Monthly Archives: February 2015


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Geese & Floral Basket

Geese & Floral Basket

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FMGFBSET Goosey Gander & Floral Basket


Brighten Your Day

Brighten Your Day

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CS094D Brighten Your Day COPYRIGHT



Lights & Lanterns

Lights & Lanterns

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CS093D Lights & Lanterns COPYRIGHT


The Allotment

The Allotment

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Spring Scenes….


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Morning all,

Are you looking forward to spring as much as I am?

I am not really a winter person at all and loathe the cold, so when Jenny sent me the gorgeous Spring Scenes  Stamp set, this was right up my street! I did not have a great deal of time to play with it but was asked to combine it with stencils, so this is what I came up with……

Spring Scenes

The first card is using the lovely daffodils from the Spring Scenes stamp set, I love daffodils they are one of my favourite flowers because they bring so much colour to this time of the year.

I combined it with Birch Trees stencil from imagination Crafts which was on the Create and Craft Show that Jenny had this stamp on. I really love this stencil and I had an idea with the daffodils stamp from this set….It was sparked of by memories of when I used to go walking quite a bit and would walk through local woods in the spring and see the daffodils nodding their heads above the snowdrops……

The seed was sown so I got to work…….

I created the background first by using Frayed Burlap and Crushed Olive Distress Inks with a blending tool through the stencil, I then put clear embossing powder on top and heat set it to create a resist background. I cleaned my stencil, reversed it and then used Antique Linen Distress ink through to add another layer of threes in the background to add dimension, I repeated the first step and embossed these too……

Next I die cut a circle in a piece of card to make a sun mask and then placed it over the trees and then used Mustard Seed Distress Ink to create a sun behind the trees. I really loved using resist techniques to add depth and drama to a scene……

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With the background done I set about creating the foreground…..

Using several stamps from the set I stamped out a little scene on some white card to create a corner scene. I used Aqua markers and Distress inks to colour them. I cut a white border around the edge of them  and then 3D’d them to the main image. With a little matting and layering and an added sentiment I was done!

For the next one I used the same principles but this time using Birdsong Scene Stencil from Imagination Crafts ( another stencil on the program ) , I used Scattered Straw and Mustard seed Distress ink for the background…….The message is from Hobby Art Sunny Day Greeting Stamp set which I stamped in Vintage Sepia Versafine ink…….

Sunny Day Greetings

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I created the foreground in the same way as the card above , just using daffodils this time and adding a little bit of sparkle to them…..

Well that is all from me for now, have a great weekend and look out for those daffodils popping there heads through the ground as Spring will soon be here…..

Hugs Lisa B xx

Bouquet Stamp Card

Bouquet Stamp Card

Hello, Heidi here to share another blog project with you today.
I have made a quick and easy card using the gorgeous new ‘Bouquet’ stamp set (on left), that was launched last month. It is such a statement image and is wonderful to colour in.
I have coloured in the main image using a Memento ‘Rich Cocoa’ inkpad and some soft coloured Promarker’s.
I have stamped the image, again in ‘Rich Cocoa’ around the white card blank and have matted the image onto some orange card, which makes the flower centres pop!  Lastly, have added some linen twine and some cream pearls.
You can find Promarker pens and ink pads galore on the website.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today.

Heidi xx

Spring Flowers

Evening Everyone,

Have you had a good start to the week?

It is my turn to share something on the Hobby Art blog today, so I thought that I would show you a card that I made for one of Jenni’s shows on Create and Craft.

I don’t know about you, but my DT cards are often influenced by the classes or other projects that I am working on at the time, and this is no exception.

I was prepping for a class on Tea and Coffee, a current favourite of mine, when my parcel arrived so that is what I have used here.

I stamped and embossed the beautiful Floral Frame onto a piece of background paper made using cold tea and instant coffee.

I also used coffee to paint the image and added white using a Gelli Roll glaze pen.

I have also spritzed the papers with more coffee and some Glimmer Mist.

I have a new parcel of stamps from Jenni eagerly awaiting my attention so I had better get on with it.

Have a great week,

Hugs Kimx

Good Morning campers!



