Tuesday, 1 September 2015


Hello there!  For anyone who loves girly colours then this months colour choice from Tando is definitely for you!  A rich mix of pinks and mauves :-D  I have done another page in my 8x8 RING BINDER.  The pages are thick enough to take the additions of paste and more chipboard.  Sorry that the tree looks really isn't!!!!! The tree is definitely the same colour as the dark mauve...I guess its my simple-as-anything camera :-D

The colour scheme:

I covered the bottom section with layers of lace and added some texture paint through a stencil for the top section before painting with acrylics.  The tree has had texture paint dabbed on to give it more definition.  I used DecoArt Media paint on it and I love that this paint has a slight sheen!

For the upper background I used the INK SPLATTERS MASK
The pretty FIR TREE comes in a pack of 2
The sturdy RING BINDER - great if you like chunky journaling:
Thank you for taking a look today.  If you fancy playing along with us with any of our prompts then take a click on the tab at the top of the blog.  We run a random draw once a month so you could win some Tando goodies!!!!
Take care,lots of hugs xxxxxxx

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Butterfly Banner

Helloooo!  Everyone loves a banner or two these days don't they?  I have made up one using the 'Scalloped Banner Singles' from Tando and added stamped butterflies to it.
Each pennant has 2 sections.  The bottom section was decorated by spraying some DecoArt Media Mist  (orange & purple) through the 'Diamond Circle' mask.  The top sections was painted and left plain.  I sprayed some white card using the above sprays before stamping & cutting out the butterflies.
Products used:
The butterfly stamps come from Chocolate Baroque.
If you would like to join in with us at anytime then check out the link in the tab at the top of the Tando blog for more information.

Thank you so much for looking today....take care, HUGS  xxx

Monday, 17 August 2015

Home Sweet Home

Hello lovely people!!!!!!  I have made up a largish canvas for you this time using some Tando Mini Houses.  You get 6 in the pack with 3 different designs.  I have also used the words from the Home Sweet Home Plaque Set.  Oh and a Mini Owl...mustn't forget him!

Yes, its very bright!!!!  I just love the vibrancy of the DecoArt Fluid Acrylics , my new favourite paints.  Of course they can be muted down as much as you like with a little touch of white acrylic.

The background was created by gluing patterned papers down onto the canvas and then spraying paint over.  I really didn't like it so I brayered some Gesso over but I still didn't like it hahaha!!!!!  But I went with it to see what the painted houses would look like on it....not too bad!

The chipboard has been painted with acrylics, the roves run through an embossing folder and crackle accents all over them.

Hugs, Karen xxx

Monday, 10 August 2015

Stencilling fun!!!!

Hello!  I have surrounded myself with masks/stencils for you this week!!!!!  Tando stencils/masks are incredible in their durability!  They can take anything you throw at them and come up trumps without splitting or tearing.  Sturdy enough for texture paste but also fine enough for stamping through.  You can find them *here*.  We also have ranges designed by *Andy Skinner**Neil Walker*, *Giovanna Zara* and our own lovely *Kaz*, so lots to choose from! 
For my project this week I have made a 'masterboard', just an A4 piece of card decorated with stencils (3) & spray inks to be used as backgrounds.  It always amazes me just how far a spray can go....ITS EVERYWHERE!!!!! hahaha!  I used Gio's LARGE DOILIE, Andy's SUNBURST and RANDOM CIRCLES.
Firstly I decorated a chunky page from my Tando Folder (you can see it decorated *here*).  I added some more stencilling using Gio's PROFILE mask, drawing around the face and painting it in with acrylics.  I smudged some 3B pencil around it to soften it.  The Tando Hearts have been covered & added too.  The background has had another stencil, sprayed through with white to soften it.
Then I added a stamped image to make a card.  Adding *TEXTURE CRACKLE PASTE* through a *HEART* stencil...
Next came an ATC.  Another Tando HEART was covered in the patterned card and added...
There is still some pieces left too!  Not sure what I am going to use them for yet. But this is a great way (and simple) to make your own backgrounds. 

I used:

If you fancy some stencil fun why not enter our challenge this month?  You can find the details on the August Tab at the top of the Tando BLOG!
Thank you for popping by, I truly appreciate it! HUGS, Karen xxx

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

A clock thats not a clock haha!

Hello!  My project for you today is using Tando-Creative's chosen colour theme for this week.  I have used a PRINTER TRAY STYLE CLOCK as the background for my project.  I haven't made it into a working clock this time.  I added a STEAMPUNK CLOCK FACE to it to add more depth.

The colour scheme:
The back of the clock was painted with the 'red' colour and crackled with PVA and cream acrylic.  The frame has had the other colours in the picture dabbed onto it before adding CLEAR CRACKLE.
Rows of little stamped houses were added along with a MINI HEART and a quote.  I stuck a loop on the back to hang it up by.
I used:
Printer Tray Style Clock Kit
Steampunk Clock & Hands
If you fancy making something using our chosen colours this month then please enter our challenge.  Take a look at the link page at the top of the blog :-D
Thank you for popping by today, hugs, Karen x

Monday, 27 July 2015

Its Festival Season!!!!

Hi there!  Todays project is all about Summer :-D   I hope that the sun is shining in your part of the world today?
Living in a very touristy area of England my thoughts went not to the usual buckets & spades but to the variety of Festivals that we have now.  Cornwall has soooo many!   So I made up a Festival tag for you...

...lots of 60's and 70's colours!!!!  The background has been spritzed with *Media Fluid Misters* then added a layer of Clear Gesso.  The clear gesso made the white stencilling through the *Random Circles Mask* a lot easier as it sets the colours underneath.  The *Guitar* and the *Mini Flowers* have been painted with neat Fluid Acrylics.  Lots of doodling and a quote finishes it off.
I had a lot of fun with this one!!!  If you would like to join in with any of our themes this month there are still a few days to enter.  Take a look at the July tab at the top of the *Tando Blog*.
Thank you for popping by, summery hugs, Karen x

Monday, 20 July 2015

Decorated Ring Folder

Hello, I have gone all pink and girly for you if you don't like pink look away now haha!!!  Have you spotted that Tando Creative sell RING BINDERS for you to alter????  They come in different sizes, are very sturdy and come complete with 6 fantastic board pages for you to create on!  I have decorated an 8x8inch folder for you...its very pink....
I have used DecoArt Media Misters throughout this project, I love that these are so vibrant, as you can see.  For the covers I sprayed through 3 different masks/stencils till I was happy.  I spread Crackle Texture through a flourish mask onto the HEARTS.  When they were dry I sprayed them with the mists.  The flourish was sprayed and treated to a coat of CLEAR CRACKLE GLAZE before cutting it up to make 'leaves'.  The stems are also chipboard, cut from a media board.
I shall be making up the boards from inside the folder using the prompts that Tando have lined up so look out for those :-D
I used:
8x8 Folder
Giovanna Zara- Large Doillie
Andy Skinner - Sunburst
Tando - Random Circles
DecoArts Misters - Primary Magenta, Yellow Green & Purple
There is still time to enter our monthly challenge!  Just take a look at the July page at the top of our Blog for more details.
Thank you for indulging my pink 'phase' hahahaha!!!!! Take care xxx