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Dovecote and Cross Card Tutorial by Elaine


Today  I would like to share with you a card I made using the Dovecote stamp set.

  • white card
  • Hobby Art watercolour card
  • Coloured card
  • Dovecote stamp set
  • Versafine Ink Pad
  • acrylic paint
  • Funky Foliage Stencil
  • Driftwood Stencil
  • Brayer
  • Distress inks for colouring and inking
  • scissors
  • cross template
  • Media gel plate oval
  • Corner punch
  • 3D Foam Tape

Firstly I cut out the cross from white card I have a template for the cross, you can save and use.

Cross Template PDF


I Inked the  smallest cross with scattered straw distress ink,then using the driftwood stencil over the top I added frayed burlap through the stencil.
















Then using the larger cross I inked it with walnut stain, then layered the two together. then i set the cross aside









I next cut a piece of white card  4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

For the next step we need the Media gel plate , the card, acrylic paint, brayer and the foliage stencil also a damp cloth or baby wipe. remember we need to work quickly as the acrylic paint starts to dry fast on the plate.

Add a drop of paint to the media plate I chose a soft blue but you can use any colour you like. Using the brayer roll over the paint and spread it out over the media plate, next add the foliage stencil over the plate and wipe away the paint through the stencil. remove the stencil the press down your cut card on top of the gel plate to transfer  your image.























We now have the background to the card.

Next is to stamp out the Dove images from the Dovecote set onto Hobby Arts watercolour card  with the versafine ink. I then used distress inks to colour in my images. using scissors I cut them out.

















I chose a coloured card stock similar to the colour of the acrylic paint I used. I cut it slightly larger than the background card, using my corner punch i rounded off all the corners and layered them up and using some 3D foam tape I positioned the cross.










I stamped a sentiment onto some white card inked around the edges then added it to the card using 3D foam tape. I used the lovely words from Hobby Art’s  Irises  Stamp Set. Then positioned and added the doves and dovecote and finally I glued the card onto a card blank.

I hoped this inspires you



YouTube Demos

So those YouTube demos we have been talking about for years…

Guess what?!

They have finally arrived!


Sailing Card (Part 1)

Sailing Card (Part 2)

Swallow Barn

(HOCHANDA 24/05/20)

Sheep Frame

(HOCHANDA 24/05/20)

Floral Wishes

(HOCHANDA 24/05/20)

Sheep Scene-it 

(HOCHANDA 24/05/20)

Swallow Barn

(HOCHANDA 24/05/20)

Dovecote Tutorial – demo 4

(HOCHANDA 29/04/20)

Summer Florals Tutorial – demo 3

(HOCHANDA 29/04/20)

Dovecote Tutorial – demo 2 (part 1 of 2)

(HOCHANDA 29/04/20)

Dovecote Tutorial – demo 2 (part 2 of 2)

(HOCHANDA 29/04/20)

Summer Florals Tutorial – demo 1

(HOCHANDA 29/04/20)

Quackers Tutorial

British Wildlife Tutorial

Jean’s Flowers Tutorial

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Vintage Style Easter card Tutorial

Hello , Elaine here, I hope everyone is staying safe and well in these uncertain times.

I was looking through  some of my older Hobby art sets and was inspired to do a vintage style Easter Card project for you all.


  • Kraft Card
  • Coloured Card for Mats
  • circle Dies
  • Coloured Pencils
  • 3D Foam Tape
  • Craft Knife/ Scissors
  • Stamps

I cut a piece of Kraft Card  17x 11 cm’s . Using the Hare stamp from the  March  Hares  Stamp set I stamped onto the  centre of the card using  Memento – Rich Cocoa Ink Pad.

I next selected 2 circle dies to cut out a frame of Kraft card that fit on top of the hare. I used my Marianne basics dies and selected the 2 largest dies.

Next I cut a smaller piece of Kraft card and using the same ink I stamped some Daffodils into 2 bunches from the  Spring Scenes stamp set. I then fussy cut the daffodils using scissors.

You should now have stamped Hair Stamped and cut out daffodils and a die cut circle.

Now its time to colour, I used my Prismacolours, the shades are used are shown in the photograph.

Once the Images are coloured its time to assemble the card. using a craft knife I carefully cut around the top of the Hares ears . I placed the hare onto a foam mad and using my embossing tool I carefully shaped the ears to give them some dimension. I used some Walnut stain distress ink to edge around the frame. I added some 3d foam to the back of it and carefully placed it over the Hare and behind his ears.

The next step is adding some 3d foam tape to the back of the daffodils, I lined them up to the bottom of the card and positioned them over the top of the frame.

Next I stamped the “Happy Easter” from the Spring has Sprung  stamp set onto a die cut banner that was edge inked and placed it above the hare.

Final step is to mat onto some coloured card I chose a soft vintage yellow and again I inked around the edges of the kraft and yellow card and placed it onto a card blank.

Crafty Hugs

Elaine x







Happy Christmas Robins

Hi All,

Sally has made a  card/tutorial using Snowman & Friends for you…

Happy Christmas Robins

Products Used

Hobby Art ‘Snowman & Friends’ stamp set (CS173D)           Heat Resistant Acetate

Hobby Art ‘Snowflakes’ stamp set (CS105D)                         Heat Tool

Hobby Art Mask-It Sheet                                                        White Posca Marker

Marianne Design Craftable Heart Die Set                             London Fog Memento Ink

Hobby Art Watercolour Card                                                 White Pearls

Stampendous Stardust Embossing Powder                           Platinum Inca-Gold

Faded Jeans Distress Oxide                                                   Empty Spray Bottle

5 x 7 inch Kraft Card Base and Envelope                               Kuretake Gansai Tambi

Clear Versamark Ink                                                               Round Paintbrush


(1) Cut a piece of Watercolour card to 6 5/8 x 4 5/8 Inches. Also, stamp the image onto Mask-It and cut out.

(2) Stamp the image onto the watercolour card with ‘London Fog’ Memento Ink so that the start of the branch is touching the left-hand edge of the card. Mask off the image with the Mask and also use strips of the Mask-It to keep a border around the card.

(3) Mix a small amount of the Platinum Inca-Gold into the Empty Spray Bottle. Add water and mix well to create a shimmering spray. Apply some ‘Faded Jeans’ Distress Oxide to a non-porous surface and spray the Inca-Gold onto it.Then take the watercolour card and press it into the diluted down Oxide to create a background.

