Sunday, November 04, 2012

October 2012 Winners & Features!

Hi there Berry71Bleu fans!  HELEN here with so much news!
Phew another month has just flown by - woooosh!!
Here we are in November already & it's time to announce the winners 
& features of last month's Mixed Media challenge.  Ladies you blew us
 away with your entries!  The standard was definitely the highest ever & the
judging was incredibly difficult and close as a result.  I had a dozen entries chosen 
for features initially and had to spend a couple of hours deciding - really!!  So if
 you aren't featured please don't lose heart & please keep playing along with
 our challenges!  Last month the competition was very stiff indeed !!

Once again just a reminder to PLEASE MENTION THAT YOU ARE 

Also please link US up to YOUR POST NOT your  ENTIRE BLOG!
Lastly, please ensure that you have your settings such that your links
stand out easily because the text is in a different colour, otherwise 
no-one is going to know that you have actually linked up 'cos it's not
 that easy to see... It takes us a lot of time to visit and comment on every 
entry & if you do these things it makes things easier for us all & give YOU
a better chance of success - thank you :)

We had 33 entries last month - a fantastic turnout - THANK YOU!!!

Our winning project for October is from Elena from Belarus.  I'm sure
you can all see why Elena won!  What an incredible, INCREDIBLE
mixed-media page!!  Woooooooow Elena we all LOVED your layout!
Jaw-dropping, breathtaking, you name it - this one had us ON THE FLOOR!!

Congratulations Elena!  Here is your winner's badge & you also win 
a $35 gift certificate from the Zeus & Zoe Etsy store so you need 
to take a look around the store, make a note of your selections then 
e mail Marivic at with your order so she
can get it sent off to you as soon as possible.  

You are also invited to Guest Design for us for our new GO CRAZY 
challenge so please get started on a CRAZY layout & send it in,
 together with close-ups and text (any special instructions on how 
you created your piece, etc) to Marivic too (deadline 25 Nov)
& she will forward it to our GDT co-ordinator Bellaidea who will 
create a special SPOTLIGHT POST just for you later this month!  
{don't forget your bio and headshot too}.

Second place {runner-up} goes to Kay Fatula from the USA with a 
totally stunning page too!  I love the bling and beads on this page
& the metallic mosaic tiles and embossed frame are awesome touches!
The texture on BOTH Elena's AND Kay's pages is incredible & noteworthy!!

Third place for October goes to Lindy from Australia!  I'm sure you'll
 all agree that this layout is very striking with it's monotone palette & the 
self-coloured texture created from the brick mask.  Luscious layers,
chipboard  & flowers too!  A great mix of elements here Lindy!!

Kay & Lindy this badge is for both of you!

And now for our random winner!  Congrats to Debbie Burns from the USA
with this lovely layout.  Debbie not only are you our random winner but your
layout was on my shortlist anyway!  I think it's really pretty, textured &
altogether gorgeous!  You win a pack of beautiful brass buttons from Zeus
& Zoe so e mail Marivic with your postal address please.

Some other projects that really caught our eye this month.
{Honourable Mentions}

This beautiful layout comes from Melenia in Greece.

And this gorgeous canvas linked up by Tina.

Another stunning canvas by Teresa Jaye, who also sells her
beautiful mixed media work on  her blog too!

Before you go - don't forget to play along with Bellaidea's fantastic
GET CRAZY challenge this month and don't forget that Zeus and Zoe 
 HERE is currently packed to the hilt with divine SCRAP FX chipboards
 AND amazing Manor House Creations Flowers, so if you feel like
 a little indulgence  click on in and have yourself some retail therapy!

These chipboards & flowers are not readily available in the US, being 
manufactured in Australia, so take advantage of Marivic's great prices 
& the easy availability before they sell out .  Wherever you are in the
 world, Marivic will ship to you at ACTUAL POSTAGE COST.  So - if
 you are not based in the US - don't worry about the Etsy postage 
calculations - just get your order into the cart then e mail Marivic at & she'll be able to see your order in the
 cart & let you know how much the shipping will be.  

And to end this INCREDIBLY LONG post I have a mixed media 
HOW TO VIDEO for you too!  If you don't feel confident about
mixed media work you really need to get with the program now
& get cracking!  Mixed media is here to stay so take a look & get
started.  I cover what you need and exactly how to go about 
creating a mixed media canvas like this one on my blog HERE,
where you can also find a step-by-step photo tutorial.


Thanks so much Berry71Bleu fans & I hope we are inspiring
you lately with all our challenges, giveaways and tutorials!
Now get creating and show us what YOU can do!!


  1. All works are wonderful, congratulations girls!!!xoxo

  2. Congrats Ladies, all your projects are gorgeous!!

  3. Congratulations Ladies! Your projects this month are stunning, was not easy to select winners but our Winner made fantastic page and I`m very happy she will design for us in my next CRAZY challenge!

  4. Congrats everyone!!! These are all AMAZING!!

  5. Congrats to all the winners! Thank you as well for the feature--such an honor to be amongst such fabulous talent & inspiration!

  6. These were such amazing projects...all are so deserving and Elena's was really just too fabulous for words! Congrats to all the ladies...

  7. Well done winners. & grinders...amazing how different they all are, too:):):)

  8. thank you ladies for choosing my LO. I knew it was very difficult to select from those amazing entries. Moreover it is very pleasant to be a winner for the second time

  9. Congratulations to the winners!! Amazing pages!!! Loved them all!! Thank you, DT, for the honourable mention!

  10. Congrats to Lena:))))! so many beautiful projects here!

  11. awesome challenge! Congrats to the winners and thanks so much for the shout out!
    Teresa Jaye

  12. Congratulations to the winner
    All designs are made ​​by amazing
    Including this blog Beautiful

  13. Congratulations girls! I'm so glad most of the winners and features came back in to comment - makes it all worthwhile!!


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