Saturday, 31 May 2014

Stencils - You are my Sunshine

I love this stencil by Andy Skinner and it fitted perfectly with the title of my page - "You are my Sunshine" - as it is called Sunburst.  

I started my page, working out where all my elements were going, and there is quite a bit of reflections going on there - like the title and the photo blocks, so I did the same with the mask, just reflected it on a diagonal line.  I used some white gesso and a palette knife with the mask, though any white acrylic would work, I also tried to create quite a thick layer of paint so it adds some texture to the page.  You'll need to leave a little drying time as the 2 circles overlap but I love the effect the mask gives to the page, drawing your eye into the photos.

This photo shows how impatient I am with my drying time!!! The first circle is really crisp - I forgot to wash the mask in-between the 2 circles - hence this one is not so patience and washing is a virtue :))

Friday, 30 May 2014

Stencil Card by Kaz

I made a short video of using 2 stencils to make this card:

Here's the time-lapse video:

I used the ~{Tree and Leaves 3 Part Mask}~ and ~{Garden with Watering Can Mask}~

I just added the 'beautiful' sticker afterwards as I felt it needed something more.

Kaz xxx

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

last week

Happy Wednesday to everyone….today sees the start of the last week for entries into our challenge blog ….. pop on over to the challenge blog and if you join in it could be you selecting a choice of tando goodies to play with…see you there.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

hanging piece

Tando creative have a large range of stencils and are made from really durable plastic so make them ideal for using texture pastes and paints with no fear of damage - they are also very easy to clean.

Today I have this hanging piece to share:-

For more details pop on over to my blog.

Tando masks used:-

We have new posts most days this week so hope you'll pop back and see us.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Make your own backgrounds with stencils by Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to our Stencils week. This is a perfect week for me as I really love stencils and I am in love with Tando ones! So here is my new layout made with a very stencilled background using our adorable Tando stencils. I used 2 of them here- the very new Long Flourish one and the older, but the most loved, Have your Say stencil. I used texture paste with an add on of some pink paint and it made the perfect pinky background for this pink girly page of my dear niece.The Flourish  mask has 3 separate parts and I used all of them over this page.

And here are the products I used for this project:

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Submitted piece

Here at Tando creative we love to see what people have come up with using our products, so it was great to hear from Kate at Katz and Co and to see this gorgeous wall mounted three panel piece

and this great desk tidy

Fabulous pieces thank you for sharing Kate.

Don't forget a new theme starts tomorrow - hope to see you then.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Free For All - Speech Bubble Arch

Hi Tando fans! Dana here today sharing an arch for the Free For All theme this week. I started this piece with the inner cut from an Arabian Style Layered Arch Frame and a favorite song lyric. I'm very much an introvert and there are days when the noise of the outside world gets to be a bit overwhelming. Luckily I have art to help sooth my soul!

I colored Small Speech Bubbles with some "loud" colors of ink and then stamped script over them. I used a label maker to print out song lyrics by Ray LaMontagne that read "I'm drowning in the small talk and the chatter."

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, 23 May 2014

A new product and the chance to make one of these in a class

As it's Free for All week I thought I would take the opportunity to show you one of our new products that will be released very soon.

This is our new Noteholder/Penholder set that has a little drawer in each unit too to hold all your knicks and knacks :)

These will also be showcased at the upcoming Craft Barn Extravaganza where you will also be able to make one yourself in a class I am teaching on Monday 9th June.  You can find all the details HERE.

As you know our greyboard can be run through and embossing folder which gives it a very distinct advantage over wooden pieces.  These are also incredibly sturdy once they have been would barely notice that they weren't wood.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Anything Goes Steampunk

For this week's Anything Goes theme, I made a card in the Steampunk Style, but Kazzed it up a bit by steering away from the usual masculine colours:

I made the background using the ~{Cogs Group Mask}~ and Brilliance Inks for a bit of shimmer.

I've used a couple of stamped images and then painted 2 cogs from the ~{Grab Bag of Cogs}~ and used the Brilliance ink on them, then doodled on them both.

I don't think I'd like to use those wheels though, they look a bit lumpy!

Kaz xxx

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Challenge blog

Every Wednesday there is a new post over on our Challenge blog.  This is a monthly challenge with a great selection of Tando goodies, of your  choice, up for grabs for one lucky winner.  Pop on over to the blog and join us….

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Free for All - Printers Tray

I love Tandos printers trays - they make a lovely gift and also you can layer up loads of paints and inks on the chipboard.  This tray has a little cover that you lift up to reveal all the filled boxes.  

I started by covering all the chipboard in a layer of white gesso to help show off the mists and stop them sinking in to the chipboard. The painting and layering is made really easy as these frames come in layers that you can build up.  After the painting, I then went on to inking and used brown and blue cosmic shimmer mists, drying in-between layers and it gives you a beautiful covering of colour with that lovely mica shimmer.  Whilst that was drying I then covered the back board with some paper, then once everything was dry assembled the tray and went to work filling the little windows with lace, embellishments, papers - all sorts of little treasures.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Leave a trail with Tando: Anything goes week by Irit

 Hello my dear crafty friends!
Irit is here again and this time it's a very complex Mixed Media board made with a lot of Tando products, old and new, masks and chipboards. I really like the result and hope you like it too.
As you can see the basic of this Mixed Media piece are two Tando masks: Sunburst one and a very new Bullseye one. I used texture paste with both of them and then a lot of misting and painting over.
 The London skykine medium sized chipboard was heat embossed and gued  on the bottom corner. The compass chipboards left bare and just a bit inked and a few of Arrows were painted with black ink and heat embossed over with a clear powder.

And here are the products I used for this project

See you soon again!

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Swirls Week - Flourish Tag

Hi Tando fans! Dana here today sharing a tag I created for the Swirls theme this week. I embellished a stitched heart tag with swirls using the new Long Flourish Mask and embossing powder. I cut a Small Corner Flourish to create a second heart, which I colored teal, and a swirly "arrow" to pierce my stitched heart.

I cut a Mini Book Plate in half and glued it to each side of my tag to frame my hearts.

Thanks for stopping by today! You can now buy Tando products directly from their Retail Store and postage is available worldwide!

Friday, 16 May 2014

Friends with Swirls!

Hellooooo!  This week we are using SWIRLS on our projects over at the TANDO CREATIVE BLOG.  I have been a bit nostalgic with mine and gone back to my earliest Stampotique stamps to create a 'friends' picture using a Tando Creative 6x6 inch  FRAME for my base as well as the BLOCK FLOURISH (you get 2 in a pack)

The block flourish has been painted in the same way as the frame using Americana Bahama Blue and then some accent dots stamped over in Orange VersaMagic.  The flourish was then glued to the top to become a part of the frame.  The background is patterened paper which has been gessoed and the same accent dots stamped randomly.  The dotty stamp is actually some waste packaging :-D  Always worth looking at plastic bottoms hahaha!

The figures have been stamped and coloured with Alcohol Markers and the sentiment is PC generated.  Here are the TANDO pieces that I used...

Thank you so much for taking a look today, HUGS, Karen xxx

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Swirl card

I made a card for this week's theme of Swirls:

I started off with ~{Flourish Long Mask}~ directly onto the card blank and added some doodles for depth. Next I painted one of the ~{Mini Book Plates}~ with acrylic paint and added Glossy Accents and a birthday message. I painted one of the ~{Mini Leaves 2}~ and stamped onto it before finishing up with a few layers of card and flowers.

Here's a close up:

You can now buy Tando products directly from the ~{Retail Store}~ and postage is available worldwide.

Kaz xxx

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

week 2

Today sees a new post over on our Challenge blog - if you'd like to be in with a chance of winning some fab Tando products of your choice, pop on over and join in the fun… see you there.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Swirls week with Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends! Irit is here with my Swirls creation.
This time I decided to make a Mixed Media flat canvas and to use our new released Long Flourish mask  as a main point of my background.

The mask was added with texture paste and then heat embossed with a lot of embossing powder and misted all over it. You can see it clearly on this lower photo here.

Then I added two Tando most loved (by me) chipboards- the clock and the Flourish #7; both chipboards were covered with a mix of red and black embossing powders and  the clock became the frame for the embellishment cluster.
I hope I inspired you to make your own Mixed Media boards or pages and as you can see Tando masks are just the best for this kind of projects.
And here are the products used here

See you again soon!

Monday, 12 May 2014


…is this weeks theme here on the Tando Creative blog - and today its my turn to share my piece…


I created:-

If you'd like details on how I made my mixed media board please pop on over to my blog.

Don't forget the new retail shop is now open for business….enjoy..

TFL xx

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Black and Green - can be for a wedding too!

Hello my dear crafty friends! 
Irit is here today with a fancy and easy to make wedding banner.
All you need are those gorgeous Tando banners, painted to this non traditional lime green colour and PHP wedding papers and stickers.
As you can see it's easy to make and looks fabulous.

And here are those Tando banners I used for this project