Saturday 30 October 2021

Mixed Up Saturday

Good Saturday Morning Ladies,

I hope that you are all relaxed and ready to enjoy the weekend,  it's quite chilly here so I think we will be staying inside this weekend, I am looking forward to Crafting on my newly reorganised desk, I now have twice asuch room to create a mess on!!  Why oh why doesn't it stay tidy ??!!  I store all of my craft tools in jars on my desk, they had ended up a mixed up jumble of allsorts in each Jar, so as the final stage of me reorganisation I emptied them all out and put all paintbrushes in one pot, waterbrushes in another, pokey tools together, scissors,  embossing tools all in their own jars! It looks so much tidier. (For now).

Today's crafts:  

The stunning card that opened the blog today was designed by Our Sonia, it is the Baby Shower card she mentioned last week. It is absolutely amazing, its so hard to believe that you have used so many elements from different companies because the whole card ties together perfectly,  the embellishments compliment that gorgeous digi image from Polkadoodles so well, it looks like it was one complete kit.  You are so amazingly talented when it comes to card design Sonia, thank you do much for allowing to share your amazing   inspirational Card. XXX 

Sonia's Description:

I bought and  printed the digi image from Polkadoodles. The backing paper is from my stash and the hearts paper from The lovely Studio. Our lovely Karen kindly sent me the baby die cut embellishments, which I inked in Speckled Egg and Milled Lavender. I stuck the ‘It’s a Boy’ die cut inside the card. The sentiments are from The Stamp Market.


Can you all guess who Karen is dressing up as for Halloween???? 

These have to be THE cutest Dalmatians ever! I love the one with just one spotted ear, have you named them Karen, or should I say Cr____a !!!! 😉 

Thank you so much for sharing your latest little darlings with us XXX 

IndigoBlu Magazine 5 Review

I saw this new Boxed Magazine collection while shopping in Asda last weekend and loved the look of the stamps so it just happened to end up in my trolley 😉

How lovely are those stamps, they seem to br great quality too, the sentiments stamp beautifully straight out of the box (no priming).  The stencil is lovely too and there are some nice projects that feature it too, lastly the dies, I instantly loved the font of the Merry Christmas dies and those quirky stars too.  I did buy the bonus Wreath die too,  you know I love a wreath, this wreath is designed to be used year round too.  

This feature has been designed by Carolyn Lakin to encourage everyone to have a go a Mixed Media, whether you are a complete novice or advanced. There are some lovely projects, I love Bauble and the 3D Bottles card, I really, really like those bottles! 

These projects are all designed using 'The Rule of Three',  there are handy little tips for beginners like the side feature on the first page where she explains step by step how to build up flat layers on your card front, the card she creates with it us really lovely .  I will be recreating that card and the green card with the Christmas Roses too. 

Sarah Jackman Read shares some different ways of using the Three Christmas Tree stamps in thr collection,  I'm not sure they are my cup of tea but I can take parts of the designs and incorporate them into something that is more 'me'! 

On these three pages Kay shows you some great designs and ideas using Flitterglu and Mega (gilding) flake. They are all real mixed media pieces, I bet the gilding looks great when you have the card in your hand  it doesn't show very well in the magazine,  I have their Megaflakes and they are really big pieces unlike the 'dust ' that you can get in cheaper brands.  The black tags look great with the Luscious powders on, so colourful.

Free Decorative Papers

The free papers in this kit are amazing, lots of detail in each page, Lovely colours too, they have pages with printed sentiments on and elements that you can fussy cut and use as the focal point on your card. 

These three pages focuses on the different Sentiments in thr Collection, using them as key features on the cards.  You may spot a familiar one on these pages!!

Sarah Gray has focused on the stencils for her feature,  using them to create backgrounds and as the main focus of the card too.  My favourite is that last card, she has used the stencils for the background and then stamped the bottled onto vellum and added them to the design, I will definitely be recreating this card. 

These three designs all use thd dies in the Bonus kit, the wreath die is quite a good size and as I mentioned earlier doesn't necessarily have to be for Christmas, I have made the first card and I love the one with the flowers on too.  Luckily the Wreath is a Circle, so works for next weeks challenge too !!!

These cards are designed to be Super fast to make  luckily the papers already have lots of layers of detail so you can get away with adding just a sentiment and a couple of embellishments. Personally I would add a little more, especially as these are all 7 inch cards, but they are a great starting point. The papers are such lovely colours though they do steal the show  

Some great cards for men in Jenn Mckean's  feature, highlighting the versatility of the kit  the second card would work perfectly for anyone in my opinion.  

Lastly some ideas highlighting that you case use some of the pieces in the Kit all year round, some lovely designs here I love the second card.

All in all I am really pleased with the magazine,  as I was with the other IndigoBlu kit box sets. I definitely think its worth the money (in my opinion) of course.


