Thursday, 26 August 2021

SUCH A LONG TIME SINCE I BLOGGED, BUT HERE I AM AGAIN WITH SOME CRAFTY UPDATES.....

Can't believe it's so long since I blogged, but I thought I'd check in with you, if there is anyone out there still reading this?!  Please leave a little comment if there is.

We have had a couple of new stamp releases since my last post, and I have a lovely bit of inspiration to show you....

Firstly a pretty little one by Sandma....

...And a lovely Robin card by Lynne using the same stamp...


 Here a colourful 'shroom' one by Helen...

...And a taggy one by Sally, followed by a lacy one by Daniele...

 

Next a seagull one by Dena, followed by another I created during a Live on Facebook, on kraft card...


 


Love that gull!  The last one above I made on a tv show on 'The Craft Store' a couple of months ago.

Now a teacup sample - '8d Shrewsbury Biscuits' also created during a Facebook Live by myself....


All these stamps can currently be found at:  https://www.craftyindividuals.co.uk/new-products#:page2 

Our last and latest release of rubber was a mystically magical assortment designed by our own lovely Dena Rangeley, which can be found here: https://www.craftyindividuals.co.uk/new-products

My 'New Beginnings' baby dragon...


 ...And my 'Rising Phoenix'...

Plus Sally's rather lovely Phoenix...

Here a couple of samples by clever Sandma...


Finally for now a very creative clock made by Dena...


Hope you have enjoyed seeing a few piccies?  Do let me know.

Jean xx



 

 




Friday, 18 June 2021

A MESSAGE FROM OUR TEAMIE SALLY, AND LINKS TO SOME GREAT VIDEOS...

Hello Folks

I do hope you are happily working on some fun crafty projects at the moment, and also hope you received our latest Newsletter, and got to see that the five brand new stamps released this month on The Craft Store are now available on our website.  If you didn't get the Newsletter or see the TV shows then here is the link to our New Products page (which is generally a great page to go to if you would like to watch out for new releases):- https://www.craftyindividuals.co.uk/new-products

Here is just one of the many fabulous samples we have using the new stamps, this time by Sandma... 

 

On my last Facebook Live I mentioned that our stamps (as well as those of many other genuine craft companies) are being copied in huge quantities by unscrupulous thieves operating on the internet.  Our wonderful teamie Sally, who also very kindly runs our fun CI Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/craftyindividuals/  has written an important post on her own blog - http://sal-utations.blogspot.com/ about such fake stamps and with her permission I am going to copy and paste it below:- 

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'I'm sure you have probably heard about a number of fake stamps appearing out there. Many of these seem to come from China and are made of silicone. There are huge numbers on Ali Express. No matter how cheap they are, please don't buy them. I'm not just saying that just because they steal the images without permission (although that is reason enough I think!).  The nature of the materials they are made from means that ink won't give an even coverage; they are so squashy that the stamp distorts when you stamp it and the stamped image is poor to say the least. Also, they will decay a lot quicker than any rubber or decent photopolymer stamp. I own 20+ year old rubber and photopolymer stamps that stamp as well as the day I bought them. With silicone stamps they ended up in the bin after less than 7 years. I am very lucky to be on the DTs for Bee Crafty and Crafty Individuals, who produce excellent quality stamps that I consider to be the very best. I've also got stamps from Inkylicious, Hobby Art, Woodware, Chocolate Baroque, Lavinia, Card-io, Honey Do, Uniko, Indigo Blu, That's Crafty and Visible Image. These are all UK based companies that have excellent quality stamps and good customer service. They have built up a good reputation. If you want that quality of stamp and service, buy direct from them - They are all crafters too, so they make stamps that they enjoy using themselves.

I have heard a number of crafters say that they tried stamping but struggled to get a decent image so gave up. I wonder how many of them bought cheap, poor quality stamps and that was the cause of their issues? When I have tried using some of these stamps it has taken me much longer and sometimes several attempts to achieve something half decent. Many 'free' stamps on magazines are manufactured in the same way. Some are okay, but none are as good as the real thing. 

We have an amazing Craft Industry in the UK and it would be good to keep it that way, so when you spend your craft allowance, spend it wisely and buy direct from the companies you know you can trust! 

