Sunday, 29 March 2015

Start Designer #1: SETH APTER

Hi there!

Welcome back! If you are here reading this you really are in the right place at the right time!

I had this crazy idea... it happens to me sometime :) ... this one was quite special though.. I see artists, I mean real artists out there, that we all look up to, artists and crafters that inspire us in one way or another, sharing their ideas, their techniques, passing on their knowledge, encouraging us to be equally as creative and passionate about art... it's time to give back to these fabulous talented people and invite them to share their work not only in galleries at at exhibitions, but also directly with you, bloggers, crafters and artists out there, the massive hobby and art community that we all represent!

My dear DT members and I enjoy sharing our makes with you and invite you to put some work into it and enter our challenges. We love to see your work, how your creative minds work and how you put it to practice. We have so many wonderful entries for our 'Anything Goes' challenge already and there is still plenty of time to play! I am so glad that you are having fun with this... that's all that is about!

Today we ask you to join us to do nothing but sit back and feel inspired! I don't think there is a real need for an introduction as such, because you probably know our first Star Designer already... if you are a newbie though I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the most wonderful mixed media artist, Seth Apter.


Sept Apter is a wonderful and a very talented mixed media artist who brings inspiration to us all via his wonderful blog The Altered Page  which is a great source of artful inspiration, information about expos and workshops, links to more awesome artists as well as various products and publications. Please take time to explore Seth's website. I'm confident you will enjoy the browse. 

If you are fortunate enough to live in or near New York in the US, you could see Seth Apter's work displayed at The Art Expo in New York this April 2015! I personally wish I could visit and admire his work up close. Seth is the author of The Pulse of Mixed Media and The Mixed-Media Artist books, has a range of his stencils that are available for purchase too... absolutely fabulous achievement all around. 

Seth very kindly agreed to share a few photos of his recent work with us here today! I feel extremely honoured and fortunate to be able to feature his work here... 


Chemistry 2015

Crossing the Threshold 2015

Brothers in Arms 2015

Hello everybody. My name is Seth Apter and I am a mixed media artist from New York City. I was thrilled to be asked by Ingrid to be a part of her wonderful new site and to share my work with you. The two words that best describe my style are layered and textured -- characteristics that I try to achieve regardless of the project I am creating. I work in a variety of medium, including book arts, painting, found object assemblage, collage and journaling. The pieces that I am showing here today blend many of these areas into one. Each of these artworks includes hand painted backgrounds, layered with gesso, acrylic paint and inks. Collaged over the surface are a series of found objects and altered embellishments. Each includes a vintage tintype photograph, most likely from the late 19th Century. I love to take objects that already have a history and create a completely new story.


How gorgeous are these artworks! The colours, textures and the vintage feel.. out of this world! I said to Seth that I love grungy, aged and worn elements because they make me think they have a story to tell and that Seth's art is just like that. Would you agree? 
Many thanks to Seth Apter for all the inspiration he provides, all the hard work he puts into making accessible to us and being a good sport and agreeing to be here today with us! Thank you, you really are a star!!

Dear friends, visitors, followers and all crafty souls out there, I hope you are feeling well and truly inspired today. We will be back with another challenge for you on Sunday 12th April so do come back and join the fun! We will announce our winner who will be invited to guest design for us at the same time so keep an eye out ;) I will also feature another wonderful Star Designer on 3rd May so that's definitely something to look forward to, right?! 

That's all for now. Thank you very much for visiting, I hope you enjoyed my post today. I shall look forward to reading your comments ;) 

