Monday, 31 March 2014

Mother's Day Card


What a special day it is today! I have been so spoilt by my man! Thank you for making my day special, Dear! xxx
Today is the day we tell our mums how wonderful they are and how grateful we are to have them for our mums. My mum is the best one in the me anyway! I am lucky to have two! Well, the other is my partner's mum, but I love her as much. She's the sweetest person ever, intelligent, knowledgeable, generous and always kind hearted. She lives so far from us now we don't really get to see her so we had to send this card and something little to her. I hope she likes it.

It was made using the lilac Core'dinations cardstock. I cut it to size to outline my focal image (Hero Arts Hydrangea Stamp coloured with india ink & water) and tore the bottom corner on both. I embossed a strip of the same lilac cardstock with my border folder and attached it accross my white panel adhered to the purple base. I used a thin white satin ribbon and some flat back white pearls to give the card a little interest and stamped the greeting in black Stazon.

What do you think? Thank you for stopping and don't forget to send a sweet message to your Mummy! 

Best wishes and Happy Mothers Day to all of the wonderful Mums out there! 

Ingrid xxx

Friday, 28 March 2014

'Hello Spring' - art journal page


I have been so excited by the prospect of warmer weather and sunny days I strolled out in my top and a jumper and now I'm sick! It really underestimated the English weather and now I'm paying for it. Although I have seen a few teenagers on a sunny day out in vests and their way-too-short denim shorts... well, omitting the fact that they were not dressed appropriately according to their age and totally 'sexualised' the whole idea of popping out in such outfit below 20*C is on the border of imbecilic!

So anyway, I was so excited with the prospect of Spring the other day

Altered Mini Playing Card - week 13

Hi there!

My week 13 altered mini card is here! This one is inspired by faith. Everybody believes in something or someone. Fact! Whether you want to translate it for yourself as believing in God or just believing in someone or something that you want to happen. It is important that we have faith, hope and that little bit of something to pray for.

And this is how it was made...

After slapping a tiny bit of Gesso over the top I used my Big Brush Pens to create the colour wash and stamped with my dark orange Big Brush pen using the mesh stamp. I then collaged the pretty lady on top and used my black Artist Pen by Faber-Castell to doodle on to p of her and write my motto.

I really like the background so I didn't want to do anything else to it. These cards are so tiny there's not much you can squeeze in anyway :) On the other hand, I've started working on another art journal page in my large art journal by Dylusions and there is plenty of space to go wild so I'm looking forward to that!

If you already haven't joined the site or signed up for email updates then please do so you don't miss a thing. Thank you for popping in and have a fabulous day!

Best wishes,

Ingrid xxx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

'Hello Friend' card

Hello Friend!

We're half way through the week! London is back to its usual rainy self and I am sick as a dog again! I woke up with a worst cold or a flue or whatever it is and I am not having fun! There's nothing wrong with making a quick and easy card for a friend.

I simply embossed a piece of pink Core'dinations cardstock with a Darice embossing folder, sanded down the raised area and matted it onto a black cardstock and adhered to the white base tent fold card. I squeezed the paper doily in the middle to create the flower effect and adhered it to the card. This is when the fun bit comes... I die cut a scallop circle and ran it through my Xyron sticker machine and stuck a butterfly tissue paper on top. I saw the tissue paper at Tesco's a while back and used it on one of my journal pages. It is such a pretty paper, but it is hard to stick it onto a card without making crinkles unless that's what you are looking for. This is where the Xyron machine comes really handy. I'm rather pleased with myself for thinking of that and wanted to share the tip with you in case you ever want to use a tissue paper on your cards :) I also die cut the sentiment out of a black cardstock, adhered it and went over it with Glossy Accents. Simple and pretty card for when you want to say a quick hello to a friend.

