Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Christmas Week 3- Fiona Randall


Morning All I'm back with my project for week 3 of Christmas.

Before I go any further I would just like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas

and lets hope 2021 is going to be better for all of us.

for my project i used the Layered Frame Arch to create my Christmas theme.
 Lots of painty layers, crackle and distressing. Embossing, Inking and Die Cutting.
I am quite pleased with my christmas makes and won't be a stranger to it in the future.
Do stop by the rest of the week to see what the creative team has in store for you.
See you all in the New Year
Merry Christmas Everyone
Stay Safe
Fiona xx



Tim Holtz 3d Embossing Folder- Lumber

Distress Spray Stain- Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs

Distress Inks Pads, Rustic Wilderness, Forest Moss, Aged Mahogany, Candied Apple.

Distress Archival Ink- Ground Espresso

Tim Holtz Thinlet Dies- Holiday Greens

Poinsettia Dies- Sizzix

Kraft Cardstock

Monday, 21 December 2020

Christmas Gift Box

Hi there, Celia here!

I was feeling the need to do some crafting, so I made a little gift box from the large matchbox kit. I decided to use the Chocolate Baroque Tomte stamp I got at the Comfy Pyjamas retreat.

I first painted the inside of the sleeve in Romance chalk paint, before assembling it and the tray. I painted the inside of the tray red as well. I did the outside of the sleeve and the tray in DecoArt gold. Then I applied crackle medium to the outside of the sleeve. When this was dry I quickly painted on chalk paint in Vintage and watched the crackles magically appear. I love the effect of crackles over metallic paint. 

I stamped three of the Tomtes onto paper, coloured them in and fussy cut. I stuck these onto the box along with a sentiment. All done! A quick and easy gift box just in time for Christmas.

Hope you have a happy and safe Christmas, even if a bit smaller than expected !

Celia x

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Christmas Week 2- Fiona Randall


Morning all I'm back with my second Christmas Project for week 2 of Christmas.

I decided to creat a Christmas Sleigh from scratch from Tando Grey Board Sheets.
For the sleigh Blades I cut two strips of Grey Board, rounded the corners on one end then sprayed with water and curved the grey board around a paint bottle.
As the grey board dries it hold the shape of the curve- Neat eh. One dry these were given a coat of media fluid Acrylic in Raw Umber.
Onto the top of the sleigh next. 
A piece of Tando grey board was cut and the top given a rounded shape.
A distressed finish was then added with DecoArt Chalk Paints, then scored with a pokey tool to create the look of wood panels. 
Vintage Music paper was then applied to a small Tando Tag size 1 and the edges inked.  A paper Snowflake was the die cut from Christmas Scrapbook paper from my stash.
 A small Tando Mini Snowflake was given a coat of chalky finish paint and the edges inked and then the snowflake assembled.
This was then attached to the tag along with some stringed silver bells.
 Everything was then assembled to complete the sleigh using off cuts of grey board to give depth and dimension.
Isn't it amazing what you can construct from a sheet of grey board and your imagination.

Thanks for stopping by today
Stay Safe
Fiona xx



Tim Holtz Snowflake Rosette Die

Christmas Scrapbook paper

Distress Archival Ink Pad- Ground Espresso


Mini Silver Bells

Vintage Music Paper.

Monday, 14 December 2020

Christmas Concertina Mini Book - Heidi Green


Hello, Heidi here to share a Christmas project with you.

Hoping all of your Christmas preparations are coming along. Mine are nearly there, just a few cards to make and pressies to wrap.

Due to the Covid restrictions, I haven't been able to see my lovely daughters, so looking forward to a family Christmas with them, fingers crossed.

To my project, I absolutely love mini albums and especially Tando Creative ones, of course.

As you can see, I have decorated this concertina one in some festive beautiful papers, glitter and gorgeous stamps. The mini album kits, are on the Tando Creative website HERE and come in a pack of two, so double the pleasure!

Here are the products used :

Tando Creative Concertina Mini Book

Hobby Art, 'Colin the Robin' stamp set

Thats Crafty, 'Lots of Words' stamp set

Anna Marie Designs, Christmas Jingle paper pack

Versafine, 'Onyx Black' ink pad

Distress Oxide, 'Bundled Sage' ink pad

Paper Artsy, 'Nougat' Opaque paint

Stickles, 'Mercury Glass' 

Clean Color Brush Pens

Green Ribbon, Scissors, glue and smoothies for edging

Instructions :

Firstly, I painted the whole album with 'Nougat' paint and left to dry.

