Saturday, 27 December 2014

Christmas Fairy Wishes - art journaling

Merry Christmas! 

A little late with my blog post, I realise, but I totally blame the beast that did not want to cook on Christmas Day! 

Just a quick note to wish you all a wonderful festive time! I want to thank all who took time to visit my blog and leave me comments, I appreciate your support! I also want to thank you for inspiring me with your crafty makes, you are all so talented and inventive! You never seize to amaze me! 
I would also like to say that I feel blessed as I have found many wonderful friends through blogging and I look forward to making more in 2015! 

I have many wonderful things happening in 2015, have plans to bring you some more exciting arts and crafts and a wish to inspire more of you to be creative! 

Today, I would like to share my art journaling with you. It is a hand-drawn whimsical Christmas Fairy wishing nothing by 'Peace on the Earth, for Love from one to another, wealth to the poor, health to the sick, compassion for the sinners and food and home for the less fortunate...'

The drawing is a combination of Big brush pens, Aquarelle pencils, both by Faber-Castell, stickles, Micron pens, my white Posca pen, some white acrylic paint, Cosmic Shimmer white pearl PVA glue for 'snow'... and my own imagination! :) 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Wow! Embossing Powders - Day 2

Hi there! 
Believe it or not I am back! Yesterday I showed you what I got up to at the weekend (you can find the post HERE). You didn't get to see the whole lot of crafty goodness I got to play with so I am back today to show you more and do hope you like it... 

I made a fun artsy card using my Brushos (I adore the stuff!). The front panel was stamped with my background Hero Arts Clock stamp and heat embossed using the gorgeous Metallic Copper EP. The inside of the clocks was bleached for contrast and the edges sponged using the Walnut Stain Distress ink...

 The finished card after bleaching... 

Monday, 15 December 2014

For the love of Wow!

Hey lovelies! 

Big welcome to my new lovely followers! Thank you for joining me here! 

How are you all doing? I've been watching your gorgeous creations popping up in my blogger feed and been wanting to explore more! You're such a talented bunch! 

I have something for you too today! It is quite late in a day, I realise, but I had so much fun over the weekend there's a lot to show you. Before I do I would like to say a BIG Thank You to Tania from Wow! Embossing Powders for the wonderful Happy Mail that she sent me. I am very grateful for your generous gift! xxx

If you have followed my blog for a while you will know that Wow! EPs play a big role in my crafting and are my most frequent choices. I was trying to find a really nice golden EP and Tania offered to send me some for me to try. Not only that she send me a whole bunch of gorgeous shades of golden EPs but also added some others from their wonderful selection of regular powders. There are so many brands and so many types of EPs it can sometime be overwhelming when it comes to choosing just that ONE! I would like to make it easy for you so I will simply show you what Wow! offers and how it cam be used. I decided to break it up into a few posts over a few days and I hope you will enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoyed creating with these powders. 

The selection... 
From top left: 

Friday, 5 December 2014

GD for Country View Challenges: 'Nostalgic Christmas'


Thank you for visiting! I'd like to welcome you today to enjoy reading a little bit about the process of making my vintage Christmas wall hanging that I am sharing over at the Country View Challenges website as a Guest Designer. 

If you read my guest post you know that I promised to reveal three tips on how to create these branches, how to make a custom coloured seal like the one here (or anything else you desire) and how to add a touch of subtle sparkle to your grungy distressed background. I shall tell tell so read on... 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Speed Craft Challenge #8: Butterflies

Hi there! 

How's everyone? I just want to say... I have seen your gorgeous projects, they are ALL amazing, you are such a talented bunch! I just haven't been able to find time to comment. I will be more free this weekend so I will be in touch then! Sorry I've been a bit quiet! I would also like to welcome my newest blog buddies, thank you for joining me here!

Thank you for stopping by today! There's a new challenge starting on our Speed Craft Challenge Blog and our lovely Laine has chosen a sweet theme, my favourite: 


Excited? I was! Here's what I prepared... 

The phone is letting the card down! I will take a new one on Saturday when I have a better light and my next task is to get a light box or make one at the very least! This winter darkness is unbearable... now I work from am to pm I don't actually get to see the light of the day.. 

The card base and the panel are very simple, a white cardstock cut to size... 
I stamped my Jumbo butterfly (Stampendous), cut it out (this took ages, I thought I was gonna have a heart attack when I got to the anthenas!!), anyway, wiped the sweat off , piled on the poor sod some Light Modeling Paste by Liquitex (love this stuff!), sprinkled some frantage (Stampendous, blue), heated, sprinkled some more on the card front and heated... stamped onto a left over white card strip (tim holtz - notice the lower case letters  *wink, wink*), made holes for the brads, adhered it all togehter... a voila! Done! I forgot to take a pic of my timer again!! Sorry, the timer was showing 14:53 mins (it was a squeeze! My butterfly had to finish drying too, but it was done as far as I was concerned...)

Well, your turn! Show us what you've got! That's what I call a challenge! Have a go... hop over to our blog (click on the badge)... 

Thank you for stopping by! Big bear hugs to you all! 

Ingrid xxx 

Monday, 1 December 2014

Eclectic Ellapu challenge: 'Vintage Christmas'


I hope you are well? I enjoyed my first week at my new job and had a full-on weekend! Each day was a bit crazy. Monday was my first day, Tuesday was rather interesting, Wednesday night was spent at a local a&e with Chloe after she bashed her head, Thursday was ok, but busy and I woke up with a big cold sore on my lip probably because of the stress on Wednesday. I went to the Hobby & Craft, Art  & Christmas show in London on Saturday, had the pleasure of meeting Leona from GlitCraft at the show, bought heaps of stuff there (can't wait to play with it all) and enjoyed my Sunday with the family visiting the local Winter Wonderland event. The kids enjoyed the rides, we had some lovely food and mulled wine form the stalls... very, very busy week! 

It is 1st December! Goodness! Christmas is coming! Talking about Christmas and 1st December ... today is a very special day! A brand new challenge is starting over at the Eclectic Ellapu challenge blog where  my lovely teamies and I share our creations for this month's challenge. I am very excited and honoured to be a part of this fun! I hope you can play along with our challenge: