Monday, December 5, 2016

December 2016

Hi, can you believe that its December already? only a couple of weeks to go until the big day and a reflection on 2016… I can't believe thats its been nearly 12 months since I decided that each month I would make an ATC based on the Tando Creative monthly colour palettes and now I have 12, different, but, similar ATC's… I always thought I didn't have my own style, but, its become apparent that I do…

So, Tando's December colours are:-

and here is my last ATC for 2016:-

The base had DecoArt fluid acrylics added and once dry was over stamped using a grey ink and a Merry Christmas text stamp.  Three christmas ornaments were painted and some glitter glue added along with some bling…some text finished off the piece.

…..and here are my 12 ATC's of 2016:-

So, there they are my 12 ATC's of 2016…. check out the Tando Creative blog this week for some more colour based projects.

TFL xx

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tando Stencil week….

Hello and welcome to my blog, Kraftypieces, a platform to share with you my creations, as they may be!  
Today its my turn to share my "recipe" over on the Tando blog.

The "recipe" is:-

Here is my Christmas card:-

My white 6 x 6 inch card base was masked off around the edges and then using a pale blue distress ink the edges where inked blending into the middle.  I then used the Tando Creative Snowflake mask and the same distress ink.  Andy Skinners stamp set, toxic, was then stamped over the base using the same ink.  The masking notes were then removed.  Three snowflakes from the grab bag were painted white and then a layer of distress stickles added.  A further piece of inked card was stamped with my second stamp, an old Happy Christmas stamp, matted onto black cardstock and adhered.

One card down daren't count how many more to make lol

Pop on over to the Tando Creative blog where all week recipes have been used to create some stunning pieces.

TFL xx

Monday, October 31, 2016

November colour week

Hi, Novembers colour is up on the Tando Creative blog today..

aren't they lovely colours - I do like turquoise and orange…

So, here is ATC no 11:-

can you believe no 11 already?  The base is a Tando chipboard atc with decoArt fluid acrylics added…various doodling and stencilling was added over the top.  Three mini flowers and a flower with stem from the grab bag were painted black and then coated with glossy accents before being added to the base.

All items available from the Tando website.

TFL xx

Thursday, October 27, 2016


October conjours up, hallowe'en, ghosts, bats, spiders, pumpkins, orange, purple, black, cold…winter… so this weeks theme of Spooky over on the Tando blog is more than apt…

Here is my spooky piece:-

The base is a large chipboard mixed media board which was painted using the decoart fluid acrylic paints.  I then used the "cobweb" mask and black paint once dry a touch of distress stickles was added… the bat was painted and coated with glossy accents.  The skull was painted and then overstepped with a crackle stamp and black ink…a coating of distress stickles were then added. 

All items are available from the Tando creative website.

TFL xx

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Journal page

oh boy, I've been a bad blogger this year!!

Today its my turn over on the Papermaze blog…and I'm sharing these journal pages…

Pop on over to see how it all came together.

TFL xx

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nathalie Kalbach and Andy Skinner

Hello, hasn't it turned cold all of a sudden, shouldn't moan really as we've had a lovely summer.

This week over on the Tando Creative blog they are featuring two very talented designers, Andy Skinner and Nathalie Kalbach…I couldn't decided which one to do, so decided to create two pieces:-

First up, Andy Skinner…. whenever I see anything of Andy Skinner the "rust" effect is always dominant so that had to be my base….my substrate was the mixed media board by Tando and then I added some DecoArt fluid acrylics and then using the new typeface stencil I used the bumped technique to create my background…

I then used the same paint and taking the industrial elements kit painted some elements and added to my base to create this:-

and, onto my Nathalie piece… once again I used a mixed media board and the acrylic paints, once dry I used the kaffee klatsch stamp set and embossed with aged gold frantage embossing powder…

I painted some tissue paper and once dry pieced together elements from the Fashion Dame stamp set…

This is my finished piece:-

TFL xx

Monday, October 3, 2016

October Colour Post

Hi, October already can you believe it? Halloween nearly upon us and then it will be the run up to Christmas! where has this year gone?

Today is the colour theme over on the Tando blog and here are Octobers colours:-

Gorgeous aren't they?

and here is ATC no 10…

I do start off with the same, or similar colours but everything ends up darker!! lol - so for my spooky ATC… I've added decoArt fluid acrylics and then stencilled over the top with black paint and cobweb 2 mask…. this was then outlined in white pen…some washi tape was added before adding my bat and painted mini pumpkins which have been over stamped using the Andy Skinner industrial stamp (Stampendous)… doodling finished it all off.

