Tuesday 21 October 2014

Challenge 21: Magical masking

All change this month for the Challenge Team!. We said goodbye to Pauline as a BlueBelle back in March but now it is time to say goodbye from the Challenge too. The Challenge team would like to thank Pauline for all her hard work over the past few months and wish her well in all her future endeavours.

With Pauline's exit we have gained the lovely Julie Cassidy. Julie will be doing some guest posts on the main IndigoBlu Blog and will be taking party in the challenges. You can find out all about the lovely Julie in the tabs above, the one marked Design Team.

So onto the good stuff!

The winner of the Sketch challenge is........

Congratulations  Playing with paper!……… 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 the Sketch Challenge, chosen  by the DT, are ……

2: 13 Theresa
3: 7 Samantha

This months challenge is............ Challenge 21: Magical Masking.....

Last months challenge winner Doreen has created this stunning piece for this months challenge.


Here is what she had to say:

I first made my background using PanPastels masking off the moon and hills, I stamped the church twice once on the card and again onto a piece of scrap paper,I cut this out to use as a mask to stamp the trees behind the church. I then stamped the other trees stags and sentiment.

You can visit Doreens blog here: http://www.doreensdream.blogspot.com/

 And now for some inspiration from the lovely Challenge Design Team.


Sarah Allan

Laura Williams

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Challenge 20: Sketch Top 3 Inspiration

Today I have for you the wonderful Top 3 from last months challenge bringing you some totally gorgeous ideas for the Sketch Challenge. You still have plenty of time to enter, it does not end until 8pm on the 20th of October.

In no particular order we have first up:


Who Ued:

Large Snowflake (LS)
Here Comes Santa (HCI)
Stag Cliffhanger (SC)
I also used distress inks - iced spruce, milled lavendar and dusty concorde. I stamped the images in black archival and followed the sketch.
Next up:

You can find maria's blog at http://marieraly.blogspot.com/.

And last but not least we have :


Who Said:

I was delighted that my challenge entry for Indian Summer was chosen as one of the top three and I was invited to create an inspiration piece for the blog.

Materials used: IndigoBlu Elizabeth Bennett stamp, IndigoBlu Flourish and Musical Notes Stencils, Crafters workshop Mini Chicken Wire Stencil. Distress inks used - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Scattered Straw, Black Soot and Spiced Marmalade. Black Archival ink, black secure glaze pen. Promarks, Blush, Sati n, Pastel Pink, Pastel Green. Self adhesive plasterboard tape, Flitterglu and Yorkshire Dales Megaflakes. Dies used Xcut circle and Tim Holtz Trellis, Tim Holtz Alterations on the edge for the shape of the card.

I used cream card for card base and the Alterations die to shape the sides. I used the distress inks to colour the front of the card, flicked some water over and then used the stencil to create interest round the edges. I applied flitterglu and megafles round the edges of the card. I cut two pieces of cream card and again used distress inks to colour them. On one piece I adhered some plasterboard tape and dabbed flitterglu over it and around the edges and applied megaflakes. On the second piece I stenciled around the edges, then cut an aperture and edged the circle and outside edges with flitterglue and megaflakes. I stamped the image Elizabeth Bennett, coloured it in then sprayed 'spray and shine' over the piece. 

I then stuck the aperture over it. I cut a piece of cream card with the trellis die lightly coloured it and randomly applied flitterglu and megaflakes. 
I chose a matching ribbon across the font, stuck the two panels on and then the trellis and a bow with a pearl flower in the centre. I die cut some butterflies from an offcut of card, lightly coloured them, then glazed with glossy accents. I stamped the Eliz Bennett image again and cut out the small bird, coloured it lightly and glazed it with glossy accents.

Janets Blog can be found here, http://janmorrisart.wordpress.com/.

Thanks for visiting, and get entering, you still have a chance to win some amazing quality red rubber stamps of your choice.

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Challenge 20: Sketch Reminder

It looks like the Indian Summer is truly over! The weather has taken a turn, the cold nights are creeping in, hot chocolate and an extra blanket is the port of call over at my house!

Today we have for you some wonderful inspiration from the IndigoBlu Demonstrator team for the current challenge 20: A Sketch.






Kay M




Pop back next week on Wednesday for the previous top 3's inspiration for you!

The IndigoBlu Challenge Team