Love-Life is never going to be long enough


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Hi there,

As you know this month’s theme at the Clarity Challenge Blog is Love.

I have been very inspired by this month’s design club sentiment stamp and stencil and

have combined the stamp and parts of the stencil here.

Hope you will join in this month’s Challenge and enjoy this inspiration.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment.



Pan Pastels-learning by experimenting


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Hi there,

Just a quick blog.

I have had some pan pastels for a while and have played with them a few times. Yesterday afternoon I  had some me time and decided to play around like them on a canvas.

It’s far from perfect, but I relaxed and enjoyed it and learnt a lot.  So for me it was a success. I still have lots to learn and am looking forward to it.

Well better get the dinner on. Hope you enjoy it.

Bye for now.


Love- well its the month for it


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Hi there I was saving this till later in the month, but decided that now was the time to

blog it.

The central element is a Clarity Stencil from January’s and I will blog a step by step if you would like me to, just let me know.

Hope you like it and it gives you some inspiration.

Bye for now.




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Hope it’s a good one for you.

Last month we had an amazing number of entries to the Challenge blog, thanks to everyone who took part.

The Calender Challenge was super, and a great number of entries for the start of this Challenge too.

The 1st of the month, so that means a new Challenge at the Clarity Stamp Blog Challenge, this month’s theme is love.

Hope to see you taking part in either of both Challenges. Don’t forget to see all by tan mates creations at

This is my little card and I hope you like it.

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Stamps are:—Unmounted-Clear-Stamp—Unmounted-Clear-Stamp-Set

Stencil is:

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Take a 6 x 6 inch white card blank. Dust with an anti-static pad.

Using versamark stamp you image onto the centre of the card, cover with gold embossing powder and heat from underneath to get a smooth embossed image.

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Place the outer part of the stencil over the image making sure to position exactly and tape in place using low tack masking tape. Stamp your little images with black archival.

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I blended some of the red brick distress ink over the blending mat. Distress inks will bubble if you don’t blend them I then very gently sweeping from the sides brushed on the ink. Gently does it. Blend from the sided in to help give a fuller effect to the heart.

I next blended a little cloudy blue to the edges of the heart again to give some shadow again for that rounding effect. I then removed the stencil and very lightly used a soft pencil on the outer edges of the heart for shadow.

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Finally I used the ornate corner in each corner, using the same gold embossing powder, and coloured in the letters with a black distress pen and the inner heart with the red brick distress pen.

If you have any questions just leave me a message, love if you would leave me a comment.

Bye for now.


Say it with Flowers Part 2

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Hi there,

Welcome to my 2 nd make for this month’s Clarity Blog Challenge which is say it with flowers.

We hope that the Clarity Team’s 2nd projects inspire you to join in. The Winner get a £50 voucher and it is good fun. Hope you see you there.

The link to the Challenge is

Here is my step by step if you would like to give this card of something similar a go.

Remove the white clarity sheet and keep to one side. Then stamp the double sided Clarity adhesive sheet with the poppy stamp and an archival ink Recover the stamped image with the white wax sheet.

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Turn the sheet over and carefully with a craft knife  score the brown sheet to make a sun, mountain and to trace around the flowers of the stamped image.

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Taking single section at a time, and using perfect pearls and a soft make up brush, brush the perfect pearls over the exposed glue.

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This is what it looks like after the background has been covered.

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In this case I brushed biscuit to highligh certain areas of the poppies where the light would hit it and a little blue for the shady areas. I also used a darker green on the small shoots.

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Next I rushed mandarin onto the flowers and gently rubber the back of the work with a soft tissue.

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Then i turned the artwork around removed the white wax paper and placed carefully the acetate sheet over the  the front of the piece.

I then mounted it on a piece of white clarity silk card and unto a

white 8 by 8 inch card.

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The Poppy stamp,perfect pearls, adhesive sheet and acetate sheet are available at

the Clarity Website at

Bye for now.


Say it with Flowers

Hi there, good morning and Happy New Year to all.

This month’s Clarity Challenge is Flowers. I hope to some of your beautiful creations.

