28 Oct 2013

Graphic 45 -Typography Hanging

Hi all it is me Becky's again  Ali at Ali-craft  gave me the challenge of using Graphic 45 Typography paper this month so here goes.

I must say I have been converted to Graphic 45 it is lovely to use and the quality is very good.I decided to do a hanging
  I started with a piece of mountboard which I covered in paper  then when around the edges with  Tim Holtz tissue tape  using a graphic 45 stamp of the alphabet and typewriter I stamped them on paper the I put a light coat of gesso over it.

Then using Tim's dies tattered florals  and  tattered leaves I edged using walnut stain then sprayed them with perfect pearls scrunch them up and allow to dry when dry flatten the out lightly and put  the flower together using a brad  attach to hanging I used pinflair to attached it with and then I poked leaves underneath

 I then tore and couple of strips of contrasting  paper  and put on either side I also cut out the word Typography which I put on top right corner at a angle.before I attached any of the paper I edged it with walnut stain DI.I then punched to hole at top and threaded brown raffia though the tying knots in the front.

.Added a couple of pen nibs to the left side.Then cut out one of the toppers from pack tripled embossed it and put on top left hand side made up a gem embellishment and put on raffia.

                                                              Do hope you all like it.

21 Oct 2013

Halloween Accordion Card by Angela

Hi Blogging Friends  Angela here from Felix the Crafty Cat, hope you are all well.
Ali has asked me to design a Halloween card for you, well it's that time of the year lol!
I just had to try out the accordion die by Karen Burniston so here goes.
For this card I have used:
  • Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Papers and Stickers available from Ali-Craft.
  • Stiff Acetate.
  • Tim Holtz Cobweb Sizzlits decorative strip die.
  • Karen Burniston Accordion Flip 3D die.
  • Sizzix Sizzlits Bats die.
  • Tim Holtz Spider from the Candlelight Fright Bigz die.
  • Stickles glue.
  • Gems.
  • Metal brads.
This card may look complicated but is actually quite easy to make and there are instructions which come with the die.
I love using these papers, everything just goes together so well.

                           Inside of the card.

Card Front.

Back of the Card.
  • First die cut the chosen papers to create the front and back sections. I have used four sections but any number can be cut, it's your decision.
I have also cut the same pieces in a plain card as I didn't feel that the patterned paper was stiff enough for this type of card.
I know you are probably thinking it's a shame as the paper is double sided but that's life lol!
  • Next, attach the die cut paper sections to the die cut card sections and join them together to create the front.
  • Die cut the bats and glue them to the acetate, these will need to be attached before the back is completed. I just love using this technique as it really looks as though the bats are flying.
  • Attach the patterned paper to the back and position the Stickers.
  • I did mat and layer some of the stickers before attaching them to the main sections and added metal brads.
  • Complete with ribbons, gems, cobwebs and Stickles.
Hope you liked this card and are tempted to have a go at using these papers to make your own Halloween cards.
Happy Crafting,
Angela x 

13 Oct 2013

Jofy by Jove........................

Hi there,

 It is my turn (Barbara) to showcase a product from Ali-craft as part of their design team.

I was asked to use some stamps designed by Jo-Firth Young, the set I am using is Jofy12.

Here is my project, I know it's another tag, there is a reason for this. I wanted to use a variety of mediums and I needed something that would stand up to the challenge! In this case a Chipboard tag came to my rescue.................

Here is a list of Products I used to create this tag.

Jofy plate 12
Archival ink in Jet Black
Glue and Seal in Matte
Grunge Paste
Crackle Glaze
Vintage Lace, Beach Hut and Snowflake Fresco Paints
Cut and Dry Foam
Water Colour Crayons (my stash)
Treasure Gold in Silver

All products I used are available from Ali-craft, with the exception of the water colour crayons.

If you cannot see the product on their website give them a call..............

Now don't go thinking that it is just a simple tag, it is not. There are a few processes I used in order to achieve the look I wanted!

Step one.

Take your Tag and slap a good coat of Gesso onto it and let dry.

Gesso going on.

Step Two.

Paint a base layer of colour, I used Beach Hut mixed with Snowflake white Fresco finish Paints by PaperArtsy.

You can see the ratio approximately here.

Step Three.

Once your base layer has dried, I gave mine a blast with my heat gun to speed the process up.
Take the Crackle glaze (I used the one by Paperartsy.) following their instructions, I scraped a thin layer onto my tag using a palette knife and let it dry.

Step Four.

Once the crackle had dried, I took a piece of Cut n Dry foam and sponged on some Vintage Lace Fresco paint, by using a sponge you get a much smaller crackle, id you were to use a paint Brush you get a more open crackle effect.

see the crackle effect here.

Step Five.

Now grab hold of any stencils you'd like to use and your favourite inks, I like to use the Distress Inks when I am using stencils. Now decorate the tag, keeping it fairly subtle as you wan the stamped images to be the main focus.

As you can see I have used a variety of stencils here.

The blue criss cros was stamped with Blue Archival ink.

Step six.

Now take some Grunge Paste, I used Paperartsy's on my tag. Using a brick stencil I scraped some paste onto my tag in the lower left hand corner. I wanted to give an impression of a ruined wall.

Once this had dried, I noticed that the paste had cracked, this was due to the crackle paste underneath, that’s what I call a happy accident !!!!

I then added some colour on top of the  paste.

Look at that crackle effect.

Step Seven.

On to some old book paper I stamped using Archival ink, the main flower from the stamp set and put aside.

I then stamped my images onto my tag, onmce again using Archival ink as I wanted to use some water colour crayons to colour the images.

From the previously stamped flowers I coloured them in using my water colour crayons and cut them out. I the adhered them onto the tag with Glue and Seal in matt

Stamped onto Tag

Image stamped onto old Book paper and coloured.
Adhered to the tag using Glue and Seal Matt
I then stamped the wording onto some old book paper and adhered to my tag using the Glue and Seal again.

Step Eight.

Once everything had dried I added a touch of Treasure Gold in silver, around the edges and some on to the Grunge Paste ruined wall.

Many thanks for looking at my project.

Happy Crafting


8 Oct 2013

Demo Cards By Lindsay Mason

As promised i have taken some pictures of the cards that Lindsay made during the Harrogate show on saturday.
Lindsay isa freelance artist, designer and demonstrator, and designed the  Doo Lally Pip stamp range, which we stock on our website

Lindsay has her own blog if you want to pop over to see what else she has been working on

hope you enjoy, will try to get some more pictures at the weekend, as Lindsay is at the Leigh Sincerely Yours show x

7 Oct 2013

Pumpkin Power

Hi peeps

With Halloween not long away and all that Trick or Treating to prepare for I thought I'd share how I've made my Halloween Treat/Gift bags with you.  This is one of a few I've made from my favourite paper in the Steampunk Spells collection by G45.
I started off with two pieces of A4 black card, scored the crease lines with my Scor-pal and then cut all the flaps, ready to stick together.
Then I made the decoration on the front from the Happy Halloween cut apart, a couple of pumpkins and two Seymore Bones from the 12 x 12 and 8 x 8 papers.  I trimmed down the cut apart, cut out the sentiment and repositioned the bottom border under the pumpkins, then I shaped the two pumpkins with a ball tool to give them some dimension, added Mr & Mr Seymore Bones to the large basket with some pop dots and then stuck the pumpkins down over the ones on the cut apart.  Then I mounted the piece on black card and stuck it to the front of the bag over the blue background paper.  

 I added the handles, used blue paper to cover the rest of the bag while it was still flat and added a black Martha Stewart spider web border with paper trim to the top edges before joining the two sections together .
to finish I added some green glitter to the pumpkin leaves, and a black bow to the handles.
 Have fun if you make some yourself and have a great week.

I'll be joining Ali and Ian on their stand at the Hobbycraft show at the NEC in November and hosting the make and take sessions, so if your planning on going to the show call by the stand early to book a place and make our festive tag with a twist.  :-) C

5 Oct 2013

Ali-Craft Monthly Challenge # 5 - 'Halloween'

Hi and welcome to another challenge.
Many thanks to all that took part in our challenge themed 'Autumn' last month, we had lots of great entries.
The winner picked at rondom is :
Well done Chris! Here is her stunning tag!

Please contact Ali (on sidebar) and she will advise on how to claim your voucher.
Now to our challenge for October.  As it is the month for all things 'Halloween', that is our challenge.  We would like to see your projects as creepy and scary as you can make them.  Lots of purples, blacks, greens and oranges along with great creepy images.

There is a £10 website voucher up for grabs for the winner picked at random.

Now to our Design Team work, they have been very busy getting in the spirit of the challenge.
Welcome to Iain, who is sharing his Halloween project with us

 Iain's project

Angela has made a great tag, using 'Halloween' stamps

Canvas made by Guest Designer Becky

Barbara's card using lots of Halloween images

Claire has made Halloween themed Easel card

Jane has made a Halloween box

Andrea's halloween outfit for Paige

There are a few rules to follow, when 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.
You have until Saturday, 26th October to enter our challenge and the November challenge will go live on Saturday 2nd, November 2013.
Good luck and looking forward to seeing what you create.
The Ali-Craft Design Team

1 Oct 2013

Follow + share our Blog for a chance to win an 8x8 Graphic45 paper pad

Follow + share our Blog for a chance to win an 8x8 Graphic45 paper pad

We will be choosing 4 winners who follow and share our blog to win ONE 8X8 GRAPHIC45 PAPER PAD - you have until the end of October when the winners will be randomly selected

If you are already a follower, you can still enter by sharing it, please leave a comment to let me know you are already a follower

We have a fab Design Team who do a new project each week, and a Monthly blog challenge, and want to share this with all those crafters out their.

Please leave a comment to let me know you are a follower and have shared 
Best of luck and keep watching
ali x