Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Winner and Top 5 - Challenge 23


For our current challenge "Floral" please click here.

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We had a varied selection of entries into last months "Wings and Things" challenge. You've certainly put a lot of thought into your artwork and it's great to see how versatile you've found Clarity Stamps.

The new challenge design team have enjoyed viewing, commenting and reading how your projects have been put together, making their decision a very difficult one.

Hello to the newbies to the challenge this month. It's great to see the wide variety of different styles and techniques from person to person and the way in which you all grow in confidence from month to month. It's worth looking back on your older artwork to see just how far you've actually come.

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Our winner is chosen at random to give everyone a chance regardless of their ability, standard and how long they've been crafting etc. We thought this was the fairest way all around. So...

With the help of Random.org


The winner is:

#35 Debbie Rock

Congratulations Debbie!
Please contact Sazzle at claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com
to claim your voucher

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Now onto our top 5
(in no particular order)








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Congratulations to you all!

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xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Challenge 24


Welcome to February Clarity crafters!

We've well and truly kicked our way into 2015 and have survived the long month of January.  It's always nice to see the end of the month as a lot of people get paid early for Christmas don't they?

Barbara has released her workshop dates already to those that attended last year and they will be on the Clarity website shortly.  Remember to be quick as they get snapped up pretty quickly!

Just a reminder that Barbara is on our TV screens today on Create and Craft, not once but twice.  Her usual slot in the morning between 09.00 and 11.00 and then again at 17.00 so don't forget to have a cuppa ready and waiting for three whole hours of fun, crafting and techniques.  You'll also get to see all of the fabulous stamps that were previewed at the CHA on the 17.00 show.


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The lucky winner of the £50 Clarity voucher and our top 5 will be announced on Tuesday.  Will you be one of the lucky winners?

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Here's the theme for our new challenge which will run throughout February:

Floral
(using Clarity stamps/stencils ONLY)

At this time of year we start to see the snowdrops in our gardens as well as the spring bulbs peeping out of the soil.  Flowers can be used on a lot of our artwork as they lend themselves to most occasions so you shouldn't have any trouble finding an excuse to make a card for this challenge.  There's a real floral display on the Clarity website with an abundance of blooms to choose from.

You could win a £50 voucher if you are randomly selected as our winner at the end of the month and become our guest designer for the next challenge.

Good luck with the challenge!!

Here is a little bit of inspiration from the design team:














(Guest Designer - winner from challenge 22)

Hello my name's Jacqui and I'm a newbie to crafting of any kind and I mean a clueless newbie! There's so many different inks - versawhat??  The only time I have done any art or anything crafty was at school and that wasn't yesterday.  Until recently I was married for 35 years and have a grown up family and five grandchildren.

My card making started very recently when I was feeling a bit miserable and while standing in the queue at the local supermarket I looked at the magazines on the shelf.  There was a card on the cover of one of them with a lovely village scene and I thought it was so lovely and it sparked some interest in me.  So several ink pads, card blanks and stamp sets later I have made Christmas cards, two birthday cards and of course my January entry into this challenge, but I still haven't made the village scene card!

I searched the internet for inspiration for my cards and discovered Barbara and Clarity Stamps and am now totally hooked on these lovely stamps and Barbara's blog.  When my challenge entry won the January challenge I was so excited that I burst into tears.

The card I've made for the current challenge, as a guest designer, sends you a little sunshine to brighten up these cold days.  I used the sunrise stencil and the daffodils and sunshine sentiment stamp.  To add a bit of zing I coloured the leaves of the daffodils with a green glitter pen and outlined the suns rays with a gold glitter pen.

Since I started making cards it has re-ignited my old knitting interests and I have now found my needles and wool again.  I have also signed up for a Calligraphy class at the local school and doing upholstery classes one afternoon a week.

Thank you Clarity Stamps and to everyone.  Happy stamping, grunging, scrapbooking and card making to you all and good luck in the current challenge.

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Here's Jacqui's card for this months challenge:




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There are several ways of entering the challenge:
  • BLOG - if you have a blog, click on the blue froggy link below and follow the instructions, remembering to link to your blog post and not just your blog
  • EMAIL - if you don't have a blog you can send a photo of your project to us and we'll enter it for you
claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com

If you have any questions relating to this challenge please don't hesitate to contact us.  We will answer as quickly as we can in the hope that we can make the Clarity Stamp Challenge go from strength to strength. We can't do this without you!

We hope you have fun with this challenge and we can't wait to see your projects.  You have until 20.00 on 28th February (GMT) to enter.





xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx