Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Mixed Media Card for my crafty friend...

Hi Lovelies!

Happy hump day! I hope you are all well?
I got soooo annoyed this morning with an ebay seller who sold me something for £4, sent me a faulty item (totally useless). I sent over some photos to prove it, but he/she offered a refund of £1.50 and no replacement! He or she were clearly passing love notes instead of listening to their maths teacher. I don't know about them, but in my world if I order something I expect it. If I don't get it I want my money back, not a third, not a half, ALL of it!! I got my refund, don't worry :) A matter of principle.. And then my printer stopped working again so couldn't print out my digi... I got myself so hot and into such a flap this morning I needed to do something fun and crafty to snap out of it.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Freedom of Creativity

Hey Lovelies!

Hope you have had a good start of the week?
I haven't done any art journaling for some time so had a real craving to do so. I have quite a few photos to show you so I'm going to try to keep the 'talking' to minimum (ouch!:) and get right to the subject.

The Mixed Media Place has a new challenge - Summer Music, Volume 1: 'Freedom' - and Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog challenge is 'J is for...' in my case 'journaling' and my artwork was created with these two challenges in mind although there's a message behind my page spread (in my opinion, a whole point of journaling...).

Monday, 28 July 2014

CAS card with DIY airbrush

Good morning!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend to the full!

I think both, you and and I, need a little bit of something clean and simple to get over the shock of my Fantasy Woodland Flowers, the heavy textured mixed media artwork. I decided to make a clean and simple card using an airbrushing technique. Well, the problem is I don't have an airbrushing tool. The good thing is that you folks are so crafty and smart that you come up with extraordinary solutions when you want to get something done. I admire that and am indifferent myself. This time it wasn't my crafty idea...

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Fantasy Woodland Flowers


Welcome to my new blog buddies! Thank you for joining me here! I shall be in touch with you all soon!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend? It's nice and sunny here in London again! I went shopping pushing the pram this morning... it nearly killed me! :) But here I am with a new post. This time I have something rather fantastical (I don't mean fantastic, I'll let you be the judge of that :)). It all started watching the lovely Virginia Lu's video on reusing household items for crafting... it just reminded me I had some papers sprayed with Dylusions and that I ought to do something with them. I also hopped over to the oh-so talented Astrid McLean's gorgeous blog and she makes the most wonderful flowers so I thought I'd make some flowers with my leftover bits! See, this is how my mind works... I get inspired here and there, from all of you, and then go off and create. So, thank you for that!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Craft Stamper Magazine - Top 3!!


Just a quick note to say thank you to the lovely Craft Stamper Magazine Design Team for selecting my card in Top 3 this month! It means a lot and I shall display my badge with pride!

What a fabulous news indeed! Thank you! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Ingrid xxx

Crafty Catz Challenge - Anything Goes & my Altered Sewing Box

I hope you are all doing well?

Firstly, warm welcome to my new oh-so talented followers! I'm so happy that you joined me! I hope you will enjoy my future posts, feel free to have a browse around in the meantime! I'll certainly be visiting your lovely blogs as they are full of amazing creations! Also, big to my blog buddies, you inspire me and make me smile every day, thank you!

It's Friday and time for a new challenge over at Crafty Catz! Our lovely Carol has chosen 'Anything Goes' theme for this week and we are so lucky to have not one, but three sponsors for this week:

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Moroccan Dreams


How are you all doing? What a glorious weather we had today! So hot! Just lovely...!

I fancied making something equally hot looking so I decided to have a rummage through my stash and pulled out a few of my tie dye backgrounds. If you are a newbie and have no idea what 'my tie dye' technique is then hop over here, have a browse and a good read. You might like to try the technique ;)
Anyway, so I chose a nice pink, yellow and orange mixed background made with Dylusions, nice and bright colours, dry embossed it using the 'Moroccan Night' embossing folder and sponged the raised areas and all edges using the Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. I cut a strip of a similar pink-ish paper from another background and created my banner & stamped my sentiment (Avery Elle, Petals & Stems set), I also added the pretty golden string with beads and adhered the front panel to my pink base.

Picture Perfect... card ;)


I'm back with a card I made last night. I say last night, because it took me all day to figure out how I wanted to look. It literally gave me a headache. I felt like my creative soul has gone on vacation! I hope it gets back soon!!! The thing is, I wanted to follow the STAMPlorations Blog Challenge #16:

It's simple, right? Well, that's the problem... simpler the sketch, more you have to think to come up with something catchy and fancy. Or maybe it's just me... I mean, my father always used to tell me sarcastically 'why to do it the easy way when you can do it the hard way!'... For example, when I was a kid I used to love maths, but I would get to the result the harder way, hence the thought that maybe I tend to over-think things. Aaaaanyway...

After wrecking my brains I decided to grab a few supplies and get cracking in a hope that it would just 'come to me'. Well, it did and this is what I came up with...

Monday, 21 July 2014

Underwater world - mixed media tag


I hope you all enjoyed the weekend? We certainly did! It was my partner's birthday so we had a birthday bash for two, well, four, if I count the little ones :) We wanted to spend some time together and as it was going to be rainy we decided to make some pizzas and bits and bobs on Saturday and Tapas and Paella on Sunday.  Well, Greg wanted to cook it all so I let him have fun! It was so delicious! There was no crafting over the weekend though as my kitchen was as if bombs hit it (one of the reasons I don't let Greg in the kitchen too often...) so first thing I did this morning was to pull out a few supplies and got cracking... aah, I have satisfied my urge now, but might play a bit more later on ;)
I have been seeing creations with a sea, holidays and summery themes around the craft blog world and have been craving to create something like that myself. I have a small bag of gorgeous little shells that I found on the beach on our holiday in Long Island, Bahamas, and now they came handy indeed! I wanted to make a tag that would resemble the magic of the underwater world in earth colours and tones. I love nature and this tag was something I really enjoyed making.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Tag You're It! Challenge #2

Hi there!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend?

I made a CAS tag for the challenge #2 over at Tag You're It! and would like to share it with you.

I crated the same coloured background by sponging the Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberries & Barn Door Distress Inks onto my mini tag. I took the Crafters Workshop 'Landscape' stencil and stenciled in the buildings background using the Barn Door. Then using the detailed half of the stencil I added some VersaMark ink and embossed it using my white Wow! embossing powder. The buildings have squares on them which is my translation of the talented Laura Bassen's square background.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Crafty Catz Challenge: Hot Summer &/or hot colours

Hi there!

Another challenge! Wow, the week has gone by fast! Thank you all who participated in the last challenge 'Flowers'. What a beautiful bunch of creations you have entered!

Anna, our talented DTM, has chosen a lovely theme - Hot Summer &/or hot colours. Very fitting for July and our sunny UK right now!

The challenge is sponsored by...

and the prize is...

My creation:


As you have noticed I went wild with the latter - hot colours! I fancied making something different than a card too so found a greyboard in my stash and adhered some tissue paper to it using my gel medium. I used my white gesso to cover the whole piece and used Distress Inks to add colour (Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade & Barn Door) and heat embossed the whole piece whilst the inks were still wet. I made a few stencils out of some acetate sheet the other day and decided to use one of them on this piece. This is just a free-handed whimsical flower. As my whole background was now covered in plastic due to the clear embossing and acrylics don't stick to plastic I decided to use my black Stazon to sponge the design onto my piece. I also used it with my Tim Holtz stamps to stamp over it here and there. The sentiment was stamped on a piece of an acetate sheet, cut out, edges sponged and added to my base using black brads. I wanted to create loads of texture, but not so much dimension. I think it worked! This is a really fun futuristic plastic fantastic piece and I had great fun making it! I hope you like it and get inspired to try something different and eccentric and explore new techniques! 

Whatever you decide to create for the challenge just make sure you follow the rules and don't forget to visit our sponsor's and our DT's gorgeous blogs and leave them some love! Most of all... don't forget to have FUN! 

I'm entering this piece into the Country View Challenges - Stencil It! and hope they like it ;) I promise, this is the last one :) 

Thank you for stopping by! Bye for now! 

Ingrid xx  

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Funky Feathers - decorated bag


Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are all well?

I made myself a new stencil that I call Funky Feather :) The whole plan was to design and decorate a bag! I simply sketched this feather on a piece of paper that I then layed over my cutting mat and under my acetate sheet and the simply followed the lines (as much as possible, I usually perfect the design as I cut). When my stencil was ready I inserted a larger piece of a cardboard into the bag to protect the back of it, mixed my Artists Acrylic paints with the Decoart Fabric Medium, cut up my new dish sponge into smaller pieces, secured my stencil in place with some masking tape and proceeded to sponge the colours on allowing them to blend to avoid harsh lines. I did the two side feathers first, then washed and flipped the stencil to get a different shape of the feather in the middle. Easy way to achieve variety with your stencils.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Tim Holtz inspired Tag Booklet


Just popping in very swiftly to add one more project that I promised you the other day. Every time I tried to post about it something got in a way. Sorry for the delay... I finally have a spare moment, but first I'd like to welcome my new followers! Thank you for joining my little blog, it's great to have you on board! I hope you will enjoy my posts! :)

Here goes a little bit about the tag booklet... I played with my Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks and wanted to test my handmade stencils so decided to make a tag booklet. I have seen them around and thought they were rather cute. I had a real urge to create something really grungy and was totally inspired by one of Tim's presentation videos on how to use his products. He made a gorgeous grungy tag, as he does, and I fell in love with it and wanted to have a go myself. I used the same inking techniques, the water splatter and dripping, sponging over a torn edge... so much fun, but I do need more practice! In the end I did a bit of stamping and added a few elements and some Glossy Accents. I also did a bit of doodling to add a bit of 'me' to it. This tag booklet is more of a experiment rather than a planned piece of artwork as I mainly wanted to test all these supplies so it has its flaws, but it has made me want to play more and surely that's what it's all about.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Tim Holtz inspired tag

Hello again!

