Dovecote and Cross Card Tutorial by Elaine


Today  I would like to share with you a card I made using the Dovecote stamp set.

  • white card
  • Hobby Art watercolour card
  • Coloured card
  • Dovecote stamp set
  • Versafine Ink Pad
  • acrylic paint
  • Funky Foliage Stencil
  • Driftwood Stencil
  • Brayer
  • Distress inks for colouring and inking
  • scissors
  • cross template
  • Media gel plate oval
  • Corner punch
  • 3D Foam Tape

Firstly I cut out the cross from white card I have a template for the cross, you can save and use.

Cross Template PDF


I Inked the  smallest cross with scattered straw distress ink,then using the driftwood stencil over the top I added frayed burlap through the stencil.
















Then using the larger cross I inked it with walnut stain, then layered the two together. then i set the cross aside









I next cut a piece of white card  4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

For the next step we need the Media gel plate , the card, acrylic paint, brayer and the foliage stencil also a damp cloth or baby wipe. remember we need to work quickly as the acrylic paint starts to dry fast on the plate.

Add a drop of paint to the media plate I chose a soft blue but you can use any colour you like. Using the brayer roll over the paint and spread it out over the media plate, next add the foliage stencil over the plate and wipe away the paint through the stencil. remove the stencil the press down your cut card on top of the gel plate to transfer  your image.























We now have the background to the card.

Next is to stamp out the Dove images from the Dovecote set onto Hobby Arts watercolour card  with the versafine ink. I then used distress inks to colour in my images. using scissors I cut them out.

















I chose a coloured card stock similar to the colour of the acrylic paint I used. I cut it slightly larger than the background card, using my corner punch i rounded off all the corners and layered them up and using some 3D foam tape I positioned the cross.










I stamped a sentiment onto some white card inked around the edges then added it to the card using 3D foam tape. I used the lovely words from Hobby Art’s  Irises  Stamp Set. Then positioned and added the doves and dovecote and finally I glued the card onto a card blank.

I hoped this inspires you



YouTube Demos

So those YouTube demos we have been talking about for years…

Guess what?!

They have finally arrived!


Sailing Card (Part 1)

Sailing Card (Part 2)

Swallow Barn

(HOCHANDA 24/05/20)

Sheep Frame

(HOCHANDA 24/05/20)

Floral Wishes

(HOCHANDA 24/05/20)

Sheep Scene-it 

(HOCHANDA 24/05/20)

Swallow Barn

(HOCHANDA 24/05/20)

Dovecote Tutorial – demo 4

(HOCHANDA 29/04/20)

Summer Florals Tutorial – demo 3

(HOCHANDA 29/04/20)

Dovecote Tutorial – demo 2 (part 1 of 2)

(HOCHANDA 29/04/20)

Dovecote Tutorial – demo 2 (part 2 of 2)

(HOCHANDA 29/04/20)

Summer Florals Tutorial – demo 1

(HOCHANDA 29/04/20)

Quackers Tutorial

British Wildlife Tutorial

Jean’s Flowers Tutorial

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Vintage Style Easter card Tutorial

Hello , Elaine here, I hope everyone is staying safe and well in these uncertain times.

I was looking through  some of my older Hobby art sets and was inspired to do a vintage style Easter Card project for you all.


  • Kraft Card
  • Coloured Card for Mats
  • circle Dies
  • Coloured Pencils
  • 3D Foam Tape
  • Craft Knife/ Scissors
  • Stamps

I cut a piece of Kraft Card  17x 11 cm’s . Using the Hare stamp from the  March  Hares  Stamp set I stamped onto the  centre of the card using  Memento – Rich Cocoa Ink Pad.

I next selected 2 circle dies to cut out a frame of Kraft card that fit on top of the hare. I used my Marianne basics dies and selected the 2 largest dies.

Next I cut a smaller piece of Kraft card and using the same ink I stamped some Daffodils into 2 bunches from the  Spring Scenes stamp set. I then fussy cut the daffodils using scissors.

You should now have stamped Hair Stamped and cut out daffodils and a die cut circle.

Now its time to colour, I used my Prismacolours, the shades are used are shown in the photograph.

Once the Images are coloured its time to assemble the card. using a craft knife I carefully cut around the top of the Hares ears . I placed the hare onto a foam mad and using my embossing tool I carefully shaped the ears to give them some dimension. I used some Walnut stain distress ink to edge around the frame. I added some 3d foam to the back of it and carefully placed it over the Hare and behind his ears.

The next step is adding some 3d foam tape to the back of the daffodils, I lined them up to the bottom of the card and positioned them over the top of the frame.

Next I stamped the “Happy Easter” from the Spring has Sprung  stamp set onto a die cut banner that was edge inked and placed it above the hare.

Final step is to mat onto some coloured card I chose a soft vintage yellow and again I inked around the edges of the kraft and yellow card and placed it onto a card blank.

Crafty Hugs

Elaine x







CS262D Neighbours

CS262D Neighbours

as seen on


Colour Reference for CS240D Water’s Edge

Hi All,

What a busy show on the 27th of February 2019 over on

Jenny mentioned the Colour reference that is for use with CS240D Water’s Edge.

(*please note this is not to scale of the stamps and is for reference to colour/birds only)

Happy Stamping from Jenny & the team x

Happy Christmas Robins

Hi All,

Sally has made a  card/tutorial using Snowman & Friends for you…

Happy Christmas Robins

Products Used

Hobby Art ‘Snowman & Friends’ stamp set (CS173D)           Heat Resistant Acetate

Hobby Art ‘Snowflakes’ stamp set (CS105D)                         Heat Tool

Hobby Art Mask-It Sheet                                                        White Posca Marker

Marianne Design Craftable Heart Die Set                             London Fog Memento Ink

Hobby Art Watercolour Card                                                 White Pearls

Stampendous Stardust Embossing Powder                           Platinum Inca-Gold

Faded Jeans Distress Oxide                                                   Empty Spray Bottle

5 x 7 inch Kraft Card Base and Envelope                               Kuretake Gansai Tambi

Clear Versamark Ink                                                               Round Paintbrush


(1) Cut a piece of Watercolour card to 6 5/8 x 4 5/8 Inches. Also, stamp the image onto Mask-It and cut out.

(2) Stamp the image onto the watercolour card with ‘London Fog’ Memento Ink so that the start of the branch is touching the left-hand edge of the card. Mask off the image with the Mask and also use strips of the Mask-It to keep a border around the card.

(3) Mix a small amount of the Platinum Inca-Gold into the Empty Spray Bottle. Add water and mix well to create a shimmering spray. Apply some ‘Faded Jeans’ Distress Oxide to a non-porous surface and spray the Inca-Gold onto it.Then take the watercolour card and press it into the diluted down Oxide to create a background.

(4) When the background has dried stamp some of the snowflakes from the ‘Snowflakes’ stamp set randomly around the image. Then sprinkle over the Stardust Embossing powder and Heat set.

(5) Stamp the Happy Christmas sentiment with ‘London Fog’ Memento ink onto the background and add more of the Stardust Embossing powder. Also, heat set this.

(6) Die cut the snowflakes from the Marianne Designs Craftables Hearts Die collection from Heat Resistant Acetate. Then press the die cut snowflakes into the Versamark Ink. Cover with the Stardust Embossing powder and heat until the powder has turned clear.

(7) Apply one whole snowflake underneath the bottom left of the sentiment and then cut up another two and add these around the edges of the image panel.

(8) Using 3D Foam attach the image panel to the front of the card and add white gems in various sizes to the middle of some of the snowflakes to finish.

This set will be on Monday 28th August’s Tv show on Hochanda.

Hope you like Sally’s Tutorial

Becki 😀 

July’s Monthly Special!

Hi All,

So here at Hobby Art, the festive season has started, with the first launch of Christmas stamps on Hochanda. We also have a festive stamp as the current (July) Monthly Special 2017.


CS173D Snowman & Friends

There’s still time to grab this popular Monthly Special at only £8.99 

(including an A4 Project sheet and free P&P within the UK)

This cute set will be appearing on HOCHANDA next month, along with a second lot of Christmas Releases! 

Including this year’s Funny Set designed by Sharon. Woop, Woop (Happy Dance)  

Mark the 28th August on your calendars at 12 pm and 4 pm!

Also, June’s Monthly Special 2017 (Puffin Set) now have card samples on the Gallery…

That’s all for now, have a great Weekend!

Becki 😀 

Floral mix with white embossing

  Hi everyone Laura with you all today, hope you all watched the fab shows with Jenny in June.

I thought I’d share a make with you, with my favourite of the new stamps Floral mix,

To start with I made a 6×6 card blank and cut a layer of blue card stock to mat onto the card base.

I then used one of my Tim Holtz stencils and added the pattern with texture paste.

Stamp each flower out twice with versa ink pad and heat emboss with white embossing powder, when colour in using your preferred alcohol ink pens.

Place the flowers layered up around a circle die cut with the sentiment stamped on it to finish,

hope you enjoyed todays card

Laura x x

The one everyone’s been asking for!

Hi All

We have had quite a few requests for this card since it appeared on Hochanda on Friday. Sally has kindly written up the project for everyone to share…

Project By Sally Dodger.

Poppy Card
Products Used
Hobby Art ‘Floral Mix’ stamp set (CS172D), Acrylic blocks‘Floral Mix’ stamp set (CS172D), Acrylic blocks

Hobby Art ‘Friends Sentiments’ stamp set (CSO43D)

Washi Tape or Low Tack Tape, A4 Watercolour Card

Pebeo Drawing Gum, London Fog Memento

Ink White Uni Posca Marker

6″ Square Kraft Base Card And Envelope

Old Paintbrush 1″ Flatwash Paint, Brush 08 Round Paint Brush

Cotman Watercolours in the following colours (Cadmium Red, Hookers Green, Yellow Ochre and Prussian Blue)

(1) Cut a piece of watercolour card to 5 1/2 inches and add Washi tape, or low tack tape, around the edges to preserve the white border.
(2) Stamp the Poppy image from the stamp set, using ‘London Fog’ Memento Ink, on the bottom left of the card. Then use the Pebeo Drawing Gum and the Old Paintbrush to mask off the Poppy image.
(3) Stamp the Poppy image twice again altering the angle slightly and repeat the masking process.
(4) Stamp the fern image where needed to create depth. No need to mask the ferns as they will be painted darker than the background. Add some splatters of the Drawing Gum around the Poppies.
(5) Wet the entire piece of watercolour card with clear water and add a light wash of Yellow Ochre across the whole piece. Then add light touches of Hookers Green and Cadmium Red to the bottom left of the still wet background. Let the colours merge into one another and then dry.
(6) Create a mix of the Hookers Green paint and a small amount of Cadmium Red and use this to paint the ferns. When the ferns have dried, add some Prussian Blue to the mix and use this to darken the areas between the Poppies and at the very bottom of the piece.
(7) When all the paint has dried carefully rub away all of the Drawing Gum. Then using a pale wash of Cadmium Red, paint the Poppies.
(8) Using the Cadmium Red wash, add a tiny amount of Prussian Blue paint to create a slightly darker mix and use this to add a layer of shading to the Poppies. After each layer has dried keep adding more of the Prussian blue paint to the mix and layer again until the desired result is achieved.
(9) Combining an amount of all of the paints, (slightly more Prussian Blue) will give a dark grey colour which can be used to paint the Poppy centres.
(10) Stamp the sentiment, with ‘London Fog’ Memento Ink, in the upper right corner. Then use the White Posca marker to add highlights to the Poppies.
(11) When everything has dried carefully remove the Washi tape to reveal the white border. The White Posca marker can be used to clean up the edges if needed.
(12) Attach the painted panel onto the card front with 3D foam to finish.
Daisy Card

Another card variation, using the same technique, by Sally Dodger. Using the ‘Floral Mix’ stamp set.

We will be getting some of these project sheets printed, we will let you know when they are available.

Right, Jenny and I are off to Telford tomorrow so that’s all for now folks.

Becki 😀


May Update!

Hi All,

It’s been such a beautiful sunny week so far. The birds are singing, Butterflies are sunning themselves on the flowers and the bees are gathering pollen.

I definitely feel lucky surrounded by nature. I hope whatever you are doing today, you find time to get outdoors and get your 20 mins of Vitamin D in the Sunshine. 

Hopefully most of you have already grabbed this

Month’s Monthly Special – Wild Roses designed by Janie Burnett-Bleach.

You still have a week to grab this little gem at only £8.99 including a free project sheet and free P&P (UK only)

We also have new dates lined up for our workshops and spaces are filling fast!



Workshop 26th August 2017 – TADWORTH VENUE

Mixed Media Workshop 9th September 2017 (TADWORTH VENUE)

Mixed Media Workshop 9th September 2017 (TADWORTH VENUE)


Finally Jenny’s next TV date is 

Friday 9th June 2017 (11am & 3pm)

That’s all for now folks so I will leave you to the sunshine.


Becki 😀 

A Host of Golden Daffodils


What a beautiful Spring day it has turned into. It seems that just at the moment we are getting one glorious day followed by one that is overcast and threatening rain.

It was the same last week when I walked Emma to Caterham in brilliant sunshine, she even had her sunglasses on and looked very cute, and the next day we needed our wellie boots.

Hey ho it is still early I suppose, so anything could happen on the weather front.

I think one of the best things about this time of year are all the beautiful daffodils which show that Spring really is here.

Jenny at Hobby Art took a beautiful Daffodil stamp set on to Hochanda recently CS162D Daffs and Bells.

I stamped and embossed the daffodils onto white card stock and then coloured them with Decorating Chalks and a cotton wool ball.

After fussy cutting them out I mounted them on to my card using silicon glue.

The central panel on the card has been stamped and embossed using one of the verses from CS156D Seasons.

I used one of my many shaped dies to cut out the sentiment, adding a little colour with the die still in place, before layering it on to the card

over a similarly shaped and dry embossed panel.

I hop that we don’t continue with the one day nice, one day horrid pattern tomorrow as I am off to see my Mum. I have to admit that it usually seems to rain when I visit her, especially when I have to walk from the station, so I will remember to take my rain coat with me.

Have a good evening, and enjoy the sunshine.

Hugs Kimx

A host of Golden Daffodils

Perfect for Mother’s day. Easter. Birthdays or Get well cards this set pretty much cover all your bases a good staple to have as a go to set when you’re stuck as to what to do ….

CS162D Daffs & Bells

Here I have uses the two single daffs to make a wreath the smaller fussier ones underneath …. My preference but you could swap them round or even stamp alternate ones if you wished by simply mask off and stamping over part of the mask ….The word are a good sized HAPPY with easter Birthday and Mother’s day. And Daffs and Bells do scream spring xxx Hope you like my offering.  Spring has sprung xx

Crafty Hugs xxx


Quack !

Hello Everyone .  Hope you have all had a chance to look at our lovely new monthly special set.

