Tuesday 29 September 2015

Morning all,

It's Tuesday and time to announce
our latest winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered last 
week's challenge.  We had 20 amazing 
entries and hopefully you have all now
got one Christmas card made!
I don't usually start mine until Christmas
Eve! Note to self.....must get them 
started earlier this year!

So, who has Mr Random Generator 
picked this time?

...........no 4..........

Sarah-J W

Congratulations Sarah-J W, please contact 
me on
so that I can send you your gift voucher!

Thanks again to everyone who took part.

Don't forget if you are entering a September
project for the Calendar Challenge, you only have 
a couple of days left!!

I'll be back soon,

Jane x

Sunday 27 September 2015

Weekly Challenge

Happy Sunday!

Hope you are all having a good weekend.
Wonder what you are all up to?

So here we are again with a new Challenge.
What is it going to be?

I think you can probably guess!

Last week we featured Fish Fingers, so
how about that......did I hear someone say
No Way!!

Haha no I am not that unkind!
I think we have to stay with the sea.  So
 anything to do with the ocean, 
boats, fishes, fishing gear, lighthouse etc
  but NOT the beach.  Oooh 
I am getting tough with you now!  So no 
sandy beaches, beach huts, buckets and
spades etc!!

Right, you have one week, as many entries as
you like, via the link where possible.
The link will close at midnight Sunday 4th
October.  Good grief October already!
If you can't use the link, email me your 
pictures to
The winner will be announced on Tuesday
6th October and will receive a £10 Voucher.

So that means if next week is October,
you only have a few more days to get your
September calendar page finished 
and entered.

See you soon,

Jane x

Saturday 26 September 2015

Fish Fingers - Neil Walker

Morning all,

Happy weekend everyone, can't believe I
am saying that again so soon!

It is Neil's turn today with our last project
for Fish Fingers week.

He has an amazing layout for you....

Stamp the image onto watercolour card.

Make some seashells using air clay and the mold. 
Die cut some seagulls from white card.

Take Distress Markers and add colour as seen.
 I used the shadow lines of the drawing as an indicator.

Take a filled water brush and begin to pull 
and blend the colours.

Carry on adding colour in stages and blending
 with water.

I do enjoy my Distress Markers and they 
are so easy to use. 

Add colour to the shells using the markers. 
Don't over colour, as when you add water 
you need somewhere to pull the colour to.
 You can see the difference on the two centre shells;
 the left one has just had the marker and the right 
one has been blended with water. 

Add a torn strip of card to the 12 x 12 card. 
Matt your image onto card leaving a generous border.

Add a thin strip of kraft card to the straight 
edge of the torn piece. Glue the image in place 
and glue some of the shells to the bottom. 

 The finished layout. 
The sentiment is from my stash!

Tie some twine around the picture as seen. 
Add your photos. Adhere a selection of the
 gulls to the page.

What a fabulous layout and 
I love the colours Neil has used!

If you want to have a go, this is what 
you'll need....

Impression Obsession - Gary Robertson Designs -
New England Lighthouse
Woodware Watercolour Card
PaperArtsy Papers - Chatsworth
Silicone Mold - Shells
Air Dry Clay
Archival Ink - Jet Black
Distress Markers
Stix2 Double Sided Extra Sticky
 Clear Tape - 6mm

From stash -
Twine, Glue, Sentiment

Well that's our posts for another week, 
hope you have enjoyed the projects!
Don't forget to let us know what you think.

I'll be back tomorrow with a new 
Challenge, wonder what it will
be ......any guesses?
Any one for salt and vinegar?

Jane x

Friday 25 September 2015

Fish Fingers - Dawn Heald


Welcome to day two of our Fish Fingers

Still can't quite believe we have been buying
fish fingers for 60 years!!

Ok, Dawn is here with us today to
share her project with you....
it is a beauty too! 

This is what Dawn says -

Hey there captains, this week as we've gone
 fishing, the Impression Obsession stamps
 are fabulously perfect. What I like about
 these stamps is the way they are drawn.
 The shadows are put in making them easy
 to colour. The card I've made is easy to do
 and by changing the colour it can be made
 for male or female and suit different occasions.
 I fancy one done in pink myself next.

To make this project ....

