Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Altered Mini Playing Card - week 18

Hello there!

We're already half way through the week! Time flies! I've had a crazy busy week and managed to squeeze quite a lot in so far.

There has also been another wonderful news! My card (click here to view the post) has been selected into the Top 3 over at the A Blog Named Hero challenge blog! Check out the badge I got! I am absolutely delighted! Thank you very much!

Also I've altered another playing card, this time choosing pretty pinks and brown shades. If you have been following me for a while you know I love texture in my artwork and at the moment I'm very much enjoying slapping all kinds of textures on these little beauties. Here I used Gesso, my pink glitter frosting paste by Glitzcraft, a piece of a dry wall tape, a gauze, stamping with a Prima script stamp, sponged the edges with the Walnut Stain Distress ink, did a bit of doodling with my beloved Muji pen and my white Signo pen, I made some splatters with my white Posca pen and even stapled the punched out and sponged the book paper butterfly. I added a bit of shimmer with the Cosmic Shimmer watercolours - I'm in love with them right now, they add the right amount of shimmer to any project. I wish the photo showed it off better... So, what do you think? Liking the texture and the sparkle mixtravaganza? I really like the contrast of grunge, texture and sparkle at the moment!

Feel free to leave a comment to share your thoughts or maybe an idea of what you might like to see next.

Thank you for visiting! All the best,

Ingrid xxx

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Ingrid's Crafts Corner, the Blog of the Month!

Hello, lovely people!

It's finally out! What you ask?! The Papercraft Inspirations June issue # 126! Why am I so excited?! Because, Ingrid Kristina V and Ingrid's Crafts Corner blog are featured in it as the 'Blog of the Month', as I mentioned in my previous post! That's right! LOOOOK!

I've been waiting with excitement to finally reveal the lot, but now it is out and I can proudly share my magazine feature about my blog on the actual page. It means a lot to me (as you can tell from the excessive use of the exclamation marks above :)..) and I am very happy to be able to reach out to you readers of this magazine and other lovely crafty souls out there in a hope to connect with you more. I have been working hard since the beginning of this year when I set up this blog and have been sharing my handmade cards, art journaling and other artsy projects and so far, the journey has been amazing. I am prepared to continue to deliver and work hard to make it even better and more enjoyable. I have now also added a 'freebies' page that I will be adding some artsy goodies to as time goes (I have a few in mind already...) and set up a Twitter page for you to reach me there too. I have many plans and ideas for the coming months and hopefully I will find enough time to make them happen so that we can have some fun together!

Have a browse around my blog when you get a moment, I hope you will like what you'll find ;)
Feel free to leave comments on my posts or email me, if you have any questions. I always like to hear from you!

Now hurry and get your own copy if this fabulous magazine - Papercraft Inspirations - you can easily purchase it online via or simply buy a copy from any good newsagent or your local supermarket, out NOW! I will be getting mine for sure!

Thank you for stopping by! All the best,

Ingrid xxx

p.s.: I will write a post about the cards I made for the magazine soon! Stay tuned! x



Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and Anna-Karin have a yellow in mind this week with their 'Not so Mellow Yellow' challenge. Yellow is one of my favourite colours so I jumped at the opportunity am going to join in. I didn't fancy making a card today so I decided to make a tag instead! You will find this very strange, but this is my first tag, ever! I don't know why, but I never made tags before. I had so much fun and I love how it turned out.

I used a corrugated card board as my base and tore top layer off here and there and distressed the edges. I cut an identical piece of a patterned paper by Prima (Jodie Lee designs, Fairy Belle Collection),

Monday, 28 April 2014

New 'FREEBIES' page

Hey everyone!

I have been contacted by a lovely lady called Lucinda who has made a few very kind comments about my 'Hello Spring' art journal page. She asked where I got the stamps of the large flowers from... at which point I had to explain that is is not a stamp, but a hand drawn flower and promised I would make it available as a freebie on my blog. So, here it is!

