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!

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