Saturday, 24 October 2015

Star Designer: ASTRID MACLEAN

Hey there! 

I have invited a very special artist to share her work with us today! She has been a wonderful inspiration to me since I started blogging and today I'd like to say a BIG thank you to my dear bloggy friend Astrid Maclean for agreeing to being here with us today. A big thank you for bringing joy to others through her gorgeous art and her sweet blog posts. 


Astrid shares her work via her lovely blog Astrid's Artistic Efforts. When I visited her blog for the first time it was like discovering a big pot of gold! There is so much creative goodness it will leave you speechless and hungry for more! I would urge you to visit and follow Astrid's blog. You won't regret. 

I fell in love with Astrid's style immediately, because she creates the most amazing textures and her colour combinations are out of this world. Have you seen her recent work for the Shimmerz Design team? Oh my, they have made such a good choice when they asked Astrid to design for them. Keep up the good work, Astrid! We love you and your talent! x

We have a lovely interview here for you so enjoy: 

What inspires you most to create? / Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from many different places, nature, other artists, things I see on Pinterest to name but a few.

Do you pre plan your pieces, or are they often the result of just 'going with the flow'?
I hardly ever pre-plan my pieces, I may have a vague idea in my head, or just stumble upon a substrate I think I would like to use, and then I just explore to see what happens. Usually things turn out totally differently from what I might have had in my head anyway.

What is your favourite medium to work with?
I don’t think I have just one favourite medium, but I can pretty much guarantee that Distress products, gesso and textures pastes are always to hand on my craft desk.

Do you have a tool which you couldn't live without?
I could not live without my ink blending tools, I specially love the new small size round ones from Ranger.

What's your craft space like?
My craft space is a corner in a spare room, which we call our study. I share it with my hubby of 42 years, and I have to say, he is pretty tolerant of my mess and ever-expanding drawers full of stash and overflowing piles on the floor. Definitely not a space to show off; I always dream of a dedicated tidy craft room with lots of space….

Do you have a favourite colour combo?
I don’t think I have a favourite combo, but most of my creations have brown on them somewhere. Depending on the time of year and/or my mood, it will be combined with blues, greens or warmer tones.

What is your favourite creation to date?
I find this one impossible to answer, I have absolutely no idea, I like some of my creations or parts of them, and others are failures. For me art is all about the creative process, once it’s done I usually lose interest…..

Astrid kindly made something special for us... 


How amazing is this piece? Fancy finding out a little more on how this was created? Hop over to Astrid's blog HERE and read more about the creative process! We absolutely love it, Astrid! THANK YOU very much for sharing this beauty with us and for all your support. Lots of love! x

Thank you, dear friend, for stopping by today! 

Hugs, 

Ingrid xxx

Sunday, 18 October 2015

***Guest Designer: LENA HOLMSTROM***

Hi! 

Calling all mixed media enthusiasts! We have a very special post for you today! 

Do you remember our last winner, Lena


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Well, she is here today as our Guest Designer sharing her amazing talent with us! I hope you are excited! I promised you last week she would knock your socks off with her GD creation. Please tell me that this is not one of the most fabulous mixed media projects out there...?


"My secret garden"








My name is Lena Holmström and I live with my husband in Turku, city on the South-west coast of Finland.

Mum to three children, triplets born 1990.

Craft is my passion, it´s a big part of my life.
As long I can remember I have done something creative. I think it´s my mothers legacy.
Year 2013 I found Mixed media and I totally fall in love. I absolutely adore to getting my hands into paints and mists.
Quite often I use old books and magazine for my projects. Trash can also be treasure.
If you want to see more of my art you can find it here




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Here are some other wonderful creations Lena shares with us... 


Mixed media layout


Here is my first canvas I painted


I love art journal. 


Mixed media layout made with furniture paint.


" Lady in black hat" 
Lamp I made from an old plastic head and news paper.

Lens's work really grabbed my attention and seriously made me happy. I love the way she thinks outside the box and is not afraid to go that one step further. Each and one of her creations beams creativity. I hope you are as impressed as I am. 

Say hi to Lena in the comments below, if you wish. I'm sure she will be happy to hear from you. 

But don't worry, this is not the last time you hear about her. I asked Lena to join are Design Team and she said yes!!! I'm excited and can't wait to see more of her arty makes. Welcome, Lena!! :) 

Don't forget, you have one more wee to join our ATC Swap Party here and our latest challenge 'Anything Goes on Wood' here

Have fun! Hugs, 

Ingrid xxx 

Sunday, 11 October 2015

MMW#8: Anything Goes on Wood

Hello!

Did you miss us? :) I can't believe how quickly this month has passed! We're back with a brand new challenge and what a fun challenge it is! We're asking you to create ANYTHING on WOOD! Whether you choose to use a piece of wood as a substrate for your mixed media art or make it the star of the show... it's up to you, but you must include some wood in your creation (a tiny wooden embellishment in a corner does not count, ladies and gentlemen :))) 

This challenge was chosen by Mo who has not been very well lately. Despite the fact she has not been around we all think of her and say hi now and then. We want to show Mo that she is still very much part of the Mixed Media World so we've all created something for her chosen theme and would like you all to send Mo well wishes and create something for her. Mo has not been able to create lately and I know she misses it very much. Who wouldn't! So make her happy and join in! 

Sending you heaps of love and healing hugs, Mo! :) We miss your gorgeous art and hope you recover soon! xxx

Our last winner, Lena, was busy crafting with wood and created the most amazing piece... it's jaw droopingly fabulous and I will write a special post to show it off on Sunday 18th October. Something to look forward to, right? :)

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The sponsor for our next challenge is the amazing...

http://www.artisttradingpost.com/

...and they promised a £20 voucher to our winner! Wow! Thank you! 

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My teamies made the most amazing pieces for Mo's challenge too. Check them out... 













Yulianna
*image to follow*


I know what you are also waiting for! You want to know who won our last challenge, right?! Heheee...

Our winner is.....




CONGRATULATION!!! Please email me (Ingrid) to ingridscraftscorner (@) hotmail .co.uk to claim your prize and confirm if you would be interested in guest designing for us next month!

....and our FAB 3 are as follows... 



Mixed Media Decoupage Altered Bottle Golden Anniversary 1



What a fantastic selection of art! I can't stop admiring it all! Thank you all for sharing it with us here. Please feel free to download the relevant badges from our side bar! You should display them with pride because you really are true mixed media artists!

There were so many gorgeous artworks I was pinning to our PINTEREST like mad!!! You guys rock!!!

Don't forget... we're also running a fab ATC Swap Party and everyone is welcome to join in! See the post HERE

That's all from me today. I hope you will enjoy the rest of the weekend and perhaps squeeze a bit of crafting in too! We shall look forward to seeing your gorgeous makes. 

Hugs, 

Ingrid xxx