Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Scrapbook Inspiration

Do you ever get in the mood to scrapbook but fail to come up with the ideas and inspiration? Well fear not as Charry's Monthly Scrapbook Club may be the perfect answer. Once a month Charry teaches a scrapbook class, featuring a new double page layout that has been focused around a theme. Previous classes have seen themes such as Nautical and Autumn to Jubilee and Birthdays. We capture so many moments on camera these days and its always best to remember to bring them out of their JPEG format and scrapbook them on a beautiful page. Here are some previous examples from recent scrapbook clubs....

Charry's next Scrapbook Club takes place on Saturday 25th October from 10.30am until 1.30pm. It's £15 for a double page layout, making use of new products that have come into store. Charry will also show you some of the latest tips and techniques and is on hand to answer any of your scrapbooking queries.

Let's get your scrapbook mojo going again!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Pretty Poinsettias

These beautiful poinsettias have been created by Jo Wojcik. In her Saturday class, everyone had the chance to experiment in making these beautiful flowers and completed a wonderful project to display them on.

These candles will make a great gift at Christmas or even a fantastic display piece on a shelf or mantelpiece.

We don't want to give too many of the tips and tricks away on the blog, but if you want to find out more then make sure you pop in to our Christmas demo event this Saturday where Jo will be demonstrating how to make these poinsettias along with the rest of the Sospeso Transparante decoupage range. Not to be missed!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Create & Take: Autumn Scene

Hi Bloggers, well the weather over the past week has definitely got us in the Autumnal mood which we are reflecting in this month's Create & Take. Friday's Create & Take made use of the new Spellbinders Picture Perfect die cut to create an Autumn scene. 

Products Needed:

Square White Card Blank
Lawn Fawn Into the Woods Cardstock - Sycamore
Bazzill Basics Parakeet Cardstock
Bazzill Basics Apricot Cardstock
Bazzill Basics Festive Cardstock
Bazzill Basics Pinecone Cardstock
Bazzill Basics Rain Cardstock
Bazzill Basics White Smoothie Cardstock
Spellbinders Picture Perfect Die Cut
Woodware Mini Birch Leaf Punch
Sponge Dauber
Tim Holtz Wild Honey Distress Ink Pad
Tim Holtz Paper Distresser


1. Start by cutting the Sycamore cardstock 5" x 5", then roughen the edges with the Tim Holtz paper distresser. Adhere to the front of the card.

2. Cut the Rain cardstock 4.25" x 4.25" and stick to the centre of the card.

3. Die cut the background die from the Picture Perfect die set from White Smoothie cardstock.

4. Die cut the Shaped Background die and the Detailed Scene die from Pinecone cardstock. Adhere on top of the white die cut background.

5. Die cut the grass for the Autumn scene from Festive cardstock.

6. Using the sponge dauber, add a small amount of Wild Honey Distress ink to the middle of the scene to create a sun.

7. Finish by punching out some birch leaves from Parakeet and Apricot cardstock. Carefully crumple the leaves for added dimension and then adhere around the tree.

The Picture Perfect die can be used to create a scene for all the seasons and would look especially pretty decked out with winter papers and colours.

As usual all products used in our Create & Take's can be found at

Monday, 6 October 2014

Create & Take: Filigree Foliage

Good morning bloggers! Its the beginning of a new week and also a new theme for our Create & Take's as we move into October. This month's Create & Take's will have an autumnal feel about them, making use of new seasonal products and of course we can't forget Halloween, so make sure you stay tuned for our Halloween Special Create & Take.

So let's get started with a summary of Week 1's Create & Take with the products you will need and the instructions to make it.

Products Needed:

A6 Kraft Card Blank
Stamperia Cardstock - SBB255 (currently not available online - please call the shop to make an order of this product)
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Apricot
Bazzill Bascis Cardstock - White Smoothie
Penny Black Filigree Foliage Cling Stamp Set
Penny Black Words of Gratitude Die Set
Darice Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Shabby Shutters
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Dusty Concord
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Walnut Stain
Sponge Daubers
Ink Blending Tool
Memento Ink Pad - Rich Cocoa
Glossy Accents


1. Emboss the front side of the card using the Darice Woodgrain embossing folder.

2. Using the ink blending tool, add some Vintage Photo to the embossed woodgrain.

3. Cut the Stamperia paper 13cm x 4cm and make a fishtail cut at one end. Adhere to the right side of the card.

4. Stamp 3 leaves from the Filigree Foliage stamp set onto White Smoothie cardstock using the Rich Cocoa ink pad. Using sponge daubers, apply some ink to the leaves using Shabby Shutters, Wild Honey and Dusty Concord. Fussy cut round the leaves with scissors..

