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.


  1. A Fab house - Thanks you Linda
    Welcome to the Design Team
    Looking forward to seeing you at Birmingham show
    ali x