Sunday, 17 March 2013

ANOTHER COLD WET MISERABLE SUNDAY IN THE UK ...

Well that's the weather here anyway - so hopefully I'm going to cheer us all up with a bit of delightful crafty stuff to warm our hearts!

I've got lots of lovely images ready to display tonight, but I'll just set off with an overview of the sort of cards we made in my 'Make and Take' session at Strikes Garden Centre in Northallerton on Saturday.  I was kept pretty busy all day, and met some very nice ladies, a gentleman, and a very young lady, who all happily made some of these one layer cards to take home with them -



The process involved using a Stix2 A4 Masking Sheet to mask out areas, which were then coloured with the Domed Stencilling and Blending Brushes (these are really great brushes for blending inks) and Distress Inks.  If you find Cut n Dry Foam tricky to use, give these brushes a go - they are inexpensive and have nice, soft and dense bristles for apply ink evenly to your surface.

Whilst on the subject of crafting with lovely ladies, I must show you the results of a day spent in the company of Lynne and co at The Craft Den in Sheffield.  I took along a 'Home Sweet Home' decorated Tando Mini House Printer Tray:




And the lovely ladies all decorated their own - in their own unique ways, and these are the results:


Just click on the image for a closer look!  Thanks to everyone who came along, and also to Lynne and her husband, who helped make the day run so smoothly and pleasantly.  If you live in the vicinity of Sheffield, you must check out Lynne's shop at The Craft Den which is packed with delights to purchase, along with her other planned workshops which she is running during the year.

Amongst other bits and pieces we used the Victoria and Albert Swirl Die, and the Gilded Cage Die to adorn our houses.  The Swirl Die is currently nicely in stock, and the Cage Dies will be back in stock very soon (just stuck in UK customs as we speak - hopefully soon to be released). 

Next I have lots of projects by the CI team to show you.  Firstly 4 cards made very beautifully by Daniele:





We have several stamps making their appearances on these - Heartfelt Bird CI-220 (top), and new stamps - Musical Notes, A Royal Bird,  and Dreaming of Lilies (middles and bottom) .  Daniele has also used the Flower Heads Elements plate on the lower two cards, and she has stamped everything on various sheets of our Background Books (which do take stamping so very nicely).

Brenda has used Dreaming of Lilies too, to make a pretty 'Get Well' card -


Plus she has used a slightly older stamp depicting those idyllic Country Cottages to make a delightful card below -



 

And Lynne has been very busy with quite a few CI stamps recently, and here are just a couple of her gorgeous makes:






Loving the backgrounds here and the detail Lynne has obtained with stamp CI-148, Floradora Girl, and the Element Plate CI-341 - perfume bottles!

Lynne has also made a gorgeous project with the new dancing couple from CI-377 - in soft and beautiful colours -




Again the detail is stunning!

Hope you have enjoyed tonight's post, and now you feel warmed and relaxed and ready to craft?!

Thanks everyone.

Jean x

18 comments:

butterfly said...

Well that certainly brightened up a chilly winter's evening - amazing inspiration all around... The printer's trays from the workshop look fabulous, and all those pieces from the DT just dance with the colours and energy of spring - thank you so much for sharing all that with us!
Alison x

Rita said...

What a fabulous array of beautiful art Jean. The ladies must have been so pleased with their makes too. Wish I was nearer. Hugs Rita xxxx

Craftyfield said...

Definitely cheerful ! Love the one layer cards, the stamped images have so much more impact when there are no cluster of embellishments. Wish I could have been there...

Netty said...

thank you for sharing all these beautiful projects. Annette x

cardgirl said...

Not sure I feel ready to craft after seeing all this talent in one hit?! Lol...
Absolutely stunning, there isn't one I bypassed & so many I had to have a closer look! I have yet to make the most of my stamps from you. These pieces certainly give pause for thought! Thank you. Caroline :))

Sid said...

All the projects are fantastic Jean !

Stempelientje Stempy said...

What awesome projects! Very inspirational!
And I think you need to make a small correction Jean....;)... you wrote: ANOTHER COLD WET MISERABLE SUNDAY IN THE UK ...
Should read: Excellent crafting weather Sunday in the UK.....:)

Sue Abbott said...

All beautiful as ever............

coco said...

Thank you for sharing with us all these beautiful works...! Coco x

Carole Z said...

All these pieces of work are stunning, thank you for sharing them with us, Carole Z xx

Kyla said...

Lovely designs, especially love the butterfly one..

Kyla

Lucy Edmondson said...

What gorgeous work!

Lucy x

Bea said...

what a gorgeous collage of great pieces of art - really brightens up a grey and snowy day

ionabunny said...

What a post!! Love those make and take cards. Shows you don't have to go crazy with the embellishments to have a beautiful and elegant result. Love the colours. Those printer trays are a triumph. Well done all. Lovely cards. That dance silhouette is lovely.

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

The printer trays are incredible.
As always when you show a selection of art, it highlights the versatility of Crafty Individuals stamps and how in different hands they can produce such different results.
Wishes
Lynne

barbara macaskill said...

Would love the recipes for a few of these gorgeous creations! TFS making my heart smile again!

barbara macaskill said...

Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

thanks for share..