30 Dec 2011

All french and shabby

Hi all

well I am so in love with all the new bits an pieces Ali has in they are just so shabby and so some. Oh the fun. I have added the recipe below and all of the items you can get via the website. I am so loving the stains as they are just so easy to use and quick.

Stains: Milled Lavender,Antique Linen, Weathered Wood.
Gold spritz mist
Ranger Archival Ink Black
Papers: Prima Pixie Glen 6x6
Kaisercraft Birdcage stamp
Prima Stamp set Etriable Timbres Monte
Prima flowers
Tim Holt tissue tape- made into a flower
mini brads and ribbons

well I just love all the colours in this and just love the french feel of this. Hope you all like it
Love and Bugs xxxx

27 Dec 2011

Well back to the crafting.

Hi all, Great to be back to the crafting. What with working the full time and finishing only four weeks ago and then I went to centre parcs and then Christmas, so good to get creative again.
Just got Iain to put up a shelve to house all my stains yes the whole set from Ali and Iain for Christmas. I have been very curious about them as I have used all the other distress meduims and have missed out on these and I must say they are far my fave!!! Loving the effects and ease you can use them.

Here is a card and I have to say my very first background using the stains so here goes:

Receipe* Tim Holtz Stains: Dusty Concord, Pine needles, Chipped Sapphire and edges Antique Linen.
*Tim Holtz Birdsong- centre stamp
*Prima stamp set- all the other stamped images
*Papers- Kaisercraft Vintage timeless and 13th Hour
*Prima flowers
*Tim Holtz distress pad black soot using a stipple brush around the edges
*Gold pen for highlighting the image on the stamp

All the above items can be found on our website, please have a look click me
For the stained background, I added the stains to the heat mat and then pulled the cardstock across the card and thn spritsed and dried. I had so much fun and I am so looking forward to playing some more.

I hope you all enjoy and I will be so making some more cards soon.
Love and Bugs xxx

23 Dec 2011

X-mas is nearly here....

Hi all

Well firstly I would like to thank you for your lovely comments on the Christmas cards. Put a smile on my face after a very very long day. So Thanks.

I have been baking some home made gifts. Some yummy Swedish cookies. They are very very festive with not too many ingredients. So Logan and Paige helped and the recipients were very happy. Here is the recipe kindly given to me by Nina.


100g Sugar
150g Golden Syrup
1 teaspoon cardamon(pods crushed and shell bits removed)
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
125g butter
1 egg
550g plain flour

mix and crush the spices, add the sugar, syrup and spices to a pan and boil.
cool down
Add the soda
Add melted butter, egg and flour.
This should be cooled over night, but I am too inpatient for that I rolled added a little more butter if needed and cut into heart shapes. I then put into a hot oven until browned (about 7 mins) The mixture needs to be rolled out thinly.

A very yummy gift. And I have added a cake I also made. So I have been busy kitchen crafting.

Love and Bugs and a very Merry Christmas xxxxx

yummy cake

17 Dec 2011

X-mas card making oh the joy

Hi all

well I know it seems late but when I was working I never found a moment to make the x-ma cards so I actually sat down an made a select few!!!

I used lots of yummy papers and some stamps from Lilly of The Valley. I used stickles and pulled out my fluffy stuff. I had great fun using it on the little fluffy sheep. For my daughters nativity they had to have a green sheep as it was flying and ill very strange if you ask me!!!

Love this cute stamp

fluffy sheep card


Carol singers

Love and bugsxxxxxxx

7 Dec 2011

Oh My Gosh..... Been so long!!!!

Birthday boy's card

The Steampunk Girls

The Steampunk Boys

Hi all,
Well been far too long! So sorry. I have now left my job to concentrate on being a mummy and crafter and bring you all weekly blog shots. So some fab cards winging there way here soon. We are coming up with some great new projects and fun stuff in the coming months so keep an eye on the blog and the website.

