Past Challenges

Challenges are always due by midnight EST on the LAST DAY of the current month.

You are NOT required to use any Berry71Bleu or Zeus and Zoe
products on your projects in order to participate.


January 2015
Things with Wings

December 2014
*Winter Chill*

This challenge is about celebrating the breathtaking array of fresh fallen show and ice that is abundant this time of year. Whether you are a snow bunny or prefer to sit inside by a fire, we want to see how you cope with the winter chill!
November 2014
*Early Birthday Year*

This month we want to see a project based on an Early Birthday Year. Create a project about yourself, your children, a member of your family, or a special someone - an early birthday year celebration!

October 2014
*Falling for Autumn Mood Board*

This time of year is about celebrating the breathtaking array of colors and textures and the sense of change and anticipation that is evident all around us. We want to see how you are falling for Autumn!

September 2014
*Things We Love*

We want to know about the THINGS that you love. Make a project telling us about the things that you love, no matter what it is, we'd love to know! You can take photos and add to your project or you can journal it. Most of the time we never get to talk about ourselves, so this month we will talk about all the lovely things we love.

August 2014
*Sketch Challenge by Sandra*

July 2014
*Pattern Palooza*

(Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Hi! Dana here with you to introduce the July Pattern Palooza Challenge. This month I want you to show your love for patterns! We all have our favorite prints. I created this mood board using images that caught my eye on Pinterest. Whether you prefer stripes or polka dots, flowers or feathers, or something else entirely, just have fun mixing prints on your project. Feel free to incorporate designs from patterned papers, newspaper or magazine images, stamps, stencils, or your own artwork--Just be sure to include at least 3 different patterns on your creation.

June 2014
*Favorite Movie or TV Show*

Hello once again fellow Berry71Bleu fans, Kay here presenting the June 2014 challenge!  This months theme is: Favorite Movie or TV Show & the challenge is: Multiple Photos 

Your project must be centered around your favorite movie or TV show & must consist of more than one photo.  You can use the same photo twice or use different photos--the choice is yours.  If you just can't pick one movie or TV show--then feel free to center your project on your favorite actor or actress, this counts as well.

May 2014
*Simple Pleasures*

Simple Pleasures
Things do not have to be big, to be pleasant. Please feel free to find inspiration anywhere. What do simple pleasures mean to you? Our challenge hostess Tusia created the mood board using some wonderful images from Pinterest. Whether you prefer muted colors and simplicity, or bold, fresh colors and profusion, we hope you find something to inspire you!

April 2014
*Handmade Flowers*

This month we challenge you to create a project using handmade flowers!

There must be at least ONE homemade flower on your project.
 This challenge is not limited to a scrapbook page - think canvas, home decor, headbands, anything your creative mind can dream up! There are hundreds of flower tutorials out there for flowers made out of paper, felt, cloth, twine, burlap, coffee filters, etc. For links to all of the flower tutorials pictured above, and many more, see Tracey's Pintrest page here.

March 2014
*Luck of the Irish*

Hi!! Cathi here!! Now, seeing as it is March, month of St. Paddy's Day and I live here in Ireland, I thought I would make my challenge one with an Irish theme!!
This month we'd love to see you do a project with:

Green (as a dominant color, doesn't have to be the only color!), the word Lucky or Luck,
and a bit of Irish lace (any bit of lace or doilies!)

February 2014
*Mixed Media*

Hello my crafty friends! It's Mandy here hosting this month's fun challenge for February - "Mixed Media" Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed. Create a "mixed media" page, canvas, card, etc. using more than one medium. Example: paints, mists, textured paste, gesso, chalks, inks, rubs, embossing powder, and more!

January 2014
*One Little Word*

Hello Everyone! Denise here today with our first challenge of 2014! Since it's a new year, with new aspirations, dreams and wishes, our challenge this month is about that very thing! What is your "One Little Word" for 2014 and what does it mean for you? Where would you like to place your focus this year? Create a page, canvas or whatever you like, which tells us about your "One Little Word" for 2014.
December 2013 

Hello once again fellow crafters! Kay here introducing the very last challenge for the year 2013! Wow...where did this year go? A blink of an eye and we're smack dab in the beginning of the Holiday season. We have a two-part challenge this month. This time of year is to reflect on the past and to look forward on what is yet to come. It's a season for being thankful, to surround yourself with loved ones and to enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer.

