Monthly Archives: May 2015

Whack! Technique tutorial


Hi Everyone.I have had a couple of requests to explain how I achieved this look it probably has a proper name But I know it as the “Whack Technique” this is what you need and how you do it..DSC07601

The palest Inkpad you have but NOT white …you need to be able to see the colour I have taken two here Antique linen and Scattered straw ….either will do. If you don’t have these maybe try a pale green.  Using distress of other water-based markers Aqua Markers would be good for this too take a selection of colours I chose.

Crushed Olive.

Forest Moss.

Fired Brick.

Seedless Preserves.

Broken China.

Old Paper.

Tumbled Glass….oh and a water brush!


Using Both sets of grass and one of the birds from the Birds and grasses set. ink the bird in Antique Linen and stamp him on the card look were his feet are …you will need to marry the claws to the grass when we come to stamp it out  then make a mask for the bird by stamping on a post-it note and cutting it out don’t forget when you stamp the mask to include the image on the sticky part of the post it…lol how many times have I not done that.


Bird and mask now stamped in place we come to the grass…. I have used the grass with what looks like to me straw going across it  this is what I have popped the bird on ….


Do you see what I mean ? so taking the Grass-straw stamp ink it with scattered straw all over then when it is still wet, take your palest green distress or aqua marker and tap over the top randomly.


Continue doing this with the rest of the colours until you are happy you have covered most of the image.  See Below:


Then give a good Huff over the stamp and being careful to stamp it where the birds claws are …you “should” end up with something like this….


Leave the mask across the bird ink up the other grass stamp the one with the feathery  grasses on it. Ink it in Scattered Straw or Antique Linen.  Then using old paper Distress marker tap over the heads of the grass do the same with Crushed Olive and Broken China pens tapping as you go …


Stamp over the top of the grass and bird …he still has his mask on so will be good to colour when you have finished do this two more times. yours should look something like this .


Your nearly ready to start colouring I use a tile to spread my colour onto using the distress markers, again you could as easily use aqua markers or even the ink straight off the pads …stick to the same colours you have used for the grasses though otherwise you will have a muddy mess. Take the post it note off the bird and start to paint I have chose Crushed Olive,  then start to fill the leaves with a little colour don’t over do this it needs to be soft,  your’s should look a little like this  (see below)


All you need to do now is matt and layer …


And there you have it .

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial . And more to the point understood it . Any questions PM me I am always happy to help another crafter. xxx

Crafty hugs Bernie xxxx

June Monthly Special!

Hi all Becki here….

Introducing the new Monthly Special.

I hope you love them as much as we do!

June’s Monthly Special (Poppy Sketch Set)

This is the Stunning new Poppy Sketch set designed by Sharon Bennett for Hobby Art.

Foam Mounted Grey Rubber Stamp backed onto EZ Mount so will adhere to any Acrylic Block.

The Monthly Special includes a free A4 Project sheet with step by step instructions on how to make a card by a member of the design team.

Poppy Field 120mm x 85mm Poppy Bloom 80mm x 85mm

RRP £11.99 (after June) or £6.25 individually.

But for the Month of June can be yours for only £8.99 

*Pre-order for dispatch on the 1st of June 2015

June's Monthly Special


These are available individually too, but obviously is better value when brought together in the Monthly Special.

Poppy NEW

This is the gorgeous new Foam Mounted “Poppy Bloom” Designed by Sharon Bennett. Measuring 80mm x 85mm approx.

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This is the gorgeous new Foam Mounted “Poppy Field”  Designed by Sharon Bennett. Measuring 120mm x 85mm approx.

We also have a new wording “Friends are Flowers” which would go well with these stamps…

Friends are Flowers


so if you buy the two together (Poppy Sketch set & Friends are Flowers)

 this wording stamp will be reduced to £2.00 rather than £3.70 RRP

(discount will automatically be applied at checkout for the month of June Only)

You can purchase the Monthly Specials individually each month.

Or you can subscribe to the Monthly Specials if you wish, at the moment we are doing a

3 month Subscription so you never have to miss one.

With the subscriptions they will be automatically dispatched on the payment date each month.

3 Month Subscription

That’s all for now folks!

Becki :-)

Summer Holiday

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Harbour Village

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Lavender Tutorial

Hello, Heidi here to share a blog project with you, using the gorgeous ‘Lavender’ set, which was recently launched.  I really love this set, is full of glorious images.

My little card today is very quick and easy to make.  I love the shape of the dies with the square card and the ‘Lavender’ elements.

I have made a little card using some of the elements, which I have coloured in using my Promarker pens and have cut out the elements to sit together.

Here is how I put my card together :


Card Products :

Lavender Stamp Set

Alphabet – Typed Stamp Set

Small White card blank

Purple and Lilac Bazzill Cardstock

White stamping card

Dusky Concord Distress ink pad

Memento ‘Black Tuxedo’ ink pad

Promarkers : Lilac, Lavender, Pastel Beige, Khaki and Pear Green

Go Kreate Die : Frilly # 5

Lavender pearls

Sharp scissors, Cosmic Shimmer Glue and sticky pads

Card Instructions :

(1) Die cut ‘Frilly’ Dies in two sizes from purple & lilac Bazzill card, stock together.

(2) Stamp up ‘Lavender’ elements of choice, colour in and cut out.

(3) Onto small tiles of white card, stamp up ‘Lavender’ using the ‘Dusky Concord’ ink, edge all round squares with ink pad.

(4) Edge white card blank with ink pad, as before.

(5) Place all of the elements down onto card, stick together.

(6) Place letters around bottom of card, attach sticky pads and stick down.

(7) Add four lavender pearls to each corner of card.

I do hope you have enjoyed my quick tutorial today, another teamie will be sharing one with you soon.



Wish you were here…

Hello crafters!

Alexandra here with a little blog post for you. I got the May monthly special a few days ago and I had the very real urge to play with them. They were calling me saying “we are like a little mini-holiday, play with us!” So I did 🙂 When I first stamped them I couldn’t stop thinking how they reminded me of postcards you would send from a holiday at the seaside. One the more whimsical, slightly arty one I could easily send to my mother-in-law who would adore this, the other more the serene, realistic looking one that my late father would have liked. Which one should I go with?

So, of course I had to do both!

I tried to do the realistic one a bit more masculine (as I said, I was thinking of my dear dad) and stamped it in chocolate brown directly onto a kraft card base. I then simply highlighted parts of the image with a white pencil and added low lights with a light brown pen. A cream ribbon, knotted to the side of the image (to distract from the fact the image ends a bit abruptly on my card) and a stamped sentiment (from the Seaside Cottage Set) to finish off a very quick card that I still rather like.


For my second card I pulled out some pens and tried to colour my black on white image with lots of blue-green tones as well as the obligatory red and some muted yellows and grey-browns. To accent the turquoise that seems to pop most in the image I matted it onto deep turquoise card and added some ribbon of a matching colour. Again the same sentiment as on the other card, this time stamped in turquoise.


Although both cards were fairly quick and simple to put together I am happy with the outcome and they fit exactly for the intended recipients in my head. Hope you like them as well!

Bye for now,


Beautiful Birds

Morning everyone, hope you are all keeping well.

Today I thought we could look at the lovely rubber stamps birds on the wire and birds on the branch. You can get these individually or as a set with a little saving.

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For the both of these cards I have stamped out the images using black versarfine and then I have coloured the birds and branch in with the amazing wink of stella. I’ve used a mix of purple, pink, blue and clear wink of stella to colour in the birds as you can mix the colours together with a effortless blend they are great fun to colour with and easy to use.

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For the sentiments on these cards they have both come from the set inspirations.

Thank you for stopping by Laura x

May already….

Isn’t the year flying ?  We are in the fifth month already in another five month’s our thoughts will be turning to N.E.C and Christmas. I would like to if I may share with you all “Seagulls” it is a take on the Cornish artist Brian Pollard. he lives not far from us and I adore his cheerful prints. This is using the Seagulls Stamp from Hobby Art

You will need Pro-markers in brights and pastels….brights for the doors and boats and pastels for the buildings. A good mixture of blues for the sea starting with indigo for the sea furthest away where the lighthouse is  and ending in aqua nearest the bottom right corner. All I did was make wavy lines and graduated the blues from dark to light…I spent a very pleasant hour just colouring it was lovely. Add there is, if you look closely a dash of Wink of Stella here and there. …However hard I try I can never get it to photo so you can see it…. I added a few clouds and then matted the picture on Red White and Blue card and picked a sentiment from the BY THE SEA Stamp set …added a few wavy cloud’s to it and matted that too . I did however find my wavy embossing folder this and the dots where the first ones I ever bought ..Years old from provocraft for the Cuttlebug. Mine gave up the ghost a long time ago but the folders still come out to play, as you can see! I did run two bits of card through … I wanted to see what the whole thing would look like if I put gilding wax on the swirls …I thought they were OK …but I preferred the card white to me it looked more like white waves….well I hope you like my offering ….Till next time Crafty Hug’s

Bernie xx


Port Sunlight Adventure!

