Sunday, 13 November 2016

MMW#20: Mail Art

Hi everyone!

I hope you are well! Thank you for stopping by today and many thanks for sharing your art with us. We're here to announce the start of our new challenge. This time we want you to join us creating Mail Art. 

You will see from the DT inspiration that we all interpreted the theme a little bit differently and that's good! Wouldn't be boring if all worked the same way? In general, you might be familiar with Mail Art, but if you don't know what it is when you decorate an envelope or packaging to send to your family or friend. You can doodle, draw, colour-in, glue on embellishments etc... and as we are a mixed media challenge blog we would like to see mixed media looking projects. 

So here are our makes for the challenge. I hope you like what you see and will feel inspired to try to create your own Mail Art...


Georgie has taken the fun approach and had fun doodling...


I decided to play with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and to create some fun textures on a brown cardboard A4 envelope. The flower is a napkin tissue adhered to a gessoed background. 


Milujem art-journaling! Možnosť prenášať emócie na papier je v mojom živote dôležitá. Pri tvorení na novembrovú tému som sa preto nechala viesť predovšetkým myšlienkami a pocitmi. Takto to dopadlo:

I love art journaling and it is important for me to express my feelings on a paper. I let myself being carried away when creating for the November theme and this is what the result is:


Ahandbag with file folders for somebody who love to travel. File folders for passport, photos, sketches etc. I made also a tiny mini album 3 x 4 cm for notes and origami credit card holder.
That's all you need and you have everything in same place. Enjoy your flight!


I've created an art journal layout where I tried to embrace the feminine look of the Eiffel tower with masculine colours, shapes and stamps. It was an additional challenge I set up for myself and had fun completing it.


I am a real fan of Pringles chips, this way I have many empty cans in my scraproom, because I really like decorating them. This was a perfect choice for the base of my mail art project. It reminds me of the old post boxes and vintage time capsules. You can hide any secret messages inside the can. I would be very happy if someone suprise me with a love letter in this kind of packaging. Would you? :)
For the first step I covered the can with 3 layers of white gesso, what followed some violet mist, crackling paste and stencil patters made with modelling paste. After that I started to decorate with different kind of papers that are connected to mailing and post. For the final step I used mica flakes as an embellishment and purple stamps in different pattern.

We all look forward to seeing your makes! I will be back to announce the winner of our last challenge soon so stay tuned. Also, just so you know a new challenge will always go live at 8pm on a 2nd Sunday or a month. 2pm was just a bit too early when you all want to spend time with the family or have a siesta after your Sunday roast :) 

I do hope that you can join this challenge and give yourself a chance to win £20 voucher from our sponsor That's Crafty! 


Good luck to you all! 

Big hugs 

Ingrid xxx

Monday, 7 November 2016

Guest Designer: Bryan Evans

Hi there!

What a fab start to the new month of November! I'd like to welcome another talented artist to our blog...

I have been crafting now for about 8 years, I am still trying to find my 'style'. Mixed Media I find fascinating as there is no wrong or right way. I get great joy from experimenting with paints, inks, stamps and using different mark making tools. Taking part in challenges on various blogs is very inspirational, everyone I have come across have been very helpful and willing to share their knowledge. 

My project came about from a bucket of rusty metal that we have either found on the land, or has been dug up by our pig Fatty. I had an idea that I wanted to create an alternative picture frame as I had this smashing picture of Fatty. 

The substrate for this was an old piece of wood, I think it was originally part of a window frame. I altered the picture of Fatty by adding some Deco Art Media Crackle Glaze with a painting knife. This created different sizes of cracks. I rubbed over some Burnt Umber acrylic paint to try and highlight the cracks.

I collected several pieces from my 'found' bucket and spent a couple of weeks to arrange them into place. The bent nails are really handy as we will be able to 'hang' things from them. The feather came from one of our cockerels!!

This 'picture' is now hanging pride of place in our hallway!!


Wow! What an original project! Absolutely love the fact you used authentic pieces in your project. Thank you so much for sharing your work with us, Bryan. We hope to see you around! 

