Sunday, January 20, 2019

New From Power Poppy: My Favorite Pair

Marcella's been drawing again!  She's released the second in her digital series of vintage cafe' au lait bowl bouquets and is it ever beautiful!  She calls it "My Favorite Pair".







Marcella's notes:

"A perfectly piled jumble of ripe pears, African violets, and meandering ribbon comprise the second in my series of vintage café au lait bowl bouquets. Think of the fun you can have with this one!  As we burrow into our winter wonderlands, the freshness of houseplants in windowsills is sometimes the only green to be seen!  Bursting forth with blossoms in purples and pinks, blues, reds, and whites — the coloring options are endless.  This illustration comes with an alternate version with a hand lettered sentiment, and a no-line version of each complete drawing.  Pick up Snowdrops and Tea Roses to complete the set, and look for another café au lait bouquet coming in February."


I printed the no-line, no-sentiment version on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics.  I needed this to be a birthday card so I stamped a sentiment on the tag, somewhat wonky, but it was the only way it would fit.  I don't think the birthday girl will mind.

By printing slightly smaller than I normally do for digital stamps I was allowed room for playing with papers.  In fact, I started with the ribbon (must use it or lose it), then chose the papers, constructed the layout and, finally, colored to match.  This crafting progression always saves time in the end and makes it easier to choose image colors.  Decisions, decisions!




I added rhinestones, too.  All these things in my stamp room... I've already purged enough, so the remaining supplies must be used.  Vintage supplies for a vintage bowl.  Gosh, it's a pretty stamp!

See more of My Favorite Pair here:

Cheryl Scrivens
Broni Holcombe
Jennifer Dove
Marcella at the Power Poppy Blog

Thanks for dropping in.  Enjoy your day!


35 comments:

Sherri said...

Wow! This is stunning! You are always in your element coloring flowers and this is particularly gorgeous! Perfection in coloring and design! It doesn't get any better than this!

aussie aNNie said...

What a gorgeous new stamp and the colouring is like amazing....love the stunning card.xxx

Pauline said...

Squeel! What a delightful, gorgeous card to see this morning! Oh my goodness Leslie, this is coloured beautifully, very vintage looking, love the papers and ribbon too. Your colouring is so spot on, the shading, your colour palette, everything is beautiful! You are the 'queen' of colouring no matter what the medium. I've never tried no-line colouring, you make it look so easy, must give it a try. I"m so glad you posted this today, as seeing the sneek peak for this digi over a week ago I was dying to see it. Must go buy it. You have inspired me today as always. (Need to go shovel snow before stamping, we got around 12" of snow yesterday, and it's still snowing and lots of drifting. We shoveled twice yesterday, took us over an hour both times, ugh!!! -4F) Have a happy day Leslie!

Joan B said...

you are so talented, my friend!! oh wow I always feel like it's spring when I visit your blog. you and flowers are just made for each other

laurie said...

How beautiful..love the bowl of pears! Your coloring just brings it all to life. Great job Leslie!

Nora N. said...

This is stunning!! I love your coloring and the mix of papers you chose. I also like the sentiment stamped like that. I never would have thought that it bothered you unless you said so because it looks perfect to me!

Darlene said...

Brilliant and absolutely gorgeous! Love your choice of papers & design! Not to mention your perfect coloring! How smart of you to choose papers first then color vs the other way around which I have a habit of doing! Ugh ... will remember that little tip! Love all the stitching ... perfect for this beautiful image! Thanks for amazing inspiration!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh my, Leslie, this is exquisite! I absolutely love everything about it and really love the idea of selecting the designer paper before coloring (or finish coloring). Always learning from you, my friend. The layout is fabulous, and I love the stitching and the vintage ribbon and (of course) wonderful rhinestone. Have a bunch of those myself and simply find it so hard to use/place them. Thanks for always inspiring us all, and I so love your no-line coloring -- something I need to work on. Beautifully done, and I absolutely am enthralled with it. Hugs and love!

Verna Angerhofer said...

This is a gorgeous design and your coloring of it is awesome. What a wonderful card you made.

Darnell said...

I love pears, so this appeals to me very much, Leslie! Your coloring of them and the entire image is simply stunning! I could stare at it for hours!! Hugs, Darnell

JD/ Jill said...

Oh Wow! This is fabulous! Wonderful coloring!

Yogi said...

Beautiful card. Lovely image and wonderfully colored. Nice pairing of the decorative papers. Have a great day

Kathy Krug said...

