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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Hobbycraft Festive Review

Happy  mail from Hobbycraft
I was delighted when Hobbycraft approached me to review some of their Christmas products.

Hobbycraft is a crafters dream, ailse after ailse of all things to creative! Many of you know that already, but I'm a bit of a fan... At Christmas time you can get all your crafts under one roof from dressing the table to homemade gifts, it's perfect for busy people.

Hobbycraft sent me a selection of Christmas cards toppers, stickers and gorgeous festive gold crafting cards plus a cracker kit to review. Homemade crackers, how amazing!!

The first thing that I noticed about the range was the quality. The card toppers are really great with a rubber easy grip backing which not only means they don't warp and bend, simply they are easy to work with and the glitter is fine so doesn't come off on your hands in big flakey chunks! I'm not going to be wearing craft glitter on my face this Christmas time.

As many of you have already made and sent your Christmas cards, now is the time to make the cards for new years parties, place settings and luxury keepsake cards. If you are like me, you have been card crafting away for months and now is the time for some really exciting bespoke ones! Many lines are on 3 for 2 as well, check out Hobbycraft's Christmas pages and start planning.


So for those posh cards that you want to make in super quick speed (as it's Christmas nearly and we're busy), why not try out these two luxury tutorials?
  


Stars Are Golden Card

The gold foil cards have a cut out and no backing like a traditional gated card so not wastage cutting off the inner card flap. They are great to make lace effect cards with as you can see the message through the stars which is a lovely touch.

  • Simply glue the stars together point to point on the backs on a acetate surface (this is because the glue will peel off). 
  • Leave to dry and then glue to the card point to point.
  • Then take one of the stars and stick this on the corner with a flower insert. (Remember odd numbers look better!)
  • Leave a few minutes to dry and hey presto...you're done!
  This card looks amazing for a place setting or New Year's party.
                          

Stars and sparkle this Christmas!

 Christmas Lacey Floral Card

The flower toppers are great to work with too, try the same principle of sticking the petals together instead of the star points! I'm inspired by the fresh flower cards you can delivered from your local florists.

How pretty are these floral toppers?





Pretty floral toppers

I finished the card with a vintage typed message 'Christmas 2013' on fabric I put into my vintage typewriter!

I hope I've inspired you to make some great handmade cards this weekend? Love as always to see pictures, tweet or post them at #createitsamantha.

Thank-you to Hobbycraft for this great opportunity! I'm off to try the handmade crackers now so another post so stay tuned...

Bye for now,


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