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Thursday, May 13, 2010

It's been a long time since I posted...I've been busy with sewing birthday gifts and making cards. One of my new and favorite places is Mojo Monday's Blog. Look them up, a new sketch is posted on Mondays, and for me, that's a great thing. I'm challenged when it comes to card layouts. I used my new Pazzles Inspiration to cut some flower petals & leaves in various sizes, then using chalks colored the petals. The small flowers are punches with the centers some fuzz I cut off of Pom Poms in the attempt to duplicate Flower Soft.

Today, I embarked on an experiment that has consumed the better part of a day. I had to go track down some supplies at the local florist and the Thrift shop. I've been wanting to try "Flower Soft" for some time, but it isn't available anywhere around here. If I order it, the postage is as much if not more that the cost of the I'm not willing to spring for that. I've been told by a number of people that you can make your own with styrofoam.

-I had some Florist Oasis foam in green in the house.
-Called and found out the Florist in town had some pink and was willing to sell me part of a brick.
-Stopped by the local Thrift Shop and found foam in two densities...the more standard Styrofoam and the more dense white foam.
-In the attic I had some compressed foam used for packing a scanner
-Last type of foam I tried was packing peanuts.

After cleaning up my kitchen with a vacuum cleaner, I'm here to tell you, if you do this, do it outside. Styrofoam rather dense, packing peanuts or the regular Styrofoam is so static that it clings to everything. The compressed foam works the best of those types, but still retains somewhat of a round shape to it.

The item that worked the best is Florist Oasis foam used in cut flower arrangements. After looking for it on the internet, I've found that it's available in about 6 colors other than the standard green, but you have to order 4 bricks in a package (of one color). I'm going to keep calling around florist and see if I can find some of the ivory and buy a brick of that. I used a food grater (fine) and a little piece makes a lot! I then experimented with mixing the pink and green with Ranger Alcohol Inks.

The first photo is the Condensed foam found formed to hold things like scanners colored with Wild Plum. On the second photo, Right to left - FF-pink, FF-regular green, FF Pink with Current, and FF pink with Wild Plum. The second branch of colors is FF Pink with Stream, Reg Styrofoam with Butterscotch & Gold, FF Pink with Butterscotch, and the last is the FF Green with Meadow. Yes, it's a fun thing to use on cards and I'll make more with the Florist Foam, especially when I can find a brick of the white. It gives me a way to use the Ranger Inks that I invested in and an excuse to buy some more of the colors I don't have.

That's it for today...I need to cut a bunch more leaves and flowers and other things to use for toppers. I'm out of sympathy, get well and birthday cards so need to shore up my inventory.

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  • At 8:13 PM, Blogger Andrea Ewen said…

    Very pretty card, I'm partial to florals so your card caught my eye! Love the colors and the pretty ribbon.


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