Thursday, 2 July 2015

Birthday Demo Day: The Demonstrations

Hi bloggers, today we want to share with you what our demonstrators will be demoing at the Shop's Birthday Event. With less than a month to go we are busy getting things ready for the big day and we are hoping lots of you will be able to join us this year!

We currently have 10 demonstrators confirmed for the day, with lots of different techniques to show you, so let's dip in and see who's doing what.....

Christine Emberson from Spellbinders

Christine is an international ambassador for Spellbinders and also a design team member with Scrapbook Adhesives for 3L.

Christine will be inspiring us with the new die cutting release from Spellbinders, providing you with some great tips and techniques.

Kim Dellow - freelance designer

Kim is a freelance designer who has had work published in numerous craft magazines and is currently a design team member for Practical Publishing and Craft Stamper.

Kim will be demonstrating the Project Life range but not in terms of scrapbooking but cardmaking! Kim will also be using the new Tim Holtz distress colours to make her cards pop with colour!

Paula Pascual - freelance designer

As a freelance designer, Paula has published articles in numerous magazines, published two books, worked as a creative designer for Sizzix releasing a range of die cuts as well as designing a range of stamps for Personal Impressions.

Paula will be providing some great inspiration for using the new dies from the latest Sizzix release with lots of die cutting tips and techniques.

Stamping Caz - Designer

Caz loves to craft and is currently a design team member for Karen Burniston's range of dies for Elizabeth Craft Design.

Caz will be going back to her stamping roots demonstrating the new ombre ink pads from Hero Arts using some new Hero Arts stamps as well.

Charry Wijers - Designer

Charry has long been a firm favourite demonstrator at Crafts U Love events and has been inspiring us with her beautiful cards and scrapbook layouts.

Charry will be demonstrating the new Crealies dies including the brilliant Create-A-Card range, lots of different card designs to inspire you to make something different!

Alex Kamann - Designer

Alex has also demonstrated and hosted many classes with us at Crafts U Love, with features in magazines and on numerous craft blogs.

Alex will be inspiring us with the new Christmas release from Memory Box to start getting us in the festive spirit early!

Karen Maccoy - Actress and designer

Karen has been crafting for many years alongside her years in the theatre/ commercial appearances. She has featured at many Crafts U Love demo events and runs numerous classes.

Karen will be demonstrating the Susan Tierney die collection with Elizabeth Craft Design. Be inspired by her intricate card designs using the beautiful flowers and country themed die cuts.

Sue Millard - Designer

Sue has been crafting for many years and absolutely loves anything vintage and distressed! Sue has featured at many Crafts U Love events and also teaches vintage classes at the shop.

Sue will be demonstrating the Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders, showing you how to make some beautiful backgrounds for cards and other projects, including an embossed glass jar!

Jo Wojcik - Designer

Jo brings her unique European design eye to her creations and introduced the Sospeso decoupage range to us at Crafts U Love. She loves to craft and has featured at numerous Crafts U Love demo events with regular classes at Crafts U Love.

Jo will be demonstrating the Tonic Studios shutter die cuts alongside her fabulous demonstration of the Sospeso decoupage range.

We will also be joined by a representative from Chameleon pens to demonstrate how to use these colour changing pens. You may have seen these pens featured on Create & Craft and we now have been lucky enough to finally get our hands on them. These pens will change the way you colour forever!

So the line up for the big day is looking great if we do say so ourselves. There is definitely something for everyone. Plus there will be lots of other activities on the day including the Charity Auction with some great lots up for grabs. Keep an eye out on Facebook for a few sneak peeks of what you could bid for......

If you have any questions about the event, demonstrations or how to get here, just send us at email at

Look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Jo's Dainty Tea Box

Hi bloggers, today we want to share with you Jo's Dainty Tea Box from her class a couple of weeks ago. Jo used her signature Sospeso flowers to decorate the top of the box, creating a cascade of flowers down the box. Jo's choice in papers (Bo Bunny Garden Journal collection) makes this box ideal to sit in your kitchen to store tea bags!

Jo used the Afternoon Tea Border from Joy! Crafts to wrap around the middle of the box.

If you're interested in booking on any classes with Jo or with our other class tutors please view our current class list here.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Create & Craft: Heartfelt Thanks

Happy Monday bloggers! Today we want to share with you our Create & Take from last Friday using some of the Sizzix Craft Asylum dies.

So let's get started......

Products Needed:

Thin Twine


1. Die cut the bird twice out of the Atlantic cardstock. Die cut the head from Sour Lemon and die cut the wing from Voyage cardstock. Colour the legs and beak of the bird with a dark brown pen. Adhere the head and wing in place and set the bird to one side.

2. Cut a piece of Chicks paper 5" x 5" and layer on one side of an unfolded square card blank. Use a low tack tape to hold the paper in place and using the square shape that comes in the Love Bird die set cut through both the cardstock and one side of the card. 
To do you will need to use nice clean cutting plates i.e. minimum scratches!
Only roll the card through the machine as far as it needs to go to cut the square.

