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Plans for the New Year and what you want from us?

So it is time for us to start planning for the new year and to find out what you want from us? We need all the information you can give us so please email us with all your suggestions. January is a great time to sit down and plan out the year. We like to take a breather from how busy we have been this Christmas time and start planning. How do you utilise, January? Well, Christmas is over! All that time and effort, some of you will be packing up... Read More


How to Cool off from the heat during the Summer with Crafty Arts

Here are some great steps of how to cool off from the heat the summer. We are in a heatwave and we are all dreaming of cooling down. So here at Crafty Arts, we thought we would share with you some ideas on how to cool off this during glorious summer. Let’s just start with the most practical one and that is, drink lots of water and stay hydrated at all times. Fainting is common during a heatwave so the shade is your friend! We should not be going any... Read More

Board Game Gift Guide 09/11/2017

Board Game Gift Guide: Christmas 2017 Edition

With lots of board games out this year, here is our board game gift guide with the top games to play over the Christmas period. We had a look at the best games that are out at the moment, be it the oldies but goodies or newbies that has been added to our range.     Image Source:  Unsplash @mparzuchowski Games are a big part of my Christmas evening and I am sure that the same goes for you too. So I thought that I would  give you a break down... Read More

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Day 21: Being a Christmas Baby!

    Now my family have always been good at separating Christmas from my birthday so I have very few complaints.           My Mum and Dad put up their decorations on the 12th of December and remove them 12 days after. My mum always makes a special effort by having Christmas just in one room and she decorated another up as my birthday. Thanks mum! Dana would have decorated her house at the beginning of December, as she loves Christmas so much. But for me, it... Read More

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On the Second Day of Christmas my true love gave to me.. Two turtle Doves & some Spectrum Noir Sparkle

        I like glitter but it has a time and place and although Christmas is definitely it. I didn’t think I would love them as much as I do. Brush pens to me have to be smooth and easy to use with a good bristle, so I couldn’t see how it was going to be glittery.       I quickly drew out a sketch of two turtle doves who happen to be in perfect colours for the Spectrum Noir glitter brush pens.   I sketched them... Read More

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Visiting a Christmas Market in Munich

It goes without saying that Christmas and Germany go hand in hand. Visiting the Christmas Markets in Munich is pretty spectacular. Cold crisp nights, wholesome heart food and Christmas everywhere. If you would like a more traditional Christmas holiday or weekend break then why not try the Munich Christmas Markets. Flights to Munich are fairly cheap and if you search around you can great hotels or Air Bnbs very central. Just pack your comfy shoes if like me you prefer to walk everywhere.   I am an army brat so... Read More

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Experimenting with Pebeo

I love mixed media, it is a discipline of a different sort and when using Pebeo Fantasy paint’s, you literally have no control of how the colours and textures develop. I experimented with different solvent based paints like the Vitrail, Prisme and Moon. This way of creating art is all about letting loose and pure experimentation.       I began playing with resins, Crystal Resin (my personal favourite) with it’s glass like quality and Glazing Resin which makes your work look like it is enamelled or contains items in... Read More

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Visiting Flair Plc

A few weeks ago myself and Jay had the great opportunity to have our annual visit to the Flair showroom. Flair specialises in children’s toys and games. A lot of the craft brands that you have seen over the years Cool Cardz and Plasticine. So every year we visit the showroom to view the up and coming products that are more than likely going to be in the top 100 toys for Christmas.     We got to check out the new lines of ID3D. Which is always a fun line.... Read More

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Macmillian Coffee Morning Here at Crafty Arts

        Our Macmillian coffee morning is round the corner and only a few weeks away. But first can I just say that I cannot believe that we have never run one of these before. This charity is fantastic at what they do and the fact that we all like cake at Crafty Arts. Like REALLY like cake! If we can raise money by eating cake.       So in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support we will be joining the Nation in throwing the world’s biggest coffee... Read More

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Summer Funday 27th August 2016

So Last Year we held our first Summer Funday, we had stalls, demonstrators, face-painting, cupcakes, sunshine and most importantly we had you, our customers!     We are doing it all and more again this year on Saturday 27th August. As it is our 25th birthday this year we are having the Deputy Mayor present us with a special Birthday Plaque which will be lovely! For everyone who had their faces painted by the wonderful Dobby – she is coming back! We asked for her early this year because her... Read More

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Visit to Toy Fair Olympia 2016

  One of my highlights of the year is Fair season and Toy Fair in January kicks it off.   The last week in January myself and Jay went to Olympia to see some new products and to get a bit of an idea of the what is going to be hot and what is not in the Toy and Children’s craft section.   But as I walked through the doors of Toy Fair a smiled appeared on my face.   You see the products that I would see today... Read More

