Some of you might have received the latest Crafty Individuals newsletter with news of their recent releases which, for a limited period, are on special introductory offer.
(Also, see below for the link to Jeans’ Giveaway)
With CI-462, Large Christmas Tree I made this rustic style card.You wouldn’t realise it but the book page has hints of Fresco Old Gold (along with Gesso). It is a subtle effect which is more prominent IRL.A simple, stippled background with snowflakes stamped (from CI-465)From an older Elements set, CI-447, I cut into one of the tag stamps, making use of only the word Peace.More scrappy layersAll of the stamps used on this card along with the new releases and old favourites, are available from Crafty Individuals website.
Visit Jean’s blog to learn of a Giveaway!
I hope you are all cracking on with your festive preparations. Shame on me, but this year I have also bought cards to send, knew it would be impossible to make all my cards. Still, I cannot believe it will be December any day now!
30 Nov 2016 12 Comments
14 Nov 2016 12 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: collage, Crafty Individuals, Crafty Individuals Team Artwork, gift packaging, gift presentation, mixed media, paint, Pretty Packaging, published artwork, Somerset Life, Stampington & co, Tag art
In the latest issue of Somerset Life, one of my articles features festive packaging. Although Somerset Life is not a dedicated stamping magazine, it is a lifestyle magazine the tags in the article all feature Crafty Individuals Festive Curly Sentiments, generous sized sentiments which can be the focal on festive cards or tags.All the cardstock and papers were painted/stained, also utilising mop up/under paper.
I mixed a variety of metallics:- brass, gold, copper, platinum.
Tiny accents of pearl stickers, rhinestones and tiny pieces of lovely crushed velvet ribbon with the gorgeous copper fabric gifted from my dear friend Dorthe.So, even though this post relates to the festivities, I am still not convinced that Christmas is galloping towards us. Where has this year gone?!!!
04 Nov 2016 15 Comments
I am back amongst my supplies and managed to make this card, I suppose it could be a Christmas card.
This tree stamp is a beauty from Crafty Individuals. I’d go so far as to say that if you like tree stamps then it would be worth your while taking a look at Crafty Individuals. This particular stamp is an individual stamp, CI-453 but if you are prepared to spend more money, then CI-450 would be such a good investment, an A4 size sheet of stamps devoted to trees with some lovely sentiments.There is subtle shimmer and glimmer here and there on this card with a Stardust pen scribbled onto the stamped image, not that you’d know because no sign of that Stardust in this photograph!!!Painted tree bark and rhinestoneswith a pop of contrast in the form of this scrappy piece of sari ribbon.Thank you for your visit to this post, your visits are always appreciated by me.
09 Aug 2016 15 Comments
My previous post shared news of Crafty Individuals most recent releases. Amongst them, Elements set, CI-459. I was drawn to the various seaside related words in this set so decided that I would focus on that stamp alone.
One of the main reasons I love stamping so much, is the freedom to stamp onto almost any surface. I stamped onto calico and seaglass and as you can see, I was not overly bothered about ensuring that the pieces would accommodate the words. Strangely, because of the beach themed context, even though the full words are not visible, the brain seems to know it is sandcastles and seashells.The textiles are frayed because I wanted them to have a tattered appearance, as though windswept and battered by the seashore.Another piece of the seaglass.You can see that I painted the compartment tray in a random fashion, to have a distressed, worn appearance that would tie in with the frayed textiles.A coconut button seemed to suit the theme but it was too dark against the washed out colour of the tray so I flipped it over, drybrushing with a Fresco, might be Chalk.Onto a piece of driftwood, all the way from Denmark, (from lovely Dorthe) a smattering of pearls, mica flakes and starfish.Jean is sharing lots of inspiration at the Crafty Individuals blog, including samples made by the other team members. If you are interested in this stamp or any of the new releases, then it is worth noting they are available, for a limited period only, at a special Introductory Offer price.
Many thanks for your visit.
01 Jul 2016 16 Comments
A new challenge theme has been announced at Crafty Individuals. Here are a few words from Jean:
We have our lovely Florence in charge of it this month, and she has picked a great topic to work to … ‘Mini Masterpieces’, which is very inclusive and it would be lovely to see lots of entries again. Small is what we are looking for, but I guess that could be anything from a pendant or brooch through to a card, an ATC, or a small wall hanging. As CI stuff is all on the small side that should be a pretty nice one to make for and link in to don’t you think?!
All challenge guidelines can be read at the Crafty Individuals blog. Remember, at the end of the month five winners will be selected 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 to use until the 10th of August.
