Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Something Old, Something New ...

... Nothing Borrowed, Something Blue. Do you ever stamp and color an image and then ask yourself, "What in the heck am I going to do with it now?" I stamped this image and colored it with stamp pad ink and my waterbrush, which I've been neglecting for quite some time. The one thing about the waterbrush that makes me a little crazy is the way my cardstock buckles from the moisture. With this image, I knew if I trimmed it too close, I'd never be able to flatten it out, so I ended up with an image with a lot of "white space" surrounding it. Okay, so there are a few things I could have done to highlight the image had I not already matted it on the Cocoa cardstock and added the Flower Soft (the "new"). With that, I decided I needed to accent the corners. When I came across this "old" punch, I did a double take. Obviously, the punched image wasn't what I wasn't what I was focusing on. It was the pieces that I would normally throw away that piqued my curiosity. Would they not enhance the Asian image? I think they did, and the rest of the card came together rather quickly. About Flower Soft, I'm going to have to play with it a bit more before expressing an opinion. It's kind of some weird stuff, like finely ground Styrofoam - one of those products that leaves you wondering if it was "discovered" by accident. Other bloggers have done some cool things with it, so I'm hopeful ...

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Cocoa and Twilight (textured) cardstock; Emporium paper packet; Cocoa, Chocolate, Grey Flannel, Twilight, and Garden Green ink pads; Clear Dollar Stamps Asian Plants stamp set; Antiqued Copper mini brads; Baby Pink Flower Soft; Flower Soft PVA glue; McGill punch; Waterbrush; 3M foam mounting tape.

How was your day? Mine was OK. While I'm not swamped at work right now, I have enough to do to keep me busy. Tomorrow is Friday! Yea! I'm signed up for "Scrap for Relay for Life," a local fundraiser to support the American Cancer Society. The hours are from 3 p.m. tomorrow until 1 a.m. Saturday and then 8 a.m. on Saturday again until 1 a.m. on Sunday. I'm looking forward to participating even though I won't be doing any scrapping. Instead, I'm going work on projects that don't require the transport of so much stuff! I know. I'm kind of lazy ... For the rest of this evening, I'm going to stamp a little and make some preparations for the next couple of days. My posts might be kind of hit and miss for a couple of days, although I'll try to check in to show you what I've done and fill you in on what I'm up to. With that, thanks for stopping, and between now and whenever I get back here, take care!


Laurel said...

Great job! I'm with you on the flowersoft, I thought it would be soft fluffy stuff, not bits of plasticky stuff - no verdict here yet either!

Sarah said...

OK that Bonsai stamp is gorgeous..where did you get it? I love anything with an Asian feel. Orchids, Bamboo you name it I love it. However I have never seen a Bonsai until today!
You card is beautiful. The Emporium works great with this stamp. Funny you should talk about using the leftovers from punches, my girls and I have a blast making fun shapes from the 'leftovers' LOL
Lovely card!

Stampin n da Hood said...

G'luck on the Relay!

Love the usual!

Kathy said...

Your card is beautiful! Love the Asian look to it. I have used the flower soft before, and even though it feels like styrofoam, it does enhance the flowers, trees and grassy areas in card making.

I used it for the first time in my card class yesterday. The girls loved it! The more you use it the easier it will be for you, and the more possibilities you will find to use it.

I love what you do with your cards, and wanted to thank you for sharing your work.

May you have a blessed day.

Leslie said...

Kathi, I think your card is great. I just learned about Flowersoft and had to order some. I wish I could buy all the kits they sell. Now I am concerned that I won't like it or know what to do with it once I get it.
I enjoy checking your blog and seeing your new creations.

Jeanne said...

Why the heck do they call it Flower Soft, if it isn't soft??? LOL I like the 3-d effect you get, but not sure if I would be ordering it. Will have to hear your opinions as you play with it. The card looks fabulous and I love how you played with your leftovers.

Have fun with your interested to hear how it goes!

Kariberry said...

Love this card, it is so pretty!
I sent you info on the punch.
Hope it helps to enable you. That's what we're here for right? LOL