Thursday, 18 June 2015

GD for Frilly n Funkie: It's Summer!


I'm excited to share my make for the current challenge 'It's Summer!' over at the fabulous Frilly & Funkie blog. Yay!

What is the first thing you think of when we say 'summer'? For me it is definitely a summer holiday on a beach! I love the white sands of the Bahamas and the gorgeous crystal clear water. Diving there was the best experience ever, you can clearly see all the wonders of the underwater world. Something amazing, really. So my card for today is very much inspired by the beautiful Bahamas and the natural environment there. 

The card front needed to be sturdy as I knew I was going to be adding shells and other embellishments so I decided to use a corrugated board. I covered this in a couple of gorgeous papers by Lilly Of The Valley. I tore them, distressed them, added some crackle paste by Prima through Tim's stencil (Lace) and a Sand paste by Decoart here and there... then it was just a matter of hot gluing shells, flowers and covering them in a white gesso. Next came out my gorgeous custom made Aqua spray which I made using the Marianne Smith's Colour Lab Kit. If you want to find out more about this kit I have a 5 page spread about this fantastic product in the Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine which is on a sale from today! Whooohoo! I do hope you can buy your copy and learn a trick or two on how to use the kit ;) 

credit to Practical Publishing Int

credit to Practical Publishing Int
These sprays are fantastic. You can make 30 different colours and this aqua colour is just gorgeous. I added gloden mica powder in it so when it dries you can see the gorgeous shimmer in all the little crevices. Gorgeous and perfect for my summery card! I also added some Potting Soil Archival Ink to raised areas and edges, some of the gorgeous champagne gold colour Metallic Lustre by Decoart, more flowers, cheese cloth, splatters, more embellishments,.. oh it was a great fun! Here are some close ups for you...

I hope you can hop over to the Frilly & Funkie blog to check out the post and link up your summery interpretations. I shall look forward to admiring them all! If you would like to get in touch, share your thoughts or ask a question feel free to contact me, leave a comment or connect via my social sites then feel free! 

Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely day! 

Ingrid xxx 



We Love To Create  - Anything Goes Mixed Media
Country View Challenges - Shabby Chic
Our Creative Corner - What makes you smile (summer & the Bahamas in my case)
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - A Year of Choices (MMMC#1 & MMMC#2)

Sunday, 14 June 2015

New challenge at MMW - Masculine/Father's Day

Hi there, Lovelies! 

What a battle with the technology I had today... my pic reader decided to speak alien so I couldn't get the photos off it until I got an option to fix the issue and then our DT site on blogger decided to rebel. I don't know who at Blogger tinkers with what, but I would very much appreciate if this could be sorted. Aaaanyway,.. I got there in the end and a new post at Mixed Media World is up and our new challenge running so I hope you can join the fun. 

I had a lovely messy time creating a Father's Day card. It is not for Greg, he doesn't like mixed media.. he will get a printed Tesco's Value card printed on an A4 like he kindly did for me the other year when I asked him to make me a card for a Valentine's Day.. hehee... 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Vintage canvas with Decoart

 Hi there!

It's the beginning of the month and time for a new challenge at the Eclectic Ellapu challenge blog! The challenge theme is 'anything goes' so nice and easy! This should give you a free hand and an opportunity for a real bit of artsy fun! I love creating what I want.. I'm starting to notice that I like my creations more when I have a bit more creative freedom, when I can be as creative as I like and see where my explorations take me. If there is a very specific theme that is not exactly up my street I tend to over-think it and end up not sure about it all. I think you know what I mean... 

So why not have a bit of fun just for yourself and then link your make to the challenge. We'd love to see what you come up with.. 

I wanted to play with all the gorgeous paints and various media from Decoart and so I chose to paint a canvas. It all starting with hard boiled eggs.. Yes, you are readings this correctly. Once I've eaten my breakfast, saving the egg shells, I peeled the egg membrane all off. A bit fiddly but not too bad. I gessoed my canvas and used the Liquitex Light Modelling Paste around the edges adding the egg shells, cracking them a little by pressing down on them. This was rather addictive so before I knew it I managed to frame the whole canvas adding some gauze as well as I went. I had to let this dry! Imagine the wait! I panted it in gesso twice, let it dry again... This is when the fun with the paint begun. I used so many gorgeous colours from the Americana Acrylics range... I started with Bittersweet Chocolate working the dark paint in between those shells and when dry lighter colours went on top. To name a few.. Cadmium Yellow, Antique Gold, Avocado, Sea Aqua, Indian Turquoise ( I think), Coral Blush, Arbor Green...gorgeous colours! I added some white splatters using the White Media Mister from the Mixed Media range and highlighted the raised areas with more gesso...