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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

Bernie

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

Kimx

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

xFranka

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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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and CS138D Nature Trail

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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!

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

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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.

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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 …..

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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.

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You should end up with something like this .

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

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A bit of matting

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

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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
HOCHANDA!

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.

Introducing…

CS139D Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas MONTHLY SPECIAL

This is part of the

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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. 

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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) 

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

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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. 

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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.

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 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! 

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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.

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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 😀

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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*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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 !

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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!

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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.

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Here is a list of products used and some instructions.

CS123D Country Ramble Stamp Set and CS067D Inspirations Stamp set

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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.

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(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

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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.

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

We also have CS122D Thinking of Ewe

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Have you seen all the Latest Products on our website.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Becki 😀 

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

Well have you guessed ….We have Highland cows.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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2nd Prize January

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

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Thank you to everyone who entered.

Here is our ‘Creatures great and small’ Top 3

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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.

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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 …

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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…

Gesso

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.

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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)

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

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Job Done!

Items I used are listed below.

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White Gesso

TDD38573 (1)

Pumice Stone Distress Paint

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8cm Wooden Hearts

Memento

Desert Sand Memento

I hope you enjoyed this little project

Happy stamping!

x Becki x 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

xxx

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

SALLY

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ELAINE - FOREST FRIENDS 2

FRANKA - FOREST FRIENDS

CS115D Ornate Owls - Laura

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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: hobbyartstamps@hotmail.co.uk

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

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Thank you to everyone who entered.

Here is our ‘Winter’ Top 3

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Next Blog Challenge theme will be 

‘All creatures great and small’

I will post details tomorrow.

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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

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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.

 

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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

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

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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

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Here is our ‘All time Favourite’ Top 3

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BIG thank you to everyone that entered!

Next Blog Challenge theme will be 

‘Winter’

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…

introducing

CS118D Garden Birds

MONTHLY SPECIAL

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…

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That’s all for now folks! 

Becki 😀 

Snow Globe and Bertie

Hello everyone, wow I can’t believe how quickly the weeks are going. I seen a few shops with all the Christmas presents and gift out so that has giving me the push to start making my personal Christmas card. I’m normally so rubbish and end up buying cards but not this year that’s the plan anyway!

So I just happened to see this stunning snow globe die on the Hobby Art website and I just had to get it. The die itself is huge and the snowman you can make with is super cute but I wanted it to stamp in the globe.

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I decided to use one of my favourite stamps Bertie the snowman and stamp him in the globe, the great thing with this die is the size it can easily fit full size stamps onto it and that’s just great for us stampers.

As the snow man had a hat on and there’s some snow on the fence I had to use Fluffy stuff and after applying while it’s still wet sprinkle with fine flitter and then heat it with a heat gun the fluffy stuff will then fluff up with glitter on it.

Then for the sentiment I have used the Let it snow from the Winter’s snowflakes set.

Hope you all have enjoyed today’s post see you soon,

Laura x

November Blog Challenge!

Hi All, 

It’s been very busy at Hobby Art today, packing the van up for the NEC !

We will have lots of goodies on route to Birmingham early tomorrow morning. So if you are going pop over and see us on stand E18.

We have make and Takes going on all 4 days! 

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Any hoot back to the November Blog Challenge!

The theme this month is 

‘All time Favourite’

This is left wide open to use your favourite Hobby Art set or stamp,that you just can’t live without!

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

CS116D Indian Summer - Sharon

CS110D Baa Humbug Hobby Art - Alex 2

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Coastal Walks - Elaine Parker

Country Walk - Sally

CS115D Ornate Owls - Heidi 2

Poppy Heads - Sally

CS117D Textures - 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: 30th November 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: hobbyartstamps@hotmail.co.uk

October Blog Challenge Winner!

Hi All, 

The theme for October was ‘Autumn’ and we had plenty of stunning cards. Showing beautiful rich colours typical for this time of the year!

The prize is 6 month’s subscription to the Monthly Specials.

This means you are the first to get the new sets even before they have appeared on the TV! 

The lucky Winner chosen by the random number generator this month is…

Winner October Blog

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#21 – Tracy Southam

Congratulations Tracy! 

 

Here is our ‘Autumn’ Top 3

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BIG thank you to everyone that entered!

Next Blog Challenge theme will be 

‘All time Favourite’

This is left wide open to use your favourite Hobby Art set or stamp,that you just can’t live without!

