Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy hallowe'en....

awww tis the night of witches and spooks and things that go bump in the night!!! and also, for the last day of our special Birthday Tando Creative Monthly Challenge....don't forget you have until the bewitching hour before the chance to win DOUBLE goodies ends....pop over here!

Have a Happy and Safe Hallowe'en xx

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Wall Hanging - Letters

Hello and welcome to our "letters-week", here's Caro with a wall hanging.

I have used 3 of the 2'' Alphas, sponged and embossed 2 of them and used one as a mask. I have to admit that I was inspired by another great stamper as I simply love the look of the embossed and the one "naked" letter. ... this wall hanging will be one of the first things I'll hang up when redecorating my house :)

Monday, 29 October 2012

Product Focus Blog Hop - Tando Mini's

Time for another Product Focus blog hop lovely people :o)

As the title suggests we will be picking a product from our range and many of our fabulous design team members have created stunning projects using these products.

We are focussing on TANDO MINI'S this month and we now have quite a range!!

What's more...if you leave a comment on every blog in the hop you will be entered into our prize draw to win some of these MINI'S. The draw will take place on Sunday :o)

From here please pop over and visit KAZ  and from there follow on to the rest of the team taking part.

In case you get lost here is a list of the fabulous blogs taking part:


Our minis are incredibly versatile, they are cut from a lighter weight board and are ideal for using on cards, atc's, in fact many of your small projects.  Of course they are also ideal as little accents on your larger projects. 

Although thinner they are still able to take many of the treatments that our thicker board can take so painting, heating, stamping, embossing are no problem :o)

I won't put photos of them here but you can find the full range on our website HERE.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Back to Basics with Gez!

This week some of the Design Team have been going back to basics and using  basic shapes on their creations. 

Tando Creative have a lovely selection of basic shapes from hearts and stars to arrows and everything in between suitable for scrapbook layouts, cards. Atc's, canvasses and just about anything alterable you can think of.. click on the link HERE to view and also HERE for a list of stockists.

Today it's my turn to share my creation with you..

I've made an art journal page which I think I might just mount onto a canvas. I had great fun inking and stamping and have used a couple of chipboard stars from the Grab Bag of Stars to decorate my lady..

The chipboard stars were inked with Cosmic Shimmer sprays.
Thank you for calling today. I hope you have seen lots of lovely creations this week that have inspired you to get creative.

 Have a lovely weekend. Gez

Friday, 26 October 2012

Festive circle!

I reached for one of the simplest of the basic shapes for our "Back to Basics" theme this week - the circles grab bag. The realy sturdy board makes these perfect for stand alone items like this Christmas decoration.

I've added the year so this could be a little commemmorative gift for somebody celebrating a significant Christmas (first in a new home or as a married couple, for example). I cut the numbers in shrink plastic with an Alterations strip die but I must say I'm not sure I'd recommend doing this - the ejection foam doesn't work to pop the shapes out and they took quite a bit of removing from the die. I might stamp numbers on the plastic and then hand cut them if I wanted to do this in future.

I'm a cheapskate so I used lightweight filler (DIY type) with my sequin waste stencil rather than proper modelling paste. It worked fine and I used metal leaf to cover the textured circle once it was dry.

Tando products used: circles grab bag, leaves minis, sequin waste mask.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Sew creative imperfection

Hello, my dear Tando friends! Irit is here and this is our Back to Basics week . So I made a tag, but it's really a wall hanging. Pretty much big  tag made of  Tando spool shape (not my first one, I just love them!) and full of all possible crafty goodies. I also used Tando letters on this tag for the word SEW- as is. No paints, colours  or powders. I love it this way on this vintage piece of art.
And I finally used  a lot of Tando buttons from the grab bag and those are my Basic shapes for this project.

I painted those buttons  with a thick layer of paint and then added some clear embossing powder to get the texture you can see here. I used a  biggest round button as a base for a part of my title after I stamped some small text stamp over it  and layered all other small buttons over it.
Hope you like my project for our Back to Basics week! See you again soon!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Wednesday Challenge

Its Wednesday again...where are the weeks going?...there is still time to join in our Monthly Challenge here...and don't forget, as its our Birthday Month the prize draw is doubled.....see you there..x

Also can LindaS and Dawn Louise email Di with your address deets.  As you joined in the Birthday Bash tutorials Di would like to send you through your prize.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Back to Basics - 7 years old

I love the grab bags with their mix of different shapes on a theme...and the stars are one of my favourites, I could quite happily fit several of them on any page or project.  For this page I decided to paint them; I started by covering them in white acrylic and once dry added a thick layer of yellow acrylic.  Whilst the yellow paint was still wet I sprinkled on some fine clear glitter just to add a little sparkle to the proceedings as it is a birthday page.  The stars help frame my photo and I stuck them around the edge of my stitched circle.

