Thursday, 28 July 2016

Warning, this posting includes PINK!

2 or 3 weeks ago the Hochanda One Day Special was a Deco Art/Tando kit.  I'm familiar with Tando and paint generally but not specifically Deco Art.  The demo hours for the One Day Special had Kate Crane showing us how to use the paints, stencils and various Tando elements in the kit.

Now I've started my own tester project.  5 years a go I made a "Book of Tando" using 6" square Tando Pages.   This is a little bit like that using the Tando Mixed Media boards in the kit which at 80mm x 116mm are much much smaller.

It is going to be interesting to see how my style has changed in 5 years and how much I absorbed from the Kate Crane demos.    The paint colours in the kit are Green, Turquoise, Red and Black.  There is also a pot of white gesso and a white tinting base which works with the coloured acrylics.

On this page I have also used Imagination Crafts shimmering acrylics both with a stencil and on its own for added accents.  The butterfly was stamped in red, coated with Stampendours Old Rose Shabby EP and then outlined with red Pro Markers.   Final touches with gilding wax. and Green Glimmer Mist.

This was glorious messy fun, more pages to follow as and when.  For now I'm sharing the with
Butterfly Challenge - P is for Punches and/or Pink.   Just Pink from me this time.
Cards and More - Embossing (2nd entry)
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes (2nd Entry)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A doodle today

Circles not something i can draw as evidenced by this tangle page.   It is nice though to just sit and let the pens do the work.   Usually, and this is no exception, the process starts with a prompt from Canada, I am the Diva.  Laura is a CZT and makes wonderful pieces using officially listed tangles, mine this time does not contain any selected official tangles just the ideas that came to mind as it went along.

Just for fun I thought I'd share this with Country View Challenges whose July theme is "Have fun with Circles".   Might not be circles although that is the intention but I did have fun!

Fact is I do find myself doing something "creative" everyday.  Is it any wonder I'm so enjoying being retired and could be such a grouch at work needed this freedom.    Enjoy your creative time it is precious.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A Card today

It seemed the best way to use the artwork.

Cut 2 postcards (4" x 6") from a piece of A4 card, leaving 2 other pieces to use for something else another time.  It was only later that I realised it was one of the smaller pieces I'd been working on.

Blocks of Adirondack colour have been brushed onto the card.  The stencil is by Sweet Poppy used with Dreamweaver glossy white embossing paste.   When the paste was dry the image was coloured with ProMarkers.   The little pile of left overs provided the designer paper the butterflies were stamped onto.  It also provided the black and the gold mats.

Question, is this CAS? I don't think it is but there is a lot of white space which seems to be the main criteria.

Di owner of Pixie's Crafty Workshop and the Snippets Challenge always says anything goes and really enjoys how we use up our scraps so I hope she will like this card.  Yes Di it's a card!

Other Challenges
Simon Says Stamp and Share - Add some texture.
Cards and More - Embossing

That's it from me today, other projects on the craft table but they will have to wait for another time.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Circles on a square

Some challenges are of such a nature that you need time to respond, they stimulate your creative juices but time is needed to filter the ideas the check it will work and to finally collect all the elements you need.

This month Country View Challenges - Have fun with circles, was like that for me.  So here we are nearly at the end of July (can you believe the end of July!) and finally my offering is ready.

This is a 12" canvas, the real base is brown canvas stretched onto a wood frame.   Stuck onto this is a    of sticky back canvas also 12" square.   Now I'm not going to bore you with all the details just tell you the ingredients.

Acrylic Paint, Glimmer Mist, Adirondack ink, Gesso, Embossing paste, Grunge Paste, Embossing Powder, Rubber Stamps, Stencils, Grunge Board, White lined chipboard, card stock, Die Cutting, Wire, Decoupage glue/varnish.  This last there was a happy accident with,  so some Stampendous glitter and flake were added to the mix.   Finally distressing.

In parts the canvas was frayed, but because it is sticky back that was difficult to get the strands to pull out.   some of the curl from the base is deliberate some just happened.   The work was done with the canvas the other way around the idea being the circles falling to the base.   It was only when it came time to hang it that I realised just how great it looks this way up with the circles rising.

If you know me you'll know that just about everything fascinates me and it will not surprise you that I can now see something of expanding space in this.  But I'm much more interested in what you see if you see anything.

Thought I'd share this with one or two other challenges
Allsorts - Anything but a Card.
Crafty Calendar - Punches and Dies
QKR Stampede - Up up and away (those circles are rising + in space every way is up)
Creative with Stamps - Ink Splatters
ABC Challenge - L is for Lots of Layers
Inky Mess - Anything Goes (Just squeezing in for their first challenge)
Craft your Passion - Anything Goes

No rain yet but less humid now time to give the car a bit of a run and recharge the battery.   Hope you are relaxing and enjoying your day.

