Wednesday, 11 April 2018


We are delighted and excited to introduce to you our guest artist for April - drumroll please - it is Titbelsoeur -
Here we have some of her lovely creative makes using Crafty Individuals rubber stamps, firstly we have two open book 'landscapes' featuring CI-474 and CI-460..

Plus a festive make in a similar fashion with CI-463 and others..

Followed by two lovely eclectic hangings - check out CI-404 and CI-455 and more ...

Plus a seaside themed card..

Finally my personal favourite, again with a seaside theme, and with the help of a sardine can...

Titbelsouer has kindly written a little tutorial about this project for us..
First cut out waves from the pages of a book with a cutting knife, and add blue watercolor paint with a brush to represent sky and sea, leaving some spaces for foam and clouds.
When all dry, glue all pages together and cut them out ready to insert in the can to represent the landscape. Stick it inside and to the back of the can.

The next step is to stamp the child, the lighthouse and birds on to a piece of cardstock, paint them and cut them out. Insert the lighthouse between 2 waves and stick the birds to the background sky.
Add some glue to the bottom and the edge of the can and sprinkle sand on it. Let it dry. Stick the child on the edge with hot glue.
Fill in a mini-bottle with sand and shells, close it and glue the can on it with hot glue. Also glue shells to the bottom of the can and the lid of the bottle.
Tie a string around the bottle, and you are done!
Stamps she has used include CI-459, CI-384 and more .. 


Last month we had Jannet, as our guest artist, and for some reason I didn't receive all the images of her lovely makes at the time.  There were two missed out, and they are real beauties and perfect for Easter, so I am inserting them below..

Jannet has used CI-467 in the second framed delight, and CI-372 and more in the first scene. 


Back soon,
Jean x

Wednesday, 4 April 2018


A quick post tonight from me to give you a heads up that the new rubber stamps that featured on Hochanda last week and were so popular, are now up on our website.  You will find them HERE.  
We will be sending out the usual newsletter tomorrow, and they are on special intro offer at the moment.  You will see that we have also added some of the much sought after new embossing powders from Seth Apter, I am particularly loving the Vintage Beeswax, Rust and Vintage Oxide - exceptionally gorgeous!!

The new stamps are CI-490 Blossoms, CI-491 Orchids and CI-492 Pretty Florals...

They all repeat beautifully!

Here are some cards incorporating them..

With thanks to teamies Dora and Daniele for the above.  More samples to follow soon, and we do have a new guest artist for April with some fabulous makes to share, in my next post I should think, so do keep checking back.

Enjoy the new stuff!

Back soon,
Jean x

p.s. Date for the diary, next Hochanda show from us on 1st May at 10am.

Thursday, 22 March 2018


Hello Lovelies - Good news on the 'Trees' giveaways from our last blog post, the winners have now been randomly picked, and are comment numbers:  1, 12, 15, 26, 32, and 51.  On counting down the list of 58 comments the chosen ones are: Crom's Cubby Hole, PaperDolly Lynn, Joan, Paul McGowan, Linda49, and Nancy Dempsey.  If you could all email us asap please at: with your addresses and your preferences for the set you would like - possibly (although we can't promise that will be the one you will get), we would be delighted.  Well done all, and lots of thank yous to everyone who participated and left a nice comment.

Now I have just a few little bits of gloriously colourful random inspiration tonight as follows..

Three makes by teamie Flo, using CI-425, CI-481, with a CI image, and also CI-483...

A summery make by teamie Coco using several CI stamps, including CI-459..

And also a make by Sherry Hickey from the USA, using CI-063..

Finally a little reminder, please note: lovely Lesley Wharton from Chocolate Baroque, and myself, will be appearing on Hochanda on Thursday of next week, at 8am and 3pm, with demos galore, featuring a lovely assortment of CI stamps and other stuff, including some totally delicious brand new designs. We absolutely can't wait!!

Thank you everyone,
Back soon,
Jean x

Friday, 16 March 2018


Would you like to win one of our six lovely 'tree' themed giveaways??
If so please leave a comment at the end of this post, and six of you will be picked randomly to receive your gift of one of these combinations, in a few days time...

We have two of each of the following two sets to give away..

Then one of each of these two sets...

All the above sets are also mounted already onto cling foam, ready to trim and use.

And to follow we have a little 'tree' themed inspiration from the team..

.... by Sandra..

