Monday, July 08, 2013

In Remembrance Layout by Norma Gomez

Hello, Hello Berry71Bleu peeps!!  Norma here with you today with my very first project as a Berry71Bleu team member (yay!).  This month's challenge is "Anything Goes" so the sky's the limit!!  Breakout your favorite crafty materials and put something spectacular together.  Then link your project up for your chance to win some fabulous prizes.

But wait, there's more!!!!

This month Berry71Bleu is also sponsoring CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration!  How exciting is that right?!  We will be joining CSI as Guest Detectives for the entire month of July.  So we'll be sharing our layouts here after they go live on the CSI site each week. Join us for any one of the weekly CSI Challenges for a chance to win a $35 Gift Certificate to the Zeus and Zoe Etsy Shop!

I was inspired by the patriotic colors of Case File No. 79 and quickly began gathering my evidence.  My investigation revealed traces of ribbon, metal, flourishes and stripes!  Suddenly before my very eyes, the scene of my son and his Cub Scout troop honoring our nations heroes appeared.

To create the stripes, I layered strips of crepe paper and ribbon then stitched down the center of each stripe.  I used a large Scrapiniec die-cut to frame the tomb of a fallen soldier and smaller die-cuts through out the layout as accents.

I randomly stamped a Heartfelt Creations Perfect Medley stamp with gesso and inked the edges of the cardstock with my finger.

For my metal element, I used a sheet of aluminum foil.  I folded the foil to give me four layers before running it through my embossing machine.  (Since a single layer of foil is very thin, it's necessary to fold it to add strength; otherwise the foil may not hold the embossed image.)  After embossing, I applied a thin layer of  gesso to white wash the foil.

With a little more stitching here and there, some blingy stars and meaningful words, I solved CSI Case No. 79.

Our July Sponsors

Heartfelt Creations is the main sponsor for this month!

Heartfelt Creations® is a leading Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook manufacturer for the craft industry. Heartfelt Creations was established in 1997 as Golden Rule Supply manufacturing Rubber Stamps. In January 2006 Golden Rule Supply became Heartfelt Creations.

Heartfelt Creations provides a unique line of artistic stamps, detailed dies and designer papers. Many of our stamps coordinate with our exclusive Spellbinders™ dies. The innovation of our stamps paired with matching dies offers a whole new dimension of possibilities and quickly adds eye-popping 3D depth to any project. Our designer papers are designed to coordinate with our product collections adding the perfect complement to any Heartfelt Creations stamp or die. 

The Inspiration
Linda the founder and CEO of Heartfelt Creations describes it as the 'AHH HA' moment when she picked up her first stamp to show her kids how to use it. At that moment she realized that she had discovered something amazing. With that a dream was born to offer the same creative delight to people around the world that she felt when she picked up a stamp for the first time. 

Main Prize:

Random Prize:
A one-of-a-kind Berry71Bleu Handmade Tag by Marivic Clifton

A special thanks to Scrapiniec Die-Cut Chipboard for sponsoring the Berry71Bleu Design Team, who will be sharing projects with their chipboard for the next several months.


Scrapiniec is the first Polish manufacturer of laser die-cut chipboard products for use in scrapbooking. They satisfy even the most unusual individual orders and are characterized by reliability, high quality and friendly customer service. 

You have til the end of the month to join in on this month's ANYTHING GOES challenge!
THANKS for joining me, have a great week!!!


  1. Fantastic work Norma! I LOVE the stars and stripes design, especially with your photos! The embossed foil is so fun and the little alpha stickers were a fabulous idea! Thanks for the inspiration! =)

  2. Super page the details and your sewing! Great use of the foil too! Beautifully done! ;-)

  3. A beautiful page. Lots of lovely details you've added.

  4. whoa this is beautiful, totally pinning this! tfs

  5. Great page with patriotic theme and colours! Thanks for the tip to fold foil before embossing:-)

  6. Beautiful page! Love all the sparkly stars and swirls!

  7. Great page, love the swirls and sparkle :)

  8. Fantastic take on the Patriotic theme and CSI#79!

  9. Great page Norma, love the patriotic theme and your foil embossing. Great take on the CSI challenge, love this!!

  10. I love the patriotic page Norma! We don't normally see the red, white, and blue..You did an amazing job! Thanks!!!


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