 CS159D Quackers

It’s adorable I fell in love with this set as soon as I opened it.  There are so many different kind of ducks … from elegant White Runners … the the more heavy Muscovy ducks and with Crested Ducks and Mallards and everything in between  a duck is not just a duck ….For those who don’t know Ian’s Mum Lives over in france …. retired out there 20 plus years ago and keeps ducks . In their time out there they have had so many different kinds …. My Fave was Cindy who kind of turned up one day and adopted them …. made herself at home and would come and go as she pleased but would never go in the Duck house overnight …She was a Muscovy Duck and boy she was full of attitude.  on one of our many trips over there we were asked to go to a duck farm …. I didn’t realise at the time but all the ducks there were being bred for Foie gras pate. Rory pick up a baby duck and the farmer gave it to him … Jamie had another one … those two Goliath ducks never made it to the table in the way of pate…. but lived a very good life on M.I.L’s farm and lived to a ripe old age….. One was Donald the other Quakers.

Hope you enjoy this set as much as I have done  and hope you like the card here … it’s a card for someone so I hope they like it x

I hope you like it too x

Crafty Hugs

Bernie xxx


Happy New Year!

Hi all,

We hope you have had a Great Christmas and here’s to a Happy and healthy 2017!

Just to let you all know the January Sale has started…

There’s a whole section with lots of goodies reduced!

On top of that we have 30% off clear stamps (excludes current Monthly Special) 

Sale ends Midnight 08/01/2017

Introducing January’s Monthly Special to start 2017!

CS159D Quackers

CS159D ‘Quackers’ Clear set contains 15 stamps designed by the very talented Sharon Bennett. Overall size of set – 100mm x 260mm approx. All our clear stamps are made with photopolymer resin. The Monthly Special includes a free A4 Project sheet by Becki Mayes.

Only £8.99 and Free P&P for all of January!

Have a great New Year!

Becki and the Hobby Art Team 😀 

Hope you had a lovely Christmas ….

…But now for something completely different.  The new Stamp of the month set I was going to  make christmassy  and still may go with a winter theme  but today my heart screams BRIGHT colours so Zig Clean Colour pens were the order of the day.  Turquoise, Purples, Blues, Greens just pure joyous colour.  Stamped and heat embossed in white then a  pick up a pen and colour away the pens are like brushes so soft and easy to use ….  let the magic begin…… Glorious colour and the stamp and the Zig Pens do the rest.

DMSFBFF Funky Bird & Flower Set

I hope you like what I have done

Bernie xxx




Funky Bird & Flower Set – December’s Monthly Special!

Me again!

Hi Everyone so the monthly specials are proving more and more popular each month.

We plan on bringing you more awesome designs into 2017.

Don’t forget you can sign up to these on repeat payments if you wish. That way they are dispatched automatically on your payment date. 

They are available in 3 months, 6 months or Yearly Subscriptions.

This is December’s Monthly Special 2016…

DMSFBFF Funky Bird & Flower Set

This is the gorgeous new Foam Mounted Funky Bird & Flower Set. It is December’s Monthly Special for 2016. Designed by Sharon Bennett. Both stamps are backed onto EZ-mount so will adhere to any acrylic block. Includes an A4 Project sheet by Jenny Mayes. Flowers 80mm x 110mm. Bird 85mm x 80mm

For those that don’t know about the Monthly Special let me fill you in…

On  the 1st of every Month we release a Monthly Special. This is either a clear stamp set or sometimes 2 foam stamps with a minimum value of £10.99

For that month only we offer it to you at only £8.99!

This includes free P&P and a A4 Project sheet. 

Once the month is over it reverts back to the RRP.

So, after the offer month, the DL Clear sets will be £10.99 and 2 Foams £11.90.

We want to give you, our regular customers, the chance to have something before it appears on the TV.

Our way of saying thank you for following us and liking what we do!

Update on Monthly Specials!

Hi All,

So it appears I haven’t been on here for a while with the Monthly Specials (Tut, Tut) I’m not quite sure where those last 4 months have gone. So I am going to crash update…

August’s Monthly Special…

CS145D Oak Tree

CS145D ‘Oak Tree’ Clear set contains 12 stamps designed by the very talented Sharon Bennett. Overall size of set – 100mm x 260mm approx. All our clear stamps are made with photopolymer resin.

September’s Monthly Special…

CS146D In the Cornfield

CS146D ‘In the Cornfield’ Clear set contains 13 stamps designed by the very talented Sharon Bennett. Overall size of set – 100mm x 260mm approx. All our clear stamps are made with photopolymer resin.

October’s Monthly Special…

CS151D Orchard

CS151D ‘Orchard’ Clear set contains 12 stamps designed by the very talented Sharon Bennett. Overall size of set – 100mm x 260mm approx. All our clear stamps are made with photopolymer resin. The Monthly Special includes a free A4 Project sheet by Laura Williams.

November’s Monthly Special…

CS154D Irises

CS151D ‘Orchard’ Clear set contains 9 stamps designed by the very talented Sharon Bennett. Overall size of set – 100mm x 260mm approx. All our clear stamps are made with photopolymer resin. The Monthly Special includes a free A4 Project sheet by Anna Flanders.

Ok so that’s a bit of an update and I will post December’s Monthly Special Separately.

Feathers appear on Hochanda

Morning Everyone,

Happy Saturday. I hope that you will soon be settling down to watch the first of Hobby Art Jenny’s shows on Hochanda (Sky channel 663) at 10am, followed by two more at 2pm and 5pm.

I had a fabulous time, as always, playing with the new designs.

Here is just one of the cards that I made.


The central panel has been created by dabbing a dye based inks pad (Denim Kaleidacolour multicoloured pad) onto an acrylic block.

Spritz with water and then place the block on to a piece of watercolour cardstock as if it were a stamp.


Once this panel was dry I stamped and embossed the feather onto it using black Versafine ink and clear embossing powder.


I painted the image with a wet paintbrush and then used kitchen roll to remove the ink.

Once I achieved a depth of colour that I liked I painted the image with a clear Wink of Stella brush.


The background to the card was created using both the sentiment stamped and embossed in black, and another of the feathers from the set stamped with versafine and then dusted with Pearlex Powder.

I hope that you enjoy the shows today.

I look forward to seeing what the rest of the DT have come up with to inspire you. It always amazes me how different everyones creations are.

Have a great day.

Happy Crafting and hugs


Winter Wishes

Hello Everyone,

My name is Franka and I’ve been a Hobby Art Design Team member for several years. Because I live in the Netherlands my English isn’t my best part, so normally I only design cards. But I heard that there where many questions about my cards, so I’ve made a blogpost for you to explain one of them. I have used a lot of photos because I hope they give you more information than my English text 🙂

Before we start here is a list with materials that you need:
– white card 10 x 15 cm
– brown cardstock
– sticky paper
– a stencil with an 8 cm circle
– some extra paper to tear a mountain
– Memento Ink: Rich Cacao and London Fog
– Versafine Ink: Vintage Sepia
– Versamark Ink
– WOW embossing powder: Opaque Bright White or any other white embossing powder
– Adirondack Ink: Caramel and Stonewash
– Hobby Art Stamp sets: Nature Trail and Christmas Post
– Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Ground Espresso,   Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen

Step 1:
Place the stencil with the circle over your card. Sponge the lower part of the circle with Distress Ink Antique Linen. Sponge the upper part with Distress Ink Tumbled Glass.


Step 2:
Tear some paper to use for the mountains. Sponge the mountains with Adirondack Caramel and don’t use too much ink. On the photo you see I used the mountain paper 3 times.
When you begin to sponge the mountains begin with the lowest one, then the central one and end with the highest one.


