Monthly Archives: November 2014



Hi everyone …

Hope you are all keeping warm we have had frost today and the dogs here are all cuddled up together trying to keep warm. as the night ‘shave well and truly drawn in our thoughts turn to Christmastime I thought I would share a card that is a joy to make.

First choose the Gilding flakes, I chose some with red flakes in but they come in all sorts of colours. I use cosmic shimmer glue and a piece of cut and dry foam. I spread the glue across the pad with a coffee stick I have a batch of these for using just for this purpose once the glue is spread and soaking into the cut and dry I then take my stamp and INK it with the glue…..if you see what I mean then taking your card stamp the glues image transferring the glue from the stamp onto the card …wash stamp…. then taking the card with the glue hold it over the gilding flakes and sprinkle over the card leave for a minute  this lets the flakes set on the glue and then gently taking a rough sponge rub GENTLY off leaving the now gilded tree …I added a few red gems to mine but you can now do as you wish adding glitter or snow to the background…I used a Time Holz holly stencil at the back on my cardstock just to make it more Christmassy bit again it looks just as good left plain with a simple greeting Love this stamp I hope you do too and if you would like to order it I’m sure you would have it in time for those last minute Christmas cards.

Poinsettia Tree

Brand New Foam Mounted Poinsettia Tree. Foam mounted stamps require an acrylic block (not included)
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I hope this gives you a few ideas xxxx
Crafty hugs Bernie xxxx

Navigating the Blog & Website

Navigating around the Blog & Website

Hi Everyone, another quick post to guide you around the website and blog.

We have some great galleries, tutorials and posts all in their separate places on the blog.

To help you find everything quicker and easier I thought I would set up this mini guide.

Step by Step

Blog Help - Access

1. So there are two ways to reach the blog from our homepage (see red boxes) 

so the main toolbar at the top of the page and our little laptop on the front page can always be clicked to get there.


2. Alternatively if you want the Tutorials that also has it’s place along the top of the tool bar (see Red Box) but please note this will only be the tutorials not every blog post will be here. This is specifically the step by step tutorials or You Tube clips.

Blog Help - Categories

3. So as you can see after I hit tutorials here we are on that page. Now everything is still accessible from here. I have put a (Red Box) around all the categories you are still in the blog and can reach any part by simply clicking Blog Challenge, Customer Cards, News etc…

Please feel free to wander about and click on things whilst reading…if you need to find this article It is always in the categories “Help & Support”. It  would be great to hear what you think of our blog and tutorials please feel free to leave us a comment at anytime on the bottom of the posts.

Home Page

4. Getting back to the main part of the website is easy. You can click on Home or our Logo at anytime and you will always return to or if you wanted to go straight back to products etc…


If you need any help at all please contact us via email:

or Tel: 01737 789977



How to use your wish list


How to use your Wish List

Hi Everyone just a quick post to try and explain one of the features of our new website.

Once Registered on our website you will have the function to add products to your wish list.

This can then be emailed and shared with family and friends who want to get you crafty goodies as a present but are unaware of what you have hidden in your crafty stash!

Step by Step 

  Register Wish List

Step 1- If you haven’t already please Register (see Red Box)

Sign In Wish List

2. If you have already registered just sign in using your email & Password (see Red Box) also skip this step if you have just registered as you will already be logged in. 

Logged in

3. You can tell you are logged in as your name will appear top left (see Red Box)

Product WishList

4. Against every product is a little heart (see Red Box) if you click this the item will be added to your wish list instead of your basket.

Wish List Logged in

5. To see your wish list at anytime when you are logged in click on the wish list button.(see Red Box)

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6. To give your friends & Family a heads up what you want for Birthdays/Christmas share your wishlist by emailing a copy to them (see Red Box) 

If you need any help at all please contact us via email:

or Tel: 01737 789977

Alphabet – Typed

CS076D Alphabet – Typed

This is the brand new set from the


as seen on


Hobby Art Gallery

Welcome to the Hobby Art Gallery.

