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.


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

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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!

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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


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



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



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.

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 🙂

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

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.

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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!


Just For U Vintage style #392

Woodware Just For U StampBack with the paper piecing technique again today. Today’s stamp is the versatile Woodware Just For U (FRS239) stamp.  Their large word range is perfect for this technique and there are lots of other designs available.   This time I’ve picked a vintage style of paper – and this would make a great birthday card for a man or a father’s day card.  This technique is so easy to do.  Simply stamp your design onto a backing paper and then stamp each of the letters onto different coloured and patterned papers, cut out and stick over the top.Woodware Just For U Stamp

I recommend using the Stix2 Glue Stick – as this gives enough of a strong bond, but when you first stick it down there’s a little bit of sliding room to make sure your piece is perfectly lined up and its less messy than using a PVA which if you apply too much you may make your papers bubble.

Go raid your stamp stash and see what you can find to use with this technique….. its very satisfying to do!

happy crafting




Woodware Special Bird Paper Piecing #391

IWoodware Special Bird Stamp ran a lovely workshop at the shop featuring Woodware stamps and the paper piecing technique.  It’s a technique I haven’t done for ages, but was inspired by all the shares recently by Woodware’s facebook page and we had such a lot of fun!  It’s a great technique to use up all those little scraps of pretty papers we all seem to hoard.  At the same time it breathes new life into stamps you have in your stash too.  Lots of the woodware stamps are ideal for this technique with their bold clear designs they are easy to cut out.  You’ll see a few more samples shared in my next few blog posts with ideas for men’s cards too.  This stamp is Special Bird (FRS282) and there is a similar Daisy bird stamp too.Woodware Special Bird Stammp

We also have lots of 6×6″ paper pads in stock too that are perfect for a co-ordinated design such as this pretty Lavender one.  At only £3 each they are fantastic value!  You can see all our paper pads here.

If you are a stamping fan – we have the talented Veronica Pell who is on the Chocolate Baroque Design Team demonstrating in the Attleborough shop on Saturday 18th June 10-3pm.  She’ll be giving you lots of inspiration on using Chocolate Baroque stamps.

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Oops… almost ruined it! #390

Chocolate Baroque Indian Textiles StampI’ve had this stamp in my stash for a little while (Chocolate Baroque Indian Textiles)- and it was still unopened and unused.  I absolutely love the detail in the stamp and just hadn’t had the opportunity to play with it!

I created the background with Alcohol Inks -Yellow, Red Pepper and Orange – keeping a firey colour palette.

Next I stamped that amazingly detailed pattern border – and I even managed to stamp it straight for a change!

May31aI placed some copy paper over it once dry and stamped my flower (the paper meant I didn’t overstamp the flower stems onto the border) – but I mucked up big time.  The flower on the left slipped as I was stamping it (one of the hiccups of stamping with archival onto glossy cardstock).  I was so disappointed.  it looked all thick lines and blotchy.  But, you know me, very rarely admit defeat and throw something away so I carried on stamping the pattern around the outside whilst the middle dried.

Out came the gel pens – white silver and gold, and by the time I had added highlights to the flower – it really wasn’t obvious that I had mucked up – hurrah!

So my lesson for today is to keep going.   Don’t assume a stamping mishap is the ruin of your design.  Have a bit of a play more and see if you can hide, disguise or accent it.  If all else failed, I would have at least cut off the strip at the bottom and used on another piece – it was too nice to waste!!

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I will be at the Suffolk Papercrafting show on 26th June at Bury St Edmunds.  Tickets are available from Keep on Crafting in Bury St Edmunds.