Monthly Archives: July 2014

Christmas Bauble Decorations

Hello everyone,

this is Alex and today it is my turn to do a blog post here. I think you should know I’m a little rusty *hehe* as my last blog entry on my own blog was about 2 years ago… Oh dear! *lol*

But apart from the posting about it, I have been very busy crafting and have had the pleasure to play with Hobby Art Stamps for a while now. But enough waffling on, I have a little project I want to share with you today.

I have used CS081D Christmas Flourishes and CS080D Penguins, both from the Sharon Bennett Collection as well as the gorgeous wooden bauble shapes all of which can be ordered on the website.

I created my first bauble (the big round one) with the Penguins set.

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Here is a close up of the front and back…

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I coloured the wooden shape with Silver Wink of Luna and set it aside to dry.

I then cut out 2 circles out of white smooth card and stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment on one of them and used an ink blending tool to rub light blue ink over the edges. I then added a few stamped stars around it. I used Wink of Luna as a stamping ink by just lightly brushing it over the stamp before putting it down on my paper. It gives a lovely silvery sheen to your stamping and is quite easy to apply.

On the second circle I stamped the penguin with santa hat with Memento black in the middle and used the two small tree stamps either side to create a little scene. I coloured the image with my markers and added a little Glossy Accents to his eyes and beak as well as the ground to make it shine. A nice spotty ribbon through the top makes it ready to go on the tree when the time comes 🙂

Drop bauble with set


Next I used the Flourishes set to create this vintage-inspired drop bauble.

Here is a close up of front and back again…

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This time I traced the shape of the bauble onto my paper and hand cut it twice. I applied ink with an ink blending tool to the edges of one and all over the other one. Then the same ink was used to stamp the images from the set. The spotty line one I actually stamped twice. One of the great advantages of clear stamps is that you can bend them to your shape and stamp them to fit. Just hover the stamp on your acrylic block over your shape and adjust until you like the way it fits and stamp – voila!

I then used Wink of Stella fine in Gold to add detail on my images and placed gold coloured gems in the dots. Finally a lovely christmassy ribbon to finish it off.

Hope you liked my offering and maybe have a go yourself?!

By for now,


A Polar Bear Card


Good morning, teamie Heidi here to share another card with you.

I have made a kraft Christmas card, using the gorgeous new ‘Polar Bear’ stamp from the new range.  I have given him the name of ‘Fergus’, as I thought he looks like one lol.  I have used the stamp along with a wooden bauble and two more stamp sets from the Hobby Art website HERE.

The sets I have used are :

CS081D – Christmas Flourishes, CS030D – Christmas Sentiments, FMPB05F Polar Bear and Wood Baubles from Christmas Wooden TV Pack

The papers I have used are from a great paper pack ‘Kraft Christmas’ from Dovecraft, along with Woodware Dotty Ribbon, Versafine ‘Vintage Sepia’ inkpad and Memory Box ‘Snowflake’ die. I have coloured in using Promarker’s and have added some Stickles to the bear as snow.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today,

Heidi xx

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Hi Guys

It’s my turn to post here on the blog today.
They do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so with that in mind I thought that I would share the card that inspired one of Jenny’s demos on her last TV appearance.
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The central panel has been created using masking tape to leave a strip down the centre of the white card.
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Sponge colour onto the exposed panel being careful not to allow the ink to bleed under the masking tape. Work from the tape towards the middle to ensure that this doesn’t happen.
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Stamp your images using versafine ink before removing the masking tape and then use clear embossing powder to heat emboss the images. Don’t worry too much if the powder sticks to the whole panel as this just adds texture.
Colour your images using distress inks and a waterbrush.
If the whole panel has heat embossed then you can colour your images with Copics, Spectrum Noir or Promarkers instead.
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I added a stamped and embossed border along the bottom edge of a Kraft card before attaching my white panel. A greeting and some Card Candi and there you have a relatively quick finished card.
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Not much crafting for me today. A it is too hot, and B I’m just off to the pub to have dinner and a drink with Becki my youngest daughter. Maybe I will manage to get something done this evening when it has cooled down a little.

