Love IndigoBlu Luscious Pigment Powders – February Challenge


Hi there we are welcoming the February challenge for IndigoBlu, and showing off the beautiful IndigoBlu Luscious pigment powders ;

Love is all you Need

So in the words of the great Beatles  song – include anything Love related, hearts, flowers, weddings etc. We can’t wait to see how imaginative you will all be.

I have gone with a soft approach, using gentle colours and a variety of stamps to create the background. The focal image is an image torn from the ‘Lost Family’ A6 mixed media paper kit and knocked back with Gesso so that it softens into the background.

Indigoblu february challenge blog DT piece, Claire Newcombe


The cluster of embellishments can be created by stamping images from various stamp sets.

IndigoBlu Heart Flourish ‘dinkie’ A7 stamp

Butterfly from the IndigoBlu Floral Fantasy A5 stamp set

Cogs from the IndigoBlu Take the Time A5 stamp set

‘Love’ from the IndigoBlu word Blocks #1 stamp set by Mike Deakin

Stamp each of the elements  with ranger perfect medium (a sticky ink pad) onto a cream card stock, and apply the gorgeous Luscious powders with a soft brush to colour. I have used two colours, Coral on the heart and Bronze for the butterfly and cogs. The mica within the powders create a beautiful sheen when directed to the light … you really need to play with them yourself to see the true beauty.

Please join us on the Indigoblu Challenge Blog today, over over the coming month as the rest of the team will also be inspiring you their take on this theme.

Thanks for calling by, see you next time

Snow with Unicorn Sparkles – IndigoBlu

Hi there, we are so near to Christmas now and this is my busiest week of the year.

For the December challenge on the IndigoBlu blog, it’s all about Snow, Snow, Snow.

IndigoBlu December Challenge


Many of you will either have snow at Christmas this year or are wishing for it, my sister wishes for it every year, but living in Devon very rarely see’s it unfortunately.

My Design Team Entry

I have created my snow effect on an acetate sheet. I have mixed unicorn sparkles into Super Thick Slap It On medium and applied it to acetate through the textures stencil. When the slap it on has dried it will be transparent and the sparkles glisten through as if it is snow. These two products combined are fabulous and I love working with them both. Mixed together they create a super snowy effect.

I have domed the acetate to create a 3D effect in front of a woodland scene. I really enjoy using tree stamps, and am always exploring alternative ways in which to use them and to create believe landscape scenes. by using acetate I was able to use more tree images without layering them on top of one another. When you are building your layers with stamps it is really important not to lose too much of the detail of the images.

Using tree stamps from the A6 Winterland Wood set, I have created a scene in the background onto IndigoBlu paper using Peacock Feathers Distress ink. I just loved the richness of the colour in the design paper, and teamed it with a teal cardstock. The background scene takes the landscape structure from the paper, and the woodland created by the varying style of tree. The colour is quite alternative for a christmas theme, but works….in my opinion anyway :-D.

IndigoBlu Supplies

A5 Winterland Wood
A5 Winterland Wood
Textures stencil (6x6 in)
Textures stencil (6×6 in)
Super thick slap it on
Super thick slap it on
Unicorn Sparkles
Unicorn Sparkles







To accent the card I have used Tim Holtz sissix ‘Holiday Greens’ dies, again using shades of teal to continue the colour scheme.

Many thanks for joining me today. I’d like to extend many festive wishes to you.

Merry Christmas everyone, see you again soon,

IndigoBlu – Unicorn Glisten & Sparkle

Wow, I’ve been playing with super thick Slap-it on and Unicorn sparkles to create this Unicorn Glisten & Sparkle card, quite handy as the November is all about

Glisten & Sparkle

The sparkles come by mixing the Unicorn Sparkles in super thick Slap  It On and spreading it through the Vintage Frame Stencil, making it look like a magical rainbow. The amazing thing about using the super thick Slap it On is that as it dries it becomes transparent, so you get the dimension that shows off any medium you have mixed into it – in this case all the glittering unicorn sparkles.

I have made ‘Jewel’ the Unicorn glisten by painting her with blue Luscious powder. It is so hard to capture in the photograph the beauty of the sparkle, but any of you who have used the Unicorn sparkles or Luscious powder will know how fabulous they look in real life.