Step 3:
Take some sticky paper and cut a circle of 4 cm. This is your sun. Place this sun somewhere half behind your mountains. Sponge with Adirondack Stonewash around this sun. Beware of putting blue ink into your mountains. On the photo you see where you have to sponge.


Step 4:
At the end sponge some extra ink around the edges of the circle to create more depth. Sponge Distress Ink Vintage Photo for the lowest part and Adirondack Stonewash Ink for the upper part.


Now starts the stamping part. The Hobby Art stamp sets I’ve used are:

Nature Trail – CS138D
Nature Trail

Christmas Post – CS068D
Christmas Post

 Step 5:
Now you can remove your sticky paper sun. When you stamp the small pine tree you have to use the teared mountain paper again. I stamped the small pine tree with Memento London Fog. You start stamping with the most highest tree on the left site.


Step 6:
Then you stamp the small deer with Memento Rich Cocoa. Place her at the right site of your landscape and just stamp a part of her. Now it looks like she looks around the corner.
After that you stamp the large pine tree with Memento Rich Cocoa too. Stamp this tree in between the small pine trees and the small deer.


Step 7:
Now you can remove your torn paper for the next step. Stamp the small dove near the sun. I stamped it with Memento London Fog.
At the bottom of the circle I stamped some small ‘bushes’ with Adirondack Caramel. Use not only the first print, but also the second print too. This gives more depth in your landscape.


Step 8:
Now you can remove your circle stencil. Take the Post stamp of the Christmas Post stamp set and stamp it at the right upper corner of your circle. I stamped it with Memento Rich Cocoa.
On this photo you see how your landscape could look like, but feel free to play with other landscape designs.


Step 9:
Now you start with the colour section.
The small deer and the dove I coloured with Derwent colour Pencils. You have to colour it with pencils because it is stamped with Memento Ink. This is a water based ink and gives a reaction with Distress Ink, for example.


Step 10:
I stamped the birch trunk and the big deer on watercolor paper. I stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia so I can colour it in with Distress Ink or other water based Inks or Zig Markers. The colours I used for the birch and the big deer are: Distress Inks Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Ground Espresso, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo.

When you finish your coloring, give the birch and the deer their right position on your card. Now you can see where you have to stamp the sentiment Winter Wishes. I stamped this sentiment with Versafine Vintage Sepia.


Step 11:
The next step is to white emboss the snowflakes. You can emboss them randomly on your card, but always choose an odd number, for example  3 or 5 snowflakes. When you emboss these snowflakes you hardly see them. To make them more visible put a little Distress Ink around them. I used Distress Ink Weathered Wood. But be careful!!!! Use a very, very little ink.
At the end I drew some lines around the mountains with a silver pen. It looks like a thin layer of snow. And I draw some snowflakes with 3 small points close together.

When you´re happy with the results, you glue the birch and the big deer on your card. Mat your card on brown cardstock and you have a wonderful winter or Christmas card.


I hope you enjoy this step-by-step tutorial and we look forward to seeing your results.


Hobby Workshops

Afternoon Everyone,

I hope that you have had another great summer day.

I prepared this post nearly a fortnight ago, but you know me and technology we are not the best of friends. I lost all of the links to the Hobby Art website and it has taken ages to get them sorted out, so my apologies for not posting this before now.

I was lucky enough to be invited by Hobby Art Jenny to teach at the workshop at the beginning of the month. Good food, wonderful products to play with, and 32 enthusiastic ladies, what a great way to spend the day.

I taught two workshops in the morning to half of the group and then after a rather tasty lunch they swapped tables to work with Jenny while I taught the same two classes to the rest of the group.


It turned into a gloriously hot day and so of course I had typically chosen Autumn and Christmas themed cards lol.


The first workshop was about masking using the fabulous Falling Leaves stamp set and the Mask-it sheet from Woodware.


I just love leaves, I’m definitely an Autumn girlie.


I was very good and finished off all of the bits and pieces when I got home so there are several more samples to share with you than I had prepared for the ladies.


Of course there was shopping to be done throughout the day so a fabulous leafy die set fell into my basket.

mftleaf die

I think that it had only just arrived, Becki was frantically pricing things, so I’m not sure if it has even made it on to the website yet.


The second part of the masking class used a strip of masking tape across the middle of the card instead of fussy cut leaves.


This card used a double strip of tape and then some fussy cut and coloured leaves to embellish the edges.

I had such fun with this stamp set, and as you can see I have added several cards suitable for men to my card stash.

I think I will share the second class in a separate post so as not to overwhelm you with pictures.

Have a great evening.

Hugs Kimx

Hi there lovely peeps

It’s been ages since I have blogged for Hobby Art . So sorry and yes I have missed you ….so much has happened at home it’s been a mad few months ….so back with you again now and I would love to share a few makes with you just showcasing a few of the older stamp sets …you know the ones you buy think ….that’ will come in useful then put away and forget about.

So I thought I would do a step by step guide if you like to how to use our wonderful Scene it stamps …the Beauty with these is you can pretty much use them with each other as they work if you interchange them .let me show you what I mean .

CS133D Country Gate

CS133D Country Gate COPYRIGHT

and CS138D Nature Trail


First I’m going to use a 7×7 square card  and Sprinkle Talcum powder over it then edge the card with masking tape NOT the permanent kind the temporary one ! otherwise you will tear your card!


You can use a tumble dryer sheet or a chalk bag to dust the card with Talc is just my own preference  ….


Ink and stamp you main image then I like to sprinkle clear embossing powder over the top and heat emboss ….that allows me to use any medium to colour without the ink bleeding.


I have then added a tree stamp and the deer from Nature trail ,  heat embosses those too and then added a post it circle over the house to create the sun ….I wanted a sunset …..


Making a cloud mask to do my clouds I use 5p’s, pound coins and an egg cup for the bigger circles.

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Placing the mask where I want the clouds to go…Lightly Blend either with a blending tool or brushes. Move the mask Blending the colour as you go.


You should end up with something like this .


Add different greens to finish and colour the houses and the deer …Finally I stamped the blackbirds.


A bit of matting


A squiggly line just because.   And add to your card stock ….sorted job done .


Next time I will try for a longer more panoramic view using different sets not just trees and animals

But for now Lovely Peeps crafty hugs xxx



Hobby Art is Moving!

Hi All,

So we have some exciting news…
Hobby Art is on the move to

We do hope you can join us for our first shows on Wednesday 27th July 2016 at 10am, 1pm and 5pm!
We will be keeping you up to date nearer the time. This channel is available on SKY 663, Freeview 39 (6am-9pm) and Freesat 817. I will also send the link to watch online via our email newsletters.
We have a few more festive launches still to come this year designed by none other than our fabulous Sharon Bennett! and I cannot wait to see what our amazing Design Team have created with them.

Thank you to all our customers over the years. We hope you can join us on the next stage of our journey.

Happy Stamping from the Hobby Art Team x

Sweet Peas – July Monthly Special 2016

Hi all!

The beginning of the month again! Where’s the summer sun?!

At least the ducks and flowers are enjoying the weather.  With flowers in mind here’s the new monthly special,  designed by the very talented Sharon Bennett.


CS139D Sweet Peas


This is part of the


Sharon is our amazing artist and we are so lucky to have her designs every month. So today I am sharing her stunning work. This is a card that she put on facebook this weekend. 


The monthly special is only £8.99 (for the month of July) includes a A4 project sheet and free P&P! 

There are 10 clear stamps included in this set. Including some sweet sentiments to work alongside the flowers.

Available now!

