xx Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog - your comments are all greatly appreciated xx


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Seasons

Welcome to October where the leaves are starting to fall off the trees and the darker nights are starting to rear their ugly head.  It's miserable without some sunshine isn't it?


As we've just entered Autumn we thought a good challenge would be to focus on "The Seasons" and with four of them to choose from we hope to get a variety of projects.  Why not pop over to the Clarity Stamp Challenge where you can see the rest of the design teams inspirational projects and our guest designer, Susan White, who was the winner of challenge 18.

My thoughts behind this card were to try and bring all of the seasons onto one card creating a scene for each.  As you can see the tree follows through all of the scenes and changes its appearance according to the season.  I hope you get some inspiration from my project.

Materials used:
Stamp - meadow dance
Stamp - small swing
Stamp - deerscape
Stencil - sunshine
Mask - cloud
Adirondack ink - stonewashed, cloudy blue, mountain rose & sunshine yellow
Archival ink - black

Have fun with this challenge and we look forward to seeing your entries.

xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx

Monday, 1 September 2014

Filigraphy Dolphins

Welcome to a new month and a new challenge over at the Clarity Stamp Challenge.

Where did August go?  I blinked and it was gone!  Now either I'm getting older and losing my marbles (no comment) or time is genuinely going quicker each month.

I saw a post on facebook the other day and they were actually counting down to Christmas.  I haven't even started thinking about Christmas yet let alone making cards or plans or anything.  I bet there are plenty of crafters out there that start in the new year and set themselves a target each month aren't there?  You put me to shame!!!

By the wonders of modern technology when you read this post I will be sitting on the beach in Cyprus soaking up the sun, hopefully with a glass of something cool in my hand.  On second thoughts I'll probably be fast asleep still when the challenge goes live.

The challenge this month is all about "Nature", so you can take your pick whether you use your animal stamps, leaves, trees or any of the stencils within the Clarity collection.  Why not go to town and create something 3D or paint a canvas.  We would love to see your nature creations and you could also win a £50 voucher if you are randomly selected as our winner at the end of the month.  I bet you like the sound of that one don't you?

Here's my card for inspiration:

Materials used:
Archival ink - black
Acrylic paint - titanium white, lemon yellow
ultra marine and emerald

If you've never tried using the gelli plate you're missing out on a technique that creates backgrounds for your stamping, but be warned it's very addictive!!!  I'm sure you've seen Barbara using the gelli plate at the shows, on the TV, on her blog or during her YouTube videos.  Check them out for more inspiration as this technique gives you another use for your stencils too.

xx Happy crafting xx

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


Good morning crafters, how are you this morning?

Today I'm bringing you one of my samples from the August Clarity show on Create and Craft.  If you didn't see the show you can check out the Clarity Challenge blog to see what products were included.

When I saw these stamps they immediately reminded me of a stained glass window, so with my Clarity stash at hand I started to bring this together.  This set is very versatile and lends itself to many occasions.

Stamp - funky foliage
Sentiment - word chain 4
Stencil - sun arch
Stencil - tangle
Adirondack inks - lemonade, sunshine yellow & butterscotch
Archival ink - black

I hope I've given you some inspiration with my project today.

Don't forget you still have time to enter the Clarity Challenge for August which has a feminine theme. You could be the winner of a £50 voucher if your name is randomly pulled out of the hat!  What have you got to lose?

xx Happy crafting xx

Friday, 1 August 2014

Haberdashery Shop

July was a great month with lots of crafting amongst good friends.  I went to the Crowborough retreat with Barbara Gray along with another couple of design team members and we had a great time.

Last Saturday was the one year anniversary of my Peterborough Clarity workshops.  We celebrated in style covering the tarmac technique and then all went out for a meal afterwards.  Thanks to my ladies and Matt for a great year and to Steve, Hazel and Mark for helping me.

If you're interested in coming along the details are below, we'd love to have you join in the fun.

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Wollaton, Nottingham

Contact Details
Blog - Sazzle Craft
Email - claritystampersEM@hotmail.co.uk

Dates (Peterborough)
Saturday 27th September
Saturday 25th October
Saturday 29th November

10.00 - 16.00


Dates (Nottingham)
Saturday 9th August
Saturday 11th October
Saturday 8th November
Saturday 13th December

10.30 - 16.00


It's the start of a new challenge over at the Clarity Challenge Blog so why not pop over there and check out the design teams artwork?