I chose some gorgeous poinsettia, music notes and holly papers from the pad and stuck them down on the book, covering the front back panels. I used a piece of thin sandpaper to finish off edges.

Stamped up 'Colin' the robin, leaves and holly, coloured in and cut out using some sharp scissors.

Stamped up sentiments, cut out and edge with 'Bundled Sage' ink using smoothies.

Place images and sentiment elements in the book, stick down.

Add some glorious 'Mercury Glass' Stickles wherever you want.

Cut green ribbon and place through holes and tie nice neat bows.

Ok, that's me done for now. Back to the wrapping!

Have a wonderful peaceful, healthy Christmas and hoping you get to spend time with loved ones,

love from

Heidi xxx

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Acrylic-a-go-go by Jan

Welcome to the blog, how’s your Saturday been? 

This week I’ve been playing with reverse painting on some acrylic tags. I can highly recommend having a go at this, but start simple! These babies nearly made my brain explode 😂.

I first came across this technique in a class I did with Mark Gould (tweedledum and tweedledee photo), and then Di did the toadstalls in a project, so thought it was time to refresh my memory.  

Acetate is almost impossible to photograph well, and hard as I tried I couldn’t capture the depth that you get with the texture and painting. These really look like you are looking through or into water, the light somehow penetrates the acetate and adds its own depth. I’ll see if I can capture it on a little video...

The idea is you start with your stamping, add your colour and finally your background - it’s all backwards though! So if you want dots on something, you do the dots first then the main colour behind. Di showed this perfectly on the Comfy Pyjamas Retreat.

I just love these Chocolate Baroque Stamps 

Tweedledum and Tweedledee look much more 3D than they do in this photo!

I also used up the left overs from the Christmas Wreath from my blogspot last week, making little tree decorations (although they are light enough to go on a gift tag or card).

It looks like i've been busy, but I’ve done lots of 'thinking' this week (yeah yeah 'procrastination' is more like it) 😂, but I started, and then disasemble and restarted (!) my house project for the '12 Houses of Christmas' next year (Find here), and planned out my first few projects for next year. This is very, very organised for me, but I’m really enjoying the process 😌. There are lots of Tando projects to get involved in next year, so stay in touch 👌

I hope you are having a good weekend, and run up to Christmas. 
Big hugs/clap on the back (depending on our relationship 😂).

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Christmas Week 1- Fiona Randall


It's Christmas here on the Tando Blog.

 So in the run up to Christmas myself and the rest of the 

Tando Team are here to inspire you with some Festive projects.

Anyone who knows me knows I don't do Christmas,

 but I have pushed the boundries of my creativity

and surprised even myself and had a heap load of fun in the process.

I had fun creating this cute Christmas Birdhouse Using collage tissue paper,
Heat Embossing and of course
some painting too.
 This is a great little project to display during the festive season.
Do stop by the rest of the week to see what the Creative Team
has in store for you.
Thanks for stopping by today. 
Stay Safe
Fiona xx



Tim Holtz Collage Tissue Paper- Christmas.

Archival Distress Ink Pad- Ground Espresso.

Distress Ink Pads- Vintage Photo and Festive Berries

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

A Christmas tag by Celia

 Hi there Christmas Crafters!

I’m just starting to get into the Christmas mood now - I’m a slow starter! To kick off Christmas week, I’ve  used one of Fiona’s gorgeous layered tags and turned it into a Christmas bauble. I was channelling the vintage vibe for the colour scheme.

I started off by priming the top tag with white chalk paint so that my colours would be nice and vibrant. Then I painted some patches of bright coloured chalk paints and applied a layer of crackling medium once dry. 

When this was dry I started on the centre. I pulled out lots of bright coloured embossing powders to make my bauble. I painted a section with the Wow embossing brush, being careful not to apply to much of the medium, then added the embossing powder. I did this with each colour. 

Before doing the border, I brushed on a coat of pale green chalk paint, leaving a small border around the cut out section. This crackled very quickly, and produced the colourful crackle effect I was hoping for.

 For the border I carefully drew round the edge with an embossing pen and applied a grungy copper embossing powder (Seth Apter’s Crusty Copper from the Metalz set by Wow) and knocked off any bits that were in the wrong place with a dry brush, before melting. Then I created the top part of the bauble in the same way. I painted the backing tag in gold before adhering it to the top tag. To finish, I went round the edges with some Burnt Umber acrylic.
I hope you get time to do some Christmas Crafting!