If you like it then go ahead, right click and save it into your PC and print it out for your personal use. I would love to see what you have created with it so feel free to leave a comment or email me so I can check it out. I'm a curious one ;) Also, if you do use it and then blog about your creation using this picture please kindly link back to my blog. I am trying to spread the word and this would be a greatly appreciated help. Thank you very much!

Have fun with it! Best wishes,

Ingrid xxx

Cotton wool + Gesso + shimmery paints = canvas gorgeousness!

Hello there!

Sometimes we all push our boundaries, try new techniques, experiment with materials and get excited when it works out just how we imagined it. Well, this is one of those cases. Intrigued? Then read on...

I am here to share the results of my recent experiment. I created a small 6" x 6" mixed media canvas art using a regular cotton wool! That's right... a cotton wool. I got the idea from my dear daughter Isabella this Easter when she was making her woolly sheep covering the cotton balls with her 'gloopy glue'. If you have been following my work you will know that I am mad about texture and that I like anything shiny. I also like to combine the two elements. This is where I decided to use pieces of a cotton wool covered in Gesso and formed into petal shapes on my canvas with a palette knife. It worked great!!! It dried overnight and is firm and totally paintable. You can see the first stage here...

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Sending my love... card

Hello again!

As promised, here's my second card I put together this weekend. This time I went for bright colours, sequins and vellum. The card is inspired by the recent Blog Hop post about shaker cards over at the Simon Says Stamp Blog and all the gorgeous sequins by Pretty Pink Posh.

I love everything shiny and this just caught my eye so I just had to make one myself. I used a handmade vellum coin envelope as my shaker, stamped with a Running Rhino sentiment stamp, embossed it with my white WOW! embossing powder, filled it with red and pink heart sequins and adhered it with Glossy Accents. I added some of these tiny hearts over the top, added a glitter foam heart and a twine to close it. I used the background music sheet stamp by Prima on my turquoise card base. So, what do you think?

I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Mon Challenge Blog - Big Stamp

Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes

I will be in later on today or tomorrow to share my little canvas art with you. I have used a new technique that I'd like to share with you.

Have a lovely rest of the weekend!

Ingrid xxx

CASE Study DT Challenge - card #2 (Jennifer McGuire)

Good morning!

What a lovely weekend so far! It started with a visit from our dear friends who came to see us all the way from France and I managed to make two cards and a small canvas that I will share with you later.

One of the cards that I have made is intended for the Design Team Challenge over at the CASE Study Challenge Blog and is inspired by the cardmaking queen of techniques, the lovely Jennifer McGuire! You can find her making the gorgeous card in the video below:

My card was created using

Friday, 25 April 2014

My card made it to the Gallery!


Do you remember this card? Well, it has found its way into the Glitz Craft's Gallery! Thank you, Mike!

I have mentioned a few times that I use the Glitter Frosting Pastes on my cards, in my journaling as well as on my altered mini playing cards. They are just so easy to work with, dry quickly and look fabulous! Hop over to to check that I'm not kidding ;) and whilst there get some of these pastes for yourself, you'll love them. You can instantly add sparkle to your project minus the glittery mess flying everywhere. You can watch their demo on stenciling etc there too! I have also just notice that they are offering a 20% off if you spend over £30 which is just great! I'd like to mention that are not paying me in any way to say or do any of this. I do it because I'm a nice person and mainly because I LOVE their glitter frosting pastes! :)

I'm off to get the babies ready for bed and to get my fingers inky ;) I spent more time on social networking today (mainly setting up and browsing Twitter!) and didn't get a lot of crafting done! I need to catch up!

Enjoy your Friday night and the weekend, I'll be back soon!

Best wishes,

Ingrid xxx

Ingrid's Crafts Corner (Ingrid Kristina V) is now on Twitter!!!

Hello, Friends and fellow Tweet-ers!

I have just set up a Twitter account for Ingrid's Crafts Corner. You can find me as Ingrid Kristina V (@ingridkristinav) and if you come across #ingridscraftscorner #ingridkristinav - that's me!!! So go ahead, join the fun and follow the account so that you get updates on my blog posts and other interesting occassions in my crafty life ;)

Have a great day!

