Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Challenge 3

Welcome along to another Crafty Alley challenge and for this month it's my turn (Michele Roos) to set the challenge. We loved looking at your gorgeous creations and thanks to everyone to who joined in.

Onto our next challenge and this time we have a sketch designed by myself.


And here is my card that I've made to give you a little inspiration


All the items that I've used on my card is from the June Kit from Crafty Alley, apart from the image and the flowers.

This challenge will run for the month of June and then we will the pick a winner using Random.Org and that lucky someone will win a fab prize sponsored by The Crafty Alley! If we get more than 100 followers before the challenge ends, I will throw in some extra candy myself. So help spread the word about the Crafty Alley Challenge.

Now it's your turn!! We can't wait to see your cards/projects based on the above sketch
Link your card below for your chance to win. If you don't have a blog, you can upload your card to the Crafty Alley Ning group.

Happy Crafting!!

Please note that this post is a sticky and will stay at the top for the month of June. More recent posts will be below this one.

Sandie's Prima 12x12 (Guest Designer Piece)

Thanks Sandie for this gorgeous layout made from the July Kit. The picture is very cute!

The Crafty Alley Design Team

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Keep Your Place With...

... an oversized tag bookmark!

This week I've used one of the Tattered Angels alterables to make a bookmark. It's rather on the large size for a bookmark, but it still does the job!

I first inked up the tag with a mixture of Victorian Velvet, Broken China and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks, and then spritzed it all over with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and water. I then simply layered up and embellished my design with the Design Paper, Prima Chipboards, Flowers and gemstones.
Although.. now looking at it.. I think I may eventually turn this into a special 'page' in a mini album! So many options :-)
Thanks for peeking!


Friday, June 18, 2010

Fun Fun Fun!!

Well, that title just about sums up the time I've spent with the June Kit!!!

I've made this card with my last few pieces of paper. I used Nestabilities to cut my circle and scallopped circle, and then simply stamped an owl into the centre, and the flowers in the corner pieces! I then made the paper ribbon sentiment by stamping the 'Fun,Fun,Fun' sentiment onto the design paper, and then cutting it out into a ribbon shape and inking the edges with Black Stazon ink. Finally, I added some Glossy Accents to the Owl's eyes, and that's it!

And just to tease you all... if you thought the June Kit was good.. 'you ain't seen nothin' yet'!

Katie xoxo

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I'm Loving the New Tim Holtz Dies..

...available HERE!!

Here is a card I've made using some of the paper from this month's kit. I die cut the sign with the Hanging Sign Die, and then painted it with Black Indian Ink - I just love the rich, glossy depth of shade that you get with Indian Ink.

I then simply painted a stamped image with watercolour paints, and added a few lemon coloured scraps of ribbon and paper to complete my design!

Thanks for popping by!
Katie xx

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Our Guest Designer Nicole's Vintage Shabby Cards...

Good sunny morning everybody! I am delighted to show you these beautiful cards made by Nicole 

Nicole said she has been making a card a day since she got the new kit and wow what gorgeous cards. Hop over to Nicole's blog and take a look at what she has been up to!

Oh and don't forget you can now see all of the guest designers work, plus news, my own ramblings etc. on our Facebook Page and don't forget to "like"us! You can also find us on twitter

Also you can be a guest designer too - just send us pics of what you have made with the month's kits and we will showcase your gorgeous creations!

Cathy x

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Timi is back and wow......

Good morning all - I am delighted to show you the gorgeous creation of our guest designer Timi this week. 

The expandable photo box was inspired by Marion Smith at (Video tutorial in link)
For more details on how Timi made this project visit her post here

Timi said "I loved all the Crafty Alley Monthly Kits, but this is my favourite so far, because I really like Tim Holtz and his metal pieces and I was happy to get few pieces from many of his products. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the distressed papers they are just so versatile, and  all the things in the kit coordinate well with each other,  so you can do many projects of it."

Thank you so much Timi for being part of our team again this month and we are looking forward to seeing more of your creations!


