Thursday, 29 May 2014

One layer sophistication

Hello there!

What a busy day I have had today!!

I made two cards, two tags out of which one went in a bin and I'd like to share one of the cards with you. I made it after seeing the sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch challenge blog, #78:

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Altered lid - Shabby Chic wall decor

Good morning, lovely people!

I hope you had a good weekend? It was mostly rainy here in London so despite having a Bank Holiday weekend we didn't get to do much outdoors. Did I mention how much I love English weather... NOT!

I wasn't slacking though. I decided to de-clatter my craft space and have come across this lid that used to be on a round box of pampering toiletries for a mummy-to be. I saved silly things like that... 'in case they get handy one day..' I decided to alter it as it reminded me of a round canvas. It is very sturdy so perfect for the purpose. This is what I did...

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Altered Mini Playing card - week 21

Happy Saturday!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far? As always we're having some family time, craft, shop, go for an outing... we're off to a fair tomorrow, Isabella can't wait to have a go at the bouncy castle! I'm keeping my fingers crossed so it doesn't rain.

If I'm right it is now week 21, nearly the end of it to be precise and I still haven't shared my next altered playing card! Well, better late than never :)

This one has a lot of colour as well as texture.. I scattered and embedded some pink and red sequin hearts into my gesso base and spray painted it with fuchsia pink dylusions. I cut out the red heart out of a book page covered in a mixture of Pebeo semi-gloss Bindex and a red acrylic paint and added black shading around it with my black Reeves watercolour crayon. Small colourful accents were added with yellow and light blue

Friday, 23 May 2014

'Create Art' - art journaling

Hello there!

Just a quick post or two today...

I had a moment this morning and I've been itching to try out some new acrylics and what a better way than slapping them all into an art journal! Yay!

Usually when I art journal I have an idea of what I might like the page to look like and sometimes I just don't want to think at all and just PLAY. Well, this was one of those moments when I had a bit of time so I grabbed the paints and applied most of the colours intermittently here and there. I also doodled with my white Signo pen, the black artist pens & some Big Brush pens, both by Faber-Castell. I also wrote a few inspirational quotes here and there and doodled some more. I stenciled with more paint and when I thought I couldn't possibly add anything else I was done :) Here are some more pics for you...

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Decorated tote with acrylics & glitter frosting paste


Thank you for stopping by! I have another project to share with you. This time I am bringing you the other tote that I have promised you in my previous post on how to decorate a fabric tote with the gorgeous glitter pastes. You can read more about it HERE.

This time I used a natural coloured tote. I wanted to create a contrast of neutral and colour. Firstly, I sketched my girl onto a tracing paper that I pieced together to fit the size of my bag. I used a carbon paper to transfer the image onto the bag and painted it with my black acrylic paint mixed with a fabric medium by Decoart. (2:1, paint to medium).

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

'Dreams' - mixed media art

Hey there!

I hope you are having a nice day? I had a bit of a craft up last night as I got really lucky and the baby wasn't as demanding as usually and finished it this morning. I was really feeling it and wanted to create something a bit more special so I pulled out my broken picture frame (the glass smashed, I kept the backing and the white frame..I think I'm turning into a hoarder, everything 'could be handy one day'...) and used the backing piece with the stand for my art.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Glammed up tote

Hi there!

Do you like DIY and upcycling? If so, look no further!

Mike and Leona from Glitz Craft have asked me to decorate a pretty natural coloured tote using their glitter frosting pastes and their gorgeous stencils. I thought...what a brilliant idea! I immediately starting brainstorming and came up with a design. I won't share this tote with you just yet as it is not finished, but I wanted to share this black one with you. I pulled it out of my wardrobe where it was sitting unused so that I could test stenciling on fabric and to see how easy it would be to mess up :) However, I have found that it is as easy to stencil on fabric as it is on a paper! I'm impressed! It is the same process and it dries swiftly and if you give it a little blast from a heat tool it dries within seconds which speeds up the process massively. I have some photos for you...

Big Announcement!!!!


I am making this announcement with a great delight! I am beyond excited and honoured to be invited to design for the one and only Glitz Craft, Card Making & Scrapbook Supplies, and work with my beloved Glitter Frosting Pastes and Stencils produced and sold by this unique company!

