We have a design team!

Hi guys!

If you follow me on social media you’ll know all about the upcoming TV show on Hochanda, 2 hour dedicated to selling and demonstrating my stamps! It feels so surreal to have my own show after producing 100’s of Hochanda’s live hours over the past year and a half. Madness! Anyway, I can’t thank my Hochanda family enough for all the support, I’m sure many of you know my husband lost his job 2 weeks before our wedding last month and having the potential to make money to help with that based on my passion for creative design means the world.

Anyway! A TV show means I need lots of samples, which means I need a design team! I was absolutely flooded with applications (and even though the DT call is now closed I’m still getting people begging, but that’s okay because the team refreshes every 6 months to keep it fresh and make sure we see a variety of papercrafting and talent!

So eventually I managed to whittle them down to 13. I know, I know, it was meant to be 10 but I got carried away!

So, meet…

Laura Henderson: “Hi everyone, I’m Laura I’m 25 and live in Glasgow. I love crafting mostly scrapbooking and creative journaling these days but first started with card making . I get married in October so can’t wait to scrapbook all the photographs from our day! My cat Millie is also featured in lots of my projects. I’m so excited to be here!”

Danielle Bigland: “So, I’m a craftaholic as are we all! Ive just left a job at Hobbycraft which was a delightful experience, and nowadays you’ll find me like a pig in poo in my craft room all day. (That is if I am not refereeing my 2 boys 8 and 5) Generally, I don’t make anything. I sit looking at all the mess. I am not on any design teams so this is all a new experience for me. I am super excited to be a part of this. I’m hoping I could gain some friendships and a little family out of it also. Bonus!”

Diane Ingram: “I’m Diane, 53 and a badly behaved and noisy Library Assistant….but I work as little as possible, just enough to fund my crafting addiction. Plus I love spending time with by fabulous daughter and granddaughters Annie 3 yrs old and Ida 7 months. Weekends are mainly spent dancing (swing jive) with my wonderful hubbie, spending time with friends, eating too much and drinking the occasional bottle of red wine (its official ….its good for you!). Really looking forward to seeing what we all create and big thank you Loti for letting me share the fun.”

Aditi Mahajan: “I am Aditi from India and along with my Mother, Sunila run a home decor business by the name Dots to Lines. We craft together and we are into mixed media, scrapbooking, altered art, paper-crafting and a lot more ! We enjoy crafting and creating together. Apart from that I am a Psychologist and provide therapy to those in need ! Super excited and looking forward to working with you’ll and especially designing using Mama Makes products!”

Kasia Bigaj: “I am happy to start a new adventure on Mama Makes design team. I am passionate about crafting and quality of my creations. I only give 100% to all my creations and I need to be fully happy with every details for me to present the sample. I know it’s crazy but I learnt to live with it. Lol. I live in Leicester, born in Poland.”

Geraldine Carruthers: “I’m Ger, 40 & mum of the horrid teens, wife to a long suffering Hubs and slave to a Devon Rex & Vizsla. I’ve always crafted, love it all and try everything! I’m a part time classroom assistant, demonstrate for Docrafts & Trimcraft, Do mag work for Docrafts Creativity & I’m a Jamberry consultant!”

Lauren John: “I’m a reluctant 30 something from Essex, UK, auntie to my little 4 year old friend Joey, and a freelance writer by trade. I was just in Quick Cards Magazine for their sketch challenge, and have another reader thing coming up somewhere else in Oct. I have written on pop-up shops for former title Crafty, and greetings cards for Ideas Tap. Love paper craft and cardmaking, but also cross stitch, decoupage, try needle felt, all sorts. It’s my escape, relaxation, and is just fun. I love Disney, animals, reading, music and gigs, collecting postcards, writing letters to my penpals, and watching some sports on tv. Here’s my other nephew Wilson. Super excited to be on another DT and hopefully really get stuck into lots of excitement with everyone. Currently am on the Baker Ross blogger network and was also on Sarah Hurley’s for a while.”

