Monday, 1 February 2016

Challenge 36


Wow – what a great start to the year!

January saw a massive 93 entries in to the challenge!  An all time record month of entries– you have left the ladies with quite a task in picking out the Top 5 – check back on Wednesday 3rd February to see if your work has been chosen.

It also saw the start of the Calendar Challenge which has got off to a great start with some lovely entries, a total of 33 no less! – the winner will be announced on Tuesday 2nd February (picked by Barbara herself).

What a month for Barbara and the gang - Paul Church joined the team as a full time member of staff - both Paul and Maria Simms have been on Hochanda showcasing wonderful works of art and giving us all such wonderful demo's and don't forget that Barbara will be on our TV screens on the 7th February! 

This was mixed with Barbara and Dave attending the CHA in Anaheim in California where they were invited to take part by Ken Oliver - Ken of the fantastic Best Ever Craft Mat!

Lets not forget the launch of the new Groovi Club either - exciting times for those among us who have fallen in love with the Groovi system - have you joined the club yet or are you thinking about it - check out the links for all of the clubs.





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

Love
(using Clarity stamps/stencils/groovi ONLY)

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February is known as the month for LOVE – and LOVE is the theme for this months challenge!

The word LOVE can mean different things to us all – given its February and a leap year – we all recognise  the link to cupid and his little bow!  Have any of you got a tale to tell – has anyone been proposed to or have you proposed to anyone??  Can you show that in a piece of art?

Many will recognise the ‘Eros’ statue in Piccadilly Square, but were you aware that the statue is actually not Eros at all - rather it is his twin brother - Anteros!!!  The Earl of Shaftesbury brought the statue to London - he was a humanitarian and felt that Anteros, who represents the god of selfless and mature love, was more appropriate.  It was also London's first statue to be cast in aluminium (and not many people know that!)


But of course LOVE can mean different things to different people, it does not have to relate to Valentines Day or romance in general, it could apply to so much more.  We look forward to seeing your works of art

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Check out the Clarity Stamp web site for stamps, stencils and groovi plates to help you on your way.

Always remember to read the rules to avoid your entry being disqualified.


 The Design Team have produced some wonderful works of art to inspire you - you can either click on their names or the pictures which will take you to their blogs.


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Moya Hill
Guest Designer (winner from challenge 34)


My names is Moya Hill, I am 53 years old and I live in Somerset with my husband, Mark, my son Sam and daughter Phoebe.  I work 4 days a week as a customer experience officer.

I have always had an interest in craft and was taught to knit at a young age and I learnt to crochet in my teens.  I have been making cakes, which seems forever , including  sugar craft, but not so much of the latter these days.

I had my hip replaced in 2004 and wanted to find something that I could do whilst recuperating to stop me from being bored at home.  I bought a card making kit and was hooked.  I also developed an  interest in parchment craft  and have been attending workshops since 2008 which I still attend.  I also participate and contribute to one of the exhibits at the Bristol Parchment Exhibition.

I so enjoy crafting with Clarity, the stamps are so versatile and are such good quality, they are excellent  to work with.  I love learning new techniques such as the gelli plate, using stencils and the new Groovi system, which I will continue  to experiment more with.  I have recently been experimenting with mixed media, which is very different for me, however,  have really enjoyed that too.

I am hoping to set up my own blog/website very soon  and my dream is to do crafting as a job rather than a hobby - so you never know.

I have made a conscious effort to enter the Clarity Challenge each month, it's not about the winning, but to enjoy what you do and to see all the lovely work that others have taken the time and effort to make. I have been very lucky to have been nominated twice as one of the top 5  designers  and the icing on the cake was to win the December entry.


All I can say is keep crafting and enjoy every minute!!!

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And here is Moya's card for this month


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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 29th February (GMT) to enter.


xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx





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15 comments:

  1. Welcome Moya what a lovely card nice to have you on here xxx

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  2. Welcome Moya it's great to have you join us this month. What a lovely card and very inspirational.

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  3. Welcome Moya it's great to have you join us this month. What a lovely card and very inspirational.

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  4. Lovely card Moya nice to see your art work on here. Xx

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  5. Well done Moya, great card for this months theme.
    Hugs
    Amanda xx

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  6. Congratulations on your win, Moya. Great example for the Challenge blog, too. ;~}

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  7. Lovely DT cards and a fabulous one from Moya too! xxx

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  8. Congratulations Moya on your win. Love the way you have combined so many stamps for this months card, great design x

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  9. Congratulations Moya on your win, I hope you had fun choosing your Clarity goodies. This is a beautiful example of mixed media, and just right for this month's challenge. x

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  10. Congratulations on your win & a great design for the Feb Challenge from you Moya. Lovely to read about your crafting journey...you hit the nail on the head too - it's all about enjoying what you do and having fun doing it.
    Have a lovely evening xxx

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  11. Love your card , Moya, especially the teal (?) and brown. Look forward to following your blog !

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  12. Hello Moya, lovely card and such inspiration from all of the DT and the challenge entries too. I am really enjoying being a part of this lovely community! Xx

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  13. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments. Hopefully my blog will be up and running very soon. What a lovely display of cards from the DT and all the entries for February - each one so inspirational ...xx

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  14. Beautiful array of inspiration from you all.Another great challenge.Hugs Debbie xxx

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