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit their website, have a browse around their selections and get yourself some of this glittery goodness, because once you try them you'll be hooked! 

You've seen my creations where I have used the pastes and now you will see me using their gorgeous stencils too! 

I have a super-fun project lined up already and will be making a few cards for the Glitz Craft Design Team Gallery which I am sharing with another two talented crafters, Karen Lines & Jo Madelin. 

Here's one card I made earlier on today

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Guess who's the GDT for Crafty Catz!

Good morning, lovely people!

I have an enormous pleasure to announce that I have been invited to guest design for the month of June for the Crafty Catz Challenge Blog! I am very grateful to the Design Team members for the opportunity and am honoured to be able to share my creations on their blog.

If you have been following my blog you will know that my cardmaking style is clean, simple, bold, bright with a technique or two. I also enjoy art journaling, creating fine and mixed media art and occasionally share other crafty creations. If you are a newbie then please make a cuppa and take a moment to have a browse around my site. I hope you will find something that catches your eye. If you like what you see then hit the 'Join with Google' button or sign up for regular email updates so you don't miss a thing!

I am very much looking forward to making something special for the Crafty Catz Blog and hopefully inspire you through my creations! Thank you very much for stopping by!

Have a lovely day!

Ingrid xxx

Friday, 16 May 2014

Designer Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp!

Hello, lovely people!

I have some exciting news to share with you all! Well, I have three exciting news in total, but I'm going to post about them all separately as they are all special and therefore deserve a special attention!

My lovely Yellow Enchanting Tag has been selected for the Designer Spotlight over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog in the 'Not so mellow yellow' challenge....out of 166 beautiful creations!

I am very pleased that the oh-so-talented designers at SSS liked my yellow tag and am beyond honoured to be selected. Thank you very much!

Thank you for stopping by! I'll be back with more news tomorrow!

Best wishes,

Ingrid xxx

Thursday, 15 May 2014

...three potato... :)

...and here's my third card for today using the same carved potato stamps, but yet again using a different media, this time ACRYLIC paint. Here is my first card and the second card. Yellow and green acrylics were applied with the help of my handy brayer that created that fabulous texture. I layed blobs of yellow, green and white acrylic paint on my craft sheet and used the potato stamps to stamp with onto my prepared background. And this is what it looked like...

I liked the result, but it needed a little lift so I took the white Signo pen and doodled. All over! And it looked much better...

As nice as this background was I thought it was busy and bright and needed toning down again so I cut a 2.5" strip of vellum and wrapped it around it after embossing my sentiment with my WOW! embossing powder. This background is busy enough so I didn't want to add anything else. Here's the finished card...


I hope you like this one too! I will enter it into the Craft Stamper Magazine Take It, Make It May challenge as well and will look forward to some feedback from the experts ;) 

Thank you for stopping by! 

Ingrid xxx 

One potato, two potato...

Hi there!

My card no 2 today.. made with the same potato... eeeer... I mean a 'stamp'... no, I haven't lost it... well, at least not totally... I mean, I used a potato to carve a flower, a leaf and a tiny flower out of it and used DYLUSIONS sprays. I have written more about it in my first post today. The Craft Stamper Magazine's Take it, make it May challenge is all about stamping with carved potatoes so I thought I'd join the fun and made three cards, all being made with different media.

My second card is made with

We love 'tatoes!

Hello there!

Isabella and I have had some great crafty fun here yesterday created backgrounds with carved potatoes and paints. I managed to finish one card this morning and would like to share the results with you. I will finish the other two later on so you'll have two more posts to look forward to, yay! :) This wasn't my idea... all credit goes to the Craft Stamper Magazine and their May challenge. They all seem to be peeling 'tatoes so I thought I'd join the fun ;)

Firstly, look at the masterpiece Bella created:

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Mixed Media Tag on May, 13th!

Happy May 13th!

