26 May 2014

Prima Cartographer Accordion Card.

Hi, Angela here with the last of my projects using the gorgeous Cartographer pad, stamps and paper flowers.


Started by die cutting the map page and matting and layering the chosen images.

And here it is:

                                                                   The Front Cover.

The Inside Front.

The Back Cover.
The Back.

I used the stamp to decorate the back of the chosen paper using distress inks.
The card was made using the Accordion die by Karen Burniston for Sizzix
and is usually available here.

Everything else was part of the Prima Cartographer paper set.
I also used some of the gorgeous flowers which are available as part of the collection.

Although I have already made several things, I still have about half the set left which shows how much value you are getting for your money.

I hope I have inspired some of you to have a go at producing something with these papers, you will not be disappointed.
I have enjoyed them so much that I now plan to use the new Seaside set for my next projects.

Happy Crafting,
Angela x

18 May 2014

Prima Tag Note Book.

Hi Bloggers  Angela here, pleased you were able to pop along to see my third project made using the Cartographer Paper Pad by Prima.

And here is the product I made.

                                                             The Front.
You can just see some of the inner pages which I decorated using the stamp that Ali sent me.
The only extra things used were the ribbon, white paper and the dome stickers.

And the Back.

Having made this I quite fancied a wallet to store it in and made it using the Faux Leather technique that many of you will have seen Sheena Douglas use.
However instead of using plain craft card, I did it on a sheet of the card from the pad.
And here it is.
The pocket is stamped on unbleached calico fabric and then sewn on to the card during it's construction.

To Make this :

  • Spray the card with the glycerin/water mixture to soften it and keep crinkling the paper and reapplying the glycerin until you get the effect that looks like chamois leather.
  • You need to be careful that it doesn't rip, but the odd cut doesn't matter as it is lined inside.
  • Allow it to dry a little and then go over it with any brown distress ink which will be picked up by the creases.
  • I have used an an embossing folder with mine but that is up to you.
  • You should then seal the ink using a spray glue or apply one with a brush this also serves to strengthen the card.
  • I stamped a large piece of calico big enough to line the inside and make a pocket. I glued the lining to the inside before putting the whole thing together.
  • The back section is longer than the front to allow for the flap.
  • I attached metal fasteners and then joined everything together by machining them.
  • As I had a little of the card left over, I also made two tags which can be seen in the pocket.
  • I have several photographs showing more detail in the manufacture of this product and if you are interested please visit me at Felix the Crafty Cat blog where I have posted them.
Hope you enjoyed this project and I will be back with my final offering next week.

Happy Crafting,
Angela x

12 May 2014

Prima Cartographer Scrapbook Page.

Hi Angela back again and I am here to show you the next project I've been working on, using the Cartographer papers and stamps. 
Here is a reminder of what I used and they are available at Ali-Craft.

For this project I decided to make a scrapbook page.
These papers lend themselves so well to this type of project and
here is the finished page.

To make this:
  • Prepare a 12"x12" piece of card to mount everything on to.
  • Attach your chosen 12"x12" background paper and edge it with distress ink.
  • Choose a suitable photograph to use as a focal point and mount onto card. I actually layered this with card and cork sheet.
  • Cut out all the elements to be used. I like to lay everthing onto the page before attaching anything and when I am happy with the layout, I put them in order on the table ready to go.
  • Once everything was attached I outlined some elements with white or black pen and added glaze, some of the stickers from the pad, 3D Dome Stickers and punched out snowflakes.
  • The sentiments are from the set and so are the letters used to make up the title at the bottom of the page.

I just think these paper pads are great and excellent value for money. I made five different products with the pad and still have loads left over.

Hope you enjoyed this week's project and I will be back again next week with something new.
If you have any questions relating to this project or the set, just leave me a comment and I will get back to you.
This was quite a lengthy project and I do have other photographs showing construction here.

Happy Crafting,

Angela x

5 May 2014

Prima Cartographer Pop-up Box.

Hi Bloggers, Angela here to show you how I used the Cartographer set that Ali sent me.
This is a fantastic set of 16 papers although these are more like card, 1 type and sticker sheet, 1 journalling spot sticker sheet and 2 ATC card sheets. Ali also sent me the stamp and flower embellishments you can see below.
All of these are available here.

For my first sample, I would like to show you the Pop-Up box card I made.
These have become very popular at the moment and they do work really well with these papers.

This shows the card closed and flat.

And here it is open.

To make this card:

  • First I cut out the basic shape for the box by resizing the 12"x 12" sheet to make it A4.
 (If it helps I have an instruction sheet available for this card.
You will need to open it, to see it clearly).
  • Next, I cut out the images that I would use to decorate the box sides and flaps.
  • The balloons where cut out and attached to thin strips of acetate so that when they are fixed inside they appear to be floating above the box.
  • I also used several of the sentiment stickers around the box and the flaps.
  • The Pediment at the back was made using a Tim Holtz die, Ali has these here.
I just love these papers, the quality is excellent and there is so much included in the set.

Hope you have enjoyed this project and I will be back in a week with the next sample.

Happy crafting,
Angela x

2 May 2014

National Scrapbooking Day May 3rd

Hi Crafters

Well on Saturday May 3rd is will be National Scrapbooking Day
So thought we would put together a few scrapbook pages

If you want to join in, just email me your picture and i will add it to this post and on our Facebook page

Happy Scrapbooking

Our first page is by Andrea

Our second page is by Angela

Angela will be showing this as a project later in the month on this blog

Our third page is by me (ali)
As you can see, i just have to add a bit of messy crafting, otherwise it would not be me

Our fourth one is by Iain using the lovely Cartograhpy papers from Prima
Iain did this scrapbook page on a workshop with the lovely Frank Garcia which we were at the Prima workshops in America

Please let us have your comments
ali x

28 Apr 2014

Prima Stationers Desk Papers Post by Barbara

Time to get organized....................

Hi there,

I am back with my final DT project for Ali-Craft. Using the scrumptious Prima Stationers Desk Papers.

Once again I am using this pack.

Stationer's Desk- Collection Kits
Prima Stationers Desk Collection Pack.

I have a horrible habit of writing peoples address's down and then losing them, So I decided to create an address book.

Here it is..............................................

Front Cover.

I took a MDF book with tabbed pages, that I have had in my room for ages, covered the front and back covers with the papers and added to the front a Punched border. Then using some scraps of paper, I made a rose using a Sizzix flower die.

Using a plastic template I added a couple of swirls of Diamantes and then added some of the small flowers, that I had shaped them to give some dimension.

Close up of flower and swirl.

Then I decorated each tabbed page with Tim Holtz stamps, Distress Inks and the small stamps that match the collection.

Inside of Address Book.

First Tabbed Page.
I used the adhesive letters from the collection pack to give each Tab a alphabet section ready for the address to be safely written into.

I hope you enjoyed my final project for Ali-Craft Design Team this month.

Happy Crafting


23 Apr 2014

Prima projects by Barbara

More Prima goodness..............

Hi there,

I am back with my third project for Ali-Craft DT.

Continuing with the theme of items you may use on a day to day basis, I have made a book mark and a Altered giant peg, which you can use to hold a special Photograph or a note for some one.

So here they are.............................

The giant peg, was given a good coating of Gesso, before I added a layer of Espresso Paint dabber. I left it to dry then trimmed some of the Prima paper to fit the front and back, gave them a good edging with Antique Linen Distress Ink and stamped a  few of the small Butterflies in Potting Soil Archival ink.

The other side, using a different pattern.

The Bookmark started life as a giant paper clip and a huge bottle cap!

I gave the bottle cap a coat of Paint Dabber in Espresso left to dry, then cut a circle from some scraps to fit on the inside and edged once again in Antique Linen DI. Molded a butterfly with some Air dry clay; once dry painted and gilded with Treasure Gold (Sorry I had to get use some in my projects lol). Adhered the Butterfly to the centre of the bottle cap. Then using a strong glue (Bostik) I then attached the Bottle Cap to the Paper Clip.

Close up of the Butterfly........

I hope you have enjoyed my project this week, Don't forget to pop back next Monday for my final piece.

Happy Crafting.


18 Apr 2014

Becky Higgins Project Life

Just arrived ..................

