Friday, August 10, 2018

Hope Blooms

Finally, some flowers!  You know how I love them and these are very special flowers, indeed.  These digital Peonies were illustrated specifically for stampers by my friend, Maria's, 20 year old granddaughter.  Vanessa is an accomplished artist, but this is her first offering for stampers, and I'm hoping to see more.




You know me... I'm a digi fan because I love to color.  They're economical, instantly available, take up no space in your stamp room.  They can be resized, flipped, cropped, played with in a nearly infinite number of ways.  Sometimes I think I'd be happy going all digi, but I'm hooked on this stamping thing and all forms catch my eye and end up in my collection.  It's endless!

I watercolored these flowers with Tombow markers on Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor paper.  Red and a reddish-purple on the blooms, amethyst and that same reddish-purple in the background.  The stamped sentiment is from a years old Whipper Snapper set.




I watercolored the die cut bow, too.   The frame was die cut and then embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  It was a perfect fit and, gee, the lighting was just right for the embossed pattern to show in the photo.

Check out the Peonies digital stamp here.  I'm keeping an eye on that girl!  All supplies are listed below.

Thanks for visiting with me this week.  I'm still stamping and coloring, so I'll be back next week.  Have a happy day!


Stamps:  Peonies digital stamp, Whipper Snapper Blooming Expressions  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor, Stampin' Up! heavy weight Very Vanilla, Bazzill green card stock base  Ink:  Printer, Memento Tuxedo black for sentiment, Tombow markers for watercoloring  Accessories:  Memory Box Oval Master Frame, Poppystamps Lovely Gift Bow, Cuttlebug Heritage Collection embossing folder

30 comments:

Loll said...

Stunning card Leslie. Your colouring of the flowers is amazing. Beautiful highlighting ... you have brought these flower to life. The background is so soft and subtle but with the hints of the same colours. Gorgeous card!

Sherri said...

You are definitely the queen of flowers!! NOBODY can watercolor them like you do! This is gorgeous! And that embossed frame just makes it spectacular! Love, love the sentiment too! Another masterpiece!

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

Such a gorgeous flower! This young women definitely has talent. Love your coloring and the embossed frame! Looks so real that it will just jump out of the card! Have a great weekend!

Donna Ellis said...

Be still my heart! How completely gorgeous! Vanessa is very talented. Combined with your incredible artist skills, it's an amazing combination! Leslie, I love her style! It's a wonderful card, Leslie! hugs, de

CherylQuilts said...

Wow, Leslie, this is GORGEOUS! What amazing colors and beautiful background too! Vanessa is very talented, and I hope we see more of her work. I really love your watercoloring and can hardly wait to get my Tombow markers for my birthday - hehe! Just love how you've framed this card with the embossing and lovely oval, and that ribbon is perfect. I still have this Whipper Stamper set too and love the sentiment. Just perfect. Love it, my friend, and we sure do love digis!! Hugs!

CherylQuilts said...

P. S. I did visit and purchase that stamp BTW. Thanks!

Kathy Krug said...

Another piece of art deserving a frame. Beautiful.

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh my dear friend, I had to go get my eyes dried from the tears after seeing this amazingly gorgeous card you created with my granddaughter's digital image, thank you so much Leslie.
Your watercoloring of this flower is stunning, the colors are so true to life, the way you framed it is impeccable, just amazing.
Thank you, thank you.
Big hugs,
Maria.

Yogi said...

BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE IT IN THE EMBOSSED OVAL SHAPE. HAVE A GREAT DAY

Pauline said...

Oh my goodness! My jaw has hit the floor. Leslie, this is stunning! You have worked your magic with those tombows as these beautiful peonies have come to life! Stunning colours! Framed beautifully with that bit of embossing in the corners and the lovely sentiment and bow! Absolutely STUNNING! Thanks for the link I just purchased the peonies! I hope she creates more florals. I'm still in awe! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful card today! Have a good weekend. Hugs,

Darlene said...

This image is AMAZING and your style of water coloring is like none other and showcases her design beautifully! What a gorgeous, gorgeous creation Leslie! LOVE IT!

crafty-stamper said...

Stunning card and absolutely love the beautiful watercoloured image
Carol x

Verna Angerhofer said...

Those flowers are so gorgeous and greatly designed. And, your coloring of them is just amazing.

Christine Alexander said...

So pretty Leslie, I love your embossed frame for your amazing peonie and such a beautiful sentiment :)

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my Leslie you did a Gorgeous job with watercoloring this!! I so love how you cut a window for it and embossed the frame! Like how you added the pretty bow with the uplifting sentiment!

laurie said...

Peonies are my favorite, I can never wait till they bloom! Your card is amazing and it makes me wish for mine to be blooming again. Gorgeous card!

Jeanne H said...

What a lovely card. Such pretty coloring - the flowers look almost real!

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous digi flower stamp by a very talented young lady. Your coloring and watercolor wash are so beautiful, Leslie. I love your die cut frame with the dry embossing, watercolored bow and beautiful sentiment. TFS my friend. Hugs..

Pam Sparks said...

Wow, wow, WOW! This is so gorgeous Leslie! Love it! I want to try it! :D

Evelyn S. said...

This is such a beauty! It's such a wonderful drawing. I was somewhat disappointed in my peonies this year; several just didn't produce many flowers, and some didn't bloom at all. I asked my husband to build another planting area for me (concrete pavers as a base and different ones for the sides...3 1/2 feet x 13 1/2 feet wide) just for peonies. I'm going to move some that didn't bloom and I'm ordering two or three more. (I actually have 7 peonies in bud stage in a ziploc bag in the crisper of the refrigerator; some day I'll take them out and let them bloom, long after peonies ended their season in June!

aussie aNNie said...

WOW Leslie this is stunning love this.xxx

Lynette said...

Oh Leslie - this is a stunning card amongst stunning cards!!! I LOVE your coloring of it. I also love the way your sentiment spanned the oval opening.

Cindy Beach said...

Oh my, this is so beautiful, Leslie! How I love your amazing coloring skills! Makes no difference what you choose, your results are masterful. I could say it simply. Tombow markers??? Really??? Mine are on the shelf. This truly is a gorgeous image. Your soft background is what I love most.

Pretty Paper Junkie said...

We all know the flowers bloom in your garden and on your cards. I wish I had the words to express how totally awesome this little masterpiece is. I just love it!

Diane said...

Totally stunning, WOW between her being an artist or should I say 'blooming artist' and you coloring her works of art, she should go fair with this adventure...GORGEOUS!!

Broni said...

Gasp! What a beauty this is!! Extraordinary!!

Lisa Dolson said...

I had to come back to comment on this post...as I can see a lot of other people did too! Your card and watercoloring is absolutely beautiful. You have such a glorious way with watercoloring. I too went and bought this little jewel of a digi too. My first ever. Thank you for all of your wonderful inspiration and sharing.

Stacy Morgan said...

Gorgeous! The frame with the embossed corners is awesome. Leslie your water coloring every time I tell you makes me want to do it... then I do and think what was I thinking. ha ha This is gorgeous. Great idea with the sentiment tag across the frame opening. Love this!

Nana Griffin said...

This card is just so very wonderfully done. It is lovely in all ways. I love that bow as it is the best one I have ever seen as being so realistic looking. I did try to check it out on the Poppy stamp site and could not find it. I looked under dies and stamps but either missed it or it is no longer available. If you could give me any other info that might help I would appreciate it. Glad I found your site.

Nana Griffin said...

Found the bow die finally! I love how you colored yours to look so life like.

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