Saturday, 22 October 2016

Introducing Guest Designer and our new Brand Ambassador Linda Simpson

It's "Time" to introduce a Guest Designer and new Indigoblu Brand Ambassador Linda Simpson.

Linda is based in the UK and loves all types of crafting from crochet to mixed media and steampunk. Today she is sharing a project using one of the IndigoBlu Small Clock Kits.

Using the small Clock kit and an MDF fob watch I painted a coat of Gesso over them both.  Once this was dry I mixed IndigoBlu acrylic paint Hot Cocoa with Gesso and again covered both MDF pieces.
Using one of the papers from the clock kit I adhered to the clock face and covered with a coat of Mod Podge. I stamped IndigoBlu Mechanics with Versafine vintage sepia.  Once this was dry I then dusted Luscious Powder Orange which adhered to the stamped image.

The fob watch outline I covered with a combination of Lemon Meringue and Burning Bonfire Acrylic Paint with a baby wipe as this gave it some texture.  To give it a rustic feel I then dabbed on with again a baby wipe metallic acrylic paint Pheasant Bronze.

Once the paint was dry I then added FlitterGlu to a foam pad and dabbed around the edge of the fob watch.  I then stamped the Mechanics stamp around the edge with Stazon.

Next was to add the numbers to the clock face. I did this by using the stencil which came with the kit, I mixed Super Thick Slap it on and Acrylic Metallic Paint Goldfinger.

Once everything was dry on both pieces I then adhered the clock face to the front of the fob watch outline.
The last item to attach to the project was the clock hands which came with the kit.  


Happy Crafting
Linda x

Friday, 21 October 2016

IndigoBlu October Challenge - Monochrome

Good morning,

It's Challenge Day!  This month's theme is a nice easy one, Monochrome.  We have some beautiful inspiration for you, but first, our winners from last months challenge, Autumn Wildlife.

Our random winner of the stamps prize, is:
Congratulations Sue!  We will be in touch shortly to arrange your prize.

Our Top 3 this month, as chosen by the DT, and who get a Guest Designer spot in our Challenge reminder post are:

1. No 4 - Angela
2. No 3 - Kelly
3. No 1 - Shelagh

Congratulations to you all, we will be in touch shortly.

As always, we have prizes on offer each month,  Indigoblu stamps of your choice as follows:

3 options to choose from:
1: 2 Large stamp plates (A5)
2: 4 Small stamp plates (A6)
3: 1 Large and 2 small plates

There’s also the Winner’s Badge, and one for the Top 3, to display proudly on your blog, and the WINNER of the challenge will also be invited to do a GUEST SPOT on a future Challenge Launch post. That’s right, your work will be on the Challenge Blog alongside the Design Team!

Also the Top Three each month (chosen by our lovely DT) will all be invited to do an inspiration piece to be included on the reminder post that goes live mid challenge. So, if you’d like a chance to be featured on the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog get those stamps out and get creating!

You’ll find all the information on how to enter the challenge, the rules (don’t worry, there’s not that many) and get to meet theDesign Team in the tabs on the sidebar.

So first up it's our winner from last month with her gorgeous Guest Inspiration for you, Amanda.

Amanda told us:  I was happily surprised that I was drawn as the winner of the Bright & Beautiful Blog Challenge, and must confess that I have had the Jane Stamp for a few years - but hadn't had the courage to use her up until I stumbled upon the Challenge and I'm so glad I did- the inspiration from everyone is fabulous, so for everyone thinking they can't you really CAN!! Grab those wonderful Indigo Blu Stamps and have a go! 

Please hop over to Amanda's blog to see how she made this lovely piece, and leave her some love if you have time. x

Next up it's our lovely Sheila.  I mistakenly asked Sheila to design for this month's challenge, but I'm so glad she did!  We have been thrilled to have her make something for us in both September and October!

Sheila told us:  I received my parcel with the stamps I bought from my win last month, and decided to use Floral fantasy, and Elsie.  Such beautiful stamps, I put them all together today, I hope you like them as much as I do.

Sheila doesn't have a blog, but does log in to the IB blog every day, and is a loyal IndigoBlu fan, so please leave her lots of love in your comments below, I know she will see them and appreciate them.

And here is the inspiration from our fabulous DT:



Wow!  Some stunning inspiration here, I hope it's got you all fired up to take on the challenge of Monochrome! 

Don't forget, all we need is that you use IndigoBlu stamps in your makes, and that's all the rules there are.

Can't wait to see what you create!

Join in HERE:

Best Wishes,
The IndigoBlu Challenge Design Team
& Guest Designers.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Sunday, 16 October 2016

An Autumn Canvas

Hello,   Welcome to the IndigoBlu Blog,  Kay M today and I would like to share an Autumnal canvas.  I've combined lots of textures with the Indigoblu English Cottage Artist'sAcrylic Paint colours of the season.

I began by covering an A4 sized canvas with skeletal leaves using Slap-it-On Matt and added dimensional paste butterflies through the Floral Fantasy stencil.  Cocktail and bamboo sticks were dipped into fine and coarse pastes and then glued in place.  Die cut leaves were crushed then scattered and adhered were they landed, the canvas was left the dry.   The entire canvas was then painted with Gee-Sso-Good white, a wash of BurningBonfire and two further washes of  Gee-Sso-Good white dabbed with Goldfinger, ensuring each layer was dried before adding the next.

Five chipboard leaves were covered with coarse paste and left to dry.  Ruby SlippersBurning Bonfire and Emerald City mixed with PheasantBronze  then  painted onto all the leaves.  Gold Luscious mixed with water was applied to highlight the paste butterflies. 

Images and the sentiment from Nature II were stamped, painted and shaped where necessary.    The tree stump and ferns, stamped onto tissue paper and applied with Slap It On Matte, all the other elements secured with silicon glue as shown.  

To finish a little brown Distress Ink was sponged around the canvas edge.

I do hope you enjoyed my autumn canvas.

Take care,  Kay M

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Wild Butterflies

Hi there Cheremane here with you today. With Autumn in the air today I have choosen to use the beautiful
Wild Butterflies Stencil with the stunning Autumn shades of the yummy Luscious powders, they have so much mica in them they shimmer like the morning dew on a fresh autumn morning.

Firstly I took a 6 x 6 piece of water colour card along with some Texture Modelling Paste and a Palette Knife, with the left over paste on my mat I roughly added it round the edge of the card for some extra texture.

Once dry I placed the Stencil back over the raised Texture Paste and mixed the yummy Lusicous Powders with water and painted through the stencil over the texture paste, I find it much easier to paint over the stencil as it keeps the paint just were you want it. The Luscious colours I used are Orange, Bronze, Raspberry & Green. I also painted over the texture paste round the edges in a different colour on each side.

You can make different shades of the Luscious colours depending on how much water you add to the Luscious Powders.

For the sentiment I mixed some Super Thick Slap It On with the Bronze Luscious Powder and the Family Stencil which has a super array of words on it.

Super Thick Slap It On and Luscious are a match made in heaven.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy some crafty time of your own. xXx