Saturday, 16 March 2019

BIRDIE CREATIVITY BY TEAMIES FLO, HELEN, SARAH, CHRIS, PLUS AN EXTRA PRETTY BY SHERRY AND TWO IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES.....

Well it's raining 'cats and dogs' outside, ha ha, so poor Monty is still waiting for his morning walk, with his legs crossed.  Think it's going to rain all day, so we must get out, just need it to ease off slightly.  Anyway that's why I'm blogging this morning - it's usually a night time thing with me - and I have some totally gorgeous items to share with you by the teamies.  Firstly by Flo I have this fabulous perching bird in a box.  CI-507 is our most recently released stamp, and also follows on the long tag/bookmark by lovely Helen.....






Chris has been busy in her journal with CI-505, Rise and Shine - and looking very lovely!


More birdies to follow by Flo....






Flo has used CI-184, CI-185, and CI-483, so colourfully in her creations above.  And I used CI-185 again in this one..


Background papers used in the above makes all by CI too.

I have a beautiful little tag now by Sarah again using CI-185....


My final make this morning was sent over by Sherry Hickey from USA.  Made with a now retired stamp but I do love the colours Sherry has used, and I'm sure lots of you still have the stamp in your stash.



Thanks to all of you featuring here today.  You are all stars!

Finally a heads up on two dates, with three separate hours, when I will be demoing again on Hochanda TV, with the lovely Lesley of Chocolate Baroque fame (she's demoing at the NEC today!).  The dates for your diaries are 31st March (Mother's Day and don't forget the clocks will have gone forward here too), and 1st April (April Fools Day, ha ha!).  I think the times are 3pm Sunday, and 11am and 4pm Monday.  Be there or be square!!  Can't wait, love, love, lovely Hochanda!

Bye for now,

Jean x






Wednesday, 6 March 2019

SHORT AND VERY SWEET INDEED.....

It's a mini post from me this evening, short and sweet.  Firstly though I must thank you for your lovely comments on my last post, it's always great, and also reassuring that you like what you see on here.  My aim is always to try and inspire you to create, as I know what pleasure it can bring to both the maker and to the receiver.

Having received two lovely Easter card images from clever teamie Sylvie, I thought I would do a mini post and show you them tonight.  Both perfect springtime cards, I think you will agree, such gorgeous stamping and gorgeous colours to cheer us all up.  They certainly made me smile....


The stamps Sylvie used above are CI-434, plus another which has been retired, but it's one which you may well already have in your stash of course.

The second card is also fun, fresh and very colourful and uses CI-372, and CI-466, very successfully together....


Love the extra bit of dimension on that top flower in this close-up....


Wonderful!
Thanks Sylvie,

Back soon,
Jean x

p.s. Hope the above makes made you smile today too?!

Sunday, 3 March 2019

MORE GOOD STUFF....

Hopefully you are keen to see a few more inspirational makes, some from the last Hochanda show, plus some extra beauties.  It's raining outside and quite nippy tonight - perfect crafting weather altogether!

Loving this hanging by Flo using one of the new bird stamps CI-505....


....such a pretty bird.  The next delight is from Sandra...


 ....And I made a few cards with this same image and one of the others...





.... CI-506!

Sylvie made the next card using one of our older bird stamps CI-387 (and more), followed by the same image with a completely different look by Flo....



It's Mother's Day later this month folks!
..And finally a glorious tag from Sylvie again, this time with CI-507...



So lovely everyone!

Back soon,
Jean x

Friday, 22 February 2019

CANDY WINNERS, AND MORE PRETTIES.....

Hello Lovelies

We do have two candy winners today!  The first two random numbers out of the bag are nos 12, Jane Willis, and 32, Crafty Di.  Would you please email us as soon as you can at: info@craftyindividuals.co.uk  with your addresses, and we will post off your 3 adorable birdie stamps, so you can start playing very soon.  Thanks to all 42 of you who took the time to leave a nice comment, I wish we could reward you all.  We do appreciate you all though, and thanks for the good wishes, and if you ordered the new stamps, we hope you have great inky fun times with them.  Also I'd just like to say to Angelnorth that you may well get your wish in the not too distant future! Ha ha.

Now for a little more birdie inspiration we have this beautiful heart shaped wreath by lovely Helen Chilton - gorgeous, I really love this beauty Helen!


Next is this so detailed and amazing robin by teamie Sarah.  Beautifully stitched and in a beautiful tin (must find the photo of the pretty tin from the outside too!) ....


Great quote as well!

Then what about this stunning card by Sylvie.....


Who says a bluetit has to be blue - he looks adorable in red and yellow too!

On the same show that the new birds were released lovely Lesley created this image in front of your eyes in black and white!  Stunning!...


..... As well as these two simple 'prints' for framing....