The theme for August is "FEMININE".  This is your chance to really get in touch with your feminine side whether it be flowers or the new elegant lady stencils.  Barbara has shown us so many techniques on the Clarity YouTube channel and on her blog.  There must be something that you're dying to try!

Are you feeling lucky? Well that £50 Clarity gift voucher could be yours if you win. Here's my artwork for inspiration:

Stamp - Tailors dummy
Stamp - Swirl from birdcage set
Distress inks - victorian velvet, vintage photo and antique linen
Die - deckled rectangle
Mirri card
Embroidery thread

This was a real labour of love and even required the woodwork skills of my other half Mark too.  He made the shelve unit and the cotton reels.  

Have fun with the challenge!

xx Happy crafting xx

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A Change in the World

Pinch, punch it's the first of the month!!!

Now we're into July the sun should be shining and we should be out in the garden enjoying the sunshine, but what are we doing?  Staying inside, keeping out of the torrential rain and even switching the central heating on.  Has someone told the powers that be that it's summer? Fingers crossed for a late one!

On Saturday I ran my monthly Clarity workshop in Peterborough where we got our brayers and gelli plates out.  The ladies had great fun and there was plenty of laughter too.  Crafting is so much fun especially when you share it with friends and all of my ladies (and one gent) certainly enjoy themselves as well as bringing cakes and biscuits to enjoy during the day.

If you are interested in attending monthly workshops in the Peterborough or Nottingham areas please have a look at my "workshop" page for more details and I'd love to meet you and have you join in with the Clarity fun.

It's the start of a new challenge over at the Clarity Challenge Blog so why not pop over there and check out the design teams artwork?

It's a popular one this time with the theme of "ANYTHING GOES".  It's great because you're not limited to what you can use, apart from Clarity products of course, and you could even try those techniques you've been wanting to try for ages or something new that you've just learnt.
Whatever style you like or whichever stamps or stencils you use, we can't wait to see what you create.
Are you feeling lucky? Well that £50 Clarity gift voucher could be yours if you win. Here's my artwork for inspiration:
Sentiment - be the change
Stamp - leaf set 1
Stencil - leaf 1
Adirondack inks - citrus & latte
Dylusions inks - melted chocolate,
cut grass & pure sunshine
Gilding flakes - variegated copper
The background has been made using pearlescent card, dylusion inks and a roll of kitchen paper with masks made from the stencil and the leaf set to match.  Have you tried using gilding flakes yet?  Just a word of warning.  Don't try it in front of an open window!  For ease of use empty the contents into a larger container.
Have fun wth the challenge!
xx Happy crafting xx

Sunday, 1 June 2014


WOW this year is flying, I can't believe it's June already!!

May was a memorable month with our Clarity design team holiday in France.  Great friendships were formed and crafting techniques learnt.

The gites were absolutely stunning and reaped in history, we even had our own ghosts.

Here are my two room mates and car buddies, Kelly Ketteringham and Amanda Branston.

And here is the fabulous room we stayed in.
The mess was all Kellys!!!!

We didn't all share one bed though and I got the one in the corner.
I even got the proper hotel service courtesy of Mel and Jayne
whilst they were having a tour.
What do you think to the swan they left me?

We visited some lovely towns and an artisan village where we
watched them going back to basics.
Dave loved it, but then I think we all did too!

We drank plenty of wine

and even managed to stay on the correct side of the road, well at
least some of us did!!!!!

Now we're back to the UK and reminiscing about our week away....


The first of a new month always means one thing, it's challenge time over at the Clarity Challenge Blog. Why not pop over there and check out the design teams artwork?  

Male cards are the one thing I think we all dread aren't they?  So hopefully we've made your job a bit easier and the men in your lives will receive gorgeous pieces of artwork from you.

Are you feeling lucky?  Well that £50 Clarity gift voucher could be yours if you win.  Here's my artwork:

Materials used:

The background was created using shaving foam and Dylusions inks, but you can use re-inkers and many other products to add your colour.  Have you tried this technique before?  It's great fun!!  There are plenty of videos on YouTube.

xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx