Monthly Archives: October 2014

A walk in the park…

Hello everyone, Alexandra here with a blog post!

If you tuned in on Wednesday to see Jenny demonstrate the gorgeous new sets on Create and Craft, you will have seen a few of my cards that had autumnal leaves on them. I seriously love that set and had a big play, stamping, cutting out and distressing leaves of different colours.

For the card I want to share with you today I used some of those same leaves again and incorporated a bit of background stamping as well.

It’s one of those cards that come together quickly and easily if you got the bits lying around anyway and just play. If I had to create it from scratch (i.e. cutting out those leaves again) it would have been a lot longer 😉

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I stamped directly onto the card blank in Memento Dandelion Yellow, Potters Clay, Pear Tart and Cottage Ivy, the sentiment is stamped in Brilliance Chocolate Pearlescent (the sheen doesn’t show up in pictures unfortunately…). All I had to do then was choose my leaves and arrange them so it looked like they were falling down. Easy peasy lemon squeezy 🙂

Oh and before I forget, I used Falling Leaves and Sunny Day Greetings, the leaves were distressed with Walnut Stain and Aged Mahagony Distress Ink.

Hope you like it!


Whoops.  Sorry folks……. I can’t believe I left Lisa’s beautiful canvas behind when I went to Create and Craft yesterday, especially after it took her 5 hours doing it!  I love the leaf stamps so I’m sure they will go on Create and Craft again. So the canvas will make it to the TV eventually.

If you’re going to NEC Birmingham you will see the canvas on our stand (G22) – it will be the first thing I pack!!!  If you’re not going here are some pictures.

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A lot of the stunning cards, created by the Design Team, weren’t shown on the Create and Craft shows. These are REALLY FABULOUS so take a minute or two to have a browse and see the ones you missed. The team are a talented bunch and it’s such a shame when the cards don’t get shown but you’d be amazed how quickly the hour flies. On the plus side, we got quite a few demo’s in instead.

Sadly Bernie’s lovely and clever leaf/walk in the park card was one that wasn’t shown but you will see she did a step by step on the blog (posted yesterday) – well worth a look!   Jenny x

Walk in the Park & Sunny Day Greetings

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Hobby Art Scene it tutorial, Including how I make my cloud masks.

Hello Peeps

Well what a change since we last spoke! The nights are drawing in and dare I say it ….we have the heating on! Tis a bit Brrrrrrr! Well this months Hobby Art stamps are truly delightful… Three sets that compliment each other beautifully.
Falling leaves and Walk in the park….with a sentiment set called Sunny greetings. Oh I just couldn’t wait to play. Now as its autumn and the warm colours the reds browns oranges and greens are so glorious I thought I would make an autumn card …..didn’t quiet work out like that but well lets see what happens!

I knew from last month I wanted to make a shaped card ……Like many of us I have a few machines! a few I dust lovingly but like a lot of thing’s they don’t come out to play very often ….today as I was looking for something a little different to do I happened upon a cricut cartridge called “Straight from the nest” Looking at this I remembered I used it last month and somewhere on it was a maple leaf, nice shape I thought, what if I cut it out and used the window the leaf leaves to put a picture in there mmmmmm

This took a few goes to get right as the size was to small….when I was happy with the size I put a piece of card under it taped it down with low tack masking tape and set to work ….I needed to make a cloud stencil I have bought these in a flimsy sticky plastic but find these tear far too easily I am better off making my own out of a bit of card and assorted coins I find its a good way to use up the white inner that comes with the Hobby Art stamps. 🙂

I take an assortment of coins. Here I have a five ten and pound coins then simply arrange them on a bit of card as you see I have used the inner bit from the stamps …nothing goes to waste here! and draw round the coins till you have a cloud like image


Cut out you will end up with something like this….


Then take your cloud mask and place it over the top of your Maple leaf …or whatever shape you are going to use and gently with stencil brushes or Foam pads add colour to your clouds sponge on the card onto the scene you are making move the cloud mask down and do the same again till you are happy with the cloud cover leave room to put the hills and grass in, now you can go really moody or bright or do different colours altogether …..just have a play around and see what happens remember its only a piece of card it’s not the end of the world if it goes wrong x


Clouds in Happy ? Lovely now for the grass….Rip another piece of scrap card to make the hill that is going to be our background leaving a straight edge on the other side of the card. Taking a green inkpad work from the bottom of the scene dragging the ink across the torn piece of card to gently make a few hills ….


Are you with me so far? Just keep moving the hills slightly and adding ink till you reach the clouds on the scene. Keeping the Maple leaf stencil in place you are now going to stamp the scene INSIDE the stencil I used Onyx Black from Versafine and started with the bandstand. Then added the small tree behind that stamping twice in first generation ink but the last tree in second generation ink you will notice I have stamped OVER the card that is the stencil ….don’t worry you are meant to do this. Add the large tree and lastly the cyclist the whole scene should look something like this.


I added one more stamp the trees in the horizon just to tie it in and bring it all together peeling away the stencil you should now have a picture within the maple leaf that resemble this …….I then stamped in the Kite text and popped the Kite at the top of it using the text as the tail, a bit of colouring in. I then matted and layered it job done.


