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Friday, March 29, 2013

Hello Beautiful....by Marivic

Hi this is Marivic....I want to share with you my project using DecoArt paint. It was a little tricky making this project as I am now starting to like digital scrapbooking. So in this page I combined both..


I started with a paper from Kaisercraft from a paper collection called "Base Coat".
I used Deco Art stencil in the background.


Using DecoArt minipot paints. I added the paint to Golden Glass Bead gel. Until I am satisfied with 
the colors. I used bright colors for Kay's challenge. I couldn't find my palette knife so I used whatever is handy at that moment...plastic knife. It actually gave the serrated effect and I liked it that way.

Here is the effect I ended up with.




Here is my background page.



And here is the detail of the challenge:


I'd like for you to base your project on someone that just brightens your life. That one person(s) that adds 'color' to your life--that gives your life meaning & makes it all worthwhile. It can even be a pet! Being an owner of one very lovable fur baby I know how much unconditional love & happiness a pet can bring into someone's life--so yes, even pets count & yes it can be more than one person! If that person(s) or pet puts a smile on your face--then create a project in their honor!  You do not necessarily have to make it a bright & colorful project--just use the photos as inspiration since they are all lively & joyful photos.

The challenge is to incorporate paint into your project.  You can use paint in many ways on your projects--to add texture to your backgrounds, to add random splatters of color, to color embellishments such as chipboard...let your creativity be your guide!





"Since 1985, DecoArt has manufactured one of the broadest lines of
acrylic paints and finishes for general arts and crafts use in the
world. The line includes all-purpose acrylics for professional artists,
crafters, and students. Located centrally in the United States, DecoArt
manufactures numerous specialty paints that are designed specifically
for surfaces like glass, ceramics, fabric, and metal, from its Stanford,
Kentucky production facility"

Product Overview
DecoArt has one of the widest selection of paints and finishes for arts, crafts, and home decorating. DecoArt has a full product line which includes over 25 brands of paint and finishes.

Our products are sold in all major craft chain stores in the United States, as well as having a strong market presence internationally in over 75 countries abroad.

Our Commitment to Quality
DecoArt assures its loyal and new customers that they can use our products with confidence.
All DecoArt products are non-toxic and user and enviromently-friendly.
We make safe products.  Our paints and specialty products are made in the USA to federally-mandated and industry wide safety and quality standards as established by the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI). ACMI employs one of the nation's top independent toxicology groups at Duke University.  All of our formulas are reviewed and have been certified as non-toxic by this group.

http://www.decoart.com

The winner of our March Challenge will win the following prize package from DecoArt:


The prize includes:  Three 8 pot paints; Americana Radiance, Dazzling Metallics Shimmer and Americana Pastel. Three stencils; Jacobean Floral, Flutterbies and Art Nouveau Medallions, along with a Medium assortment including Weathered Wood, Pearlizing, Fabric Painting, Thickening Medium, Drying Time Extended Medium and Staining Antiquing Medium.


There will also be a random winner who will win a this set of Craft Twinkles Writers:




Rules

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 email and not by linking up in the comments section please.

Information About Our Challenges

1.  Berry71Bleu Challenges are open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

2.  Our Design Team do their best to comment on all entries, you can make their job easier by turning OFF your word verification.  Try it and if spam is a problem you can always enable comment moderation.

3.  Challenges are held monthly and each month TWO winners are chosen.  One winner is chosen by our design team, who all vote for the project they consider to be the best,while another winner is chosen by random draw.

4.  Challenge winners will always be announced within a week of the challenge closing and winners are then required to contact our Sponsor Co-ordinator, Agnieszka at starhorse@onet.eu

5.  Prizes not claimed within 2 weeks of the challenge closing will be forfeited.

6.  The Merit winner will have an image of their project featured in 
the winners post, together with a link back to the homepageof their blog.

7.  Merit winners will be awarded a Winner's Badge to poston their blog - full bragging rights included!


Happy Creating!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March Guest Designer, Olga!

Today we would like to welcome the winner of our February challenge and our guest designer for March, Olga Vasilyeva.


