Friday, 28 February 2014

Gypsy Dancer - mixed media artwork

Hello there!

I've been a busy bee in the last few days on and off working on my 'Gypsy Dancer'.

I simply drew her with a pencil, painted her with acrylics and added details with black and white artist pens. Then I decided to use my matte Mod Podge all over her and added more detail with the Big Brush pens. The skirt and the top is made of patterned papers and some white embroidered white lace trim. I stuck them on with a double sided tape and when I was happy with it all I 'Mod Podged' the lot down. I shaded the skirt are with the Walnut stain distress ink by Tim Holtz and stamped flowers, leaves, branches, butterflies etc with my black stazon. I added more detail to the background with my white Posca pen. In the end I added a Gold Glitter with the use of my clear Embossing Pen and my heat gun to her forehead to imitate a golden coin chain, some bangles to her wrists and arm, her a cross around her waist. I wanted to add golden hoops to her ears, but I thought... "step away now!" When I get glitter in my hands I find it hard to stop :)

More pics...

I hope you like my Gypsy Dancer! I had fun playing. Feel free to leave me a comment. I always like to hear from you!

Have a fabulous weekend!

All the best,

Ingrid xxx

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Simple Beauty - card


I have been so sick and now my poor babies are sick... totally my fault! I have had a sniffly nose, coughing, high temperature...the lot! So as you can imagine I needed to get my mojo back. Today was a gorgeous sunny day and I decided to make a card in pretty colours.

It is a one layer card, simply embossed with an embossing folder and stamps that came free with the Papercraft Essentials Magazine.Thank you for that! I love it!
I dry embossed a white cardstock, standard 8.5" x 5.5" size, and used my Carran D'Ache aqua pencils to colour in the raised areas. It is simple to do, just hold your pencil almost laying down sliding over the raised areas. I always use two shades of each colour to give the overall coloured look more depth.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Altered Mini Playing card - week 8

Hi there!

It's nearly the end of the week and here's the 8th altered tiny playing card... here's more info on what this is about.

The background was made with gesso, Big Brush Pens and a polka dot washi tape.

I stamped the heart and the background stamp in the bottom left corner with Stazon and then just played with my Posca white pen and my black Faber-Castell artist pen.

I tried not to overdo this one as I wanted to write on it... it is a small reminder to me of the things we do for our children and how much it is all worth it.

Thank you for stopping by!  Best wishes, have a fab weekend!

Ingrid xxx

Monday, 17 February 2014

A Vintage Card

Happy Monday!

I promised you a card today and, of course, I had to try out my new stamps 'Pretty' from the Lost & Found series by My Minds Eye. They are great and I decided to make a vintage card with them. I used the 'Classic Elegance' patterned papers by Melissa Frances. They go together like a bread and butter! Love them!

I have to keep this post short and sweet as my toddler is menacing!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Love
Kaboodle Doodle  - Use Buttons & Twine
Love to Scrap  - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge - Monochrome (I think it is monochrome enough...)
Craftitude - Anything Goes or Valentine's/Love

Thank you for taking time to stop by! Best wishes,

Ingrid xxx

Valentine's Rose - oil pastel

Good morning, friends!

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend?

We had a lovely family time relaxing, crafting, shopping, cooking... The sun was shining all day on Sunday, which was a bit surprising after the horrendous few days full of 80mph winds and rain, I couldn't believe it! I even managed to notice my daffodils and crocuses in my back garden. I bought a couple of Easter Flower baskets last year and when they stopped flowering I popped the bulbs into the ground and they are growing beautifully now!! I'm so happy when things work out :) I must take a pic (I'm not sitting outside now, my poor fingers would fall off in this cold by the time I'd finish) and draw them or maybe even challenge myself and try to paint them in a watercolour! We haven't had any snow at all and they are already out and trees outside are starting the flower. Hmmm...
As you know, Friday was a Valentine's Day and I received a card and a beautiful rose from Greg. I never laughed so hard when receiving a card from someone... it wasn't one of the funny ones that you get in a shop, oh no... I suggested to Greg, before Valentine's Day, that he shouldn't spend money on my card as I have all the supplies so that he should make me one instead. Now, lets be clear here... Greg is not my crafting buddy and is a musician and a singer, he's not into arts and crafts. He is a smart cookie though and thought, 'ok, she wants me to make her a card so I will make one', and he did indeed! He went ahead and downloaded a funny PDF 'Tesco Value' Valentine's card and printed it on a copy paper at work! He wrote a lovely message inside and proudly presented his work. It was hilarious! Lucky he bought that gorgeous rose! :) Of course, I had to preserve the memory of the rose and used my oil pastels to do the job. It was a last minute idea yesterday and too late to take a good photo so I'm posting today instead. Today is my cardmaking day and I got a set of stamps by My Mind's Eye so I might play with them today.