Thanks for reading this'

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On a much happier note another one of our talented teamies - Isabelle, of Isa.C Art & Craft has made a couple of time lapse videos which you can now find on YouTube, showing how she makes some of her fabulous samples for us.  As well as being informative her videos are very relaxing to watch and are also set to some beautiful piano music.  I'm sure you will enjoy them as well as learn from them.  The card below is one of Isa's lovely makes with our new stamps....

Thank you for reading this today, and I hope you are enjoying some sunshine wherever you are in the world right now.

Jean xx


Monday, 31 May 2021

NEW SHOWS COMING TO THE CRAFT STORE....

Quick bit of catching up today - ages since I posted last.  We have new shows with new stamps, and fabulous new printed papers and images on Friday, 4th June at 10am and 4pm on The Craft Store (formerly Hochanda).  We would love to have your company there!!

Here are just a few sneaky peeks to wet your appetite, lol.  The first by Dora...

This one from Sally...

A beauty from Isa..

Another snippet by Lynne..

 
And a peek of one of the new photo images by Malcolm...

What a lot of loveliness, I hope you agree.

Jean xx



Monday, 12 April 2021

A FEST OF BLUEBELLS....

It's been a while I know, but here I am with a blast of Bluebells to show you, all in one place.  We recently released a new Bluebell rubber stamp, and we have had some amazing makes from the team using this stamp.  So without further ado here are some of the makes....

By Janiene...


By Lynne Kirton...

 By Sally...

By Dena...

By Daniele...

And by Sandma...

I've already spied the appearance of the first bluebells amongst the trees in our local park, so it won't be long until they are in full bloom - A Carpet of Bluebells!

I had a photo of a card I had made, but can't find it right now, and I think Dora has made one too.  Hopefully to follow.

Found it, yay!...

Back soon,

Jean xx





Monday, 15 March 2021

WE HAVE NEW TEAMIES - MOTHER AND DAUGHTER, JANIENE & DENA RANGELEY....

I don't think I've yet blogged this recent news, that we have two new teamies, mother and daughter, operating as one really, just for us!  Two very talented arty ladies Dena and Janiene Rangeley.  This is Dena's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/denasdesign and Dena also sells on Etsy.  Can't wait to see what they have been up to, working towards our next Hochanda shows on 2nd April.  Here are just a few of their past CI makes to give you an idea, three by Dena and the last lovely by Janiene...



Dena has also recently decorated her own phone case, and as you can see above she also makes jewellery, this pendant in copper, which is etched with one of our stamp designs.  Simply beautiful ...

Also check out Dena's Blog, she has a step by step made with our products on there right now: http://designsbydena.blogspot.com/

So do watch out for much more from the fab duo.

Jean xx


Monday, 8 February 2021

HOCHANDA HERE WE COME.....

Our next shows on Hochanda are this week - eeeek!  We do hope you will tune in to watch Jean at work on Friday, 12th February, at 10am and 2pm (UK time) - very civilized times this month!

With some brand new stamps (and they are mounted) with an Animals Galore theme, designed by young Ellie, and so adorable, you are sure to love them!

Here are a few peeks by the team for your pleasure:



 


I will be running a Facebook Sneaky Live on Wednesday at 2.30pm (UK time), where you will be seeing more sneakys if you join me here:

https://www.facebook.com/craftyindividuals/

What fun we will have!

Jean xx

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

CATCHING UP WITH A FEW MORE IMAGES...

I have lots of images on my desktop, so it's about time to share them here I think.  Some makes using the last two releases of stamps - some robins in landscapes (CI-553), designed by Sandra and made by moi...


...and a journal page..

Now following with makes made with our last lot of new releases - designs by Sharron Bates...

First by Sandma (CI-559)...

...and by Isa...

 Pablo the Penguin by Flo and Dora (CI-557)...



Flower by Flo (CI-560) and myself...

The Street (CI-558) by Helen and myself...


Finally for tonight two cards made using Isa's new Christmas themed stamp design (CI-556)..

 
 
 
That's all for tonight folks.

Thanks for joining me here,

Back soon

Jean x