So back to crafty stuff. I had an amazing time at the steampunk weekend. We have booked for next year already. The kids loved it. Have a look see at the outfits and the fab hat. I made a few bits of the costumes and put them all together. Next year we are going to make them bigger and better.

I have gone card mad at the moment I made hubby a card for his birthday and believe it or not whipped it up in no time and had so much fun. I have used a printed picture and sanded it. I then put the card together and added a fragment to the picture. The film strip is so versatile tim holtz little number and can be used on scrapbooks, boxes the lot.

Well off now to craft some more
Love and bugs Andrea xxxxxxx

10 Sep 2011

The completed hat!!!

Th completed steampunk hat xxxx

All distressed

Sewn together and base card added

Hi all here is the hat in it's glory!

I wore it today and got some great feedback I will blog those yummy pics soon. Hope you all like???

Love and bugsxxxx

4 Sep 2011

Steampunk hat

Grunge paper cut and hole punched

Distress colours used and brushes/cut and dry

Step 3 distressed to look like leather

Well my steampunk day out is getting very close yipppeeeeee. I decided to make my own hat as I have bought so many little bits to wear and I thought I may be up to the challenge, I was thinking steampunk/ crooked old man style. So here it is step by step.
The first part I caut grunge paper to the correct size that I wanted, then I punched holes as I want a lace effect all around the hat. Then I have distressed and screwed up the grunge paper, we all love getting messy and I did. Then I cut sections at the top and bottom as I need to eventually add a hat top and rim. I am going to blog agagin the next step in a few days so watch this space as I am a few days ahead it is looking fab!!! love and bugs xxxxxxx

27 Aug 2011

Leaving card...

HI all

made a leaving card for one of the girls at work. Loved using the tilda stamps again. Love orange at the moment and I hate orange!!!

Hope you all like
Love and Bugsxxxxxx

25 Aug 2011

Steampunk heart




Hi all

getting ready for my steampunk weekend can't wait!!!!! So here is a steampunk heart broach I made from clay and bits and pieces and NO I didn't set the oven on fire this time!!!!

The pics are not the best but I think it looks good.

Love and bugs andreaxxxxx

13 Aug 2011

there's no place like home......

My fave bit the top of the box OZ melody

Front and the Wicked witch

Tin man

Scarecrow and Tin man

Back of box all about the shinny shoes

Hi all

there is no place like home but that is not this one i about. I have done a yummy Graphic 45 altered box all (well mainly) there papers and stamps and lots of fabby other bits. Athough it took me a few long nights to do I did it and quite like it too. Although the pictures are not great here is my Wizard of OZ altered box. Hope you all enjoy and I am sure I will be popping by very soon.
Love and bugs xxxxx

9 Aug 2011

Golly gosh

Gosh it has been far too long.......

hello all I am still here!!! I am posting a birthday card it is lush. This is an uber cute stamp, I bought it as it reminded me of Paige my daughter! she is a paddy pants when required! I am loving my cuttle bug again, you can cut loads of dies from it and the effect some of them create is great. Well Ali and Iain start the shows soon I am making some great bits with the graphic 45 papers so keep an eye out as behind the scenes I am working my socks off. For all those who know me I have started up my art degree again need to get a wiggle on and get creative again!! Oh and fitting that into full time work, two kids, hubby working away and crafting is like juggling lots of balls in the air but life would be dull without it all. So keep any eye out for the next burst of creativeness and I promise it won't be too far away!!! Love and Bugsxxxxxx

3 Jul 2011

Wedding mania

Hi all well I have to say I am sick o death of making wedding cards!!!

I have ahd a few orders from work but here are a few of them. Been a lovely sunny weekend shame about having to go back to work tomorrow! But of course Monday is True blood viewing day so very happy about that. Lets hope Eric gets naked soon.

Love and bugs xxxx

1 Jul 2011

Steampunk tastic

thrown together tag

Steampunk small card

Hi all

well a little bit of sunshine is great! makes everyone so happy. I have been busy busy so I am now going to blog some of the great things I have been doing. I did the following steampunk bits at the Lincoln show (yep feels like ages ago) I just love all the graphic 45 papers and you know all you have to do is rip a bit here and a bit there and add it to the card/tag or scrap page. I never know what I am going to before I sit down with these great pads of paper and then wow just add a bit here and there and then done! hope you all enjoy.
love and bugsxxxxxx

12 Jun 2011

Rain rain go away.....

Wow looking out of the window today you would think it was winter all over again!!!! The heating was back on as it is freezing!

A massive contrast to my summery card that I made last night for a lady at work. It is a Tilda card and I water colour painted all the flowers and background so rather chuffed. See I am getting back in the creative swing now I am settling into working life again!
Well Ali and Iain are due back from Taunton where they also tagged on a few days holiday, only to be struck with a popped tyre on the way down. I am sure they made up for it in cakes and coffee and a little shopping.

Well hope you all like the Tilda creation. Just ordered some yummy stamps so when they get here I will blog a few more creations.

Love and Bugsxxxxxxx

2 Jun 2011

Lincoln show weekend

Hi all

wow where has the week gone???? I was demoing at the Lincoln show this weekend (just gone) what a great turn out. Thanks all of you who said hello and had a natter I had a great day felt good doing it again. The papers I was using were so yummy it made my job 100 times easier.
Here are just two cards I made, they are very very steampunk!!! Thanks to the lady and gent who told me all about the steampunk convention in September I have booked my tickets and we are taking the kids I can't wait.
So here goes here are the yummy cards I am loving. And don't forget Ali and Iain at Ali-craft are having a fab special offer weekend so make sure you don't miss it on the website!!!!!!
Love and Bugsxxxxxxx
My fave, odd earings and all

Tim Holtz and bits and bobs

26 May 2011

Ali has gone mad

Steampunk card

Tim Holtz fab tag

Lovely lace

Hi all
Ali has gone crafty mad!!! her tags are great. She has been busy today crafting like a mad woman and has made some amazing tags so comment please. We will all be at the Lincoln show this weekend. I will be demoing some amazing papers very steampunk.
So hope to see you all there.
Love and bugsxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

21 May 2011

Saturday craft club.

Hi all

well today Ali and Iain have been away in Liverpool. I did the project today for the club. A tag style book. I just had to blog Laura's she did a fab job. She is such a clever lady. The inner pages have all been stamped, they just look so like papers. Like I say she is so clever and did a great job.
Thanks everyone for being patient I had a great time and will do some projects in the future with my own measurements!
Love and bugs xxxxxxxx

Laura's amazing tag book

Front page

I can't beleive this is all stamped!

Back page

17 May 2011

Mini madness

Hi all

well the novelty of work is wearing thin now I want to be at home!!! had a major brain fart today nearly cried but hey too much pressure to get it right coming from me. Never mind.
Ali and Iain are off to Liverpool on Thursday so I will be at the club on Saturday to do the project so I will see you all there.
Here is a fabby card I made to order for a girl at work it is for her mum who is mini mad. So very cool. My first car was a red mini so very close to my heart.
Off to eat more chocolate for the happiness.
Love and Bugs xxxxxxxxxxx

15 May 2011

Thank you cards VW

See I have been Busy!!

Boy Version

Girly Version
Hi all

wow been ages since I blogged, I have taken back to the grind stone of work and I am woring full time booo hooooo!!!! But I have to say after 9 years kind of off with kids and all I am doing ok. My brain only melted twice!!!!!
So here are the cards I made for Logan's friends to say thanks for a prezzie as you can see I have done a girly version too.
I have gone vehicle mad of late some more cards to follow soon.
Well love and bugs and will blog soon xxxxxxxxx

1 May 2011

Ali has gone tag mad

Hi all

here are some tags Ali did the other day later on in the week I will blog the cards she did (but has taken to the show) they are all fab. Please have a look on ebay here is one thing I am listing but I have loads of stamps that I am selling. Click here for the link.
Love and Bugsxx