This week over on the Tando creative blog the theme has been "sparkle" and today its my turn to share my project…. I'm still in the card making mood so here is another card for Christmas…
I stamped a Tim Holtz stamp on the base and added colour with distress markers and then gave it a coating of stickles….tando minis are fantastic embellishments for cards and here I have used a tree from the brush strokes pack and a couple of holly pieces from the bells and holly set. These have been painted with acrylic paint with doodled outlines and then a coating of stickles adding that sparkle….doodled edges around the card finishes it off.
All of the Tando elements used here are available in the retail shop.
Today sees the start of another Black and…… week over on the Tando creative blog. This year we have had one of these themes for the first week of every month and its been great playing along each month…so today sees the last of our Black and ….. weeks and what a better theme than….
Black and Gold
I have made this:-
I have taken a 5" square cardstock base and adhered a piece of black card (this has been recycled from the stencil packaging of Tando)….I doodled around the edges with a gold pen. Taking two of the brush stoke trees, you get 3 different sized trees in the pack and here I have used the medium and smaller trees coating them with versamark and then heat embossing with gold sparkle … I then remembered why I don't do glitter! it went everywhere and everything that got in the way now has a sparkly sheen!! taking three of the small baubles….these are gorgeous and you get loads in the pack…and they are so diddy…fabulous…I used black/gold frantage on these and added them to my tree…a stamped and gold embossed sentiment which had treasure gold added to the edges and some gold bling finished it off…. another one done!! lol
I still have several birthday cards to make this year and spurred on by the fabulous pieces over on the Paperartsy blog this month I made this card, inspired by Sue Carringtons post here:-
I usually work on 6" square cards but picked up a pack of 5" x 7" by mistake, but, I must say that I am quite enjoying working on this size for a change! The background paper was made using a technique detailed by Darcy, here, I have prepped my paper to make the bow but haven't as yet! - I sort of followed Sue's design and added some metallic glaze to a couple of the stencilled pieces and the rounded edge, I heat embossed my flower and then coloured it in using distress markers…. A stamped "happy birthday" finished it off…
This is the front of the printer tray….. before I started decorating any part of the tray I adhered the frame part together and then painted the cover and the frame with acrylic paint and then dry brushed with a darker colour…when dry I added treasure gold to the edges I then added the frame to the bottom section.
The cover was decorated with Graphics 45 Christmas papers…Santa with his reindeer were painted with black paint and a layer of glossy accents added…
this is the inner frame...
I added paper to each section and some had washi tape to add dimension….I have used large and mini elements together, so the large candle with the mini version, and the same with the snowmen and brush stroke trees the mini baubles are just gorgeous, bells and holly have also been added… all have been painted then doodled, the stockings have been painted and the heel patches have had glossy accents added… my little robin red breast is watching over them all…. a piece of ribbon secures the cover in place ready to give….
All of the elements used are available from the Tando Retail Store..
I'm still going with the Christmas projects, still a long way to go, but, with great inspiration over on the Paperartsy blog I'm making great roads into my crafting bits and bobs…
Inspired by Anneke De Clerck's tag post here…I made these:-
I used the crackle glaze technique detailed on the post on the base of my tags, I must admit I'm a bit hit and miss with the crackle glaze - but, using the cut and dry really worked for me and is something I will definitely do again….. each tag had Tando chipboard pieces as centre pieces as I don't possess any wooden elements and these worked fab for these tags….. I will add ribbon when I get some!! lol nothing I have is suitable…. lol
there have been some lovely projects over on the Paperartsy blog this month this one by Wanda really caught my eye so I made this:-
I used an atc sized canvas and stencilled grunge paste thro' a tim holtz stencil - to be honest I could have left it all white as it looked really good - but that wasn't the challenge! Using the poinsettia die I die cut using red and a brown/green coloured bazzil cardstock which I covered with distress stickles in rock candy….I used two medium sized petals and the small one, this made the flower the right size for my project….some treasure gold and a metal charm finished it off… Great inspiration Wanda thank you…
is the theme over on the Tando Creative blog this week….taking the Mini Christmas Tree printers tray I have made this:-
I always start by adhering the sections together so that I have my frame…I then painted the frame and base plate using Paperartsy fresco finish paint….once dry I then dry brushed over the pieces before stamping with my favourite crackle stamp by Cherry pie and brown ink….once all pieces were dry I adhered the frame to the base.