Ingrid xxx

Altered Mini Playing Cards - weeks 16 & 17


Today you get not one but two altered mini playing cards from me! I missed out on making one last week due to the disastrous leak that we had to repair. I am now back in the game and getting crafty again :)

The first card

Thursday, 24 April 2014

My 'Blog of the Month' feature in the Papercraft Inspirations Magazine!

Dear Friends and fellow Crafters!

As promised, I am here to proudly deliver my super-exciting news to you! I am very honoured and very grateful to be featured in the fabulous Papercraft Inspirations Magazine in the 'Blog of the Month' section (page 75)!!! 

If you are subscribed you are probably enjoying your June 2014 copy (issue 126) by now in which case don't forget to check out the said page! If not, you can easily purchase it online via or simply buy a copy from any good newsagent or your local supermarket anytime from 29th April 2014. 

I have purchased and read many paper crafting magazines, but this one really is exceptional for its inspiration-packed content. With each issue I learn new clever techniques, discover new handy tips and an up-to-date inspiration for my cards. It comes with gorgeous free crafty gifts which is a great bonus especially if you like me are trying to build up your stash. In fact, this is how I started myself. I started buying Papercraft Magazines and have been hooked ever since. It's my little treat each month! 

This occasion has made me proud and makes me only want to do and share more of my arts and crafts with you. Here's my promise to you... I will keep up the good work, do my best to improve where I lack and create and share as much as I possibly can so that one day you might feel inspired enough to make some beautiful things too. 

I wish you a pleasant evening, night or a day, wherever you are! 

Thank you for stopping by to read about my happy times! 

Best wishes, 

Ingrid xxx

CASE Study DT Challenge - card #1 (Darlene DeVries as my 'muse')


Exciting times! The fabulous CASE Study Challenge Blog are in search of a few new design team members and as you know me I am so up for it!

We're being asked to re-create a card made by our personal 'muse'. Well, I have a few so I will be entering a few cards, but the first card I have made is inspired by Darlene DeVries's card. Darlene has a youtube channel full of amazing cards where she shares very useful and efficient techniques. You can watch the pro creating her fabulous card here:

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

'When you can tell your story...' - art journaling

Hello there!

I hope you enjoyed the Easter break. If you read my last post you'd know about the horrors I've been through over the Easter holiday and why I have been so quiet. Which reminds me that I also need to catch up on altering my mini playing cards... I will be doing that today so that's something to look forward to.

I have been doing a lot of sketching of faces lately , whimsical, dreamy, realistic and weird :) one of which is this pretty lady. I quite liked her so I decided to paint her on an art journal page. If I am honest I think I liked her more when she was just sketched and I have had her for a couple of weeks thinking do I like it, do I not..., but I am going to share it with you anyway so you can see the difference and the massage behind it is more important. I wrote ... 'When you can tell your story and it doesn't make you cry, you know you have healed.' I think it is self-explanatory.

Monday, 21 April 2014

My involuntary break from crafting

Hello and Happy Easter!

I hope you are having a fab time!

My Easter holiday started with having to deal with a massive kitchen waste pipe leak that was ongoing and resulted in me scraping foul stinking sludge from underneath our floors! I have never in my entire life had to deal with something as disgusting! It took us three days to rip floorings, lift floor boards, clear the gunk, repair the loose waste pipe and put it all back to normal. I'm aching all over! Moving stuff and lifting furniture... Not exactly how I imagined spending our Easter but it was unavoidable. Just think I could spend all those days crafting and having fun with the family!! Oh we'll, sometimes these things happen.
Of course, I tried to make it up to the little ones yesterday and we had a great day hunting for some Easter goodies, crafting... We made some bracelets, decorated Isabella's Easter colouring book with glitter foam squares and painted a butterfly sin catcher. We had the best roast ever prepared by my man and enjoyed the time together. So today is back to normal and I will soon be in touch with some artsy projects and inspiration.

Have a wonderful Easter Monday, blessings to you all!

Ingrid xxx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Egg Card with Dylusions

Hello there!

