Tuesday, 1 September 2015

NEW CHALLENGE - ANYTHING GOES IN SEPTEMBER....




As promised here we are with a new Challenge for September, and this one, as chosen by Lynne, is 'Anything Goes'.  So no excuses you simply must join in this time!  The only rule is that your project must contain a Crafty Individuals product somewhere within!

When you link in your make you could be in with a chance of winning a stamp of your choice from our large collection at www.craftyindividuals.co.uk - and you will be instantly rewarded by a lovely 25% discount to use on our website during the month regardless.

Here are the usual guidelines:

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CHALLENGE GUIDELINES
To enter this month's Crafty Individuals Challenge please put together your chosen project, which must include at least one Crafty Individuals product please, then post your Challenge project on your Blog, before the end of the month, and include a link back to this Blog.  Leave a link in the URL box displayed in this post to take us directly to your Challenge project, which will then appear on this Blog as a thumbnail image - so we can all see your wonderful arty work.  If you don't have a blog we are happy to accept emailed image entries too.

At the end of the month Lynne will set about choosing five lucky participants, each of whom will win a CI rubber stamp of their choice, and don't forget that as per usual, once you have linked in your creation, you can also claim a lovely 25% discount code to use on anything you purchase from the CI Website, which will be valid to use until the 10th of October.

Go for it, and enjoy the challenge x

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As always we very much look forward to seeing your entries - you will be in with a chance of winning a free stamp, and you will also be able to obtain a cool 25% CI web discount.  When you have linked in your entry please email us at info@craftyindividuals.co.uk to obtain your special code, and then go shopping!

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Here are some inspirational team makes to get your thoughts and creativity started.  Firstly by lovely Lynne herself we have some beautiful notelets (what a lovely gift these would make)...





Lynne has used a simple combination of CI-438 and CI-443 to make her notelets, and carried the design over onto the envelope edges too.

Effie has brought Christmas in September to us with these beauties....





She has worked with images from our 'Merry Christmas' image book to make the pictures - loving the curly wire hanging in the first image!!

My final make for this evening is by Daniele and the three images below are the beginning of a memory book she is making for her sister, about her mother and family - so lovely!




Daniele has used the following items in her make so far (particularly loving the colour of the pansies!):
Cover.....C1-320 stamped using memento inks Angel Pink,London Fog, Pistachio and Lulu Lavender, the background of the heart has been frantaged with Vintage pink, ice shavings and vintage glitter, the background has been stamped using the doily stamp and embossed in white with stamp CI-441. Flower heads C1-206 are coloured with prisma pencils and the centres have clear plastic beads for a lovely frosty look. Page 2 is the same flower head stamp, C1-439 stamped with London Fog  and the stencil is done with modelling paste and spritzed with glimmer mist. Page 3 is the same doily but stamped with London Fog, and the image stamp is C1-139 (discontinued).


Thanks for stopping by, and looking forward to seeing your makes at the top of the page soon.

Back soon,

Jean x

p.s. Many thanks for your great comments!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

TIMELESS ELEGANCE....

Our September Challenge begins soon, so this is a quick little post to get you in the mood!!  Hope lots of you can join in with us, and the following makes are a perfect 'taster' to encourage you to check back again next week for all the relevant details.

Our lovely Gio had a recent stamp release with us - CI-441 'Elegance is Timeless', and here are a group of beautiful makes featuring this very lovely stamp.

Flo has been very creative with the image, giving this beauty lots of different looks....




Other CI stamps appearing above include CI-182, CI-271 and CI-161.

Effie gave her a completely different 'regal' look as part of a journal page.....




(In the background you can see parts of our great new large stamp CI-443).

Gio herself has also had fun with her own design....





Amazing makes and lots of looks achieved with just one stamp!

Back again very soon,

Bye for now,

Jean x

Saturday, 22 August 2015

LOTS OF LOVE...

We've had thunder and lightning, and its been raining cats and dogs here!  However its settled down a bit now thanks goodness, as Monty Moodle doesn't seem to like the loud bangs (or when it rains cats and dogs either, and who could blame him)!  This is a quick post as its got quite late now, but I just wanted to let you know that we are still here, and check in with you before its time for the start of our September Challenge (where has this year gone so far?!).

As always I have lovely items of eye candy for you, starting with this nice and bright beauty from Effie.....

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.... made with our big beauty of a background stamp CI-443.

Flo and Helen have been playing nicely with the adorable owlet babies from CI-442.....





....including clever backgrounds using CI-436 and CI-395, and the feather from CI-397 also makes a pretty appearance.

....And Sylvie has created a so cool make using CI-439,  CI-443, and the border from CI-441 ....


....plus she has included a little step by step too, just for you....





To finish off I have another beautiful make by Sylvie - lots going on in this one - wow!!!



The forecast is for a lovely sunny day tomorrow - so lets hope it indeed comes our way, in glorious technicolour, just as it is in the scene above!

Bye for now,

Jean x

Thursday, 13 August 2015

VERY CREATIVE PEOPLE.....

There are indeed some very creative people in the world!  Here are three people who have shared their lovely work with us recently....

A lady called Carol, in Australia, makes these beauties using our couples stamps CI-402 and CI-439.  She creates her own stunning backgrounds.....




I adore them all!

Lesley, a friend of ours who is now the proud owner of Chocolate Baroque, made this delightful card using a Chocolate Baroque bird stamp and a sheet from our new 'Weekend in Seville' Background Book.....


So pretty....
Artist's Tip: Lesley used a white sticky label to stamp the bird's body, and then coloured with coloured pencils - what a good idea!

A lady called Jane Castle made this fabulous card using our new XL Floral Festival background stamp....


It has a lovely soft oriental look about it on this card - so beautiful!

Next I want to tell you that our very own super talented Gio has made a new YouTube video showing us how to colour a face perfectly with coloured pencils.  Loving this!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wViruCefxi8&feature=youtu.be  Gio is using her own stamp designs which you will find HERE.

I have some images by Gio to show you using CI-441...




So do take a look at that very helpful video!

Here is another superb make by Gio, with steps, to create a very decorative little ornament.....

1-Glue some metallic charms on the birdhouse roof with embossing paste or heavy gel medium
2-Glue some lace on the little opening
3-Glue the mini image from the glossy A4 sheet 'Domino'
4-Paint with black acrylic paint
5-Highlight the texture with metallic acrylic paints. Stamp on 2 little strips of book pages the sentiment from the CI-256 rubber stamp plate and glue them to the side of the birdhouse. Add embellishments.








..... And the finished article....





Wow!

Back soon with more,

Jean x