A Wolf-themed card

I had the brief this week to create a card for a 12th birthday, for a boy who liked wolves, gaming, texture/glitter and other things. I have recently joined the Crafts Subscription with Creative Fabrica and wanted to start using my Cricut Maker more often, so went into Creative Fabrica and searched for ‘Wolf’. Lots of lovely options came up and chose this stunning design.

After downloading it and unzipping the file, I took it into Cricut Design Space and saved as a cut file (there was also the print & cut option), as I wanted to draw it with the machine and a metallic pen.

It drew it beautifully (just on a piece of white card from my scrap box) and I then used one of my new Sizzix dies to cut the two border strips (so I also used my new Sizzix Bigshot Express machine – a very productive session!). I backed it onto a piece of cork card from Create & Craft, cut to size. This was mounted onto a piece of card with a slight gold glitter. I then added a bit of gold glitter to the wolf design with a Gelly Roll pen (my favourite!).

The insert was designed using the My Craft Studio program (email me at hello@aliwade.com if you want to know more about that) and a couple of designs from the Rare Earth Delicious Digis Vol.2 usb. Just printed onto good quality printer paper with my Epson XP-950 printer.

I really enjoyed designing a card again and using some tech/stash that was new to me.


I enter this card into the following challenges –

Creative Sketchy Girls Challenge #49, Male Card

Love to Scrap Challenge Blog #134, For The Boys

Crafty Friends #138, Men and/or Boys


My supplies were –

Wolf design from Creative Fabrica

Sizzix die, Thinlits Geo Trio by Sharon Drury from Create & Craft

Cork Sheets from Create & Craft

(Unfortunately the Rare Earth Delicious Digis Vol 2 has sold out. I couldn’t find it on Ebay, but perhaps a request on one of the Facebook craft stash groups could be fruitful.)

Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen in Gold from Craft Stash

(I wasn’t able to find the exact Cricut pen I used either – the Gel Pen Set, Metallic Dark Petals, seems to be out of stock everywhere. However, it is a metallic grey.)

WOYWW 575 – making a Zine

Good morning to all of the WOYWW community and any guests. If you would like to join in with this tour around crafty workspaces, please go and visit Julia’s Stamping Ground.

My crafty table this morning has an assortment of items on it. The first is a prototype Zine. I am not sure what the correct description of a Zine is (something for me to research), but basically I see it as a mini book folded from one piece of paper or card. I started a Creativebug class yesterday showing me how to make one (I had done these a couple of years ago when they were just called mini books, but needed reminding). I now have a template to show where and which orientation the pages are.

I decided to use Canva to design my first zine, and have got half of the sheet completed – with Bible verses and some images on alternate pages. I will get it finished today and will be blogging tomorrow. I have got lots more planned – often to use as mini scrapbooks – and different sizes too.

The other items on there include a Bible Journaling book that arrived yesterday from Amazon (beautiful projects), the mylar sheet that I have been using in my Ink Lily colouring classes (some green inks left that will get used for another project – not wasting them!), the very first design I cut out with my Cricut Maker (and I then coloured with alcohol markers from one of my monthly art boxes) and the obligatory pack of baby wipes (for my hands and stamps). In the far background is the teatowel version of my Funky Bunny design. It is too nice to use as a teatowel! Going to see if I can find something to make using it whilst still being able to see the face.

I have wanted to learn some hand embroidery for many years, and finally bought myself a kit. Wimperis Embroidery released her first monthly kit this week and it arrived yesterday. I will show any progress next week.

It is trying to rain here again, which we welcome. We cut the new grass in the back garden for the first time yesterday. I also actually went out in my car – to Tesco to ‘Click n Collect’. My collection slot was 8-10 pm (the only one I could get when I was trying to get a weekly delivery or collection a few weeks ago) and there was a queue – 3 cars in front of me and 5 behind. Very strange to my Lockdown mind, especially as the town and the roads from the farm were very quiet. We are still mainly in full Lockdown here in Wales, which I welcome. You can go and meet people from one other household outside, but mainly within a 5 mile radius, which doesn’t help us in a such a rural area. Hubby can cycle further now, as long as he starts and finishes his route from home. Garden centres are open and more restaurants are offering takeaways. I have been so busy with developing this website and crafting, it hasn’t mattered that we can’t go anywhere.

I hope that everyone is well and safe.

Ali x

Designing a greetings card in Canva

Canva, you say! Isn’t that for designing business cards, logos and social media images? Well, yes it is, but also so much more. I will be doing a variety of projects in the next few weeks, using Canva for at least one part of it. Yesterday I made a 3rd birthday card for our youngest granddaughter.

I started with a blank A4 document on Canva, and then did a search within Elements for ‘3’. The floral number and the pink balloons came up, and I copied/pasted/resized to make up the backing paper and the large embellishment. A search for ‘flower girl’ and then ‘Happy Birthday’ (within Text) completed what I needed – I just edited the text to include 3rd. This was printed out onto good quality paper with my Epson printer.

The backing paper and large number were trimmed to fit my card (a sheet of gold card scored and folded in half) and layered onto some of my favourite ‘Mermaid Ombre Glitter Card’ from Hobbycraft.

I could have used either my Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo to cut everything out more accurately, but for this card it was ok to just use scissors to trim down.

There you so. One quick and easy card. If anyone would like to have the project sheet sent to them, then just email me at hello@aliwade.com.

I enter this card into the following Challenges –

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper June 2020

Creations in Pink #22 – Anything Goes in Mainly Pink

CD Sunday Plus #37 – Anything Goes

Ali x

ps Click HERE to go to my Canva page and sign up for a free trial (or on the sidebar).

