Monday, January 27, 2014

Balance by Cathi O'Neill

Hello, Cathi here with my first official post as a member of the Berry71Bleu design team! I am so honored Marivic chose me to be among this talented group of women! There has been so much incredible inspiration all month and here is my contribution for the "One Little Word" challenge for January!

My word, like Dana, is Balance! I had an amazing year last year going from one challenge blog design team to ten design teams and guest design spots for challenge blogs, manufacturers and stores. I have been beyond lucky and am so grateful for that! But I definitely took on too much with all my excitement of being asked. This year I want to remember that I need to balance my life. I need to remember those two little girls in this photo and make sure they are my priority. I need to have a creative outlet and enjoy that too, but deadlines and projects can't be so many that they make me miss out on watching my girls grow and being with them doing fun things!! I think I am learning that balance now, and I will strive to keep that balance better this year.


The papers I used are Fabscraps Shabbylicious and the paper is piled up with tons of embellishments and flowers, including that gorgeous tag (the two birds on the tag reminded me of my two girls!) from Marivic, Prima and Manor House flowers and a gorgeous Prima metal chandelier. I used my Prima damask stencil and my newly won Prima script stamp, along with a Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst spray for my background work.

I stitched around my photo for a bit of extra detail and distressed and layered my background papers with Black Soot Distress Ink. The title balance is done with Thickers.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look!!

Now onto the 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


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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 theirfacebook page for random giveaways, visit their blog to win monthly challenges and visit their gallery for inspiration and ideas! 

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Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations this month!


  1. Stunning page Cathi! I LOVE your background and the beautiful pastel color palette. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  2. Such a soft and pretty page,Cathi!

  3. Stunning page Cathi and love the colouring and soft accents! Love the sentiment too and can totally understand it, that is also one of my aspirations this year! You have done a great balancing act so far...but you don't want to tip the scales too much! Your girls are just beautiful! ;-)

  4. I love the soft colors and the photo of your girls is just loverly! Thanks Cathi!


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