Focus Feature – Mister Maker

Welcome to the first of our ‘Focus Feature’ posts! The aim of this feature is to focus on a different item/product range each week so that we can make them accessible to a wider audience. The subject of our first feature is the Mister Maker range, which is regarded as one of the prides of our retail division. This range is inspired by the tv show of the same name which airs on the BBC’s dedicated children’s channel CBeebies. It aims to inspire youngsters to try their hand at art and crafts in a manner that appeals to both boys and girls through live action, graphics and a variety of animation techniques. Figures from the Broadcasters Audience Research Board (BARB) show that Mister Maker succeeds in this mission as 87% of children aged between 4 and 6 years old in the UK have watched the show. Mister Maker is sold in over 200 territories worldwide and boasts 100 shows in its UK tour alone so we are very lucky to have captured and retained this license for the past seven years.

There are six different sections of our Mister Maker range, with each section containing craft kits of varying sizes and contents. The purpose of this feature will be to look at each one in turn. All of these items are available directly from ourselves on our Creativity Crafts and Amazon pages – links to these websites will be listed at the end of this post – or in selected retail stores.

  1. A5 acetate kits. mm_88414-mm-414-sock-puppets-new-sock-1

Priced at £4.99 a pack, these packs cover a broad range of themes that appeal to both boys and girls. These include card making kits, wild animal masks, pom pom animals, pencil toppers and a variety of hand puppet kits (including wild animals, sealife, sock puppets, finger puppets and stick puppets). We are also pleased to announce five new additions to this range with our sew the shapes, fun foam creatures, robot masks, collage frames and collage animal kits. Each kit is easy to make but focuses on aiding and improving craft skills at the same time.

  1. Mister Maker Christmas.

What be88919-mm-919-christmas-stocking-madeuptter way to get your little ones excited for Christmas than with our seasonal craft kits? The kits available in this range will allow children to make their own Christmas cards, puppets, mini Christmas stockings and festive glitter creations. Prices range from £1.99 – £4.99 depending on the size of the kit so they are both affordable and make perfect little stocking fillers!


  1. ‘Flexi’ packs.88506-mm-506-vegetable-finger-puppets-group

This range features small and medium size packs that cater for both basic and more complex craft skill levels. Beginners can hone their skills with the simple honeycomb dog and caterpillar kits before advancing onto making their own vegetable finger puppets. Those with a little more craft experience can try their hand at making door hangers, corrugated card animals or the Mister Maker Mobile. These last two items are priced at £3.99, but everything else in this range is just £1.99 so they are superb value for money!


  1. Mini Makes

This is what we like to call our ‘bargain’ range as each item is only £1.99! All the kits are simple and easy to make due to the fact that they were designed in line with the concept of ‘craft on the go.’ One thing in 88913-mm-913_mini-bugs-madeupparticular that we are proud of with this range is the fact that it features a variety of content that will appeal to everyone. The kits available in this range vary from stick and hand puppets, pom pom creations, badge making…the list is endless!



  1. Boxed Kits.

These larger kits are priced at £14.99, but they all come with permanent storage containers which means that they provide countless hours of craft related fun and are practical at the same time! There are thirteen different items available in this range with prices ranging from £7.99 – £14.99 depending on the size of the item in question. As a result of this we will provide a brief outline of each item in separate sub-sections so that we can provide more detailed information.

  • Travel Desk – £14.9988802_mister-maker-travel-desk_-contents

The Mister Maker Travel Desk will not only provide hours of fun at home, but on the move as well thanks to its handy carry handle! Each desk comes with 20 colouring sheets and wax crayons along with zip pockets for storage and cushioned leg support for added comfort. It can also be folded away to provide convenience and easy storage.


  • Craft Chest and Craft Crate – £14.99 each.

88698-craft-chestBoth of these items are full to the brim with lots of essential craft items in handy plastic storage containers. Contents of the craft chest include a selection of papers, wooden craft sticks, wiggly eyes, chenille stems, tissue paper, sequins, glitter and pom poms, while the craft chest contains all of these items alongside assorted foam shapes, a glue stick, wax crayons and corrugated card.


  • Doodle Drawers – £14.99 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This particular item combines the contents of the craft chest and crate, but in a sturdy storage box rather than a plastic container. In fact this items contains over 1500 craft pieces along with four craft projects so we hope you’ll agree that this is definitely great value for money!


  • Magic Make Case – £12.99


The Mister Maker Magic Case is inspired by the hit 2013 series Mister Maker Around the World. It is based on the case used by Mister Maker in the show and comes in a sturdy box complete with carry handle for ease of transport and storage. The contents of this kit include poly shapes, assorted paper and tissue, felt shapes, pom poms, rainbow craft sticks, chenille stems, sequins, wiggly eyes, ribbon and a fun sticker sheet!


  • Mug Decorating Kit – £7.9988664-mm-mug-decorating-kit

Make warm drinks that bit more interesting by decorating your very own Mister Maker mug! Each kit contains a real porcelain mug with a pre-painted Mister Maker design, marker pens and a gift box. A quick and simple craft kit, but one that is tonnes of fun to complete!


  • Paper Clay Kit – £7.99

88636-under-the-sea-paper-clay-kitThe Mister Maker Paper Clay kit has a fabulous under the sea theme and can make up to six models. The clay is easy to use and mould into the shapes that you desire as well as being air drying and lightweight – although you will need to wait for the clay to dry before you start to paint them. Each kit comes complete with clay, paints, brush and wiggly eyes.



  • Puppet Shows – £12.99MM Aliens

The Mister Maker puppet show kits are a perfect way of keeping your Mini Makers entertained for hours on end. Not only can they build and decorate their own theatre and puppets, but they can then put on a show for everyone once all the hard work is done! There are two different kits in this range – alien and pets – so there’s plenty of opportunities for a variety of different performances! Contents include card templates, felt pens, craft sticks, tissue, pom poms and wiggly eyes.

  • Craft Boxes – £19.99

This line of craft boxes combines the top selling Mister Maker kits in sturdy plastic containers with different coloured lids to make it easy to identify the theme of each kit. You can choose from the cool craft box (blue lid), super craft box (pink lid), puppet craft box (red lid) and animal craft box (green lid) and each box contains six individual craft kits so again they are brilliant value for money!


  1. Craft Basics

The final section in our Mister Maker range is packed full of your craft essentials that are all available at very reasonable prices! If you need extra wiggly eyes, chenille stems, foam shmm-craft-basics-wiggly-eyesapes, small pom poms, shiny card or ribbons and beads for your craft activities then you can find them for as little as £1.29 a pack! Larger packs of pom poms and foam shapes are priced at £1.99 along with packs of crepe paper sheets, whilst the corrugated and holographic card packs are £2.99. We also have packs of squeezy paintbrushes available for £2.99 so you will be well covered if you decide to take part in any extra Mister Maker activities!


We hope you’ve enjoyed this feature and that you now have a greater understanding of all the Mister Maker products that we supply. Keep an eye out for the second instalment focusing on one of our other items/product ranges next week!

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New Retail Developments at Creativity

It’s an exciting time for our retail department at the moment as we have lots of new developments in the pipeline! nhm-coral-reef

First of all we have some new additions to our range of Natural History Museum licensed products. From making Coral Reef and butterfly keyrings to sewing your own sloth and long eared bat, these new kits are tonnes of fun and easy to make! Also, as with the first wave of products, each pack contains factual information that will help children learn and discover more about the natural world!



Our second bit of news regards our brand new Woodland Buddies range. Licensed with the Woodland Trust, this line allows you to sew your own adorable woodland animal! There are six different kits available at the moment and sales from each pack will go towards planting new trees and improving the overall state of our woodlands.



Finally we are delighted to announce that we have secured a license with the BBC to produce a variety of craft kits for their CBeebies range. These kits are still incbeebies the early development stage, but we will let you know as soon as we have more information for you!

If you are interested in any of these lines and would like to know more about them then please contact us on 01384 485550 or The Natural History Museum range is also available to buy now on Amazon and





New FREE Art Magazine Launched

New FREE Art Magazine Launched


“The Line” is now launched and available for free download:

“The Line” – ArtistPapers launch New magazine for Artists and Illustrators to discover the beauty of Strathmore. Loaded with tips and techniques, galleries, interviews and more this new magazine is published by Creativity International, owner of ArtistPapers who distribute Strathmore here in Europe, to help inspire people to try different techniques using the Strathmore range of papers.

