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

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Cold as Ice?

Hellooooo!!!!!  Its a 'COLD AS ICE' challenge over at Tando Creative Challenges this month.  I avoided snow ideas when I made this little hanging as the sun was pouring into my craftroom and I was hot :-D  So I have used the cute TANDO MINI ICE-CREAMS instead.

They have been painted up with acrylics and been sprinkled with micro beads.  I think they look pretty real eh?  You get a lot in a pack so well worth just over £2 plus they are thinner so that they are brilliant for card making!

Follow the link if you want to join in with our challenge.  There are lots of prizes to be had and the rules are very simple, but please read them!

Thank you for popping by and remember that ice-creams aren't just for the summer hahaha, HUGS xxx

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Inchie Box inspired by Kaffe Fasset

Hi lovely people!  I consider myself lucky that I got to see the Kaffe Fasset Exhibition *HERE*  a little while ago.  What a gorgeous riot of colour!!!!  For those that like pale shades this was not the place for you hahaha!!!!  I just had to buy some of his fabric that was on sale there and came back all inspired. Over at Tando Creative  this week we are all about *INCHIES* so I added them to this little box done 'a la Kaffe' :D

I used acrylic paint throughout and randomly stamped a flourish over the inchies which I put on top.  The whole box was then given a coat of PaperArtsy Gloss Glaze which gives a light sheen which you can see in the pic below.  I added raised dots with a My Paper World Gloss Gel pen in Violet.

The inside is just as bright...

If you are not familiar with Kaffe's work and love a bit of colour do Google him.  He does amazing tapestries, knitting and patchwork.  Just take a look at this brightness...

 and this quilt...

want something more subtle?  This is a section of a needlework floor rug...

Thank you for popping by today!  Add a little colour to your world xxx

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Christmas Tree Re-visited!

Hello, today I am revisiting an old project that  I did way back in 2010 :D  Tando has been doing a lot of retail shows lately and there has been a lot of interest in the CHRISTMAS TREE BOOK.  It has 4 pages of shaped chipboard and stands at 24cm high.  It can be a freestanding piece as I have done here or made into a lovely book full of Christmas Memories.

*Please bear in mind this was decorated before we had the lovely Tando Mini's to play with and if I did this now they would be included!*

Each page has been covered with patterned paper with a layer of gesso to dull down the colours a little.  Snow effect paste & glitter applies round the edges.  Then the book was put together with a Bind It All.

Page 1
I hand cut 2 trees in 2 sizes from green card and attached to the centre 'fold', adding a red pot.  The tree was decorated with tiny stamped, coloured & cut out parcels and gems.  I wrapped some tiny Christmas Lights around it to add some more dimension and added a quote.

Page 2
 The snowman has been made from felt, with  a fabric scarf.  Punched out snowflakes and a quote have been added.

Page 3
A pretty Tando REINDEER SMALL RUNNING has been painted and added to die-cut trees, along with a few teensy white pom-poms and another quote.

Page 4
I made little fabric stockings with the felt tops and glued them on.  Then teensy pom-poms were added to the toes.  A stamped Father Christmas was coloured, cut out & added to the page, along with the quote.  Here is the book as it comes to you...

Lots of dimension going on with this piece and it looks lovely on the Christmas table :D  I have used a lot of fabric and stamping here to decorate it but why don't you go and take a look at our Christmas Section where you will find mini stocking, parcels, snowflakes etc to decorate yours!

Thank you for looking today, HUgs xxx

Friday, 12 September 2014

Just Tagging along!

Helloooo!  This time I am playing with TAGS.  Usually these end up decorating my craft room but these have been made to actually use on presents :D   I had some scraps of home decorated paper that I used at bases and went from there.

The Sewing Tag - I used my lovely friend GIOVANNA'S SPIRAL MASK and dabbed blue over it onto the background to give depth.  Then I decorated the COTTON REELS & SCISSORS, used a scrap of lace and a PC generated saying.  This mask isn't available for retail yet but you can buy it from a supplier.

These are available in small or large...

The Steampunk Tag - I used some Sparkle Medium through Tando's COG MASK for this one.  The HEART is from the Mini Range and has been painted & glossy accents added.  Some stamped wings, word and a little tag finish it off.

You get loads of these hearts in a bag...

The Flower Tag -  used Sparkle Medium again but through a lovely LONG FLOURISH MASK.  I added a painted & sparkled BUTTERFLY and finished off with paper flowers and a stamped saying.


All but Gio's mask (will be soon) are available on our RETAIL SITE so grab a cuppa and have a good browse, especially at our Christmas goodies and new designs :D

Thank you so much for calling by, please leave a comment if you have the time, HUGS xxx