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....

Sunday, 11 October 2015

MMW#8: Anything Goes on Wood

Hi there, lovelies!

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday! I had a busy one so far. Posting at Mixed Media World this morning was not an easy task. I recently got a new laptop... well, as swanky and nice as it is I am still finding my way around it and the Windows 10. I was like a mad scientist this morning using two laptops as I had things in two places and some functions were not working out on the new laptop. But I got there in the end!

There is a brand new challenge starting at the Mixed Media World challenge blog and a good one too! Mo is asking us to create Anything on Wood! How fun is that! So hop over to see what my teamies created to inspire you for this challenge and join in! It is sponsored by...

Sunday, 13 September 2015

MMW#7: Autumnal Colours + Decoart + 1st Youtube video!

Hi there!

It's been so long since I wrote a blog post here! I'm so glad you have not deserted me! :) I apologise for the absence, I have many important things going on in my life right now and working tirelessly toward the end goal! I can promise one thing and that is ... once I have reached my end goal you will be seeing more of my art and other crafty makes and I will be sharing more than that with you! So please bare with me :)

Today, there is a new challenge starting at our Mixed Media World blog. Laine would like you to create anything mixed media as long as you use colours of autumn. How nice and simple is that?! You don't need to create anything autumnal, just use the colours that the beautiful season brings along.

I love the browns, greens, reds, oranges and yellows of trees.. the darks and the grungy colours of damp leaves and soil... I decided to go grungy all the way and added some rusty looking areas for good measure,, ha!

Apart from the black gesso, all paints and media used here are by Decoart. I actually videoed my process so that I can learn how to put together a youtube video. If this works out I will create some video tutorials for you. I will try to work on it so I can share it with you soon! ***edited: I have just posted a quick video with a new fun technique using a foil and embossing folder... a faux distressed letterpress technique'... I will post more soon! :) Enjoy! 

Now back to the painty background I played with,...

It was a great fun! I used my brayer and my palette knife to create the background. This is not my usual way of creating textures or my usual process of creating. I love texture (more the better as far as I'm concerned), but this time I tried something different, experimented and decided to create interesting areas, played with paints and stenciling using Andy Skinner's stencils (also Decoart range) & his background texture stamps (stampendous). I really enjoyed it and already look forward to exploring this way of creating more. I have to practice more, but this is a start, right? :)

You're probably asking what the heck it is... well, I am currently in love with the gorgeously rusty images I've saved on my Pinterest board called 'Rusty Gorgeousness' and was inspired to create something similar... :)

Anyway, I hope you can join the challenge and hop over to Mixed Media World to see what my teamies were up to.. you will be amazed!!

Don't forget, there is a prize for the winner too! £15 online discount if you shop with Glitzcraft! Give it a go! ;)

Thank you for stopping by! Hugs,

Ingrid xxx

Love to Create - Anyting Mixed Media Goes
Try It on Tuesday - Try Something New (a new way of creating for me)

Sunday, 16 August 2015

MMW#6 challenge, page #5 & Gelli Plate tape

Hi there!

You're probably wondering why the heck I'm posting about the new challenge at Mixed Media World so late! I'll tell you why... I've posted over at Mixed Media World about the most wonderful artist Sandra Duran Wilson for our star designer series so I thought I'd tie these two posts up! Also, if anyone knows how to clone people give me a shout!

I want to show you my recent Gelli Plate experiments, tell you about our new challenge and of course show you  what I did next in my File Journal and share a few tips and tricks as I go along...

I love YouTube. There is so much inspiration and information on the channels I'm subscribed to! I usually watch these short videos on my iphone when getting the little one to sleep (muted). The other day I came across a few videos on how to make a fun tape using a Gelli Plate. You can check it out HERE.

I decided to try it and want to share a few things with you.. one of which is ... don't worry if you don't have a Gelli Plate, you can still make some fun tapes for yourself and I will tell you how. It's so simple and a little silly too, but it's fun and the results are great!

Firstly, let me show you a few tapes where I used the Gelli Plate using the technique shown in the video...ok, I added my own little twist. Start by pulling a piece of text of a newspaper using your clear tap, rub the back of the paper using a bit of water & let it dry. The tape will become sticky again once dry so you can carry out the next step, as per the Gelli Art video I mentioned above.

And now, check these out....

Wonder how they were made? I will tell you, but don't laugh! :) I will tell you how it all started... I was making some fun painty brayered backgrounds putting paint down on my non stick sheet, brayering, layers naturally drying in between... I was lazy and didn't clean the sheet. I got it out when making my Gelli Plate tapes and thought I needed to clean the sheet before using it again. It was then when the idea popped into my head... I made a few criss-cross scratches with finger in the messy sheet, go the tape out and started pulling the paint off using my clear tape! Ta-daaah! I added some mica powders to all my tapes, to get rid of the stickiness and job done!

I had another dirty sheet (what can I say, I'm a messy artist, I don't like to clean my sheet, I let it dry & then scrape the paint with a palette knife. In fact it is less messy that way than trying to wipe off a wet paint with my wipes or whatever else and make more almighty mess!:))

You're probably thinking I'm a little mad and not entirely sure what to do with these! Well, I have two clean sheets and heaps of fun tapes to play with! Keep reading, you'll see it in action...

I worked on another page of my File Journal. Before I show you the pages, I'd like to give a shout out to Ellie Knol and say... yes, it does close! :)
Well, for now anyway... I made the spine quite loose, but I am loving all of the texture that goes in and decided to continue the journal that way! I want to make it thick and huuuge! I bought some giant binder rings and will use my eyelets to keep the pages together. I'll show you again after the makeover..

And here are the pages with some close ups for you...

  Here's a pic with one of the transfers in the corner..

This is again where I used the tape made with the paint residue on my non-stick craft sheet. The only thing you need to do is to apply a bit of a clear drying glue like Mod Podge wherever you want it, put the painty side of the tape over the glue to stick it down, let it dry & then simply peel the clear tape off! It's a transfer! Now I have many of these tapes I can use them to add interest to any arty project. So next time you start wiping off that gorgeous leftover paint and ink or even gesso off your craft sheet, think again! ;) heheee....

 Here's a pic with one of the transfers in the corner..

I hope you like the page and I hope you enjoyed today's post. I also very much hope you can join my challenge over at Mixed Media World and create your very own Gorgeous Textures! You could win 3 pics of your choice from The Old Vintage Shop and be our next Guest Designer for our next challenge!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I do appreciate every single one of them and will look forward to reading them.

Big hugs to my new blog buddies, all my lovely friend, the old and the new ones!

Ingrid xxx


Challenges entered:
Mixed Media Place - Gym Exercise #10: One Important Word
We love 2 Create - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Try It On Tuesday - Use stencils

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

File journal page #4

Hey! I'm back!

I hope you had a nice day?

I promised to show you the other page spread in my handmade file journal. Here's my yesterday's post with the page no 3, in case you are curious. Before I do though I'd like to welcome my new blog buddies! It's so nice of you to join me here! I hope you will enjoy my art and my posts!

I have a mixed media summery page spread here...

If you've been following my blog you'll know that I love creating interesting textures, use fun colours and a dash of sparkle makes me super-happy. I even came up with a name for my crazy style of mixing grungy with glitzy... 'glam grunge'... catchy, right?! :) hehee...

I created heaps of texture using dry wall tape, various laces and strings, added some messy stenciling with the TCW stencil and some heavy white Gesso, etc... I wanted this page spread to be pretty yellow and summery looking so added a mixture of beads, some flowers and some flower soft. I finished it with homemade sprays and other inks. To embellish I added a few fun bits and bobs by Tim Holtz. I think you will recognize them all so no need to describe... just enjoy some more pics and I shall look forward to hearing from you ;)

If you you are enjoying the fresh colours may I point out that the new issue of the Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine is out now! I'm sharing my own fun tie dye transfer technique on a huge 6-page spread and a few fun cards perfect for the season! I would absolutely adore if you were to try it out and let me see your your cards or arty pages using the technique. Let me know if you do ;)

Thank you for stopping by today! I'll be visiting your gorgeous blogs later on so am really looking forward to seeing some of your crafty goodness!

Big hugs!

Ingrid xxx


Mixed Media Place - Creative Gym Exercise #10 ('Creativity' is so close to my heart...)
Frilly & Funkie - Raise It Up! (felt inspired by the DTs work so much I had to give it a go!)
Craft Stamper Magazine - Take a Stamp, July challenge: Anything Goes (I used the beautiful texture stamps by Andy Skinner/Stampendous)
Simon Says Monday blog - Letter I (I used a few inks...)
Simon Says Wednesday Blog - Sparkle & Shine

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

File journal page #3

Hi there! 

Just a quick post... I know... unusual for me... once I start writing I don't know when to stop. It is quite late in the day though and my job won't do itself (unfortunately) so I will have to go to bed in a mo. Before I do though I want to show you what I've been up to... 

Do you remember my altered file journal? I wanted to play so I got it out and just played. I didn't have a plan or an specific idea I just knew I wanted a lot of texture and raised areas... 