What a glorious day! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, everything's green and the Easter time is nearly here! Greg will have some time off so we're all looking forward to having him at home and spending some quality time together. I haven't gone mad making cards for Easter this year, but there's one I would like to share with you today as it is slightly different. I made this one into an Easter egg :) The entire card including the floral embellishments are made with Dylusions sprays. I used them to colour my die cut ovals and used some for the base and some for punching out the flowers and the flourish. I added a bright orange polka dot ribbon and some rhinestones to the middle of the flowers. I lined the front and back with a white oval cardstock and stamped a 'Happy Easter' on the inside.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

'You create your own opportunities...' - art journaling

Good morning!

Do you remember the recent post about how to transfer a newsprint the right way round? If not, you can find it here. The art journal page I used for the tutorial is now finished so I thought I'd share it with you. My art journal is my playground. This is where I get to play with colours, textures, techniques, new supplies, new tools, try new things, new ways of creating... sometimes I like what I've made and sometimes I don't as much, but art journaling is not about trying to impress (well, maybe a little ;)..), but mainly about jotting your thoughts and feeling down and relaxing through art. I find it really therapeutic to journal. I can do what I want! This page is very much about it... I didn't want to think about what I was doing.. there's not much thinking I can do at the end of the day anyway... the kids went to bed, Greg watched some 'manly' movie that I was not much into so I decided to loose myself in my own world of craft. I played with the diluted Dylusions ink sprays (Calypso Teal & Pure Sunshine - I think I'd prefer the Lemon yellow in this, but I haven't got one...yet!:) ), doodled, sprayed more and used some watersoluble crayons which got smudged, a bit of gesso too, added the glitter paste by GlitzCraft (baby blue, I like to scrape it against the dry wall tape, it somehow feels good!) and just let it happen. It looks like a real mess, but I like it. It's my organised mess. I wrote: 'You create your own opportunities. Make it happen!' as a reminder to myself. Here are some more pics for you:

Monday, 14 April 2014

Mothers Day Card - dry emboss + heat emboss combo!

A last but not least here's my third card for today. I made this card with my dear Mummy in mind and she will be getting this card for a mother's day.. this year.. on 8th May (Mother's Day in the Czech Republic). :) If you are reading this, Mum, I hope you like it! I will treat you as soon as you arrive! We can't wait! Love you, my sweet and gorgeous Mum!
I made this card using a new technique. I went over the flat side of an embossing folder with the Versamark Embossing pad, inserted my card into the folder, ran it in the Cuttlebug, removed, sprinkled my clear embossing powder on and heat embossed. This means only the flat areas of the pink card got the Versamark on and therefore the raised area stayed dry embossed only. Fun, hey! I have been making cards for about a year now and out of the tons of techniques out there this is the first time I have tried this one... I have seen people using ink pads, but I haven't seen an embossing ink being used in this way. It has probably been done, I don't know, but the idea popped into my head and thought I'd try it. I love the effect! Do you? I will definitely be using this technique more often. Oooh, I just had an idea! Wouldn't it be fun to try a coloured cardstock and a white or a coloured embossing powder? It could be a nice effect for a monochromatic black and white card. I might try it...

Naughts & Crosses Card

My second card for today is very clean and simple (CAS) and is following the sketch #72 at CAS(E) this SKETCH. The sketch reminds me of the naughts and crosses game so I used the 'X' and the 'O' from a Love/Valentine's clear stamp set (Sorry, I never got the packaging with these stamps so have no idea by whom they are made etc. I bought a whole bundle of craft stuff when I started cardmaking so there are a few things without any labels and this is one of them.). Anyways... I used my white inchies as a 'playing field' that I popped up with pieces of a dimensional tape on a white card base. I used a blue and a pink pigment ink to stamp and a clear embossing powder to emboss the naughts and crosses. The sentiment was stamped with my black Stazon. I tried to keep this very simple so I only added a few tiny pink rhinestones below the sentiment.
Sketch #72 looks like this: 

Well, what do you think? One more card for you is coming shortly... 

