Author Archives: Kim Reygate

A Host of Golden Daffodils


What a beautiful Spring day it has turned into. It seems that just at the moment we are getting one glorious day followed by one that is overcast and threatening rain.

It was the same last week when I walked Emma to Caterham in brilliant sunshine, she even had her sunglasses on and looked very cute, and the next day we needed our wellie boots.

Hey ho it is still early I suppose, so anything could happen on the weather front.

I think one of the best things about this time of year are all the beautiful daffodils which show that Spring really is here.

Jenny at Hobby Art took a beautiful Daffodil stamp set on to Hochanda recently CS162D Daffs and Bells.

I stamped and embossed the daffodils onto white card stock and then coloured them with Decorating Chalks and a cotton wool ball.

After fussy cutting them out I mounted them on to my card using silicon glue.

The central panel on the card has been stamped and embossed using one of the verses from CS156D Seasons.

I used one of my many shaped dies to cut out the sentiment, adding a little colour with the die still in place, before layering it on to the card

over a similarly shaped and dry embossed panel.

I hop that we don’t continue with the one day nice, one day horrid pattern tomorrow as I am off to see my Mum. I have to admit that it usually seems to rain when I visit her, especially when I have to walk from the station, so I will remember to take my rain coat with me.

Have a good evening, and enjoy the sunshine.

Hugs Kimx

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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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

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.


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.


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.


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

Blue Poppies

Evening All,

It has been ages since I posted on my own blog, and even longer since I posted here on the Hobby Art blog. Life just seems to have got in the way recently lol.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago a fabulous new stamp set dropped onto my mat from Jenny, the October Stamp of the Month Poppy Heads.

I love poppies and this is no exception.

As luck would have it I had some pieces of Gelli Plate background on my desk and so I decided that I would use one of them as the base for my card. As it was blue I thought it would get away from the usual red poppies for a change.

This fabulous set comes with a text background stamp which I used randomly on my piece of handmade background paper.

I stamped and embossed the stems and leaves on to the bottom of the panel,

and then coloured them in using Spectrum Noir Alcohol pens.

I didn’t want to have to do any masking so I stamped and embossed the poppy flowers onto some gingham background paper from my stash and then fussy cut them out.

I added some extra colour with Distress Ink and Black Wink of Stella and attached them using silicon to add a little depth.

The background to the card has been created by stamping and embossing the text randomly onto a piece of matching blue cardstock from my stash.

Hope you like it.

Hugs Kimx

Spring Flowers

Evening Everyone,

Have you had a good start to the week?

It is my turn to share something on the Hobby Art blog today, so I thought that I would show you a card that I made for one of Jenni’s shows on Create and Craft.

I don’t know about you, but my DT cards are often influenced by the classes or other projects that I am working on at the time, and this is no exception.

I was prepping for a class on Tea and Coffee, a current favourite of mine, when my parcel arrived so that is what I have used here.

I stamped and embossed the beautiful Floral Frame onto a piece of background paper made using cold tea and instant coffee.

I also used coffee to paint the image and added white using a Gelli Roll glaze pen.

I have also spritzed the papers with more coffee and some Glimmer Mist.

I have a new parcel of stamps from Jenni eagerly awaiting my attention so I had better get on with it.

Have a great week,

Hugs Kimx

Falling Leaves

Hi All

It’s my turn to post something on the Hobby Art blog, so I chose a card that I made with one of Jenny’s wonderful new stamps CS086D Falling Leaves.

Falling Leaves

It is always exciting when I get a parcel with the new designs in.

I love leaves so this has become a firm favourite as soon as I saw it. So many ideas, so little time, mores the pity.

I stamped and embossed the Horse Chestnut leaf randomly onto a piece of handmade background paper.

If I remember rightly it was a piece of copy paper that I had cleaned my brayer on after using actylic paint on my Gelli Plate. I told you I never seem to throw anything away lol.

I masked the leaves and then stamped randomly over the panel with another of the new stamps CS087D Sunny Day Greetings.

I coloured the leaves in using a Brown Wink of Stella brush and then trimmed the panel and cut it into three.

I also fussy cut out several other leaves which I added to the card using silicon having first shaped them on a padded mat.

The main card has also been stamped, embossed and coloured with more of the leaves and then I added some faux stitching around the edge.

Why not check out the Gallery where there are loads of fabulous samples to inspire you.

Have a great weekend. Happy Crafting.

Hugs Kimx


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

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




Magic Painting for Grown Ups

Hi Guys
I really am turning into a rubbish blogger, I am a week late with my post here at Hobby Art.hobby 01 I decided that I would share a card that I made in a recent class using one of my all time favourite stamp sets.

hobby 02 I have created a panel using the Resist Technique. (Stamp image onto Glossy card stock using a Versamark Inkpad, heat set, sponge with Dye Based Ink to reveal your stamped image.) Magic Painting for Grown Ups!!

hobby 03 As you can see it is possible to use both fine line and detailed images with this technique. It even works really well with words. Once the panel has been sponged with colour buff with a piece of kitchen paper to remove any excess ink. I have also stamped and embossed a sentiment into the corner using Onyx Black Versafine and clear embossing powder.

hobby 04 The background card has been dry embossed using a Dotty Embossing folder and then mounted onto a white card base. The pictures make it all look a rather dark blue, where in fact it is all a rather subtle pink and purple.

Let’s hope that my next post will be on time, or I may find myself sacked lol.

Off to make a couple more samples for Jenny’s next TV appearance. More lovely new stamps to play with, how lucky am I?

Hugs and happy stamping


Happy Birthday Mum

Evening Everyone
It’s my turn on the blog again, although I must confess that it is much later than originally intended.
Today is my wonderful Mum’s 84th Birthday so here is a card for her, made of course with some fabulous Hobby Art stamps.
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The Vase of Flowers has been stamped and embossed on to watercolour card and then coloured using what I refer to as the ‘Wet Watercolour Technique’
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Make the cardstock very wet and then ‘drop’ ink onto it using a fairly large brush. You can be as random or presise with your colour placement as you like, but because the cardstock is wet the colours tend to bleed into one another.
The card can be left to dry, or if you are like me and are impatient, then you can dry it with a heat tool before die cutting a shape from it.
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The sentiment down the right hand side is one of my all time favourite Hobby Art stamps and is permanently on my craft table.
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I added some Glossy Accents to the vase which has been painted with more dye based inks once the ‘wet’ panel has dried.
I’m going to have to rely on Becki to add all the stamp codes and links for me or this will be yet another day in the posting lol.
Until next time.
Hugs Kimx

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

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