As promised in my first post of the day I am back with my second project! I'm here to show you a tag loaded with techniques, colour and fun elements using mostly Tim Holts supplies and techniques. But before I start rambling about my tag I'd like to mention that I got a real surprise last night! I am the winner of the Anything Goes challenge at That Craft Place Challenge Blog! It was my Album Covers that got me there! Yay! It was nearly midnight when I stumbled across this wonderful news in my blogger reader and, as you can imagine, I could hardly fall asleep with all the excitement!:) I'm so proud to have won this challenge and am very grateful to the DT for selecting my creation. Thank you!
Now onto my tag...


Hello and warm welcome to my new blog buddies!

I hope you all enjoyed the weekend? I got to spend a nice weekend with my little family and it was lovely! The weather was so lovely we got the bouncy castle out so the girls could have a bit of fun outside and I got to catch up with my other half after his trip to France. It's good to have him back ;) There was a happiness overload when girls saw him upon his return. It's so lovely to see them bonding like that. Aaah... :) I know you didn't get any posts from me, but I wasn't slacking ;) In fact, I made three items this weekend. I will post about them all separately otherwise it would be a very long post.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Crafty Catz Challenge: 'Flowers'

Hello, crafty souls!

I hope you are ready for the next challenge! Thank you for joining in the last one that was all about strips and stars. The participants' creations were amazing! This week's challenge is:


generously sponsored by 


Either a £20 worth of goodies
or a £20 voucher to spend in our online store.

My card: 

I chose to use the 'Basket of Love' image by Rick St Dennis on this week's card. If you've been following my blog you know that my cardmaking style is either clean and simple with bold features or mixed media style. I don't use many pattern papers (I have so many though..) or 'busy' or coloured images very often and I think it's a real shame because there are so many gorgeous ones out there. My brain just doesn't get it. I love it when I see it and I admire other crater's beautifully layered cards and their ability to do so, but when I try to do it myself my brain goes on strike or something. So I decided to work on my layering skills and challenge myself a little and went ahead with a simple card using soft pastel colours and dry embossing. I still can't do 'busy' :) I had a comment recently from a blogging buddy and it said sort of 'I can't do what you do and I can't do it as well' type of thing. It struck me like a lightening. I admire that persons creations and truly love them! I would like to say that we all have different abilities, different styles and tastes and have tendency to compare our creations to others. This is the point we should all remember that there's always going to be something that you or I can't do that others can and there will be the moments you see someone's work and think to yourself  'aah, I wish I thought of that or made that!' (I do that a lot), but that doesn't mean that yours or my creations are not great! It's important to remain positive about your work and not criticize yourself too much as it doesn't encourage you to create. Just imagine, if everyone's creations were the same it would be a very boring arts and crafts world. It's important to remember that your creations are unique to you and certainly are admired and appreciated by others not only for the look of it, but also for the amount of effort put into it. So here I am, showcasing what I CAN'T do rather than what I CAN do as a reminder that we do not have to create masterpieces, we create for the LOVE OF IT! 

My card is simple. I added a doily, a white satin ribbon with a big bow, a bit of glitter glue to the hearts, a label style sentiment and a few pearls as well as my coloured in image. I think it's good to challenge ourselves now and then as it not only stretches our creativity to the max, but also opens new doors if we do succeed/find a new niche. So go ahead, try something new today too and join the challenge! We all love flowers, right? :) I hope you have fun with this one! 

Have a lovely week and I'll be back soon! Thank you for stopping by! 

Ingrid xxx 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

'Believe' - tag

Hi there! I hope you are all well?

Have you recovered from the dramatic colourful creation I posted about yesterday? No?! Ok, I have a softer version for you only this one is a tag. If you haven't seen my card yesterday then hop over HERE to check out my Va va voom mixed media style card.
I showed you how I make my flowers and I made the same one here only this time I used a vellum cardstock and gesso for highlighting the raised areas and sponged the edges lightly with the Victorian Velvet. I used a white feather and my swirls were made out of a book page stuck on a white card and sponged using the Pumice Stone Distress Ink.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Va va voom mixed media style


I promised to be back and here I am! I have something to show you of course, but before I do I'd like to welcome my new lovely crafty followers. Thank you for joining my blog! I get very excited when someone new joins in. It makes me work harder :)

What a lovely day it was today. The sun was shinning, the children played nicely and there were no bumps (My 9 month old not only started crawling recently, but three days later started standing up and another three days later was tracing around our furniture and is now in full speed so I am constantly anxious what she's going to bump into. She also put everything in a mouth right now so drives me crazy as my three year old likes to play with the tiny toys now and tends to leave them around. I do dream of getting some rest one day... ). Because they were playing so nicely I got to watch them and craft..whooohooo... and here's what I got up to...