Many call this the 'most joyous time of year.' With this in mind the December challenge is simply: Joy. What brings you Joy? What always puts a smile on your face? Joy can be interpreted in many ways. Think about what person, place, activity, pet, hobby or simple pleasure gives you joy. This can be anything--that first warm cup of morning coffee, reading your favorite book, your family, your dog cuddling up next to you! Think outside of the box.

The second part of this challenge is that you must include journaling. Your journaling must be at least 3 sentences or more. Jotting down places & dates do not count. I want you to document your thoughts and explain why the subject you chose to scrap brings you joy. Here's the challenge board to bring you some inspiration.

November 2013
*Change is Beautiful*

Hello! Dana here today introducing the November Challenge, an inspirational mood board with the theme "Change is Beautiful," created by Berry71Bleu Designer Marilyn Rivera (Look for her stunning piece later this month!). We would love to see how this mood board inspires you!

October 2013
*Fall Is In The Air*

Hi everyone! This is  Marivic and I am hosting the October Challenge.  If you're one of the lucky ones that get to live where you can see the Fall Foliage, then I envy you. I live in Houston where it is still in the low 90's and humid.  The weather will start to cool off around Halloween. If you live in the Southern hemisphere I am sure you are enjoying the beauty of Spring in all its glory?
 It is birthday month and I would love to see what you will create for us this month...

Fall colors is our theme this month.
Use the colors that you see in the mood board.

September 2013 
*Sketch Plus Mixed Media*

Hello everyone, Debbie here with you today hosting the Berry71Bleu September Challenge!
It's so hard to believe that the months of Summer have come and gone and Autumn will make it's appearance this month. I love Autumn. Its my favorite time of the year.

For the September challenge I created this sketch and also ask that you incorporate some mixed media into your project, such as gesso, modeling paste, mists or inks.  
Can't wait to see what you create!

August 2013  
*Get Creative With Textiles!* 

Hello Everyone, Norma here with you today and I'm very excited to be hosting my very first Berry71Bleu Challenge! So let's get this party started: Welcome to the August Challenge!

This month's challenge is all about TEXTILES.  I absolutely love adding texture to all my projects and using fabrics is one of the easiest ways to do it.   I frequently mix remnants of fabric in between layers of paper, paints and inks because they instantly add depth to any project.  **So I want to challenge you to get creative with your projects by adding textiles.  You can use any kind of fabric, twine, lace or ribbons.**  Think about using a piece of a favorite blanket or a piece of clothing that has seen better days but you just haven't been able to part with or dig into your fabric/twine/ribbon stash.  You could make flowers, a fabric album or mini book, layer it into a layout, card or make a tag.  Just grab some TEXTILES, set your creativity free, create something that makes you happy, then come back and share it with us!!  Make sure you link up by the end of the month for your chance to win prizes from this month's generous sponsors.

July 2013
*Anything Goes!*
Hi Berry71Bleu fans! Dana here today sharing the July Challenge with you. I'm thrilled to be joining the Berry71Bleu Design Team and to be hosting the July Challenge! The theme this month is "Anything Goes," which means we want to see what YOU feel like creating. Get creative and link up your project here before the end of the month for your chance to win!

Also, Berry71Bleu is sponsoring CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration this month! The Berry71Bleu Team will be Guest Detectives for CSI for the month of July. We'll be sharing our layouts here after they go live on the CSI site each week. Join us for any one of the weekly CSI Challenges for a chance to win a $35 Gift Certificate to the Zeus and Zoe Etsy Shop!

June 2013

Hello Marilyn here and I will be hosting the June Challenge!
SUMMER is right around the corner and I started to plan the things I will do with my family.
No school, summer vacation it is fun time!

May 2013
*Collaboration with OUAS and Chipboard*

 Hi! It's Bellaidea today. I have a pleasure to host Berry 71 Bleu Challenge in May.
It's a very special one since we also collaborate with Once Upon A ...Sketch  challenge!

First you have to use OUAS sketch and rules about journaling and their theme numbers.

All our Design Team did it too and you will see our work during the month.
Second, you have to incorporate work with chipboards on your projects.
You can use any chipboards you have but our Design Team was lucky to work with beautiful chipboards from Scrap FX. Thank you again Jill for this opportunity!