.... by Helen..

.... by Gerrina..

.... by Daniele..

All delicious!  Which is your favourite?

Don't forget to leave your comment soon.

Jean x

p.s. We have some special 'Eastery' offers on some 'Eastery' stamps on the website over the weekend.  You will find them in the Special Offers Section Here!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


We do indeed have a very talented and lovely guest artist for March - drumroll please - we have Jannet Blay, of Enchanted Place Blog,

We do love Jannet's fabulous mixed media makes, and here we have some of her delightful creations using Crafty Individuals stamps, with short descriptions by Jannet, and a step by step regarding the first one at the end...

A Spring Stroll, with stamps CI-206, CI-234 and CI-449

Wonderful World, with stamp CI-483

I stamped the blossom Robin onto card and coloured him and the flowers, and then fussy cut them. I adhered a twig onto my background and added the Robin and blossoms with foam pads. I used the Wonderful World sentiment from the Wonder of Childhood Stamp set. I also added the flying birds from the birds and branches set.I mounted the completed picture onto a 6x6 Kraft Card with the twig and some blossoms overlapping the edges.

Make  A Wish, with stamp CI-471

I stamped the make a wish stamp on my background which I had created with watercolours. I substituted dried flowers for the dandelion clock, and added more flowers to the base of the picture. I used the May your dreams come true sentiment which I had received free in one of your lovely free gift packs.I flicked some white paint over my 6x6 Kraft Card blank and then mounted it with foam tape.

Walkies, with stamp CI-489

I used a 4 inch deep frame and made a Watercolour background and stamped birds and branches onto the top and sides. I stamped and fussy cut the lovely  Walkies characters and coloured them.I also  added some flowersoft for the girls fluffy collar and for the Pom Pom on the hat. I also added some glossy accents onto the boots. I used some thin twine for the dogs lead. I used texture paste on the base and embedded the girl and various twigs, dried flowers and art stones. 

A Spring Stroll in Steps...


Other Materials Used:

Watercolour paints, beads, glitter pen, texture paste, black Archival Ink pad, Versamark ink pad, black embossing powder, art stones, twigs, curly moss, dried flowers, sticky foam pads


Step 1. Recycling is always good so I used the chipboard back cover from a watercolour pad and coated it twice with white gesso. This provided a good surface for my watercolour paints. I painted a sky, leaving some white areas to form clouds.
I then decided to paint some pink hills, anything is possible when you create your own world in art!

I painted in a green area for grass, and when it was still wet I crumpled up some copy paper and pressed it onto the wet paint. This left lots of fun creases and textures.

Step 2. I stamped the cute children with black Archival ink and after colouring them with watercolours I fussy cut them. I adhered some little beads on the girls dress for buttons, and used a clear glitter pen on the butterflies, and on her tights.

Step 3. After using black embossing powder to outline the flowers I coloured them and fussy cut, I repeated this with the birdhouse too.I stamped several birds from the Birds, Branches set and also fussy cut them.

Step 4. I curled up the edges of the flowers to give them some shape, and also slightly folded the birdhouse.I used stems from dried flowers and added them to the paper flowers.

Step 5. Using Black Archival I stamped some birds onto the sky. Over the hills
I flicked some pink paint in a shade a little darker than the original pink.

Step 6. I gathered together all of my materials and laid them over my background and when I was finally happy with how it looked I adhered them. I used sticky foam pads for the children, flowers and the birdhouse, and glossy accents for the twigs and birds.

Step 7. I finished by adding texture paste to the bottom of the picture and placed art stones into it, which I then painted over.


Many thanks Jannet for sharing your work with us in March.

Look out for another arty guest in April.

Back soon,
Jean x


Tuesday, 27 February 2018


It's a post today to show you some craftily creative creations by lovely Coco in France.  I wonder if it's a bit warmer there than it is here right now.  We've had several inches of snow here in the north of the UK and it's freeeeeeeezing!!!

Firstly I have a lovely series of cards based around the family - stunners!  The stamps used here are CI-186, CI-402, CI-444, CI-439, CI-449.....

And on a completely different note Coco also sent me these cool and crafty clay designs, on a house theme - wow!.....

The stamps used are from CI-274, and were inspired by one of Flo's previous clay designs.  Gorgeous!

Well I'm going to try and warm up a bit in a nice hot bath right now.

Back soon,
Jean x