(4) When the background has dried stamp some of the snowflakes from the ‘Snowflakes’ stamp set randomly around the image. Then sprinkle over the Stardust Embossing powder and Heat set.

(5) Stamp the Happy Christmas sentiment with ‘London Fog’ Memento ink onto the background and add more of the Stardust Embossing powder. Also, heat set this.

(6) Die cut the snowflakes from the Marianne Designs Craftables Hearts Die collection from Heat Resistant Acetate. Then press the die cut snowflakes into the Versamark Ink. Cover with the Stardust Embossing powder and heat until the powder has turned clear.

(7) Apply one whole snowflake underneath the bottom left of the sentiment and then cut up another two and add these around the edges of the image panel.

(8) Using 3D Foam attach the image panel to the front of the card and add white gems in various sizes to the middle of some of the snowflakes to finish.

This set will be on Monday 28th August’s Tv show on Hochanda.

Hope you like Sally’s Tutorial

Becki 😀 

Floral mix with white embossing

  Hi everyone Laura with you all today, hope you all watched the fab shows with Jenny in June.

I thought I’d share a make with you, with my favourite of the new stamps Floral mix,

To start with I made a 6×6 card blank and cut a layer of blue card stock to mat onto the card base.

I then used one of my Tim Holtz stencils and added the pattern with texture paste.

Stamp each flower out twice with versa ink pad and heat emboss with white embossing powder, when colour in using your preferred alcohol ink pens.

Place the flowers layered up around a circle die cut with the sentiment stamped on it to finish,

hope you enjoyed todays card

Laura x x

The one everyone’s been asking for!

Hi All

We have had quite a few requests for this card since it appeared on Hochanda on Friday. Sally has kindly written up the project for everyone to share…

Project By Sally Dodger.

Poppy Card
Products Used
Hobby Art ‘Floral Mix’ stamp set (CS172D), Acrylic blocks‘Floral Mix’ stamp set (CS172D), Acrylic blocks

Hobby Art ‘Friends Sentiments’ stamp set (CSO43D)

Washi Tape or Low Tack Tape, A4 Watercolour Card

Pebeo Drawing Gum, London Fog Memento

Ink White Uni Posca Marker

6″ Square Kraft Base Card And Envelope

Old Paintbrush 1″ Flatwash Paint, Brush 08 Round Paint Brush

Cotman Watercolours in the following colours (Cadmium Red, Hookers Green, Yellow Ochre and Prussian Blue)

(1) Cut a piece of watercolour card to 5 1/2 inches and add Washi tape, or low tack tape, around the edges to preserve the white border.
(2) Stamp the Poppy image from the stamp set, using ‘London Fog’ Memento Ink, on the bottom left of the card. Then use the Pebeo Drawing Gum and the Old Paintbrush to mask off the Poppy image.
(3) Stamp the Poppy image twice again altering the angle slightly and repeat the masking process.
(4) Stamp the fern image where needed to create depth. No need to mask the ferns as they will be painted darker than the background. Add some splatters of the Drawing Gum around the Poppies.
(5) Wet the entire piece of watercolour card with clear water and add a light wash of Yellow Ochre across the whole piece. Then add light touches of Hookers Green and Cadmium Red to the bottom left of the still wet background. Let the colours merge into one another and then dry.
(6) Create a mix of the Hookers Green paint and a small amount of Cadmium Red and use this to paint the ferns. When the ferns have dried, add some Prussian Blue to the mix and use this to darken the areas between the Poppies and at the very bottom of the piece.
(7) When all the paint has dried carefully rub away all of the Drawing Gum. Then using a pale wash of Cadmium Red, paint the Poppies.
(8) Using the Cadmium Red wash, add a tiny amount of Prussian Blue paint to create a slightly darker mix and use this to add a layer of shading to the Poppies. After each layer has dried keep adding more of the Prussian blue paint to the mix and layer again until the desired result is achieved.
(9) Combining an amount of all of the paints, (slightly more Prussian Blue) will give a dark grey colour which can be used to paint the Poppy centres.
(10) Stamp the sentiment, with ‘London Fog’ Memento Ink, in the upper right corner. Then use the White Posca marker to add highlights to the Poppies.
(11) When everything has dried carefully remove the Washi tape to reveal the white border. The White Posca marker can be used to clean up the edges if needed.
(12) Attach the painted panel onto the card front with 3D foam to finish.
Daisy Card

Another card variation, using the same technique, by Sally Dodger. Using the ‘Floral Mix’ stamp set.

We will be getting some of these project sheets printed, we will let you know when they are available.

Right, Jenny and I are off to Telford tomorrow so that’s all for now folks.

Becki 😀


Winter Wishes

Hello Everyone,

My name is Franka and I’ve been a Hobby Art Design Team member for several years. Because I live in the Netherlands my English isn’t my best part, so normally I only design cards. But I heard that there where many questions about my cards, so I’ve made a blogpost for you to explain one of them. I have used a lot of photos because I hope they give you more information than my English text 🙂

Before we start here is a list with materials that you need:
– white card 10 x 15 cm
– brown cardstock
– sticky paper
– a stencil with an 8 cm circle
– some extra paper to tear a mountain
– Memento Ink: Rich Cacao and London Fog
– Versafine Ink: Vintage Sepia
– Versamark Ink
– WOW embossing powder: Opaque Bright White or any other white embossing powder
– Adirondack Ink: Caramel and Stonewash
– Hobby Art Stamp sets: Nature Trail and Christmas Post
– Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Ground Espresso,   Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen

Step 1:
Place the stencil with the circle over your card. Sponge the lower part of the circle with Distress Ink Antique Linen. Sponge the upper part with Distress Ink Tumbled Glass.


Step 2:
Tear some paper to use for the mountains. Sponge the mountains with Adirondack Caramel and don’t use too much ink. On the photo you see I used the mountain paper 3 times.
When you begin to sponge the mountains begin with the lowest one, then the central one and end with the highest one.


Step 3:
Take some sticky paper and cut a circle of 4 cm. This is your sun. Place this sun somewhere half behind your mountains. Sponge with Adirondack Stonewash around this sun. Beware of putting blue ink into your mountains. On the photo you see where you have to sponge.


Step 4:
At the end sponge some extra ink around the edges of the circle to create more depth. Sponge Distress Ink Vintage Photo for the lowest part and Adirondack Stonewash Ink for the upper part.