Leila Gregory: “I’m Leila, 35 from Surrey. I’m married and have a 6 year old son and 12 year old stepson. I’ve been obsessed with stationery for as long as I can remember. I love planning and crafting. As well as paper crafts, I also like to metal stamp (www.swannyandboo.com) and crochet (www.kokucho.co.uk), although the crochet has taken a back seat in recent years due to having 3 cats and a small boy 😂 Lovely to meet you all and I’m over the moon to be part of the Mama Makes design team. I’m a huge fan of her stamps and can’t wait to get even more creative with them.”

Alison Markham: “I’m Alison. I live in Telford, Shropshire. I’m the mum of Simon (30 years) and Louise (28 years). Now I’m sure you are all trying to do the maths – yes that makes me in my 50s. I work as a teaching assistant/nurture group leader in a primary school and from September I will also be part of the team at a brand new after school club. Exciting times ahead!”

Natalie Ellis: “I’m Nat, 30yrs old, lives in Peterborough and I’m a floor manager at Hochanda. I live and breathe craft and I love papercraft, stamping and mixed media. I’m currently on the design team for Crafter’s Companion and Leonie Pujol as well as the Mama Makes team now!”

Jackie Reader: “I’m Jacks, a very soon to be 53 year old and an all round crafter. Married to Steve, I have two girls Victoria 21 and Holly 16, I also have a gorgeous 1 year old grandson who keeps me on my toes. Papercrafting and jewellery making are my main crafts but I love to sew and have just started to learn bobbin lace making. Currently on a couple of other DTs and also run my own small craft business, I have a real love for anything stationery, especially boxes. My real weakness is very dark chocolate. So excited to be part of Team Mama.”

Annie Collins: “My name is Annie Collins and I love in Kissimmee, FL USA. I am 46 yrs old. I am a mom to 3 children and wife of 28 yrs to my best friend. I have been crafting since the age of 4. I love all crafts. I am on a few design teams. I am super excited to be a part of the design team.”

LeeAnn McKinney: “I am so honored to be here with everyone. My name is LeeAnn, I am 50 and live in Florida, USA. I am on a few design teams and LOVE spending my time in my craft room. Can’t wait to get to know you all. I am the mom to three 20-somethings, and my youngest is getting married August 6. I have 2 awesome grandchildren Junior will be 3 in August, and Jules will be 1 in October.”

The design team will change every 6 months to bring fresh new crafting inspiration to you all so if you’re interested in being in with a chance, please email [email protected]!

I look forward to reading their guest blogs and seeing their TV samples for the upcoming show on Hochanda on August 16th.

Have a great week all!

I’m back!

Hi guys,

I am so sorry if it feels like I have completely neglected you for months but I have been very busy with some exciting developments.

If you haven’t noticed by now, Mama Makes has expanded! We are now a craft company that design, make and sell photopolymer stamps and other crafty goodness on our store, www.mamamakesandbakes.co.uk/shop. This launched on Mother’s Day this year in March and has gone from strength to strength in a matter of months. We did our first retail show at Planner Con, we did another retail show in Telford at Create It and on August 16th the Mama Makes stamps will have their UK TV launch and be available to buy on TV shopping channel, Hochanda.

I will still keep this blog going of course where I can between my actual job as a TV producer and designing and sorting orders, however from now on you’ll be seeing lots of guest posts from my lovely design team members. You can find some of their blogs below:










I’m so excited to see what projects they come up with! Watch this space!

Celebrate this May with Mama Makes Store!

Grab yourself a treat this May, either Chapter One or Chapter Two stamp sets and get free delivery.
Hi guys!

We have so much to celebrate this May, we thought we’d give you a little treat to say thank you.

Can you believe Mama Makes has only been open since the end of March? We have had so much success and that is all down to you.

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by our stand at Planner Con 2017, I loved meeting you all and I hope you have fun stamping with all of all purchases.. If you dig deep in your goodie bag, you’ll find a promo code to help you with your shopping!

If you do make anything with any of our products, don’t forget to hashtag us #mamamakesstore and tag us if you’re on Instagram @mamamakesblog 
We love seeing all of your crafty makes, even if it’s just a planner layout!