3. Stamp sentiment on bottom right corner of Chicks cardstock.

4. Take some thin twine and sandwich the bird either side of the twine and then stick each end of the twine into the card where shown to make sure the front of the bird is on show inside the window. Stick the Chicks paper in place over the card.

5. Cut the heart border from the Voyage paper and the small inside of the heart from Candy Heart cardstock and adhere in place.

6. Cut tag shape and hearts from papers and adhere to the card.

The design of this card allows you to take a simple card layout and make it more impressive by having a window element inside. You could even add cardstock inside the card to add background patterns or colours to the window image.

Craft Asylum dies from Sizzix have some lovely designs and are at a great price that doesn't break the bank!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Create & Take: Butterfly Hello

Hi bloggers, today we want to share this beautiful card from last week's Create & Take using the new Penny Black Butterflies die and Spellbinders sentiments die set. So let's get started......

Products Needed:


1. Die cut the Butterflies die from Blue Oasis cardstock and put to one side.

2. Cut a piece of white cardstock 4" x 2"and using the sponge daubers and the Fossilised Amber ink pad cover the back of the white card. I have built up stronger pools of colour where the butterfly wings are.

3. Die cut 'hello' from Blue Oasis cardstock and put to one side.

4. Cut a piece of white cardstock 2" x 5" and emboss using the Butterflies embossing folder.

5. Cut a piece of Nautical Blue Light cardstock to meausre 5" x 5". Swipe the Tumbled Glass ink pad around the edge and stick this to the base of the card.

6. Take the white embossed panel and stick a piece of tulle around it securing at the back with some tape. Tie a small bow around the tulle using the gold hemp cord. Stick this piece onto the light blue cardstock.

7. Stick the butterfly panel onto the inked yellow panel and then adhere to the card using 3D foam pads.

8. Stick the 'hello' sentiment onto the card and add some glitter glue to finish.

This simple card design looks so effective and could be used for multiple occasions. The same techniques used in making this card could also be used with similar die designs from Penny Black.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Sneaky Peek: Build A Bouquet Card Class

Here is a sneak peek of Alex's upcoming class this Saturday using the Build A Bouquet stamp and die sets from Stampendous, with Copic pens to colour in these beautiful designs. Alex will also be using some pretty papers and sentiment stamps to complete the cards. 

If you want to learn how to make these fabulous Pop up cards then 'pop' along to Alex's class this Saturday. Booking in advance is required by calling 01293 863576.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, 15 June 2015

Shop Birthday Competition

Get involved with our Shop Birthday competition and win yourself £50 of Crafts U Love vouchers!

To celebrate the Shop's 9th birthday we are holding a competition for you craftstars to design a card to commemorate such an occasion! You can make the card any shape or size you desire and you can use any products you wish. Just have some fun!

You will need to send us your entry to the following address:

Crafts U Love Ltd,
Unit 1 Westcoats Farm,
Stan Hill,

All entries must reach us by Friday 24th July

The entries will be judged by our demonstrators on the day and the winner will win £50 of Crafts U Love vouchers and have their card posted on Facebook and our blog.

Please include your name and telephone number with your entry. Also please note that if you would like us to retrun your card entry please include a self addressed stamped envelope so we can return it to you.

We can't wait to see what you will come up with!

Please stay tuned on the blog for more details about our Shop Birthday Demo event, with a breakdown of all the demonstrators who will be here on the day and lots more about the event.

Create & Take: Strawberry Box

Happy Monday bloggers! It's time to share with you another Create & Take, this one from last Friday. Last week we decided to mix it up a bit and make a box instead of a card which can come in handy when giving a small gift - perfect for popping some small chocolates or something handmade in. So let's get started......

Products Needed:

Black Ink
Large Dauber
Silver Papermania Shimmer Domes
Hole Punch


1. Cut a piece of Kraft Bazzill cardstock to measure 11-3/4" x 8"

2. Line cardstock to the top of the board and score a horizontal line across the whole top of the long edge.

3. Line cardstock to start line on the board and punch, then score at the S line.

4. Move the scored line to the start line on the board and punch and then score at the S line. Repeat this until the whole card has 4 equal sections and one approx 1"..

5. Now this is where it can get a bit confusing to write instructions for what you do next so we have included a Youtube video below that will show you how to continue......

6. Fold the cardstock on all score lines and stick the side and bottom of the box down with strong tape or glue.

7. Assemble the rest of the box as shown. Wrap the green spotted paper around the box and glue in place. Assemble the strawberry die and then stick onto the circle punch out. Use the dauber to add some Kraft ink around the edges of the white card and butterfly, banner and scalloped circle.

8. Punch a hole at the top of the box and thread some tulle through and tie in a bow.

These milk carton gift boxes are such a fun idea and a great alternative way to use the Gift Bag punch board.