Creativity doesn't necessarily have to be complicated you know!

My final image today is by one of our lovely customers called Eriko Yoshitake who used Maria's drawing of a crow in her atmospheric creation...

Oh no did someone mention Halloween?

Hopefully not as I am really looking forward to Spring and Summer first, and it feels very Springlike today - yay - and the snowdrops and daffodils are looking wonderful, and I have some tiny irises in my front garden - yay some more.  What a stunning blue/purple and yellow they are!

Bye for now,
Back soon,
Jean x


Sunday, 17 February 2019

A FEW THINGS TO BLOG ABOUT, AND SOME BLOG CANDY TO WIN ...

I do have a few things to mention today.  Firstly, as you will know if you receive our Newsletters, we have some new stamps available now on the CI website.  The stamp images were beautifully drawn by a new artist for us, Maria Kitano, from Belgium.  Here they are (just in case you haven't seen the latest CI Newsletter)....



From the top we have CI-505, Bluebird with Branch and Berries, CI-506, Little Bluebird amongst Blossoms, and CI-507, Perching Bird.  We love them and it seems you do too.  First released on Hochanda recently, we had a very busy couple of shows there, and now released on our website, you have been loving them on there too I'm pleased to say.  All three are great to stamp and then colour with various colouring techniques.  The process is both relaxing and therapeutic, as well as rewarding.  The shading is already there, so you just need to add some colour.

You may be interested to learn some more about our artist Maria, so I have some links for you:

Blog https://mariakitanoart.wordpress.com/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjoKtAfDeM7jzUaJhU0MNKw
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/abstractartm/

We hope to turn lots more of Maria's images into stamps in the future!
  

It's probably worth mentioning at this point that all the stamps on our website are sold unmounted, as probably are all the stamps of ours that you may see on other websites, or in art/craft shops around the world.  This means that you simply get just the red rubber image.  You can mount them in what ever way you choose, or prefer.  On Hochanda we are currently selling all our stamps ready mounted on Stix2 mounting foam.  This foam self clings to an acrylic block and helps you to get a good printed image.  We also sell A4 sheets of Stix2 foam on our website separately if you choose to mount your stamps on the foam.

I now have a few images of makes by the CI teamies with the above stamps, with lots more to follow in other posts by other teamies.  You will find the actual stamps for sale on the CI site HERE...

First though I have two makes by Maria herself with two of the birds stamps she created..



 Makes by Sylvie..




Now one by Flo..


 .... and one by Sandra - I can make the one above and below nice and big...


How cool are they?!

If you would like to win one of two sets of the new stamps we have available, please leave a kind comment at the end of this post.  We will randomly pick two comment owners to win all three new bird stamps one day next week.

The other subject I would like to bring up tonight is about Hochanda itself.  If you follow craft on UK TV on the craft channels you may have realised there is currently something going on.  Lesley Wharton (Chocolate Baroque) has made a statement on Facebook which I will copy and paste below.  We support Hochanda, as does Lesley, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future....

In Lesley's own words - 'Ok, so there has been a lot of rumours and stuff flying around the last few days and we just want to say that Chocolate Baroque is staying put and we will continue to support #Hochanda. After all just over two years ago, when we were a big casualty of the Craft Channel's demise, Hochanda took us under their wing and helped us to get by in those early months when we could easily have gone under. And we have to remember how privileged we are to be invited into your home every month, Hochanda provide the platform for that and, thankfully, you turn on your tv and watch us.
I kind of think we have a three way partnership going on here; our lovely customers, Hochanda and us. I know they say three's a crowd but not in this relationship, we all need each other to be able to do what we do. So all I will say is this, we thank you for your continued support in watching our shows and buying from them, in producing fabulous artwork with the stamps and products we bring you and thank you to everyone in Hochanda for making me, and all your other suppliers, look good on the telly. I think we ALL rock, don't you!'

Enough said I think.

So finally please don't forget to leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning our 3 brand new (unmounted) bird themed red rubber stamps.

Bye for now,
Back soon,

Jean x

p.s.  Oooops links didn't work.  Think I've managed to re-link now, fingers crossed!





Saturday, 9 February 2019

JUST FOR FUN.....

Did you see our shows on Hochanda on Monday and Tuesday?  Lots of you did and we had a fabulous and very busy time indeed.  We released 3 brand new stamps by a new artist for us called Maria Kitano, and hopefully we will get the new stamps up on the CI website towards the end of next week.  Malcolm is very busy cooking that rubber, but we managed to steal a day off today, as we heard it was a Steampunk weekend over in lovely Whitby.  So just for fun this post features images taken by Malcolm of some of the Steampunk party participants, followed by some recent atmospheric local seaside photos also by Malcolm....




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A change is as good as a rest - so the saying goes!

Thanks for taking a peek,

Back soon,
Jean x