Sunday, 25 May 2014

Spotlight on Wendy Turner - Top 5 from Challenge 14


For our current challenge "It's All In The Words" 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 "Monochrome"  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.



I work full time in a nursery as an SEN support worker and whilst I love my job, it can be stressful at times so what better way to unwind but to escape into my craft room, small as it is, and PLAY!!!!!!

I have always been creative and from a very young age my parents and grandparents encouraged me. My Nan would save scraps of fabric for me to make dolls clothes and old wrapping paper for covering matchbox chest of drawers.

My funniest memory is from when I was about 7 years old, a friend and I were making a sofa and chairs out of polystyrene egg cartons and then covering them with scraps of fabric.  The only trouble was the glue we used reacted with the polystyrene and ended up in a melted fizzing lump.  I can still see our faces, full of tears and disappointment, but our mistake taught us a very valuable lesson, and we have laughed about that experience on many occasions.

I'm interested in many different crafts and have tried loads like knitting, patchwork, embroidery, mosaics and the list goes on, but I think I can say stamping and card making are my favourite.


I first met Barbara at one of the shows held in the Commonwealth Institute many years ago and I slowly starting collecting Clarity stamps along with some others and my love for stamping was born.  I now never miss a show at Ally Pally and always buy a weekend ticket.

I have always loved the way Barbara used the brayer but never found it easy to use until the Clarity classroom was introduced and slowly my confidence has grown.

I have recently joined the wonderful Clarity East Midlands workshops in Peterborough and look forward to learning more new techniques over the coming months and would like to thank everyone for welcoming me.

I love to share my skills in the community and at work teaching children and adults to be creative and have fun trying new things.

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Here's Wendys underwater scene:



Wendy entered the challenge via email as she doesn't have
a blog so you could do 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!

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If you would like to find out more about the regular Clarity workshops run by members of the design team we have a page dedicated to them.  Click here for more information, there's even a map to help you.

If there isn't one in your area and you don't fancy travelling, please keep an eye out on the blog as we are gradually adding new workshops.  






xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Spotlight on Claire Byrne - Top 5 from Challenge 14


For our current challenge "It's All In The Words" 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 "Monochrome"  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.



I have always liked art and craft, even as a child I was always drawing, colouring or following Tony Hart on Blue Peter... remember Morph?  But I guess I started crafting properly in 2004.  I wanted to get a valentines card for my boyfriend, who is now my hubby, but I didn't like any of the cards I'd seen in various card shops.  I happened to wander into a crafting shop in Dublin and saw some really nice cards that they had made, so I thought I could do that and the rest, as they say, is history.

A few years later I went to the NEC in Birmingham, wow... talk about a child being let loose in a candy store!!  It was there that I saw Clarity stamps for the first time.  Back then the stand wasn't too busy and so I had a one to one demo with Barbara who showed me the reflection technique using the dreamer stamp.  Of course I signed up straight away to the Clarity club and bought a brayer, the dreamer stamp and some of the Adirondack inkpads and I've been a follower ever since.  I actually still have the card Barbara made for me (see below):


I've even tried the elastic band on the brayer trick (if you don't know what I'm talking about, check out Clarity DVD 1).  I have also been lucky enough to go to the Clarity workshops in the summer, where I have met so many lovely friends who I talk to each day on Facebook as we are all spread between here and various parts of the UK.  So now it has become my yearly retreat, where we have lots of laughs, crafting and even more fun, giggling and really laughing out loud at dinner.... imagine 16 ladies together!!!!

I'm so chuffed that I was picked in the top 5, it has given me such a boost and inspired me to keep going with crafting, as it's such a good way to stretch and challenge yourself.  Even if some of the attempts end up in the bin... at least it's a case of "well that didn't work" so onwards and upwards.


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Here's Claires artwork showing the skills she has learnt over the years:


Claire entered the challenge via email as she doesn't have
a blog so you could do 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!

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If you would like to find out more about the regular Clarity workshops run by members of the design team we have a page dedicated to them.  Click here for more information, there's even a map to help you.

If there isn't one in your area and you don't fancy travelling, please keep an eye out on the blog as we are gradually adding new workshops.  






xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Spotlight on Sylvia Lane - Top 5 from Challenge 14


For our current challenge "It's All In The Words" 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 "Monochrome"  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.



I am originally from London, but have lived in sunny Broadstairs since 1976.  I have been a crafter all my life and was taught to sew at a young age by my Mum on her old Singer treadle sewing machine. I have also dabbled in machine knitting and quilting and I have been stamping and card making for about 15 years.

My stamping addiction came after a holiday to America where we stayed at Chattanooga station.  On the platform there were some little shops, one being a craft shop.  I browsed for quite a while, as stamping was still new to me.

The lady told me they had a workshop later that evening and asked if I would I like to join them.  It was the most fascinating few hours I’ve ever spent and the thing I found so amazing was the embossing.  After the class had finished I just had to buy all the things I had played with. That lady has a lot to answer for!!!

I can remember going to Kensington town hall years ago (this was before Ally Pally) and seeing Barbara demonstrating her stamps.  We have both come a long way since then and I continue to be amazed by all the beautiful work done by so many amazing crafters, so I was really chuffed to be picked to be in the top 5 for this challenge.

