Monday, March 17, 2014

Merry Monday Milestone

It's a special week at Merry Monday!
We're celebrating our 100th challenge.


Our challenge organizer and leader, the amazing Lesley,
brings  us this special challenge


We can do either the sketch or the colors
or, we can do both.
I attempted both although I changed the flags to scallops.

Inspired by the very talented Sanketi of the Storyteller Blog,
I tried my hand at watercoloring again.

This is my third try. The first 2 tries were a mess.

This time I inked the stamp with Stampin' Up! markers and stamped
onto dry watercolor paper.  I used an aqua painter and ink
to color the flower.

Third time's a charm.  It's not perfect but I'm really happy with it.

I hope you'll join in this special challenge at Merry Monday.
Be sure to check out the amazing cards by the rest of the Design Team!

Thanks so much for the visit.

Enjoy!
Card Recipe
Stamps:  Christmas Blessings (retired), Petite Pairs
Ink:  Primrose Petals, Lucky Limeade,  SU Markers (Primrose Petals, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso)
Paper:  Aqua Painter, Watercolor Paper (Strathmore), Acrylic Paper (Canson), Large Scallop Edgelit, Delicate Designs EF, Basic Pearls

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted




44 comments:

Sherry Eckblad said...

Absolutely gorgeous and I LOVE that embossed scallop. Have not seen it before.

Benzi said...

One hundred challenges...congrats are in order for Merry Monday. Plus, you've watercolored a beautiful card. Love it, Bonnie. Oh, I really love those scallops!

stampwithsandy said...

I'd say third time is definately a charm! Wow, this is gorgeous, Bonnie! You have me wishing I had this stamp set so I could try it myself.

Sue - said...

Your card is beautiful. I'm sure you're being too hard on yourself!

JoAnn said...

Beautiful. The third time was a charm for this beauty. Love the watercolored image and the layered embossed scallops on your card.

Lesley Croghan said...

Your watercolouring is lovely, Bonnie. I love the scallops, what a great idea to change this up! Happy St. Patty's Day!

Just 4 Challenges said...

Hello Bonnie,Love the soft look of the watercolour,very pretty :)
I have been missing from Blogland for a while,but i have just set up a little mini Blog so i can take part in challenges andd comment again :)
Hugs,Nessa xxx

Sue said...

This is so pretty Bonnie love the colours you have used :) have a great day huggles Sue xx

Linda said...

Bonnie, I think it is absolutely beautiful. Love it.

Irish Cherokee said...

Love the card Bonnie! Nice job all the way around. The scallops look much better than the flags would have.

Cynthia said...

I'd be super happy with those flowers too--so beautiful!! Love the scallop layers too. :-)

Marisa said...

Beautifully done, Bonnie. Lovely water colouring and love the half pearls in the center of the flowers.

Lori said...

Bonnie, this is gorgeous! Love the watercoloring and those scallops are perfect ;)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

It is a gorgeous card! I think you are definitely getting the hang of water coloring. I love that you changed the flags to scallops. It kept this card elegant.

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Simply gorgeous! Love the water colouring and the added pearls.

Deanne :)

Katie Melhus said...

Bonnie I think your watercolor image is just lovely. Your card has a lovely elegant feel, beautiful!

Stacey Schafer said...

what a beauty, Bonnie!

MaryH said...

I'm VERY happy with it! In fact, I think it's bloomin' gorgeous! Looks to me as if you did a fantastic job with the dry paper & wet brush - like the way you edged the petals too. soft background with the mottled effect, which I am certain - is NOT easy to to do! I am especially loving the delicate lace edges with this pretty flower too. WTGo & Happy St. P's. TFS & hugs

Kristie Goulet said...

Such a beautiful card, Bonnie! Love the watercoloring and the embossed scallops!! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

JD/ Jill said...

This is so pretty!

Wendy said...

Gorgeous card, Bonnie! Just love this image and how your watercolored it and those wonderful scalloped panels! Beautiful!!! Have a terrific week! :)

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Bonnie, this is just STUNNING and amazingly elegant!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Third time is definitely a charm, Bonnie! You are really getting the hang of the watercoloring! I can't stop staring at it!! Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Darnell

Karren said...

You are nailing the watercoloring, Bonnie! This is a gorgeous example! I love your scalloped edges!

Brenda said...

I hope you are happy with it because it is gorgeous! You are making me want to try this water coloring out. lol Then you would see a hot mess. I love that image and think it turned out so beautiful. Your take on the sketch is just a beautiful-I love the embossed scallops more than the flags. Hugs

Joni nina Andaya said...

What a beautiful card :) Love how you used the colors!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

I don't see a thing wrong, your card is gorgeous, I love the water colouring and the elegant design with the layers. Have a great week, Shirleyx

Susan said...

Third time lucky! This one turned out perfectly - it is so soft and pretty. Not sure what I'm going to do for Merry Monday this week - I might have to go with the sketch as those are definitely not my colours!

Faith A said...

Love your borders and your watercolour, a beautiful card.

Doris said...

Your double row of scallops are luxurious! Another Klass-y card--WOW!

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful card Bonnie, your did a wonderful job with the water colouring and the pearls are a lovely addition.

Brenda said...

Beautiful card!

Susan Joyce said...

Stunning! I love every detail Bonnie!

Colleen Dietrich said...

I really like the color combo, and the way you've watercolored this. Oh, and the scalloped, embossed borders along the bottom. What a winner!

jimlynn said...

Beautiful and I love the scallops at the bottom. Very classy looking.
Lynn

LeAnne said...

Everything about this is glorious! Your watercoloring is beautiful and those scallops are just subtle enough to not steal the show from the floral, but still so very pretty!

Karen D said...

I love your water colour flower Bonnie. I think it's those lovely diffused edges, so yummy. A gorgeous take on the challenge.

Hettie said...

I likie. I likie a lot!
This is so pretty.
Hugs
xx

Judy said...

what can you said about this card that has not been said ..what a beautiful card ...your water coloring the soft touch of paint behind the flower wow awesome card. ...thanks for sharing it .

Loll Thompson said...

Third times a charm is right!! :) LOVE your watercolored poinsettias - so beautiful ... and the touch of color in the area surrounding is sheer genius! Loll xx

Judy1223 said...

Bonnie, this card is so beautiful it actually made me SIGH! The papers all have such nice textures, and the embossed scallops at the bottom make a beautiful "banner." Wow!

Greta said...

Oh wow--one of my favorites, Bonnie! I adore the scallops--just the right element to go with your beautifully watercolored flowers!

Miriam said...

I love your watercoloring! So pretty!

Margaret Moody said...

Another gorgeous creation, Bonnie! I love your watercolored poinsettias!