Saturday, 21 March 2015

AN ALICE FEST.....

We are still deep in the throes of our Animal World Challenge for March, details and links for which you will find HERE.  Still 10 days to go, so there is still time.....

The team (members and blog links are listed on the right hand side of this blog) have been inspired well and truly, and very beautifully, by our new Alice Palace animal stamps.  So I am having another post dedicated to Alice, and here goes....

Helen Chilton has made a bunny canvas in very lovely gentle colours.  She is running an all day workshop at The Craft Barn next week where you too could make this delight...



On the subject of the bunnies (- hares to be precise) here I have a gorgeous make by Daniele too...


Plus another by Helen again...



And a beauty by Laury....



At the same time as we released the hares stamp above we also released a fabby birthday duck stamp, and here we have a couple of cheerful and clever makes by Effie featuring this one...






And another really great card by Laury (Laury just loves ducks)....


I do still have more to come and inspire before the end of the month, so do join me again soon.  Always lovely to have your company, and thanks very much indeed for the sweet comments you leave and the comments and likes on our Facebook page as well.

Bye for now,

Jean x

Friday, 13 March 2015

ANIMAL WORLD CONTINUED.....

I'm back again with more Animal themed makes to tempt you to join us on our Animal World Challenge link up! Entries so far can be seen in all their glory HERE!  Gorgeous!

Sylvie is our challenge leader this time and she has made a glorious technicolour canvas with many animal features within plus lots of texture.  She has also kindly given us step by step photos and instructions below (with apologies for her English - which is really good - my French is rubbish, how about yours?!)...

- Apply various Fresco finish paints on the canvas with a piece of cut and dry.
- Use the "Floral Grid" mask and apply gesso over, in different parts of the canvas
- Repeat the same thing with circles and after when it's dry, inked with Distress inks.
- Make cutouts with various dies (sweet flying bird, delicate dragonfly, floral branch and elegant swirl dies).
- Add a layer of gesso over.
- And over the flowers (Tando creative)
- Add some glimmer mist in various colours + water
- Use various Izink inks and various Silks Acrylic Glaze over the elements
- Add some treasure gold in different colors
- Use Distress vintage photo for inking the edges of canvas and give relief
- I also  used the CI- 213 (venetian crackle) on the background with Archival ink, especially on the edges.
- Stamp on white cardstock the animals ( CI- 220, 390, 410, 372, 373) cut out .
- Color the animals with gelatos and water
- Glue on 3D on the canvas
- Add a layer of glossy accent over
- Finally I added roses and leaves



This is her make in all its final glory..



And here are the steps in photos...




















Thanks for all the wonderful techniques you have shared with us on here Sylvie - fabulous!


Coco has joined in with a beautiful scenic and fun creation of her own, in her new journal...


A double paged spread again sporting lots of CI scenic touches...








And finally for tonight a fabulously and deliciously colourful animal box by clever Gio....







Wow!!


Thanks for tuning in,


Back again soon,


Jean x

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

MINI POST - NEW STAMPS BLOG CANDY WINNER REVEALED....

Thank you for 33 really lovely and kind comments left on my last post - re the candy offered, which is the set of 5 brand new CI stamps recently released.

The lucky number picked this time was Comment no: 15 which happens to be 'Dagmar'

Please email us Dagmar at info@craftyindividuals.co.uk to claim your candy.  Don't forget to include your address.

I don't like to make a post without a visual included, so below is an image of a make of my own featuring one of the new stamps on a multi tag pocket card for a man.....

(All our recently added new products can be found HERE, and I am in the process of adding quite a few yummy new items at the moment, so do keep checking this area out)




Meanwhile we have an ongoing Challenge for March on this blog, which can be viewed HERE - still 21 days to go to get your link in.

If you left a comment on Facebook then visit our page HERE for the Facebook candy winner.

Back soon with more 'Animal' inspiration,

Jean x

Friday, 6 March 2015

LOVELY ALICE BASED IMAGES TO INSPIRE, AND WOULD YOU LIKE SOME CANDY?.....

The March Challenge is now well underway and already we have 8 link-ins which you can now view HERE.  However there are still 26 days to go so you still have plenty of time to make your make and join in the fun!  You can claim a 25% discount on the CI website as soon as you link up your project, and you could also win yourself a CI art stamp of your choice if Sylvie selects your make as one of her faves.

Meanwhile we are happy to be able to bring you more team makes to truly inspire, and tonight I have just some of many Alice Palace based 'animal' projects to show you.

Brenda has made 3 very lovely bright and fun cards with 3 of our fabby Alice stamps....





And this is the link to the Alice stamps page where you will find all of the above: http://www.craftyindividuals.co.uk/rubber-stamps-c1/alice-palace-individual-collage-stamps-c6
- ooops I've also just seen that I haven't yet removed the special offer on the most recently introduced stamps, so if you are quick you can still get the 'Winning Hare' stamp and the 'Jolly Duck' stamp at a bargain price, as well as the three other new stamp products that have just been added to our collections.  However I must remove them after the weekend - mental note to self!!

I used the 'Jolly Duck' stamp myself recently on a 'matchbox' make, which I will pop below....




And I also used the 'Winning Hare' on a card project...



Effie loves the Alice Palace designer stamps and has made a cracking Easter eggy creation with the hares too - how cool is this?! (sporting adorable pink buttons for wheels!)....




Sylvie has also just sent over some tag images using the new stamps too, so I will insert them here too as they are most appropriate.....




And she also enclosed a mini step which shows the beautiful strong paint colours she used....




The other stamp above is another new release - great for creating stunning backgrounds such as these!

I will bring this post to a close with a delectable project by Laury, featuring our 'Bright Future' turtle as focal point...



What a lot of lovely makes I'm sure you will agree?!  You will find links to all the CI teamies at the side.  Still many more makes to post, and do keep those gorgeous link ups coming.

Back soon,

Jean x

p.s. Thanks for the continuing comments here and all the 'likes' on Facebook - very much appreciated always.  Maybe you would like to win yourself a set of the five latest stamp lovelies? - if so please leave a comment on here or a comment on Facebook over the weekend and we will randomly pick one winner from each page next week to receive the set x