Sunday, 16 February 2014

A DIFFICULT WEEK, BUT WHAT BEAUTIES WE HAVE TONIGHT....


It has indeed been a difficult week - Malcolm had problems with his sight and ended up having emergency surgery for a detached retina in his left eye - but then had even more problems and is now back in hospital with raised eye pressure from the surgery.  This caused severe sickness and dizziness.  We are hoping he will be home tomorrow at some point - but it was all very scary at the time I have to say!  And we experienced the worst and the best that the NHS has to offer - or at least how they struggle with A&E and lack of resources (especially on a Friday night!)

However it is lovely to see him now much improved, due to some excellent medical intervention, although he won't have sight in the offending eye for a while yet.  In celebration I am back here with some more little beauties to show you.

Firstly many thanks for leaving such a lot of kind comments on my last post, and so pleased you are enjoying the new rubber releases, and remembering my Craft Stamper project.  I have lots of images to show you both incorporating the new stamps (to follow), and also celebrating February and 'A Fine Romance' (below).  And our current Challenge which you will find still running on this Post: http://craftyindividualsblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/a-new-challenge-in-month-of-romance.html,
with 12 days to go to 'link in' your project.

Here we go with some further Challenge inspiration starting with a really pretty heart by Daniele, with various images and Daniele's step by step instructions below...





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Steps..
I have used a heart shape from Aspire but this will work with any chip board shape.
I stamp the clock image CI-354 with Versamark and then embossed with fine gold embossing powder by Wow, I masked off the clock and then using Archival Potting Soil ink to stamp the tulip image CI-388, then I coloured the images and background of the heart with Pan Pastels.
I stamped CI-139 onto a piece of card suitable for water colouring with Potting Shed again and coloured in the image using Tattered Rose, Tea Dye and Victorian Velvet, the background of the stamp was coloured in with Prismas pencils.
I used a diamond stencil and stencilled parts of the heart with Imagination Sparkle Medium paste. Dry with a heat gun.
Fray a piece of cheese cloth fabric and arrange on heart.
Using your finger or stencil brush to add Treasure Gold (I've used white fire) to the edges of the heart and stamped image.
Stick pearls around the inside edge of the image
I've used white seam binding for the bow which I coloured using Tattered Rose Distress ink spritzed with water fir a softer look, add a heart button.
Stamp three different size flowers from CI-206 with versamark and emboss with gold, snip into two of the petals and glue slightly behind each other, curl the edges the flowers and stick below the image.


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I love the way Daniele has given the flower stamps from CI-206 a dimensional look.  The 'love lady' stamp has now been discontinued but I'm sure many of you still have it, but if not we have many other stamps that would fill the romantic niche.  All other stamps mentioned can be found at www.craftyindividuals.co.uk 

I now have a very romantic decorated box to show you, by Sylvie.  Loving how Sylvie has incorporated our newest die onto the top of the box, and all the CI stamps around the sides ..





All other dies used can be found HERE, and the pretty filigree corners (top centre), and box feet are in the 'Must Haves' section HERE.

Next I have a simply adorable 3D 'love' project by lovely Gio...



CI background papers and silhouette stamp CI-377 feature on this pretty pedestal.  Gio has also used the oh so useful box feet to complete her project!

Just time now to finish with two more luscious romantic themed projects - a perfect Valentine's heart in all the right colours by Laury..



With CI-258 in the centre, and a touch of CI-253 around the edges!   And a very pretty hanging by Lynne..





With background hearts from CI-342, plus a CI main image, and a very useful Parisian postmark stamp from CI-122.

Now its definitely time for sleep, so thanks for checking us out, and I will be back with lots more very soon,

Jean x 




 

25 comments:

Juliz Design Post said...

Beautiful work from the design team. Please send Malcolm get well wishes and tell him to take it easy.

Julie x

Netty said...

Lots of wonderful samples from the DT. So sorry to hear about Malcolm, but pleased he is on the mend and will soon be home with you.
Annette x

ionabunny said...

Beautiful projects. Only 12 days left to link!! Where is the time going?!! Hope Malcolm is home and well soon. Hugs

carol edwards said...

Really beautiful creations. Hope Malcolm is soon on the mend

Yvonne Garner said...

Oh Jean! My best to Malcolm as he recovers! Take care.

Rita said...

What beautiful creations Jean. Sending Malcolm lots of positive vibes for a Good recovery. It must have been a scary experience for him. Hugs Rita xxx

Brenda Brown said...

So sorry to hear about Malcolm's eye problem. I hope he mends really soon and feels a lot better. Please give him my best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Lots of lovely projects from my teamies, they really are beautiful makes xx

Helen said...

Fabulous samples!! Sending Malcolm warm wishes for a speedy and full recovery.

Gio said...

Oh I 'm sorry to hear this bad news. PLease send Malcom the best wishes to recover soon!

The artworks from the team are amazing I have my jaw dropped!

Annie said...

Beautiful creations from the DT Jean. So sorry to hear of Malcolm's sight issues but glad to hear he is recovering and should be home soon. Best wishes to you both
Annie x

Carole Z said...

Beautiful projects, all of them! Hope Malcolm will be recovered soon, Carole Z X

Valerie-Jael said...

alcolm's eye, wish him a speedy recovery. I know this from my own experience, and it will get better. Wonderful projects. Valerie

Caroline said...

What a week you've had. Am sending lots of healing thoughts & wishes for a speedy recovery. It is indeed a scary time when loved ones are suffering. Glad to hear he is a little better!
The DT projects are all so beautiful, lots of inspiration as always!! Tfs, Take care. C :)))

rachel said...

stunning pieces Jean - wishing Malcolm all the very best for a speedy recovery - you must have had a hell of a time - how awful for you both! Big Hugs rachel xx

Coco said...

So sorry to read the news about Malcolm! Please give him my best wishes for a good recovery Jean. And what a fabulous set of fantastic makes today, thanks to Daniele for her step-by-step on her very gorgeous heart!! But I Love all, stunning work from every DT lady :) Hugs, Coco xx

Redanne said...

Goodness, what a trying time! Please give Malcolm my best wishes for a speedy recovery. I know from breaking my hip recently how terribly stretched the NHS is but thank goodness Malcolm got good treatment in the end.

The samples are all so very beautiful. Hugs, Anne xx

Craftyfield said...

So sorry to hear about Malcolm's problems, I wish him a speedy recovery.
The samples are fantastic as usual!

Ginger said...

Scary about Malcolm. hope his home Soon.

nate said...

magnifiques réalisations !!!!
bon courage pour la suite
à bientôt nate

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Such a worrying time for Malcolm and his family and friends and you will surely be missing him being at your side. Please pass on my wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
This post displays such a range of styles and the different ways in which CI stamps can be used creatively.
Wishes
Lynne

sally said...

Best wishes to Malcolm, my husband is stuck 90" drive down a twisty mountain road away , it's been just over 4 weeks now so I can well appreciate the worry. At least you all speak the same language I. The UK. A fractured pelvis & staff that do not understand you is not an ideal situation :-)

Sally

Julie Osborne said...

the projects are beautiful jean- hope Malcolm feels better soon

butterfly said...

Golly, what a scary time... wishing Malcolm a full and speedy recovery.

Brilliant inspirational pieces as always. Despite not being much of a Valentiner, I find myself completely in love with Laury's card!
Alison x

nefertiti said...

I wish to Malcom a speedy recovery. Very bad week for you.
Fabulous projects from the DT!!!
Bizz

Sid said...

Jean, please give all my best wishes to Malcolm and hope he recovers soon ! What a fabulous heart design !