Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Spotlight on Linda Barton - Top 5 from challenge 5


For our current challenge "ANIMALS" please click here

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We thought it would be nice to have spotlight posts throughout the month dedicated to our top 5 from the last challenge "OH I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE".  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.


Hi Clarity fans,  I was really pleased to be chosen in the top 5 with my entry which was actually version 2.  On the first version I tried to stamp some dolphins in the background adapting a mini flourish from the birdcage set but they ended up looking more like jumping salmon!  So I gave up on that idea and decided to attempt a pier of some kind.  It took me back a few years and reminded me of seaside holidays as a child.  I always used to love walking down a pier if there was one and looking out to sea.

I'm really enjoying my stamping now, it's taken me quite a while to get into it, but there are so many different techniques to try out (and different stamps to buy) I'm finding it's really interesting and starting to get addictive.  It's a great way to unwind, I have the radio on in the background and I can easily loose myself for a good few hours.

I love the classroom shows, as I don't travel well so it would be unlikely I would ever get to a workshop, but I've learnt so much from Barbara in these shows and bought many of the sets, so long may they continue.

I enjoy taking part in the different challenges as I like trying to make something from a theme someone else has chosen. Sometimes it doesn't take too long to create, but more often it takes me quite a while. I always start with a picture in my mind and try and create that, I'm very determined so will keep going even if things don't go well to start with.  I eventually get there even if what comes out at the end isn't the same picture I started out with in my mind!

I'm lucky enough to have my own craft room but it's quite small as there is so much stuff essential craft equipment in there,  I do have to be organised although you wouldn't say that when I'm in the middle of a project as I feel like a mad professor.  Out comes my Clarity stamp folder and stamp boxes, ink pads, lots of different die packs, etc as I try different things out.  Within ten minutes of me starting I look around and can't believe someone has sneakily come into the room and trashed it while I wasn't looking!  

Anyway enough babble from me, good luck with the current challenge everyone and a big thank you for all of the wonderful inspiration from the DT and fellow Clarity stampers.

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Here's the card that Linda created for the challenge and
we think you'll agree that she really thought
outside the box for this one didn't she?



Linda entered the challenge via email as she doesn't have
a blog so you could so the same too!

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Send your entries to us at:

Claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com

You don't have to miss out because you don't have a blog!




xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx



Saturday, 24 August 2013

The Craft Awards 2013


For our current challenge "ANIMALS", please click here

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Barbara and Clarity Stamp have been nominated in the following categories in the Craft Awards 2013:

Best Rubber Stamp Range
Best Online Retailer
Best Overall Card Designer
Best Demonstrator/Presenter
Best New Product - Gelli Plate

If you think Barbara and Clarity are worthy of your vote, please click on the Craft Award 2013 logo at the top of this post which will take you to the online voting form.

Last year Barbara and Clarity received the awards below so let's see if we can bring these back to Clarity Towers and add to them as well.


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Here's a few words from Barbara:


Hi gang, I'm truly honoured each year when award time comes around that so many of you put Clarity and myself forward for so many awards.  Without your support none of this would be possible.

We try and keep things interesting and as different for you as possible, bringing you techniques and a few tips along the way for good measure.

You may have seen me around the country at the various craft shows, on Create and Craft or have attended one of my workshops, but what I love the most is to see your artwork and watch you all improving and learning from the seeds that I've planted.

I always get many requests for more workshops around the country but unfortunately I can't be everywhere even though I'd love to come and have a cup of tea and craft along with you all! We do have several mini me's around the country who have their own Clarity workshops and you can check those out HERE.  Please support them as much as you do me, they have the same knowledge and teaching skills and you will have such great fun in their workshops too.


If you'd like to share your artwork with the Clarity Stampers community we have a fan page on facebook,  if you click on the logo above it will take you there.


Barb xx



Friday, 23 August 2013

Spotlight on Sally Newick - Top 5 from challenge 5


For our current challenge "ANIMALS" please click here

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We thought it would be nice to have spotlight posts throughout the month dedicated to our top 5 from the last challenge "OH I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE".  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.



I've been crafting for a long time, always supported by my lovely husband of 27 years along with my son and daughter who always give me their input.  My first crafts were knitting and embroidery, taught by my mum, but they are quite slow going so I moved onto dressmaking were I think my biggest achievement was making my wedding dress.  Watercolour painting is something else I tried but the pictures never looked quite right.  From there I went onto porcelain doll making which I really enjoyed.  I like the fact that there are so many skills and techniques to learn just to make one doll, but I could also use the skills that I'd already learnt.  Unfortunately it's an expensive hobby and when the children came along I had to stop.  I still have the kiln in the garden shed so who knows!  