I will post details tomorrow.

Becki 😀 

October & November Monthly Special

Hi All Becki here…

So I’ve just looked back and I’ve realised I’ve missed introducing you to the Monthly Specials since July (slaps own hand)

Sorry about that!

So to make up for it I’m introducing two in one hit October’s is obviously still available until 01/11/15 when obviously Novembers Monthly Special takes over.

There is a new monthly special every month it costs £8.99 and can vary from either x1 (DL) clear set or x2 large foam mounted stamps.

It always comes with an A4 project sheet for the month it’s on offer and P&P is free!

so really you would be mad to miss them on their offer month.  All monthly specials appear on the TV a month or so after original/discounted release to you guys at the RRP £10.99 clear sets and *upto £11.99 for the foam mounted (depending on the size) .

October’s Monthly Special

‘Poppy Heads’

CS114D Poppy Heads

This is the gorgeous new Poppy Heads set designed by Sharon Bennett for Hobby Art. Clear set contains 7 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 a card by Alexandra Kamann from the Hobby Art design team.

Poppy Heads - Sally

 

November’s Monthly Special

‘Robin Set’

This is the November Monthly Special. You will get two Foam mounted Rubber stamps for £8.99 until 30/11/15 including a free A4 Project sheet by design team member Alex Kamann. Foam mounted grey Rubber stamps backed onto EZ-Mount which will adhere to any acrylic block. Snowdrop Robin – Size 100mm x 85mm approx Watering Can Robin – Size 110mm x 90mm

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So grab yours today!

That’s all for now Folks…

Have a great Weekend 😀

Playing with poppies (and Brushos…)

Hello there, Alexandra here!

I have been playing with the gorgeous October special “Poppy heads” and the Brushos I only just discovered very recently (Yes, I know, what rock was I hiding under?) Can’t believe I have been resisting these for so long, they are sooooo much fun!

And as I love the Poppy heads as well I thought a good play was in order and I want to share what I did.

First I took some watercolour card and stamped the poppy heads, leaves and stems in Versamark and heat embossed with White detail embossing powder. Then I taped it down onto my craft mat with packing tape as I didn’t have any masking tape… it worked fine although I was a bit apprehensive about that.

Here is a picture of what it looked like after I sprinkled on some dry crystals:

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It doesn’t look like much, does it? But this is after spritzing some water on and using a damp brush to move the colour inside the image lines:

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Not too shabby, is it? I really love the effect!

As it’s quite a large image and I couldn’t decide what to do with it, I have decided for the moment it is going to speak for itself in a simple picture frame.

 

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Any ideas for future improvements/uses for this are very welcome!!

 

Have a great weekend ahead xxx

 

Poppy Fold Card

Poppy Fold Card

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Hello, Heidi here again to share another blog project with you.  I have made my card using the glorious new October Monthly Special stamp set ‘Poppy Heads‘.

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It is such a useful set, and I love how the flowers can be stamped, cut out and built up to look like the real thing. 

I really love the background stamp and I have stamped the poppies onto vellum and have coloured the images in using ‘Wink of Stella’ pens.

Card Products :

‘Poppy Heads’ stamp set (CS114D)

‘Friends’ Sentiment set (CS043D)

Black and Red Bazzill Card

Vellum

White stamping cardstock

Versafine Inkpad – Onyx Black

Wink of Stella Pens – Green and Red

Black Embossing Powder

Heat gun, sharp scissors and Cosmic Shimmer glue

Trimmer and Scoring board

 

Here is how I made my card : 

(1) Stamp up two of each poppies onto vellum.

(2) Cover with embossing power and heat with a heat gun.

(3) When fully dry, colour in with Red ‘Wink of Stella’ glitter pens.

(4) Cut out poppies and put to one side.

(5) Cut an oblong of red card to measure : 14.5cms x 28.5cms, score in half

(6) Cut a piece of black card : 14cms x 28cms, again score in half and stick to red piece.

(7) Cut a piece of white card to measure : 27cms x 13cms.

(8) Stamp the ‘Poppy’ writing stamp all over the white card.

(9) On a trimmer, 2cms in from right side. Cut down starting at 3.5cms, stopping at 23.5cms.

(10) Turn around and do the same to other side.

(11) Using a score board, score at top first, 8.5cms, then centre at 13.5cms (all way down card). Then 18.5cms at top only again.