Good Morning all ….it seems at the moment one of the things I seem to be doing most is walking my dogs…..your own fault for having so many Bern!…. Well yes and no we had two Rhodesian Ridgebacks Durban and Purdy. Who we intended to breed .  Just one litter I don’t run a puppy farm nor will I ever do so …….but the two dogs we had were and still are outstanding dogs.  Wherever we went we were complimented on them so we decided after thinking long and hard to have ONE litter.  The months went on and finally the Joyous news Purdy had caught and was having a litter  due October

October 1st dawned Purdy and been restless and nesting most of the night and at 8.10 the first pup was born by six that evening we had ten healthy fat puppies tired and hungry we cleaned her and fed her as she was feeding she passed what we thought was wind ….we were wrong there was pup number eleven because she was the youngest and smallest we called her Squirt….this little dog became Rory’s my youngest boys best friend …..we sold eight of our litter all without exception went to good homes,  And we thought we had homes for two more but alas it was not to be so we ended up keeping two more pups, Jilla and Pierrot ….Now I know it may not be everybodys cup of tea but a house with five dogs is never boring….with the dog walking in mind how could I not do a card with Rory and his best mate walking over our  local park using the brand new  February Monthly Special – Old Barn.  I cut the shape from my cricut and then bigger sizes to mat and layer added it to a square card behind and trimmed off the square edges  All the inks used were distress inks I hope you like the card as much as I enjoyed making it ….this really is a peak into the everyday doings of a mad dog woman who loves to craft.

Crafty Hugs Bernie xxxx  Tail wags from Squirt!

Daffodil Tent Card

Good morning, Heidi here to share a card with you.

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I have been playing with the gorgeous new stamps from a set called

‘Spring Scenes’, they really are beautiful images from the very clever Sharon Bennett. A soon as they dropped onto my door mat, I got them out to play. They are such bright and beautiful images.

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My card is a very quick and easy tent card. I have used a hexagon die to cut out an aperture from the centre of the front and have made a little concertina step that I have stuck inside. I have coloured in my images using my faithful Promarker pens and a Memento ‘Rich Cocoa’ ink pad.

The wording is from the uber-useful ‘Alphabet – Typed’, my favourite set from Jenny. I seem to use it on most of my cards, its a really useful set with a great sized font.

I have added some daffodils around my card and have glossy accented the large bunch.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, have a wonderful week!

Heidi xx

February Blog Challenge!

The challenge for February is ‘Spring’ with the launch of our new sets this challenge should be a Walk in the Park (pardon the pun)

So here’s a bit of inspiration…






Please send all your entries via


or post onto Facebook or Twitter and say it’s for the February Blog Challenge.

Prize for the Winner

 £30 Voucher to spend on the Hobby Art Website.

prizes will vary monthly.

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: 28th February 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.
8. When emailing entries please include your name.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

If you have any questions please contact us:

January Blog Challenge Winner!

A BIG Thank you to everyone who entered Hobby Art’s January blog Challenge “Bright & Happy”. The entries are really Stunning and you seem to be enjoying the blog challenges.  

So the Random Number Generator chose…


And the winner is…

Alison Brittain

Alison Brittain – Winning the 2 New Clear Stamp sets and 2 Foam mounted Stamps.

Here are all the cards entered into the challenge…

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Alison Brittain (3)

Alison Brittain

These Gorgeous Cards were made by Alison Brittain.

Christine Smith


This Gorgeous Card was made by Christine Smith.

Emily Follett


This Gorgeous Card was made by Emily Follett.

Helen Powell


This Gorgeous Card was made by Helen Powell.

Isobel Hunter


This Gorgeous Card was made by Isobel Hunter.

Janet Bloomfield


This Gorgeous Card was made by Janet Bloomfield.

Karen Paine


This Gorgeous Card was made by Karen Paine.

Kate Discombe


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These Gorgeous Cards were made by Kate Discombe.

Linda Brooke

This Gorgeous Card was made by Linda Brooke.

Linda Walker

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These Gorgeous Cards were made by Linda Walker.

Liz Pentney



This Gorgeous Card was made by Liz Pentley.

Maria Malone-Dickson

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These Gorgeous Scrapbook Pages were made by Maria Malone-Dickson

Mikaela Hind

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These Gorgeous Cards were made by Mikaela Hind.

Moira Walters

This Gorgeous Card was made by Moira Walters.

Noami Mahon

This Gorgeous Tag was made by Noami Mahon.

Pat Woodward

This Gorgeous Card was made by Pat Woodward.

Theresa Pace

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These Gorgeous Cards were made by Theresa Pace.

Tracy Southam

This Gorgeous Card was made by Tracy Southam.

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These Gorgeous Cards were made by Veronica Pell.