Monday, June 14, 2010

Introducing Sandra as our Guest Designer

Hi all,

Meet Sandra our guest designer this week. Sandra is new to our kit club and has made these amazing projects after only having the kit for about a week. Sandra is also an active new member of our Ning Network and we are delighted to have her on board!

Check out these gorgeous altered items including tags, purses and a stunning card.

Thanks so much for sharing Sandra and we hope we will be seeing a lot more of your projects here on the design team!


Friday, June 11, 2010

It's ATC time!

Morning everyone,

Well, my week is now drawing to a close, so here is my final project using this month's kit: an ATC using the ATC-sized paper designs as a base.

I took the ATC sized piece from the kit, sanded the edges, scrunched it up, and then used the ink pad directly to the paper to ink it up. I then sprayed the whole piece with a mixture of water and Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls, to give a glimmery effect. Unfortunately the photo doesn't really show it too well!

I then layered up my design, embellishing it with some of the Grungeboard Iconics and Rock Candy Distress Stickles. To get the speckled effect, I took the piece of grungeboard, laid it onto the ink pad face down, and pressed firmly. I then finished it off with some Glossy Accents.

Well, that's it from me! Next week is Guest Designer week, so please email Cathy your creations as soon as possible!! After that we will be seeing some projects from Robyn.


Katie xoxo

Funky Summer Journal

Hi guys,

I have a journal to share with you today. I had lots of fun making it, and my desk is now covered in acrylic paint and sandpaper !

To alter the top note chipboard piece that came in the kit, I first embossed it using an embossing folder, then painted it with white acrylic paint. When that was dry, I sanded it to reveal the design, and then covered it in Stormy Sky Distress Ink. I then roughly painted around the edges again with more acrylic paint. I got the idea for this technique from the new book by Tim Holtz, 'A Compendium of Curiousities', which is available to buy HERE.

I altered the heart die cuts by first painting them all with white acrylic paint. For the crown I then simply added some Diamond Stickles. For the heart, I covered it in Rock Candy Distress Stickles, and then outlined it with silver Stickles. Finally, for the wings, I gave it a good layer of Distress Crackle Paint in Rock Candy, and when it had dried, I then splodged on more acrylic paint to heighten the texture, and give a distressed, feathery look.

I bound my book with book rings and added ribbons and string from the kit.

For the inside, I made three folders out of patterned paper, and stamped and embossed an image on to the front of each folder.
I also stamped each journalling page to add detail.

Well, that's it for today! I will be back again tomorrow with another project to share with you.



Items from kit used:

Design Paper

Ribbons and Silver String

Distress Ink in Stormy Sky

Metal Corners

Top Note Chipboard Piece

Heart Die-Cut Chipboard pieces

Mini fasteners

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I heart my Mini Album :o)


I had SO much fun with the kit this month. I love it! No surprise really that it sold out in about three days!

This is the mini that I have made:

And now for the inside... lots of details and photos coming up :)

Pages One & Two

For the inside cover, I tried to make a sky effect by first painting the chipboard with white acrylic paint, and then splodging over the Distress Ink. I then just added a photo mat, some flowers and Liquid Pearls (you all know how much I love them).

The right hand page is a simple page, with a punched border holding in a selection of photo mats and tags.

Pages Three and Four

On the left hand side, I used my Nesties to make a circular photo mat, which I them simply embellished with a hand made flower, and a tag tucked behind the photo mat.

The right hand side is another pocket page.

Pages Five, Six and Seven

I loved the paper on the left hand page so much that I didn't want to cover it much, so I simply painted the chipboard flourish from the kit with white acrylic paint, added some Distress Stickles, and made a flower with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, and the flourish holds the tags in place.

I also made an acetate page, where I just used my Crop a Dile Big Bite to set some flowers with eyelets, and then inked the edges with Black Stazon.

On the right hand page, I added some of the Magic Mesh from the May Kit, then used one of the ATC sized designs from this month's kit as a photo mat, which also hides more tags and tickets behind. I decorated this flourish with white acrylic paint and Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.