My name is Olga, I'm a scrapbooker from Russia. I have been making albums, cards & other projects for over 2,5 years now.  For me it's a way to unwind after a hectic day as I mostly make my projects at night. Now I mainly make layouts and cards as I'm a designer in several DTs (including Echo Park, Memory Box and Creative Creations) and love to participate in challenges of other blogs. I like different styles - American, shabby, vintage, etc. But I can't refer most of my projects to any particular style. Actually scrapbooking is just my hobby and I devote most of my time to my family. It is not very big. I have two sons and my lovely husband. My sons are 2,5 and 4 years old and my husband is 36. He works in a very big automobile dealer company. My husband always supports me and likes everything I do. My naughty sons never let me scrap when they are at home and don’t sleep so I have to create things only during their day or night rest. Before I go back to work I try to spend all of my time with my family: in summer we usually go to the seaside (we like the Red Sea), and in winter we go in for sports. We always try and take our children with us in spite of they are very small. My family is the most important thing in my life and I’m very happy to have it.

 You can find more of my creations at www.olgavasilieva.blogspot.com


Olga created this beautiful layout for Kay's You Color My World Challenge:
This is a layout about two creatures which make my life really bright - my kids. On the photos they are sitting in a suitcase - their favorite place for playing "hide-and-seek".
My sons really make my life happy and each day bright so that I can't even imagine my life without them.
I love to use paints in my projects. Here I used watercolor - I've mixed several colors and got dark brown and jeans blue. I think that splashes help to connect the elements, add details to the composition and make it more complicated.


Thanks for joining us this month Olga!

Friday, March 22, 2013

My Sister My Friend . . . by Debbie

Hi everyone, Debbie here today with my project for Kay's March Challenge . . . 
You Color My World.  Let's get creative and use some paint on our projects!
I made my first canvas, a gift for my sister.


 My sister loves owls. I had held on to an old Kleenex box that had owls on it and cut them out along with some of the colorful flowers on the box to use on my canvas.
 
I enjoyed working with the paints that our sponsor DecoArt supplied us. I did a lot of stamping on my canvas and used paints rather then inks.

I used some of the blue Pastel Paint and watered it down to create my sky background along with some yellow Frosted Fun Paint to create the sun's rays. The hearts were stamped on using paint rather then ink and the purple dots were made using some bubble wrap painted with purple paint then dabbed on the background.

More stamping using the DecoArt paints.



                        The sponsor for our March Challenge is DecoArt.

                                 

                       
                         
                           

                      "Since 1985, DecoArt has manufactured one of the broadest lines of acrylic      paints and finishes for general arts and crafts use in the world. The line includes all-purpose acrylics for professional artists, crafters, and students. Located centrally in the United States, DecoArt manufactures numerous specialty paints that are designed specifically for surfaces like glass, ceramics, fabric, and metal, from its Stanford, Kentucky production facility"

Product Overview

DecoArt has one of the widest selection of paints and finishes for arts, crafts, and home decorating. DecoArt has a full product line which includes over 25 brands of paint and finishes.

Our products are sold in all major craft chain stores in the United States, as well as having a strong market presence internationally in over 75 countries abroad.

Our Commitment to Quality

DecoArt assures its loyal and new customers that they can use our products with confidence.

All DecoArt products are non-toxic and user- and enviromently-friendly.

We make safe products. Our paints and specialty products are made in the USA to federally-mandated and industry-wide safety and quality standards as established by the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI). ACMI employs one of the nation's top independent toxicology groups at 
Duke University. All of our formulas are reviewed and have been certified as non-toxic by this group.



          The winner of our March Challenge will win the following prize package from DecoArt:
      
The prize includes:  Three 8 pot paints; Americana Radiance, Dazzling Metallics Shimmer and Americana Pastel. Three stencils; Jacobean Floral, Flutterbies and Art Nouveau Medallions, along with a Medium assortment including Weathered Wood, Pearlizing, Fabric Painting, Thickening Medium, Drying Time Extended Medium and Staining Antiquing Medium.

             There will also be a random winner who will win a this set of Craft Twinkles Writers:





RULES


            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.


Information about our Challenges:
1.  Berry71Bleu Challenges are open to anyone, 
anywhere in the world.
2.  Our Design Team do their best to comment 
on all entries, you can make their job easier by turning OFF 
your word verification.  Try it and if spam is a problem 
you can always enable comment moderation.
3,  Challenges are held monthly and each month TWO winners are
chosen.  One winner is chosen by our design team, who all vote for
the project they consider to be the best, while another winner is
chosen by random draw.
4.  Challenge winners will always be announced within a week
of the challenge closing and winners are then required to
contact our Sponsor Co-ordinator, Agnieszka at starhorse@onet.eu
5.  Prizes not claimed within 2 weeks of the challenge closing 
will be forfeited.
6.  The Merit winner will have an image of their project featured in 
the winners post, together with a link back to the homepage
of their blog.
7.  Merit winners will be awarded a Winner's Badge to post
on their blog - full bragging rights included!

