Friday, 28 November 2014

YES IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN IN OUR CRAFTY CALENDAR.....

.....Yay - its CI new stamp release time of course!

And very pleased we are too - just loving the new rubber - available right now - and at Black Friday prices for a whole week!  Had to mention Black Friday as its appearing everywhere in the UK today - total madness - and it is most definitely sensible to avoid the very busy shops and simply shop online with us instead!!

You will find the new stamps in our New Products section right HERE...

In reverse order ..... firstly we have CI-428 'It's a Man's World' - sooooo useful for creating for those men in your life.  Lots of tags which you can use individually for small items, or as a whole image..


Watch out for makes with this stamp to follow.

Then there is CI-426 'Lacy Doilies' - this one has been drawn by Gio - and I adore it.  Gorgeous for backgrounds - you will be seeing this in use a lot more on here....



I have already had a play on a house shaped thermometer holder that I had in wood, which I turned into a useful Christmas gift, by attaching a sticky note pad and a calendar ...



I embossed the doilies using Stampendous White Detail Embossing Powder.

CI-425 'Winter Garden' is another of our friend Linda's Garden collection, and will be lovely for festive cards, or makes for the winter months....


Finally we have CI-424 'Jolly Holly Robins' - last but not least! Such little sweet robins in a festive frame - utterly adorable...


I have already popped this one onto a card, with the doilies again in the background...



You certainly seem to be liking the new releases, and the website has been buzzing all afternoon and evening!

Don't forget that the special prices are for one week only!

Do leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Back soon,

Jean x


Sunday, 23 November 2014

IN A SPRING GARDEN...

Hello Folks - This is a blog post to make you feel warm and sunny, as it is all about spring and gardens.  As I am currently full of cold and feeling grotty, it is lovely to dream once again of spring, flowers and birdsong.  Actually the weather has been pretty good here so far considering it is November, but I don't like the dark days, and the cold and wet of winter.  Lets hope it is a short season and spring comes quickly next year.

The team have been brilliant in sending me lots of images, and quite a lot based around some of the latest stamps, so without further ado I am going to show you makes by Joanna, Sylvie, Coco and Daniele this evening, before I put my cold and myself into a nice warm bath, and then to bed.

I love all of the makes that follow, and here are some by Joanna - just so beautiful!!






The stamps used above are CI-415, CI-410, CI-422.  The flowers Joanna makes herself (gorgeous!), and the die cut is our Floral Branch die.  Its great that the images are tall ones so I can make them nice and big for you to look at!

Next I have some delightful makes by Sylvie ....







Couldn't make all of those as large due to the shape, but I love the watercolour effect that Sylvie has achieved with Gelatos, and here is a little step by step showing how she went about making them with the aid of a water spray...




You can try getting a similar effect with distress inks and markers etc.  The main stamps Sylvie used are CI-411 and CI-422.

Coco has made some intricate designs on the spring theme....



Lots of CI goodies appearing in these including CI-422, and die cuts.

And finally I have one of Daniele's adorable makes using CI-415..


Thank you ladies, and you will find links to their blogs at the side - do have a look around!  Hope you enjoyed the little taste of spring show!

Thats all for tonight,
back soon,
Jean x

p.s.  We picked 3 early winners of stamps as mentioned in the last post - who emailed us with their answers and addresses, and their stamps are on their way.  However Diane was also a very early entrant, and if you email us with your address Diane we can send you a set of stamps too.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

BACK AT LONG LAST, AND A LITTLE GIVEAWAY TOO....

Its been a bit too long since I blogged last - the rest of life has got in the way - busy with the business, busy with fairs, and busy with the family, not to mention writing magazine articles (aaagh deadlines!).  Anyway better that way than too quiet - I do like to be busy!  Malcolm and I had a stand at a local fair last weekend, which was fun and rather good too, and we have another next weekend to look forward to.  Meanwhile I had better get on with blogging tonight....

Amongst the other stuff I found time to go to another workshop.  An arty one this time - playing with image transfer and canvas and collage.  Really enjoyed it - nice people, nice teacher, and lots of nice goodies to experiment with.  I also took along some CI stamps (CI-209 and CI-287).  This is an overview of what I made...


And a close up of a section...


Then my most favourite make on its own.....


And another close up section....


We put that last one in a frame!  Stamp used above was CI-209 (repeatedly stamped onto tissue and then applied to painted canvas, with netting, voile and stitching added).

Moving on... - another fairly recent make of mine was the result of having a bit of play time with one of Gio's recent stamp releases CI-419.  I also added a touch of shrink plastic for a change as a dangler...



The frame is the round one in MDF - and only 99p too!!  You will find this and 3 other shapes for sale on our website HERE.  The paper is from our Shades of Summer background book.

I have lots of Team makes still to show you, and I will work through those in the next few weeks.  To start with I have this lovely folding item by Helen to display.  She has used CI-415 in the main to make this pretty little thing....

Centre gate closed...


Centre gate open...


Close-ups...



Sections of other CI stamps also make their appearance in this make!  And I think this is an ideal opportunity for a giveaway right here, right now?  If you can give me the 'CI' numbers of 3 other stamps - bits of which can be found on here, at the end of this post, and you are the first to name them correctly (please send an email to us with your address as well), I will pop all 4 stamps in the post to you - that is CI-415 and 3 others.  Happy hunting!

My final beauty for tonight is this gorgeous festive wreath by clever Sylvie.  I thought I would show you this now, just in case you fancy making one yourself for Christmas!






Stamps making their appearance on this circle of loveliness are CI-358, CI-408, and CI-420, as well as an image from one of our little festive image books.

Thanks to Helen and Sylvie for their talent tonight, back soon with lots more to see!  Don't forget to get in quick with those stamps and their numbers.  Thanks as always for your continued help and support with comments.

Jean x

Monday, 3 November 2014

GIO'S CHOICES FOR OCTOBER ARE......

Thank you to the 19 participants in the recent Crafty Individuals Challenge - 'Halloween Madness or Christmas Frenzy', whose lovely makes you can view HERE.  The standard was very high once again, and I wouldn't have liked to have to choose the 5 this time (always so very difficult).  However Gio has made her decision and here are the famous five (in order of linking)! ...

Sandie - Somewhere to be Me- 
Loving the gorgeous lace here....


Sally - Inky Designs-
Fabulous background....


Sue the Iron-
Gorgeous colours....

Alison - Crafty Trog-
Simply starryfull...

 

Gail - Crafty Nomad-
Great shaker card....



 

Hope you have all enjoyed this Challenge, and I think we will begin next year with the next challenge rather than have one in busy December..  So January will see the start of a new year and a new challenge.

It would be nice if you could leave a comment of support for the participants and for the lucky ones who will each receive a CI stamp of their choice (*please email us at info@craftyindividuals with your choice of stamp and your address).

Back soon,

Jean x




Wednesday, 29 October 2014

THE LAST MAKES FOR OCTOBER.....

Seventeen fabulous entries at the moment in the October CI Challenge -  view them all HERE!  Still a couple of days to go before close of play though, so best be quick....

I still have some inspirational makes left to show you from The Team, including a step by step from Gio (who is also our October 'leader'), so I had better show them to you before its just too late.

This is Gio's make...



... which is a rather fun idea - adding a card to the back of a shadow box - a present and card all in one!

Gio picked this box up on her travels, but if you can't find one the same you could maybe substitute it for one of our little wooden compartment trays?!

Here are her step by steps in words, then in photos...

-Stamp the image on white silk paper using CI-420 'Christmas Postage Stamps'
-Cut out the stamped image and colour the little stamps using Distress Inks and a little paintbrush
-Paint the wooden shadow box with copper acrylic paint
-Rub it with Treasure Gold
-Cut to size some book pages and glue them to the shadow box
-Glue the mini stamps to the shadow box
-Cut to same size of the shadow box a white cardstock and fold it in half
-Stamp the lady from the CI-421 'A Christmas Delivery' on the cardstock
-Lay the 'Magic Roundabout' mask and sponge Red Barn Distress ink through it on the left side of the card and colour around the stamped image
-Colour the stamped image with Gelatos using a small paintbrush
-Spread Sparkle Medium through the 'Beautiful Border' mask along the bottom of the card
-Glue the card to the back of the shadow box





And here are two more of her sweet little decorated bottles..


Plus two more colourful cards from Gio...



... the first features an 'Alice' stamp CI-381, and the second our little angel from CI-396.

Helen has made great use of the multi stamps from CI-420 again, in the form of cute little Christmas ornaments...

 
...and Sylvie has created a very festive make from the same stamp set too...



I love how she created a double swirl/flourish using our Elegant Swirl Die - great idea!

Now I have another Halloween make by Sylvie - a creepy box!!




Sylvie has used the crowned bird from CI-378 and some gold corner charms to decorate her box (or coffin maybe?) 

Lynne has made two adorable Christmas cards using the stamps from CI-420 individually - lovely!



My final make for tonight is one just received from Brenda - she's called it Santa's Stable (CI-396) - it is a freestanding picture card, and very lovely it is too!




So pleased you could join me today in viewing the lovely makes above.

Jean x