Tuesday, 20 February 2018

DELIGHTS FROM DORA, AND MORE....

Dora is one of our new teamies as you know.  She made some lovely cards for our last show on Hochanda, but unfortunately they took over a month in the post to get to the UK, from the Netherlands!! We wonder where they have been meanwhile?!  Needless to say they didn't make it in time to take as samples for the shows, which is a great pity as they are lovely, and would have been great for the winter tree shows.  Dora's stamping is beautiful, and here are 3 examples....




The first sample uses CI-483 and CI-287,  the second the tree trio is from CI-453, with the young girl from CI-402, and our little Monty dog from CI-439, and the third features some trees from the lovely A4 tree plate CI-450.

Still on a tree theme I have this fabulous make by Daniele - love it!

 
Daniele used the middle tree from CI-483, one of our lovely A4 background papers, 
and one of the sturdy die cut swirly frames.

I also have this delightful and stunning card from Sandra, using the same trees and birds from CI-483...

 
Sandra also made this beauty for the winter tree shows - loving that blue coloured tree from the A4 tree plate again...


And finally here is another pretty tree themed card by teamie Gerrina....


Well I had better go and do some more CI jobs now.  Thanks for the continuing comments and great suggestions.  We do intend to do some more YouTube videos Anne - just wish we had more time and energy to spare, lol!

Bye for now,
Back soon,
Jean x

Saturday, 10 February 2018

WINTER TREES, DAFFODILS AND MORE.....

I have some makes featuring winter trees, and daffodils, and more, this evening from the CI teamies.  Firstly the winter trees, using CI-209 and the A4 tree plate CI-450, with this gorgeous calendar from Sandra..


Another beauty follows, again by Sandra...


Then we have some pretty makes by new teamie Gerrina,
Some trees with a cool and funky background..


Some daffodils from CI-488, and a Winter Walkies CI-489 scene..



Daniele has also been busy with the beautiful daffodils...


And so has another new teamie Dora..


Dora has also added some hand drawn snowdrops to her card - how gorgeous!!

Again from Dora we have another card featuring Winter Walkies again..


Such lovely stamping and colouring!

Another tree themed make from Helen - a mixed media delight using CI-287, so very cool...


Finally a make by Willy on a completely different note, with a fabulous background, using CI-459 - totally delicious!..


Hope you've enjoyed the display tonight.  Have a fun Sunday everyone!

Back soon,

Jean x

Saturday, 3 February 2018

IT'S ABOUT BLOGGING TIME AGAIN, AND HERE WE HAVE A NEW GUEST ARTIST FOR FEBRUARY TOO....

Ah yes - if you are on the CI website mailing list you will know that we have now released the brand new stamps that appeared firstly on Hochanda the other week and you will find them all here, on super special offer right now!  I'm so pleased to say that you are all loving them, so thank you so much for all the orders and lovely comments.  Also thank you for the comments on my last blog post, we love reading them.  Enjoy stamping with the new stamps and let us see your makes!  Here are a few teamie makes as a reminder of what's on offer...


A beauty by Sandra using the new daffodils CI-488, followed by another Sandra beauty with the partner Fritillaries...


I've been experimenting with this one myself today.  I love those pretty little delicate spring flowers.

Here is a very colourful beauty by Helen featuring the same stamp....


Love how Helen has used embossing folders around the edges of her card - so effective.  Here is another Helen creation, totally different...


I particularly love this one by Helen in sepia Winter Walkies CI-489....


And now one from clever new teamie Dora in the Netherlands, who has used three of the new stamps on the one make....


We have also released some new A4 background paper sheets, based on the tree theme and also themed around the little tree background book we used to sell that you all liked so much. Here is a simple card using one of the sheets and one of the tree images we have in stock...


As the blog title tonight suggests we also have a guest appearance now from a brand new guest artist for the month of February.  Drum roll please - it's a big welcome to Kate Currie.  I believe it's the first time Kate has been a guest artist so please congratulate her on her beautiful makes featuring here below.  I will sort out a 'button' for your blog Kate in recognition of your achievements....






I think my absolute favourite has got to be Kate's seaside plaque.  As you know I love the seaside - it makes me happy, and so does Kate's make.  You can almost hear the waves ............

That's all for tonight folks, have a lovely Sunday tomorrow, wherever you are and whatever you do! Keep dry and warm!

Back soon,
Jean x

Friday, 26 January 2018

WHAT FUN WE HAD, PLUS A WEEKEND OF PLAYFULNESS....

