Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Win a signed Tim Holtz Book

Hi bloggers, would you like to be the winner of this signed Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Volume III Book?

If you're shouting at the screen "Yes, Yes, Yes" then read below to see what you need to do.

As part of  our Christmas Demo Event on Saturday 10th October, we are organising a raffle, in aid of St. Catherine's Hospice. Our top prize this time round is a signed Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book kindly donated and signed by the man himself. Thanks Tim!

Raffle tickets will be available on the day at the event for £1 per ticket and there will be a few extra prizes up for grabs as well. (So if I were you I would buy a few!)

Tickets can only be purchased at the shop on the day so it's definitely worth making the effort to come and see us.

And don't forget........

We have 3 demonstrators who will be demoing some fantastic products including the 1-2-3 Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers, Penny Black stamps and dies and also new Ombre Hero Arts ink pads to get you inspired for crafting for Christmas.

Demonstrations start at 10am so we look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Create & Take: Deck the Halls

Hi bloggers, this week we have some more Christmas card inspiration using the new Crealies X-Tra dies to help you create a window in your card, adding a little bit of extra detail.

So let's get started....

Products Used:

Water Brush


1. Stamp Deck the Halls Mouse and Robin stamp onto white smoothie cardstock with the black ink and colour with watercolour pencils.

2. Cut a piece of the My Mind's Eye paper to measure 12.1cm x 12.1cm and position the Crealie X-tra die into the centre of the paper and run through the die cutting machine. Fold back the 4 triangles and stick onto the card with 3D foam pads.

3. Cut a piece of Maraschino cardstock to measure 12.8cm x 12.8cm.

4. Sandwich the coloured image between the red cardstock and the patterned paper so that the stamped design is shown through the window.

5. Finish by adding some Stardust stickles to the image and 4 gold gems in the corners of the triangles.

These fabulous dies from Crealies are great for adding something extra to your cards. Use different stamps and designs to create a multitude of cards - perfect for your Christmas card making and at only £6.99 - what are you waiting for?

Monday, 14 September 2015

Create & Take: Love Birds

Hi bloggers, Monday has come around again and it's time for another inspirational card from last week's Create & Take using some new Sizzix dies.

So let's get started....

Products Used:


1. Cut a scalloped oval in Green Tea cardstock and the straight edged oval in Chiffon cardstock and layer on top of one another.

2. Cut Love Birds from white cardstock. Use watercolour pencils to colour the flowers in pastel shades and stick onto the ovals.

3. Die cut the Love Birds from Kraft cardstock and use scissors to just cut the birds out. Layer these birds on top of the previous cut out.

4. Cut a piece of Maja paper to 14.5cm x 3.8cm and adhere to the left side of the card blank.

5. Adhere the Love Birds and Ovals to the card blank.

6. Finish by stamping a sentiment in green ink and adding some gems.

Check out the rest of Emily Atherton's dies here.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Christmas Card Competition

Hi bloggers, today we want to announce our latest competition in aid of our upcoming Christmas Demo Event which will be taking place on Saturday 10th October.

Due to the overwhelming response we had from our Birthday Card Competition we wanted to do it again but this time your card needs to be for Christmas.

Similar to last time, your card can be any size and any shape and you can use any products you would like. So get those creative Christmas hats on and make us a card that will dazzle!

There are three prizes up for grabs again, a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize which will consist of Crafts U Love vouchers for the amounts shown above.

All card entries need to reach us by Saturday 10th October. 
If you are able to come to the Christmas Demo Event you can bring your card with you on the day as long as you arrive before 12pm.

Please make sure you include your name and tel. no. with your card entry. 
If you would like us to return your card entry please include a self addressed stamped envelope for us to return it to you.

Please send your entries to:
Crafts U Love Ltd, Unit 1 Westcoats Farm, Stan Hill, Charlwood, Surrey, RH6 0ES

We can't wait to see them all!

