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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Spooky by Dee

Hi everyone Dee here with my Spooky post for the team.
I started with the mini printer tray with a cover and applied a coat
of gesso.
Next I used bistre crystals and activated these with water 
once happy I Stamped Andy's industrial stamp & the 
words from Tim's Halloween stamps.
 I applied a coat of soft touch varnish i followed this with aged mahogany 
distress ink which i then covered in clear embossing powder 
and heat set.
Next I stamped my fave of all Halloween stamps the 
skull again i used the aged mahogany to simulate
I have used a lot of Tim Holtz stamps in this project. As you come into
the printer tray I coloured the base card the same way. 
Again I cut out the signs and fit them into the printer 
tray windows.
The clock was coloured the same way then crackle glaze was applied 
over the face of the clock.
The soft touch varnish gives the cover of the tray a lovely 
old leather feel and allows the corners to curl up.
Another close up including the spiders leg that was made using crackle 
paste through a stencil and antiquing cream
Knocked back.
The corners were curled up and gold embossing was added
to the sides.
A close up of the spider.

That's it for today folks check out these printer trays they really are
brilliant for all sorts of projects. I hope you have enjoyed
 my post today don't forget to let me know
what you think!
cheers Dee x

Products used
The below products can all be purchased through the links
Bar the ones from my stash.

  1. Tando products used:- Mini Printer Tray 152mm x 152mm with coverGrab bag of Circles.
  2. Deco Art Products used:- Media: Soft Touch VarnishMedia: Clear Crackle GlazeMedia: White GessoMedia: White Crackle PASTE. Media Antiquing: Carbon Black
  3. Stampendous products used:- INDUSTRIAL rubber stamp setChunky Clear Deep Impression Embossing Enamel,Chunky Gold Embossing Enamel.
  4. From my stash:- Tim holtz stamps, little jars, scrabble letters, rusty coin, roman numerals. 

Monday, 24 October 2016


I'm kicking off our Spooky week with a tag. I'm very late to the party as far as the {Tando Tags} go, this is my first and it won't be my last. I love how sturdy they are.

I gave the tag a coat of gesso and then used a selection of {DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics} in Halloween shades to colour it. I added some text stamping and then used the flying bats from the {Haunted HouseStencil Set} and some {Black Modelling Paste} which is gorgeous, but a devil to clean up!

I stamped {Danse Macabre} and cut out the skeleton. Then soaked a bat from the {Mini Bats} in water and split it so it was half the thickness. This was cut in half, painted and stuck onto the skeleton.

I finished off with a computer generated quote, some doodling and some grey fabric tied in place and hacked at with scissors to make it raggedy.

Kaz xxx

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Dream Big!

Happy Sunday!

I am delighted to be sharing a project and step by step with you today. 

All this week the Design Team having been having fun with the 'Anything Goes' challenge theme.. I decided to decorate the inside front journal cover of the [Ministry of Mixology Kate Crane Journal] I've been working on.. you can see the front cover [HERE]

First of all I glued some random pieces of plan paper to the journal page using [Clear Matte Medium]

Next I added a layer of [White Gesso] and stamped various stamps around the edges to create a border.

Then I set about choosing the colour palette.. 

Once dry I added some stencilling to the journal cover using Andy Skinner's [Burning Rubber] stencil and also the [Sequin Waste] mask and some of the DecoArt fluid acrylic paint.

 While this layer was drying I picked out [Carbon Black] and [Pyrrole Red]
 to add a contrast to the page..

I also couldn't resist adding some [Clear Crackle Glaze] inside the black circles!!

I noticed the washi tape kept peeling so I gave it a coating of [Clear Matte Medium] et voila! 

close ups of the crackles ! I could hardly wait...

 The texture is lovely and so tactile..

 Last of all I added a central image to the page as a focal point..

 My finished inside cover..

Thank you for calling and leaving a comment if you get the chance.
  Happy creating, Gez ♥

Friday, 21 October 2016

Live to create and Create to live tag with Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my Anything goes week post.

