30 Aug 2013

Daventry weekend Retreat

Well, what a Fantastic weekend

Lots of hard work, but a great time was had, fantastic creations, lots of laughs, and great food


Keep a close eye on the website for further details

What a fantastic group of crafters

Just a sample of the fab Canvas projects

Clare did a fab Steampunk Spells book, lots of great pages inside of book

Working Hard

Samples of some of Clare's work

Cheer's girls xx

More pictures over on our Ali-Craft Facebook page

29 Aug 2013

Breakfast workshop with Iain at the Great Northern Papercrafts Extravaganza

05 October 2013 - 06 October 2013 


Grahic45 meets MDF with IAIN from Ali-Craft
Create an altered art project with Ali-Craft using the fantastic Graphic45 papers on an MDF project!  You get to choose your paper designs, Christmas to Steampunk so this project will really be yours! 
Cost of workshop is £15, pay a non-refundable deposit of £2 when booking and the balance of £13 on day of workshop.

This workshop will be held on both the Saturday and repeated on Sunday
You will need to book through Craftwork Cards

Workshop starts promt at 08:45am and finishes 09:45am, you then have early access to the show to start shopping!

Make sure to book early as places are limited to 16 each day

26 Aug 2013

Primas gets Girly by Clare

Prima gets Girly by Clare
Prima Doll Stamp 

Hi every one
This is the last in our series of tags showcasing the new Prima Doll stamps now on sale over on the Ali-Craft shop.   They really are great fun to work with especially deciding what they're going to wear.  I got all my old papers out that I hadn't looked at for ages and decided to use some from a Kay & Co collection. All the other bits and pieces came from my stash.  the pink butterflies are off cuts of the papers used on the tag, coloured with the same pink marker that I used on the shoes frills and hair band.  I love how you can see the paper design through the colour.

  Here's a short slide show of my tag came together.

The second tag I made with my stamp is a little different.  I used Graphic 45 papers from the On the Boardwalk collection, stamps from Artistic Outposts Boardwalk collection and a few inks.  I love how it came out and really enjoyed making both of these tags. 

All the stamps used are available for sale over on the Ali-Craft web site .

I'll be back soon with more design team projects :-) C

19 Aug 2013

Prima Mixed Media Doll Project by Barbara

Prima Mixed Media Doll Project by Barbara

Good Morning crafters.

It is my turn (Barbara), to share with you a blog project using the lovely stamps by Prima for theAli-Craft Design Team.

These are a range of Art Doll stamps designed by Julie NuttingThey are suitable for using with a range of Mixed media

Today I am playing with doll number 181

Here is my Memo Board


Here is the Prima Art Doll I used.

First of all, gather your supplies.

As you can see I have used a fair few bits and pieces! 

Martha Stewart Punch
Treasure Gold in Classic
Alphabet Dies
Spiral flower Dies
Tim Holtz Frosted Film
Chip Board Scalloped Rectangle
Ranger Glue and Seal in Matt
Clear and Pepper Embossing Powder by WOW
Stazon ink Black
Momento in Black
Post it notes

Here is how I made it.

Step One.

Cover your chipboard Shape with patterned Paper, I used Prima paper, I adhered this using Glue and Seal in Matt by Ranger.

Step 2.

Using my Distress Paints I daubed around the edges and then used my fingers to blend the paint onto the surface. If you find you have got patches of really strong colour, you can tone it down by adding Antique linen.

Once that had dried I took my Damask stencil by Prima and Antique Linen Distress ink, I applied this in patches over the surface. I sprinkled on my Embossing powder tapped off the excess and zapped it with my Heat Gun.

I carried on using my other stencils with lighter shades of distress ink until I was happy with my background.

Brushes are available from Ali Craft

Step Three.

I stamped my Doll onto card that is suitable for promarkers and coloured her in, I then proceeded to cut her out using fine tipped scissors and a craft knife ( for the gaps between her feet and legs).

Stamp another Doll onto some patterned paper and cut out her dress.

Step Four.

I applied a piece of Frosted film to some Paper from the Prima Pad Devine and stamped directly on top with the Wings stamp. I used Stazon for this step. 

I then used the tutorial by Tammy Tutterow to transfer the pattern to the frosted film, once I had finished this step I used an sizzix embossing folder to add some dimension to her wings.

Wing Detail

Step Five.

Cut out your Spiral Flowers in Felt and assemble. Then punch some Branches from some scraps of paper. 

Step Six.

Cut out your Letters and cover with Versamark and heat emboss using Wow embossing powder in Pepper, add a touch of Treasure gold if you'd like a mottled effect.

Step Seven.

Using the Treasure Gold accent the edges, leave this for about half an hour and then buff it up to give it a real sheen.

Now we can start to put all the elements together.

Adhere your Post it notes to the bottom of your panel, making sure you have room for your doll. Add some foam pads to the back of your doll and add her wings, adhere this to the panel.

Add your letters where you'd like them to be and glue down, I just used an PVA glue in a fine tipped bottle. Next add your flowers and you are finished.

