Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kimberly and Carole....Guest Designers


Where to start?   I'm married to my jr high school sweetheart for 30yrs. We have three amazing boys,  two beautiful daughters in-laws, a grandson and 2 granddaughter.  My family is my world! 
I've been crafting for 7years.  I started out with a cricut then expanded myself from there,I love to alter the unexpected. 

I would consider myself a vintage Distress girl.   I love the vintage, and steampunk.


If I had to pick one color out of the crayon box and say it was me,  I'd pick red, because I have a firecracker personality. I love to make others happy and engergized. If I were a scrappy embellishment I'd be a paper clip, because I tend to hold everything together for the people in my world.


it's Kimberly here I'm so honored to be asked to do a guest post. The challenge was to tell a story what you love , well I decided I would tell my creative love story nothing mussy ... Lol so I made a page with creative things I love ! I took some yummy vintage items from zeus and Zoe's etsy shop ... This was a fun and easy project to make I just pulled out some things I love like  beautiful paper. lace , burlap old vintage findings and of course coffee embellishments .  then I created my page  with all the fun layers. I had so much fun with this challenge hope to see you join in on this challenge ! 
Thank you for looking , Please stop by my blog for more fun inspiration 







Carole- Canada


Bonjour! My name is Carole, I am from Qu├ębec, Canada.

I am a former Journalist and Newspaper Editor, now Freelance Writer/Author. I’m a people person, nature-loving, hippie-chick wanna-be!

I have been crafting for more than 35 yrs. I knit, crochet, sew, paint, draw, and have been paper crafting and creating multi-media art projects since 2000.

I am as passionate about music, literature and the arts as I am in my creative expression, which is constantly evolving.  Thank you for letting me share this artistic journey with you!


A Happy Place

When I saw this peg board at a thrift store I immediately knew I had to have it, a finished image of the 'altered version' popped into my mind instantly!

First I dismantled the piece, taking off the peg board and popping off the buttons on the cushioned front I left the yellowed ribbons in  place because I waned to use some Lindy's sprays to color the fabric and ribbons at the same time. Some of the colors I sprayed randomly were: , I then did a bit of stenciling across the fabric surface and added some white stripes for contrast. I repeated the process on the buttons, and once the piece was dry, I glued the buttons back in place.

I spray painted the black iron piece with white Krylon paint then proceeded to make a very light wash of antique white acrylic paint to apply to the natural wood frame since I still wanted the wood grain to show through the paint.

I discarded the window front from the framed area to the right of the piece and recycled some Prima packaging to use as a base for my favourite poem which I printed on a cardstock in a sepia tone before I fussy cut around the paragraphs. I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink and popped it up with dimensional glue dots on the packaging background.

I dug deep into my scrapbooking supplies to find a transparency that would compliment the colors I chose for the cushioned board, and I love how it all tied in together once I added some antique tatting lace to the top and bottom of the peg board section and finished the entire pece off with pretty Prima flowers and a couple of bead dangles.

The piece serves to showcase some of the things that I love and that bring me to a "Happy Place": pictures of my granddaughter, some lovely quotes that I enjoy reading, an old business card reminding me how much I loved my former job as Newspaper Editor and Pablo Neruda's (my favorite poet) poetry, which always brings me back to my center of gravity. 

Thank you for taking a moment to share some meaningful tidbits of my life with me!

IF YOU FORGET ME
I want you to know
one thing. 

You know how this is: 
if I look 
at the crystal moon, at the red branch 
of the slow autumn at my window, 
if I touch 
near the fire 
the impalpable ash 
or the wrinkled body of the log, 
everything carries me to you, 
as if everything that exists, 
aromas, light, metals, 
were little boats 
that sail 
toward those isles of yours that wait for me. 

Well, now, 
if little by little you stop loving me 
I shall stop loving you little by little. 

If suddenly 
you forget me 
do not look for me, 
for I shall already have forgotten you. 

If you think it long and mad, 
the wind of banners 
that passes through my life, 
and you decide 
to leave me at the shore 
of the heart where I have roots, 
remember 
that on that day, 
at that hour, 
I shall lift my arms 
and my roots will set off 
to seek another land. 

But 
if each day, 
each hour, 
you feel that you are destined for me 
with implacable sweetness, 
if each day a flower 
climbs up to your lips to seek me, 
ah my love, ah my own, 
in me all that fire is repeated, 
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten, 
my love feeds on your love, beloved, 
and as long as you live it will be in your arms 
without leaving mine. 





Monday, September 15, 2014

Bliss by Dana Tatar


Hi! Dana here today sharing a layout about the thing that I love the most -- music -- for the September "Things We Love" Challenge. I don't know how I would get through my day without it. I used memorabilia from the last concert I attended, a ticket stub and partial set list, as well as a vintage CD shard from one of my favorite albums that dates back to 1994. To stay that my Father didn't always understand by choice in music is a bit of an understatement! The lyrics to the songs performed by Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails are just as cathartic to me today as they were when I was a teenager. It was absolutely amazing to hear both bands on the same night.


I tucked a digital tag created by Marivic behind layers of vintage papers from a Zeus and Zoe Kit. The gorgeous piece of doily chipboard is from Scrapiniec and the bright yellow sticker is from the 7 Dots Studio Hopefully collection. The fabulous music print paper is from the 7 Dots Studio Nature Walk collection.


This fun chipboard speech bubble is also from Scrapiniec. I included a quote from Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) under this photo of Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails). Most of my favorite musicians are not afraid to write about their darkest moments. The comfort that I get from hearing and relating to their words is hard to express and definitely priceless.

"If I wrote a line, then questioned it - 'Do I really want people to hear me say that? Is that too personal?' - That moment of fear meant I should keep it. That means it's powerful." - Chris Cornell


This doily was included in my Zeus and Zoe Kit. I topped it with a 7 Dots Studio sticker and a stunning butterfly from Kay's Etsy Shop. I included more personal journaling down the right side of the page.

I hope you can find the time to create a project about what you love to share with use this month!


This September we want to know about the THINGS that you love. Make a project telling us about the things that you love, no matter what it is, we'd love to know! You can take photos and add to your project or you can journal it. Most of the time we never get to talk about ourselves, so this month we will talk about all the lovely things we love. We would love to see what you create so please join our Things We Love Challenge!

Thank you to our sponsors for providing amazing prizes this month!

1st Prize:
Molossi Gift Pack (Chipboard, Bling and Flowers)

2nd Prize: Zeus and Zoe Gift Certificate



3rd Prize: 2 Handmade Tags from Berry71bleu
(Please note that the photos are just samples and are not the actual tags the prize winner will receive.)

 


Sponsors:
 

Molossi is an Australian retail and wholesale supplier to the scrapbooking and papercraft industry. Molossi strives to bring you an online shopping experience where you can relish in a huge range of scrapbooking supplies to compliment your scrapbooking addiction. Molossi offers thousands of products including: albums, cardstock, flowers, bling, personal die-cutting machines, stickers, embellishments and plenty more! Become a part of our scrapping community and enter the stash giveaways and competitions on our Facebook page and Blog. For a large range of page layout ideas, sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date with the scrapbooking world and monthly promotions.


Zeus and Zoe is the sister Etsy Shop to Berry71Bleu and sells one-of-a-kind crafting embellishments for scrapbooking, crafting, altered art, home decor and collage art. All tags are handmade and can be designed according to your preference. Please contact Marivic through her Etsy Shop to request a custom order.

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs. Make sure you follow our CHALLENGE RULES.

Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations!

We appreciate each and every challenge entry and share the designs that catch our eye on our facebook page and Pinterest Boards. Look for your work there!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Create Layout with Cathi



The September Challenge at Berry71Bleu is hosted by our fearless leader Marivic! We want to know about the THINGS that you love. Make a project telling us about the things that you love, no matter what it is, we'd love to know! 

You can take photos and add to your project or you can journal. Most of the time we never get to talk about ourselves, so this month we will talk about all the lovely things we love.


My layout features some of my favorite things in the world, all things vintage, like the gorgeous tag from Marivic's Zeus&Zoe Etsy store, and the gorgeous vintage dresser and dress form chipboards from Molossi, as well as all of my scrappy supplies! You can see my shelves above my scrap desk which make me happy, full of ribbons, paints and mists... My flowers, stamps, embellies, chipboard and so much more are surrounding me in my scrap area and make me happy!


I used gorgeous Melissa Frances papers from my stash as well as some lace. I added masking and stamping and splashing...


Some gorgeous Prima flowers from my stash and a butterfly...you can see a close up of my yummy goodies on my shelf!


Another detail shot here with some fun alphas from Tim Holtz!! I had a lot of fun making this layout and I hope you like it and will join in the challenge this month!!

Thank you to our sponsors for providing amazing prizes this month:

Check out the fabulous prizes donated by our generous sponsors:

1st Prize:
Molossi Gift Pack (Chipboard, Bling and Flowers)



2nd Prize: Zeus and Zoe Gift Certificate





3rd Prize: 2 Handmade Tags from Berry71bleu

(Please note that the photos are just samples and are not the actual tags the prize winner will receive.)

Sponsors:


Molossi is an Australian retail and wholesale supplier to the scrapbooking and papercraft industry. Molossi strives to bring you an online shopping experience where you can relish in a huge range of scrapbooking supplies to compliment your scrapbooking addiction. Molossi offers thousands of products including: albums, cardstock, flowers, bling, personal die-cutting machines, stickers, embellishments and plenty more! Become a part of our scrapping community and enter the stash giveaways and competitions on our Facebook page and Blog. For a large range of page layout ideas, sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date with the scrapbooking world and monthly promotions.


Marivic Clifton

Zeus and Zoe is the sister Etsy Shop to Berry71Bleu and sells one-of-a-kind crafting embellishments for scrapbooking, crafting, altered art, home decor and collage art. All tags are handmade and can be designed according to your preference. Please contact Marivic through her Etsy Shop to request a custom order.

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international
they will be responsible for shipping costs. Make sure you follow our CHALLENGE RULES.

Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations!

We appreciate each and every challenge entry and share the designs that catch our eye
on our Facebook page and Pinterest Boards. Look for your work there!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Design Team and Coordinators Call!!!




Berry71bleu Challenge Blog is looking for enthusiastic, energetic, self-sufficient, friendly, and trust-worthy new DT members, DT Coordinator, Social Media, and Sponsor Coordinators. We are a drama-free team and we take pride in what we do and work well together.

We’re looking for all kinds of crafters that are versatile in all types of mediums.

As a DT member you will be required to do 1 monthly project.  During your term, you will host one monthly challenge. You must have a blog, Facebook for communication and must have good photography skills. You will also help us promote Berry71bleu monthly challenges and our sponsors in social media platforms and scrapbook galleries wherever it is allowed. You will be assigned certain days of the month in which you will post your completed projects on our blog and will be required to comment on assigned entries.

For coordinator positions, you must have knowledge of Blogger and social media platforms, and be a great team leader, proactive, and committed.

As compensation, you will receive free products from sponsors and 30% discount on any products from the Zeus and Zoe Etsy Shop. You will also have the opportunity to work with amazing designers and will gain great exposure of your art and blog.

To be considered for this team send at least 4 of your best projects, DT commitments, past and present, and tell us something about yourself and why you would like to be considered for our design team. This call is open to anyone. International applicants are encouraged to apply.

Email BBDTCall@gmail.com with all the information requested with the subject “BERRY71BLEU DT CALL,” and indicate the position you are applying for. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us.  Applications must be received by 09/30/14.  

This is a 6-month term that will start in January 2015. When necessary, you will also be responsible for your own shipping fees of items donated by sponsors to be mailed to you.


Have a look around the blog (http://berry71bleu.blogspot.com).
Check out our DT projects and our monthly challenges.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!



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