Monday, October 15, 2018

Something New and Some News!

Hello and happy October 15th!  Today is my birthday and guess what I got.  Okay... I won't make you guess... I'll just tell you:

💛  I'M BACK ON THE POWER POPPY TEAM!  💛


This time it's not the Bloom Brigade, but the Instant Gardeners, which is perfect for me because our job is to introduce the brand spanking new digital release on the 15th of each month.  You know how I love my digis, and my heart has always been with Power Poppy so...

Down to business...  I colored up the Halloween version of the new Painting Pumpkins digital stamp set.




What a great image with which to start my new job!

The graphic below shows you one of the alternative images in the set...




... and Marcella's words make you feel like coloring:

"Painted pumpkins — whether given a coat of chalky milk paint in pastel hues, a bold dip with metallic accents, or delicate dots with a fine-tipped brush — are all the rage. Now you can paint the pumpkins in real life AND in your papercrafting process. In this arrangement I have several pumpkins primed for your special creative touches. Paint pots and brushes await your artwork on the "blank canvas" version, or use one of my pre-drawn patterns or jack-o-lantern faces. A series of 4 sentiments ranging from a general Thank You through Halloween and Thanksgiving allows multiple uses for this fresh fall imagery."





I used Copics on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White.  After I colored the pumpkins all orange it occurred to me that I should do something to justify the three paint pots sitting there on the table, so I colored the acorns -- orange, green, and blue.

For the triple happy fishtail banner on the front I cropped out the "happy" from one of the sentiments and stacked them up -- one happy for each pumpkin.  Pictured below is the inside of the card where you can see the original sentiment.  Finished off very simply with a scrap of die cut ric rac left over from the front.





I've been coloring a lot of pumpkins this year with more yet to come, and each time I've use these Copic colors:





That's it from me!  Below is a link list to everyone sharing samples with the Painting Pumpkins digital set:

Nancy
Leslie (you are here)
Rhea
Cheryl
Broni
Marcella on the Power Poppy blog

Have a look.  It'll be fun!

Thanks for celebrating with me today!  I'll see you again on Wednesday.



36 comments:

aussie aNNie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ♪♪ my lovely friend and what a fabulous card we have here too. Brilliantly bright and glad you are on the PP team again.xxx

Glenda Brooks said...

Happy Birthday and Congratulations too! Loving your pumpkins girl...they are adorable!

Diane said...

Happy Happy Birthday!! Congratulations on your new DT adventure too....since I am HUGE fan of your coloring I will love seeing all the new digitals and the beautiful cards you will create with them!!!!
Your card will arrive soon, sorry with all that has gone on here, I haven't been in 'this' room more then a few hours (if that) a week, and looks like this week will be the same! Thank you so much for the beautiful card you sent me, I will treasure it...have a wonderful birthday and treat yourself to something FUN!!!

Darlene said...

WOW What an exciting day!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY and a HUGE CONGRATS! They knew what they were doing when they brought you back on ... your coloring is AMAZING and what an asset you will be to their team. I'm so happy for you and can't wait to see their new product and what you do with it! YAY! What a HAPPY HAPPY Day!! BIG HUGS!

Sherri said...

I'm absolutely thrilled for you! And this is a birthday present for all of us! You are hands down the best flower colorer of all! NOBODY can bring flowers to life the way you do! What a wonderful birthday for you! Hugs!!

Barbara said...

Happy Birthday, Leslie! Your design of these pumpkins is perfect. This is the happiest Halloween card that I have ever seen. I need this digi.
Congrats on your joining the Power Poppy bunch and I have to say that I am very jealous. I have been watching them and now, you too.

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

First of all - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you have a wonderful day. Then Congrats on rejoining the Power Poppy Team. I'm sure you will enjoy this new job with the Instant Gardens. These pumpkin faces are so cute waiting for their special day to come! Enjoy your new adventure.