We are thrilled to be bringing you some BIG brands very soon including Tonic and Webster’s Pages, so keep your eye on the store. We are so excited to work with these amazing brands so you can get the most out of your stamping.

We are also looking at releasing a new chapter for June 2017! We are going to be working with up and coming artists to bring you some absolutely GORGEOUS designs! Keep your eyes peeled for sneaky teases on Instagram (@mamamakesblog) and Facebook (/mamamakesshop).

Happy stamping!
Mama x

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Journal time!

Hi all! I hope you’re well.

This week I have been working with the Imagination Crafts planner journal, when I got it home I couldn’t wait to decorate the front!

This is decorated with Spectrum Sparkle pens, Sizzix dies by Katie Skilton, Sue Wilson stitches flags by Creative Expressions and one of my stamps from the Mama Makes store.

I also had fun inside of course! I created this great background by blending my distress inks with a blending tool and then sticking a sentiment in the middle. The sentiment is from Sarah Hurley.

Finally, I experimented with a journal page! These stamps are planner stamps from imagination crafts, I love the font here. I have also embellished with washi tape from Tiger and distress ink. I used Memento to stamp out everything else.

I hope you love what I’ve been crafting and if you’d like anything I have mentioned go check out www.imaginedesigncreate.co.uk as most of it is on there.

Have a lovely Easter everyone!

Barking mad!

Hi guys,

Just a quick one today to share a make.

I recently signed up to Clarity Gold and this was the first stamp I got, I love it!

Hope you like this quick card I made with it.

Have a lovely weekend!


Happy Pancake Day!

Hi guys, happy Pancake day!

Here in our home we always get loads of friends together for pancakes, I love getting creative in the kitchen, especially now my little one is growing fast and can help!

We found some great toppings this year.. and some fruit too!

Anyway I thought I would post a really quick and easy pancake recipe for you all!

All you need is:

300ml of Milk

200g of Plain Flour

4 Eggs

Whisk this together until you have a smooth batter and there you got ready for a pan.

Before pouring the batter into the frying pan, make sure the pan is hot and oiled up, preferably with one of those spray low calorie oils.

Pour in the batter slowly, you don’t want your pancake to be too thick and ended up like a naan bread!

Wait until the pancake has no wet bits on the top and prepare to flip! Or if you’re not feeling brave, maybe get a super wide spatula to help you flip!

And viola! Pancakes ready to serve, spread and slice!

What do you love your pancakes with? I love chocolatey goodness, my brother loves fruitiness and my partner lived good ol’ fashioned sugar and lemon!

Enjoy your pancakes everyone!


Hi guys, hope you’re having a great Monday.

I recently received a product to review from Chalkola, some lovely chalk markers in lots of lovely colours.

They are a lovely premium wet wipe marker with a chalky finish. They have a 6mm bullet tip on the party colours and a 5.5mm tip of the earthy markers. They are child safe, water based, non toxic, low odour, acid free, quick dry and long lasting! So I gave them a try.

First I gave them a go on white card. They take time to prime, you have to shake and then pump them, but once the nibs are following they are nice and juicy and full instructions are on the back of how to prime them.

Once I had tried them on white and saw the gorgeous pigments I was desperate to try them out on black, which I found really showed off the colour and made me wish I had a metallic set!

Next to put them to the true test I wanted to try them on different mediums like MDF and glass. They applied really smoothly and dried pretty quick too!

Now I feel like the world is my oyster and I want to go decorate everything! I’m especially glad I got a white pen in both packs as I think I’ll be using that a lot with my new calligraphy obsession to get that chalkboard look that’s so on trend on my projects.

Really loved working the Chalkola today and you can get yourself some right here on Amazon. They’re a great price too for artist quality! I also have a 15% off code 15OFFSTR which is valid on Amazon or the Chalkola website.


12 Months of Scrapbooking

Hi all!

Now if you’re a big fan of Crafter’s Companion like me, you’ll have noticed they have been advertising a ’12 months of scrapbooking’ craft along they have right now. The last craft along I took part in was Colourist and I loved it! I absolutely adore scrapbooking so this one was a no brainer for me.

