31 May 2013

Ali-Craft Monthly Blog Challenge # 1

Welcome to the very first monthly challenge from

On the first Saturday of each month, we will be launching a new challenge, where you can win some lovely products from the Ali-Craft website.

Our first challenge today has an 'Open' theme, so you can enter anything you wish in our challenge.  We do have a few rules to follow, so please make sure you read them below, before entering.

Our prize this month is -

Two gorgeous paper pads from

Graphic 45 - 'Secret Garden'

1 x 12x12 paper pad &

1 x 8x8 paper pad

(rrp £30.50)

Ali-Craft Blog Challenge Rules

(1) You can use any images to enter our challenge.

(2) Please also leave a comment on the blog post.

(3) You may enter the challenge UP TO 3 TIMES ONLY PLEASE and you may combine with other challenges.

(4) You MUST follow the challenge theme and NO BACKLINKING please, new cards only.

(5) Please provide a link to our blog in your post.

(6) Please leave a link (via link below) to your actual card, not just to your blog.

(7) Please turn off Word Verification on your blogs, it makes it so much easier & quicker to leave a comment on your blogs.

(8) The challenge finishes on Saturday, 29th June 2013 @ 4pm and the new challenge, will start on Saturday, 6th July 2013.

Our Design Team Ladies are as follows :

Ali & Andrea (Ali-Craft)

here are their projects for this challenge.

Challenge card by Ali

I used Dylusion spray inks for the background, then used distress ink pads stippled over a House Mask.
Stamps are from the Doo Lally Pip range - Piffy on a rock cake

Challenge card by Barbara

Stamp set is the Doo Lally Pip - Arabella

Challenge card by Andrea

Doo Lally Pip
How Much Love Stamp Set

Challenge card by Clare

I've had my eye on this wonderfully vintage stamp set by Tim Holtz for a while and decided it was time to add it to my collection.  The images were stamped with black memento ink and then shaded with Denim, Red Pepper and Latte Adirondak inks for a truly vintage look.

A canvas by Heidi

A small canvas using a selection of Kaisercraft stamps including 'Life Sentiment's.

We are also having an :
Ali-Craft Design Team Call
We are also looking for two new Design Team members.  If you can commit to doing a regular blog project in rotation, design a card/project for our challenge each month and leave comments on blog entrants, please leave us a link to a sample of your work, a comment including email address.  Ali will then contact the lucky entrants.
Good luck, the team will be stopping by to view your entries.
  The challenge ends on Saturday 29th June @ 4pm.

The Ali-Craft Team

We have had a great entry from Jean :

                                                                Entry by Jan Hill

I would like to enter the challenge. This is my new granddaughter Arabella.
I started with a canvas and built up the background with masks/ texture paste and Dreamweaver pearlescent/ Fresco paint/ gesso and Dylusion inks. The chipboard are triple utee with fragments, the flowers are mixed paper and fabric, gesso and inked. I used bits of recycled packaging and Tiger stick on lace. Most of the materials have been in my stash for years! I really enjoyed the challenge but not sure how to upload pix so thought I would email it to you.
Thanks Jan Hill

by Jan Hill
My second entry to the monthly challenge, on a roll now!
I used stuff from my stash, old Kaiser raft papers fussy cut and layered. I used TH on the edge die, sticklers, glossy accents and stick on pearls. 

Thank you so much Jan for sending in these two great project for the blog challenge, you have a beautiful granddaughter x 



  1. Can't wait to see the challenge entries
    Ali x

  2. Fabulous DT creations, lots of inspiration. I have added my entry thank you. I would like to also apply for your DT call my blog address is -
    Rachael xx

  3. Can you just clarify what you can enter please, as in the first paragraph it says you can enter anything, but then on rule #4 it states a 'new card' and I notice the DT have made cards, so is it a card only challenge with an open theme, or is it anything at all?

    Kind regards - Sam xxx

    1. Hi Sam
      you can enter with any craft project
      look forward to seeing your challenge project
      ali x

  4. Thanks for clarifying - Sam xxx

  5. Wow!! can't believe we have already had 11 projects sent in to our 1st challenge
    Big thanks to you all, they are so wonderful

    ali-craft x

  6. Good luck with your new challenge blog.

    Linda xxxx

    1. Thanks Linda
      we have had a great response so far, still lots more time
      ali x

  7. I have no idea how to do this, but I am enjoying looking through the entries :o)

    1. if you are unable to link your project, just send it to me on my email

      add your details
      thanks ali

  8. Have enjoyed looking through your blog and have entered my second card into your first challenge :)

    1. Thank you Kay,
      So many ladies at the show yesterday said they had popped over to look at all the great cards/projects x

  9. Great new challenge blog you have started and fabulous inspiration from the DT. Great to join in the fun
    x catherine

    1. Thank you Catherine, and thank you for your entry x

  10. Fabulous inspiration from the DT, thank you for the chance to enter, Denyse x

  11. It's been really fun to enter your first challenge, the DT cards are fab x

  12. Great DT inspiration, I'm so glad to see you guy's having a challenge! I'll be back with an entry. Elizabeth xxx

  13. Thanks for lots of lovely inspiration from the great new team...
    Alison x

  14. Great inspiration... and what a lot of fab entries for your first challenge!
    Alison x

  15. Ahhh missed this first challenge, will be watching out for next one though xxxAnnie

  16. What a great selection of cards - all with something different to offer!

  17. What a great selection - all with something differnt to offer! A wealth of inspiration!

    1. thanks you, i was so please to see so many wonderful cards

      The new challenge starts on 6th July, working on my card
      ali x

    2. Hi Asilyn
      The new theme is Butterfly xx

  18. Never said I had done my entry can't wait for the next one

    1. Hi Becky

      did see your lovely card,
      can't wait for the next one, have mine ready

      The next challenge starts on the 6th July and think it is going to be butt.........
      no not a but, its a things with wings
      ali x