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Take a walk through our Winter Woodland collection, and add a touch of tradition to your seasonal cards. You can enjoy the traditional colours of Christmas with red, green and gold designs that are inspired by festive foliage and woodland animals.
1 Trim an A6 kraft card blank down to 12.5cm x 9.5cm then round off the corners with a corner punch.
2. Trim a panel of green cardstock to 12cm x 9cm, place inside the Winter Woodland Pine Cone Embossing Folder and run through a die-cutting machine.
3. Remove the cardstock from the folder, round off the corners with a corner punch then attach to the card front.
4. Wrap Winter Woodland Tartan Washi Tape across the centre of the card front.
5. Fix a piece of white vellum behind a Winter Woodland Card Frame then attach centrally to the card front with foam pads.
6. Add a Winter Woodland Glitter Sentiment on the frame.
7. Using the Winter Woodland Stag Mini Die set, die-cut the stag from white card and the bow from red card. Adhere the bow to the stag then secure the whole die-cut to the bottom-right corner of the frame with foam pads.
1 Trim a square card blank down to 12cm square and cover the front with pine cone patterned paper.
2. Cut a panel of cream cardstock to 10.5cm square.
3. Using a clear embossing stamp pad, stamp the Winter Woodland Stag & Hare Clear Stamp sporadically over the cream cardstock, sprinkle clear embossing powder over where you’ve stamped, then shake off the excess. Set the powder using a heat tool.
4. Wrap Winter Woodland Tartan Ribbon across the centre of the embossed cardstock then attach to the card front using double-sided tape.
5. Add a sentiment centrally to the card blank using papers from the patterned paper pad. Adhere the sentiment with foam pads to add a little bit of height.
If you’ve got lots of festive greetings to send out this year, this super-simple merry and bright layered card is perfect. Create in any colour palette you wish to suit the lucky recipient; we’ve opted for traditional reds and greens, using a selection of Premium Cardstocks, however why not try experimenting with other types of cardstock like glitter or even pearlised? The possibilities are literally endless!
1. Using an iPad, log on to your Design Space account and make sure you are connected to your Explore machine. Open a new project. From the left-hand toolbar select projects, and search “Merry and Bright” in the top search bar, and select the below project.
2. Select customise.
3. Hide the drawn holly element of the project by clicking on the eye in the right-hand toolbar. Then amend the colour of the red layer within the card so that this is not the same colour of the envelope – this will ensure it is printed on a different colour paper. To do this, click on the red circle, a “Layer Attributes” toolbar will pop up, select the highlighted red swatch below.
4. Repeat the same process for the grey layer, changing this to blue.
5. Re-size the design by clicking the “Select All” button from the top toolbar, enter 18.7” in the width (W) box, the height (H) box will then automatically populate with a dimension of 8.95”.
6. Select the green “Make it” button from the top right-hand corner of the screen. Use the red and green cardstock from the Brights A4 premium cardstock pack, and the cream, kraft and light blue from the Seaside pack. Set the cutting dial to cardstock and follow the on screen instructions to complete the design, ensuring the scoring tool is inserted (you will also receive an onscreen prompt to insert this).
7. To assemble the design, fold the cream panel in half along the score line, then secure the remaining panels to the inside front of the card with double-sided tape in the following order; red, green, kraft, blue.
8. With the envelope in a portrait orientation, fold the envelope along the score lines and use double-sided tape to secure left hand flap on top of the right one. Secure the bottom flap over the top and leave the top flap loose so that the card can be inserted into the envelope. To secure the flap down use a strip of double-sided tape.
No Christmas card would be complete without a little bit of glitz, and this quick and easy glitter card has it in abundance. We’ve used Frozen Wishes A5 silver glitter cardstock to create the base of our card, however you could use any size glitter card you have to hand, simply re-size the card in the Design Space software as desired.
1. Using an iPad or computer, log on to your Design Space account and make sure you are connected to your Explore machine. Open a new project. From the left-hand toolbar select ‘Images’, and search “Merry Christmas Card” in the top search bar, and select the first project.
2. Re-size the design by clicking the “Select All” button from the top toolbar, enter 7.8” in the width (W) box, the height (H) box will then automatically populate with a dimension of 5.057”.