I hope you like it. I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Craftitude - Anything Goes or Add a Brad/Eyelet
Crafty Girlz Challenges - Anything Goes
Eureka - No Square Cards

Thank you for visiting! All the best,

Ingrid xxx

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Altered Wooden Heart Hanging


I'm back with another mixed media project, this time a 3D object.
I bought 4 wooden hart hangings in a sale during my recent grocery shopping, each for 38p! Who wouldn't be tempted. I want to alter two of them for the girls' room, one for my mum and this one is for my crafts corner. I will share the other altered hearts in due course, but for now here's the one I intend to keep. I love grunge and I wanted this heart to have the contrast of dark and romantic. I therefore went with the dark and metalic colours in combination with beige, cream and light peach flowers. Here's how it was made...

Monday, 24 March 2014

Exciting times ahead!

Hi there!

Just a quick note to say... I'm sorry I haven't been in touch very much, I have been sooo busy in the last few days. I have been creating more than ever. I have something exciting coming up. I will reveal everything to you in due course. This is gonna be good, I'm so excited I can't even tell you! I will be in touch tomorrow with my new Altered Mini Playing Card and possibly some other creation, depending on how much time the babies allow :)

In the meantime, have a fabulous time whatever you are doing and wherever you are. Thank you and all the best,

Ingrid xxx

Thursday, 20 March 2014

'Deadly Beauty' - art journaling

Hey there!

Five posts in one day... what's happened, you might ask... :) I played with my new Dylusions kit and created a page spread that I'd like to share with you.

I don't know about anywhere else, but mushroom picking at the end of summer is big in the Czech Republic and the surrounding states. I know it's not the time yet, but I remembered the tradition and just had to paint them. If you ever do go mushroom picking be sure to know which ones are eatable. There are three categories... the ones that you can eat and are delicious, there are some that you could eat, but don't taste nice so we don't pick them and then there are the ones that are poisonous so we just admire their beauty. My mum says 'all mushrooms are eatable, but some only once' :) hehe... It's amazing how nature works sometimes, the most poisonous mushrooms are usually the ones that are the most beautiful so don't be tempted! This is what my page is about. Here's how it was made...

Monoprinting with Acrylic Block - card #4 (Wild Card)


I'm here with the card no 4, last but not least, made using the monoprinting with an acrylic block technique for the Take It Make It Challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine. I have explained everything about this challenge and about my cards HERE and about the other cards on my blog so have a browse.

Now this really is a 'wild card'! This one is the craziest out of all of them, but I quite like it! I usually don't like busy cards and this one certainly is, but there is something about it that made me go for it.

Again, I used the same technique, printing on a cardstock using the block as a platform for my acrylic paint and using my handmade stencils to pull some interesting prints. I used two cards to make one front panel. one is the actual front panel and the other was used to make the flower. You can find most of my bacgrounds that i have created for this project HERE.

Monoprinting with Acrylic Block - card #3 (Lilly)


I'm here with the card no 3 made using the monoprinting with an acrylic block technique for the Take It Make It Challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine. I have explained everything about this challenge and about my cards HERE and you will find the other two cards there too so have a read.

I absolutely love the effect the acrylics with the block created here! I started by applying my black acrylic paint on the block and took a print through a stencil designed by my new crafty friend Martina Huppertova (visit her website to download the design so you can cut out your own). Then I applied my silver acrylic paint to the block, took a print through my own 'stripes' stencil (7 Super Simple Handmade Stencils), but used a separate paper to pull it. The card front was made with what was left under my stripy stencil and I loved the look so this one was done! I let it dry.

Monoprinting with Acrylic Block - card #2 (together forever)


I'm here with the card no 2 made using the monoprinting with an acrylic block technique for the Take It Make It Challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine. I have explained everything about this challenge and about my cards HERE so have a read.

My second card is made with acrylic paints. The background is a bit of a happy accident as it started being light green, then had some stenciled design on it and I was about to chuck it when I went over my acrylic block with a black paint and took a print. I liked the leathery texture and I decided to work with it. I added another print of a red paint and it looked great. Dark and gorgeous. I took my silver acrylic paint and went over the edges using my finger to finish it off.

