Friday, 14 April 2017

Designing with PaperArtsy Squiggly Inks, UTEE and New Paints!

Hi there!

I'm sharing my creative journey with you all today. Not all went the way I planned, but I got there in the end and you can find out when visiting the PaperArtsy Blog. I had a great time playing with the Squiggly Ink stamp set Bricks & Mortar 1 by PaperArtsy, the yummy new paint set by Tracy Scott and some UTEE.

Here's what I created...

Now, please hop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see how it was made and learn a trick or two. I hope you like it. 

All the best and Happy Easter! 

Ingrid xxx 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

MMW#23 challenge inspiration


Our March/Apr challenge is up and running and I am very excited to have our new teamies all together and sharing their gorgeous work for the first time!

I had a great time playing with PaperArtsy Grunge paste, Prima Marketing Heavy Gesso, making imprints using skeleton leaves, adding colour with Lindy's sprays and highlights with DecoArt crylic spray and Lustre paste. I also adding a contrast colour using some gilding flakes. It was great fun!

MMW Mood board 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Art Journaling for PaperArtsy

Hi there!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I have a very special post for you...

Today I am sharing some of my art journaling with you. I got the ooohs and the aaahs on as I was playing with the lovely PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Finish paints, Sara Naumann's journaling stamps and one of the gorgeous TCW stencils. I had a real blast, made an almighty mess and ended up with another colourful page spread in my file journal.

I truly hope that you find some time to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog to check out my post there. What more, I am crossing my fingers that you will enjoy it and maybe even share it with your crafty buddies out there. For now, I shall leave you with a few sneak peeks... enjoy!

Big crafty hugs,

Ingrid xxx

Thursday, 22 December 2016

GD for That's Crafty: Pocket Letter

Hi there!

Thank you for stopping by today.

I am sharing a fun project over at That's Crafty today and was hoping that you will find a minute to hop over and check it out.

I had a great fun using my fuse Tool and played with embellishments. If you like exchanging little bits and bobs with your crafting buddies then this post is for you!

Here's a little sneaky peeky....

Have a lovely time during the festive season!

Merry Christmas!

Ingrid xxx

Thursday, 15 December 2016

GD for That's Crafty + #10mindiy clips

Hi Lovelies!

I am back with more inspiration for you via the lovely That's Crafty blog and today it is more of a DIY project.

Christmas is around the corner and I find myself 'nesting' around this time as I want everything to look cozy, neat, clean and decorated so that I can enjoy the festivities to the full.

I created a few home decor items and would like to share with you my How To. Here are a couple of quick clips for you...

DIY Candle Cozies

DIY Sparkly Pom Pom Pen Holder

There is more on the That's Crafty blog so don't forget to hop over to check out the pics and more details. Thank you!

Oh, and that's right! I have set up my YouTube channel where I will be sharing these little #10mindiy projects and other full tutorials in 2017 so if you would like to see more please feel free to subscribe so the video pops up in your feed when I upload. You can also follow me via my blog here where I also share my projects made for magazines (a big year round up is coming up!) or my other socials like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest where I will share my cardmaking, mixed media, planner and diy projects and all around inspiration. Thank you!

I hope you enjoy the rest of the week to the full! Stay warm!

All the best, 

Ingrid xxx

Thursday, 8 December 2016

GD for That's Crafty: Wintery Door Hanger


I'm back with another post for That's Crafty! and this time I am sharing a mixed media project.

That's Crafty! is a wonderful shop full of various goodies and a lot of it is great for mixed media. The door hanger that I altered, for example, can be altered in many different ways. You can create some fancy sleep looking door hangers with a quote and a dash of stylish gold or make some for your kids' room to jazz it up a bit.

I also share a step by step, should you wish to recreate it. I hope you enjoy the post. Let me know your thoughts ;)

All the best,

Ingrid xxx

Friday, 2 December 2016

GD for That's Crafty!

Hi there!

I hope you are all well and are enjoying the preparations for the Holiday madness! I certainly am! :)

I am honoured to have been asked to guest design for That's Crafty in December and so you will hear from me every Thursday this month. 

Today, I'm sharing my experimental play with alcohol inks and a few fun techniques. Here's a sneak peek... 


There's more on the blog so hop over to That's Crafty!  g for more info and photos. I hope you enjoy the post. 

Best wishes, 

Ingrid xxx

Monday, 14 November 2016

Collaboration with Magdalena Kusy

Hi there!

I recently ran a giveaway on the Mixed Media World blog and Magdalena was the lucky lady who won the goodies.