3. Select the green “Make it” button from the top right-hand corner of the screen. Use a sheet of A5 Frozen Wishes Glitter paper and a sheet of your favourite Christmas-themed patterned paper ensuring that the design will fit onto the selected cardstock.
4. Set the cutting dial to cardstock and follow the on screen instructions to complete the design, ensuring the scoring tool is inserted (you will also receive an onscreen prompt to insert this).
5. To assemble the design, fold both panels in half along the score line to create two card blanks. Apply glue from a glue stick to the back of the patterned paper card blank and insert inside the silver glitter card blank. Press and smooth both card blanks together so that they become attached.
We are head over heels with this adorable Intricut penguin, perfect for adorning your festive greetings with his dapper bow tie and rosy red cheeks.
This little chap has been paper-pieced, which is a technique that uses both the negative and positive sections of a die-cut to create a complete design; to do this simply select the coloured cardstock you want each of the body parts to be cut from, run each piece of card through your die cutting machine with the die. Once all of the pieces have been cut, fussy cut the sections you require and then start to piece the design together. Paper-piecing can be done with pretty much all dies, and you can paper-piece as much or as little of the design as you like – it’s up to you!
1. Trim down a 5 x 7 inch white card blank to measure 10.5 x 15.5 cm.
2. Die cut several snowflakes with all the dies from the Intricate Snowflake set, together with the one included in the Penguin set. Cut them from a variety of paper including white card, off-white hammered paper, glitter card and vellum. Create the background design of the card with the snowflakes cutting some in half to place on the card edge. Fix some with glue from a glue stick, and some using 3D foam pads for dimension.
3. Trim a narrow curved piece of glitter card for the foreground, cut this slightly longer than the width of the card and create a gluing tab at each end. Glue the tabs and fix onto the bottom of the card allowing it to bow outwards. Trim another deeper piece of glitter card to sit behind the foreground section. Cut this very slightly wider with no tabs. Glue the out edges only and fix behind the front section covering the tabs, again allowing this to bow, but not as much.
4. Craft the penguin by die cutting it and paper piecing back in the loose bits to create a colourful design. To do this, die cut the penguin first using a sheet of dark grey textured cardstock. Use this outline piece to fussy cut a backing piece in white card, no need to bother about the legs and feet. Die cut again in buff coloured card, and snip off the legs and feet incorporating a little part of the body to use as a gluing tab. Glue the body tab and fix onto the white backing piece.
5. Cover the front surface of the backing paper with glue from a glue stick and place the grey outline piece on top. Now die cut the penguin again using a light grey sheet of textured cardstock trying to keep the loose bits within the die. Turn the die upside down over the penguin and poke out all the swirly bits over his tummy. Also use the thin face outline pieces, and the beak. Cut again in deep red to add the cheeks. Cut again in black to add the eyes.
6. Die cut the penguin again using white textured cardstock and fussy cut the face area out. Glue this straight on top of the grey face. Add another beak in the buff colour.
7. Die cut the tiny bow tie in the same deep red colour and back onto red card. Die cut again in dark green to paper piece the decorative pattern. Fix this into place on the penguin using 3D foam pads.
8. The penguin can now be added to the card design using 3D foam pads. Build up a block of pads three deep to support the penguin behind the head.
9. Add a few more snowflakes to the second foreground section.
10. Write a simple hand lettered sentiment using a fine black pen onto smooth white card. Trim to form a banner and attach to the card using more 3D foam squares.
Miss Libby Rose has rounded up her top 10 most used and favoured Hobbycraft products into the below list, so that we can all build the ultimate sewing kit to set us off on the right foot! She has thrown some top tips in the mix, as well as alternatives for makers on a budget!
1. Fat Quarters
If you have done any work with me either online, on-bus or in person, you will know that I love a fat quarter, and a lot of the lovely creative work we do is based around these gorgeous fabrics. This hasn’t always been the case, in fact once upon a time, before my days of working with Hobbycraft, I thought these little bundles were only used by quilters, patchwork peeps and to look pretty on the crafting shelf!
I know that it is not only me who thinks this way, over time I have chatted to many others from a fashion or dressmaking background, and they all generally agree that they thought ‘people like us’ don’t have a use for fat quarters even though they do look pretty. I have certainly now made up for lost time since making it my mission in 2015 to find a way of using these for every design I create including clothing!
So therefore my no.1 top sewing tool from Hobbycraft is their Fat Quarters. In particular favourites at the moment are:
1. Embroidery Scissors are a great addition to your sewing box, even if you are not into embroidery (yet) these sharp, precise little snippers will ensure a wonderful, professional finish in your work. The pointy ends will allow you to get rid of even the smallest stray pesky thread.
2. Fabric Scissors – keep them sharp and keep them separate. I actually label all my scissors so no-one has the urge to use my fabric scissors for anything else. I find a nice rounded plastic handle works well for me these days as metal handles can tend to rub (although I do still use metal handle for fashion) but for comfort and fabulousness check out these lovely ones:
3. Paper Scissors – it is good practice in your sewing kit to have a nice pair of paper scissors too, I know we tend to miss this pair (in the sewing world) and grab kitchen scissors or the kids scissors for paper (or is that just me?) but life is so much better with a nice pair of paper scissors dedicated to your patterns and paper only. I recommend:
You might think all pins are the same, and yes they are all very useful, but you can choose different types! While steel headed pins are lovely for dressmaking and for home use, I always try and use pins with a head when doing workshops outside of home.
Why you may ask? Here are my top 3 reasons why using pins with a head are better:
Easy to see when spilt, especially on the floor!
Easy to pick up! Using the big head on top these pins are always much easier to pick up one at a time from a pin pot or to slide out of your pin cushion!
They look so pretty in your pin pot or in your pin cushion, and really that is what matters most of all!
My absolute favourite sewing foot. If you are working with Jersey fabric or if you are quilting, this foot allows you to layer up fabrics without them slipping everywhere! It has a feed-dog at the top so it works well with the feed dogs on the machine manipulating layers of fabric or helping with tricky fabrics. If you are using tricky, slippy or layered up fabrics a lot then this is a definite go-to foot!
This product is an absolute staple on the pink sewing bus and most places I work! It is magic in a packet. If you work with appliqué pictures, lettering, words or any type of appliqué then do give this a go rather than pinning your work in place. It will allow you to iron on your appliqué in advance so you can easily sew around it without the fear of the ‘pin crumple’.
Alternatively you can use the Heat ‘n’ Bond Ultra and you don’t even have to sew, just iron on and you’re ready!
Top tip! When filling up your bean bag – do it over a (dry) bath to help contain any spillage!
You can also have lots of fun filling stuffed toys, cushions, creatures or even draught excluders with this lovely quality Soft Toy Filling.
Top tip! Mix the stuffing / beans in with some lavender herbs or room oils to have a lovely scented project.
7. Sewing Storage: Plastic Boxes, Baskets & Bags!
Storage is a must to stay organised in every craft room and craft bus!
Small, colourful, and very cute boxes for pins, safety pins, excess bobbins, extra feet, small embroidery scissors and all other miniature essentials that need storing. Try these Really Useful Assorted Boxes.
Go one step further with a full organiser, and use each drawer for buttons, zips and have all your sewing kit neatly organised at your finger-tips. The Really Useful Boxes Organiser would work a treat!
And then neatly fold all your fabrics and fat quarters into these rather good looking Wicker Hamper Baskets.
Your sewing machine can’t be left out! You may have seen these Beautiful Bloom Sewing Machine Bags on my bus – they’re so easy to use, store and carry – and are big enough to fit overlockers in.
Rulers are a massive staple in my sewing and design life. I use them for drafting and creating lovely new patterns for you lovely peeps to follow and use. Plus creating fashion patterns too!
It’s well worth having a look through the rulers section on the Hobbycraft website or browsing the section in store as you may find the right ruler to help you. My top ‘must have’ rulers are:
Sew Easy Curve Ruler – great for fashion if you are starting to do ‘pattern hacks’ from patterns you have bought (see my make a simple dress pattern hack where we are creating our own facings), or if you are taking the plunge into pattern cutting. This curve will certainly help with tricky arm holes and necklines.
My favourite sewing machine that you can find in store at Hobbycraft is the Janome 2032 Sewing Machine. I love this machine for it’s ease of use for a beginner through to intermediate/advanced.
It has all the features you need including 4-step button hole with special foot & the zip foot plus the bonus that is really useful the ‘Double-lift presser foot’ There are 14 stitch options on this machine including E, F & G which are great for stretch! (Do remember to change your needle type if you are using stretch fabric – check out my blog post on this.)
If you are looking for a new machine, or to get started with sewing, I always recommend to go on a class first and get a feel for the machines at the class then you will get a feel for what you like and what you don’t! Hobbycraft run Sew Simple sessions in store to help you find the right machine for you!
If you’re just starting out on your Tim Holtz mixed media journey this intricate die-cut panel card, revealing a lovely inked background, is the perfect place to start.
The beautifully blended background peeking through the die-cut panel has been created using a selection of the fabulous Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks along with the Ranger ink blending tool – two must haves from the collection.
1. Gather your supplies; smooth cardstock for inked background and die-cut panels, a card blank, Tim Holtz Distess Oxide ink pads, blending tool and sponges, intricate corner dies, alpha dies and foam pads.
2. Using the floral corner die from the Sizzix Thinlits ‘Mixed Media #2’ die set, die cut two opposite corners on a piece of smooth white cardstock trimmed to the same size as the card blank.
3. On a piece of white cardstock trimmed slightly smaller than the card blank apply Distress Oxide inks with a foam blending tool. Apply the ink heavily and blend between colours. The oxide inks blend beautifully together. Apply as many colours as you like.
4. Apply water droplets over the inked surface with a water spritzer or flick water droplets with your fingers. The water reacts with the oxide ink revealing a lighter colour creating a really cool effect.
5. Dry the coloured panel with a heat tool to set the inks.
6. Adhere the inked panel to the card blank with double sided tape and adhere the die-cut panel to the inked panel with foam pads.
7. Create a smaller similar inked panel and die-cut letters from it for your card sentiment using the Sizzix Thinlits Alphanumberic Script die set. Adhere these to the top panel with a glue pen.
8. To complete the card, distress the edges of the card by wither using a paper edge distresser, or by using the blades on an open pair of scissors. Make sure to be extra careful if using scissors to distress the edge of the card, and always make sure to do this away from you.
Hints and Tips
• Use low tack tape such as washi tape to hold the dies in place as they make their way through the die cutting machine.
• Be generous when applying the Oxide ink as this will make blending easier and give you a richer colour.
Create a wonderfully detailed floral frame card with layered die-cut flowers and leaves surrounding an antique looking frame with vintage style ephemera, all positioned upon a gorgeous inked background.
1. Die-cut a variety of flowers and leaves from white and coloured cardstock using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits ‘Funky Florals’ and ‘Garden Greens’ die sets.
2. Add detail to the flowers and leaves by blending Distress Oxide inks over the edges of the die-cuts to make them look more realistic.
3. Use an embossing tool from the Sizzix Paper Sculpting Kit with a foam pad positioned underneath to add vein lines to the die-cut leaves, this makes them look real and gives them dimension.
4. Assemble the flowers by gluing the centres in place. Use a white pen to add shine to the berries. It’s a good idea to make plenty of flowers and leaves to give you lots of choice, any you don’t use on the card can be used for other projects.
5. Make a cool inked sky background panel for your card. Do this by pressing the Distress Oxide ink pads (Broken China & Faded Jeans) directly on to a non-stick sheet.
6. Spritz water over the ink with a spritzer bottle.
7. Mix the ink and water together with your finger, but don’t completely blend the two colours together.
8. Place a white cardstock panel (trimmed slightly smaller than the card blank) face down onto the ink. Lift and press down again, repeat until you’re happy with the effect. Dry the panel with a heat tool. Adhere to the card blank.
9. Position the frame on the inked background panel and lightly pencil around the outside edge, remove and begin to glue the leaves and flowers into position. Use a variety of liquid glue and foam pads to give dimension. Curl leaves and petals up for realism.
10. Glue the ephemera pieces and a word strip to the frame and nestle the frame in the flowers on the card blank. Use glue dots or strong liquid glue to adhere the frame securely.
11. Add a metal butterfly to the frame with glue dots or with a hot glue gun.
12. Ink the edges of the sentiment word stickers with brown ink. Use a blending tool or cotton buds.
13. Adhere the inked word stickers inside the frame. Distress the edges of the frame with sand paper or an emery board and apply some grey and brown ink to age the revealed chipboard.
