Thursday 27 September 2012


If you visit our website at you will have seen that as well as selling our own range of products - rubber stamps, paper products, dies and masks, we also have a Must Have section, where we sell a variety of great craft items from other suppliers.  One of our favourite suppliers is based here in the UK, and is called Tando Creative.  Tando are about to celebrate their birthday, and to kick off the party they are having a retailer Blog Hop on Monday, 1st October.  I think there are nine or ten retailers involved, and we are one of them.  There are prizes to be won if you leave comments during the hop, and for further information keep an eye on their blog HERE.  If you tune in to the various blogs on Monday you will see some great craftwork displayed by the retailers involved, all using Tando products +, as well as the opportunity to grab yourself some great giveaways.

Before I move onto some arty stuff images, I also want to remind you that our September Challenge will be closing in just over 24 hours time, so if you have entries to finish - better be quick!  There will also still be time to use your 25% discount code after your entry is posted, as that will be good until Sunday.  The Challenge details, and entries so far can be found in a previous post HERE!

Still with the Challenge theme in mind 'Last Days of Summer', I have made and decorated a little die cut booklet (using a Sizzix die for the Pro machine).  This was fun, and I have images of all the pages to follow, hope you like it?!

This is the cover, and I cut a slit in the front and tucked the pointy edge in to close.  I used elements from CI-278 to decorate.

Above are the inner pages, where I used a right old assortment of our products to embellish.  I sprayed over our new FLORAL GRID MASK on each blank page to start with to add a bit of interest to the plain card and paper, and added more decorated papers using the masks to give some colour and then added the stamping, plus images from our BY THE SEA matt A4 sheet, and die cut bits and bobs, lace, ribbon and paper flowers.

Here are a few close-ups -

Helen Chilton has been very busy creating for the Challenge too. I have already shown you some of her projects in a previous post, and here are three more of her little delights.

In the central card Helen has used some of the same stamps as I did in my little booklet.  In the other two items she has used one of our PRINTED TAGS (bottom), the birds from CI-248, and grass image from CI-207.  The first card features a bird cage from CI-329.  Thanks Helen!

My final two piccies tonight have been emailed from Isa Norris in Canada.  I love this nautical tag -

How cool are those rolled up 'sea charts'?!  The stamped images are from CI-294 - nice one Isabelle!

Now I'm off for a bath and early bed - we are off in the van to Port Sunny early tomorrow - hope to see you at the show!

Night all!

Jean x

Saturday 22 September 2012


Delighted to see that today we have over 600 followers on this little blog - absolutely fantastic - we love you all!!!  I thought in celebration we might have to give out a couple of little 'rewards'   Number 600 seems to be a Mary Albrethsen - thanks Mary, and further down the line I randomly picked out another lady Louise Wales - and I thought you both might like to choose a couple of stamps each and we will post them off to you. Please email us with your addresses and stamp choices to  Might have to have another 'followers only' blog candy giveaway in the near future too - so keep watching this space!

In my last post I gave you the winner of the last blog candy offering - Annette of, and she has already been very busy with her little stash of goodies.  Here are her first two items with our new rubber stamp CI-357, and how lovely they are, I think you will agree!

We had also better catch up now on a few more items of inspiration from the team on the subject of the current Challenge topic.  You only have 6 days or so to link in your entries and pick up your 25% shop discount code.  The gorgeous entries so far can be found HERE, and we look forward to seeing YOUR entry soon.

I have made a couple more cards -

This one uses a couple of our new masks - see them HERE, plus our corner die, and the pretty lady silhouette from CI-340 (stamped onto TAP and then ironed onto a lightly patterned fabric).

Plus -

Again using a mask, a torn out image from our new matt Flowers Film Strip sheet, the corner die again and stamps CI-333 and CI-256.

Brenda has made another superb little project for us in the form of a textured booklet -

She has used one of our glossy sheets in this true beauty, check it out HERE.

Daniele has made two lovely, lovely cards:-

Lots of our products in these - so do take yourselves on a little treasure hunt in our web shop, and see what you can spot!  I'm loving the lacy effect in the top card - using CI-350 - and all us girls need a bit of lace in our crafty lives now don't we?!

Finally tonight I must must show you a touch of Halloween goodness by the lovely GIO - just stunning!!

Gio said that really Halloween is not her thing - but don't you love what she has made with shrink plastic and CI-360, those fabby dabby bottles and other 'dangerous' bits and pieces?!

Plus another very creative piece of work from Gio - such a delicious colourful box with a 'secret' compartment, and a bottle of something interesting hidden inside -  I'm sure there must be a very entertaining story behind this work of art.


That's all for tonight - much more to come soon,

Jean x

ps  Don't forget we will be in our usual spot at the Happy Stampers show at Port Sunlight next weekend, with all the new masks and dies, and rubber +.  I will be happily playing with the masks, dies, and rubber, so do say hello! Entry is by ticket only, but I think there are still a few tickets left.  Pop on over to the Happy Stampers site HERE, and pick up a ticket quick whilst there is still time!

