Monday, 21 August 2017

A Country House for August's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome! August's challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge has been sponsored by IndigoBlu and their amazing Design Team have been sharing some fabulous projects using IndigoBlu stamps. Check out the first selection HERE and the mid-monthly round up HERE.

There's still time to enter with the challenge closing on August 31st at 11:55 p.m. EST so get inspired by the photo prompt and make sure you get your entries in to be in with a chance to win!

For those of you in the US you'll be pleased to know you can now get your IndigoBlu stamps from Topflight Stamps at One of the stamps that proved a favourite with the MMMC Design Team was the A6 Country House (UK - here / US - here). We thought you'd enjoy getting even more inspiration for using this image.

Ksenija Rizova (two takes one stamp - version one)

Ksenija Rizova (two takes one stamp - version two)

Elizabeth Robinson (step by step tutorial)

Giovanna Zara (video tutorial)

Giovanna Zara (vintage canvas)

Giovanna Zara (altered book)

Jenny Marples (layered canvas)

With all that wonderful inspiration to get your creative juices flowing don't forget, there's still time to enter the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

We'll be back soon with more from IndigoBlu.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Fabulous New Stamps Launching.................................

Join Kay on Hochanda as she launches IndigoBlu's brand new stamp designs. The team have had a fabulous time creating some amazing samples for the show, you can see just a few in the collage above.

So tune in at 8am, 11am and 2pm for lots of creative inspiration.

Elizabeth x

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Inspiration from International Design Team Members Kay Molyneux and Autumn Clark

We have some stunning inspiration on the blog today from KayM and Autumn. To check out the full tutorial head over to their personal blogs (via the link provided).

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Small but Beautiful

Hello,   Kay M here and I'm sharing a card I've made with the fabulous new Christmas Wreath stamp set.   The wreath is a great size and looks wonderful when filling a square card but I wanted to see it what it would look like on shrink film.  I wasn't disappointed - loved it and decided to use it as a main image for a card.

The wreath was stamped with a grey StazOn ink onto Matte Shrink Film from GrafixArt and coloured in with colouring pencils, being careful not to add too much colour as it intensifies as it shrinks.   I used a heat tool to shrink but an oven could also be used- it's less scary!   The sentiment was stamped, cut out and shrunk too.

The background was stamped using the snowflakes from theChristmas Wreath set  with Snow White Metallic paint, when dry, Festive Berries Distress ink was sponged over.  The shrunk wreath was backed with a sheet of  Dura-Lar Matte, from GrafixArt, stamped using one of my favourite Christmas stamps- Snowflake Lace, with FlitterGlu and covered with Porcelain Luscious Powders.  I attached this to the background with a little spray adhesive.  Both these stamps look wonderful together.  

To finish the card the wreath and sentiment attached with silicon glue.    

This card could be also be a winter birthday card with a change of sentiment.

Hope you have enjoyed this project.

Take care,  Kay M x

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Grungy Steampunk Light Bulb Card

Autumn with you today to share some techniques for a grungy steampunk card.  I simply adore this stamp set.  There are so many options for making your own backgrounds, as well as focal points.

I sponged the perimeter of my card base with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide, then flicked it with water to give some color variation.  I stamped the stripes with Vintage Photo over the sponging all the way around my card.

I created a second layer with different colored inks and stamped the dots in the same manner, but in the end didn't use it for this project.  For the top layer I tapped my inks onto my craft mat, spritzed with water, then dipped my panel repeatedly until I achieved the desired color.

I chose the Numbers stamp for this panel and stamped it with Fossilized Amber.  The trick to stamping with Distress Oxides is to lightly mist your paper after stamping to activate the chalkiness of the inks.

I dipped another panel in Fossilized Amber to stamp my lightbulbs.  I fussy cut each one and mounted the larger with double foam tape for additional dimension.

I dipped the die cut gears in my Oxides and glued them to my background.  TIP: Use dark colors of Oxides first then layer with lighter colors, as they will stand out more.

For my sentiment I dipped a panel in watery Vintage Photo and then stamped and fussy cut each line.  What fun this was!  I hope you are inspired to make some backgrounds of your own today.

Purchase your Shine Bright stamp set and Collectors Edition Numbers stamp today!

Monday, 10 July 2017

A5 Shine Bright Stamp Set from IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome! There was so much excitement around the launch of the A5 'Shine Bright' stamp set from IndigoBlu on Hochanda back at the end of May and the team made some gorgeous samples for the tv shows.

We thought you'd enjoy getting to see them in more detail so grab a beverage, sit back and enjoy (to take a closer look just click on any photo);

A huge thank you to Sue Ralph, Kay Molyneux, Cheremane Smith, Carolyn Lakin, Elizabeth Robinson, Julie Cassidy and Jenny Marples for coming up with these wonderful samples.

Hopefully by now your appetite will have been well and truly whetted for the Shine Bright stamp set. If you haven't got yours yet it's available on the IndigoBlu website HERE and if you're in the US you can now order yours from Topflight Stamps, LLC.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

IndigoBlu launches (part two)... Christmas Wreath, Christmas Stag and Deer Forest

Hi everyone and welcome! We have some exciting news to reveal (for those of you who haven't already seen Kay Halliwell-Sutton's latest FB Live video from Wednesday 5th July HERE).

Kay will be launching some brand new Christmas stamp sets from IndigoBlu on HOCHANDA this weekend starting Saturday 8th July at 6pm, and with shows throughout Sunday 9th July (all details on sidebar).

As well as an A5 Christmas Wreath stamp set and two A6 stamps, Christmas Stag and Deer Forest, there will also be two new 6x6 stencils, Damaged Snowflakes and Snow. We thought you'd enjoy getting to see some of the show samples from the design team in advance to help whet your appetites.

These beautiful cards have been created by Kay Molyneux;

Now we have some gorgeous cards and a tag from Nikki Killinger;

And finally for some wonderful cards from Jenny Marples;

Haven't they done a fantastic job with these fabulous new stamps! Remember to tune in for Kay's shows on Hochanda, starting at 6pm today, Saturday 8th July.