Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Flutterby - IndigoBlu Demonstrator Inspiration ...

Morning! :)

Here we week into JULY!!! Shock - horror!!!! Where did half the year go to??
In Craft-land it's that time of year, when the 'man in the red suit' starts to creep up on us!! But before that, lets appreciate the summer for a while...and what better way than with some beautiful butterflies!
......... IndigoBlu Challenge ........
The challenge this month is Flutterby - and for my Demonstrator Inspiration piece, I made something that was more of a challenge to photograph than make!! Haha
I absolutely love working with acetate...but it's very difficult to lose the reflections and glare.
Hopefully you'll see the effects and beautiful shimmer going on in this card.

The black base card has been stamped with the Crackleglaze background, using Townhouse Teal and Aladdin - English Cottage Artist's Acrylic Paint

I have used Magicals - from Lindy's Stamp Gang on the Big Butterfly wings...along with Mega Flake.
The Dinky Butterfly on the acetate has been stamped using our 'Flinky' technique...and painted with our wonderful paints.

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!

Don't forget to check out the Challenge DT's wonderful work for this challenge on the blog too xx

Take care
Happy Crafting

Lydia xx

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

A Sign of Summer....

Wow! Another gorgeous day out there!!! The sun was desperately trying to barge its way through the curtains first thing this morning! It's lovely and cool in my craft room there I will stay! No arguments from me! lol The only problem I face... is the window... and sometimes the wildlife out there can be a lovely time waster!  This week, as well as all of the birds, the butterflies and bees are darting around...a few of them bumping into the window!! Ouch!!! 

With Summer and butterflies in mind, this is a card I made using the adorable 'Big Butterfly' stamp from IndigoBlu. One of my (many) favourites...and it looks all the more stunning with that touch of Mega Flake!

I made a batch of these as Thank You cards...very quick...very clean...and very simple!

IndigoBlu - Big Butterfly - 
IndigoBlu - Butterfly Collector - (little butterfly)

I am entering this into the challenge at Everybody Art - CAS
IndigoBlu Challenge - Flutterby 

Happy Crafting

Lydia x

Monday, 22 June 2015 to a Tee...

Hi all :) we are in summer!!! I thought I'd tell you, just in case you're in one of the many areas in the UK that has had copious amounts of rain today!!  Down here in the South we were quite lucky, only having rain this morning, but sunshine to dry washing outdoors this afternoon!! Whoop!! :)
But hey...a good day for crafting, if you're stuck inside!!! ;)

Today I'm sharing with you a project that I made for Father's Day. 

An mdf frame ...
IndigoBlu English Cottage Paints
Texture Paste
IndigoBlu Fairway to Heaven stamp
IndigoBlu Tree from Nature 1
Ice Resin
Dad Lettering
And erm... two of Rob's Tees...and a golf ball!!! ;)

I'm entering this into this month's Craft Stamper Challenge ...
The theme is TEXTURE

Anything but Cute - Make it Masculine

Happy Crafting
Lydia xx

Thursday, 4 June 2015

A Pocketful of Posies...or....

...A Tinful of Poppies!!! :)

Here we are in June already....another 6 months and it'll be ....cold!!!! Lol
But, for now it's that midway inspiration point for the IndigoBlu Challenge!
The demonstrators have given you a bit of inspiration ...and a gentle reminder that you have 16 days left to enter!! ;) 

I have used some of the BRAND NEW releases to make my always when we release newbies, my challenge is which one to use first!! 

Don't forget that there are awesome prizes up for grabs too!! 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
2:   4 Small stamp plates
3:   1 Large and 2 small plates

Happy Crafting

Lydia xx

Monday, 1 June 2015

IndigoBlu meets Stick It!