Now starts the stamping part. The Hobby Art stamp sets I’ve used are:

Nature Trail – CS138D
Nature Trail

Christmas Post – CS068D
Christmas Post

 Step 5:
Now you can remove your sticky paper sun. When you stamp the small pine tree you have to use the teared mountain paper again. I stamped the small pine tree with Memento London Fog. You start stamping with the most highest tree on the left site.


Step 6:
Then you stamp the small deer with Memento Rich Cocoa. Place her at the right site of your landscape and just stamp a part of her. Now it looks like she looks around the corner.
After that you stamp the large pine tree with Memento Rich Cocoa too. Stamp this tree in between the small pine trees and the small deer.


Step 7:
Now you can remove your torn paper for the next step. Stamp the small dove near the sun. I stamped it with Memento London Fog.
At the bottom of the circle I stamped some small ‘bushes’ with Adirondack Caramel. Use not only the first print, but also the second print too. This gives more depth in your landscape.


Step 8:
Now you can remove your circle stencil. Take the Post stamp of the Christmas Post stamp set and stamp it at the right upper corner of your circle. I stamped it with Memento Rich Cocoa.
On this photo you see how your landscape could look like, but feel free to play with other landscape designs.


Step 9:
Now you start with the colour section.
The small deer and the dove I coloured with Derwent colour Pencils. You have to colour it with pencils because it is stamped with Memento Ink. This is a water based ink and gives a reaction with Distress Ink, for example.


Step 10:
I stamped the birch trunk and the big deer on watercolor paper. I stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia so I can colour it in with Distress Ink or other water based Inks or Zig Markers. The colours I used for the birch and the big deer are: Distress Inks Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Ground Espresso, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo.

When you finish your coloring, give the birch and the deer their right position on your card. Now you can see where you have to stamp the sentiment Winter Wishes. I stamped this sentiment with Versafine Vintage Sepia.


Step 11:
The next step is to white emboss the snowflakes. You can emboss them randomly on your card, but always choose an odd number, for example  3 or 5 snowflakes. When you emboss these snowflakes you hardly see them. To make them more visible put a little Distress Ink around them. I used Distress Ink Weathered Wood. But be careful!!!! Use a very, very little ink.
At the end I drew some lines around the mountains with a silver pen. It looks like a thin layer of snow. And I draw some snowflakes with 3 small points close together.

When you´re happy with the results, you glue the birch and the big deer on your card. Mat your card on brown cardstock and you have a wonderful winter or Christmas card.


I hope you enjoy this step-by-step tutorial and we look forward to seeing your results.


Hi there lovely peeps

It’s been ages since I have blogged for Hobby Art . So sorry and yes I have missed you ….so much has happened at home it’s been a mad few months ….so back with you again now and I would love to share a few makes with you just showcasing a few of the older stamp sets …you know the ones you buy think ….that’ will come in useful then put away and forget about.

So I thought I would do a step by step guide if you like to how to use our wonderful Scene it stamps …the Beauty with these is you can pretty much use them with each other as they work if you interchange them .let me show you what I mean .

CS133D Country Gate

CS133D Country Gate COPYRIGHT

and CS138D Nature Trail


First I’m going to use a 7×7 square card  and Sprinkle Talcum powder over it then edge the card with masking tape NOT the permanent kind the temporary one ! otherwise you will tear your card!


You can use a tumble dryer sheet or a chalk bag to dust the card with Talc is just my own preference  ….


Ink and stamp you main image then I like to sprinkle clear embossing powder over the top and heat emboss ….that allows me to use any medium to colour without the ink bleeding.


I have then added a tree stamp and the deer from Nature trail ,  heat embosses those too and then added a post it circle over the house to create the sun ….I wanted a sunset …..


Making a cloud mask to do my clouds I use 5p’s, pound coins and an egg cup for the bigger circles.

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Placing the mask where I want the clouds to go…Lightly Blend either with a blending tool or brushes. Move the mask Blending the colour as you go.


You should end up with something like this .


Add different greens to finish and colour the houses and the deer …Finally I stamped the blackbirds.


A bit of matting


A squiggly line just because.   And add to your card stock ….sorted job done .


Next time I will try for a longer more panoramic view using different sets not just trees and animals

But for now Lovely Peeps crafty hugs xxx



Have a Hoot!

 Hello, Heidi here to share another blog project with you. 

I was a work colleague’s birthday recently and I know she adore’s owls, so I made this card for her using this gorgeous set of owls
and leaves.


 Products Used
 Hobby Art ‘Ornate Owls’ stamp set
 Wood Grain Embossing Folder
 Circle die
 Shaped Card Blank
 Brown and green card scraps
 White stamping card
 Memento ‘Rich Cocoa’ ink pad
 Memento Inkpad : Olive Grove
 Versafine Ink pad : Brown
 Promarker Pens
 Black fine line pen
 Glossy Accents
 Tools : Sharp scissors, Cosmic Shimmer Glue, Sticky pads
 Card Instructions
 (1) Start by die cutting a large circle from brown card and emboss using ‘wood grain’ folder.
 (2) Stamp up owl, leaves and sentiment onto white card, colour in using pens of choice.
 (3) Using small leaf shape, stamp up onto card blank using green brown inkpads.
 (4) Stick brown circle onto card shape centrally.
 (5) Matt sentiment onto a piece of green card and doodle around edge.
 (6) Stick sentiment down onto card.
 (7) Cut out owl shape and leaves.
 (8) Arrange around card as shown in photo.
 (9) Add glossy accents to eyes of owl and to selected leaves on card.
 I do hope you have enjoyed my card project today.
 Heidi xx

Colouring one Bird 4 ways!

Hi All, Becki here…

I hope everyone has had a great bank holiday weekend?!

This is a little colouring project I started at the Workshop on Saturday when I thought I’d start a blog post about the importance of a colour chart!

Most Companies will provide their own printed colour chart for the mediums they sell. This is a good start for reference but you can’t beat a hand coloured chart that you’ve filled in yourself. (It doesn’t matter what medium you have… Alcohol Markers, Water based products, Pencils etc…)

This way you can see exactly what you own and what the colours actually look like. Which makes it so much easier choosing what will work for your project.

I will include some blank colour charts at the end of this blog post.

Colour Chart

Loads of gaps on my colour chart but you can see what my most used tones are.

So whilst planning this post for the last week I thought I’d take my own advice as I haven’t used my pencils since I first got them. Why?!

