Saturday, 6 September 2014

I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE....

Actually its a very long time since I rode a bicycle I must admit - although they do say that you never forget how to do it!  But this bicycle is a very pretty one, and is one of our most recent releases....


I have gathered together some lovely makes by the team featuring this stamp CI-417 'Country Days', and will pop the images below, plus a step by step by Gio, which also features this stamp in miniature..

Adoring this easel card by Joanna - sooo very pretty...



Followed by a beautiful and colourful mini canvas from Sylvie..


(Also featuring an MDF Birdcage from our Must Haves and the little birds from CI-416)

Now I have a couple of cool cards from Helen, one using Gelatos I believe (and our mask 'Leafy Branches')....



Plus a simple and effective one layer card with the same stamp..


Then here is the step by step by Gio - showing you how she made an old clock surround into this perfectly pretty piece of art...




And this is how she went about making it...
-Stamp the bicycle from the CI-417 on a piece of shrink plastic 


-Heat the shrink plastic until it shrinks and then colour it with some Distress Inks 



-Paint the old metal clock with metallic acrylic paints
-Spread some texture paste through the Leafy Branches' Mask 
 

-Stamp the image from CI-416 on tissue paper 


-Glue the tissue paper to a piece of cardstock on reverse to get the image flipped and colour it with    some Distress Inks 


-Stamp the image from CI-419 'Lovely Day' on canvas and colour it with some Distress Inks, use mask 'Beautiful Butterflies Panel' to add some more colour to the side 



-Insert the canvas into the clock, glue the birds and the bicycle to the border of the clock,
And here is the lovely finished article again..


Hope you have enjoyed the display tonight?! - with one more little thing to add - I am going to attend a workshop with the very talented Finnabair next Saturday.  We have been asked to take a sized B&W photograph with us to build our make around.  I thought it more appropriate that I take a stamped image with me, so I have created my own 'B&W photograph'.  Therefore this is the 'before the class' image (its quite tricky colouring in shades of grey and black I found!), and I will show you what happened to it after the class at soon as I can - exciting!


Bye for now, comments always much appreciated!

Jean x

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

TOP NOTCH FASHIONISTAS...

I am delighted to say that Sylvie has picked the very fashionable five, who are..

Craftyfield - Sorry don't seem to be able to save this image and put on here for some reason (does anyone know why?), so I will have to give you the link instead:

http://craftyfield.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/fall-fashion.html

Sally Newick -





Ruth -


Chris -
Ionabunny -


Many, many thanks to all who entered, we couldn't run the Challenge without you!!!

Congrats to the above ladies, who should all choose a stamp please, and send us the info in an email along with your address so that we can send your stamp to you poste haste.

Back soon,

Jean x


Saturday, 30 August 2014

JUST OVER A DAY TO GO......

...until the end of our August Challenge! Better be quick if you need to link in your project....

Just time then to show you the last of the team's Autumn Fashion projects - tonight's are by lovely Helen Chilton. And here they are...




For this little beauty Helen has turned a canvas around to make a frame and made great use of the ladies from CI-322 and CI-401.  She has used masks Delicate Grasses 2 in the centre along with stamping from CI-017.



And this I think this is a Stampbord project, again using CI-401 - loving the pastel colours Helen!

Short and sweet post tonight, but I hope you have liked it.  Back soon with the Challenge results,

Jean x



Saturday, 23 August 2014

SO FASHIONABLY STEAMPUNK.....

With just 8 days to go in the current Challenge I still have some Autumn Fashion lovelies to share with you by our team members.  Laury has been very imaginative with a unique choice of interpretation, and has gone all Steampunk on us with this super stylish little book....













As well as the cool photographs Laury has used lots of CI stamps too, such as CI-022 'Day out Ticket', CI-258 'Uplifting Words', CI-404 'Chunky Steam Train Tag', CI-405 'Chunky Vintage Car Tag' and CI-406 'Medieval Manuscript'. 

So as you can see the topic is wide open and can take you to lots of different crafting places.  Joanna has explored it in a gorgeously more traditional way.....




.... with her very pretty and fashionable cards, featuring CI-394 'No Guarantee without the Stamp', and CI-401 'Ladies who Latte'.

Next I have another funky and clever fashionable make by Effie....



....such a fun tag using CI-416 'Feathered Friends', and CI-418 'Frida Dreaming' combined!

To close tonight I have some more lovely makes by Gio, which although not strictly made for the Challenge, they do rather fit the topic I think....




....the top two sporting those trendy zips Gio has recently got to grips with and featuring Gio's own designed stamps CI-418 'Frida Dreaming', and CI-419 'Lovely Day'!!

Thanks for tuning in,

Back soon,

Jean x


Saturday, 16 August 2014

AUTUMNAL DAYS......

I don't know how the weather is in your neck of the woods at the moment, but its been very Autumnal feeling here today - windy and almost cold!  So to continue with the theme of Autumn Fashion as to be found in our current Challenge is very appropriate.  Not many entries as yet, although they are looking good, however I'm sure you still have your beautiful entry currently in progress, with 15 days still to go!

Here is some more lovely inspiration....

Adoring this very pretty card by Daniele!...


...which features one of our latest stamps CI-414 - beautifully coloured by Daniele.  The flowers are also a favourite, from CI-206

Gio has used the same stamp, but in a totally different way....



and she has also been playing with one of her own gorgeous stamp designs CI-418....


...with a clever use of the floral band in Frida's hair to make the adornment around her lovely image. A little help here too from CI-401.

Effie has made some colourful earrings with CI-418 and Shrink Plastic....


And Ginger and Coco have been journaling and creating with CI-418 and CI-419 in a very current and trendy way....





Many thanks to the ladies above for sharing their fabulous creations with us this evening.

Keep warm everyone,

Back soon,

Jean x