Month: May 2014

Seeing Double? #158

Twins congratulations CardToday’s project was a card order I made a little while back.  The brief was to create a card for someone leaving work to have twins – they already knew one was a boy, one a girl so I wanted to reflect that in the card.

I’ve used this stamp many times for baby cards – it is a Joanna Sheen Messy Rabbit design.

I stamped both my bunnies and coloured them with Promarkers so I had one blue, one pink.

I rummaged through my paper stash and found that I had the same design baby paper in both pink and in blue, which was ideal as I could carry the pattern in both halves of the card. (more…)

Live Laugh Love Heart #157

May30Oops – no blog post yesterday!  I was running a Zentangle workshop at the shop last night and by the time I got home I realised that I had left my blog photos on the shop laptop – oh well – I’m back again today!

This is another sample I have made for my workshop next Thursday (a couple of places still available – contact me to book).

I started by painting the background with Eco-green paints and then used the Art Houses Umount stamps from Creative Expressions to decorate.

I’ve also used the creative expressions bubble stamp in the background too

the dots around the outside are Liquid Pearls – they add a nice bit of dimension to it. (more…)

Love the Sea Stamped Panel #156

Love The Sea Stamped and Painted panelToday’s project is a sample ready for a workshop I will be holding next week.  We will be creating a heart shaped panel for the home using inks and paints.  For this first sample I decided on a coastal theme.

I wanted to have a soft blue and white colour theme for this heart, so I started by painting with Eco-Green Acrylic Paint in White together with Periwinkle from the same range.

I’ve used stamps from the Creative Expressions UMount Coastal set.  This set features a lovely lighthouse.  It also has lots of little elements to build up a scene like clouds and rocks and birds. (more…)

Birdcage and Birds #155

Peel-off Sticker birdsToday I decided it was time to dust off the Alcohol inks and have a play.  It’s been a little while, so I had fun creating a few pieces that you will see over the course of this week.

I thought I would put away the stamps for this project as I know that not everyone is a keen stamper.

I started this background with glossy white card and then applied Orange, Purple Twilight and Stonewashed blue alcohol ink.  I used sweeping movements so I had streaks of colour rather than dots and dabs.  I then spritzed it with Stazon spray cleaner to get the mottled effect. Isn’t this background fabulous!  My first idea was that it would make an amazing starry space scene backAlcohol Ink Backgroundground…  if only I knew someone with some Alien stamps (eh Rocky! :-)).

I just love the way that the stazon has reacted with the inks!  But, I didn’t have anything on a space theme, so thought I would use my birdcage peel-offs instead!

I started by sticking down the birdcage – allowing room above for the branch and the birds.  I was concerned that if I did the branch first I would do it too low and not leave enough room!  I stuck down the branch and the birds and then drew in feet on the birds, a hanger for a birdcage and extended the branch to the end of the card with a black pen.Alcohol inks with peel-off stickers

To make them all stand out I coloured them in using the white gel pen.

I also added a subtle black border and then added the words from a different peel-off sticker sheet.

Now it doesn’t look spacey at all!

So even if you are not a stamper, it doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with Alcohol Inks to create amazing backgrounds.

Click here for the Woodware Birdcage Sticker (also available in silver)

happy crafting






Workshops held in Norfolk June – July 2014

Aldridge Crafts & Champagne Moments

01953 454976

Craft Workshops

Held in Store – Limited places – book now! – workshops are all on our website where you can book & pay online.

Booking is essential.  Payment is required at the time of booking.

Check online or in-store for pictures/samples of our workshop projects.

Wed 4th June 2 – 4pm             Meltpot Marvels                                £20

The Ranger Meltpot is a great tool. This workshops will show some of the things that you can create using it. Faux dichroic glass, Galaxy flash and UTEE combining to make a show stopping ring. There are so many things we can try. So book your place and join in the fun!  The workshop price includes all the jewel enamel and use of tools  (Beginners) (more…)

Butterfly Tree #154

Sweet Poppy Stencil Butterfly TreeToday’s creation is using a Sweet Poppy Stencil – the lovely Butterfly Tree design.

I started by fixing my stencil down with low tack stencil tape and coloured the trunk of the tree using Distress Inks in a couple of shades of brown – with a little yellow added too.  I applied this using Cut n Dry foam.  Don’t worry if your brown ink goes over a few edges of butterflies when you are doing the little branches, it won’t notice once you colour the rest of the design.

I thought this would work really well with a graduated colour change – rather than picking out particular butterflies to colour individual colours – well not on this occasion – I will do that on another project another time! 🙂 (more…)

Love Zentangle #153

Love ZentangleI love to zentangle… its definitely an addiction!  I will quite happily potter with my pad and pen and create patterns.

I have another Zentangle workshop coming up later this week and wanted to produce some new samples to show the group to give them ideas for what other ways they can use zentangling.

For this piece I drew the word love first – you could always print out a word and trace it on a lightbox.

I divided the background with randomly drawn lines to create different sections that I could put my patterns into.

I’ve been busy browsing the zentangle books (we stock 11 different books with different patterns in them) – and also online to get ideas of some new patterns to try.  The ideal thing with zentangling is everytime you create something new, you can do new patterns and that then becomes your future reference to remember the patterns. (more…)

Blessed with Indigblu Poppy #152


Only a quick blog post today – we are a little anxious in the Aldridge household today as my poor dog Molly collapsed this morning and we have only just heard the results of her MRI scan – fortunately it seems to be more of an injury than some of the more serious possibilities it could have been.    She’s going to be in the vets for a few days having treatment so we’ll be missing our Molly cuddles for a few days.  I’ll keep you posted how she gets on once we have more info! (more…)

Blue Dovecote #151

Another creation with the free stamps from Creative Stamping Magazine.

This card iCreative Stamping free stamp sets such a simple design, but so effective and elegant.  I started by cutting a square piece of card so it would fit my 6×6″ card blank with a border mount.

The set has the most handy rose corner.  I stamped this in all four corners, overlapping a little to make a border with no breaks in it.

I then stamped my dovecote, masking the bottom so it didn’t overstamp my flowery border.  A final addition of the doves and the greeting and I was ready to colour.  I’ve done all my stamping today in Archival Jet black ink. (more…)

Lady in Yellow #150

Woohoo.. post number 150!  That’s 150 different creations I have created and shared with you all.  Now we are on the new blog you will need to visit my old blog to visit all my previous creations – but don’t worry I’ve added a permanent link to the top toolbar so you can always go and have a browse.

Today’s creation is using the fabulous stamps that come free with the latest issue of Creative Stamping magazine.  They are a lovely Summer themed set this time and as ever they stamp with the greatest detail of any expensive brand stamp you would use.

Creative Stamping free stamp set

These are a lovely mix of pretty summery designs.  The flower corner is a really handy stamp – and I just love the sign too. (more…)