Monday, October 9, 2017

Dazzling Dahlia

Hello there!  Did you remember Saturday was World Card Making Day?  Somehow I failed to realize that until the day was upon me and I had other plans.  I did mail two birthday cards on Saturday, though.  Does that count?

The card I'm sharing today is Power Poppy's Dahlia XL, watercolored with my Spectrum Sparkle brush pens, plus one color of Twinkling H2Os.  I was thinking fall with russet tones and this is how it turned out.




Bright, isn't it?  Yikes!  Maybe I should call this "Dahlia on Fire".  You can't even see the sparkle in the first photo.  It shows up a little more here:




And here:




Love those sparkle pens!

I started out with Macaroon and Biscuit sparkle pens (pink and yellow), and left some of that showing for highlights as I added Hearthside sparkle pen (red) and Ginger Peach Twinkling H2O (russet).  The background is shaded with Ocean Wave and Sage sparkle pens.  The gold splats are Ginger Peach Twinks.

I tried to echo all the colors of the dahlia in the designer paper card base, the light gold shimmery mat, and the copper cord.

I'm going to play along in The Flower Challenge's 1st birthday celebration -- "Use Your Favorite Flower".


I think my favorite flower is just about anything Marcella draws, but dahlias do fascinate me because of the incredible variety and some of those huge "dinner plate" blooms.  There are prizes for this birthday celebration and we're supposed to name our choice just in case we win.  Well, gee, there are still a few Power Poppy digis I don't have yet...

That's it for today!  I hope to see you again soon.  Till then...


Stamps:  Power Poppy Dahlia XL  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor, light gold satin metallic, white card base, BasicGrey June Bug designer paper  Ink:  Palette Noir  Coloring:  Spectrum Sparkle watercolor bush pens and Twinkling H2Os as listed above  Accessories:  Copper cord, Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets

28 comments:

Ros Crawford said...

I love dahlias and this is absolutely stunning... Beautifully done you clever lady!

Sherri said...

Your watercoloring skills just blow me away! Actually, whatever medium you use just blows me away! I am so in awe of your coloring skills along with your design skills! I know whatever card you post it will be spectacular!

ChristineCreations said...

Woweee Leslie! Just look at that vibrant colour and the gorgeous sparkle! So dreamy. I think maybe you’ve dreamed up a new variety 'Dahlia on Fire' :)

Donna Ellis said...

Wow! Dazzling is RIGHT in EVERY way, Leslie! At first, I did not see the sparkle, and your brilliant colors alone dazzled me. But then I saw your fabulous splatters, glitter and sparkle, and I must say that when you set your mind to dazzle, you really do a job of it! Gorgeously done, and the colors warm my heart. Beautiful! hugs, de

pam said...

Stunning!!! gorgeous colours Leslie, love this beautiful image, what a fantastic card design.. would have to keep this just for me..
Hugs Pam x

Yogi said...

that's a beautifully vibrant flower with lots of sparkle. Have a great day

Kathy Krug said...

Gorgeous,Leslie. You got such vibrant colors and the glitter puts this beauty over the top. It needs a frame.

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful dahlia, so beautifully colored, Leslie. I love your color choices and pretty card design with your DSP and splatters. TFS and Happy Fall! Hugs

Darlene said...

Yes ... bright AND beautiful!! My FIL grew dinner plate dahlias ... they were AMAZING! Your card is just beautiful my friend (as always) and love the sparkle! Happy Day to you!
P.S. Congrats on your win over on the NBUS challenge!!

Lisa Dolson said...

Leslie, your dahlia is magnificent!! Your colors and blending is awe-mazing! Beautiful!

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

That definitely not a shy dahlia! Your card is gorgeous!

Lynette said...

So gorgeous, Leslie! Love the sparkle! I love the background, too.

Margaret said...

Wow! This is incredible. I love the bright bold colors and the sparkles all over. Well done.

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

What a great flower - bright and vibrant! Love the sparkle as well. I love how your bold colors turned out. I hope you win!

Evelyn S. said...

Wow, wow, wow! It's on fire! What a beautiful dahlia you've created with that stamp....I own the stamp but know I can't color it adequately. Love all that sparkle, too. It's a dramatic and gorgeous card, Leslie.

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Glorious color and sparkle! It is a stunning card my friend!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh WOW!! Leslie!!! This card is on fire!!!!! what an amazing image so wonderfully colored, such richness in the colors you picked to create this masterpiece.
Love the sparkle, beautifully done!!
Thank you for sharing with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE and for letting us know what prize you want, good luck!!!
Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.DT

Diane said...

WOW, a gorgeous card, I love love the bright colors (even if that wasn't what you intended it sure is PRETTY)!! All that sparkle is amazing and with out any glitter on the dogs too...lol!! I see congrats are on in order over at 'Darnell's.....have fun shopping!! Gotta go, headed to the vet with kittens, dislike it almost as much as they do lol!!

Conniecrafter said...

Wow that is outstanding, I just love what you do with those pens and the background looks just as nice!!

Lisa Lara said...

Whaaaaaaaaaat? Oh my goodness Leslie, this card is just stunning and spectacular. Love the colors you chose to color this beauty. WOW.

Susie said...

I think you should name this beautiful Dahlia, Blaze! That's the first thing that popped into my head before I even read your post. It's a stunning color for the fall. Now your mission is to spend some time at the garden shop and see if you can find a variety close to this - I bet you can. We've just come back after being out west for an entire month, so I was behind too and didn't get a card made for World Card Making Day - next year (she smiles). And thank you my friend for the sweet surprise visit to my blog. You are always so faithful to check in and I appreciate it so much. Hugs, Susie ~

laurie said...

This is certainly a wow card! That bloom is the star...how bright and beautiful...and I love the sparkle!

Cindy Beach said...

How beautiful, Leslie! The colors a sparkle are fabulous! I really like the sentiment, it seems perfectly paired with the big bloom.

Ericka Strange said...

Love these colors and sparkle! SO pretty!

Heather Jensen said...

WOW! The added shimmer looks amazing! :)

Karen D. said...

I say it again...WOW...you got my attention. Wonderfully done card, such great shimmer and a real punch of lovely colours.
Thanks so much for joining us for our birthday celebration at The Flower Challenge.
Karen

Stacy Morgan said...

Gorgeous... Oh my oh my... don't you just love this flower. Fantastic card, wonderful shimmer to match.

CherylQuilts said...

Wow, some like it hot, and I love it hot! Love the warm, hot colors and amazing coloring! Yes, I love this fabulous dahlias, and it's gorgeous and just amazing! Hugs!

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