Catch you later

Becki 😀 



Busy Bees – June Monthly Special

Hi all!

This month has flown by literally been very busy bees at Hobby Art HQ!

We are in the process of moving premises (exciting stuff!)

Also Christmas is on the way!

Ready for the launch on Create & Craft Thursday 23rd June at 12pm and Friday 24th June at 1pm.

It’s a little late in the month but I would like to introduce the June’s Monthly Special (Busy Bees) 



This set is already proving very popular and the lovely Heidi Green has made some fabulous samples with this set. 


The monthly special is only £8.99 includes a A4 project sheet and free P&P! 

There are 17 clear stamps included in this set designed by the very talented Sharon Bennett. 


So don’t Bumble grab yours today!

Becki 😀 

Have a Hoot!

 Hello, Heidi here to share another blog project with you. 

I was a work colleague’s birthday recently and I know she adore’s owls, so I made this card for her using this gorgeous set of owls
and leaves.


 Products Used
 Hobby Art ‘Ornate Owls’ stamp set
 Wood Grain Embossing Folder
 Circle die
 Shaped Card Blank
 Brown and green card scraps
 White stamping card
 Memento ‘Rich Cocoa’ ink pad
 Memento Inkpad : Olive Grove
 Versafine Ink pad : Brown
 Promarker Pens
 Black fine line pen
 Glossy Accents
 Tools : Sharp scissors, Cosmic Shimmer Glue, Sticky pads
 Card Instructions
 (1) Start by die cutting a large circle from brown card and emboss using ‘wood grain’ folder.
 (2) Stamp up owl, leaves and sentiment onto white card, colour in using pens of choice.
 (3) Using small leaf shape, stamp up onto card blank using green brown inkpads.
 (4) Stick brown circle onto card shape centrally.
 (5) Matt sentiment onto a piece of green card and doodle around edge.
 (6) Stick sentiment down onto card.
 (7) Cut out owl shape and leaves.
 (8) Arrange around card as shown in photo.
 (9) Add glossy accents to eyes of owl and to selected leaves on card.
 I do hope you have enjoyed my card project today.
 Heidi xx

May’s Monthly Special!

Introducing May’s Monthly Special!

CS133D Country Gate

Monthly Special

This Stunning Country Gate set is the latest design

from the legendary Sharon Bennett.

Beautiful Country Scenes that can be built up and used with other scene-it stamps. 

You can grab it now at only £8.99 for the month of May!

 including a project sheet by Jenny Mayes and free P&P! 

Country Gate

Becki 😀 

Colouring one Bird 4 ways!

Hi All, Becki here…

I hope everyone has had a great bank holiday weekend?!

This is a little colouring project I started at the Workshop on Saturday when I thought I’d start a blog post about the importance of a colour chart!

Most Companies will provide their own printed colour chart for the mediums they sell. This is a good start for reference but you can’t beat a hand coloured chart that you’ve filled in yourself. (It doesn’t matter what medium you have… Alcohol Markers, Water based products, Pencils etc…)

This way you can see exactly what you own and what the colours actually look like. Which makes it so much easier choosing what will work for your project.

I will include some blank colour charts at the end of this blog post.

Colour Chart

Loads of gaps on my colour chart but you can see what my most used tones are.

So whilst planning this post for the last week I thought I’d take my own advice as I haven’t used my pencils since I first got them. Why?!

Oh yeah because every time I picked up a pencil I was finding it was not the right colour. Seems basic and yet why hadn’t I done a hand colour chart. I finally did last week and ended up using my pencils over the weekend! Woohoo 😀


I sometimes chose a picture for reference if I’m ever unsure on colours of a bird or animal. I just think it makes life easier when you have a visual of how you want your colouring to look. 


I don’t think I have ever seen one of these little chaps (Coal Tit) the same with a Firecrest (also in the stamp set). I’ve talked to so many customers who have said they have seen them. I’m so Jealous! Realistically if these little guys live near you who needs the reference right?! I keep filling the bird feeder at home and Mr Robin is a firm reliable in the garden. So I normally start with colouring a Robin.

I am using CS118D Garden Birds Clear Stamp set designed by the very talented Sharon Bennett.

GARDEN BIRDS copyright


Ok since writing the above I feel like a bit of a muppet! I strolled downstairs and went outside to check how full the bird feeder was and low and behold  – a Coal tit. I couldn’t believe it! He flew away pretty quick.

So I can safely say I have seen all the above birds in my garden.

Bird 1

*Note this is just for reference so chose a colour, from your medium, which is a similar tone.

If using Alcohol Markers stamp using a Memento InkPad. I always start with the lightest colour which in this case was Warm Grey W0.

Using Water based products you will want to stamp using a Versafine InkPad.

Bird 2

I got a little bit carried away before I took the next picture but you get the idea….. build up the colour using similar darker tones.

Bird 3

By starting with the lighter colours it makes it easier to add darker tones, for shadows and texture for feathers, later. If you don’t like the blend you can always go over the darker ink with the lighter colour.

Bird 4

Use Warmer Earthy tones for the belly. I started with E41 and went in with E42 just for a bit of shadow at the top and bottom of his belly.

Bird 5

Again go in with a few Warm Grays on the belly. This just blends the overlap of colours better and adds some shadows and texture.

Bird 6

Finally go in with a White Pen. I sometimes think I overdo it a little with the white pen but I always think I will just add a stroke here and there and before you know it… my picture is covered.

So that is me finished Colouring one Fluffy Bird.

I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial.

This has got to be one of the longest posts I’ve written… If you made it this far ‘YAY’ and hope it helps!

Becki x 

A4 Colour Charts you may need…

Copic Blank Colour Chart 

Cleancolor Blank Colour Chart

Kurecolor Blank Colour Chart 

ProMarker Blank Colour Chart

Spectrum Aqua Blank Colour Chart – Floral

Spectrum Aqua Blank Colour Chart – Nature

Spectrum Aqua Blank Colour Chart – Primary

Spectrum Aqua Blank Colour Chart – Essentials

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker Blank Colour Chart




Nesting Card


Good morning,

Heidi here to share a little card with you using the gorgeous ‘Nesting‘ stamp set.

Lots of beautiful birds visit our garden every day and they leave with their beaks stuffed full of twigs and leaves for their nests.  I just love this little image, with little eggs and lots of lovely flowers.


My little card has been made using the following products :

Hobby Art ‘Nesting‘ stamp set, Fanciful Card Blank, Sizzix Lace Die, Large Circle Die, Small Scallop Die, Green & Yellow Card, Memento ‘Rich Cocoa’ ink pad, Promarker pens and Stickles ‘Mercury Glass’ glitter glue.  Sharp scissors and Cosmic Shimmer Glue.


I put my card together, as follows :

(1) Firstly, die cut a large circle from green card. A white scallop from white card and the lace die from a piece of yellow card. Put to one side.

(2) Onto scallop card, stamp up main image and colour in.

(3) On a strip of white card, stamp up leaf and flowers images using Rich Cocoa inkpad. Matt onto a piece of yellow card.

(4) Stamp out two leafs and three flower images, colour in and cut out.

(5) Stamp up a sentiment of choice, matt onto green card.

(6) Stick elements down onto card blank, edging all with ink pad.

(7) Add leaves and flowers to edges of main image and also add small flower image to sentiment corner.

(8) Add Stickles to flower centres, leave to dry.

Many thanks for stopping by the Hobby Art blog today, I hope I have inspired you to get stamping and colouring today.

Heidi xxx

April’s Monthly Special!

Introducing April’s New Monthly Special!

