Sunday, 25 January 2015

Bigz Butterfly card #2 CAS style


Welcome to my 250th post! Thank you for visiting! 

Just a super-swift post as I've been sick as a dog, pretty much dying for the last three days... you name it I have it... not glamorous at all, I'm shivering and burning with temperature, coughing and splattering as I type this and am supposed to go to work tomorrow! What more, it is my birthday on Thursday and I'm supposed to go out on Friday... ah! Not cool! 

I mentioned I made a few butterflies using the gorgeous Tim Holtz die and embossing folder. You can visit my original post HERE. I promised to show you more so here I am... 

This time I decided to express my love for art as well as for CAS style. What a strange combo you may say, but I think it worked on this one... You tell me... what do you think? 

Let me know if you have any questions. I'm keeping this short and sweet as I can barely see what the heck I'm typing so I will be back when I'm a bit better...

Challenge entered: 
Pan Pastel UK - Happy Birthday 
CAS(E) this sketch!  - sketch #107

I hope you like it! Have a fab week! 


Ingrid xxx

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Mixed Media Bigz Butterfly #1


I'm so excited to share my card with you today! I bought the Bigz Butterfly by Tim Holtz with my Santa monies and haven't used it until now! It nearly killed me! Just imagine! This beauty was sitting in my craft drawer boxed and unused! Until I got my crafty hands on it and made this,... 

... I covered the die cut and embossed butterfly in my white Gesso, then in the crackle paint in Picket Fence by Tim Holtz & let it dry fully. I added my Distress inks (Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone) to top. The base card was sponged, distressed, layered with the gorgeous paper by Lilly of the Valley (sponged & distressed too), the front panel distressed as well, I used the gorgeous Damask stencil received from my dear friend Loll and my Liquitex light Modeling paste with some iridescent glitter to top. I added a piece of the gorgeous lace by Marianne Designs, a piece of colorized ribbon and a die cut sentiment (Docrafts Large Sentiment set). I decorated my Butterfly with Stickles too! I wanted this card to have the shabby look but also tried to keep it a bit grungy. You know I like to mix grunge and glitz... I call it Glam Grunge... there is something about using natural and glitzy or grungy and glitzy together... creating a contrast and texture. What do you think? 

Between you and I... the butterfly wings are not the same so pay attention when decorating your cut out panel... make sure you decorate the right side, yeah! :) LOL! 

I made another card using the same butterfly... well, I have two more to show you, but I'll leave it for another day... 

Challenges entered: 
Country View Challenges - Use Something New (Bigz Butterfly, pattern papers, lace...)
Pan Pastel UK  - Happy Birthday 
Try It on Tuesday - Add some fabric (I used white tulle under my layers, some lace & a ribbon... hope this counts)

There is more crafty makes coming tomorrow so there's something to look forward to, right? :) have a lovely night or day wherever you are. Hugs, 

Ingrid xxx 

Monday, 19 January 2015



Big warm welcome to my lovely new blog buddies! Thank you for joining me here! x

I have been a busy bee and played a little over the weekend. I made a few things but tonight I'd like to show you a little mixed media artwork/picture. 

I have a secret board on Pinterest where I store some interesting photos of flowers and other fun inspirational images. I found one that really caught my eye... 

Source: Backyard Gardening

I really loved the contrast of colour and grey and decided to recreate it. When I saw it I remembered the very first home I was born into. It was an older house with a light blue door and no 81. It was my very first home! :) So here's my 'home' from the past... 

Guess how I made the door...?! My Christmas brie cheese just keeps giving... the wooden base was used to cut out the door base... this is what it looked like at first... 

...and then... 

I used heaps of Tim Holtz products... Distress Inks, crackle paints, Distress rusty EP, Liquitex light modeling paste, Daler Rowney gesso, Big Brush Pens by Faber-Castell, Katy Sue's Urns & Pots moulds with an air drying clay, flower softs, some embellies & Stix2 glitter & beads mix... this was fun!

I was so tempted to use paper flowers, cover them in Gesso and colour... and then I thought I'd try something new and stay away with the flower-cluttered makes. Not that there is something wrong with it, I really love it, but this time I fancied challenging myself a little and not use them!  

I hope you like it! I look forward to reading your thoughts ;) 

Challenges entered: 
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Something New (I used many new products I won recently, Katy Sue's products for example. Also trying to stay away from using flowers in my mixed media projects is not easy and new to me, but it is a nice change concentrating on an object... I hope it makes sense)
That's Crafty! - Tick Tock (anything related to time - my visit to the past is my interpretation)
Moo-Mania - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by! I have a couple of cards to share with you over the next few days so stay tuned! Don't forget to visit my challenge blog to try your luck and win some goodies! See the side bar! ;) 


Ingrid xxx 

Friday, 2 January 2015

The Cardmaker 2014 with the Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine!!!

Hello and Happy New Year!! 

I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating the occasion! ;) 

I so wanted to make this announcement yesterday, but had to keep it a secret a little bit longer... Last year/a day before yesterday :) ... I promised to reveal my news/plans for 2015 and here it goes... 

I am the winner of the national competition run by one of the UK leading cardmaking and craft magazines, Simply Cards & Papercraft!! I am The CARDMAKER 2014!!!  Yay!!!