Celia x

Friday, 4 December 2020

December Colour Theme by Jan

Hello creative souls,

They say 'good things come in threes' and creativity seems to follow the trend! The December colour theme was so gorgeous that three of us chose to interpret it, in our own ways. Here’s mine:

I've made a Christmas wreath. The idea came to me quiet quickly and I had so much fun painting, stencilling  and embossing all the pieces, however when it came to putting it together I just couldn't make it fit the picture in my head! So I put on some christmas music, made a cup of tea and kept playing with positioning until it looked 'right'. I'm glad I didn't give up and go with Plan B as it came right in the end.

It would make a great project to do with kids too 👍.

These Tando kits are such fun to paint and put together 👍

I used:

Christmas wreath: https://www.tando-creative.co.uk/CHRWRTHKIT.html

Holly Flourish: https://www.tando-creative.co.uk/HF1.html

Leaves: https://www.tando-creative.co.uk/LEAFTALL4.html

Snowflakes: https://www.tando-creative.co.uk/SNWFLK5.html

Small Baubles: https://www.tando-creative.co.uk/BGBBLESSML.html

Stockings: https://www.tando-creative.co.uk/TMCHRSTOCK.html

Ice Skates: https://www.tando-creative.co.uk/ICESKTGRB.html

Other things used: 

Embossing powder, DecoArt paints, Card stock, Stickles, Posca pen and lots of glue.

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

last 366 file and folders

 Hello, Carol with you today.

As 2020 draws to a close, today sees the last of my colour projects for the year, and also the last folder and file for my 366 challenge project.

The colour palette was:-

and here is my folder and files for December:-

as you can see, this month, unlike the other months this year, I've done each file a different colour.  The backs have been left painted, but, blank, and I intend to write notes on them of what has happened that week.

So, the question is, how many of you, that joined us with the 366 Challenge are up to date?  I'm afraid that I'm on September…. not too far behind.  But, due to the daily challenges we are all facing I intend to do each day during December, and incorporate a daily fact as I go… will share with you in the new year..

But, just to share here are my first two weeks of September:-

thanks for looking and see you soon xx

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

December Colour Theme

 Di here again.....shocking LOL!

I actually did the background to this before I saw the colour theme. It then inspired me to add the fish. The top panel is clear acrylic and I hand traced the lettering.

Lots of modelling paste and dry brushing for this one.

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Project: Artist in Residence - from Celia’s studio

 Hi there Tando Tribe

As my Residency is drawing to a close, I thought I’d show you what I’ve been up to. I did some actual art! Both are done on watercolour paper, one is 8x8 and one is 10x8 inches. 

The first one started out as a few bits of collage and some messy underpainting. I used some scraps of gelli printing for the collage.

I thought it would end up as a landscape to I stuck some more paper down the middle. These started to become mountains, so with more layers of paint and more paper, it became a mountain landscape. Most of the paint was applied with my fingers - my new favourite way of painting. I was influenced here by Roxanne Evans Stout - go check her out, she has a lovely style https://www.roxanneevansstout.com/

The next one I thought of on a dog walk. It’s a little lane right by our house that was lit up glowing yellow in the autumn sun. That was lots of layers, mostly with fingers again. Still needs a bit of tweaking.

I also painted a plant pot that was gold. It’s just Decoart chalk paint and Crackle Medium and I’m really chuffed with how it came out.

I still have a million and one half started projects that I’m trying to finish, but they will have to wait for another week. So, as we approach the end of Lockdown 2.0, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. I might just continue my Artist in Residency, I quite like it up here!

Keep safe arteests,

Celia x

Retro Christmas- Fiona Randall


Morning all Fiona here with my post for Retro Week.

 I have created a Retro Christmas wall plaque using the fabulous Tando Grey Board sheets,Tando Alpha Sheet Industrial Elements frame and some die cut Stars from Tando Grey Board to boot.

Utilising DecoArt Chalky finish paints and Media Fluid Acrylics along with some Stampendous embossing powders and some Retro Stamps from my stash the Tando Grey Board sheets were the perfect substrate for this project.

Thanks for stopping by today
Stay Safe
Fiona xx



Ranger Archival Ink- Potting Soil

Stazon Ink- Forest Green

Tim Holtz 3d Impresslits- Radiant

Sizzix Bigz Die- Stars

Retro Stamps- my own stash