Please click on the relevant card to bring up more samples with that set.

CS328D Driving Home for Christmas

CS325D Hap-Bee Christmas

CS324D Christmas Veg

CS322D Happy Hogmas and CS323D Hogs & Kisses

CS321D Christmas Hedgehugs

CS319D Snowmen Buddies

CS318D Seasons Bleatings

CS316D Boxing Hares

CS315D Funky Pigeons

CS314D Foxgloves

CS313D Full Steam Ahead

CS311D Lilac

CS306D Old Railway

CS310D The Little Things

CS309D Over the Stile

CS308D Walkies

CS307D Goldfinch & Teasels

CS305D Dressage

CS304D Wild Meadow

CS303D Sloths

Birds of the Hedgerow

Rainbow Bridge & Sympathy sets

A5 Poppies

Commemorative Poppy Bundle

CS296D Otters

CS295D Meerkat Madness

CS294D Waterfalls

CS293D Catherine Margaret

CS292D Windmills

CS290D & CS291D Horses & Sheep P6 sets

CS288D & CS289D Floral Jugs P6 sets

FMSPTB London Set

CS287D Be Kind

CS285D & CS286D Snowmen P6 Sets

CS283D & CS284D Penguin Bestie & Family

CS282D Backgrounds

CS281D A Christmas Tail

CS280D It Moose be Christmas

CS279D Christmas Squeakings

CS278D Sailing

CS277D Seagulls

CS276D Hang in There

CS275D Crazy Critters

Floral Wishes

Swallow Barn Scene-it

Sheep Scene-it

CS274D Dovecote

CS273D Summer Florals

Gear Up & Some Assembly

Just Bee You & Foliage Mini Sets

CS268D Nuts & Botz

CS265D Donkey Scene-it

CS264D Village Post

CS263D Monster Birthday

CS262D Neighbours

CS261D Colin the Robin

CS259D & CS260D Bear & Robin Bundle

CS258D Garden Flowers

CS257D Cottage Garden

CS256D Winter Woodland

CS255D British Wildlife

CS254D Dudley does Christmas

CS253D Floral Robin

CS252D Do Not Open Until Christmas

CS251D Country Ways

CS250D Christmas Green-things

CS247D Jenny Wren

CS246D Harbour A5

CS245D Get Your Goat

CS244D Scene-it Sentiments A5

CS243D Countryside

CS242D Heritage Walk

CS241D Occasions

CS240D Water’s Edge

CS239D Shore Scenes

Lisa’s Journal Sets

CS231D Limited Edition

CS230D Pawsome Christmas

CS229D Zebras

CS228D Unicorn Kisses

CS227D Garden of Wonders

CS226D Hummingbirds

CS225D Mermaids

CS224D Bunny & Brambles

CS223D Santa Paws

CS222D Under the Sea

CS221D Shiver Me Timbers

CS220D Bee Friendly

CS219D Greenfingers

CS218D In the Garden

CS217D Round Penguins

CS216D Lino Cut Christmas

CS215D Christmas Garland

CS214D Home Tweet Home

CS213D Snowy Wishes

CS212D Pigs in Blankets

CS211D Christmas Foliage

CS210D Little Owl

CS209D Sunshine & Sunflowers

CS208D Lino Cut Hares

CS207D Jean’s Flowers

CS206D Woodland Owls


CS205D Birds, Bugs & Blossoms

CS204D Gnomes

CS203D Bluebells

CS202D Star of Bethlehem

CS201D Floral Patchwork

CS200D Catch the Moments

CS199D Hydrangea

CS198D Set the Scene

CS197D Toucans

CS196D Take Flight

CS195D Floral Garden

CS194D Inspirational Quotes

CS193D Janie’s Collection – Butterflies

CS192D Hedgehogs

CS191D A Walk with Nature

CS190D Janie’s Wildflowers

CS189D Nature’s Song

CS188D A Winter’s Day

CS187D Flingo the Flamingo

CS186D Vintage Plonk

CS184D Words

CS183D Becki’s Backgrounds

CS182D The Poppy Red

CS181D Dragonflies

CS180D Robins

CS179D Gingerbread Christmas

CS178D Camel ye Faithful

CS177D Woodland Friends

CS176D Abstract Flowers (set 2)

