Wednesday 21 April 2021

Anything Goes Week with Jan

Hello, thanks for popping in to see what we are up to.  

I’d chosen to decorate one of the wonderful tags from the bundle-1 set ( but just sat there looking at it for so long that I decided to have a rummage in one of my 'Tando' boxes - don't judge me, i've been to a few Mixologies and always pick up lots of greyboard kits, don't tell me you don't do the same...😅, anyway, I came across my mini reversible clock, I was so excited to decorate, 2 years ago! And it called to me, so a clock it was - good job it's 'anything goes' week isn't it 😆

I had lots of colour ideas but finally settled on black and white, and an 'Alice' theme. Guess what? I changed my mind! The black and white stayed, but I couldn't make 'Alice' work! However I'd asked Di for some Chess pieces (we'll come to that later, shhh, they aren't on general release yet...), and of course, with them being black and white they fitted perfectly. That's when my brain melted! If I was going to be using crackle glaze and Andy Skinner’s Resist Paste, I needed to do everything in reverse. So for a black 12(o'clock) background I need to first paint it white (so the white would show through the cracks to the black) and then the numbers '12' needed to be white (so they stood out) so had to be painted black first and the chess pieces needed to be contrasting to!!! Good grief! If you try this with any colours what-so-ever, I recommend a spreadsheet, a colour wheel and a large glass of wine to celebrate when you are done!  I'm really surprised how quickly it came together, and I hardly stuck my tongue out to concentrate at all...😂. I hope you like it 👍

What I used:


Black Chalk Finish paint:

White Chalk Finish paint:

Resist Paste:

Crackle Glaze:

White Antiquing Cream:

Black Antiquing Cream:

You'll have to wait for the chess pieces I'm afraid...

Tuesday 13 April 2021

Gothic Arch Frame- Fiona Randall


Morning All it's Gothic Week here on the Blog.

I love a Gothic theme and I love Arches so this little project ticks all the right boxes for me.

I have used one of the Tando Gothic Arch Layered frames for my project. It consists of five frames to layer on top of the base and gives real depth to your project.
I covered the base in some Tim Holtz Halloween paper as this gives a real Gothic feel to the background. next I glued and layered all five frames together and then gave them a coat of DecoArt Chalky Finish in Carbon. I then inked up the frame with versamark ink and applied sticky stuff embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. This makes the frame sticky for the next step which is foiling.
I pressed a piece of pewter foil to an area of the frame  and rubbed lightly and lifted straight away.
 This gives a random distressed aged effect.
 I continued this step all around the frame until I was happy.
I then went over the foiling with a coat of Black DecoArt Antiquing cream and wiped back back to age the frame further.
I then gave a resin frame, cast from a Finnabair Mold a coat of DecoArt Media Black gesso and heat set.
 I then swiped over the raised edges of the frame with some DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Silver Spark.
I stamped the skull in Black Archival Ink and applied clear embossing powder and heat set. 
This was then cut and glued to fit in the frame as shown.
DecoArt Chalky Finish in Carbon was then applied to a Tando Bookplate From Andy Skinner's Industrial Elements set and the edges swiped with the Metallic lustre as used on the small frame.
I inked a scrap of white card stock with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and then applied a sentiment from one of Andy Skinner's Mixed Media Transfer sets.
The small resin frame was then applied to the Gothic Arch Frame using an off cut of grey board to raise and give depth and dimension.
The bookplate was then added to finish.
A quick and easy project and I love how it turned out.
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Pumice Stone

Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper- Halloween

Judikins Sticky Stuff embossing powder.

Deco Foil- Pewter.

Prima Finnabair Mold- Grungy Frames.

Two Part Casting Resin

Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder

Versamark Ink Pad.

Friday 9 April 2021

April Colours- Butterfly Tag- Fiona Randall


Morning All Fiona here today with a little project for this Months Colour theme.

Lovely soft shades on this one.

Iv'e used a Tando Size 9 tag as my substrate base. To this I added stenciling with DecoArt Modelling Paste and colour with Distress spray stains and Gesso. A Stamped and embossed flower onto vellum and of course my favourite Tando Layered Butterfly. A piece of Morrocan Grid and some natural sisal coloured with the Distress Ink sprays to tie it all in together.

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Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain- Speckled Egg and Iced Spruce

Tracey Scott Stamps Set- TS056

WOW Embossing Enamel-White

Natural Sisal

Vrsamark Ink Pad

Wednesday 7 April 2021

April Colours


Carol with you today - hoping that you're all keeping well and warm and had a lovely Easter.

Today its my turn to share my monthly colour project with you…. if you're a regular visitor to the blog you will know that I choose a substrate at the beginning of the year and use this each month for my colour weeks - this year I'm using the long tags, which can be found here… This year I'm also writing a precise of monthly events on the back of the tag so at the end of the year I will have a record of the years events.

The colour theme for April is…

a lovely contemporary palette for this month.

and here is my tag

the background is a print from my gelli press with other pieces of print added. Butterflies from the grab bag have also been added…

TFL xx