Tuesday 31 January 2012


Well I didn't think I would be feeling this well so soon.  How surgery has changed over the years and is now a completely different experience from even ten years ago, and I certainly feel a lot better than when I went into hospital that's for sure, so if you have an op coming up I would say to feel positive about it.

Whilst I have been otherwise occupied our new selection of goodies has been released - I hope you received your email outlining the fabby new stamps and truly 'must have' items.  However I also thought I would make a post tonight showing you a few of the new releases and three of the items I made with them before their release.

I used a couple of the new rubber stamps from the INDIVIDUALS Collection to make the tags below:

I used CI-338 as my focal image on this tag.  I also used a SHABBY TAG and LACE in my creation - the new lace also dyes beautifully with spray dies!  I overstamped the shabby tag with CI-171 before embellishing.

The second tag features CI-343 and was made in a similar fashion to the first tag:

As this is a big year for the UK we thought we would help celebrate with another very 'British' stamp.  The London postmark is from CI-124.

Loving that crown!

I also made a little stage set with one of the totally scrummy new Tando layered stages which you will find HERE.  These are a totally new addition to their range and I LOOOVE them - so many possibilities, so little time!!!

Great for building up a little picture story - mine is about a street party here in the UK, and hopefully we will be seeing a few of these this year - don't you just love her glum little face - so reminds me of me at that age!

I have used quite a few of our stamps in this set as you will see, and I have also added two different die cuts using another new 'must have' addition from Memory Box, the WOVEN CIRCLE and the FREMONT CREST.  These are wonderful metal dies on a nice small scale that compliment our stamps beautifully, and work in pretty much all the home die machines on the market.

Do try the stage sets outs, you can get lots of depth going on and be extremely imaginative.  Show us what you come up with!

I am now going to put up some of the images of the new products themselves to get your creative thoughts flowing starting with the new rubber -

Now a little peak at the Tulle Lace and Chiffon Flowers -

A couple of the Tando Products -

And a little selection of four of the new Memory Box Dies -

As you can see the two butterflies work together to make a lovely addition to your handmade project.

Check out our WEBSITE for the rest of the new items, or one of the many shops that sell our products which you will find LISTED HERE.

Furthermore if you place an order on our website soon you will receive a pack of three frame charms absolutely free -and how can you possibly live without these in your life?!

And now I am being ordered to get to my bed and rest.  So that's it for tonight.  Back soon with details of the February Challenge.


Jean x

Tuesday 24 January 2012


I have some projects to show you tonight that have been sent over by the team recently - thanks so much ladies, you are so kind - hopefully they will brighten our lives on an otherwise dull, wet January day (at least it has been here on the east side of the country).  Must also thank you all for the continuing encouraging and caring comments you are leaving on a regular basis - they certainly do warm my heart!

I am going to show you one of two projects I have here by lovely LYNNE - the other will follow at a slightly later date.  This project uses stamp CI-336 and postmarks from CI-122 & CI-124 to adorn a stunning hanging so beautifully:

Nice bit of recycling going on there too!  Check out the close-ups (I like close-ups!) -

Then I have one of two printer trays sent over by lovely ISABELLE, where she has used the same hot air balloon stamp as above (and I notice she has a fabulous tag on her site too just now, made with our stamps - so do pay her a visit soon!):

Plus close-ups -

Lots of texture, and loving the rich shiny red on that balloon.

There are of course a few more of our stamps appearing on this tray including CI-221, CI-334 and CI-237 amongst others - very nice!

And I think to finish the display I will show you a lovely creation with a truly patriotic feel by lovely HELEN (lovely being the word of the day I think!) -

This will probably be my last post for January as I am off into hospital tomorrow for a thyroid operation (aaaagh - murmured in a weak small voice!).  I will be back blogging again as soon as I can and of course we will be having the February Challenge soon - although it may be a little later in starting than the 1st of the month this time, so please bear with me.

Also there will be new stamps out very, very soon - to be ably dispatched quickly to their recipients by Malcolm and Kay, plus some must, 'must-have' new products which we think you are going to love.  Watch out for the email, which will also have some info about a little crafting holiday you might like to join us on in March.

