Sunday, 12 February 2017

MMW#22: Anything Mixed Media Goes!

Hello and welcome! 

We have a new challenge of the year for you here today and I' pretty sure you will find something to inspire you. Before I proceed to show you what we all created, I have the pleasure of announcing the winner and our FAB 3 of our Winter Wonderland challenge... 

The winner who is now entitled to a voucher purchased by myself either from That's Crafty or a shop of your choice is... 


Your artwork is amazing! Please contact me to confirm if you wish to guest design for us next month and to claim your voucher - ingridscraftscorner (@) hotmail. co. uk (please adjust the email address, thanks)

...and our wonderful 3 runner ups are.... 




I also want to say that I personally would have picked plenty more. I noticed that a certain person also entered, but that was when she wasn't on our team yet :) I would have picked her creation for sure and so here's Ola's gorgeous make as well: 


Congratulations all! Please feel free to download your badge from the side bar and proudly display it on your blog! Thank you to all of you for sharing your creations with us. I hope you can join us again this month. 

This month is nice and simple... you can create any mixed media project you fancy! Here's some inspiration for you... 

Georgie
For the anything goes challenge, I decided to do an art journal page on canvas board. I chose to go for a more intuitive style than anything with purpose and structure. It is actually quite freeing and really recommend it, especially if you have never tried it before! It really is like letting your emotions out in paint - haha!!
I used lots of Finnabar's Art Alchemy Paints and Gesso, also, of course, one of her beautiful Vintage Mechanical Hearts! 





Ingrid
I decided to create an ATC set. I didn't have any specific plan, but I knew I fancied playing with watercolours, stamps and paste. I was very relaxing indeed! 





Lena
I got this face idea when i heard about online magazine "Mixed Up magazine". January theme was all about faces. And i love old books.





This time I created a thick gothic spellbook. I´ve aged the paper sheets and binded them myself. I´ve made the cover of cardstock and textile, adding texture through stencil and colouring it all with ink sprays, waxes and alcohol inks. Gothic-style wooden chipboard, metal chains and embellishments, microbeads add the final touches. And voila - a book any witch would die for is ready! :)





Virag
I made this mixed media layout for our February challenge. I really love brown and turquoise color combination with a little vintage touch thanks to the papers that I choose. I tried to highlight the photo with the flower stamps and I tried to broke the oldish style with them. The base of the page is crackling paste and the bronze colour was made with mica powder that gives shiny and bright effect.




Well, what do you think? I think these are absolutely fabulous! This month is Lena's last month with us and she will be very missed! I love her amazing altered books! Thank you for all your hard work last year, Lena, you're a star! xxx 

The sponsor of this challenge is That's Crafty! and you could win £20 voucher to their online shop. 
THAT'S CRAFTY!


Thank you all for stopping by! I hope to see your linked up creations below! 

Big crafty hugs, 

Ingrid & the Design Team xxx 




Monday, 6 February 2017

Welcome to out New DT members & New Sponsor

Hello!

Thank you for stopping by today! I have a very exciting post for you!

I certainly am very excited to share some news with you today. Not only that we have a new sponsor for our monthly challenges, but I also have a real pleasure of announcing the new DT team!!!

Firstly, I would like to welcome the sweet and fabulous new sponsor... Wild Orchid Crafts!


Wild Orchid Crafts specialise in selling Mulberry Paper Flowers and many other embellishments for card making, scrapbooking and craft projects. We started selling our mulberry paper roses back in 2005. Since then we've added a large selection of different flowers and colour choices. 

All of our mulberry paper flowers are made using natural, renewable resources. The flowers are all handmade by experienced crafts people using high quality materials and great care is taken to ensure that they are made to the highest standard and beauty. You can see all of our flowers and embellishments on our website http://www.wildorchidcrafts.com


A big welcome to Wild Orchid Crafts and thank you for your support! I personally love shopping with you and will continue to do so! If you crafters out there are not familiar with the shop, please hit the image or the link above and have a browse! I'm sure you will find something that will catch your eye!

I also have a great pleasure of announcing our new DT members. Before I do though, I'd like to say a big thank you to Janka and Lena for all their hard work for the past year. They are now ready to move on and live their lives so please feel free to show them some love in the comments below. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Janka & Lena! Lots of love xxx 

Now, I'd like to thank you to all that responded to the DT Call. You are all amazing, but I had to pick a few that I feel will bring something special in their own way to the challenge blog. So please welcome our few new Design Team members... 



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A huge welcome to all of you pretty ladies! I am so excited to have you joining us! 

Don't worry, dear friends, I will take time and ensure that we introduce each and one of these ladies properly and in a special post with links and all so you can find out more about them. In the meantime, I hope you are ready to play along with our first challenge of 2017. It start this Sunday so stay tuned! 

All the best, 

Ingrid xxx 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

GD: Torsa Saha


Hi everyone!

Another post full of fabulous inspiration for you! This time it is brought to you by the lovely Torsa Saha. Please take a moment and check out her wonderful work below...



I have started with Mixed Media just six months back. Though I have worked in fine arts (mainly with oil painting and acrylic) for almost 20 years .
By profession I am a software engineer but Art is something I always breathe for . I live in USA with my 7 years old daughter and Husband.

Today I have created a project on Journey !! I believe that "Life is a journey , not a destination " !! My project is inspired by this quote only !! In the starting of 2017 I want to enjoy each and every moment of my life !!



I have used music notes pages to cover the background then made some texture sand !! I have used my favorite Lindy's spray mist and Lindy's embossing powder !!
Hope you would like it !!





Supply list:
Gesso,Heavy gesso, Sand, straw , Lindy's spray and embossing powder , 2Crafty Chipboards.

love,

Torsa.



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How cool is this artwork! Everything used just works so well together... the colours, the guitar with the music sheet on the background... well thought through! Fabulous! 

Please leave a comment below for Torsa and don't forget to visit her blog

Thank you, Torsa, for sharing your wonderful art with us! 

All the best, 

Ingrid x

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Changes to MMW challenges & DT CALL!

Hi Everyone! 

We have a busy year ahead and would like to start with putting a team of talented mixed media enthusiasts and artist together before we well and truly get cracking with our 2017 challenges. 

We had a different theme each month and had plenty of entries to choose from. The entries are always fantastic and we have such a hard time picking our winner and our FAB 3! Even if we don't get to comment on your entries please know that they are not missed and your art is checked out. I don't insist that my team spends their time commenting on each entry. I encourage it. I think it is lovely to receive a comment, but we are all very busy and not always get to leave comments on a number of entries. So I try not to be too hard on the team, but can promise we will try our best to be in touch! I'd like to thank you for sharing your art with us last year and look forward to seeing more this year! 

CHANGES for 2017

We are making a few changes to the way our challenges are ran. In a good way! We would like to encourage the freedom of expression as this is everything our challenge blog stands for. We would like you to stop worrying about this theme or that theme and if you can do it or not. That's it! NO MORE THEMES! :) 

As off 2017, you can create anything you like for our monthly challenge. Some months, there might be, say, 'Anything Goes with a twist'. A twist could be a mood board or similar to make it more fun. Some twists will be optional so pay attention. However, what we ask is that you come and show us what you created when you were in a mood for some crafty adventure, come and show us your latest alteration or a canvas, a mixed media card or a tag. It doesn't matter! There is nothing worse than not wanting to enter a challenge, because you don't 'feel you can go with the theme' or 'don't have this or that product'. 

The same goes for our team... there are no limits to what the team will create. I'm pretty sure the team can create some serious magic when doing what they love without any limitations. I personally cannot wait and am super-excited to see what this year brings in terms of the shared art! 

What do you think? Do you like the idea? Please leave a comment below to share your thoughts or to say hi! It's always lovely to hear from you! 

DT CALL

As the title suggest there are more than the above changes to our blog. There will be changes to the team as well. Our dear Lane had decided to move on and live the life she dreams of. I would like to thank Lane from the bottom of my heart, for being by my side for this long and for being a lovely friend. It's been a heck of a journey! 

Also, Janka has decided to move on as life is getting busy and all. We have seen some amazing inspirational art here from Janka and she will be missed!! 

And of course, to start afresh, we would like to invite some new talent to our team! I wonder who would be interested to join the fun! What we are looking for in a design team member... 

- talent and knack for mixed media art & craft (no matter how long you've been blogging or how many followers you have. Don't worry! If you have what it takes then apply!)
- enthusiasm to create for and represent the MMW challenges 
- someone who regularly shares their art via their blog and social media
- if you share your work via YouTube it is a very welcomed bonus, but not a condition 
- someone who is willing to create 2 projects a month (1x challenge, 1x tutorial)
- someone with a friendly and happy soul 
- someone who has enough time to visit participant's blogs to check out entries and ideally comment
- someone who will be committed for at least 6 months

I think the above are the most important factors. If you feel this is something you would like to take on, please email me with MMW DT CALL in subject line with 3 of your favourite mixed media works and a little bit about yourself to: 

ingridscraftscorner @ hotmail. co. uk (please adjust the email address to its correct format when sending your email. I write it in this way so that I don't get spammed. Thank you!)

I shall look forward to hearing from you in the comments below about your thoughts on the changes for 2017 and also your emails with your DT applications! 

All the best and stay creative! 

Ingrid xxx




Sunday, 8 January 2017

Happy New Year! + GD: Kerstin Peters

Hello and Happy New Year to you all!! 