I decided to make the lovely  tag using Tando Houses to make this Create to live tag.
Here is a small tutorial I made for you.
1. Make the basic Kraft cardstock tag and add the second tag, a bit smaller size, from the patterned cardstock.
Ink the edges with with Clearsnap mini ink. On this photo I used the Ice one, but later I added the Kiss ink to color the roof.
Glue the cardstock tag over the Kraft one and make a hole on the top for the ribbons.

2. Stamp some flowers with with  Unity Celebration of Simple stamp .  Don't try to make the nice stamping as this is just a background add- ons to the patterned cardstock.

3. Mask Tando flat house shaped chipboards with some tape (washi or painter's one, whatever you have) and stamp the lines with another  background from the same stamp set. This time I used clear embossing ink and heat embossed the roof lines with black embossing powder.

4.Cut two cardstock pieces and glue them over the houses front.
Paint the roof of each house with red ink, ink the edges of those houses too and heat emboss with clear embossing powders.

5. From this step and on I didn't make any step by step photos as it's clear visible.
I hand cut two sentiment strips from cardstock cardstock and inked the edges with the same red ink.
The small doors and windows chipboards were heat embossed with white embossing powder and glued over the houses.
I also added the white chipboard fence. Both houses were  adhered over the tag and I added some hand cut cardstock  banners under the sentiment.

The double ribbon was tied on the top.

And yes- in my house I live to create and create to live!

I hope you liked my small tutorial ! See you soon again with my spooky creations!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Anything Goes - Honey Bee Arch

Hi friends! Dana here today sharing an arch I created for the Anything Goes theme this week. I created a honey comb from the Gothic Arch Layered Frame and a piece of Round Grid. I covered the back panel and four frames of the Gothic Arch and a piece of Round Grid first with DecoArt White Gesso and then with a coat of DecoArt Primary Yellow Fluid Acrylic Paint. Once dry, I distressed the pieces with DecoArt English Red Oxide Antiquing Cream.

Next, I added some stamping, embossing and some acrylic paint highlights in blue. I then glued the frame together and wrapped the edge with floral fabric tape.

I added some Tom Petty song lyrics with Dymo tape, some teal star sequins and a real bee that my friend found in her yard. (I hope I'm not the only person who loves to be gifted with insects to use on my art projects!) I finished this piece by filling in the frame with resin.

You can find the chipboard I used for this project, and a wonderful selection of DecoArt products, in the Tando Creative Retail Store.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Decorated shelf

Hi there!  We have another 'Anything Goes' week for you where the Design Team have done projects which don't quite fit into our other weekly themes.

I am kick-starting the week off with a decorated BOOKCASE/ shelf unit.  I love these and have done a fair few of these in the past.  They are around 11inches long and are designed for CD's but are also brilliant for mini books!  This little MDF shelf is also a BARGAIN at £3.99!!!!

I have painted it with 2 blue tones of Fresco chalk paint and then stencilled using the SEQUIN WASTE MASK .  I used the whole stencil so that I had varying sizes of dots.  The flowers have been stamped and paper pieced. Then I went around the edges with a toning colour.

The mask I used...such a handy one to have...

Thank you for popping by today, take care xxx

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Andy Skinner's week with Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my project for our  Tando Andy Skinner week.
And it's so obvious that this project should be a Mixed Media one.
So here is my Steampunk Mixed Media tag made with lots of Tando products and even more Andy's ones.

I used Scrapberry's  cardstock to make the basic hand cut tag and added Tando Cogs mini mask with DecoArt Crackle paste over the cardstock.
When the crackles became seen I added a mix of Media line Andy Skinners acrylics from DecoArt mixed with water.
The main spot is Andy's Stampendous stamp from Curiosity stamp set. It was stamped with black pigmented ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
The Grid- Rectangle chipboard piece was painted with the mix of the same line of acrylics that you can get from Tando shop as well.
The other Tando/Andy's chipboards used are from Industrial elements  set and Cogs set, all painted to get this rusty look.

And here are the products used for this tag:

CURIOSITY rubber stamp set

Industrial elements
Andy Skinner Industrial Elements

Grid- rectangle
Grid - Rectangle

Mini mask Cogs
Mini Mask - Cogs

See you soon with more Tando inspiration!