 I happen to have exactly the same supplies that she won and so I thought it would be fun to see how we both use it. 

I used these supplies to decorate my brown card A4 envelope for the current challenge 'Mail Art' that just started at the Mixed Media World blog. Take a peek and join HERE

Here are a few pics of my make. I hope you like it.

All the best, 

Ingrid x

Friday, 5 August 2016

Mixing Colours for Paperartsy

Hey Lovelies!

I know you haven't heard from me for a while and there is a reason behind it. We all need to take a bit of time to get things right sometimes and need to step back a bit. I will talk about it all another time. Today is a happy day and I'd like to share it with you!

I have a special post for you over at the PaperArtsy blog where I talk about colour mixing and show you a few simple steps to creating an abstract piece of art using just 5 Fresco Finish Chalk Paints

Hop over, check it out and let me know your thoughts ;) 

Big hugs to you all! 

Ingrid xxx 

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Peek into the past...

Hello there!

Thank you for stopping by!

I thought I'd share my newest work with you today. I get so little time to create for myself nowadays so when I do I tend to create art. Something worthy, shall I say.

This time I was experimenting with 3D stones and balls and some 3D Flex by Powertex. The paste was a leftover from another project and I hate wasting supplies. I simply took a canvas and created a circles in the middle using my spatula and let it dry.

I picked it up the other day and I had a real urge to create something full of texture and colour yumminess, but nothing too bright. Nothing new then... :) So I came up with this..

Once the stones and sand were adhered using a bit of light modelling paste the entire canvas was covered in a black gesso. Then I played with the DecoArt fluid acrylics - Interference Gold, Turquoise, Purple and Magenta. 

It was pretty but not what I was looking for. It needed more work... It needed more depth and colour variation and toning down. So I used more black gesso, Decoart paints like Dioxazine Purple, Transparent Red Iron Oxide and even a dash of Glamour Dust paint in Black Ice. It's almost transparent so not completely black, I'd say grey with sparkle so it was great for shading. Toned down with black gesso again, added, removed, added, removed... you get the idea... until I was happy with it. 

It was screaming for some rust. I used Oxido primer and activator to add some rust to my stones and it also added that natural colour of decay... love it! I also used it on the dry wall tape to create my rusty mesh. The little rag is a piece of linen which was dyed using Distress Inks like Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo and edges brushed onto Walnut Stain ink pad. The brads were also rusted. 

In the end I added a tiny bit of Silks in purple (or as they call it Snap Dragon) and ginger (Spiced Pumpkin). 



The baby in the photo is actually my Mum! She is held by her neighbour friend... this photo is an original and is over 50 years old. It was hidden in the drawer with some others and I thought it should be displayed instead. I love creating contrast in any way. Here I incorporated the vintage and decay into a modern way of creating art. I think it works rather well. 

The key hole cover is a real deal and was found at the Totnes Market when visiting. I found heaps of treasures like this one there and more items are waiting to be used. 

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or via our new Facebook Group ***Mixed Media World***. I hope to see you there! 

All the best, 

Ingrid xxx

Friday, 25 March 2016

Paperartsy meets Powertex... Guest Designer post for Paperartsy

Hi there and Happy Easter to you all!

I hope you are all well. I'm over at Paperartsy blog today with my latest piece of mixed media art using the wonderful Paperartsy and Powertex products. 

I created an abstract minimalist art using Fresco Chalk Paints, Grunge Paste and a few Powertex products. There is a full tutorial on Paperartsy blog so hop over to check it out!

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

Big thank you for Leandra and Darcy for letting me share this with you! 


Ingrid xx

Sunday, 13 March 2016

MMW#12 starting today - Vintage!!!

Hi there! 

Thank you for stopping by! What a beautifully sunny day we have today. I will be off for a little walk in the gorgeous country side, but before I dash off, I'd like to let you know that there is a new challenge starting today at the Mixed Media World challenge blog! 

I really hope you can visit to see the amazing inspiration my teamies produced for Lena's challenge! You will be left in awe as I was when I saw the images... from me, you will get a little vintage card. This card was made using little scraps, some lace, rusty and embossed bits and bobs as well as the gorgeous Paintables by Prima coloured by the yummy Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens by Crafter's Companion... 

As you can see I couldn't resist a little opulence and added gold flakes by Cosmic Shimmer here and there. I really enjoyed making this card. I hope you like it and an give something old another life or create something vintage looking for our challenge! 

Have a great day! Hugs, 

Ingrid xx

We love to create - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
Simon Says Wed Challenge Blog - A bit o' green

Sunday, 15 November 2015

GD for 12 Christmas Tags with Loll and Friends

Hi there!