Hope you like it and that you find this tutorial easy to understand any questions just ask me on here or Facebook I am always happy to try and help another crafter.
Have a great day I hope you love the new stamps as much as I do xxxx

Crafty Hugs Bernie xxx

Rodney the reindeer and Derrick the fox

Hi everyone waw where are the moths going it is almost November! Well as we have seen such lovely Christmas stamps on the last Hobby Art show i thought I would show you some of my makes for the last show.

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For this card I’ve used Rodney the reindeer  and I’ve also used these really fun papers from the Nordic Christmas 6×6 pad. I’ve coloured the reindeer using my spectrum noir pens and used distress inks for the background.

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I used one of the wooden shape baubles  and painted it with a coat of white gesso, then I stamped Derrick the fox on the baubles with memento ink pad and coloured it in using my spectrum noir pens.

Bertie the Snowman Card

Hello, my turn (Heidi) to share a project with you today.

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The weather is going to change over the next few days here, in the South East and I am hoping that we don’t get any snow. So wishing that Bertie the Snowman will be the only snow I see, here is a little card I have made using him and elements from two other sets.


Here are the stamps I have used :

BERTO1G – Bertie the Snowman


 Products I have used on my card :

Craft Creations ‘Snowflake’ paper, Memento ‘Rich Cocoa’ Inkpad, Mercury Glass Stickles, White Bobbles and Stampendous Glitter.

I have also used CS076D ‘Alphabet – Typepad’ stamp set


the small snowflake from the ‘Penguins’ set, seen here at the top of the set.

CS080D ‘Penguins’ set


Don’t forget to join our Jenny on Create & Craft next week, on Wednesday 29th October, where she will be demoing lots of the new stamp sets.

Thanks for stopping by,



Acetate and Inks.

Hi All

My turn to post on the blog again, and I’m only one day late this time lol.

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I thought that I would share one of the cards that I made for Jenny’s last TV appearance, and at the same time clear up the mystery of how to create the background on acetate. The picture that I took of the original card is not very good, (acetate is so hard to photograph) so here is another one that I made as a Birthday card. I’m not a great one for step by step instructions, because to be perfectly honest, until I start to play I have no idea what I am going to end up with, so you will have to forgive me if my steps are not up to everyones usual standards. They also use different stamps.

hobby art 01These are most of the items that I used to create my acetate panel, although I did forget the Blending Solution, and it is hard to see the acetate in the middle of the picture.

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Add a drop of each of your chosen colour of Alcohol to a piece of felt attached to a Blending Tool.

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Tap the blending tool all over the acetate, turning it as you move across your panel to create a random background.

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Every one will be different, even if you use the same combination of inks.

hobby art 05 Add a few drops of the Blending Solution to the felt, without adding any more of the coloured inks, and create a second piece of background. hobby art 06

This will give you a much paler piece of background to work with. hobby art 07

Next comes the fun part, but it will only work with Archival Ink. hobby art 08 Stamp your chosen image on to the acetate on the same side as you put the inks. hobby art 09 Leave it to dry very briefly, and then wipe the ink away using a dry cloth, or paper towel. hobby art 10 Any colour of Archival ink will work, and I actually like the the slightly grey shadow that is left by using the black ink. hobby art 11Keep stamping and wiping away the ink over the entire panel until it is randomly covered. You can also use a fine detailed stamp such as a greeting with this technique.  hobby art 12At the end of the day just play, what have you got to lose except a little bit of time, and maybe some acetate. Kim - Woodland GladeThe black images that appear on the panel above have been stamped on the uninked side of the acetate using Stazon Ink. I find that the image stamps out better on that side, but do remember that you will be turning the acetate over so if you have used a greeting stamp on your background panel it will then be in reverse. That is why I chose a very random text stamp as it can’t easily be read so works just as well in reverse.

I’m off to play now as my parcel has just arrived from Jenny with all of the fabulous new designs for the next TV show. There are some real beauties I have to say.

Have a great weekend, hugs Kimx




Hello Crafters.
I still cant believe the sunny weather we are having can you. I don’t mind admitting I am finding it very hard to make Christmas cards in such warm sunshine. But here is a lovely stamp from Hobby Art made from grey rubber A lady Pm’d me on Facebook and asked me to recommend a nice easy stamp to use for quick Christmas cards Fergus the polar bear came to mind as he is a quick stamp and lovely to use.
I used a Momento Inkpad in London Fog to stamp him out onto white pearlised card-stock. I than heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder I added a few snowflakes and then heat embossed those in white and then added a little frantage to them just to make them glisten. I coloured the scarf in pro-markers, coloured his nose black and put a small dollop of glossy accents on it to he will have a shiny nose. swirled the back in pale blue with a stencil brush and added a little blue dotty ribbon and matted it with silver mirri-card. The card I used comes embossed with snow flakes so all I did was to rub a little pewter gilding wax over the raised images to make them stand out. Then stuck the topper to the card added a Happy Christmas sentiment and there it was job done ….I quick easy card that would be ideal for a beginner or if you have a batch to do for school or table top sale.

Birds and Berries…..

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Morning all, How are we today?……

Well I would like to really like to say good morning but I have shingles at the moment and are not feeling too clever at the minute!!

However I thought that I would show you a few samples that I made for Jenny last month using the new Christmas Birds and Berries Stamp set:

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I absolutely love this set as I really love robins, I think that they are one of the most friendliest birds on this earth and they are so lovely to look at, so I really enjoyed playing around with this set. It was a slightly tight deadline but here are three cards that I came up with using this set:

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I really like the ivy in this set, it is a stamp that I would use all year round and not just for Christmas, great for men’s cards and would look good in sepia colours too…..

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I used some Wow sparkle embossing powder on the ivy and decoupaged them……

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For the next card I stamped and embossed the image and then coloured it with Pro-markers and then cut away a panel to got on to the front of the card…….

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I used the separate holly stamp elements in the set to embellish the card…….

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For the last card I made it my mission not to use the robins but just use the holly elements in the stamp set and some wording from it……

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I used wink of stella over the top of the holly leaves, I think it works really well…..

I would love to hear your comments…..

Big hugs Lisa.B xx

A Poinsettia Telescope Card

Hello, Heidi here to share another project with you.


I have made a Christmas Telescope Card using the lovely set ‘Christmas Elements’ – CS022D.  I have had this little set for some time now.  I just love all of the different elements in the set, so much to play with!

Here is the full effect of the card.


Here are the gorgeous stamps that I have used.


I have used the ‘Poinsettia’ elements from the set. Products used : Tim Holtz ‘Peeled Paint’ inkpad, red and green Bazzill cardstock, two small metal brads, ‘Mercury Glass’ Stickles Glitter Glue and some green ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by my project today, I do hope you have enjoyed it.




Breaking out of the Comfort Zone!

Hi All,

Becki here.

Just thought I’d share a recent make that took me out of my comfort zone.

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Firstly I cut a piece of kraft card 13.5cm x 13.5cm. That’s the standard card size I use but I didn’t want to ruin a whole card for an experiment I wasn’t sure was going to turn out.

Here comes the messy bit (normally I hate the thought of mess) but I don’t know why I had a bee in my bonnet to see how this was going to turn out.

Normally I use my embossing folders in the usual way . I put them through the Big shot and use them as a background but this time I decided to experiment! So I put a layer of acrylic paint on and then embossed through my Big Shot.

* Now at this point I want to give you a warning before you put acrylic paint onto your embossing folders. Please have something ready to clean your embossing folder immediately like a wipe or go straight to a sink and rinse it.

Don’t even admire your work of art until after you’ve cleaned the embossing folder. Otherwise you may stain it. Granted it shouldn’t affect the use of the folder and acrylic paint does pick or peel off when dry. But if you are precious about clean craft stuff this may not be for you.


1. Ink up your embossing Folder with white Acrylic Paint or white gesso

Make sure you paint on the right side on this embossing folder. Put the paint on the background, as the trees will be raised by the folder, so these will remain kraft card colour.


2. Place your Kraft card onto the embossing folder and run through your Big Shot/Cuttlebug etc…

Peel it straight off and go and rinse/clean your embossing folder.


3. So here is the finished background a little of the white got on the trees but I thought it just added to the effect (one of those happy little accidents) and you can turn round and say yeah I meant to do that 😀

So I then trimmed it down to 13cm x 13cm as I decided I wanted a 1/2cm brown edge around the card to make it jump off the page more. Stick it to the card you have chosen.


4. So here’s the next bit and I absolutely Love this…and it’s thanks to Alexandra Kamann who showed me the no-lines technique. Stamp your image in a light Ink pad. and then colour with whatever you want.


5. I used Wink of Stella Gold (FINE) for the Christmas. Take your time as obviously you will be drawing the lines over the lighter ink as well as colouring in.  I used this same technique with the Robin. Use ProMarkers or Copics to colour.


6. In my crafting I think I’m a bit of a wuss. I play it safe and stamp onto a scrap bit of card. Now A) I love to cut out and B) it’s my safety net . If I prefer one colouring to another I can cut the one I like out. (See above). The original robin that I stamped on the Christmas wording I didn’t like so much so I used another one I’d coloured – the one you see floating above legless!! 😉

shhhhhhh only me and you know!

Basically I’m saying play, experiment, have fun. If it doesn’t work at first try another way – that’s the way you learn.

Next I stuck the wording onto backing card so again I had an edge which made the image stand out more from the background.  Finally I reunited the robin with his legs!!! adding some silicone so he was slightly raised on the card. 


7. Couple of Snowflakes, a bit of glitter and card done! 

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So this is similar technique to the Robin Box Card I did which I will show you next time…

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Hope this has answered a few questions.

Thanks for Reading

Becki x 😀

What you will need


Pinflair Glue

Gold Wink of Stella Fine


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 and a light ink pad

(I used a light Memento) but if you have a light distress ink pad that will work too. At the end of the day you will be colouring over the lines so you won’t see it anyway!

Church & Country View

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Or as a set

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Woodland Glade

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Derrick the Fox & Rodney the Reindeer

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Or as a set with greeting

Derrick,Rodney & Wording