I hope you like my Valentine's Rose!

Have a great day! Thank you for stopping by!

Ingrid xxx

Friday, 14 February 2014

Kraft Love... Congratulations Card

 Hi there!

I have just found out that Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge Blog are running a Kraft Cardstock challenge and I just could not resist making a quick card. I have picked a gorgeous glitter cardstock in beautifully subtle mint colour and combined it with a white cardstock,

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

'Phoenix' - abstract/mixed media art


Today is my 'Drawing/Colouring' day, as promissed, so I'd like to show you what I've been playing with for a few days, on and off, as time allowed. Isabella and I were playing with bubble painting and watercolours last week (Bubble Painting post) which was great fun and I made myself a couple of backgrounds on a watercolour paper too. You can see one of them below. It somehow reminded me of a Phoenix so I went ahead and briefly sketched one within the lines of the watercolour background. Then I used my

Altered Mini Playing Cards - week 7

Hi there!

Thank you for popping in to check out another one of my altered mini playing cards.

This one is inspired by the recent weather here in the UK. It's been nothing but raining solidly for about two months and no sign of the beautiful shiny fluffy snow! I know we don't get much of it here in the London area anyway, but this is a bit silly.I'd rather if it was snowing and cold than raining and cold. Also, all this rain is starting to cause floods so my thoughts are with all the lovely people battling the elements.

So, I made this card into a rainy cloudy sky. The card was slightly covered in Gesso, I kind of like the red dotted background peaking through, it adds to the texture, then I played with my fabulous Big Brush Pitt Pens. These were two shades of blue (146 & 247) and the grey (272). I stamped the clouds with Stazon, coloured them with my white Signo pen and covered them in silver glitter glue. I wrote 'Every cloud has a silver lining' to remind me that it's not all that bad and that at least I have a good excuse to stay in during these rainy days and craft instead ;) I didn't want to do anything else to the card as I really like how the background looks... like it's pouring!

I hope you like it too! All the best,

Ingrid xxx

Monday, 10 February 2014

'Orange is the new Red' Valentine's Day Card

A miracle happened today - both of my girls were asleep at the same time after lunch so I quickly put together another Valentine's Day card.This one is my my darling Greg! I used a grey and an orange card stock for heart toppers, I embossed them all with my clear embossing powder. I also used a double sided sheet to punch out and cut out hearts and applied a dark grey and a iridescent silver ultra fine glitter to them. I stamped a few small hearts and my sentiment 'I love you' with my black Stazon. I wanted to create a swooping motion with my hearts on the front. The inside then says.. 'with all my heart' and completes the look of this one layer card. I popped up some of the hearts with a foam tape adhesive to give the card a little bit of dimension and that's it!

I LOVE the ORANGE HEARTS! I think it is a unique way to create more of a masculine card, not so much the traditional red hearts wherever you look, and I like that! What do you think? Check out some more pics...

A DOUBLE Window Shaker Card - Valentine's Day

Good morning!

Valentine's Day is only a few days away so I decided to make a card. I always like to take things a bit further so I have made a DOUBLE window shaker card, meaning you can see the inside of the card all the way through the front layers. I looked up 'Double window shaker cards' on Pinterest and nothing came up! Am I the only one who made one? I find it hard to believe, but I'd like to see some others so if you find one please let me know. All in all, I think it turned out really well and it was easier than you might think!

I cut out the heart in the middle of the doily and then cut

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Altered Mini Playing Cards - week 1 - 6

Hello, friends!

I've been watching some youtube videos and have come across 'inchies' and 'altered playing cards' which gave me an idea. I thought I'd take it a step further and combine the two as I happen to have tiny playing cards. I'm going to alter one card a week and will have a round up of all of them at the end of the year. As I am 'only' 6 weeks behind here are my first 6 mini altered playing cards. They are like tiny art journal pages, don't you think? I LOVE them! I've had so much fun so far I can't wait to play some more.

I started my blog 4 weeks ago so it is still a 'baby' blog, but I think it is time to get a bit more organised and mix it up a bit! You will mostly see me sharing cards, art journaling and other artsy projects, but I will occasionally throw a bit of sewing, DIY, crocheting and other creations into the mix. Hopefully this will make it more fun for everybody. I say, why to limit to one area of expertise when there are so many. I have always been a crafty soul and have many skills including embroidery, sewing, cooking and so on... why not to share them all! Well, apart from the cooking bit... I think I shall leave that one out :)

My tiny works of art (altered playing cards) will be a weekly bonus posted on any day so keep an eye out.

As much as I'd love to post something new every day I doubt I will be able to due to the limited time I get for crafting, editing, posting etc., but I will post as often as I can.

Please feel free to leave me a comment and don't forget to sign up so you don't miss a thing! :)

Many thanks for stopping by!

Best wishes

Ingrid xxx

The mini playing cards I'm 'playing' with...