Friday, February 26, 2016

Berry71Bleu Challenge

Good morning, Blogger Buddies! I am excited to be a guest designer for the Berry71Bleu Challenge Blog! The talent on their design team, and the talent of the folks who play in the challenges, is OUTSTANDING! I was very flattered and honored to be asked to participate in the February Challenge! 

Check out the February Mood Board Challenge!

I was asked to let the board inspire my project. All that fantastic metal and all those textures made my heart go pitter-pat!

As soon as I saw the spectacular mood board for February, I knew what I wanted to make! I love color, texture, prints, and metals, and when I saw the shoe in the mood board photo, all I could think of was: Cinderella!

I created an 8" x 8" card/scrapbook folio out of sparkly, black cardstock, with hints of antique gold cardstock. (This is a recreation of the St. Patrick's card folio I made a few weeks ago, which you can see HERE.) The stunning Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest paper is perfect for my "over the top glam" theme! Everything about the paper screams opulence and texture! 

To create this folio base, cut one piece of black metallic cardstock to 8" x 8" for the card front. Cut another piece of black metallic cardstock to 8 1/2" x 8" and score at 1/2" on the long side to create a tab. Fold on the score line and glue the card front to the tab, thus creating your 8" x 8" card base.

Since I love layers, I added lots of paper layers to the card front, including some antique gold metallic cardstock! I also used some die cut shapes to give the card a "royal" look. (See the supply list at the bottom of the post for more details.) The metallic cardstock adds just that last bit of "WOW" to the project.

I added lots of metal and tons of sparkle to the card. I used gold ribbons, glittered flowers, and a "gold" crown to accent my card. The texture in the metal crown is so much like all the texture in the mood board! Having that castle and princess image in the forefront just pulls it all together. I did a tiny bit of fussy cutting around the princess to make it stand out a bit.

To add glitter to the flowers, I first sprayed them with a spray adhesive and then dipped them in glitter! It works very well, but it's messy (and stinky)!

I added a metal jewelry finding to the top right corner. I found that item years and years ago, and have hoarded it for just the right project! All the metal has been "aged" with gold alcohol ink. I also "aged" some resin corners to add to the card.

When you open the card, the inside becomes a 16" x 8" scrapbook folio! This is perfect for photos and journaling.

The top section of the inside has two flaps. The left flap has space for journaling, and then it folds open to reveal another flap with space for 4" x 6" photo.

To create the flaps, cut one piece of black metallic cardstock to 6 1/4" x 4 3/4" and score on the long side at 1/2". Fold on the score line and attach the tab to the very left edge of the card (before decorating). To create the right flap, cut one piece of black metallic cardstock to 4 1/4" x 6 3/4" and score on the short side at 1/2". Fold on the score line and attach the tab to the very right edge of the card. 

The second flap opens as well to reveal journaling spots. Both the flaps fit 4" x 6" photos. The main section is perfect for adding more photos or journaling.

The bottom section has a large pocket, perfect for tucking in photos or journaling tags.

To create the pocket, cut black metallic cardstock to 4 3/4" x 9". Score 1/2" from each short side and 1/2" from one long side. Fold on the score lines to make a pocket. Attach the pocket to the bottom of the card.

The removable photo mat is 6" x 7 3/4" and tucks into the pocket. 

I covered both sides of the mat with paper. 

I even decorated the back of the card/folder. I trimmed one full sheet of 8" x 8" paper down to 7 7/8" x 7 7/8". The Signature sheet from the Enchanted Forest Collection is perfect! 

Thanks for looking! I am so happy to have a chance to play along with Berry71Blue Challenge Blog this month!

I am also entering this project into the Frilly and Funky Layer It Up Challenge. A few of my crafty friends DT at Frilly and Funky...and I have been so wanting to play along! This layered beauty is just perfect for their current challenge!

Decorative paper: Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest 8x8 pad, Gilded Grandeur 12x12 sheet, Ephemera Cards
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black Ore and Antique Gold Metallic
Die cuts: Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance, Grand Ovals, Grand Decorative Ovals One
Resin corners: Prima
Metal crown and banner: craft supply
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Diagonal Strips Satin (Light Silver and Old Gold), Sheer Organza with Satin Center (Old Gold)
Ink: Delicata Golder Glitz, Ranger Gold Mixative
Glitter: Elizabeth Crafts Warm Diamond
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Scotch 3M ATG tape, Glossy Accents, hot glue


  1. WOW ! wonderful work .)

  2. Beautiful enchanting card with many gorgeous layers. Thanks for playing along with us in the "Layer it Up" challenge at Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

  3. Wow!!! Not only is this gorgeous, the paper engineering is marvelous!! The layering is wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us at the Frilly & Funkie "Layer it UP" Challenge!

  4. Thank you for another lovely card. May I ask where you get your ribbon from?

    1. I buy all my ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon ( I have links to the ribbon used in the supply list at the bottom of the post. Hope this helps.

  5. Thanks so much for Guest Designing for us this month Gloria! ;-) Your project is just stunning and was so perfect for the theme! Many Thanks x

  6. The gold really sets this card off. Beautiful.

  7. Wow Gloria, this is just stunning! The papers are so posh and I adore those fancy die cuts you have layered behind your image! A beautiful card with such elegance! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Layer It Up' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  8. Oh my goodness, Gloria! You and these papers are a match made in heaven! I adore the story book theme and your gorgeous signature style. You've transported back to the beloved fairytales-for my childhood. I am your biggest fan!! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!