CS175D Abstract Flowers (set 1)

Happy Christmoose & Bear Hug

Christmas Geese

CS174D Woodland Walk

CS173D Snowman & Friends – July Monthly Special 2017

MSPS02F Puffin Set – June’s Monthly Special 2017

CS172D Floral Mix

FMSS03 Seaside Set

CS171D Wild Roses – May’s Monthly Special 2017

CS170D Wolves

CS169D Stag & Hare

April 2017 Monthly Special – CS168D Peacock

CS167D Orla Owl

CS166D Farmyard Friends

CS165D Dandelion Wishes

CS164D Trees

CS163D Grizzly Bear

CS162D Daffs & Bells

Daffodil & Daisy Stamp Set

CS161D Nature Reserve

CS160D Oliver Owl 


CS159D Quackers

CS158D Greetings for Friends

CS157D Bluebell Wood

December Monthly Special – Funky Bird & Florals


CS156D Seasons


CS155D Feathers


November Monthly Special – CS154D Irises


CS153D Animals


CS152D On the Farm


October Monthly Special- CS151D Orchard


FMBEARS Winter Bears


CS150D Stitch & Knit


CS149D Speech Bubbles

Wilfred & Wally - Becki

CS148D Wilfred & Wally

Festive Jumpers - Elaine

CS147D Festive Jumpers

In the Cornfield - Sally

September’s Monthly Special – CS146D In the Cornfield

Oak Tree - Heidi

August’s Monthly Special – CS145D Oak Tree

Paws - Becki

CS144D Christmas Frosting

Round Robins - Sharon

CS142D Round Robins


CS141D Poinsettia

CS140D Poles Apart - Becki 2

CS140D Poles Apart

Sweet Peas - Sally

July’s Monthly Special -CS139D Sweet Peas

CS138D Nature Trail - Elaine

CS138D Nature Trail

CS137D The Holly & The Ivy - Sally

CS137D The Holly & The Ivy

CS136D Daryl the Quirky Turkey - Becki 4

CS136D Daryl the Quirky Turkey

CS135D Busy Bees - Sally

June’s Monthly Special – CS135D Busy Bees

Kingfishers - Elaine 2

CS134D Kingfishers


May’s Monthly Special – CS133D Country Gate

Funky Chicken - Becki 2

CS132D Funky Chicken

Dogz - Becki 4

CS131D Petz Accessories

Dogz - Becki 5

CS130D Dogz

Catz&Dogz- Sally

CS129D Catz

Riverside - Sally

April’s Monthly Special – CS128D Riverside

Numbers - Anna

CS125D Numbers

Dinosaurs - Sally 2

CS126D Dinosaurs

Peonies - Elaine

CS125D Peonies


March’s Monthly Special – CS124D March Hares

Country Ramble - LARGE

CS123D Country Ramble

Thinking of Ewe

CS122D Thinking of Ewe

Spring has Sprung - LARGE Sharon

CS121D Spring has Sprung

Highland Cattle - Charry

February’s Monthly Special – CS120D Highland Cattle

Vintage - Becki

January’s Monthly Special – CS119D Vintage Flowers


December’s Monthly Special – CS118D Garden Birds

CS117D Textures - Laura

CS117D Textures

CS116D Indian Summer - Sharon

CS116D Indian Summer

CS115D Ornate Owls -Sally

CS115D Ornate Owls


November’s Monthly Special –  Robin Set (Snowdrop & Watering Can)

Poppy Heads - Sally

CS114D October Monthly Special – Poppy Heads

Coastal Walk (2)

CS113D Coastal Walks

Country Walk

CS112D Country Walk

Anna (2)

