Saturday, 30 August 2014

TECHNIQUE ALERT: Crinkle Transfer Technique


I'd like to welcome my lovely and very talented new blog buddies. It's great to have you here.

I will be on a holiday from Monday for a week so this is most likely my last post. I don't think I will have an online access during my holiday. I couldn't possibly leave without leaving a little something for you to get inspired by.. I have come up with a new fun technique that is super-easy and super-fun so you can play whilst I'm away ;)

I think the hardest part was to think of a name of this technique :) I think it is slightly similar to my Tie Dye Technique as it also using Dylusions and you end up with a pattern transfer. Only this one is easier! I'm going to explain and show you photos of the process. So here's my step by step...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Shaker Card (1 Background - 2 CAS Cards)

Hello again!

Please hop over HERE to see my first card I made with the same background, but added a different fun element to it ;)

The background I use for this card is the same Tie Dye one used on the first card.. I'll show you the photos here too...

Slider Card (1 Background - 2 CAS Cards)


Warm welcome to my new followers, it's great to have you here! Big hugs to my loyal blog buddies, I will be in touch soon! x

I have two cards to show you today. What they have in common is that they are both made using one background created using my Tie Dye Technique. They are both CAS cards, but both have a different element of fun to them. I will post about them separately though so I can enter them into some challenges too.

This is the background...

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

So proud and happy!


I recently received a couple of wonderful news that I'd like to share with you!

#1 - I am the WINNER of the... 
Summer Music Challenge
Volume #1 (Freedom by George Michael) and this was the winning artwork... 

You can read my original post of how it as created and  a little bit about my artwork HERE
I am so proud to have won this challenge! I am also very grateful to the oh-so talented Mixed Media Design Team for selecting my artwork. I am so glad they all liked it. Their own art is very inspirational and in my mind their blog is THE place for any mixed media inspiration. This is why I am absolutely ecstatic about winning this challenge! If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing the work of these talented ladies then please head over check it out by clicking on their logo below... 

#2 - I am the WINNER at the... 

Autumn/Steampunk Challenge and this is the winning artwork... 

You can find the original post HERE. Thank you so much to the DT for selecting my artwork, I'm so pleased that you like it! I'm very honoured to be displaying the winner's badge on my blog! I am most grateful and proud! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and putting up with my boasting :) I am just very happy right now and had to tell someone ;)

I will be back with some other artsy goodness soon so stay tuned! 
Have a fab day! 

Ingrid xxx 

'Home' MDF Stencil Kit #2

Dear friends, blog buddies and visitors!

You are about to see photos and read about how not to create and hopefully along the way learn a few tips and techniques as well as see how you can use the wonderful GlitzCraft MDF kits with their gorgeous stencils and glitter pastes. You can find the previous similar posts HERE. Before I start explaining what I have done I'd like to point out that my failings have nothing to do with the products, they were purely down to my processes. The GlitzCraft products are just wonderful! 

I would also like to say a big thank you to my lovely and talented crafty friend Pamellia for designing a gorgeous signature for my photos. THANK YOU!! Love it! xxx

Here goes the story of 'how not to create'... :)

Monday, 25 August 2014

'HOME' MDF Stencil Kit by GlitzCraft #1


I hope you are enjoying your weekend and your Bank Holiday weekend, if you like me live in the UK. We managed to have a last BBQ of the summer and it was a great fun!

I'd like to welcome my lovely new followers, so great you could join me here! I hope you will enjoy my posts! Thank you and welcome!

I have recently showed you how to work with the gorgeous MDF word shapes kits. You can find the two post HERE. Last time you've seen a couple of festive and beautifully Christmas themed plaques, this time it is a more casual one for any day of the year. You can follow these few simple steps using the GlitzCraft MDF Stencil kit and few of their gorgeous Glitter Frosting Pastes and make your own home decor for any occasion. There's plenty to choose from on their website so hop over to check them out! Warning! Their glitter pastes are highly addictive!

Friday, 22 August 2014



How are you all? I'd like to welcome my new lovely followers! So nice to have you nearby! Feel free to get in touch!
My dear blog buddies, I know I have been a bit quiet in the last few days, I will be visiting your blogs soon! I have been super-busy here at home and also made a Christmas card that I can't really show you so... here I am a few days later with an A5 size artwork using my little technique and Tim Holtz's gorgeous dragonfly die that my blog buddy and a friend Donna kindly sent me to try out before I go ahead and buy the die. OMG! I'm in love with the dragonfly die cut! So pretty!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

***Speed Craft Challenge***

Hello Lovelies!

