Friday, 2 December 2016

GD for That's Crafty!

Hi there!

I hope you are all well and are enjoying the preparations for the Holiday madness! I certainly am! :)

I am honoured to have been asked to guest design for That's Crafty in December and so you will hear from me every Thursday this month. 

Today, I'm sharing my experimental play with alcohol inks and a few fun techniques. Here's a sneak peek... 


There's more on the blog so hop over to That's Crafty!  g for more info and photos. I hope you enjoy the post. 

Best wishes, 

Ingrid xxx

Monday, 14 November 2016

Collaboration with Magdalena Kusy

Hi there!

I recently ran a giveaway on the Mixed Media World blog and Magdalena was the lucky lady who won the goodies.

 I happen to have exactly the same supplies that she won and so I thought it would be fun to see how we both use it. 

I used these supplies to decorate my brown card A4 envelope for the current challenge 'Mail Art' that just started at the Mixed Media World blog. Take a peek and join HERE

Here are a few pics of my make. I hope you like it.

All the best, 

Ingrid x

Friday, 5 August 2016

Mixing Colours for Paperartsy

Hey Lovelies!

I know you haven't heard from me for a while and there is a reason behind it. We all need to take a bit of time to get things right sometimes and need to step back a bit. I will talk about it all another time. Today is a happy day and I'd like to share it with you!

I have a special post for you over at the PaperArtsy blog where I talk about colour mixing and show you a few simple steps to creating an abstract piece of art using just 5 Fresco Finish Chalk Paints

Hop over, check it out and let me know your thoughts ;) 

Big hugs to you all! 

Ingrid xxx 

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Peek into the past...

Hello there!

Thank you for stopping by!

I thought I'd share my newest work with you today. I get so little time to create for myself nowadays so when I do I tend to create art. Something worthy, shall I say.

This time I was experimenting with 3D stones and balls and some 3D Flex by Powertex. The paste was a leftover from another project and I hate wasting supplies. I simply took a canvas and created a circles in the middle using my spatula and let it dry.

I picked it up the other day and I had a real urge to create something full of texture and colour yumminess, but nothing too bright. Nothing new then... :) So I came up with this..

Once the stones and sand were adhered using a bit of light modelling paste the entire canvas was covered in a black gesso. Then I played with the DecoArt fluid acrylics - Interference Gold, Turquoise, Purple and Magenta. 

It was pretty but not what I was looking for. It needed more work... It needed more depth and colour variation and toning down. So I used more black gesso, Decoart paints like Dioxazine Purple, Transparent Red Iron Oxide and even a dash of Glamour Dust paint in Black Ice. It's almost transparent so not completely black, I'd say grey with sparkle so it was great for shading. Toned down with black gesso again, added, removed, added, removed... you get the idea... until I was happy with it. 

It was screaming for some rust. I used Oxido primer and activator to add some rust to my stones and it also added that natural colour of decay... love it! I also used it on the dry wall tape to create my rusty mesh. The little rag is a piece of linen which was dyed using Distress Inks like Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo and edges brushed onto Walnut Stain ink pad. The brads were also rusted. 

In the end I added a tiny bit of Silks in purple (or as they call it Snap Dragon) and ginger (Spiced Pumpkin). 



The baby in the photo is actually my Mum! She is held by her neighbour friend... this photo is an original and is over 50 years old. It was hidden in the drawer with some others and I thought it should be displayed instead. I love creating contrast in any way. Here I incorporated the vintage and decay into a modern way of creating art. I think it works rather well. 

The key hole cover is a real deal and was found at the Totnes Market when visiting. I found heaps of treasures like this one there and more items are waiting to be used. 

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or via our new Facebook Group ***Mixed Media World***. I hope to see you there! 

All the best, 

Ingrid xxx

Friday, 25 March 2016

Paperartsy meets Powertex... Guest Designer post for Paperartsy

Hi there and Happy Easter to you all!

I hope you are all well. I'm over at Paperartsy blog today with my latest piece of mixed media art using the wonderful Paperartsy and Powertex products. 

I created an abstract minimalist art using Fresco Chalk Paints, Grunge Paste and a few Powertex products. There is a full tutorial on Paperartsy blog so hop over to check it out!

I hope you like it! Feel free to share your thoughts. 

Big thank you for Leandra and Darcy for letting me share this with you! 


Ingrid xx

Sunday, 13 March 2016

MMW#12 starting today - Vintage!!!

Hi there! 

Thank you for stopping by! What a beautifully sunny day we have today. I will be off for a little walk in the gorgeous country side, but before I dash off, I'd like to let you know that there is a new challenge starting today at the Mixed Media World challenge blog! 

