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

12 Mar 2014

WOYWW What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday post

Hi Guys

Well i thought i would give it a go, not that good at trying to link things, Heidi normally does that for me

Will try to do a longer and better post for next week, so keep watching


What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday

Well all i can say, is my desk is as usual very messy
so much going on in my head all the time, and never the time to get it all done.

I am sorting out all the bits and pieces to do a mixed media money box house from the MDF man, so lots of paint, ribbon, buttons, you know the sort of things

This project is going to be for a workshop later in the year, so i can see lots of forward planning involved.

Can i just say, this is tidy for me xx

Well off now to see if i can do the link, wish me luck 

10 Mar 2014

Bo Bunny Book Project by Lin Brown from our January Daventry Retreat

Morning Crafter

This is the fab project by Lin Brown ( from our last Daventry Retreat

Lin will be doing another fabulous project in September at our next Daventry Retreat, more details at end of this post

The book used it from Bo Bunny range (we do have a couple left, which we will take to the NEC Birmingham show)
Also used are Fresco Finish paints,  two new sets of paints by Lin are now available, stamps, grunge paste and yes the lovely treasure gold + lots more

We will have all products on our stand at the nec Birmingham
Stand A21

Lin demoing with the grunge paste

Finished project

if you fancy coming along to any of our craft weekend then just pop over to our website for details

these are the dates for our next two

Stirling Highland weekend Craft Retreat Deposit
 July Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th 2014

Come along and join Ali and Iain (ali-craft) and Gillian Simson for a great Mixed Media crafting weekend



Come and join Ali + Iain (Ali-Craft) Jennie (artistic stamper) , and Lin Brown (LB Crafts, blog is for a fab, fun weekend of crafting


Happy Crafting ali x

3 Mar 2014

A Botanical Photo Frame Card

Good morning,
Heidi here to share my first of four projects, using a beautiful set from Craftwork Cards called 'Botanica'.  You can purchase this gorgeous set of papers and die-cuts from Ali's website HERE, at the special price of £15.00 for March only or while stocks last.
Over the next four Monday's, I will be sharing a new project using this set.

 Firstly, here is a Photo Frame Card that I have made.  These cards are great to give as gifts or lovely as special frames to brighten up a dull corner or bookcase.  I have also decorated the inside of the card using the wonderful papers and die-cut flowers and tags.

Here is the card without photo
 Here is the inside of the card

Here are the products I used to make the Photo Frame Card.
Products :
Craftwork Cards - Botanica Set
White 15cms x 15cms White Card Blank
Brown Cardstock
White Cardstock
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Tim Holtz 'Victorian Velvet' inkpad
Square Dies in two sizes
Die-Cutting Machine
Double-Sided Tape
Sticky Pads
Frame Instructions :
(1) Firstly, choose a piece of paper from the stack and cut to measure : 14.5cms x 14.5cms.
(2) Edge with 'Victorian Velvet' inkpad and stick down to card front.
(3) Cut a piece of brown cardstock, 13.5cms x 13.5cms. Punch through centre on each side.
(4) Using square die and die-cutting machine, cut a square from centre of card, edge with inkpad.
(5) Cut a square of white card, 11.5cms square, die cut a smaller square from centre, edge as before.
(6) Stick two frames together and add sticky pads to three sides of squares, edge with inkpad and stick down.
(7) Add birthday banner to to and flowers to bottom of front.
(8) Cut out butterfly from paper, stick down to banner.
(9) Add card candi to flowers and edges.
(10) On inside of card, stick down a piece of brown card, 14.5cms square and a piece of butterfly paper, 14cms squared. Stick together.
(11) Matt 'Best Wishes' onto brown card, stick down.
(12) Add tag, flowers and card candi to sentiment.
I do hope you have enjoyed my first March tutorial.  Please do feel free to leave me a comment and I hope you will pop back next week to see Project # 2.
Heidi and
The Ali-Craft Design Team

2 Mar 2014

You had me at Hello.....

Hi all,

   Ali has some fab new paper stash's in!!! They are all sizes! I am loving the ATC size pads as they make great toppers for cards. They are a great price and can be used for everything. I have posted a card I have made this morning on my blog but here is the card for you to see. I am just loving the papers I can't say enough how easy they are to use!!! You can get them from Ali. So don't miss out on them!

Hope you all like?

Andrea xx