Wednesday, 16 April 2014

'Crafty Space' Competition




Inspired by Caz's Crafty Palace gaining its fifteen minutes of fame in the Daily Mail a few weeks back we have decided to launch our own competition to get you crafters out there to share your crafting space with us at Crafts U Love.

We'd like to see where you craft and we'd then like to share them on our Facebook page for a little competition. It doesn't matter if its a whole room, a table in the dining room, or a kitchen counter, we would love to see them all! We know you crafters are ingenious sorts and we can often work in a postage stamp sized space when we have to, equally if there are 10 tables to spread over we'll do that too!

To enter your crafty space into our competition, simply email your photo to us at customerservices@craftsulove.co.uk with the subject line 'Crafty Spaces'. On Monday 21st April we will create a folder on Facebook where your crafty space can be viewed and 'liked'. The TWO with the most likes on Monday 28th April at 10am will win a £25 voucher from Crafts U Love to spend on-line or in-store.

You've got just under a week left, so get snapping!




Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Spotlight Bird in Flowerpot Create & Take


So another week has passed already and things are really busy around the Crafts U Love shop, with lots of exciting new products coming into store. However we will have to save that for another post. Today is your chance to catch up on Friday's Create and Take, so lets push on with those all important details...

Products Needed:

Square White Card and Envelope
Taylored Expressions Shade Tree Sentiments Set
Bird in Flower Pot stamp set
Versafine Black Ink Pad
Watercolour pencils
Bazzil White Smoothie Cardstock
Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine- Claire paper
Memento Rose Red Dewdrop ink pad
Kaisercraft Hot Pink Rhinestones
White Tulle
Sponge Dauber
Nestabilities circle die.
Nestabilities scalloped circle die.

Instructions:

1. Start by cutting your pink paper 13x 13cm and stick to card base.

2. Next cut some white smoothie cardstock 9.5 x 11.5cm and stamp the bird in flowerpot using a versafine black ink pad.
Stick down to card base just off to the right.

3. Stamp the bird in flower pot again, then place the circle die over the area you want to spotlight ie the bird and then die cut.

4. Colour in the circled image with watercolour pencils, then die cut the scalloped circle in pink paper and stick together.

5. Place over your image and use foam dots.

6. Stamp your sentiment onto white cardstock then trim to size and ink around the edge with rose red inkpad using a sponge dauber.

7. Finish by tying a bow using white tulle and place your rhinestones on the flowers.


Just like before all products used to make the Create and Take can be found at the Crafts U Love website.

Create and Take takes place every Friday at Crafts U Love for just £3. There is no need to book your space just pop along between 10.30am and 1pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Hello Sunshine Create & Take


If you missed Friday's Create & Take then not to worry as we have included all the necessary products you will need and a step by step guide to how to make the card below. And remember you can mix up the colour and design by adding in a few of your own bits and pieces from your own crafty stash.

Products Needed:

5 x 7 white card and envelope
corrugated kraft card
Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine – sonny paper
Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine – dawn paper
Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine – stella paper
Vellum paper
Twinkle goosebump light blue
Light blue hemp cord
Penny Black Special Wishes clear stamp set
Taylored Expressions Bloomin stackets 2 die set
Versacolor Marigold ink pad
Archival Ink pad  Red Geranium
Sponge dauber
Character shaper
Embossing mat


Instructions:

1. Start by cutting your yellow cardstock 5cm x 16cm and snip the end for a fish tail effect.
(Top Tip – decide how far up you want your fish tail, then mark the centre point and snip!)

2. Do the same again to your blue cardstock using a piece of 3cm x14cm.

3. Curl the fish tails then stick to card base overlapping as above.

4. Next cut your corrugated card to 8 x 9cm.

5. Cut your white cardstock 7x7.5cm, ink around the edge using red geranium ink and stick to corrugated card, leaving a gap at bottom so you can tie your blue hemp cord.

6. Stick to card.

7. Next die cut the vellum with the smallest two dies, then using a sponge dauber ink using versacolor marigold ink pad.

8. Using scissors snip between petals making sure not to snip too deep!

9. Then shape your flowers using a character shaper tool in the centre.

10. Stamp sentiment in bottom right hand corner using marigold ink.

11. Stick to card and finish off by using a twinkle goosebump!

Remember all these products to make the Hello Sunshine card are available from Crafts U Love website.

Create and Take takes place every Friday at Crafts U Love for just £3. There is no need to book your space just pop along between 10.30am and 1pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!