Happy Creating!
. . . Debbie






Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Imagine... by Anupama Choudary


Hi there! This is Anupama here for Kay's March Challenge -
You Color My World!
And the subject of my project is
India...
Resplendent in infinite ways, it fuels my imagination,
 inspires me & breathes life into my art!  


I dressed Marivic's lush tag with jewellery and a tilak.

India is replete with colors from mystical whites to rich jewel tones!

Texture, texture, texture...
DecoArt stencils and masks work beautifully!

I used a combination of brush-on Glitter paint, Acrylics, Ultra Frost and Glamour Dust.

 Tilak is worn on the Ajna Chakra, the centre of forehead - the point at which the third eye or the spiritual eye is believed to open.



The sponsor of our March Challenge is DecoArt.
"Since 1985, DecoArt has manufactured one of the broadest lines of 
acrylic paints and finishes for general arts and crafts use in the 
world. The line includes all-purpose acrylics for professional artists, 
crafters, and students. Located centrally in the United States, DecoArt 
manufactures numerous specialty paints that are designed specifically 
for surfaces like glass, ceramics, fabric, and metal, from its Stanford,
Kentucky production facility"




Product Overview

DecoArt has one of the widest selection of paints and finishes for arts, crafts, and home decorating. DecoArt has a full product line which includes over 25 brands of paint and finishes.

Our products are sold in all major craft chain stores in the United States, as well as having a strong market presence internationally in over 75 countries abroad.




Our Commitment to Quality

DecoArt assures its loyal and new customers that they can use our products with confidence.
All DecoArt products are non-toxic and user and enviromently-friendly.
We make safe products.  Our paints and specialty products are made in the USA to federally-mandated and industry wide safety and quality standards as established by the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI). ACMI employs one of the nation's top independent toxicology groups at Duke University.  All of our formulas are reviewed and have been certified as non-toxic by this group.


The winner of our March Challenge will win the following prize package from DecoArt:



The prize includes:  Three 8 pot paints; Americana Radiance, Dazzling Metallics Shimmer and Americana Pastel. Three stencils; Jacobean Floral, Flutterbies and Art Nouveau Medallions, along with a Medium assortment including Weathered Wood, Pearlizing, Fabric Painting, Thickening Medium, Drying Time Extended Medium and Staining Antiquing Medium.


There will also be a random winner who will win a this set of Craft Twinkles Writers:




RULES

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.






Information about our Challenges

1.  Berry71Bleu Challenges are open to anyone, 
anywhere in the world.
2.  Our Design Team do their best to comment 
on all entries, you can make their job easier by turning OFF 
your word verification.  Try it and if spam is a problem 
you can always enable comment moderation.
3,  Challenges are held monthly and each month TWO winners are
chosen.  One winner is chosen by our design team, who all vote for
the project they consider to be the best, while another winner is
chosen by random draw.
4.  Challenge winners will always be announced within a week
of the challenge closing and winners are then required to
contact our Sponsor Co-ordinator, Agnieszka at starhorse@onet.eu
5.  Prizes not claimed within 2 weeks of the challenge closing 
will be forfeited.
6.  The Merit winner will have an image of their project featured in 
the winners post, together with a link back to the homepage
of their blog.
7.  Merit winners will be awarded a Winner's Badge to post



on their blog - full bragging rights included!


Hope my art journal inspires you to experiment with color.

Go ahead and splash!

Until next time...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Welcome Julie Tucker-Wolek, Our Media/Marketing Coordinator

We excited today to announce a new addition to our family here at Berry71bleu, Julie Tucker-Wolek. 
 Julie has taken on the role of our Media Marketing Coordinator.
We are thrilled to have Julie with us!
 Here's a little bit about Julie:

My name is Julie Tucker-Wolek and I have been scrapping since my son was born 16 
years ago, but really got into it as a major passion about 6 years ago when my 
daughter was born.  I create everything!  Cards, layouts and altered projects! 
 