I had a great fun! What do you think? It sparkles in the sun too.. :) 

I had so much fun I actually made another page spread in this journal and if you check in here tomorrow you can see that too! In the meantime feel free to share your thoughts on this one ;) I shall look forward to it! 

Thank you for stopping by! 


Ingrid xxx 



Frilly & Funkie - Raise It Up! (felt inspired by the DTs work so much I had to give it a go!)
Craft Stamper Magazine - Take a Stamp, July challenge: Anything Goes (I used the beautiful texture stamps by Andy Skinner/Stampendous)
Simon Says Monday blog - Letter I (I used a few inks...)
Scrap Around the World - Mood Board...

Monday, 13 July 2015

MMW#5: Stencils & a bit of Gelli Plate fun

Hi there! 

There is a exciting new challenge starting at the Mixed Media World challenge blog and this time the theme is super-fun and relatively easy so I hope you can all join in! 

Georgie is asking us to be creative with Stencils. I made a fun little card using my Gelli Plate & the Andy Skinner's 'Vogue' stencil & masks for my card. I also used the 'Sunburst' stencil by Andy Skinner for the background. The paints used are by Decoart and it is the gorgeous Chalky Finish range. 

I knew this was going to be quite an artsy card so didn't hold back when I decided to draw on the ladies. I added a bit of colour with Spectrum Noir colour pencils and a few from the Aquarelle pencils by Faber-Castell as well as sponged lightly with Memento Inks in Pear Tart and Teal. I also used a bit of sponging using the archival Potting Soil ink here and there to add shading. 

We have a fabulous new sponsor ... 

That's Crafty!

... who we have teamed up with for their launch of their new mini stencils! Our winner will receive 10 of these beauties and of course a chance to guest design for our next challenge! Exciting stuff, right?! 

Hop over to Mixed Media World to see what our Guest Designer made and the spectacular inspirational makes from my dear teamies! 

Thank you for stopping by! 


Ingrid xxx



Sunday, 5 July 2015

GD for Mirror Crack'd


Thank you for visiting. It's been a while since I posted. I've been a little busier than usual so haven't been posting much. I had a wedding to attend which was lovely because I could catch up with all my friends and see what they'be been up to. I also had a pleasure of meeting Hi Excellency The High Commissioner of the Bahamas, Eldred E. Bethel, and his charming wife as well as other fabulous people together celebrating the 42nd anniversary of the Independence of The Bahamas at the Four Seasons Hotel here in London. Awesome event full of lovely people, wonderful canap├ęs, champagne and the best Bahamian rum punch ever! The hotel was so gorgeous! I could easily live in just one of the bathrooms full of black marble, flowers and abstract art! We had a few official photos taken which I am yet to receive, but cheekily took a few on my iphone (not of the officials as that would not be appropriate)...

Imagine having such a chandelier in your hall! When I grow up I definitely want a bathroom like this and the Master of The Ceremony was so big and awesome looking I simply had to have a pic with him :)

I haven't been slacking in my craft room though. I worked on a tag that remains half done, I worked on a tiny encaustic album that also has the covers only and I made a canvas that I'd like to show you today. I have a couple of cards to still work on and send to the magazine for shooting and editing... I also spoken to our new sponsor for Mixed Media World.. Yes, yes, yeees! Exciting times so stay tuned!

Now I do have some fun canvas for you. I am very honoured to have been invited to guest design for The Mirror Crack'd challenge blog. How exciting is that?! Their current challenge is all about a 'Canvas'. Imagine the possibilities! You can create anything at all as long as your masterpiece is on a canvas.

I took the opportunity and went ahead with a technique I wanted to try for some time. I took a walk into my little garden once again and this time picked a few dried grasses and various weeds. No, I wasn't intending to do weeding although it might be a good idea.. I hung the weeds high up after giving it a good shake to get rid of any tiny creatures that might be hiding in the weeds. Enough time passed, I took the weeds inside and put them into counter top.. Gave it a shake, made mess, no bugs.. Fine! Got a canvas out and covered it in white gesso and pieces of a cheese cloth. I arranged the dried weeds and slapped more gesso on top, applied some crackle  paste by Prima and let it all thoroughly dry. I worked on my little encaustic album whilst it was drying so I will show you the results soon..

When the canvas was nice and dry and crackled I added some natural hues to the canvas using the Distress Stains and sprays by Tim Holtz and also used my Aquarelle pencil by Faber-Castell in dark brown to shade the areas around the stems to give it the 3D look even more. A few splatters with the gold Distress Spray by Tim Holtz,  few highlights and it was done....