Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Create & Take: Thank you Flowers

Hi bloggers and Happy New Year! This is a review of our first Create & Take 2015 and we wanted to start off with something bright and flowery! Making use of a new Tonic Studios die, we decided to design a 'Thank you' card for the first week. So let's get started.....

Products Needed:

Square Cream Card Blank
Bazzill Basics Vintage Lace Cardstock - Vintage Lace
3D Foam Squares


1. Cut a piece of Vintage Lace cardstock 13cm x 13cm and adhere to the card blank.

2. Die cut the two smallest dies from the Thank You die set together from Berrylicious cardstock.

3. Die cut the middle die from the Thank You die set from French Vanilla cardstock.

4. Adhere both die cut pieces together using glossy accents. Adhere to the middle of the card using 3D foam squares.

5. Die cut three flowers using the Crafts Too flower dies from Berrylicious, Intense Kiwi and French Vanilla cardstock.

6. Adhere the flowers to the sentiment on the card, whilst changing the colour of the dots in the center of the flowers, so that each flower has a different colour center.

And that's all there is to it! The Thank You die from Tonic Studios is very versatile and could also be used as a gift tag on a present or as a gift tag tied around some flowers. The only limit is your imagination!

As usual all materials can be found at Crafts U Love

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas from Crafts U Love

Crafts U Love would like to thank you for your loyalty and custom over the past year.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, 22 December 2014

Create & Take: A Gift For You

Hi bloggers, so this is the last Create & Take review of 2014 and we would like to thank everyone who comes along to our weekly Create & Takes and also everyone at home that reads these posts. We would love to hear what you think of our Create & Takes and if you have made any from these online instructions. Maybe tell us your favourites - so don't hesitate to leave a comment.

For our final Create & Take we decided to make a Gift Card Wallet which could be used for any time of the year, not just Christmas. So let's get started....

Products Needed:

Bo Bunny Back to Basics Cardstock - Wild Berry Red Dot
Kaisercraft North Pole Cardstock - Candy Cane
Bazzill Basics Cardstock White Smoothie
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Notcher
Taylored Expressions Pockets & Pages 3 x 4 Circle Showcase Die Set
Spellbinders Labels Seventeen Die Set
Tonic Studios Circle Layering Die Set
Penny Black Clear Stamp Set - Joy Filled
Woodware Clear Stamp - Gift Ditty
Archival Ink Pad - Red Geranium
Cranberry Nailheads


1. Cut the Wild Berry dot cardstock 20cm x 20cm.

2. Follow the instructions on the envelope punch board to create your envelope.

3. Follow the instructions on the envelope notcher to punch the notches in your envelope.

4. Cut the Candy Cane cardstock 14.6cm x 2cm and adhere on the front of the envelope.

5. Die cut a label from the Spellbinders set out of Candy Cane cardstock and adhere inside the envelope. Make sure you only glue the outside edges and not the circle in the middle so that you can fit a gift card underneath it.

6. Stamp the circle border and sentiment from the Penny Black stamp set onto White Smoothie cardstock. Die cut round it with a circle from the Tonic Studios die set. Adhere on top of the circle from the previous die cut.

7. Finish by adding two nailheads either side of the sentiment on the front of the envelope.

Simply place your gift card in the gift card holder, fasten the envelope and it's ready to gift! We hope you're ready for Christmas and have made some wonderful creations this year.

Don't forget our Pinterest page for added inspiration for Christmas and the New Year!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Vintage Glass Bauble

Hi bloggers, almost the end of the week and with Christmas just around the corner we wanted to share with you a beautiful Christmas ornament that Sue M hosted a class on last week. This stunning bauble is made from a Melissa Frances glass globe ornament which has been filled with a mixture of die cut pieces (Marianne) and a tree from the Fancy Pants Mini Tree embellishments pack.

Unfortunately the Melissa Frances glass globes are now out of stock due to the popularity from the class but the die cuts to make the globe are available and Sue used a mixture of inks and paints to create the vintage effect on them.

Making decorations for Christmas is so much fun and what better way to appreciate your work than by hanging it on the tree for all to admire!

Make the most of your last crafty weekend before Christmas and we will be back on the blog on Monday with a review of tomorrow's Create & Take.