CS128D Riverside

April Monthly Special - RIVERSIDE

This Beautiful Riverside set is the latest design from the super talented Sharon Bennett.

I remember walking from Godalming to Guildford lots of times when I was a kid.     I loved seeing all the beautifully painted bright Canal/Narrow Boats on the waterways. For my brothers and I the best bits were the locks and changing the water levels so the Canal/Narrow Boats could get through.

Riverside Heidi

Card by Heidi Green

This set is the new Monthly Special at only £8.99 for the month of April including a project sheet by Heidi Green and free P&P!

Thanks for stopping by!

Becki  😀 




Oh Flower of Scotland …..

When will we see your like again…..

Opps sorry getting carried away there! Rugby season you see and Rory “Singing”!  in his own way …..someone needs to buy the boy a bucket to carry the tune in !


The Highland Cattle set has the most beautiful thistle in ….I know they are meant to be classed as a weed but I like them, odd I know but they bring back childhood memories of the council flats in London where I was born and bread  the concrete playground was always covered in Thistles Rosebay Willowherb and Cow Parsley. Oh and Pink Bindweed not the white ! …. The Circles are a stencil with ink brushed through and the Thistle have been stamped in versafine ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder, this lets me colour with Pro-Markers without the ink bleeding  ……Did the same on a bit of pink card and added a lilac ribbon really easy card to do I hope you like it xxxxx

Country Ramble Tunnel Card

Hello, Heidi here to share a blog project with you.

It has been a while since I have posted a project on the Hobby Art blog.  Am so thrilled to be back on the Design Team and get to play with all of the beautiful stamps. Thank you for all of the lovely comments that have been left for me, I was really touched!


When these beauties dropped through my letterbox, I just had to get inking them up and get colouring.  Country Ramble is such a versatile set.  I especially love the rambling rose that comes in the set, I have coloured in using the glorious Wink of Stella pens.


Here is a list of products used and some instructions.

CS123D Country Ramble Stamp Set and CS067D Inspirations Stamp set


White Card blank, Embossing folder, Peeled Paint and Spun Sugar inkpads

Wink of Stella Pens : Blue, Pink, Green, Yellow, Brown and Clear

Die-namics Wonky Edge Square Die set and Gold Stickles Glitter glue.


(1) Die-cut a square from the front of the card blank.

(2) Onto square piece of die-cut card, stamp up main image, colour in.

(3) Onto white stamping card, stamp up four rambling rose images, colour in and cut out.

(4) Using embossing folder and die cutting machine, emboss front of card blank.

(5) Ink around front and inside of card using inkpads.

(6) Stamp sentiment to front of card.

(7) Stick down elements onto card as shown.

(8) Lastly, add some Stickles to the centre of the roses, leave to dry.

That’s my blog project for today, I do hope you have enjoyed it.

Thanks for popping by the blog today,

Heidi xxx

What’s New in February!

Hi all,

Most of you probably would of seen we have a new Monthly Special.

For those that haven’t here it is…

CS120D Highland Cattle


We absolutely love this new scene-it designed by Sharon Bennett.

The design team are busy creating samples with this set that will appear on Create and Craft next Month.

This stunning card was made by Charry Wijers.

Highland Cattle - Charry

And that’s not the only set to be launched this month.

We also have CS122D Thinking of Ewe

CS122D Thinking of Ewe COPYRIGHT

Thinking of Ewe

Following the very popular ‘Baa-Humbug’ stamp set. CS122D ‘Thinking of Ewe’ Clear set contains 22 stamps. All these accessories work along with the original Baa-Humbug and alone.

Thinking of Ewe 2

Jenny’s next TV show date and times are confirmed… so tune in for some more beautiful sets designed by Sharon Bennett for Hobby Art.

Feb TV BANNER edit

Jenny and Peter are off to Cowbridge this weekend for the

Sincerely Yours Craft Show.

If you are in the area, pop over and say hi!

Sincerely yours banner

Have you seen all the Latest Products on our website.


Have a great weekend everyone!

Becki 😀 

Moo-rning Och aye it’s that time again !

Well have you guessed ….We have Highland cows.


Funny Story.  I remember going to a farm years ago and they had these there …now bare in mind I had a VERY sheltered childhood brought up in 1960s London.  And  had therefore little understanding of nature and all things animal so as a little ‘un I loved to read ..Black Beauty was a favourite book, comics anything I could lay my hands on …who here remembers Pinky and Perky?  I had an annual circa early 60s maybe 62 or 63…. I was 4 or 5. Well we used to come to Cornwall on family holidays took hours from London sometime’s 2 days if the traffic was bad  well we stayed over on night at a farm to break the journey and  saw these HUGE wooly cows that were Highland Cattle …why in devon I have no idea but I am sure they were the same …the farmer’s wife led me out to where they had a horse  and there were chickens and ducks ….I was enthralled. Would you like to see the pig’s you have pig’s My eye’s lit up Pictures of Pinky and Perky in their dungarees flashed through my mind and one wearing a red beret one wearing a blue …. the little house all clean and tidy with one of them holding a feather duster doing the dusting while the other made the tea and cut the cake …..She led me outside to the barn I thought I was going to the house …..I was stunned this couldn’t be where the pigs lived it was filthy …and the pigs and the pong ….I burst into tears there and then !

This stamp set evokes so many memories I burst out laughing as I opened it and was reminded of a much more innocent time … I hope you like it I will play again with this as have just stamped out the larger image and played a bit with ink and watercolours …..very therapeutic in this day and age of rushing and never having time for you …unwind take a brush and see where you go …My mind switches off and I am once more that little girl looking at the animals for the very first time.

Highland Cattle

Hello everyone,

Elaine here with my very first Hobby Art Blog Post using the lovely new February  stamp set Highland Cattle.


I started by taking a 5×7 card blank and a 5×7 piece of patterned paper and  I used an oval die to cut out an aperture from both.


I then used the larger thistle stamp to stamp on to the frame using black memento ink.


I cut out a piece of stamping card to fit into the inside of the card a little smaller than 5×7,

Then I stamped out the cattle images to build up a scene also using memento black ink  and popped it under my aperture to check how it looked.


Now to colour in the stamped images.  I started with the background first and using my promarkers  I started at the sky and worked down to the grasses at the front.

Then I coloured in the cattle added a matt and glued it into the inside of the card


COW 10

I stamped out a couple of the Thistles onto some stamping card and coloured them in along with the thistles on the front aperture. I cut out a couple of flags from the patterned paper and inked around the edges with some dusky concorde distress ink.


I also inked around the aperture then glued it onto the front of the card, I then fixed the flags to each side at the top of the card and using some 3d glue gel I added the thistle heads, and here we have the finished card.


January Blog Challenge Winners!

Hi All, 

The theme for January was ‘All Creatures great and small’  

and we had lots of fab entries again this month. 

The lucky Winner for the 1st Prize chosen by the random number generator this month is…

January's Blog Challenge Winner

1st Prize 3 stamp sets of choice – Congratulations! Sally Anne Cole #12


2nd Prize January

2nd Prize 1 stamp sets of choice – Congratulations! Penny Hewitt #6


Thank you to everyone who entered.

Here is our ‘Creatures great and small’ Top 3

top 3-1

top 3-2

Top 3-3

Thank you to everyone who entered the Blog Challenges over the last year.

We have decided to stop the challenges this year.

We will run other competitions over the year and announce these on social media.

Vintage Heart

Hi all,

It feels like ages since I’ve done a little tutorial/project.

