25 Jan 2014

Hels Sheridan Workshop at Our Daventry Retreat

Morning Crafters

Just wanted to share the project by Hels Sheridan at our January Daventry Retreat

Hels did a wall hanging using sprays, mica mists, flowers and embellishments

Iain, Hels and Ali

Finished Project

Close up of finished project

 Hels demoing the sprays

You need an A4 piece of card stock, we used cream
Stick die cut shapes and any texture pieces you want to add, to give dimension to the card stock

Paint over with white gesso, and dry with heat gun

Once dry, spray with colour mists, we used Dylusions

Also spray a selection of flowers and flowers.
Then spray over with a shimmer mist

This is one done using different colours

Once the card has dried
Go round each die cut shape with a black pencil to give dimension, you will find this makes them pop out.

Now cut your A4 card stock into ATC size pieces, 2.5" x 3.5"
Cut down a piece of mount board 8.5" x 11.5" and paint with black acrylic paint
Once the mount board is dry, stick your ATC pieces on.

Decorate with flowers, metal embellishment, etc
Stamp out some words onto white card using Archival black ink, edge these word pieces with a distress ink pad, colour to go with your project, and mount onto ATC's

You can frame your finished piece or attach cord and use as a wall hanging

These are a selection of finished projects by some of our lovely crafters

We hope your join in with this project
A big thanks to Hels for a great and messy day x

20 Jan 2014

Daventry Weekend Retreat Pictures

Hi Everyone

Just back from our fab Daventry weekend retreat

This is our 3rd Daventry Retreat, and i think it has been our best one so far.  Keep an eye out for our next one in September

These pictures are mainly from Rob's workshop, we also had a Friday workshop with Hels Sheridan, and a fab workshop with Linda Brown, so more pictures to follow over the next week or so

A big thank you to every one involved in this weekend, need a weeks rest now
Big hugs Ali + Iain xx

Sorry only managed to get half the crafters in photo

Chris with Maria and Diana

Wing for clock
Base coated in Alcohol inks by Iain, then texture paste through a mask (masks were designed by Rob (mdf) man

Rob working hard

Each clock became a piece of art, each one was different, fantastic work by all

What a lovely pair x

A big thanks to Rob (mdf) man, and for the lovely Aly (robs partner)  who helped out through the day, even thought she is nearly 7 months pregnant.

More pictures to follow
ali xx

11 Jan 2014

Dylusions Stamps Tag Book

Hi, Angela here from Felix the Crafty Cat, hope you all had a great Christmas.
It's my turn this week to bring you a project using the Dylusions stamp set called  Mini Couture.


 I decided to make a three page tag book and to start this I used the Tag Pad by Julie  Nutting by spraying the tags with Crafty Notions inks.

These are not colours I tend to use very often but felt we all need something to brighten things up a little at this time of the year.

I also needed some other colours of card so used distress inks, rubbing the pad onto a craft sheet, spritzing it with water and then dabbing and dragging the card over it.

These inks are also available from Ali-Craft.
Don't you just love the range that is now available!
When the tags were dry, I stamped the chosen designs as shown below on the card and also on masking paper.

To add more colour and texture to the background I used Tim Holtz stencils and a distress ink, there are a range of these available from Ali-Craft. 
I stamped several of the images onto the sprayed papers which would later be cut out.

I continued to decorate the tags with stencils and stamps.
Next I cut out the shapes which I had stamped onto the sprayed card.
By using a paper mask on sections of the skirts and the man's shirt, I stamped patterns to give more interest to the design.
These patterned stamps work really well with this technique as the Mini Couture are outline stamps.
The background stamps were also Dylusions.
I used Doodle Parts and Basic Backgrounds.

This photograph gives a clear view of the technique but if you need any further information please leave me a comment and I will get back to you.

Remove the mask and add a bow.
I added a border to the tags using a Dylusion stamp.
I felt at this stage that it was still missing something so rubbed some pink and purple distress ink around the edge and added some hand written text.
To complete the tag book I mounted it onto yellow card and added ribbon, stickles glue and 3D glaze on parts of the clothing.
I think it's really noticeable how the glaze brings out the colour.

 I hope you like the finished Tag Book and would very much appreciate any comments.
Big Crafty Hugs,
Angela x



6 Jan 2014

A look back at 2013

Wishing you all a Happy New Year
lots of new ideas to come from our design team in the next 12 months

A look back at some of the fab work from our design team through 2013

A Butterfly Wall hanging by Heidi

Lovely Card by Becky using the Graphic45 papers

Using the Dool Lally Pip stamps by Ali

A work of art by Angela using Graphic45 steampunk spells stamps

Just loved this tag by Jane using the Prima doll stamp

A fantastic dress made by Andrea on her first full attempt at dressmaking

Card using the fab Artistic Outpost stamps 
by Clare

Just loved this card by Barbara
using Doo Lally Pip stamps

We hope you enjoyed all the projects from our lovely design team, and a big thank you to all those wonderful crafters who took the time to enter our blog challenges through the past year

Watch out for more to come in 2014


4 Jan 2014

Ali-Craft Monthly Challenge # 8 - 'Anything Goes'

Happy New Year to you!
Hope you had a wonderful crafty Christmas and was spoilt rotten with lots of craft goodies!
Our last challenge of 2013 was themed 'Christmas', we had lots of great entries.

Our winner of the £10 Ali-Craft voucher is :
Avril B # 10
Here is her winning entry :
Well done! Please contact Ali on the email on the sidebar opposite and she will forward you your voucher.
Our first challenge of 2014 is 'Anything Goes', so get creative and the Design Team are looking forward to seeing what you make.

The prize this month : 

1 x 8x8 Graphic45 Secret Garden paper pad
1 x 8x8 Graphic45 French Country paper pad

 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 Saturday 31st January 2014 to enter and our February challenge will go live on : Saturday, 1st February 2014.
 Here are our Design Team creations, hope you feel inspired by them :
Ali has made a great tag, using Tim Holtz stamps

Andrea has made a great vintage card

Angela has made an altered envelope, and

a page from an envelope journal

Heidi has altered a tag using 'Tim Holtz' - 'Remnants' stamp set
Jane has made a card using 'Doo Lally Pip' stamp - 'Daahling'
Please leave us a link below, so that we can come over to see what you have created.  You have
until :

Friday, 31st January 2014

to enter and the winner of the challenge, will be announced on the next challenge post.
Good luck and get crafting!
The Ali-Craft Team