Hi All Becki here again…

Well just an update – Jenny and I have hit the road and are at Port Sunlight!

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So, we started our Journey yesterday evening and the journey was relatively smooth sailing until we approached Heathrow.

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But with Wine Gums on board and some terrible singing from me we were entertained for the 4hr+ journey.

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I got a little snap happy on our journey up as you can see lol



Bit of a late night but arrived safe and sound. By the time we got to bed at midnight we had turned into pumpkins!

This morning we headed to Liverpool for a look around and a little bit of shopping before setup at 2pm.

We managed to fit loads into the morning and had a good old wander.

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The day started with beautiful sunshine and walking around Liverpool was a great mini adventure. Here’s some of the random things we saw…


and as you can see we both thoroughly enjoyed our morning. Next time we come back we’ll come a day earlier to see more.

We were very lucky that it didn’t start raining until the journey back to Port Sunlight.


So 4 hours later and set up was nearly finished

(whoa! did anyone just see that flying pig?)

But we will finish bright and early tomorrow morning.

And in the mean time we wandered down the road to a lovely pub and I must say the food was epic! 

After looking at the pudding list first I decided to have a Garlic bread for dinner thinking I would leave room for this monster…

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well how wrong was I!?

Because even with two of us trying our hardest to demolish it…


we failed lol 

Right an early-ish night for us.

Catch you later Alligator

Introducing… May’s Monthly Special

Hi all Becki here….

Just giving you an update for those of you who haven’t seen

May’s Monthly Special (Harbour Set)

This is the gorgeous new Foam Mounted Harbour set. We have two different styles – one a realistic “Harbour Scene” by Sharon Bennett measuring 130mm x 75mm and the other a more stylised “Seagull Harbour” 112mm x 85mm. Both stamps are backed onto EZ-mount so will adhere to any acrylic block
The Monthly Special includes a free A4 Project sheet with step by step instructions on how to make a card by Jenny Mayes.

RRP £11.99 (after May) or £6.25 individually.

MAY Monhly Special


This is the gorgeous new Foam Mounted “Harbour Scene” by Sharon Bennett measuring 130mm x 75mm.

Harbour Scene COPYRIGHT


This is the gorgeous new Foam Mounted “Seagull Harbour” measuring 112mm x 85mm.

Seagull Harbour COPYRIGHT

So I’ve realised recently speaking to a few of you, we haven’t explained the Monthly Specials very well.

So here I go with a breakdown…

1. Every Month a new stamp set or in this case 2 Foam Mounted Stamps is launched on the 1st of the Month.

2. The Monthly Specials are offered at a discounted rate £8.99 for that month only. They will then revert to the RRP after that date.

3. The Monthly Specials are P&P Free so even though they don’t reach our minimum spend £9.99 this is a special offer and we have made an exception. 

4. The Monthly Specials include a Free Project Sheet for the launch month as part of the package. 

5. If you have missed one they are still available but at the RRP.


You can purchase the Monthly Specials individually each month.

Or you can subscribe to the Monthly Specials if you wish, at the moment we are doing a

3 month Subscription so you never have to miss one.

With the subscriptions they will be automatically dispatched on the payment date each month.

3 Month Subscription

I hope that has helped answer a few questions… if you have any more just drop me a message below.

PS. I’m also happy to say I’ve been on a mission tonight and managed to get some DT cards on Pinterest. Enjoy

PPS. We have been exceptionally busy for this set. So turnaround is a little slower than usual.

That’s all for now folks!

Becki 🙂

May Blog Challenge

The challenge for May is ‘Floral Frenzy’  

We have plenty of floral sets and stamps to chose from.

After the popularity of the last blog challenge we have kept 2 prizes again this month!