When Jean shared with us the theme for the July Challenge, I couldn’t help but make a piece of jewellery, playing with ICE Resin and a stamp from CI-256 Handy Sentiments Element Set. Actually I partially used the stamp as the actual stamp says Dream A Little Dream, the bezel wasn’t nearly big enough!
A few months ago, I created a submission for Stampington & Company. I am awaiting my copy of the magazine to arrive but my article features a trio of pins. So when I learnt of the July challenge I thought about making another pin, different supplies and outcome compared to the pins in my article but they were the springboard for this pin.My lovely friend Dorthe, recently gifted to me, amongst other goodies, a lovely paper napkin which had beautiful script on it. Teeny pieces of this paper napkin were used as the background for the bezel with the Crafty Individuals stamp, stamped onto fabric.I am still very new to playing with ICE Resin and had a few mishaps, hair taking a dip into the resin (!) but I have to say, I love this product, especially achieving the doming. This was a very shallow bezel, you can probably see that, so I didn’t expect to achieve any doming …. at all. Honestly, is there something wrong for me that I get such a buzz on seeing ICE Resin dome LOL.So there we have it, my miniature sample. You know we would love to see your creations for this challenge.
Wishes and Thanks for your visit to this blog. So lucky to have such loyal friends to me and to my blog.
30 May 2016 18 Comments
When, not so long ago I shared news of Crafty Individuals most recent stamp releases, I said that I had my favourite. Although the first stamp I inked up was the Elements border set, the stamp that first caught my eye is the majestic CI-453, the stunning trees stamp.
I seem to be more and more drawn to nature themed stamps and I am certainly enjoying creating textures and gathering textural elements when working with such stamps.
This Mixed Media panel uses a That’s Crafty white/greyboard panel as the substrate.You can see it is a gloriously detailed stamp and inking up such a detailed stamp, there can be the concern of losing that fine detail if stamping onto anything other than smooth cardstock but I really like stamping onto tree bark, going out on a limb (!). I was so pleased not to have lost any of the detail.After stamping I created a slight wash around the trees, with Infusions, also dipping my brush into water to almost diffuse the very outer edges of the branches.The wonderful sentiment also stamped onto tree bark and layered to a piece of calico which I’d stained with Infusions.
Various media was used on the background to create texture, I was aiming for a faux bark appearance.A final dip into some gilding wax and Old Gold, creating a veil of shimmer, here and there.I’d recently received some Gypsy Cord (available from That’s Crafty) which I wrapped around the panel, layering with more calico stained with Infusions.Thank you so much for your visit today.
If you happen to be looking to join a challenge then if you are quick, you just about have time to enter Crafty Individuals Anything Goes May Challenge. You can find all the details at Jean’s blog, HERE.
26 May 2016 21 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: collage, Crafty Individuals, Crafty Individuals Team Artwork, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, masks/stencils, mixed media, PaperArtsy Infusions, pressed flowers, That's Crafty Alterable Surface
Have you noticed that Crafty Individuals have a Anything Goes challenge theme for the month of May? You are welcome to enter so long as your artwork contains at least one Crafty Individuals product.
At the time of working on a sample for Crafty Individuals, I worked on another Mixed Media panel, at the same time but with different colour palette (first sample HERE). I get wearied creating duplicates, maybe that is why I tend to drag my heels when it comes to Christmas cardmaking but I have a fondness for creating variations on a theme, in fact I really like those times when I can make a trio or more.
A 4.5″ x 9″ white/greyboard Alterables panel from That’s Crafty is the substrate for this mixed media piece. One of my favourite substrates as it can take a fair bit of abuse from various media, water, heat….As with the previous CI panel, one of their images is the focal. Those pretty paper butterflies were a gift from my dear friend Dorthe. They are actually cupcake sleeves, just needed to snip away to remove the butterflies!.
Scraps of tea stained lace and the edge of a frail and faded pressed flower, the lace rose was added to the centre of the pressed flower.Dinky Stencils appear in the form of Harlequin (also available directly from That’s Crafty)and Dream which can be found HERE from That’s Crafty, I also used the beautiful Flight of Butterflies, all stencilled with Grungepaste.
The fact they are dinky makes them a breeze for adding the merest hint of stencilling.
CI-451 is a recently released Elements set. On this panel I partially inked the border to randomly stamp on the panel, really just to create pattern and texture.Those little dots, they are Infusions! I liked the pattern they created.The stencilled butterflies, such a beautiful stencil design.There is still time to enter the challenge. The Top 5 selected will win a Crafty Individuals stamp of their choice and not only that, all entrants are entitled to a discount code to use at the Crafty Individuals website. All details can be found HERE.