Saturday, 18 August 2018

TWO CANDY WINNERS AND MORE.....

Thanks to the 39 who left lovely comments on my last post - we have picked 2 random peeps this week who have won the 2 new stamps and the pack of new background papers for themselves!  The lucky peeps are: Crafty Di (comment no: 17) and Nadou (comment no: 22).  Well done folks! Will you please email us at: info@craftyindividuals.co.uk with your addresses and we will get your goodies dispatched to you asap.

Next we have a few makes that you may have seen on the last tv shows.  A simple seaside treasures card..


CI-496 features here stamped onto one of our new background papers.

You may also have seen me putting together a journal page with the featured stamps, well here it is finished...


....Followed by an easy peasy card with a couple of our glossy images and some stamped wording, again on one of the new background papers...


Here are 3 lovely cards featuring CI-497, and made by Sandra and Flo - just love them!!


And finally on a Safari (CI-390) note, I thought I would show you two more of Lisa Vipas' makes (following on from my last post) - love the way she combines different stamps and elements together so colourfully and beautifully....



Thanks everyone.

Back soon,

Jean x

p.s. A couple of you have asked where the journal I used in the demos was from.  You will find it here on our website.

Friday, 10 August 2018

NEW STUFF, NEW BLOG CANDY, AND MORE...

Had a blast in Peterborough at Hochanda, followed by a couple of days in the full on heat (and it was soooo very hot!) of central London with a bestie!  Now back and new stamps and papers on the site, had to get them on quickly as you were asking for them! Nice opening offers too! If you leave a cool comment at the end of this blog post before next Wednesday, we will put your name in a draw and 2 lucky winners will receive the 2 new stamps and the new background papers below (CI-496 and CI-497)...




Here are a few of the beautiful samples from our fabulous teamies that appeared on the shows.  We have lots more to photograph and to follow, so do keep checking back...




Plus another beauty from Sandra...


And to finish I have two customer makes that I fell in love with today.  The first by Liza Vipas...



And the second by June Ballenger....


Thanks so much ladies for allowing me to share your pieces of gorgeousness tonight!

Don't forget to leave your comments folks.

Back soon,
Jean x

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

FAMILY FAVOURITES ON HOCHANDA...

I've just started packing my overnight bag getting ready to leave home for Hochanda in Peterborough at silly o'clock on Friday morning.  The demo boxes are all put together - mustn't forget my heatgun! The first CI show is at 3pm on Friday afternoon, and the second at 10am on Saturday.  Lesley will be helping me out again with her fabby demos, as well as having her own Chocolate Baroque shows on Saturday at 8am and 2pm.  Do join us for some fabulous and colourful and creative ideas on the 'Family Favourites' shows.  There will be some new stamp designs, new A4 background papers, and also prize giveaways on the shows as well as some really great deals with cool pick and mix choices.  All our stamps on our Hochanda shows are ready mounted (some cutting and trimming is all that is needed), we sell them unmounted online - you will just need your acrylic block and an ink pad to get cracking!  Here is a little sneaky colourful peak of what you can expect...


Here are the tv tuning in details...


Or you can watch via your computer at: https://www.hochanda.com/

Before I go I have just a couple of other colourful samples to share tonight, as I don't want to leave you without any inspiration on view.  These are created with love by Sandra...



Stamps used here include CI-495, and CI-430 and the backgrounds are from the thoroughly yummy brand new A4 papers - Wow!

Back soon,
Jean x

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

SHOWS COMING UP, HOCHANDA, AND A STEP BY STEP IN PHOTOS.....

Yes we do indeed have some retail shows coming up on the calendar in the next few months - the first is a brand new show at Gateshead International Stadium on the 8th of September, where we are sharing a large stand with Chocolate Baroque, and where you can also meet the Hochanda team.  The second one is the Autumn show from Happy Stampers, which is on the 6th of October, and the same stand sharing applies, in the same position as last time.  Your support is always very much appreciated of course and particularly at the first one as it is brand new, and if it goes down well, hopefully it will set a new northern plan for the future.  You will find links to the organisers top right, for ticket information.

Also as mentioned in my last post we are appearing on Hochanda on the 3rd and 4th of August, where they are running a few days in their tv schedule dedicated to small and family run craft materials businesses.  There will be great prizes, great demos, new products and much excitement, and again your support is invaluable for us folk running small businesses.  Can't wait for August, September and October!!

I now have a fabulous step by step in photographs by teamie Sylvie from France.  This is the beautiful finished sample...


...created with love using CI-495, and CI-493.

Here are the steps..
























Such lovely colours Sylvie!

That's just about all for this evening although I have another beautifully colourful make by Sherry Hickey to share using those stripey deckchairs again - wow!..


Hope you are all surviving the heat?!  I'm just about melting right now, but really shouldn't complain I know!!

Night all,

Jean x


Friday, 13 July 2018

MAKES BY SANDRA, SYLVIE AND SHERRY.....

We are madly busy preparing for our next Hochanda shows on 3rd and 4th August, and our wonderful, hardworking teamies, are also madly busy making samples for the shows as well.  So tonight I have just a few glorious existing makes to post, the first three by Sandra, and the second two by Sylvie.  After that I have an inviting seaside inspired make by Sherry Hickey, one of our lovely customers from the USA.  All stamps used below can be found at www.craftyindividuals.co.uk








Short and sweet, but full of the love of stamping!

Back soon,

Jean x

p.s. We have uploaded some fabulous new pendant charms (with glass inserts) recently to the website, and some gorgeous new flowers too.  Check them all out HERE x

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

CONTINUING WITH THE JOURNAL....

Is it a journal, or is it a diary, or a sketchbook, or a notebook.? I guess, like with all crafting really, it is whatever you want it to be!  I decided to use mine at the moment to try out some layouts combining some sketching, with stamping and collage, and colour, and different mediums.  I might move on from that, who knows?! But I am happy just to play with that right now, and the sketching I'm concentrating on is that where you use a pen of some sort (no pencils or rubbers allowed), and you start to draw something that is in front of you, and you don't lift your pen off the paper, until you've finished your sketch.  I like that sort of drawing as it is quick, instant and might have lots of 'mistakes', but it helps teach you to really study the object you are drawing.  The object might be a flower, or a leaf, or a grass, or a teacup, or an ornament, or a shoe.  Anything that takes your fancy.  Colour can be added later if you like or you might create texture and colour with collage. The result might be accurate, or it might be quirky and fun.  Give it a go and see what you come up with! 

Here are my latest pages - a floral double page spread...







Stamps involved in the above include CI-495, CI-415, CI-017, and CI-437.  Try adding some collage elements such as postage stamps, vintage stuff, lace, music sheets, washi tape, book pages, tissue, and use a nice firm glue to keep it all in place, such as the excellent Cosmic Shimmer glue which holds most things in place once it dries.

Thanks for looking,
Back soon,
Jean x 

p.s. I'm back on Hochanda on 3rd and 4th August, with some new goodies, and lots of demos.  More info to follow...