CS111D September Monthly Special – Wildflowers

CS110D Baa-Humbug Hobby Art

CS110D Baa-Humbug

CS109D Nativity Hobby Art - Sally 2

CS109D Nativity

CS108D Baubles Hobby Art - Alex

CS108D Baubles


August Monthly  Special – Father Christmas set

Laura 2

CS107D Merry Little Christmas

Christmas Friends 3

CS106D Christmas Friends


CS105D Winter’s Snowflakes


CSS013 Peter the Polar Bear

Rocky Robin 1a Georgina

CSS012 Rocky Robin

Reindeer Card Completed BECKI copy

CS104D Rufus the Reindeer


CS103D Have a Mice Christmas (July’s Monthly Special)


FMPOPSET Poppy Sketch Set (June’s Monthly Special)


CS102D Summer Holiday

CS101D Shells

CS093D Lights & Lanterns

Mae Christmas Wreath

Good morning,

Heidi here to share another project with you.  I have made a Christmas wreath, using the lovely Mae stamp.


The stamp, comes with a super little sentiment – ‘A little bird told me’.  I have coloured the image in with Promarker’s and have coloured the little bird as a ‘Robin’.  I have die-cut two large circles, attached ribbon to the reverse and have added lots of Poinsettia shapes from some fabulous gold sparkly card.

Here is ‘Mae’


 Promarker Colours used : Mustard, Buttercup, Sandstone, Caramel, Ruby, Almond, Putty, Pastel Beige, Khaki, Pale Pink, Blossom Pink and Pear Green.

To finish off, I have added some gold pearls to the centres of the flowers.

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

Heidi x

Poppies for Remembrance

Hi All,

It’s my turn to post on the Blog, and so I thought that I would make a card using one of the fabulous Hobby Art poppy stamps to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Of course it also fits very nicely with the new Monthly Challenge that Jenny has just launched.

For the first challenge she is asking you to make a card/project using the theme of Poppies and/or Remembrance.

The main panel on my card has been created using one of the Poppy stamps from the Poppy Scene It set.

I have stamped and embossed the images on to a piece of handmade background paper and then coloured it using Distress Inks.

The sentiment is also from the same set although I masked off the embellishment above it when inking the stamp.

My background paper has been created using my trusty Gelli Plate, some green and gold acrylic paint and a stencil.

I sponged this panel with brown Distress Ink before dry embossed it using an embossing folder.

Once embossed I passed the same brown ink pad over the entire piece which highlighted the embossed images.

Hopefully you can see the gold acrylic paint a little better in this photograph.

I added some tiny peel-off dots around the oval die cut frame and also some hand drawn dots at the side of the stems on the stamped panel.

I hope that you will join us in our new challenge, but remember that you must use Hobby Art stamps.

There are lots of lovely ones to choose from, so I shall look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Happy stamping, and have a great weekend.

Hugs Kimx

Blog Challenge – November Entries

So you all have been working very hard to bring us lots of gorgeous cards and projects for our first Blog Challenge!

Here are the entries…

Doreen Sympson

This Gorgeous Card was made by Doreen Sympson.

Kate Discombe Kate Discombe2 Kate Discombe3

 These Gorgeous cards were made by Kate Discombe.

Debbie Cudley

 This Gorgeous card was made by Debbie Cudley.

Christine Smith HobbyArt Poppy This Gorgeous card was made by Christine Smith.

Tracy Southam

This Gorgeous card was made by Tracy Southam.

Sonia Murphy

 Sonia Murphy3 Sonia Murphy4

Sonia Murphy2

 These Gorgeous cards were made by Sonia Murphy.

Veronica Pell

This Gorgeous Tag was made by Veronica Pell.

Julia Bettinson Blog Challenge

This Gorgeous card and candle was made by Julia Bettinson.

Moira Walters

This Gorgeous box was made by Moira Walters.

Christina Stather Blog Challenge

This Gorgeous clock was made by Christina Stather.

Isobel Blog Challenge

This Gorgeous card was made by Isobel Hunter.


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These Gorgeous Scrapbook pages were made by Maria Dickson.

Doreen Sympson

This Gorgeous Card was made by Doreen Sympson.



Hi Everyone.

I was at the NEC for two days Last week Thursday and Friday … Up and showered at 4 am. I left home at 5am despite a very long and stressful journey I reached NEC at 10.45….while on the journey up I could SEE if you like in my minds eye, a card very different from what I would normally do. I asked Jenny If I could have a play to see if I could get it onto paper and Friday was given the chance not just to get it onto card,  but to demo it on the stand while doing so now…..I have never demo’d Oh I run workshops but my peeps all no me so there is no fear! Added to the fact I have never rehearsed or even had a dry run on this card and here I was doing it live …..Hands shook and heart thumping I began going back to basics I stamped the poppies from the Poppy Set first as though they are cascading from the sky and angels hands then masked them with paper ….no post it notes! then stamped the Grey Rubber Angel over the poppies not perfect but hey work with it. Clouds next making one of my masks out of card and using brushes being careful not to go over poppies or angel ! I gently put the clouds in where I wanted them to be using Tumbled Glass distress inkpad and brushes. That done I stamped the soldiers from the Commemorative Set silhouette in first generation In k(Black)k at the front bottom of the card then in second and third generation ink behind to make it look as though there were a lot of soldiers not just one line. Then went about colouring the poppies and angel and stamped REMEMBER at the top matted and layered  in red and black card and job is done.

Hope you like this Idea it really was an idea that came as I was waiting for the train to get moving as we were at a standstill due to cows being on the line xxx
To all who have served and still do I thank you without your sacrifice we may not have the freedom to curse the cows on the line or enjoy the freedom we so often take for granted today.

Robin and Berries Mini-Star Book

Robins and Berries Mini-Star Book

Good morning, here is another blog project from me, Heidi. I have used the wonderful ‘Robin’s and Berries’ stamp set, recently launched.


I love to dabble in all things card and shaped cards and mini books are so my thing. I have been asked several times about how to make my little star-albums and as I do love to make them, here is a short tutorial for you to follow.  They make great little gifts, if left blank partly inside, photos can be inserted and they can be made into small brag books.

Here are some of the inside pages, using other images from the set also a great sentiments set called ‘Winter Wishes’.  I have used lots of brown ink inside and out, to age the album.


Products Used :

‘CS082D – Berries & Birds’ and ‘CS059D – Winter Wishes
Red, Kraft and white card
Versafine ‘Vintage Sepia’ Inkpad
Promarker Pens
Stickles ‘Red’ Glitter Glue
Red/White Baker’s Twine
Tools : Scissors, Double-sided tape, Sticky Pads, Trimmer and Scoreboard.


Another image and sentiment


Lastly, the album tied together to form the star


Mini-Star Album Instructions :

 (1) Cut five oblongs of red card to measure 8cms x 16cm, score all in half.
(2) Cut five oblongs of kraft card to measure : 7cms x 14cms, score in half again.
(3) Cut five oblongs of white card to measure : 6cms x 12cms, score in half.
(4) From kraft card, cut another oblong to measure : 8cms x 18cms. This is the book cover.
(5) Score at 8cms and 9cms and then stamp small ‘holly’ image over one side.
(6) Using red and kraft card, stick edges together using double-sided tape, put aside.
(7) On white card oblongs, stamp up images and sentiments, colour in.
(8) Stamp up two of each robin images, colour in and cut out.
(9) Attach baker’s twine centrally to outside parts of mini-star album.
(10) Stick outside cover over twine, firmly.
(11) Attach robins inside and out.
(12) Add glitter glue to berries, leave to dry.

I do hope you have enjoyed my blog-project today, thanks for stopping by.

Heidi  xx

Wooden Tag Card

Hi All,

Becki here again,

Just thought I’d share a recent make because a few people have asked how I have made it

Becki - Berries & Birds

Becki - Berries & Birds2

So this was made using a Tando Creative Printer Tray 103mm x 103mm

Tando Blog

I absolutely love these little greyboard gifts as they are so easy to decorate and I was so happy with the finished result.  Ironically I made this about the same time I made my (first project) the Owl Heart and this was originally going to be for that.