I have something super-fun for you today!

Keren Baker and I were chatting away one day and were joking about speedy crafting. This was the point when we thought of how much fun it would be to do a 'Speed Craft Challenge' together. I have been very lucky to have met many oh-so talented crafters during my 'blogging career' and Keren and a few ladies I will mention in this post are one of the best out there! I got them all nicely linked up so we could all 'speed craft' together. You may have had the pleasure of seeing their creations around or via their gorgeous blogs. If you haven't then hop over asap as you have been seriously missing out!

The Ladies I speak of are...

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Collaboration with Donna (Artfully Challenged)


I hope you've had a lovely day! I'm sorry for posting so late, I hope you are sitting nicely with a cup of tea in your hand. Don't worry, this is a short post, I just want you to be comfy ;)

I have been lucky to have made a friend through blogging and we have had some fun together! Donna aka Artfully Challenged recently received some of my Tie Dye backgrounds and made a wonderful card with it. Well this time, Donna sent me some of her gorgeous background tags prepped with her fresco paints and some little bits and bobs with them to me so I could have some fun too ;)

Now, to explain, I get all sentimental when a friend gifts me something and tend to treasure it. Well, this is no different so I wanted to make this tag to remind me of Donna without even reading my little note at the back of it so I decided to put it together with items that Donna sent with the backgrounds. That was fun!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Braided card


I hope you enjoyed your weekend to the full? I had a busy one, as always, and even worked on the background I started not so long ago. I totally messed up! After fiddling with it and perfecting it for hours I reached for the Dylusions and not knowing that the nozzle was clogged I sprayed and it went all over in wrong places!!! I nearly yanked my hair out at this point! I tried to salvage the thing and turned it into one big bubblegum pink mess! In the end it ended up in a bin :( Mr Mojo went with it and I didn't get to post about it.

However, I had an idea over night, as you do, whilst sleeping :/ and decided to make a braided card. I have seen it once made by Brandy on youtube, made a note of it and forgot about it. I couldn't be bothered getting my printer out, that thing just upsets me when I do :), so I made my own template for the braided part. It's not that hard really...

The large flower (a peony in my mind) is made out of a few light pink scallop circle die cuts, dyed with Victorian Velvet, Gathered Twigs inks and sponged with them when dry. The small wild roses were made using the Cart-us rose die. If you roll it onto a skewer you will get a traditional rose. If you you do as I did you will get a wild rose looking flower or other type of flower depending on how you shape the petals. These die cuts were dyed using the Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone inks for a lighter effect. To finish my wild rose I covered the centers with the silver Glitter Frosting Paste by GlitzCraft and added a flat back pearl. The leaves are actually a Prima Doily die cut, sanded, sponged and cut into pieces. Clever, huh! :)

As you can see I couldn't resist and stenciled my Liquitex light molding paste through the Dragonfly stencil by GlitzCraft. I also did a bit of emboss resist on my background with a Tim Holtz stamp (French Memories set), one of my favourite techniques, but this time I used the new Silver Pearl Wow! embossing powder! OMG, it's soooo gorgeous! It's just like your white embossing powder, but it has the most beautiful pearl finish. I sponged and distressed the whole background, front and back, splattered a bit of water, stamped using the script by Prima and abused the whole thing a bit :)

A bit of a dyed ribbon and a white tulle give the whole card a little extra feminine touch, I think. The white feather is from my white boa... that I wear around the house... every day... :)) OK, that's a lie... I wear old clothes as if they don't get covered in a baby food they get covered in paints. My postman must thing I'm the poorest woman out there... :)

I hope you like my wild rose and peony card with the fun braided edge. If you have any questions then ask away otherwise I look forward to reading your comments!

I would also like to say a big thank you to Ruth for speaking of me so kindly in her blog post. You have done an amazing job and continue to impress me with your amazing artistic skills. Thank you, Ruth!

Now, the challenges I'd like to enter...
Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog - Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge Blog - Roses
Craft Stamper Magazine - use any technique featured in 2014 issues (Using: The Embossing powder resist technique by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, August issue.)
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - #3 Stencils & Pastes
The Mixed Media Card Challenge - Summer

Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely evening/day!

Ingrid xxx

Friday, 15 August 2014

CASE-ing with a twist


I hope you enjoyed my first post this morning and are geared up for the 'Recycle It!' challenge!