Monthly Special JAN 2016

I absolutely love the Vintage Flowers and have been waiting months and months for this to be released. When I got in from work the other night I really had a ‘bee in my bonnet’ and knew I wanted to do something creative. This is what I came up with …

Heart Finished

I was amazed how quick and easy this was to make. I got in the zone straight away and the thing that took the longest was the paint drying between layers.

Here’s the Breakdown…


1. Paint the heart with White Gesso. I’m constantly trying to find quicker and easier ways to do things so I actually used my Distress Tool and a clean Sponge circle and dabbed the gesso on. Gives a quicker application and a slight texture. As long as you don’t mind your tool possibly getting grubby! Wait to dry and do both sides.

Distress Paint

2. Once the white Gesso is dry apply Tim Holtz Distress Paint (Pumice Stone) I dab at the top just once so hardly any comes out and then drag the dauber down to get a streaky effect. This helps give a grain effect. Repeat until the whole heart is covered and you are happy with the result. Leave to dry and then paint the other side.

Dry Brush White

3. Now this is where you want to dry brush some white gesso, sparingly, over the pumice stone paint. Use a dry brush and minimal amount of gesso and I do mean minimal!

eg: Put gesso on your paintbrush and then wipe most of it off on a scrap piece of paper then starting at the top just brush up and down lightly. This just makes it look like grey ash wood (or that’s what I tell Myself)

Painted Heart

This will dry in no time at all, as you have applied very little paint!


4. Stamp Your wording on one side with Vintage Sepia. Put the heart to one side while you work on the flower. 


5. Stamp Flower onto cardstock using Desert Sand memento. This is a perfect shade for the no lines technique!

(if you don’t want to use alcohol markers use the inkpad that applies to your medium of choice)

Now using the wooden heart draw around where you want the flower on your heart (that’s why mines at a funny angle) This way you only colour the part you want to use.

Colours Used

These are the colours I used from my copics BG45 Nile Blue, BG57 Jasper and BG09 Blue Green. If you have other brands ( Promarkers, Kurecolor etc..) Look at your hand coloured, colouring chart for reference to choose similar tones.


6. I used the lightest shade first BG45. Colour a petal at a time until you get used to the technique. When you are braver then you can take on a larger area if you want to!


7. Medium Shade next BG57. Using the brush end lightly flick/sweep up the flower so the pressure on the brush is going from heavy to light.


8. Finally the darker shade BG09 around the outline/edges and the line detail on the petals. Repeat this until all petals are coloured within the heart pencil line.

Finished Colouring

9. Cut out the flower within the heart and adhere to wooden heart. I used Pinflair glue and curled the cardstock lightly to add a little bit of shape. Thread some twine.

Heart Finished

Job Done!

Items I used are listed below.


White Gesso

TDD38573 (1)

Pumice Stone Distress Paint


8cm Wooden Hearts


Desert Sand Memento

I hope you enjoyed this little project

Happy stamping!

x Becki x 


some more vintage flowers

Hi everyone it’s Laura here today, hope you are all keeping well. I couldn’t resist another play with the monthly special set Vintage Flowers, Its just sooo pretty.


For this card I started with a 6×6 card blank and cut a sheet of white stamping card down to fit onto the card leaving a thin black border around edge.

I’ve then continually stamped the flower stamp all over the piece of stamping card using black versa fine ink pad.

Then stamp your distress ink pad on to your glass mat and add a little water to them, so they can be used to water colour. The colours I’ve used are barn door, spiced marmalade and mustard seed.

Once all the flowers are coloured I then coloured the petals and stems in the same way using bundled sage.

I then distressed and edges with a distressing tool and added some spiced marmalade and barn door to the edges to add some colour to the edges.

Then I cut a thin strip of stamping card and stamped the sentiment onto it, then I’ve distressed the edges and added colour in the same way, then matted that to some black card stock and placed it down with two brads.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed todays post, see you soon

Laura x x

Hello Lovely Peeps.



Hi Everyone only me xx

Are you all back down to earth with a bump after Christmas….Can’t believe how cold it is today. However smile, 🙂  cause Spring really is just around the corner we have Daffodils in the park and Grape Hyacinths in the front garden despite the wintery blast we are having today.

So for this card I thought I would use the BLOSSOM stencil from Tim Holtz 

I started by placing the stencil randomly and colouring with distress inks on the main card blank using ink brushes.  Starting with Scattered Straw. Peeled Paint and Iced Spruce.  Coloured with the lightest colour (Scattered Straw) then moving the stencil and going with the mid colour ( Peeled Paint) then lastly the darkest colour (Iced Spruce) the lighter colours I dabbed all over, the Iced Spruce because it is darker I used sparingly . I then took two pieces of card and stamped the Bird on a branch onto one and the Birthday sentiment onto the other in versafine and heat embossed them to raise and set.

Back with the stencil and add the leaves being careful not to add any inside the bird …you can cover him while you do this but I was lazy and just avoided getting the ink inside the image as I was stenciling.  Add the stencil to the card with the sentiment on and colour all over this using the same colours  I painted the bird in Twinkling H2Os matted both images on black cardstock and then trimmed to size, but….the photo does not do it justice IF we get a nice sunny day I will take another and share with you either here or on FB …..the mica does shine in the sunlight however with the bad weather we have had here this week a decent photo was not very easy to take . But I hope you like it .

Crafty hugs to all xx

Bernie x

Vintage flower love!

Hello craft buddies! Waw can you believe we are nearly half way through January already, where are the weeks going? Any way I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a very happy new year, hopefully Santa left you some new crafty goodies to play with!

I’ve been playing with the vintage flowers monthly special stamp and I must say I love this set its really a set that id use over and over for lots of different occasions.


To start with I’ve cut a sheet of black card stock to 5 inches wide and scored in half to make my base card.

Then I’ve cut a sheet of stamping card to fit on my base leaving a thin black boarder around the edges.

Stamp the flower in the middle of the card using versa mark ink pad and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Stamp the distress ink picked raspberry and dust concord on to a glass mat, add a little water and paint the flower with a water brush, it’s easy to keep in the stamp cause of the embossing.

Distress the edges with an old pair of scissors or a distressing tool and then rub over with distress ink vintage photo.

 To finish stamp the sentiment from the set under the flower using a black ink pad

Thanks for stopping for a nose

Laura Williams


Vintage Flowers – so pretty!

Hello everyone, Alexandra here.

When I received Januarys monthly special stamp set “Vintage Flowers in the post I nearly squealed like a piggy in the mud with joy as it is just so beautiful. It seems so perfect for colouring in and as that is one of my passions I couldn’t wait to play with it!

When I finally had the time to do it I looked at the images and wondered what colours I wanted to use to colour in the flowers. And because I couldn’t decide I started playing with a layout without colouring it yet. I used bright pink card, black felt trim, a tiny bit of black card and of course my white panel stamped with the large flower in Versafine Black, all on a plain white A5 card base.

When I was done I loved it so much the way it was I just couldn’t add any colour to it. To me it was just perfect without and I hope you feel the same. I am totally in love with this set and I think will use this loads of times from now on. Maybe I will even colour it some day… hehe! But for now it stays clean and simple, which kind of is my style anyway!

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Hope you like my offering today and have a lovely rest of January – don’t forget you can get this stamp set as the monthly special now, don’t miss it!

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

Evening Everyone,
Not much happening on the crafting front here again I’m afraid, so I thought that I would share a couple of cards that I made for the Hobby Art DT retreat way back in November.
Wow that seems such a long time ago now.
We spent a fabulous weekend sharing ideas with one another and doing far too much eating lol.


Jenny asked us all to share something with the rest of the Team, so I chose a quick and easy background technique, which is also a great way to use up ink that is left on your craft sheet after sponging.


