Thursday, 21 April 2016

Guest Design for Indigo Blu

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for popping over today. I hope all is well with all of you and that Spring is finally started to show in your Gardens with the new growth and Spring blooms. Which leads me onto today's post.

I was very excited to have been asked by Nikki over at INDIGO BLU to complete a Guest design piece as inspiration for their new challenge theme Spring is in the Air.  As a child my brother and I took part in the annual May Queen festival and I remember we always had our photo taken in front of the Lilac tree in the garden as it was in full bloom in May. For me this theme was great as this gave me a chance to play with yet more new goodies in my collection the Floral Fantasy stamp and 12 x 12 papers, both of which include a lovely lilac branch in the design.

I dry brushed gee so good gesso over a section of the Papers that I had glued onto a piece of mount board cut to A5 size.
 Because I decided I wanted the butterfly to stand out a bit more, I used a damp (not wet) baby wipe to very gently wipe away the gesso
 then to protect it, plus make it pop a bit more I used a Versamarker and clear embossing powder over the butterfly.
 Next I stamped and embossed, butterflies, a sentiment and the Lilac branch from the Floral Fantasy stamp set.  As you can see from the phot below, I mixed Park Lane and Marshmallow to get my lilac, and Farmhouse Teal and Lemon Meringue for my green leaves
 I stamped the doily from the same stamp set onto vellum and embossed with white, I then repeated it on the other side to make a full doily.  You can see at the bottom of the picture the match wasn't quite perfect so I made sure that was covered by the lilac on the project.Vellum is very difficult to stick down onto anything without the glue showing through so to overcome this I backed it with a double sided sticky sheet before cutting it out.
 I tore a few strips of floral fantasy papers to give another layer to my stamped elements. 
 I used crackle paste on the edges of the hanging to frame it and when dry coloured it with distress stains.  I mounted the whole frame onto another piece of mount board to make it stronger. 
finally I coloured three strands of vintage ribbon and then plaited through metal brads to enable me to hang it up.
Here you can see the little sentiment got a bit of the crackle treatment also.  I decided to layer up the two stamped butterflies for dimension.  Th lilac branch was carefully cut out to enable as much of the background to show through as possible. 

If you would like to join in the challenge and have a chance to win a fabulous prize of 
 Indigoblu stamps of your choice and you have 3 options to choose from:

1: 2 Large stamp plates (A5)
2: 4 Small stamp plates (A6)
3: 1 Large and 2 small plates
I was lucky! maybe you will be too but you have to be in it to win it, so click HERE for the link and all the challenge details.
Mo x



  1. this is beautiful Mo - I absolutely adore what you have done - I really must get this stamp set!!! Big hugs Rachel x

  2. This is gorgeous Mo! Lilac always evokes memories of my Grandmother and the ones on these papers are so beautiful. I love how you did the doily and the strips of paper give some lovely dimension. Your plaited ribbon is just the icing on the cake - gorgeous!! Big hugs my talented friend! Anne xxx

  3. What a fabulous piece Mo, beautifully put together with a real Springtime feel to it! Great idea to emboss the butterfly. The doily and strips of paper really bring it to life, and like Anne says, the plaited ribbon in matching colours is the perfect finishing touch!

  4. Awesome Mo, quite simply AWESOME! I adore the torn strips, crackle round the edges and that plaited ribbon! So pleased you were a winner and have joined the IB challenge team as a guest this month xx

  5. So lovely - gorgeous crackle and dimension, and the lilacs are so perfect - my birthday flower, so I love this!
    Alison x

  6. What a gorgeous project. Love the step by step and your attention to detail. Beautiful project x