That's all for today ladies  I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend,  those of you that are feeling under the weather,  wrap up warm and relax,  a big hug is winging its way to you...

Love and warm hugs to all of you my dear friends, 



  1. Your card is beautiful SONIA tThat polka doodles image is perfect for a baby shower card and I was only too happy to help
    Your magazine review is very thorough SANDRA Thank you
    We had great fun last night I am just waiting for the photos to be pinged to me There we’re quite a few Dr Voodoo’s this year and Day of the Dead The winner was a circus ringmaster with a severed arm!
    The weather here is awful but I hope to visit my sister’s grave and lay a birthday card and some flowers So sad that as well as today being her birthday it’s the day she passed away
    Take care everyone xxx

  2. Hi everyone
    Fabulous card Sonia, great image.
    Just saw this magazine in my inbox and sitting on my hands as I'm going soon to the craft fair I really should save the pennies but at the same time it is a month (October) or so since I bought something crafty so. Oh dear, one hand is out.....
    Karen- I love your doggies. All the crocheted work you do is so lovely and I'm thinking of you every time I look at Cheetah sitting on the fire place. Glad you had a good night. Looking forward to see some photos.
    Have a nice day everyone. Big hugs for you all and extras for our missing friends. Hope to hear from you soon, Maria xxx

  3. Afternoon/morning Everyone
    SONIA What a beautiful card. Soooo cute
    KAREN-as usual your creations are just perfect and fit many occasions. Extra hugs and thoughts for you today.

    Well we had yet another power cut yesterday afternoon which again lasted hours. Sylvie popped in to see us and brought us up to speed with local gossip etc and the power cuts are a result of someone 'over the hill' cutting the wires!! Accidentally we think.
    We have pouring rain today but it's the first rain since last Sunday so no grumbles.

    Now I have sent a photo of our 'Friday' cakes to SANDRA so she may share them with you all.
    My cake had the title of 'EXOTIC' and really was gorgeous.
    It was made with a 'Caramel sponge base; on top of which a good layer of Passion Fruit Mousse;this wascovered with another layer of Caramel sponge. The fourth layer was Lemon and coconut Mousse. The final layer was a beautiful Lemon glaze with coconut and the finishing touch on one corner a Choc finger.

    Jim's cake for this week was -Vanilla and Raspberry slice. The base of which was a thin layer of sponge topped with a thick layer of Raspberry Jelly. the next layer was a beautiful light Cream mousse topped again with a thin layer of plain sponge. This was topped with Vanilla Cream.The finishing touch was Raspberry Glaze and a finger of Choc.

    From all that you can see why we only have 'cakes' once a week!

    Have a good week-end everyone.HUGS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO YOU ALL.TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE.xxxx

    Extra hugs xxxx

  5. Hello All, thank goodness the rain has stopped for a few hours, although there is more on the way.

    It’s taken me all morning to get all of my ironing done, have back ache now.

    R back home again tonight, so I better have a quick tidy up.

    Great magazine review Sandra, very in depth, it looks good, but I haven’t used any of last one so I’ll give it a miss.

    Karen you’re Little dogs are lovely, you are very clever with the crochet hook.

    I’ll hope you have a nice afternoon . Hugs to all, lilian

    1. Sorry Sonia , I forgot to say how much I loved your card, just perfect for the occasion.

  6. Hi everyone
    Thank you for sharing my card, and for all of your lovely comments. A big thank you again Karen for the die cuts 😘
    Wow, a fabulous magazine box with lots of lovely freebies, and your great review, thank you for sharing 😊 Glad you’ve finished your decluttering, it’s so lovely working on a clear workspace and being able to fine everything 😊
    Glad you had a good time last night Karen, looking forward to seeing the photos. Thinking of you today and sending hugs xx
    Maria, I hope you’re feeling better today xx
    Oh Janet, those cakes sound delicious, look forward to seeing the photos. You’re very good only having them once a week, I’d probably be there everyday 😂 xx
    Lilian, I hope you’ve been able to rest after all the ironing. Take it easy xx
    Enjoy the rest of the day everyone. Sending hugs to you all xxx

    1. Karen, sorry I forgot to say, I love the Dalmatians, they’re fabulous and look wonderful with your costume from last night (just seen the photos on messenger) 😊 xx

  7. Hello Sandra and ladies,
    Sandra what a fantastic magazine review, you certainly covered everything .
    Thank you for taking so much time to share so much information with us. xx

    Karen Love your Dalmatians, I’m sure they will be loved and cared for. Xx

    Sonia Love the card you made for the baby shower, it just perfect. xx

    Janet, the Friday cakes sound delicious, think we will all pop over next Friday and join you. xx

    I hope you are all having a good weekend. Sending love and hugs, Brenda xxx