Monthly Archives: March 2015

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A quick Easter gift

Good morning!

Alexandra here today with a quick Easter gift I had to make the other day to give to someone and I didn’t have much time… (familiar theme there!)

I had some Mini eggs and about 15 minutes of time, so this is what I came up with:

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Most of the time I had went on colouring this beautiful stamp called “Spring Frame”. I used waterbased pens for that  and tried to blend as I went along.

I filled some Mini Eggs into a long thin Cellobag and closed it up. A piece of pink card folded in half and cut into a banner was stamped on one side with a nice Easter greeting (Also Hobby Art but I can’t find it on the website, sorry!) and I adhered my cut out Spring Frame to the front.

Just two small pieces of double-sided tape to keep the eggs inside the folded card and voila, one little gift ready to give!

Have a nice Sunday everyone!

NEC and TV show

Hi All Becki here…

I’m holding the fort at Hobby Art headquarters while the rest of the team are at the NEC Birmingham.


And it looks like they are having a good time! 

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I’m a little bit sad I’m not there but at the same time the bad lunches here have cheered me up 😀

Wednesday – Doughnuts and Thursday – Pizza hmmmm options, options today.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow as I will be heading to the NEC late afternoon staying the night and get to go shopping on the Sunday eeeeeek!

I have always worked the NEC shows so I’m really looking forward to having a wander and seeing it all from the other side and seeing what treasures I can find for my crafty stash! 

and of course I will be helping pack down at the end of the show lol.

Just thought I’d mention that Jenny’s next TV show is 


I’ve been playing with the new stamps over the last week and they are Gorgeous I’ve made 5 cards so far and I haven’t used them all yet!  

There are 2 new clear stamp sets being launched as well as 2 Foam Mounted stamps.

Monthly Special

As you all know we have started “Monthly Specials” the Old Barn which was February’s Monthly Special will be on Create & Craft alongside the new Project Book by Jenny Mayes. 

Project Book

You can pick up your Monthly Specials at the beginning of every month for £8.99 which will include a free project sheet.

After that month the set will revert back to the RRP so it is worth getting them early.

March’s Monthly Special is “Flowers for Friends”

Flowers for friends MONTHLY

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! 

Becki 😀 

Morning all….Turned out nice again!


LOL I say that very tongue in cheek as the last few days we have had every season under the sun here in Plymouth.  Sunshine… rain… hail… sleet… snow and back to sunshine again all in the space of a morning.

Being fed up with the weather sent me to my cave ….I call it that as its a small room in our basement which has no natural light what I would give for a window with a view.

The new monthly special stamp set March Monthly Special – Flowers for Friends is sitting on my table waiting for me to open and have a play it has a lovely what looks to me like a Ranunculus Flower which is a buttercup to you and me pretty cheerful flower that reminds me of lazy summer days walking Durban my boy dog as the new shoots of grass grow in between them….I find myself looking at my pots of Brushos …..For the uninitiated Brushos are small pots of gorgeous colour paint. that make the most amazing background’s finding the two colours I needed I set to work.

Taking a piece of Centura Pearl cut to size I used 5×7 but then trimmed it down after I embossed this in the spellbinders machine what the folder is called sorry I really dont know I have had it years ….its a well used and old favourite. This done I then cut a small piece of card again using Centura pearl just enough to stamp the panel that is in this set…stamped in black versafine and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Let the fun begin

Taking some water in a fine mister bottler spray the stamped embossed image  I went with Lemon and Lime green for this card but there are so many lovely colours  I should say before we go any further when you get your paints they are sealed ….do not be tempted to open them the way to do it is …take your pokey tool and make a hole with this in the center so it looks like a salt celler ….then on the wet card shake a bit of the powder and watch  the crystals explode in colour I like to put the lightest colour on first then add a little of the darker colour after I find though this is a random way to make art it does give you a little more control over where it goes …..I added the lime to the bottom after sprinkling the lemon over the card first just let it run the effects are totally amazing ….

Now you remember our lovely embossed  card that we ran through the spellbinder with the pretty folder ….add a splash of water and add a sprinkle of colour again Lemon and Lime to that too.  I have put mine at the bottom where the sentiment will go and on a separate scrap of card add another mist of water and add the lemon and Lime to that….when dry add the sentiment required and either heat emboss using clear powder or use Black archival mat and layer the sentiment and image on Lime and Yellow card… then mat and layer the whole topper using Lime and yellow card and stick to card stock 

Hope you like this card …and can you keep a secret ? the Brushos will be in stock at Hobby Art soon………. Watch this space. xxx

Crafty hugs

Bye bye for now x

Bernie x

Beautiful flowers

Hello lovely Hobby Art fans,

I had my card ready and photographed yesterday afternoon to post last night and then my body didn’t play ball 🙁 So instead of writing up this little post I had an early(ish) night and strapped my hand in a splint in the hope I’d be better again today. I am still hurting but I am well enough to type this post – yay!