The Line is a way for people to find out about the surprising range of Strathmore papers, how they are used, how they might incorporate them into their practice and how they might also make money as a result.

The Editor is our ArtistPapers’ Artist in Residence, Judith Selcuk.  “I am excited about the new magazine, and am already looking forward to the next issue. Do get in touch if you would like to see a topic covered. We will be looking at different techniques each month and looking at the different Strathmore papers to show you how you might use them, the benefits and also to inspire you to try something you haven’t done before.”


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We will also have printed copies at Patchings.

Opportunity- Call for submissions.

Artists who use Strathmore Artist Papers are invited to submit work, articles or ideas for ‘how to tips and techniques’ to the editor  for consideration.


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Inspiring Creativity at Grassroots

Inspiring Creativity at Grassroots

Creativity continues to inspire young artists by partnering with the Youth Art initiative of The National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies whose President is Lloyd Grossman. NADFAS supported the innovative Rotary Club of Berkhamsted Bulbourne to create the Dacorum Youth Arts Award to inspire the next generation of artists in the region.

DYA Award 2016

2016 is the Second year of the Dacorum Youth Art Award which had twice as many schools taking part and four times the number of paintings submitted. Schools from Tring, Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead and some of the villages in Dacorum entered.

Creativity International known to most schools’ purchasing directors and head teachers for their Fadeless Display paper, donated a fully loaded dispenser of Fadeless to the winning school and a Mister Maker Doodle Drawers to each of the overall winning children.

The paintings were hung at Astley Cooper School and more than 100 people attended the prize giving.  Prizes were presented by Mike Penning MP and the Mayor of Dacorum. The Mayor of Berkhamsted was also in attendance.

Overall 1st                           Avril Thomas                                            Bishop Wood School

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Grow your business – visit us at Stitches

Enter our FREE Natural History Museum competition, pick up a NEW FREE 2016 catalogue and see our showcase of THOUSANDS of new product lines at the show.

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Some highlights:

  • Consumer demand for Strathmore Fine Art paper has increased dramatically over the past year in the UK market. Make sure your business is part of the growth. Our Artist in Residence, Judith Selcuk will be demonstrating at the show too.


  • Check out the Hottest CBeebies property Mister Maker – 2016 will see new lines, new livery (from summer 2016), new TV series, extensive Theatre tour, arena style  events  (Butlins etc), overseas activity.


  • Come and see Phase 2 of our Natural History Museum creative toys


  • 2015 saw thousands of our own branded Scrapbooks selling at retail – come and see what all the fuss has been about and sample the new addition due May (Write your own Fairy story); plus lots of pocket money toys and games, arts and crafts, and higher price points for that more generous revenue stream.


  • Phenomenal selling success of our own brand Sewing kits – phase 2 due in the Spring (as per new catalogue) plus exciting marketing plans in the pipeline. Great promotion lines too, keen prices offering good margins for you. Be part of it! Ask for samples. Book an appointment with Ian (contact below).


  • Many of our customers already know, we are one of the largest suppliers of Education Craft in the UK, and we are now selling some of our educational range into retail, come and have a look at the New ‘yellow label’  packs (Education to Retail).

Read more on our website

Creativity renew with Top CBeebies show Mister Maker

Creativity International have been the Key Licensee for the CBeebies Mister Maker show for over 7 years. We are pleased to announce that we have renewed our licence for another three years with Zodiak Kids. The consumer awareness of this TV show is HUGE, and the new Mister Maker shows and series renewals UK and Worldwide will bring continued Retail success.

The seventh series of Mister Maker – Arty Party – launched in December, became the second highest performing series for 4-6 year olds on CBeebies.

We are launching BRAND NEW packaging and an amazing range of new product for retail.

Read more on our website:



Print Making in the Somerset Levels – we interview Myrtle Pizzey

aaaaa  Myrtle Pizzey won Best Work in Show at the SGFA annual exhibition 2015. Known for her abstract responses to colour, shape, space, and form not only does she achieves stunning realistic images but she is a prolific print-maker and a most interesting and thoughtful artist. She has won a whole stash of Strathmore Print Paper.

We catch up with her and interview her on our Strathmore Artist Papers site.