Sunday, 31 May 2015

Shabby Fusion Card


Hope you have had a lovely weekend? Mine's been busy but enjoyable indeed! It is pretty much over for me though and back to work tomorrow.. so just a quick post today before I wonder off to the land of nod.. 

This card was totally inspired by the 'Wedding Belles' challenge over at Fusion Card Challenge. The colour combination was my biggest inspiration. It's just so gorgeous! Check it out.. 

Do you see what I mean?! I am entering the challenge at the last minute hoping I might still get counted in :) 

I made a mixed media card using tons of products and tools, from Gesso, inks, sprays, pigments, flowers, ribbons, Distress stains and more..! I hope you like it ;) 

Have a great week! I'll be back tomorrow ;) 


Ingrid xxx


Fusion Card Challenge - Wedding Belles
Frilly & Funkie - Happy, Happy, Happy,. (this colour combo and the mixed media fun always make me happy, no kidding :)) 

Monday, 25 May 2015

Picture perfect ... Royals, celebrities & fancy cars...


Hope you are all well. It's the end of the Bank Holiday weekend here in London, UK and I have a few special pics for you today! 

I happen to have a few exclusive photos taken on Sunday during the famous polo game in The Cirencester Park attended by the Royal Princes, other Royals as well as celebrities.. and my other half working on behalf of the Maserati team. These images are approved by the palace so enjoy! :) 

If you would like to see the pics from the last years polo then hop over HERE. This year Prince William did not attend, supposedly due to his paternity leave.. ? Nevertheless I have quite a few interesting photos for you..

Amber Le Bon at the Maserati Jerudong Park Polo Trophy

Charlie Casely-Hayford and Sophie Ashby at the Maserati Jerudong Park Polo Trophy

George Spencer-Churchill at the Maserati Jerudong Park Polo Trophy

Grace Woodward at the Maserati Jerudong Park Polo Trophy

June Sarpong at the Maserati Jerudong Park Polo Trophy

Mariano Di Vaio at the Maserati Jerudong Park Polo  

Prince Harry at the Maserati Jerudong Park  Polo 

Prince Harry at the Maserati Jerudong Park  Polo 

Prince Harry at the Maserati Jerudong Park  Polo 

Satnam Dhillon, George Spencer-Churchill and Prince Harry at the Maserati Jerudong Park Polo 

Yasmin Mills and Mark Newns at the Maserati Jerudong Park Polo 

I have a few more pictures... or shall I say picture frames! Now these are 100% authentic mixed media frames altered by moi! :) I used heaps DecoArt products including Sand Paste, Americana Acrylic Paints, Weathered Wood, Metallic Lustre, Modelling paste, Antiquing Creams, a few of the fabulous stencils by Andy Skinner and other bits and bobs. I don't want to make this post too long so here are a few photos...

cheapo frames from Cargo shop

I hope you enjoyed today's post. Feel free to share your thoughts, I always enjoy reading your comments!

Have a great week! Thank you for visiting!

All the best,

Ingrid xxx

Challenges entered:
Love to Create Challenge - Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge  - Stencil It
That's Crafty!  - Numbers up!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

GD for Country View Crafts: Simply Scenic


Welcome to my newest followers and a big hello to all! Hope you are doing well?

I have a special post for you today. There is a wonderful challenge running over at the Country View Challenges blog 'Simply Scenic' and I have been asked to create something inspirational for the challenge. 

I thought long and hard about my make and somehow I couldn't come up with anything. They say the best solution for a creative block is to CREATE! So I started and it was a mess as I kept making things rather than being creative. I don't give up easily though so I stopped thinking and started just playing and there it was. I think I've learned a valuable lesson in the process... don't over-think it. It's that easy! 

I created a couple of pretty backgrounds using my beloved Brusho crystals and some rock salt, stamped using the gorgeous silhouette stamps by Sheena Douglas. I cut it to size, painted a couple of grey boards cut to size using my Pebeo black Gesso and added eyelets. A voila! A brand spanking new album covers were alive! Don't you just love Brusho? A gorgeous sunset looking scene... I decided to keep the embellishments to minimum simply not to detract from the background. Let me know if you'd like me to write a little tutorial on how to make this. 

I hope you like the album covers and hope you are felling inspired a little :) 

Now hop over to the Country View Challenge blog and have a good browse! My post there should be up and you will most certainly find the most amazing bunch of creative souls sharing their gorgeous makes there. There is also a plenty of time to enter the May's challenge so have a go!

A big THANK YOU to Chris for inviting me to join Country View Crafts and share my make with you! It's been an honour! 

Challenges entered: 
Our Creative Corner - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Stamping Sensations - Flower Picasso
The Mixed Media Monthly - May flowers

All the best, 

Ingrid xxx 

Saturday, 16 May 2015

SPECIAL: Tim Holtz feature in Simply Cards + my Cards for the feature..


I'm super-excited to share this one with you!!! 

