Sunday, 1 March 2015


Its the 1st of March today so that means its time to introduce you to the CI Bi Monthly - March 2015 Challenge.  Sylvie has chosen the title and subject matter this month and it is 'The Animal World'.  This could include birds (penguins perhaps??!), ducks, turtles, bunnies, cats, and all the other animals you can think of and/or that might appear in a Crafty Individuals product that you could use in your make.

Here are the usual guidelines:


To enter this month's Crafty Individuals Challenge please put together your chosen project, which must include at least one Crafty Individuals product please, then post your Challenge project on your Blog, before the end of the month, and include a link back to this Blog.  Leave a link in the URL box displayed in this post to take us directly to your Challenge project, which will then appear on this Blog as a thumbnail image - so we can all see your wonderful arty work.

At the end of the month Sylvie will set about choosing five lucky participants, each of whom will win a CI rubber stamp of their choice, and don't forget that as per usual, once you have linked in your creation, you can also claim a lovely 25% discount code to use on anything you purchase from the CI Website, which will be valid to use until the 10th of April.

Go for it, and enjoy the challenge x

As always we look forward to seeing your entries - you will be in with a chance of winning a free stamp, and you will also be able to obtain a cool 25% CI web discount.  When you have linked in your entry please email us at to obtain your special code, and then go shopping!

Now we generally aim to give you some inspiration to get you creatively started, and as it is Sylvie's Challenge here are a couple of delightful makes by the lady herself, plus a little tutorial which shows us clearly how she went about making the background to these adorable canvasses.  The 10 cm square canvasses used are available HERE and all the Alice Palace stamps can be found HERE....

I hope the above has given you some food for thought.  Lots more inspiration to come,

Back soon,

Jean x

Thursday, 26 February 2015


Hi everyone - Hope you received our newsletter showing you the newly released stamps today and hope you likey?!  I will have a bit of an overview of them in another post, as today I want to have a bit of a catch up session on some of the team makes that haven't appeared here yet.

Gio sent over some delightful images of useful makes with a 'his and hers' valentine's theme, and I didn't get my act together in time to show you them earlier in the month.  She has also kindly provided us with a little step by step too....

And the steps for the keyrings.....

Makes beautifully display recently released tag stamps CI-427 and CI-428.

I have a couple of great cards by Daniele using the same stamps...

Sylvie used the woman's tags set (lots of uses for these Elements sets) to make a rather pretty big tag ensemble....

I also somehow managed to miss out showing you a glorious make by Sylvie during the last Challenge about scenic stamping using CI-402+, so here it is.....

And to finish I have another couple of makes by Coco and Sylvie using slightly older stamps!

.....CI-335+ makes an appearance here and below a lovely beach babe tag using a favourite stamp CI-278..

Thank you for the pleasure of your company,

Back soon,

Jean x

p.s. Nearly time for giving you details about the March Challenge!!!!

Thursday, 19 February 2015


Full of cold, and off to my bed soon, but before I go I wanted to show you a selection of makes from the team all using the new stamp CI-429, 'Trees Galore' in so very many different and beautiful ways.  Stamping is sooooo versatile. 

Here goes:

A very lovely image indeed from Brenda.....

Another beauty from Lynne.....

Coco has a new sketchbook/journal and this is her very first page creation...

 Coco has also made a terrifically tactile tag....

Gio has created two luscious scenes (within a scene)....

Laury has made a cheerful and extremely useful calendar....

And Sylvie has made a gorgeously colourful card....

Thanks ladies.  The links to the team members' blogs are all at the side - have a look and see what they are up to right now!

Please leave a comment or a 'like' on Facebook, if you can!

Bye for now,
Jean x

Sunday, 8 February 2015


Results time again.  Coco has chosen, and a very difficult choice it was too.  Fourteen beautiful makes all based around the theme of 'Scenic Stamping', and Coco had to pick her five faves.  Check out all the links entered HERE.

I am delighted to list the five below, along with Coco's comment about each one, and of course thanks to everyone who took the time to enter.

a.  Kristiina
'Kristiina has created a fabulous watercoloured spread including multiple scenes, all so lovely'

b.  Jane
'I love her card!  The scene she created with an opening door to central stage, and all the gorgeous elements stamped and added is simply wonderful.  I encourage everyone to read her fabulous tutorial'

c.  Florence ( 
'Florence has created in one night (ooh!..) a fabulous little scene, with many masking and stamping layers (she kindly gave us the perfect order to create such a lovely scene), for a perfect result!! Her card is just a pure delight...'

d.  Anne - Coco's comment is 'Anne has created a whimsical scene very cleverly, and so lovely!! I personally find Alice Palace 'Love lovely life' lovely indeed but not so easy to use, and I was very impressed by the way she integrated it on her card!'

e.  Sally 
'Just loved her card, so beautiful and with the perfect wording'

Well done all of you!  Please contact us at with your choice of stamp ladies so that we can get it sent out to you soon.  The next Challenge will be for March, so keep tuning in.  

Back soon,

Jean & Coco x