My introduction to paper craft was when Create and Craft first came on the TV, I bought a few things for my daughter and ended up getting hooked myself.  Like doll making it satisfies the need for different techniques but is a lot cheaper.  Along with my card making and altered projects I also make novelty birthday cakes on demand for family and friends.  I've also taught card making classes at my local craft shop and loved ever minute of it.  This made me think that a blog would be good so that I could share what I've been doing with other crafters although I'm still getting to grips with it as I'm not really good with computers, but I can see how it can become addictive!

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Here's the 3d boat that Sally made for the challenge,
isn't it fantastic with that under water collage inside?


If you'd like to see more of Sally's work please pop
over to her blog and have a look around


Thanks for sharing your crafty background Sally!




xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Clarity Take Two - August 2013


For our current challenge "ANIMALS" please click here

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The lovely Maria Simms was on our screens today with some new delights from Clarity Stamps.  Her co-pilot for the hour was the ever popular Nigel May with his normal charm and wit.

Did you like the bit with the naughty snowmen relieving themselves behind the tree.  The tip from that is don't eat yellow snow!

We also had magic hands (aka Lord ) dressing up for Maria too.

Maria also bought us come breaking news too.  The fabulous Jo Rice is joining the Clarity design team. Welcome to the team Jo, we loved your artwork from the show.

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Here's a reminder of the item's used in the show:

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Dove & Clouds Stencils (7" x 7")
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Barbara will be back on Create and Craft on Saturday 31st August with the "In the Classroom" and then again on Sunday 1st September with some more delights and inspiration.  If you haven't got your stamps and tools ready for lesson 20 (part 1) and lesson 19 (part 2) here's a reminder for you.

 
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Barbara and Maria will also be in Wollaton in Nottingham on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd for two separate days of workshops so if you're going you're sure to have some fun!




xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx



Monday, 19 August 2013

Spotlight on Gemma Griffiths - Top 5 from challenge 5


For our current challenge "ANIMALS" please click here

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We thought it would be nice to have spotlight posts throughout the month dedicated to our top 5 from the last challenge "OH I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE".  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.



Hi I'm Gemma, I'm 34 and I live in Southampton with my wonderful little dog, Tina the Terrier, who occasionally runs off with part of one of my creations in her mouth!  I love dog walking, crafting, cooking, reading, going to the gym and the beach.

I was always into 'making things' when I was a child and made bobbin lace from the age of 8 as well as cross stitch.  I gave up when it 'wasn't cool' as a teenager!  I enjoyed design technology at school, mainly textiles and food technology as I didn't consider myself to be any good at art as I don't think I can draw.

I started crafting again as an adult about 10 years ago when I saw a magazine in a shop and thought I'd have a go at making some cards from the projects inside.  I then got hooked and got into scrapbooking and altered art too.  I've made some mohair bears with different bear artists but leave that to the professionals now and just collect theirs instead (I have quite a few).

I went off the boil with craft a bit about 3 years ago. However, I found one of Barbara's shows on Create and Craft when it came onto Virgin a few months ago and I have been hooked ever since!  I've learnt so much from her classroom shows and DVD's, you can tell that she used to be a teacher.  I love the quality of the stamps, it was buying poor quality ones in the past that had put me off stamping as I spoiled too many cards and scrapbook pages.  

I went to the Clarity workshop at West Meon in July and had a great day and as a result I've ironed out a few issues I had with brayering!

So here I am now....  I've started my own crafty blog and I'm really glad I took the plunge.  I love looking at other peoples blogs and wanted to give something back by sharing my inspiration.  

I was really pleased to be chosen in the top 5 in my second ever challenge, I'm thinking up ideas for the next one now.

Thanks for taking the time to read a little bit about me and my crafting.


Here's the decorated mirror that Gemma made for the
challenge.  What a great use of sand paper to create
the beach!


If you'd like to see more of Gemma's work please
pop over to her blog and have a look around


Thanks for sharing your crafting background Gemma!




xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Spotlight on Laurane Rhind - Top 5 from challenge 5


For our current challenge "ANIMALS" please click here

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We thought it would be nice to have spotlight posts throughout the month dedicated to our top 5 from the last challenge "OH I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE".  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.



