Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Indian Summer IndigoBlu Blog Challenge

Hello fellow crafty bloggers!

I'm very excited to add my piece as an inspiration for you, to the IndigoBlu 'Indian Summer' themed blog challenge. I do hope that you will like what I've done.

Today I've used stamps from the following IndigoBlu stamp range:
Wild Meadow (dandelion clocks)
Grand Tour II (wording)
Crackleglaze Background
Honeycomb Background

I have used IndigoBlu Mega-flake 'Autumn Blaze', IndigoBlu English Cottage Artists Acrylic Paint 'Goldfinger' and of course IndigoBlu Flitterglu.

I started with the background, which I cut to fit the card (5x7") and applied the flake around the edges. This is with the Honeycomb Background stamp - I love the distress-ed-ness of it!

The topper was made by stamping the dandelion clocks from the Wild Meadow stamp set, using a black archival ink. Once dry, I coloured up with distress inks - Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Rusty Hinge, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, Mustard Seed and Walnut Stain were all used to get the effect. I over stamped, once all dry, using the Crackleglaze Background stamp with Peeled Paint, randomly stamped around. I finished by using the IndigoBlu Paper Distresser, to rough and distress!

Next, the sentiment was stamped onto the IndigoBlu white stamp card with archival ink, from the Grand Tour II set. I inked the edges with Barn Door distress ink, and added a tiny bit of various colours from the inks used on the top (just by using what was left on the cut-n-dry sponge).

I stuck it all together! Added some little gems - I only have a few colours left, I'd rather have had red gems, but the closest I had was pink.

Lastly, as I wanted to add a little more to it, I applied the love 'Goldfinger' metallic paint using a toothbrush and 'flicked' it cause the splatter effect that I hope you can see in my close up picture. It kinda messy's it up without being too messy (if that makes any sense).

 I hope you feel encouraged to try the IndigoBlu blog challenge for a chance to win something fabulous! All the instructions on how to enter are there, it's all very simple, after all, I can do it, so it must be!

Good luck and thank you for visiting my blog.

Peace & Harmony,

Monday, 8 September 2014


I thought I would share with you my beautiful mannequin, lovingly decorated with IndigoBlu products! The mannequin itself is from IndigoBlu, and she will be appearing at all my demos - she may get a makeover in time, although I will probably get myself a couple more, as she was such fun to do! I used Flitterglu on the bottle top, let it sit for a good while until tacky (it does need to be left a little longer as it's metal), then applied the Mega-flake.

I know I do tend to wax lyrical about IndigoBlu - however, I do so love the products which is why I am so delighted to be working for them as a demonstrator!!!

In other news, last week was the open day at IndigoBlu HQ and it was a fantastic day! All the ladies did amazing demonstrations, they are all such a talented bunch, and my head is full of wonder things that I want to do - and my car full of even more wonderful goodies that I just had to buy!!!

I admit, I did 'hide' my bag when I got home!!! Silly really, as the amount I spent will be seen on our bank statement.... I'm most especially excited by the purchase of the Ice Resin (Susan Kenart Kazmer), as demo'd by the fabulous Nikki Killinger (check out her blog here).

Other demonstrations were from Clare Horner (visit her blog here) who did some fantastic journal demos and will also be doing journal workshops. Jenny Marples (visit her blog here) did some amazing card making demos using all the great IndigoBlu products, Nicki Marell was demoing crochet techniques (sorry, don't know her blog!) and of course, Kay Halliwell-Sutton (visit the IndigoBlu blog here) did amazing things as one would expect! So yes, a great day!

Well, that's it for today, my daughter requires my attention...not to mention the cats, guinea pigs, chickens and now a jackdaw, who has taken up residence in my greenhouse!

Peace & Harmony to all!
Maxine xx