Thursday 29 December 2011


I hope you all had a really nice Christmas - we did in this house, despite the occasional sibling rivalry that occurs from time to time when my boys get together - but I guess that's family life in all its glory for you!

We now have five lovely 'All Wrapped Up' winners - very carefully chosen by our super-talented Jo Capper-Sandon.  Jo has also provided me with a beautifully worded summary about her choices and the reasons behind those choices - so over to Jo.........

'There may have been fewer entries due to the hectic time of year, but there was some wonderfully skilled work shown both by the team and the participants.

I found choosing just five very difficult.  I'd be useless on X factor picking for boot camp.  In the end I went for a wide and varied cross section on how people viewed 'All Wrapped Up' to be.

An entry I wish I'd made myself was a gift bag made by LAURY.  It reminds me of a scrap page on a bag.  I love the free feel to this with the painted area and frayed edge fabric:

This little Christmas Box by CARLA appeared at first glance from outside to be a delicately decorated box for a tiny gift, but on removing the lid burst open to reveal more wonderful Christmas Crafty Individuals images, using every surface to the full:


SAM READ brought a twist to the theme by using her process of applying colour as the 'All Wrapped Up'.  By wrapping the card in cling film Sam achieved a paint effect as a background for the 'Rudolf' card.  Sam also showed us what really goes on in that creative head of hers by adding a second image too, lol:

A little sewing gift pouch was brought to us by ZOEY.  Perfect for those odds and ends that get mislaid so easily and always good for an emergency sewing task.  The stamped images were finished off beautifully with a pearl headed pin (I love to see little details like that):

And finally, last but not least, this was the 'Ratatouille' moment for me (if you've seen the Disney film you'll know what I mean when Ego tastes the Ratatouille).  This tag by TRISH LATIMER reminded me of frost patterning on the inside of windows when I was a child living up north in the days before central heating became the norm.  Trish has captured the winter feel perfectly, makes me shiver (in a good way!) just by looking at it:

I wish I could have chosen you all.  It was a tough job.  Congratulations to the five!'

So there we are with the last Challenge of 2011 - thanks to all who entered, and to everyone who supports us with their fabulous entries, hope you will join in with us again in 2012.  If you are one of the ladies named above please get in touch with us at to claim a rubber stamp of your choice.

However we have been discussing the timing of the Challenges and have now decided to run them on a bi-monthly basis in 2012, as we think it is going to be tricky all round keeping up with the monthly plan  - those month ends come around so very quickly.  That means there will be just five or six Challenges next year and you will get a full month to assemble your entries.  So no excuses folks - keep those crafting fingers busy and help make the gallery of entries bigger and better than ever in the New Year.

The next Challenge will commence at the beginning of February all being well - so do watch this space!

If you are signed up to the CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS Website Mailing List watch out for a great deal coming very soon especially for you - and if you haven't signed up to it yet go do it now and join in the fun.

Chat to you all again in the early New Year - we wish you all a mellow and peaceful 2012!

Jean x


Vicky said...

Congratulations to the winners, lovely entries as always, & I'm glad you've decided on the bi-monthly challenge, I've missed out on entering the last couple of challenges due to real life getting in the way LOL, so having the extra time to get organized will be great. All the best for a safe & very happy New Year :)

Ephemera said...

Truly gorgeous projects from the all the winners. I would just like to thank Jean, Malcolm and the Crafty Individuals Design Team for all their stunning and inspirational projects over this last year and I'm very much looking forward to the New Year and all the the exciting challenges ahead. XX

Irene said...

Many congratulations to the winners, they are stunning projects.

I hope to be joining in your challanges next year.


Trish Latimer said...

Wow!!! I'm thrilled to be a winner, and in such wonderful company too. The other entries were all inspiring!
Looking forward to the next challenges!
Trish xxxx

Sam & Poppy said...

Wow! Thank you so much! I second what Trish says above and wish you a very happy, crafty 2012 xxx

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!! Congratulations to all the winners. Lots of lovely and inspiring ideas. Looking forward to the challenges 2012.
Regards Florence x

Paula J Atkinson said...

Congratulations to the winners. Happy Creative 2012!

laury55 said...

congrats to the other winners and all the inspiring projects
Thanks for chosing my project
all my best wishes for the New Year

Craftychris said...

Absolutely brilliant projects!! Well done to all of the winners xx