WOYWW 564 – a week that I needed lots of distraction

This whole world is very shaken and delicate at the moment. I am too. I have been having cold/hayfever type symptoms for over a week, as well as hubby, and then I became quite ill on Monday night, which made me panic. Thankfully, I was feeling a bit better yesterday, so hopefully it is just a cold combined with my usual Fibromyalgia issues. I am praying that family/friends/WOYWWers are all well and coping with enforced isolation. My usual lifestyle is isolated compared to many so, apart from missing the freedom to go shopping whenever I want and craft workshops, life for me has not changed much.

If you would like to join in with WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), then go to Stamping Ground.

I haven’t done any crafting since last week (been very busy with my online affiliate work and watching Procreate Live sessions each day this week), so my photos show my views from my chair right now. To my right is my little table (my original crafting table from 2003!) with my fantastic Cricut Maker (Rose Gold). I am going to do some Easter projects with that soon. To my left you can see my main crafty table, which still has the felt flowers on it waiting to be finished!

Well, that is it for today. Us crafters have one positive in this scary time – we certainly aren’t bored staying at home! I keep having friends and family asking if I am getting lots of craft projects done. Well, so far, that has not happened. However, it will be a few weeks at least before it is safe for me to go out and about again, so I am sure that next week I will have some projects to show off. I look forward to seeing what you are all doing. Remember that I am on Instagram if you want to see what I am up to daily.

Stay safe.

Ali xx

WOYWW 563 – Felt Flowers

Morning everyone. I have been up for a while, but got sucked into the Facebook ‘hole that has no end’. My crafty table today has some felt flowers that I cut out on my Cricut Maker and now waiting to be glued or sewn together. I might do some embroidery on them too. They are for the anniversary celebrations for a local chapel, but that has been postponed until later in the year, so no rush now. The fabric mat for the Cricut is also sitting there with a lint roller next to it (delivered from Amazon yesterday). I saw a tip that it would help to get the last few pieces of felt fuzz off it. It has also lost all its stickiness, so will either wash it with soapy water or get a glue pen on it.

We are not self-isolating strictly here, as neither of us are in the official list, but our life is fairly isolated anyway. The only change for me at the moment is that all craft workshops/clubs are cancelled and obviously we cannot fly off to Spain. I am going out to do some grocery shopping today (need some fresh veg etc before the next booked Tesco delivery on Saturday), but going to a local village shop instead of a large supermarket. There should be lower risk of being annoyed by those panic buying, and also good to support a small business. One of the towns near us, St Davids, has a fruit/veg shop, so going to see if they are open too. My days are just as full as usual with attempting to keep our house clean/tidy, walking the dog, cycling (probably just indoors now, as I don’t want to risk an accident that requires hospital treatment), online business stuff and, of course, crafting. We also enjoy watching ‘Homes Under The Hammer’ each day!!

Stay safe everyone, and KEEP CRAFTING!

Ali x

ps Join in with What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday HERE.

WOYWW 559 – new tech & crackle glaze

Hi, everyone. Long time no type! Today is a day when I need to get on with various jobs before I hibernate in my craft room for the rest of the day. Last night I had an exciting delivery – the new Cricut Maker machine, which I ordered from Hobbycraft a few days ago. Obviously I just want to get it out of the box and start playing, but I am being strict with myself and getting the basics done first (typing this blog post, having breakfast, walking the dog and doing some floor cleaning downstairs). I will be doing a series of blog posts about my ‘journey’ with the Cricut Maker in the coming weeks/months/years.

This is my latest post for WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), hosted by Julia over at http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/. Join in. We love to see new craft spaces – room, table, floor, shed …..

I have been tidying my craft room for a while now – getting more stuff sold/donated and generally making it feel less crowded, as I was struggling to be in here surrounded by too many things. It isn’t finished, but at least I can move around without falling over things! Currently I have my ex-sewing machine table set up next to my main pc area, and the old Silhouette Cameo machine (which I bought very cheaply a couple of weeks ago) sits on there. Obviously, I need space for the Cricut Maker, so the Cameo will be moved to the windowsill immediately behind, so I can still plug it into the pc when I need to use it (the Cricut is wireless and will be connected to my iPad a lot of the time). I bought the Cameo, as it was so cheap and I really wanted to be able to use the large library of designs that I built up several years ago (over 2100). However, I knew that I would need one of the latest machines within the near future, so I could cut more materials/do more processes etc. I had been looking at the Cricut for a while – watching YouTube videos etc. It was a difficult decision not to buy one of the latest Cameo 4, but I do enjoy having new tech to play with and when I had an offer to buy through HobbyCraft with interest free payments for 4 months, I decided to treat myself. I already have my first client – a lady who needs lots of felt flowers cut out – so get in touch if there is anything you want personalised, large quantities of anything cut out, foiling, etc etc.

My photos today show my tidy crafting table. I have started to make a birthday card (that is a llama, which needs a blanket pad on its back, so it doesn’t get confused with a deer!). I need to finish a backing paper design that I started with a new software to me – Affinity Designer – and cut out a Happy Birthday sentiment. The pink journal (which I am going to use for photos) was made in a craft workshop last month. The crackle glaze on the covers is delicious!

The boxes on the floor contain the Cricut Maker and the tool kit that came with it.

Photos/videos later on here – and Instagram (@iamaliwade and @growinfaithcreatively).

Time to go and have my breakfast now and then walk Buzz the Dog.

Enjoy your day.

Ali x