26 May 2014

Prima Cartographer Accordion Card.

Hi, Angela here with the last of my projects using the gorgeous Cartographer pad, stamps and paper flowers.


Started by die cutting the map page and matting and layering the chosen images.

And here it is:

                                                                   The Front Cover.

The Inside Front.

The Back Cover.
The Back.

I used the stamp to decorate the back of the chosen paper using distress inks.
The card was made using the Accordion die by Karen Burniston for Sizzix
and is usually available here.

Everything else was part of the Prima Cartographer paper set.
I also used some of the gorgeous flowers which are available as part of the collection.

Although I have already made several things, I still have about half the set left which shows how much value you are getting for your money.

I hope I have inspired some of you to have a go at producing something with these papers, you will not be disappointed.
I have enjoyed them so much that I now plan to use the new Seaside set for my next projects.

Happy Crafting,
Angela x

18 May 2014

Prima Tag Note Book.

Hi Bloggers  Angela here, pleased you were able to pop along to see my third project made using the Cartographer Paper Pad by Prima.

And here is the product I made.

                                                             The Front.
You can just see some of the inner pages which I decorated using the stamp that Ali sent me.
The only extra things used were the ribbon, white paper and the dome stickers.

And the Back.

Having made this I quite fancied a wallet to store it in and made it using the Faux Leather technique that many of you will have seen Sheena Douglas use.
However instead of using plain craft card, I did it on a sheet of the card from the pad.
And here it is.
The pocket is stamped on unbleached calico fabric and then sewn on to the card during it's construction.

To Make this :

  • Spray the card with the glycerin/water mixture to soften it and keep crinkling the paper and reapplying the glycerin until you get the effect that looks like chamois leather.
  • You need to be careful that it doesn't rip, but the odd cut doesn't matter as it is lined inside.
  • Allow it to dry a little and then go over it with any brown distress ink which will be picked up by the creases.
  • I have used an an embossing folder with mine but that is up to you.
  • You should then seal the ink using a spray glue or apply one with a brush this also serves to strengthen the card.
  • I stamped a large piece of calico big enough to line the inside and make a pocket. I glued the lining to the inside before putting the whole thing together.
  • The back section is longer than the front to allow for the flap.
  • I attached metal fasteners and then joined everything together by machining them.
  • As I had a little of the card left over, I also made two tags which can be seen in the pocket.
  • I have several photographs showing more detail in the manufacture of this product and if you are interested please visit me at Felix the Crafty Cat blog where I have posted them.
Hope you enjoyed this project and I will be back with my final offering next week.

Happy Crafting,
Angela x

12 May 2014

Prima Cartographer Scrapbook Page.

Hi Angela back again and I am here to show you the next project I've been working on, using the Cartographer papers and stamps. 
Here is a reminder of what I used and they are available at Ali-Craft.

For this project I decided to make a scrapbook page.
These papers lend themselves so well to this type of project and
here is the finished page.

To make this:
  • Prepare a 12"x12" piece of card to mount everything on to.
  • Attach your chosen 12"x12" background paper and edge it with distress ink.
  • Choose a suitable photograph to use as a focal point and mount onto card. I actually layered this with card and cork sheet.
  • Cut out all the elements to be used. I like to lay everthing onto the page before attaching anything and when I am happy with the layout, I put them in order on the table ready to go.
  • Once everything was attached I outlined some elements with white or black pen and added glaze, some of the stickers from the pad, 3D Dome Stickers and punched out snowflakes.
  • The sentiments are from the set and so are the letters used to make up the title at the bottom of the page.

I just think these paper pads are great and excellent value for money. I made five different products with the pad and still have loads left over.

Hope you enjoyed this week's project and I will be back again next week with something new.
If you have any questions relating to this project or the set, just leave me a comment and I will get back to you.
This was quite a lengthy project and I do have other photographs showing construction here.

Happy Crafting,

Angela x

5 May 2014

Prima Cartographer Pop-up Box.

Hi Bloggers, Angela here to show you how I used the Cartographer set that Ali sent me.
This is a fantastic set of 16 papers although these are more like card, 1 type and sticker sheet, 1 journalling spot sticker sheet and 2 ATC card sheets. Ali also sent me the stamp and flower embellishments you can see below.
All of these are available here.