Some of you are probably suspicious so forget the number and admire the tag itself :) I used to dislike it too and for a good reason. My brother cracked his head open on a 13th of one month and again on a 13th another month, the same day that I jumped of a tree onto a 10cm rusty nail beated into a wooden board... What was it doing in a forest? No idea! Why did I have to jump off? Because I don't like climbing ladders or any equivalent of such height and my friend talked me into following her up this tall tree trunk, just because, and I couldn't climb down so she recommended jumping down. So I did... onto this horrible rusty massive nail hidden by weeds that went through my foot. So I hobbled home, rang the door bell, my brother ran to open the door and whack!! His head hit the door frame (a thinner construction/ metal piece) and right next to the old wound so needed stitches again. Our Mum used to joke she would tie us to the kitchen table for the day on a 13th :) As I got older I decided it was silly NOT to like a number so now I do like it, quite a lot as there is a story from my childhood behind it that I will never forget.

Altered Mini Playing Card - week 20

Hi there!

This week I'm very much in love with a green and light blue combo! I wanted this little card to be full of texture and shimmer. I used a gauze, glitter pastes by Glitzcraft, stamping with a script stamp (Prima), some sequin stars in combination with green Dylusions and the blue and green Cosmic Shimmer iridescent watercolour paints. I used a tiny bit of the Walnut Distress ink to sponge the edges. I added a tiny bit of doodling around the edges too and wrote 'Live' within in (Live and let live sort of thought...). Somehow this card reminds me of an underwater world I'd like to loose myself in :)
I do miss diving so much! So far I can say that the best diving and the most beautiful underwater world is in the stunning Bahamas! It's to die for! I'm sharing a photo of me diving below... Look how gorgeous and clear that water is...this picture was taken with an underwater camera during our dive in about 15 - 20m deep water. It's as clear as up there! I have some others on an external drive which I don't have to hand right now so you don't get to see the yellow tale snappers and the gorgeous huge parrot fish that we got to feed, but you get a picture of me instead... I'm smiling here, btw :)

Monday, 12 May 2014

Cards featured in the Papercraft Inspirations magazine

Good morning!

I promised to tell you more about the cards I made for the Papercraft Inspirations magazine feature about my blog so here are some photos and a little bit about them...

A white card base, a homemade modeling paste passed through a handmade circle stencil, Calypso Teal Dylusions on top, sanded down the surface, sponged around the edges with the Walnut Distress ink, prepared my patterned paper pieces (Papermania) but cutting them to various shapes & sponged the edges and a die cut tag (Cuttlebug die) prepared the same way and added some bakers twine in beige colour. I used my Anita's tacky glue to put it all together, added a black & white polka dot washi tape, a piece of a white paper doily, some handmade flowers (tissue paper), a few handmade white cardstock swirls, a white die cut sentiment with Glossy Accents on top & a pretty wooden embellishment. This is a very mixed media artsy card!

This is a simpler card using a black card base, a white card panel with a front panel created with a white WOW! embossing powder, Jumbo Butterfly (Stampendous) and a mixture of Calypso Teal & Pink Fuchsia Dylusions. I added tiny black rhinestones to my sentiment. This is an every-occasion card full of gorgeous colours. 

My third card comprises of a white card base and a black panel under a white front panel decorated with a use of the gorgeous Pink Fuchsia and Pure Sunshine Dylusions with a bit of  'ghoasting', a white WOW! embossing powder on top of my stamped wild flowers (Live, Love, Laugh stamps set by Crafty Impressions), a matted banner sentiment and a bakers twine accented with a charm. I love how bold and bright this card is and the ghoasting technique just makes this card.
I had a blast making this trio and hope you like them! Feel free to share your thoughts or ask questions. It's always nice to hear from you.

Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!

Ingrid xxx

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Va va voom!


I have just made a card and just couldn't wait to share it with you. The entire card is made of one layer/base using three stamps, two inks and two small embellishments! Here's how...

I prepared my card base 11 x 4 1/4 inches, scored at 5 1/5 inches. I used a larger posted note to mask off the top of the front so I wouldn't get ink on the back piece (which is very easy to do! I got really annoyed the other day as I dropped my open ink pad on top of my stamped card when I was just about to finish it!).

I stamped the flower by Recollections (Formal Esque set) with my black Stazon then stamped again onto a posted note and cut it out so I could lay it over the stamped image. I did the same with the Avery Elle sentiment (Petals & Stems set) rounding the tiny corners. In the end I took my Rose Bud (Pink) Memento dye ink and the Recollections stamp (Classic Borders) and created my background over the masked areas. I finished the card with a couple of white flat back pearls.

