Thursday 21 May 2015

Challenge 28 - A pocketful of Posies

Hi everyone, I'm excited about this month's challenge, I think it's one you will all love, especially as we are coming to summer and the flower's will be out... we'd like to see your 'Pocketful of Posie's' entries!

Firstly the winner of last month's challenge Just One Layer is:

Congratulations Elaine Traverso!  Please contact to arrange your prize and don't forget to grab your winner's badge from the badges tab above.
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, your work will be on the Challenge Blog alongside 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 get to meet the Design Team in the tabs above.

This month’s Top 3 from the 'Just One Layer' challenge, as chosen by the DT are...

1: No. 15 - Bev
2: No. 31 - Lynda
3: No. 32 - Jane

Well deserved congratulations to you all, and don't forget to grab your Top Three badge from the Badges tab above.

This months challenge is... Challenge 28 - A Pocketful of Posies.

Last month's winner Helen, made this fab lamp for us:

Helen had this to say:

I had a naked bodice to hand so decided to make an apron using the Anemone Corner stamp. I used 'Mowed Lawn' Distress Ink pad on green fabric, added a pocket, a flower button and lace. I covered the bodice with a floral decoupage paper and added a bead 'necklace'.

I then had an idea to turn the bodice into a lamp base so dug out a naked flower pot to use as a shade. I turned the pot upside down  to create a shade and covered it using 5 pieces card (one plain piece for the top of the pot) that I coloured with a 'Stormy Weather' Distress Ink pad and I stamped the border stamp from Nature 1 across the bottom of each piece of card in black VersaFine. Once I had glued the card in place I used a clear tube (piece of junk) to glue the shade and bodice together.

I think you will agree this is a fantastic idea from Helen, I'm sure she would love it if you hopped across to her blog to check out the full details.  Thank you Helen for your inspiration this month for IndigoBlu.

And now to our Challenge Design Team, who have some makes to share with you too:

Jenny Marples

Nikki Killinger

Julie Cassidy

We'd love to see your work - do enter for your chance to win, and share with your friends so they can enter too, the more the merrier!

Good luck,
The IndigoBlu Challenge Design Team.

Wednesday 13 May 2015

Challenge 27 - Just one Layer - Top 3 Inspiration

Good morning!

Lovely to have you joining us again on the challenge blog, today it's time for the Top 3 from Challenge 26 (Off the Edge), to share the pieces they have designed especially for us, to inspire you further this month!

First up we have Doreen:

Doreen had this to say:

Thank you so much for inviting me to do an inspiration piece for the blog.
I have made a fridge magnet with a piece of Stampbord.
I started by first colouring my background with Peacock Feathers Distress ink and edging with Black Soot Distress ink. I then stamped the sentiment from the Take the Time stamp sheet onto my background using Black Versafine ink, once dry I scraped out some highlights with a sharp knife to finish off I silver embossed the edges and stuck a magnet on the back

Next up it's Mariette:

Mariette had this to say:

The Just one Layer challenge is the perfect challenge for me, as I love to create and build up my own backgrounds.

Step by step instructions on how I created this card:
On a white piece of paper stamp with archival black the poppy. Mask off the poppy and start blending distress inks cracked pistache, mustard seed onto the background. Flick some waterdrops on the background, let it sit for a minute and depp it off with a dry cloth.

Stamp the text with distress ink spiced marmalade randomly on the background. And do the same with the ledger background stamp with distress ink cracked pistachio.
Stamp the text again with archival black ink. Remove the mask and start watercoloring the flower with distress inks spiced marmalade and mustard seed.
Tear the edges around the card,  tear off the rightcorner for a distressed look. Add a doodling frame around the outside of card.
And finally adhere the background onto a white card.

And last but definitely not least we have Gerrina:

And Gerrina says:

I have created a one-layer-card with stamps from IndigoBlu and the technique that I did at the Art Specially Event with Petra van der Zee, because I think the effect is beautiful.

I think you will agree our top 3 did us proud, some great inspiration here.  We'd love you to join us, there is just over a week to go, and you can enter HERE.

See you soon!

The Indigoblu Challenge Design Team & Demonstrators.

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Challenge 27 - Just One Layer - Demonstrator Inspiration

Hi all, today we have for you some extra inspiration from some of the Indigoblu demonstrator's for the latest challenge, Number 27 - Just one Layer.

 Have a look at the fabulous work then join in the fun of the challenge!  You can win Indigoblu stamps, of your choice!  (And there are so many lovely new ones!).

Here are our lovely demonstrator's inspiration pieces:





Wow! some really fab inspiration from our Demonstrator team here at Indigoblu.

You can enter the challenge HERE. Tune in next week for the inspiration from the top 3 winners of challenge 26.

Thanks for visiting!

Indigoblu Challenge Team &
Indigoblu Demonstrators.