Hints and Tips
When using a heat tool, allow the tool to heat up before holding it close to your project. This will help to reduce warping of the paper or card.
Back the frame with patterned paper for a different look and add word strips on top.
Document your travel memories in a beautifully decorated holiday scrapbook using Tim Holtz products, there’s so many embellishments, ink pads, papers and ephemera to choose, creating a stunning mixed media album cover is a doddle.
1. Trim a piece of paper from the 8 x 8” paper pad to fit the front over of the album and cut a slit for the ribbon tie. Ink the edges of the paper with a distress ink and a blending tool.
3. Glue the paper to the album cover and distress the edges with sandpaper or an emery board.
4. Add strips of washi tape to the bottom of the album. Trim a piece of patterned paper and distress the edges. Glue a piece of frayed canvas to the top left of the album and adhere the patterned paper at an angel over the top.
5. Make your own aged ticket ephemera by spraying Distress Resist Spray over a piece of kraft cardstock. Leave to dry or use a heat tool to dry the spray. The resist spray leaves an orange peel effect where misted and larger droplets where those have fallen. The resist spray doesn’t soak into the cardstock, it rests and dries on top to give a dimensional effect.
6. Cover the kraft cardstock with Distress Oxide inks, blending colours like colours together with foam blending tools. Spritzed water droplets over the inked areas of Distress Oxide to create cool effects and dry with a heat tool. Water- based inks such as the oxides will be resisted by the resisted spray and therefore not adhere to them leaving the kraft base to show through.
7. Use Archival Ink to stamp tickets over the coloured areas using the Stampers Anonymous ‘Ticket Booth’ stamp set. The archival ink is will stamp over the resist spray unlike pigment based (water-based) inks.
8. Cut out the tickets with scissors. Arrange tickets and ephemera pieces on to the album cover and glue into place.
9. Trim a 6 x 6” map from the 12 x 12” paper pad and distress the edges with a distresser tool, finger nails or sandpaper. Add stitching details such as flight lines and a heart with 3 strands of embroidery thread.
10. Cut travel words from the ‘Chatter’ Design Tape and place them on the top right of the map. Fix a ‘Typed Token’ with a brad beneath. Adhere the map piece on to the album cover and rough up the edges.
11. Add the title with chipboard tiles.
12. Glue three metal stars to the cover with strong all-purpose glue.
13. Add a splatter of Distress Resist Spray, by removing the top of the bottle, around the edges of the cover. Dry the resist spray.
14. Finally lightly blend some grey and brown ink over the areas with the resist spray to reveal the drops beneath.
Hints and Tips
• By careful not to get the Distress Resist Spray over your work area, clean up straight away if you do with a wet wipe. Also clean the nozzle after use.
• The Distress Resist Spray is milky in colour and consistency when wet, but is clear and raised when dry.
• Pierce holes in your paper before you begin stitching. This leaves neater holes and helps prevent mistakes or tearing of paper.
The World Cup has come around again for another month of thrilling matches! Host a World Cup party to welcome in the games, including kids crafts, games, tasty treats, and take away gifts. Use the below projects and products as inspiration to dress your home and entertain your guests alongside the engrossing matches, or use some of these projects to entertain the kids when their attention span wanders from the match!
This simple make is the perfect way to entertain the kids whilst the match is playing. For this make you’ll only need a few crafting items, and it’s an innovative way to use up any old boxes. Get as creative as you like; add numbers to the ‘players’, swap colours to represent the differing teams, and decorate the pitch! Enjoy playing your own game of football alongside the pros at the World Cup!
This make is a fun way to entertain guests at your World Cup Party! Fill it with all sorts of goodies and crafty souvenirs! This craft is completely child-friendly, super easy and equally impressive; perfect for family fun!
World Cup Food Buffet
We found this image and couldn’t leave it out! Use it as inspiration to create your own flag snacking stations – perfect for a buffet table at your World Cup party.
Get the kids celebrating the World Cup with some coloured flags that they can make themselves, and will enjoy waving around – decorate to your own taste and adorn the flags with the team colours you’re supporting!
This special keepsake is perfect to wear for the World Cup, and only needing a few simple things makes this craft super easy and child-friendly! Wear with pride during the World Cup as you cheer your support for the pros!
