Friday, 27 June 2014

Spotlight on Jane Scudamore - Top 5 from Challenge 15


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


I am a retired primary school teacher living in West Norfolk but originally grew up in various places in Gloucestershire and Bristol.

I have always enjoyed crafting and tried many different kinds over the years, including crochet, knitting, cross stitch and iris folding.  My first efforts at card making came from cross stitching and I also started to use stamps to add embossed greetings inside the cards.

Being a primary school teacher, card making and crafting with the children was a fun part of the curriculum especially for special days throughout the year.

When a craft shop opened in my local town I joined a weekly class with a friend and well everything exploded from that moment in time.

I discovered Clarity through watching Barbaras classroom sessions on the TV and also from visiting another local craft shop.  I did a workshop there with Maria Simms and also went on to meet Barbara herself and 'Kelly on the Telly'.  Several friends and I now have a regular craft session with Kelly.

A few friends and I started a monthly craft group who meet in our local village.  We now have about 15 members and happily share new skills and ideas.

Thank you Clarity for choosing me as one of your top 5, I was really thrilled!


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Here's Janes artwork where you can that she's had fun with her inks:


Jane 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, 21 June 2014

Spotlight on Barbara Lancaster - Top 5 from Challenge 15


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


Hello everyone.  I am honoured to have been picked again as one of the top 5.
It was only by chance that I first saw Barbara demonstrating on Create & Craft a few years ago and discovered the joys of Clarity stamping.  Now I can't imagine life without the support, encouragement and inspiration I get from the design team and all my Clarity friends.
I definitely have a craft Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy, which my husband Martin says is taking over the whole house!  I'm not very good at resisting the temptation of new crafting goodies.  He has the idea of converting the loft into a storage and work (play!) area for me.  As if that will stop me...  there are so many new techniques and things I want to try.  I dream of a future where I can spend more time creating art.

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Here's Barbara's creative artwork :


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


Thanks for sharing your crafting background Barbara!


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You don't have to miss out because you don't have a blog!

Send your entries to us at:

Claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com


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If you would like to find out more about the regular regional 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.  Why not subscribe to our blog and anything new will be sent out to you in an email.  That way you don't need to keep watching, you will be updated automatically.  You can also do the same on Barbara's blog too.  Check it out!

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(click the button above and we'll take you straight there)

Are you keeping up to date with the Clarity YouTube channel?  Do you want to be notified when a new video comes online? Then all you have to do is subscribe and sit back and wait to be emailed.  You can view them over and over again.  It's just like having Barbara in your very own craft space.





xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Monday, 16 June 2014

Spotlight on Shelagh Metselaar - Top 5 from Challenge 15


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



A great many thanks for selecting ‘My Words’ project as one of Top 5; to be chosen when there were so many lovely and inspiring entries is thrilling to say the least.

I began thinking about the challenge as soon as it was announced and I’m afraid it took me until more than halfway through the month to come up with my idea, although a little thing like a holiday did intervene. 

Whilst sifting through my collection of Clarity stamps, I remembered the Word Chains - Eureka! I also wished to use the Butterfly Collage stamp along with the Single Butterfly and the Journaling set and with these in mind, the old grey matter started working and the inspiration came from my previous life as a primary school teacher. One of my favourite topics was ‘Changes’ particularly life cycles as they inspired great Language, Science and Artwork and if I could combine all three in one then so much the better! You can now see where my idea was going. 

Having selected the words, the next challenge was how to incorporate each of them into a design. Ah - a book? No – an album? How about a star book/album? The fact that I had never made a star book before meant many sheets of copy paper later, a prototype was finally assembled. Onto the real thing then the stamping and inking – bliss!

Now it’s back to the drawing board or rather desk in craft room where thoughts turn to the ‘Masculine’ challenge.

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Here's are couple of pictures of Shelaghs fantastic star book:




Shelagh 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, 11 June 2014

Spotlight on Katrina Bufton - Top 5 from Challenge 15


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

Katrina Bufton

I was born and bred in Cornwall but now live in Burnham-on-Sea with my lovely husband Will and our loony cat Millie.  I work part time as a receptionist and run a card making club which meets twice a month.

I've been doing some sort of craft since I was a girl when my mum taught me how to knit.  Since I would by whichever wool was on offer, I made some "interesting" jumpers when I was a student.  I also dabbled briefly in candle making when I was a girl, melting the wax in a saucepan on my mums cooker.  I was making a pink candle one afternoon but thought the cerise was a bit bright so to tone it down I added some water to the molten wax.  Colour me surprised (and pink) when it exploded all over the kitchen.

After university I took up cross stitching and sometimes designed my own patterns, but when I started full time work I didn't have the time to craft much.  I took up card making in 2006 for two reasons; firstly I had spent several months recovering from arm injuries and was really bored, secondly I thought that the cards in the shops were getting way too expensive, so I thought I would save some money by making my own. Ha, ha!!!  I have now bought so much stuff I could stock a small craft shop.