You can visit Julie's blog here, http://thetuckerwolekclan.blogspot.com/ 

Friday, March 15, 2013

You color my world by DT Agnieszka Bellaidea

Hi!
It's Bellaidea today with my new project for Berry 71 Bleu.
I have to admit I liked Kay's challenge "You Color My World"  from the very first moment she told us about it.
Great idea, cool photo, so many ways to participate.
I have "a thing" for air baloons so I just had to use one too.


 Thanks to our sponsor, Deco Art I had a chance to use great stencil and lots of paints...
I do admit, I went crazy with colors:)
You can aslo see I played with gesso, stencils, stamps, flowers, lace , my own mists and embossing powder .
Do I have to tell you who colors my world?


Thank you so much for looking, can not wait to see your projects made for Kay's challenge!

 March Sponsor
The prize:
The sponsor of our March Challenge is DecoArt.
"Since 1985, DecoArt has manufactured one of the broadest lines of
acrylic paints and finishes for general arts and crafts use in the
world. The line includes all-purpose acrylics for professional artists,
crafters, and students. Located centrally in the United States, DecoArt
manufactures numerous specialty paints that are designed specifically
for surfaces like glass, ceramics, fabric, and metal, from its Stanford,
Kentucky production facility"

Product Overview
DecoArt has one of the widest selection of paints and finishes for arts, crafts, and home decorating. DecoArt has a full product line which includes over 25 brands of paint and finishes.

Our products are sold in all major craft chain stores in the United States, as well as having a strong market presence internationally in over 75 countries abroad.

Our Commitment to Quality
DecoArt assures its loyal and new customers that they can use our products with confidence.
All DecoArt products are non-toxic and user and enviromently-friendly.
We make safe products.  Our paints and specialty products are made in the USA to federally-mandated and industry wide safety and quality standards as established by the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI). ACMI employs one of the nation's top independent toxicology groups at Duke University.  All of our formulas are reviewed and have been certified as non-toxic by this group.

http://www.decoart.com
The winner of our March Challenge will win the following prize package from DecoArt:


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Guest Designer, Sandie Edwards

Today we have a special guest designer, Sandie Edwards.
My name is Sandie, and I live in Geraldton, Western Australia with my partner who works in the mining industry (FIFO), and our two year old son, Jesse.  We are older parents (44 and 51), and also have grown up children, as well as Grandchildren. I am currently a stay at home Mother, with my previous employment being law enforcement. 
Creativity has been part of 'life' for as long as I can remember, and it is a journey for me personally that continually evolves.  My passion is papercrafts, though I dabble in a wide range of crafting areas. My motto is to continually push boundaries and comfort zones, to share, create, be an inspiration to others, and create everlasting memories. My creative style is not set in stone, though I tend to lean heavily towards, vintage. 
Please stop by and visit my blog:  http://delightfullycrazytoo.blogspot.com/

For me personally, this year I have started a 'new beginning' by researching my family ancestors - and what a journey it has been so far, I am amazed at where my family origins come from and find this part of 'life' fascinating.  The information, and photographs I have stumbled upon, has 'coloured my world', in ways I did not think possible, which ties in perfectly for the Berry 71Blue challenge this month. 
So, today I share a layout of a photograph of my relatives from my Maternal side of the family, using the exquisite tag from the Berry 71Blue Etsy Shop, and vintage and beyond components from Zeus and Zoe.
This month we are sponsored by Deco Art were sent some amazing products to play with, including paint and stencils. I had a wonderful time playing with these fabulous products and will look forwards to using more in the future.

As I am a GD over at the Berry71Bleu for March, I used one of Marivic's gorgeous hand-made tags.  The detail in this tag is amazing, and the photographs really do not do it justice.  


 

To purchase tags - visit 'HERE'.  Also, I used a variety of vintage delights from the Zeus and Zoe Etsy Shop.  Marivic puts together the most amazing kits, full of vintage and beyond goodness. If you have something in mind colour wise or content wise, Marivic is also happy to create a kit especially to your own personal requirements.

I layered the many vintage elements from my DT kit - including writing paper, note paper, receipt, a post card, old doily, pattern paper, buttons, lace, and a large key charm. My kit contained an old pearl necklace, which I (reluctantly) pulled apart, and adhered along with other beads as a highlight to my layout. 




To create my stencil background, I mixed Deco Art gold paint in with the texture medium forming a muted gold colour - and applied a textural background using the Deco Art Jacobean Floral stencil.  When completely dry, I applied a light brush of straight gold paint onto the textured surface, highlighting some of the pattern.






Enjoy your creative journey,
Sandie