There's plenty of time to create something amazing for our challenge and join HERE. You have time until 10th November. Good luck! 

Thank you for stopping by today. See you soon! 

Ingrid xxx 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Mixed Up magazine + Giveaway

Hello there!

Have you heard of the new Mixed Up magazine? Some of you probably have and for those who have not, Mixed Up is a new digital and interactive magazine packed with mixed media inspiration. 

What does 'interactive' mean? Well that's a whole lot of cool at a click of a finger. When you subscribe or purchase an issue you will be able to list through the pages on your phone, tablet or on a computer. Wherever you see a 'play' button you can watch a video. Where you see a row of dots you will be able to list through images. It's great! The first October issue came with 86 pages, each filled with tutorials, images of works of very talented mixed media artists and crafters, freebies, giveaways and more! 

I was really looking forward to this day as I knew there would be another November issue ready for me to enjoy!

Katy Leitch is the editor of this wonderful magazine and talking about giveaways, she very kindly agreed to giveaway not one, but TWO FREE copies of the November issue via our blog! How to win... 

It's simple... 3 simple steps... I will share this post on our facebook as well. All you need to do is to leave a comment below this blog post and then hop over to Facebook, share my post and leave a comment there as well. I will then select two winners using the random number selector and will announce here and again on Facebook in 10 days! So hurry, don't hesitate and enter so you can enjoy reading it too! Good luck! 

Thank you, Katy, and all the best for the future! Looking forward to more of the mixed media goodness! 

Ingrid xxx

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Guest Designer: Magdalena Kusy aka eMKa

Hi everyone!

We have a special guest here today with something totally spooktacular!!!! The guest designer for today is...

My name is Magda on internet eMKa. I live in Poland. My projects are created in a small corner of my bedroom ;)

I'm a part of DT in a two Polish producers scrapbook papers (AltairArt - http://www .altairart .pl/) and chipboards (SnipArt - http://sni ) and one of a crafty shop called Skarbnica Pomys (http://ska rbnicapomy

My project s can be found on my blogon my Facebook, or My YouTube channel

Today I prepared for you an altered fish can, which will be my decoration for Halloween. In this project I used: SnipArt chipboards (Polish producer) and
old wire pulled out from some old engine. Also, I used: black gesso, whiet gesso, gel medium, metallic and glitter paints, mists, mica flaces,
microspheres in various size and colors and inka gold.

I hope that you like this project and that one day I will be able to return as Guest Designer :)

Greetings from Poland 

eMKa :)


Thank you very much, eMKa, for the fabulous Halloween project! It is totally awesome! I do hope we will see you again soon! You are one talented lady! 

I hope you are all feeling inspired. There is still plenty of time to join in with our current challenge, Assemblage/Altered Art! One more Guest Designer to join us this week so more to look forward to! Stay tuned ;) 

All the best! Have a great spookylicious time this Halloween! 

Ingrid xxx 

Sunday, 23 October 2016


Hi everyone!

I hope you are all well and having fun. I have a special guest here today, Heather Thompson, our last winner. She created the most amazing layout and I personally couldn't wait to see what inspiration she'd bring along for our new challenge: Assemblage/Altered Art. Be prepared to be amazed! Here it goes...


My name is Heather Thompson, I live in rural Wisconsin on my own little piece of heaven with my husband and two fun kids, Olivia-8, and Maksim-6. I am a registered nurse by night and a avid crafter and gardener by day. I have dabbled in scrapbooking since my daughter was born in 2008, but have been creating seriously since 2014. I love having the freedom to create based on my mood and environment, so with that being said I can't say I have a particular style that screams “This is Me.”. I love all styles and genres and love to much my creative mind.

Frame: I used an 5 x 7 inch canvas frame and used the back side of it. After applying a layer of gesso as a primer I decoupaged some tissue paper randomly on the canvas and around the sides. I then used a stencil and molding paste to add more dimension to the piece. I even added texture to the center knowing I would eventually be covering a majority of it up. I used a combination of Alcohol Inks and Lindy's Sprays to give the right color combo I was looking for.

