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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

July week 5

It's Wednesday again so head over to the Challenge Blog to see a recap of our DT pieces for this month. You have a few days left to join us.

We have PRIZES!!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014


Gosh!  its been a while since I made an ATC!!!  But it is nice to go back to something I used to do a lot of :-)  Tando sell chipboard ATC's (amongst a host of other items) which can take a lot of abuse!!!!  Here is my effort...

The base has been painted with mauve paint and then PaperArtsy Crackle applied before the coat of blue.  I just love this crackle as it works every time!  The branches are from Tando's MINI BIRDS & BRANCHES pack and have been painted up and stuck under the JOFY birds.  Some doodling and trimming finishes it off.

I use these little birds a lot in my crafting, they are fabulous to have in your stash...

By the way the product links are for our new RETAIL SITE, so grab a cuppa and have a browse ;-)

Thank you for popping by, Karen xxx

Monday, 28 July 2014


This week we are concentrating on the FAB atc blanks that are produced by Tando creative.  Today its my turn to share with you my take on the theme:-

product used:-

Pop on over to my blog for more details.

Don't forget to pop back during the week for some more ATC's.


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Free For All - Vintage Arch

Hi Tando fans! Dana here today sharing an arch that I created with some of my favorite pieces of chipboard for the Free For All theme this week. I usually split apart the Arabian-Style Layered Arch Frame and use the individual pieces separately. I do so here and used an outer frame for the base of my piece. I filled the back of the frame with patterned paper and then piled a vintage image, stickers, ribbon and chipboard on top. I dressed up my chipboard with stamps, acrylic paint, clear and crackle glaze, paint and ink.

I paired the vintage image with a favorite Anne Taintor quote. I love my girls, but I'm only half way through Summer break and I'm beginning to miss my 30+ hours of alone time each week! I know I have said this line more than once and I'm sure to repeat it before school starts again. ;)

You can pick up all the pieces I used here from the Tando Creative Retail Shop. Also, there is still time to submit applications for the Design Team Call!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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 :)