5. Apply a little bit of Walnut Stain ink around the edge of the leaves to give them more definition and bend the leaves up to create more dimension.

6. Adhere the leaves to the card using Glossy Accents.

7. Die cut the word 'Thankful' from the Apricot cardstock and adhere to the card using Glossy Accents.

8. Finish by cutting a piece of twine 20cm and tying a bow. Adhere to the middle of the leaves.

And there you have it - a simple yet effective Thank you card which can easily be changed up by changing the colour of the leaves or the sentiment you wish to place on the card.
If you like the look of this month's theme then make sure you pop down to the shop every Friday between 10.30am and 1pm. A free tea/coffee is included.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Macmillan Raffle Winner

We would like to congratulate Mrs Marriott as the winner of our Crafts U Love raffle from our Macmillan Coffee Morning. All the proceeds from the raffle have been donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, so thank you everyone that took part.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Create & Take: Ladies Day

Hi bloggers, it's the start of another week and time to recap on Friday's Create & Take and also post some photos of our Macmillan Coffee Morning which was a great success! There was an abundance of cake on offer on Friday and it was very hard for us Crafts U Love girls to control ourselves as they all looked so yummy! We would like to thank everyone who attended the morning and joined in with the Create & Take or bought a few of the many cakes on offer. The total amount we raised for Macmillan Cancer Support came to an amazing £169.30! Thank you everyone!!

Last week's Create & Take was the last in the series of our 'family affair' birthday theme. The last week was a card for the female birthdays in the family, such as mum, aunt, grnadmother, cousin, sister and so on..... So let's get going with the products you will need and those all important instructions.

Products Needed:

A6 Kraft Card Blank
Graphic 45 Botanical Cardstock - Flora
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Tutu Pink
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Intense Kiwi
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Candlelight
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - White Smoothie
Die-Versions Pretty Hat
LR0145 Marianne Creatbales Flower Die Set
CR1201 Marianne Craftables Circle Die Set
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles LG Nestabilities
Penny Black Gratitude Stamp Set
Glossy Accents
Memento Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black
Papermania 2mm Adhesive Stones - Gold


1. Cut the Flora cardstock 14cm x 10cm and adhere to the base of the card.

2. Die cut the White Smoothie cardstock with the Marianne Circle die and adhere to the left side of the card.

3. Die cut the reverse side of the Flora cardstock with one of the scalloped circles dies and adhere on top of the circle die cut.

4. Cut the Intense Kiwi cardstock 10cm x 3cm. Make a fishtail cut at one end and stamp 'Have a Wonderful Day' from the Penny Black set using Memento Black Ink. Adhere on the card.

5. Die cut the Pretty Hat die from the Tutu Pink cardstock and Flora cardstock. Make sure to save the negative die cut pieces from the Flora cut out.

6. Adhere the Tutu Pink hat to the right side of the card using glossy accents. Fill in the top of the hat with the negative pieces from the Flora hat cut out using glossy accents.

7. Die cut the smallest flower from the Marianne Flower set with the Candlelight cardstock. Adhere to the top of the hat.

8. Finish by adding a gold adhesive gem in the center of the flower.

These new Die-Versions die cuts have a range of beautiful designs that are all perfect for a female birthday, therefore you could easily change that element on the card and keep everything else the same! Check out the new Die-Versions dies here.

Next month's Create & Take's will take on a more autumnal feel as we head into the new season.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Sack It Treats!

Hi bloggers! It's the end of another week and we have a little treat to share with you! New in this week are the Taylored Expressions sack it dies in the form of a reindeer, snowman and penguin.
Caz whipped us up an example of the Snowman sack it which has been decorated beautifully with a marvellous treat to fill the inside.

Now before you rush off to snap up some of these dies, please remember that you will also need the main sack it die which has the die cut for the treat bag itself.

These treat bags are perfect for the festive season as table favours on Christmas Day or a Christmas treat for friends and family!