Saturday 15 September 2012


Hello All

I recently posted details of a nice package of goodies which you could win for yourself by leaving a comment at the bottom of the blog post.  This is the nice package -

We received a whole stack of cool comments - thanks all!

Connor (my son) chose a number (number 57), I counted down, and if I counted correctly (checked twice!), number 57 is Netty!!!!!  And as Netty can often be found kindly leaving comments, it is fitting that she should win the prize this time methinks.  If you email us at: Netty and enclose your address, we will be delighted to send you your gift.  Congratulations!  Keep a look out for more blog candy in further posts - as your winning turn might well be next!

I'm now going to quickly rattle on with more images on the theme of the September Challenge.  Sue sent over some images recently and I will pop them below.  I love this one where she used some 'waste' chipboard from an earlier project, to create this little beauty:

Sue has used a sheet of our Shades of Summer paper behind the chip, and bundled up some 'distressed' postcards with the help of a stamped section from CI-307 (such a useful collection of bits and pieces).

She has also decorated a double slide mailer - we still have these in stock HERE - and always such fun to alter and embellish!

I received a whole batch of lovely projects from Helen on the 'Last Days of Summer' Challenge theme.  As Helen is a teacher in her 'day' job, the last days of Summer mean a return to the classroom for her - hence the two fun crafty creations below :

Nice idea using the solemn little girl from CI-277.  Not sure she's too keen on the whole back to school thing though!

Helen thought she had better sort out a new pencil case before going back to school as well -

Hope the children like it Miss Chilton?!

More from Helen soon.

Paula has decorated a notebook/journal in a very summery way - lots of CI stuff going on here - and so very pretty as well!

Paula has also sent over an image of a bookmark card featuring CI-357, and I reckon this fits the Challenge bill without a doubt  -

- Paula used TAP for her stamp transfer onto fabric, such amazing stuff, particularly on fabric.

Lynne has had a play with this stamp too - such a different look using a different colour scheme - nice and restful......

On a totally different theme, well removed from the restful image above, I'm going to call it a day now by waking you up again with a bit of 'Halloween'?! inspiration.  I have just received these images today from Sylvie, and I love this spooky delight!  Sylvie has used elements from CI-360 in her dark and mysterious project ....

Definitely a 'must have' Halloween stamp this!  I have something in mind for this set soon myself.

More to come - and check out the Challenge entries so far HERE, and take yourself on a nice little blog hop at the same time.  Looking forward to seeing YOUR entry too, and you will be able to grab yourself a nice little 25% discount at our shop as a reward.

Jean x

Monday 10 September 2012


I need to bring you some more Challenge inspiration, as time is passing quickly, and I've still got lots to show you.  Check out our September Challenge HERE, and it would be great if you could join in - we are sooo looking forward to seeing your entry!

All the team have been busy creating such lovely 'Last Days of Summer' crafty stuff for us all to see.  Here is a beautiful display of perfumed sachets and deliciousness by Gio!

Along with lots of CI products and images Gio has used lovely TAP to transfer the main images onto fabric - Lush!  And whilst I am on the subject of lushness Gio has also posted some other lovely items on the Craft Barn Blog using TAP and our images - here is a peek -

How clever is she?!  The Craft Barn is also a great source of lots of crafty goodies, have a look HERE - and they also sell our products - so they must be fantastic!!!

Daniele sent us a very cool and quirky book that she made for the September Challenge with a seaside theme, and the fun birds from CI-349 ...

Lovely book, and cleverly made - maybe you could ask her to share her bookmaking secrets with you, as to how she put it together?!  These are the background papers she made before they were glued down:

Lucy has been busy with CI-348 to make her funky crackly crafty project:

Nice one for the kitchen, or wine cellar?!! (I wish!).

And Brenda has made quite a few of her amazing projects for us recently and here are another two on the Challenge theme -

Firstly a chunky postcard, with our seaside stamps CI-272 and an early stamp CI-119 -

And another flat postcard, again using CI-119 - lovely colours!

Sue has also been busy, and if you check out her blog now she has also been having fabby fun with our new masks too it seems!  Anyway she sent over some images of the Challenge themed items she has made and I will pop one of the items below, and save the others for the next post - beginning to run out of posting energy now!

How lovely do those butterflies from CI-347 look in this frame?!

And so this is my last lot of image uploads for this evening - such a beautiful use of those adorable elephants from CI-351, and see how Sylvie has used one of the elements on this mini plate to make that lovely flower!!!

Great colour scheme Sylvie!

Thanks to the brilliant CI Team for these inspiring images - love 'em!

Still more to come ......

You have still got a day to leave a comment on my last post, to be in with a chance of winning over £70 worth of goodies!

Jean x

p.s. I had a comment asking for moderation rather than verification. Well I gave it a try but unfortunately it played havoc with my computer systems for some reason, so had to switch back to verification - sorry!