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Friday, 25 July 2014

Free For All - July - Stencilled Heart

We are so excited to introduce you to our latest Design Team member....Caroline Scattergood.  Caroline has been crafting for many years and as well as being a very talented paper crafter she is also fantastic at working with fabric.  She will be working mainly with our masks and stencils to show you all the amazing things that you can do with them.....but not necessarily on paper.....we can't wait.  (Don't forget there is still time to apply for 2 more positions on our design team to join our super talented crew.  There is a page at the top with all the details....closing date is 31st July).....I'll pass you over to Caroline now :)

Hi there!  This is my first DT post for Tando Creative and I am concentrating mainly on the Tando Masks/Stencils, although I am sure to wonder on over to papercrafting from time to time!  I love working with fabric and I love home decor so combining the two is just wonderful!  I also love dressmaking and have a ton of garments ready to be altered.  I also really like wood engraving - stencils are useful for this too -  its a bit noisy but I love it.  I also have a thing for beads and buttons and whilst I might make the odd jewellery item I do love incorporating them into my fabric creations.

I have three children, if you can call them that, Abi is 21, Jake is 19 and Cam is 16.  And I must not forget my very fluffy and furry friend Sam, our border collie dog.  He is my daily companion.  He pretty much follows me everywhere.  But he's not allowed near my fabric, lol.





For my first DT project, and for the July Free For All I made made this heart using the Bird and Branch mask.

How to:
  • Find some scraps of fabric to make your heart - my finished heart is approx. 18cm x 16cm and I used some blue cotton and calico.
  • Take your chosen stencil and using ink stencil out your design - I used some Maya Road spray which I've had for a while.  If you are making something like this which won't need to be washed then you can use pretty much any spray ink.  I do recommend heat setting it with an iron to give it more stability.  Its advisable to test whatever sprays you have onto fabric first though, some may bleed more than others. After heat setting the ink on this heart is quite stable, I did test it with sprays of water and it did stay put but it wouldn't be suitable for a full-on wash!  Obviously, if you are stenciling onto fabric which will need to be washed then you need a fabric ink or paint.
Pop it into a hoop to keep the fabric stretched

  • Once you have happy with your stenciled design you might like to add some stitching and beads - I did some free-motion stitching along the stems and leaves and a few of the flowers.  I then did some hand-embroidery along the main branch adding in beads as I sewed.  I added a couple more beads to the centre of a couple of flowers too.

  • Cut out your design into a heart shape - I used a Fiskars heart template and drew around it with a pen.  I then cut out another two bigger heart shapes in the blue fabric.  
Use an air erasable pen

  •  Place the stenciled heart on top of the blue heart and stitch.  With right sides together stitch this heart to the remaining blue heart.  Leave a gap for stuffing and if you want it to hang then its at this point you add ribbon too.  I then added further beading and buttons and bits along the top of the heart for further decoration.




Thursday, 24 July 2014

Note Holder / Pen Pot Set

Helloooo!  I just love it when Di at Tando brings out a new 3D kit as I tend to be the one that tries them out!!!!  Now that's a good thing hahhaha!!!!!  Recently launched is the new NOTEHOLDER/PENPOT SET which is fabulous with 2 drawers, a deep section for your pens and then 2 open sections on the top....extremely useful I think.  It comes flat packed and is incredibly easy to put together (there are good instructions).  It is in 2 sections so that you can choose whether to have one large unit or 2 smaller ones.  I chose to attach mine to make a large one...


I used patterned paper and acrylic paints to decorate it.


The handles on the drawers are made from scraps of leather attached with strong brads.   You can see the different compartments in this pic...



Like all Tando 3D items its amazingly sturdy!  Check out more 3D items *HERE*. 

Karen xxx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

July week 4

It's Wednesday again so head over to the Challenge Blog to see who is showcasing their project. 

We have PRIZES too!!

Here's a sneak peek!


Also, Tando will be at the Sincerely Yours show at Leigh at the end of August :)
Come along and say hello....we will have so many Tando goodies there.


Then a week later we are in Thetford for the Sincerely Yours show :)


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Free For All - Making Stamps with Chipboard

For this month's Free For All I've done something a little different - I've made my own stamps using some chipboard. It produces a lovely sketchy result. Here's a finished card before I tell you how I did it:


I used the ~{Tornado}~ mask and it's the diamonds that are the stamp.

I've used ~{ATC's}~ as the base so I've got something firm to start with and stuck down some pieces from the new Grid ranges using Glossy Accents:
~{Grid Rectangle}~ I also used part of the grid as another stamp,
~{Gird Round}~
~{Grid Diamond}~



I had a play with various different products to add as a seal to the chipboard so it will stamp rather than absorb the ink. Glazing fluid, gel medium and Mod Podge all work, but acrylic paint works just as well so I've painted that onto the surfaces and trimmed the edges down to make positioning easier:



I then used the inside of ~{Karen's Frame - Gothic Arch}~ and cut an arrow from it. You can use a scalpel or a strong pair of scissors to cut it down to size, and I also used one of the ~{Mini Arrows}~. I've stuck EZ Mount onto the back of the ATC's to attach to the acrylic block:



Here are a few images of the resulting stamping:





As my journal is quite lumpy and bumpy (just how I like it) the arrow didn't stamp perfectly, so I just filled it in with a pen:


I've been using them quite a lot as they are exactly what I wanted from them! You can use inkpads or paint and you can just wipe them with a baby wipe afterwards.

I then went on and made some more a few days later and these are my most favourite yet. I used all the snippings and little bits to make a more random wall effect and I used the Crop o Dile to punch holes through the centres of some of the Grid Rounds.


Kaz xxx

Monday, 21 July 2014

Free for all with Irit for July

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to our Free for all week
This week I am going to show you a lovely tag made with leftover papers and Tando fantastic Flowers with stems from the Grab Bag.
I painted those flowers with Faber Castell DMC Gelatos and then added as bit if glossy accents to make it shine.
Also added to this piece are three Die Versions dies: as a background, the title and the red border.






And this is our adorable grab bag with a lot of gorgeous flowers for you to alter




Friday, 18 July 2014

Washi Tape Storage

For my Something Useful, I have actually made something that takes a bit of time to make!! And I really enjoyed doing it!! I must confess before I start that I didn't actually put the boxes together. I was sat next to Di as she made them and took the step by step photos that come with them. When they were done, they found their way into my possession!

I've used the ~{Noteholder/Pen Pot Set}~ and used it to keep my washi tape in order. I stuck the two parts together before I started.


I gave everything a coat of gesso and then Mermaid Fresco paint. When these were dry I added paint with my fingers randomly, stamped a bit and then gave it all a coat of watery white paint and dabbed bit of it off so the colours showed through.

I painted the insides white and lined the floors with patterned paper.


I used ~{Grid Round Mask}~ all over the side panels and wiped some off with a baby wipe, then doodled away.

I've used a stamp onto the raised parts and doodled over that too.



I added alpha letters and a knobby thing to the front.


I've got 63 rolls of tape in this!! And there is room for 7 more!!!

I've also put my fave doodling pens, pencils and waterbrushes into the pen pot part. At the moment it is making me want to keep my desktop tidy because it's new, but I'm not sure how long this will last!!

Kaz xxx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Making Something Useful

Hello, just because something has a purpose and is useful and practical doesn't mean that it has to be dull :-D  I have used lots of bright colours on this project and it will make me smile every time I reach for a pen!!!!  Especially as it will sit on my craft desk!  I have decorated the new-this-year TRIPLE BIRDHOUSE/DESKTOP STORAGE (look *here* for my project this week....



This has all been coloured with acrylic paints.  On the end roof pieces I used the SEQUIN MASK with paint through.  But I do see that I forgot the inside orange roofs...ooops!  I also added 3 little painted hearts from the TANDO MINI HEARTS bag and lots of doodling to finish the houses off.

Thank you for looking, have fun in what you do, Karen xxx