Friday, November 15, 2013

Special Guest Designer Tracey Sabella

Today we are thrilled to introduce Special Guest Designer Tracey Sabella!

My name is Tracey Sabella, and I reside in northeast Ohio with my amazing husband, Gary. Our family and faith have always been an important part of our lives. We've been blessed with four wonderful children, and with two weddings in as many years, our family is growing.

I'm a shabby chic mixed media artist and enjoy the creative outlet of paper crafting. I'm a life long crafter and employ many of those skills on my projects. I adore learning new techniques along the way and enjoy sharing my projects along with tips, techniques, and tutorials on my blog. I am so thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to guest design with Berry71Bleu this month. I also design for Donna Salazar Designs, Once Upon A…Sketch, and Helmar. 

I'd be delighted for you to visit my blog, Garden of Grace.

I just have to express how much I enjoyed designing with this month's challenge!! When I studied the November Berry71Bleu Mood Board, I immediately thought about the changes that happen as our children meet their soul mates and start making plans for a life together. It has been so sweet to watch our children make these changes and start lives of their own apart from us.

I was drawn to this engagement photo of our middle daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, Andrew. The color and design in this gorgeous 7 Dots Studio, 9th Wave paper, couldn't be more perfect for this sweet photo. I've added a mix of handcrafted and purchased flowers along with gorgeous chipboard, jewelry findings, and vintage buttons. The phrase in the mood board was just perfect for my title, and I used the blues and pinks for my color palette.

"Change Is Beautiful"

Close-ups and Details:

This lovely chipboard flourish was colored by heat embossing with Fran-tage Aged Aqua embossing enamel and the key with a Metallic Bronze embossing powder. I softened the flowers and metal embellishments by brushing with gesso. You can also see behind the title where I have splattered gesso to add visual texture. I have a collection of vintage buttons that friends and family have blessed me with, and I've added some of them around the flowers and title. 

This focal flower was hand crafted with petals cut from Grand Peony and Carnation Creations dies. The petals were dampened, scrunched and misted to achieve this texture and color. The shell button is from my vintage button collection. I also keep my eye open in the jewelry department and grab jewelry findings that have been clearanced. The crystal flower and art deco piece are some that I've found. 

I colored this lovely chipboard butterfly with Luminarte Twinkling H2O's - streaking the color across the chipboard. After it had dried I added more texture with gesso. Next to my butterfly, you can see the dimension where I used modeling paste with a stencil, then brushed with Perfect Pearls Mist. I adore how the mica in the mist pooled into the crevices of the dried molding paste. It's hard to see here, but the mica glistens beautifully in the light. 

I hope you've been inspired to create a layout of your own with the Berry71Bleu Mood Board.
Play along this month for your chance to win one of these fantastic prize packages!

Main Prize:
Liquitex Prize Package

Acrylic Mediums
Adult Size Liquitex Apron

Random Prize:


Liquitex offers the widest spectrum of vibrant intense acrylic paints, acrylic mediums and art supplies that enable you to bring your creative vision to life. The possibilities to expand your creativity are endless with their innovative toolbox. Liquitex was the first water-based acrylic paint created in 1955 and since then has partnered with artists to ensure that they continually evolve and innovate – resulting in a long history of acrylic innovation. Today, Liquitex offers the largest array of vibrant acrylic paints, mediums and tools to enable acrylic artists to continually explore their art and take it to new and unprecedented boundaries. Their innovative drive, creative passion and intense desire to share the joys of artistic expression through unparalleled education and community outreach programs, has ensured that Liquitex will continue to be a strong partner in helping artists explore their art for decades to come.

Frog Dog Studio is a monthly Mixed Media kit club. We have a talented team of designers who will share video and photo tutorials on how to make kit projects and use kit supplies, in easy, fun, and creative ways. We pride ourselves on making the world Mixed Media friendly and want to share our excitement and passion for creating art with our subscribers. We believe that Mixed Media is the window to the soul, and embrace individualism, and self expression. Getting our hands messy with paint, ink, and glue is a natural part of our lives.

Maja Design Corp is based in Uddevalla, Sweden. We are dedicated to create unique and high quality vintage inspired patterned paper for scrapbooking and crafts. Maja Design was founded in November 2007, and since then, have grown to supply over 70 retailers in Sweden and 90 all over the world. Founder Marie Jansson says: "In the fall of 2004, a dear friend asked me to join her to a scrapbooking course. From that moment, I became totally amazed and thrilled by all the beautiful papers and decorations in the art of scrapbooking. After some time as a captivated scrapper, I got curious to create my own patterns. I have always had a devotion for color and form. I had access to great printing facility, as I worked at a printers office. Since 2007, I have been blessed to be able to work with my great passion - to design and create colored coordinated paper."

Our Design Team sponsor this month is 7 Dots Studio. We'll be sharing our work on the 7 Dots Studio Blog this month, so be sure to stop by for a visit!
We are a team of creative women who cannot image their world without paper, glue and the creative process. Scrapbooking is our passion and we love to share our passion with other scrapbookers. For this reason, 7 Dots Studio exists. The quality of our products is our top priority. Our collections are made from thick (250gsm), acid-free, lignin-free, archival scrapbooking paper. We also offer high quality cardstock stickers.

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs.

Make sure you follow the CHALLENGE RULES.

~ Blessings ~


  1. Thank you so much for joining us Tracey! Your page is stunning. I'm loving all the vintage findings and wonderful texture you added to this page! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  2. Hi Tracey!! So happy to see you here! Beautiful work as always!! Take care my friend!! :) xx

  3. Beautiful layout Tracy. The paper choice is perfect. I love the modeling paste that you added down the center of it and your center cluster couldn't be any better. TFS I'm going to go check out your blog.

  4. Tracey, this is so lovely! I love how you share your details!

  5. Beautifully done--I like how you interpreted this month's challenge--loved it all!

  6. This is just one gorgeous LO! Thank you Tracey!!


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