30 Sep 2013

Doo Lally Pip Board By Ali

Doo Lally Pip Board By Ali

Morning Crafters, hope you are all enjoying the great weather we have been having, hope for a few more days of sun

I have used the great cling Doo Lally Pip stamps for this board.
If you are going to the Harrogate Craftwork Cards show this weekend, we have the lovely Lindsey Mason demoing on stand on Saturday with all her great Doo Lally Pip stamps, so stop by and say Hi!

All stamps and craft goodies can be found on our website

I used the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints to cover an 8x8 mount board panel, base coated in black, then went over in streaks of white

I then used an Andy Skinner skull mask, with PaperArtsy Grunge paste with a small amount of dimension paste mixed in to give the bubbly raised effect

Add a side panel of card which i had put through the big shot, and then coated that and the skulls with gold paint

I stamped and layer the Doo Lally Pip stamps, coloured in with the distress marker pens
The wording is also from the Doo Lally Pip stamp range, which i ripped and edged with distress inks
Finished off with some embellishments

These are great stamps to use, and a great price at £5.99 per set
Hope to see you all at one of the shows we are attending
hugs ali x

24 Sep 2013

Graphic45 French Country Project by Andrea + Ali

French Country Project

This was a project i did at Wrexham, Chirk
Clare Charvil (dt for Graphic45 and Ali-Craft) was unable to attend the workshop at the time, so came up with the idea for the black base of the book for this project, details of which can be found on her blog mycreativespirit

Pages for inside were designed by Andrea and Ali

I have been asked by several crafters to put pictures onto the blog, so here you are

We have a limited stock of the 12x12 French Country, so i have put them on a special price of £15.99 on the website, also the 8x8 french country paper pad at a special of £8.99, so make sure to pop over to the blog and get yours whilst stock last

                       Front is made using coffee sticks painted white, and the die is a spellbinders

 Die is a lattice die by spellbinder (sorry we don't stock dies, but you can get them from Oyster Stamps

We hope this has inspired you to have a go
Ali + Andrea xx

22 Sep 2013

Eclectica 'Flora and Fauna' Wall Hanger

Hello, it's my turn (Heidi) to share a blog project with you this week.  I have been playing with a fabulous set of stamps from 'Paperartsy' called 'The Beauty of a Garden' and have made a wall hanger.
As our theme this month on the blog is 'Autumn', so I thought I would use some autumnal coloured distress inks and the above is the result of lots of stamping.
Here are the stamps I have used
You can purchase them HERE from the Ali-Craft shop.
I have used these Distress Ink Pads (available from website)
and this great little verse from Stampendous
Other Products Used :
Brown, Orange & Green Cardstock from Stamping Up
Wooden Buttons available from Ali-Craft
String from stash
(1) Start off stamping out your images onto a 12cm x 12cm square of good quality white cardstock.
(2) Stamp over using 'verse' stamp and 'Brushed Corduroy' inkpad, edge around all images with inkpad.
(3) Cut out second flowers and attach sticky pads to reverse. Stamp up sentiment.
(4) Stamp around the edges of the coloured card with the stamp in the same colour as the images.
(5) Attach a piece of string to image, securing at back of work.
(6) Stick down and together with other pieces of card, attach button
(7) Make holes in top of hanger, attach string and last button.
Here is a close up of the finished wall hanger.
Do hope you have enjoyed my project today. Please don't forget to enter our present challenge, you could win an Ali-Craft gift voucher. Just click onto the sidebar to visit the challenge.
Bye for now,

17 Sep 2013

Steampunk Spells Tag Album by Annette Green

Saw this fabulous tag book on the Graphic45 blog and wanted to share it you
The album is by Annette Green a DT member for Graphic45

You can get the 8x8 and 12x12 steampunk spells paper pads from our website, along with lots of lovely Graphic45 pads and craft goodies
Enter the code CREATIVE on checkout to get a 10% discount (excluding workshops and sales items)

Go on and have a try at this tag book

15 Sep 2013

A Steampunk Spells 2 card

Hello Everyone! Jane here today with a card I have made using the Steampunk Spells 2 stamp set which is available here from Ali Craft. I loved playing with this stamp set and have put together a tutorial to show you how I made the card.

To make the card you will need:

Black soot, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade Distress inks
Black Archival ink
White Pigment ink
Stickles Glitter glue
Cog dies
Black and Lavender card
Metal cogs and a spinner
Heat gun
Purple Shimmer spray

Step by Step instructions:

1. Stamp cogs on a piece of white card in a random pattern in White Pigment ink

2. Dry with a heat gun. You need to make sure the images are dry before going 
on to the next step

3. Blend Distress inks over the stamped cogs starting with the lighter colours in the centre.

4. Continue Blending inks to cover the whole sheet and dry with heat gun

5. Spray with Purple Shimmer spray and dry with heat gun

6. Cut a square measuring 11.5x11.5cm from the finished background

7. Stamp the hot air balloon image in the centre using Archival ink, dry with heat gun and paint the moon face with Stickles by squeezing a blob on your craft sheet and painting it on with a brush

8. Stamp some cogs in black distress inks and the postmark using Dusty Concord. Blend black distress inks around the edges

9. Die cut some cogs from black card and to the card base. Stamp 'Frightful' on left over strip from the background and cut into a banner shape.