Last Create & Take of 2014:

This Friday is the last Create & Take of 2014 and we are celebrating with a fantastic project (as usual!) and some mince pies, nibbles and drinks. One not to be missed! So come and join in the festive fun.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Create & Take: A Winter's Scene

Today we will be sharing the final Christmas card Create & Take from last Friday's Christmas Jumper Day festive special. So here are all the products you need and the all important instructions.....

Products Needed:

Square White Card Blank
Bo Bunny Altitude Cardstock - Cozy
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - White Smoothie
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Sea Water
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Stonehenge
Penny Black Cling Stamp Set - Snowy Hamlet
Joy Crafts Gloves & Hat Die Set
Joy Crafts Winter Die Cut
Woodware Regular Snowflake Punch
Snowflake Die Cuts
Watercolour Pencils
Stickles Glitter Glue - Waterfall
Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Pumice Stone
Grey Pen
Glossy Accents


1. Cut the Cozy cardstock 13cm x 13cm and adhere to card blank.

2. Cut the Stonehenge cardstock 6.5cm x 9cm.

3. Cut the White Smoothie cardstock 6cm x 8.5cm. Stamp half of the Snowy Hamlet image onto the White Smoothie cardstock using Tuxedo Black ink. Colour the image using blue and grey watercolour pencils and add a bit of Pumice Stone distress ink around the edges. Adhere to the Stonehenge cardstock.

4. Die cut and emboss the gloves and hat die cuts from Sea Water cardstock. Colour the embossed areas on the die cuts with a grey pen.

5. Die cut the Winter die from Sea Water and White Smoothie cardstock. Layer the Sea Water cut out on top of the White cut out, leaving a slight border.

6. Punch out four snowflakes from White Smoothie cardstock. Die cut three snowflakes from White Smoothie cardstock.

7. Assemble all the elements on the card and adhere using glossy accents.

8. Finish by adding some Waterfall Stickles to the middle of the snowflakes.

Well we hope you have enjoyed and been inspired by our Christmas card Create & Takes. We have one last bit of Christmas inspiration to share with you this week from Sue M's last vintage class of the year and it is a stunner - not to be missed!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Jumper Day

Happy Monday bloggers! Only 10 days until Christnas, hopefully you're all getting ready for the biggest holiday season of the year! We certainly got in the Christmas spirit on Friday in celebration of Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children. All the girls at Crafts U Love made such a great effort as you can see in the photo above and all our customers looked fabulous in their Christmas attire.

Activities through the day included a festive Create & Take, bring and buy bake off, raffle and a Christmas Jumper sweepstake. Check out our wonderful bakes below......

If you happen to be popping along to the shop in the next few days we still have some gingerbread cookies left and they have been beautifully wrapped in Christmas themed cellophane bags for only £1.50. So don't forget to ask for one when you're in.

Our customers taking part in our festive Create & Take

Our Christmas Jumper Day sweepstake is still ongoing in the shop as we need to fill all the guess options before we reveal the jumper motif so if you are coming down to the shop make sure you take part. It's only £1 per guess and if you guess correctly you will win a £5 voucher for Crafts U Love!

All in all a wonderful day and our grand total so far that we have raised for Save the Children is £134, so a big thank you to everyone that took part and donated on the day.

Stay tuned on the blog tomorrow for a summary of the Create & Take with all the products you need and instructions to make it.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Charry's Winter Wonderland

Morning bloggers! Today we wanted to share with you Charry's two page winter wonderland layout, using the new Bo Bunny Altitude paper collection in beautiful shades of blue and purple.

This layout design really does create a winter wonderland with snowflakes falling and white trees creating a winter backdrop. With these sort of colours you would want to choose photos that incorporated white colours to pick up on the frosty elements in the design.

Hopefully this has given you a bit of scrapbooking inspiration for those winter photos that we might soon be taking if snow is forecasted on its way to the UK!


This Friday is Christmas Jumper Day and we would love for you to come in and join the fun! We will be hosting a festive Create & Take, a bring and buy bake-off, a snow sweepstake and raffle with some festive music and plenty of Christmas cheer. An event not to be missed and we want to see those Christmas jumpers worn with pride!