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Here's Sylvias artwork using quite a few of the stamps in her collection:


Sylvia entered the challenge via email as she doesn't have
a blog so you could do 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!

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If you would like to find out more about the regular Clarity workshops run by members of the design team we have a page dedicated to them.  Click here for more information, there's even a map to help you.

If there isn't one in your area and you don't fancy travelling, please keep an eye out on the blog as we are gradually adding new workshops.  






xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Spotlight on Linda Poston - Top 5 from Challenge 14


For our current challenge "It's All In The Words" 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 "Monochrome"  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.



Hi my name's Linda Poston and I live in Chelmsford, Essex with my husband Neil and our dog Woody. I work part time at a local firm of solicitors in their accounts department.  Neil has a great passion for wood and enjoys wood turning which always comes in handy!

I have always enjoyed being creative starting at an early age making shoes from paper and brown sticky tape (the type you had to lick to stick), luckily this wasn't the career path I chose!  This was followed by learning to crochet, dressmaking, cross stitch and more recently card making and paper crafts.

I owe my introduction to Clarity to Janet Pring who is a friend of my sisters.  Janet has stayed with her whilst attending the Clarity workshops in Kent and would return at the end of the day and share her artwork along with ideas and techniques.  My sister in turn would relay this to me along with the news that Barbara Gray was starting monthly classroom sessions on Create and Craft.  So that was it, my Clarity journey began!  I joined the New Designs Club and attended two workshops in Little Baddow and have since mastered the use of the brayer, splodge mat, gelli plate and more recently stencils and grunge paste.

I was so thrilled to be chosen for the top five, but really all credit should go to Barbara Gray for her passion, enthusiasm, guidance, encouragement and such amazing quality stamps and of course to the Clarity blog team.

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Here's Linda's artwork with a gorgeous reflection:


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

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If you would like to find out more about the regular Clarity workshops run by members of the design team we have a page dedicated to them.  Click here for more information, there's even a map to help you.

If there isn't one in your area and you don't fancy travelling, please keep an eye out on the blog as we are gradually adding new workshops.  






xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Friday, 9 May 2014

Spotlight on Karen Illingworth - Top 5 from Challenge 14


For our current challenge "It's All In The Words" 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 "Monochrome"  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.



I'm not sure who the person is in photograph above because I’m tall, slim, blonde and beautiful; my camera is faulty (and so is my mirror)!

I had never done any stamping until I saw Barbara demonstrating on Create and Craft. I was happy enough doing a bit of cutting and sticking; didn’t see the point in stamping! A rubber stamp (I thought), and a black ink pad (I thought), how interesting can that be?  Then I saw the brayer, the coloured inks, the torn paper hills, shading with bits of make-up sponges and these beautiful pictures emerging. (I wish I’d discovered stamping before I bought all that fancy paper and embellishments; it would’ve saved me a fortune.)

I’ve always been a bit crafty but started all this malarkey when I took early retirement from teaching a couple of years ago.  If I see something I like, my first thought is never ‘how much does that cost’, it’s ‘can I make it’.  My time is filled with stamping and paper craft in wet, cold weather and gardening in dry, warm weather (fortunately gardening doesn’t require so many storage boxes though)!

Occasionally I sling in a bit of housework (I don’t cook though; there’s two gentlemen round the corner who do that for me – thank you Spencer and Mark) and I’m very active in the local community. I don’t know who the photograph is, I’m tall, slim, blond, and beautiful; my camera is faulty (and so is my mirror)!


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Here's Karen's artwork using the haberdashery set and the letter box set:




Karen entered the challenge via email as she doesn't have
a blog so you could do 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!

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If you would like to find out more about the regular Clarity workshops run by members of the design team we have a page dedicated to them.  Click here for more information, there's even a map to help you.

If there isn't one in your area and you don't fancy travelling, please keep an eye out on the blog as we are gradually adding new workshops.  

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xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Sunday, 4 May 2014

May Clarity Show


For our current challenge "It's All In The Words" please click here.


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If you'd like to see more of Barbara's live demonstrations you can tune in to the NEW Clarity YouTube channel or Barbara's daily blog where she shows step by steps, techniques, new products and more...

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Have you gone for GOLD?

Many of you already enjoy the Clarity Design Club for stamps, now by adding just £40 to your account, you can upgrade to GOLD, and receive your monthly stencil too.

Check out the Clarity website for more details.



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Were you watching the show this morning?  Two delightful hours in the company of Barbara Gray who bought us a selection of stamps, both new and old, as well as the brand new Wheelie stencils too. Today she was joined by Nigel May who, as always, brings a smile to all of our faces with his wit and humour.

If you'd like 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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Town & Tangle Stencils (7"x7")





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Stencil Set (7"x7")








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Hares and Toadstools Set


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We hope you enjoyed watching the show today, that you've picked
up some new techniques and are rushing off to your craft
spaces to try them out.

If watching Barbara on a monthly basis isn't enough for you
why not view her daily blog posts with step by steps,
techniques, new products and more...



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We'd love to see your artwork on our

 Facebook fan page

and entered into our challenges on the

 Clarity blog

where our current challenge theme is:

It's All In The Words









xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx