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