Pages Eight and Nine

Two simple pages - swivel out photo mats on the left hand side, and simply flowers and Liquid Pearls to make a framed page on the right hand side.

Pages Ten and Eleven

On the left hand side, I simply made a top note with design paper, tied around some of the lace from the kit and added a trinket pin (thanks Club Member Sandie for the idea on using the trinket pin!). I made the top note into a pocket to hold another photo mat, and added one of the Snippets at the top for a title.

On the right hand side, I used up my scraps to decorate one of the envelopes from the kit, which holds tags both inside and behind.

Back Cover

Finally, I simply added a locket that I die cut from artists mount board on the back.

I hope you guys like it and that I haven't bored you all with such a long post!!


Katie xoxo

Items from kit used:

Design Paper

Grey A4 Paper

Lace and Ribbons

Tim Holtz Key Hole

Tim Holtz Ball Chain

Distress Ink in Stormy Sky

Tim Holtz Foliage

Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners

Grungeboard Iconics

Chipboard Flourishes

Tim Holtz Journalling Tickets

Tim Holtz Trinket pins


Ribbons, flowers, and butterfly embellisments from stash.

Tutorial Wednesdays: How To Make a Frame Brag Book!


As promised, here is the tutorial for the Brag Book I showed you yesterday.

For this tutorial, you will need:

  • Glue Stick

  • A frame die and die-cutting machine

  • Your June kit

  • Artists mount board or chipboard, available HERE

  • Hole punch, eyelet setter and 6 eyelets

Firstly, cut six pieces of chipboard, big enough to die cut a frame out of, and cover them in your favourite patterned paper.

Now, die cut 6 frames.

I have chosen a curly frame for this project. Once cut, your frame will look like this:

The six frames will go back-to-back to make three frame pages.

Now, cut six pieces of acetate for the frame windows. I am using the acetate from Sizzix die packaging, but then again I am slightly obsessed with recycling! Waste not, want not :-)

Glue the acetate onto the back of each of your six frames. I find Glossy Accents works well for this step.

You should now have six frames like this:

Next, punch each frame in the corner, and set an eyelet into each frame to make the book hard wearing.

Then, add foam squares on the bottom and two sides, and sandwich your frames together.

You should now have something that looks like this, and you can slip in your photographs from the top. I have slipped in some of the ATC sized designs from the kit, they look so cute!

You can now bind the book, either with a book ring or with ribbon, and embellish it as you like!

I hope this tutorial was helpful!


Katie xoxo

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Grandma's Little Brag Book

Good Morning!!

Katie here, and I will be sharing some projects with you this week.

I have a little brag book to show you today. It has three double sided frames, perfect for popping in your handbag and showing off pictures of the kids at every opportunity!

I will post a tutorial tomorrow on how to make this project!
Also, next week will be Guest Designer Week! I have had a little peek over on the Crafty Alley Ning Network, and I know for a fact that there is some AMAZING work being done with this month's kit. So, please email photos of your work to , for a chance to be a Guest Designer.

Katie xoxo

Items from kit used:
Design Paper
Silver String
Tim Holtz Muse Token

Friday, June 4, 2010

Super Dad

Hi and thanks for stopping by. Today I'd like to show you a card that I've made using the gorgeous DP from the June Kit.


Materials used:-

DP: June Kit

Tim Holtz Journal Ticket: June Kit

Enjoy Sentiment: May Kit

Large Red Brads: April Kit

Everything else is from my stash.

Ok that's it for me and I hope you enjoy you're weekend.

Hugs Michele x

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Summer Fun Card

Hi there and thanks for stopping by. Today I'd like to show you a card using the gorgeous papers and embellishments from the June kit.


All the items used on this card are from the June Kit, apart from the image, star shape and poppers.


Here's a close-up of the metal corners that is in the June kit.


And here's a close-up of one of the metal sentiments that is in the kit.


Here's another close-up of the metal Tim Holtz Idea-Ology embellishments that comes in the June Kit.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

Hugs Michele x