(12) Moving to the centre pieces, score at 3.5 (lining up top and bottom) and then again at 5.5cms.

(13) Turn card around and do the same to match the top of card on other side.

(14) Stick piece inside, one side at a time as shown carefully.

(15) Onto white stamping card, stamp up leaves, colour in with green ‘Wink’ and cut out.

(16) Cut two small red pieces to go inside onto folds.

(17) Stamp up a sentiment of choice, matt onto black card and stick down.

(18) Cut an oblong from black card and one from white. Stamp ‘Poppy’ writing over white pieces, stick together and onto front of card.

(19) Stamp up ‘To a Special Friend’, matt and stick to front.

(20) Stick flowers and leaves together and down onto front and inside of card.

 

I do hope you have enjoyed my project today, thank you for visiting the Hobby Art Blog.

 

Heidi xxx

Autumn Project

Hello, Heidi here to share an ‘Autumn’ themed project today.

I have been walking in our local park this week and have seen some wonderful wildlife and fabulously coloured trees.  So I just knew that I had to get out this gorgeous little set – Forest Friends, ink up and make a card!

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Products Used :

CS090D Forest Friends

CS076D Alphabet – Typed

Kraft Card Blank

Green card

White stamping cardstock

Promarker Pens

Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad

Glossy Accents

Clear ‘Wink of Stella’

Bakers Twine

Pencil, Scissors, Sticky Pads and Cosmic Shimmer Glue

Card Instructions :

(1) Using the small ‘oak leaf’ from the ‘Forest Friends’ set, stamp image all over the edge of the kraft card blank.

(2) Cut a square of green card and stick down onto card blank, at an ankle as shown.

(3) Using a circle shape, draw round using pencil and stamp up oak leaves around the circle.

(4) Colour in using Promarker pens and cut out inside and around edge to make a ring.

(5) Stamp up eight ‘acorns’ and colour in, cut out individually.

(6) Onto a circle of white stamping card, stamp up tree, mushroom and squirrel images. Colour in and edge all white pieces with ink pad.

(7) Cut a square of white stamping card, stamp up two ‘acorns’ in each corner, colour in.

(8) Stick down circle centrally and place ‘oak leave ring’ over edge of circle.

(9) Attach acorns around ring and the other four around card as shown.

(10) Stamp up ‘AUTUMN’ using ‘Alphabet – Typed’, cut out.

(11) Stick all elements down onto card blank, attach letters to front of card.

(12) Add glossy accents to acorns and clear ‘Wink of Stella’ to leaves.

(13) Tie a bow around card using Baker’s Twine.

Heidi x

October Blog Challenge

Sorry for the late post… I left the computer at work this weekend.  With hindsight  it would have been wise to catch up on computer work.

I absolutely love this time of year. I went for a stroll on Sunday at Boxhill, a local beauty spot, with my cousin. It was a gorgeous day and I pointed out the sunlight filtering through the trees onto the leaves, highlighting the stunning yellows, browns, oranges and reds that are just starting to turn from the deep greens we are used to in this Country.

Well she looked at me like I was crazy lol.

 I absolutely love living in the countryside and love to stop and look around. Now I do it from choice rather than when Mum dragged us out, whatever the weather, when we were children.

So the theme for October is ‘Autumn’

I hope to see lots of rich colours or sepia tones on your cards.

*Everyone did so well with the uploads last month I’m keeping it the same again.

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

Becki - Leaves2

Country Walk - Laura

Laura - Leaves

 

Country Walk

Kim - Leaves2

Country Walk - Anna

 

 The prize this Month…

1st Prize – 6 month’s subscription to the Monthly Specials

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 October 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: hobbyartstamps@hotmail.co.uk

 

September Blog Challenge Winners!

Hi Folks,

So the theme for September was ‘Feeling Festive’

and considering I threw a challenge at you uploading your entries this month. I’m over the moon with the response.  I know some of you had troubles with the new system but you all persevered so big thanks for that.

The prizes were…

1st Prize – £40 Online Voucher for use on the Hobby Art Website

2nd Prize – A choice of any Hobby Art stamp set.

Drum roll please…..

1st Prize 01.10

1st Prize – £40 Online Voucher goes to… Pat Woodward

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Congratulations Pat!

2nd Prize 1.10

2nd Prize – A choice of any Hobby Art stamp set goes to… Viola Crossley

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Congratulations Viola!

