Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Keeping Tidy (Hahahaha! Never catch on!!))

UPDATE: This won the Tando Creative Challenge for April!  So proud!

They say it's a crafter's lot to work in mess, well clutter might be a better word.  And the more things you do, the more things you need to I decided to do a desk tidy.  I'm entering this into the New Beginnings challenge from Tando - being tidy is clearly a new direction for me!!

 It's a Tando Creative blank, but I didn't want to add the musical extras, I've saved those for another day.

 So, sealed the blank with DecoArt sealer, and painted with DecoArt paint.

I used the same idea as the Clock (see March 2013), where the pattern is stamped on tissue paper, then torn up, and decoupaged on.  This allows for greater variety, and has the added benefit of sealing in the design in one go.

Stamped the tissue with various stamps in Memento, Brilliance and Archival inks.

Glued the tissue paper to the painted blank with Matte Multi Medium.

I used a permanent marker to edge all the pieces, and the die cut pen holder - then filled it up!  It takes loads of useful stuff - thank goodness!

PS - since the original post, I am pleased to say this has been worth its weight in gold!!  So easy to find the everyday stuff, now!

Materials used:
Substrate - Tando Creative Desk Tidy

Ink and Paint
DecoArt Americana - Bubblegum Pink, Lamp Black
Memento - Rich Cocoa
Archival - French ultramarine, Cobalt
Brilliance - Twilight, Minerals

Stampers Anonymous - Nature's Discovery, Just Beleive, Spring Sprung
Darkroom Door - Dream from Essentials 9 DDRS090
Artistic Stamper - Sequin waste
Katzelkraft - Woodgrain KTZ97
Stampotique - Medium and Small Bee


  1. wow what a fab desk tidy - the tando kits are filled with loads of pieces you can save for future projects so glad your so pleased with yours.

    Thank You for sharing at Tando Creative...

    btw you're in the same location at my Son who is at Uni

  2. This is lovely and so useful. Congrats on the win. You have definitely added interest to this piece.