WOYWW 578 – Aldi Craft Haul

Morning everyone, on a grey and damp day in Pembrokeshire. I have a busy day ahead, mainly on the computer, but also planning some crafting.

If anyone would like to join in with WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), Julia has the special linky thing on her blog, Stamping Ground.

My big news is that I have joined Stampin Up as a Demonstrator. Been thinking about it for a while – used to help a friend with her craft days about 10 years ago (‘Magic Hands’ – diecutting, stamping etc!) and still have a lot of friends in the crafty world who are involved in varying ways (some just to get the discount for themselves, others who are working full-time with blogging/vlogging etc).

Yesterday the special offer of an extra freebie when signing up ended, so I jumped in and grabbed lots of fantastic products for my Starter Kit (you choose £130 worth and just pay £99, and I also lots of bundles to select from for my freebie). You are going to love what I chose – think daisies, ferns and delicious colours. I will be creating lots of projects with it, and just imagine my excitement when the box arrives!

From now on my blog posts will be only featuring Stampin Up products, so this is my last chance to show off what I bought from Aldi on Monday. Some useful tools, mini die cutting machine (which includes an owl die), die storage folder, washi tape and cute stickers (although they are more like chipboard embellies). The die cutting machine was reduced to £9.99, so I couldn’t leave it behind – and it will be really useful for workshops (when we can attend them again).

You will see that I have started to add holiday accommodation to my Pembrokeshire page. These will all be dog-friendly and/or cyclist-friendly. Both are saying that they are being rapidly booked up. Obviously there are a lot of people who are missing their visits to Pembrokeshire. I have some more companies to add, and will also be featuring Pembrokeshire shopping/crafts/food & drink etc. If any of you want to make the journey west along the M4 (from 13th July), then let me know and I can help with booking accommodation etc – and meet up for a personal tour (which can include a craft workshop at the farmhouse!).

My stomach says it is breakfast time now, so I will be back later to tour around your blogs.

Ali x

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.)