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NEC and TV show

Hi All Becki here…

I’m holding the fort at Hobby Art headquarters while the rest of the team are at the NEC Birmingham.


And it looks like they are having a good time! 

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I’m a little bit sad I’m not there but at the same time the bad lunches here have cheered me up ūüėÄ

Wednesday – Doughnuts and Thursday – Pizza hmmmm options, options today.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow as I will be heading to the NEC late afternoon staying the night and get to go shopping on the Sunday eeeeeek!

I have always worked the NEC shows so I’m really looking forward to having a wander and seeing it all from the other side and seeing what treasures I can find for my crafty stash!¬†

and of course I will be helping pack down at the end of the show lol.

Just thought I’d mention that Jenny’s next TV show is¬†


I’ve been playing with the new stamps over the last week and they are Gorgeous I’ve made 5 cards so far and I haven’t used them all yet! ¬†

There are 2 new clear stamp sets being launched as well as 2 Foam Mounted stamps.

Monthly Special

As you all know we have started “Monthly Specials” the Old Barn which was February’s Monthly Special will be on Create & Craft alongside the new Project Book by Jenny Mayes.¬†

Project Book

You can pick up your Monthly Specials at the beginning of every month for £8.99 which will include a free project sheet.

After that month the set will revert back to the RRP so it is worth getting them early.

March’s Monthly Special is “Flowers for Friends”

Flowers for friends MONTHLY

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! 

Becki ūüėĬ†

March Blog Challenge

The challenge for March is ‚ÄėScenes‚Äô we are known for our scene-it stamps and there are a lot of stamps/sets you can use for this challenge.¬†

So get in touch with nature and start building your scenes

Here’s a bit of inspiration…









Sally Dodger

The Winner will receive 3 Stamp sets of their choice

(new ones will be released at the end of March)

Prizes will vary Monthly.

Please send all your entries via

email: hobbyartstamps@hotmail.co.uk

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 March 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 ‚Äď ¬†it doesn‚Äôt 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: hobbyartstamps@hotmail.co.uk

February Blog Challenge Winner!

Once again a BIG Thank you to everyone who entered Hobby Art‚Äôs February blog Challenge ‚ÄúSpring‚ÄĚ. The entries are Gorgeous and there seems to be more coming in each month so we hope you are enjoying them.

The winner selected this month by the random generator is…¬†


The winner of the £30 gift voucher is Elaine Parker

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Congratulations Elaine!

I have set up a badges for the Blog Challenge so if you wish to post them on your blog feel free the coding is beneath each badge and I will put instructions at the bottom of the page and also on the badges page 



Please copy and paste this coding for the Winners badge ¬†–

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and thank you to everyone who entered…all entries are listed below


Viola Crossley

This Gorgeous card was entered by Viola Crossley.

Alison Brittain (2)

Alison Brittain (3)

Alison Brittain

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Alison Brittain.

Tracy Southam2

This Gorgeous card was entered by Tracy Southam.

Theresa Pace

This Gorgeous card was entered by Theresa Pace.

Doreen Sympson(2)

Doreen Sympson

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Doreen Sympson.

Sarah Kallender

This Gorgeous card was entered by Sarah Kallender.

Ruth Fletcher

Ruth Fletcher (2)

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Ruth Fletcher.

Elaine Parker

Elaine Parker 2

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Elaine Parker.

Pat Woodward

This Gorgeous card was entered by Pat Woodward.

Nikki Dressler

This Gorgeous card was entered by Nikki Dressler.

Isobel Hunter

This Gorgeous card was entered by Isobel Hunter.

Maria Malone Dickson

Maria Malone Dickson (2)

These Gorgeous projects were entered by Maria Malone-Dickson.

Janet Bloomfield

This Gorgeous card was entered by Janet Bloomfield.

Linda Walker

Linda Walker (3)

Linda Walker (2)

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Linda Walker.

Karen Paine (2)

Karen Paine (3)

Karen Paine

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Karen Paine.

Linda Brooke (3)

Linda Brooke (2)

These Gorgeous cards were entered by Linda Brooke.

Kay Foreman2

This Gorgeous card was entered by Kay Foreman.

Moira Walters

This Gorgeous card was entered by Moira Walters

Viola Crossley2

Viola Crossley3

This Gorgeous Tag and card was entered by Viola Crossley.

Sue Fitzpatrick

This Gorgeous card was entered by Sue Fitzpatrick.

Here is our Top 3 

Nikki Dressler

Linda Walker (3)

Viola Crossley3


Copy and paste this coding for the Top 3 Badge –

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High light the coding by going to the start of the coding click on the left button of your mouse and drag to the end. It should all be hightlighted right click on the mouse¬†“COPY”¬†now go to your blog.

Badges Instructions

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Spring Scenes….


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Morning all,

Are you looking forward to spring as much as I am?

I am not really a winter person at all and loathe the cold, so when Jenny sent me the gorgeous Spring Scenes ¬†Stamp set, this was right up my street! I did not have a great deal of time to play with it but was asked to combine it with stencils, so this is what I came up with……

Spring Scenes

The first card is using the lovely daffodils from the Spring Scenes stamp set, I love daffodils they are one of my favourite flowers because they bring so much colour to this time of the year.

I combined it with Birch Trees stencil from imagination Crafts which was on the Create and Craft Show that Jenny had this stamp on. I really love this stencil and I had an idea with the daffodils stamp from this set….It was sparked of by memories of when I used to go walking quite a bit and would walk through local woods in the spring and see the daffodils nodding their heads above the snowdrops……

The seed was sown so I got to work…….

I created the background first by using Frayed Burlap and Crushed Olive Distress Inks with a blending tool through the stencil, I then put clear embossing powder on top and heat set it to create a resist background. I cleaned my stencil, reversed it and then used Antique Linen Distress ink through to add another layer of threes in the background to add dimension, I repeated the first step and embossed these too……

Next I die cut a circle in a piece of card to make a sun mask and then placed it over the trees and then used Mustard Seed Distress Ink to create a sun behind the trees. I really loved using resist techniques to add depth and drama to a scene……

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With the background done I set about creating the foreground…..

Using several stamps from the set I stamped out a little scene on some white card to create a corner scene. I used Aqua markers and Distress inks to colour them. I cut a white border around the edge of them ¬†and then 3D’d them to the main image. With a little matting and layering and an added sentiment I was done!

For the next one I used the same principles but this time using Birdsong Scene Stencil from Imagination Crafts ( another stencil on the program ) , I used Scattered Straw and Mustard seed Distress ink for the background…….The message is from Hobby Art¬†Sunny Day Greeting Stamp set¬†which I stamped in Vintage Sepia Versafine ink…….

Sunny Day Greetings

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I created the foreground in the same way as the card above , just using daffodils this time and adding a little bit of sparkle to them…..

Well that is all from me for now, have a great weekend and look out for those daffodils popping there heads through the ground as Spring will soon be here…..

Hugs Lisa B xx

Build a Tree Card!

Hi Everyone ūüėÄ

So finally… here are the step by step instructions to the Tree Cards (this is for you Pauline).

Tree Trunk (A)

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So here is the original I made last year when the falling leaves set was first released. The tree trunk was stenciled using Tim Holtz Wood Grain Stencil with acrylic paint

So obviously my first thought was a pile of autumn leaves and my second was I want to build a tree!

So here’s my original card template that I got made into a stencil. So I can easily repeat that base again.

Tree Stencil


Here’s the more recent make with the Tree Stencil using the new Forest Friends alongside.

This one I used the Wood Grain embossing Folder on the tree trunk. So depending which tree trunk you prefer will determine the accessory you need for the project.

Tree Trunk (B)


So I’m going to explain both cards as the only thing that is really so different is the technique for the base and I will show the instruction break off by Tree Trunk A or B.

Step By Step

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1. You will need to draw around the Tree Trunk Stencil onto card ¬†I used Kraft Card as usually I have loads of it lying around and even though I’m using brown paint to colour you could just leave it the kraft card colour if you want to. ¬†( A+B )

Now I made this stencil to my standard size cards I use. However making the tree taller or wider would be easy just by drawing around the bits you want and then moving the stencil either way and making it taller or wider.

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2. Once drawn out just cut the Tree Trunk out (A+B)

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3. I used Frayed Burlap Distress Paint to colour my trunk (A+B)¬†but obviously if you have used kraft card you don’t have to. And just because I have used acrylic paints doesn’t mean you can’t use other mediums like Distress Ink Pads etc… Experiment and go with what you like most!

So now you have the base here is where I will show the two different techniques…

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Tree Trunk A – Use the tim holtz stencil and paint or sponge a darker brown acrylic paint through the stencil. Stencil all of the tree trunk.

if you prefer Tree Trunk B the next instructions are for you…

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¬†Tree Trunk B – use the wood grain embossing folder and run the tree trunk through your Big Shot, Cuttlebug etc… this will add the grain as well as adding texture to your card.

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¬†Once out of the embossing folder use minimal paint the less on the brayer/roller the better. Roll the dark brown acrylic paint over the tree bark and it will adhere to the raised parts of the embossed card. Less is more so even if it doesn’t cover completely you can go back over it with more paint (still sparingly/thinly coated)

Now you will have your finished Tree Trunk no matter which one you chose.

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 4. Now cut a Circle Die as the base to adhere the leaves to. The size is up to you obviously the bigger the circle the more leaves needed but you want it relatively in proportion. Glue the circle to your Tree Trunk. (A+B)

Tip – use a similar colour card as you intend to colour the leaves that way if there are any gaps between leaves it won’t stand out.