Best wishes, 

Ingrid xxx 

Congratulations Card using stencil & glitter paste

Hello there!

I hope you had a lovely weekend?

We've had a really productive one! Somehow we managed to squeeze a lot into those couple of days. Am I rested? No!! But hey.. the sun is shinning, the kids are in bed... good times! So I got to make a few cards that I'd like to share with you... and this one is made for the Virginia's View Challenge #2 (stencils).

I used a cream cardstock for the base. I sponged the mid area and the edges with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink, made splatters with water and stamped a script stamp by Prima all over the background. I took a piece of a dictionary page, tore it to the size and stenciled my rose with the green and the red glitter frosting  paste by GlitzCraft. The edges were sponged and curled and the piece was adhered to a piece of vellum. I curled and tore it here and there too. I stamped my sentiment with the same ink, cut it into a banner shape and sponged the edges. It was popped up on a dimensional tape, but I curled it a bit too. Here's another photo:

I hope you like it. :) There will be a couple of other cards today so keep an eye out and let me know what you think ;)

Thank you for stopping by! Best wishes,

Ingrid xxx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Altered Mini Playing Card - week 15


I hope you are well?

I've had a mad week again, but here I am with another altered playing card, this time talking about 'time' and 'change'.

I wrote 'Some Change is Good' onto this card... We all go through certain changes when it comes to our lives and everything around us is in a constant motion. Nothing stays the same. We age, our children grow up, seasons change so everything around does. Naturally some changes come to us and we feel good and happy about them and and some make us feel sad. Regardless of this fact, we can never stop time and some occurrences are simply out of our hands and have to be accepted as they are. Some we can affect and need to work hard to achieve them. The key is to see things in a positive way and understand that life is a never ending cycle and it's only a matter of time until something around us changes.

This card really went through some changes, I tell you! I got a bit upset!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Happy Hoppy Easter - art journaling

Hello and Happy Friday! 

The Easter is nearly here! What do you do at Easter? Here in England we eat a roast, decorate eggs and organise fun games like an egg hunt for the little ones. In the Czech republic we decorate eggs too, but the tradition slightly differs. The boys get to whip the girls with a platted stick! That's right! And you have to give them some of your decorated egg and something nice to eat and drink for it! In some parts of Moravia and some parts of Slovakia the girls get soaked! That doesn't sound better, does it? Here's a little article from Wikipedia which will explain it a bit better ;)

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Tutorial: 'Newspaper print transfer the right way round in 3 simple steps!'

Good morning, lovely people!

Today is the day when you'll learn how to transfer any newspaper or a magazine print onto your masterpiece the right way round in three simple steps, not backwards! Excited? Well, read on...

I've started an art journal page for this tutorial only and the page is not finished, but it will show you how it's done. It is very simple to do and here's how to:

STEP 1: Prepare your wording for transfer

Get a clear sellotape and stick it over your selected print. If your tape is not very wide just make sure you overlap the edges. Burnish the tape well with the back of your scissors or your bone folder. Cut it out and soak it in a bowl of water for about 5 mins and then gently rub the paper of the back of it until you have just the print. You can cut out your piece into smaller one or however you want it to look when on your piece. I used a craft magazine print and cut it into smaller pieces so I could use it here and there... 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

My whimsical journey starts with purple...

Hello there!

I'd like to thank to my followers and welcome the new ones ;) and to all my readers who come to visit and read my new blog. You make me happy! In return I try to keep things exciting for you and this post is about one of those new and exciting things that I do. Let me tell you more...

Sunday, 6 April 2014

'Thinking of you' card (Yellow,orange and grey combo)

Hi there!

I can't quite believe how many cards I got to make this weekend! I even feel like working on an art journal page.... oooh... my palms are itching just thinking about it!

Here's one and a last card for today with a dash of melancholy. It is a slightly different take on the Spring Card I posted about earlier on today. This time I used light yellow, medium yellow and a light orange ink and a sponge to create the background. I used circular motions with my sponge from the middle to the outside, from the lightest colour to the darkest. The black Big Brush pen and my water spritzer came into play after. I used a black Stazon to stamp my sentiment over the image. I added a couple of lines of silver string around the front panel and matted it onto a grey card base. I drew simple lines around with my black Posca pen to frame the focal point.