Paper chains are a great, easy and quick to-do make for picnics and garden parties. They can be created by all the family, and in next to no time at all you’ll have more than enough. Customise to show the colours of the team you’re supporting! Make it as simple as you like; it’s completely versatile!
Hama beads are a sure way to entertain kids during the run-up to the World Cup. Being simple and easy, this craft will be enjoyed by all and is a sure way to celebrate football through imaginative play!
A sure way to impress your guests, this guac football pitch is both delicious and creative! Easy, yet different, this appetizer is a sure way to channel that spirit for the World Cup – enjoy the celebrations in true avocado-goodness fashion!
Looking to make something last minute to finish off the look for your World Cup Party? This craft is a quick and easy fix to that. Bunting is so versatile, you can make it from so many materials and can use an array of colours and patterns – that is why it is so great for so many different occasions!
These football necklaces are the perfect adornment for the World Cup! Completely child-friendly, enjoy making these simple makes with all the family. Read the post linked above to find out how it’s done.
Perfect for those little ones who may be too little to sit through an entire football match, this craft is super easy and child-friendly! Kids will love scrunching up the paper and sticking it to make a tissue paper football. Perfect for a way to entertain children during the World Cup whilst celebrating the occasion.
This card is a creative crafty make perfect for those loved ones that are football-mad. Read the tutorial linked above to find out how to make this intermediate papercraft creation! Check out these Football Stick-On Card Toppers that would work a treat on a show-stopping card like this.
It’s hard to know where to begin sometimes with a sewing pattern, but there are so many ‘shop bought’ patterns out there to choose from these days, you would be hard to find something that DOESN’t suit you! In this handy guide sewing expert Miss Libby Rose guides you through some of her top tips for choosing and using a shop bought sewing pattern.
1. Check the ability level, this is sometimes on the front of the pattern, usually it will proudly state if it is an ‘easy’ or ‘simple’ make. If it is not stated, it usually means it can be a bit more difficult, an intermediate level.
You can also check how many pieces are being used, this can also be stated ‘dress using 2 pattern pieces’
2. Flip the pattern envelope over and see the design drawing of the pattern, this is a line drawing of each of the designs that are included. Sometimes a piece will be shown on the front that is just part of the picture and not a pattern piece. Also you may not necessarily like the way it is shown on the front (not your type of fabric etc) but by looking at the design drawing you will get a better idea of it.
3. Choose your size from the chart on the back of the pattern envelope, this lists sizes and measurements so you can be sure it will fit!
If you are not sure of your exact size or where your measurements fit in, then its good idea to get yourself a tape measure & get measuring!
When you are taking measurements, hold the tape firm, but not tight and also not too loose.
Here’s some tips on measuring up:-
Bust – Hold one end of the tape measure middle of your chest and stretch it across your bust and around the whole way
Waist – take the measurement halfway between where your rib cage ends and your hip bone starts.
Nape to wait – get someone else to take this you. It’s the middle of the back of your neck down to the waist measurement you took earlier.
Using your pattern:
1. Once you have the correct size & style you can gather up all your notions by following the guide, again on the back of the pattern envelope. This will tell you what else is needed to create the look: Zips, buttons, interfacing, bias binding etc.
2. Get yourself comfortable on a clear big table or the floor and unwrap all of the pattern and instructions.
3. Cut out the tracing paper pattern following your size guideline.
OR If you want to keep all the sizes in tact you can cut it out to the biggest size and use a tracing wheel and chalk to mark your size onto fabric each time.
NB: If you are following the tutorial on ‘make a simple dress’ with me, then you will only need to cut out the front and back in your size in the pattern, then put the rest to one side. We create our own facings out of paper making this a super simple make.
4. Once you are happy and have made up your design I always suggest to transfer the paper pattern to cardboard so it lasts longer and doesn’t tear! It’s also much easier to cut around!
5. Take note of your notches and mark them down when you are ready to cut your fabric out. It makes life so much easier when following the instructions.
6. HAVE FUN and don’t forget to share your makes – We’re always keen to see your crafts, and if you share your makes with us on Instagram using #Hobbycraft, you will be in with the chance of winning a £100 voucher each month! T&C’s apply.