I was going to say 'Good Morning'...but it seems that as I've had a lovely time playing...I missed that part of the day!! :) But...I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that's what happens when you get engrossed in your crafting! ;)
I was recently given a few sheets of the 'much talked about' Stick It - to 'play' the lovely David and Brenda at Craft Obsessions...via the just as lovely Kay at IndigoBlu. These double sided adhesive sheets have been designed by the fantabulous crafter Ken Oliver. He designed them with the thought of making intricate die cuts easier to stick...and he soooo succeeded!! The sheets are just fabulous for know let's find another use for them too :)

The dies that I used for this project aren't too intricate, so I used the good old gluing method to attach them to my card. Hmmm....defeat the object you say? Well...this is why. I wanted my die cut to match my background colours...and my background colours were......PAINT! I also wanted I needed to adhere that on too! Soooooo.....
I painted my background with IndigoBlu English Cottage Artists Acrylic Paint...and then dried it. I then covered the area I needed with a sheet of Stick It....and cut my shape out.
Carefully peeled the adhesive backing sheet off...
...and covered in ultra fine glitter!
The result....glittery die cuts to match my background :)

Thank you to the lovely David and Brenda at Craft Obsessions...I shall be creating again soon!! :)

Lydia xx

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Just One Layer!

I don't know what it's like where you are...but I think someone forgot to tell the weather that we are no longer in April!! Phew! You'll definitely get a bit soggy around the edges if you go out there, and rather windswept too!!!
Personally, I think you should stay in the warm and create something cheery :)  How about something for the IndigoBlu Challenge?? ;)

This month the challenge theme is 'Just One Layer' ...and that's all there is to it!!!! Unless, like me you like lots of layers usually...and then it's what it is supposed to be...a challenge!! Lol
Don't forget there are the usual fabulous prizes ...  

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

Have a go...we'd love to see what you create 

Have fun

Lydia xx

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Cascading Lace...

Hi All 
 I decided to bring you a card this time over on the Tattered Lace Blog ...a cascade card...but I wanted a background too, so here's how I made it....
(This post is a bit photo heavy, but I think it's easier to follow with pictures :) ) 

To make the cascade card you will need two pieces of 5 1/2 x 12" white card stock. 
On each piece, measure and mark the short side at 2 1/2" from the bottom.

Cut across from 5 1/2"  to 2 1/2" on both pieces so you get a wedge shape.

On each piece score at 2" 4" 8" and 10" .

Next you need to measure and mark the longer side at 2 3/4" ...and the shorter side at 1 1/4".

With a long ruler, line up the two edging marks and then at the point the ruler crosses the score lines - make a mark.  You also need to make a mark at the 6" point...but do not score or fold at 6".

The slope of the wedge is the top of your card. 
Take one piece. From the bottom, cut UP to the little marks that you made at 2", 6" and 10" intervals.

On the other piece, cut DOWN to the marks at 2, 6 & 10".

Fold on all the score lines...but remember...DON'T fold at 6".

I have used the Scalloped Heart Border die to edge the top of the cascading part.

Now we can put it together.
Starting with the two longer ended pieces, interlock the cuts, so they slot together at 2, 6 & 10".

Fold it - so it 'cascades' as in the picture.

You are then ready to decorate!

I used some of the gorgeous papers from Stephanie's 'Sugar Rush' Collection to make panels for the cascade card and to cover the 7 x 7" base card. 
The papers were embossed before cutting, using the Tattered Lace - Script - Embossing folder.
All the panels were edged with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, before adhering to the card. 
I also put a 'smidging' on the decorative border edge. 

The beautiful Majestic Daisy, was cut twice in green mirror card, and twice in pink. 
The Just for You washing line die was cut once in green mirror card and once in plain white card stock.
The small butterfly from the Build a Butterfly set was cut twice in pink mirror card and once in green. The large butterfly was cut once each in pink and green...and the body - once in green. 

Putting together!
The Daisy's were cut from the pink die cut and adhered over the green.
The large pink butterfly was adhered to the body, then the large green and small pink layered on top.
The small green layered onto the small pink butterfly...and the Just for You green wording shadowed over the white. 
These were all then adhered into place, with the Just for You being strung across the front, through a couple of holes from the border design at each side. 

The cascade card was adhered to the base card, and to finish it off, I added some pearls and a little bow .

Tattered Lace Products used...