I have used the beautiful new set “Flowers for friends”, to try and tempt the spring weather out soon. The set is the March Monthly Special as well. So if you like it, this month is the perfect time to get it!

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I have stamped the main image from the set in Memento black and coloured it using Copic pens. Inspiration for the colours came from the papers I picked out before starting. I then fussy cut it and mounted on foam pads for dimension.

To get the sentiment sitting neatly on the paper I stamped the frame from the set directly onto the backing paper and again onto white. Sentiment was stamped inside the frame on the white card only and then I cut out around the main part of the frame leaving the swirly bits on the outside off. When I then mounted it on top of the paper the image underneath just exposes those cut of bits and it looks whole again but with a white background on the sentiment. (Hope that explanation makes sense…)

Fairly simple as you know me, but I still love the sunny colours and how it showcases the gorgeous image.

Have a great day all,


March Blog Challenge

The challenge for March is ‘Scenes’ we are known for our scene-it stamps and there are a lot of stamps/sets you can use for this challenge. 

So get in touch with nature and start building your scenes

Here’s a bit of inspiration…









Sally Dodger

The Winner will receive 3 Stamp sets of their choice

(new ones will be released at the end of March)

Prizes will vary Monthly.

Please send all your entries via


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


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 March 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:

February Blog Challenge Winner!

Once again a BIG Thank you to everyone who entered Hobby Art’s February blog Challenge “Spring”. The entries are Gorgeous and there seems to be more coming in each month so we hope you are enjoying them.

The winner selected this month by the random generator is… 


The winner of the £30 gift voucher is Elaine Parker

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Congratulations Elaine!

I have set up a badges for the Blog Challenge so if you wish to post them on your blog feel free the coding is beneath each badge and I will put instructions at the bottom of the page and also on the badges page 



Please copy and paste this coding for the Winners badge  –

<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img alt=”BLOG CHALLENGE WINNER” src=”” width=”250″ height=”250″ /></a>

and thank you to everyone who entered…all entries are listed below


Viola Crossley

This Gorgeous card was entered by Viola Crossley.

Alison Brittain (2)

Alison Brittain (3)

Alison Brittain

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Alison Brittain.

Tracy Southam2

This Gorgeous card was entered by Tracy Southam.

Theresa Pace

This Gorgeous card was entered by Theresa Pace.

Doreen Sympson(2)

Doreen Sympson

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Doreen Sympson.

Sarah Kallender

This Gorgeous card was entered by Sarah Kallender.

Ruth Fletcher

Ruth Fletcher (2)

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Ruth Fletcher.

Elaine Parker

Elaine Parker 2

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Elaine Parker.

Pat Woodward

This Gorgeous card was entered by Pat Woodward.

Nikki Dressler

This Gorgeous card was entered by Nikki Dressler.

Isobel Hunter

This Gorgeous card was entered by Isobel Hunter.

Maria Malone Dickson

Maria Malone Dickson (2)

These Gorgeous projects were entered by Maria Malone-Dickson.

Janet Bloomfield

This Gorgeous card was entered by Janet Bloomfield.

Linda Walker

Linda Walker (3)

Linda Walker (2)

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Linda Walker.

Karen Paine (2)

Karen Paine (3)

Karen Paine

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Karen Paine.

Linda Brooke (3)

Linda Brooke (2)

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Linda Brooke.

Kay Foreman2

This Gorgeous card was entered by Kay Foreman.

Moira Walters

This Gorgeous card was entered by Moira Walters

Viola Crossley2

Viola Crossley3

This Gorgeous Tag and card was entered by Viola Crossley.

Sue Fitzpatrick

This Gorgeous card was entered by Sue Fitzpatrick.

Here is our Top 3 

Nikki Dressler

Linda Walker (3)

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Copy and paste this coding for the Top 3 Badge –

<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img alt=”BLOG CHALLENGE TOP 3″ src=”” width=”250″ height=”250″ /></a>

Instructions for applying the badges to your blog

High light the coding by going to the start of the coding click on the left button of your mouse and drag to the end. It should all be hightlighted right click on the mouse “COPY” now go to your blog.

Badges Instructions

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Blogger – once logged in to your admin down the left hand side click on “LAYOUT”  you will then want to “ADD A GADGET” scroll down until you find “HTML/JAVASCRIPT” click on the plus sign and right click “PASTE” the relevant coding into the HTML content box and click  “SAVE”

Layout Instructions

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