Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Nautical Beach Hut and Butterfly Cards

Morning bloggers! Today we want to share with you the creations from last week's classes including Sue's Vintage Beach Hut and Alex's Blooms and Butterflies cards.

Let's start with Sue's Vintage Beach Hut.....

Sue used some beautiful nautical themed die cuts, including the Cheery Lynn lighthouse and Seaside Treasures from Memory Box as well as some wonderful nautical stamps from the new Woodware collection. Of course, Sue couldn't have designed this project without a few old vintage seaside photos which just finishes off this beautiful beach hut.

Saturday's class saw the creation of Alex's Blooms and Butterflies cards.....

To make these cards Alex used the Stampendous Butterfly and Hydrangea stamp and die sets. Alex used a range of embossing techniques to help create some of the backgrounds as well as vellum and distress inks to create these stunning colours on the butterflies and hydrangeas.

We hope this has provided some inspiration for card ideas or a nautical themed altered project. Make sure you check back on the blog next week to review this week's classes.

To see what's coming up at Crafts U Love, check out the class list here.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Create & Take: You're the Best

Good morning bloggers! We hope you have had a creative weekend, especially with all the new crafting products coming in now at Crafts U Love, lots to choose from and create with!
Today we are going to share with you Friday's Create & Take, a lovely vintage card for a man's birthday, using the new paper collection from Authentique.

Products Used:

Square Kraft Card Blank
Taylored Expressions Daisy Bouquet Stamp Set
Penny Black You're Retro Stamp Set
Black Nailheads
Sanding Block
Glossy Accents
Sponge Daubers


1. Cut a piece of Lagoon cardstock 13.2cm x 13.2cm, distress the edges with some Walnut Stain ink and adhere to the card blank.

2. Cut a piece of Balance Wheel cardstock 12.7cm x 12.7cm, distress the edges with some Walnut Stain ink and adhere onto the card.

3. Cut a piece of vellum 10.8cm x 12.2cm and emboss with the tire track embossing folder, adhere onto the card using glossy accents.

4. Cut a piece of Gingham cardstock 10cm x 6cm, distress the edges with some Pumice Stone ink and adhere to the card.

5. Die cut and emboss the car from Warm Gray Kraft Core. Use a sanding block to reveal the kraft core on the embossed areas of the car. Adhere to the card at a slight diagonal.

6. Cut a piece of Herringbone cardstock into four chevron shapes by following the pattern on the cardstock, distress with a little Pumice Stone ink and adhere to the card at a slight diagonal.

7. Cut two banner shapes from Fuel Gauge cardstock and Mini Cars cardstock, measuring approx. 3cm x 4cm and 3cm x 6cm. Stamp 'You're the Best on the shortest banner and layer both of them onto the card.

8. Cut a piece of Warm Gray cardstock 1cm x 5cm and stamp 'Happy Birthday'. Adhere underneath the chevrons.

9. Finish by adding some black nailheads to the Happy Birthday sentiment.

This card design would also be perfect for Father's Day, simply by changing the sentiments.

Make sure you pop back to the blog tomorrow, where we will be sharing with you some of the recent creations from last week's classes.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Stamping Caz demo's NEW Karen Burniston Pop It Up's

Hi bloggers, we have an excellent opportunity for you to have a look at the new Karen Burniston Pop It Up's dies in action with our demo coming up in March with Stamping Caz. Caz has been working hard and having a lot of fun using the new range of dies from Karen and has whipped up a few examples to inspire you to come on down to the shop in March.

If you can't wait to get your hands on these new dies you can find them now at Crafts U Love along with the entire range of Elizabeth Craft dies, also featuring the new Susan Tierney collection. Why not check them out today!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Scrapbook Club: Remember the Poppies

Hi bloggers, today we wanted to review Charry's Scrapbook project from Saturday's Scrapbook Club. This month Charry designed a poppy themed layout using the new Poppystamps dies and the layout works perfectly with photos Charry used from her visit to London during Remembrance week in November.

If you visited the poppies in London last November this scrapbook layout will work perfectly with your photos and will bring those memories back to life.

If you fancy venturing into scrapbooking or need a bit of inspiration then why not join us for Scrapbook Club every month. Our next Scrapbook Club is Saturday 14th March, to book a place simply call us on 01293 863576. Hope to see you there!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Create & Take: Love You Valentine

Good morning bloggers! We hope you have all had a lovely weekend and received a little something special from a loved one. Today we will be sharing with you Friday's Valentine Create & Take featuring the Taylored Expressions - Wishes on a Wire Valentine stamp. Of course this card could also be used for anniversaries or even any time during the year for that matter!

So let's get started....

Products Used:

A6 White Card Blank
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - White Smoothie
Watercolour Pencils
Water Brush
Hemptique Hemp Cord - Red
Blending Foam
3D Foam Pads


1. Cut the White Smoothie cardstock 10cm x 14.5cm and emboss with the Heart Strings embossing folder. Using the blending foam, add some Spun Sugar ink over the embossed design. Adhere to the card blank.

2. Cut the Sweety cardstock 10cm x 7.3cm and adhere to the bottom of the card.

3. Use a scalloped edge rectangle to die cut a piece of White Smoothie cardstock. Adhere to the middle of the card using 3D foam pads.

4. Cut a piece of My Heart cardstock 8cm x 6.2cm and stamp the image onto the cardstock using black ink.

5. Colour the image using watercolour pencils and a water brush.

6. Tie a piece of hemp cord around the stamped image and adhere to the white cardstock.

7. Finish by adding some Star Dust Stickles to the hearts.

Make sure you pop back to the blog tomorrow to see Charry's scrapbook page layout from Saturday's Scrapbook Club.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Spaces still available....

Happy Friday Bloggers! We've all got that Friday feeling at Crafts U Love and are looking forward to the weekend. If you are stuck at a loose end for the weekend we still have spaces available on our Scrapbook Club on Saturday. Charry will be using some new Memory Box dies to create a stunning 2 page layout featuring some wonderful poppies! If you fancy coming along, a space will cost you £15.

We also have spaces available on Sue's Vintage Craft Workshop next Wednesday 18th February. Sue has created a fabulous Beach Hut Shadowbox filled with some nautical die cuts from Memory Box and Poppystamps, as well as some wonderful stamped imagery. Feel free to bring along some of your own seaside memories that you can include in your hut but make sure they are no bigger than 5cm x 7cm.

Here is a little sneak peek to whet your appetite....

If this project seems like your cup of tea then don't hesitate to call us to book your space on 01293 863576. The workshop costs £15 and it is a 3 hour class.

To find out what other classes are available at Crafts U Love, check out our new workshop guide here.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Create & Take: Tulip Bouquet

Morning bloggers! We hope you have had a lovely weekend and especially enjoyed the sunshine on Sunday (particularly South East UK). Today we want to share with you last Friday's Create & Take where we used a new Memory Box die, 'Tulip Bouquet'. So lets' get started....

Products Used:

A6 White Card Blank
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Fern
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Lavender Twilight
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Wild Pansy
Memory Box Die Cut - Tulip Bouquet
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Dusty Concord
Sponge Dauber
Penny Black Special Wishes Clear Stamp Set
VersaFine Ink Pad - Onyx Black
10mm Satin Ribbon - Lilac
3D Foam Tape


1. Cut the Lavender Twilight Cardstock 14.5cm x 10cm. Ink around the edges with Dusty Concord Ink and then adhere to the card using 3D foam tape.

2. Die cut the Tulip Bouquet from Fern cardstock and Wild Pansy cardstock. Cut the flower heads off the top of the Fern die cut and adhere the stems to the card.

3. Cut the flower heads off the Wild Pansy cardstock and ink around the edges of the flowers with Dusty Concord ink using a sponge dauber. Be careful to keep all the pieces in place when inking the flower heads.

4. Adhere the flower heads to the tops of the stems on the card.

5. Stamp the 'Best Wishes' sentiment in the bottom right corner of the card using Onyx Black ink.

6. Finish by tying a bow with lilac satin ribbon and adhering to the stems of the tulips.

Once again this card is a useful layout for different occasions including birthday, thank you or sympathy cards. Also a useful top tip when using flowers - to add a bit more dimension, try using a coloured ink, the same as the colour of the cardstock and ink around the bottom of the flowers and also around edges of the petals.