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5. Stamp the Oak leaf from the falling leaves set I used a Brown Memento but any brown ink pad will do . I normally stamp quite a lot so I have the leaves in bulk.

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7. Distress all the leaves with Forest Moss. Add the colour relatively lightly, as once cut out you can go in and darken the colour.

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8. Now cut the leaves out individually.

Tip – Don’t cut all the way to the edge. You don’t have to be precious about your cutting. I did with my first leaf but when you darken the edges down with the distress inkpad – Forest Moss it wont show the outside lines. (See next Picture)¬†

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9. Using your mini blending tool just work the distress inkpad – forest moss from the edge in. I find you get a really natural look if the edges are all darker and the middle is only the original distress you put on. (Image above only half coloured)

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10. No-one will ever know you didn’t cut them out right to the line. I curled my leaves round a pen just to get that natural dimension and movement . Then attached them using PinFlair Glue to my circle die attached to my Tree Trunk.¬†

The only thing I will say if any of the outside leaves show past the circle cut out, I did distress some on the back just to make the back look neat. But that’s just me.

Decorate the cards with critters…and job done!

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This one was just attached to a card.             This one had a Card stand supporting it.


Hope you have enjoyed the tutorial if there are any questions or something I have missed just leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Becki  x

What you will need

CS090D Forest Friends COPYRIGHT COLOUR Falling Leaves COPYRIGHT

Owls WEBTree Stencil


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Autumn canvas……

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Good Morning all,

How are we all today, keeping well and warm I hope?

It seems a long time since I have posted here and I hope everyone had a great Christmas……

My make today is a canvas that I made for Jenny at the end of last year for Create and Craft, however jenny forgot¬† to take it with her, bless her she has so much to remember to take…. I know the feeling!!

Anyway I thought that I would give you a good look at it today. I used the gorgeous Falling Leaves Stamp set¬†and Sunny Day¬†Greetings Stamp set……

Falling Leaves    Sunny Day Greetings

I really enjoyed getting inky and messy creating this, it made me feel like a child again when my mum used to let me loose with paints!!!

So let’s take a look…….

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I used acrylic paints on the canvas background…….

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A closer look at the detail…….

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I combined Distress inks on the leaves to get a real autumnal look and added a touch of embossing powder….

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Well I do hope you like my make today and hope that it has given you some inspiration…..

Until next time…

Hugs Lisa B xx

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:

Berries & Birds

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

Christmas Penguins….

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Morning all,

How are you all today? Did you have a wet Bank holiday too?

The weather is definitely changing and there is a nip in the air lately……summer never lasts long enough for me!¬†Well I ¬†know we haven’t gone through Autumn yet but I have been working on samples for Jenny for her next show on Create and Craft on 29th August at 10am and 2pm which is Christmas of course and although I cannot show you those samples at the moment, I took time out from them to make another card with the gorgeous Penquins Set¬†from the last show.


So here it is……..

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I started by creating a double mountain card by sticking two 6″ square cards together to create a 3 fold card and then folding the third side in half to create the lower mountain…..

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The background that i mat and layered is an Imagination Crafts Christmas background which I love as it is…..

I then used the lovely Penquin stamp set¬†to create my scene on a piece of white super smooth card. I used black versafine to stamp it and then embossed it with Wow clear sparkle embossing powder to add that extra ¬†Christmas sparkle……

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photo 5I coloured the main images with Pro- Markers and cut away the scene and matted it on black card before attaching to the front mountain on the card……

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I also added a couple of punched snowflakes and gems to the front…..

Well I hope that you like my little Penquins Inspiration and please leave me a comment …..

Remember if you need any more inspirations using Hobby Art stamps then you can pop over to our Pinterest boards by clicking HERE

See you soon

Hugs Lisa.B.x

Butterfly Box…..


Good morning all, how are we all today?

Well I know everyone has been playing with Christmas lately but I have one sample to show you that is not Christmas……

As you know by now I love the Hobby Art Butterflies stamp set and the other week I thought that I would have a play around with a pop up box card as everyone seemed to be doing them.

Butterflies  Script & Grasses Set

So this is what I came up with……

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I really enjoyed making this box using this set it was perfect for it. I also used the Script and Grasses stamp set¬†which worked really well with the butterflies……

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I stamped the images with Onyx Black Versafine ink and then embossed them with Wow clear sparkle powder. You can see the sparkle on the message…..

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I used a wash of Weathered Wood Distress ink to add some colour to the butterflies and used a blending tool to soften the edges of the box……

Well I hope that you have enjoyed my inspiration, next time will be Christmas projects to show you…..

Big hugs Lisa.B.x

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……..

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

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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

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