Using watercolour card throughout.
 Cut three rectangles 10.5 cm x 6 cm

Stamp all over with the Kaisercraft Texture
 Stamps and Clock from Miss Empire set, 
with Stazon Midnight Blue, cut each in half 
on the diagonal as shown. Edge triangles with
 Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.
Arrange on a spare piece of card measuring
 14 cm x 8 cm

Stamp Lighthouse and boat image in Blue Stazon

 and colour with blue Pencils and blender pencil.
 Matt onto another piece of watercolour card.

Affix to card blank. Raising the image with foam tape.

Stamp sentiment in bottom corner, from
 Penny Black set.

Products used -

Kaisercraft Texture Stamps - Script,
Dictionary Meanings
Coloured Pencils

What a fab card for a man!
And yes it would look great in other
colours too.
I really like this!

Thank you Dawn,

Well, I'll be back with another
project tomorrow.

Jane x

Thursday 24 September 2015

Fish Fingers - Karen Gist

Hi everyone,

Welcome to a new week here on the blog!

A little bit of trivia for you......

What have we been buying for the last 60 
years to feed our families????
You'll never guess.....

Fish Fingers

Yes, it is 60 years since Birdseye started
selling us Fish Fingers!
(Thank you for that Dawn)
I'd never have known that.....so to honour 
our amazing fishermen who go out into the
seas everyday in all weathers, we are having 
a wet week here on the blog!

Today we have Karen Gist with her 
Tando Creative Boat Hanging - 

1.  Cover all the pieces with a light coat of
 Gesso. When dry paint the main part of the 
boat and the fish Turquoise.  Paint the flag 
and circles red and the boat planks and
 the whale in Burnt Sienna mixed with 
a little white to lighten it a little.

2.  Over stamp the boards and the whale using
 Stazon Spiced Chai and a wood effect 
background stamp.  On the fish, dab red
 through the Tando Sequin Waste Mask.  
When dry add doodling to the circles.  
Dab White paint randomly & gently through
 the Tim Holtz Bubble mask on the planks,
 the whale & the flag.

3. Glue the elements to the main section of the
 boat.  Add tiny buttons as shown then thread 
up with string.

Karen says she was so engrossed in her
work that she forgot to take more photos!
I think we will forgive her.

If you fancy making one, this is what 
you'll need -

 Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red, Cobalt Turquoise

Ok, that's me done for today,
I'll be back tomorrow.

Jane x

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Weekly Challenge Winner

Well good morning to you all,

Tuesday is with us again and it's time to 
announce our Winner
for last week's Challenge.

I gave you the topic 
and wow, we had 31 entries!!

You really are getting into these challenges.

So who is our winner today??

Mr Random Generator has picked

......no 8......


Congratulations Kathyk, please contact me at

Thanks to all of you who took part, I do like
looking at your entries!

See you later in the week,

Jane x

Sunday 20 September 2015

Weekly Challenge


I'm back again with the new Weekly Challenge.
Has somebody taken a day out of every week??
These Sundays seem to be getting closer!!

Well what is it to be this week?
We have covered a lot of different topics
this year and I am running out of ideas

What have we been looking at last week?
Christmas..... so how about we stay with 
Christmas, yes I know it's only
September but it is not that far away now!
The way the time is going we will be sitting 
by the fire, drinking tea at 4.30pm with the 
lights on and trying to keep warm.
The forecasters are telling us we are going to
have a really harsh winter, do we believe
them...hmmm not sure!!
Anyway let's make it Christmas but there
has to be snow or snowflakes involved!!
Haha to get you ready for our harsh 
winter.....lots of snow!! 
Can you manage that??

Looking forward to seeing what you do!

You know what I'm going to say, you have one
week for as many entries as you like.  Entry
where possible via the link but if not, then
email your pics to me at 

Entries will close at midnight on 
27th September and the winner will be
announced on Tuesday 29th.
Mr Random Generator will pick the winner 
and they will receive a £10 gift voucher.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

See you soon,

Jane x

Saturday 19 September 2015

Advent Calendar - Karen Gist

Happy weekend everyone!

Whoop whoop it's Saturday!!
Hope you all have something nice planned,
I'm decorating at home so shall be painting 
and wallpapering, I'm sure you will be doing 
something more exciting than me!!

