Tuesday, July 2, 2019

CAS Watercolor Bouquet of Flowers





Special Event

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DARNELL!!



Please join us in celebrating Darnell's Birthday!!




The team has made special cards for Darnell's birthday,
along with me as Guest Designer
and several Featured Designers (friends from their recent stamping retreat).

During the retreat, Darnell (Dolly to us) was up early one morning
and decided she wanted some frozen blueberries.
Somehow she spilled almost the whole, Costco-sized bag of
blueberries all over the floor.

Bonnie snapped these pictures.

See the swipe of blueberries in the right photo??  Dolly panicked and grabbed
a large piece of card stock to "smoosh" the blueberry juice.

Well, without Dolly knowing, the gals kept that piece of blueberry smoosh and cut it up.

Each Designer has used one piece in making Dolly's birthday cards.  Check out all of them on the CAS Watercolor Challenge -- Bouquet of Flowers.


Now, I wasn't at the retreat, but Loll emailed me a photo of that blueberry smoosh to print and use for my card.  My printer doesn't do well with colors and, sure enough, it came out with dirty pink smudges in some of the white space.  I disguised that by adding some orange speckles and then covering the whole piece with a Scor-Tape sheet and glitter.  The sparkle is spectacular in real life, and the blueberry smoosh somewhat resembles blobby tree branches.  You think?




Try as I might, I couldn't adequately capture the sparkle in the photo, boo hoo.  The bouquet is from Power Poppy's Countryside Bouquet clear stamp set, watercolored with Tombow markers.  Die cut "Celebrate" is Tutti Designs Celebrate Word Set.




I kept it as clean and simple as possible under the circumstances.  White space can be sparkly, can't it?

Inside I stamped a portion of the bouquet in blue ink with a sentiment from another Power Poppy set -- Pure Prairie Spirit.  I could have used the beautiful bouquet from that set, but, instead, wanted to feature the California Poppy -- state flower of Darnell's home state.




That's my story, friends!  Join us at CAS Watercolor Challenge with your beautiful bouquet of watercolored flowers.  The team has some gorgeous samples and we'd like to see yours, too.  I think it's going to be a very pretty gallery this month!  Enjoy your day!


29 comments:

Julia Aston said...

You used the printed blueberry smooshed background wonderfully on your card - I like the variations in colors and the shapes mimic one of your bouquet blooms! I can just imagine the sparkle on it and your bouquet is beautifully colored!

pam said...

Gorgeous card Leslie, I love what you created with the background,but o my your bouquet of flowers is stunning, your colouring is wonderful, what a beautiful keepsake card for Darnell.
Pam x

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning card, lovely flowers and awesome colouring.xx

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

What a great idea! That group sounds like a lot of fun!! You did a great job recreating the blueberry background. Great bouquet of flowers and sentiment! I'm sure she will treaure all the cards!

Darnell said...

The white space IS indeed schparkly and gorgeous and the bouquet is brilliantly colored! The camera hasn't quite captured either one and I'm a very lucky lady to be the recipient and see it in person! Thank you so much for the beautiful card, Leslie, and for including a piece of the blueberry bumble in the background as part of the very special CAS Watercolor Challenge post today! I feel loved! Hugs, Darnell

nancy littrell said...

I can see enough of the pretty glitter in your closeup to visualize all the sparkly glitter in your background. Gorgeous watercolored bouquet for your main image. Congratulations for being chosen Guest Designer too, my friend. Hugs...Nancy

Lynette said...

How fun that they saved the blueberry-smooshed cardstock to make cards for Darnell! Your bouquet is gorgeous.

Trina P. said...

You incorporated the blueberry print brilliantly, Leslie. I have this stamp set and love how you colored it. Beautiful card. xx
Congrats on GD, too.

Christine Alexander said...

