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

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Rise and Shine

We're on a roll now, I'm in practice for the new year...

If you haven't read my previous blog posts, my new years resolution is to blog more.  I've got so much artwork in the archives that I'd love to share it with you and hopefully give you some inspiration for your projects.

I had great fun with this next project and it was definitely a case of needing to wash my hands afterwards, although even the Imperial Leather didn't move all of the ink!

The new cottage scene stencil is A4 in size and comes in two parts so that you can use either the 'inner' or 'outer' part.  You can see some more examples using this stencil in this post on the Clarity blog.  You don't have to use the whole of the stencil, you can use a small section of it to create your scene which makes it versatile indeed.

Materials used:
Stencil - cottage scene
Stencil - sunshine (7"x7")
Stamp - lupin (new design club stamp)
Adirondack ink - lemonade, sunshine yellow,
caramel, lettuce & stonewashed

As always, hope you enjoy my inspiration.

xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx

Sunday, 8 December 2013


Welcome to Sunday crafters!

I hope you're all safe after the horrendous weather this week in the UK.  Watching the news reports it must be horrendous for some people facing Christmas with the aftermath of a flooded home, it doesn't even bear thinking about does it?  My heart goes out to them.

On a lighter note I've got a card for you today that was shown on C&C to promote one of the new stamp and stencil sets from Clarity.  I chose to try the technique that Barbara herself discovered, which has brought a new use for a stencil.  If you want a step-by-step on how this technique is done please pop over to Barbara's blog.

Materials used:
Stencil - chrysanthemum (7"x7")
Archival ink - black
Coloured with promarkers

The trick with using fibres is to ensure that you have a really hot iron, a travel iron is perfect.  Another tip is to remember to cover the film and fibres with a sheet of wax or greaseproof paper so that the iron doesn't stick to them as it's a fairly lengthy job trying to get it off the iron.  I know because I've done it!!!

xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Oriental Scene

Welcome to December, where did the year go eh?

I think I already have my new years resolution which is to blog more frequently. Now this may involve learning how to do it in my sleep but I will find a way to show you more of my Clarity artwork as there is so much in the archive not yet shown.  So watch this space....

As you all know by now the first of the month is when we launch a new challenge over at the Clarity challenge blog and the theme for December is "SCENE BUILDING".

Here's my inspiration for the challenge:

Materials used:
Stamp - Asia set
Stamp - pagoda
Stamp - tree (from winter wonderland set)
Coloured with promarkers
Distress ink - bundled sage
Adirondack ink - stonewashed & sunshine yellow
Liquid pearls - lemon yellow

A top tip for those of you out there that have just gone "I can't do that".  Take a piece of copy paper, look at your Clarity stamps, stencils and masks and start playing.  Here are a few points that may help you:

  • for sky either use the cloud mask or make your own out of a piece of copy paper
  • for hills either use the landscape mask or tear a piece of copy paper
  • bushes, grass, fence posts etc can all be made out of a tree stamp (very versatile)
  • if you only want to use part of a stamp use clever masking
I hope these few tips help you and I look forward to seeing your artwork in the challenge this month.

xx Happy crafting and glittery seasonal hugs xx