Well, today we welcome Karen Gist.
Karen was full time on our DT until quite
recently but has now agreed to come
back and share some of her beautiful 
creations with us!!

She has made a lovely project using 
one of the brilliant Tando Creative products!

So, let's see what she has been up to......

Karen has used the new Tando Christmas Shelf
which we will have very soon!!

Karen says -

Glue the pieces of the Tando Tree together
 and cover it with pieces of old book pages.
 When its thoroughly dry and a layer of 
Gesso. Paint some hearts and the star with
 Emperors Gold. Attach the hearts between the
 shelves as shown. 

 Glue lace to the 
edges of the shelves.

Thread up the shelves and the star with the string
 provided. Cover the matchboxes with patterned 
paper (I used parcel paper on some. Mount the
 labels onto the same papers and thread them
 onto the Bakers Twine as you tie it onto the parcels.

Hang the Shelves up and add the parcels in a 
random order.

Wow,wow,wow, isn't this

Thank you Karen!

Products Karen used -

Tando Creative Christmas Shelf
(coming soon!)

From Stash -
 Old Book Pages, Small Labels, Lace, 

I hope you have been inspired to start
some Christmas projects, it's not going 
to go away and will be upon us really 
soon now!!

I'll be back tomorrow with our new
Weekly Challenge.  Need to get my 
thinking cap on and come up with a 
new topic.  Hmmmm.......

Jane x

Friday 18 September 2015

Advent Calendar - Dawn Heald

Morning all,

Welcome to day two of this weeks posts.
As you know this week we are featuring 
Advent Calendars

Yesterday we kicked off with a fabulous project
from Neil, today Dawn is here!

This is what Dawn says...

I really liked the idea of using an oven 
cupcake tray to make an Advent Calendar.
 To make this one different to ones I've
 seen whilst having a look on the Internet,
 I backed it with a large board and painted 
the tray itself. Another big plus was the 
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint Colours 
matched the Bo Bunny Altitude Papers perfectly.
 Hope you like this and have a go yourself.

To make this project here are the
 steps taken.....

Cut a piece of cardboard to size required 
and cover with layers of copy paper and glue.
 This made the board stronger.

Next using PaperArtsy Paints and sponges, I
painted the backing board, building up layers.
 It looks a bit scruffy to start with but as layers
 are added with smaller amounts of painted
 areas each time it does come together.
Fussy cut images and areas from the 
Bo Bunny papers and glued to board.

Stencil the snowflakes with blue Stazon
 ink. Use silver gilding flakes sparingly to
 snowflakes. Spritz lightly all over with
 Media white spray. Edge paper images 
with Distress markers. Add faux stitching 
with white gel pen. Dab glue in areas
 and sprinkle with Silver glass glitter.

The cupcake tray was sponged with white
 Gesso and sprayed with silver acrylic 
paint and cosmic shimmer silver spray.

Make the advent number toppers by painting
 Tando Creative Advent calendar numbers
 with black paint, applying a thick layer of
 Glossy Accents, let dry and add clear

Then using Bo Bunny papers, punching
 ovals and trimming edges off. Punch circles
 and edge all with Distress Ink and Midnight 
Blue Stazon Ink. 

Glue numbers
 to front and magnets to the back.
Decorate the board and tray with gems. 
Attach tray to board with hot glue.

Note. I used glossy accents throughout
 as I wanted the tray to last a few Christmas

 The magnets - you can use the roll
 or sheets cut up or the mini ones 

Tip -The best way to glue the tray to board
 using hot glue is to apply hot glue to middle
 sections of tray, turn over and attach to
 backing board. Then go in the sides of the
 tray applying hot glue around the edge sections.
 I tried doing it all at once and by time reach
 bottom the top is cold and dry. Another 
way is work quickly then when stuck tray to
 board use heat gun from behind to reactivate
 any dry and not attached glue and press down.

Oh my goodness, I love this!!!!
Especially the colours, beautiful!
Thank you Dawn.

If you'd like to make one, this is what 
Dawn used -

Various blues, teal, Stone, Little Black Dress,
Woodware Punches -  Scallop Oval, Circle

From own stash - 
cardboard, cupcake tray, sponges

We'd love to hear if you decide to have
a go...with pictures please!!

I'll see you tomorrow with another treat!!

Jane x