CherylQuilts said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sweet Leslie! What a wonderful way to celebrate today, and we are ALL so happy you are back with Power Poppy! I'm thrilled that you are now with the Instant Gardeners and delighted to be working with you! I've long loved your work and know you will have a blast with your new "job!" I love how you've colored these adorable pumpkins and added the sentiment (each one of them being "happy" is a brilliant idea). I love the rick-rack border and the striped DP on the edges with your "signature" stitching that adds so much. Still doing the Snoopy Dance that you are designing with us! So excited and wishing you a most wonderful day, sweet friend! You are one of THE most talented stampers I know, and you bless us all with your work! Hugs and love! xoxo

Traci M said...

Happy Birthday, Leslie!! I am squealing with delight knowing you’re back into designing with Power Poppy...my favorite ever images to color and team to cheer on!! You’ve made such a cute debut here...love the colors and the acorns are such a sweet nod to the Brushes! So creative and fun!

Yogi said...

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Leslie. Hope you have a fabulous day.
Love the card and congrats on getting on the team again. Have a great day

Verna Angerhofer said...

Happy birthday to you and congratulations on your designing assignment with Power Poppy. And, what a fabulous pumpkin scene you made with the digi. I am not very handy using digis but I can see that you are. This is wonderful!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh my dear friend, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Leslie, and also, BIG CONGRATULATIONS on being part of the Instant Garden over at Power Poppy, my most favorite brand of stamps, what an inspiration you are my dear, I'm tickled pink for you!! and for all of us too.
I can't imagine being part of these fabulous team, you are most definitely right where you should be.
I hope your birthday is as amazing as you are, sending tons of hugs and love.

Maria.

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Goodness!! I was so happy to wish you a Happy Birthday and congratulating you for your awesome Power Poppy news that I neglected to tell you about your gorgeous card.
I love this pumpkins so beautifully colored my dear, love the perfect sentiment and awesome stitching.
Thank you for sharing.
XO
Maria.

Pauline said...

First of all a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY & CONGRATS to you! Secondly, what a fabulous way to celebrate - to be back with Power Poppy on the Instant Gardeners team! I'm so, so happy to hear this news. You certainly are well deserving of this position! Now for your card, love, love. You always know how to take any design and make it your own - just fabulous, from your beautiful colouring of those pumpkins make them look so real, the bit of striped paper, ric rac, your fishtail banner and then of course your fabulous stitching. The colourful acorns is very pleasing, all the colours blend so well together. A wonderful piece of art to start your new adventure! Again, I'm so happy for you. You are right where you need to be. Thanks always for the inspiration Leslie! Have a wonderful birthday, hugs,

Mildred said...

Hope you are having a wonderful birthday, Leslie. Congratulations, I always figured you loved Power Poppy. I was smiling so broadly at the three pumpkins I wouldn't even have noticed the colorful acorns if you hadn't pointed them out. Fabulous card. Happy Birthday!

Nancy Sheads said...

Gorgeous coloring Leslie! Love the details in your design. Welcome to the team!

Susie said...

First, Happy Birthday to you AND congratulations!! You're right where you need to be! I'm delighted for you. You have wow'd us for so many years with your gorgeous coloring and fabulous designs and now we get to see them again - it was meant to be. You inspired me in 2008 and you continue to inspire. I scrutinized every inch of your cards and was amazed at both your beautiful coloring and your fabulous stitching. Now, on to these really cute pumpkins - Love those colors, especially on the magical acorns! Welcome back and hope your birthday was the happiest ever!

Big hugs,
Susie ~

Conniecrafter said...

What a wonderful Birthday gift not only for you but all of us, you are amazing with these digitals and they are so lucky to have you on the team. Love their happy faces, and like that you colored the acorns all different colors, Fantastic job!!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Happy birthday, Leslie! What a great surprise you’ve shared with us too: soooo glad you’re back on the Power Poppy team. You take Marcy’s amazing illustrations and make them sing with your superb coloring skills. Congratulations!! And by the way I really like the bio pic of you on the PP blog. 😀

nancy littrell said...