Relic: I found the relics that would work and fit with still giving some area to see the background. I then Applied a thick layer of texture Paste Graphite (Finnabair) to the lower portion of the Imperial Egg, after drying, a layer of white gesso on both top and bottom portions. I again used the alcohol in to give it the vibrant red colour. The top valleys of the egg where filled with glitter glass and then filled over with some liquid glass. ( Side Bar: I should have used some Ice Resin for a clearer dried end result, but 1. didn't want to mix it up for such a small amount, and 2. I am impatient and didn't want to wait 24 hours for dry time.) After both pieces were dry I then used a hogs hair brush and dry brushed a fine layer of black gesso over the whole piece.

After adhering the imperial egg to the base, From past experiences, there is a right way and a wrong way to put the base and relic together. Patiences is a virtue here. I used some "Loctite" Super Glue Gel Control to apply the diamond chain around the base. It gives enough time to work with the piece.
Then was just adding the finishing touches and embellishments. The red and black reminded me of a deck of cards and the Imperial Egg itself reminded me of Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts. So hence the composition was born.

Wow! What a fabulous make! You certainly excelled in this challenge and brought a wonderful inspiration to us all! Thank you very much, Heather! It's been wonderful to meet you and get to know you more. 

So I hope you are all feeling even more inspired to join the fun! Good luck and we'll be back soon with more creative goodness! 

All the best, 

Ingrid xxx

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Winner announcement MMW#18

Hi there 

Apologies for the late winner announcement. Each time I think my life could just be normal for a while something else take a weird turn. 

The team and I had to pick a few favourites and oh my, it was not easy. ALL of your submitted projects were absolutely magical! I love them all! But we had to choose and I think we all agree that the winner has done a fab job (as always)... 

Winner: # 25 Kerstin F 

Kerstin, you have a wonderful imagination and are one uber-talented soul. We all loved this make! Please email to let me know and to claim your prize - ingridscraftscorner (@) hotmail. co. uk (please adjust the email address before sending your message, thank you). 

We also have our Fab 3: 


Please feel free to grab your winning badges! Display them proudly, they are so deserved!

Thank you for sharing your talent with us. I hope you can enter our current challenge: Assemblage.Altered Art.

Good luck and stay creative! All the best,

Ingrid xxx

Sunday, 9 October 2016

MMW#19: Assemblage/Altered Art

Hi everyone! 

It's time for a new challenge! Whoohoo! We had some amazing entries last month and I'd like to thank you for participating. We will announce the winners on Wednesday next week so don't forget to come back to check out the results! 

We're here with inspiration for our new challenge - Assemblage/Altered Art. The reason we are broadening the theme is because we are aware that assemblage is not everyone's cup of tea and we wouldn't want you to feel left out. The whole purpose of these challenges is to have fun. 

Here are a few samples from the Design Team to get you going... 

I decided to assemble and alter a couple of canvases. I had a great time creating this textured background adding a few rusty pieces. 

I don't like throwing away fish cans. They are a great source of inspiration. I love putting old photos into them and turning them into a work of art. Like this, for example: /
Nikdy nevyhadzujem obaly z konzervovaných rýb. Sú pre mňa veľkým zdrojom inšpirácie, rada do nich umiestňujem staré fotografie a ozdoby a snažím sa povýšiť odpad na umenie. Napríklad aj takto:

There is something fascinating in rusty scrap. I was born next to the iron factory maybe that the reason.So let me introduce you to my friend, Steampunk Lady

Metal bed springs

Hat made of newspaper

I love creating mosaics but it is quite a messy hobby to do at home, so I basically practice it once a year :))) Last year I made this nautical picture frame for my son using broken glass pieces and various beads.

I hope you're feeling inspired. This challenge will run until 10th November 2016 so you have a plenty of time to create something and join the fun! Cant wait to see your makes! I hope you will be able to come up with something special and enter again this month. You could win a £15 voucher from our new sponsor Things to Alter!

Have a great time creating! Hugs, 

Ingrid & the DT xxx