Friday, 20 October 2017

Dreams Come True

Hello and welcome to my shared post with Ksenija for IndigoBlu.

I was kindly given an Eileen Hull Journal Blank by the fabulous Jenny Marples some time ago and have finally created this project. I must admit after seeing all the inspiration on the Eileen Hull Fan Club on Facebook I can see why creating these becomes addictive.

Now for my step by step on how I created this. Firstly I chose Aladdin (Metallic Purple) as my main colour with Burning BonfireTownhouse Teal and Lime Marmalade acrylic paints. With a bit of Orange and Purple Luscious mixed in too.

I used the Gelli Printing Plate to create the background from an A4 piece of card. Laying down colours separately with my brayer. I also punched paper circles and placed them directly onto the Gelli Plate to mask some of the colours.

I used various stencils including Bubbles and Dinkie Dots and the Collectors Edition Number 6 Circle Dots stamp to create the background. I added  Fine Modelling Paste through the Bubbles stencil for some texture.

I then cut the A4 background card into two pieces to fit the front and back of the journal and tore the edges so they blended into the main pages. The main journal was painted with Aladdin Metallic Purple and dry brushed on the inside covers with white Gesso.

I chose 'There is  always something new to discover' from the Dreams Come True stamp set as my main focal point on the front of the cover. This was stamped and embossed in Black onto Rice Paper. I then tore round the image to give a feathered edge so it would blend into the page. Both the background and Rice Paper were adhered with Slap It On Gloss. The front and back covers were stuck together with Super Thick Slap It On.

Detail of the main embossed image 

I found Jenny Marples Step By Step Romantic Journal on the Frilly and Funkie Blog extremely informative when putting my journal together. Please take a look, I guarantee you'll be inspired!!
I used 2mm elastic cord and coloured this with the Aladdin metallic purple. The signatures for the journal inserts were put together from A4 card.

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to sharing more inspiration using IndigoBlu products with you soon


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

IndigoBlu Flower Power

Morning All,

This is my inspiration piece for the International Design Teams shared post on the IndigoBlu Blog. Why not pop over and take a look at the rest of the teams inspirational projects.

Kay has produced some fantastic floral stamps and this Flower Power stamp is just ideal to decoupage. I started by stamping this three times with Stazon Spiced Chai. The main image is on a 123mmx190mm piece of white card.

I coloured the flowers with the fabulous Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Aquarelle pencils. Although I left the images that were going to be covered with the different layers as you can see below. The two images that create the decoupage layers were then fussy cut.

The sentiment was taken from the Victorian Garden stamp set and stamped with Spiced Chai.

The edges of the 134mmx210mm matt layer were coloured with the same colours as the main flowers and water added to create a watercoloured background. I then stamped the Circle Dots stamp in Spiced Chai randomly around the edges.

I layered the flowers and added red cotton within the layers. The beads were adhered with Slap It On Matte to the centre of the flowers. I drew black freehand lines to the edges of the white card

To finish the card I matt and layered this onto a black A5 card blank.

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to sharing more inspiration with you soon.


Sunday, 3 September 2017

IndigoBlu International Design Team

I'm so honoured to be asked to join IndigoBlu's International Design Team alongside Elizabeth Robinson, Jannet Blay, Cheremane Smith, Lydia Boode, Mike Deakin, Kay Molyneux and Ksenija Rizova. I'd be delighted if you'd take time to pop over to their blog to read all about it.

Kay and Alfie at Indigoblu produce such quality products and I cant wait to start sharing what I create with you this month.

Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

August update

Evening All,

Just a quick post to give a brief update as to what I've been creating in the last few months. Was very please to be asked to join the Indigoblu TV Design Team a few months ago and have had several projects included in Kay Halliwell-Sutton's TV appearances. Below are my samples for the Shine Bright stamp set.


Also created a couple of journal pages using the face stencils


Check out the website and the blog

Hope to share more creations with you soon.


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Snow Snow Snow

Happy New Year to you all.

A great start to the year with a Top 3 with Indigoblu and also a Highlight with Mixed Media Card challenge for my Sparkle and Glisten card. So pleased to have been chosen by the fabulous Design Teams.

My next piece was created in my Junk Journal and this will be entered in the Indigoblu Snow Snow Snow challenge.

Created the background with Gesso, Luscious (blue), DecoArt Crackle Paste
Stamped and embossed the trees and sentiment from the IB Grand Tour III set.
Randomly stamped the snowflakes (BoBunny) with IB acrylic paint in Aladdin.


Die cut 5 snowflakes from Sizzix Snowflake #3 and painted with Aladdin mixed with DecoArt Tinting Base. Finished these off by adding Unicorn Sparkle.


Thank you for stopping by.
Happy Crafting

Stamps used

Grand Tour III A5 Red Rubber Stamp by Indigoblu

other IB materials
Unicorn Sparkles - Magical glitter (60ml)Artist's Acrylic Paint Aladdin (Metallic Purple) 60ml

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Glisten & Sparkle

Evening All,  it's been a while since my last post  but I've made time this weekend to create a card for the latest Indigoblu Challenge. 

The Christmas theme also fits in with several other challenges I've entered which are:-

The background was created by using Indigoblu Acrylic Paints - Coastal Walk, Kingfisher Blue, Sleeping Beauty and Goldfinger. I also added Luscious Blue and Bronze. 
The stars were added through the Indigoblu Star stencil in Goldfinger. Unicorn Sparkles were sprinkled over the Super Thick Slap it On which was stencilled through the stars.
The reindeer was from the Winterland Wood stamp set and this was stamped onto black card with Flitterglu and I added Lancashire Rose Mega Flake

The Christmas Wishes sentiment was stencilled with Raven Black Acrylic Paint and highlighted with white Posca pen 
The blue and gold background was torn at the bottom and mat and layered onto a white square card to give the effect of a snowy background. This was also mounted onto a craft card 150mm square card blank.The reindeer was cut out and adhered off-centre to create the main focal point.

Links to products used


Enjoy the remainder of your day!


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Autumn Wildlife - Guest Designer spot for Indigoblu challenge reminder

Thank you to the DT for selecting my bright and beautiful card in the Top 3. It means so much to receive such wonderful comments. I've been crafting for over 10 years now and my style has changed over the years. It was Jenny Marples who inspired me to create my blog although its a bit hit and miss as to when I add posts and I'm still learning. I particularly love stamping and all things IB!

Indigoblu Challenge Blog - September challenge reminder autumn

This is my take on the Autumn Wildlife theme.

I started with the background and painted Banana Custard, Burning Bonfire, Lime Marmalade, Goldfinger, White Gesso and Luscious Gold.


and stamped the large butterfly in Spiced Chai.

The leaves were also stamped with the paints and cut out. I stamped the smaller butterflies with Spiced Chai, painted and cut out but also left one on the white background.

The sentiment was stamped onto the background and a white piece of card. The word Perfect was cut out and added behind the wooden frame, same with the butterfly on white card. The background was matt and layered onto brown card and a white card blank.

Close ups below highlight the detail.

Thanks for popping by and feel free to leave a comment.

Take Care

Stamps used....

Big Butterfly A6 Red Rubber StampFloral Fantasy A5 Red Rubber Stamp - by Kay Halliwell-SuttonLaurel Leaves A6 Red Rubber Stamp by Kay Halliwell-Sutton