Monday, 24 November 2014

Create & Take: Birthday Tie

Happy Monday bloggers! We can't believe Christmas Eve is just a month away and we have been busy at Crafts U Love putting some Christmas ideas together to help your creativity flow during the month of December. So look out on the blog for some festive ideas! Also don't forget about our Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 12th December - which will be full of sparkly Christmas jumpers, a festive Create & Take, and lots of Christmassy treats!

But for today let's sum up last week's Create & Take which featured the Marianne Gentlemen's Tie die. Even leading up to Christmas we can't forget those birthdays that fall in the months of November and December. So without further ado lets get going with this birthday tie card for the men in our lives....

Products Needed:

A6 Kraft Card Blank
Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport Cardstock - Big Score
Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport Cardstock - Godd Ol' Sport
Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport Cardstock - All Star
Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport Cardstock - Cheer On
Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport Cardstock - Teamwork
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Java
Marianne CR1292 Gentlemen's Tie Die Set
Penny Black Special Wishes Clear Stamp Set
Nailheads 3mm - Black
Maya Road Trinklets Grosgrain Ribbon - Forest
Maya Road Trinklets Grosgrain Ribbon - Pebble
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad
Sponge Dauber


1. Cut the Big Score cardstock 14.2cm x 10cm. Distress the edges with some Walnut Stain ink and adhere to the card blank.

2. Cut the Java cardstock 10.9cm x 7.3cm.

3. Cut the Teamwork cardstock 10.5cm x 7cm. Distress the edges with Walnut Stain ink and adhere on top of the Java cardstock.

4. Die cut the Marianne tie die from Good Ol' Sport, All Star and Cheer On cardstock. Add a little bit of Walnut Stain ink to the ties and adhere them to the Teamwork cardstock.

5. Cut a piece of Forest grosgrain ribbon 2cm in length. Fold the ribbon in half and adhere the ends together with double sided tape to create a small loop. Repeat this for the Pebble grosgrain ribbon. Adhere both bits of ribbon to the top right of the card.

6. Adhere the Java cardstock to the top middle of the card, slightly overlapping the ribbons at the top.

7. Cut a piece of Teamwork cardstock 10cm x 1.7cm. Stamp the 'For your Birthday' sentiment onto the Teamwork cardstock, add a little bit of Walnut Stain distress ink and adhere to the card.

8. Finish by adding two black nailheads to the sentiment strip at the bottom.

This card would also be ideal for Father's Day just by simply changing the sentiment at the bottom.

We hope this has kick started your creativity for the week and we will be back with a few festive ideas that some of us have made at Crafts U Love this week!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Vintage Christmas Baubles

Hi bloggers, Sue M taught her second Christmas class of the season this week, a set of 3 MDF baubles, in various sizes. The room was full of Christmas cheer, with Christmas music playing in the background and festive treats being passed round the table as everyone busied themselves with making their bauble decorations. The picture above illustrates the biggest of the three baubles and each one has a different design and colour. Due to the popularity of this class, Sue will be teaching another class next Tuesday (25th November) and there are currently 2 spaces left, so if you fancy popping along, ring us up today to book your space!

The MDF bauble kits are also available online here for only £4.99 if you are unable to make the class.
If you love vintage and you love Christmas, you'll love making these baubles!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Craft Awards 2014

We need your help in voting for us as your favourite independent craft retailer in the South! Show your support for Crafts U Love by voting for us in The Craft Awards 2014. There are lots of other categories you can vote in to have your say about all kinds of topics in the craft industry. We are not shortlisted for independent craft retailer in the South so simply follow the instructions in the picture above! By taking part in the voting for The Craft Awards 2014 you are also entered into a prize draw to win an iPad Air - so what more are you waiting for.... follow this link and vote today!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Create & Take: Jingle all the Way

Hi bloggers, we are well and truly into November now and the countdown is on for getting all those Christmas cards made and finding that perfect gift for everyone! Today we will be reviewing last Friday's Create & Take, Jingle all the Way, using the wonderful new collection of Taylored Expressions die cuts.

Products Needed;

A6 White Card Blank
Kaisercraft North Pole Cardstock - Candy Cane
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Starmist
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - White Smoothie
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Patch
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Crimson
Taylored Expressions Jingle All the Way die
Taylored Expressions Little Bits Holly die
Taylored Expressions Sheet Music Embossing Folder
Red Hemp Cord
Crafts Too Clear Acrylic Stones


1. Cut the Candy Cane cardstock 9.8cm x 14.2cm. Adhere to the white card blank.

2. Cut the Starmist cardstock 7.6cm x 10.1cm and emboss with the Music Sheet embossing folder. Adhere to the middle of the card.

3. Die cut the Jingle all the Way die from White Smoothie cardstock. Adhere on top of the embossed music sheet.

4. Die cut the Holly die from Patch cardstock and Crimson cardstock. Adhere the berries to the holly leaves and then adhere to the left corner of the Jingle all the Way die cut.

