Thursday, 29 October 2009

Kind Thoughts

Wendy has set the Tanda Teaser this week, and she has chosen "Kind Thoughts" as the theme. I bought the angel Gorjuss girl a while ago and thought that it would work perfectly for this challenge.

The card is based on a Craft Stamper sketch challenge from a while ago and uses papers from the new Artylicious cd rom Decadent Brocade. I stamped the image in black impress and then coloured it using the cool grey promarkers. I started with the palest grey first and worked my way up to the darkest shade. The Sentiment is from Tanda Christian Set 1 that I have embossed, in a cuttlebug folder, after stamping.


Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Tanda Teaser Tick Tock!

This week's Teaser has a time theme....the clocks go back on Sunday and clocks and watches seem to be so popular at the moment.

For my sample card I made the background using distress inks and clock stamps from Stampin' up. The main image on the card was stamped in Stazon using the watch stamp from Tanda background set 1. This was stamped onto a tomato puree tube (I ran it thought the wizard first to get it completely flat) and then cut it out and embossed it using ten seconds studio tools.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

My Stash form the Artisan Show

Sorry guys I've been a bit busy what with starting my new job and visiting Artisan at the weekend. The feedback about the show has been good, several people commented that they preferred it to the NEC which was nice to hear.

The high point of the show for me was meeting the wonderful Leandra Franich. I managed to sneak myself in to her workshop. Leandra showed us how to make fabulous metallic look beads using the ferro texture paints, acrylics, glimmer mists and precious metal paints. First of all we had to coat the beads with a smooth layer of ferro paint, this was then stamped into and left to dry. While they were drying we smeared more ferro paint onto chipboard tags and stamped into it to get more texture.
The tags were for us to practice using the acrylic paints/precious metal paints and glimmer mists until were happy with the resulting colours so that we could then decorate the beads in the same way. I chose to do my fav colours blue/green and copper. Once the beads had dried we made them into ear eldest daughter has just had her ears pierced and has been eyeing them up and pleading!

The photos don't do these justice as in real life they are very rich and shimmery. The workshop really inspired me to make something for my desk at if you keep checking the Craft Stamper blog over the next few weeks you might just see what I made. There won't be any peeking here until then though!

So what did I buy...well obviously some Steel ferro, Copper croco, acrylic (black, sage and tropical water) and precious metal paints (blue azure and copper)! Then I got a couple of mdf blanks to paint them on, some more beads (teardrop shape this time) and the paperartsy stamps that I had on my wish list...and a few more to be honest! I also managed to get hold of some grungepaper and cut and dry foam, I've been itching to have a play with this since seeing the patchwork bag in craft stamper...I have another project in mind this space. Then finally but not at all least I found some beautiful stamps from Chapel Road Artstamps. Sue if you're reading now have a stamping shop "Snazzys" just behind the Renault building in Swindon....she stocks these lovely stamps and loads and loads of inkpads...oh I forgot to mention I bought a few of those too!

There were a few things on my wish list that I didn't manage to find so I will just have to go to the NEC as well....LOL!

The next Tanda Teaser is....."Russet and Gold"

We have got a little out of sync this week as Wendy has asked me to post the teaser this week, if all is well, she hopes to be able to post her challenge next week instead. So this week I have set a colour challenge...the leaves are just starting to turn here and we will soon be in for a display of russets and golds, so I decided to choose this as my colour challenge. I had an anniversary card and a wedding card to make this week so I have designed them with the colour challenge in mind. Both cards began in the same way, namely I stamped and embossed the main image from TandaStamps in clear ep on russet, pearlised card stock. Using the darkest gold interference paint in the USArt Quest pallet I painted the inside of the hearts and then I used the paler gold interference paint for the rest of the image. (Unfortunately interference paints do not photograph particularly well, the pale gold looks silver in these photos!). Both stamped images cut out, then matted and layered with gold and bronze card.

For the anniversary card I stamped a swirlly flourish stamp from Art Impressions (available from Sir Stamp a Lot) all over a DL sized card made out of the pearlised russet cardstock. I then brushed the stamped image with brilliant gold pearl-Ex and fixed it with hairspray. The edges of the card were also dusted with Pearl-Ex. The sentiment was stamped in the same way as the main panel, edged with copper krylon and affixed with brads.

For the Wedding card I used the same matting and layering but this time I used a cream DL card. I stamped and dusted Pearl-Ex as before but used my Klimt swirly borders down each side of the main panel. Again the sentiment was stamped and painted in the same was as before.

I hope that you will find time to enter the teaser on the Tanda blog this week and look forward to seeing all your lovely artwork!


Friday, 2 October 2009

New Job, New Stamps and Z is for Zebras!

First let me apologise, this might be a bit of a long post...I've been busy this week and this is the first chance I've had to update my blog. Some of you who follow the Tanda forum will know that I had a job interview recently and that I got the job. This was my first week. So what's the job you may ask.....only Editorial Assistant working on Craft Stamper favourite magazine!! Everyday is like Christmas, boxes of lovely, lovely artwork arrive and just have to be opened. I have to say the contributors are really talented! For obvious reasons I cannot tell what I have seen, but trust me, there are some real treats in store over the next few months!

My other big news is that Andrew has launched my new stamp sets over on

Town, Village and Garden Elements are all A6 size and Architectural Elements is A5. Originally designed with the craze of making and trading houses last year in mind, the sets work well together for a lot of different occasions too. This card was made using a sentiment from the Garden Elements set and the doors, brick border, and topiary from the Architectural Elements set. Feel free to click on the picture to see it in more detail. Other samples can be seen in my gallery over in the Design Team Album on the Tanda website....Andrew and Tanya have elevated me!

And finally....we've reached the end of the alphabet this week. I wonder what Linda will think of next to keep us all busy!

For my Z atc, I used the group of Zebras from the safari judikins cube on the background. The Z was stamped in black stazon using a Tanda stripes stamp and then triple embossed with clear embossing powder.

So now the set is complete I just need to work out how I'm going to frame it up and which little nephew is going to get it!

This is what the total set looks like at the moment.......

Click on the piccy for a larger view.

Got to go now...I'm off to the Artisan show at the weekend so I need to write my shopping list!