I know that this is an unusual colour combo, but for some reason it works for me. What do you think?

Have a great evening! I'll be back soon with something new and exciting! Bye for now!

Best wishes,

Ingrid xxx

CAS(E) This Sketch #71


Guess what?! I have some more cards for you today! Excited? :)

Here's the thing... there is an exciting challenge going on over at the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge Blog (#71)

This was  looking way too artsy and too tempting for me not to make this card so I went ahead and made one. Well, in all honesty, I made two! This challenge blog is based on Clean and Simple cards and as I was playing with all the artsy goodness and got carried away and added this and added that and by the time the card was done it was not looking very 'simple'. Here is the first attempt that I will not be entering, but want to share with you, because I really like it.

I love the colour combo and wanted to stick to that, but make it a little simpler so I slept on it and made another one this morning. I knew I wanted to keep the colour combo - silver, yellow and black and white cardstock.

I went ahead and started on the card #2.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Congratulations! card

The Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge Blog is celebration their 5th birthday of challenges and how better to say congratulations than with a lovely handmade Congratulations card. I will be adding this one to all the gorgeous entries over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog in their 'Anything Goes' challenge.

The background was made using my Calypso Teal Dylusions ink and some water. I layered a half of a doily, a vellum handmade envelope, some pretty Prima flowers with silver sequins and a white feather. My sentiment was stamped with a pigment ink and embossed with a clear embossing powder and placed over the layers. I scattered more silver sequins over the front panel to add interest. 

I hope you like it. I love the contrast of teal/turquoise and bright orange red! What do you say to that? 

Thank you for stopping by and look forward to hearing from you. 

Best wishes, 

Ingrid xxx 

Happy Birthday, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Happy Birthday to the lovely Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Like with any other birthday, if nothing else, a card is in order here! A handmade, especially for this occasion... here it is...

A lovely white card with the gorgeous Hero Arts Chrysanthemum flower coloured with India Ink and water and fussy cut out (I won't be doing that again ;) ). The front panel was made by die cutting a circle in the middle and cutting it apart then making a bond on each side using some vellum banners and light gold brads. I made a couple of slits for my vellum sentiment and adhered the whole panel down onto a white card base with some dimensional tape.

Thank you for all the inspiration and amazing tutorials and opportunities to win some goodies, dear SSS!

Best wishes,

Ingrid xxx

Spring is coming - card


I have been a busy bee this weekend and did my homework :) I hear that 'Spring is coming' over at the Kaboodle Doodle Challenge Blog so I have made them a card. Just for the Kaboodles - to say thank you for picking me in their Top 3 the other week, thank you, Fran!

I used the 'Live Laugh Love' stamps by Crafty Impresions and my Big Brush pens with a spritz of a water to create my meadow. I used a Darice embossing folder to emboss a yellow Core'dinations cardstock, sanded it down a bit and mounted it onto a white base with a hot pink ribbon behind it. I then adhered my artsy image and tied a bow. Done! I have not stamped any sentiment yet as I feel it could serve any purpose. Some cards just say it with flowers than with words ;)

So what do you think?

I'd like to hear from you so leave a comment and feel free to share it via your social sites. Spread the love!

Best wishes,

Ingrid xxx

Build a Background Card #2

Hi again!

This my second card I'd like to enter into the 'Build a Background Challenge' over at A Blog Named Hero. The card background was made by stamping the lovely large Hero Arts flower and the small flowers (I've no idea what make the small flower is as my dear daughter has peeled the sticker off!) embossed in black and mounted onto a dark purple (eggplant) coloured base. I stamped and embossed more flowers and used the Big Brush Pens to colour them in and went over them with a purple glitter glue. The sentiment was stamped with black Stazon on a white card and mounted onto a black scalloped edge strip.

I hope you like this one too! Feel free to let me know what you think.

All the best,

Ingrid xxx