Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Winner and Top 5 - Challenge 24


For our current challenge "Anything but a Card" please click here.

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What a lovely colourful selection of entries we had into last months "Floral" challenge.  It's so inspirational to see how everyone depicts the challenges, sometimes even using the same stamp or stencil but achieving such different looks.  We always love to see newbies enter the challenge and watching them grow, if you're one of the newbies, welcome to the challenge!

The design team enjoyed visiting your blogs and commenting on your artwork as well as reading about the making of them too.

As with every challenge we have great difficulty choosing our top five and this month is no exception again. The level of your crafting seems to have gone up a step and you are all exploring different techniques and styles.  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:

Angela France

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

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Now onto our top 5
(in no particular order)

#13 Pam Shelton


#15 Debbie Rock

#22 Cathy Bryant


#34 Kathy C




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Congratulations to you all!

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xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Sunday, 1 March 2015

March Show


For our current challenge "Anything but a Card" please click here.

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It's the first Sunday of the month so of course that means Barbara's on the TV - yeah!

Barbara had a real treat for us this morning with new editions to the wee folk range and they just fluttered out of the door, shortly followed by the other wee folk sets.  Aren't they great little characters?  We can't wait to see everyones artwork with them in, don't forget you can post them onto the Claritystamp facebook page.

If you'd like a reminder of what was on todays shows we've got all of the items 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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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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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.

We'd love to see your artwork on our

Facebook fan page

and entered into our challenges right here on the

Clarity blog

where our current challenge theme is:

Anything but a Card







xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Challenge 25


Welcome to March Clarity crafters!

Have you managed to secure your place on one of Barbara's workshops yet or are you attending one of the open days?  If you have booked your place already you're in for a treat from the lady herself with lots of techniques, tips and crafting fun.

Just a reminder that Barbara is on our TV screens later on Create and Craft between 09.00 and 11.00. As usual there will be a live chat on the Clarity facebook page whilst Barbara is crafting away on the TV.  Make sure you've got a cuppa ready and waiting so that you don't have to leave the sofa!


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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 March:

Anything but a Card
(using Clarity stamps/stencils ONLY)

Art is always diversifying and new techniques being used.  Clarity have gone from stamping and stencilling to mixed media and now canvases whilst still using basic techniques alongside new ones.

We thought we would give you the opportunity, through this challenge, to show us how you've diversified in your crafting and to share your artwork on different mediums apart from card.  You still have to use Clarity stamps, stencils and craft accessories but there's always plenty to choose from over on the Clarity website.  Why not check them out?

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!!

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Debbie Rock
(Guest Designer - winner from challenge 23)

Hello everyone … not too sure if I am enjoying my role as guest designer or finding it all way too stressful!  There was NO WAY I was EVER going to enter a challenge, so to find myself here now is somewhat of a surprise!  Ok, I have decided to let go any stress and just enjoy it!

I just turned 55 (EEK!!!!) at the beginning of February and have been married to the love of my life (apart from Donny Osmond!) for 36 years.  Hubby is ten years older than me and took early retirement at the end of 2013 so let’s just say 2014 has been a very challenging year indeed!  We decided very early on that we did not want a family but have been a pretty full on Auntie and Uncle as my sister had four boys in four and a half years (EEK again!!!) … We are a very close family and I love nothing more than large family gatherings around my table for Sunday lunch … exhausting but worth every moment.

I lost my mommy in 2006 and the grief hit me hard.  It was overwhelming and I did not leave the house very much for over five years.  Would be dragged out every 7-8 weeks or so but soon scurried back home.  For some reason the grief began to lift in the middle of 2012 and now there is no stopping me!  Very much back on track again! Not a single moment I don’t think of her, of course, and no idea quite why it all hit me so overwhelmingly as it did but, well, it did and I can’t go back and change that now but can continue to move forward and away from that dreadful period of my life.

I have been crafting in some way or another for as long as I can remember … taught to knit at a very young age by my grandmother and then every craft imaginable has followed.  I taught cake-decorating at night-school for a while and having dabbled in most crafts but I have to say I do love my “paper crafting” and it is a huge part of my life.  Cross-stitching, knitting and crochet are my other main passions.

Is all that too much information about myself?  Probably!  Just really wanted to try and explain that I don’t know where I would be without my crafting … there was that bleak, bleak time when I could not even look at a piece of card or an ink pad but then interest began to return and my craft cupboard became a lifeline … and now it is an every day part of my life and I wouldn’t change it for anything!  I love going along to the monthly Clarity workshops as often as I can and I enjoy working Clarity’s products into my style of crafting.  My style is not everyone’s cup of tea but I do feel any artwork or crafting should be a total reflection of the person doing it … sure, take inspiration from a particular make or brand but then just run with it and see where it leads you.

When I found out the theme for my piece should be “Anything but a Card” I was over the moon and the ideas began to flow … kinda, sorta!  A quick meltdown on Sazz’s shoulder soon put me right and she suggested I base it on one of my wooden hearts that I love to make and I knew instantly which stamp and stencil I wanted to use. Details are on my blog for anyone wanting to know more.

So I hope you like my contribution as guest designer … this whole experience has given me such a boost and it has been an honour to be a teeny-tiny part of the Clarity Challenge.  Thanks for having me.


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Here's Debbie'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 31st March (GMT) to enter.





xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx