Saturday 30 August 2014


...until the end of our August Challenge! Better be quick if you need to link in your project....

Just time then to show you the last of the team's Autumn Fashion projects - tonight's are by lovely Helen Chilton. And here they are...

For this little beauty Helen has turned a canvas around to make a frame and made great use of the ladies from CI-322 and CI-401.  She has used masks Delicate Grasses 2 in the centre along with stamping from CI-017.

And this I think this is a Stampbord project, again using CI-401 - loving the pastel colours Helen!

Short and sweet post tonight, but I hope you have liked it.  Back soon with the Challenge results,

Jean x

Saturday 23 August 2014


With just 8 days to go in the current Challenge I still have some Autumn Fashion lovelies to share with you by our team members.  Laury has been very imaginative with a unique choice of interpretation, and has gone all Steampunk on us with this super stylish little book....

As well as the cool photographs Laury has used lots of CI stamps too, such as CI-022 'Day out Ticket', CI-258 'Uplifting Words', CI-404 'Chunky Steam Train Tag', CI-405 'Chunky Vintage Car Tag' and CI-406 'Medieval Manuscript'. 

So as you can see the topic is wide open and can take you to lots of different crafting places.  Joanna has explored it in a gorgeously more traditional way.....

.... with her very pretty and fashionable cards, featuring CI-394 'No Guarantee without the Stamp', and CI-401 'Ladies who Latte'.

Next I have another funky and clever fashionable make by Effie....

....such a fun tag using CI-416 'Feathered Friends', and CI-418 'Frida Dreaming' combined!

To close tonight I have some more lovely makes by Gio, which although not strictly made for the Challenge, they do rather fit the topic I think....

....the top two sporting those trendy zips Gio has recently got to grips with and featuring Gio's own designed stamps CI-418 'Frida Dreaming', and CI-419 'Lovely Day'!!

Thanks for tuning in,

Back soon,

Jean x

Saturday 16 August 2014


I don't know how the weather is in your neck of the woods at the moment, but its been very Autumnal feeling here today - windy and almost cold!  So to continue with the theme of Autumn Fashion as to be found in our current Challenge is very appropriate.  Not many entries as yet, although they are looking good, however I'm sure you still have your beautiful entry currently in progress, with 15 days still to go!

Here is some more lovely inspiration....

Adoring this very pretty card by Daniele!...

...which features one of our latest stamps CI-414 - beautifully coloured by Daniele.  The flowers are also a favourite, from CI-206

Gio has used the same stamp, but in a totally different way....

and she has also been playing with one of her own gorgeous stamp designs CI-418....

...with a clever use of the floral band in Frida's hair to make the adornment around her lovely image. A little help here too from CI-401.

Effie has made some colourful earrings with CI-418 and Shrink Plastic....

And Ginger and Coco have been journaling and creating with CI-418 and CI-419 in a very current and trendy way....

Many thanks to the ladies above for sharing their fabulous creations with us this evening.

Keep warm everyone,

Back soon,

Jean x

Wednesday 6 August 2014


I am spending the weekend visiting a friend (happy days!) - so thought I would get my blog post in now - continuing in Fashion mode - before I go.  Our current August Challenge can be found HERE, and we are soooo looking forward to having you join us with a link to your Autumn Fashion make!  My last post had loads of lovely piccies from Sylvie, showing us her beautiful fashionable creation, and tonight I have a couple more makes by other members of our talented team, and one from myself.

Firstly from Ginger I have a stunning Fashion House...

Ginger has used rubber stamps CI-322, CI-328, CI-329, CI-350 and CI-383 to create her project, plus some of our background papers - all of which can be found at of course (loving all the pretty little details in here!).

My creation - loosely based around the same topic (yes 'loosely' is fine too - you have our permission!) is a painted and distressed folding photo holder, sporting several CI stamps and also mini images from our glossy image sheets....

Two of the stamp images are from the latest release, which can be found in the 'New Products' section on the website - well birds can be fashionable in Autumn too, and I so wanted to play with them!!

My final bags of delights are made (from scratch) by lovely Gio - who has learnt how to insert zips recently, and is now inserting them everywhere I believe!  Love these Gio.....

Masks used here can be found in their own department HERE, and Gio also used CI-352 'Flying Birds Clock Face' to decorate.  What a great take on Autumn Fashion and so useful too!  Did any of you attend Gio's class at The Craft Barn recently - it looked fun?!!

Thanks for popping by!

Jean x

p.s. I think we can definitely say that turtles are in fashion Ionabunny! Also looking forward to seeing makes by Caroline in the future - a new member of the blogging world!
p.p.s. To Edie L - 'Notions' in USA distribute our rubber stamps over there.  Hoping to add the new releases to their collection soon

Friday 1 August 2014


August Challenge Time - and its 'Autumn Fashion' - the topic as chosen by Sylvie, and Sylvie has created a beautiful scrapbook mini album to get us all thinking.  She has sent over lots of photos which I will display below, but first - here are the usual guidelines:


To enter this month's Crafty Individuals Challenge please put together your chosen project, which must include at least one Crafty Individuals product please, then post your Challenge project on your Blog, before the end of the month, and include a link back to this Blog.  Leave a link in the URL box displayed in this post to take us directly to your Challenge project, which will then appear on this Blog as a thumbnail image - so we can all see your wonderful arty work.

At the end of the month Sylvie will set about choosing five lucky participants, each of whom will win a CI rubber stamp of their choice, and don't forget that as per usual, once you have linked in your creation, you can also claim a lovely 25% discount code to use on anything you purchase from the CI Website, which will be valid until the 10th of September.

Go for it, and enjoy the challenge x


As always we look forward to seeing your entries - you will be in with a chance of winning a free stamp, and you will also be able to obtain a cool 25% CI web discount.  When you have linked in your entry please email us at to obtain your special code, and then go shopping!

We would all be extremely happy if you could play along with us this month!!!

So pull up a comfy seat and pour yourself a nice cup of tea, or something stronger, to enjoy as you read about, and view Sylvie's work...

I am going to copy and paste from Sylvie's email, exactly as listed, the goodies she has used in her fabulously detailed creation - such an amazing collection of CI stuff - all of which of course is available from - ....

For the cover page :
Copper corner charms
Red Sepia flowers
Decorative oval frame

The back of the cover (page 1)
CI-383, CI-323, CI-393, CI-406
Red Sepia flowers
Elegant swirl Die
Tando mini butterflies

Page 2
CI-394, CI-401, CI-278

Page 3
CI-394, CI-323
Decorative banner frame
Oval frame charm
Red sepia flowers
A4 Glossy sheet- tags

Page 4
CI-335, CI-409, CI-401
Fine flowers panel Mask
Floral branch Die
Butterfly charms
Cream cotton lace

Page 5
A4 Glossy sheet-tags
Small leaf charms
Gold key charm
Delicate grasses Mask

Page 6
CI-277, CI-401, CI-399
Decorative banner frame
Gold corner charm
Round frame with hearts
Floral grid Mask

Page 7
CI-394, CI-323
Small leaf charms
Fabulous Ferns Masks

Page 8
CI-323, CI-335
Floral frame mask

Page 9
CI-213, CI-258
Victoria corners Mask
MDF Dress Form
Cream cotton lace
Self adhesive rhinestones
Small leaf charm

Page 10
CI-323, CI-401

Page 11
CI-323, CI-353
MDF Vintage telephone
Gold flower charm

Page 12
CI-323, CI-353
Elegant swirl Die

And here are the photos
- firstly of the entire album when finished...

And then images of the gorgeous individual pages during creation....


Phew - what a lot of time and love has been put into this. Thank you so much Sylvie!  However don't be too alarmed readers - we would be more than happy with a simple card or suchlike from you, our lovely customers!

Looking forward to seeing your entries soon,

Please leave a comment,

Bye for now,

Jean x