If you can both email me hobbyartstamps@hotmail.co.uk

I will get your prizes out 😀

 

Here is our ‘Feeling Festive’ Top 3

top 3 (1)

Top 3 (3)

Top 3 (2)

BIG thank you to everyone that entered!

Next Blog Challenge theme will be 

‘Autumn’

I will post details tomorrow.

Becki 😀 

 

 

Wildflower monthly special

Hi everyone aren’t we so lucky this month!! If you haven’t already headed over to check out this months, monthly special offer then seriously head on over cause this month it is an absolute stunner of a set!

That is actually what I thought id share with you all today I just loved the Wildflowers Set and had to play with this set straight away!

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For the this card I used the Wildflowers stamped with black versa fine over a circle background made using spiced marmalade and picked raspberry distress ink, I then went in with a pink stickles on the flowers to make them pop a bit more.

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For the next card I made I’ve stamped the same flower 3 times and coloured in with my aqua markers but then gone over with my clear wink of stella to make it glittery. I’ve added this to a black background card sprayed with spray and sparkle to add some more glitter.

Hope you like this two makes I’m sure I’ll be making lots more with this set

Laura x

Where the wild thing’s are ….

Hello Lovely Hobby Art Peeps.

Forgive me it’s been a busy day and lots happening.  We leave for France on the early boat ! …..These things are sent to try us.  So here I sit after packing. ironing. packing. Ironing ….you get the idea stressed to the max!

In between all this I did manage to catch Jenny Mayes this morning at ten wasn’t that a good show…loved the demos I have LOADS of shiny card so watch this space for more tips on how to use it…… Jenny kindly sent me the brand new Wild flowers set which will be Hobby Art’s  Monthly Special in Sept ….Not had time to play with the Santa’s properly yet ! LOL  So many really stunning set’s coming from Hobby Art at the moment. so below I have managed to make a card with the new set but be warned these are very addictive I picked them up very late last night and came up with this …I like the lemon and lilac colour-way for a change and I had to add a bit of green in there .  (One of my Favourite colours) I hope you like it and do take a peek at the new set its a stunner Sharon Bennett you have excelled again.

Crafty Hug’s

Bernie xxx

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Don’t let the sheep have all the fun!

Hi everyone I have you started making your Christmas cards yet? I’m trying to make one a week so I’m not panicking in December. So I just loved the baa humbug set so much and they were so much fun to use but it got me thinking at to what else I could have fun with dressing up in funny hats and accessories and so that’s what I’ll be showing you today.

A stamp set that I love is the Owls set, I just had so much fun with this set. So I thought I bet the Christmas hat would fit an owl and it did!!!

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This makes the owl look so cute and know very Christmas themed. I’m now off to hunt lots of other stamps down to put hats on everything!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and that you’ll be putting hats and glasses on lots of your other sets to

Laura x

September Blog Challenge!

 I bet you didn’t see this coming?!

So after the launches of most of Hobby Art’s Christmas Stamps for 2015 over the last 3 months…

…You must have guessed a Christmas theme would be coming up soon (ho ho ho)

I have literally just started making my personal Christmas cards. Every year I say I’m going to start early (who am I kidding – I always leave it until the last minute) but not this year!

So the theme for September is ‘Feeling Festive’

*Please note the change to entries via upload at the bottom of the page 

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

CS108D Baubles Hobby Art - Bernie

CS110D Baa Humbug Hobby Art - Alex 2

Christmas Friends 3

CS103D Have a Mice Christmas Hobby Art -Sally2

Laura 2

CS109D Nativity Hobby Art - Heidi

Anna

Reindeer Card Completed BECKI copy

Sally

CS068D Christmas Post Hobby Art - Georgina

The prizes this Month…

1st Prize – £40 Online Voucher for use on the Hobby Art Website

2nd Prize – A choice of any Hobby Art stamp set

Prizes will vary Monthly.

Ok we are mixing it up this month

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

Type your name in the comments box and upload your image via the ‘choose file’ button.  Then click post comment. 

I think this will make life easier and make sure I don’t miss anyone. All entries will be in number order starting from the first entry.

This is a tester as we are trying to improve the system for you and we want you to be comfortable so ANY PROBLEMS PLEASE CONTACT US.      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: 30th September 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: hobbyartstamps@hotmail.co.uk