Sunday 21 September 2014

Challenge 20: A Sketch

Looks like the Indian Summer as predicted is merrily keeping us warm, lets hope it keep up as its only 14 weeks to Christmas! Oops did I say that out loud?

The winner of the Indian Summer challenge is........

Number : 4

Congratulations Doreen ……… I will be in touch shortly to arrange your prize.
The fabulous Winner’s prize this month is your choice of IndigoBlu stamps.  As always, you have 3 options to choose from:

1:   2 Large stamp plates
2:   4 Small stamp plates
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 you’re work will be on the blog along with the Design Team.
Also the top three each month (chosen by the DT) will all be invited to do an inspiration piece to be included on the new reminder post, that now 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 meet the Design Team in the tabs above.
This month’s Top 3, for Indian Summer, chosen  by the DT, are ……

1: No 14 - Marie
2: No 7 - Jan Morris
3: No 3 - Rachel Fisher

This months challenge is............ Challenge 20: A Sketch.....

Our wonderful Winner from challenge 19, Christine has made this gorgeous card for the new challenge,

Here is what she used:

I used Blazing Poppies but with no red in sight!  The backgrounds are achieved with Milled Lavender, Scattered Straw and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks, sequin waste and IndigoBlu stamps.  The poppies are coloured with same inks - the ribbon with just Seedless Preserves.  The black card background is embossed with Cuttlebug Chicken Wire embossing folder, two larger butterflies are dies and centres of flowers are sequins and beads. Sparkle is added to the flowers and butterflies with clear Wink of Stella.

Now onto the inspiration from the fabulous Design Team:


Laura Williams


Nikki K.

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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Top 3 winners inpiration

Today I have for you some inspiration from our previous top 3 winners. Challenge 19 is coming to a close but the Indian Summer is set to continue if you believe the news....

First up we have Pavla who somehow got missed from the Christmas in July post, her cards are so stunning I just had to publish them for you all:

As one of the Top 3, I was asked to create an inspiration piece for the Christmas in July challenge. And what a challenge it was! Switching my mind from the tropical temperatures we are currently having in Central Europe to a Christmas mood was quite demanding.  Also, I don't have any traditional Christmas IndigoBlu stamp, so I had think outside the box a bit (a Christmas butterfly? a frozen flower? see... the heat is taking its toll...). Luckily, there are flourishes that can be used in so many different ways - to create a border for example.
White card: I just stamped the border in blue ink. Blue card: I used white embossing powder on a simple blue distress ink background. I cut the words on my Silhouette machine and coloured them with metallic markers. Then I glued down some rhinestones to add a bit of bling.  
I hope you liked my cards.
Stamp used:
flourish from the Poppy Meadow A5 set
Thank you Pavla, and many apologies for these gorgeous cards not being published when they should have been!

Secondly we have Shelagh:

Front cover

  • Cardstock – white, black
  • Stamps – IndigoBlu Juliet; Live, Laugh, Love; Discover Your Passion; Mr Darcy; Stylised Flowers
  • Inkpads – Staz-On Jet Black
  • Pan Pastels – Diarylide Yellow Tint, Hansa Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Orange, Permanent Red, Permanent Red Shade
  • Self-adhesive black pearls

  1. Fold A4 sheet of white card in half, to create an A5 card; set aside.
  2. Cut two pieces of white card – a) 16cm x 11.5cm; b) 19cm x 14.5cm. Using Staz-on Jet Black, stamp ‘Juliet’ in centre of smaller piece. Beginning with Diarylide Yellow, sponge the pan pastel over the entire card. Continue building up colour in order as given in ‘Materials.’ Using a piece of ‘scrunched-up’ paper towels, polish the card to give a more definite black.
  3. Mount onto black card and set aside.
  4. On the larger card with same inkpad as above, randomly stamp ‘Stylised Flower’s around lower and two side edges and the ‘Swallows’ along the top edge. Colour with pan pastels as in (2)
  5. Mount onto black card.
  6. Adhere to folded card blank, landscape-style. Centre the smaller card and attach.
  7. Add small black pearls to suit.
  8. On a scrap of card stamp ‘Live Every Moment’ and colour as at (2). Mount on to a scrap of black and attach to bottom right corner.


  1. Cut a) white card 17.5cm x 13cm and b) 18.5cm x 14cm. Stamp sentiment ‘Let Your Spirit Fly’, stamp dragonfly in top right corner and edge with scroll, both from ‘Discover Your Passion.’ Colour as in (2) and mount onto black card.
  2. Edge the larger card with the same scroll and colour as before. Mount onto black card. Attach to inside of folded card.
  3. Centre the topper from (1) and attach.
Indian summer is now complete!

Thank you Shelagh for a stunning card, inside and outside!

Last but not least we have Therese:

I started with a brusho background that i had that had bright colours
fitting an Indian theme. I stamped sentiment in versamark and embossed
in black.

I got the echinacea and prepared 2 masks. I then stamped and masked to
create depth along the top and bottom edges in black archival.
I coloured the sentiment with a white sharpie to make it pop. The
flowers I coloured with spectrum noir pencils and added wink of stella
for some sparkle.

I went around topper with faded jeans and chipped sapphire. When dry I
went round in versamark and embossed in gold sparkle.
I matted on black and then on another piece of matching brusho paper
and again black.

Next I did the border on the base card. I left a margin and masked the
card off with copy paper. I stamped flower with the help of the masks
to create depth.

I drew squiggly lines with a black pen joining all the petals. I then
coloured the negative space with spectrum pencils to match the brusho

Thank you Therese, the colour combination is stunning!

You still have a couple of days to join in with the Indian Summer Challenge, so get creating!

Wednesday 10 September 2014

Reminder Post - Challenge 19 - Indian Summer

Challenge 19 is in full swing and so far we some gorgeous entries. Here are a few more piece of inspiration for you from our talented Design Team and New Demonstrators!









Tune in next week to see what the Top 3 have made for you!

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