Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Guest Designer: Martina Stoycheva

Hello everyone!

I have a special guest here today! Martina won one of our challenges and is here with us today to share her gorgeous work and to inspire you further for our current challenge. Our current challenge is all about creating mixed media goodness with an optional twist of adding glass or something that resembles glass. Martina used some acetate on her project and it looks great! 

Enjoy Martina's post and don't forget to leave her a comment to let her know your thoughts... 


Hello mixed media lovers!
My name is Martina Stoycheva and I`m from Bulgaria. I live in small city on Black sea coast named Burgas. I am a happily married wife and a mom to a 3 years old daughter. 

My journey with mixed media started almost a year ago and since then I`m totally in love with it! The inspiration for my layout came as I was looking for challenges. I love to be challenged and this one grab my eye. Kraft, black and gold is soooo cool combination! It goes great with my black and white photo. 

First I ripped the paper for interest. Added a coat of clear gesso to prepare the page and then added texture with stencil and black gesso mixed with texture powder. Then came the fun part. I started putting pieces of paper, chipboard, twine, acetate stars and all kind of different things until they find their places.

I always like to add some pieces from old jewellery or old clock. I think that every piece of art looks different with some metal element in it. 

I want to thank Ingrid and the design team for the opportunity to be a guest designer.

Wishing you all endless inspiration!



WOW! What an amazing layout! Thank you for creating this beauty and sharing it with us, Martina! We hope to see more of your beautiful mixed media art via our challenges and all the best for the future! 

Thank you all for stopping by today! don't forget to check out the current challenge and join the fun! 

Have a great day! 

Ingrid xxx 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

MMW#30: AMMG with a Twist (Use or Imitate Glass)

Hi everyone and welcome back to our challenge blog!

We're back with a brand new challenge! I have so much to share with you today, but before I do, I'd like to say a big hi to all our followers and friends! I hope you are all well and enjoying yourself wherever you are. A big thank you to all who entered the last challenge. As always, you knocked our socks off and we will have a super-hard time to pick our winners and favourites. That is something to look forward to. 

This months' challenge comes with a Twist. Create Anything Mixed Media and for those who really enjoy a challenge... add something made of GLASS or IMITATES GLASS. 

I recently purchased the new gorgeous Boho scrapbooking collection by Cocoa Vanilla and couldn't resist playing with it. I made an entire album and used all sorts of substrates including acetate (***hint hint***), plenty of glossy and glittery stuff as well as the gorgeous papers and die cuts from the collection. I had such a bad light here today I will re-take the photos and will post on my blog tomorrow so come back to check it all out HERE. I also took a video so I will share the tutorial with you soon! Stay tuned! But for now, here is the main image... 


I was having one of those days where my 'creativity' was mad at my 'imagination' and my 'imagination' was not talking to anybody. If only I had an Idea Box to go to...
So I decided to make one, complete with the universal sign of a bright idea - the light bulb! And with it I had my project for this month's challenge, 'Use or Imitate Glass'.
The base of my project began as a faux marble and wood block made from resin that I had purchased to alter. I could hardly wait to cover up it's manufactured ugliness with some black gesso and brown acrylic paint! Next I added a light coat of crackle paste and set the block aside to dry while I worked on the embellishments for the box. 
My embellishments were an assortment of purchased elements and my own makes. The purchased clock face, mason jar lid, letters, mini padlock and key were treated with texture paste and 'rusted' with acrylic paint. From a sheet of chipboard, I cut, textured and painted the brackets, arrow and caution sign. 
Back to my box, I chipped away some of the crackle pieces before adding a stencilled number and paint. I then attached my prepared embellishments to the top of the block and on the four sides to complete my Idea Box. 

I hope you get an idea or two from my little Idea Box. If you'd like to see additional photos and a product list, please visit my blog at http://www.artfordinner.gallery/blog. Let me know if you visit me there.
Thank you,


Because our new Challenge is 'Use or Imitate Glass' I put a glass lamp on a throne of my triptych. I also covered the three images with clear embossing powder, giving them a glass look.

It is all about glass this month! I decided to decorate a beautiful old broken window which I got some time ago from a garage sale. It wasn't even on sale but was put aside to be thrown away later. Never happened :) I turned the window into a tribute to one of the most interesting figures in Russian 
history - Peter the Great. The dream of Russia's czar, Peter the Great, was to establish for Russia a “window to Europe” in the form of an outlet to the sea. This is how St. Petersburg was built. 

So I decided that my beautiful window deserved its Peter the Great. I decorated it with patterned paper, alcoholic ink, seashell and real corals. The navy meant a lot to Peter! Besides the glass in the window, I also used glass bead texture paste and real blue broken glass pieces as topping. Glass balls, glass-like plastic beads, epoxy cabochon and transparent liquid drops complete the project.

My latest canvas is made by me and my 10 years old step daughter. This is a cooperative creation. :)
This month is all about glass so I used glass microspheres, microbeads, and small glass pieces to decorate the background. I also add some seashell that look like thin glass chips.

I'm sure you'll agree that the team rocked this challenge inspiration again! We can't wait to see what you will create!

Enter by linking your projects below for your chance to win a Guest Design spot and a £15 voucher from our sponsor... 


Good luck and stay creative! 

Ingrid and the fabulous DT Ladies xxx