Owl Heart

Then Berries and Birds made a 2nd appearance on C&C so this got transformed using that set but the owl wooden tag is interchangeable.

So after doing my initial experiment with the trees (2nd Project) this is along the same lines using acrylic paint and an embossing folder.

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1. I painted a piece of Kraft Card using Tim Holtz Distress Paint (Frayed Burlap) It has a dauber applicator making it very easy to use and you get a smooth even finish. Wait until dry.

* 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 technique may not be for you.

Blog Bark

2. Ink up your embossing Folder with brown Acrylic Paint. Make sure you paint on the right side on the embossing folder. The raised part will be Frayed Burlap colour.

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3. Place your painted 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.

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3. So here is the finished background. I just love the finished effect it has the texture and colour. I actually did this 3 times to cover the 3 showing sides of the Printer Tray and, trust me, you get quicker and it gets easier everytime. 

Then I trimmed the kraft card down to fit the cover on the Printer Tray. Keep the scraps as you can cut  a thin bit to cover the spine of the printer tray. 

Tando3 Blog

4. As you can see I’ve attached ribbon on the outside (both sides) before sticking the bark cover over the top. You don’t have to go as crazy as me with the adhesives but I always overdo it as I know it’s going to be handled a lot and there would be nothing worse than the ribbon randomly falling off. 

Tando2 Blog

5. So once you have done the outside, time for the inside bit. This is included in the Printer tray. For this project I cut off the apertures.(see picture above) This is easy with a sharp scalpel (please still be careful) You have 3 apertures (you need to cut all 3) The painted pieces need to be stuck together and then stuck to the base.

6.For the inside I painted Frayed Burlap on the inside spine and the edges that hold the open aperture even though the aperture will cover most of it it is slightly smaller than the outside edge. 

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7. The aperture that has been cut to hold the tag I painted with Brown Acrylic Paint and inside I placed a dark brown paper to the base. I then stamped and coloured using stamps from the Berries & Birds Stamp set. Now just put in your Wooden Heart Tag.

Becki - Owls

Next Time I will show you how I made my Owl Oak Tree using the Gorgeous new Falling Leaves Set and my Tree Stencil

Becki - Leaves&Owls

 Hope this has answered a few questions.

Thanks for Reading

Becki x :-D

What you will need


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Pinflair Glue

CS082D Berries & Birds COPYRIGHT


6.4cm, 8cm hole heart


November Blog Challenge!

Welcome to our first Blog Challenge!

Becki Commemorative

It’s the start of November and soon to be Remembrance Sunday.

For our first challenge we’re asking you to make a cards (or project) with the theme of Poppies and/or Remembrance using any Hobby Art stamps.

Here are a few stamps that may inspire you.

CS074D Remembrance COPYRIGHT

CS074D Remembrance

CS075D Commemorative COPYRIGHT

CS075D Commemorative


CSS001 Bordered Poppies

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 CSS002 Poppies

The Royal British Legion was founded by veterans of the First World War who adopted the poppy as their symbol of Remembrance and hope.

We thought this challenge is a good one to start with and also to commemorate 100 years since the beginning of WWI.

Here’s a little bit of inspiration using the stamps…

Anna2 Commemorative



Poppies 1 Georgina

Please send all your entries via email:

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

Prizes for the Winners

1st Prize – £30 gift voucher

2nd Prize – Stamp set of your choice

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 2014
3. Only entries made within the theme will be accepted
4. You may submit up to 3 entries per person
6. You can make any tag or project –  it doesn’t have to be a card.
7. All Projects and cards must be handmade.  No digital replication is allowed.
8. When emailing entries please include your name.
As this is our first challenge it is a learning curve for us too. We may add more information/rules, if necessary, for the next challenge.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

If you have any questions please contact us: