Thursday, 26 September 2013

Spotlight on Lisa MacGregor - Top 5 from challenge 6


For our current challenge "VINTAGE" 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 "ANIMALS"  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.

Lisa MacGregor


I'm 37, married to Paul, who does his best to understand my crafty obsession, and I work as a finance assistant for my local Hospice, Saint Catherine's in sunny Scarborough on the Yorkshire coast.

I've always been into all manner of things crafty especially jewellery making, but it was a chance meeting at a family 'do' 18 months ago that I met my crafty bestie and was introduced to the world of paper craft.  My friend told me about Create and Craft and it was there that I first watched the wonder that is Barbara Gray.  So very inspiring!  Next stop was a visit to the GNPE at Harrogate where I made my first Clarity purchases.  Soon after that I joined the New Design Club and I haven't looked back.

It never ceases to amaze me what a piece of plain white card can become.  I love it!  Challenge 6 was the first one I have dared to enter and to say I was excited to be chosen as one of the top 5 was the understatement of the year.

I love the artwork produced by the design team and was particularly inspired by Jane Telford's beautiful box with the horses dancing around on top of the lid, so the idea for my entry was borne.  I decided to think outside the box and create jewellery by stamping onto shrink plastic and used glitter gel pens to add a hint of colour.  My top tip with shrink plastic, especially if you're adding holes to the piece, is to use your pokey tool in the hole to stop it moving all over your desk

Just another creative use for these amazing stamps.


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Here's the lovely jewellery set Lisa created for the
challenge.  We loved how she thought outside the box
for this one and also used the dreaded shrink plastic!!!



Lisa 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



Monday, 23 September 2013

Spotlight on Hermina Speksnijder - Top 5 from challenge 6


For our current challenge "VINTAGE" 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 "ANIMALS"  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.

Hermina Speksnijder


Hello my name is Hermina Speksnijder, I'm 44 and live in Liverpool.

I've been 'into' art and crafts all my life but used to think stamping was just about colouring in someone else's designs. That was until I saw Barbara Gray on Create and Craft when she created a Tuscan landscape out of a couple of stamps, some ink and a brayer.

At first the price of the stamps put me off, then I saw the nativity set for the classroom lesson 5 and decided even if they were expensive I would use them every Christmas.  After they arrived I could see their quality and soon bought more and decided to join the New Design Club as well.

I've been admiring everyone's beautiful artwork for a while and wishing mine was anywhere near as good but the chance of a voucher to spend on more Clarity stamps made me decide to try.  I was extremely surprised and gratified to be picked as one of the top 5 with such tough competition.


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Here's the gorgeous scene that Hermina created for the
challenge.  We loved the scene she'd created and that
lovely coloured sky.



Hermina 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

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Spotlight on Bernadette Gill - Top 5 from challenge 6


For our current challenge "VINTAGE" 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 "ANIMALS"  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.

Bernadette Gill


Hi, I'm a 59 year old retired Teaching Assistant, a mother of three and a grandmother of two.

I first got into card making 10 years ago when my son's partner (at the time) gave me a kit to make while I was in hospital.  I really enjoyed making them and from there I went into doing lace (the cutting of shapes) and making more cards.

It wasn't until 2007 when my husband and I returned to live in the UK that I came across Create and Craft, that's when I first saw Barbara and I was blown away by her technique!  Her stamps were just fantastic (first time I'd ever seen clear stamps) plus the way Barbara showed us all how to create a masterpiece was more than words could describe.

I first met Barbara when I went to the NEC in Birmingham and saw her demonstrating.  I came away with a starter kit which included her first DVD, some stamps and ink pads.  I've since got all 5 of her DVD's, joined the New Design Club and have attended two two day workshops in Kent.  I look forward to the classroom lessons and I record them onto disc so that I have them for future reference.

Once I was doing my homework to send in for the "joy" lesson, when I'd finished I was so pleased with myself because it'd taken about six hours and God only knows how many pieces of card, yet when I went to open it, it was from left to right, I could have cried.  The homework was never posted and I learnt to check as I go along.

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Here's the card that Bernadette created for the challenge.
We loved how she'd divided this into four separate
scenes using the adult and baby in each picture.
Really thought out Bernadette!


Bernadette 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, 14 September 2013

Spotlight on Barbara Lancaster - Top 5 from challenge 6


For our current challenge "VINTAGE" 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 "ANIMALS"  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.

Barbara Lancaster


Hello to my Clarity friends, my name's Barbara Lancaster, I'm 47 and I live in Stoke-on-Trent.

I only became interested in papercraft a few years ago but I've been crafting for most of my life.  Mum was always making things, teaching me and me sister to knit and sew from an early age.  The most important lesson I learnt from her though was to discover the joy and pleasure of creating something, no matter what...

I first discovered Clarity stamps when I just happened to tune into Create and Craft when Barbara was demonstrating.  She was the person who really inspired me to take up stamping.

I've never considered myself an artist, so the thought of starting out with a blank sheet of paper or card was quite scary!  I think maybe that's why I love my Gelli plate so much, because it gives me a background to work with.  One thing remains a mystery to me though, how does Barbara stay so clean?  I always have inky, painty fingers when I'm crafting!  

I love watching the shows and then trying out some of the ideas with my ever growing stamp collection.  I always seem to be planning new projects and my long suffering husband Martin often says that my craft is taking over the whole house.

I still think of myself as a novice stamper, so I'm absolutely thrilled to be chosen as one of the top 5 in my first ever challenge.  It's such a wonderful feeling to know that other people like what I've created.

Who says that online friendships are negative?  I'm so happy to be a small part of the Clarity family!

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Here's the card that Barbara created for the challenge.
The background has been created with her
Gelli plate and the partridge and pear branch
have been stamped.
What a great Christmas card Barbara!


Barbara 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



Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Spotlight on Jane Morris - Top 5 from challenge 6


For our current challenge "VINTAGE" 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 "ANIMALS"  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.

Jane Morris


I'm married to a very understanding man and have two daughters and two grandchildren with number three due any time now.  The children have grown up with my various crafting activities and when my granddaughter was 2 she used to run through the door shouting "Nana, I play with windy wind". She wanted to use my Cuttlebug!

I've been crafting for more years than I care to admit.  Paper crafting started about 23 years ago when I saw a Pergamano display in a local stationers shop.  I was fascinated by the results and had to have a go.  I spent many hours happily lost playing with parchment.

I came to stamping more recently, about 10 years ago, when I saw someone emboss an image with gold powder - pure magic! I'm afraid to say my first attempts were rather dire.  If only I'd had Barbara's DVD's then it would have saved many failures. Still we learn through our mistakes, and I learnt a lot!

I first became aware of Barbara and Clarity when I saw her demo a corner stamp on Create and Craft. I didn't know you could build patterns like that.  So out came a corner stamp and I had a play, the big disadvantage I had was that it was a rubber stamp and not very easy to position.

A few months later I saw Barbara at a local show and bought my first Clarity stamp, the calligraphy corner.  Well there started another addiction.

I joined the Clarity New Design Club 3 years ago and was delighted when my first envelope dropped through the letterbox.  It was the wild poppies stamp.  I looked at the photograph of the cards and was so excited as I love poppies. Then I tipped the stamp from the envelope and couldn't believe my eyes! Where were the poppies?  All I had was a bunch of stunted buds!!  I was really disappointed.

I settled down to read the instructions for the cards to realise that the idea was to stamp the buds and draw the poppies around them.  Me?  Draw?  I don't draw!  At least I hadn't until that point.  Having studied the photo carefully I decided I had nothing to lose .  I was delighted with the results, so had another go and another.  I believe that practice makes perfect.

Well 3 years on and I'm now willing to have a go at drawing anything, so thanks Barbara for the shove.  I'll never make the National Portrait Gallery, but I can draw a bird or tree or quirky house. What more could a girl ask for?


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Here's the card that Jane created for the challenge.
Hasn't she created a gorgeous wintery scene with
the landscape in the background?


Jane 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



Thursday, 5 September 2013

September Clarity Shows


For our current challenge "VINTAGE" please click here

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The Clarity shows continued on Sunday with another three hours of Barbara on our screens to tempt us with more new Clarity stamp designs.  Don't forget there are also stencils, masks and the Gelli plate too!

If you want a reminder of what was on todays shows we've got all of the stamps listed below along with some of the design teams artwork too.  We've even linked the stamps to the Clarity website to make it even easier to shop, aren't we kind to you?

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Kelly Ketteringham 




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Medium & Large Outline Duck
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Small & Large Silhouette Sapling
and Ducks
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Kelly Ketteringham


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 Sally-Ann Hanes

Kelly Ketteringham

Janet Pring



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Stencils (7"x7")
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We hope you enjoyed watching the shows, that you've picked
up some new techniques and are rushing off to your craft
space to try them out.

We'd love to see your artwork on our new Facebook fan page:

www.facebook.com/claritystamp




xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx