Friday, January 31, 2014

Guest Designer Joyce Lawrence!

Greetings from Joyce in Southern California!

I came on the scrapbooking scene three years ago when I came into possession of some old family vintage photos. I wanted to preserve them and tell my family’s stories through those photographs. My intention was to only scrap those photos and put them away for future generations enjoyment. But then, I came down with the hoarding ailment so many of us have caught, and I started stalking art stores for supplies, joined an online monthly scrapbooking kit club where it exposed me to the terminology, trends, manufacturers, and found inspiration from online challenge sites just like Berry71Bleu. I immediately became smitten with this art form because it allowed me to incorporate all my previous skills of drawing, watercolor painting, bead work, home and apparel arts, and a legitimate excuse to buy more art supplies. My style? Well, I will leave that up to those of you that view my work. I currently design for Blue Fern Studios, and you can find me on my blog at

I’m excited to be a guest designer here and to share with you my take on the January "One Little Word" Challenge. This challenge inspired me to work in my long neglected art journal and to create my own background paper using a patterned chipboard piece as a stencil. I chose the word "Embrace" and am looking forward to the transformation in me in 2014.

Thank you Joyce for sharing your beautiful work with us! You have until the end of the day to upload your project for the January Challenge and we really look forward to seeing what you create!

As always, you can win some amazing prizes.

Main Prize:
6x6 Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate
 2 tubes of Green and Blue Speedball Block Printing Ink.
Random Prize:

$15 Gift Voucher

AUD$15 to be used in our online store at


A Tradition of Excellence: For more than 100 years, high quality art products from Speedball have created Unlimited Possibilities for Artists in both classrooms and professional studios around the world. Speedball is committed to artistic innovation and expression.
Printmaking Is A Time-Tested Craft That Is Ideal For Contemporary Art Expression:Today with the advent of new techniques and materials, Printmaking has gained renewed interest and unprecedented support. Printmaking begins with Speedball - America’s leading manufacturer of printmaking materials - unequaled for quality, safety and ease-of-use.
Economical and Time-Flexible: The Beauty of Printmaking is in its flexibility and economy. Projects can range from simple printmaking exercises lasting only for a short session to more complex projects that can be expanded to include advance detailed techniques. Printmaking is more popular than ever and Speedball Art Products is the artist’s choice!
Speedball Block Printing Inks: Give your creations all the brilliance they deserve with inks from Speedball. Speedball’s Water Soluble Block Printing Inks come in 18 brilliant colors available in 37cc, 75cc, 150cc tubes plus 8oz. and 16oz jars. These inks are easy to clean up with water, non-toxic, gluten free and super for printmaking with linoleum, wood, Flexible Printing Plate, Speedy-Carve™, Speedy-Cut™ and Polyprint. All Speedball inks are AP Non-Toxic and are excellent for use in the studio, school or home. Speedball also carries Oil-Based Block Printing Inks available in 10 brilliant colors in 37cc tubes or 7 colors available in 75cc tubes. Suitable for printing on papers and fabrics, they are non-darkening, waterproof and permanent.

We love gelatin printing and we've developed a better way to do it!

Our Gel Printing Plate looks and feels like gelatin, but is durable, reusable and stores at room temperature. It's easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a Gelli plate is simple and fun. The gratification is immediate, and the prints are too cool!

Flourish with a Bling is an Australian retail and wholesale company, owned by Lucy Patrick, Kate Settineri and Maggie Lloyd who are three passionate and avid crafting mums with a love for design, colour and everything Bling!

“Our aim is to bring more colour and variety into the world of flourishes and embellishments.With our unique designs and new materials we feel we are putting the ‘Bling into Scrapbooking.' We have a beautiful range of flourishes, vines, pearls, gems and more. And just recently, Flourish with a Bling has introduced their own range of gorgeous flowers.”

They also sell fabulous themed packs at amazing prices.They have flat rate postage within Australia and also post internationally (half price shipping for large orders).You can contact them and find all their products on their easy-to-use website Don’t forget to check out their facebook page for random giveaways, visit their blog to win monthly challenges and visit their gallery for inspiration and ideas! 

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


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