Crafty Individuals @ HOCHANDA

The Crafty Individuals team have news to share that on Tuesday 28th February, Lesley Wharton will be demoing Crafty Individuals stamps and other products on HOCHANDA. There will be 3 shows, beginning at 10.00 a.m.
We were asked to make samples for the shows, this is one of my samples.  I don’t really know what to call it, it can hardly be called a book as there are no inner pages, so is it simply a folded tag, a faux booklet or maybe it doesn’t need a label!
The  #12 tag is a generous size to play, allowing room to play with textures on the cover. Infusions where used throughout, staining the actual tag and also lots of found papers – most often, I am working with mop-up/under papers and also staining sari ribbon and other textiles.
I was surprised how well the tree stamped onto the crinkled paper.  I no longer have the sample, it was mailed to Jean, so I cannot remember what type of paper this actually is but it is very crinkled.
This is why it isn’t technically a book, as you can see, inside there are no actual pages.
Since Infusions were launched, I fall in love with them a little bit more each time and they are just gorgeous when working with nature themed stamps.   It was the “pattern” of the Infusions which actually determined the path this project took because it conjured up a storm brewing.
The tag had an application of Grungepaste, I am very free with my applications, allowing texture to build which if you are aiming for perfect stamped impressions, it could be a problem but I like to use this as an advantage.  Those are all stamped trees but I played around, adding my own touches to make them appear more impressionistic in style, as though they were quick drawings in a field notes journal and not stamped.
Texture and layering without bulk, as does the stained lace which you can see in the photo above, the lace representing the ground.
This stamp was exactly what I needed for the upper corner, tattered and layered.
Thank you for your visit and if you manage to tune in to the shows on Tuesday, there will be demos, great deals and samples made by all the team.

Festive Tree

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.blogcitreelynnemYou 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.blogsixA simple, stippled background with snowflakes stamped (from CI-465)blogfourFrom an older Elements set, CI-447, I cut into one of the tag stamps, making use of only the word Peace.ciblogtwoMore scrappy layersblogfiveAll 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!

The Gift of Giving (Somerset Life)

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.slifecitagsonelynneAll the cardstock and papers were painted/stained, also utilising mop up/under paper.
noeltagonelynneI mixed a variety of metallics:- brass, gold, copper, platinum.
rejoiceTiny accents of pearl stickers, rhinestones and tiny pieces of lovely crushed velvet ribbon with the gorgeous copper fabric gifted from my dear friend Dorthe.peacelynnemslilfeSo, even though this post relates to the festivities, I am still not convinced that Christmas is galloping towards us. Where has this year gone?!!!

All Is Peaceful

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.cionelynneThere 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!!!citwolynnemPainted tree bark and rhinestonescifivelynnemwith a pop of contrast in the form of this scrappy piece of sari ribbon.cithreelynnemThank you for your visit to this post, your visits are always appreciated by me.

A Day At The Beach

Hello Everyone
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.twoThe textiles are frayed because I wanted them to have a tattered appearance, as though windswept and battered by the seashore.fiveAnother piece of the seaglass.fourYou 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.threeA 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.eightOnto a piece of driftwood, all the way from Denmark, (from lovely Dorthe) a smattering of pearls, mica flakes and starfish.nineJean 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.

Dream A Little ……..

Hello Everyone
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.1bloglynnemoncrieffMy 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.detailI 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.threelynnemSo 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.
Lynne x

Alone With The Trees

Hello Everyone
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.blogonelynnemoncrieffYou 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.twoAfter 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.threeThe 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.fourA final dip into some gilding wax and Old Gold, creating a veil of shimmer, here and there.sixI’d recently received some Gypsy Cord (available from That’s Crafty) which I wrapped around the panel, layering with more calico stained with Infusions.eightThank 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.

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