The heart was made the same way, just using other colours, mainly red and black. Then I simply used my fingers to tear the heart shapes, squashed it, glued them together on the card front, stapled over them in three places, stamped my sentiment on a separate piece of cardstock and cut it out. It needed to go with the whole look so used my Stazon and some paint to go over the edges. I wanted to keep this quite simple as it has a plenty of texture already. I love how this card turned out. It is a perfect masculine card, I love grunge!!

What do you think?

Thank you for visiting! Two more cards to go so don't forget to check them out!

Ingrid xxx

Monoprinting with acrylic block - card #1 (Butterflies)

Good morning!

I have been busy the last couple of days preparing for the Take It Make It Challenge for the Craft Stamper Magazine. I would love to win so as you can imagine I have put a real bit of effort into making my prints with the help of the acrylic block. I love making artsy cards and I had so much fun making these cards! If you haven't tried this technique you should definitely give it a go. 

I've made these cards exclusively for this challenge and will not be entering them anywhere else. The rules say 'multiple entries are fine' as long as you follow the theme. One thing that you might learn about me is that I am painfully indecisive and I've made so made so many gorgeous background (click here to see all the backgrounds) and now some cards I simply can't decide which one to enter. So I thought, what the heck, I'll enter them all! Well, I have four and I will tell you a little bit about each one of them in a separate post just to make it more special ;)

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Altered Mini Playing Card -week 12

Good morning and Happy Hump Day, lovely people!

I'm here with the 12th altered mini playing card today. My partner took the laptop to a super-important meeting today so I'm having to post from my iPod. More importantly, today's post and the mini card are inspired by nature and it is more about the idea behind the design that the image itself. 

Spring is nearly here everything is blooming and looking gorgeous and green. Just this morning, we saw a fluffy squirrel in our garden trying very hard to pull something out of the grass. She pulled so hard she tumbled backwards, it was so funny to watch her fight for her breakfast :) It is only my assumption that it was a 'she' btw.. 

From every tree or a plant to the tiniest bee, they all play an important part for our environment and are responsible for our wellbeing ad well as our existence. We depend on them. Without trees there would be no oxygen and without bees there would be no trees and plants. The entire fauna and flora are here and serve a purpose and it is the natural cycle that needs to remain so that we do. Which brings me to the point. We all, the human kind, supposedly the most intelligent on the planet, have a responsibility to all those creatures and our flora.

I, whether from the personal or the crafter's point of you

Monday, 17 March 2014

Sneak preview of my next project...

Hello there!

Yesterday I got my fingers all inky, today it was an acrylic paint. I am preparing for a project and have been creating backgrounds using the monoprinting technique with an acrylic block, as per the challenge rules. I have had so much fun! It's easy to get carried away when monoprinting due to the fantastic effects that you can get using this method. I have made so many backgrounds I'm going to have a real trouble selecting my favourites. I have already started working on the cards etc, but I won't show you those just yet. In the meantime check out the backgrounds:

I used my Big Brush pens (india ink) scribbling it on the acrylic block & spritzing with water, my handmade stencils... 

Here I used the same method, Big Brush pens with water, Jumbo Stampendous butterflies & smaller rectangular acrylic block & the large block

This is what I've made today...used acrylic paint, my stencils & 2 flower stencils designed by Martina Huppertova, my new crafty friend, thank you, Martina! They are gorgeous! (Martina's website)

Again, acrylic paint, stencils, brayer, acrylic block...the pic on the left is an A4 cardstock that I used to clean my brayer and my stencils... This will become my art journal masterpiece, I think ;)

These are just papers that I created at the end with any leftover paint, same method, just regular paper. They will be great for making some card embellishments like flowers...
What do you think? This is such a fun technique. I can't wait to make the cards out of these backgrounds...

I had one more set of 4 pics that I made with inks, but 'the computer says no' and I can't seem to upload them into the pic editor to add my signature. Annoying! I hate when things don't work...

I will be back soon with the cards! Goodbye for now and all the best,

Ingrid xxx

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Altered Mini Playing card - week 11


I hope you have had a great weekend.

I'm here with another one of my teeny tiny altered cards! Week 11! Time flies... talking about that, where did the time go today? I am a dash late with this post, but better late than never ;)

Greg took Isabella to the park today so I had some time to play. I made some pretty backgrounds for cards using a monoprinting technique with an acrylic block. I didn't used any paint, I will be doing that tomorrow, I used my Big Brush pens which contain the gorgeous india ink and the results are stunning. I will upload some photos tomorrow so keep an eye out! I'm working on something and will be using some of them and some painty ones to make cards with for a special magazine challenge. I'm very excited about this one ;)

Thank you for stopping by! All the best,

Ingrid xxx

Friday, 14 March 2014

Art Journal Page #2

Hello and happy Friday!

The weekend's here!!! Today was filled with fun and excitement. Isabella got to spray all my flowers and plants in the garden and get messy, Chloe' got her first go in a jumperoo and went nuts in funny! I got a chance to get my fingers inky and played with my small art journal.

This page is all about a friendship... it says "A friend is someone you can do nothing with and enjoy it."

I had to gesso the page as it had some print on it and it wasn't the look I was going for... I also inbedded some netting that came with our delicious oranges :) into the gessoed pages to create some texture. I just looove texture and can't get enough of it! Then

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

DOUBLE Window ROUND Shaker Card!

Hello again!

As promised in my last post (Magic Birthday Card) I have one more card to show you! This card is sooo much fun! Spring is in the air and this card just makes me feel just like that! Not only that this is a shaker card, but it is a double window round shaker card! I don't know if you remember my Valentine's Double Window Shaker Card (click here to see the post) where I came up with the idea of making a shaker card in a way that you can see all the way through the window to the inside of the card. It appears that there aren't any other cards made in such way and, if there are, I can't seem to find any. Well, I decided to take it to another level and make a round double window card just to see, if it was possible, and here it is!
What do you think? Do you fancy making your own? Well, here's how to:

Magic Birthday Card


I am a little bit late with my cards because I spent yesterday carrying the baby around! We are teething!! Not to worry though, Daddy saved the day and brought home some Chamomilla teething sachets.

I have made a card for a gorgeous little lady who happens to be Greg's niece. Believe it or not, we are a little late with sending it too so I wanted to make her an extra special one. It is a ''Magic' card! Oooh... some of you may wonder what it is, some of you probably know how it's made and what it does...

Monday, 10 March 2014

My first 'Dylusional' attempt...

Hi there!

~Just a quick post... I have received my Dylusions sprays this weekend and I have just had a moment to test them out! I made a quick background and intend to play with it more later on. I got to try out the handmade stencils that we talked about the other day (7 Super Simple Handmade Stencils) and my fingers are all inky, yay!

May I say, the lovely Dyan Reaveley makes it all look so easy, but there is a knack to it and I defo need some more practice. Also, this background was created on a 300gsm cardstock, but it's not a watercolour paper. It didn't curl too much, but to some degree. I wanted to test this one out as I have a lot of it and use it for making cards. It's not too bad, but I will have to try the watercolour paper next time in order to tell what's best. My guess is the latter.

I used the Funky Fuchsia, Calypso Teal and After Midnight sprays for this background, layered, tested the 'ghoasting' technique and layered some more. In the end I doodled with my white Posca pen and outlined some of the designs. It was so much fun I can't wait to try some more things. The colours are sooo gorgeous and vibrant! Love, love, loooove....!

I will be making a card using the emboss resist technique with the sprays so sign up, if you haven't done so already, so you don't miss a thing! Exciting times!

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by,

Ingrid xxx

Same embossing folder, two artsy cards!

Hello, lovely people!

I've made a couple of cards that I'd like to share with you... They are both made with the same Cuttlebug folder (Friends Forever), achieving a similar look, but made using different supplies and methods, one porous surface, one non-porous... you decide which method you prefer! 

The top panel of the 'It's Your Day' card was embossed with the folder, painted with Gesso, then coloured with the combo of water, Walnut Stain ink & blue Versacolour ink and in the end sanded down on top to accentuate the embossing. I distressed the edges of the panel with my scissors, matted on top of a light blue cardstock, added a light blue lace & distressed the edges of this panel too. I adhered it to a standard 8.5" x 5.5" tent fold white cardstock base. In the end I die cut the sentiment with the Cuttlebug die, adhered it & applied Glossy Accents.

The second card was made with a cream cardstock. I know, unusual colour right now, but I thought I'd try it. I embossed the panel with the same folder and applied the combination of browns, reds india inks and a spritz of water on my craft sheet. This created the gorgeous watercolour look. I went over the embossing with my brown Big Brush Pen by Faber-Castell and distressed the edges with my scissors. I have this gorgeous wide peach coloured lace and thought it matched the look of the focal image and decided to wrap the card in it. Then used some off-cuts to create the banners with a natural twine and a bronze coloured flower brad to finish it off. The 'Congratulations' sentiment was stamped with Walnut stain Distress Ink and sprayed with water and let it to bleed. Unusual I thought, but why not! 

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

All the best, 

Ingrid xxx 

p.s.: Provo Crafts or any other brands mentioned in this post (or any other) are not paying me to showcase their products. I'm just having fun! 

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Altered Mini Playing Cards - week 10


I hope you are enjoying the weekend?

It's the end of the week 10 and time to share another mini playing card that I have taken the liberty to alter.

This one has a beautifully textured Gesso base (I created waves in it with my palette knife) with a turquoise and a light blue coating of an india ink with the help of my Big Brush Pens by Faber-Castell and sanded the heck out of the surface. I added some stamping with Stazon and swirls, doodled with my black artist pen by Faber-Castell and stenciled a tiny butterfly. Of course, this was asking for some sparkle so I decided to add a light blue rhinestone and a bit of Glossy Accents to the butterfly. Ta dah!

I hope you like this one! Please feel free to share your thoughts! I'd love to hear from you, all the best,

Ingrid xxx

Friday, 7 March 2014

'Rock this Journal' - the beginning of my new art journal


The weekend is nearly here! The weather is gorgeous and heart warming! What's not to love...Yay!

On top of all of that I have a new journal to play with. I didn't buy any, I decided to re-purpose my wedding planning notebook as I don't see myself getting married anytime soon and if I do need one I'll use my app! Don't you just love the advances of 21st century? Well, some... :)

Thursday, 6 March 2014

7 Super Simple Homemade Stencils

Hey there!

Did you miss me? I have been busy making my own stencils for my art journaling and cardmaking. My pointy finger hurts so much I think I will need a surgery :) This happens when you are impatient and crazy like me and make them all at once, which you don't have to, of course. You can make one each day so you will have 7 at the end of the week, use them as you like and when you get bored you can make another one or just make a's up to you. I'm going to tell you how I made each one of them so you can do the same, should you choose to.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Draw me pretty... another Doll Face

Good morning!

Another gorgeous day! Yay! I think we may have skipped winter, what do you think? I don't think we will have any snow :( Let's hope it was cold enough so we don't have too many creepy crawlies this summer... otherwise I'm moving...!

One pencil, an eraser and a paper and a few moments yesterday afternoon and I drew myself a pretty Doll Face. If you wonder who she is then the answer to that is simple... she's a fraction of my imagination. :)

I've always liked to draw faces, since I was a little girl really. I also loved horses. I would read about them a lot and used to draw them too. Maybe that's what I'll draw next, I don't know. I create on impulse, I don't tend to plan too much. I get an idea in my head and I go with it.

I hope you like my new doll. I hope you have a great day or night, wherever you are!

Thank you for stopping by, all the best,

Ingrid xxx

Monday, 3 March 2014

'Hello Friend' ...this is for you Mynn! :)

 Good morning, lovely people!

I've been inspired by a sketch I have seen on On A Stampage blog for a challenge on 52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown and just had to make a card! The moment I saw it a design popped into my head and I just had to go with it. I don't know about you, but Christmas is a special time for me so I leave the fun of Christmas card making for then. I therefore made mine into a 'Hello' card following the sketch.

I wanted to play and experiment a bit. This is what I did...