For my first sample, I would like to show you the Pop-Up box card I made.
These have become very popular at the moment and they do work really well with these papers.

This shows the card closed and flat.

And here it is open.

To make this card:

  • First I cut out the basic shape for the box by resizing the 12"x 12" sheet to make it A4.
 (If it helps I have an instruction sheet available for this card.
You will need to open it, to see it clearly).
  • Next, I cut out the images that I would use to decorate the box sides and flaps.
  • The balloons where cut out and attached to thin strips of acetate so that when they are fixed inside they appear to be floating above the box.
  • I also used several of the sentiment stickers around the box and the flaps.
  • The Pediment at the back was made using a Tim Holtz die, Ali has these here.
I just love these papers, the quality is excellent and there is so much included in the set.

Hope you have enjoyed this project and I will be back in a week with the next sample.

Happy crafting,
Angela x

2 May 2014

National Scrapbooking Day May 3rd

Hi Crafters

Well on Saturday May 3rd is will be National Scrapbooking Day
So thought we would put together a few scrapbook pages

If you want to join in, just email me your picture and i will add it to this post and on our Facebook page

Happy Scrapbooking

Our first page is by Andrea

Our second page is by Angela

Angela will be showing this as a project later in the month on this blog

Our third page is by me (ali)
As you can see, i just have to add a bit of messy crafting, otherwise it would not be me

Our fourth one is by Iain using the lovely Cartograhpy papers from Prima
Iain did this scrapbook page on a workshop with the lovely Frank Garcia which we were at the Prima workshops in America

Please let us have your comments
ali x

28 Apr 2014

Prima Stationers Desk Papers Post by Barbara

Time to get organized....................

Hi there,

I am back with my final DT project for Ali-Craft. Using the scrumptious Prima Stationers Desk Papers.

Once again I am using this pack.

Stationer's Desk- Collection Kits
Prima Stationers Desk Collection Pack.

I have a horrible habit of writing peoples address's down and then losing them, So I decided to create an address book.

Here it is..............................................

Front Cover.

I took a MDF book with tabbed pages, that I have had in my room for ages, covered the front and back covers with the papers and added to the front a Punched border. Then using some scraps of paper, I made a rose using a Sizzix flower die.

Using a plastic template I added a couple of swirls of Diamantes and then added some of the small flowers, that I had shaped them to give some dimension.

Close up of flower and swirl.

Then I decorated each tabbed page with Tim Holtz stamps, Distress Inks and the small stamps that match the collection.

Inside of Address Book.

First Tabbed Page.
I used the adhesive letters from the collection pack to give each Tab a alphabet section ready for the address to be safely written into.

I hope you enjoyed my final project for Ali-Craft Design Team this month.

Happy Crafting


23 Apr 2014

Prima projects by Barbara

More Prima goodness..............

Hi there,

I am back with my third project for Ali-Craft DT.

Continuing with the theme of items you may use on a day to day basis, I have made a book mark and a Altered giant peg, which you can use to hold a special Photograph or a note for some one.

So here they are.............................

The giant peg, was given a good coating of Gesso, before I added a layer of Espresso Paint dabber. I left it to dry then trimmed some of the Prima paper to fit the front and back, gave them a good edging with Antique Linen Distress Ink and stamped a  few of the small Butterflies in Potting Soil Archival ink.

The other side, using a different pattern.

The Bookmark started life as a giant paper clip and a huge bottle cap!

I gave the bottle cap a coat of Paint Dabber in Espresso left to dry, then cut a circle from some scraps to fit on the inside and edged once again in Antique Linen DI. Molded a butterfly with some Air dry clay; once dry painted and gilded with Treasure Gold (Sorry I had to get use some in my projects lol). Adhered the Butterfly to the centre of the bottle cap. Then using a strong glue (Bostik) I then attached the Bottle Cap to the Paper Clip.

Close up of the Butterfly........

I hope you have enjoyed my project this week, Don't forget to pop back next Monday for my final piece.

Happy Crafting.