Saturday, 16 January 2016

My Mixed Media Mannequin....


Morning! :)
I absolutely loved making this mannequin, and was really pleased with it! So much so, I had real troubles forcing myself to pack it up and send it off to IndigoBlu HQ! Lol
I have used some newly released IndigoBlu stamps on here, as well as some trusty old favourite products too.


The back of her wings - 
...and Kroma Crackle


The front of her wings - 


The mannequin -
coated with
Black Gee Sso Good Gesso
I have stamped with Flitterglu onto tissue, using the 
IndigoBlu Laurel Leaf Stamp...then gilded, 
and added it to the mannequin using Slap It On. Left it to dry and then 
splattered the mannequin with coordinating paint colours. 


I have stamped and gilded onto some Organza, 
and then attached it to the mannequin, draped to make a dress.
Made a fabric 'waist cape' - stamped it with Laurel leaf stamps 
using English Cottage Paint and Mega Flake.


I gilded the stick part of the stand, using 
a brand new background stamp - 



Added a few metal embellishments (which were gilded first)
and there it is! 


There are lots of new things being released soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more
news on the website, DT blogs and Facebook pages! 

I'm entering this into:

Craft Stamper - Anything Goes - Use a stamp somewhere
Simon Says Stamp - Stencil It 
Fussy & Fancy - Fashion



Have a great weekend!
Happy Crafting

Lydia xx




Sunday, 10 January 2016

Where There's Light, There's Hope...


Hello! :)

Thought I'd share with you today, 
the lantern that I altered as a gift to a special friend of ours. 
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 I forgot to take a 'just bought' picture...but it was plain...soooooo....


I gesso'd it...


added lots of DecoArt products:


Texture paste...
Crackle paste...


Media Fluid Paint...


Wethered Wood and 
more paint...


Sanded a bit here...


painted a bit there...


Added a laminated sentiment...


Or two...


and...
Ta daa......


There we have it!

I so enjoyed altering this, mainly because of the sentiment behind the project... but I just loved watching the transformation as I went along.
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 Look! I also have a matching drainpipe!! lol I'm not taking any credit for that though...that one's down to Mother Nature ;) x


I'm entering this into:

Pile it On - Your First Initial (L - Light/Lantern)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Anything but Cute - Ring out the Old, Bring in the New (New lantern
That's Crafty - Winter but not Christmas





Take care all...
Happy Crafting

Lydia xx

Monday, 4 January 2016

All That Sparkles - IndigoBlu Challenge

Hello again :)
Today I'm sharing my Demo Inspiration card for the IndigoBlu Challenge - All that Sparkles -
 which runs for another 16 days.
So there is still lots of time to join us...and there are the usual fantastic prizes on offer too!!





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
or
2:   4 Small stamp plates
or
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!


I am entering this into: 

The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe - Square Cards
OLLCB - Girlie 
That Craft Place - Anything Goes 


Happy Crafting :) 

Lydia xx

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Christmas Door Hanger


Hello...and welcome to 2016!!
I'm really not sure where 2015 went to...but it's gone! 
I didn't get very far, with Christmas cards this year...I kept distracting myself with decor projects! So I thought I'd share this one with you before it's time to pack away everything Christmas. 


Using 
IndigoBlu Black GeeSoo Good Gesso
IndigoBlu's stamp - Connor's Crown Jewels
IndigoBlu Cottage Garden Artist Quality Paint
IndigoBlu Smooth Texture Paste
IndigoBlu Textured Background Stencil
...and
IndigoBlu  Mega Flake 



I'm entering this into...

Fussy & Fancy - Happy Holidays
Emerald Creek - Celebrations Around the World 
That's Crafty - Anything Goes 
Anything but Cute - You've got Happy Mail
SanDee & Amelie - Anything Goes Steampunk/Industrial



Happy New Year...
And
Happy Crafting

Lydia xx

Friday, 4 December 2015

IndigoBlu - Demo Inspiration - Winter Blues




Good morning! :)
This month's IndigoBlu Challenge theme is...Winter Blues.
A gorgeous colour way for this time of year, and this little collection of trees from Anna Marie Designs is a lovely touch, even if you're not one for a big tree or lots of decorations.
The trees are coated in IndigoBlu gesso ... Grandma's Teacup & Park Lane...then embossed using the Twinkle Star stamp.
The base also had a coat of Park Lane, and a smidging of Fine texture paste added to resemble snow. 