Saturday, 23 July 2016


Go Tag Thursday have a theme of steampunk this week.  Cross with myself because I forgot to link to them last week!  Made the Tag with them in mind, posted it onto this blog and entered in challenges completely forgetting Go Tag Thursday.  So this week I was determined not to do that again.

Steampunk that fascinating mix of victorian ornate and inventive style and modern technology baked with imagination and iced with science fiction.   You can be fussy and fancy as you want.

I die cut the tag shape twice.  The top tag was then cut in half and then stamped and embossed.  Had to do it that way because if you cut into heat set embossing the melted powder with peel off.   Next the two halves were dusted with orange and ageing colours of DI.   The cogs are die cut grunge board, coloured with green DI.   Eyelet set they do still turn.

The second tag firstly brushed all over with the same Marigold DI as the upper tag.   Next the Tando Cog tag overlaid and dusted over with a brown (I've forgotten which shade it is), more of the same applied to the edges.   This was topped off with a Sizzix fancy die.  If you have troubles with fancy dies Sizzix are the best and it is really easy to push all the little bits out.   Turned it into a sticker and then traced the outlines with black pen.

This is also for
Allsorts - Anything but a Card, Positive thoughts here to Brenda as well and the hope that her break in the sun will help, MS is a horrid thing.

Friday, 22 July 2016

One Layer stamps and Stencils

The Penny Black Saturday challenge for July has been rattling around in my head all month, but there were so many other ideas looking to escape at the same time that it had to wait it's turn.   Here finally it is.

Penny Black do quite a few series or sets of stamps from cute/whimsical  to fairly simple looking brushstroke generally floral designs, to their layered/faded effect stamps and these delightful collage style designs.  I love them all and have stamps from across the range.  This one bird music and flowers is restful a little moment of calm in the sea of everyday life.

Stamped the image in black memento ink and coloured it with Chameleon Pens, you know I love those pens don't you? the edges of the card have been decorated with a Tim Holtz mini stencil in floral design and a yellow adirondack ink.   The inkylicious dusters used with the stencil were also used to drag more of the yellow in from the edge further brightening the main image.

I'm also sharing this card with
In the Pink - Get out your rubber (must feature pink) I've never entered this challenge before as pink is not one of my go to colours but the flowers here cried out for it, so hopefully there is enough here.
Simon Says Stamp - Things with Wings
Retro Rubber - Summertime, one entry here so caught my eye wanted to point everyone on the way to it! SewPaperPaint

It was very humid earlier but seems to be freshening up now bliss.  Hope it is comfortable wherever you are.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Still melting, fit for nothing but getting messy

 So that is what I did.   My love of Tando has recently been re-ignited by the new Tando FB group, my having time to really play and make, and the Decorate/Tando hours on Hochanda TV at the week-end.   These Mixed Media Art Boards have been tucked away in my stash just waiting for me to be ready to make good use of them.  Today was their day.   The idea is "Whats' under the Sea" and the 3 boards are intended to reflect the journey down into the depths.

  First all the boards were given a Gesso base.   Follow by Distress paint in Green and Blue, acrylic paint in teal.   The first board (above) was then further painted with Imagination Crafts shimmering acrylics.   The water nearer the surface reflecting the sunlight above.   Inkylicious stamps, silhouette   stamps used next in Teal ink and Silver ink.   A plaid fish stencil used next with Imagination Crafts pale orange glitter paste!   A few strands of seaweed painted in and Imagination Crafts green glitter paste touched on randomly.

 Board No. 2, this has been stamped with more of the inkylicious fish Gold and Bronze inks were added to the stamping mix this time.

Finally the sea bottom.   Yellow distress paint and gold Imagination Crafts Shimmering acrylics added for the sea bed.   Part of a Woodware ship used for the wreck resting there, stamped in brown with some areas picked out in brown felt pen.   The anchor is from Rogue Redhead Designs (I am so glad I have almost all of the RRD sets as the business has now closed and they are so good.)   The embossed fish this time is from Dreamweaver and the green paste.

Once all the boards had been finished more Teal acrylic pulled in from the side.   Finally Viva crackle paste smeared over parts of the boards in varying thicknesses.   I like the Viva crackle it dries quite quickly and is completely clear when dry so it adds texture and interest without blocking the underlying stamping.

The little tiles that hold the boards are left over from the bathroom at my old house, saved because it was obvious they would be useful in time.   Dean my friendly builder is getting used to my just keeping this or having an idea about that, he even donated a few left over tiles of his own.   The glossy tiles were filed to give the glue some tooth.  The glue used is a very strong contact glue which went off quickly and there is no parting board and tile now.  A little piece of light pull cord makes the hanger at the top.

So of course I want to enter a few challenges and they are
Words 2 Craft By - Just keep swimming
Fashionable Stamping - Under the Sea
Mixed Media World - Under the Sea
Create and Inspire - Anything Goes
Decorate to Celebrate - Anything 3D
Take it Make it - Anything Stamped