Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Flowers that Changed my Life (OUAS & B71B)



ETA: I'm floored--my layout is featured at Once Upon a... Sketch!  Thank you to OUAS design team member Solange Marques, who selected my layout.


Supplies: green paper by Basic Grey; purple paper by Doodlebug; all other paper by Graphic 45; aqua rub-ons by Hambly; doilies by Royal Consumer Products; thread by DMC; tulle by Wyla; mesh upcycled from candy packaging; key by Zeus & Zoe; ribbon rose by Berwick Offray; charms upcycled from charm bracelet; Distress Stain & Distress Marker by Ranger; punch (used as stencil) by All Night Media; household pen.

This layout, called "Scott's Roses," is for the April challenges at Berry 71 Bleu and Once Upon a...Sketch.  The B71B challenge them is "flowers," and the OUAS challenge theme is "the best day of your life."  


See these two roses, one yellow, one pink?  The day I received them was the best day of my life.


My journaling explains the significance of these roses.  "In college I had a crush on my friend Scott.  But did he feel the same?  I got my answer when he sent me roses for Valentine's Day, 1996.  Such a happy time!  And it has only led to more happiness: dating, then marriage, then parenthood.  Those two little roses started it all!"



Thanks to the "Secret Garden" collection from Graphic 45, the title "Scott's Roses" was ready made for me.  :)  I cut around the bunch of roses and treated the edges of the cut-out with Distress Stain.  I also ran my white Distress Marker over the background of the design, so that the title and the roses would stand out more.  This also gives a bit of a vignette effect.



The Distress Marker got some use on a few other spots around the page as well.  I love the dreamy way in which it can soften the look of a background paper.



I did a lot of fussy-cutting with the roses and other motifs on the Secret Garden papers.  I also fussy-cut bits from a silver doily to place under my paper cuttings.


Silver was not the only metallic in play on this page.  I also used loops of gold thread under all my page elements.



I also used tulle and mesh to add texture and depth to the layout.  Dangling metal heart charms are the finishing touch for the page.

So now you know why February 14, 1996, was the best day of my life...and it's all because of two sweet roses.  Thanks for dropping by my blog to see my page and read my story.

20 comments:

Юлия Бар said...

Denise это очень красиво!:)

Margot-craftcorner said...

Hi Denise:) thank you for visiting my blog and lovely comment:) I love your LO :)

Patricia Roebuck said...

Oh Denise, you have been busy! These are stunning! So striking! And I love the story behind this!!

IrinaR said...

Здорово как!!!

Sharon Fritchman said...

Hi Denise! This is absolutely gorgoeus! I love all of your wonderful details, and I loved reading the story behind it, too! Thank you so much for your visits to my blog!

Svjetlana said...

This is such a gorgeous page and lovely story.

phamil said...

So pretty and so sweet! Love those beautiful colors! Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS!

Angi Barrs said...

Super gorgeous page. It has a lovely vintage feel to it too!

Kay Fatula said...

This is absolutely fabulous! Love the story behind this page. It's such a precious memory to document--excellent take on the sketch & challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at OUAS!

Eila Sandberg said...

What a romantic story Denise! really like the fussy cutting and all the little darling details that make this page utterly lovely. Thank you so much for joining in with us again at OUAS!

Elena Stefanidou said...

I love vivid colors and the roses are definitely worth the beautiful layout you created.I hope you are always happy.
Thank you for joining us at OUAS

Samantha Wright said...

Fab layout and such a sweet story xx

Naiara said...

Beautiful layout.
Love the details.
Hugs
Naiara

EFI said...

Absolutely lovely page!!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at OUAS!

jeanie g said...

This is a gorgeous page Denise and such a romantic story. Love all the fussy cutting and the story behind it.

Debbie said...

Beautiful layout! Love the story behind it. Thanks for joining us at Berry71bleu.

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Such a beautiful page, Denise! Congratulations on the feature!

Наталья Иванчук said...

нежная, многодетальная страничка! розы очень красивы! а еще мне очень понравилось как оформлен журналинг!!

Wilma Voermans said...

Hi Denise, first of all congrats being featured at OUAS! It is such a wonderfull feeling if you see your name and page. I can be happy as a little child with it, isn;t scrapping a super hobby? I was happy surprised what you wrote to my blog and feel honored you became a follower.

Helen Tilbury said...

How wonderful Denise! I was so happy for you when I saw this I just had to pop in & congratulate you!!