I then added some glass glitter to the bucket section…and then put the main piece to one side.
Taking a snowman, candle, three stockings, three baubles, a set of bells and a couple of wonky trees I then painted all of them and added some stickles or glossy accents…each piece was then adhered to a little window.. do pop on over to the Tando creative blog and take a look at the other festive pieces on display.
is this weeks theme over on the Tando Creative blog… in keeping with trying to keep on top of making my christmas cards I have made this card:-
my card is based on my post here…. I have used distress stain on the front of my 5"x7" card base, and added three baubles from the Tando large bauble grab bag, which is available in the Tando Retail store…. these were painted black with acrylic paint and when dry a line of white acrylic paint was added, as well as adding white to the tops…. I doodled a line to tie the baubles together and added a stamp saying along with lined doodling….another one made!! lol
Wednesday saw the first wedding of one of my nieces - and a lovely day we had too….here is the card that I made for the lovely couple:-
This card looks so simple, but, it took me all day to make! I started off by cutting out :- 2 sets of hearts from an old sizzix die, primitive hearts (I think), a Tim Holtz tattered bow, a Tim Holtz picture wheel and a tonic swirl die…all of these were cut out of smoothy cardstock by Paperartsy - these were then all edged with walnut stain distress ink - I then chose a selection of white and cream flowers from Wild Orchid crafts and spritzed them with perfect pearls….I then adhered to the card base….adding pins and bling….I made up the bow and added to the bottom…the congratulations banner was hand cut. The other two hearts were added to a little envelope which was adhered inside the card.
I'm not going to be a last minute minnie this year with my Christmas cards….making cards is where my paper craft journey began and I still enjoy making them…..I have been following the Paperartsy blog this month, but, as usual time hasn't allowed any creativity…but, this afternoon I found a couple of hours to sit and play - unfortunately, lack of card blanks stopped play!! well, making these cards…
So, inspired by Anneke De Clerck's post here, over on the paperartsy blog I made this:-
So, instead of the paint background I used a distress stain…the bauble is from JFY028 set and was stamped onto cardstock and then coloured using distress pens…. the Happy Christmas is from JFY026 and was again coloured in using the distress markers, I doodled in the corners and added some Christmas themed washi tape and bling to the corners.
is this weeks theme over on the Tando creative blog…well, it had to be something Hallowe'en themed. I have been building on this piece for several weeks, at the moment I don't seem to be able to settle to anything and will find an excuse to do anything other than what I should be…so, this piece has evolved in time… and here it is finished
The base is a large canvas board. I started off by adhering to the base a piece from the Tando graveyard set and the bottom section of my coffin (from the skeletons set). I then painted the board with a base coat then added various tones of purple/blue/black acrylic paints. I used the cobweb 2 mask and added a couple of cobwebs to the base …. I then painted the coffin set grey and blended in black and white the lid was stamped with my favourite crackle stamp …. the bats,spiders,spider web and owl were all painted with black acrylic paint and then crackle glaze added, the skull was painted grey and then stamped with a crackle stamp by Cherry Pie…I added some black card to the back of the skull and added a couple of white dots for his eyes…. the girl is a stamped image from The Halloween set of stamps from Artistic Outpost and the halloween tag is from an old set by Tim Holtz….all the Tando chipboard pieces I have used are available from the Tando Retail store. Do pop on over to the Tando blog this week as we have loads of "frighten me" projects to share.
The base is a tando rectangular frame, I adhered the three frame sections together and then painted with black acrylic paint…the backplate I painted with orange acrylic paint and then stamped with black versafine ink and a crackle stamp from cherry pie stamps.
I used the following Tando halloween elements:-
Skeleton - this was painted grey and then stamped with the crackle stamp - the edges were inked with black soot distress ink.
spiders - painted black - the drop down spider had a layer of glossy accents added then distress glitter - the little spider at the bottom was painted and eyes added.
pumpkins, skulls and bat - pumpkins were painted orange and then a layer of distress glitter added, skulls treated the same as the skeleton but with eyes added, bat painted black, eyes added then a layer of glossy accents.
its inches week over on the Tando creative blog this week and so far my Tando DT colleagues have come up with some fantastic projects….today its my turn to share with you my offering..
