Monday, 29 April 2013

Spotlight on Sally Newick - Top 5 from Challenge 1


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We thought it would be nice to have spotlight posts throughout the month dedicated to the top 5 winners from challenge 1 "ANYTHING GOES".  We've already had four out of the five so here we are with the final one before we announce the new winner and top 5 from the current challenge "IN THE GARDEN".

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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 Sally's card which caught our eye because of the amount of work that has gone into creating this work of art.  It has been built up using dots to create a mosaic effect and looks very effective.  Maybe Sally and Barbara were on the same wavelength as the pointilism set was released shortly after this!


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


Thank you for sharing your crafting journey Sally



xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx


Monday, 22 April 2013

Spotlight on Lin Henson - Top 5 from Challenge 1


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We thought it would be nice to have spotlight posts throughout the month dedicated to the top 5 winners from challenge 1 "ANYTHING GOES".  We've already had the first three of our spotlight posts, so here we are with number four.

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I've been crafting in one form or another since I can remember.  As a child I loved colouring and 'making things' and later cake decorating.  

About 5 years ago I was on holiday with my sister and her family.  My 2 nieces wanted to do a morning workshop which also gave us a chance to do some stamping and colouring.  That was it, I'd found the 'grown up' way to enjoy crafting!  I purchased a Christmas stamp and a few pens from a local craft shop, which sold Clarity stamps, and set to making Christmas cards for family and friends.  That was it, I was hooked!

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Here's Lin's card which we loved because of the depth she's added to it, die cutting different sized apertures leading to the quirky cottage at the end.  The foreground of trees is the entrance to the woods which continue on your journey throughout.


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

Thank you for sharing how you became a Clarity stamper Lin.

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xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx



Thursday, 18 April 2013

Clarity Take Two


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Well we had another Clarity first on Tuesday 16th April! Maria Simms appeared on Create and Craft to bring us a mid month twist on the delights of Clarity Stamp in her own delectable style.


Who was watching?  I had a bit of a disaster as my Sky box decided it didn't want to play fair so didn't record it!!!!  You can imagine my despair when I got home to find nothing can't you.  Anyway thanks to modern technology and help from my friends I installed the Create and Craft app onto my iPad and watched the show so didn't miss a thing.

Maria had great fun with Dean didn't she?  There was a fair bit of giggling going on wasn't there, but we saw some great techniques from Maria and a couple of brilliant demos.  Here are the cards she made:


Maria has included a tutorial for this box card on her blog
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Here's a reminder of the stamps used in the show:

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Maria will be back on our screens for another "Clarity Take Two" in May so keep watching out for the date. Hopefully with all of your support we can make this is a regular show each month and of course use all of the inspiration that Maria gives us to help use all of our Clarity stamps.

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Barbara will be back on Create and Craft on Saturday 4th of May with the "In the Classroom" shows and lesson 16 and then again on Sunday 5th May some more delights and inspiration.  If you haven't got your stamps and tools ready for lesson 16 and lesson 15 (part 2) yet, here's the blackboards to help remind you.

 

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For those of you that were waiting for the larger Gelli plate we've had confirmation that the 8" x 10" is now in stock so with free postage and packaging throughout April you'd be daft not to pop over to the Clarity website and have a look wouldn't you?  There's also all the acrylic paint and card to go with it so you can get playing straight away.




xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx



Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Spolight on Chris Hearn - Top 5 from Challenge 1


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We thought it would be nice to have spotlight posts throughout the month dedicated to the top 5 winners from challenge 1 "ANYTHING GOES".  We've already had the first two of our spotlight posts, so here we are with number three.

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Hi, I'm Chris and I live in East Malling a few miles from Maidstone in Kent.  I've been married for 40 years and have 2 wonderful children and 2 even more wonderful grandchildren.

I'm interested in all types of craft and have made things since I was a child.  I didn't start card making until 9 years ago until my daughter Caz made her own wedding invitations and I thought "that looks fun" so caught the bug.  I always laugh when people say "how lovely, you must save so much money making your own cards".  Yeah right, like everyone else I spend so much on craft stash, I may have each crafty make down to less than £50 each by now!  I don't have a particular style as it depends on what mood I'm in and what sort of card I'm making.  I do like to try new things and experiment too.

I have more time on my hands since retiring a couple of years ago and now make cards regularly. My daughter and I were commissioned last Christmas to make all of the stationery for a friends daughters wedding.  It's very nerve racking making something for a paying client, but despite weeks of work, blood, sweat and tears we really enjoyed the experience and luckily the bride and bride's mother loved what we produced!  Just one problem, after spending days making 80 Order of Service complete with inserts for the prayers and the hymns, the bride's mother forgot to take them to the church.  I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when she told me; my first thought was, that's 3 days of my life I shall never get back!

I love Clarity stamps and particularly Barbara's style of card making.  I can't remember when I became  aware of Clarity but it must have been from watching the shows on Create and Craft.  I'm a member of the New Design Club and always look forward to receiving my monthly stamp, project sheet and newsletter.  This year I'm determined to improve my brayering skills by attending my third Cowden workshop, I just love going each year, such a fun relaxed atmosphere and it's always good to catch up with some 'old' friends who are also regulars at the workshops.  I do, however, need to have a word with Dave this year and tell him to place a 'ban from the van' order on me as I spend far too much money.

My other love is golf so if the weather is good you'll find me on the golf course instead of in my craft room.

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Here's Chris's bicycle card using her favourite stamp and lovely subtle misty shading in the background to create her scene.  Of course we can't forget that sentiment can we?  I wonder who came up with this one?  Barbara by any chance?



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


Thank you for giving us an insight into both your life and crafting background Chris!



xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Ally Pally Antics


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Barbara and the Clarity Stamp entourage are still on tour and this weekend they're at Ally Pally, or for those new to crafting that's Alexandra Palace in London.

Kim Dixon posted a brilliant picture on facebook yesterday as a reminder where to find Barbara and the gang as they are directly underneath the rose stained glass window.  We bet you won't miss them after seeing this!


Doors open at 10.00 this morning and you'll have until 16.00 this afternoon to fill your bags with all those crafting goodies as well as your heads with inspiration.

Maria Simms will be on the Clarity stand along with Barbara so you get 2 for the price of 1 this weekend and I'm sure the Gelli plate will be making an appearance too!

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Clarity "take two" will be coming to our screens on Tuesday 16th April at 11.00 with the first mid month show where Maria will be bringing us her own take on Clarity.

Now we all know that she is a very talented lady and I'm sure we will all be there to support her won't we?  We'll be bringing you another update after the show as we're sure there will be some stories to tell as her presenter is Dean Wilson!  Good luck Maria

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Here's a reminder of the free postage and packing throughout April from Clarity Stamp, now who can resist that?  Why not pop over to the website and have a look around.  They've got the adhesive sheets for the next "In the Classroom" on offer too!

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We hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and hope you get some crafty time.




xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx








Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Spotlight on Linda Barton - Top 5 from Challenge 1


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We thought it would be nice to have spotlight posts throughout the month dedicated to the top 5 winners from challenge 1 "ANYTHING GOES".  We've already had the first of our spotlight posts, so here we are with number two.


Hello, my name's Linda and I'm a Clarity addict!

I've always been a bit crafty and resourceful I suppose.  I remember my earliest crafty make was born out of wanting a dog (read on, all will become much clearer!)  As I was the youngest of three children with both Mum and Dad working they didn't think the time was right for us to have a dog. So, undetered I made myself a dog which was modelled on Dougal from the Magic Roundabout!  Clarity fans of a certain age will remember Magic Roundabout; younger fans may need to Google it!  Anyway my Dougal had long fur made of electric blue wool (what else?) and, so that I could take it a walk up and down the garden, I attached it to one of my roller skates, I made a lead and voila!  I had a dog that walked - sort of!  I was in my twenties at the time (only joking, I must have been 7 or 8).

When I was older I was given a tapestry kit for Christmas so I was hooked on that for a while.  I also loved sewing, making curtains, cushions and sometimes clothes.

I've always been interested in art, having absolutely no drawing or painting skills, but admiring others that have this talent and over the years have spent many a happy hour wandering around art galleries.

My love of Clarity stamps didn't take off straight away as I wasn't really a stamper.  I remember seeing Barbara on Create and Craft demo'ing a card with a ship, an anchor and a lighthouse.  I hadn't seen anything like it before and was amazed when she got her brayer out and a beam of light seemed to appear from nowhere on the card.  I loved the perspective of the ship coming towards you and the beam of light coming from the lighthouse against the dark sky.  That was art to me!  I still wasn't tempted to buy as I knew it was beyond me to achieve something like that.  I saw a few more demo's over the following months and heard Barbara say on one show that Clarity was based quite near Crowborough.  This just happened to be where my Dad came from and also where I'd spent many a happy summer and Christmas holiday, staying with grandparents who lived in that area.  I liked the idea of supporting a company that was local to where my lovely Day came from!  So, with that odd connection and the fact that there were no other stamp designs like Clarity, I took the plunge and bought the large peace stamp, Christmas window and miniatures set.

That was the start!  Since then, and over time, I've gone through quite a bit of copier paper and card, but I've learnt so much about stamping and art techniques (colouring, shading, dimension, perspective etc) particularly from Barbara's TV shows and especially with the classroom shows.  I love the quality and design of Clarity stamps and really like the fact that some of the designs are in different sizes so that you can get perspective if you are picture building.  I'm in the New Design Club and have been slowly building up my collection of stamps over the last couple of years.  I would also say, without a doubt, joining in the challenges and sending in homework has helped me, as I find that 'doing it' is really the best way to learn.  The mistakes you make, the paper and card you screw up and throw away is all part of the fun!

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Here's Linda's work of art and we can see that she has certainly been paying attention in class can't we?  All of the different techniques that she's included has produced a masterpiece, we think you'll agree.


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

Thank you for giving us an insight into your crafting background Linda and for the trip down memory lane!


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xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Clarity Marathon


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What a great weekend this has been, not only have we had Barbara on our TV screens on both Saturday and Sunday but we've had a glimpse of sunshine as well.  Maybe not at it's hottest yet, but it's a start!

Who was watching the shows today?  I was there, were you?  I was a bit confused when I sat there just before 9am, in my onesie my cuppa by my side and my bowl of porridge in my hand, expecting to see Dean and then the lovely Hayley Green appeared, but it was a great show full of loads of inspiration as usual.

Then this afternoon we had the pleasure of Nigel's company.  What do you think of his beard?  I think he looks rather fetching with it!  Although at the moment that they saw Lynne Hammonds card that Dean's humour had crept onto the set.  For those that haven't seen it yet, I won't spoil it but you'll have a good laugh in the 2pm show.

WOW the new kid on the block, the Gelli plate, sold out.  Hands up who bought one after seeing what is can do.  Doesn't it produce some gorgeous effects?

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Here's one of the samples that Barbara made at the NEC

And another to show the aperture with a small piece of card
to stamp your scene inside

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Here's a reminder of the stamps used in today's programmes along with a couple of samples:

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Kelly Ketteringham


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Please let us know what you thought about the show, how you've got on with the new techniques Barbara has shown you and what you think to the new stamps.



xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx