27 Mar 2012

Linda's Fab Graphic 45 cards

Hi all

enjoying the weather so so much. I have been forced to unstrap my knee this afternoon (had a knee op 3 weeks ago) and get some sun on it! So nice being in the sun makes a change.

Here are some cards done by Linda on our design team. They are lovely, so thanks Linda. next week I will introduce a new member on the design team as it is great to see a variety of work and all those yummy cards etc.

Linda :
The next 3 projects are cards which I have used the following, Graphic45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection, Steampunk and Butterfly Speccies; Debutante Collection Eclectic Emporium and Mechanical Mind; Stazon; Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Tea Dye and Old Paper; Versamark; WOW embossing powder; Spellbinders Donna-Salazar Sprightly Sprockets; an assortment of charms; ribbon; hat pins; wool from stash and tag.

I think they are great. Love and bugs xxxx

23 Mar 2012

Configuration house

Hi all

I have added the houses we did for our first full day workshop and I think they are all amazing. I had loads of fun on this class and thought every house was so different and unique. I love looking at different people's ideas. Thanks ladies for a great day and I hope you all had as much fun as I did. It was messy and artistic and loads of ideas were thrown around.
Love and bugs Andreaxxxx

Ali joining in the fun

Sally's completed house finished at home. Thanks Sally glad you enjoyed it. Looks great

Michelle's house for daughter Jess to complete when she gets home.

Charlotte's House, she is adding singer memorabilia at home, love the scallops

June's House, adding some pictures of family. I love the colourful bunting x

Donna's House love the green it looked good enough to eat

20 Mar 2012

Our first design team project by Linda

Hi all

This is the first design team member Linda. She has done a great step by step project for you all and it is great. Thanks so much Linda. We also did this class today I will blog the class tomorrow and let you all see. Linda loving your house and hope you all do too.


Here is one of my first projects for Ali-Crafts design team. I have used the house shaped shelving system which you can buy from Ali-Crafts at the Birmingham NEC HobbyCrafts show this coming weekend. Look out for Ali and Iain who will be on Stand G01. I have also used the new Tim Holtz Attic Treasures stamps and Graphic 45 12 x 12 papers which are simply fabulous to work with.

I have painted the house in white emulsion and then distressed the outside with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Stormy Sky. On the inside I have used a combination of Tea Dye and Wild Honey by stamping pad onto craft mat and a water brush to cover the area. I had a small canvas which I also painted and then stamped cotton reel toppers all over the frame using Black Stazon, I cut out this topper from the Graphic45 Eclectic Emporium paper and run around the edges using my scissors to give a distressed look and distressed the edges with Tea Dye. I attached the frame to the house using Pinflair gel. I added strong double sided tape to the top and some lace which I distressed a little with Old Paper Distress Ink.

The cotton reels were in my craft stash which I wound different embroidery threads around. I then stamped the cotton reel toppers from the stamp kit and added to both ends of each of the cotton reels.

When my father-in-law passed away I inherited his button box. There were a lot of lovely goodies in this box as my mother-in-law was always sewing and I searched the box and found old button, and old sew needles book, an old tape measure, elastic, buckle, seamstress chalk, cotton and a thimble.

Before adding all the gorgeous finds I used some of the stamps and stamped in a couple of the compartments using Tea Dye and from the above mentioned 12 x 12 sheet I stamped the image using Stazon onto the card then cut out and distressed the edges with my scissors. I then distressed the edges with Tea Dye ink pad. I attached this to the edge of the house.

This is a close up shot of the bottom of the house. All the embellishments have been attached with Pinflair gel. Don’t you just love the look of these buttons? The needle pocket is just a brilliant find; I was so excited as it fitted in with this project so well. Well the last photograph is the finished article.

13 Mar 2012

Configuration house shelf

Hi all

Well had another great workshop at the studio thanks ladies. The next one is a great all day one. On the 20th March .We are doing a configuration house and I am so very excited!!!! It is looking fab and will be a great laugh. We are having the workshop 9:45- 2:30. Cake laughter and lots of crafty mess I have a few more places left if anyone wants to join in the fun. The studio is located in Bracebridge Heath Lincoln. There are steps up to the studio. you can book a place by just sending me an email or comment. I Will blog the fun when we have had the workshop.

Love and bugsxxxxxxx

6 Mar 2012

As promised stamp of the month card....

Hi all

As promised here is the first of the stamp of the month cards. Here is the set I used the prima set and the ladies got to take this set home when they were done!!!!

Then the first card we did was this one:

We used:

1x A4 brown card stock
1x cream card
Small cream card to emboss
1x brown tag
1 piece patterned paper
1 piece script book page
ribbon, button and cord and a doilie
We used a variety of inks including distress inks to distress the embossing.
We also used the cuttle bug to create the embossed fancy folder so we could then stamp into this and distress.

The ladies could come up with their own variation and use any stamp within their set. There were some great cards and this was the slow paced card. The last was very manic but also great fun. thanks again ladies for a great day
Love and bugs xxxxxxxx

5 Mar 2012

Stamp of the month

Carol and Ann showing off their lovely cards

Hi all

well today I held me second workshop and it was great fun. We had the stamp of the month class, you make a few cards and then get to take home the yummy stop set too!!!!! what more could a crafter want!!! Some great cards were made today. All different variates well done.

Some lovely new ladies doing the class

The last card was a little rushed but we just ran out of time. Here are some pics and tomorrow I will blog the first card, step by step.
Love and bugs xxxxxxxxxx

1 Mar 2012

1st Studio workshop

All with our works of art

Hi all

what a great morning I have had!!!! We had our first workshop today and it was great. Thanks to those great crafters who came along. We did the distressed mirrors and got very very messy.
Lots of cakes and brews and laughter. So looking forward to the next one now on the 5th. Ali did a great job so lots of hugs and kisses to you.

Love and bugs Andreaxxxx