Hugs Kimx

Christmas in July?….


Morning all,

Is it as humid where you are as it has been here in Maidstone for the last few days? Now don’t get me wrong I love the summer and the heat but the humidity in my studio has been too much!

Well I have been really busy this week working on samples for Create and Craft on Friday, so I have not had chance to make something new this week so I thought that I would show you some of the samples that I made for Jenny for her last Create and Craft show.

Now I apologise as time was tight getting these made for Jenny before my Event day and I ended up sending them off to her without photographing them, so I have no close ups as I usually do and l have had to take these off of the gallery photos……..

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This first one is using the Poinsettia Tree and the Christmas Flourishes coloured with Wink of Stella……..

 Lisa - Robin

This next one is using Robin on Wellies and the Christmas Flourishes and I also coloured this one with Wink of Stella……

Lisa - Penguins

I love this little penguin from the Penguins stamp set and it has great scene building trees in the set too……

Well that it all from me for now as I have to get back in to the studio…..

Until next time,

Hugs Lisa. B.xx

Hello Peeps Scrap book time again.


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Hope you don’t mind me sharing The Horse Layouts again. I seem to have spent so much of my time making them since Sally asked me. I think it would be a shame if they were not shared .
Hobby Arts stamps are just right for this I hope you agree with me as we take a trip back in time to One Hundred Years ago ,to the beginning of the Great War in 1914. You have already seen A Million Horses went to war did you know only 65.000 came home ….there was not a horse left in England all the Polo ponies the riding house’s  Cart horses Dray’s all were commandeered to serve in a war they have so many times before throughout history.

If we owe a debt of gratitude to any animal it is the horse…they have worked for us ploughed our fields been used as transport used for our entertainment for sport and used to fight our battles in war since time began.

We owe so much to this most noble of animals.

Fun with Christmas samples

Hi everyone it’s Laura with you all today,

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the fabulous shows on create and craft yesterday

With the very talented Jenny!  Wow loads of great products to choose

From and how fun if fluffy stuff!

For my post today I’m going to share two cards I’ve made using the rubber stamps

On the shows, the pretty Poinsettia tree and so beautiful

Robin on wellies, these are lovely stamps to work with,

First I’ll show you the Poinsettia tree card iv made, I stamped the image and coloured It in with wink of stella’s, I then stamped the image again and coloured in the poinsettia flowers, the cut the flowers out and stuck those to the other coloured image to add a little dimension.

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For my second card iv used the robin on wellies and have coloured the image in with spectrum noir pens and then added White fluffy stuff all over the bottom of the wellies and a little on the top, you then just heat it after you’ve placed it on your card and it and it just fluffs up! Great fun!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post I have loads more cards to show you from the show so I’ll be back soon

Laura x x

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Christmas Flourishes

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Vintage Book Card


Hello everyone Heidi here to share a blog project.  I have made a book card using the following glorious Hobby Art stamp sets.  We recently made one at the Tadworth Workshop and I was asked so many times for the instructions, so grab yourself a coffee and here we go.

I used the gorgeous stamp sets : Vintage – CS079D and Butterflies – CS077D

At the top of the page, is the front of my card. I just love how all of the elements from each stamp set go so well together and you can mix and match with others from the Hobby Art range.


Above is the inside cover of the book card and below is the frame part where I have added a little glass bottle and some cream lace.


Here are items I have used to make my card.

Six sheets of White A4 Cardstock, Tim Holtz – ‘Brushed Corduroy‘ Inkpad, Cream lace, Small glass bottle, cream pearls.  Strong double-sided tape, sticky pads and glossy accents.

Book Card Instructions :

(1) Using white A4 cards, cut a piece of card to measure : 28cms x 13cms. Score at 13cms and 15cms.

(2) Cut four pieces of card : 24cms x 12cms. Score at every 2cms until end.

(3) Cut three further pieces of white card into squares, measuring : 12cms x 12cms and two more : 9cms x 9cms.

(4) Stamp all of your images onto the relevant card pieces as shown in the photos.