Oh yeah because every time I picked up a pencil I was finding it was not the right colour. Seems basic and yet why hadn’t I done a hand colour chart. I finally did last week and ended up using my pencils over the weekend! Woohoo 😀


I sometimes chose a picture for reference if I’m ever unsure on colours of a bird or animal. I just think it makes life easier when you have a visual of how you want your colouring to look. 


I don’t think I have ever seen one of these little chaps (Coal Tit) the same with a Firecrest (also in the stamp set). I’ve talked to so many customers who have said they have seen them. I’m so Jealous! Realistically if these little guys live near you who needs the reference right?! I keep filling the bird feeder at home and Mr Robin is a firm reliable in the garden. So I normally start with colouring a Robin.

I am using CS118D Garden Birds Clear Stamp set designed by the very talented Sharon Bennett.

GARDEN BIRDS copyright


Ok since writing the above I feel like a bit of a muppet! I strolled downstairs and went outside to check how full the bird feeder was and low and behold  – a Coal tit. I couldn’t believe it! He flew away pretty quick.

So I can safely say I have seen all the above birds in my garden.

Bird 1

*Note this is just for reference so chose a colour, from your medium, which is a similar tone.

If using Alcohol Markers stamp using a Memento InkPad. I always start with the lightest colour which in this case was Warm Grey W0.

Using Water based products you will want to stamp using a Versafine InkPad.

Bird 2

I got a little bit carried away before I took the next picture but you get the idea….. build up the colour using similar darker tones.

Bird 3

By starting with the lighter colours it makes it easier to add darker tones, for shadows and texture for feathers, later. If you don’t like the blend you can always go over the darker ink with the lighter colour.

Bird 4

Use Warmer Earthy tones for the belly. I started with E41 and went in with E42 just for a bit of shadow at the top and bottom of his belly.

Bird 5

Again go in with a few Warm Grays on the belly. This just blends the overlap of colours better and adds some shadows and texture.

Bird 6

Finally go in with a White Pen. I sometimes think I overdo it a little with the white pen but I always think I will just add a stroke here and there and before you know it… my picture is covered.

So that is me finished Colouring one Fluffy Bird.

I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial.

This has got to be one of the longest posts I’ve written… If you made it this far ‘YAY’ and hope it helps!

Becki x 

A4 Colour Charts you may need…

Copic Blank Colour Chart 

Cleancolor Blank Colour Chart

Kurecolor Blank Colour Chart 

ProMarker Blank Colour Chart

Spectrum Aqua Blank Colour Chart – Floral

Spectrum Aqua Blank Colour Chart – Nature

Spectrum Aqua Blank Colour Chart – Primary

Spectrum Aqua Blank Colour Chart – Essentials

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker Blank Colour Chart




Nesting Card


Good morning,

Heidi here to share a little card with you using the gorgeous ‘Nesting‘ stamp set.

Lots of beautiful birds visit our garden every day and they leave with their beaks stuffed full of twigs and leaves for their nests.  I just love this little image, with little eggs and lots of lovely flowers.


My little card has been made using the following products :

Hobby Art ‘Nesting‘ stamp set, Fanciful Card Blank, Sizzix Lace Die, Large Circle Die, Small Scallop Die, Green & Yellow Card, Memento ‘Rich Cocoa’ ink pad, Promarker pens and Stickles ‘Mercury Glass’ glitter glue.  Sharp scissors and Cosmic Shimmer Glue.


I put my card together, as follows :

(1) Firstly, die cut a large circle from green card. A white scallop from white card and the lace die from a piece of yellow card. Put to one side.

(2) Onto scallop card, stamp up main image and colour in.

(3) On a strip of white card, stamp up leaf and flowers images using Rich Cocoa inkpad. Matt onto a piece of yellow card.

(4) Stamp out two leafs and three flower images, colour in and cut out.

(5) Stamp up a sentiment of choice, matt onto green card.

(6) Stick elements down onto card blank, edging all with ink pad.

(7) Add leaves and flowers to edges of main image and also add small flower image to sentiment corner.

(8) Add Stickles to flower centres, leave to dry.

Many thanks for stopping by the Hobby Art blog today, I hope I have inspired you to get stamping and colouring today.

Heidi xxx

Country Ramble Tunnel Card

Hello, Heidi here to share a blog project with you.

It has been a while since I have posted a project on the Hobby Art blog.  Am so thrilled to be back on the Design Team and get to play with all of the beautiful stamps. Thank you for all of the lovely comments that have been left for me, I was really touched!


When these beauties dropped through my letterbox, I just had to get inking them up and get colouring.  Country Ramble is such a versatile set.  I especially love the rambling rose that comes in the set, I have coloured in using the glorious Wink of Stella pens.


Here is a list of products used and some instructions.

CS123D Country Ramble Stamp Set and CS067D Inspirations Stamp set


White Card blank, Embossing folder, Peeled Paint and Spun Sugar inkpads

Wink of Stella Pens : Blue, Pink, Green, Yellow, Brown and Clear

Die-namics Wonky Edge Square Die set and Gold Stickles Glitter glue.


(1) Die-cut a square from the front of the card blank.

(2) Onto square piece of die-cut card, stamp up main image, colour in.

(3) Onto white stamping card, stamp up four rambling rose images, colour in and cut out.

(4) Using embossing folder and die cutting machine, emboss front of card blank.

(5) Ink around front and inside of card using inkpads.

(6) Stamp sentiment to front of card.

(7) Stick down elements onto card as shown.

(8) Lastly, add some Stickles to the centre of the roses, leave to dry.

That’s my blog project for today, I do hope you have enjoyed it.

Thanks for popping by the blog today,

Heidi xxx

Highland Cattle

Hello everyone,

Elaine here with my very first Hobby Art Blog Post using the lovely new February  stamp set Highland Cattle.


I started by taking a 5×7 card blank and a 5×7 piece of patterned paper and  I used an oval die to cut out an aperture from both.


I then used the larger thistle stamp to stamp on to the frame using black memento ink.


I cut out a piece of stamping card to fit into the inside of the card a little smaller than 5×7,

Then I stamped out the cattle images to build up a scene also using memento black ink  and popped it under my aperture to check how it looked.


Now to colour in the stamped images.  I started with the background first and using my promarkers  I started at the sky and worked down to the grasses at the front.

Then I coloured in the cattle added a matt and glued it into the inside of the card


COW 10

I stamped out a couple of the Thistles onto some stamping card and coloured them in along with the thistles on the front aperture. I cut out a couple of flags from the patterned paper and inked around the edges with some dusky concorde distress ink.


