Friday, March 11, 2011

Bold Blooms

Wild, isn't it?  One of great things about papercrafting is the chance to try on a completely different style.  If you buy an item of clothing that isn't quite your style, you might love it or not.  If not, it sits in your closet taking up space and radiating guilt.  I love the color yellow but I can't wear it with my skin tone.  I don't even have that much of it in my home.  It has to be an accent for me.  And orange, forget it.  For years, I said it was my least favorite color.  However, I've come to really enjoy orange on my scrapbook pages and my cards. I don't want to live with it all the time, yet I can indulge in something totally different on my pages.

So this layout that screams yellow and orange is definitely, ah, different, for me.  It isn't just the colors.  I did this one for two challenges.  One is the Scrapbooker's Anonymous challenge this month to use at least 7 flowers from your stash - no homemade ones.  Such a shame as I've really been into making my own flowers lately.  Fortunately I remembered these from Hobby Lobby's floral department that I thought were a great bargain and I stocked up for cards.  However, they are so large you have to do a large square card and I just don't make many of those.  Once you have made someone a card with a large flower like this on it, you and they will remember it so less is more.  You just can't send a big yellow daisy birthday card year after year.  There is a baker's dozen flowers adhered to the background with glue dots.  More submissions at:  March Challenge

I also worked through the stash with this ancient piece of brown MME paper for the background and some old chipboard I painted and stamped to replicated the look of the lattice in the background of these photos.

Speaking of the photos... they are from the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg, California.   This will be the intro page to several pages on these gorgeous gardens.  

The other challenge this layout is being submitted to is from Two Peas "Products You Love" class.  This month's topic is buttons.  I frequently put a button in the center of a flower.  My tiny alteration here is to use a cluster of buttons which I suppose is more realistic for the center of a flower.  Check out Shannon's class at:  Two Peas March class

Thanks for braving the flower patch today!

Ingredients:  Chipboard:  Stampin' Up!
Flowers: silk from Hobby Lobby
Buttons:  Fancy Pants, Basic Grey and various sources
Cardstock:  Early Espresso and Crumb Cake
DSP:  My Mind's Eye
STickers:  Paper Studio


  1. Love how you used the flowers! I'm with you, orange and especially yellow are my favorite colors, but I can't wear them at all! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous!

  2. This is very cool! Great way to use up those yellow and orange flowers! Thanks for joining in the fun at Scrapbookers Anonymous!!!

  3. So full of life and fun! Love all the buttons, too, Lisa.

  4. Wow !!!! I love it what a great idea using the flowers as your background. Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapbookers

  5. the flowers make a great background- love the detail with the buttons in the middles of the flower- thanks for playing at Scrapbookers Anonymous

  6. WOW... this is so beautiful...the moment I clicked on your link...I was like...wowo..this is absolutely how you arranged the blooms..and buttons... I heart the colors you used too...Awesome... Thank you so much for playing along with Us over at scrapbookers Anonymous... hugs...xoxo

  7. fantastic way to use all those flowers. I love the colors and how you used button clusters as the center. very fun lo.
    Thanks so much for digging in your stash and playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous. =)

  8. Ooooh... I LOVE this!!! So clever to use those big flowers as your background!!!
    Love the big alpha's in the word "BLOOM" too!!
    Thanks for joining us at Scrapbookers Anonymous!!


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