I love how this glamorous looking card came together using one of my favourite colour combos (white, bright pink, black). What do you think?

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

CAS(E) this Sketch - sketch .... 
"Less is More" - One layer challenge
Crafty Catz - Black & White + 1 other colour

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Thank you for stopping by, have a great day!

Ingrid xxx

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Faux Leather Notebook

Hey there!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! It's been raining again so indoor activities and maybe baking a pizza it is for us. We've been keeping busy as always, Isabella and Chloe' are bouncing around, Daddy went shopping and Mummy is crafting on and off in between assisting the little ones and trying to get this house in order.

There's something I'd like to show you. I have made myself a faux leather notebook and some spare covers. How you ask... I came across Sheena Douglass's video tutorial on youtube on how to make a faux leather covers for a notebook. It works!!! I'm so excited by this I can't even tell you! Not only I now have a lovely small jotting book, but also this has given me tons of ideas where this technique could be used. I intend to make a few things using this technique and will share some with you as soon as they're made.

I used my semi-gloss Bindex to seal the covers instead of the Seal and Shine spray and I also

Friday, 9 May 2014

CAS cards using a border stamp - #2

Hey there!

Here's my second card for today that I intend to enter into the Lanscaping Challenge (Build Your Own Background) and into the Less is More (3 colour/3 shades colour challenge).

I have taken the same stamps - a 'Congratulations' stamp by Avery Elle (Petals & Stems) and the 'Classic Borders' stamp by Recollections. This time I used the Teal Zeal, Pear Tart & Bahama Blue Memento Inks and a slightly different stamp to create my background.

I cut this card 5 1/2" x 4" to fit my standard white base card and cut a 1/4" black card strip to accentuate on the opposite side to my sentiment that I stamped onto a white card and matted onto a black cardstock. I cut the corners to give it a label shape and used a black string to thread through. I put everything together with my Anita's tacky Glue and the simple and gorgeous card was here! I considered using some black rhinestones or pearls, but decided not to as I didn't want to take the attention away from the beautiful background. I really like this colour combo and hope you agree!

I have a few things planned for today that I will hopefully be able to share with you tomorrow so stay tuned!

Have a great day! Thank you for visiting!

Ingrid xxx

CAS cards using a border stamp - #1

Hi there!

Happy Friday, everyone! This week has whipped by!

The Lawnscaping Challenge blog are asking us to create our own background with stamps so I'm in! Less is More colour challenge is nearly over and I'm joining their 3 colour challenge at the last minute, because I have made a couple of cards yesterday that fit the challenge and I'd like to share the simple beauties with you. I will post about the other card separately so that I can pay special attention to each one.
This one was made using Memento dye inks (Love Notes, Tangelo & Dandelion) and the Classic Borders stamp by Recollections. I repeatedly stamped one of the borders onto a 5 1/4" x 4" white card to create my background. I cut two strips of a black cardstock and adhered the to the two sides of the panel to create a tiny border. I angled the panel over my white base (5 1/2" x 4 1/4"), stamped the sentiment onto a white card (Avery Elle, Petals & Stems sentiment), I cut a slightly larger piece of a black cardstock for matting. I cut my corners each time holding the two together and adhered them together and sliced a tiny bit of each black corner to make an even stripe all around. This was then added to my card. I wanted this piece to be quite big, almost like a banner to 'really say it'! It's a simple yet bold and effective card. I hope you like it!

I will be back with my second card so keep an eye out!

Thank you for stopping by!

Ingrid xxx

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Love you, Mummy! X

Good morning!

Today is a super special day as Mums around the wold get reminded of how very special they are and how much loved they are by their children and family members. Motherhood is a special part of a woman's life and should be celebrated. Not only for the fact that us women are able to create and bring life into this world, but also for all of the hard work, sacrifices and persistence to bring our children up in a way that one day they are a valuable addition to the society and beautiful inside out. This also goes to the mothers who aren't able to create life, but they are not doing less of a job. I've been blessed with two beautiful girls myself and am so grateful for it.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Altered Mini Playing Card - week 19

Good morning!

My last post about the messed up card was scheduled for this morning so you are probably reading it now shaking your head! :)

The good news is I made a replacement card for the week 19 and I feel much better about it. I really like the colours of this one and the shimmer is so pretty!

This time I used whatever was on my worktop and somehow it worked. I always start with a gessoed background as the back of the cards have a red and white pattern, then I colorize the background, add texture and more colours. I used my shimmery watercolour paints and my water-soluble crayons to add colour to top. The stamps used were by My Minds Eye (Lost & Found, Pretty) and a script by Prima. In the end I doodled a bit with my black Muji pen and added some white splatters with the white Posca pen. Guess what! I have taken the tip out, turned it and it works again! :) Why didn't I do it last time?!

I hope you like this one more! Feel free to leave a comment.

I haven't done an art journal page for some time and have a real urge to so I will be doing that today. I have an idea so you can look forward to a new post tomorrow!

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Ingrid xxx

Altered Mini Playing Card - Mess up no 1

Hello, lovely people!

This week's altered mini card has given me a headache! Do you have moments when you feel that nothing is going right with what you are creating yet you keep at it to see if you can sort it out and are just about to chuck it when you come up with another genius idea that doesn't work either... well, this was the case. I have decided to show you anyway, because at the beginning of my blogging journey I promised I would share my wins and my fails so here it goes!

Firstly, the sentiment 'Joy' is me being sarcastic! The process wasn't joyful at all!:)
It started really well, I have a whole book page painted in Bindex/acrylic paint mix so I cut a heart out of it and glued it over a gauze and some dry wall tape onto my gessoed and Dylusions painted background. I sponged the edges with the Walnut Stain distress ink and then used a white pigment mini dauber to make the circles on the site and embossed them with a clear embossing powder.. this is when it started going wrong!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

My take on Kristina Werner's card

Good morning!

The sun is shining again and just that brings out the happy in me!

A Blog Named Hero's current challenge is Inspired by a Hero Artist which makes me very happy. Why? because I recently recreated two cards inspired by my 'muses' (Darlene DeVries & Jennifer McGuire) for another challenge and was going to make a third one (this one), but didn't have time and missed out! So I was pleased to find out that I was able to show you my card inspired by the queen of cardmaking, the one and only Kristina Werner! I have been following Kristina's videos on youtube since my first cardmaking attempts and would watch one after another soaking up the techniques and learning about cardmaking tools. So, thank you, A Blog Named Hero! I'm joining in!

Here's Kristina's video and the card that I have recreated:

My card was made the same way, only I

Monday, 5 May 2014

IngridsCraftsCorner Etsy Shop is now open!

Hi there!

Just a quick note to say that I have opened my Etsy shop - IngridsCraftsCorner - and listed a few things there. I will add some cards as I make more than I actually need and will be adding some more art, cards and other crafty things to the shop as I go. If you like my creations and would like to own some of them then feel free to visit the shop and have a look around. Just click on the Etsy logo in the right panel of this blog and it will take you directly to my shop.

I will most likely tweet about newly added items in my shop. You can 'follow' me on Twitter (click on the icon in the right hand top corner) so you don't miss out!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

Ingrid xxx

Gesso + Cotton Wool + Cosmic Shimmer ... part 2

Hi there!

I hope you are having a lovely day! Happy Bank Holiday Monday to the UK folks!

What a busy weekend I've had! I finally got my hands on the Papercraft Inspirations magazine I'm featured in during my shopping on Saturday (also managed to loose my cucumber out of my bag on the way's always the cucumber!!!), we had a big outing to the park and a picnic yesterday soaking some sun in and finally got to finish the other two canvases made with a cotton wool, Gesso and my gorgeous Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paints, just like the first one. You can find the details about how they were created by clicking here. I have taken loads of pictures of all three canvases for you! Here they are...

I hope you like them! They were fun to make and are unique! They will be listed in my Etsy shop that I shall connect later on today. I used the same stamps for all three canvases so they can be displayed together as a set or individually.

If you haven't tried the cotton wool with Gesso technique yet then definitely try it, because you can achieve some gorgeous textures in your art and because it is very light it won't weigh your canvas down yet it is very sturdy so the application is not going to fall off. Love it!

Have a great day and I'll be in touch soon!

Ingrid xxx