I also inked around the aperture then glued it onto the front of the card, I then fixed the flags to each side at the top of the card and using some 3d glue gel I added the thistle heads, and here we have the finished card.


Vintage Heart

Hi all,

It feels like ages since I’ve done a little tutorial/project.

Monthly Special JAN 2016

I absolutely love the Vintage Flowers and have been waiting months and months for this to be released. When I got in from work the other night I really had a ‘bee in my bonnet’ and knew I wanted to do something creative. This is what I came up with …

Heart Finished

I was amazed how quick and easy this was to make. I got in the zone straight away and the thing that took the longest was the paint drying between layers.

Here’s the Breakdown…


1. Paint the heart with White Gesso. I’m constantly trying to find quicker and easier ways to do things so I actually used my Distress Tool and a clean Sponge circle and dabbed the gesso on. Gives a quicker application and a slight texture. As long as you don’t mind your tool possibly getting grubby! Wait to dry and do both sides.

Distress Paint

2. Once the white Gesso is dry apply Tim Holtz Distress Paint (Pumice Stone) I dab at the top just once so hardly any comes out and then drag the dauber down to get a streaky effect. This helps give a grain effect. Repeat until the whole heart is covered and you are happy with the result. Leave to dry and then paint the other side.

Dry Brush White

3. Now this is where you want to dry brush some white gesso, sparingly, over the pumice stone paint. Use a dry brush and minimal amount of gesso and I do mean minimal!

eg: Put gesso on your paintbrush and then wipe most of it off on a scrap piece of paper then starting at the top just brush up and down lightly. This just makes it look like grey ash wood (or that’s what I tell Myself)

Painted Heart

This will dry in no time at all, as you have applied very little paint!


4. Stamp Your wording on one side with Vintage Sepia. Put the heart to one side while you work on the flower. 


5. Stamp Flower onto cardstock using Desert Sand memento. This is a perfect shade for the no lines technique!

(if you don’t want to use alcohol markers use the inkpad that applies to your medium of choice)

Now using the wooden heart draw around where you want the flower on your heart (that’s why mines at a funny angle) This way you only colour the part you want to use.

Colours Used

These are the colours I used from my copics BG45 Nile Blue, BG57 Jasper and BG09 Blue Green. If you have other brands ( Promarkers, Kurecolor etc..) Look at your hand coloured, colouring chart for reference to choose similar tones.


6. I used the lightest shade first BG45. Colour a petal at a time until you get used to the technique. When you are braver then you can take on a larger area if you want to!


7. Medium Shade next BG57. Using the brush end lightly flick/sweep up the flower so the pressure on the brush is going from heavy to light.


8. Finally the darker shade BG09 around the outline/edges and the line detail on the petals. Repeat this until all petals are coloured within the heart pencil line.

Finished Colouring

9. Cut out the flower within the heart and adhere to wooden heart. I used Pinflair glue and curled the cardstock lightly to add a little bit of shape. Thread some twine.

Heart Finished

Job Done!

Items I used are listed below.


White Gesso

TDD38573 (1)

Pumice Stone Distress Paint


8cm Wooden Hearts


Desert Sand Memento

I hope you enjoyed this little project

Happy stamping!

x Becki x 


some more vintage flowers

Hi everyone it’s Laura here today, hope you are all keeping well. I couldn’t resist another play with the monthly special set Vintage Flowers, Its just sooo pretty.


For this card I started with a 6×6 card blank and cut a sheet of white stamping card down to fit onto the card leaving a thin black border around edge.

I’ve then continually stamped the flower stamp all over the piece of stamping card using black versa fine ink pad.

Then stamp your distress ink pad on to your glass mat and add a little water to them, so they can be used to water colour. The colours I’ve used are barn door, spiced marmalade and mustard seed.

Once all the flowers are coloured I then coloured the petals and stems in the same way using bundled sage.

I then distressed and edges with a distressing tool and added some spiced marmalade and barn door to the edges to add some colour to the edges.

Then I cut a thin strip of stamping card and stamped the sentiment onto it, then I’ve distressed the edges and added colour in the same way, then matted that to some black card stock and placed it down with two brads.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed todays post, see you soon

Laura x x

Poppy Fold Card

Poppy Fold Card


Hello, Heidi here again to share another blog project with you.  I have made my card using the glorious new October Monthly Special stamp set ‘Poppy Heads‘.


It is such a useful set, and I love how the flowers can be stamped, cut out and built up to look like the real thing. 

I really love the background stamp and I have stamped the poppies onto vellum and have coloured the images in using ‘Wink of Stella’ pens.

Card Products :

‘Poppy Heads’ stamp set (CS114D)

‘Friends’ Sentiment set (CS043D)

Black and Red Bazzill Card


White stamping cardstock

Versafine Inkpad – Onyx Black

Wink of Stella Pens – Green and Red

Black Embossing Powder

Heat gun, sharp scissors and Cosmic Shimmer glue

Trimmer and Scoring board


Here is how I made my card : 

(1) Stamp up two of each poppies onto vellum.

(2) Cover with embossing power and heat with a heat gun.

(3) When fully dry, colour in with Red ‘Wink of Stella’ glitter pens.

(4) Cut out poppies and put to one side.

(5) Cut an oblong of red card to measure : 14.5cms x 28.5cms, score in half

(6) Cut a piece of black card : 14cms x 28cms, again score in half and stick to red piece.

(7) Cut a piece of white card to measure : 27cms x 13cms.

(8) Stamp the ‘Poppy’ writing stamp all over the white card.

(9) On a trimmer, 2cms in from right side. Cut down starting at 3.5cms, stopping at 23.5cms.

(10) Turn around and do the same to other side.

(11) Using a score board, score at top first, 8.5cms, then centre at 13.5cms (all way down card). Then 18.5cms at top only again.

(12) Moving to the centre pieces, score at 3.5 (lining up top and bottom) and then again at 5.5cms.

(13) Turn card around and do the same to match the top of card on other side.

(14) Stick piece inside, one side at a time as shown carefully.

(15) Onto white stamping card, stamp up leaves, colour in with green ‘Wink’ and cut out.

(16) Cut two small red pieces to go inside onto folds.

(17) Stamp up a sentiment of choice, matt onto black card and stick down.

(18) Cut an oblong from black card and one from white. Stamp ‘Poppy’ writing over white pieces, stick together and onto front of card.