Thank you for stopping by! As the title suggests, I have the pleasure of sharing a little Christmas tag with you as one of the invited designers for Loll's annual event Twelve Christmas Tags with Loll & Friends. 

GD for Twelve Tags of Christmas

I got very excited when I received the invite from Loll again this year. Last year I created a little winter wonderland on my tag and this time I thought I'd do something a bit more rustic looking. 

I started with collaging some real music (my other half is a musician and was about to throw it away! Sinner! I salvaged it :)) I added a doily onto my tag. white gesso and a dash of white Crackle Paste went over it, when dry I blasted it lightly with my heat gun which lifted the corners of the doily revealing the music sheet underneath it! What a lovely surprise I thought! I love happy accidents! :)

I distressed & sponged the edges and stamped using the Archival Potting Soil ink. The branch stamp is from the gorgeous Christmas stamp set by Clear Impressions. I added the gorgeous Shabby White frantage by Stampendous randomly around the edges to add interest to my background.

The flower is my own design, I simply drew a few petals of different sizes and irregular petals on some thicker vellum, dyed it using the Festive Berries, Barn Door, Peeled Paint for the greener leaves & let it dry. Once dried, I scrunched them up a bit on the tips, added Walnut Stain to the 'hills' and edges, covered in Clear Rock Candy crackle paint by Tim Holtz, glued together with some tacky glue & added the Gold Stickles by Ranger Ink to the centre of the flower. A few stamens & a string were added to add layers.

A little tip for you... if you want your string to be nice and stiff looking rather than floppy just add a little bit of the fabric stiffener by DecoArt & leave it to dry. I simply run my fingers over it with the stiffener and hand it high up to dry straight. Once dry, I lightly roll it up & store for when it's needed. You could dye your string in any colour and then use the stiffener, if you want it to coordinate with your project. I was happy to keep it white for now. Btw, when I say string, this is actually a thin crochet yarn. You can use the stiffener on any textile really. The rusted wire simply had to be added using a mini stapler. Love this stuff! I also added a little word sticker by Tim Holtz. I went over the sticker and the whole tag with the white Ink Edger by Prima.

Maybe one more tip.... the white flourishes on each side of the flower were also handmade using an air-drying clay & a silicon mould. If you dust you silicone mould with a little bit of corn starch, press your clay in, let it dry & remove. Paint with white gesso and sponge over raised areas using Potting Soil ink (or whatever you want). Lightly sand down any rough edges too.

I heat embossed my eyelet using the Vintage Photo EP by Tim Holt giving it the rusted look before applying it to my tag. The ribbon/seam was dyed using a combination of Peeled Paint & Evergreen Bough stains. Oh, and a dash of Crushed Olive, all by Tim Holtz. I hope I haven't forgotten anything. If you have any questions then leave a comment below... here's the finished tag...

I hope you like it! I had a great fun working on it.

I hope you can join Loll's challenge. You could win a voucher from STAMPlorations or Happy Little Stamper or even a wonderful stamp set designed by Deepti! Hop over to Loll's blog for more details!

Thank you for stopping by!

Ingrid xxx


Love to Create - Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog - Texture
Stamping Sensations - Festive Flowers & Foliage
That's Crafty!  - Tag You're It!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

MMW#9: Anything Goes & my Xmas Tag

Hi there!

I am back with a little Christmas tag made for our new challenge at the Mixed Media World. It's 'Anything Goes' this time round so I hope you can all relax and get creative. 

I have been working on a few things lately. I have altered a couple of things, I have been playing with my new Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours by Kuretake. They are gorgeous! I haven't done any journaling for a while and I'm starting to have an itch. Have you got a new favourite craft toy or something you just fell in love with? I'm already compiling my Christmas list (nope, never too old to have a Christmas list, I like to be organised :).... and get what I want, heheheee...socks and pants are banned in our household!) and I think the new Mini Gelli Plates will be most definitely on it! Have you tried them yet? What are your thoughts? 

I also worked on a couple of commissions for one of my favourite magazines! That was fun, but it took some time to complete. It gets so dark very quickly here in the UK and if I'm super unlucky it rains as it is then dark all day!
Anyway, back to the challenge... 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Altered box

Hi there!

I have been a little absent from blogging, because I had to put all my energy into the sale of my house. That's done now so before I move and have my life turned upside down again you will hopefully see more of my creations :)

I once bought a little wooden sewing box for few pence and it's been pushed into the corners of my craft space. It was looking very boring and in a need of a makeover....