna Ellis said...

It certainly is a gorgeously colored CAS card, Cheryl! The sentiment is a cherished one, and your gold embossing is especially elegant. The pretty aqua background behind your rose is so lovely in contrast, and beautifully matched to your frame! It's the perfect card to lift someone's spirits and encourage them to follow their path. Lovely! Wishing you a fantastic week-end. hugs, de

Lin said...

The gold embossing and your lovely background shading make this card a real stunner, Cheryl! Beautiful, as always!

Gem said...

Beautiful CAS card, Cheryl - your coloring is great, even if you are using a new medium! The sentiment is very comforting - this card might not be for me, but just reading it makes me feel His presence. Thank you so much for sharing a wonderful card!

nancy littrell said...

I am Thrilled, Cheryl that you were able to join our CAS Watercolour challenge this month. Flowers are the perfect theme for May and for encouragement and love for our friends and loved ones that are in need of loving support. Your sentiment on your beautifully colored flower card is so wonderful Cheryl. Thank you for always being there for all your loved ones, including me :-) A big hug and thank you my friend.

Heidi Stamps said...

Such a pretty card and very clean and simple. I really love the beautiful flower, but also the lovely frame! That really pulls everything together. I love the sentiment, it is a needed message for so many.

Thanks for sharing, Cheryl!

Craftin Caly said...

This is one of my favorite ways to watercolor, Cheryl! You are already so great at it! Don't doubt yourself! I need to be better about following SCS. There are too many things to do and so little time! And as far as I know...you are the BEST encourager! Love you lots!

Donna Phelan said...

Gorgeous card! Love that beautiful flower and embossing! The sentiment is perfect! Love the design, CAS at it's best!

Essie said...

Cheryl,

This is a gorgeous, simple, elegant card. Love your inspiring work and always kind and thoughtful words.

Leslie Miller said...

Gorgeous, Cheryl! Your watercoloring with the gold embossing is a beauteous sight, and you couldn't have chosen a more perfect color for your frame. You can never have too many cards on hand for encouragement, sympathy, thinking of you... When your heart is open you can see the need, and a little thoughtfulness goes a long way when a person is struggling.

Stacy Sheldon said...

the softness of the colors is so beautifully done Cheryl, I love the stitched framing too :)

Susan Lankford said...

Cheryl...your watercoloring is perfect! Love the colors! I know you must be a wonderful encourager for many others with your sweet words.

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

This is so beautiful! I love the gold with the pretty pink flower peddles and the background is amazing. This is one gorgeous card.

Robin Clendenning said...

Beautiful Cheryl!! I love your water colored design!! You do all thing well my friend!! Love the gold embossing too! So beautiful!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Cheryl, your card will be a lovely lift and encouragement to someone's day that is for sure. The gold embossing is so pretty with the watercoloring, I would say I think you have already mastered it :)
You continue to be in my prayers, wishing you a wonderful week ahead!!

Cheryl said...

So pretty, sweet friend! I hope you are feeling better and your eyes are doing much better. God bless you!

Bonnie said...

I have been impressed with your Copic coloring, Cheryl, and your watercolor is just as beautiful! What a wonderful sentiment and one we should always keep in mind! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

Irish Cherokee said...

It is not the perfect that is the perfection but the imperfection that is perfect. Beautiful water coloring. Yes He is always with us.

Love, Hugs and Blessings,
JIm

Dandi93 said...

Beautiful message to go with your pretty card Cheryl... You really have done a fabulous job. I hope to have that extra push to try my Zigs or at least take the time and play with them. Hugs my dear

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Gorgeous work sis, lovely colour choices it's so eye catching and the gold embossing just tops off that beautiful watercolour image.
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
... sending hugs and prayers,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Jerri Jimenez said...

A very beautiful card Cheryl! The colors are so beautiful together, your painting is stunning. I so love watercolor. Hugs sweet friend!!

Patti J said...

My most needed cards are also encouragement, or thinking of you. As a Chemo card angel, I'm always in need of something like this. What a beautiful creation, my friend! You are so talented, and you know how your words always lift me up! Hugs to you....

Marisa said...

I love making and sending cards simply to be able to encourage others and remind them they are not alone. Gorgeous card, sure to touch the life of the one you send it to :)

Tracy said...

So lovely. The gold embossing is so pretty and the softness of the watercolor makes this simple design so serene and calming. Beautiful work my dear friend. Hugs!

Susie said...

Both card and write-up are wonderful, Cheryl. So very meaningful for all the reasons you mentioned. God's word does not return void, and the lovely image and soft watercolor is a lovely way to frame that important message to everyone who reads your blog today.

Blessings and love,
Susie ~

JD/ Jill said...

This is so beautiful! Thank you for the birthday wishes!

Monia - Monika Jakubowska said...

Your card is very beautiful, I love colours and colouring :)

Graciellie Design said...

Beautiful artwork as always! Your coloring is superb! Also, congratulations on winning our Westcott Brand prize at Graciellie Design! Hugs.

Stephanie said...

Good morning, precious friend. I hope you are well on this beautiful Saturday.

Your card took my breath away...it's simply lovely, Cheryl! Your work is a gift from the Lord and it certainly blesses many.

Thinking of you and sending love your way!

KarinsArtScrap said...

Hi Sheryl thank you for your comment on my communion girl card
your flower cards are gorgeous love them.

gr karin

Team Clark said...

Cheryl, I love the soft blue surround of this blossom. So delicate and lively. I'm thrilled to finally be coloring. You have inspired me so much, though I didn't have Copic markers. I finally decided to work with pencils and am having fun with it! Hope to do lots more next week at the beach. Big hugs, Autumn

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

What a gorgeous card! It really needed nothing else, the amazing coloring you did was perfect! I like the border on the card too with the stitching, so pretty!

You are right, there are so many hurting people, and it is always good to have on hand cards that can encourage our friends.

Hugs to you today :)

Susan aka rainy said...

Such a lovely card, Cheryl, and gorgeous coloring as well. Beautiful and comforting sentiment, too.

Angela Bode said...

Cheryl, I saw this over at SCS but I guess I didn't stop by here! :) I love this. The flower is so elegant embossed in gold! I love the framing too! Sensational card!

Dandi93 said...

Absolutely beautiful Cheryl, You've done a fabulous job water coloring your flower and your shading of the petals are perfect.... Great message... Hugs

Dandi93 said...

I think I ended up on the wrong card and gave another comment, lol.... Been up since 4:15, you would think I'd be awake.... Or I need to close a few on my opened windows. Off to comment on the card I should have the first time.... Yes, time for coffee. Hugs Cherly

Karen D. said...

so gorgeous...love the gold embossing, makes the card looks so elegant and wonderful.
sending hugs,
Karen