Mr mojo has gone off on his holiday's so I decided that perhaps going back to basics might encourage him to come home (no such luck) anyhow…
I took 3 inches from the Tando creative straight inchie pack - available here
Inchie 1 - I painted the base with Paperartsy fresco finish paint in chalk and then coloured over the top with caran d'ache fibralo pens…blending as I went, I then added some lines…a butterfly was cut from a sheet of paper found in my "bits" wallet.
Inchie 2 - painted with paperartsy paints again in tones of orange….part of a Lynne Perrella stamp was then stamped with black ink.
Inchie 3 - was covered with book paper - now this paper had been left from a previous project where I had stamped the house set from Darcy's stamps EDY08 - I choose the piece that i liked the look of and then adhered that to my inchie….I then coloured it in using gelatos…..
Each inchie was then treated to an edging of treasure gold.
Don't forget to pop into the Tando blog for some more inchie projects.
if I'm honest its still a work in progress - the background of the plaque is what really grabbed me, but, whatever I put on the top I'm not struck with, so have left it nakeeeddd until I find the right thing to add. Must say that I got very sticky doing this!! lol great fun tho'….
My rose at the top is scrunched up calico material….I didn't like the painted one so have left this bare too…
was the theme over on the Tando Creative blog this week…I'm closing the week with:-
The base is a mixed media board which I painted with a neutral colour first - then I added a couple of oranges and a yellow based acrylic paint - I didn't pay much attention to the actual coverage, just wanted to ensure that I got the base covered. Taking the round stencil I stencilled thro' distress ink…Then I took Kaz's tree mask and using the tree base painted thro' - i added more colour once the stencil had been removed - using the leaves part of the stencil I once again added distress ink thro'…. my owl is from the grab bag of owls and the saying is one of the new stamps by Paperartsy….
You know when you see a creation and are just taken with it? sometimes it takes a while to "get it" but others you just go wow? well, that was how I was with this box canvas by Gillian Simson over on the Paperartsy blog….the original post is here…
here is my piece:-
I used the same colours for the project. I used a Tando large swirl mask for my background stencilling, which I followed thro' onto the side and top (duh! lol), I used a text stamp from the Lynne Perella set LPC028 and the new Sarah Newman stamps too… the background for the feathers was created using a brayer….I painted a couple of cotton reels and then stamped using the text stamp with the paler blue (space cadet and lake wanaka)…..the top had a piece of hessian and cotton frayed and then a button was added…all the edges were given a thick coat of treasure gold and then buffed when dry...
I have really enjoyed taking part in Darcy's journalling pages over on the Paperartsy blog. Each month has been something new to try, perhaps something (well, ok, usually something) that I wouldn't have done - but, its good to push the boundaries and sometimes you find something that you really like when you initially thought you wouldn't. To be honest, there have been a couple of things I wouldn't try again, but, on the whole I have widened my technique horizons a lot! so thank you Darcy for pushing me to my limits and for all the inspiration over the last 8 months…
This is my take on the last pages:-
ok, so for the full range of details, pop on over to Darcy's post.
The background is created with fibralo pens, and something that I will definitely do again, I didn't have the brick stamp to create the edges but used Darcy's brick stamp from EDY10 - the tree - well….. I can't draw, I've said it numerous times, and when I try it goes weird!!! lol so I decided to do the trunk and get the paintbrush and paint and go for it…. the bad bits are covered over with the leaves anyway!! the leaves are an old stamp - its acrylic, I don't think you should use paints with them?? anyway, I did and it stuck to my finger lovely so that I could get into all those awkward places you can't with an acrylic block! iykwim? rofl xx my die cut leaves have my fav techniques on, so they consist of:- using crackle glaze, stencil with paint and the bump technique, using fibralo pens, grunge paste thro' and stencil and a stencil pushed into grunge paste, resist, brayered, masterboard left overs from previous page, mixing paint, layering 3 colours, paint and then stamp in same colour over, all held in place with my little apples and leaves.
