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Hi there,

Well is the 1st of the month, yet again and the challenge this month at http://claritystampchallenge.blogspot.co.uk is Wee folk.

We had the hardest time picking the top 5 this month. You  must see the entries, amazing is the word, thank you everyone who entered.

Congratulations to the winner and top 5.

 Today here we had all four seasons, driving rain, blue skies, hailstones, lying more than an inch deep.

But as it is spring I wanted to do something colourful.

I hope you like it.

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Background colours and distress ink pens use to colour the tree and the flowers.

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A canvas board, and the one of the moon masks. gentle blending of the colours to create the sky.

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Grunge paste through the stencil and while still wet, carving the features into the tree.

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Brushes and mountain mask to create the mountains and the land.

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Wee folk sets 3 & 4 stamped with some of the colours used to create the background.

I also used the large toadstools and ferns for some perspective

The flowers, tree were all colours using the distress ink pens.

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A little subtle glitter on the wings and the moon and the scene was complete.

Wish I could show the twinkle in the photo.

Everything used is available on the Clarity Website,at http://www.claritystamp.co.uk

Well hopefully you will get a little inspiration from my project and the

beautiful projects from all the team.

Don’t forget a voucher for the Winner of £50.00, go on give it a go.

Can’t wait to see yours.

Good luck and by for now.

Naomi

With gratitude

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Hi there,

Well it has been another busy month, can’t believe that it’s nearly over.

Just a quick little post today, sharing a card I made this month. The stamps are Jofy, which I picked up on

my recent trip to the UK. They were painted in using some of my brushos.

Simple but effective and I used the with gratitude from the Clarity Stamps word chains.

Lots of Birthday and events with confirmations and communions, taking place here.

I love being part of a large extended family but it can get a little crazy when everything comes together.

Well off now to make a few more birthday card.

I just wanted to say thanks to my new followers.

Don’t forget tomorrow is the start of the new month’s Challenge on

the Clarity Stamps blog, just wait till you see some of the creations the DT have made they are beautiful.

Talk soon.

Naomi

Hi there, well, the super weekend continued with dinner with some of

the special people in my life. Lots of laughs.

Pete the wonderful husband of our friend Jane collected us early on Sunday morning and away we went to

Pink Tulip Creations in Warwickshire. a lovely craft shop and a super workshop. We received a lovely welcome and were spoilt all day the cups of coffee and encouragement. A few little crafting bits and bobs just happened to jump into my basket. Well that’s my story for hubby and I’m sticking to it.

Sunday’s project was the transformation of Candy Box Crafts Notelet box ( have another one to do, beautifully made.)

It has a hinged top, which open and storage for notelets/paper  and a separate section for pensetc

Here is a link to Karen’s blog for photos of the day

http://karenslittlegiftsandcards.blogspot.ie/2015/03/pink-tulip-and-candy-box_8.html

More workshops from Karen on this piece so I wont do a detailed step by step, hope you understand.

It was super and her design was just beautiful.

Here is my attempt, just the top of the box, picked up lots of tips, loved every minute.

Thanks Karen.

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Hi there,

Sorry I have not been around, 1st there was a super crafty weekend with some friends and then my husband and I had a little holiday.

Back to the drizzling rain and grey skies, the passports are still in my hand bag, I wonder why.

Well my sister-in-law Claire and I had hoped since last year to be able to get together with some of our crafting buddies, and good friends in the UK. So we were delighted to find that we could fly into the UK for not one but two crafty days and that some of our friends could make it too, So we are able to fly into Bristol without braking the bank, as the flights were reasonable.

To make it even better one of special crafting friends Karen Clare (Aka the clock lady) was giving the classes we could not have been more thrilled. Then the super Jane Barber and her very kind husband Pete, picked us up from the airport and drove us around all weekend. Karen’s Class on the Saturday was wonderful as were the lovely ladies who attended, they also made wonderful takes, brought a variety of chocolate treats and were a pleasure the spend the day with.

The Saturday class was based around brushos, and a candy box crafts Box, love those boxes, and so clear how to assemble them. Here is my little one and a link to Karen’s blog, http://karenslittlegiftsandcards.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/brusho-boxes-at-bristol.html

so you can see some of the others amazing creations and check out her workshops, highly recommended.

Then on to dinner with some of our friends and yet another day to look forward too.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment, I really appreciate it. Bye for now.

Naomi

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Hi there everyone,

Well another month has raced by and now colour in starting to return to my garden. It really lifts the spirits.

The pleasure I get each morning is wonderful, looking at the entries for each month’s Clarity Blog Challenge, thank you.

Congratulation to the winner, the top 5 and all who took part.

Well this month’s Challenge is anything but a card, can’t wait to see what you do, go on spread your wings try something new.

You just have to see what the DT blog team have come up with, mind blowing, so don’t forget to drop in and see all their creations.

If you have followed my little blog for a while you may have noticed a theme, I do love making cards but each month I have tried to show how you can use stamps and stencils to make all kinds of things. From candles, to decorating napkins, canvases, decorating book covers, making keepsakes boxes, jewellery, clocks, napkins, embellishments for cards or gifts and more. Everyone will have their favourites, but for me the idea is to show the versatility of what you may have already and encourage you to experiment.

So remembering everyone is on their own crafting journey. The Sharpies come in packs on 10 colours and can be picked up easily and cheaply. The stencil and stamps used are all from Clarity Stamps Limited.

I remembered seeing people use sharpie pens to decorate, plates and cups, so this month I thought that’s what I would do.

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Take one plain white cup from a chainstore. Using the Clarity poppy stencil, gently tape in place

over the cup, be careful because of the curve, not to spread the stenciltoo much. choose your colours and gently put the colour through

the stencil. If you are looking for perfect, forget it. I would also choose stencils that do not have large open areas.

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If you prefare to try using a stamp, stamp the image using archival ink, in my case black.

Steady hands are required you think glossy card is slippy, gently does it, try not to smudge, if you do, wipe off

immediately with washing up liquid and a little water, dry and try again.

Then take one of your selection of colours and add a little colour to your images.

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For this one, I used distress inks, just to see if they worked.

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When you have finished heat your oven to 170 degrees, place in items and bake for 30 minutes. Leave in the oven

until the oven has cooled.

The cups or plates etc, can then be hand washed, the colour will change slightly and a dishwasher will wash it off.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog, thank you and please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Don’t forget Barbara Gray is on C & C at 9 this morning, can’t wait to see what you all make for this months Challenge, see you there.

Bye for now.

Naomi

Doves and Sea

17/02/2015 — 17 Comments

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Hi there,

I have been playing with the canvas board from Clarity Stamps and thought I share a recent creation.

Would love to know your thoughts and what you see in it,

so if you get a chance let me know.

Bye for now.

Naomi

Emilia Keepsake Box

Good morning,

Hope you are all having a great weekend.

This morning I thought I would share not a valentine card but a keepsake box, I made

for my granddaughter Emilia. I can’t believe she is nearly 4 weeks old.

I hope her Mum will use this to put in her little treasures and that she will do the same as she get older.

It started life as a paper mache box and I have to say I’m pleased with it.

I am having a lot of fun with my fabric hardener powertex, so watch this space for more adventures.

Happy Valentines day, hope you have love in your life.

Drop in and leave me a comment if you get a chance.

Bye for now.

Naomi