Thursday, August 01, 2013

August Challenge - Get Creative With Textiles!!

Hello Everyone, Norma here with you today and I'm very excited to be hosting my very first Berry71Bleu Challenge!  So let's get this party started:  Welcome to the August Challenge!! 

This month's challenge is all about TEXTILES.  I absolutely love adding texture to all my projects and using fabrics is one of the easiest ways to do it.   I frequently mix remnants of fabric in between layers of paper, paints and inks because they instantly add depth to any project.  **So I want to challenge you to get creative with your projects by adding textiles.  You can use any kind of fabric, twine, lace or ribbons.**  Think about using a piece of a favorite blanket or a piece of clothing that has seen better days but you just haven't been able to part with or dig into your fabric/twine/ribbon stash.  You could make flowers, a fabric album or mini book, layer it into a layout, card or make a tag.  Just grab some TEXTILES, set your creativity free, create something that makes you happy, then come back and share it with us!!  Make sure you link up by the end of the month for your chance to win prizes from this month's generous sponsors.

For my project, I mixed in strips of canvas, lace, cheese cloth and several other fabric remnants.  So for this layout, I started out with Inkido's Green Memories paper from their Beautiful Memories collection.   

To add a personal touch to the paper, I used Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos, gesso and the Mix & Match Gelatos Tool Set.   I created a creamy paint to stencil with by mixing the Gelatos with gesso using the palette knife included in the kit.  Stenciling the color was very easy to do with the stipple brush included in the Mix & Match Gelatos tool set.  Then for a touch of whimsy, I simply doodled around the flowers with a white and black gel pen. 

To create the backdrop for this photo of my beautiful daughter in law, I created a patchwork effect by adhering strips of canvas to a sheet of cardstock mixed with pieces of Inkido's 6x6 Spring Time No. 1 paper.  Then I layered in cheese cloth and several remnants of fabric from my stash.


To accent, I added beautiful Scrapiniec Die-cut chipboard pieces.  I colored the Retro Rectangle Frame with the Banana Gelato, stamped it with a script stamp and then embossed the frame with clear embossing powder.  I also used the Primavera stem and Primavera Elephant Ears chipboard pieces.  To color them in, I used a combination of the new Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Paper Crafter Crayons and Gelatos and then sealed them with clear embossing powder.

I finished out my layout by adding a mixture of beautiful flowers.

I hope I've inspired to create with us this month!!  Here's a look at the wonderful prizes from this month's main sponsor Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft!

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft is a leading manufacturer specializing in high quality art supplies including pens, color pencils and watercolor pencils for art, crafts, scrapbooking and papercrafting.

Working with the MIX & MATCH products from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft makes designing with COLOR simple. Simply choose a color set that inspires you, choose a medium and Mix & Match as you create. The color coordinated palettes give you the freedom to design your project knowing the colors will work beautifully together. Perfect for all your design, memory and craft projects!

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Main Prize!!

Random Prize!!

If the winner(s) of this challenge are international, they will be responsible for shipping costs. 

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.

Papercraft Scandinavia is a manufacturer that design and make unique material for scrapbooking, cardmaking and other craftings.
We design stamps, patterned paper, lace, flowers and much more in romantic vintage style. Our products are of high standard, inspiring and amazing to create with. 
Welcome to us!

Our design team members each received Inkido's collection Beautiful Memories to design with.

Please read the Challenge Rules before linking up your project as they have recently changed!

Thanks for joining me today, I look forward to seeing all of your AMAZING creations!!



  1. Love every inch of your layout, Norma! Can't wait to see the entries this month :)

  2. Beautiful page & YUMMY texture...hope to join in....GREAT idea for a challenge:):):)

  3. Fantastic page Norma! You have really captured the joy on this page! I love your background work and the way you colored the chipboard. Thanks for the inspiration! =)

  4. Love the challenge Norma and your layout is so inspiring!!

  5. Norma!!

    What a great challenge! Always love fabric...And you did an incredible job with your page..Love the layering! Thank you so much!!!

  6. Beautiful page Norma!! I looove fabrics!!!

  7. WOW, I absolutely LOVE this page! So inspiring!

  8. love the idea to warm up a page with textiles. thanks for the challenge

  9. Great theme, I love use fabrics too!

  10. I liked this challenge so much that I players along twice. :)


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