Sunday 26 August 2012


Hi Folks

We are soooo excited as we have some new 'team' members to introduce to you.  Due to retirements it was time to invite some amazing new crafty ladies into the CI fold.  I am going to show you a couple of the new pieces by two of the ladies tonight - and we have truly gone cosmopolitan indeed.  We have the lovely Giovanna from Italy, and you can find her blog at  Gio has made a delicious, fun packed, working clock for us as her first 'official' project, although she often works with CI products, and is also a team member on the The Craft Barn Blog.

And some close-ups:

The lovely ladies here can be found on our Elements plate CI-323, and the butterflies and clock faces are from CI-347 & CI-353.

Our other lady this evening is Sylvie (Nefertiti) from France, and you can find her blog at  Sylvie again often works with CI products, and has been very busy working on an inspirational Challenge project for us for September, and tonight I am going to just give you a little sneaky peak of what is in store for you: -

And -

Thank you to Gio and Sylvie - looking forward to seeing more work from you both!  And do check back with us folks for more details about the September Challenge at the beginning of next month.

The other very exciting news of the moment is our introduction of some wonderful craft cutting dies.  We have had a few designs on our site recently, and you liked them!  We then made a decision to get our dies made in America, so that we could offer you the best of the best quality thin metal dies, with the sort of slippery teflon style coating that makes using small detailed dies easy and truly delightful.  We picked four classic designs to begin with and here they are:

You will find all these lovely dies on our website pages HERE.  We would love to know what you think about them?!

I have been busily enjoying playing with them, and have a few little projects I can show you tonight!

As well as the 'In a Gilded Cage' die I used the two butterfly masks we recently released in the background, plus ferns and butterflies from two of our Elements Plates to embellish further.  I also added some vintage lace from my stash.

Then I have another card to show you again using the bird cage die, plus the Victoria Corner die.  Here I cut the bird from the die image, and used it on the cage instead.  It is fun to play around with the dies - chop bits off, and use in different ways.

On this card I also used the birdcage mask in the background, which gave a rather nice shadowy effect.

Finally this evening I made a little framed affair.  I used a Tando Square Frame, one of our new Tree Images from the Matt A4 Sheet, the birdcage die and the Victoria and Albert swirl.

Thanks to all who take the time to leave a kind comment - always much read and appreciated.  Hope you enjoyed our new team members work and the new dies.

Bye for now,

Jean x 


19 comments: said...

Congratulations Jean on developing the die range - more delicious and your blog post today is beautiful.

Words and Pictures said...

Hurrah! I know Gio's work and am an avid follower of her blog, so it's great to see her here too; and I look forward to finding out more about Sylvie's crafting. Meantime - very lovely dies, and beautiful birdcage cards - the first bluey-greeny one is my favourite, I think!
Alison x

Zuzu's Blog said...

Hurrah. Gio is lovely. she will do you proud.. (well done Gio x) and the dies are a fab idea as an enhancement to your stamps. said...

Congrats to the new DT ladies.

Stunning dies - one has immediately gone on my wishlist! Great idea.x

Fliss said...

Many congratulations to the new DT ladies whose work is gorgeous.
Just love those fabulous dies and will be going on my wish list too.
Your creations with them are just stunning Jean!
Fliss x

Redanne said...

Congratulations to the new DT ladies, looking forward to seeing more of their work. Your new dies are delightful Jean, love the birdcage one and the corner with the little bird, such versatile dies. Your makes are gorgeous, love the picture frame one especially. A x

Suze Bain said...

Congrats to the two new fabulously talented ladies and those dies are FAB! xx

coconut said...

Rhoooo, I'm too happy !!!!! Maybe my two favorite crafting ladies together on your blog, thank you so much for her and me, all they do is wonderful ! I am a recent subscriber, but will follow you now with all the more interest and pleasure ! Your cads and new dies are very lovely also... Bravo ! Et je suis trop contente je le redis en français !!

Florence said...

Yey! Fab news. Love Gio's work. Looking forward to seeing more of Sylvies. Great new dies.
Regards Florence x

Unknown said...

What a beautiful creations in this post. I think the clock is very nice. I'm curious about the challenge of September. Your cards are very nice, especially the pink.

Greetings Marlies

laury55 said...

congrats to both of you!!!!you are a great addition to the DT

Kyla said...

Love the new dies, I tend to only use the thicker dies, but looking at the cards you have made with them I may have to buy one and have a play.

Congrats to the new design to check out their blogs.

ionabunny said...

Hi Jean, lovely dies. I have some of the masks, including the birdcage which is gorgeous, and now you are tempting us again with these dies!! What shall I do but buy..... Thanks for the beautiful blogg

Lucy said...

Big welcome to these lovely ladies! Beautiful projects from all of you,

Lucy x

bohemiannie! art said...

What a coup to get Gio on your team. I love everything she does! I'm not familiar with Sylvie but will check out her blog NOW!

annemarks said...

I love the new dies especially the open bird cage. Welcome to the new team members, beautiful work :)

Craftychris said...

ooh loving the two new ladies work, looking forward to seeing more! The new dies are wonderful! They have leapt to the top of my wish list! xx

Michelle Webb said...

Those new dies are Beautiful Jean. I really like them. Well done to the new DT ladies. I'm sure they'll be lots of wonderful inspirational designs to see from them all.
Michelle x

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful work! Congratulations to Gio and Sylvie!