Have fun!
Happy Crafting
Lydia xx

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Here Come the Girls......

Hello!!! I'm back... with the girls on the catwalk of the Tattered Lace blog this time! 
There is so much you can do with these dies...I'm loving them!

For this project I used an mdf base,'s actually a box top which will hold 'hair bands and bobs'...but you can make something similar as a card very easily. 

Take the project base of your choice and coat it with a layer of Gel medium or PVA & water mix. Cover with a piece of dressmaking pattern paper and add another coat of gel medium.
Die cut 4 x Kensington Corners...adhere those to each corner.
Randomly spritz with paint/glimmer mist or similar. Dry off with heat gun.
Arrange different sized and coloured buttons in a couple of corners and adhere with hot glue.
Take a length of lace and make a bow with the small Bow Maker (absolute must have item!!! ;) )
Adhere to a big button in the corner. Make another bow with narrower lace and ensure you leave long enough tails to trail over the base.
Layer the two bows and add another button to the top. Glue down the bow tails.
Die cut the clock - Counting the Moments - then ink the hands and a few hearts in a contrast colour...adhere the clock and glue on the coloured pieces.
Die cut 6 of the girls and double layer them. Cut out dresses...again, doubling them up for a bit of strength and dimension. 
Cut out their shoes and hair...adhere the girls to the base and decorate them. 
Die cut some of the words from Fashion Sentiments in two colours to shadow them and add those.
Randomly dry brush some metallic paint to finish off your project x

Have fun!!

Tattered Lace Tools

Lace Trim

Happy Crafting
Lydia xx

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Peppermint Tea in Emerald City.....

Morning! :)
And what a it a bit chilly...morning, down here in the South it is!! Spring is definitely trying to come out to play! Whoop!! :)

Quite apt really...our challenge theme this month with IndigoBlu is...Spring Greens ...and here is my 'reminder' piece. You still have 16 days to enter, and there's a whole heap of good reasons to do so!!

 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!

Nip across to the challenge blog for a wealth of inspiration x

Have fun
Happy Crafting
Lydia xx

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Gorgeous New Bella ~ Easel Box....

Hi All
Today I'm sharing some fabulous new Tattered Lace goodies... including dies, an embossing folder set and loads of awesome embellishments! :)
I have made a drawer based easel card from some plain white card stock. Cut some panels for the sides and top from designer paper, then embossed them with the lovely new 'Script' embossing folder. These have then been edged with distress ink. I attached a length of the gorgeous new ribbon across the top of the drawer base before adhering the easel card.
I put together a 'stop' panel (the bit that stops the easel part of the card from falling down flat) and made a double looped bow and stuck it on. To which I added a couple of flat backed pearls and one of the beautiful new resin flowers... I also added one to the front of the drawer.
The new Bella's Body was cut from vanilla card stock, and also edged with distress ink. Bella has some wonderful new clothes and accessories available, of which I used Bella's Short Dress and one of Bella's Hair dies. I've cut one each of the short dresses and layered them....then cut a further 8 of the lacy short dress and made them into a double tiered long skirt back for her. I cut her a matching pair of shoes and gave her a lovely long hairstyle.

With a couple of Rose Corners, cut and distress inked for the easel top, and a parasol for Bella, all she needed were the words...Bella......Gorgeous New Chic Lady in contrasting brown cardstock to finish it all off. The easel card can be folded down and tied with the ribbon x

Tattered Lace Tools

 Take care
Happy Crafting

Lydia xx

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

I 'Love' This Die!!!

Hi Everyone  :)
 I'm back with another project that's on the Tattered Lace Blog, using the fabulous Monumental Moments - Love die. 
Whilst this die enables you to make some stunning cards - equally it lends itself to the class of home decor.
Today I am sharing with you a stand up piece that is sturdy & simple to make x
You will need to cut 8 'Love' words in a sturdy card-stock...I've used 300gsm. Glue and layer each die cut...remembering to trim the tab top of the 'O' into an oval on each layer as you go.

Coat the entire piece with Gesso, including all the edges, and leave to dry.

