Friday, 16 March 2018


Would you like to win one of our six lovely 'tree' themed giveaways??
If so please leave a comment at the end of this post, and six of you will be picked randomly to receive your gift of one of these combinations, in a few days time...

We have two of each of the following two sets to give away..

Then one of each of these two sets...

All the above sets are also mounted already onto cling foam, ready to trim and use.

And to follow we have a little 'tree' themed inspiration from the team..

.... by Sandra..

.... by Helen..

.... by Gerrina..

.... by Daniele..

All delicious!  Which is your favourite?

Don't forget to leave your comment soon.

Jean x

p.s. We have some special 'Eastery' offers on some 'Eastery' stamps on the website over the weekend.  You will find them in the Special Offers Section Here!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


We do indeed have a very talented and lovely guest artist for March - drumroll please - we have Jannet Blay, of Enchanted Place Blog,

We do love Jannet's fabulous mixed media makes, and here we have some of her delightful creations using Crafty Individuals stamps, with short descriptions by Jannet, and a step by step regarding the first one at the end...

A Spring Stroll, with stamps CI-206, CI-234 and CI-449

Wonderful World, with stamp CI-483

I stamped the blossom Robin onto card and coloured him and the flowers, and then fussy cut them. I adhered a twig onto my background and added the Robin and blossoms with foam pads. I used the Wonderful World sentiment from the Wonder of Childhood Stamp set. I also added the flying birds from the birds and branches set.I mounted the completed picture onto a 6x6 Kraft Card with the twig and some blossoms overlapping the edges.

Make  A Wish, with stamp CI-471

I stamped the make a wish stamp on my background which I had created with watercolours. I substituted dried flowers for the dandelion clock, and added more flowers to the base of the picture. I used the May your dreams come true sentiment which I had received free in one of your lovely free gift packs.I flicked some white paint over my 6x6 Kraft Card blank and then mounted it with foam tape.

Walkies, with stamp CI-489

I used a 4 inch deep frame and made a Watercolour background and stamped birds and branches onto the top and sides. I stamped and fussy cut the lovely  Walkies characters and coloured them.I also  added some flowersoft for the girls fluffy collar and for the Pom Pom on the hat. I also added some glossy accents onto the boots. I used some thin twine for the dogs lead. I used texture paste on the base and embedded the girl and various twigs, dried flowers and art stones. 

A Spring Stroll in Steps...


Other Materials Used:

Watercolour paints, beads, glitter pen, texture paste, black Archival Ink pad, Versamark ink pad, black embossing powder, art stones, twigs, curly moss, dried flowers, sticky foam pads


Step 1. Recycling is always good so I used the chipboard back cover from a watercolour pad and coated it twice with white gesso. This provided a good surface for my watercolour paints. I painted a sky, leaving some white areas to form clouds.
I then decided to paint some pink hills, anything is possible when you create your own world in art!

I painted in a green area for grass, and when it was still wet I crumpled up some copy paper and pressed it onto the wet paint. This left lots of fun creases and textures.

Step 2. I stamped the cute children with black Archival ink and after colouring them with watercolours I fussy cut them. I adhered some little beads on the girls dress for buttons, and used a clear glitter pen on the butterflies, and on her tights.

Step 3. After using black embossing powder to outline the flowers I coloured them and fussy cut, I repeated this with the birdhouse too.I stamped several birds from the Birds, Branches set and also fussy cut them.

Step 4. I curled up the edges of the flowers to give them some shape, and also slightly folded the birdhouse.I used stems from dried flowers and added them to the paper flowers.

Step 5. Using Black Archival I stamped some birds onto the sky. Over the hills
I flicked some pink paint in a shade a little darker than the original pink.

Step 6. I gathered together all of my materials and laid them over my background and when I was finally happy with how it looked I adhered them. I used sticky foam pads for the children, flowers and the birdhouse, and glossy accents for the twigs and birds.

Step 7. I finished by adding texture paste to the bottom of the picture and placed art stones into it, which I then painted over.


Many thanks Jannet for sharing your work with us in March.

Look out for another arty guest in April.

Back soon,
Jean x


Tuesday, 27 February 2018


It's a post today to show you some craftily creative creations by lovely Coco in France.  I wonder if it's a bit warmer there than it is here right now.  We've had several inches of snow here in the north of the UK and it's freeeeeeeezing!!!

Firstly I have a lovely series of cards based around the family - stunners!  The stamps used here are CI-186, CI-402, CI-444, CI-439, CI-449.....