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







The prizes this Month…

1st Prize will be £40 to spend on stamps on the Hobby Art Website.

2nd Prize a stamp set of choice

Prizes will vary Monthly.

Please send all your entries via


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

Rules for Entry

1. Please use only Hobby Art Stamps. You can use other products on your cards (e.g. dies, ribbons, papers)
2. All entries must be received before the closing date: 31st May 2015
3. Only entries made within the theme will be accepted
4. You may submit up to 3 entries per person
6. You can make any tag or project –  it doesn’t have to be a card.
7. All Projects and cards must be handmade.  No digital replication is allowed.
8. When emailing entries please include your name.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

If you have any questions please contact us:

April Blog Challenge Winners!

WOW what a response to this month’s blog challenge… So many stunning entries. We would like to thank everyone who entered Hobby Art’s April blog Challenge “Wings”.  Thank you for sharing your hard work!

The 1st Prize winner selected this month by the random generator is…

1st Prize

1st Prize of the £40 Voucher is… #38 Gemma Saunders

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The 2nd Prize winner selected this month by the random generator is…

2nd Prize

2nd Prize of the stamp set of choice is… #16 Christine Smith

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Congratulations to our two lucky winners!

and a BIG thank you to everyone who entered

Here are all the stunning entries…

Natalie Gallagher 1

#1 This gorgeous card was made by Natalie Gallagher.

Ruth Fletcher 2

#2 This gorgeous card was made by Ruth Fletcher.

Linda Walker 3

Linda Walker 4

Linda Walker 5

#3,#4,#5 These gorgeous cards were made by Linda Walker.

Deborah Ripley 6

#6 This gorgeous card was made by Deborah Ripley.

Isobel Hunter 7

#7 This gorgeous card was made by Isobel Hunter.

Veronica Pell 8

Veronica Pell 9

#8,#9 These gorgeous cards were made by Veronica Pell.

Doreen Sympson 10

#10 This gorgeous card was made by Doreen Sympson.

Renee Davies 11

#11 This gorgeous card was made by Renee Davies.

Tracy Southam 12

#12 This gorgeous card was made by Tracy Southam.

Moira Walters 13

#13 This gorgeous card was made by Moira Walters.

CJ Deane 14

CJ Deane 15

#14, #15 These gorgeous cards were made by C J Deane.

Christine Smith 16

#16 This gorgeous card was made by Christine Smith.

Linda Brooke 17

#17 This gorgeous card was made by Linda Brooke.

Elaine Parker 18

#18 This gorgeous card was made by Elaine Parker.

Linda Guy 19

#19 This gorgeous card was made by Linda Guy.

Christine Pease 20

#20 This gorgeous card was made by Christine Pease. 

Karen Paine 21

#21 This gorgeous card was made by Karen Paine. 

Moira Walters 22

#22 This gorgeous card was made by Moira Walters.


#23 This gorgeous card was made by Isobel Hunter.

Alison Brittain 24

Alison Brittain 25

Alison Brittain 26


#24, #25, #26 These gorgeous cards were made by Alison Brittain.

Katrina Bufton 27

#27 This gorgeous card was made by Katrina Bufton.

Elaine Parker 28

#28 This gorgeous card was made by Elaine Parker.

Angela Mitchell 29

#29 This gorgeous card was made by Angela Mitchell.

Pat Woodward 30

Pat Woodward 31

#30, #31 These gorgeous cards were made by Pat Woodward.

Viola Crossley 32

Viola Crossley 33

Viola Crossley 34

#32, #33, #34 These gorgeous cards were made by Viola Crossley.

Kim Dear 35

#35 This gorgeous card was made by Kim Dear.

Gemma Saunders 36

Gemma Saunders 37

Gemma Saunders 38

#36, #37, #38 These gorgeous cards were made by Gemma Saunders.

Nikki Dressler 39

Nikki Dressler 40

Nikki Dressler 41

#39, #40, #41 These gorgeous cards were made by Nikki Dressler.

Kate Discombe 42,43,44

#42, #43, #44 These gorgeous cards were made by Kate Discombe.

Ruth Wagner 45

Ruth Wagner 46

Ruth Wagner 47

#45, #46, #47 These gorgeous cards were made by Ruth Wagner.

Here is our Top 3

Viola Crossley 32

Natalie Gallagher 1

Tracy Southam 12