Sunday, 27 March 2016

Guest Designer: Jane Royston

Hello and Happy Easter! 

I hope you're having heaps of fun this Easter. The weather is awful where I live so the Easter Bunny left all of the chocolate in the house this time! :) We were also creative today.. we painted some eggs, made bunny ears and did some Easter themed colouring. I think the most enjoyable part for the two and four year old was the Easter hunt and of course eating heaps of chocolate! :) 

I have a special post for you today! Our December challenge winner is here with us today and oh my! She has absolutely ROCKED our current 'Vintage' challenge! I'd like to introduce... 

Hi my name is Jane Royston and I live on the Isle of Wight in the UK. I am married with 3 children (aged 4, 10 and 14) and am qualified as a primary teacher but left about 5 years ago to stay at home with my youngest child. I have always loved crafting but got really into my card making, in particular stamping about 8 years ago. Then about a year ago I discovered mixed media and altered art!!! I love getting inky and painty and creating texture and layers so this type of craft is great for me.


Jane is amazingly talented. Her winning make was absolutely wonderful and what I'm about to show you is breathtakingly beautiful! Jane's attention to detail is brilliant. The colour scheme, the textures and the overall idea... you get it all within this gorgeous make. Feast your eyes upon it... 

This project is made using an IndigoBlu paper mâché mannequin that I had already bought and decorated a few years ago. I decided that I didn't like my original design and so repurposed it in a vintage style. There is a mixture of materials and the fabric has been made solid for working on by using Finnabair's new sculpture medium. I have added pearls, lace and roses to keep with the vintage feel and wanted it to look old so used sepia type colours. The flowers are a mixture of paper and crochet lace that have been coloured with spray inks and gilding wax (apart from the largest rose which has been put together using a stamp and die set) and the extra details are pearls, glitter and micro beads, with a few touched of curled wire. You can read more about it with some photos of the process on my blog Isle of Crafty Creations


Thank you, Jane, for sharing your talent here with us! 

Thank you, Crafty Friends, for stopping by today! Please feel free to leave Jane a comment and visit her blog for more inspiration! And you still have some time to enter our challenge so do join the fun and link up HERE


Ingrid xxx 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Video tutorial for 'Vintage' challenge by Maria

Hi there!

I hope you re enjoying your Sunday. How about a special Sunday treat? In my last post where we announced the start of our new challenge 'Vintage' I promised a special surprise from Maria and today I'd like to share it with you.

You will find out how she achieved the gorgeous look of her inspirational project for our challenge. How exciting is that?! So without any further ado, I'm handing over to Maria...

I have made an altered book which also serves me as a photo frame. I used a mix of old and new materials. The book itself is (was) a 19th Century music sheets´ collection. I decorated it with old lace and knitted napkins from the flea markets and brand new but somewhat aged lace, die cuts, scrapbooking paper, chipboards and flowers.

Here is the full video tutorial on how I made the book. Enjoy!

How awesome is that? I personally enjoyed watching Maria's creative process. I really hope you enjoyed today's post and I will be back with our Guest Designer's post next Sunday! 

Enjoy your week and don't forget to leave a comment below to let Maria know your thoughts! I'm sure she would love to hear from you all! 

Big hugs, 

Ingrid and Maria xxx 

Sunday, 13 March 2016


Hi everyone! 

Thank you for stopping by! It's time for a new challenge! If you are in need of some serious doze of mixed media to get you going, look no further! When I say today's inspiration from the design team is the most wonderful I really mean it! When I saw the makes they submitted my jaw dropped! 

Before I show you all their gorgeous makes I'd like to announce the new winner and our Fab 3! We had so many lovely entries again! You are such a talented bunch! 
I always enjoy seeing your very own interpretation of our themes. We always try to pick themes when every single one of you can find a way to join in. If you would like to see a particular theme that we have no covered then let us know. Thinking about it, it could be a great fun, if YOU were to challenge us! Why not?! Here's an idea... leave a comment below with your theme suggestions and I'll pop them all in a hat and pick one for the month of July! We'll make a whole challenge out of this and the person I pick the theme from will get to join us in July as a Guest Designer. Sounds like fun? So if you'd like to give it a go then leave a comment with your idea of a theme for July below! I'm excited already! 

Our last talented winner is.... 

...and our Fab 3 are... 

CONGRATULATIONS! You all deserve a recognition for you wonderful works of art! Please feel free to add a relevant badge to your blog. Please could the winner email me - ingridscraftscorner (@) hotmail. co .uk - to claim the prize and to confirm if you would like to Guest Design for us. 

Please ensure you rewrite the email address in a correct form without the brackets and spaces. Sometimes people email me via my contact form (which is fine too) saying the email doesn't work. The problem is we live a in world where everybody is on a diffident agenda and not all people out there have your best interest at heart. Plainly said, I don't want to get spammed. :)

Our next challenge is all about 'Vintage' and is chosen by Lena. Some of you might be a bit worried... oh dear, this is not my style. Well, think about it... 'vintage' is more or less a fancy word for 'old' and can be interpreted in many ways. Don't forget there are many periods in the past like retro that also count. 80s and 90s are just pushing it, don't try it :) As a mixed media challenge we're looking for the mixed media look, but otherwise you can let your imagination go wild! And to inspire you a little bit here is a whole bunch of mixed media gorgeousness from my teamies... 


Note: Maria has a big surprise for you! Stay tuned so you don't miss out!!!!

Laine Kammeraad

Now that's what I'm talking about!! Wow! I hope the above got your creative juices flowing! 

We will look forward to seeing your gorgeous makes! You could win 3 gorgeous images from the Old Design Shop on Etsy and use them in any of your projects. 

Have fun creating! 

Hugs from the Design Team and Ingrid xxx

Friday, 11 March 2016

Face tutorial

Hello everyone, thanks for popping by. Debs here with a tutorial, yes that's right, a tutorial! This year we are packing even more into the blog, by sharing our crafty tips, to you, our lovely followers. Throughout the year we hope to bring you photo steps outs and videos on a range of mixed media goodies. Shortly, a schedule will be put up so you will know what's coming up. I'm kicking off with a little series of faces starting with a simple black Stabilo All pencil and a little water Soluable felt. The focus isn't on the products, it's on how I have learnt to use them. I may talk about a product in my uncensored dialogue, which usually means be I'm excited about something. So below is the finished piece and the video is in two parts.  

I hope you enjoyed watching my process and will come back to see what else we have in store for you. Bye for now Debs Ingrid and the Team xx