(19) Stamp up ‘To a Special Friend’, matt and stick to front.

(20) Stick flowers and leaves together and down onto front and inside of card.


I do hope you have enjoyed my project today, thank you for visiting the Hobby Art Blog.


Heidi xxx

Autumn Project

Hello, Heidi here to share an ‘Autumn’ themed project today.

I have been walking in our local park this week and have seen some wonderful wildlife and fabulously coloured trees.  So I just knew that I had to get out this gorgeous little set – Forest Friends, ink up and make a card!


Products Used :

CS090D Forest Friends

CS076D Alphabet – Typed

Kraft Card Blank

Green card

White stamping cardstock

Promarker Pens

Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad

Glossy Accents

Clear ‘Wink of Stella’

Bakers Twine

Pencil, Scissors, Sticky Pads and Cosmic Shimmer Glue

Card Instructions :

(1) Using the small ‘oak leaf’ from the ‘Forest Friends’ set, stamp image all over the edge of the kraft card blank.

(2) Cut a square of green card and stick down onto card blank, at an ankle as shown.

(3) Using a circle shape, draw round using pencil and stamp up oak leaves around the circle.

(4) Colour in using Promarker pens and cut out inside and around edge to make a ring.

(5) Stamp up eight ‘acorns’ and colour in, cut out individually.

(6) Onto a circle of white stamping card, stamp up tree, mushroom and squirrel images. Colour in and edge all white pieces with ink pad.

(7) Cut a square of white stamping card, stamp up two ‘acorns’ in each corner, colour in.

(8) Stick down circle centrally and place ‘oak leave ring’ over edge of circle.

(9) Attach acorns around ring and the other four around card as shown.

(10) Stamp up ‘AUTUMN’ using ‘Alphabet – Typed’, cut out.

(11) Stick all elements down onto card blank, attach letters to front of card.

(12) Add glossy accents to acorns and clear ‘Wink of Stella’ to leaves.

(13) Tie a bow around card using Baker’s Twine.

Heidi x

Bobin the Robin


I Have made a little card using my favourite ‘Berries & Birds’ set, they are so lovely!

We have a baby robin in our garden who comes everyday, its so cute with half a red breast and lots of fluffy feathers.

We have called him ‘Bobin’.  I have used ‘Wink’ on the berries and Promarker’s for the rest of the colouring in.


Berries & Bird’s card

Products Used :

Hobby Art ‘Berries & Bird’s’ stamp set (CS082D)
Small white card blank
Red card
White stamping card
Memento ‘Rich Cocoa’ ink pad
Promarker pens
Red ‘Wink of Stella’ pen
Circle punch
Cream pearl

Card Instructions :

(1) Stamp up one ‘robin’, several ‘holly and berries’ and one sentiment onto stamping card.
(2) Colour in all images and cut out, leaving a small white edge around edges.
(3) Edge card blank with inkpad, cut a red square of card, stick to card front.
(4) Cut a white square, again edge with ink and stamp ‘holly and berries’ image all over randomly.
(5) Punch two edges from card square.
(6) Ink around and matt sentiment onto red card and stick to card front.
(7) Arrange ‘holly & berries’ images around sentiment, stick down.
(8) Add sticky pads to back of robin image and place sitting on branch.
(9) Add red ‘Wink of Stella’ to berries, leave to dry.
(6) Add small pearl to top of sentiment.

Heidi x

Snowflakes with acetate

Hi everyone wow what a busy show it was last month and yes I have been that behind in doing my posts, Oops! Anyway I just loved all the stamp sets in the show I really couldn’t stop playing with them so I thought I’d do a few posts for you all with my makes.

To start with I think we will look at the Winter Snowflake set I think this is such a versatile stamp set that is used over and over on its own or to make snowy backgrounds.


To start with I used some heat resistant acetate and stamped out 3 of the snowflakes with a veramark ink pad and heat embossed with a white embossing powder.

Cut a card blank to 6×5, cut a piece of silver mirror card to fit in to the card blank leaving a thin boarder and the same again with a piece of white card onto the mirror card.

 On the white card cut to fit onto the mirror card using two of the smallest size snowflakes randomly stamp them all over the card using a metallic silver brilliance ink pad.

Stamp the sentiment from the Merry little Christmas again with versamark and heat emboss with silver embossing powder.

Cut the sentiment into a banner shape and stick to silver mirror card and cut out the mirror card leaving a thin boarder.

Finally add the small snowflake to the top right-hand side and with the larger two, place a brad through the middle to keep the together and bend them slightly to give them some shape, glue next to the sentiment.

Laura x 

Sunflower Tutorial


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Sunflower Card
Products Used :
CS064D Sunflowers stamp set
CS026D Sentiments stamp set
Card blank
Green Card
White stamping cardstock
Rich Cocoa Memento Inkpad
Promarker Pens
Circle die shapes in two sizes
Sharp scissors, Trimmer and Cosmic Shimmer Glue
Insert Sunflower and Sentiment stamp images please Emoji
Card Instructions :
(1) Stamp up large ‘Sunflower’ image and stamp around the card blank, leave to dry.
(2) Die cut one large circle from green card and one smaller from white stamping card.
(3) Stamp up seven sunflower images, colour in and cut out using sharp scissors.
(4) Stamp up background image and fences, onto white circle, colour in.
(5) Place sunflowers around circle as shown, stick down with sticky pads and glue.
(6) Stamp up sentiment onto a piece of white card, edge with sunflower stamp.
(7) Matt sentiment onto a piece of green card, stick each side down, raising centre.
Heidi xx

Nordic Card Tutorial

Hi All…

Seems a bit crazy doing Christmas in July in the middle of a heatwave but I must admit I definitely have the Christmas Bug!

I’m going to show you one of my favourite embossing folders that I used on the Christmas Workshop late last year!


CSS013 Peter the Polar Bear

How to Make the Card –


1. Cut the coloured card (Kraft-core core’dinations No:14) to the size of your standard size card. (mine is 13.5cm x 13.5cm) and emboss the cardstock with the Tim Holtz Holiday Knit Embossing Folder.


2. Here comes the messy part… Use a little White Gesso and I cannot emphasize this enough (Make sure there is next to nothing on your roller) keep rolling on mat until it is really thin layer. As you can always add more but you cannot take it away when there is a thick splodge on your work.


3. See what I mean! Roll thinly over your cardstock I know it looks faint now but trust me once you have the hang of it… just keep going over and over and it will soon get to the effect you desire. The Gesso automatically goes on the raised surface of the embossed card as the rest is dipped down slightly.