Happy Birthday my forever girl friend:-) I am glad you liked your Birthday card, Leslie I LOVE your beautifully colored and designed pumpkins digi images and finished card. You are the perfect digi designer for Power Poppy. Maybe at one of our play dates you can show me how to use digi's. TFS...A Big Congratulations, Leslie. Hugs...Nancy

Christine Alexander said...

two reasons to be happy, Happy birthday and contratulations on being on PP digi design team. I'm in awe of you pumpkins, I've never tried digi images, this makes me want to give them a go. Leslie your colouring is amazing :)

Linda Carson said...

Yeah! Exciting news for a Monday! First, Happy Birthday! Hope it was a wonderful day celebrating you! So glad you’re back on Power Poppy! I mean just look at this fabulous card! Coloring is always amazing as well as your designs! Then to see you on IG makes my heart happy! I’m doing a happy dance!

Hannelie said...

Happy (belated) birthday to you Leslie! And yay for being on the Power Poppy team!

As always a wonderful card with your beautiful coloring!

Ros Crawford said...

Happy happy happy (belated) Birthday!! I'm so sorry that I didn't know... Many congrats on your news too - they couldn't have picked better. Your card is totally magnificent and beautifully done!! It makes me smile!!

Margaret said...

Happy belated birthday! I really need to put this on my calendar. So great to hear that you are back on the Power Poppy team. It's about time! I love your card. It brings a happy smile to my face and I love that you made the acorns smile too with color and not just plain old brown. Really perks up your card.

Bobbi Miller said...

YAY! Happy birthday! So VERY happy it's your special day, AND that we will see more of you on Poppy! I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to join your adventure. Hugs!

Cindy Beach said...

SORRY that I missed your birthday, Leslie! Hope it was a wonderful day leading to a fantastic year! Your gift to be on the Poppy team is a gift for us too! I often check out their digis and I will love seeing your wonderful creations with them! So happy for you.
Love the way you added the blue and green to the acorns, your card is glorious! Thanks too for showing which Copics you used - that is a huge help!

Sue from Oregon said...

Now those are some cute (and spooky at the same time) pumpkins. Love your coloring! ♥ Sue

crafty-stamper said...

Sorry late calling been a round of Dr and hosp app for hubby just lately and having trouble catching up--belated Happy Birthday and congrats on your DT great pumpkin image and fabulous colouring
Carol x

laurie said...

Happy belated Birthday...hope it was a fun one!! And congrats to you, you do so well showcasing those stamps...I will have to go check out your link. I love this pumpkin image!

Donna Ellis said...

Leslie, this is so beautifully colored (so what else is new?) seriously, I’m happy to see you designing for PP Marcella deserves fine artists such as yourself! I always enjoy seeing your renditions of her drawings. They bring out the melt-my-heart-with-beauty-and-happiness feeling! I especially like your trademark ric arc and the deep colors of your contented jackolanterns. Love it! Wishing you a lovely weekend! Hugs, de

KimCreate said...

Congrats on joining the Power Poppy Team again! Your card is lovely. Great digi image!

Stacy Morgan said...

Happy Birthday again sweet friend. I hope you had a wonderful day. Congrats on being back on the PP team. You know how excited I am. Your work ROCKS!!!! Loving you back with us. This card is darling, clever idea with the ric-rak too. These pumpkins look awesome.

Evelyn S. said...

You are so wonderfully creative and so skilled in creating your beautiful pieces of art, Leslie! I didn't realize you were back with Power Poppy, but you are a perfect match. I haven't visited the PP blog lately because of all my travels. I feel months behind everything, to be honest. I need to look at the Painting Pumpkins again.

Your birthday? Happy, happy Birthday...even though this comment is way late.

Lynette said...

Congrats! What a great birthday gift for you:) Your card is fabulous!

Ida said...

Happy but very "belated" birthday wishes. I'm so far behind on catching up with blogs that I totally missed your special day.
Congrats on being back on the Power Poppy Team. This card is just adorable. I love all things Halloween. Can't wait to see more or your awesome cards.

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