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

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Have a Dance!!!!

Helloooo!  Everyone can dance can't they?  Even those who think they have two left feet hahaha!  Just wiggle your hips and you are dancing....its so good for the soul!!!  Go on!!!  Dancing makes us smile!!!

I have made up a little 4x4inch canvas to encourage you to dance, even if its just in your heart...

I painted & stencilled a lovely bright background and used Tando Creative Letters to pick out the word 'DANCE'.  The blue paint is metallic so its all a bit dazzling :D

This has been made for Septembers Tando Challenge which has the theme - LETTERS & NUMBERS this month.  You can make anything at all as long as it fits the criteria and there are lovely prizes to be had too.  Just pop over to read up on our very basic rules.  Have Fun!

Tando Creative now have a RETAIL ONLINE SHOP where you can easily navigate to find your goodies!  The prices are very competitive and I think you will be surprised just what there is.  Check out the 3D section, especially if you are thinking 'Christmas' :D

Thank you for popping by, HUGS xxx

Friday, 29 August 2014

Tree Decorations

haha is it too early to be thinking about making decorations for your Christmas Tree????  nah...never too early for me :D  I have used the fabulously sturdy Tando Domino's as a base for each of the little hanging plaques. Shame that the 'bling' doesn't show up in the photos though, sorry about that.

Tando produce 2 types of domino's - WAVY and STRAIGHT and they come in packs of 10 at a very good price.  I have painted & stamped onto two of them and covered the other 3 with patterned paper.  The little embellishments have been painted & glittered (except the stocking which has some paper on it) and are from our MINI RANGE, which are all suitable for card making as they are thinner.  You get lots in a pack making them great value!  Here are the products I used...

Thank you for calling by :D, take care xxx