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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Same but Different week

Hello!  Its brilliant when we get a 'Same but Different' theme 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

Monday, 21 May 2018

Same but Different week - Telephone board

This week on our blog we have a 'Same but Different' week where those of us taking part receive the same products to use and then at the end of the week you can look back to see how similar or different the finished pieces are. I have added a vintage telephone die-cut and a larger media board to mix it up a bit.

This is the little phone dial kit we received.

Process steps

- Take the telephone die-cut, paint it with black gesso to seal it and when dry give it a coat of black embossing powder, flicking some of it off before heating it. Give it a quin gold mixed with titan buff wash of paint and dry it. Repeat the last two steps again bit with clear ultra thick EP and quin gold on its own. When cool rub over with a coffee archival ink pad and then give a coat of ultra mate varnish.

- Take the large media board and glue some strips of greyboard to it (I cut these myself from a left over piece). Paint over a coat of white gesso - dry - rub over some candle wax and then a coat of Titan Buff media fluid acrylic. Heat dry and rub over with dry kitchen towel to remove some of the paint. Repeat the wax rubbing and paint a coat of light grey media acrylic. Again dry and rub paint away.   Finish by sanding some edges and blending in ground espresso distress inks.

- Take the dial and cover with black gesso, when dry rub over a thin layer of silver metallic lustre. Lightly sand back some random parts on the edges and blend over ground espresso distress ink. Distress the clock face with the distress ink, seal with matte medium and assemble the dial pieces.

- Take the smaller media board and cover it with a piece of patterned paper. I used one that was already looking distressed. Sand the edges and blend brow distress ink around the edges.

- Take the label, paint it with burnt umber and sand some of the edges when dry. Blend round brown distress ink and then mount it on white paper so that the words stand out.

Assemble the pieces adding smaller details here I cut up some words from remnant rubs to create my area code ........

... and I added some rusty painted gems and little circles from nuts and bolts kits.

Finally hang with some rusty wire.

Ok so let's see what the rest of the team reveal this week using the same original kit.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday, 18 May 2018

Anything goes

Hi everyone Dee here with my make for anything goes week I have this lovely skull again I love him! I used a Tando tag and France Papillon Stencil. 
 I used Deco art texture paste/crackle paint, along with media paints, antiquing cream and varnishes.
 I used lovely artyco moulds for the coin and glasses these were painted with deco art media acrylic paint. I stamped Fear from Andy's Skinners word plate from illusionary artists.
Thats all for today folks feel free to leave a comment or ask any questions.
cheers Dee x

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A pair of binders

Hellooooo!  My project for this Anything Goes week 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

Monday, 14 May 2018

Anything goes week -Shabby Home Sign by Monika

Hi all!
It's Monika here with my new project. For 'anything goes week' I've decided to decorate this gorgeous HOME sign by Tando.


I've started with painting the base pieces with grey chalky finish paint. 

Then I've rubbed wax candle around the edges. 

Next  was a coat of white chalky paint. Once dry, using heat gun and sanding paper I've distressed the edges to create peeled paint effect.

I've chosen to decoupage the letters with printed napkin, but first I've primed them with white acrylic paint.

I've cut the napkin into smaller pieces

Don't forget to separate the layers, we're only using the top printed layer.

 Using decoupage glue I've applied a thin layer on each letter under and over the napkin, smoothing out the surface with brush.

Once  glue was fully dry, I've trimmed the excess around the edges with sanding paper


 I've also added two coats of  mat acrylic varnish on each of the letters.

Each letter was glued on the base, and they were connected with wire.
I've also aged the letters and plates with patina to add the worn out look.

I hope you've enjoyed my post. See you next time.


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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Embossing Folders with Lisa

Hi folks. Lisa here and welcome to today's Tando post. 
This weeks theme is 'Embossing Folders'. 

Tando's amazing greyboard can be used in many different ways. It is strong enough to take anything you throw at it including multiple layers of different mediums. But, it is also soft enough to be manipulated with an embossing folder. 

I used a Tando long tag and embossed it with a leaf embossing folder using a manual die cutting machine then painted it using DecoArt Premium Acrylic Paints.

I painted some paper flowers with the DecoArt Premiums Acrylics and left to dry. 

I took some artificial leaves and heat embossed them with silver embossing powder.

I added a sentiment 'bloom' using label maker.
I then added some black satin ribbon to the tag top. 

Thanks for popping by the blog today.
Toodles for now,
Lisa x 

Here is what I used... 

Set of 5 Long Tags       Green Gold Premium   Cobalt Teal Premium 

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Embossing Folders - Patchwork Tag by Hannah

Hi all, Hannah here with another project!

Embossing folders are a great way to quickly add texture to a project, and being greyboard - Tando products are ideal for holding a deep emboss.

I have layered up greyboard off cuts in a patchwork style over a Size 10 tag, using different sizes of off cuts in different orientations give's a fun layered effect. Each off cut has been embossed using a variety of embossing folders and passed through a die machine.

Each off cut has been painted with a different technique to give a metal effect finish. Rust features heavily, and dry brushing helps highlight the different textures created by the embossing folders.

I have added a textured heart embellishment wrapped in rusty wire to work as a feature.

I hope you have enjoyed the project! See you again soon!