When I started I had a few ideas but I was stuck for inspiration.  Luckily I found a new card making club that was being run above the local craft shop and I picked up lots of new techniques (thank you ladies, especially Paula and Heather).  I became firmly addicted to stamping though after I saw the first Clarity show on Create and Craft.  I was amazed at what Barbara could do with a piece of card and some ink, and I have watched every single show since.  Sometimes I'm even brave enough to have a go myself!

I was thrilled to meet Barbara at the Exeter craft show last September where she demo'ing gelli plate techniques, and then my mum and I got the opportunity to attend a Clarity workshop.  We had a brilliant day, we met some lovely people and had great fun playing with the gelli plate and all the fabulous stamps and stencils.  After only a little badgering my husband got me membership of the New Designs Club for my birthday (greatest present ever).

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Here's Katrinas artwork using the treescape stencil, look at how shiny the trees are!


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


Thanks for sharing your crafting background Katrina!


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You don't have to miss out because you don't have a blog!

Send your entries to us at:

Claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com


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If you would like to find out more about the regular regional 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, 7 June 2014

Spotlight on Julie Dunn - Top 5 from Challenge 15


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


The news that I'd been picked as one of the top 5 really cheered me up as I was feeling a bit low.   I love doing these challenges and adore what Clarity does.  I've always loved art and used to draw and paint a lot when I was a child entering plenty of competitions.

Although I left school with good grades in art I went into hairdressing, but carried on studying art via evening classes.  My family soon took over, but I've now found my passion in stamping and just love it.

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Here's Julies artwork using the new design stamp for May - the pocket:


Julie 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

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Winner and Top 5 - Challenge 15


For our current challenge "masculine" please click here.

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Last months challenge, It's All In The Words, showed us how you all love to use your words, sentiments and verses, even making your own using the versatile letter box kit too.

We've had quite a few newcomers to the challenge this month who we'd like to welcome along.  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.

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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:

Denise Shepherd


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

If you have a blog please make sure you grab

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Now onto our top 5
(in no particular order)

#17 Julie Dunn

#21 Barbara Lancaster

#46 Jane Scudamore

#52 Shelagh Metselaar

#55 Katrina Bufton

Congratulations to you all!

If you have a blog please make sure you grab




xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Challenge 16


Barbara's feet have hardly touched the floor this month with travelling to France with the design team for a week.  What a laugh that was!


 Then off to San Francisco for Marks graduation where Grace joined them too.


If you would like to catch up with Barbara's adventures, as well as her daily inspiration, you can read all about them on her daily blog.



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The Craft Awards are now open for 2014 for you to nominate your favourites in the craft world.  If you'd like to vote please click the picture below and it will take you there.


Remember last year?  Clarity and Barbara won the following awards:

Best Rubber Stamp Range

Overall Designer

Runner Up Presenter


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Barbara is back on our TV screens today, Sunday 1st June, between 9am and 11am with the Clarity show. For those of you on facebook, the Clarity fan page will be hosting a live chat so that you can chat with like minded people at the same time as watching Barbara.  Some of the design team will be on hand too if you wanted to join us.

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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 June:

Masculine
(using Clarity stamps ONLY)

With Fathers Day fast approaching we've decided to dedicate this challenge to the men in our lives.  It may be for a birthday, anniversary or just to say "I Love You".

We know a lot of people struggle making cards for men, so hope the Clarity stamp challenge design team have given you loads of inspiration to take part this month.

If you'd like to know which products have been used please visit their personal blogs by clicking on their names.

You could be the winner of this months £50 Clarity voucher.  Sound tempting?











(Guest Designer - winner from challenge 14)

As a full time Design Technology teacher to 13-18 year olds, crafting is my stress outlet and I'm not sure I could do the job without it.  I do love my job!  Through teaching graphic design and resistant materials to the students, I can be very creative and can inspire them to be creative. They love it when I bring in my crafty bits to teach them theory elements of their course such as embossing, die cutting and varnishing!  They’ve even used my letterbox stamp kit.  The job does rather get in the way though, I'd much rather retreat to my craft room in our converted loft than sit downstairs at the dining room table marking 90 pieces of Year 9 homework!

I’ve always been arty and went to study fine art and graphics at university.  Since uni I've carried on painting and drawing but it was only recently I discovered stamping and more importantly Barbara Gray.  I have been to the NEC twice and spent an awful lot of time just watching her and trying to learn as much as I can (I’m of course far too shy to say hello though!).  She's an excellent teacher and I'm slowly getting better with my stamps although I’m still mastering the art of the brayer but I absolutely love my gelli plate and playing around with stencils.  I am an avid follower of her blog and as a result have experimented with lots of new techniques.

I am into all sorts of craft though; I love sewing and knitting, making jewellery and more recently using my silhouette.  I’m lucky to have a laser cutter at school and I am able to design and then cut out anything I want from MDF to paint and stamp over.  I'm a member of a lovely local craft club and funnily enough they think I am a bit of a craft expert, particularly in stamping!  But of course I’m not at all and have still a long way on that journey to go.

I do hope you like my project and good luck with this challenge.

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Here's Ela'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 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 31st May (GMT) to enter.




xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx