Thursday, 19 June 2014

"Life is too Short to be Anything but Happy"

Hi everyone and I hope you are all well and are  cheering our team on this evening!!! Todays creation I would like to enter for the Tando Creative Challenge titled " Life is too Short to be Anything but Happy" and if you would like to see the DT examples and the other entries click on the link

For this card I have used;

Smooth white card
 PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paint in Mermaid, Guacamole, Blush, Nougat, Snowflake, Toad Hall, Zesty Zing and French Roast
Tando Creative Stencils; Sequine waste, Bird and Branch and Tornado
Archival ink in Watering Can
Distress Inks in Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade and Bundled Sage
PaperArtsy Grunge Paste
Items from Tando Creatives Mini balloons and Mini Houses and Fencing
Treasure Gold in Olive Bronze
Versa-mark ink pad
Yellow Embossing Powder
Orange card for mounting
Clarity stamps Tree and Children dancing
Black Pearl Mica powder

To begin with I coloured the smooth card with the paints using a brayer, then using a stencil brush and the sequins waste stencil added dots to the bottom and then stamped with watering can the wire mesh areas and the script. The sun area was added with the Zesty Zing paint, tornado stencil and a piece of cut and dry.

Once dry I re-laid the tornado stencil at a slightly different angle and with the spiced marmalade ink and a sponge lightly inked through the stencil.

The balloon was coloured using 3 coats of embossing powder and the fencing was painted in the snow flake chalk paint.

Next using the bird and branch stencil I masked off the areas I didn't want to use with some post-it notes, coloured some grunge paste with the toad hall paint and then scrapped the paste through the stencil with a palette knife.

Once dry I added a little bundled sage ink to enhance the colour and then rubbed over with the treasure gold.

The children dancing and the tree were then stamped in the watering can ink and whilst still damp the tree was brushed with the black pearl mica powder.

The words were printed on the computer and then mounted onto orange card.

The balloon then had some thread tied around the end, the length of cotton was then threaded through a needle and passed through the hand of the middle girl and out again close by to give the impression of the string being held.

The picture was then trimmed to size the edges coloured with a black pen and then the whole piece mounted on the orange card.

The edges of the mount and all the edges of the words were then coloured with a black pen.

The fence and the balloon were then secured in place with pva glue.

Well thats it for me tonight, the score at the moment with the footie is 1 all so lets have a big shout for the England team!

Hope you all have a good evening and hopefully see you back here soon for some more creative  ideas. take care and as always thanks for stopping by, until next time bye for now Jane x

Opps England are now trailing 2-1


  1. ooo this is gorgeous Jane! love the little dancing folk! Thank you so much for using our products and for entering our challenge x

  2. what a lovely piece - thank you for joining us at Tando creative this month.