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

Sunday, 24 December 2017

ARE YOU ALL READY FOR IT!!....

Malcolm and I affectionately smile every time anyone asks us 'are you all ready for it', which we are asked many times by many folk at this time of year.  Well it's happening tomorrow whether we are ready for it or not, so....

'We wish all our customers, friends and bloggers, a very, very, Merry Christmas' xx

Here are a few Christmassy teamie makes to cheer us all on our way below.  My son has just brought me up a very nice long gin and fruity mixer with ice and apple slices (he bought me the gin for Christmas), which I will drink as I blog, and hope I get to the end of the post still sober - ha ha!

Several bright and cheerful makes by Sylvie....






Two more with the lovely snowmen from Joanna and Daniele....



The snowmen appear again amongst the images below, kindly sent over by Alison (who won the stamps in a blog giveaway recently)...




Lovely Alison can be located at craftytrog.blogspot.co.uk
Loving the watercolour backgrounds here Alison!

Another festive make by one of the teamies, but sadly I am not sure who right now (my system has failed me here), but I love it anyway...


 Then here is a beauty by Coco (who is having a year out)...


 Finally this evening I have a couple of bauble makes by lovely Joanna, and as the saying goes that 'Snowflakes are a winter's butterflies' I thought it appropriate that I would add them here, and I just adore these beauties....




Must make some myself next year!!

No links tonight - too time consuming!

.... and as I am now ready for my next G&T, that's it from me!
Have a great 'IT' everyone!!

Jean x

Friday, 15 December 2017

SHADOW BOXES AND WEEKEND SPECIAL OFFERS..

We've just sent out a Newsletter (hope you are on our website mailing list?!) and it featured some fabulous Christmas ornaments made by teamie Joanna..




 ..and here is another..


I love them - must have a go at these myself, so pretty!  Thanks for making these Joanna, taking the step photos and writing up the instructions, you are a star!

We have put many of our Christmas themed stamps on special offer over the weekend coming to celebrate Joanna's ornaments 'how to' projects.  You will find them mixed up on the Special Offer pages HERE and HERE.

We also showed you this very gorgeous Shadow Box by Daniele..


Daniele made this for our recent Hochanda show but unfortunately it didn't arrive until just after the event even though she had sent it first class - such is the postal system sometimes!  It is so beautiful it deserves to feature prominently I hope you will agree!  Lots of lovely sparkle on those butterflies and crackle on the background.  The flowery images are from one of our A4 Glossy Sheets and the butterflies from another Sheet that I was going to link to next but it seems it isn't on the site - must rectify that on Monday!  The Shadow Box itself is an easy 'build it yourself' make by a Polish company Scrapiniec, which you will find HERE.

On the show we also had this beauty by Flo..


It's amazing the different looks we can get with the one item! Scrapiniec also make all these lovely lasercut items too which you can find Here.

Daniele's delayed package also contained cards she had made for the show, and this one is particularly deliciously and delicately coloured, with that adorable little wheelbarrow bottom left..



Wow thanks ladies.

That's all for today folks,
Back soon,
Jean x

Thursday, 7 December 2017

MAKES MADE FOR HOCHANDA.....

We had a great visit to Hochanda in Peterborough last Friday, accompanied by some very great makes by the teamies...

Firstly these beauties by Sandra...



....Using stamps CI-411, CI-449, CI-417, CI-415, and more.

 As well as these lovelies by Flo...



....Still loving those little birds from CI-230.

Plus some magical makes by Coco...



CI-302 and CI-185 both looking good here.

Lastly this evening the fabulous ornamentals below by Helen and Joanna...




Gorgeous, with the robin from CI-483.

Hope you managed to catch the shows?!

Bye for now
Back soon,
Jean x