(5) Concertina the four pieces of scored card and stick together, this makes your frame. Ensure stamped side is on top.

(6) Add lace in loop to top of card. Stick elements into your book, inking all edges.

(7) Add a piece of lace to inside of bottle, stick in using glossy accents and leave to dry overnight.

I do hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial today, thanks for stopping by the blog today.



Up, Up and Away


Hi All, Kimx here.
This is my first post on the Hobby Art blog, and knowing how rubbish I am with computers of late anything could happen.
I thought that I would share one of the cards that I made for Jenny last time she was on the box.
Or at least I would if I could work out how to add a picture.
I am writing this and getting advise from the team on facebook at the same time.
Multitasking, how cool am I !!!
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Hopefully you are looking at a picture of my card made using the Hot Air Balloon from the new Vintage set.
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The balloon has been stamped and embossed onto watercolour card stock and then painted using Distress inks and the ‘Wet Watercolour Technique’.
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I fussy cut it out and added it to the background panel using silicon.
Regular visitors to my blog will know how much I love silicon, I get through loads of tubes of it.
The background to the card has been made using glossy card stock, Versamark ink and Distress inks to create a resist image.
This is like magic painting for grown ups and really is a fabulously easy way to create a background.
It is also a great way of using lots of stamps all at once without the card looking overloaded with images.
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Glossy card stock can be difficult to stamp on as sometimes the stamp slips on the shiny surface. A good way round this is to use a piece of acetate.
Yes I know, it is shiny as well I can hear you say, but as it is see through, and cheap, if the stamping goes wrong you can always start again without having to remake all of that beautiful background.
It is also a great way to hide a mistake if your stamping is not up to par.
The acetate on this very card hides the fact that my stamped sentiment went a little wrong, but you would never know unless I told you.
I think I am going to quit while I am ahead with this post. Besides I have lovely new stamp sets to play with for the next TV show.
I will try and post again later in the month.
You never know I might not need so much back up next time. Well I can but hope at least.
Hugs and happy crafting

Hi Everyone Bernie here.

Good Morning and it’s Monday. I must be one of the few people I know who actually like Mondays,  A new week with things to do and challenges to meet.

My friend Sally Page contacted me a few weeks ago about a project that is dear to her heart. Sally worked at Mill Ford special school as school secretary and then left and now works at the Mare and Foal sanctuary near Totnes in Devon. They are having an open day on the 3rd Aug at Coombe Park Littlehempston so if you are in the area go along and support a very worthwhile cause.  Sally approached me to make some scrapbook pages using the photos of horse’s from the First World War I said I would love to….. Love Scrap-booking just do not get a chance to do it very much any more. That said Hobby Arts Commemorative, Remembrance and Poppy Set’s  are perfect for this era. So if you pop along to The Mare and Foal Sanctuary  Take a look at the scrapbook layouts that show the World War One Photos  as they were made by yours truly .  Some of the photos are not to clear but it gives you an idea of the conditions that the men and animals faced at that time ….I cannot lie some …well a lot brought a lump to my throat.


A Million Horses Went To War.


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One Hundred Years….Ad Memoriam.


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Hi everyone its Laura here,

So excited to be here on Hobby art’s new website! Doesn’t it look brilliant!!

So fresh and so much easier to look at all the amazing stamps they have.

Today I’m going to share with you all some

Cards I have made using the beautiful Bordered poppies and the Poppies stamps.

First here is a simple style card made using the Poppies stamp,


 For my next two cards I have used the Bordered Poppies stamp

The first I have simply stamped out and coloured red and then gone around the whole layers of the card with barn door distress ink


For my final card that I’m sharing with you today I have used the bordered poppies again but this time stamped onto acetate I’ve the painted the poppies in red and have added a little bit of coloured to the background using my spectrum noir pens,

I’ve also used some of the stunning poppies from the poppy scene it set to decorate the border

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Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post from me be sure to check back soon for more post from the talented design team

And to keep up to date with all things hobby art!

