Sunday, 24 December 2017


Malcolm and I affectionately smile every time anyone asks us 'are you all ready for it', which we are asked many times by many folk at this time of year.  Well it's happening tomorrow whether we are ready for it or not, so....

'We wish all our customers, friends and bloggers, a very, very, Merry Christmas' xx

Here are a few Christmassy teamie makes to cheer us all on our way below.  My son has just brought me up a very nice long gin and fruity mixer with ice and apple slices (he bought me the gin for Christmas), which I will drink as I blog, and hope I get to the end of the post still sober - ha ha!

Several bright and cheerful makes by Sylvie....

Two more with the lovely snowmen from Joanna and Daniele....

The snowmen appear again amongst the images below, kindly sent over by Alison (who won the stamps in a blog giveaway recently)...

Lovely Alison can be located at
Loving the watercolour backgrounds here Alison!

Another festive make by one of the teamies, but sadly I am not sure who right now (my system has failed me here), but I love it anyway...

 Then here is a beauty by Coco (who is having a year out)...

 Finally this evening I have a couple of bauble makes by lovely Joanna, and as the saying goes that 'Snowflakes are a winter's butterflies' I thought it appropriate that I would add them here, and I just adore these beauties....

Must make some myself next year!!

No links tonight - too time consuming!

.... and as I am now ready for my next G&T, that's it from me!
Have a great 'IT' everyone!!

Jean x

Friday, 15 December 2017


We've just sent out a Newsletter (hope you are on our website mailing list?!) and it featured some fabulous Christmas ornaments made by teamie Joanna..

 ..and here is another..

I love them - must have a go at these myself, so pretty!  Thanks for making these Joanna, taking the step photos and writing up the instructions, you are a star!

We have put many of our Christmas themed stamps on special offer over the weekend coming to celebrate Joanna's ornaments 'how to' projects.  You will find them mixed up on the Special Offer pages HERE and HERE.

We also showed you this very gorgeous Shadow Box by Daniele..

Daniele made this for our recent Hochanda show but unfortunately it didn't arrive until just after the event even though she had sent it first class - such is the postal system sometimes!  It is so beautiful it deserves to feature prominently I hope you will agree!  Lots of lovely sparkle on those butterflies and crackle on the background.  The flowery images are from one of our A4 Glossy Sheets and the butterflies from another Sheet that I was going to link to next but it seems it isn't on the site - must rectify that on Monday!  The Shadow Box itself is an easy 'build it yourself' make by a Polish company Scrapiniec, which you will find HERE.

On the show we also had this beauty by Flo..

It's amazing the different looks we can get with the one item! Scrapiniec also make all these lovely lasercut items too which you can find Here.

Daniele's delayed package also contained cards she had made for the show, and this one is particularly deliciously and delicately coloured, with that adorable little wheelbarrow bottom left..

Wow thanks ladies.

That's all for today folks,
Back soon,
Jean x

Thursday, 7 December 2017


We had a great visit to Hochanda in Peterborough last Friday, accompanied by some very great makes by the teamies...

Firstly these beauties by Sandra...

....Using stamps CI-411, CI-449, CI-417, CI-415, and more.

 As well as these lovelies by Flo...

....Still loving those little birds from CI-230.

Plus some magical makes by Coco...

CI-302 and CI-185 both looking good here.

Lastly this evening the fabulous ornamentals below by Helen and Joanna...

Gorgeous, with the robin from CI-483.

Hope you managed to catch the shows?!

Bye for now
Back soon,
Jean x

Wednesday, 29 November 2017


Hochanda beckons, and we will be trotting off to Peterborough on Friday early a.m. so that I can be live on air at 3pm and 7pm.  Please do join me from the comfort of your own armchair for great deals and demos. Exciting!

Jean x

Saturday, 25 November 2017


Thanks to everyone who left a comment on our last post, we wish we could reward you all.  However we do have two random 'out of the hat' numbers for the blog candy winners, which are numbers 1 and 19.

Comment numbers 1 and 19 happen to be....
who will need to email us please at: with your addresses so that we can send you your new stamps poste haste.

I now have a few card makes with one of the new stamps featuring those cute little polar bears...
One from me..

Two beauties from Coco..

Another lovely by Daniele...

And a final colourfully creative one from Sylvie...

All delightfully very different, I hope you agree!

Other news :- Teamie Coco is having a little break from her teamie duties for a year or so as she is a busy bee in her other roles as mother, wife and crafty teacher, but I'm sure that isn't the last we will see from her yet - we thank her and wish her lots of happiness and success.  Another teamie is retiring, due to other commitments taking over in life big time, and that is Laury. Again our thanks and good wishes go with you too.  As a result we do have a need for a couple of new willing and able lovelies to join us, therefore if any of you crafters out there would like to join us as a teamie, maybe you could email us with some pics of your crafty samples made with our stamps, with a link to your blogs, and we could then have a look at your work and a chat.

Have a lovely Sunday everyone,
Back soon,

Jean & Co x

Sunday, 19 November 2017


As mentioned in my last post, and by recent newsletter, we do indeed have 3 gorgeous new festive stamps on the website now - you will find them on this page here!  So how would you like to acquire these 3 adorable new stamps for free?  If so then please firstly become a blog follower, if you aren't one already, and then give us the CI reference numbers of the 3 new stamps (e.g. CI-101) in a comment at the end of this post.
Two of you will then be picked randomly to receive the new stamps, within the next few days.  Please check back on this blog for my next post which will give the names of the lucky winners, who will need to email us to claim your prizes!  It would also be nice if you could share this giveaway info with your crafty friends.

Here are some more makes by our fabulous teamies with the new stamps to re-wet your stamping appetite....

Two gorgeous makes by Flo (you may have seen these before - I love 'em)..

Here is the inside...

Plus two fabulous makes by Sandra..

..And two more beauties by Flo..

Another super colourful make from Helen..

Finally tonight a beautiful make by Dora, which also appeared on our last Facebook entry. Dora drew the layout look to our Blossom Robin recently - such a pretty card Dora, thank you..

So don't forget to leave your comments soon folks!

Back soon,

Jean x

Friday, 10 November 2017


We are very excited as we have just released three new festive stamps, which are available on special opening offer prices if you are quick..

You will find them easily in the New Products section of the CI Website.

Here are the first few makes with them..

Lots more makes to come.
Back soon,
Jean x