Tonic Baby Boy Card #401

Tonic Cuddly Bear DieI have been playing with the Tonic baby range of dies.  Such lovely designs.  This card is an 8×8″ card blank.  I have embossed a panel in the background in a damask type pattern in white.  Next I have cut the Deco Diamond panel in baby blue card.  The topper features the ever so cute Tonic Cuddly Bear die.  He would be fabulous for cards for little ones too!

Mounted with a simple blue and silver mirri card border gives this pretty card an elegant look.

happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

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Happy 55th Wedding Anniversary #400

woodware lace heart stampsPost number 400 deserved a special occasion – so I thought I would show you the card I made for my parents’ recent 55th wedding anniversary.

This card features the gorgeous Woodware Lace Hearts  ADS108 stamp set.  This stamp has such detail to it and it’s the perfect stamp to use with your coloured embossing powders.

woodware lace heart stampI started by using the Wow Pink lady embossing powder with the largest heart from the set and trimmed them out.  I took a piece of pale pink card and cut it to fit my 5×7 card blank and I used a flower from the Woodware Flower Heads JGS381 stamp set and the Wow Pastel Pink embossing powder to add a little detail to the background.

The final stamp I have used on the horizontal bar is from the Woodware Just to Say JGCL560 set – which is full of handy greetings!

This card would be ideal to make into a wedding invitation too – you could vary the colour combinations to match your colour theme.

Hope you like the card – and big congratulations to my mum and dad on an amazing achievement!

happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

 

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Soft and Pastel with Wow! #399

heatembpastelI promised to return with a pastel version of the design from the last post.  Here are a couple of variations.

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Woodware Flower Heads

Woodware Just to Say

Wow! embossing powders – Bluetiful, Pastel Peach, Pastel Blue.

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Products used: (stamps as before) – Wow powders – Pastel Blue, Pastel Pink, Pastel Purple.

Join me at this workshop at the shop on Thursday 27th September 5-7pm (£15) or at Creativity in Harleston on 9th November 1.30-3.30.

happy Crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

 

 

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Going Bright with Wow! #398

heatembboldI’ve been playing with bold bright embossing powders from Wow!  This design features the Flower Head stamps from Woodware along with Blue Tang powder, Olive powder, and Pink Lady powder.  The word stamps are also Woodware – the Just to Say set.  I’ve made a couple of variations of this card – can you spot the differences?

heatembbold2These bold flowers are easy to cut out so are perfect for layering.  I have finished each flower with a rhinestone centre.

Join me at this workshop at the shop on Thursday 27th September 5-7pm (£15) or at Creativity in Harleston on 9th November 1.30-3.30.

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Back again next time with a pastel version of this design.

happy crafting

jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

 

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Tonic Dragonfly Card #397

tonicdragonflyThis elegant card features the Dragonfly Brooch die from Tonic Studios.  This would make a lovely wedding invitation, birthday card or party invitation.  I’ve used silver mirri to give it some elegance, but this design works with different colour combinations too.  What about using toned cardstock – different shades of one colour – that would give it a different look again!

It’s also a nice design to play with your embossing folders too.  I’ve used two different folders on this design, which breaks up the pattern nicely.  Also by adding a horizontal bar it meant I could create this card on a small die cutting machine such as a Cuttlebug because I could emboss the panels in two separate pieces, rather than needing a large platform folder and machine.tonicdragonfly2

I’ll be running this card as a workshop twice this Autumn.  You can join me at the shop in Attleborough on Thursday 8th September 5-7 or in Creativity in Harleston on 7th December -both cost £15 for a two hour class and there will be different feature designs to choose from on the day – but I just love that dragonfly!

happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

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Autumn 2016 Papercrafting Workshop List

Here’s a copy of our latest list of workshops and demonstrations – both for the shop in Attleborough and also those that I run at Creativity in Harleston.  You’ll see some of the projects appearing as blog posts soon and the samples can be seen in the shop!