Every last Monday of the month (starting January 30th) Crafters Companion are going to launch scrapbooking videos for everyone to craft along with! There’s even a kit you can buy for £18 with a huge saving so you can craft along with the same kit on the video. January’s bundle was the gorgeous Sara Signature English Country Garden set, complete with papers, dies, embossing folders and embellishments.

Check out my finished page for January!

I love the papers and the butterfly dies, they’re gorgeous, there’s so much goodness to play with in this collection! Also check out my calligraphy! If you’ve been following me on Instagram (MamaMakesBlog) you’ll know I have recently taken up modern lettering and I’m so excited to feature it on my work for the first time here.

If you want to follow along with the scrapbook-along you can! You can sign up right here, ready for February’s instalment. Jen is a fantastic scrapbook demonstrator, so much inspiration in her videos and on her Instagram (the_scrapbook_lady_uk).

If you join us on our mission to get the UK scrapbooking, make sure you tag me in all of your posts, I wanna see your layouts! As you know one of my passions is preserving memories, I’ve worked with technology too long so I know all too well everyone’s pictures need to be printed and decorated with loveliness.

Have a great weekend!

All I want for Christmas…

Hi everyone!

I absolutely cannot believe it’s christmas in just a weeks time, it feels like it jumped out on me about a week ago and I’ve been panic buying ever since!

Of course, I have a bit of a crafty christmas gift list, and I thought I would share it with you all as, I don’t know about you guys, but all of my family have been pestering me asking what I want some christmas! Hopefully my list might give you a little inspiration…

Sue Wilson Double Pierced Squares

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Now I asked John Lockwood what his crafty essentials were and this was one of his top tips. For some reason I really struggle with a guillotine and my matts and layers just get smaller and smaller and I waste a lot of time trying to measure! I think these would help me out a lot and save me a lot of time!

Moda Charm Packs


Speaking of measuring and cutting, another thing I hate measuring is fabric! On my wish list this year I have some charm packs from Moda. The designs are gorgeous, especially the treehouse one above. I don’t know what I’m going to make yet, but I just LOVE gorgeous fabric.

Panasonic Bread Machine

I adore baking as you know but the one thing I have never made is freshly baked bread but I love the smell in the supermarkets near the bakery! I would love to make some at home so this bread maker would be ideal. There are also lots of bread machine recipes by Panasonic online to get started. This one features Artisan bread, Rustic Sourdough and it has a scone mode! HELLO! It also has a Fruit and Nut Dispenser and Gluten Free programme for my super annoying brother’s girlfriend (ha, just kidding, love you really).

Double Sided Tape

Scotch Double-Sided Tape, 12.7 mm x 11.4 m - 1 Dispensered Roll

Right this seen a little strange but bare with me. If you’ve seen me around this year you’ll know I’ve become slightly addicted to my acrylic nails but as you can imagine, it can get difficult when peeling off double sided tape, and I use a lot of double sided tape when making cards! Sue Wilson recently introduced me to Scotch Double Sided tape which has no backing, more time saving in the craft room! Seems sad but a great stocking filler and hey, why not get some for yourself and wrap your christmas gifts really neatly and quickly!

Spectrum Sparkle

I just adore the Spectrum Noir sparkle pens, they are so special and the bling when dry is out of this world! I love the clear overlay ones I have already but I would love to add some coloured ones to my collection.. AND the holiday ones come in a red sparkle storage box, how cool!? (I’m a sucker for cute packaging.)

Spongebob Colouring Book

I have totally fallen in love with adult colouring this year, especially with the new Colorista range released from Crafter’s Companion. How adorable is this colouring book? I totally love Spongebob but the Colorista colouring pads that are glittered and foiled are great also, but I already have those.

Let me know what you would love for christmas this year! I hope you’re more prepared than me!

Wishing all of my lovely followers a very merry christmas and a 2017 full of love, laughter and crafty goodness!



Paper Crafty Essentials

So one of my close friends from work recently admitted to being sucked into the craft world, uh-oh, we all know how that feels!

She asked me for a list of crafty essentials to get started and I thought, you know what, you’re probably not the only one wondering this, in fact I remember wondering this myself a couple of years ago.