5. Cut a piece of red twine approx. 23cm and tie into a bow. Adhere to the right corner of the Jingle all the Way die cut.

6. Finish by adhering a clear gem to the 'i' in 'Jingle'.

This card design is excellent for those last minute quick cards you might find yourself making in the last week before Christmas. Simple but effective!

Remember there will be no Create & Take this Friday (14th Nov) as we are still unpacking many boxes from the NEC Show. We hope to write one more post to review the NEC show with more pictures of the fun we had up there over the past weekend. We would like to thank everyone who came to visit our stand and we hope to see you all again soon!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

NEC Hobbycrafts Show: In the Beginning

Anyone who has visited the NEC Hobbycrafts Show previously will have seen the Crafts U Love stand full of many many products. But we want to give you a glimpse into how that stand is put together and is transformed from an empty space into the stand you see at the show. As you can see above its quite a lonely space without all those thousands of products!

Lots and lots of boxes to unpack and hang onto racks.

We are very well known for the huge number of die cutting brands we stock and we couldn't let you down at the show so we've brought them all with us!

With the stand all up and ready to go we are just waiting for you, the customers. Come find us on Stand D03, with lots of fantastic new products including the We R Memory Keepers Pinwheel Board, new Silhouette Cameo 2 machine plus lots of Cricut offers and many products up to 50% off!!!

And you can't forget our fantastic demonstrators, Suzie Candlin with the Cricut Explore and Charry Wijers demonstrating We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards and Tonic Studios dies. So much to see and do, so please come along and say hello!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Hobbycraft Show at the NEC Birmingham

Hi bloggers, the biggest four days of the year have finally come around for the Hobbycraft Show NEC in Birmingham. Of course we will be there and there will be plenty on offer to buy including the new We R Memory Keeper's Pin wheel Board and the new Silhouette Cameo machine! Don't forget to check out our special Cricut offers for the show and you can't miss Suzie Candlin demonstrating the new Cricut Explore machine!

There is going to be so much to see and do at the Hobbycraft Show but definitely make time to pop by the Crafts U Love stand D03!

Look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Create & Take: Candy Box

Happy Wednesday bloggers! Today I am going to share last Friday's Create & Take which featured our Halloween Special - a Trick or Treat Candy Box. We also created a slightly different box for anyone who didn't celebrate Halloween and they had a beautiful Birthday treat box. Obviously these boxes are not limited to sweets as you could easily pop in a tiny present as a sweet surprise!

The product list will refer to the Halloween Trick or Treat Box - I will list any extra products you will need for the Birthday Treat Box at the end of the instructions.

Products Needed:

We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Punch Board
Brenda Walton Snowflake Medallion Bigz Die
Bazzill Basics Vintage Lace Cardstock - Vintage Lace
Anna Griffin Bat-Tastic Cardstock - Orange & Black Spiderweb
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Blackberry Swirl
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Festive
Penny Black Spooky Spheres Clear Stamp Set
Memento Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black
Woodware Big Circle Punch
Ultra High Adhesion Power Double Sided Tape
Hot Glue Gun (optional)
Terra Cotta with white spots Organza Ribbon


1. Cut the Vintage Lace cardstock 6" x 6". Follow the instructions on the Pillow Box punch board to cut out your pillow box template.

2. To assemble the box, apply adhesive to the side tab and for easy alignment fold the box onto itself and adhere. Use your fingers to crease the CURVE score line, fold the thumb notch tab down first and then fold the other tab over the top.

3. Cut the Anna Griffin cardstock 3.5" x 6". Wrap around the box and adhere the two ends together using double sided tape. You do not need to adhere this to the box as it should stay in place.

4. Die cut the small snowflake medallion three times out of Blackberry Swirl cardstock. Fold along all the crease lines of each piece and adhere together in a line with double sided tape. Apply some double sided tape to join each end of the medallion.

5. Punch a circle from the Blackberry Swirl cardstock. Apply some hot glue or Ultra high adhesion power double sided tape to the center of the circle and fold the medallion inwards on top of the circle to adhere it together.

6. Punch another circle from the Festive cardstock and stamp a circle border and sentiment from the Spooky Spheres stamp set with Tuxedo Black ink. Adhere the circle on top of the medallion.

7. Cut a piece of Terra Cotta organza ribbon approx. 48cm in length. Wrap the ribbon around the box and tie a bow at the top.

8. Finish by adhering the medallion to the center of the box.

Extra Products for the Birthday Treat Box

Bazzill Basics Vintage Lace Cardstock - Vintage Floral (this is the reverse side of the Vintage Lace cardstock)
Bazzill Basics Vintage Lace Cardstock - Glamorous
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Baby Pink Light
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Candlelight
Taylored Expressions Daisy Bouquet Stamp Set
Olive Green with white spots Organza Ribbon

The We R Memory Keepers punch boards are so simple and easy to use and allow you to make a variety of sizes of pillow box. Check out all our We R Memory Keepers punch boards at Crafts U Love