Wednesday, August 01, 2012

August Wings Challenge hosted by Cathy

Hi Girls,
Well this month is my turn to host the Berry71Bleu challenge.  I was inspired by Marivic's gorgeous vintage tag and decided to make it nice and simple and have a theme of WINGS.

For this challenge there is only one criteria - I would like to see any form of wings on your LO, Card or OTP project.  Can be one or many forms, whatever you like as long as I see some wings.  Here are some examples to get you started - fairies, angels, birds, winged insects, dragons unicorns and bats.
Here is my project for the challenge.  I adore anything with wings, so I went a bit crazy...  I have birds, butterflies, a cherub, angel wings and a bee.

I am lucky enough to be on the DT for Scrapmatts who are our sponsors this month, and was given the new Layered Frame to play which I thought would be a perfect way to show off Marivic's gorgeous vintage tag and all my winged embellishments.  My quote reads:  "Hold fast to your dreams for without them life is a broken-winged bird which cannot fly."   I have used quite a few Scrapmatts chipboard pieces on my creation and altered them in various ways with paint, gesso metallic inks, microbeads and also an altered dress form with a tutorial below.

List of Materials:  Scrapmatts chipboard Layered Frame, Dress Form, Clock, Butterflies, Wings, Berry71Bleu vintage tag, Basic Grey Curio and Prima Printery pp's, Kaisercraft die cuts, rubons and pearls, Tim Holtz tickets, MM pagemark, Prima crystal and pearl flourish, Prima flower, mini rose, KandCo typewriter key, metal flower and bee charms, vintage button, crochet doily, lace, ribbon, braid,  Viva Ferro  paste, Brilliance & Memento inks, gesso, paint.

This month our sponsor is:

and they have donated a fabulous chipboard pack as the prize for our challenge winner.  Click on the link above and check out all the beautiful chipboard designs available in store.  Scrapmatts also have a fabulous gallery with so many gorgeous creations which are sure to inspire you.
The prize above is for our merit winner. We also have a prize for our random
winner too. That prize is sponsored by Zeus and Zoe - Marivic's Kit Store.

You can win this entire pack of keys! They are gorgeous!!
To win this random prize everyone has an equal chance, just by entering!

1. You are allowed to make a an altered/off the page project as long as you follow the challenge specifications.
2. Projects must be linked up to our linky tool in the sidebar, using the URL of the ACTUAL POST not your entire blog.
3. You may submit as many entries as you want and combine your entry with up to 2 other challenges.
4. It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Berry71Bleu TOGETHER with a link back to our blog.
5. All entries must be received by MIDNIGHT EST on the 31st day of the month the challenge was posted.
6. Entries to be submitted via the linky tool at the top of the sidebar ONLY, not by e mail and not by linking up in the comments section please.

Dress Form Tutorial
Start with a chipboard dress form (you could also use a die cut dress form).
1.  Paint the dress form to suit your colour scheme.  I then inked over the top of the paint with copper metallic ink.
2.  Make a skirt from 2 layers of scalloped lace gathered together on the sewing machine, but you can hand stitch if you don't have a machine.  (You could also used pattern papers for your skirt and punch the bottom of the skirt with a border punch or experiment with other fabrics like tulle, muslin or pretty printed fabrics.)

3.  Trace the bodice section onto some pattern paper and adhere with glue, then trim the top with a bit of braid or trim.
4.  Attach the gathered skirt with a bit of tape around the waistline, making sure it is secured about 1/2 cm around the back for a nice finish.
5.  Tie some satin seam binding around the waist in a bow to cover the raw edges of the skirt and adhere a little flower in the centre of the bow or you could use a bead, brad or pearl to accent the bow.
6.  I decided to add wings to my dress form to tie in with the Challenge Theme and my vintage LO.  I inked the wings with metallic ink, then backed them with pattern paper.  I then dabbed some clear glue randomly on the paper and pressed in some gold micro beads.  Once they are dry attach the wings behind the dress form and you are all finished.

Here are a few other ideas on how to dress a dress form.
Thanks so much for stopping by.. can't wait to see what you all come up with for this month's challenge!!

Cathy :))


  1. BEAUTIFUL projects! Great challenge and prize! This tutorial is just AMAZING!!!

  2. Hmmmnnn-- will have to get the thinking cap on! LOVE what you've done with those dress forms - they look AMAZING....& [naturally] so does your LO:):):)

  3. Fantastic work! Love this dress form!

  4. Beautiful work Cathy. I love this shabby chic and vintage style.

  5. Wow, wow, wow Cathy! Exceptional project, post & tutorial - fantastic work!!

  6. I am loving it Cathy!! Great work, just amazing!

  7. Wowwwwwwwwwwww,so beautiful.... Love all!!!

  8. Wow, your project is gorgeous! Can't wait to make something like that. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Gorgeous Cathy!! Love the challenge you are doing this month...

    Can't wait to see what everyone has in store for us!!

  10. love the challenge this month :) Gotta get my thinking cap on!

  11. Gorgeous work Cathy! I love the colors you used and you really highlighted the ScrapMatts chipboard beautifully!

  12. OH DEAR Helen! What a BEAUTIFUL layout! I love all the feminine detail! The lace trim on the dress form looks gorgeous and I love that decorative circle frame! So many gorgeous details to take in! PURE eye candy!

  13. Thanks to a few bloggy friends I just found your bloggy and I love it! :) I just uploaded a canvas I made for this challenge!! I love love love your lo ... that dress form is AMAZING!!!

  14. Amazing dresses I loved all of them!!!!

  15. As usual I have trouble with mr. Linky.. I think he doesn't like me or something. I tried to upload an new layout for the Wings challenge. but it failed due to my size, so I made it smaller, but since I already tried.. it now says it already exists and I can't upload 2 for the same address... So I'm going to have to post it from my Message page.. and give it a chance that way.. I hope thats ok.. ask I can't get it to upload, of course it could always how up later, but It was over the size wanted so I highly double it. So if I put it in through the messages you will have to go up from there... I hope thats OK and that doesn't disqualify me. Mr. Linky and I need to sit down and have a chat! He's doing this to me alot!
    Anyway crossing my fingers to see if THAT will work. Sherry P

  16. Great challenge, I love "winged" things ;D Thx for the dress form tutorial, your project is beautiful!!


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