Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Berry71Blue August Challenge Reveal and DT LO

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 on my LO.

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 a variety of 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 and 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.

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. OH this is stunning Cathy, really beautiful with such gorgeous details.. and thanks for the hints on the dress form, these examples are amazing, thank you for your beautiful inspiration each time i come by..

  2. Saw this over at B71B...but had to come by & say STUNNING....LOVE your design & the sentiments & the style is perfect. Dunno how we're gonna top this in the challenge!!!!! Guess you can't win your own, but????!!!!!! So that leaves us inferior folks to give it a go...LOVE the idea of the wings:):):)

  3. fantastic and so inspiring, love all the embellishments on your project, truly amazing :) have a great week :)

  4. Wow Cathy! this is spectacular! totally checking out all the details on this one, what an amazing project! xoxo

  5. So beautiful Cathy! This looks totally amazing - I could stare at it for hours!! Wonderful work xo

  6. Love what you've created here. The page is stunning, I love how you have incorporated all those pretty embellishments into that amazing frame, just beautiful. xx

  7. This is so stunning Cathy!!
    Love the tutorial thanks so much, will have to give it a go.
    I think we need to scrap night what do you think?


  9. Cathy..

    It took me so long to get here...

    Just want to let you know that you did an amazing job this month on the challenge and your work is always gorgeous!!

    Love the tutorial and the wing challenge...Scrapmatts winner will a be a one lucky gal for sure..