I’ll be back posting to you all again soon buy for now

Laura x x x

Welcome to the fabulous new Hobby Art Blog……


Good morning all, Lisa. B here….

Welcome to the fabulous New Hobby Art Blog.

Exciting times are ahead as Hobby Art launch their fantastic new website as well……..

You will be able to keep up to date with all the new products, exciting events and gorgeous inspiration from the fantastic Jenny Mayes and the Hobby Art Design Team…..

I have some projects  to show you from the last Create and craft show that Jenny did.

These are just some of the samples that I made using the Gorgeous Butterflies stamp designed by Sharon Bennett……. I love butterflies and here you can see that you can achieve sooo many look using the same stamps and altering the colours and techniques…..


This first one I made as an open picture frame using Distress Inks, I also used the Hobby Art  Silhouette Grasses Stamp……


The second project was a wall hanging and I kept it in sepia tones and again used the Silhouette Grasses Stamp. I also stamped and embossed some butterflies on vellum and 3d’d them…..

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For the third card I kept it nice and fresh, you can see I love the Silhouette Grasses Stamp….

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A totally different look for the next one…..I stamped with a clear pad and white embossed the images and then used it as a resist and worked my inks over the top.

I also stamped and embossed on the background paper……

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And lastly a more vintage look, using some clever masking and mixing the stamps…..

I used the Silhouette Grasses Stamp, Butterflies, Script background and Alphabet Typed…..

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I do hope that you will take the time to follow the blog as Jenny, Becki and all the team work so hard in bringing you up to date inspiration for all the gorgeous Hobby Art stamp sets.

Take a look at the events page on the website as Jenny is back on Create and Craft regularly and also holding some fantastic workshops…….

Take a look HERE……

Remember if you need more inspiration, pop over and take a look at out Hobby Art Pinterest Boards HERE

Well that is all from me for now but I will be back soon with some more samples to show you…..

Enjoy your day…..

hugs Lisa.B.x

The best laid plans………

The best laid plans of mice and men! I think I’ve quoted that correctly but, if not, I’m sure you know what I mean!!!

I always think the days are longer than they actually are and that I can fit it more than I really can. That’s my way of saying I thought I was going to find time to blog every day but I spent the weekend enjoying myself instead.

Saturday I had a lazy day which, after a busy week, I thought I deserved, especially as I have things booked for the next 6 weekends. I did a minimum of the domestic goddess bit – a little gentle exercise hoovering the house and a bit of washing.  It was definitely a glasses off day which means I can pretend not to see any dust in the corners!

Sunday I went to the Calling Musical Festival on Clapham Common. Not quite Glastonbury but it was similar as we had a soggy afternoon – a wet umbrella’s/waterproof jacket sort of day – while watching Jack Johnson and Paloma Faith.  Fortunately the rain stopped ready for a beautiful evening. Topping the bill was the awesome Stevie Wonder who sung non stop for over 2 hours. Got to admire the stamina of the man – he didn’t even break out in a sweat.

Talking of stamina mine ran out after the very late night Sunday and blogging didn’t even come into my thoughts yesterday!  So – Friends to the rescue – everyone is filling in the gaps in my blogging technique.  So, starting tomorrow,  you’ll be hearing from the Design Team regularly too.

Some good news we’ve added another Christmas Workshop in Tadworth because the last one filled so quickly. This will be on November 15th. Don’t hang around though I know this will fill quickly.

We’re already playing with the new Christmas stamps ready for the next Create and Craft show on 17th July. (By “We” I mean the Design Team. Becki seems to be permanently glittering at the moment!I)  I’m swapping backwards and forwards between Christmas and other stamp sets making cards ready for Newbury this weekend. (I’ll be on the Art of Craft stand) and Summer Crafting in Doncaster on the 12th/13th July. Hopefully I’ll see some of you then.

Here are a couple of cards from the last Create and Craft show.



Thought I’d share this poignant card too. It was made by one of our customers Doreen Sympson, using the Commemorative set. Hope you like it as much as I do.

Doreen Sympson

Bye for now. You’ll be hearing from LisaB tomorrow.

Jenny X