The blue backdrop has been created by splashing water onto a distressed ink background, and ‘mopping up’ the splashes.

Really looking forward to what you all create for this challenge, hope you can join us.

IndigoBlu Supplies used..

IndigoBlu 'Jewel'
IndigoBlu ‘Jewel’
IB Vintage Frame
IB Vintage Frame
IB Slap It on super thick
IB Slap It on super thick
IB Unicorn Sparkle
IB Unicorn Sparkle
IB Luscious
IB Luscious
IB Peace on Earth
IB Peace on Earth
IB Sarah's Choice
IB Sarah’s Choice






Thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.


Pink Monochrome Woodland Scene for IndigoBlu

Today I have created another piece for IndigoBlu and the November Monochrome challenge. I have a real weakness for nature based stamps, especially trees and in this new set Kay has given us more beautiful images to play with. Choosing pink as my colour I have created a woodland scene as the setting for the magnificent decorated Stag.


I created a background with a layer of Marshmallow acrylic paint. I mixed a small amount of copper luscious powder with super thick slap it on, and applied it through the Laurel leaf stencil, leaving it all the dry.


Using a selection of the tree stamps from the Winterland Wood A5 stamp set , the Textures stencil and Worn Lipstick distress ink i created the woodland scene.


To finish the piece I added the magnificent stage from the Winterland Wood in a dark raspberry red ink.


The rest of the team have created some fabulous pieces also, so it is well worth a visit over on the challenge blog, hope to see you there.



IndigoBlu Supplies

Winterland Wood
Winterland Wood
Laurel Stencil
Laurel Stencil
Coral Luscious pigment
Coral Luscious pigment
Super thick Slap it On
Super thick Slap it On








Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon,


Monochrome Laurel Leaves IndigoBlu

Hi there, and welcome to all my new viewers and followers. Using the coordinating Laurel leaves staamps and stencil I have created a card for the October challenge for IndigoBlu


I have used just one Distress Ink colour, crushed olive.  Distress inks are perfect to use for this kind of look because by applying just one colour of ink in different ways you can change its look completely. Apply the ink with a blending foam, a mildly damp wet wipe, on a stamp or direct to paper and you will be able to achieve many different shades and intensity of colour.


IndigoBlu Supplies

IB Laurel leaves
IB Laurel leaves
Word blocks
Word blocks
Laurel stencil
Laurel stencil







Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you can pop by the IndigoBlu blog for more inspiration from the wonderful team.


See you again soon,


Autumn Wildlife

Welcome back to my blog this morning. Can you believe we have reached autumn already. With the nights drawing in again, IndigoBlu have launched their challenge for September –


This is a perfect choice for me, I like autumn – the colours, the frsh bright days, and of course the wildlife. There is a flurry of activity, birds and small mammals become visible in our gardens again after the quiet days of summer.


I have made a DL cards, and chose three distress colours to create a background. IndigoBlu have a perfect stamp set called Nature II that for me sums up autumn in stamps. Wouldn’t it be great if the colour leaf litter that collects through the season is as luscious as the chocolate box Mega-Flakes that I have used here



Products used

Distress Inks – Aged Mahogany, Fossilized Amber, Dried Marigold

Promarkers – Burgundy, Cardinal Red

Graphmaster alcohol pens – 104. 92, 98 (skin tone set)

IB - Nature II
IB – Nature II
IB - Aloysius
IB – Aloysius
IB - Chocolate Box Mega Flakes
IB – Chocolate Box Mega Flakes








It is well worth a visit to the IndigoBlu blog to check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team. I really look forward to seeing all your creations.


Thinking back on my other posts I have a tutorial post to create a tag using another set of IndigoBlu stamps, follow the link below

IndigoBlu – Tutorial to Make a Stamped Tag

Thanks for joining me today,


IndigoBlu Summer Florals reminder – Layering a stamp

So how are you enjoying your summer. Did you know there is still time to enter the IndigoBlu July Challenge;


I have another card made with the ever so stylish IndigoBlu Colour Me – Daisy stamp. This time I have used different colours to the conventional daisy colour scheme in my last DT piece for you. To remind you, I have the link below to direct you to my last post.