The background papers are beautiful and the stitching adds so much to the design. Beautifully colored as always.

pam said...

OMW your colours are stunning on this beautiful image, what a gorgeous card Leslie.
Hugs Pam x

Broni said...

Choosing the papers first sure did make for a gorgeous colored image. I adore this! And you must be doing the Marie Condo thing too! I already scaled my ribbons down from thousands to "just a few"! Beautiful card, as always, Leslie!

nancy littrell said...

Your beautifully colored ripe pears look so yummy and so pretty with all ribbon and embellishments. TFS my friend. Hugs..nancy

crafty-stamper said...

It's a gorgeous stamp and fabulous colouring those pears look very realistic-love the beautiful papers,ribbon and stitching too--Best way round too I used to colour images then take forever trying to match papers!
Carol x

Donna Ellis said...

How pretty, Leslie! Your violets are beautifully highlighted, making them appear just as delicate as they would be in real life! And that shine in your ribbon is a marvel! I am just so incredulously amazed when viewing your coloring. You must have a very secure, light touch. And of course your trademark stitching could not be more lovely with your choice of ribbons! It's a lovely creation! I'm a Leslie fan - her artwork is going to be even more valuable one day, so I save my treasures (appreciative giggles here). It was 80 here yesterday. We will be below freezing in the morning. Sigh - only a few periwinkles are steadfastly blooming for the few pollinators that wake up on the warm days. I'm getting too "old" to cover my plants effectively. hugs, de

Barbara said...

Be still my heart! I love the rich look of colors and tapestry on your creation. Fantastic card! I need this.

Conniecrafter said...

I do believe I recognize the paper, isn't that some basic grey :) the ribbon is so pretty with it, and you did a wonderful job matching the papers and ribbon with your gorgeous coloring, love the stitching too! I like the sentiment on an angle like that.

Christine Alexander said...

Leslie, your colouring is amazing, love the shading on the pears and the flowers. your stitched DP is such a sweet touch to the card. Love it all :)

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Girl.....WOW!! my mouth is watering at the sight of this card, those pears and your coloring are indeed THE PERFECT PEAR, love the realistic look of this delicious fruits and flowers, and of course, your impecable design makes this image the center of attention.
Absolutely gorgeous!!!
Thank you for sharing.
XO

Glenda Brooks said...

This is totally stunning! Your coloring is just perfect!

Ros Crawford said...

Oh my... This is amazing! I really really admire your colouring skills and whilst the choice of papers and the design is brilliant... I can't take my eyes from that beautiful bowl of lovelies!

Margaret said...

This is gorgeous! I love the paper you used and your beautiful coloring of the image. I think stamping the sentiment on the little tag was brilliant!

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

What a pretty bouquet of flowers and fruit! Your coloring is just beautiful and I love how you incorporated the DSP and ribbon. So cheerful on a cold winters day! I think your tag looks great all tied up with the ribbon! Makes my day!

Henriëtte said...

Gorgeous card Lesly, love your purple violets. Thank you so much for sharing.

Happy Dance said...

It really is a pretty stamp, Leslie. Your coloring is wonderful, and I adore this 'still life.' Love the paper and the ribbon, too. I really should move my sewing machine in here - you've made it look so lovely. What a wonderful card! Love it. Bev

Hannelie said...

So beautiful! Every little element and all the colors cone together in perfect harmony!

Lynette said...

Totally amazing, Leslie! Just so simply beautiful. Of course I love the stitching. I think I've been missing it lately!

Diane said...

What a beautiful image and who would of thought to 'pair/pear..(heehee) and violets and yet it works perfectly, so beautifully colored as well (if you ever needed a job you could get rich teaching coloring..just sayin')!! An overall gorgeous card!!

Evelyn S. said...

Another bouquet of color! You color Marcella's images so beautifully and so realistically. Repeating colors from the paper to the image (or vice versa) is lovely.

Stacy Morgan said...

Beautiful! Leslie you rock the no line coloring every time. The papers are wonderful for your color choices and super cool ribbon!

Susie said...

When it comes to coloring an image like this you're a master! I love to linger over the details (the ribbon, the fabulous stitching, the coordinating designer papers). All of these things don't just happen, it takes experience and an eye to bring it together naturally - you've got the touch, Leslie, always have in my opinion. What a beautiful card!

Cindy Beach said...

Simply stunning, Leslie, and created with such beauty as only you can do! The coloring and papers are perfect complements to this gorgeous image. I love your simple layout and the stitching adds just the right detail.

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