We have a large range of the fab Project Life by Becky Higgins now in stock on our website

Project Life is a back-to-basics approach to memory-keeping. This system is so simple, it's revolutionary.

The very basics that you need to complete an album are:
  1. 12x12 Binder
  2. Project Life® Core Kit
  3. Big Pack of Photo Pocket Pages
for more details pop over to the project life website

Get started on your project now with the help of Project Life
make sure to send your pictures to our ali-craft Facebook page
ali x

15 Apr 2014

Let's alter it......................................

Let's alter it......................................

Hi there,

I am back with the second project for Ali-Craft DT, using the delicious papers by Prima.

Stationer's Desk- Collection Kits
Prima Stationers Desk.
I decided to make some stationary items, things that people may use on a day to day basis. So my first piece is an altered Chipboard Panel, you can buy these from Ali-Craft you may need to call them, as I am not sure they are on the website.

So here it is.............................

Note Pad holder.

I took the Chipboard Panel and gave it a coat of Espresso Paint Dabber (it's about the only one of mine that has not dried up!)

I then drew around the panel on a sheet of the Prima Paper, then trimmed it so I would get a border around the panel. I coloured the edges of the paper with Antique Linen Distress ink and then stamped a few of the Butterflies using Potting Soil Archival Ink.

I had a rummage through my stash and found a Bulldog clip, I took it apart and coated it with some Glue and Seal by Ranger, then painted the handle with some Espresso Paint Dabber, whilst that was drying I Covered the barrel of the clip with some scraps of Prima paper ( waste not want not). once it was all dry I re-assembled the clip. 

Altered Bulldog Clip.

I adhered the paper to the panel making sure there was a even border, I then pierced a hole near the top, aligned the hole on the Bulldog clip over it and attached it with a fancy Brad.

I choose a sticker from the sticker sheet and placed it near the bottom and added some of the smaller Prima blooms that match the collection, to give it a bit more dimension.

Flowers from the Prima Collection.

Well I hope you all enjoyed this weeks project.

Happy Crafting.

7 Apr 2014

Prima Stationery Desk by Barbara

The art of Prima.....................................

Hi there,

Well I have been absent for a while, my apologies, I have been a bit busy working on a few things, mainly ideas for future workshops and my Design Team projects.

Any way It is my turn to show you all, what I have created for Ali-Craft design Team for April.

I was given the beautiful 12 x 12 kit from Prima called "Stationers Desk".
It is stunning, a palette of Browns, Beige's and Reds, my favourite colours ahhhhhhhhhh. I was also given the mini stamp set and some small paper flowers both of which are from the same collection.

So here it is

Stationer's Desk- Collection Kits
Available here

It is full of Papers, Note card's and stickers including Alpha's.

So here is my first project to show you. I decided that I would make a card, using the gorgeous 12 x 12 papers and some Dies.

Stationers Desk by Prima.

I cut two large shaped pieces of card to create my card, scored one at 1" from the top edge to create the hinge and glued them together.

Then using the next size die I cut a layer from the Prima Stationers desk and then edged it using DI ink in Antique linen. Randomly stamped over with the Butterfly in Potting Soil Archival Ink, then adhered to the card using Foam pads to give a bit of dimension.

I proceeded to cut some spiral flowers from the card stock and rolled them to create roses and added a diamante in the centre.

Whilst they were drying, I cut a swirl from some scraps of the Prima papers, then cut a few narrow strips, made them into flag shapes. I stamped a verse from Paper Artsy ELB05 and heat embossed it using Wow powders and then distressed the edges.

I checked my rolled Roses were dry and went onto assemble my card, I adhered the die cut swirl  first then added the flags to underneath the stamped panel and attached it to the card once again using foam pads for dimension. Then I added the roses, using wet glue and left to dry.

Well I hope you have enjoyed my first project using the Prima stationers desk collection, please come back next week, where I will have another project to show you.

Happy Crafting

Barbara xx

31 Mar 2014

A Botanica Tag

Hello, here is my last project using the gorgeous set from Craftwork Cards 'Botanica'.  It is a really beautiful set, that I have loved playing with.

Ali has this gorgeous set at a special price of £15.00 on the website HERE.

Here is how I put the tag together, using the glorious papers, die-flowers, birds and sentiments.  I have added some lovely lace and a few lilac pearls.

(1) Firstly, half cover the tag with some butterfly paper and the top half with some of the script paper.
(2) Push out a die-cut of a bird and stick centrally on the tag.
(3) Cut a small square of butterfly paper, stick to top of tag, punch out hole.
(4) Cut around another of the birds and cover bird image, using sticky pads.
(5) Add lace across front of tag and loop some at the top, through hole.
(6) Push out two smaller die-cut flowers and stick down as shown.
(7) Add small sentiment to bottom of tag.
(8) Cut out one of the pink butterflies and attach to side of tag, over lace.
(9) Add lilac pearls to flower centres and randomly on tag.

I do hope you have enjoyed my 'Monday' projects, using this gorgeous set.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today and for any comments left,



24 Mar 2014

Botanica Mini-Envelope Album Blog Project

Good morning,
Heidi here to share my third blog project using the gorgeous 'Botanica' set from Craftwork Cards.
Ali has this super set on special offer on the website for £15.00 - HERE
I have made a little mini-envelope album from four white envelopes measuring : 13cms x 13cms. I stuck the flaps to the backs of each other envelope.
Here is my album
Above, is the front of the book, don't you just love these gorgeous papers?
I have added some lace and lots of pearls!

Here is the first inside pages, have added some doilies and lots of cut-out butterflies.

The second lot of pages, where I have made a huge multi-petal flower and added some lace.

Lastly, the beautiful bird die-cut, with flowers and more butterflies and lots more pearls.
I do hope you have enjoyed my little project today, back with my fourth and final using 'Botanica' next Monday.

22 Mar 2014

Ali-Craft Monthly Challenge # 10 - 'Spring'

Good morning.  Thank you to all that entered into our 'Valentine' challenge last month.  We had lots of fantastic entries. 
Our winner of the £10 voucher to spend on the Ali-Craft website is :
# 8 - Sandie
Well done! Please contact Ali on the email address in the sidebar and she will forward you, your code.
Today, we are launching our 'Spring' challenge, and the Ali-Craft Design Team, would like to see lots of bright, colourful entries.  You can enter a card, scrap page, mini-album, anything that encapsulates 'Spring'.
Here is our prize :

£10 to spend online.
Winner will receive a special code from Ali to use the online.

To our Design Team creations, feast your eyes!

A box card by Angela

A card by Ali

A card by Andrea

A Canvas by Becki


A card by Heidi

 We would like you to follow the rules below when entering our challenges.
 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 Friday, 2nd May 2014 to enter and our May challenge will go live on : Saturday, 3rd May 2014.
We look forward to seeing your entries, so get creating and leave us a link below.
The Ali-Craft Design Team

17 Mar 2014

Botanica Birthday Card

Hi, Heidi here to share another blog project with you today.
I have made a vintage birthday card using the gorgeous Craftwork Cards  - 'Botanica' collection that Ali is selling at a very special price on the website.
You can purchase this gorgeous set for only £15.00 - HERE
If you know me well, you will know that I absolutely love birds and anything with birds on, so this little kit is right up my street.  It has some beautiful floral die-cuts along with bird ones, which mix and match together so well.  Inked up it can look quite vintage, along with some gorgeous ribbon trim and pearls is an ideal set to use for special cards and gifts.
Here is my card for this week using the set.
Here are the products I used to make my card :
Botanica Paper & Die-Cut pack
Shaped Card blank
Tim Holtz 'Victorian Velvet' Inkpad
Rose ribbon trim
Small cream pearls
Circle die and Big Shot Die-cutting machine
Sticky tape
Sticky foam pads
Here is how I made the card :
(1) Using the circle die, die-cut the large circle, ink edges and stick to card blank.
(2) Put out a bird die-cut, edge with ink as before.
(3) Stick die-cut to left edge of card.
(4) Edge 'Happy birthday' sentiment with ink and add sticky pads to reverse, stick down.
(5) Push out five small flowers, edge with ink and add pearls.
(6) Stick rose ribbon trim to bottom of card using strong tape.
(7) Add flowers around the card as shown.
I do hope you have enjoyed my little project today, I will share another next week.
Ali-Craft Design Team