If you own one of these dolls, you could always enter our current monthly blog challenge via HERE.  Do pop on over here to get inspired by the Design Team's creations and for the challenges details and rules.  You could win a £15 voucher to spend on the website.
Please do stop by for another blog project next Monday.

I do hope you liked my project and go on to create your own, These stamps are so much fun to work with!


13 Aug 2013

Crawley workshop 31st August

Ali-Craft Crawley Workshop on Saturday 31st August 2013 in Crawley, West Sussex.

Come join Ali, Heidi & Jane for a day of workshops and fun!
Further details are available on our website

Tag made by Jane using Doo Lally Pip stamps

12 Aug 2013

Prima Mixed Media Doll Project by Heidi

Good morning, it is my turn (Heidi) to share a blog project today using one of the Prima Mixed Media Doll stamps.  The doll I have been given to play with is code 143. She is such a great little shape to colour in/paper piece.

Here is my tag, which I have kept to three colours, not including her hair -
Black, Cream & White.
Here are a selection of the products I have used to make the tag

Prima Tag Blank
Various dies, Magnolia and Memory box
White dotty ribbon
Black Cardstock
White Doily
SU 'Queen for a day' sentiment
Promarkers : Almond, Putty, Sandstone & Caramel.
Momento 'Tuxedo Black' Inkpad
Clear stones

Here are a list of instructions, on how I altered my tag.
(1) Using the various Prima stamps, stamp several images all over the tag using Momento inkpad.
(2) On cream cardstock, stamp up doll, the bingo card & butterfly, cut out. Stamp two of the dress images and stamp over using small flower Prima stamp, cut out and paper piece onto doll.
(3) Die-cut, two black clouds, one set of hearts and one Magnolia border. Cut smaller heart up and stick heart to bingo card and bow to dolls hair.
(4) Colour in dolls hair and skin using Promarker's.
(5) Edge all images including tag & doily with black inkpad.
(6) Stick all elements including black border pieces, clouds, doily etc to tag.
(7) Make two holes to the left of doll, thread through two pieces of ribbon and tie bows.
(8) Add clear stones.

I do hope you have enjoyed my project today, I have really enjoyed playing with my dolly.  There are lots of other Prima Mixed Media Doll stamps HERE on the website.  You will also find the small Prima clear stamps I have used there too.
If you own one of these dolls, you could always enter our current monthly blog challenge via HERE.  Do pop on over here to get inspired by the Design Team's creations and for the challenges details and rules.  You could win a £15 voucher to spend on the website.
Please do stop by for another blog project next Monday,

5 Aug 2013

A Beautiful Life Prima Doll Tag

Hello Everyone! Jane here today and I am going to show you how I made this tag using A Beautiful Life Papers by Echo Park, a Prima sentiment and a gorgeous Prima Mixed Media Doll stamp.

To make the tag, you will need:

A Prima Doll Mixed Media Stamp
Echo Park Beautiful life papers
Prima sentiment stamps
Paper flowers
A small wooden Butterfly embellishment
Ribbon and twine
Alcohol Markers
Pink ink 
A Tim Holtz tiny paperclip
small buttons
Stick on pearls and gems
Large tag
Butterfly punch
Eyelet and Eyelet setter

To make the tag:

1. Cut two strips pf flowery paper and add to top and bottom of the tag. Trim the top with scissors to the shape of the tag

2. Cut a panel of green heart paper the same width as the tag. Add some butterfly doily paper on top leaving a small border on the short borders. Sew around the edges and add to tag. Ink around all edges with pink ink

3. Stamp  the doll onto white card. Colour in skin and hair, shoes, top and skirt frill. Stamp the skirt and jacket on to patterned papers.

4. Cut out the doll and the clothes. Stick the clothes on to the doll image

5. Set an Eyelet in the top of the tag. Stamp the sentiment onto cream paper. Cut into a label shape and ink around the edges. Add to green paper leaving a small border. Add a paper clip and stick to tag with foam pads. Add the doll with foam pads

6. Thread the eyelet with ribbon and decorate the tag with flowers, buttons, punched and wooden butterflies and stick on pearls and gems

I just love playing with these dolls! I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.

3 Aug 2013

Ali Craft Monthly Blog Challenge # 3

Thank you for all of your wonderful entries into our challenge themed 'Butterflies' last month. All of the entries were stunning and the winner of the £15.00 Ali-Craft Voucher is :
Her tag is just beautiful - Well Done Elizabeth!
Please contact Ali (via email address in sidebar) who will forward your prize voucher and you are welcome to take the blinkie from the side-bar for your blog.
Our theme this month is : Prima Dolls.
This month, we are doing something a little different than a normal challenge.  We would like you to use one of the Prima Dolls on your blog entries.  If you would like to join in our challenge and don't have a Prima Doll, you can order one HERE from the Ali-Craft website.
You could win a £15.00 Ali-Craft Voucher to spend on the website, so hurry up and get playing with your Prima Doll and get entering!
Here are our Design Team's creations, all using different Prima Dolls -






Tag by Jean

We would like you to read our rules before entering our challenge, they are
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/project, 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 31st August 2013 @ 4pm and the new challenge, will start on Saturday, 7th September 2013.

Good luck, have fun and get playing with those dollies!