I hope you enjoyed the festivities of 2016 to the full and had time to reflect on the happenings of the last year. 

Today would be our new challenge, but we are taking a break for this month and possibly the next. We work hard all year and decided to take a bit of time off. However, we couldn't possibly leave you completely  so we're going to share some Inspiration from our Guest Designers instead. There will be antoher couple of special posts for you before we well and truly get cracking with challenges again so stay tuned! 

Today we are delighted to have a wonderful and talented lady with us sharing her wonderful art. We hosted a challenge 'Mail Art' a couple of months ago and Kerstin very kindly agreed to create something for us. Here is a little bit about Kerstin and what she came up with... 



I have been creating for many years now, always in search of new techniques and yet unexplored territory, because I love to try out, products and ideas and share inspirations, because it's always an adventure, a discovery tour, which I like to take my friends and all the other crafty people with me.

My favourites are colours and textures with a view to the small things, details and a big faible for 3D projects or elements.

With Scrapbooking, Home decoration, Art Journaling in combination with Mixed Media Style I have found 'my' perfect favourite genres .

My creations are always a little bit magical, romantic, sometimes funny, but always made with heart and mind.

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" Mail Art"


Oh wow my first project in this style,a new experiment, but I really love to try out. I decided to make a project in vintage style with a lot of stamps, stencils, washi tape, sticker and some spray mists.  



....word stamp was embossed with black embossing powder. 



I hope you like my first experiment in this art. It has been a joy!

Hopefully you will now feel even more inspired to create your own Mail Art project. I really enjoyed working on mine, using these vintage colours that I love!!! 

Huge thanks to Ingrid Kristina and the Design Team for inviting me to be their guest this month. If you would like to know more about my creative world just pop over to my blog at: Scrapbook Dreams. I would love to see you there!
Many thanks for stopping by! 
Happy crafting!

Kerstin

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Isn't it wonderful?!!! Please feel free to leave a comment for Kerstin below and don't forget to visit her blog too! It is packed with mixed media goodness! :) 

Thank you for joining us, Kerstin! You're one heck of an artist! 

All the best to you all! 

Ingrid x

Monday, 12 December 2016

MMW#21: Winter Wonderland

Hello  everyone! 

Apologies for the late post! 

There is so much to talk about so I'm going to keep it short and sweet. 

Thank you for participating in our challenges throughout the year. Every month we are met with an amazing selection of mixed media art. Some of you are just starting out with mixed media and exploring the techniques. I always like to see your progressions and your creative processes. I hope you will stay with us and join more challenges in 2017. Which brings me onto a new subject. 

The challenges in 2017 will be run a little bit differently. You will have more flexibility, more creative freedom and bring more fun in for all of us in the process. I will tell you all about it in January. That's something to look forward to. We will also have a DT call at the beginning of the year as there are a few changes to the DT team as well. We will be looking to welcome a few members! That's definitely something to look forward to!

So we've covered the things of the future and it's time to cover the things of the past. I'd like to announce a winner of the Assemblage/Altered Art challenge.

The winner is.. 
Wow! You totally smashed this! 

And our Fab 3... 

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Oh my! I think all DT members said the same and that is that it was soooo hard to pick just 4 out of the amazing selection of entries. You all totally rocked this challenge!!! Thank you! 

As always, please email me to ingridscraftscorner (@) hotmail . co.uk (you will need to adjust the email address. I write it like this so I don't auto spam nonsense to my inbox. People are Crafty nowadays :))

Please let me know if you would like to guest designs sn to claim your voucher to Things To Alter shop. Congratulations to all!!! 

We also ran a challenge which was all about Mail Art... a whole 5 people entered :) I guess Mail Art is not your thing LOL!!! Well, I think it is fair to say that all five entries were absolutely fabulous and so here are our Fab 5... 


... and we think the winner definitely is... 

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Congratulations to all! Please could the winner email me, as per the above and to claim your That's Crafty! voucher. Thank you all! 

We're starting a new challenge today and it's all about creating 'Winter Wonderland'. Whether it means bringing a bit of Christmas magic and some frosty weather into your creation. We'd love to see it. Let us know what Winter means to you. We can't wait to see how you will interpret the theme and look forward to bringing this year to the end with enjoying some festivities. Here's some amazing inspiration from the design team to get you going... 

I will be sponsoring this last challenge and whoever the winner I will personally provide he winner with a £15 voucher to That's Crafty! store or a store of your choice! So you can pick where you shop, especially if from overseas. 

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the design team for bringing so much creative mixed media goodness and inspiration. You are a wonderful and very talented bunch! X

Thank you all! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the very best to the New Year from all of us at MMW to all our friends around the world! 

Ingrid and the DT xxx