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

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Challenges:
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! 

Hugs 

Ingrid xxx 

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Challenges:

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! 

Hugs, 

Ingrid xxx

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Challenges: 


Sunday, 5 July 2015

GD for Mirror Crack'd

Hello!

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....