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Crafty Arts Summer Fun Day Highlights in Romford

Even though our Summer Fun day was a few weeks ago it was a lovely distant memory. As the marquee was being set up and the tables being put out, we were willing the sun to come out and the clouds to go away. The demonstrators and stall owners began to set up and the sun began to move over Romford. We had demonstrators from Our very own knit and natter ladies (which also includes Crochet with Maggie), Christine from Crafters Companion, Emma from Fimo, Dobby from Snazaroo and Caroline... Read More

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An introduction to Marianna our Print Making Tutor

Born in Mexico City and based in London since 2004, Mariana Cutino Moguel has worked mainly in user- focused graphic design. After doing an MA in Industrial Design in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, she has worked mainly in Visual Merchandising and Display for retail while also lecturing and tutoring in different universities such as Central Saint Martins, Anglia Ruskin University and Royal College of Arts.     Nowadays, Mariana works as a freelancer in graphic, editorial and digital design for companies such as Grazia Magazine and... Read More

Feature Images_ArtMaskingFluid 21/07/2015
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How to use Art Masking Fluid

This is an easy introduction to what Art Masking fluid is, what it is used for and more importantly how to use it.       What is Masking Fluid? Art masking fluid is a pigmented liquid composed of rubber latex and pigment, for masking areas of work needing protection when colour is applied in broad washes.   What are the different types of Masking Fluid? There are two types: Art Masking Fluid and Colourless Art Masking Fluid.   What is it used for? Art masking fluid is used when... Read More

Baby Bunting 05/05/2015
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Make your Own: Pink Baby Buntings

Baby showers and hen parties are becoming more and more expensive to host, with balloons over £1 each and packs of glitter at £3 a bag I feel very unsatisfied with the choices I am given. So for a while now I have been making my own bunting. Now you can buy truly beautiful fabric bunting and making it isn’t that tricky as a pair of pinking shears makes light work of hemming seams but I feel time wise you are restricted to shape. So when one of my friends... Read More

Be Creative 24/04/2015
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The Benefits of Being Creative

Recently I keep seeing articles of the benefits of taking up a craft, so I decided to look into this a bit further.     It’s funny, when you generally think about the word “creative”, what comes to mind is Art & Crafts. So it was interesting watching the video on the CNN link as it looks at  different types of ways you can be creative ie Building Gadgets. Opening creativity to everyone!   A shocking statistic that I found in the Daily Mail stated that being a creative person... Read More

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Our Essex Digital Awards Nominations

Today I had a nice surprise, as I opened up my email and found out that we have been nominated to be finalists for not 1 but 2 categories in the Essex Digital Awards. The two categories that we will be competing for are Online Business & Website – Lifestyle & Culture.   We are so excited to be finalists and we are hoping to win!   The Award ceremony will be held at the Colchester United Football Club’s stadium on 23rd April 2015. So, I will keep you posted!!... Read More

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Lily Sugar’n Cream VS Lion Brand Yarns?

Over the last few years we have been adding wools and yarns to our extensive range of Arts and Crafts products. We have been told that you want more. So adding to our King Cole, Grundl and Hoooked Zpagetti range we want to either add Lily Sugar’n Cream or Lion Brand Yarns. For those that don’t know…   LION BRAND Founded in New York City, Lion Brand Yarn Company is a 135 year-old brand that has been family owned and operated for 5 generations. The company is devoted to inspiring... Read More


Bringing to you Crafter’s Companion Inspiration Magazine,Christmas Craft Ideas

NEW IN!!! Crafter’s Companion has brought to you their 5th Christmas bumper pack edition. This kit is to inspire you to step outside of the box for your Christmas paper crafting needs. This kit-based magazine has craft goodies worth a staggering £50 inside! There are step-by-step tutorials showing you how you can create stunning projects using not only the items from this kit, but also a wide variety of Crafter’s Companion products that you can get at Crafty Arts.   THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG DIES WORTH £6.99 Two fabulous... Read More

King Cole 22/08/2014
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The Great British Knit – King Cole is joining our range

I am so excited that we are extending our Knitting and Crochet yarns by your request. In doing we are proud that King Cole will be joining the range.   We chose King Cole because they have been producing knitting and crochet materials since 1935. Today they are still classed as a leading UK and international supplier and proud winners of the Queens award for enterprise in 2012.       There are so many patterns for beginner knitters or crocheters. Many of these projects can be done in a... Read More