Monday, 23 January 2017

owl card

Hi!  I am kicking off another lovely week on Tando Creative, this time using the Stampendous stamps that we stock.  I have made a card using the amazing owl stamp. Its the eyes!!!!
To start I painted a sheet of A4 card with DecoArt Titan Buff and a little Paynes Grey.  The owl was then stamped and roughly cut out before some Titanium White was stencilled through the *random circles mask* and some more circles added with some bottle lids. Back to the owl - I added some watercolour to the eyes and the feathers here and there to add some depth before fussy cutting the owl out.  This was stuck onto the now trimmed piece of decorated card before attaching to the card blank.
Thank you for looking today , hugs xxx

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Baby Boy Card

Hi there!  I was asked by The Craft Barn to have a play with some Card-I-O stamps.  If you have never heard of them do take a look as they are tiny little accent stamps that are great to have in your stash.  From teensy birds to babygro's...there is a huge selection.  I have made a Baby Boy card for a friend of mine...

Full instructions are *HERE* 
Thank you for popping by, take care xxx

Monday, 16 January 2017

Song Title Challenge 2017

Last year I made up a printers tray for The Craft Barn's monthly challenge.  This year I am using Tando Creative Coasters - 12 in all and will probably put them into a box frame at the end.  The challenge is to work a project based around a different song title/song each month which The Craft Barn provides.  This month its 'Let It Snow' sung by Bing Crosby and Rod Stewart.

I gesso'd the coaster and added some crackle paste through a Tando snowflake mask.  I sponged some DecoArt turquoise paint over the top.  I was going to add more but just look at that amazing crackle!!!!

It would be great if you could join me in this challenge.  You can do whatever you like for it!

Thank you for taking a look, hugs xxx

Friday, 6 January 2017

The 1st of 12 !

Hello and a Happy New Year from me!  For my 1st post of the year I am working with  this months colour theme.  After our lovely DT member Carol made a series with her colour themes last year I thought I would do something similar.  I am going to use the pretty *scalloped banner* every month.  Then I will end up with a lovely (hopefully) string to put up in my craft room.  Here is the 1st one...
As we are still in the throws of winter I have created a wintery scene using some *snowflakes* and a very pretty *fir tree*.  Just had to add a tassel :D
Thank you taking a look, Hugs , Karen xxx

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Completed Printer Tray!!!!!

Its all done!!!!!  My Alpha Printers Tray that is!!!! Its been a year long journey and I am so glad that I persevered with it.

I didn't decorate the tray itself as after cleaning it I found that it was oak.  I also kept the little bakelite knob as its integral to the original old tray.

I shall be participating in The Craft Barns 2017 challenge so I hope to see you there.  Happy New Year to you all xxx

Monday, 12 December 2016

More from my Alpha Tray

Hello!  Its about time I showed you some more letter from my Alpha Tray that I am doing with The Craft Barn. 

Her is the latest one - M or Mandolin.  This gorgeous little wooden mandolin was a VERY lucky find! Its perfect in every way!  (Its always worth checking dolls house suppliers :p)

I for Ice Cream - a little Tando piece for this one...

U for Umbrella

V for Valentine

and finally Y for Year

Only one more to go now and then I shall show you the finished Printer Tray!!!!!

Thank you for taking a look today xxx

Thursday, 8 December 2016

collage or mixed-media?

Its collage week over at The Craft Barn Blog.  This begs the question of how does collage and mixed-media differ?  Or do they?  Is mixed-media just a new term for collage???  From my understanding mixed-media is about paint and texture while collage is the rest haha!  I am probably wrong and I am sure someone will correct me please!

Anyway, enough is a little A6 book that I have altered in what I think of as collage style...

I carefully took the covers off the rings and 'collaged' them with old printed paper.  I have an old dictionary and ready reckoner that I use for these things.

I also 'collaged' some patterned paper onto some copier paper.  You could use magazines for this part.

When the covers were dry I gave them a coat of Cobalt Teal Hue and, when dry, stamped the smallest stamp from the PaperArtsy Eclectica Set (ELB16) in stazon.  A few splashes of White acrylic added a bit more interest.

Back to the patterned paper...I stamped and embossed the large flower head and stalk using some lovely white glittery powder and cut out.  These were stuck to the book cover.

I added beads and ribbon before putting the book back together.

So does this qualify as collage or mixed media or both? haha!

From The Craft Barn I used:

A6 Book
PaperArtsy Eclectica ELB16
DecoArt Cobalt Teal Hue

Thank you for popping by, its lovely to 'see' you, take care xxx