10. Sew around the edges of the image panel and mount onto black and lavender card. Add a spinner in the top right hand corner and add to card base at an angle. Add the sentiment strip and a card cog and finish with metal cogs and some stick on gems.

11. Here is a close up of the moon, it really sparkles!

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial. Have a lovely Monday!

The Chemist by Anne Redfern

I was chatting to the lovely Anne at Manchester show, as she has very kindly allowed me to share this with you.  Please make sure to visit her blog for more great work

The Chemist

Do you ever have times when you would like to create something, not for any particular challenge, but just for yourself?  These days I seem to take forever to create things for challenges - so this one is just for me and just for fun.  As a child, my lovely Dad built me a beautiful Doll's House and I spent many months decorating it and building furniture for it and creating little scenes.  When I saw Tim's new stamps of 'The Chemist' I immediately wanted them so that I could make a Chemist's shop or some kind of display.  Easier said than done!  I tried using a configuration box but the images, although quite large, just did not work.  I don't have one of the new slimmer configuration boxes with a lid, which would have been perfect, but undaunted I used a box that I already had in my stash.  After all, this was meant to be just for fun.........

The box is 6.1/2" square and just over 1" deep, it is very sturdy and you can see in the photo that I have started marking out a window.

And this is what the shop front ended up looking like.  The finished item has an acetate window but I left it off so that I could photograph it better.

The Chemist's pots and jars are coloured with Distress Inks and they have been set on a small table created from card.  The Chemist and pot stamps come separately so that you can place them in different situations.  I love that about this set of stamps.  The wall in the background has been created with backing paper and the 'chemical formula' on the wall has been stamped with black Archival Ink.

The lamp shade was created from card and the bulb is a Tim Holtz Ideaology bulb.

The window frame has been painted with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish in Vintage Lace as the base.  This was coated with Crackle Glaze and then over-painted with Fresco Finish Chocolate Pudding.

The bottles are Ideaology - they have been tinted with alcohol inks, one in Rust, one in Denim Blue and then the jars were filled with coloured sand.

The labels are by 7Gypsies.  What self respecting Chemist in those days would have been without a bottle of Arsenic....

The sign base above the window has been created with a Tim Holtz On the Edge die - Plaque and Postage.

The colours on the chemist sign are the same as the window but I applied a thicker coat of Crackle Glaze and used a thinner top coat to give a more weathered look.  Alpha Parts have been used for the word.

I am so pleased with this set of stamps, the images are large - well done to Brett Wedele for designing them and to Tim for using those designs.

Thanks for looking!  Take care and have fun creating.  Big hugs, Anne x

8 Sep 2013

Graphic 45

Hi it is Becky here and this week is my turn. I had to use Graphic 45 paper Secret Garden.I have enjoy the challenge.
I also did a money wallet which you will be able to see on my blog

This month I am using Graphic 45 Secret Garden paper, I loved the paper it smells lovely and is almost a light  card weight rather than paper.
I started with a 5x7  blank card then chose a blue paper from the pack, tore it to size and stamped randomly over it using Tim Holtz and Artistic Stamper stamps, going around the edges using DI Broken China and Walnut Stain and then embossed, layered on to black card and attach to card I then tore a strip of of contrasting card which  matched  the topper I used and put across the middle of card. With the topper I added some glossy accents over flowers and leaves layered on to black card and using Pinflair glue to make it stand proud of the card. I then die cut some flowers using Tim Holtz die Tattered Floral sprayed with Spray and Sparkle and made up using a brad  though the middle attach 1 at top and 1 at bottom, I added the word 'dream' and a key and birdcage metal embellishment which I attached a piece of bakers twine though the hole and tied in knot. I did take extra pics and then change my design completely and then forgot to take pics must try better next time.

          Thank You


7 Sep 2013

Ali-Craft Monthly Blog Challenge - # 4

Hello, welcome to another monthly challenge.  We had some wonderful entries into our last challenge, themed 'Prima Dolls'. You really showed how you much you loved playing with them and their versatility with some great layouts, tags & cards.
The winner of the challenge, picked randomly and the £15 voucher to spend on the online shop is :


here is her gorgeous tag
Well done! Please contact Ali via the email on the side-bar, so that she can send out your prize.
Our theme for September is :  'Autumn'. 
This can include any images and colours that depict autumn and autumnal colours.  Please do check out our challenge rules below, before entering.
The prize is a £15.00 voucher for spending on the online shop HERE
Our Design Team have come up with some stunning work again this month, check them out!

Angela's Tag

Ali's Card

Andrea's Card

Barbara's Tag

Heidi has altered two MDF Heart using a
JOFY Set of Stamps & Autumn colour ink-Pads

Jane's Autumn Tag

 Becky's Autumn Tag

                                                                   Card by Stacey

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 Friday 28th September 2013 @ 4pm and the new challenge,will start on Saturday, 5th October 2013.
We do hope that you will take part in our challenge and look forward to popping over to see your creations.
Good Luck!
The Ali-Craft Design Team

6 Sep 2013

Doo Lally Pip Cards by Lisa Coles

Morning Crafters
Lisa has very kindly shared her wall hanging and card she made using the fab Doo Lally Pip stamp

You can see Lisa's project in full by popping over to her blog

Lisa has just started her blog, so please support a new blogger, as i'm sure she will have lots more fab project to share

Thank you so much for sharing with us Lisa xx

Make sure to pop back to the blog today as the next blog challenge will be starting ..............