And on a completely different note Coco also sent me these cool and crafty clay designs, on a house theme - wow!.....

The stamps used are from CI-274, and were inspired by one of Flo's previous clay designs.  Gorgeous!

Well I'm going to try and warm up a bit in a nice hot bath right now.

Back soon,
Jean x

Tuesday, 20 February 2018


Dora is one of our new teamies as you know.  She made some lovely cards for our last show on Hochanda, but unfortunately they took over a month in the post to get to the UK, from the Netherlands!! We wonder where they have been meanwhile?!  Needless to say they didn't make it in time to take as samples for the shows, which is a great pity as they are lovely, and would have been great for the winter tree shows.  Dora's stamping is beautiful, and here are 3 examples....

The first sample uses CI-483 and CI-287,  the second the tree trio is from CI-453, with the young girl from CI-402, and our little Monty dog from CI-439, and the third features some trees from the lovely A4 tree plate CI-450.

Still on a tree theme I have this fabulous make by Daniele - love it!

Daniele used the middle tree from CI-287, one of our lovely A4 background papers, 
and one of the sturdy die cut swirly frames.

I also have this delightful and stunning card from Sandra, using the same trees and birds from CI-287...

Sandra also made this beauty for the winter tree shows - loving that blue coloured tree from the A4 tree plate again...

And finally here is another pretty tree themed card by teamie Gerrina....

Well I had better go and do some more CI jobs now.  Thanks for the continuing comments and great suggestions.  We do intend to do some more YouTube videos Anne - just wish we had more time and energy to spare, lol!

Bye for now,
Back soon,
Jean x

Saturday, 10 February 2018


I have some makes featuring winter trees, and daffodils, and more, this evening from the CI teamies.  Firstly the winter trees, using CI-209 and the A4 tree plate CI-450, with this gorgeous calendar from Sandra..

Another beauty follows, again by Sandra...

Then we have some pretty makes by new teamie Gerrina,
Some trees with a cool and funky background..

Some daffodils from CI-488, and a Winter Walkies CI-489 scene..

Daniele has also been busy with the beautiful daffodils...

And so has another new teamie Dora..

Dora has also added some hand drawn snowdrops to her card - how gorgeous!!

Again from Dora we have another card featuring Winter Walkies again..

Such lovely stamping and colouring!

Another tree themed make from Helen - a mixed media delight using CI-287, so very cool...

Finally a make by Willy on a completely different note, with a fabulous background, using CI-459 - totally delicious!..

Hope you've enjoyed the display tonight.  Have a fun Sunday everyone!

Back soon,

Jean x

Saturday, 3 February 2018


Ah yes - if you are on the CI website mailing list you will know that we have now released the brand new stamps that appeared firstly on Hochanda the other week and you will find them all here, on super special offer right now!  I'm so pleased to say that you are all loving them, so thank you so much for all the orders and lovely comments.  Also thank you for the comments on my last blog post, we love reading them.  Enjoy stamping with the new stamps and let us see your makes!  Here are a few teamie makes as a reminder of what's on offer...

A beauty by Sandra using the new daffodils CI-488, followed by another Sandra beauty with the partner Fritillaries...

I've been experimenting with this one myself today.  I love those pretty little delicate spring flowers.

Here is a very colourful beauty by Helen featuring the same stamp....

Love how Helen has used embossing folders around the edges of her card - so effective.  Here is another Helen creation, totally different...

I particularly love this one by Helen in sepia Winter Walkies CI-489....

And now one from clever new teamie Dora in the Netherlands, who has used three of the new stamps on the one make....

We have also released some new A4 background paper sheets, based on the tree theme and also themed around the little tree background book we used to sell that you all liked so much. Here is a simple card using one of the sheets and one of the tree images we have in stock...

As the blog title tonight suggests we also have a guest appearance now from a brand new guest artist for the month of February.  Drum roll please - it's a big welcome to Kate Currie.  I believe it's the first time Kate has been a guest artist so please congratulate her on her beautiful makes featuring here below.  I will sort out a 'button' for your blog Kate in recognition of your achievements....

I think my absolute favourite has got to be Kate's seaside plaque.  As you know I love the seaside - it makes me happy, and so does Kate's make.  You can almost hear the waves ............

That's all for tonight folks, have a lovely Sunday tomorrow, wherever you are and whatever you do! Keep dry and warm!

Back soon,
Jean x