Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Very sad indeed to hear this morning that Chocolate Baroque HQ was broken into last night and not only were all the weekend's Happy Stampers show takings stolen, but also computer, and other very important stuff, and to top it all off the thieves also trashed the place.  Our friends Lesley and David are generous and lovely people who have had tough times enough, and it is heartbreaking that this should happen to them!

What more can I say?! We wish them well and will help where we can. 
On a happier note here are some photos from the aforementioned show, which was lovely, and we thank everyone who supported us...

Samples were made and displayed....

And the new stamps CI-493, CI-494 and CI-495 went down a treat...

Thanks to the CI Teamies who always do us proud and thanks to you for popping by today.

Back soon,
Jean x

Wednesday, 9 May 2018


A quick post from me before we leave for the Happy Stampers show at Port Sunlight on Friday, with a few more of our teamie makes from the recent Hochanda show.  You may have seen this one on Facebook the other day?!

Made with polymer clay that I rolled out, it was stamped with CI-493, and baked in my home oven, I added driftwood, wire, beads, a charm, gold wax and triple clear embossing powder.  It was great fun to make so I made another in a darker clay, and will probably make some more with different stamps.

Here is the same stamp on beautiful cards by Sandra..

And also on fabulous cards by Sylvie alongside the other new stamps CI-494 and CI-495,
all currently on a special intro offer ...

Two more arty cards by Dora - stunning!..

And my last make of the evening is this beauty, again by Sylvie..

The other new item is this gorgeous printed A4 paper - definitely a must have, and we are loving it!

Hope to see you on Saturday at the show where we will most certainly have these new stamps and papers, some great deals, and all along with lots more good stuff!

Bye for now,
Back soon,
Jean x

Friday, 4 May 2018


It's been a lovely day here today, some warm spring sunshine has shone down on us at last, and we do indeed have a wonderful guest artist for May, and here are her makes, starting with a scene featuring a very pleasant day in the countryside, just like today.  Loving this one in particular from Craftyfield - which features several CI stamps including CI-474...

Followed closely by her other creatively crafty makes, starting with a lovely seaside view, featuring CI-284 and more, and ending with a couple of snow covered cottage delight Christmas cards:

Some of the other stamps you can see in the above include CI-413, CI-101, and the adorable cottage from CI-460. Craftyfield's blog will feature all the above makes individually during the next few weeks, with details on how they were made, with links.

Thanks lots to Craftyfield for sharing her crafty delights today, and also thanks lots to all of you who supported our show on Hochanda the other day.  We had a fantastic visit to Peterborough, appeared on a set with Leonie and Lesley, and introduced you to some brand new rubber images, one of which appears on this magical make by our lovely teamie Sandra...

Watch out for their general release and our newsletter coming soon.

Jean x

Saturday, 28 April 2018


Hello Peeps

Monday morning will see Lesley and I heading down to Peterborough to the Hochanda studios.  Chocolate Baroque and Crafty Individuals both have shows on Tuesday, 1st May.  Lesley's first show is at 8am, then 2pm, and ours is at 10am.  Our teamies have surpassed themselves this time, and the samples for our show are truly delightful.  We will have some brand new stamps releasing on the show too, plus some simply stunning new background papers to accompany them, all with the 'Wow' factor!

After this we will be getting everything together for the Port Sunlight Happy Stampers show.  Will you be there on the 12th May?  We are in a different position this time - change is good - you will find us on the right hand side of the main hall next to Chocolate Baroque, with whom we are sharing a large stand.  Do join us if you can, providing you've got your ticket, of course.

Last weekend Lesley, David, Malcolm, Judith, myself and 18 lovely ladies got ourselves together in a local hotel for a very creative weekend.  A good time was had by all we believe.  Our sample makes are here below followed by some photos taken at the occasion.

Firstly here are all the ladies, ourselves, and lovely little Monty dog, who also likes to be in on the action..

Our sample makes 'All things grow with love' and 'Always follow your dreams'...

Here is Lesley holding the CB sample make, mid explanation...

....and me holding ours, mid explanation...

Here are some of the other photos taken by our excellent 'in house' photographer Malcolm, during the weekend. Firstly some of our lovely participants, followed by some fabulous makes in progress....

Thank you to everyone involved for making the weekend so special, and thank you too for popping on by today!

Back soon,
Jean x

Thursday, 19 April 2018


We at Crafty Individuals are in full swing preparing for a busy few weeks ahead.  This weekend we have a weekend workshop with 20 ladies in a local hotel, alongside Chocolate Baroque - very exciting!!  If you are one of our attending ladies we can't wait to meet you on Saturday morning. We will have a great time.  Then more excitement when both Lesley Wharton and I will be on Hochanda on the 1st May.  I think Lesley's first show is 8am and ours is at 10am, so we are preparing madly for that.  After that we are at the Happy Stampers show at Port Sunlight on 12th May - if you usually attend that one, we are in a different position this time around the corner from our usual spot as Chocolate Baroque and ourselves are sharing a big stand.  Do come and seek us out.

Well that is the current news and now I will have the pretty bits section starting with some gorgeous makes by Dora..

This features Blossoms CI-490, together with a lovely blossoms drawing by Dora, and the following features the very vintage typewriter from CI-455..

Pretty flowery cards by both Dora and Daniele are in the next photograph...

Lovely to see so many beautiful daffodils around everywhere at the moment too. CI-302
and CI-488 looking glorious in full colour here.

I have a couple of stunners by Sandra below.  The first using the other half of CI-488, and the church from CI-474 so cleverly combined...

And the second another beauty using CI-302 again, plus our Springtime background paper, butterflies from CI-437, and that useful postcard stamp from CI-477

My final very bold and beautiful makes are by lovely Coco.  Firstly a canvas with just a little stamping going on..

Secondly some mail art using CI-489 in a very different way..

And thirdly a sneaky peak of a project she has going in a French magazine soon - Oooops sorry had to remove that one and replace with the one below....  Again absolutely loving the colours though!...

Thanks for stopping by folks,
Back soon,

Jean x