Darcy I have really enjoyed all your pages - thank you for sharing and all the hard work that went into each and every page….love them all xx
I'm sharing with you a card I made for a special occasion yesterday…
The base is a 6x6 white card - I have used silver paint thro' the heart stencil and once dry have part outlined the hearts and covered some with glossy accents. I took a male and female form from the mini people set, 25 from a set of numbers and triple heat embossed them with silver embossing powder - the heart, from the grab bag, was painted with silver paint.
Don't forget that the challenge is open to everyone and you don't have to use any Tando products - there is a great prize at the end of the month too…pop along to the blog and join in.
Today is the last day of tag week over on the tando creative blog and I'm finishing off the week with this tag:-
I used a die cut tag as my base and gave it a coat of acrylic paint…once this had dried I brayered on some more paint…I then used the round grid mask and the "bump" technique to create my background - some darker paint was also added to the edges…..I then painted some stars, from the grab bag of stars..and gave them a covering of distress tickles, once dry they were outlined with black and hi-lighted with white - I took a straight domino and painted with acrylic paint, adding darker toning on the edges, doodling and white dots finished it off…
is this weeks theme over on the Tando Creative blog this week and I'm kicking off the week with:-
I started with a small Karen's frame and adhered two outers together and painted black, and painted the base plate purple - using the same paints I painted three flowers from the mini range, a mini heart and a mini key - the key, heart and frame were then given a coating of Ranger crackle glaze. I added black outlines to the flowers and a piece of bling for the centres. At this stage I wasn't quite sure where I was going with this - but, after finding my domino stamps I decided to stamp "imagine" with black ink and mounting her inside the frame….the flowers and key were then extras' for photo purposes!!! lolxx a bit of purple treasure gold finished off the frame.
There are projects most days over on the Tando blog do pop on over and take a look.
I took a blank Tando creative domino, added distress inks to my mat and spritzed with water - I then dragged my domino thro' and dried using my heat gun. I then stamped this gypsy lady - a stamp I have had for yonks and is made by Cherry Pie Stamps, adding white hi-lights to her lips, eyes and the dangles on here forehead!!
I have plans for all my little projects - watch this space!
How time flies - I really don't know where this year is going…nearly September already!
I made this piece intending to take part in the Paperartsy challenge for the week, a few weeks ago, unfortunately, I pulled the tendons in my shoulder and to say it was painful doesn't even touch on it! couldn't sleep, couldn't eat! (mind you that part won't do me any harm!!) - it is getting better - but, I really don't want to go there again - anyhow, in the end I missed the deadline!! never mind, I still had fun making this…
The base is a 2" square piece of stampbord - for this piece I stamped a Lynne Perella stamp with black ink onto the base and then added distress ink. I found that the colours really lost their vivid ump! so, I decided to try again, using inches, and inking first then stamping and this is the result.
Both use the same distress inks - big difference hey?
Here they are all together.
Each board was scrapped away to reveal the white board underneath - its ages since I played with stampbord this project has definitely regenerated my interest!
Its my turn to share my challenge piece over on the Tando challenge blog - this month the theme is:-
My first layer was using grunge paste with the bullseye mask…I also added some beaded texture paste along the bottom and side. Once this had dried, I added my second layer- which was to add paint to my page …then the third layer - washi tape and some neocolour 2 crayons around the edges. I also added some painted lines to the page and along the bottom edge. Treasure gold was then added to the raised areas…. three flowers and three butterflies from the mini packs were painted and then hi-lighted using white pen and edged with black pen before bling was added to the centre of the flowers. A stamped phrase finished it off...
The theme runs for the month of August pop on over to the Challenge blog - there are prizes to be won!
As its the first full week of the month the theme over on the Tando Creative blog is Black….and….this month Grey…
here is my piece:-
I started off with a blank ATC base and brayered on fresco paints in elephant, concrete and black dress….I then doodled around the edges and added hi-lights in grey. Using stars from the mini range, I painted the outers using the grey paints and the block stars with black, doodling around the edges with black and silver pens. The phrase is from a new set of Sarah Neuman stamps for Paperartsy.