4. I am still in love with this technique! Granted it may not be for everyone (as it can be a little messy) but Tim has got a Holiday Knit stencil which will give a similar technique just not raised unless you use texture paste through the stencil or heavy body acrylic paint. Put background to one side to dry (gesso does dry very quickly)


5. Stamp Peter the Polar Bear onto white cardstock. I’m using Copics for this project so it is copic friendly card and Memento inkpad for all alcohol based markers (Promarkers, copics etc) If you want to use water based pens or watercolour please use a Versafine inkpad instead.


6. I’ve die cut the cardstock using a Spellbinders square die (9cm x 9cm approx).


7. Ok I don’t usually show how I colour things as I think everyone has their own way of doing it. But I do sometimes get asked what colours I use so I’m showing you for this one. I used B00 for the Sky.


8. I’ve realised a lot of us find big areas of white scary! I love colouring but white has always scared me… a Polar Bears white! why do anything right?! Or what can I do other than add glitter?! I really Love Warm Grey tones. You can use light blues or cool greys also but you will get a colder effect to your image. I started with W0 hopefully you can see where I have coloured.

Start with a larger area for the lightest colour we will gradually darken down to a smaller area.

Ok I’m going to fast forward a bit with just images so you can see what I’m doing…

using W1-W7 add your shadowing gradually making the area smaller and smaller the darker the pen you use.






onto the reds…


9. I Coloured the whole hat with R27


10. Then went in with R29 along the edges and in to the R27 just to shadow the outside and give the hat some dimension.


11. Finishing off with R59 using a little of this just as extra depth to the lines in the hat and some edges.


12. I have used YG95 Pale Olive for the Holly. by all means use prettier greens if you wish.


13. Finally going back to W0 & W1 for a little shadowing to the bobble at the top of his hat.


14. In the original card I did I stamped using a grey inkpad (so I cold see where I needed to apply ink) and then covered with Copic Opaque white ink as I didn’t have a white Stazon…can you believe it!!! I do now and this makes life so much easier it is a slightly softer look. So use whichever one you prefer.

(please do NOT use a stazon cleaner on your clear stamps) wash with water or a wipe. I have noticed the more ink on your stamps the easier it is to get your nails on it through the wipe and remove.


15. There are two large pieces of snow in the set for his nose if you wish to use them.


16. Add a little Crystal stickles to the snow beneath the polar bear and also snow on his hat.


17. Mount card on a darker colour I’ve used brown as I didn’t have a dark blue. Attach to Nordic Background and to folded card. Finally add a little white to the eye and nose for a highlight if required using a white pen. Add greeting if you desire.


18. One warm festive Polar Bear!

Here’s a few of the samples from last year…


If you use Kraft Core core’dinations sanding the raised embossed image gives a gorgeous rustic effect too.

Happy Stamping 

Becki 😀 

Items you will need:


SZ660043 – Tim holtz x2 pack of Holiday Knit Embossing Folders

CSS013 Peter the Polar Bear

CSS013 Peter the Polar Bear


ME-900 – Tuxedo Black Memento


SZ-110 Cotton White Stazon

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INK25207 Inkssentials White Pen

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MDM41672 White Gesso

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STK-CRY – Crystal Stickles

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.



Build a Tree Card!

Hi Everyone 😀

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

Build a tree

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!

BECKI                Becki - Leaves&Owls

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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Christmas Tags

Hi All,

Becki here again,

Just thought I’d share some tags I made for the Christmas Workshop just gone. I know I said I would put my tree card up… just thought I would get a bit festive first, with Christmas approaching fast!

Robin Tag

Reindeer Tag

I absolutely love these Nordic backgrounds and you can make them yourselves no need to buy printed Nordic papers ever again!

Big Shot Tag Die

1. Put your Tim Holtz Tag Die through a Big Shot or Cuttlebug. I Used a Red Kraft-Core No:4 Coredinations Cardstock.

Tag Die

2. So this is one of my most used dies and it’s thanks to Paula Pascual’s advice. I had the 25 and the deer dies by Tim hotz. Those are magnetic dies and so need a magnetic plate. However this die gives you the magnetic plate as well as being a tag die. Perfect!

Sanded Tag

3. Ok so this picture isn’t very good for showing the kraft core after I have lightly sanded the edges and made it look a bit rustic. But trust me it looks good.

Embossing Tag

4. Ok so I didn’t actually take a picture of the red card with the embossing folder (ooops)…  but you get the idea. Run the tag and embossing folder through your Big shot or cuttlebug.

Embossed Tag

5. Really love my little find of these folders they really are gorgeous designs. 

Sanded Embossed Tag

6. Sand across the embossed surface and the Kraft Core will really show through!

And there you have it one Rustic Background 🙂

Robin Tag

7. Then I just decorated using the Berries & Birds Stamp set and a 25 Die. As usual all cut out and coloured using Promarkers/copics and a bit of glossy accents on the berries for that little finishing touch.

I will show the reindeer one later in the week thought I’d spread the inspiration out rather than craft overload in one hit. 

Well that’s all from me for the moment hope you enjoyed it 🙂

What you will need

CS082D Berries & Birds COPYRIGHT




Glossy Accents

 Red Kraft Core Card & Sanding Block

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

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

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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

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 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


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

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




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


CS082D Berries & Birds COPYRIGHT





 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!

I’ve had a hoot this weekend!

Hi Everyone,

So I have been meaning to make this for quite sometime… This weekend I finally found some playtime and this was the finished result

Owl Heart

The original idea didn’t have the holly in and had leaves and branches in place instead. But I was feeling festive and I love the new Berries & Birds stamp set so the Holly in that was perfect.