These Gorgeous Cards were made by Viola Crossley.

Thank you to everyone who entered.

The New Challenge for February is “Spring” I will post a separate page with details and inspiration tomorrow.


The Hobby Art Team have chosen some of their favourites from this challenge…

Pat Woodward

Mikaela Hind2


Emily Follett

Build a Tree Card!

Hi Everyone 😀

So finally… here are the step by step instructions to the Tree Cards (this is for you Pauline).

Tree Trunk (A)

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So here is the original I made last year when the falling leaves set was first released. The tree trunk was stenciled using Tim Holtz Wood Grain Stencil with acrylic paint

So obviously my first thought was a pile of autumn leaves and my second was I want to build a tree!

So here’s my original card template that I got made into a stencil. So I can easily repeat that base again.

Tree Stencil


Here’s the more recent make with the Tree Stencil using the new Forest Friends alongside.

This one I used the Wood Grain embossing Folder on the tree trunk. So depending which tree trunk you prefer will determine the accessory you need for the project.

Tree Trunk (B)


So I’m going to explain both cards as the only thing that is really so different is the technique for the base and I will show the instruction break off by Tree Trunk A or B.

Step By Step

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1. You will need to draw around the Tree Trunk Stencil onto card  I used Kraft Card as usually I have loads of it lying around and even though I’m using brown paint to colour you could just leave it the kraft card colour if you want to.  ( A+B )

Now I made this stencil to my standard size cards I use. However making the tree taller or wider would be easy just by drawing around the bits you want and then moving the stencil either way and making it taller or wider.

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2. Once drawn out just cut the Tree Trunk out (A+B)

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3. I used Frayed Burlap Distress Paint to colour my trunk (A+B) but obviously if you have used kraft card you don’t have to. And just because I have used acrylic paints doesn’t mean you can’t use other mediums like Distress Ink Pads etc… Experiment and go with what you like most!

So now you have the base here is where I will show the two different techniques…

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Tree Trunk A – Use the tim holtz stencil and paint or sponge a darker brown acrylic paint through the stencil. Stencil all of the tree trunk.

if you prefer Tree Trunk B the next instructions are for you…

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 Tree Trunk B – use the wood grain embossing folder and run the tree trunk through your Big Shot, Cuttlebug etc… this will add the grain as well as adding texture to your card.

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 Once out of the embossing folder use minimal paint the less on the brayer/roller the better. Roll the dark brown acrylic paint over the tree bark and it will adhere to the raised parts of the embossed card. Less is more so even if it doesn’t cover completely you can go back over it with more paint (still sparingly/thinly coated)

Now you will have your finished Tree Trunk no matter which one you chose.

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 4. Now cut a Circle Die as the base to adhere the leaves to. The size is up to you obviously the bigger the circle the more leaves needed but you want it relatively in proportion. Glue the circle to your Tree Trunk. (A+B)

Tip – use a similar colour card as you intend to colour the leaves that way if there are any gaps between leaves it won’t stand out.

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5. Stamp the Oak leaf from the falling leaves set I used a Brown Memento but any brown ink pad will do . I normally stamp quite a lot so I have the leaves in bulk.

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7. Distress all the leaves with Forest Moss. Add the colour relatively lightly, as once cut out you can go in and darken the colour.

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8. Now cut the leaves out individually.

Tip – Don’t cut all the way to the edge. You don’t have to be precious about your cutting. I did with my first leaf but when you darken the edges down with the distress inkpad – Forest Moss it wont show the outside lines. (See next Picture) 

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9. Using your mini blending tool just work the distress inkpad – forest moss from the edge in. I find you get a really natural look if the edges are all darker and the middle is only the original distress you put on. (Image above only half coloured)

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10. No-one will ever know you didn’t cut them out right to the line. I curled my leaves round a pen just to get that natural dimension and movement . Then attached them using PinFlair Glue to my circle die attached to my Tree Trunk. 

The only thing I will say if any of the outside leaves show past the circle cut out, I did distress some on the back just to make the back look neat. But that’s just me.

Decorate the cards with critters…and job done!

BECKI                Becki - Leaves&Owls

This one was just attached to a card.             This one had a Card stand supporting it.


Hope you have enjoyed the tutorial if there are any questions or something I have missed just leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Becki  x

What you will need

CS090D Forest Friends COPYRIGHT COLOUR Falling Leaves COPYRIGHT

Owls WEBTree Stencil


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