Monday, July 15, 2013

Through the Purple Haze Challenge #1 - Indigo Blu

I am soooooo excited to tell you about the very first challenge of Through the Purple Haze Challenges. This challenge is the brainstorm of Anita Blake and she has been assisted by Debs Mitchell and Fiona Henderson. Debs and Fiona have helped Anita do a lot of the stuff that most of us don't ever think about in regards to challenges. Phew!!! There is a lot of work involved and these ladies have successfully launched this challenge in a very short time!

I was so thrilled to be selected as one of the Design Team members. This group of ladies are just the kind of people you want to surround yourself with. Very caring, helpful, and hard-working! I hope you will visit all of their blogs and see what creative project they created with our sponsor Indigo Blu. I am in love with the rubber stamps of Indigo Blu. Beautiful designs and quality rubber. I was jumping for joy when my stamps came in the mail because the set I got was absolutely gorgeous. It is called "Live, Laugh, Love" and I fell head over heels for it.

Before I show you my card, I want to tell you that you simply must go visit the challenge blog. To be eligible for a prize, you must use an Indigo Blu stamp . There will be instructions on entering the challenge on the challenge page.   Indigo Blu will be giving the prize!


Be sure and enter this challenge and every weekly challenge thereafter through the 16th of December and you will be eligible for a chance to win a prize bundle that would be every stamper's dream!!

But without further ado, here is my card using a few of the stamps from the "Live, Laugh, Love" set.

I knew that I wanted to make a 5 by 7 inch card that had overlapping folds on the front that would be decorated with layers of squares including my stamped image. And I knew that I wanted to cut my flaps  at an angle so that a small portion of the inside of the card would be exposed.
When I started, I didn't have a template but after much "trial and error" and some limited mathematics, I was able to get my card folded together and looking okay. Before I put the layered squares on, I did trace out a template so that it would be easy to make a similar card in the future.
 I stamped the sentiment "Laugh as much as you Breathe" onto some white cardstock and cut it out with a square Spellbinders Nestabilities die and layered onto the next larger nested square of blue-violet cardstock and then layered onto the next size larger of Spellbinders Scalloped Square Nestabilities. Using Shaded Lilac Distress Ink from Tim Holtz, I stamped a background onto the white scalloped square with the butterflies from the Indigo Blu set. I set those layers aside while I used the border stamp and the small flower stamp to make backgrounds on the front of my card. I glued those layered squares that I had set aside to the top fold of my card. On the inside of the flap, I glued a blue-violet scalloped square so that the color matched the inside of my card.
The inside of the card is white cardstock cut down to 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. I stamped the border stamp along the top and bottom and added the other sentiment "Live every moment, Laugh every day, Love beyond words".
Supplies used:
White cardstock
Blue-violet Heavy weight cardstock
Shaded Violet Distress Ink-Tim Holtz
Spellbinders Classic Squares Large
 and Big Scalloped Squares SM
Double sided adhesive - Elmer's
Tonic Guillotine Paper Cutter
I hope to see lots of entries in our challenge and good luck to all!


  1. I love Blue so this is my kind of card and its so crisp and clean, well done DArcy i love it.

  2. I love the colour too! Card is so classy, love it!

    Eithne xx

  3. I adore the shape of this card Darcy, glad you kept a template too :) Fab colours.
    Big Hugs

  4. Blue and white is my favourite colour combo! This is fab your card is perfect I couldnt believe when you said you didn't use a template well done! xxx

  5. Lovely card...great shape. TFS


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