I really hope you can visit to see the amazing inspiration my teamies produced for Lena's challenge! You will be left in awe as I was when I saw the images... from me, you will get a little vintage card. This card was made using little scraps, some lace, rusty and embossed bits and bobs as well as the gorgeous Paintables by Prima coloured by the yummy Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens by Crafter's Companion... 

As you can see I couldn't resist a little opulence and added gold flakes by Cosmic Shimmer here and there. I really enjoyed making this card. I hope you like it and an give something old another life or create something vintage looking for our challenge! 

Have a great day! Hugs, 

Ingrid xx

We love to create - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
Simon Says Wed Challenge Blog - A bit o' green

Monday, 15 February 2016

New challenge, love and more...

Hi there!

How long has it been since I last blogged? Shame, shame on me! :) no seriously, sorry, I have been away for so long. I had a life to live, a house to sell and move, maintenance issues to deal with, endless DIY and so on... If I never see a screwdriver it will be too soon!! 

I am still not moved in properly, but we are getting there. I resulted in paying a contractor to put all my flat packed furniture together, because it was becoming ridiculously impossible to live out of bags filled with clothes whilst trying to go to work every day. At first I thought I'd soldier on and put one or two pieces of furniture together each weekend, but at that speed I'd have a fully furnished house by next Christmas! :/ 

Hopefully, I will have more time to play and blog from now on. Let's start with a new challenge at the Mixed Media Challenge blog and my little inspiration for you all. Well, especially for those who love a lot of texture, rust and generally worn looking items... 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

MMW#10: Inspirational Image & surprise for you!

Hello there! 

Thank you for stopping by! I'm sorry I haven't posted for a while. I'm about to move and as you can imagine I'm trying to finish at work, work at home, pack stuff and still be a mum. It's been a bit of a crazy period for me and I am very much looking forward to Christmas! Talking about Christmas, I have a little surprise for you over at the Mixed Media Challenge blog.

You will also find plenty of crafty goodness within the post there from my lovely Design Team ladies, from our new DT member Lena as well as links to our favourite artists from the last challenge! 

Our new challenge is sponsored by the Old Design Shop and you can win 3 images of you choice from Julie's wonderful Etsy store. On top of this, I will personally gift 3 vouchers, £10 each to 3 lucky winners, to my chosen craft store! Please read the post carefully first! Thank you! Here comes a little bit about our new challenge....

Sunday, 15 November 2015

GD for 12 Christmas Tags with Loll and Friends

Hi there!

Thank you for stopping by! As the title suggests, I have the pleasure of sharing a little Christmas tag with you as one of the invited designers for Loll's annual event Twelve Christmas Tags with Loll & Friends. 

GD for Twelve Tags of Christmas

I got very excited when I received the invite from Loll again this year. Last year I created a little winter wonderland on my tag and this time I thought I'd do something a bit more rustic looking. 

I started with collaging some real music (my other half is a musician and was about to throw it away! Sinner! I salvaged it :)) I added a doily onto my tag. white gesso and a dash of white Crackle Paste went over it, when dry I blasted it lightly with my heat gun which lifted the corners of the doily revealing the music sheet underneath it! What a lovely surprise I thought! I love happy accidents! :)

I distressed & sponged the edges and stamped using the Archival Potting Soil ink. The branch stamp is from the gorgeous Christmas stamp set by Clear Impressions. I added the gorgeous Shabby White frantage by Stampendous randomly around the edges to add interest to my background.

The flower is my own design, I simply drew a few petals of different sizes and irregular petals on some thicker vellum, dyed it using the Festive Berries, Barn Door, Peeled Paint for the greener leaves & let it dry. Once dried, I scrunched them up a bit on the tips, added Walnut Stain to the 'hills' and edges, covered in Clear Rock Candy crackle paint by Tim Holtz, glued together with some tacky glue & added the Gold Stickles by Ranger Ink to the centre of the flower. A few stamens & a string were added to add layers.

A little tip for you... if you want your string to be nice and stiff looking rather than floppy just add a little bit of the fabric stiffener by DecoArt & leave it to dry. I simply run my fingers over it with the stiffener and hand it high up to dry straight. Once dry, I lightly roll it up & store for when it's needed. You could dye your string in any colour and then use the stiffener, if you want it to coordinate with your project. I was happy to keep it white for now. Btw, when I say string, this is actually a thin crochet yarn. You can use the stiffener on any textile really. The rusted wire simply had to be added using a mini stapler. Love this stuff! I also added a little word sticker by Tim Holtz. I went over the sticker and the whole tag with the white Ink Edger by Prima.

Maybe one more tip.... the white flourishes on each side of the flower were also handmade using an air-drying clay & a silicon mould. If you dust you silicone mould with a little bit of corn starch, press your clay in, let it dry & remove. Paint with white gesso and sponge over raised areas using Potting Soil ink (or whatever you want). Lightly sand down any rough edges too.

I heat embossed my eyelet using the Vintage Photo EP by Tim Holt giving it the rusted look before applying it to my tag. The ribbon/seam was dyed using a combination of Peeled Paint & Evergreen Bough stains. Oh, and a dash of Crushed Olive, all by Tim Holtz. I hope I haven't forgotten anything. If you have any questions then leave a comment below... here's the finished tag...

I hope you like it! I had a great fun working on it.

I hope you can join Loll's challenge. You could win a voucher from STAMPlorations or Happy Little Stamper or even a wonderful stamp set designed by Deepti! Hop over to Loll's blog for more details!

Thank you for stopping by!

Ingrid xxx


Love to Create - Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog - Texture
Stamping Sensations - Festive Flowers & Foliage
That's Crafty!  - Tag You're It!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

MMW#9: Anything Goes & my Xmas Tag

Hi there!

I am back with a little Christmas tag made for our new challenge at the Mixed Media World. It's 'Anything Goes' this time round so I hope you can all relax and get creative. 

I have been working on a few things lately. I have altered a couple of things, I have been playing with my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours by Kuretake. They are gorgeous! I haven't done any journaling for a while and I'm starting to have an itch. Have you got a new favourite craft toy or something you just fell in love with? I'm already compiling my Christmas list (nope, never too old to have a Christmas list, I like to be organised :).... and get what I want, heheheee...socks and pants are banned in our household!) and I think the new Mini Gelli Plates will be most definitely on it! Have you tried them yet? What are your thoughts? 

I also worked on a couple of commissions for one of my favourite magazines! That was fun, but it took some time to complete. It gets so dark very quickly here in the UK and if I'm super unlucky it rains as it is then dark all day!
Anyway, back to the challenge... 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Altered box

Hi there!

I have been a little absent from blogging, because I had to put all my energy into the sale of my house. That's done now so before I move and have my life turned upside down again you will hopefully see more of my creations :)

I once bought a little wooden sewing box for few pence and it's been pushed into the corners of my craft space. It was looking very boring and in a need of a makeover....

Sunday, 11 October 2015

MMW#8: Anything Goes on Wood

Hi there, lovelies!

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday! I had a busy one so far. Posting at Mixed Media World this morning was not an easy task. I recently got a new laptop... well, as swanky and nice as it is I am still finding my way around it and the Windows 10. I was like a mad scientist this morning using two laptops as I had things in two places and some functions were not working out on the new laptop. But I got there in the end!

There is a brand new challenge starting at the Mixed Media World challenge blog and a good one too! Mo is asking us to create Anything on Wood! How fun is that! So hop over to see what my teamies created to inspire you for this challenge and join in! It is sponsored by...

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

ATC Swap Party @ MMW

Hi there! 

Just a quick hola at ya to say there is a super-fun ATC Swap Party starting at the Mixed Media World challenge blog!!! 

Hop over to read more about it - 

Riikka and I can't wait to see your cards! 

Happy swapping! 


Ingrid xxx 

Sunday, 13 September 2015

MMW#7: Autumnal Colours + Decoart + 1st Youtube video!

Hi there!

It's been so long since I wrote a blog post here! I'm so glad you have not deserted me! :) I apologise for the absence, I have many important things going on in my life right now and working tirelessly toward the end goal! I can promise one thing and that is ... once I have reached my end goal you will be seeing more of my art and other crafty makes and I will be sharing more than that with you! So please bare with me :)

Today, there is a new challenge starting at our Mixed Media World blog. Laine would like you to create anything mixed media as long as you use colours of autumn. How nice and simple is that?! You don't need to create anything autumnal, just use the colours that the beautiful season brings along.

I love the browns, greens, reds, oranges and yellows of trees.. the darks and the grungy colours of damp leaves and soil... I decided to go grungy all the way and added some rusty looking areas for good measure,, ha!

Apart from the black gesso, all paints and media used here are by Decoart. I actually videoed my process so that I can learn how to put together a youtube video. If this works out I will create some video tutorials for you. I will try to work on it so I can share it with you soon! ***edited: I have just posted a quick video with a new fun technique using a foil and embossing folder... a faux distressed letterpress technique'... I will post more soon! :) Enjoy! 

Now back to the painty background I played with,...

It was a great fun! I used my brayer and my palette knife to create the background. This is not my usual way of creating textures or my usual process of creating. I love texture (more the better as far as I'm concerned), but this time I tried something different, experimented and decided to create interesting areas, played with paints and stenciling using Andy Skinner's stencils (also Decoart range) & his background texture stamps (stampendous). I really enjoyed it and already look forward to exploring this way of creating more. I have to practice more, but this is a start, right? :)

You're probably asking what the heck it is... well, I am currently in love with the gorgeously rusty images I've saved on my Pinterest board called 'Rusty Gorgeousness' and was inspired to create something similar... :)

Anyway, I hope you can join the challenge and hop over to Mixed Media World to see what my teamies were up to.. you will be amazed!!

Don't forget, there is a prize for the winner too! £15 online discount if you shop with Glitzcraft! Give it a go! ;)

Thank you for stopping by! Hugs,

Ingrid xxx

Love to Create - Anyting Mixed Media Goes
Try It on Tuesday - Try Something New (a new way of creating for me)

Sunday, 16 August 2015

MMW#6 challenge, page #5 & Gelli Plate tape

Hi there!

You're probably wondering why the heck I'm posting about the new challenge at Mixed Media World so late! I'll tell you why... I've posted over at Mixed Media World about the most wonderful artist Sandra Duran Wilson for our star designer series so I thought I'd tie these two posts up! Also, if anyone knows how to clone people give me a shout!

I want to show you my recent Gelli Plate experiments, tell you about our new challenge and of course show you  what I did next in my File Journal and share a few tips and tricks as I go along...

I love YouTube. There is so much inspiration and information on the channels I'm subscribed to! I usually watch these short videos on my iphone when getting the little one to sleep (muted). The other day I came across a few videos on how to make a fun tape using a Gelli Plate. You can check it out HERE.

I decided to try it and want to share a few things with you.. one of which is ... don't worry if you don't have a Gelli Plate, you can still make some fun tapes for yourself and I will tell you how. It's so simple and a little silly too, but it's fun and the results are great!

Firstly, let me show you a few tapes where I used the Gelli Plate using the technique shown in the video...ok, I added my own little twist. Start by pulling a piece of text of a newspaper using your clear tap, rub the back of the paper using a bit of water & let it dry. The tape will become sticky again once dry so you can carry out the next step, as per the Gelli Art video I mentioned above.

And now, check these out....

Wonder how they were made? I will tell you, but don't laugh! :) I will tell you how it all started... I was making some fun painty brayered backgrounds putting paint down on my non stick sheet, brayering, layers naturally drying in between... I was lazy and didn't clean the sheet. I got it out when making my Gelli Plate tapes and thought I needed to clean the sheet before using it again. It was then when the idea popped into my head... I made a few criss-cross scratches with finger in the messy sheet, go the tape out and started pulling the paint off using my clear tape! Ta-daaah! I added some mica powders to all my tapes, to get rid of the stickiness and job done!

I had another dirty sheet (what can I say, I'm a messy artist, I don't like to clean my sheet, I let it dry & then scrape the paint with a palette knife. In fact it is less messy that way than trying to wipe off a wet paint with my wipes or whatever else and make more almighty mess!:))

You're probably thinking I'm a little mad and not entirely sure what to do with these! Well, I have two clean sheets and heaps of fun tapes to play with! Keep reading, you'll see it in action...

I worked on another page of my File Journal. Before I show you the pages, I'd like to give a shout out to Ellie Knol and say... yes, it does close! :)
Well, for now anyway... I made the spine quite loose, but I am loving all of the texture that goes in and decided to continue the journal that way! I want to make it thick and huuuge! I bought some giant binder rings and will use my eyelets to keep the pages together. I'll show you again after the makeover..

And here are the pages with some close ups for you...

  Here's a pic with one of the transfers in the corner..

This is again where I used the tape made with the paint residue on my non-stick craft sheet. The only thing you need to do is to apply a bit of a clear drying glue like Mod Podge wherever you want it, put the painty side of the tape over the glue to stick it down, let it dry & then simply peel the clear tape off! It's a transfer! Now I have many of these tapes I can use them to add interest to any arty project. So next time you start wiping off that gorgeous leftover paint and ink or even gesso off your craft sheet, think again! ;) heheee....

 Here's a pic with one of the transfers in the corner..

I hope you like the page and I hope you enjoyed today's post. I also very much hope you can join my challenge over at Mixed Media World and create your very own Gorgeous Textures! You could win 3 pics of your choice from The Old Vintage Shop and be our next Guest Designer for our next challenge!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I do appreciate every single one of them and will look forward to reading them.

Big hugs to my new blog buddies, all my lovely friend, the old and the new ones!

Ingrid xxx


Challenges entered:
Mixed Media Place - Gym Exercise #10: One Important Word
We love 2 Create - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Try It On Tuesday - Use stencils