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Altered Mini Playing Card - week 27 & 28

Hello ans warm welcome to my new oh-so talented blog followers! Thank you for joining my little blog, I hope you enjoy reading my blog!

I don't know where the time goes! I get so busy my days just whip by and I just realised I completely forgot to post about my Altered Mini Playing Cards! In order to make it up to you I am going to share this week's one today as well. I might as well, right?:)

So here they are, my 1" x 2.5" wonders :)

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Emboss Resist Card


Second post for today! You can find the first one HERE. Sunday is nearly over and I have so much planned! How much I will manage to do remains to be seen! :)

I made another card today which was inspired by the Craft Stamper Magazine challenge 'Emboss Resist Technique' which is sponsored by WOW!. I thought I'd get mine out and play a little. I wanted to make a card that was all about nature and had the airy feel to it.

Friends Forever

Good morning!

It's been a lovely weekend so far. I hope you're all having a good one too? I'd like to welcome my new blog buddies and say hello to all of you amazingly talented people. I see your creations popping up in my feed again.. I feel like a sponge some days.. just sucking in all the creative goodness and I can't seem to get enough so keep them coming! I couldn't let you starve though so I am here with a card.

I have so many gorgeous backgrounds created using my Tie Dye Transfer technique, I don't know what to do with them all. So before you get totally sick of it I want to show you one more card...

Friday, 4 July 2014

Playing with white...and some...

Hello and Happy 4th July to my US friends, family and blogging buddies! I hope you are all having a great day celebrating!

The sun is shining, the bouncy castle is up, my dear children are happy, the glass of Cabernet Sauvignon is smiling at me, my friend is coming to join me... life is good! Well, it is now... it was a different story earlier on, I had a specialist Dr appointment this morning and was sent to a wrong place so totally missed it. I waited for it since the beginning of June and now I have to wait another week! I wish people communicated more. Life would be much better in general.

Another great thing is that the Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog has a new challenge and I made a little something for it! 'W is for White'  it is! And what a fun I had! You know when you get an idea about a creation in your head and it doesn't leave you until you actually create it. Well, this was the case. I've had this vision in my mind for some time I just never got to doing anything about it. There's always an element of surprise when an artwork is finished as it is perhaps different to what you have imagined. But isn't it what it's all about? About the play? About letting your imagination flow and your hands doing the job? I wasn't after perfection, I just wanted to play and a result of that is my dimensional art journal page/artwork using mainly white Gesso, some paper for my handmade flowers and the collage, the cotton wool mixed with gesso for dimension, my Calypso Teal Dylusions spray, a soft pencil for sketching my girl and shading, my black Stazon, a piece of a vellum, a piece of a doily, stencils, Stampendous and Prima stamps, dies, my WOW! white embossing powder, the silver Glitter Frosting Paste by GlitzCraft and a few embellishments. I love using a cotton wool with gesso.. you might remember when I made the three canvases using exactly that. If not, you can check them out HERE.

Here are some photos...

Crafty Catz Challenge - 'Stripes & Stars'

Hey there!

What a crazy week it has been so far! Chloe' started crawling only a couple of weeks ago or so, three days later she was standing and now she traces around furniture... wow! She's a speedy one! She loves chasing after her three year old sister Isabella now and the cheeky cheeks thinks it's hilarious! We did had today though... she was holding onto the door and her little hand slipped falling onto her cheek, the poor thing! Yep, first bruise! I will never get used to this! I would take the pain away if I could! Bless her, she's growing so fast now!

The week has gone past so quickly again! I feel like I haven't done much crafting in the last few days. Both girls have a cold so are awfully demanding at the moment! Every time I think to myself...'ah, now's my time!'.. it really is not.. but here we are again with the next Crafty Catz challenge. This time the lovely Aunty Sue  would like you to use 'Stars & Stripes' on your project. How clever! I can't wait to see what you'll make ;)

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Cardmaking & Papercraft Blog feature - My Tie Dye Transfer Technique!

Hello, Crafty Friends!

I have news!!! Exciting and fun news!!!

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit the amazing and full-of-inspiration Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine Blog that currently feature a blog post about my Tie Dye Transfer Technique that I recently developed. At the same time I would like to thank to Nikki and her team at Cardmaking & Papercraft for this wonderful online feature. Big thank you!!!