Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Musical Christmas

It's Wendy's turn to set the Tanda Teaser this week. She has decided to go for a musical theme, so the subject of the card should be a Christmas carol or have music somewhere on the card. For my card I used the first day of Christmas as my theme, although I am now having second thoughts....Is this a carol or just a Christmas song?...I'm really not sure. Well no time to do another now, so it will have to do.

For my card I stamped the pear tree, in olive green Impress dye ink, onto a piece of paper printed from the Artylicious Decadent Brocade CD Rom. I then heat embossed the pears in gold ep. I tore a strip of vellum that I had printed with the verse in green to match the ink. Using a Versamark pen I picked out the pears and embossed them with gold ep. The pear was stamped onto vellum and embossed in gold ep before being coloured using UsArt Quest paints. The partridge was stamped and embossed in gold ep on brown card and then coloured with UsArt Quest interference paints. Pear and Partridge stamps come from the Tanda Partridge Set 1 (mini).

The base card was stamped using the tree and distressed in the same ink. The tags were cut out using Spellbinders' dies, these were embossed in a Cuttlebug embossing folder before being distressed with the same ink as I used for the tree.

Well I think that just about wraps it up. Hope you all find time to join in this week!


Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Tanda Teaser "Winter Sports"

This week's Tanda Teaser is called Winter Sports....I fell in love with a certain Tanda stamp but it was a little bit too worries...Andrew resized it..(see Tanda blog for details) here we go...and I used some of my stash from the smug am I feeling!

I stamped the boys using Adirondack winter sky and then set it aside to dry...once dry..I used my promarkers (NEC purchase!!) WARM grey 1 - 5 to colour the image. I trimmed this and matted and layered with metallic copper and beige card.

The next layer was white card...I swirled a bit of ink, from Adirondack winter sky pad, around using a stencil brush to take the white away, then I stamped foliage and cones using Tapestry stamps from Holly Border and Pine Branch Border sets (foliage and cones in Adirondack winter sky, berries in Impress Poppy Red. The edges were then punched with my new Martha Stewart punch (I'm so glad I managed to get this at the NEC!)

This was again layered onto a piece of paper printed from the Artylicious Decadent Brocade CD Rom and then onto the base card.

The bow was stitched with gold embroidery thread...I really must do a step by step to do these bows...they are perfect every time! this space.

I hope that you can find time to join in with the teaser...


Friday, 13 November 2009

Lilac and Lemon

Evening all, just had a busy, busy week! Also the internet connection in the playroom has been playing up so that means that my eldest is constantly hogging this computer, chatting on MSN, facebook and checking her Youtube feedback...well that's my excuse for not blogging here for ages!

I just managed to sneak on here while my eldest was otherwise occupied and I'm currently claiming squatters rights!

So here we go...Wendy's Tanda Teaser this week is a colour challenge, Lilac and Lemon. Not a colour combo that I'm particularly comfortable with, although I realised too late the my anniversary card for my husband would have fitted the bill. I've been a bit naughty this week and haven't actually used any Tanda stamps, I promise to use Tanda stamps for the next few week's teasers though!

For my card I used "Choose" by Leanne Ellis. I coloured the image with Copic markers and just added a bit of dimension to the hanging hearts with Glossy Accents. The image was layered up onto papers from the Artylicious Decadent Brocade CD Rom.

Since I last blogged I went to the NEC with my friend and have to admit to a few purchases....I can't believe that I went to a craft show and ended up buying a saute sad am I?! The pan was very expensive, but it is brilliant, guaranteed for life and totally non stick no matter how badly it's treated! Perfect for this household where everything gets scoured and normal non stick pans last about 2 seconds! I did buy a few crafty bits as well, a Martha Stewart punch that I've been after for ages, a few stamps and some paints.

Well I'd better go and check on the girls....

Bye for now,

Wednesday, 4 November 2009


This week it was my turn to set the Tanda Teaser and so I decided that as so many of my forum friends had been playing with TSS recently it was high time that I opened my tools and metal and had a go myself. Hubby's birthday was also a bit of an incentive to make another mini card (his first car was a red mini with white stripes) and I thought that the acrylic paint and precious metal paint that I bought at Artisan would be perfect for the job.

First I stamped Linda Luckin's mini in black stazon onto my TSS metal. I then used quite a sharp tool to trace the outline so that I could see the image from the reverse. I then turned the metal over and used the tools to puff out the image so that it really popped. When this was done I turned it back to the right side and then debossed the floor so that it would co-ordinate with the grey pearlised card used to mount the image. I used one of the embossing wheels to frame the image and then out came the paints. First I painted around the mini in black acrylic and then I wiped it away so that some of the black was left behind. Then I painted the bodywork of the mini with crimson precious metal colour. Not having any special tape to attach my metal to the card I used 4 brads instead, matting and layering with red pearlised card and the metal sheet effect grey pearlised card.

I hope that you find time to join in with our challenge over on the Tanda Blog and Wendy and I look forward to seeing your artwork over the next week.