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01/02/2018
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The Perfect DIY Wedding Planning Advice for Crafty Brides

Planning is vital when it comes to weddings and I would definitely class myself as a DIY Crafty bride. Not sure where to start planning your DIY wedding? I talked to a lot of people about weddings. Our families are great and are not expecting us to invite cousins and their friends. That we have little or no relationship with etc. Over the years I have heard horror stories of parental pressure to invite people you barely know. I am going to say it again, this is your day. If they... Read More

25/01/2018
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A New Year a New Hobby, What are you going to try?

With the start of the new year, it is always excited to try something new. Luckily, we live in a world where we can learn how to do anything from the comfort of our own home. Starting a New Year hobby is easy with the many varieties of learning opportunities available to us: Video’s –  Youtube has thousands of easy to follow instructive videos that we can learn from. Step by Steps – Blogs have How To’s, there are Art and Craft courses are available all over the world. We... Read More

12/01/2018

Pantone Colour Of The Year 2018 : Ultra Violet

The Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 has finally been revealed as the gorgeous Ultra Violet. This may not mean much to you at the moment but you will start this colour a lot more from the clothes that you buy to the paint in your house. It will slowly infiltrate your life without you even being aware of it. Colours and Trends Trends come and go, subject matters, plants (cacti and succulents are still going strong) craft gins, craft coffees, food you name it. Pantone has a global input on... Read More

04/01/2018
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Get your skates on with ITV’s Dancing on Ice 2018 and Sequin Art

Dancing on ice and sequin art are made for one another. With the show starting this Sunday, this Ice Skate Sequin Art kit is the perfect project for you to work on while you watch the show. When is it on? This Sunday 7th Jan at 6pm and will be running for the next 10 weeks. Returning this year as presenters on the ITV show with be Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. Before we get stuck in to our Dancing on Ice and sequin art project, here’s a peek at... Read More

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5 Crafty Storage Hacks to Organise Your Creativity

How’s your craft room looking? If you’re constantly rummaging, searching and scrabbling around to find the bits and bobs you need, then you may be in need of a few good storage hacks. As keen crafters ourselves, we’ve picked up loads of great organisation hacks for storing our craft materials along the way, and we’re going to share them with you. Sharing is caring, after all. Our top 5 storage hacks: Marvellous Jars Image source: listinspired / thecoloringbook / jessicapetersonphoto Is there anything you can’t use a mason jar for?... Read More

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DIY Christmas Crackers: Crafty Ideas With a Festive Snap

Hands up, who’s grown tired of supermarket Christmas crackers? Yep, us too. But there is a solution: DIY Christmas crackers. Crackers are a festive tradition that have been an integral part of Christmas dinner proceedings since, well…forever. But inside these glittering, enticing things so often lies disappointment. Every year we get sigh-worthy jokes that we’ve heard a thousand times before, plus a naff plastic item that soon finds its way into the bin or (if it’s lucky) the bottom of that ‘miscellaneous’ kitchen drawer, never to be seen again. So... Read More

hygge crafts 19/12/2017
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How to Hygge: 4 Hygge Craft Ideas for a Cosy Home

Not sure how to hygge? With these four hygge craft ideas you can cosy up and enjoy the winter season in true Danish fashion, and all without ever leaving the fireside. For those who aren’t too familiar, hygge (‘hue-guh’) is a Danish word used to describe moments that are cosy, charming and special, and it’s become something of a lifestyle choice for many. Characterised by glowing firelight, warmth and delicious food and drink, it’s little wonder hygge has taken the entire world by storm. To get you started, here are... Read More

16/12/2017
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How to make your own Christmas Jumper ready for Christmas Jumper Day

Here I show you how to make your own Christmas Jumper ready for Christmas Jumper day! Well, this Christmas you don’t have to wear the same brightly coloured jumper as everyone else. You and your family can now wear matching jumpers made with your own fair hands. You can do it, choose your own colour pallet and add as much sparkle and baubles as you like, but the best thing is it is really simple.               Sweatshirt Felt Pom Pom trim Posca pens  Scissors... Read More

13/12/2017
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How to Get the Kids involved this Christmas: Christmas Crafts

Christmas is personal to everyone and it’s important to get the kids involved. I am going to show you an easy craft for the whole family. We all have our own traditions at Christmas, from the order of the day to things we have to do (turkey sandwich no matter how full we are). Even the things we don’t do (like tinsel on the Christmas tree). People get funny about the word Xmas (which is my pet hate). The term Merry Christmas (as it should be) and Happy Christmas (no... Read More

07/12/2017
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Stuck for Christmas Gift Ideas? Here is this year’s Staff Picks for 2017