Here’s the Step by Step…

Painted Heart

Firstly I painted the wooden heart using Distress Paint Frayed Burlap. Love the fact you don’t need a paint brush as it has a sponge applicator and you get a nice smooth finish. Apply one to two coats depending on the effect you want.  Paint both sides of the heart.
Wood Grain Heart
Once the Frayed Burlap is dry. Add your Woodgrain Stencil over the top. I’ve used Tim Holtz THS023 Woodgrain Stencil. I then used Gathered Twigs Distress Paint through the stencil. Sorry for the messy stencil I have been experimenting a lot recently using this and didn’t clean it up properly ( Tut Tut ) but good news it still works perfectly – just looks a mess! 
Wood Grain Heart Done
So one completed wood stain Heart. Now you need the decorations…
Stamped Owl & Holly
I used one of the Owls from CS066D Owls set. For this exercise I think I will call him Boris and two Holly branches from CS082D Berries & Birds. Colour these in however you would like, I used a mix of ProMarkers and Copics.
Then here comes the bit you either Love or Hate… The Cutting out. Most of you who will know me know I love cutting out, I just turn the telly on and sit there and cut out. 
You only need the owl and I used the two smaller hollies on the right hand side and layered them up and stuck them onto the wood using Pinflair Glue. I also added Glossy Accents to the Berries and the Owls eyes (Please make sure it’s all dry) Then add a bit of ribbon and you are done 😀
Owl Heart Close Up
So after I finished this my head was buzzing with what I wanted to do next… I’ve started my next project (coming soon)
Right that’s all for now I’m going to go and finish my other Project.
Thanks for reading!

Becki x

What you will need

AGTHS023 6.4cm, 8cm hole heart Pinflair Glue Owls WEB CS082D Berries & Birds COPYRIGHTTDD36371 TDD38542

Owls and Robins…

Hello there,

after some difficulties with the blog on Sunday I can now edit this post and show you directly what I have been up to

If you have watched Jenny on C & C last Friday you will have seen some of my cards as well and as I thought it might interest some people how I did a few things I took some pics while creating them.

Firstly I made this little number with Otto, the Owl. He can be found here.

I stamped and coloured the image plus a holly sprig from Berries and Birdsand coloured them with Copics. Then I looked for a paper that would give the impression of falling snow but when I couldn’t find anything I liked I decided to make my own.

I randomly placed some small round labels I had lying around (I use them to mark my Ciao pens with their numbers on the end of the caps). Then I used a sponge applicator to rub Memento in Paris Dusk all over the sheet.

When I was happy with the colour I peeled off the labels…

It then looked like this:

Not perfect, but I liked it and the card came out nice, I think.

Next I had promised some people to show how nice the ‘no-lines technique’ would look on the robins from the  Berries and Birds set, so I coloured this little fella and I LOVE him! Quite proud of how he turned out…

I wanted to put him on a card that would showcase him without distracting too much so I just stamped the little branch with berries under him and coloured (again in ‘no-lines) and used a die to trace a circle around to frame him.

I then used a craft knife to cut that circle out. Bit of a job between his tiny legs but I managed it.

I placed some coordinating coloured card (die cut this time!) around the cut out and finished the panel with some strips of the same card and pearls. Then I just popped the whole panel up on foam pads and stamped the sentiment through the circle onto the card blank. Voila!


There were a couple of other cards I made, that are quite simple and straight forward so no blurb about them from me… 😉




Hope you like them!!!



Christmas Bauble Decorations

Hello everyone,

this is Alex and today it is my turn to do a blog post here. I think you should know I’m a little rusty *hehe* as my last blog entry on my own blog was about 2 years ago… Oh dear! *lol*

But apart from the posting about it, I have been very busy crafting and have had the pleasure to play with Hobby Art Stamps for a while now. But enough waffling on, I have a little project I want to share with you today.

I have used CS081D Christmas Flourishes and CS080D Penguins, both from the Sharon Bennett Collection as well as the gorgeous wooden bauble shapes all of which can be ordered on the website.

I created my first bauble (the big round one) with the Penguins set.

Penguin with set


Here is a close up of the front and back…

Penguin bauble close upPenguin bauble back


I coloured the wooden shape with Silver Wink of Luna and set it aside to dry.

I then cut out 2 circles out of white smooth card and stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment on one of them and used an ink blending tool to rub light blue ink over the edges. I then added a few stamped stars around it. I used Wink of Luna as a stamping ink by just lightly brushing it over the stamp before putting it down on my paper. It gives a lovely silvery sheen to your stamping and is quite easy to apply.

On the second circle I stamped the penguin with santa hat with Memento black in the middle and used the two small tree stamps either side to create a little scene. I coloured the image with my markers and added a little Glossy Accents to his eyes and beak as well as the ground to make it shine. A nice spotty ribbon through the top makes it ready to go on the tree when the time comes 🙂

Drop bauble with set


Next I used the Flourishes set to create this vintage-inspired drop bauble.

Here is a close up of front and back again…

Drop bauble close upDrop bauble back


This time I traced the shape of the bauble onto my paper and hand cut it twice. I applied ink with an ink blending tool to the edges of one and all over the other one. Then the same ink was used to stamp the images from the set. The spotty line one I actually stamped twice. One of the great advantages of clear stamps is that you can bend them to your shape and stamp them to fit. Just hover the stamp on your acrylic block over your shape and adjust until you like the way it fits and stamp – voila!

I then used Wink of Stella fine in Gold to add detail on my images and placed gold coloured gems in the dots. Finally a lovely christmassy ribbon to finish it off.

Hope you liked my offering and maybe have a go yourself?!

By for now,


Vintage Book Card


Hello everyone Heidi here to share a blog project.  I have made a book card using the following glorious Hobby Art stamp sets.  We recently made one at the Tadworth Workshop and I was asked so many times for the instructions, so grab yourself a coffee and here we go.

I used the gorgeous stamp sets : Vintage – CS079D and Butterflies – CS077D

At the top of the page, is the front of my card. I just love how all of the elements from each stamp set go so well together and you can mix and match with others from the Hobby Art range.


Above is the inside cover of the book card and below is the frame part where I have added a little glass bottle and some cream lace.


Here are items I have used to make my card.

Six sheets of White A4 Cardstock, Tim Holtz – ‘Brushed Corduroy‘ Inkpad, Cream lace, Small glass bottle, cream pearls.  Strong double-sided tape, sticky pads and glossy accents.

Book Card Instructions :

(1) Using white A4 cards, cut a piece of card to measure : 28cms x 13cms. Score at 13cms and 15cms.

(2) Cut four pieces of card : 24cms x 12cms. Score at every 2cms until end.

(3) Cut three further pieces of white card into squares, measuring : 12cms x 12cms and two more : 9cms x 9cms.

(4) Stamp all of your images onto the relevant card pieces as shown in the photos.

(5) Concertina the four pieces of scored card and stick together, this makes your frame. Ensure stamped side is on top.

(6) Add lace in loop to top of card. Stick elements into your book, inking all edges.

(7) Add a piece of lace to inside of bottle, stick in using glossy accents and leave to dry overnight.

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