Workshops held at Aldridge Crafts and Champagne Moments – Attleborough, Norfolk.

Booking is required.  book online at www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk or call 01953 454976

Autumn Papercrafting Workshop Offer – Book and pay in advance for ANY THREE papercrafting workshops and get your FOURTH workshop for just £10.  Full balance payable in advance.  Non refundable.

Thursday 8th September 5-7pm – £15

Tonic Dies Dragonfly Card

This gorgeous card can be made for any occasion – wedding invitation, anniversary, or birthday.  You can choose the colours of your card design, and I will have other die choices available if dragonflies are not your favourite!    10% off any Tonic dies bought on the day of the workshop.

Thursday 29th September 5-7pm – £17.50

Using Coloured Wow Embossing Powders

*This workshops includes a free 15ml embossing powder of your choice to take home*  Come and make a pretty floral card using a mix of different coloured Wow Embossing Powders.  You can choose whether you want a soft pastel design or a bold bright coloured design.

Thursday 6th October 5-7pm – £15

Lavinia Stamps Project

Create a pretty project featuring Lavinia Stamps together with Inks and Paints.  You can create a decorative panel, or make it into a card

Thursday 27th October 5-7pm – £15

Tonic Dies Baby Card

We will create a gorgeous baby card using the new Tonic Dies Baby range.  10% off any Tonic dies bought on the day of the workshop

Thursday 3rd November 5-7pm – £20

Brushos and Heat Embossing with PaperArtsy

Make a panel or a card using fabulous PaperArtsy stamps together with Brushos and heat embossing techniques.  This workshop is packed full of different techniques so is ideal whether you want to expand your skills, or simply get hints and tips to improve.  10% off any PaperArtsy stamps bought on the day of the workshop

Thursday 10th November 5-7pm £15

Getting the most out of Masks

There are so many techniques you can do with using Masks and Stencils.  This workshop will take you through different ways of using the same masks to give you inspiration and ideas.

FREE Demonstrations at Attleborough

10th September – 10-12 – Brushos

1st October 10-4pm – Rushanne from Stix2 and Woodware will be giving you lots of ideas and inspiration featuring Woodware and Stix2 latest products

22nd October 10-12 Distress Crayons

29th October 10-3pm – Veronica from Chocolate Baroque Design Team will be demonstrating with the fabulous Chocolate Baroque stamps

5th November 10-12 – Easy Christmas Card ideas

3rd December 10-12 – using Masks and stencils

We will be holding our BIG bead sale – Saturday 8th October

Workshops at Creativity in Harleston call 01379 855491 to book

Wednesday 14th September – PaperArtsy Panel with Distress Paints £15 – You will make a vibrant painted panel and learn all about using Distress Paints

Wednesday 5th October – Woodware Xmas Card £15 – create an elegant Christmas card featuring the latest Woodware stamps

Wednesday 9th November – Heat Embossing £15  Create a pretty floral card in either pastel or bold colours using Woodware flower stamps and Wow Embossing Powders

Wednesday 7th December – Tonic Dies Card £15 – Create an ornate card using a mix of Tonic Dies – you can choose from different themes on the day.

FREE Demonstrations at Creativity with Jane

Tuesday 27th 10-12           Using Distress Inks with Masks and Stamps

Tuesday 11th October 10-12 – Heat Embossing and Stamping

Tuesday 22nd November 10-12 – Christmas Cards crafting

Tuesday 13th December 10-12 – Die Cutting for Cardmaking

 

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PaperArtsy Cone Flower #396

paperartsyconeflowerOne of my most favourite pieces I have created this Summer.  This lovely vibrant panel was made at our Inky Addicts day, playing around with Distress Paints and PaperArtsy stamps.  I used a brayer to apply the background colour, layered up foliage stamps with paint before stamping my main flowers.  They were then stamped again on brightly painted card and cut and paper pieced.

