Hi everyone and welcome! Feels like it's been non-stop since returning from Europe prepping for and appearing on the IndigoBlu shows on Hochanda last Sunday. I was thrilled and honoured to be sharing lots of World launches as part of the brand new IndigoBlu Christmas 2016 range, particularly as one had been designed by Kay Halliwell-Sutton just for me!
Bearing in mind my shows were on at the same time as the Formula One race at Silverstone, Andy Murray et al winning at Wimbledon (yay!!!) and the Euro 2016 finals there was a lot going on that day on the tv, but the good news is Hochanda have a Catch Up service HERE until the end of the week and some of the shows from Kay and I are also being repeated. It's a great chance to take a look at all the fabulous new designs and see some clever ideas from the Design Team for using them (plus of course the live demos!) I'd love to know what you think of them.
So I mentioned there was a design Kay Halliwell-Sutton created at my request; a little while back during a brainstorming session some of the team were coming up with a Christmas wishlist and at the top of mine was a beautiful front door, and oh boy did Kay deliver! Let me introduce you to 'Country House' and this, the first canvas I've made using it...
The original door is your typical country cottage frontage with topiary, side lanterns, an aged brick wall with climbers and even a little boot scraper. Imagine cutting around that door frame to allow an opening on the front of your card, colouring it in fresh Spring colours with dappled sunlight or Autumn colours for a fall look! Doors and openings in general have so many of those important themes attached to them and are also easily adaptable to suit other occasions - step forth Christmas! With the addition of an embellished holly wreath (from the new 'Vintage Frame' set, sized perfectly to fit the door) and a traditional sentiment (one of many from the new 'Sparkle and Glisten' set) you have a fabulous festive look. Can you tell how much I am in love with this design?!!!
Having shared this canvas on Instagram/Facebook in the run up to my shows I've received a number of requests for a tutorial, so that's in the pipeline. I've used a number of the Metallic IndigoBlu paints to create a watercolour look to it having used layers and repeat stamping to elongate the design. There are in fact only two topiary trees on the original design but as you can see it's easy to add more.
If you want to see those new Christmas releases hop on over to the IndigoBlu website where pre-orders are now being taken. Again, I'd love to get your feedback on them - which one is your favourite?
Before I go a quick heads up that the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge 'All Lined Up' has launched today with gorgeous projects from all of my fabulous Frilly team mates. I hope you will join in with that one to be in with a chance to win.
Time to head back to the craft room here. Whatever you're up to take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx