Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Faux Pas and Softs

I know! It's New Year's Eve. I should be moving on to other card themes. But who can resist stamping up NEW STAMPS!? Among the bounty of "Bubble" items I received another PowerPoppy stamp set. Who can't love bottle brush trees!? So.. as I thought about bottle brush trees and I then thought of using Flower Soft!

I have to admit there was more 'drying time' than actual card making time with this. I employed a couple non-traditional card making items: nail polish, "tinsel", and polystyrene (Styrofoam). And full disclosure: I only had one tree-appropriate color: Green Flower Soft. I had to 'make do' with DIY "Flower Soft"...Take two pieces of white Styrofoam and rub them together and - TADA! Your very own pile of white "flower soft".  It works and it's easy and CHEAP cheep!

Has this ever happened to you? I don't see a GLARING omission or gaffe on a card until I take the photo! I had this post ready to roll when I uploaded the image only to realize I had not colored in all the tree stands. I guess I was blinded by the glare of the garland, overcome by the nail polish fumes, or low on caffeine. I would blame it on a combination of glare/fumes/body chemistry but this is not the first time I thought a card was 'complete' only to have to repair or redo when taking a look at the photo. You would think those faux pas would jump off the card stock In Real Life!

Card details: Flower Soft. Smooch. Tinsel/garland AKA Gold Mylar strip. Nail Polish.

Bottle Brush Soft
~Base card Simply Chartreuse by PaperTrey Ink
~Strip of Gina K heavy white card stock - edges distressed using TH 370 Paper Distresser  (kinda looks like snow!)
~Hero Arts Dots embossing folder
~Red OPI nail polish (ornaments on left tree)
~Smooch: Gold Lame, (ornaments on tallest white tree) Sassy Pink (ornaments on shorter white tree)
~Strip of gold metallic Mylar
~Fine green glitter (used in tiny amount on tallest green tree) 
~Green fine Flower Soft
~White faux Flower Soft (Styrofoam)
~Sentiment: PowerPoppy Poinsettia
~Image: PowerPoppy Bottlebrush Holiday (thank you sista Gail!)
Challenges | Inspirations
Cards und More - Christmas
Inky Chicks - winter wonderland
Dream Valley - Christmas
Tip Top Tuesday - make your own (made my own white Flower Soft)

Here's to 'making do', tree groves, and keeping Christmas alive!

Thanks for clicking by!

Nancy in Iowa


  1. Love the home made flower soft AND your card! Going to have to try that for the flower soft now. Cute and pretty, pretty card.

  2. A great card, thanks for sharing with us at Top Tip Tuesday.
    Lorraine DT

  3. Lovely card, Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

  4. Hee hee Cute Christmas card. The added accent to the tree is a great touch. I do adore those textures snowflakes too. Thanks for playing in our Peep Of The Week!

  5. A cute Christmas Card. Thanks for sharing with us at Dream Valley challenge. Marlene


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