It can be so hard finding gift ideas for Christmas.  Here are a selection of potential gift ideas for your friends and family. Here at Crafty Arts we are always working hard to bring you new and exciting products, so here our team are going to talk about their favourite products. Hopefully to inspire you in your Christmas shopping this year. We are a mix of personalities from crafters, artists, stationary lovers and all those in between. Image Source: Unslash @MarkusSpiske     Caran D’ache Pencil Sharpener I asked Jon... Read More

02/12/2017
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Don’t be a Donkey is a new card game to play at Christmas

Don’t be a Donkey is a new card game to play at Christmas. This is a fast paced game for the family. It’s a carrot grabbing swapping game that will keep you on your toes.   Last week on ITV’s “How to Spend It Well at Christmas with Phillip Schofield”. Don’t be a Donkey was rated as one of the top children’s games to play at Christmas. It’s a game not just to played by the children, but one for the adults to join in too.   Image Source: The Sun... Read More

30/11/2017
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How to Make Your Own D.I.Y Glass Ornaments for Christmas

Making your own D.I.Y glass ornaments for the Christmas tree is a great D.I.Y project. The great thing about a project like this is that doesn’t take a lot of time to make the different variations of baubles and it is something fun and exciting to do. This is a quick easy project and looks great. For those of you who would like to create something personal but don’t have a lot of time then this is the craft for you!   Getting Started Make Time: 15 minutes What you... Read More

DIY Christmas gifts 24/11/2017

3 DIY Christmas Gifts People Will Actually Want

Out of ideas for gifts this Christmas? DIY Christmas gifts are the way to go. Personal, adorable and made with love, homemade gifts are the best way to show your friends and family how much you care, and you’ll get lots of creativity brownie points too. So if you love a creative project and want to make something truly unique for your loved ones this year, take a look at these three DIY Christmas gift ideas from the team here at Crafty Arts, complete with handy shopping lists for all... Read More

23/11/2017

Great tips for Black Friday 2017

Great tips for Black Friday 2017, why not? It is almost upon us and this year we have some great tips for you. With the addition of both Black Friday craft deals and Black Friday art supplies.   Why fight against the crowd? When you can see the Best Black Friday Deals in your warm cosy home. Our aim is to help you make Black Friday 2017 as easy as possible. Here are some handy tips to help make your Black Friday a success in 2017 and help you find... Read More

21/11/2017

We are so excited to be introducing our new website

We are proud to introduce you to our new website. After months and months of hard work we are excited to announce our new and refreshed website.   Our goals when creating the new website was to offer you a website that not only looks new and fresh, but also to ensure that the usability is easier and faster.   Here is a list of our new and improved upgrades to the from our new website:   NEW Navigation   The navigation around the website is a lot clearer and... 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

Autumn Craft Ideas for Kids 01/11/2017

Autumn Crafts: 4 Leaf Art Ideas For Kids

What’s the one thing autumn gives us in abundance? Leaves of course! And leaves are perfect for autumn crafts, offering so many possibilities for making all sorts of exciting things. We’ve got four wonderfully easy leaf art ideas that you and the kids can do together. All you need to do first is take a lovely stroll through the park and collect lots of dry leaves in as many different colours, shapes and sizes as you can find. What a great excuse for a family day out! Once you have your... Read More

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Harry Potter Crafts: Our Magical Workshops

This little blog is a personal journey of obsession that meets craft.   This is the first blog I am writing for Crafty Arts and I get to talk about the two things that I love, Harry Potter and workshops. I couldn’t be happier.     Image Source whatculture.com     I work part time at Crafty Arts for the Customer Service Team and one of the workshop teachers, which means not only can I influence the workshops (more Harry Potter ones please) but I can also attend them with my... Read More

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Paint like British Artist Laurence Stephen Lowry

Image Source: The Guardian Newspaper   MyArtBroker is a art great platform that connect buyers and sellers to the world of art. We touched base with them last month to find out what names in the art world were standing out from the crowd at the moment. A resurgence of interest was found in the artworks of late L. S Lowry. Lowry was a much loved British artist known for being able to capture the industrial north of 1920’s. His paintings of life in the industrial heartlands of North England. Some... Read More

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The anatomy of the paint brush: All you need to know

Here you will find the anatomy of the paint brush. Understanding all of of the components of the artist brush. All you need to know.   It is always worth investing in good quality brushes, it doesn’t always mean buying the most expensive. But nothing is more annoying than painting and bristles end up in your work, it‘s not worth it.     I thought that it would be good idea to give breakdown parts of the brush, so you know what people are talking about in your art group... Read More