Don't forget to pop on over to the Tando blog this week to see some more black and grey pieces.
The base is a Tando ATC blank which I painted with Paperartsy fresco finish paint….I then added lines using an old store care and circles using my bottle lid, I added black lines to these elements to hi-light. I then added an edging in peacoat and stencilled thro' some sequin waste with the same colour….using the left over paints on my mat I painted a couple of flower minis and added two tone greens to some mini leaves….I then stamped a saying, matted onto black card and attached all my elements to my ATC…. pop on over to the blog this week to see some other ATCs made by the DT,
Month 6 already, where is the year going? July has been pretty hectic for us with holidays, birthdays and that very proud moment of Josh's graduation in Bristol - which is why I'm sat here at 7am on the last day for submission with my month 6 Darcy journal pages lol
Full details as ever over on the Paperartsy blog, here…. this month I decided to use my own colour schemes rather than follow the example to the best of my supplies! lol. I love orange with blues and limes so decided to use that colour way. Whilst looking for my grungepaste I came across some texture paste with glass beads and decided to use that in conjunction with my texture paste - I really like the result.
so, this month, I have pressed stencils into grunge paste rather than adding grunge thro' the stencils - rather mucky that stage!! lol
created a master board which I then ripped up and added to my pages. Stencilled and doodled and generally had fun creating my pages.
Thank You Darcy for another fab set of pages for my journal, can't wait to see month 7 pages.
All details are over on the Paperartsy blog - once things have calmed down here this week (off to Bristol on Tuesday for Josh's graduation - where did those 3 years go?) I'm going to be having a go at the other dolls.
…is the theme over on the Tando Creative Blog this week and its my turn to kick off the week with:-
The base is a large media board which I have painted with irish cream fresco paint, I then stamped with an Ellen Vargo stamp and potting soil archival ink, filling in the circles with mud splat fresco paint. I then added various pencils/oil pastels to the background blending all together, added some washi tape and then crayons over the top. I painted three tando mini flowers with mudsplat and irish cream adding a black line into each petal before adding crackle glaze and then a brown piece of bling.
The tando mini leaves were also given the same paint treatment and crackle glaze.
The urn was made out of clay using one of my new molds - painted with little black dress fresco paint…
the base is a small kraft tag which had two tools from the mini tools set which were painted with silver paint and a layer of glossy accents added - the little man is from the mini people set he was painted and a layer of glossy accents added - a hand written sentiment, piece of brad and doodling finished off this quick tag.
As its Wednesday, and the first of the month - there is a new challenge over on the Tando Creative challenge blog - this time its my turn to start off the month.
This month the theme is:-
COME FLY WITH ME
this is my piece:-
using grunge paste I added texture to the base of a large media board using the bullseye mask. Once dry, I added three butterflies from the grab bag and a bird from the birds and branches pack. I then added a layer of paint and then added a further layer of darker paint blending it all in with a wet wipe. Definition was added using a black pen and some treasure gold.
The challenge at Tando Creative is open to everyone so pop on over and perhaps you could be the winner of this months Tando goodies.
This week over on the paperartsy blog Clare Lloyd, one of the guest designers, has created the second tag for her tag book. I can't draw, at all, as you will see in a mo! lol, but, inspired by her tag and clear instructions I had a go and voila…
umm think I need a bit more practise but not too bad for a first attempt!!
Cor what lovely weather we are having - just hope it lasts the entire summer!
I have just finished Darcy's journalling pages for June…
the pages look really bland here - but they took shed loads of work!! lolxx
I thought I'd be clever (doesn't pay!) and make all my elements, before sizing up the pages etc… so off I went - stamped my tissue paper, painted my cardstock and stamped using a stamp borrowed from Janet (Thanks Janet), didn't have the window so took a sizzix arch, drew on it and then cut it out before painting and using crackle glaze….didn't fancy the paper casting (Sorry Darcy) so I decided to dig out my molds and clay and make an urn for my flower, a flower head, a wheel and my phrase "grow art" once these had dried I then painted them with fresco paints, and added treasure gold. The leaves were stamped and cut out and then the wheelbarrow - I didn't have the relevant paper so used corrugated card instead - drew on the back not thinking about the direction of the when barrow!! lol… so with my elements ready I started on the pages.
