Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Ring my Bell!

Hello!  Its brilliant when we get a 'Same but Different' theme over at Tando as its always amazing how varied our projects are using the same substrates.  Here is my offering...
Thank you for taking a look today and do pop back to see what the others have done with their little kits, Hugs, Karen xxx

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ring Binders

Hellooooo!  My project for this Anything Goes week over at Tando is a pair of *folders*.  These are especially designed to fit the newer masks/stencils.  They have really clever bendy spines which make them so much easier to decorate!  I have kept mine fairly simple....adding bold colours to the big flowers.
Here they are laid out flat... they do look a bit yellowy but are white backgrounds!
The smallest one...
The tall one...
They are similar on the inside.   For the base I laid down a few bright colours and then a layer of *Weathered Wood*  adding white after it was dry.  The flowers have been stamped onto thin card and coloured with watercolour pencils.  A touch of clear glitter was added to them.  I added Velcro to fasten and some beads for more colour!!!!
Thank you for taking a look, take care, Karen xxx

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Pretty Mini Book

Hi there!  I have gone all pretty pretty for my embossing folder project.  I have decorated the tall mini book from the *mini books mega pack*.  This is a great little pack as you get 10 mini books in 2 types and 3 sizes!!!!!  Here is my offering... its only 12x6cm...
Firstly I covered the blanks with tinting base then ran it through my Big Shot with an embossing folder (by Cuttlebug).  You need a bit of muscle but it will go through! For some reason (I have no idea)  I didn't emboss the whole of one side but that will be covered anyway!
I painted the covers and the spine in Titanium White.  Then I made a wash with some purple and just dipped the pieces in. I love the way it settle randomly.
All the pages were cut from 100gm copier paper and attached to the spine by winding the thread around as shown.
To attach all the pieces together I cut some firm card 12x6cm, roughened the edges and marked the centre.  This enabled me to line up the spine. 
Once the covers were glued down I scored down the card close to the spine.
To finish off I added some lace over the binding to make it stronger.  Then I added some beads and buttons and a quote.
Thank you for stopping by today, take care out there, hugs, Karen xxx

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Twinchie #5

Hello, here I am with my take on this months Tando colour theme.  The inspiration comes from peacock feathers.....those glorious greens and blues.  Again I have done a *twinchie* to add to my collection.  Instead of feathers I have added a *butterfly*.

Here is the inspirational picture.....
Thank you for coming over for a look, take care, Karen xxx

Monday, 23 April 2018

Hanging Fish!

Hi, I am starting this week of using paper on Tando.  A lot of us have lots of paper in our stash and using it on chipboard is an excellent way to use it up. 
For my project I have used One of Andy Skinners new *scrapmetal fish* which look fantastic painted up but also as good covered with paper!!!!
I added some tinting base/gesso first to seal the pieces, though its not really necessary.  Its a habit I guess hahaha!  Then I glued the pieces onto patterned paper...
This fish is around 11cm long.  I decided to mount it onto a tiny canvas. 
So I spread some *crackle paste* through the *Bubbles* stencil while I trimmed the paper from my fish.  Using Shadow grey  Archival Ink and a sponge I went around each piece before gluing them onto the base.  When dry the canvas was colour washed with blue.  I added some grey antiquing cream to the dots.  Looks a bit like fish bubbles :-D  A ribbon to hang it by and a sentiment were added.  Oh and don't forget the eye as I nearly did :-D
Thank you for looking today.  Take care , Karen xxx

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Mini Library!

Hello!!!!!!  For this 'Anything Goes' week I am showing you all the mini books from the *Mini Books Mega Pack* that I have made up (except the tall ones which are in another post).  I have also made up the very cute *Mini Book Store* to put them in!  I have kept the book store fairly plain as, for me, the mini books are the stars.
I used different way to decorate the books, just to show you what can be done on something so small!  On the bottom shelf are the larger ones (8x8cm) which have a cleverly designed bendy spine so it comes all in one piece.  I made three of these....
Using a stencil and modelling paste...
Paint and a bit of crackle....
Modelling paste again and a bit of crackle....
The smaller 6x6cm books come in 3 pieces so you need to add a piece around the spine to hold it together.  I have used fabric and lace for these.
This one has been run through an embossing folder...
I only used fabrics for this one...

Modelling paste through a stencil with a stamped and cut out butterfly...
This last one was covered with patterned paper and lace and has a wrap round string tie.  Not too sure about this one at all.
I have so many ideas and not enough books in the pack :-D  I must get some more!!!!!
No matter which way you decorate these little books have fun and do get the bookcase for them as they all look fabulous in there!!!
Take care, Karen xxx

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Twinchie #4

Hi, here I am with number 4 of 12 of the *twinchies* that I am decorating for this colour theme year over at Tando Creative.  Not the usual colours that I like to work with though.
I painted then stamped the background with a map stamp.  The *arrows* (which come in a mixed bag of 24) have just been painted and glazed.  The colour theme...
Thank you for taking a look, hugs, Karen xxx