Friday, December 7, 2018

Bloomin Beautiful Thanks

Hello.  Are you deep into Christmas preparations?

Our halls are decked, cards are in the mail and our girls and
grandkids come tomorrow for Cookie Day.

I needed some stamping therapy!

So I found took a few minutes to make a card.

I used an old wood block stamp for my watercolor flower.

Simple and sweet.

I've stamped with a permanent ink and colored with Zigs.

The wash was done by smooshing some Distress ink on my palette
and picking up the ink with a damp waterbrush.  I wet the background
and dropped the color onto it, moving it around with my brush.

I die cut and popped the image on a piece of foam for dimension
and it was done.

I'm joining in at
 I used an old retired Stampin' Up! stamp.

Anything Goes with Stamping

and there's still about a week to join in at
Challenge closes on December 15th.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bloomin Beautiful (ret. SU), Happy Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass (DI)
Paper:   Neenah, Shimmery White, Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Zig CCRBM (#43 Olive Green, #25 Pink), White Gel Pen, Pierced Rectangle Die (Avery Elle)


jimlynn said...

Clean and simple and STUNNING! So lovely!!!
What time does Cookie Day start - I'll be there! Yummy!

JosieD said...

Ahhh, stamping therapy...just what we all probably need about now! Love the card, particularly the placement of the image panel off center; the sentiment on both sides of the stem; and the flower colored in such pretty bright pinks.

Trina P. said...

Simple, sweet and sensational, Bonnie! Beautifully watercoloured and wonderful design. xx

Bunny said...

Beautiful card. Love the stamp. [Bunny]```````

Christine Alexander said...

that was a wonderful old SU set. Bonnie, beautiful card and love the soft watercolouring :)

Ericka Strange said...

Beautiful card Bonnie and I love the background with this gorgeous flower. I also love your card design! Great job and thanks for playing along with us at The Flower Challenge!

Loll said...

Gorgeous card Bonnie. I LOVE your pretty flower. Beautiful colour and shading to create so much dimension. The soft washed background is just perfect! Have fun with Cookie Day! xx

kiwimeskreations said...

Absolutely exquisite Bonnie! That background was is perfect and set the flower off beautifully

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Hello Bonnie: I'm so glad you used this beautiful Stampin' Up! set from way back in 2008, it was one of the very first sets I bought.
I love the soft, beautiful background you created for this lovely bloom, one of my treasured SU sets.
Thank you for sharing with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE, hope you play again soon.

Brenda in IN said...

Love this sweet flower and that stitched mat. Beautiful water color. I'm making progress toward Christmas. Envelopes addressed, stamped and most cards finished. Tree is up and all the gifts are here. I just finished my tags and gifts for the Stampin Up ladies I craft with. I had to get those done for our last craft day before Christmas. Now I can get my cards in the mail and make tags for our gifts so I can wrap them. Have to have that done since my granddaughter is coming Wed. to make the rest of her cards.

Viv said...

So pretty Bonnie. The stitched mat and the subtle background shading are wonderful additions, just lovely. x

Sandy said...

I sure wish I could watch you work! I have made 2 cards for family and have a lot to go. Learning a lot and finding out what I like and dont't like.
As I have told you many times, you really inspire me Bonnie!
Merry Christmas and such a beautiful card!!!
Sandy Claus xx

Susan said...

I still have that old wood block stamp too - lovely to see you use it! Beautiful colours and great watercolouring!

BożenA said...

Such a beautiful card, Bonnie. It looks quite labor intensive. Wonderful watercolor with ZIG markers!

Nstiz said...

Beautifully colored, Bonnie and that soft wash is so well done! Love that it's just a tint picking up the colors of the flower. the leaves actually look dimensional with your perfect shading.

Papercraft Boutique said...

This is truly a beauty, Bonnie! The lovely pink flower looks more lovely with the thin black trim. The pierced framing is a nice touch. And I know you're tire of hearing this, but I must say again - your watercoloring is amazing! I hope you're enjoying Cookie Day with your daughters and grandkids today.
Hideko xx

Robyn Oliver said...

Love this CAS card Bonnie, so simple and just gorgeous

nancy littrell said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful poppy, Bonnie. I still have this old stamp set too. Have tons of fun tomorrow...baking, laughing, baking, cleaning up , baking, laughing and testing to make sure all the cookies are delicious:-) Hugs, Nancy

Marcia Hill said...

And I too have this stamp set...somewhere! You've colored it beautifully with your zigs and I love the soft water color wash surrounding that beauty too! Lovely, lovely card and glad to hear you took some time out for yourself during this busy season!! :0)

Bobby said...

That beautiful flower really stands out with the black border shouting "Look at me!"

Darnell said...

This is so pretty, Bon-Bon! It's a lovely break from Christmas cards! I'm playing ketchup now that I have my cards finished and I'm blown away by your creations, as always! I'm also realizing I need to shake a leg if I'm going to play in your challenges this month! I've got Hammy running on the Thinking Wheel so later today I might be inspired! Have a great Sunday and I hope you don't get too much snow from the weather I saw heading your way!! 🎄Happy Holiday Hugs, Dolly

Karen Dunbrook said...

gorgeous card...wonderfully coloured image mf.
xx Karen

JoAnn said...

This is gorgeous. Love that beautiful flower and your pretty watercolor. TFS

Mac Mable said...

Such a sweet card. The background is so pretty and the flower is fabulous x One very beautiful card x.

Heather said...

So elegant and pretty, Bonnie.
Thank you for the lovely Christmas card which arrived yesterday. I love the sparkly white pine needles; I've never thought of cutting them from white but I should since my pine tree is often covered in white!

Linda said...

Beautifully CAS. The flower looks so pretty watercoloured. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge. Have a lovely Christmas my friend. Thank you for the lovely Christmas card too xx

Majo said...

Very elegant. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge.

Have a lovely Christmas!

Majo - DT ♥

Pat said...

This is a simple but really pretty flower Bonnie and the black mat makes it stand out and love the little bit of pink and blue in the background. x

BożenA said...

Oh, another beauty! I love the blue-pink background, perfect for this flower. The card is exceptionally beautiful.

Jo said...

This piece looks like encaustics. What a beautiful card! xxx