This is the left hand side page - I love my urn, I know my flower is top heavy - but, who cares??? lolxx I think my window could do with being slightly larger, but, to be honest I'm quite impressed with it!! lol (I can't draw anything and to do those squares !!! rofl xx)
This is the left side - I love using stencils and paints and really enjoyed creating this side - my wheelbarrow didn't look too bad either - unfortunately I didn't check the size of my tags with my wheelbarrow ummm so they are slightly top heavy….
The word grow was stencilled using one of the kids old stencils I found when cleaning out the old cupboard I did buy some of the new Caran d'ache fibralo pens which I'm still learning to use, both tags have these pens used on them - I did have a slight accident here - after I had coloured my background and adhered the tissue paper and text paper I added my fibralo pens - I didn't like the way it looked so decided to add more water using a water droplet - I took the lid off my water bottle and promptly spilt it right across my desk soaking my tag! fortunately it did dry ok - just a little warped that will teach me hey!..……I did make a little wallet for one of the tags but it was slightly too big for my wheelbarrow
This month I have had fun playing with my new fibralo pens which I'm sure will get loads of use - have used crumpled up stamped tissue paper to make a textured base and my favourite element this month was the ripped up paper for the edges - really like this look and have already used it on another project.
I have also learnt another lesson - size matters!!!! lol xx
Can't wait until next week when the next pages are announced I really love playing along with this challenge - Its like attending a class at home in your own time - great fun…
too short to be anything but Happy" is the quote (theme) this month over on the Tando creative Challenge blog and today is my turn to share my piece:-
the base is an ATC sized canvas - when I sorted out my craft room the other month I found loads (and I mean loads) of canvas' which accounts for the sudden usage. I started off by adding orange and yellow paints to the canvas - I then dripped some ink from the top letting the ink runs nearly reach the bottom. I then added two section of crackle glaze painting a lighter paint over the top - background stamps were then added before adding a edge to the outer sides. Taking a small butterfly from the grab bag and three small flowers I painted using fresco paints, adding shading with other shades of paint - I created the phrase on the pc and then inked using distress ink…rolling the edges. Bling to the body of the butterfly and to the centres of the flowers finish off the piece/
Pop on over to the challenge blog and see the other pieces, also, if you take part you might be this months lucky winner…
is this week's theme over on the Tando Creative Blog…and its my turn to kick off the week with my squared themed piece
The base is a white lined twinchie - I painted squares and then stamped with a square lined stamp from the Paperartsy set EEV02 - I then outlined the painted squares with a stabilo pencil. I then took an inchie and painted, stamped and edges doodled before the work art was stencilled ontop.
Don't forget to pop over to the tando blog for more square projects this week.
Friday was Josh's 22nd Birthday, and I think, the first of many that will be spent away from home… He has now finished Uni and has been concentrating hard on finding employment, his hard work has paid off and he now has a job, based in Bristol - still, as long as he is happy!
So, here is the card I made and sent off to him…
The card is loosely based on Tim Holtz's tag for last month, I really liked the build up of different elements all drawn together. The writing at the top is Japanese - Josh has a real hankering to go to Japan and for his birthday asked for Japanese language course….. wonder if he could pronounce it? (btw it says Happy Birthday).
I started my project by taking an ATC base and adding crackle texture paste thro' the distorted harlequin mask….I then left this to one side to dry. I then used Paperartsy Yellow submarine (boy is that yellow!) and painted a piece of smoothy card stock - once dry I stamped my image and cut it out….I then added glossy accents to the writing. Once the texture paste had dried I added the yellow paint to the background adding a stamp from the Ellen Vargo stamps in black - I then inked the edges with black distress ink adding doodling around the edges.
Don't forget to pop over to the tando Creative blog this week to see more Black and Yellow projects - there is also a new theme and May's winner announced on Wednesday over on the Challenge blog too..
Today also sees this project over on the Papermaze DT blog…
I am really enjoying my journalling at the moment - all spurred on by the gorgeous pages over on the Paperartsy blog….this journal is now filling up nicely….