Hugs, 

Ingrid xxx

Sunday, 15 March 2015

MMW Guest Designer #1: Pamellia Johnson


Hi there! 
Welcome back to the Mixed Media World! 
I have a very special guest here today. When I say special I mean exceptionally talented artist and a crafter and a sweet friend of mine - Pamellia Johnson. See for yourself.. 
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Hello Everyone! My name is Pamellia Johnson and I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with my wonderful husband and our two little girls, Scully (a teacup Maltese) and Pebbles (a black teacup Pomeranian).
I have been crafting in some form or another ever since I was a little kid, thanks to my very creative and talented Mom. I've dabbled in all sorts of crafts, but I think my true passion is handmade cards. I have only recently tried my hand at mixed media art, but I instantly fell in love with the messy side of crafting!
I am so thrilled and honoured to be here today as the first guest designer for The Mixed Media World. I am so proud and happy to support my good friend Ingrid on this new leg of her crafty adventure. In honour of this fabulous event, I wanted to do something inspired by Ingrid's amazing work, so I have put together my very first mixed media canvas. I hope you enjoy.
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Pamellia created a beautiful piece of art.. I would be so proud and honoured to put this up on my wall.. but I don't have it... Pam lives way too far from me and I can imagine it is already hanging up on her wall. It's gorgeous! What I do have are a few fabulous photos of her fabulous mixed media project and I'd like to share them with you today... 






This is mixed media at its best. This is mixed media with a beautiful feminine touch. The gorgeous textured background with awesome colour scheme full of grunge yet softness and the heavenly touch of white all over. I'm sure you will agree that this is on outstanding work of art. I love everything about it and I am so very grateful for Pam's hard work and all effort put into this piece. 

Thank you very much, Pamellia, for being a wonderful friend and for your input today. It means a world to me. 

With respect and love, 

Ingrid xxx 

p.s.: I've got some big surprise for you again next week so stay tuned! This one's gonna knock your socks off! :) 



Sunday, 8 March 2015

Welcome to Mixed Media World!


I Hi! 

I have the pleasure of making the introduction to our brand new challenge blog! A big welcome to our...

I'd like to invite you to have a little read about us HERE. You should be able to find answers to all your questions there. Feel free to get in touch if you don't. 

My dear lovely teamies and I are all very excited about our new venture. Our shared passion for Mixed Media art has been the main reason for our radical blog change. 
Dear follower, I do hope this is not a massive shock to you. We would love if you stayed and join our challenges. Our blog has changed domain name so might not come up in your reader. If this is the case simply unfollow the blog and then join again. Easy! 
Dear visitor, we would be honoured if you joined our lovely new blog and shared your mixed media
makes via our monthly challenges.


I'd like to take this opportunity and re-introduce our oh-so talented and awesome Design Team:





Hi my name is Amanda from Treasured Moments of Inspiration and I’m a craft addict!! I have been crafting for about 5 years having rediscovered my love of making a mess!! I am primarily a stamper and have a compulsive buying disorder that unfortunately nobody has been able to cure!! I love incorporating stamping into a variety of styles of projects from mixed media projects right through to Clean & Simple makes which means my craft doesn’t fit into one particular genre, I just go with the flow. I am currently getting more involved into fabric crafts but it’s early days yet but I love using my sewing machine within my projects. I am very fortunate to also design for the following, Fashionable Stamping ChallengesKatzelkraftand am currently GDT at That's Blogging Crafty for March and April.







Hello my name is Deborah but my friends call me Debs. I'm married to a lovely guy who supports my art although doesn't always get it. I have a grown up daughter and three gorgeous grandchildren.
I started my crafting journey In March 2013 although have always been creative. I have dabbled in knitting and crocheting, jewellery making and sewing and in my 20s played with painting in oils. All of which were fads and after a while put away, that was until recently. I stumbled onto stamping and my enthusiasm grew, with support from my Twitter and Facebook friends my confidence in-creased and now find myself trying all manner of crafty/ creative makes.
I would describe myself as a mixed media artist (amateur) I enjoy altering stuff, painting, drawing, stamping and will play with different mediums. My biggest challenge is to remove the critique in my head ( something with which I know many of us struggle) so that the process of creation is fun and not always about the end result.
In the real world I'm a psychotherapist working within children's mental health. I specialise in work-ing with children who for whatever reason are unable to live in their family home and are suffering from trauma or emotional difficulty. I often use the arts in my work especially where words are difficult. 



My name is Donna and I love dabbling in all kinds of mixed media! I especially love to draw and carve my own stamps but I am at my happiest when I have something ultra messy on the go.

My current favourite people in the crafting world are Dina Wakley, Julie Fei Fan Balzar and Jane Davenport but I do love all types of work and styles and don’t believe in confining myself to one genre…..I cant, there’s too much lovely crafty stuff out there to try!


