Friday, April 8, 2016

A Friday Farewell

It’s Friday, which means the Bloomies are on tap to showcase some of their gorgeousness for all of YOU but with it, comes a farewell of sorts! We don’t like farewells here. Okay, can I just say I hate goodbyes?

Not too terribly long ago, our beloved Bloom Brigade design team member Leslie Miller left her job working as a technician in a lab only to set sail on a new adventure called retirement. She couldn't wait to have more time to create! And, we welcomed that. Why wouldn’t we? More Leslie? Come on! Who wouldn’t want that? ;-) Well, since retirement, Leslie’s realized that she needs to be “all in” when it comes to that footloose and fancy-free feeling with her hubby Rich and two goldens, Wally and Lulu. So, we bid her adieu from the Bloom Brigade (sniffle, sniffle, waahhhhhh!) but, she’s assured us that goodbye isn’t goodbye at all and that she will still pick up those Power Poppy stamps at will and share lots of cards with us. We wish her all the best and with that, we thought we’d showcase our: Leslie Miller Hall of Faves!


Dear Leslie Miller with Wally and Lulu
This first one, to me, just shows Leslie's talent in living color. This embossed and softly-colored creation just brings on an air of beauty with Power Poppy’s Happy Crabapple stamp set!


There is something peaceful and serene about this card below using the Lilac Time stamp set. I love the mix of colors and the feeling of texture with the faulous mix of decorative paper and die cuts! Take time to check out Leslie's coloring on this one too -- amazing, simply amazing!!! Just look at the detail she colored on each and every lilac petal!


With this next treasure, Leslie just goes to show that it's not all about cards! It can be about that handmade touch, that snippet of yourself that you can add to a handmade gift. I gasped the first time I saw this label. I mean, those berries (from the digital stamp set Berry It) look good enough to eat! Don't you think?


If you are a Leslie Miller fan, well, that’s silly, who isn’t? Anyway, you know that she loves to mix stamping and die cut accents. This card below using Power Poppy’s O Holy Night stamp set is a PERFECT mix of these two! What’s more charming than a humble little church nestled in the woods? This creation not only shares Leslie’s creativity but her ability to use these two card making treats together to create one beautiful card!


You could say that I saved the best for last with this one using Power Poppy’s Orchids Rock stamp set. Look. At. The. Detail. Here. People! Don’t those orchids just look so sweet and dainty? The coloring on this card is phenomenal and the layout is just as perfect. All that stitching! The die cut edge! The embossed segments! The fussy cutting??? This is a look at card making royalty folks. No question about it!


There you have it folks, a look into the art of a master! We will miss you so much Leslie but I trust you when you say you won't be a stranger! Having you from the very beginning of this fun-filled, artsy and loving Power Poppy team has been such a treat for all of us. You are truly one of a kind lady. Your friendship is even more valued than all of your incredible card-making talent! All the best to you (and then some)! MWAH from all of us!!

Just a quick announcement! Have you seen our brand new You Pick 3 Power & Spark Challenge for this month? If this is all new to you, all you have to do is click HERE for the official rules, deets on how to link up your creation AND see the entries that are already starting to come in! Here’s a hint: you can ONLY use three colors of markers for your creation! You will most indeedy want to check out this challenge for your shot to win a Power Poppy stamp set of your choice!

We've arrived at the time when we put our premier designers on the big screen to share their talents for the week! So, hop on over and see these fine ladies below!

Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Then, next Monday, swing on back for our Inspire Me Monday feature when Ally Cope inspires us all as we kick off our creative week! Can’t wait!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!
~Julie

7 comments:

  1. Leslie,

    All of those cards are so stunning! My absolute favorite is the Orchids! Amazing eye for color and detail.

    Everyone will surely miss you! What an inspiration you are!

    Do have fun on your Retirement, though. Life is to be enjoyed to the fullest.

    Michele

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  2. Beautiful work, Leslie!! Love your coloring - especially the berries!! Wow! The orchids are definitely stunning!! We'll miss you!! Enjoy your retirement.
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  3. Oh, Julie, what a beautiful farewell you've written to our beloved Leslie - someone I've followed for many, many years and have loved her style and wonderful artistry and love of nature. She's a sweetheart, and I know she will enjoy more time with her dear Rich and precious Wally and Lulu...along with more time in her garden. But I also know that she'll be using Power Poppy stamps too often. I've loved her work for Power Poppy, and you've surely chosen some beautiful cards she's made. I have to say I love them all, but one of my all-time favorites is the last one - it's frame-worthy and takes your breath away! I love you, Leslie, and wish you the best...and we'll miss your regular posts with the "Bloomies" on Fridays...but we know where to find you! Hugs and love! xoxo

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  4. I love Leslie's work, and was happy to see her post a Power Poppy card today, just because. : )

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  5. Best wishes to you, Leslie, as you transition to retirement. I'm glad we will still be "seeing" you on the blog!

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  6. Awww, thanks, Julie! Sheesh, I'm just now seeing this. That's what I get for being retired and all over the place. Who knew I'd be so busy? I'll definitely still be around with my Power Poppy stamps. They're too good to set aside for long! Love and hugs to everyone!

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  7. Beautiful cards, and Wally and Lulu are just divine!

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