Saturday 1 September 2012


ATC entries from Aisling - Aisling's Hobby Blog

Email entry by Gail Tasker:

September is here and so is the start of a new Crafty Individuals Challenge, and to make it a little more interesting for you we thought it might be nice if everyone who enters a project in our Challenges can claim a massive 25% discount voucher code, which will last for the whole of the Challenge month.  Therefore this month you will be able to use the code as many times as you like before the very end of September - and we all like a bit of a bargain now don't we?!  To claim your lovely discount you will need to first link in your project to this blog, and display on your own blog too, and then email us at: to obtain your code.

After all that I think it is about time I gave you the information you need to get cracking on your Challenge projects.  The Challenge topic has been chosen this month by Carol Fox, aka Ginger, and is - 'LAST DAYS OF SUMMER', and Carol will also be choosing the winners.  So I reckon for this one pretty much anything goes as long as it is summery and uplifting.  Carol is hoping for a bit of an Indian Summer, and me too, seeing as the real summer has been rubbish here in the UK, so fingers crossed (and toes, and everything else really).  Here are the usual guidelines, and please note - YOU MUST USE AT LEAST ONE CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS PRODUCT IN YOUR PROJECT, or I'm sorry to say I will have to delete your link.


To enter this month’s Crafty Individuals Challenge please put together your project, following the subject material outlined above (your project should include at least one Crafty Individuals product please), then:

Post your challenge project on your blog, before the 28th of the month, and include a link back to this blog,

Leave a link in the URL box to take us directly to your challenge project, etc. – which will then appear here on this blog as a thumbnail image – so we can all see your wonderful work.

At the end of the month the CI team and/or guests will set about choosing five lucky participants, each of whom will win a CI rubber stamp of their choice.  And don't forget you can also claim a lovely 25% voucher code to use on anything on the CI website until the end of the month.

Go for it and enjoy the challenge x


Now for a little bit of inspiration to get you going.  Actually I have masses of inspiration from the 'team' this time, so I will start with a little this evening and then continue in further posts, so that the ideas keep flowing.   Everyone has done us proud as usual, but please don't feel anxious about putting your own project on display (as some of you have said you have felt in the past), remember it is all just a bit of fun and a bit of a challenge, it gives you something interesting to blog about, and you now get the option of a discount on our products too, as well as possibly winning a stamp of your choice.  So please join in the fun as soon as you can.

This is Ginger's own so very sweet and 'Indian Summer' project on her chosen theme:

Carol has a rather interesting story about the lovely bracelet also in the picture - maybe you could persuade her to tell!  She has used Distress Stains to colour this lovely wooden box, and then stamped it with images from our Elements Plate CI-351.

And I'm now going to pick just two other team member work on 'The Last Days of Summer' simply because they are using a similar/complimentary colour scheme.

Firstly the full view of the amazing project sent over by one of our newest team members Sylvie:

Followed by a couple of clues on how Sylvie went about making this delight -

Its a rather useful stamp that CI-351, so detailed and stamps beautifully.  Loving this dimensional stamping into UTEE?  Sylvie has also used an amazing amount of other CI stamps in her creation - and rather than link to them all individually (me being lazy), I will give you the link to the stamp pages and maybe you can go on a treasure hunt to check them all out HERE and HERE!
And two more close-ups -

Lynne has made a very beautiful project on the theme of the Challenge too - delicate and delicious - with butterflies all of a flutter!

More butterflies on here than I have seen since childhood!  Along with the beautiful butterflies from CI-231 Lynne has used some of our paper products - an image and background paper which you will find HERE.

Then just because the colours blend again I might pop in a little brooch I decorated right at the end.  I used our new butterfly panel mask to pretty this up which you will find HERE, along with bits torn from books and tissue tape.  This was a brooch blank I had had for ages but never used - now I wish I had some more!

Looking forward to seeing your entries folks,

Jean x


Words and Pictures said...

What glorious inspiration for a beautiful challenge, and an incredibly generous bonus for entering - thank you all so much!
Alison x

Brenda Brown said...

All gorgeous projects so far, very evocative of summer with perhaps a tinge of autumn?
Love the 25% discount idea Jean.
hugs {brenda} xox

Redanne said...

The design team have certainly given some wonderful inspiring projects to feast our eyes on. A very generous discount too Jean - wow. Anne x

Daniele said...

wow what a fabbie collection of projects, love the dramatic colours

Suze Bain said...

Three beautiful projects and all so totally different. Thank you too for the generous discount offer. x

chrissie said...

Beautiful and inspiring samples-a nice challenge for sure

Love Chrissie xx

Craftychris said...

Amazing projects as usual and a fab challenge with a generous discount, thank you. How very kind xx

ionabunny said...

A challenge and a discount. Thanks for that Jean. Love the elephant box. I do love that stamp. Are you still accepting email entries for those of us who don't blog and would I still qualify for the discount??

Unknown said...

What a wonderful projects. The show a good feeling of the last days of summer.


haelemj said...

Wonderful DT projects! When I think of summer, I think of green colours and flowers. Here are my ATCs:

aisling said...

Oops, I should have typed 'haelemj', but Aisling...

Sue said...

Lovely DT examples as ever; so full of inspiration. I love entering the CI challenges and the bonus discount this month is very generous. Thanks Jean. Looks like Malcolm will be extra busy!!

coconut said...

Love the projects on the indian summer theme you show us, thanks, especially the one from Nefertiti, so wonderful with vibrant colors... and thank you for the generous offer. I will try to participate if I don't miss time, since I own a lot of your vey beautiful stamps I love. Have a good week-end !

Unknown said...

what a nice work from the team, it's also a nice challange!

Words and Pictures said...

Such a lovely challenge to play along with... and the continuing inspiration from each new post is simply glorious! Thank you to all...
Alison x