Hi I'm Laurane and I'm a full time working mum of two lovely girls and married to my handsome hubby Iain.

I haven't always been crafty although I grew up seeing my mum knitting, crocheting and dressmaking so maybe I do have some crafty genes.

I started making cards quite a few years ago and enjoyed it, but when I discovered Barbara and Clarity stamps around three years ago I really began to love crafting, stamping and building scenes and landscapes.

I'm a member of the New Design Club which I absolutely love as it is fantastic to get a new stamp and project every month and although I've not managed to get all the Create and Craft lessons I've had quite a few and learnt loads.  My techniques are getting better but I have to say that I'm constantly amazed by the fabulous samples we see from Barbara and her design team.

I went to my second Clarity workshop in Perth in July which I would thoroughly recommend.  Only problem was I 'had' to have a gelli plate after that, it's great fun!

I was over the moon to be chosen as one of the top 5 in last months challenge and I hope that taking part will push me to think outside the box and improve my creativity.  Maybe I will even resurrect my old crafty blog!

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Here's the card that Laurane entered into the challenge.
We think that she really thought outside the box for
this challenge didn't she?  Can you picture
yourself in this location watching that sunset?


Laurane entered the challenge via email as she doesn't have
a blog so you could so the same too!

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Send your entries to us at:

Claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com

You don't have to miss out because you don't have a blog!



xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx



Sunday, 11 August 2013

Spotlight on Dagmar Schwartz - Top 5 from challenge 5


For our current challenge "ANIMALS" please click here

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We thought it would be nice to have spotlight posts throughout the month dedicated to our top 5 from the last challenge "OH I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE".  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.




Hi I'm Dagmar and I live with my family in Germany in Lake Constance which is near Switzerland and Austria.

Crafting has been my passion since my childhood.  I started with silk painting and textile design and as t-shirts were no longer large enough, I started painting the walls of our home. Then I discovered the art of stamping and began making cards and pictures.

Three years ago I saw Barbara on HSE24 (German TV) and since then I'm an absolute fan.  I love the diversity of Clarity stamps and the ever inspiring shows from Barbara.

The idea for my card for challenge 5 came from a visit to my son in Denmark.  My collage is inspired from that visit.

I was very proud to be chosen as one of the top 5 and thank everyone for their nice comments.  It's fab to be involved.

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Here's the card that Dagmar entered into the
challenge with inspiration from her trip to see
her son in Denmark


Dagmar entered the challenge via email as she doesn't have
a blog so you could so the same too!

Thank you for sharing your crafting story with us Dagmar

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Send your entries to us at:

Claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com

You don't have to miss out because you don't have a blog!





xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx



Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Jigsaw Stamp Tutorial


For our current challenge "ANIMALS" please click here

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We thought it was about time that we gave you an insight into how our design team create their cards and the thoughts behind their artwork.  

In this post Lynne Hammond brings you a tutorial about the making of her card from the Clarity shows on Create and Craft at the weekend using the new "In The Classroom" lesson 20 "JIGSAW" stamp (seen below).





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Lynne's comments on this stamp set were:
"I found this a very versatile stamp set to use especially
with the masks that come with it as they enable you
to do lots of fun things".



I didn't have to cut anything out here, it's all been done with masking.


I wanted it to look like the puzzle wasn't complete, so I had to mask off one of the sides.  You can achieve this by wiping away the ink, but I always seem to miss a bit, so I used a mask.  

Simply cover up the bit you don't want inked with a Post-it and remove it before you stamp.  That last bit is very important to remember!

You can now use the appropriate mask that fits this piece of your jigsaw whilst creating the rest of your image within the jigsaw stamp.


Stamp the separate jigsaw piece at the side of your main image and using a combination of Post-its and the mask that comes with the set, mask off the area around where you want to work.


Create your image within the masked off area following the same design as your main image.


I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the background card into a jigsaw.  At first glance it just looks like a sheet of green card but when you look closer you can see the jigsaw pieces.

Stamps used:


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Thanks to Lynne for showing us how she created her card.  We think you'll agree that broken down step-by-step this project is achievable with any combination of stamps creating a scene within the jigsaw stamp and is versatile for any occasion. 

If you'd like to stamp-along-a-Barbie on Saturday 31st August with the jigsaw stamp set, you'll need to know what materials you'll need won't you?  Here's a reminder:


We hope to bring you more tutorials soon with plenty of useful hints and tips as well as techniques from our talented design team.


xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx