Wednesday, April 23, 2014

First Haircut Layout by Kay

Good morning Berry71Bleu fans!  Kay here with my interpretation of this month's challenge.  The host for this challenge was Tracey & the challenge was handmade flowers.  There has to be at least one handmade flower on your project.  My layout has three!

This is my son getting his very first haircut.  The four photos showcase the journey of his haircut--the first photo was how he came in--the next two photos are snapshots that were taken during the haircut and the last picture is the end result.

I created a little slider box that stores a lock of his hair that I kept as a memento of his first hair cut.

The two flairs, circle chippies & circle stencil are by Um Wow Studio. I applied a bit of molding paste to the circle stencil in order to create some texture onto my background.  On a couple of the Um Wow Studio circle chippies I adhered tiny beads onto them with clear dry adhesive.
Here's the inspiration board that Tracey created for the challenge.  To see all the details for this month's challenge, go here.
The large purple marigold and the two vellum flowers were handmade by me.  The upper right hand vellum flower is a hybrid.  The bottom layer of the flower was handmade by me & I inserted a pre-made pink organza flower in the center.
This is the little box I made to store the lock of hair from my son's first haircut.
The box slides open--so I can take out the lock of hair which is stored in a small pouch whenever I like.
This is my version of a marigold flower.  I actually have a tutorial on how I make these flowers on my blog.  If interested, feel free to check out the tutorial here.
Both vellum flowers were created with stamps.  I stamped the flower images onto vellum with a permanent ink such as Staz On.  This is important--if a non-permanent ink is used, your image will smear.  For the particular flower seen on this close up, I stamped the image twice, cut them out & layered them with a pop dot in order to give it some dimension.  I highlighted the edges & center of the flower with Stickles & adhered a large clear rhinestone in the center.

Papers used are by 7 Dots Studio & the design of my layout is based on a sketch by Page Drafts.

Here are the prizes that are up for grabs this month...

First Prize:
Studio Shirel Pop & Colours Workshop



Second Prize:

Studio Shirel Pop & Colours #2 Workshop



3rd Prize:

Darkroom Door Paper Collection



Sponsors:


Pop and Colours Workshop #1 - Art of Background 
Six weeks of workshops with step-by-step detailed examples and videos! Do you like to play with inks? Dirty hands, paint in the hair and stains on the apron don’t scare you? Then this workshop is for you! Whatever your style, learn how to create backgrounds very personal using the techniques presented in this workshop! I requested internationally famous guests who will share their secrets for making scrapbook pages from A to Z. Each week two different step-by-step (videos or photos and written explanations) will be presented. Each week, icing on the cake, sample pages created by the various artists using each technique will be shared. These examples will show you that the techniques are adaptable to all styles! The workshop will focus on scrapbooking pages, but the techniques are obviously suitable for other media (Art Journal, Project Life, mini-album, canvas Mixed Media etc.).
There is no time limit to subscribe to the workshop and it will be available for a period of one year from the beginning of the workshop (ie 18 October 2014).


Pop and Colours Workshop #2 - Around the World
10 weeks of workshops in video! Did you like Pop and Colours Workshop #1 - Art of Background and you want more? Well...we do have more! Pop and Colours # 2 - Around the World is based on the same principle. Our team of renown international artists will share their secrets for making scrapbook pages through exclusive videos! Different styles will share the spotlight: freestyle, shabby, mixed media or graphic style, you will find types for all tastes! Class started on January 3, 2014 and all the content will be available for a whole year. You can join us at anytime within this year!



Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig and graphic designer Stewart Yule who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber stamps and papercraft products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations, collage, mixed media and altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door products have a strong photographic element in their design.

Products include: Rubber Stamps, Photo Stamps, Background Stamps, Frame Stamps, Collage Stamps, Word Block Stamps, Montage Sheets, Photochips, and Filmstrips along with a wide range of accessories for all type of paper crafts. 



Darkroom Door also has a fabulous blog that is updated regularly with projects created by many talented artists. Check out the Darkroom Door website to see their full product range along with a gallery full of projects and ideas!




Design Team Sponsors



We're a US based company who has recently changed directions and moved to chipboard embellishments! Our designs are fresh, new and on trend. We pride ourselves in the quality of our chip and our dedication to the trade. With our passion for paper crafts and our knowledge of industry we can safely say you'll love our goods and their high quality!


We are a team of creative women who cannot image their world without 

paper, glue and the creative process. Scrapbooking is our passion and we
love to share our passion with other scrapbookers. For this reason, 7 
Dots Studio exists. The quality of our products is our top priority. Our
collections are made from thick (250gsm), acid-free, lignin-free, 
archival scrapbooking paper. We also offer high quality cardstock 
stickers.


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 this month!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Handmade Flowers for a Wreath

Hello, it's Marivic. I hope you had a wonderful Easter.  I'm sharing with you today the flowers I made with 7 Dots Dreamer and Cold Country Collection Papers and following April's challenge.

I love making my own flowers and these cabbage roses are one of my favorites to make. I've made a wreath for one of my good friend's birthday. What do you give someone who has everything? I'm sure she would appreciate a handmade item.


I started with this one big flower and before you know it...I made a few more..


This is the finished product:


I wrapped the foam circle with scrap fabric. The butterfly is from Um Wow Studio.


Don't forget to join our challenge this month! We have such great prizes..Here are more information about it:



This month we challenge you to create a project using handmade flowers!

There must be at least ONE homemade flower on your project.
 This challenge is not limited to a scrapbook page - think canvas, home decor, headbands, anything your creative mind can dream up! There are hundreds of flower tutorials out there for flowers made out of paper, felt, cloth, twine, burlap, coffee filters, etc. For links to all of the flower tutorials pictured above, and many more, see Tracey's Pintrest page here.

First Prize:
Studio Shirel Pop & Colours Workshop


Second Prize:
Studio Shirel Pop & Colors #2 Workshop


3rd Prize:
Darkroom Door Paper Collection 


Sponsors:



Pop and Colours Workshop #1 - Art of Background 
Six weeks of workshops with step-by-step detailed examples and videos! Do you like to play with inks? Dirty hands, paint in the hair and stains on the apron don’t scare you? Then this workshop is for you! Whatever your style, learn how to create backgrounds very personal using the techniques presented in this workshop! I requested internationally famous guests who will share their secrets for making scrapbook pages from A to Z. Each week two different step-by-step (videos or photos and written explanations) will be presented. Each week, icing on the cake, sample pages created by the various artists using each technique will be shared. These examples will show you that the techniques are adaptable to all styles! The workshop will focus on scrapbooking pages, but the techniques are obviously suitable for other media (Art Journal, Project Life, mini-album, canvas Mixed Media etc.). There is no time limit to subscribe to the workshop and it will be available for a period of one year from the beginning of the workshop (ie 18 October 2014).

Pop and Colours Workshop #2 - Around the World
10 weeks of workshops in video! Did you like Pop and Colours Workshop #1 - Art of Background and you want more? Well...we do have more! Pop and Colours # 2 - Around the World is based on the same principle. Our team of renown international artists will share their secrets for making scrapbook pages through exclusive videos! Different styles will share the spotlight: freestyle, shabby, mixed media or graphic style, you will find types for all tastes! Class started on January 3, 2014 and all the content will be available for a whole year. You can join us at anytime within this year!




Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig and graphic designer Stewart Yule who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber stamps and papercraft products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations, collage, mixed media and altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door products have a strong photographic element in their design. Products include: Rubber Stamps, Photo Stamps, Background Stamps, Frame Stamps, Collage Stamps, Word Block Stamps, Montage Sheets, Photochips, and Filmstrips along with a wide range of accessories for all type of paper crafts.
 
Darkroom Door also has a fabulous blog that is updated regularly with projects created by many talented artists. Check out the Darkroom Door website to see their full product range along with a gallery full of projects and ideas!


Design Team Sponsors



We're a US based company who has recently changed directions and moved to chipboard embellishments! Our designs are fresh, new and on trend. We pride ourselves in the quality of our chip and our dedication to the trade. With our passion for paper crafts and our knowledge of industry we can safely say you'll love our goods and their high quality!




We are a team of creative women who cannot image their world without paper, glue and the creative process. Scrapbooking is our passion and we love to share our passion with other scrapbookers. For this reason, 7 Dots Studio exists. The quality of our products is our top priority. Our collections are made from thick (250gsm), acid-free, lignin-free, archival scrapbooking paper. We also offer high quality cardstock stickers.


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

Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to see what you've created for us this month.


Happy Spring!


Hugs,


Marivic

Friday, April 18, 2014

Smile by Denise van Deventer

Hello Everyone!

Denise here today to share my page with you for the April Challenge.



I decided to go with layered die-cuts for my handmade flowers and really liked the way that these came out. As I was making them, I thought to myself, that it was really an inexpensive way to make flowers and must really do that more often, as using lots of store-bought flowers tends to make a dent in the wallet somtimes! ;-)

I created this page, using the wonderful papers from 7 Dots Studio. I so loved the thickness of these papers, they were just awesome for a mixed media project.


The background was created with gesso paste, 7 Dots Studio stamps, JustRite Clear stamps and some BoBunny washi tape. I layered strips from the 7 Dots Studio Illumination collection, and stickers and also word strips from Darkroom Door. The round circle and ring chipboard are from UmWow, which I first painted white and then spritzed with "Bermuda" from Enmarc. I loved how the colour pooled in some places and just dotted in others....it gave a super effect!


As I said previously, my flowers were made with die-cuts and layered together.  I added some watercolour, spritzing and ink for dimension. I then also placed some thready cotton underneath to soften them.


This photo gives you a closer look at all the layering and various techniques used to bring this page together.



So we really hope that you will play along with the challenge and really be bloomin' creative!!!! ;-)))


This month we challenge you to create a project using handmade flowers!

There must be at least ONE homemade flower on your project.
 This challenge is not limited to a scrapbook page - think canvas, home decor, headbands, anything your creative mind can dream up! There are hundreds of flower tutorials out there for flowers made out of paper, felt, cloth, twine, burlap, coffee filters, etc. For links to all of the flower tutorials pictured above, and many more, see Tracey's Pintrest page here.

First Prize:
Studio Shirel Pop & Colours Workshop


Second Prize:
Studio Shirel Pop & Colours #2 Workshop


3rd Prize:
Darkroom Door Paper Collection


Sponsors:



Pop and Colours Workshop #1 - Art of Background 
Six weeks of workshops with step-by-step detailed examples and videos! Do you like to play with inks? Dirty hands, paint in the hair and stains on the apron don’t scare you? Then this workshop is for you! Whatever your style, learn how to create backgrounds very personal using the techniques presented in this workshop! I requested internationally famous guests who will share their secrets for making scrapbook pages from A to Z. Each week two different step-by-step (videos or photos and written explanations) will be presented. Each week, icing on the cake, sample pages created by the various artists using each technique will be shared. These examples will show you that the techniques are adaptable to all styles! The workshop will focus on scrapbooking pages, but the techniques are obviously suitable for other media (Art Journal, Project Life, mini-album, canvas Mixed Media etc.). There is no time limit to subscribe to the workshop and it will be available for a period of one year from the beginning of the workshop (ie 18 October 2014).

Pop and Colours Workshop #2 - Around the World
10 weeks of workshops in video! Did you like Pop and Colours Workshop #1 - Art of Background and you want more? Well...we do have more! Pop and Colours # 2 - Around the World is based on the same principle. Our team of renown international artists will share their secrets for making scrapbook pages through exclusive videos! Different styles will share the spotlight: freestyle, shabby, mixed media or graphic style, you will find types for all tastes! Class started on January 3, 2014 and all the content will be available for a whole year. You can join us at anytime within this year!




Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig and graphic designer Stewart Yule who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber stamps and papercraft products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations, collage, mixed media and altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door products have a strong photographic element in their design.
Products include: Rubber Stamps, Photo Stamps, Background Stamps, Frame Stamps, Collage Stamps, Word Block Stamps, Montage Sheets, Photochips, and Filmstrips along with a wide range of accessories for all type of paper crafts.
 

Darkroom Door also has a fabulous blog that is updated regularly with projects created by many talented artists. Check out the Darkroom Door website to see their full product range along with a gallery full of projects and ideas!


Design Team Sponsors

We're a US based company who has recently changed directions and moved to chipboard embellishments! Our designs are fresh, new and on trend. We pride ourselves in the quality of our chip and our dedication to the trade. With our passion for paper crafts and our knowledge of industry we can safely say you'll love our goods and their high quality!

We are a team of creative women who cannot image their world without paper, glue and the creative process. Scrapbooking is our passion and we love to share our passion with other scrapbookers. For this reason, 7 Dots Studio exists. The quality of our products is our top priority. Our collections are made from thick (250gsm), acid-free, lignin-free, archival scrapbooking paper. We also offer high quality cardstock stickers.

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 this month!

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