**More details about the Christmas Demo Event will be posted shortly, so keep an eye on the blog and website for more information.**

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Create & Take: Christmas Wishes

Hi bloggers, we hope you have all made the most of the Bank Holiday Weekend, especially with the wet weather in the UK and have had a chance to be creative! Today we are going to share with you last week's Create & Take using the new dies from Marianne Design's latest release.

So let's get started....

Products Used:

Square White Card Blank


1. Cut a piece of blue cardstock 11.5cm x 11.5cm and emboss with the snow flakes embossing folder. Swipe some white ink over the raised snow dots.

2. Die cut and emboss the trees from grey cardstock and swipe a sponge dauber with grey ink over the embossed parts of the tree.

3. Cut a piece of white cardstock 11.5cm x 5cm and tear in half to create two snow banks.

4. Die cut and emboss the fox from orange cardstock and colour with a white and black pen to add detail.

5. Optional Step: If you have a Minc machine - generate a Christmas greeting on the computer and print out on a laser printer. Use your Minc machine to foil the greeting. If you do not have a Minc machine then any Christmas Greeting stamp or peel off will work.

6. Assemble the card as shown.

7. Finish by adding some glitter glue to the snowflakes and snow banks.

We hope this early Christmas inspiration will inspire you to make a start on some Christmas crafting - with the start of Autumn the Christmas countdown begins!

Make sure you check out What's New on our website to find all the new Christmas items now coming into stock!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Create & Take: Snow Buddies

Hi bloggers, today we want to bring you some more Christmas inspiration with the new collection of Woodware stamps. This fantastic card was made by Stamping Caz for our Create & Take last week.

So let's get started....


Craft and You Design 12 x 12 Paper - Frozen 05
Fine Glitter


1. Stamp the Snow Buddies stamp with black ink onto White Smoothie cardstock, approx. 8cm x 20cm in size.

2. Colour the stamped image with watercolour pencils.

3. Adhere a thin line of glue around the edge of the cardstock and sprinkle some fine glitter. Leave to dry. For a bit of extra glitz, add some glitter to the snowmen's hats also.

3. Cut a piece of Frozen paper 10cm x 21.3cm and adhere this to the card base.

4. Adhere the Snow Buddies image onto the background paper.

5. Punch three snowflakes from Silver Mirri Card and and adhere to the card, adding a jewel to the center of each snowflake.

This card is the perfect way to get you in the festive spirit to begin crafting for Christmas. Check out the new Woodware Christmas collection here.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Create & Take: Wedding Congrats

Hi bloggers, it's the start of a new week and what better way to start then with a bit of card inspiration from last week's Create & Take. Last week we made a wedding congratulations card using some new Spellbinders Die D-Lites die sets.

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

Products Used:
Spellbinders Die D-Lites Pop Fizz Clink Die Set
Spellbinders Labels Thirty Nine Die Set
Impression Obsession Congrats Die
Taylored Expressions Wedding Sequins
Little B Gold Love Foil Tape
Bazzill Basics White Card
Gold Mirror Card
5x7 White Card Blank
Penny Black Gold Vellum
3D Foam Pads


1. Cut the Penny Black vellum 12cm x 17cm and adhere to the front of the card.

2. Die cut and emboss a label shape from Spellbinders Labels Thirty Nine from white card and adhere to the center of the card using 3D foam pads.

3. Die cut 'Congrats', the champagne bottle, bow and the backs of the champagne glasses from gold mirror card. Make sure you also emboss the champagne bottle to add the beautiful pattern on the bottle.

4. Die cut the champagne glasses and label for the bottle from white card stock.

5. Adhere all the die cut pieces as shown on the card. Use 3D foam tape to adhere the bottle and one of the glasses to the card.

6. Finish by adding a small piece of washi tape underneath the champagne glasses and also some sequins to look like champagne fizz bubbles.

This die set from Spellbinders is so versatile and can be used for many different celebratory occasions.