April 2013

Debbie here posting my first challenge at Berry71bleu!
It's April and the saying is "April showers bring May flowers", so for the April challenge I want you to create a project using flowers. Premade or homemade, let's see lots of flowers! I love spring time and working outside in my flower gardens.  I hope you can draw some inspiration from my picture board.  All of these lovely flowers are from my garden.

March 2013
*You Color My World*

Welcome to the March Challenge! 
 Kay here hosting my very first challenge for Berry71Bleu. 
I decided to go with a bright and colorful theme: "You Color My World"
The challenge is to use paint in your project.
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!

February 2013
*White Space*

Hello, Anupama here!
I am excited to be hosting my first ever challenge at Berry71Bleu. 
The theme for this month is "White Space."

 WhiteSpace is defined as the portion of a page left unmarked or blank in visual arts. 
I love using whitespace (or negative space as some may call it) in my designs 
as it adds an edge to the page composition! 
I am a trained interior designer and have always been impressed by stark minimalism. 
I guess that the same design sensibilities have spilled over onto my scrapbook pages. 
So here is a chance to come out of your comfort zone!
Go ahead and play with will be surprised by the results -

January 2013
*Celebrate Me*
Now, it's a New Year and I need to get back in the swing of things..So, the challenge this month is to make something about yourself. We scrap about our family, our pets, friends, random nature pictures, etc., but we never get to talk about us. So this month, we will talk about ourselves and we will celebrate us...What a great way to start the year, right?

This challenge is about your new year's resolution, your dreams, your childhood, your best and worst moments, what makes you laugh, cry, mad...what makes you feel beautiful...your best physical feature, what you wish you can change about yourself...your pet peeves, your frustrations, your favorite food, color...maybe a secret? whatever you want to talk about as long as it's all about you.

Since we are talking about you...(the queen!). Here is our January theme that you need to follow.

December 2012
*White Christmas*
 (or white winter for those that don't celebrate Christmas)
Create whatever you want as long as it has a white background as a base
and is related to Christmas/winter.

November 2012
*Go Crazy*

For this challenge there is only one criteria
Do something in a way you have never done before.
Mix together bold or unusual colors, add texture and unusual embellishments.

*Mixed Media Madness*
All you need to do is create a layout using any type of mixed media on your background - for example paints, gesso, mists, stamps, stencils, etc. The more interesting and unusual the better!

Anyone can play along - we all have some paint somewhere don't we? Any kind will do! Apply it with your fingers, a kitchen sponge, whatever! No paintbrushes required unless of course you want to use one! If you are lucky enough to own other mediums you are welcome to use those as well as or instead of paint. We are looking for interesting, creative projects that showcase the very trendy mixed media fashion in scrapbooking at the moment! We have an exciting new development this month!  We are offering our Merit Winner an opportunity to Guest Design on our blog here too! So get creating everyone - this is your chance to shine and have the whole world see your work showcased right here on this blog, together with your photo, bio and link back to your blog. Awesome right?! 


I wanted to do something different and use Marivic's tag in a new scene. Your challenge for this month is to use any kind of steampunk element/embellishment on your craft project. To give you some ideas, I have put together an inspirational picture.


For this challenge there is only one criteria - I would like to see any form of wings on your LO, Card or OTP project. 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.

July 2012
*Pretty In Pink*

How's this for a "PRETTY IN PINK" CHALLENGE?! I hope that you are inspired by the images I have chosen from Pinterest for you! You need to read up about exactly what you need to do too...

JUNE 2012
You are NOT REQUIRED to use Wycinanka chipboards although if you win you will
receive tons of them as you can see!

MAY 2012
In honor of Mother’s Day I am centering the challenge
around your favorite quote/poem/song about Mothers.
Here are some examples, feel free to use them if you like!
"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." ~ Abraham Lincoln
Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart.
"A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, where mother is." ~ Keith Brooks
A mothers heart is a patch work of love.
"A mothers happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories." ~ Honore de Balzac
"What is Raphael’s Madonna but the shadow of a mothers love, fixed in permanent outline forever?" ~ Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Or if you prefer songs:
Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton
Somebody’s Hero – Jamie O’Neal
I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
Dear Mama – 2Pac
A song for Mama – Boyz II Men

Create any type of scrapbooking/papercraft project that focuses on a mother (yourself/your mother/ your mother-in-law/a pet/ a child behaving in a motherly way, etc) featuring either lyrics, poetry or a quote of some sort, (this can be as long or as short as you like) even if only a few words.

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