"There has never been a cat
Who couldn't calm me down
By walking slowly
Past my chair."
I couldn't let this MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge with the charming theme of Flower Pots go by without scrabbling together a card for it. There are quite a few entries this time, which is very exciting!! However, I might not make it all the way around to comment on each one, which I like to try to do on the MFP challenges I enter.
This card was fun because I got to use several items that were new to me. This was inspired by the loveable and wacky woman Darnell Knauss with her NBUS Challenge (Never Before Used Schtuff)!!! lol.... The theme for her challenge is Friendship and I think a pot of flowers is an ideal friendship gift. The virginal product I used for this card was from the GCD Studios Kathy Davis Happiness stack. Eeek...you can see by the date of its release that I have had it sitting idle for much too long!!!
Long story about my watercolor paper:
I also made use of some pretty (I think, at least) watercolor background paper that I made from some of my more epic fails in a recent MFP Cling Wrap Tutorial Time Challenge. Ha. I must have been adding too much ink or something because my glossy paper was dark and not at all attractive....not even for making a masculine type card for a guy who doesn't care about prettiness!
Then I had a brilliant (for me) flash.....I wonder what would happen if I added water to these dark blotchy blobs on my precious (did I mention expensive?) glossy photo paper....and laid them down wet on watercolor paper??????? It worked!!! I was able to repurpose these ugly things, that were headed eventually to the trash, into a million (or at least 6) pieces of lovely pastel hued watercolor paper to use on my cards. I LOVE THEM!! And....the beautiful bonus was this: now that a bunch of the ink is removed, they aren't as homely as they were and I might be able to use some of them, too.
So that is the "background" story on my paper. This is my very first time in using any of them. I hope that qualifies as something new for the DRS Designs Challenge with the theme of It's New.
I also followed a sketch for this card from Sketch Saturday. I LOVE the crisp clean lines in this sketch and knew it would perfectly highlight the contrasts of color and black I planned for my card.
Other supplies I used include: some older Stampin' Up thrift store stamps (pot, stems, two different flowers), Staz-On black ink pad, K&Co. paper, Coredinations black cardstock, and stick-on rhinestones from dollar rack at JoAnns.
Thanks so much for stopping in to visit and to enjoy the pot of flowers friendship gift. Love, love, love you and your comments!!!! I have my eye out (not literally) for my next new follower and have my ginormous smile ready!
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #217 - Flower Pots
2. Sketch Saturday - Week 315
3. DJKardKreations NBUS Challenge #1 - Friendship
4. DRS Designs Challenge #128 - It's New
5. The Sailing Pineapple Challenge #8 - Repurpose It