Friday, 21 November 2014

Decorated box!

This week I am bringing you a largish decorated Tando box!  The kit is actually the Tic Tac Toe Box but I have decorated it differently using different elements.

I made up the box before adding acrylic paints, using a different colour each side.  Lovely and bright eh?  On the top of the lid I used 2 sets of the FLOURISH 7 on the corners,  4 Twinchies (stamped) in the centre and then a Multi Loop Karen's Frame on top of those.

These are fantastic box to use to put that special gift in and they are incredibly easy to put together!  Here are the pieces that I used...

The main kit...I shall use the other pieces on another project!

The lovely corner flourishes...

The little frame...(pack of 4)

and of course the twinchies...
You can buy all these direct from Tando Creative *here*  Thank you for popping by today, take care xxx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN will soon be here...very soon haha!!!!  Once its December then Christmas is on it and what better way to start the celebrations than with a Countdown Calendar? 

This is a Tando Kit and you get everything that you need (even the hooks) apart from the decorating materials.  I have painted mine but it could easily be covered in gorgeous Christmas papers.  The stockings are around 3inches long to give you an idea of the scale and the whole thing is free-standing.

I have used acrylic paint on this one, along with some random stamping.  For the sign I used a woodgrain stamp to make it look more realistic.

The stocking have been painted and then to have sparkle at Christmas haha!  Or should that be hoho!!!!!  Here is how it arrives, along with your instructions...

It doesn't take long to put together so there is plenty of time before 1st December :-D

Take care xxx

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Decorated Ring Binder!

Helloooo!  Is there anyone out there who doesn't like every day things in teensy versions??? :-D I have been decorating  one of Tando's little RING BINDERS.  This one is 4 x 4 inches so very cute!!!!  It comes with 8 chipboard pages and would make a lovely scrapbooking gift.  I have left the pages out for another project this time.
It really is white though it looks cream in the photograph doesn't it?  Before I started painting I glued 2 small CORNER FLOURISHES onto the front, then when dry painted all the surfaces with white acrylic.  When this was dry I covered the outside with PVA and attached some patterned tissue paper, gently teasing it around the flourishes.  I wasn't worried about any creases as they add to the look!
I stamped the sentiment with Stazon onto tissue, tore it out and attached with the pva, covering the whole outside with pva as well to seal it all.  The BUTTERFLY has been painted with acrylics, then stamped with a butterfly stamp before some fine clear glitter was added.
These lovely sturdy ring binders do come in different sizes, check them out *HERE*. 

Take care out there, HUGS xxx

Monday, 3 November 2014


Hi there!  Its not far away is it?  Christmas I mean haha!!!!  I know I shouldn't really say it but I love how this bowl turned out :-D  Its one of *TANDO CREATIVE'S* 3D bowls.  I shall be using it for sweeties.  You build up the layers to get the shape and there are two Oval Bowl and a Heart Shape Bowl.  Its a bit tricky to photograph so that the depth shows up though, sorry!  You can see the depth further down.

Its incredibly strong when its put together (which is easy) and I have added a couple of coats of satin varnish.  I decorated the centre 1st with paints and stamping...I love this reindeer by The House of Zandra.  He has been coloured with Derwent Inktense Pencils with some glitter added to his antlers!  The message stamp is by Crafty Individuals.  I couldn't resist adding the bobble trim.

You can see the depth of the bowl better when its naked...

and the Heart Shaped Bowl, which is gorgeous...

This is all for the *TANDO CREATIVE CHALLENGE* for this month...A USEUL PIECE OF KIT!  You don't have to use our products to enter but if you do you are put into the PRIZE DRAW twice. get to choose your prizes :-D. 

Thank you for coming to take a look, I really appreciate it, HUGS xxx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Its nearly the Witching time!!!

Hellooooo!  I really am NOT into Halloween and all the fuss that surrounds it but I had to have a play with this little chipboard WITCH from Tando Creative!  Its all about Halloween over on their BLOG this week so if you want some decorating ideas just pop over.  There is always lots of crafting inspiration going on there!  Back to my witch...

I painted her with acrylics before adding lace for her dress & felt for her cloak.  Her hat & shoes have been painted and glitter added - even a witch loves a bit of sparkle!!!!  I used rough string for her broomstick.  The background is one of the pages from the MINI SCALLOPED BOOK wich has been covered with Halloween paper by Basic Grey.  Love this quote I found hahaha!  Maybe I should have painted her naked eh hahaha!

Here she is all nekkid haha....

Thank you for calling by, please leave a comment if you would like so that I know you have been ;-D  Hugs xxx

Saturday, 25 October 2014


Helloooo!  I am such a sentimental person hahaha!  I have had my knitting needle box for 40 years and now it is falling apart :-(  If you want to see my now very sad looking box it will be at the end of my post!  Now I have a new one, especially cut for me by Di over at Tando Creative.  The chipboard is thick like mountboard so it will last me forever now!  I also asked Di to cut me out the words to go on the top.

Its just longer than the longest needle and 6cm wide and deep...perfect!  I have painted it with PaperArtsy Fresco paints, layering them up with stamping and stencilling.  The flowers are stencilled through the *BIRD & BRANCH* mask using coloured texture paste.  The wording has also been painted with Fresco paint and then , along with the flowers, been glittered.  The base is plain amethyst.

Now you all want to see its predecessor don't you hahaha!  When I left school I worked in a Computer office of a local authority and this is what the printer ribbons came in!!!!  It was a whole different world back then wasn't it?
This is the mask I used...
I hope you like my new box and thank you for calling by, HUGS xxx

Monday, 13 October 2014

Nature's great masterpiece...

..... just has to be the elephant in my eyes....such wonderful creatures.  We can all learn so much from them.  Its animal week over at Tando and I have used Karen's Elephant (yes that's me) from the ZOO SET LARGE to make up one of Tando's LARGE ARCHES into a wall hanging.  These arches measure approx. 7inches high so are a good size to work on and come in a pack of two for under £2....bargain!

To make the background I covered it with bits of an old book page before sloshing on different Fresco paints until I was happy!  Then I used the SEQUIN WASTE MASK/STENCIL to add some large dots which I quickly drew around with a white pen.  The elephant has been painted with two layers of paint and, while it was still damp, dabbed with some paper towel.  I added a little bit of doodling with my white pen here and there. All the edges have been coloured with some chocolate paint.

The frame has been painted with Smoked Paprika and Dusty Teal with a layer of Crackle Glaze in between to make it look all worn.

Here are the TANDO CREATIVE goodies that  used:

I found this lovely quote by John Donne at Google.  The other products that I used are:
PaperArtsy Fresco Paints: Dusty Teal, Smoked Paprika, Stone, Yellow Submarine, Crackle Glaze
Brilliance DewDrop: Pearlescent Chocolate
White pen
Thank you so much for coming by, take care out there xxx