TFL xx

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Anything goes

Hi, this week over on the Tando blog is "anything goes" and I'm sharing my mixed media board:-

The base was coloured using decoArt fluid acrylics and then various paint doodles were added…stencilling using the mini masks - brick and distressed sequins…. black paint was then brushed in from the sides….a Karens frame - large gothic arch was cut to size and paint added, then overstamped… the windows and doors had doodling added…some washi tape finished it all off.

TFL xx

Monday, September 5, 2016

September colour ATC

Hi, over on the Tando blog this week we have another monthly colour theme, which means its time for another ATC…

Here are the colours for September:-

and here is my ATC:-

The base is a chipboard ATC (there are also acrylic and mdf ones available now) which was given a layer of gesso.  When dry decoArt fluid acrylic paint was added, along with paint doodling…I then added stencilling, using the same paint ways, using the mini masks brick wall and distressed sequins… the house was made using tando mini frames and a mini heart added… doodling finished it all off…

TFL xx

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mixology kit

Hi, another Monday, where is time going?

This week over on the Tando blog we are showcasing the Mixology kits…what is Mixology? Mixology is a retreat run by Tando along with DecoArt and stampendous - it is held twice a year and there are specific projects each time using Tando kits, each one designed for the weekend.

Today I'm using the fabulous journal taught by Kate Crane at the April 2016 class…

Here is my front cover…

The base has been painted with DecoArt fluid acrylic paints in a Kate Crane style and doodling to match…. using the sequin waste mask some stencilling was added using paints.  

More pages will follow in the following months as I intend to use this on my travels later on in the year.

TFL xx

Monday, August 1, 2016

August colour theme….

Hi, can you believe that its August already, one clear soul on Facebook recently put up how many Fridays til Christmas!! ummm say no more!!

As its the first Monday of the month its a new colour theme over on the Tando blog.  So, that means another ATC from me, I'm getting a lovely selection of ATC's now and really enjoy working on the smaller size again… its nice to step back sometimes isn't it…

Here is the colour theme for August….

vibrant this month isn't it..

so, here is my August ATC:-

The base is a tando ATC which was given a coat of gesso, once dry I then added some DecoArt fluid acrylic paint… using the same colours I stencilled the brick and distressed sequin mini masks.  I then added some stamping in black paint using Nathalie Kalbach Marks stamp set - these then had some white pen doodled on it… the butterfly was painted and then some Stampendous spoonful in pixie dust was added…black paint was added to the edges…


Did you see Kate Crane on Hochanda using the Tando substrates and the DecoArt fluid acrylics? I managed to see all of the shows and was so inspired that whilst the paints were out I also made:-


The two extras together:-

the three together:-

TFL xx

Thursday, July 28, 2016


…is this weeks theme over on the Tando blog

Here is my butterfly tag:-

The base of my long Tando tag was given a coat of gesso before adding various decoArt media fluid acrylics.  I then stamped the gorgeous Nathalie Kalbach "kaffee klatsch" rubber stamp set… various doodling and handwritten doodles finished off the base…. the butterflies come from the grab bag - the large butterfly was given a covering of Stampendous "spoonful kit" in Fairy dust, the other two butterflies were given a coat of Frantage embossing enamels, these kits are excellent value as you get 5 pots full of different coloured enamels… for my butterflies I've used shabby pink and shabby blue….

TFL xx

Friday, July 22, 2016

Stampendous - Tando bloghop

Hello, and welcome to my blog, Kraftypieces… today the Tando DT are joining Stampendous with their blog hop and if you're taking part in the hop your visiting me from Wendy Price...

If you've not arrived here from the hop, pop on over to the Tando blog to see the list and the fab prizes that are up for grabs if you leave comment and where you are based at each hop you'll be entered into the prize draw.

Here is my Stampendous/Tando offering…

My base is a long tag.  Stampendous stamp sets each have a stencil included, so for this project I have used Nathalie Kalbach's "Kaffe Klatsch" set, I took the stencil and added texture paste onto the bare tag I then added DecoArt fluid acrylic paints.  Once dry I then replaced the stencil and added some buff decoArt fluid acrylic.  I then took the small stamp from Nathalies "fiesta" set and stamped using some versa mark ink, I then added some rust spoonful kit, and heated.  Some doodling and background stamping was added to the base.  I then added some frantage embossing enamels to the side of the tag.  Three butterflies from the grab bag were painted using the same paints and then given a crackle glaze finish before being added to the tag.

Here are a couple of close ups…

Here are links to each website for product:-
Tando Creative

Stampendous  - only ships to the US and Canada, but pop along to see all available product

Pink your life - for Europe Sales

Check out Woodware for all stockists

To be in with a chance of a prize, hop along to each blog and leave a comment at each…
the next hop is  Jamie Martin...

Good Luck….TFL xx

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Use Tando Packaging...

As with all products Tando has some very useful packaging that can be recycled.  Most of the hanging kits, and minis, come with a stiff card backing sheet and the stencils all come with lovely black card all of which can be very useful in your projects.

This week over on the Tando blog the challenge is to use the packing in our pieces….

Here is my offering:-

The base is from a hanging kit, I cut off the tab and gave the backing sheet a coat of gesso.  Once dry I added some Paperartsy acrylic paint… I then stencilled mini mask clocks using white paint, using the same base colours I stencilled thro' the sequin waste stencil…. I also added some black paint thro the Andy Skinner Have your say stencil.  I added doodling with black and white pens and some washi tape to finish off my background.  I then wrote the quote on some scrap card, inked the edges and then matted onto the black card from the stencil packs… this was then adhered to the background.

TFL xx

Monday, July 4, 2016

Colour post

As its the first Monday in a new month its my job to announce the colour theme over on the Tando blog.  Its always been my position to announce the previous month's winner too, but, Tando have now moved onto Facebook with its own page for all of you to share your Tando makes, there will be news of retreats, new products too as well as competitions so do sign up to join in… the link is here…

Following on with my colour ATC's, here is the 7th in the series:-

I've painted the Tando ATC base with Paperartsy paint…once dry I added text stamped with white paint… doodles were also added..  The stamping is from the Natalie Kalbach Marks plate by Stampendous, which can be found here.  some washi tape, a further text stamp covered in glossy accents, finished off my 7th ATC.

TFL xx

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Paperartsy Houses

Its ages since I had a go at the Paperartsy challenge and this fortnight the theme has been houses.

I used Darcy's EDY08 plate and paper pierced the houses onto a fresco painted background..

I also used the elements from the second wanderlust plate and stamped with frescos…

TFL xx

Monday, June 6, 2016

Spray inks...

Today sees a new challenge over on the Tando Creative blog, it also sees my son's birthday! grief 24 today where on earth have those years gone????? anyway, its my turn over on the Tando blog today and I've created this art journal page:-

The base is my large dylusions art journal.  I sprayed some very old dylusion ink sprays, one of which is now empty!! lol.  Once these had dried I got the letters mask and the Have your say mask from Tando and spritzed water thro' them trying to lift the ink, it did work in places.  I then used DecoArt media fluid acrylic paint in carbon black to add letters from both masks.  I then stamped using a Stampendous Nathalie Kalbach Marks set and black ink.  I then doodled with white ink.  Three butterflies from the grab bag were painted with the black ink and once dried spritzed with glimmer mists, the mica just sits on the black paint giving them a shimmer.  Hand written doodles and washi tape finish off the page.

Don't forget to pop on over to the Tando blog and see what some of the other DT members have created using spray inks.

TFL xx

Monday, May 30, 2016

Colour post - Tando Creative

Hi, its my turn to post over on the Tando Creative blog today.

This week the theme is one of our monthly colour choices and for June the colour ways are:-

not the kind of colours I usually use, but, hey thats the whole point of being challenged!

As with all the colour weeks this week its ATC time:-

To my tando creative ATC  base I added some scraps of paper before adding some fresco paint…I then added paperartsy paints in prawn, orchid, antarctic, cheesecake and butternut…these colours were also used to stencil thro' the mini stencils flourish and distressed sequins.  Texture paste was used on the mini stencil brick at the bottom of the atc… doodling and further paint effects were then added along with a saying from a paperartsy plate of stamps.

The winner for May is announced over on the blog today along with the announcement that the challenge is now finished.  A big Thank you to all that participated during the years that the challenge ran and a massive congratulations to all the winners….

Do pop on over to the blog to see what some of the other DT members have made using the June colours.

TFL xx

Monday, May 23, 2016

Things with wings

Hi, its my turn to post over on the Tando Creative blog today, and this weeks theme is:-

Things with wings

here is my piece:-

The base is one of the long tags which had texture paste added thro' the letters mask.  Once dry the tag was given a coating of black carbon paint.  I then sanded this back before adding sprays, treasure gold…I then added some aged copper embossing enamels - this is one from my stash that I'd had for some time, but, you can now purchase these products from the tando website.  The butterflies, from the mini range, were painted and then some texture paste added, this was then heated and then sprayed… an embossed stamped saying finished it off.

Don't forget that you can join in with the themes over on the Tando creative blog and for one lucky person there is a great prize up for grabs - pop on over to the blog and check it out…

TFL xx

Monday, May 9, 2016

Crackle week

Hi, its my turn over on the Tando blog today and the theme is:- Crackle.

I have come up with this:-

The base is a Tando creative mixed media board to which I added a coating of paint, then a layer of Paperartsy crackle glaze, before adding another layer of paint.  The heart and wings are from the wings and hearts set and the heart is from mdf and available at shows…. The heart, wings and crown were all given a layer of Wendy Veechi crackle texture paste and once dry given a coating of DecoArt media fluid acrylics…… the background was also given a mix of colours…. create was handwritten on the top to finish it off.

Do pop on over to the Tando Creative blog for more crackle effects this week.

TFL xx

Monday, May 2, 2016

May Colour - Tando Creative

Hi, Monday again, but, with a blissful lie in! no rushing around to get to work! how lovely….

So, as its the first Monday of the month its colour week over on the Tando blog..and this month the colour scheme is:-

a lovely pastel palette for this month

and inline with my year of ATC's here is May's ATC:-

I have enrolled on the year long Wanderlust online course and the techniques I have used for this month are part of that course, so, I can't share…but, the base is a Tando ATC and the paints used are Paperartsy with posca paint pens used to doodle.

Don't forget that there is a month long challenge running over on the Tando blog.  It is open to everyone and there is a fab prize up for grabs at the end of the month… pop on over and take a look..

TFL xx

Sunday, May 1, 2016

White space - Paperartsy

Hi, Happy May Day!

I've been inspired over on the Paperartsy blog for the last fortnight with the fabulous white space projects and today I had some time to create and have made this card:-

its an unusual size card for me as I usually go for square cards, and its slightly bigger at 5" x 7" but it needed to be to accommodate the flowers from Paperartsy Eclectica plate EKC01 - the flowers were stamped onto smoothy cardstock and coloured using inktense pencils, some white doodling was added afterwards.  The butterly is from the same plate.  I stencilled some distress ink very lightly in the back ground and then attached the flowers.

TFL xx

Monday, April 25, 2016

Tando - Spring has sprung

Spring is sprung is this weeks theme over on the Tando Creative blog - I don't know where you are in the country, but, its flipping cold here! don't know about Spring has sprung more like Winter is back!

So, in order to try and feel more spring like I've made this rather bright journal page.

The base is my large art journal.  I started the background by applying Ranger texture paste in opaque matte (wow I like this! lovely and thick, dries quickly and with the ability to be smooth or add peaks, my new fav!) thro' the mini distress diamond mask - once dry I added some DecoArt fluid acrylic paints…. various doodling and stencilling was then added to the page using paint and inks… I then added some gold texture paste thro' the mini distress sequin waste stencil….. a couple of Tando mini butterflies were also painted using the DecoArt colours.  Using some distress crayons I created a masterboard and then stamped the flowers from the Paperartsy plate EKC0, I cut these out and then gave them, and the butterflies, a coating of Distress collage medium - crazing…a stamped saying from another paperartsy plate, some washi tape and a bit of prima bling finished off the page.

Don't forget there is still time to join in with this months challenge over on the Tando blog…hope to see you there.

For the first time ever I have combined both of my DT responsibilities for this week, time has just been against me  - please see the Tando Creative blog and also Papermaze Scrap, paper and scissors...


Monday, April 11, 2016

Watercolour technique week...

Hi, its my turn to post over on the Tando blog today.

A new thing for 2016 was to have a regular technique week.  Tando products are so versatile and this give us, as a DT, the opportunity to show how our techniques work with various products.

The technique this week is watercolour.  I do love my watercolour pencils, but, obviously they weren't going to be any good on naked chipboard - but, I did have a lovely travel set of watercolours which hadn't seen the light of day - so, I decided to use those and made this:-

The base is one of the long tags, which are a recent Tando release.  I gessoed the base and then added some acrylic paint, once dry I added some stencilling and doodling to my background.  I then stamped my flowers and heat embossed with white embossing powder (which is something I took from a recent workshop at Birds in the Barn with Kay Carley).  I then added some white watercolour paint to the petals, once dry I then watercolored them.  The mini butterflies had a layer of white paint and then several different layers of red paint…all just to try and add some depth to the wings.  The butterflies were then doodled before a little white pen shading was added.

Pop on over to the Tando this week for some more watercolour projects.


Monday, April 4, 2016

Colour week

Hi, as its the first week of the month its the colour week over on the Tando creative blog.

This is Aprils colour palette:-

just right for this time of the year, right?

I have made this ATC - my 2016 ATC's are all looking really good…

I painted paperartsy fresco paints to the base and then doodled using stencils and lids and some stamping… the same paints were used to paint two mini butterflies which were then doodled with a white pen.  The stamp is by Tim Holtz.

The March winner is announced on the blog today - don't forget that the challenge is open to everyone for every week topic.

TFL xx

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

a recipe….

and not for cooking either!! lol is the theme this week over on the Tando Creative blog…and it is:-

1 x stencil
2 x stamps
3 x flowers

Here is my piece:-

The base is an insert from the new mini stencil folder…which I added a mini flourish stencil which had grungepaste pushed thro…. I then added some heavy acrylic paints by Dana Wakely… once this was dry I stamped a text stamp with white paint and then the circle from the first paperartsy/wunderlust plate, some doodling was also added. Three mini flowers were painted with the same paints and stamped using the text stamp, these were then doodled.  I added a layer of Tim Holtz  distress collage medium - crazing (the jury is still out on this!) to the back plate and the flowers.

Pop along to the Tando Creative blog to see some more recipes and don't forget that there is still time to join in this months challenge - there are prizes up for grabs!

TFL xx

Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy Easter

Hi, the theme over on the Tando Creative blog this week is:- Happy Easter….and here is my piece:-

The base is a mixed media board which had some paperartsy fresco acrylic paint…I then added some text stamping and stencilling using the same paints.  All of the elements:mini easter eggs, mini rabbits and the daffodil from the grab bag of flowers with stems were all painted with acrylic paints and then doodling added over the top….I cant find the chicks in eggs in the retail shop, but, these had been painted with grey paint and then a covering of DecoArt interference in turquoise added to give the shells a blueish tint….  pop on over to the blog this week for some more Easter pieces.

TFL xx

Monday, March 7, 2016

Texture paste week...

Hi, can you believe that its the 7th March already? it has got so cold the last couple of days and so it was lovely to get lost in my journal using all my lovely Tando products and paint and stay in doors in the warm..

I must admit that I did make a mistake, I thought the theme this week was texture…umm forgot the paste bit, but, I did use texture paste and loads of texture in this page…

It was so hard to photograph my large dylusions journal and show all the texture and colour… I started off by adding my paint…I then added a clear gesso thro' the distressed diamond mask…I also added some torn script paper…I then stencilled paint thro' the sequin waste mask…I used the same paint colours to paint the chipboard elements..I added some washi tape to the sides and some doodling… the gold was texture paste…. for the first time, I'm really happy with my handwriting on this page, I didn't think about it and just went for it…

Tando products used:-

DecoArt products:-

Don't forget to pop on over to the Tando Creative blog during the week for some more texture paste pieces…and also, don't forget the challenge, there are prizes up for grabs too… see you there!

TFL xx

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Andy Skinner - Bold and Bright

Hi, the DecoArt guru, Andy Skinner, is running a challenge over on his blog and the theme is Bold and Bright…here is my entry…

My base is a 5"x 7" canvas board, to which I added DecoArt media fluid acrylics in:- 
quinacridone violet, cobalt turquoise blue and buff using the tinting base as I went…I then added some yellow/green mister… I then added texture paste thro'' the burning rubber stencil, adding gold embossing powder before it dried - once the texture paste had set I then added heat to melt the powder (I must admit I did get a bit impatient and the tracks are bubbled, but, I like it that way)… buff media fluid acrylic was then painted thro' the have your say mask…further doodling was added to the base.  Once everything was dry I painted media fluid acrylic in carbon black thro' the children stencil…a couple of pieces of washi tape was then added to made a base for the children…further doodling finished it off…

TFL xx

Monday, February 29, 2016

March colour week

Hi, its my turn to post over on the Tando Creative blog, and today its March's colour theme which is:-

how fresh for spring hey?

And here is this months atc:-

The Tando ATC base was painted with Paperartsy fresco paint and once dry a lighter colour was stencilled using the Andy Skinner burning rubber stencil, once that was dry a darker colour was stencilled using the distressed mini diamond stencil. a flower from the flowers with stems grab bag was painted using the same colours as the base and the stem and leaves being painted in green,  definition was added using pens. A small arrow was painted and added along with some washi tape, stamped month and doodling.

During the week new colour themes will be posted, do pop on over to the blog and see what the other dt members have come up with.

TFL xx