Whilst that is drying cover a plain mdf plaque with some designer paper, then run Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges.

Take the Love wording and spritz it with some watered down acrylic paint.

I have then used a crackle stamp & some gilding flake to decorate both the wording and the base, and run Distress ink in both Walnut Stain and Worn Lipstick around the edge.

Stamp a verse/sentiment of your choice onto the base and then, with a hot glue gun, adhere the wording to the mdf base, holding it steady while the glue sets.

Cut 2 butterflies in matching papers, ink and gild random areas and adhere to the 'O' ...cut a few sets of the Floral Flourish & Lacy Rose and adhere those also.
That's're done!! :)

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

A Touch of Red - IndigoBlu Challenge

Morning All ...

Well, I'm not sure where the last month went, but we breezed into February with our first coating of snow yesterday!! I hope it doesn't get used to visiting!!! ;) 

Anyway...onwards to this month's IndigoBlu Challenge reminder... a 'Touch of Red' ... 
Just perfect for Valentine's!

I've created a really simple, but effective Triple Heart wall hanging...and here's what I did...

I took a trio of MDF hearts and coated them all in our IndigoBlu Gesso... the middle sized one I also covered in Ruby Slippers Acrylic Paint.
I then edged them all with the contrast colour, and made sure they were thoroughly dry.
Using the gorgeous NEW Heart Flourish stamp from IndigoBlu - I flitterglued and Mega Flaked the images with Royal Peacock Mega Flake - onto the two largest hearts. Onto the smallest heart, I used the NEW Heart Tattoo image.  I then strung them together using some fairly sturdy craft wire...that's it!!   

There are great prizes up for grabs, so come and join us!!! :)

Here are the products that I've used...

IndigoBlu - Heart Flourish ~ Available SOON!!! 
IndigoBlu - Heart Tattoo ~ Available SOON!!! 
IndigoBlu - Flitterglu 

Happy Crafting
Stay safe

Lydia xx

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Tattered Lace - With LOVE...

Hi Everyone :) 

This is the first project that I've made for the fabulous Tattered Lace inspiration blog...and I am honoured to be part of it.  
As we are heading towards Valentine's Day, I thought I'd share this lovely heart wreath with you today.

The heart wreath is approx 20cm x 20cm. I picked this one up from a garden centre, and as it was a natural woody colour, I painted a layer of white Gesso over it. 
I cut the LOVE die in both white card and pale lavender mirri card...and a few of the Floral Flourish & Lacy Rose in green and pale pink mirri card. 
To the white LOVE die cut I randomly brushed on Seedless Preserve Distress ink, then added a few hand-painted flowers. Whilst these dried, I added some of the same distress ink to the white heart wreath. 
I then adhered the white LOVE word over the mirri one in a shadow effect, and hot glued it to the wreath, adding the Floral Flourish & Lacy Rose's.  To finish it off, I cut and added the word 'with' ...also from the LOVE set. 
These would be gorgeous in wedding theme colours to present to the bride on her wedding day too! 

Tattered Lace Tools

Happy Crafting
Lydia x

Thursday, 15 January 2015

IndigoBlu/Limor Webber CHA stamps...part 1

Exciting stuffs!!! IndigoBlu have just launched a brand new range of stamps at CHA in I thought I'd share a couple with you today.

This is a canvas I made with a couple of the gorgeous new designs by the wonderfully talented Limor Webber! These are absolutely great for all those Mixed Media projects, but for the 'cleaner' look too, for those of you who aren't into mixed media.................YET!!!

See...just when you think it's an ink becomes a flower!! 

I've also used one of the script circles from Limor Circles and 

...the 'splatty' (technical term!) border from the Rugged Edge set.

I've added the word ART from the set Alice II - with Chariot of Fire - Mega Flakes...and also randomly added flake around the edge of the canvas too... 

Hope you like them as much as I do....and there's more to come!!!!! 

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges...
Addicted to Stamps and More - Make your Mark
Mod Squad - Teal & Purple

Take care
Happy Crafting
Lydia x


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