I'm entering this into

Craft Stamper - Take a Technique - Sharing the Season
That's Crafty - Season's Greetings
Country View - Create a Scene 
Fairy Tale - Something Metal 



The prize on offer this month is: 

1:   2 Large stamp plates
or
2:   4 Small stamp plates
or
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 our lovely 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!



Thank you for visiting...
hope you have a lovely weekend.
Happy Crafting
Lydia xx

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Countdown to Christmas!


Well...December is here and the countdown to Christmas has begun! Eeek!
What better way to keep check of how few days left to panic could there be, than a IndigoBlu'd Advent Calendar :) 

With design in hand, off went my better half...out to that man cave of his...and returned later with the base and frame for my calendar...bless him :* 


So, with IndigoBlu 
Black Gesso... Cottage Garden Acrylic paint,... Mega flake,... Christmas Compendium papers... stamps ...and a smidging of texture paste here and there later...

We're good to go!!! 




I'm entering this into:

Fussy & Fancy - Words
Crafting By Design - Get Ready for Christmas
Emerald Creek Dares - Bringing bits of Cheer


Thanks for your visit
Happy counting down &
Happy Crafting x

Lydia xx

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Sleigh Bells Ring....



Well, here we are in the last full week of November!! Eeek!! 
Anyone ready for December??!!  I'm so not...but I at least have a decorated sleigh! :)


The sleigh is from Tando Creative...'flat packed' and made from chipboard, and then I've altered it... inspired by the ultra talented, Mr Andy Skinner.













I have used many DecoArt Media Line paints, Crackle Glaze, Crackle Paint, Texture Paste,
Weathered Wood,
Tando Creative Sleigh, Merry Christmas, Stockings and stars...
IndigoBlu Script stamp,  Ruby Slippers paint...
Archival Sepia Ink pad...


I had hours of fun with this project...thanks for taking a peek :) 

I'm entering this into:

Anything But Cute - It's Ornamental 
Mixed Media World - Anything goes



Happy Crafting
Lydia xx


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

"If You Don't Change It, It'll Stay The Same......."


Wow! It's a breezy day out there thanks to 'Barney's' visit! Who names these storms...and why do I automatically think of a purple dinosaur?? Haha

Anyway, here in the warm, I thought I'd share with you a Christmas lantern that I had a great time altering. It's inspiration came from a fantabulous weekend retreat in Coventry, with Andy Skinner/Michelle Webb and Tando Creations.

This started off life as a nice, cream coloured lantern from B&M. But...Pah...I don't want nice and clean...I wanted wicked and rusty!! :) 

Before I got my hands on it ....


...And after!!!


Along the way I gesso'd it...
...added some texture paste...
... and ...
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 I also used 'Merry Christmas' wording and a 'Christmas stocking' from
Tando Creative x



Well...hope you like it. I thoroughly enjoyed making it :)

I'm entering this into:
Our Creative Corner - Topsy Turvy  - I made something new into something old, instead of the norm... something old into something new!!
SanDee & Amelie - Steampunk Winter Special 
Mixed Media World - Anything Goes 
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Anything But Cute - It's Ornamental


Thanks for visiting

Happy Crafting
Lydia xx



Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Time Flies - IndigoBlu Demonstrator Inspiration


Time Flies......but we still remember them.

This month's IndigoBlu Challenge theme is 'Time Flies'
November is here...and as it's Remembrance Sunday this coming weekend, I thought it fitting to make something with that in mind. 

Poppies are also one of my favourite flowers, and as IndigoBlu have quite a few stamp designs with Poppies, the tough bit was choosing which one to use! I settled with 'Poppy Meadow' ...a beautiful set of stamps.
The background: Mdf clock cog,
1) Coat with IndigoBlu Black Gesso,
2) Using Slap It On to adhere, cover with a sheet of paper from our 12 x 12  Vintage Memories Mixed Media Paper set . 3) Swipe over with a wash of watered down Hot Cocoa, and leave it to dry, thoroughly.
4) Using Ink Splats - go around the edge using Archival Sepia and Archival Black inks.
5) Stamp the poppy onto IndigoBlu smooth cardstock...colour and cut out.
6) Add the Poppy to the clock background. Also the wording and soldier.
7) Using an image from Industrial Lamps - stamp onto the base and add some yellow and orange distress ink colours.
8) Add the mechanism and hands x



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
or
2:   4 Small stamp plates
or
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 our lovely 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!



I am entering this into:

Altered Eclectics - Mixed Media - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - Flowers 


Happy Crafting
Lydia xx

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