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

Monday, 30 March 2015

'LOVE for YOU' wall art

Hi there!  Today see the start of the Colour Theme week over at *TANDO*  ;-D  Its a really pretty one too! Lots of girly colours to choose from!  I have decorated the lovely *LOVE WALL ART* hanging...which is a fairly new addition to the Tando collection.  It measures 19x19cm and you get all the elements shown in either MDF or chipboard.  I just love the 'retro' feel of this.
I used every colour from the colour pallet below.  The smaller MDF boards have also been covered with scrunched up printed tissue paper to add some texture.
The wings and hearts have been stamped with a lacy stamp and gold embossed to add more texture.  I have also gone around the plain hearts with an embossing pen and gold embossing powder.
If you would like to have a play with these pretty colours at all throughout the month then please enter our monthly challenge where we pick a winner at random....lots of goodies can be won!!!  Just look at the page at the top of our blog for the links.
Thank you for looking today, hugs xxx

Monday, 23 March 2015

Stencil canvas

Hello, I am kicking off our Tando Creative Blog MASK/STENCIL week of fun!!!  Tando Masks, (or stencils if you prefer) are extremely sturdy yet still very flexible.  I have used mine with all sorts of mediums, from paint to very textured paste.  They clean up superbly, usually with some washing up liquid and a nailbrush but I am a bit lazy and tend to leave mine until the medium is truly dried on (so naughty) and if the nailbrush won't shift it, I spray on oven cleaner, leave for half an hour and then wash!!!!  You can also put them in the dishwasher hahaha!!!!!  We have a lot of different designs to suit all tastes and as well as our own designs we have well known designers who have designed some- Andy Skinner, Neil Walker and Giovanna Zara as well as our own lovely Kaz.

For my project I have used 3 different masks (I will list them later) and made up a large canvas.

Lots and lots of layers on this one if you look closely.  I added some stamped and watercoloured flowers (Chocolate Baroque) and a quote.  Some close ups...

I shall be writing a tutorial for this one soon which will be available of the Tando Website so do look out for it if you fancy making something similar!  These are the masks that I used:

Andy Skinners beautiful *Baroque*
Kaz Boughton's pretty *Dotted Star* 
Tando's lovely *Long Flourish* 
If you fancy having a play with some stencils/masks then please enter our monthly draw.  You can find the page to link your work to at the top of the *Tando Creative Blog*.  Lots of prizes to be won :-D
Thank you for popping by, Hugs xxx

Monday, 16 March 2015


Helloooooo!  Its another 'anything goes' week over at Tando Creative and I am showing you a box that I made up to store sewing threads.  This was made as a Christmas present and I forgot to take a pic of it loaded with cotton reels but it takes around 36 standard reels.

I have made up the basic  *Tic-Tac-Toe* box using different colours of acrylic paint.  The *Sew Simple Set* elements added have also been painted.  I added thread around the cotton reels and stamped a 'tape measure' around the edges of the lid.  Here are the kits I combined...

This box is lovely and sturdy and although I have given it a sewing theme, it could be decorated in a lot of different way.  This project will be out in kit form soon so if you fancy one do please look out for it on the website *HERE*.

If you fancy entering our monthly draw then you are welcome to have a go with any of our themes through the month.  Just enter a link to your work on the tab at the top of the Tando Creative Blog.

Thank you so much for looking today :-D, HUGS xxx

Monday, 9 March 2015

Don't forget to fly!!!

Hello, its a week of crackle treatments for Tando Creative chipboard this week!  There are many ways to achieve this look and I have gone down the old route of using just acrylic paint and PVA glue on my Arch.  They have just started to stock *DECOART MEDIA PAINTS* and having given them a little road test I have to say that they are incredible!!!  The depth of pigment is amazing and just one coat of the *fluid Acrylics* covers the greyboard...very impressive!  None of my other acrylics do that!!!

I coated *Titanium White* over the outer arch.  The next stage has to be done fairly quickly for it to work so gather 2 fairly wide brushes and your mediums.  Cover over the white with a thin PVA (you can water it down a little if its the thick kind) and quickly fill your brush with acrylic (I chose *carbon black*) and gently swipe the brush over the still wet glue.  Watch the magic happen!!!!

The Background has been painted with a mix of *cobalt turquoise, dioxazine purple & primary magenta*  I over stamped using Stazon.  The lovely Finnibair stamped image has been watercoloured, cut out and added with foam tape.  The little butterfly, from a grab bag, has been given the same treatment as the back of the arch then overstamped from the same stamp set.  Here is what I used:

Arch - large straight edged... 

If you fancy having a play with some crackle this week then why not link your work to could win a prize!  Details on a separate page at the top of Tando Creative Blog.
Thank you for looking today, HUGS xxx