Monday, 18 May 2015

3D House with Mini Albums

I can't believe that its Monday...yet again!!!!!!  Spring is galloping into summer now and it won't be long before we crafters are talking about 'you know what'....the 'C' word hahaha!!!!!

Today I have the Tando Creative 3D House Kit all made up for you to see.  It comes with everything you need bar the decorating materials.  The sides open up to reveal mini albums for your favourite pics :-D

The roof has fabulous DecoArt Texture Sand on it...

I adore the little swings on the sides as handles!

All the colours that I used can be found *here*.  You can find this kit from Tando Creative *here* and full instructions *here*.

This piece has been sent up to HQ so if you want to see it just pop along to one of our shows where it (and lots of other fabulous samples) will be on display :-D

Hugs xxxxx

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Peeled Tree!

Hello!  Now for something completely different!  How to abuse your chipboard and get away with it hahaha!!!  Its all about water & peeling, not to be confused with peel-offs.  I have used a *CLOUD TREE* (pack of 2) to peel.  I am pleased with how it turned out and that has to be down to the quality of the chipboard these shapes are cut from!  From *TANDO CREATIVE* of course!
I dunked the top of the tree in water until it was wet through then gently peeled and squished each layer to how I wanted it to look when dry.  Its pretty wet so I left it on a radiator overnight.  They layers came a little adrift at the top but it was easy just to glue the centres of them back together again!  Oh and I don't still have the heating on - this was made weeks ago haha!!!!!
The tree was then painted with acrylic paint in different greens and some clear glitter glue applied in places.  The trunk was also painted with acrylic.  I decorated a *MEDIA BOARD* (pack of 5) for the tree to sit on, adding some stamping & stencilling (*MINI MASK*) to add interest.  YES!  I do love to hug a tree, especially if its an old one...its very soothing!
Here are the products I used:
Thank you for looking today.  Enjoy hugging a tree!  HUGS xxx

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Home Tweet Home!!!!

Hellooooo everyone!  Today I have a printer tray in the shape of a house that I have decorated for you.  The printer tray is around 7inches high and I love the little 'rooms' in it :-D  You can find it at Tando Creative *HERE*.  We are working with a particular colour theme this week...its so pretty & reminds me of crocus', or is that croci?!

The background has been covered with old book pages, then painted & stamped.  The stamped birds have been water coloured and a bit of glitter added.  I planned to have all 'serious' birds on this piece but I couldn't resist adding a Stampotique budgie or two haha!!!!

Don't forget that you can always play along with anything that we do just take a look at the page at the top of our blog *HERE*.

Thank you for popping over for a look my lovelies, take care out there!  Hugs xxx

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Mini's on Miniatures!

Hello, I have kept it simple today and have decorated some miniature drinks bottles :-D  I tend to save these from Christmas!!!
I covered the little bottles with scrunched up tissue before painting them with a mix of DecoArt Fluid Acrylics (amazing pigment & colours).  They ended up mottled but you can't see that in the photo, sorry.  The mini butterflies & flowers have been covered with Texture Paste and then painted.  When dry I added a touch of Treasure Silver.  While I was at it I also made up a bottle using Mini Birds.  While these are not in the Mini section they are still teensy enough!
I used:
Mini Butterflies
Mini Flowers
Mini Birds & Branches
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
DecoArt Media White Modelling Paste
Why not join us and have a play along with any of our themes this month!  Go to the top of the Tando Creative Blog for details & where to link your work!
Thank you for looking , Hugs XXXX

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Commissioned Canvas :-D

WOW!!!  How excited was I to be asked to make up a large canvas for a studio!!!!?  The lovely Diane from Stitchscape has just set up an amazing place where you can go and knit, sew etc to your hearts content.  (Or to just sit on a very inviting sofa with a cuppa) The room looks beautiful...all bright & sunny and I can guarantee that you will leave there smiling!  So if you are anywhere near Warrington and fancy popping in do so, Diane is a lovely person!!!  Anyway Diane loved a quote I had used so we went with that, along with a tree & a house!  The colours match her logo.

I used a kit from Tando Creative (a wall art panel) .  The simple house was cut from one of the panels.  The fencing is also from Tando.  There are lots of layers on this canvas and, of course, I just had to add some fabric and sewing 'bits' onto it!!!  Here are a couple of close ups...

Please note : the letters are NOT from Tando Creative but a mix from my stash.

I really had a lot of fun with this and I hope that Diane likes it as much as I enjoyed making it for her!  Thank you for taking a look today, HUGS XXXXX

Tuesday, 14 April 2015


Twit Twooooooo to you!!!!!  I am here with some more of Tando Creative's gorgeous new *OWLS* that I have decorated for you.  They come in  *large* or *mini* sized and are very cute!  I just had to add a mini owl haha!
All the pieces have been painted with *DecoArt Fluid Acrylics* mixed with a little white acrylic.  Then the base was stamped & embossed with a leafy border stamp & coloured.  I also decorated some thin white card to go around the large cotton reel.
Everything was glued together with PVA and a stirring stick was added to the back and popped into the cotton reel so that the owl could stand up.  The mini owl was painted in the same colours and added.
If you fancy a play with owl this week then do take a look at our monthly challenge on the page at the top of the *blog*.
Thank you for looking today, HUGS xxxxx

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Flowers in her hair!

Hello there!  Just sometimes we all make something that we have really enjoyed doing and this is one for me :-D  I am here with a little 7x5inch canvas to show you today.  I have used a lovely mask/stencil by  the lovely *Giovanna Zara (Profile)* as my base.  Then I added lots of mini *flowers* and leaves (here and here) and a mini *butterfly*.  Along with a little help from this gorgeous *long flourish mask*.  All from *Tando Creative*
To start I drew through the profile mask with a pencil onto watercolour paper and painted it before cutting it out.
This was glued to my decorated canvas and some *DecoArt Texture Paste* added through the flourish mask to 'make' the hair.  I then placed the flowers & leaves over the top to see where I wanted them to go and took a photo to remind me later! (always a good idea) :-D 
You can see in the finished canvas that I went over the texture paste with some purple Sparkling Medium.  (there was nothing wrong with the DecoArt Paste but I just changed my mind & wanted a deep sparkly colour)  I painted the flowers, leaves & butterfly with *Decoart Fluid Acrylics*.  These have the most incredible pigment strength and you only need a teensy bit added to some white acrylic.  Some lace was added to the hair area before I attached the flowers, leaves & butterfly, using my photo as a guide.  Crackle Accents and flat backed pearls finish it all off.
If you fancy getting all painty-fied then why not join in with our challenge?  Info on the page at the top of the blog.
I hope that you like it.  Thank you so much for popping by, HUGS xxx