Like all crafters I hate to waste anything so I keep a stash of card scraps on my desk ready to mop up any leftover ink.


I used some of these scraps to create these cards adding stamping, colouring and even a bit of stencilling before attaching them to plain white card stock.
Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy as the Grandkids would say.
Hugs Kimx

January’s Blog Challenge 2016

Hi All, 

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope this year brings everything you wish for.

The theme this month is 

‘All Creatures Great and Small”  

we have plenty of critters in our stamp sets even in the scene-its so get your Hobby Art Stash out.

Here’s a bit of inspiration from the design team…





CS115D Ornate Owls - Laura


The prize this Month…

1st Prize –  3 stamp sets of choice

2nd Prize – 1 stamp set of choice

Prizes will vary Monthly.

All entries must be uploaded at the bottom of this post.

‘Leave a Reply’ Type your name, email address and leave a comment in the box. Upload your image via the‘choose file/browse’ button.  Then click post comment.

Please make sure all fields are filled in else it will fail.

 All entries will be in number order starting from the first entry. 

ANY PROBLEMS PLEASE CONTACT ME (Becki)  Tel:  01737 789977  

Rules for Entry

1. Please use only Hobby Art Stamps. You can use other products on your cards (e.g. dies, ribbons, papers)
2. All entries must be received before the closing date: 31st January 2016
3. Only entries made within the theme will be accepted
4. You may submit up to 3 entries per person
6. You can make any tag or project –  it doesn’t have to be a card.
7. All Projects and cards must be handmade.  No digital replication is allowed.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

If you have any questions please contact us:

December’s Blog Challenge Winner!

Hi All, 

The theme for December was ‘Winter’  

and we had so many stunning entries again this month. 

The lucky Winner for the 1st Prize chosen by the random number generator this month is…

December Winner

1st Prize £40 Gift Voucher – Congratulations! Jo-Heidi


Thank you to everyone who entered.

Here is our ‘Winter’ Top 3




Next Blog Challenge theme will be 

‘All creatures great and small’

I will post details tomorrow.

Becki ? 

Happy New Year!

Hi All,

So 2016 is here and we have a fab new Monthly Special by the one and only Sharon Bennett and some great offers for you too!

The January Sale has started here at Hobby Art so make sure you grab yourself a Bargain!

January Sale

with 30% off clear and rubber stamps

There is also a Special Offer section with 60%+ Off (selected products)

Offer ends 10/01/2016.

Introducing the January Monthly Special – CS119D Vintage Flowers

This is the gorgeous new ‘Vintage Flowers’ set designed by Sharon Bennett for Hobby Art. Clear set contains 4 stamps. Overall size of set – 100mm x 260mm approx. All our clear stamps are made with photopolymer resin. The Monthly Special includes a free A4 Project sheet with step by step instructions on how to make 2 cards by Becki Mayes of the Hobby Art Design Team.

Monthly Special JAN 2016

Vintage - Becki

This is literally our 12th Monthly Special and proving more and more popular each month.

Available for only £8.99 (Offer Month only) with free A4 Project sheet and free P&P! 

After the offer month the sets return to the RRP £10.99 and appear on the TV a month after release.
This is exclusive to Hobby Art Customers.

We have now added new subscriptions to the Monthly Specials…

6 Month Subscription

1 Year's Subscription

We are offering a further discount on the Monthly Specials on the Year’s Subscription.
You can either chose to pay 12 payments of £8.99 billed monthly through PayPal (£107.88 for the year)
or a one off charge of £95! 

Thank you to all our lovely customers for your continued support and great feedback in 2015.

We hope you have all had a great Christmas and New Year!

Here’s to a Creative 2016 😀 

Robin set. Snowflake stencil and Merry Christmas.

Hello Everyone …Sorry for not blogging I have had a few health issues the last couple of months and have not been on top of my game because of it …however back on the horse as they say and feeling much better so here as promised is a blog post showcasing the wonderful Robins set . they were November’s Monthly Special Stamp set made in grey rubber they stamp out beautifully I like to heat emboss my cards as I think it gives a more defined look it also helps the colouring too I find. I had a quick play and the robins do make a great stand alone stamp with nothing added. But that would be to easy ….and I do like my backgrounds…..Sky …clouds ….no I wanted something christmassy ….So I pulled out a few snowflakes from the snowflakes set  and for the Robins.  Then I found a stencil in the shape of a snowflake from my stash Tah Dah! perfect . A Quick Merry Christmas also from Hobby art and with brushes inks and a few pro-makers I was good to go.



So there we are Two of the lovely Robin’s set and my take on them …not clouds but the snowflake works I think . Hope you like it too

Wishing you all  Health Wealth and Happiness and may you have all you want around your tree….for me that will be family.  So have a Very Merry Christmas And I look forward to crafting with you all in the new year.

Merry Christmas Bernie xxxxx

December’s Blog Challenge

Hi All, 

So December is well and truly under way!

Not sure exactly how much time everyone will have over the festive period to craft but here is December’s Blog Challenge none the less…

The theme this month is 


and what a mild one we have had so far!

Every year I hope we have a White Christmas. Can you imagine waking up to White stuff everywhere 😀 Perfect!

So please everyone go as crazy as you can with the glitter, fluffy stuff and chunky white frantage!

Here’s a bit of inspiration from the design team…

Christmas Robins - Kim

Norman - Becki


Country Walk - Alex 2

robin3 Georgina

Sharon 2

Sally2 copy

Sally 4


Country Scenes (2)


The prize this Month…

1st Prize –  £40 Gift Voucher

Prizes will vary Monthly.

All entries must be uploaded at the bottom of this post.

‘Leave a Reply’ Type your name, email address and leave a comment in the box. Upload your image via the‘choose file/browse’ button.  Then click post comment.

Please make sure all fields are filled in else it will fail.

 All entries will be in number order starting from the first entry. 

ANY PROBLEMS PLEASE CONTACT ME (Becki)  Tel:  01737 789977  

Rules for Entry

1. Please use only Hobby Art Stamps. You can use other products on your cards (e.g. dies, ribbons, papers)
2. All entries must be received before the closing date: 31st December 2015
3. Only entries made within the theme will be accepted
4. You may submit up to 3 entries per person
6. You can make any tag or project –  it doesn’t have to be a card.
7. All Projects and cards must be handmade.  No digital replication is allowed.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

If you have any questions please contact us:

November’s Blog Challenge Winners!

Hi All, 

The theme for November was ‘All time Favourite’ we had lots of entries this month!

I Know there were a few glitches with the uploads this month and I hope I have got everyone that emailed their entries in.

The lucky Winner for the 1st Prize chosen by the random number generator this month is…

Winner NOV

1st Prize (3 stamp sets of choice) – Congratulations! Gail Lett

Gail Lett

the 2nd Prize chosen by the random number generator this month is…

2nd Prize NOV

2nd Prize (1 stamp set of choice) – Congratulations! Elaine Traverso

Elaine Traverso

Here is our ‘All time Favourite’ Top 3




BIG thank you to everyone that entered!

Next Blog Challenge theme will be 


I will post details tomorrow.

Becki 😀 


December’s Monthly Special

Hi all,

So it’s the first of the month again!

We have the cutest little fluffy bird set for you this month…


CS118D Garden Birds


It’s £8.99 for the month of December and includes a free A4 Project sheet.

On the 01.01.2016 the price will revert to the RRP of £10.99.

Here’s the coloured version for a bit of inspiration but there will be plenty of samples coming very soon…

GARDEN BIRDS copyright


That’s all for now folks! 

Becki 😀