Leslie, I love the sparkle in the background from score tape and glitter. Wonderful colouring of your bouquet it's gorgeous :)

Loll said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Leslie!! I love your beautiful bouquet of flowers that contrast with the blueberry background. Awesome!! Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer this month. And thanks for joining us in our crazy event using blueberry juice smooshed card stock! :) xx

My Paper Epiphany said...

Wow, what a clever way to use the background! I love the sparkle and your pretty bouquet. So happy to have you guesting this month:)

Glenda said...

As always, I love your card and so will Darnell! How wonderful that you all are celebrating her birthday. You did a lovely job with the photocopied piece and hid the pink beautifully! Well done you!

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful bouquet, Leslie! Your cards make me want all the Power Poppy stamps! I love how the blueberry print looks like a branch and your sparkle was a perfect way to do the background. I know Dolly loves schparkle so it's right up her alley! Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer this month!

Unknown said...

The background design is great and the story is even funnier. Beautiful card!

Yogi said...

wonderful. what a great story. ave a great day

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Congratulations on being the Guest Designer at CAS Watercolor Card Challenge, Leslie, that is awesome!!!
And this is a stunning card my friend, this is one of my favorite bouquet stamp sets ever!! Love the fresh colors and that amazing, glittery background, I do see the sparkle on the close up picture.
Gorgeous card my dear, thank you for sharing.
XO
Maria.

Broni said...

I love it!! What a fun and special idea to use the pieces of cardstock for Dolly's birthday cards!! Awesome!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful card with the blueberry coloring. What a fun way to recall a great memory too!

Cindy Beach said...

I am so touched with this sweet story. Stamping friends are the BEST!! Love your card, Leslie!

Traci M said...

Leslie, your creativity always amazes me...the way you cover up your “ mistakes” tickles my funny bone...you always find a way. I love your sparkle and agree the blueberry smoosh resembles branches! Very artistically done and a gorgeous finished card!!

Karen Dunbrook said...

love how your card turned out Leslie...wonderful surprise for Darnell.
So happy you could join us this month!
xx Karen

Darlene said...

OMG now that's what I call turning a catastrophe into a fun filled event! Your card is AMAZING (as always) and I'm sure Darnell LOVED it ... I know I sure do! Your bouquet is just LOVELY!! Darn ... I missed Darnell's birthday ... how'd that happen? It's on my FB reminders ..grr ... headed over to wish her a happy 4th and a late birthday wish. Have a wonderful 4th weekend my friend!

Happy Dance said...

Fabulous card, Leslie!! I absolutely love that you've given your "smudges" a good sparkling! How very clever to do that!! And that bouquet...those California poppies look gorgeous, as do the rest of those flowers. Perfect sentiment for Darnell's card, too! Hope you're enjoying the holiday. : ) Bev

Kathy Krug said...

What a fun post. I loved reading the story and Darnell will always have a story to tell. Your card is beautiful and one she will treasure.

ChristineCreations said...

What a totally fun story, and a uniquely creative design from it! How sweet Leslie, that sparkle really blends it all into one fabulous backdrop for this bouquet!

Conniecrafter said...

Don't you just hate it when those printers have minds of their own, I can imagine the pretty sparkle you got from it, and the way you colored the beautiful bouquet made it look like the blue flowers are in the distant background.

Pauline said...

Leslie your bouquet is beautiful, love the yellow and oranges and that touch of purple, so pretty. And what a great idea for the background! I can just imagine all that sparkle in real life. And yes, the blueberry smoosh does resemble blobby tree branches! Thanks for sharing the story about Darnell - too funny! Sorry for such a late comment on this! Hope your enjoying the July 4th holiday!

Ros Crawford said...

I am so happy that your are GD... You bring everything to life with your talent and this challenge is perfect for you too... Fantastic card Leslie!

Diane said...

Gorgeous bouquet of flowers and I imagine she totally loved it, I know I would! Beautifully designed as always. I am hoping things are better with Rich and you are able to do a little camping..thinking of you!!

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