Sunday, 16 November 2014

Christmas Caroling with Rubber Dance

I used a little bit of recycling to make a cute Christmas votive holder for my festive mantelpiece for Rubber Dance. Find out how over on the Rubber Dance blog!

I used these delicious stamps for my make today.

Pines Fir Yew set
Christmas Greetings
Hope you like my happy holiday creation,
Katy x

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Tando Baubles for Christmas Week


What better for Tando Christmas week than something creative to hang on the tree? These baubles are simple, cheap and effective. Find out more about how I made them over at the Tando Blog :)

I used these gorgeous Tando Baubles.


Monday, 10 November 2014

Aged Canvas for Rubber Dance


I've been at the lemon juice again folks! This time I used a burning technique (really old school!) to age a mini canvas then layered the stamped image on top using tissue paper and gel medium. This is my latest DT make for Rubber Dance.


Here's what the canvas looked like before the tissue - I rubbed and flicked it with lemon juice and then heated it until the juice burned (this takes some patience so stick with it). It burns more in some areas than others depending on the concentration of juice and the heat applied.

When this was dry I layered it with a piece of stamped tissue (Archival Ink) applied with gel medium - the canvas shows through in places giving a great aged effect.


To finish I inked the edges and added some speckles of Walnut Stain Distress Spray.

The stamps are Da Vinci by Rubber Dance and are fast becoming a favourite. I have always loved Leonardo and combined with my love of vintage it's a match made in heaven :).

Bye for now - see you very soon,

Katy x



Saturday, 1 November 2014

Rubber Dance Blog Challenge - Classic Christmas

It's time for another Rubber Dance Challenge with an amazing great big bundle of gorgeous Rubber Dance up for grabs.

Use the colour palette as inspiration and (in a change for this month's challenge) we have a theme, which is to use STENCILING on your creation.



I made a quick Xmas card for the challenge - but you could of course use the colours for any kind of make. My card using mini sequin waste as a stencil with Distress Spray Stain in Tarnished Brass. I used the Rubber Dance Christmas Greetings and Pines Fir Yew stamps directly onto the card and then added a Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia made from old music sheet (if you don't have any Rubber Dance does an awesome music background stamp).

Good luck in the Challenge - can't wait to see what you make!
Katy x

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Cold as Ice Tando Challenge


It's challenge time again at Tando! Here's my make for the Tando Cold as Ice Challenge. I used the fantastic Tando Snowflakes as the main feature of my frosty festive wreath. 

Here's how I made it:

1 Cover a cardboard ring with burlap - I left the edges frayed for texure.
2 Paint the snowflakes with gesso then have a layer of modelling paste added - I applied the paste in a pouncing motion with a sponge to create a bumpy texture all over. I added a light sprinkle of Rock Candy Glitter to the still-wet paste.

3 I highlighted parts of the texture with Treasure Gold in Pewter before adding some random spots of glue and a touch of Pumice Stone Distress Glitter.

Use a strong glue to attach the snowflakes and the NOEL (Tim Holtz) in place to complete. Before adding the snowflakes I first created a hanging loop with florists' wire.

I used the following fabby Tando products for this make:



Get on over to the Tando Challenge Blog to enter the Challenge - great prizes are up for grabs!

As this make is literally covered in glitter I am also entering it for Country View Crafts Sparkle Challenge this month. It's rare I make something quite so bling!

Katy x

Monday, 27 October 2014

Frighten Me with Tando


Aaarrrgggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh spiders!!! Now THAT'S scary!!!

Yes for the frighten me theme my mind immediately turned to spiders (shudder...........). Now I know that spiders are lovely and eat horrid flies but I am afraid it's still down to hubby to humanely remove them!!

For my make I covered the arch in torn pieces of book page and inked them with Distress Inks in Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves, I then added swipes of white paint to tone it down before embossing the stamped cobwebs in silver. I also added some areas of crackle paint for a more distressed look. 


My spiders are covered in black paint, Glossy Accents and silver ink. The big spider has eight creepy eyes!!!

For my creation I used the following Tando goodies:



Hope you are suitably scared!!

K x

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Tim's Tags October 2014


Managed to get around to doing Tim's Tags this month and went spooky for Halloween! The stamps are all Tim's and the mask I used and the spiders are by Tando Creative.

After making this I am officially in love with Distress Sprays - they rock!!!!!!!!!

I am also entering this into the That's Crafty Spooky Challenge too :). If you don't know about this challenge check it out - great prizes.

Short and sweet from me today - back soon with another scary creation for Tando.

Happy Halloween!!!

Katy x