It was a fantastic day Lesley and I spent at Hochanda on Wednesday, we hope you managed to catch the shows?!  We were amazed and delighted at how many of you placed orders and we had some super cool sell-outs and items placed on extended delivery despatch.  Thank you all so much for your continuing support!  We are sure you will have lots of fabulous fun with your winter tree themed purchases! Do let us know how you get on with your stamping and we always love to see your samples.

Of course we now have lots of images to share with you over the next few weeks, and to make a start here are the tree cards with reflections, as appeared on the shows...




Tree stamps used are from: CI-429, CI-450, and CI-209.  I had a whale of a time making these. I built up a background using Distress Oxides and created a reflection using the appropriate rubber stamp, an Archival Cobalt stamp pad and a piece of acetate.  All our tree stamps are perfect for this fabulous, easy to achieve technique.

Here below are the two fantastic makes from the shows by lovely Lesley Wharton, what a star she is!! Thank you Lesley!



Whilst I am talking about Lesley's loveliness - did you hear about our joint weekend workshops coming up in the Spring, called 'Art, Stamp and Play'? They will take place on 21st and 22nd April in the North East of England, and will involve lots of messy and creative fun - we can't wait!  We are working on collecting together more details for you but in the meantime if you would like to be added to the list of interested crafty persons please email us at: info@craftyindividuals.co.uk or sales@chocolatebaroque.com to express your interest. Lots of yays!

Happy stamping,
Back soon,
Jean x

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

HOCHANDA AND THE SNEAKY PEEKS.....

My next trip to the studios of Hochanda at Peterborough is coming upon us very quickly indeed.  The shows are next week, on Wednesday, 24th January at 3pm and 7pm.  I am going to demo of course as previously, but this time along with the uber talented Lesley Wharton of Chocolate Baroque and TV fame!!  I thought it would be fun if we played along together again this time, and happily Lesley agreed - thanks Lesley!  Soooo very exciting.
We hope you will tune in to see us and enjoy!

There will be some fabulous brand new stamps and papers launching on the shows, plus some slightly older favourites, masses of stunning makes from the teamies, and some extra special deals way too good to miss. 

Here are a few sneaky peeks.  I just love teeny tiny sneaky peeks.....

Some beauties from Sandra..




A couple of colourfully creative sneaky peeks from Helen..



Plus just arrived with me two more sneaky peeks from Gerrina..



With lots more to show you next week.

Oh my goodness!  I wonder if you can guess what the theme of the shows will be - ha ha?!!

Back soon,

Jean x


Monday, 8 January 2018

IT'S A QUICK POST FROM ME TONIGHT...

It's a very quick post as I've had a horrible cold for the last couple of weeks - I'd go as far as to call it the cold from hell!  Malcolm has had it too and one of my sons as well.  I expect there are quite a lot of you out there who have struggled with the bugs yourselves recently?!  So I've very little energy for a long post.

I have pictures tonight of just a few makes from our last Hochanda shows.  I particularly like the colours in these especially the purples, yellows and greens.  I am on Hochanda again on the 24th January at 3pm and 7pm.  Lesley Wharton, from Chocolate Baroque, has kindly agreed to demo along with me to bring a touch of artistic variety!  We are very excited indeed!!

Here is a tryptych card, with a bit of lace in the arrangement - this is a great format to use to bring several different images together in a pleasing way...



Images do work so well together in threes.  I teamed one of the pretty tags we have on sheets here with two popular stamps CI-302 and CI-415.  The only rules seem to be that the colours work together and although the sizes of images may vary a bit the finished height is the same when matted and layered.

Here is another, although there are four different elements together here rather than three, combining CI-185 with CI-411...


I also used similar colours on this beauty below, again featuring CI-302 and one of those fabulous Scrapiniec laser cut items...



I also put together a card using a variety of our images along with our latest postcard stamp - love that stamp!!


Also loving that pretty heart laser cut frame!

That's it for this evening,

Back soon,

Jean x 

Monday, 1 January 2018

NEW YEAR, NEW TEAMIES, NEW MAKES...

Happy New Year to all our customers and blog readers - hope it is a happy one for you and yours.  We have two wonderful new teamies to celebrate in the New Year, both from the Netherlands, Dora and Gerrina.  Here are their links in blogland, please send them your good wishes:

http://dora-knutselhoekje.blogspot.co.uk/

https://gerrinascreatievewereld.blogspot.co.uk/

Here are a few makes by the ladies, just for a glimpse of things to come...

Dora was the talented artist who drew the branch idea for our latest robin stamp..

And you may remember this beautiful card she also put together recently - fantastic stamping - bring on the Spring!..


..Here are two more cards by Dora..



I have the following pretties to share by Gerrina, just to get us started...





We also have some guest designers on the cards this year, so all is looking good!

Back soon,

Jean x