I’ll be running this as a workshop at Creativity in Harleston on Wednesday 14th September (£15).  This will be a 2 hour workshop with everything provided and suitable for any level of crafter.  It’s such a fun technique to do!

Contact the shop on 01379 855491 to book your place!

We are just launching our latest workshop and demonstration list.  I’ll post up a copy tomorrow!

We are off to Sincerely Yours at Thetford this coming Sunday – come and say hello!

happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

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Wedding Card with Dies #395

Tattered Lace CoupleExcuse the dark pictures today – I hope you can still see the detail!  I had a couple of commissions to make a silver wedding anniversary card and a wedding card – so I thought that the Tattered Lace Couple die would make a perfect centre piece.  June14a

I cut out the die using mirri card and then selected a Tonic layering die that would compliment.  The silver Card uses the Baroque Ovals and the gold card the  Loopy Lace Ovals .  I then cut the inner oval using the two part die – but stuck them down together – that creates that pretty border in the middle.

June14bFinally a few hearts cut from Memory Box Beloved Hearts die and some Peel off greetings added the finishing touches.  This makes a lovely 8×8″ card for a special occasion.June14c

I really enjoyed making these two dies – unusual for me to make something with no stamping at all – I definitely need to play more with my dies.

Happy Crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

We’ll be at the Suffolk Papercrafting Show in Bury St Edmunds at the end of the month (Sunday 26th June) – Tickets available from Keep on Crafting in Bury St Edmunds.

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Chocolate Baroque Magnolia Tag #394

Chocolate Baroque Magnolia StampDistress Ink tag again today.  Along the same theme as my last post I made this in a recent Chocolate Baroque flower tag workshop.  I love the colours of this one!  They just blended so well and are vibrant and yet soft.  The main colour is Mowed Lawn together with some Salty Ocean.  I started by inking the background to get colour blocks to have a base.  Then I stamped in the same colour inks using the Studded Lattice stamp.  I think I also added some leaf detail with one of the patterns from Seasonal Fragments.  Then the flower is the lovely Magnolia Stamp and the words from Artistic Affirmations.

Chocolate Baroque Magnolia Stamp

I used the waterbrush to blend the colours on the flower – using mainly blue – but the water activated the green underneath to give a beautiful blend.  Once the tag was dry I added some white highlights with the White Sharpie marker.

I was really pleased with the result – this one will definitely be mounted onto a card blank 🙂

happy crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

Come and join Veronica from the Chocolate Baroque Design Team in the shop on Saturday 18th June 10-3pm for a day of demonstrations

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Chocolate Baroque Fritillary Tag #393

Chocolate Baroque Fritillary StampTrickiest bit about this blog post is spelling Fritillary hahaa… even when I checked it it just didn’t look right!  I’ve been playing with  Distress Inks again – so the tag was inked with ink using blending sponges (I didn’t note the colours – but looks like Fossilised amber and probably Ground espresso with a bit of Mustard seed to brighten it up).  The flower stamp is the Chocolate Baroque Fritillary stamp and the words are from the Chocolate Baroque Artistic Affirmations set.

Chocolate Baroque Fritillary StampYou can see that fab brickwork in the background – which is from the Rustic Fragments set – ideal if you like your textured backgrounds!  When I first stamped it I thought it looked way too dark – but once I started putting the flower on the top and added the Red colouring it really worked.  Final white highlights and dotty border with good ole white sharpie marker and it really gives this tag some drama.

Oh an extra note – the wording is all on one stamp – Art with everything – I just inked up the words separate – wiped clean the rest of the stamp (you can also use copy paper to block to make sure you don’t stamp the other words) – and voila you can split your large phrases to fit on a little tag.

have fun crafting

Jane

www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk

PS – don’t forget Veronica from the Chocolate Baroque Design Team will be demonstrating in the shop on Saturday 18th June 10-3pm – come and be inspired!

 

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