Sunday, 30 November 2014

IndigoBlu Challenge September 2014

                                                                 IndigoBlu Challenge September 2014

Happy Friday from Shelagh,

Yesterday, I was doing up bit of 'redding up' (N. East Scots dialect for tidying up) in my craft room and threw out a ribbon spool. I then looked through my box of IndigoBlu stamps and came up the idea of recycling it. This idea may run and run with Christmas not far away and I'd love my ribbon stash to be condensed into a smaller area. (My large collection had more than a little to do with living in USA for over two years, where there were nine different craft stores within a thirty minute drive!!) The colours of the leaves roughly replicate an ornamental tree at my front door which is currently displaying beautiful autumnal shades.

How I made this little hanging is detailed below.

This is my first attempt at 'posting' and I'm afraid it's not going too well. The photograph is not as sharp as it is on file and I'm having difficulty in loading another, so please forgive!

Thank you for looking.



Indian Summer

Shelagh Metselaar IndigoBlu Challenge September 2014

  • Stamps:- IndigoBlu -  Holly, Boadicea, Discover Your Passion, Mr Darcy
  • Cardstock:- White; Acetate
  • Inkpads:- Archival  - Sepia;  Memento – Rich Cocoa
  • FlitterGlu
  • Gilding Flakes:- Lancashire Rose, Morris Dance
  • Colouring Medium:- Pan Pastels,  Spectrum Noir Colouring Pencils
  • Empty Cardboard Ribbon Spoon
  • Gesso
  • Circle die
  • Thick twine – small piece.
  1. Peel away the top cardboard covering of the ribbon spool to create an aperture but leaving the base intact. Paint the ribbon spool with two or three coats of gesso inside and out. (The reverse of base does not need to be done as this will be covered.)
  2. Using Rich Cocoa, stamp ‘Miss Austen’ from the Mr Darcy set on white card. Colour to suit using Spectrum Noir pencils, blending shades together. (I only coloured the face, flowers and leaves). Die cut the image with the circular die, selecting a size fractionally smaller than the inside of the spool.
  3. Stamp the same image on acetate with Archival Sepia; leave to dry. Blot with copy paper to ensure the image is thoroughly dry. Die-cut as in (2).
  4. Ensuing the images are in line, attach the acetate to the coloured image. (I used folded mini glue dots in intervals around the extreme edge, where they were almost invisible.)
  5. Place some foam mount inside the dry ‘gesso-ed’ spool and attach circular image.
  6. Sponge FlitterGlu onto holly leaf stamp and stamp sixteen images on white card. Cover seven with Morris Dance flakes and nine with Lancashire Rose. Stamp two butterfly images from Discover Your Passion set in FlitterGlu and cover with Morris Dance. Cut out both butterfly images and attach on onto the other.
  7. Colour the leaves with Pan Pastels and cut out. In a clockwise direction, glue the seven ‘Morris Dance’ leaves around the top of the spool to frame ‘Miss Austin.’
  8. Using a larger circle die than that in (2) cut a circle from white card. In an anti-clockwise direction, glue the nine ‘Lancashire Rose’ leaves.
  9. Knot some thick twine and place at back of spool. Glue the leafy circle over the back of the spool to hide the twine.
  10. Stamp the flower collage from ‘Boadicea’ seven times on white card, colour the largest flower only – again using Spectrum Noir pencils and cut out. Add to the frame along with the gilded butterfly from (6).
And there we have it – something from nothing!                                                                                                                 


  1. Thanks for entering in the IndigoBlu Challenge with your great design
    P xx

  2. This is a really clever idea Shelagh, using ribbon spools. Thank you for joining us this month in the Indigoblu challenge. x

  3. This is so pretty ... thanks for joining in with the IndigoBlu Challenge ..... good luck! Linda xx

  4. Great project, thanks for taking part in the Indigoblu challenge this month, good luck :-) Sarah x