The photo is obviously a 7th birthday one - I'm not sure how the reflection of the candles got picked up in his hair but I really like it.


Monday, 22 October 2012

Back to Basics week

This week our themed posts are:-


Tando do a fab range of "bags of...." so you can get loads of basic shapes to add to your projects in all different sizes.  There is also a great range of basic base shapes so by mixing the two you can create gorgeous pieces with loads left over for other projects...

Today I've created this:-

I have used the following Tando products for this piece..

Lace effect borders
Mini butterflies
Artist trading card
Random circles mask

Pop on over to my blog for details on how I made this piece.

Don't forget to keep checking back as we have a great range of pieces on display most days.


Sunday, 21 October 2012

Things That Fly Beauty Page

As we've been concentrating on things that fly I made this journal page:

I've used a base of acrylic paints and used the ~{Haunted House Mask}~ which comes in 3 pieces. This means you can colour the house shape and then add the windows and bats or colour around the house. I've doodled on the house for detail and then sat it on a washi tape base.

I've cut the wings from the ~{Mini Bats Grab Bag}~ and coloured them with acrylic paints before stamping onto them. These have been attached behind the figures and I've added doodling and shading as well as a quote that fits.

Kaz xxx

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Things That Fly - Bat Ring

Hi Tando fans!  Dana here today sharing a fun piece of jewelry for the Things That Fly theme this week.  Halloween only comes around once a year, so I wanted to use this little bat, which is part of the Mixed Halloween Mini Set, before the end of the month.  I covered the bat with several coats of embossing powder, added some pearl eyes, and attached him to the center of this store-bought ring.  This bat is cut from Tando's high quality grey board so I know I don't have to worry about this bat bending or breaking.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Flying altered CD

Hi, it's Caro here. Today I have an altered CD for you where I used some of the mini birds. Oh I love the tando minis you can use there everywhere and the birds are so cute!!
I have taken an old CD, took an old credit card and smeared gesso on the CD - you can create some patterns with this technique! When the gesso was dry I used AAIs to color it. The birds are colored with Distress Stains.

This is the first side of the CD

And this is the second side

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Simply love to fly and to Dream Big

Hello, my dear crafting friends! Irit is here again and this time I am going to show  you 2 projects made with our weekly theme and the most versatile Tando products.
My first project for today is an Altered canvas, 15*15 cm size made with  Tando mask, molding paste and lots of painting and coloring mediums. I used mists, shimmery paints, regular acrylic paint and.... don't even remember what else. The result is very shiny . I also used Prima mistable canvas and Inspired by Stamping  " Dream Big" stamp.

My second project is this small  arch and I used another Tando mask with molding paste on  this piece. Not too much of Tando, but the final project is lovely.Other products used here are The Rubber Cafe  stamps, lots of coloring mediums, embossing powders, Sizzix and CLD dies , some washi tape and Tim Holtz word sticker I am in love with.

Hope I inspired  you to fly and to dream this week. See you again next week.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Winner of the Birthday Bash Design Team Blog Hop

Sorry for the delay in announcing this one lovely peeps......we've been a tad busy here with the Christmas rush.
Please can you email me with your address details :o) xx
I will also be sorting our the mini prizes for the tutorials soon as well.

Colour Challenge over at our Challenge Blog

Don't forget October sees a great colour challenge over at our Challenge blog...and as its our Birthday month the prize draw is doubled....come on over and see what the DT have been creating and hopefully you'll be inspired to join us...

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Things that Fly - Conquering Everest

Hello - it is a grand claim...but Everest is the name of the roller coaster ride from the Animal Kingdom - complete with yetti projections and a track that rolls over so it changes your route!

I wanted to use the gorgeous hot air balloons and clouds and kept them a central part of my page.  I used one of the clouds as a template and drew around it, and then used my craft knife to make a stencil and stenciled some white gesso clouds on my paper 1st.  I then die cut lots of clouds to add to these.  The chipboard clouds I covered in acrylic paint and used my brush to make them look fluffy.  I embossed the hot air balloon with the swiss dots embossing folder, and then I sprayer it with peacock blue cosmic shimmer.  I added 5 strips of string and a button to the top of the balloon to finish it off.


Saturday, 13 October 2012

Halloween Arch

This week we are concentrating on Halloween and I made this arch:

The base is one layer from the ~{Triple Arch Layer Frame}~ painted in acrylic paint. It's not easy to see, but I've stamped a text stamp over it and used oil pastels to give it some depth. I've used the          ~{Mixed Pack of Halloween Mini's}~ and used acrylic paints and oil pastels again and added some shading with watercolour crayons.

The base card is a smooshed sheet using DI's and then the ~{Cobweb Mask}~. I've then splatted lots of ink over the base to make a mess. I used the leftover card behind the skull's eyes and pumpkins. The cobweb has Glossy Accents on it and I printed out the text from the computer.

Kaz xxx

Friday, 12 October 2012

Spooky Halloween - Wicked Layout

Hi Tando fans!  Dana here today sharing a layout. The theme this week is Spooky Halloween and I had a lot of fun putting this layout together.  My daughter was a witch last year for Halloween and I think she has a pretty good spooky face.

This Large Cobweb paired so well with my background paper.  I colored it with Glimmer Glaze and Distress Ink.  I couldn't resist adding a spider!

A piece of Scalloped Bunting was the perfect base for my title.  I first colored the chipboard with Distress Ink and then added Crackle Paint, puffy paint and charms.  I know I've said this before, but I love the thickness and strength of Tando chipboard.  I applied three different wet mediums and several embellishments to this piece of chipboard and it didn't bend or peel!

Thanks for stopping by today!  You can see what this chipboard looked like before I started my project below.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Batty For You!

Hi, Gez here, OOooh... there's plenty of spooky goings on this week as the Design Team aim to thrill you with their spooky creations!

I think I'm a bit of a whimp when it comes to spooky but here is my arch!

 click to enlarge!

I used one of Tando's gorgeous Gothic Arches and applied a generous coating of white Gesso and lots of Dylusions spray inks... no bending or warping at all.. The background images were stamped directly onto the arch using black Archival permanent ink.. the ghost and the bat were stamped onto cardstock, cut out and added to my little scene!

Thank you for calling today and leaving a comment if you get the chance, happy creating Gez oxox

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Colour Challenge

We currently have a colour challenge running over on our Challenge blog...this week sees the very talented Gez showing us her colour pop along and see what she's created and also this month as its our Birthday Month the prize draw has, do join us!
The Challenge is open to everyone and the winner drawn by Mr Random, everyone is in with a chance....come on what are you waiting for?

See you there xx

Tuesday, 9 October 2012


This is my piece for our SPOOKY week....

This is the first time I've attempted art journalling - the elements used are:-
Tando Mini's - Mixed Halloween
Grab Bag of Bottles and Jars  

Pop on over to my blog for more details.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Announcing the winner of the retailers blog hop

What a fabulous blog hop we had last Monday with the Tando Creative retailers, all the projects were absolutely stunning.
Don't forget we have the Design Team blog hop running at the moment, we will be doing the draw for that on next week so lots of time to get hopping.  You can find it HERE.
Also we have the Fabulous Tutorials that have been posted on our Classes blog HERE, if you have a go at any of the techniques used then post a link using the Linky tool for each post on there and you could win some Tando goodies.
Finally don't forget our Special Challenge this month, the prize up for grabs has doubled this month....find all the details HERE.
Right......on to the BIG announcement...........YAY..........
The winner of the Tando goodies worth over £90.00 RRP and the fabulous Pebeo Paints Caddy goes to...........................
********** KAY **********
Congratulations Kay, please can you email me your address details.
All the prizes won so far will be dispatched this week guys.  We have had a flood of orders in and it's been a bit manic here ;o)


Hi, Caro's here. This week everything's about Halloween this week. That's my favorite theme at the moment so I'm happy that I can show you two little creations of mine.

I used some chipboards of the Halloween grab bag - I just love them

This is the card I made for today ... I have used some of the pumpkins for this.

and here I have  used two of the skulls and glued a black paper in between.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

And so the finale....another amazing Blog Hop

WOW, what a week it's been. We're coming close to the end of our Birthday Celebrations, thanks to everyone that have visited and commented :o)
Just to re-cap the week so far:
To take part in a our fabulous Retailer blog hop just click HERE. The winner will be drawn tonight. 
Gez and Caro started our tutorial series with THESE fantastic projects.
Carol added her great take on the printer's tray HERE.
Karen showed us a fabulous Key Holder project HERE
Dana entered into the party mood with some cupcake toppers and Kaz encouraged some quiet contemplation with a bookmark HERE
Joanne finished off the tutorials with her stunning jewellery piece using Inchies HERE
And now for our Grand Finale.....on to another AMAZING blog hop featuring our wonderful design team members.
To top it all we are giving away ANOTHER fabulous selection of Tando goodies.....with a prize value of over £90.00 amazing is that!!!
Here is a piccie and a list of the prizes:

Included are the following:

Home Sweet Home Plaque
Mini Theatre Stage Wide
Christmas Tree Printer Tray
Layered Rowing Boat
6" x 6" Frame with Stand
Arabian Styled Layered Arch Frame
Tando Mini's: Balloons, Candles, Leaves2, Keys
Small Wrought Iron Gate
Flowers with Stems Grab bag
Works of Parts Kit: Come Fly with me small and Sweeth Tooth small
Karens Frames: Gothic Arches
Scalloped bunting small
Mini house trio
Mini houses and fences
Set of 5 decorative keys
Oriental New Year Symbols
3 Jigsaw tags
Masks: Set of 3 Reindeer, Leaves, Steampunk Tree, Bird and Branch, Distorted Harlequin, Haunted House.

Okay onto the hop itself.....

From here please pop over and visit KAZ and from there follow on to the rest of the team taking part.

In case you get lost here is a list of the fabulous blogs taking part:

KAZ linking to

KAREN linking to

JOANNE linking to

CAROL linking to

GEZ linking to

DANA linking to

CARO linking to

KATHERINE who will link back to us
******* Happy Hopping *******

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Take three - "Weathered Metal" inchies

We're approaching the end of our week of celebrations for Tando Creative's third birthday! In case you're only just joining us, here's a summary of the week so far: 
  • To take part in a our fabulous Retailer blog hop just click HERE. 
  • Gez and Caro started our tutorial series with THESE fantastic projects.
  • Carol added her great take on the printer's tray HERE.
  • Karen showed us a fabulous Key Holder project HERE
  • Dana entered into the party mood with some cupcake toppers and Kaz encouraged some quiet contemplation with a bookmark HERE
When Di asked us to work with three of something to celebrate this week, I thought small. Tando Creative inchies are a lovely weight to work with and make a great base for jewellery.

I've used three inchies with an embossing folder and some VerDay paint to create a weathered copper finish for a pendant base.

If you'd like to have a go, hop over to the Classes Blog for a short video tutorial. While you're there, you could check out the other classes that have been added this week if you haven't already seen them. Don't forget that if you show us your take on any of the class projects you'll be in with the chance of a prize!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Happy Birthday Cupcake Toppers and a Bookmark

And there's more......., just a recap of what has happened so far. To take part in a our fabulous Retailer blog hop just click HERE.

Gez and Caro kicked off the tutorials on Tuesday with THESE incredible projects 
Carol added to them with her fantastic printer tray HERE.
And yesterday Karen showed us her beautiful Key Holder HERE

If you show us your take on the projects then you will be entered into a draw for a prize :o)

It's time to party Tando fans!  Dana here today and I'm thrilled to help celebrate Tando Creative's 3rd Birthday!  If you'd like to learn how I created these fun cupcake toppers out of Tando's Small Speech Bubbles, hop on over to the Tando Class Blog and I'll show you how.

and now it's Kaz, don't those cupcakes look yummy?! I made into a bookmark incorporating my 3 things:

If you would like to see how I made it, you can go to the ~{Tutorials}~ page.

Kaz xxx

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Key Hanger Kit

Continuing with our celebrations again today, just a recap of what has happened so far.  To take part in a our fabulous Retailer blog hop just click HERE.

Gez and Caro kicked off the tutorials on Tuesday with THESE incredible projects and then yesterday Carol added to them with her fantastic printer tray HERE.

If you show us your take on the projects then you will be entered into a draw for a prize :o)
Having been with ~Tando Creative Ltd~ since it was a glimmer in Di Olivers eye, its hard to believe the company is 3yrs old this week!!! There are lots of celebrations and goingswith special prizes, tutorials and a Blog Hop at the end of the week! To celebrate we were asked to work with three's and I grabbed the Home Key Hanger Kit to play with. I know I said that I didn't want to see a Tando house again for a while but I couldn't resist this one hahaha!

Everything is included in this kit, even the screws to hold the wooden batten in place. Full instructions are included in the pack but if you want to see just how I did this one my way then take a look  ~here~ where you will find a tutorial. Here is a pic of the kit for you...

This would make an amazing Christmas present I think. You can find a list of stockists ~here~.
Thank you so much for taking a look today, HUGS, Karen xxx