Sunday, 5 July 2015

Weekly Challenge

Morning all,

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

I can't believe it is Sunday again already.
And time to announce the new Weekly Challenge.

So what is it going to be this time?

I'm trying to think of something that we featured in
our projects for Alice In Wonderland.
What about something to do with a pack of cards?
You can use cards, if you have them but if
not, hearts, clubs, spades or clubs.
You can use stamps, die cuts, masks or stencils
(there is a nice diamond stencil that springs to mind).

Ok, it's over to you.....

You must know the rules by now....

as many entries as you like, via the link below
if possible or if not, email me your pictures to

The link will close in one week, midnight Sunday 
12th July.
Mr Random Generator will pick the winner and they will be
announced on Tuesday 14th July.

Good luck to you all!

Jane x

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Alice in Wonderland - Dawn Heald

Happy Weekend everyone,

So, what have you got planned for this one?

Think it's going to be warm so stay safe in the heat, be 
careful in the sun!

Today is Dawn's turn to show you what
Alice in Wonderland has inspired her to make.....

Take cleaned glass bottle, paint with Matte Medium
 leave to dry.
Stamp script stamp randomly over bottle with jet black
 Stazon ink. Allow to dry.
Paint bottle all over with a thick coating of Rock Candy 
Crackle Paint. Leave to dry.
Then apply light colour alcohol inks all over bottle. 
 Be careful when using the felt applicator as if you repeatedly
 ink over an area a few times the felt will start to stick to
 the crackle paint.

Wrap some wire around the length of bottle.

Make some embellishments to decorate the bottle. 

Using a mixture of paper clay and hot glue with molds
 and handmade paper clay pieces like the toadstools,
 teacup and mad hatter hat.

 Colour with paints and gilding wax.

The clocks are made with Kaisercraft stamp, stamped into the
 clay and cut around with scissors.

When happy glue them to your bottle arranged as you like.

 Job done x

And what a fabulous job it is too!!!!
An amazing project, I'd love to know what
you think.

This is what Dawn used - 

Alcohol Inks - Cloudy Blue, Juniper

There is a lot you can do with clay, hot glue and molds,
do have a go!

Ok, well I guess I shall be back tomorrow with a 
new Weekly Challenge.
Haven't got a clue what I'm going to say this time....
.....any ideas??

Oh and don't forget I am in the shop with Mrs Tando
herself, Di and Helen Chilton, today,
please come and see us....oh and the shop is
air conditioned so luverly and cool....yay!!

Jane x 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Alice in Wonderland - Neil Walker

Good morning,

How are we all today??

Did you know that on July the 4th it is 150 years
since Alice in Wonderland was published!
Ok, how many of you knew that?

The DT have been asked to feature 
Alice in Wonderland in their projects this week.

Today it is Neil's turn,
let's see what he has been up to

Neil said....

I'm going in search of adventure......through the looking glass
 and into the Kingdom of hearts.......

Inspired by Alice's adventures through the looking glass I had
 fun making my mirror "gateway to Wonderland" adventures 
on this journal page.

I started by adding a couple of card elements from the Tando
 Top Hat kit and some nailhead stickers to the Tando frame

Then everything was painted gold with DecoArt Media Gold paint.
 Once it had been given a coat of gold I mixed some Transparent
 Red Iron Oxide Fluid Acrylic to the gold and mixed it with
 some water. This was painted loosely over the frame and
 then dabbed off to give a more mottled finish.

A piece of thin card cut to size creates the mirror.
To create the faded figure stamp or draw a suitable shape onto 
the card in black. Paint the whole piece with the Media Silver
 Metallic paint. Use a damp tissue or towel to scrub back the
 area over the image. Repaint around the revealed shape to
 bring back the solid silver colour around the image.

Paint a couple of hearts on both sides using Quinacridone Red
 Fluid Acrylic

While wet dunk into a pile of Clear UTEE

Heat emboss using a pair of tweezers for safety.

Trim some slits into the "mirror" and slide the hearts in place 
so they appear to disappear into the surface.....

Attach to a suitable journal page, add your writing to finish.

Thanks Neil,
Don't you love the to try that!

This is what you'll need -

Thank you for joining us today, don't forget to let us 
know what you think!  We do like to see your comments.

I'll be back tomorrow with another project.

Jane x