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Monday, September 21, 2015

My guest designer spot at Merry Monday!!!!!.....

Hello everyone:  Today is an extraordinary day for me, because a Christmas card I made for the Merry Monday challenge blog on September 1st. was picked as a winner!!!  So it's my joy and privilege to share this card I made as your guest designer for this week's challenge.
This challenge called for creating a Christmas card using water colors and I couldn't be happier. Water coloring is my favorite medium to color my images, using my SU markers and an aqua painter.  This markers are just so perfect for this, they blend and shade your images beautifully.
This image is from Flourishes, a company that sadly closed it's doors a couple of years ago, but I'm fortunate enough to have a good stash of this beautiful images, and this one is no exception.  The music sheet behind this flowers, the sprigs of pine and the bells look vintage to me, I added a piece of the brand new SU Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack , to keep that vintage feel of the design
Here is a close up of this lovely paper.
I colored this image with my SU markers in Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, So Saffron, River Rock, Old Olive and Garden Green. I added some Wink of Stella shimmer to the bells, I hope you can see it, sometimes it's difficult to photograph.
  The sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Hand Penned Holidays", the font on this set is just so beautiful, I wish my hand writing look like that, I heat embossed it in gold on a piece of Vellum and attached it to the panel with 4 gold brads.
I hope you like this card, please leave me your comments and, if you have any questions, I'm here to help.
This is the banner that inspired this card.Till next time, hugs from Maria.

32 comments:

Kristie Goulet said...

Your card is beautiful, Maria! So happy you joined us as Guest Designer this week. :)

Maria A. said...

Thank you Kristie, this is truly an amazing experience.

Patti Willey said...

Beautiful image here! Jingle bells and greenery are such beautiful Christmas decor! Perfectly Penned sentiment looks elegant with this style!

Sonny said...

Beautiful ! Your coloring makes the greenery look so touchable . The sentiment is a beauty in itself with the vellum and gold embossing !

Anita Liedtke said...

Yay, Maria. Wonderful card , so beautiful ! Now I need to play ...

Darlene DeVries said...

Congratulations Maria - you deserve it!!!!

Bobbi Miller said...

Oh Maria, this just takes my breath away! I adore Flourishes stamps, and I also have a stash of them. You did wonders with this. As always, your coloring is gorgeous, and the new SU Winter Wonderland vellum is perfect! WOW, just WOW! I can see why they chose yours as a winner! Congratulations! I wish I had enough courage to enter challenges...maybe some day. Now that I'm retired, maybe I can find the courage, and the time. :-)

Mary Fish said...

A work of art! Love the use of vellum and gold embossing, Maria

Maria A. said...

Thanks my friend, love this vintage image.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Sonny, I also think this image deserved this beautiful sentiment, I treasure this set.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Anita, I can't wait to see your card.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Darlene, I was so happily surprised.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Bobbi, I'm so happy to find another Flourishes fan!! I truly hope you give this challenges a try, I'm having a blast.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Mary, the gold embossing on Vellum was just the right choice for this sentiment.

Karren said...

Beautiful image and so beautifully colored, Maria! Gorgeous Christmas card. Thanks for being GD with us this week.

Maria A. said...

Thank you for having me!!!

Linda said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Maria. So deserving of being GD at Merry Monday. Thanks for joining us.

Debbie Henderson said...

Maria, I was so ecstatic when I found out you were our winner at Merry Monday. Your card is beautiful. Thanks for being our Guest Designer this week!

Wendy said...

This card is a beauty, Maria! Love your coloring and the design! So happy that you are our Guest Designer this week! Hope you have a great week! :)

Lori said...

Absolutely STUNNING card, Maria!! Thanks so much for joining us this week as our Guest Designer at Merry Monday!!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Linda, I was so thrilled when I found out. Love Merry Monday!!











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Maria A. said...

Thank you Debbie, I was so happy my card won, it was a pleasure and an honor to be the guest designer at Merry Monday.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Wendy, water coloring is what I love to do for my cards so this theme was just perfect for me. I love being the Guest Designer at Merry Monday.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Lori, I'm so grateful my cad was picked, it was fabulous to be the Guest Designer at Merry Monday.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

So elegant, Maria - congrats on guest DT at Merry Monday! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Linda, it was a pleasure to be the Guest Designer at Merry Monday. I'm thrilled you found inspiration through my card.

Bonnie said...

Hi Maria, I'm sorry it's taken so long to get over here to tell you how gorgeous your card is! You've watercolored this image so beautifully! Thanks so much for adding your talent to our Merry Monday team this week!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Bonnie, it was such a pleasure to join all of your fabulous ladies this week at Merry Monday.

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Gorgeous!! Love the touches of gold and vellum!

Deanne :)

Notes by Nina said...

Stunning card Maria, so glad you could join us as guest designer this week.

Maria A. said...

Thank you so much Deanne, I love that gold embossed vellum from Stampin Up!, it's very elegant and delicate, just the perfect touch for Holiday cards.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Nina, it was my pleasure to be the guest designer at Merry Monday.