Drop in to the challenge blog and see my wonderful team mates creations. Don’t forget the winner get a £50 voucher and it is great to challenge yourself.

This is the website

My card this month is a very simple one.

I used the rose stencil and put versamark through it with a sponge. I then heat embossed with white powder and coloured with pan pastels.

Simple but effective I think. I love it it’s so delicate.

I hope you like it and I look forward to sharing lots some crafting with you this year.

Bye for now.


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Merry Christmas from our home to yours

Hi everyone,

Merry Christmas.

Sorry I have not I have not posted much this month, but have been unwell. Feeling a bit better now and hopefully on the mend.

I want to say thank you all those of you who have followed me this year and say thanks you so much.

Here are a few Christmas Cards, quick ones, I made this week and hope you enjoy them.


I wish you all a healthy, happy Christmas and New Year.

See you soon and bye for now


A Christmas Story


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Hi there,

Sorry I have been unable to blog for a few weeks, but we have been having a little bit of a crazy time here.

Luckily things appear (touch wood) to be settling down at last. I am so happy to be able to get back to crafting.

Well today is the 1st December, and this month’s new Clarity Challenge is a Christmas Story, so hopefully you will join in all the fun and I will see your lovely creations. Remember a £50 voucher is the 1st prize.

Drop into see the inspiration from my Blog Design Team mates, they really lovely.

I also want to wish you and your family and loved ones and very healthy, happy and peaceful Christmas.

Thanks for all your wonderful messages and support this year.

Bye for now.


Stencils-and playing around



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Hi there and good morning.

Well yet again another month has raced by, hope it was a good one for you, been a bit of a crazy one for me.

This month’s Clarity Blog Challenge is stencils and this is what I decided to make at the last minute.

Have you dropped in from the Clarity Blog Challenge site and seen all the super projects by my team mates, if not here is the link, go on have a look, lots of super inspiration there.

Remember to take part and I can’t wait to see what you make.

Also pop in and see all the wonderful entries from last month.

Congratulation to all who took part and can’t wait to see what coming this month.

Well I hope you like my project and if you have any questions, just leave me a comment and I will be happy to get back to you.

Bye for now and happy crafting.


Shaped Cards-A fun card


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Good Morning everyone.

Congratulations to all who took part in last month’s Clarity Challenge. Such amazing projects.

Congratulations the winner and the top 5.

This months Challenge should be fantastic, just wait till you see what my Challenge team mates have come up with at

The Challenge this month is shaped cards. I had seen a cute Jean bum card and thought it might be something you would like and that you could make without a die cutting or electronic cutting machine.

Then I remembered that Barbara Gray had made a jean card in the project club, I think it is number 91, and she used difference colours. and a square card.For those of you who are part of the new design club, have a look.

So to begin. I drew a bum shape (forgive the pun) on copy paper and cut it out of a large piece of centuara pearl card folded in half. I placed the top on the jeans just over the fold so that the back and the front were cut together.

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Next I used the burlap from the Journaling stamp set


and VERY LIGHTLY, stamped the 3rd generation of ink onto the card using Denim, Stonewashed and cloudy skies. I then lightly brayered Denin

all over. The photo of what it look like after it was brayered has disappeared.

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Then I stamped the pockets,(  in the same way and brayered, to soften the stamping out and to give a soft chambray look to the Jeans, and cut them out.

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Following Barbara’s instructions I drew the seams in pencil and pierced them with

a piercing ruler and made in the stitching with a distress marker ( denim of course).

I then attached the pockets, using pinflair glue to give them dimension. I also made

the loops in the same way and shaped them to stand out from the card.

I was tempted to stamp one of the wee folk on the pockets, with his hands outspread,

more or less saying this big, but resisted. Too true for me.

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This picture, lets you see that the card will stand up on it’s own.

I finished it by stamping with Live Laugh, Love again from Clarity Stamps Limited.

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I do hope you have enjoyed the card and had a laugh, that was the idea.

Hope you have fun making one, and look forward to seeing your projects.

Bye for now.



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