Goodnight All.

Jean x

Thursday 19 January 2012


Thanks to everyone who entered the puzzle featured in my last post, and I can now announce the 4 winners of the blog candy packs.  There were 85 correct entries!!!! - and Malcolm chose 4 random numbers (1, 18, 37 and 68), then we counted down the list, and here are the winners:

1.  Irene Chillman from Surrey
2.  Marjan Nielsen from USA
3.  Daphne Vos from Netherlands
4.  Joanne Glaysher from Kent

As I think we have all your addresses on your emails your candy will be winging its way to you very shortly - Enjoy!

As lots of you realised the stamp section shown was from an 'Elements' stamp CI-293, and lovely Sam Read  sent over this very pretty little image made with that very same stamp with her entry, so I felt I just had to blog it:

Incidentally Sam also has a great project in the most recent issue of Craft Stamper - perfect for a little Valentine's gift.  And whilst I am on the subject of Craft Stamper another very talented lady who regularly has projects in there is Liesbeth Fidder from the Netherlands, who has written a Masterclass Tags project using our products, so please do check out her fabulous and inspiring BLOG.  I have just 'pinched' this domino book project from the top of her blog to show you now (hope she doesn't mind!):

How pretty is that - roll on Summer I say!!

Before I go I will just show you three more very lovely projects by the 'Team'.  First off a great chunky ATC (love these - must make one - soon!) by Ginger:

Ginger has used CI-336 on here - wow!

Now an adorable decorated matchbox by Lynne (more by Lynne on here soon):

Plus a view of the reverse and the sides:

Soo pretty, using CI-335.

And last, but not least, as the saying goes, a great calendar hanging by Isabelle, using the same stamp - delicious!

Thanks very much ladies.

Have a lovely weekend all!

Jean x

Saturday 14 January 2012


Hope you are all having a fun weekend - its been cold but quite pleasant here in the UK today, a pretty nice winter's day all in all!  I have some more projects to show you and then I want to give away some blog candy as promised - however you will have to work a little bit for it this time!!!

My first project is a very lacy tag of birds and birdcages made by myself - I'm not totally happy with this one, not sure why really, but Malcolm and Kay like it so here it is:

The stamps I used are all from CI-329, which is a mini plate that I really like using, and I have added lots of lace, ribbons, dangly bead trimmings, a bird cage charm, and an earring.

And whilst on the subject of tags I have one from Isabelle which is also predominantly blues (probably my favourite colour), and Isabelle has used CI-331 and some of our background papers here:

More projects from Isabelle in my next post.

Now I have two very colourful projects spotted on Helen's Blog using stamps CI-333 and CI-336 - great colour scheme and layouts:

And finally I have 3 lovely projects that have been waiting in the wings since before Christmas - a delightful hanging by Lynne , followed by a really sweet box by Ginger, and then a beautifully stamped card using stamp CI-319 (spooky!) by Joanne Wardle:

Thanks to all for sharing, and do check out the latest Craft Stamper available on the CI Website HERE for some great projects using our products, including one by Jean Franks Beck, who's BLOG has been on my favourites list for quite some time, so go visit her and enjoy!

Now we have reached the end for this evening I am going to set you a little puzzle.  We have FOUR - yes FOUR! - sets of BLOG CANDY available to win starting tonight.  These are the sets below, and we might just add a brand new stamp (not yet released) to each set before they are sent out - these are so 'top secret' that I can't show you them here yet.

So if you would like one of the sets above, PLUS a BRAND NEW STAMP as well, then you will have to tell us the CI number of the stamp that this little section belongs to.  You might find the stamp in the Individuals Collection or in the Crafty Elements section.

When you think you know the answer please email it to us at info@craftyindividuals.co.uk, and include your name and address (so that we can send you your prize), and we will pick out 4 correct answers at random to win these great packs of goodies.  You have until next Wednesday evening (18th January) to send in your answer.

Good Luck!

Jean x