Dad Zoophabet Card #163

Jun5I haven’t used my Penny Black Zoophabet stamps for ages!  This is the perfect occasion to dust them off and get stamping.  This set of stamps has been around for a few years – and they are still available (I can get them in stock to order).  Each letter of the alphabet has a character on it – so they are really nice for making personalised cards and fun funky cards too.

I stamped out my DAD word and coloured using Cosmic Shimmer Drawing Inks in nice bright colours.

I kept the backing very simple – by picking out a spot to mirror those on the letter D and as my A had stripes, I went for a different pattern on the background.

Such a simple design – but looks really effective. (more…)

Father Tag Card #162

Fathers day cardIsn’t it funny how you get in the habit of using certain tools and products for certain jobs?  I’m a double-sided tape girl… my adhesive of choice – and it has to be Stix2.  Today… I ran out.  Yes – I know – I run a craft shop – that stocks half a dozen different sizes of double sided tape… but that doesn’t mean that I remember to bring any home!  The irony is that second to my double sided tape – I use Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue – for anything that I don’t use tape for.  It’s a fabulous glue – a really strong bond – I use it to stick on all my fiddly bits – die cut letters, gems, charms.  However… adjusting to use it to stick down my backing papers instead of double-sided tape..ooooh no… just doesn’t feel right – I know it will stick..but … oh no – where’s me tape?  Is it just me… or are you the same? (more…)

Best Dad #161

june3Thought I should get started on some Father’s day cards as it is fast approaching!

I don’t often make cards with toppers, but I knew I had lots of fab Kanban Men’s themed ones, so had a rummage and found this car and matching backing card.

I kept the layout very simple, just a few black mounts as it didn’t need too much fuss.

I’m in the process of creating some more cards for Father’s day – my craft desk is currently covered in all sorts of goodies that I have pulled out of my stash to play around with… be interesting to see what I come up with!  I know many of you struggle with men’s cards, particularly if they aren’t into a hobby, but hopefully I will come up with a couple of suggestions for you this week. (more…)

My First Video Tutorial! #160

june2aPlease be kind! 🙂  I have been brave and put up my first video tutorial.   So apologies for any rough edges, I will get better as I go along!

My blogger is being temperamental this evening and out of the four pictures I was going to upload, this is the only one it would let me!

So this will give you a little glance of what the finished project will be.

Watch the video here:

The project features an Alcohol Ink background with butterfly flourish swirls stamps from Chocolate Baroque. (more…)

Flying Seagulls #159

Seagull peel-off stickers on alcohol ink backgroundToday’s project has a background created with alcohol inks.  I’ve kept the colour palette very simple by using just a mix of blue shades and swiping across my card in sweeping movements.

The decoration today is using Peel-off Stickers of seagulls.  I have kept everything very simple by just adding the peel-off designs and then colouring a little shading within them with my white gel pen.

The end result is a nice fresh vibrant card.

We have been to visit our dog Molly today – a week after she had her stroke in the spine (called an FCE).  She still has a paralysed back leg, but it making great improvements.  We hope to have her home at the end of next week. (more…)

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…)