So here we have it, my top 10 paper crafty essentials:

  1. Cardstock – If you’re going to make cards I recommend getting a good quality card stock for the base. I have 300 gsm white cardstock, but it’s always a good idea to have a good supply of black and kraft card also. Make sure the card is a good gsm (grams per square metre) or your card will be flimsy and may fall over after you have embellished it. Crafters Companion do a great selection here. While your there grab some coloured card stock and some glittered, the Crafters Companion glittered card stock doesn’t shed and to me that is amazing! Note: If you fancy making shaker cards you’ll need acetate, make sure that is a good weight too (some stores call it construction acetate.)                                                                                                                  $_57
  2. Scissors/Guillotine/Tools – Two types of scissors are normally needed for paper crafting, big ones that can cut through all sizes of card and little ‘snips’ which are good for cutting out tiny detail such as decoupage pieces. If you’re like me and you can’t cut for toffee, grab yourself a guillotine to do to measuring for you. I recommend Tonic for any kind blades, Tim Holtz scissors are fabulous and Tonic Guillotines have never let me down. (If you’re 100% useless at any kind of measuring like me, see my dies section later on that will save you so much hassle matting and layering.) Also if you’re thinking of die cutting grab yourself a Spellbinders Tool In One or the Tonic pokey tool, to make sure you get all the little bits out of your die cuts.                                                                                                                           $_35
  3. Glass Mat – If you have a crafty workspace or want to protect your dining room table, I would recommend buying a glass mat, Tonic do a nice one with measurements on. Not only does it protect the surface but it’s great for blending on. A brown non stick craft mat is also a good choice, Ranger make a good one.                                                                                                   250091_SUPER__DET_20120803
  4. Glue – Cosmic Shimmer is sworn by in the craft industry but I also don’t mind Anita’s tacky glue. I also recommend a tape pen or double sided tape for when wet glue isn’t suitable, Crafter’s Companion’s tape pens are fantastic. If you’re in a rush and feeling brave, try a hot glue gun, but they’re a little messy and dangerous for my liking. If you need some dimension, grab yourself some foam pads or some silicone glue, Collall is a good brand to go with for this. If you’d like to make gift boxes or shaker cards, grab some red liner double sided tape. You will need most of the adhesive I have listed so it might be worth investing in a bundle, Crafters Companion do a good adhesive bundle with everything you need.                                                                                                31gPexsJdIL._SY300_
  5. Die Cutting Machine and Dies – If you’re just getting started in die cutting, get yourself a small machine. I recommend the Spellbinders Sapphire or Prizm but if you want to go bigger I recommend the Big Shot Plus or the Gemini, depending on your budget. To start with, get some basic dies that will help you. Sue Wilson does some fantastic double pierced squares and rectangles to get you started in matting and layering or Crafters Companion do some basics too, go for nested so you get all different sizes. Sizzix do some ‘framelits’ dies which are similar, you can get tag shaped ones also which will come in handy. Get yourself an alphabet set for personalisation as well as some numbers for those ‘big age’ birthday cards and then expand into dies of cute designs that would be great for toppers. I personally hate my handwriting and I am not very good at stamping so most of my dies are sentiments, Tim Holtz words dies are gorgeous and Crafters Companion do some great ones too.                                                                                                                             Unknown-1
  6. Paper Pads/Toppers – If you don’t fancy dipping your toe in the die cutting world yet, maybe pick up a paper pad with some co-ordinating pre die cut toppers inside. Crafters Companion do this a lot, especially in their Sara Signature collection. DoCrafts are also good at the co-ordinating pre die cut toppers/paper pad thing too, they also tend to also co-ordinate their ribbon and embellishments which is great because everything matches perfectly giving your cards a professional look.                                                                                                                     crafter-s-companion-sara-signature-collection-birthday-party-12-x-12-scrapbook-paper-pad-25424-p
  7. Stamps, Blocks and Inks – There are three types of stamps in the crafting world, wood mount stamps, clear mount stamps and photo polymer stamps. Wood mount and clear mount are some what a dying breed, most of the stamps you find on the market these days photo polymer as they are cheap to make and easy to stamp with. When working with photo polymer and clear mount stamps you will need your own blocks to put them on. I recommend the Slims from Inkylicious or Rock-A-Blocks from Crafter’s Companion. Don’t forget to buy a range of sizes to ensure you have a block for every stamp you may invest in, most blocks come in a set of different sizes. Of course, when using stamps you will need ink! There are two types of ink on the market and you will need both. A pigment ink is a waterproof ink so this is great if you’d like to stamp an image and then colour it in with watercolours. There is also dye based ink which is not waterproof but is great for detail and can be more vibrant in colour. I recommend getting a Memento (dye based) in Black, a Staz On (pigment based) in black, a clear sticky Versamark ink for embossing (more about that later) and Tim Holtz distress inks for all the colours you need. Tim Holtz makes mini distress inks which are great if you want to build quite a collection of colours and he sells a cute handy tin to keep them all in. My good friend John Lockwood recommended Wendy Vecci’s ink ‘Watering Can’ as it’s less sharp than a black ink if you can stamping out sentiments. It is very popular and a bit of a devil to get hold of but I managed to grab one from the BIC Warehouse on eBay. As for stamps, make sure you buy a variety of sentiments as well as designs you like. I would tick to clear polymer stamps if you are a beginner so you can see where you are stamping but make sure it is a thick etch, try to avoid cheap unknown brands when buying stamps because if you don’t get a good impression it could be down to the cheap quality of the polymer used to make the stamp and not your stamping skill! I am a big fan of the Stampin Up stamps and the ones from Creative Expressions. Another great product to use when stamping is the Pebeo drawing gum/masking fluid, which allows you to mask off different parts of an image so you can colour or stamp over to create depth. Sheena from Crafters Companion does some great techniques with this. Before you stamp anything make sure you rub the surface you’re going to stamp on with an anti static bag, Woodware sell these on the Crafter’s Companion website.Screen Shot 2016-11-13 at 18.28.48
  8. Alcohol Markers – Now I’m quite new to the alcohol marker scene but I have found a great beginner set to be the Graphmasters. They come in all kinds of lovely colours and blend really well. I also have the Colorista range from Crafters Companion which are lovely bright colours but they don’t blend too well unless they are colouring the glittered colouring pads that came out with them when they launched. Copic are a brand with a great reputation and Spectrum Noir also have a good reputation in the craft industry but I have heard they can dry out quickly. I would recommend alcohol markers over your cheap markers, just purely because of the blending capabilities, you can’t see any colouring streaks and there’s some great techniques to be done with them. Crafters Companion recently did a video tutorial course on alcohol markers and Creative Expressions are also rolling one out so check out their websites for those. Unknown-2
  9. Embossing – So there’s two types of embossing in the crafting world, one kind is where you put card in a folder and imprint an image onto card and the other kind is when you stamp an image in clear embossing ink, put embossing powder over the top, tap off the excess and heat the powder to melt it to the pattern of the ink. With heat embossing of course you will need a heat gun, DoCrafts do a fantastic pink one and there’s a great folding one on the Crafters Companion website by Woodware. When shopping for embossing powder, try and get a ‘detail’ embossing powder because if you go for the cheaper brands you won’t get a nice detailed image, it might come out kinda blocky and if it’s a sentiment it may become unreadable. I really recommend Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder or Stampendoussupplies
  10. Embossing Folders – As previously mentioned, embossing folders are a bit of a dark horse of the craft market but they can be great for backgrounds and lots of techniques can be done with the emboss/deboss detail on them especially when mixed with gilding wax or gilding polish. You will need a die cutting machine to use them though. Crafters Companion do some lovely designs and so do Sizzix and Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions. If you’re going for gilding wax I highly recommend Pebeo or if you want to try more of a mousse style polish, try the Cosmic Shimmer gilding polish.                                                                                                             2e31b0d7f81e9aa042edc4ef967da0d5

Well there’s my top 10 crafty essentials, sorry for such a lengthy blog post! I hope it all makes sense and you guys get some top tips out of my recommendations. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments below.

Happy Crafting!