IndigoBlu Colour Me Daisy – Inverted Die Cut Layering

This time also I have used stacking layers, so that the image ‘comes’ out of the card towards you.


July challenge reminder


I really enjoy finding new ways to use stamps over and again.

I also look forward to seeing the what the rest of the DT come up with also, there is so much talent in the team so head on over to the blog to see what they have been up to, there is new inspiration post every other day.

IndigoBlu Challenge Blog

Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.


IndigoBlu Colour Me Daisy – Inverted die cut layering

Hello and welcome to the IndigoBlu challenge for July. For my design tean inspiration today, I have used the Colour Me Daisy stamp, and the bold white & yellow daisy colours as my inspiration – they do so remind me of summer


July challenge

I have done something a little different with this card, as you can see. Instead of layering the die cut layers on top of one another, I have created aperture windows decreasing in size towards the central image….and it’s so easy to do!

To Make

  1. Take the IndigoBlu Colour Me – Daisy stamp and stamp once onto white card with black ink. Stamp a further three times, using yellow ink (I used mustard seed distress ink). Trim each to the size of the image.
  2. Take one of the yellow stamped flowers, and position and cut the largest of the nesting dies that will fit within the image.
  3. Take a second yellow stamped flower, and place directly behind the first cut aperture, position the next die (down in size) within the aperture and secure with low tack tape. Remove the top later and cut the second.
  4. Repeat step 3 to cut the aperture in the third and final yellow stamped image.
  5. Using 3D foam, layer each of the stamped images directly on top of each other, largest aperture layer on top and the black stamped flower on the bottom.
  6. Attach all layers onto a 10cm sqaure kraft card blank.
  7. Take some words from the IndigoBlu Floral Fantasy set, stamp in black and cut out individual words/lines.
  8. Use adhesive to attach to the centre of the flower.

Stamps used

IB Colour Me Daisy
IB Floral Fantasy









This challenge has really bought out the best in the design team, and a visit to the challenge blog is definately worth a visit, to check out their inspiration

IndigoBlu Challenge Blog 

Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.


IndigoBlu Vintage Mixed Media Canvas – Brown & Teal Challenge

Hi, come and join us for a brand new challenge on the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog, the new theme is, and I have made a vintage mixed media canvas panel, inspired (loosely) by the Queens 90th birthday celebrations.


IB brown teal

I’ve seen the inspiration from the rest of the design team, and it is definitely worth a visit to the blog. So head on over and leave your challenge entry too, the theme is one of my favourites so I’m looking forward to seeing them all.

Good Luck everyone!

I have created a video for you, so pull up a chair, make a cuppa and press play, hope you enjoy!.


IndigoBlu Stamps used

IB- ‘Jack’
IB- ‘Penny Farthing’
IB – ‘Floral Fantasy A5’







Thank you so much for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.


Happy dreams come true – IndigoBlu Stamps

Good morning, today is the launch of May’s challenge theme over on the IndigoBlu challenge website. It’s a play on words this month, and can be interpreted in so many ways by different people. Everyone has dreams, either life changing aspirations or whimsical daydreams.

May Your Dreams Come True

I have dreams, and am gradually plucking up the courage and slowly working towards making them happen. It’s only as I’m getting older that I’m thinking I may as well try to realise them, it’s a whole new venture and way of thinking for me!

21May16 Dreams come true

I took my inspiration from the IndigoBlu’s flutterby backing paper. I continued the card by stamping and adding addition colour with Seedless Preserves, Fossilised Amber & Milled Lavender distress inks. The butterfly has texture after I embossed it with distress embossing powder.

If you have never had the chance to work with the IndigoBlu papers (of any design) I was really encourage you to treat yourself to some. They are a dream to work with, and take any medium you want to work with so well. They are the only papers I have found so far (in my opinion) that allow you to get a crisp, beautiful image with distress ink that remains true to colour.

IndigoBlu Stamps used

IB Flutterby (code F-B)
IB Flutterby (code F-B)
Bear Hugs
Bear Hugs (code BH)
Tasty Textures
Tasty Textures
looks like rain, deer
Looks like rain, deer (code RD1)






Many thanks for joining me today, I do hope to see you again soon.