I can't tell you how happy and fortunate I feel right now! I've had an amazing opportunity to create a few card using the new Tim Holtz products. I got to play with his new releases. This includes the gorgeous Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink Pad, Abandoned Coral ink pad, Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint and the Distress Spray! What more I had the pleasure of using the gorgeous new Blossom Layering Stencil! Oh I can't tell you how much I love it. I also got to play with the fabulous Mini Blueprint stamps (Sewing & Travel). Oh I had so much. Fun. 

When I design my cards for the magazine I have to bare in mind that beginner crafters might like to try my techniques and try to recreate my cards (and I hope they do) so I try to keep them simple yet interesting. I've always loved Tim Holtz's products for one simple reason. They are so versatile and so easy to use! The variety of colours from fresh to vintage, the embellishments, the papers, stencils and dies.. I think we can all agree that Tim Holtz is a master in his field. I have a great respect for this wonderful man and am grateful for bringing such wonderful products to this market. Thank you, Tim!

Keeping this quiet was very, very hard and now I don't have to! Yay! Thank you, Simply Cards & Papercraft, Amy & Natalie, for sending me a copy. Gratefully received today! What a wonderful surprise indeed! I was on the way from work when I checked the shelves of my local newsagent and couldn't see it... And now look.. Guess who has her card right next to Tim Holtz on the front cover.. ?!

Now seriously.. This is one super-awesome exclusive interview with Tim Holtz for you all brought to you by the UK top-selling cardmaking and craft magazine that you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!!! If you buy craft magazines this is one to keep! I certainly will! 

I promise to tell you about the cards I made in detail at a later date! Stay tuned! 

Thank you for visiting today! Big hugs, 

Ingrid xxx 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Not so Shabby ;)

Hi there! 

We're half way through the week! Whooohooo! What a gorgeous sunny day it was today.. And I was stuck in he office.. Not so whoohooo.. But hey! Nearly there! 

I have a quick ish project to share with you today. This was supposed to be a light coloured crackled shabby chic door hanger which turned out rather urban looking. Well, when I start playing I might have a vision of what I'd like this or that to look like but sometimes end up taking a totally different route. I like to play and try new products and this time I ended up playing with my Decoart stash. It all started with a white Gesso, of course, added the gorgeous Burlap acrylic paint, Weathered Wood on top, dried it, Snow White on top & let it crackle. This is where it was heading in the shabby chic direction. Then I saw the fabulous Decoart designed stencils by Andy Skinner and just could not resist. This was the point when I decided to darken the background. Added tiny smudges of Cobalt Teal here and there & used the Quinacridone Gold fluid acrylic mixed with Bittersweet Chocolate acrylic paint and a tiny dash of my Matte Varnish over the whole hanger. Nice! 
I stenciled with Snow White and the gorgeous Cadmium Red Americana Acrylic paint using the Industrial Elements stencil and the Children stencil with the mask. A few splatters here and there and I was done. 

The hanger should read 'danger zone' really and go on the girls' bedroom as it looks like one every evening. Forget about pink an petals.. They are little terrors. The other day I couldn't find my little one. She's 19 months now, climbs everything, can talk a little and is a really sweet and affectionate thing when she doesn't wake me up screaming at 6:30am. So anyway.. The toys were all over the floor, I could hear her but couldn't see her. It's a small room really.. Looking closer I found out she removed the drawer from the toy cupboard, like a tornado thrown all toys out and climbed into the empty space of the cupboard sitting there and singing to herself. Bless her! 

Have a fab day/night wherever you are! I'll be back soon! 

Challenges entered: 
Frilly & Funkie - Snap, Crackle, Crackle
Anything But a Card - Inspired by the Masters (I think you may have guessed - Andy Skinner's techniques, tools... Andy Skinner indeed!)

Thank you for visiting! 


Ingrid xxx

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 136 out now!

Hello there! 

I'm excited to share today's blog post with you.. 

It is a quick reminder that the issue 136 of the Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine is now out!
Simply Cards & Papercraft 136 is on sale NOW!
Source: Practical Publishing Int

If you haven't bought it already then don't hesitate and buy asap. You won't be disappointed! It is a special issue with a fab scoring board as a gift which will be useful for sure, the magazine is packed with gorgeous cards from my fellow designers (how cool that sounds :)) and I share some fun ideas on how to use Brusho crystals on a generous five page spread (and made it onto the front cover, yay! :)) 
I'm hoping to inspire you to  give this fantastic expressive medium a go! I made a few cards each showcasing a different technique using Brusho crystals with water or other media.

Amy will show you how to use your fab scoring board. You will even find a master class on mixed media cardmaking! This issue is really awesome so don't miss out!  

You can find more info and purchase HERE if you can't find one in your local shop. 

Here's a little sneak peek of my feature ;) 

Credit to Practical Publishing Int
Thank you for stopping by! There is a new challenge starting on Sunday over at Mixed Media World so stay tuned! 

Happy crafting! 

Ingrid xxx