Hi there, my name is Ingrid Kristina V. I’m in my early 30’s and live in London with my Fiancé and our two little girls. I have always been a crafty soul and enjoy cardmaking, art journaling, creating fine or mixed media art and more, which I share regularly on my blog Ingrid's Crafts Corner. My cardmaking style is clean, simple and contemporary, with bold and bright features, as well as artsy, grungy and fun. My art could be described as grungy, textured, vintage, but I also like to play with colours and visual textures. I have an enormous passion for mixed media and love the creative freedom it gives me. I also love to experiment and often develop new techniques that I share with excitement with my blog buddies. 
Winner of the UK national competition - The Card Designer 2014 - Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine & the Designer for the magazine.
Designer for GlitzCraft.
Owner of the Mixed Media World challenge blog.




My name is Laine and I have been crafting since the mid 1980's when I made my first scrapbook albums for my daughters. Little did I realize just how deep I would get into this creative world.
To this day my girls tell me I am a Craft-A-Holic but in my mind I am just PASSIONATE!! My style has continued to evolve but I am a "Jack of all genre's but a Master of none".
I am fairly new to the this mixed media world but this has been something I have wanted to try for a long time. I was just to scared to jump into what I call "the deep end". And now I am hooked.
I will be 60 soon and yet I love to sit at the kitchen table and color with my Copics and alter anything that isn't nailed down.




“So much to learn, so little time” has always been my crafting mantra. I enjoy a multitude of different crafting mediums, including (but not limited to) Rubber Stamping, Mixed Media, Needle Felting, Embellishing, Hand and Machine Embroidery, Sewing and hybrid crafting. I don't really do cute but I enjoy whimsical. My learning journey continues every time I breathe. I have been privileged to be on the DT for Speed Craft Challenge and now for Mixed Media World. 

A special welcome to a very talented lady and our brand new teamie:



Helloooo!! My name is Georgie from the Little Blue Craft Box blog, I’m based in the quiet county of Dorset in the UK. Artistically, I am a lover of altered art, shabby chic, vintage grunge, art journalling, paper crafting… anything arty/crafty really, I love it all!!! My biggest love is mixed media within any of these forms.
Colours really entice me!!! From light and airy, to dark and gothic (and everything in between). I believe the way hues ebb and flow together is what really makes a project, and gives it that ‘wow factor’. I adore how colours are enhanced by mediums used beneath, around, or over them. The possibilities are beautifully endless…

Thank you for joining us, Georgie! A bit thank you to my wonderful teamies for being a part of the challenge blog, Love you all and can't wait to see more of your gorgeous makes. 

Without any further ado, let's have some fun and announce our very fist MMW challenge: 

ANYTHING GOES! 

Our DT have prepared a few inspirational projects for our big launch and they are AWESOME!!! Check them out... 







Georgie will be joining us next month. In the meantime here are a few links to her work... 


You may recognise the image :) Yes, the blog banner and the badges are my own mixed media masterpiece :) More pics on my blog Ingrid's Crafts Corner






Feeling inspired? I hope so! :) 

Sponsor of this challenge: 


Prize: £20 voucher to their fab store! Our winner will be featured in our Gallery and invited to guest design the following month. 

Please read our rules before entering the challenge linky below. We will be tougher this time and will cry all the way to the delete button to get rid of any non-mixed media projects in order to keep it fair for everyone. Thank you! 

That's all for now. Have a fab time creating your own mixed media masterpiece and we hope to see it soon! 
Hugs, 

Ingrid xxx 


MMW DT xxx 


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

*** BLOG CANDY WINNER ***

Hi Lovelies! 

Thank you for joining me here! 

I have some fab news for you! I would like to announce the winner of the Blog Candy! Thank you all who joined the competition. For those who didn't win do not worry, there will be more candies and challenges to be won...! 

The winner chosen by Random.org is... 

*cue * drum * roll*... no7: Georgie C

CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so happy for you! 

 Please email me with your address to speedcraftchallenge @ gmail.com to claim your massive stash of crafty goodness! I hope you will enjoy crafting with the goodies and come back to show me what you've made! 

I will be making this blog invisible to public for a few days so that I can make changes to it ready for the launch this weekend! We're all excited and will be back to share our creations with you for our brand new challenge this Sunday! Whooohoooo! 

Until then, take care and happy crafting! 

Hugs to you all! 

Ingrid xxx