Wednesday, 29 July 2020


Quite a while since my last post I know.  We had a week away in Northumberland, which was lovely, visiting beaches, pubs and art galleries.  What more can we ask for?!

Now all is crazy here getting ready for our upcoming shows on Hochanda.  We have 2 shows on Tuesday, 4th August, the first at 7am (eeek early I know!), and the second at 1pm.  It would be fantastic if you could join us, PJs perfectly acceptable attire of course.

I have a few sneaky peeks for you this evening, and I've picked out some bits and bobs from some of Helen's very colourful makes with the new rubber stamps that will feature.  Guess what the theme for the shows is?!..

Wow I do so love those bright colours.  Helen achieved these by using alcohol inks on glossy cardstock.  Must get those alcohol inks out again!  See the whole of Helen's project, and many more luscious team makes, on Hochanda TV on Tuesday.

On another note I have been demoing live on Facebook, the CI public page, on many Wednesdays since lockdown, and on Fridays we have some crafty chat and giveaways.  Both at 2.30pm.  Do join me this Friday here:

Here are the two makes from today's 'stamping onto acetate' demo.....

Fun to do but slipping whilst stamping onto acetate is one of the drawbacks, but thinking that this is where a stamping platform might help.  The background in both cases is one of Malcolm's photographic sheet backgrounds which you will find on our website HERE.  So much fun to use and embellish further.

Thanks for checking in.
Back soon,
Jean xx

p.s. Here are Hochanda details if you need them..

Thursday, 2 July 2020


A very brief post before myself, Malcolm and Monty dog have a week's break.  If you follow on Facebook you will have seen my live demos on a Wednesday afternoon at 2.30 and my show and tells on a Friday at the same time.  The following couple of projects were from my last Wednesday Demo Day, complete with sequins and foil.....

Because of our little break there won't be any Live's from now until the 15th July.
Happy crafting everyone and thanks for your comments always,
Back soon,
Jean xx

Wednesday, 24 June 2020


Thanks for the comments on my last blog post.  Must take a photo of my old Singer Sewing Machine and pop it on here as suggested,  Also hope you get a bit more free time soon Coco, my friend!

I thought I would share a few of my recent journal pages on here, plus a lovely journal page from Daniele.  This is how it began for Daniele...

And this is how it ended up...

What a delight!

Here are my four pages, again featuring the latest stamps by the artist Sharron Bates....

I also made a little 'China Cupboard' using a little wooden tray (which had previously held craft embellishments), with one of Sharron's designs...

I demoed the process Live on our Facebook page.

In today's Live Demo I made this little card with a couple of our older stamps, a stencil and Distress Oxides....

Thanks for watching, and following,
Back soon,
Jean x

Monday, 8 June 2020


The fabulous brand new stamp designs by collage artist Sharron Bates are now available to purchase on our website.  You will find Sharron's Facebook page here:
and the new stamps at an initial discounted price here:

I compiled a step by step for Hochanda, using one of her new designs, and I thought I would share it here today....

Here is the finished design...

....and here is the materials list...

Crafty Individuals Rubber Stamps CI-328, ‘Sewing Notions’ and CI-545, ‘The Sewing Room’
Giotto Turbo Maxi Pens, or watercolours
Versafine Onyx Black Stamp Pad
Crafty Individuals A5 White Satin Stamping Card
7” Square White Card Blank
Ribbon and small coloured safety pin
Thread and Buttons

Step 1
Stamp CI-545 ‘The Sewing Room’ onto the CI White Satin Stamping Card in Versafine Onyx Black ink and dry thoroughly. Cut out the image ready to colour and sew.

Step 2
Using the Giotto Turbo Maxi Pens scribble a little of each of the appropriate chosen colours onto a glass mat or tile or plastic sheet, and pick up the colours in turn with a damp appropriate good quality paintbrush and colour the stamped image either as shown in the example pictured, or in colours as chosen by yourself.

Step 3
Use a sewing machine to sew a double stitched line around three edges of the coloured image in contrasting thread. Leave lots of loose threads showing.

Step 4
Stamp CI-328 ‘Sewing Notions’ onto the remaining half of the Satin Stamping Card, and fussy cut out your chosen vintage sewing items ready to colour and add to your card. I started with cutting out the vintage sewing ‘invoice’ and the ‘needle packet’ and coloured both to match my design.

Step 5
Colour the stamped ‘buttons’ image appropriately and sew a real small button or more to the image as shown leaving loose threads trailing.

Step 6
Colour the ‘darning’ thread image appropriately and wrap some real thread around ready to glue in place on the card.

Loved making this card.  Thanks for looking.

Back soon,
Jean x

Saturday, 30 May 2020


Malcolm and I are driving down to Peterborough through the night on Monday night/Tuesday morning to be there for our first show on Hochanda at 7am, followed by another at 1pm.  So I thought I would quickly share a few sneaky peeks on here whilst getting everything ready, and before we set off.

Our latest new stamp creations were designed by a lovely collage artist called Sharron Bates, and will be released for the first time on the TV shows on Hochanda.  There will be some great deals and lots of demos, and we would be very happy if you could join us by viewing it all through your tellybox or on your computer!

The first two images below were original finished samples designed for us by Sharron herself using two of her brand new stamps...

Here are some more peeks of finished samples, you will see the actual samples on the shows themselves...

Thank you for all your support of Crafty Individuals.

See you on Tuesday

Jean x

Monday, 18 May 2020


I have been busy doing a bit of prep for my Wednesday Live Demo on our Facebook page, and here is a bit of a sneaky...

Do join me on Wednesday at 2.30pm on this page:
and also do join our friendly Facebook Group for more Crafty Individuals chat and piccies, if you aren't already a member: 
We would just love to see what you've been up to with your CI products during lockdown.

Previous Facebook Live Demos have included Gelli Printing fun..

Fun with Flo's lovely new stamps plus drawings from Maria and Ellie, and masking techniques ..

Plus fun ways with Koh i Noor paints and cling film..

Malcolm continues to take photos during lockdown, and here is one from today's dog walk (nice and peaceful)..

Stay well, and stay safe,
Back soon,
Jean x

Friday, 1 May 2020


Eeeeek I haven't posted since Easter!  Where on earth does the time disappear to?!  This will be fairly brief, but I wanted remind you that we are running a Facebook Live session on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays currently.  All at 2.30pm UK time.  Even if you aren't on Facebook as such I think you can still watch the videos by scrolling down on this page:

Mondays are 'Show and Tell' days, Wednesdays are 'Demo Days', Fridays are 'Giveaway Days' as it stands at the moment.  My last demo (Wednesday) featured all things in simply Black & White.  Inspired by the cards below, last shown on Hochanda:

I went on to demo the following cards:

Simple stamped cards, just in purely black and white!

Do join us there on Facebook if you can (next one today, 2.30pm).

Back soon,
Jean x