Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sunny Flowers {HMITM #174}

Happy Summer!! Today is the longest day of the year and officially marks the summer solstice, and what a perfect time for our challenge at How Much Is Too Much. Anna-Karin posed this challenge:

Midsummer is celebrated in a traditional way in Sweden in June, and includes dancing around a maypole and eating traditional food, and always strawberries. A lot of people wear flower wreaths/crowns on their heads. There is also a myth that if young people pick 7 different kinds of wildflowers, jump over 7 fences, and place the flowers under their pillow on this night, they will dream of the man/woman they will marry. This year Midsummer’s Eve falls on Friday 24 June. Make a layout:
  • Using mainly light colours, and it must include at least a bit of yellow (for the summer solstice)
  • 1 circle (for the sun)
  • 7 different types of flowers (if you want to, try making one or more handmade flowers)
  • 7 rub-ons or stamped images
  • 24 other items
Here's the page I made. I thought the light colors would be perfect for this photo I had of my nephews sitting on my scrap desk. Such weird, freaky-looking bunnies! I dug into lots of old stash for this page, which is what How Much Is Too Much is all about!

And a few closeups. For my seven flowers, I used four different Prima flowers, two types of flowers cut from the BasicGrey papers, and a flower brad.

I used my Distrezz-It-All gadget to rough up the edges of my page. I added stitching around my circle. In this picture you can see one of the rub-ons--an old BasicGrey swirly, which I outlined with a fine-tip pen. The rub-ons were a welcome challenge. I always forget to use them and I have SO many!

Here you can see some more of the rub-ons. The blue one at the top and the pink dots above the picture are old American Crafts Remarks. The brown flourishy frame is by October Afternoon.

 The note paper is from an old Making Memories spiral notebook--I bought a ton of those when they came out and still have a bunch. I always like to add word stickers when something seems "missing." They fill in spots with a bit of color and also help to tell the story. That little embossed piece at the bottom is a sticker from a K&Co word sticker pack.

Take a peek at the fantastic interpretations of this challenge by the HMITM team here. I hope you'll play with us--you might be picked to go into our How Awesome Is Too Awesome Hall of Fame and become a future guest designer. Thank you for stopping by and reading about my page!


Murphy's Law said...

Your pages are so much fun and the eye candy. Yum- and they are freaky bunnies. Ain't it great to use stash?

Jasmine S said...

Wow, this is gorgeous. Your design and of course your layers and distressing are just fabulous. I loved that range of paper. And my oh my, those bunnies. My kiddies would think all of their Easters had come at once if they received one of those. The ones they receive from our good friend The Easter Bunny are about the size of one of the ears on yours.
Fab LO.

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the colors. Did the boys ever eat the bunnies? If not, send them to me.

Bente Fagerberg said...

Ohh that looks good!-The bunny and the layout! LOL Such yummy layers and your colour sense is immaculate! I ove this!

Lisa Amiet said...

Oh the colours are delish!! And love your distressing and stitching, FAB Page! xoxo

sandi said...

I like this a lot! The colors are so pretty! The flowers are perfectly offset with the butterfly opposite on the circle! Ummmmmmmm I need some chocolate!

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