Friday, 4 April 2014

Card made using the We R Memory Keepers Flower Punch Board


One of our customers Rosie shared with us her beautiful card that she made using the We R Memory Keepers Flower Punch board.  Rosie has shown us how these flowers work beautifully as a main focal point on a card.  Thank you Rosie for sharing your card.

If you would like to share with us your crafty makes that you have made using the products purchased from us please email them to customerservices@craftsulove.co.uk

Monday, 31 March 2014

Cake sales for Charity and Winners from the Spring event raffle

Thank you to all who came along to be inspired by our amazing team of demonstrators, and those that came along I do hope you sampled a cake or two, all cakes made by the members of staff at the shop and all proceeds going to St Catherines Hospice.  And with all the munching we managed to raise £43 from cake sales and £84 raffle tickets sold.

And the winners from the raffle were Anna with Yellow Ticket Number 3 who won a £50 voucher from Crafts U Love. Ann with Green Ticket Number 3 who one a bundle of craft goodies and Barbara with Ticket Yellow 42 who won the second bundle of craft goodies.  Well done ladies!




Sunday, 30 March 2014

Spring Demo Event


Well this weekend has definitely seen the start of Spring, with the clocks moving forward and more importantly our Spring Demo Event. The weather was on our side on Saturday with beautiful sunshine - a perfect day to be inspired and learn some new crafting techniques!. For those of you who did manage to come by and see us, we hope you all had a fantastic day, enjoying all the demos and also all the cake in the Vintage Tea Room! If you weren't able to make the demo event then fear not as we have captured the day in photos and a brief recap as to what products and techniques were being demoed at the event. So read on........

First up...... Sue M

If vintage is your thing, you definitely would have not wanted to miss Sue M's demo, using Wendy Vecchi embossing pastes and Archival ink pads. Sue's examples show you how you can use these products beyond cardmaking and other paper projects and venture out into 3D home decor projects, such as decorating a lampshade, canvas board or hanging decoration. These embossing pastes work great on lots of different materials and the Archival ink pads hold their colour on many different textures.

Demonstrator No. 2 - Charry Wijers

The chalkboard theme is all the range at the moment and Charry put together some excellent examples with the new Penny Black Chalkboard Stamps, Zig Memory System Chalk Pens and Fancy Pants Chalkboard tape. These products are very versatile to use in cardmaking, scrapbooking, party decorations, even labels for drawers and cupboards at home. Charry's examples show how you can enhance the stamped images using a few extra colours to highlight around the chalk letters/image.

Demonstrator No. 3 - Stamping Caz

Looking to make a card thats a bit more special, something to stand out from the ordinary? Then take a look at these examples from Stamping Caz, using new Pop It Ups dies by Karen Burniston from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Create a lovely scene inside the card, building up different layers and colours and make it a card that a loved one will want to hold onto forever. Spring was definitely in the air at Caz's table with beautiful flower decorations which were made using the We R Memory Keepers Flower Punch Board and also the Flower Stem Kit. These will look great as a decoration around the home or at a table at a Spring party!

Demonstrator No. 4 - Karen Maccoy

Karen's table got everyone in the mood for Easter with her gorgeous Easter cards and decorations. The favourite example has got to be the mini bauble decoration with the little Easter scene inside, a perfect alternative to an Easter card and something that can come out year after year. Karen used a range of products on her examples including the new bunny die cuts from Poppystamps, new Memory Box stencils and die cuts and the new Tim Holtz Spritzer tool. This tool works amazing with stencils, creating a glorious air brush finish. 

Demonstrator No. 5 - Alex Kamann

'Stylish' and 'Chic' are the words for Alex's cards and tags using the new Prima Doll Stamps and die cuts. Perfect for creating cards for those fashionistas in our lives and using the Copic pens to colour these images can create some wonderful shading and detailed effects.

Demonstrator No. 6 - Kim Fee

Perfect for Spring, these new co-ordinating stamps and die cuts from Paper Smooches can be used to create beautiful cards for the season from Mother's Day to Easter and birthdays/ anniversaries in between. Use the die cuts to make some amazing box cards with flowers popping out from the middle and add an appropriate sentiment from the Penny Black Special Wishes stamp set. Kim also demoed some fantastic heat embossing techniques with these products.

Wow, so that sums up all the amazing demos from Saturday. So I hope you're feeling inspired and ready to craft this Spring. I will leave you with a photo from the Vintage Tea Room - showing you a glimpse into the cake delights that were available on the day with all proceeds from the cake sales going to St Catherine's Hospice.


Look forward to seeing you all soon, look out for upcoming dates for demo days and Birthday events. Stay updated with us on our Facebook and Pinterest page!