My craft corner was such a mess after a few crafting sessions and needed a little tidy up. The moment I started organising and going through it all I came across a Sizzix embossing folder that reminded me of the lattice on Anita's card that is being cased over at the TIME OUT CHALLENGES at the moment. The challenge is called CASE it with your own twist so I got my craft supplies together (well, one one pile as they really were all over my kitchen at the time) and got cracking. This is what I came up with...

And just for reference, here's the beautiful card that Anita made:

Crafty Catz Challenge: Recycle It!


I hope you've had a good week? Mine was crazily busy, I must say. 

It's Friday and the Crafty Catz are back in action and with a new challenge. It is my pleasure to be hosting this week's challenge and I would like to see you using items that would normally end up in a trash. I have always been a bit of an eco warrior and now having my own children, our future generation, I do try even harder when it comes to recycling. I reuse where possible, I live frugally and always think of ways of reusing items. It's amazing what you can do with a little bit of imagination and a few supplies. So I'd love to see you being creative and add something that would normally end up in a bin to your project as an embellishment or up cycle something. If it is not immediately obvious what you used then please make a note of it in your post. I can't wait to see your creations! Now let's see who the sponsor is and images of my project...

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Altered rustic jar


I hope you are well and crafting your way through the week!

I have something to show you today and I will try to keep it short (impossible with me, I know, but I will do my best.. ). I had a friend with his girlfriend visiting all the way from France and they brought some goodies, one of which was this wonderful French rustic jar full of yummy wild boar pâté. I really love the scruffiness and aged look of the large jar and just had to keep it. I decided to upcycle it! My other half was least impressed with the idea as he loved it as it was, but I claimed it as mine and therefore could do as I wished with it. Nothing's sacred in this house when it comes to my artistic explorations, I tell you that! :)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Showcasing GlitzCraft MDF Word Shapes #2

Good morning, crafty souls!

I hope you are all well and eased into the new week?

I had such a crazy weekend, I was so busy I didn't get much time for creating, visiting your gorgeous blogs or commenting on your creations, but I intend to work on all of that and slowly but surely I will get there! I'd like to say a big thank you and welcome my new blog buddies, it's so nice to have you aboard! I hope you will enjoy my future posts ;)

Yesterday I promised you the second part of the 'Noel' Word Shape by GlitzCraft, the company I design for. You can see the first altered part HERE. It was more contemporary for the lovers of white Christmas trees with silver and blue everything, very contemporary looking Christmas decorations, using pretty much what came in the kit. This time I wanted to show you what happens when you dig deeper into your stash and go for more of a classic vintage looking Christmas decor.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Showcasing Glitzcraft MDF Word Shapes

Good morning!

I have one more post for you today, much shorter than the first one, I promise. You can visit the post regarding the Blog Tour HERE. I mentioned that I am currently working on altering the MDF Word Shapes by GlitzCraft in my last post and have managed to finish one part of it so I thought I'd show you what can be done using just the pieces from the kit. Just imagine, you could give these out as presents to people who don't have masses of craft supplies and they can still decorate them. Just buy a couple of Glitter Frosting Pastes and a palette knife to go with it and you're off and creating your very own home decor! There are some for every occasion so plenty to choose from too and because you use only very little of the glitter paste they will last for a very long time and can be used over and over again! You could even use the stencil and the paste for making cards for your friends and family once you're done with your MDF sign. How good is that?! The possibilities are endless!

Each Kit include 2 MDF Words or Shapes
(1 @11in x 5 inch) + (1 @ 12 in x 6 inch)
1 large Stencil for both MDF word/shapes
1 non shedding GlitterCard Insert
1 non-Shedding Glitter Card background.
2 Contrasting Card backgrounds.

Creative Blog Tour


Today I'm here with something a little different. Different's good, right?:) Today I'd like to take you on a tour. A tour around the Blogland that is!

When I first started this blog in January 2014 I had certain expectations, but all in all had no idea where it would take me. I didn't know anything about challenges or InLinkz or Blog Hops ("what on earth is a blog hop", I thought...) and so on. However, the moment I started browsing around your wonderful inspirational blogs I realised what I've been missing in my life! Not only crafting itself, my hobby, that has given me a great deal of satisfaction, but also the virtual community of crafters, artists and like-minded creative souls out there! I learned new techniques, tried and tested products I had no idea existed. I have seen so many beautiful soul warming creations that have kept me inspired and read many sweet comments that were and still are nothing but a great motivation for me to create more. Not only more, but better, I think. I remember when I started, it was more about experimenting and finding my own style at which point I wasn't sure which way I wanted to go. My style has not changed, but evolved and improved and I have developed skills through my exploring of all kinds of media out there and because of your brilliant tutorials that you so kindly share! I'd like to say a big thank you for that because your hard work played a big part in my creative life, each in its own way. THANK YOU!
My card for all of you crafty friends... no challenges, no brownies to score... just a virtual card I made for YOU... which I will share at the end of this post...

Friday, 8 August 2014

'Autumn' - mixed media/abstract art


Just a quick post (second one today! You can find the first one HERE) to show you my recently finished artwork. I was quite a naughty girl and thought it was Wednesday when it was already Thursday and made my DT card at the last minute and didn't get to finish this piece until this morning. This is why I've been quite. It seems that life is passing me by here... Hands up who's guilty of getting days wrong! No? Just me then... :)

I recently posted about Stamping with leaves where I showed you a pile of book pages covered in paint. Well, today I wanted to show you what you can do with them....

Crafty Catz Challenge: 'Lazy Days of Summer'


What a week! I thought it was Wednesday on Thursday and somehow it doesn't feel like Friday! Nonetheless, my other half will be at home for the weekend, hopefully it will be sunny so we can go for a picnic or have a BBQ! Fingers crossed!

It's Friday which means a new challenge at Crafty Catz! Yay!! This week's challenge is all about the 'Lazy Days of Summer' chosen by our lovely DT Nina.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Stamping with leaves

Good morning!

Welcome to my new followers! It's great to have you close by! What a talented bunch of people have joined my blog, I'm the luckiest crafter ever!
I hope your week is going well? Mine is not too bad, I just received my lovely prize from Pan Pastel UK, a mask and a lovely Orange Tint pan pastel with a sponge and I can't wait to try them out! But before I do I have something to show you.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Whimsical Frida Kahlo

Good morning!

Hello to all my lovely blog buddies and warm welcome to my new followers. It's so lovely to share my creations with you and be over at your blog by the click of a button!

I have something a little bit different for you. I've been recently introduced to the ART JOURNAL JOURNEY blog by Susi, my blog buddy and an amazing artist and art journaler! If you are not familiar with her work then hop over to her blog, because you'll be in for a real treat!  So, thank you, Susi!

The Art Journal Journey blog has monthly challenges for art journalers, painters, artists and this month's theme is 'Frida Kahlo'. How could I resist? If you aren't sure who Frida was then hop over to the challenge blog where you will find a little bit about this wonderful artist.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Altered Mini Playing cards - weeks 29 - 32


I would like to start by apologizing for slacking when it comes to posting about my Altered Mini Playing Cards ! I haven't posted about no 29, 30, 31 & 32 (32 being this week's card). 20 more weeks till the end of 2014! Scary how fast the time flies! So no more procrastination and let's get down to the business! Here are my tiny pieces of art....

And just to remind you how small these cards are I have taken a photo of one next to my tiny bottle of Glossy Accents (even that is bigger!) so you get the real idea of the 'space' I work with when creating these little beauties :)

As a little treat I have taken a photo of (nearly) all of them... Two of them must be in the box.. I only counted them after I edited the photo! I will be doing a round up at the end of the year so you can see them all together then. All of these fitted only one of my kitchen floor tiles :) here they are...

Well, I hope you like the new altered cards! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

I will be entering this set of cards into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Favourite Things (distressed and textured look with a bonus of butterflies and glitter!)
Craft my Life - Anything Goes but No cards

Thank you for stopping by! It's now lunch time so I'm off to feed my two hungry birdies and will be visiting your gorgeous blogs later on!

Have a great day!

Ingrid xxx

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Daddy's birthday card from Isabella (3yrs)

Hello and welcome back!

Thank you for stopping by! Second post today, you can find the first one here! I promised to show you a card that Isabella made for her Daddy for his birthday!

Isabella loves going through my stamp drawer and I let her use some now and then. I have some older inks and wooden stamps that she loves to play with. One of her favourite things to do is to use my stencils. She loves to take my fluorescent markers or her paints and she's off! Isabella loves to craft and was introduced to all kinds of media. She's been crafting with me since she could hold a crayon so is used to creating her own little artworks. I love the proud look on her face when she's finished waving it above her head shouting "Mummy, mummy,... loooook!" I will never forget the moment when she drew 3 circles and said they were the Tomliboos!