Monday, 28 November 2011

Advent Boxes!

As soon as I saw these lovely little boxes I thought of Advent!!!  When made up they measure approx 5cm cubed and are very sturdy.  I love the way that the scalloped top folds down into the box for closing, though you do need to glue this fold for extra strength. 

I have painted the scallops and then used glittery paper for the rest.  As I was going for a country look they have been strung with string and kraft card used for the number tags.  You can still open them strung like this but they would look fantastic hung individually on the tree. They also stack very well so you could have an Advent Mountain haha   Here they are in all their glory, though its tricky to get a 'nice' pic of them altogether hahaha!

Oh and wouldn't these make brilliant favour boxes or just boxes for that special little present?  Thanks for taking a look today, HUGS, Karen x

Friday, 25 November 2011

Focus on Advent Calendars part 1

We have some stunning advent calendars to show you......

First of all, here is Heather's of Crafty Addicts, isn't it just gorgeous.

Do pop along to Heather's blog too, they do loads of classes.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Jean's gorgeous tray

Another fabulous printers tray from Jean of Crafty Individuals, isn't this one stunning.  I love the dreamy look to the photography too.  You can find all the deets HERE on Jean's blog.

Oh, and don't forget this months's Blue and Brown and there are 2 more fabulous examples over on the Challenge blog HERE.......well there will be if it decides to post itself this morning.  I do seem to have an issue with scheduled posting LOL.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Altered Arch

I've had a play with one of the ~{Gothic Arches}~ to make a small gift and I'd forgotten how lovely they are!

I've painted it with gesso which I've then heated to get this gorgeous bubbly texture before painting with acrylic paints. I also used sprays, stamps and doodled a lot!

I got the gesso VERY hot to make it bubble as much as possible and it had no effect on the chipboard base. It remained flat and had no bend in it at all.

Kaz xxx

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Snowflakes & stars

Hello there!  I have been busy with the lovely new Christmas stuff !  I  have decorated a candle holder using the fabulous snowflakes & stars.  They have been painted & glittered.

Thanks for popping by, see you soon :-D xxx

Karen x

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Perfect Love Forever tag book

This altered  mini tag  book was made for Tando Creative November color challenge, but as I really used a lot of Tando products and even more techniques, I decided to show it here too and not only in our challenge blog.
So here is an overall  look of this tag book and as you can see I used blues and browns only.

Each tag has it's own word sticker (MLS) , so it's very easy to understand what I am talking about.
The first one is PERFECT tag:  MME stamps stamped with white Clearsnap ink, heat embossed with clear Ranger powder and then heavily misted with Tattered Angels mists for this resist look. The bird was colered with Ranger white enamel paint and I misted from the high level  into the wet paint for this spotted look .
The frame was inked, misted and then a twine was added using the existing holes.
The second tag- LOVE- was misted using Tando Music mask and then I stamped over it with Viva Las Vegastamp- Script one and brown ink. The bird here was just misted and I added some glitter over the wet mist.
The last- Forever- tag, was double misted. The first layer was this Tando Lattice mask and then I added some bird mask over it. The bird here was misted and then stamped, the swirl misted and then inked, and I used just a small part of this huge swirl (it was broken in a mail, so I cut  this part for this mini project..
The final touches were some Epiphany Crafts epoxies, Prima flowers, Tim Holtz key, some more twine and misted to the same color white silk ribbon.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Wonky Trees

These little trees from the ~{Grab Bag of Wonky Trees}~ are perfect for cards and tags and are so funky.

I've just glued patterned paper on them, coloured the sides and doodled a border before attaching them. I've finished them off with some glitter glue on the teeny stars.

Kaz xxx

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Embossing with the Leaf Mask

Been playing around with this mask,   this time used it to emboss card through a big shot.

The outline of the leaves is de-bossed and filled with green gel pen.   Just a simple greeting and a strip of ribbon makes this little Clean and Simple card.

Leaves Mask set of 2

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Christmas Wreath Class

I will be teaching a Christmas Wreath Class over at The Craft Barn on Saturday 10th December.

Here is a piccie of what we'll be making :o)  If you are local to Lingfield and want to have a go you can book a place HERE.

Don't forget it is the closing week of Carol's fabulous class.  I've added a linky tool for you to link your finished frames......we'll be giving away a prize or two to one of the entries :o)

Pop over and take a look HERE.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Frames. frames. frames again

I just love those Tando Frames- they are fantastic  for all kind of projects! So here are two new projects made with those  frames again.
The altered Halloween tin box is with a medium size square frame, inked and covered with UTEE. 
This chipboard 2012 Calendar made with the biggest square frame, inked and covered with some spots  of thin  clear embossing powder.

And this  frame set again.. and again... and again

Believe me, you need it too! Fits all possible styles and projects!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Max's Lion!

Helloooo, its Karen here :-D  I needed to make a first birthday card for my little nephew,Max, and was a bit stumped!  But after a dig around in my Tando goody box I found this little chap!  He has been painted up & crackle accents applied to his furry bits.

For the background I just swooshed some some paint around & a bit of stamping.  Thank you for taking a look today , please leave a message before you go....we love those!!!! 

Take care xxx

Monday, 7 November 2011

Did you know..........

......there is soooo much going on at Tando Creative at the moment.....fancy a re-cap?

Don't forget our monthly challenges, there is a fab prize up for grabs every get to choose...and you don't have to use any Tando products.  If you do  though, you get a double chance to win :o)

This months theme is BLUE AND BROWN.

We have already seen two examples and two more will be going up tomorrow....pop over for a look HERE.

Also...don't forget Carol's free class that's going on, we're on week 3 of 4 now but the class will remain there.  We will put a linky on the last week so you can share your creations.....and there's a little prize up for grabs, how cool is that.

Here's what Carol is showing you, isn't it gorgeous.

There is also another class ready to go online soon after Carol's has finished...something really festive so keep checking back.

You can find the Online Classes HERE.

If you live locally to The Craft Barn in Lingfield, I have been asked to take regular classes there.  Although I have a class at the end of the month, that one is fully booked, but I believe there are spaces on my class in December on Saturday the can find all the details HERE.  I will post up details of the January schedule when it's been released :o)

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Window Art

This window art was first thought of 11 years ago, but it remained a thought until a couple of days ago.

The frames were coloured and filled with cellophane that was masked and spray etched.

One of the large swirls from 'Mixed Swirls' and two 'Heart Cogs' were sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer.    The Swirl used to link the three hoops is attached with glue and staples.   Staples hold the heart cogs.

Suspended on fishing line it is brighting up a back bedroom window.

Mixed Swirls Large  Heart Cogs Mix Large

Thursday, 3 November 2011

My Gran

This is my Gran with my mum's wee dog. I have used Echo Park's new Times & Seasons collection on this layout. The ribbon, blossom, pearls and pins are also from our upcoming November embellishment kit. The curly tree is from Tando Creative and it has been coloured with a brown ink pad

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Quick and easy Christmas card

Now it's November, we start panicking about making our Christmas cards. So I've used the ~{Hanging Bauble Mask}~ to make a very quick batch of cards.

I masked off the baubles and sponged the leaves onto a few cards, then masked off the leaves and did the baubles. I've just added some Stickles and a couple of gems and then a greeting stamp.
I used Brilliance inkpads throughout.

Kaz xxx

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Beckie's fab Printers Tray

Just to remind you too that there is a new challenge up today HERE and the announcement of October's winner :o)

These trays are so versatile and I have seen so many wonderful examples, Beckie's  is no exception as this one is just gorgeous.

Do pop over to Bubbly Scrumptious for more details HERE.