Thursday, September 1, 2011

Honouring Leslie



It's a bittersweet day for us Flourishes girls...today is the first Flourishes Friday without our team-mate Leslie Miller.  Leslie has been with Flourishes on the Design Team since the company began, so when she announced to all of us a few weeks ago that she was "retiring" from FLLC, we all felt pretty sad.  We all understand and support her - but I'll really miss her.

Leslie is one of the reasons I even considered being on a Design Team, and especially with Flourishes.  I wanted to do beautiful design work just like her!  Leslie's work speaks for itself.  She has impeccable design talent.  Her colouring is always flawless and it has a dreamy quality that I love;  she puts papers together beautifully, and embellishes with such a clean classy style.  I admire her work so much, and above all appreciate her.  She is supportive, fun, has a delightful sense of humour, she's an encourager, loyal and she is such a great team player - she is a great lady, and she always WOWs me when I come to her blog.

So...today we decided that we'd honour Leslie with a little CASE-work of our own.  Each of the DT girls playing today picked a card of Leslie's to CASE.  I had a very hard time choosing one, and had a whole bunch of cards I would love to CASE, but finally settled on this one.  HERE is the link to Leslie's creation....which knocked my socks off, and here is what I did.


I absolutely LOVED how Leslie made the three blooms of Zinnia's shine in her card, so I took out a different set - Sweet Nature with the Ranunculus blooms - which is a slightly larger flower, and gave them the same feel.  Coloring is done with Copic Markers - Tea Rose Collection, with some Evergreen Collection in the centers.   I loved how Leslie's card incorporated the neutrals as a base for the pop of pink in the flowers - so this Designer paper  Memory Box  - Valise  has a similar feel to the papers Leslie used but in a bit warmer colour palette.  The scale is different in my card than Leslie's with the larger flowers and leaves, but it has the same impression. 


I don't have the same punch Leslie used for her greenery- so I just used my Sizzix leaves die.  I also incorporated the new Edgeabilities from Spellbinders on the horizontal strip (soon to be in the FLLC Store) - oh my word I LOVE these new style of dies, and as soon as I can I am planning on getting more!   Then a little touch of linen ruffle ribbon and some pretty brads finishes it off.

Leslie, I will miss you on the team - so much!  But I wish you nothing but the best as you create at a pace that feels right to you, and still gives you time for all the things you love, including your beloved, your garden and your Wally too.  You've blessed my life greatly!

Now you can see some more CASE-work of Leslie at these DT girls blogs

21 comments:

Dawn B. said...

This is fabulous Christine. I love these colors. What a beautiful write up. She will be missed.

GLENDA BROOKS said...

I too will miss Leslie. Your CAS is lovely as always. I visit here every day, but don't often comment. Today I just had to say, I love your card!

Naomi said...

Simply STUNNING! Both cards are gorgeous and I love how the flowers truly are the focal point...spectacular colouring! I wish Leslie all of the happiness in the world...she is so talented and she will be greatly missed by so many!

DottyA Cards & Things said...

As much as I hate to see Leslie leave , I'm whishing her "Will" on this much deserved brake she's taking! I had often wondered how you girls can turn out such Beautiful project on a daily bases and still have time for a life outside the craft room..... For me I'm pleased when I can finish One really nice project a week... But you Girls just blow me away with you talent. Your card is a beauty!

stampqueen said...

Beautiful card!!! Sad to see Leslie go!!!

Sewflake said...

Your card is a beautiful tribute to a very talented lady from another very talented lady.

KarinsArtScrap said...

just another beautiful flower card from you christine.

greetings karin

Marisa said...

Your flowers are amazing and I love the white trim for the panels. Fabulous tribute to her :)

Amanda said...

A Gorgeous card with wonderful pops of color, Christine!! You picked a beautiful card to CASE I love how you made it your own but you can still see the resemblance :)

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Christine this is so vibrant and pretty. Very cheerful case and great case of Leslie.

Leslie Miller said...

You all have taken me totally by surprise. See, this is why I say the team is the only reason I have had a hard time with this move. So very difficult... However, I'll be keeping an eye on you. What a beautiful job you did on this card, Christine! Love how you made it your own with your changes. Love the Ranunculus. So much depth in your coloring.

Conniecrafter said...

very pretty coloring of the flowers, sweet card

Ida said...

Fantastic card Christine. I think you've done a wonderful job capturing the feel of Leslie's IP. I will miss her too.

Tammy Hershberger said...

This is gorgeous, Christine! The flowers are so beautiful and so bright against the subtle papers you used!

Barbara said...

Love how you made Leslie's design your own, Christine! I love the colors you used and that fabulous paper is a perfect background.

Linda Carson said...

STUNNING Christine! Love it!

Theresa said...

Gorgeous card Christine. Simply stunning.

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

Oh my GOODNESS Christine! THis card is a STUNNER! LOVE these flowers and your gorgeous coloring! You are an inspiration my friend!!

Heather Jensen said...

Beautiful Christine. I am so sad to see her go too. All of your girls inspired me and are the reason I started using Flourishes. You did an amazing job with one of my favorite flowers. Your Ranunculus are beautiful! :)
Hugs~

Yogi said...

nice take on Leslie's creation.

Rose Ann said...

This is a stunning creation to honor Leslie, Christine!! I totally agree with all you've said about her as well. She truly is one of a kind!