Anything goes

01/07/2015 — 16 Comments

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Hi there,

Well another month has flown by yet again.

Super artwork all the Clarity Crafter who took part in last months Challenge.

This month the theme is anything goes, cannot wait to see your creations.

I have to confess that due to holidays and then picking up a particularly nasty bug I was very short on time, so I hope you

will forgive my simple project and less detailed blog this month.

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Assemble the coaster box, as per the instructions. (2 minutes).

Using a cut down piece of sponge coat the coasters and the box with black gesso.

Don’t forget the inside and underneath the box and both sides and the sides of the coasters ( 10 minuted Max)

Next using the essential talc or antistatic pad wipe over all the coasters and front of box.

Using your versamark and whatever your theme or favourite Clarity Stamps are stamp them with the versamark

and heat emboss. Paint in you stamped images with mica powders or in my case some very old mica paints

Allow everything to dry. Spray with a heat resistant varnish.

I told you it was simple.

Hope you like them, don’t forget to let me know.

And remember Barbara is on Create and Craft this Sunday at 9.

.Bye for now.


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Hi there,

Another month has come and gone. Life is a bit crazy around here, seems to be this years


I just want to thank everyone who entered last month’s Clarity Challenge, I do hope you all enjoyed yourselves, we loved seeing your lovely creations.

Congratulation to the winner and the top 5, choosing is so very hard.

Well this month’s Challenge is Boys, the inspiration from my teamies is super. I am really looking

forward to seeing what all of you make. I think making things for men, can be difficult at times.

As you will know by now for those of you  who have been following my blog. I am a member of the Clarity Stamp Gold Club.

That means each month, I receive a new stamp and stencil, a newsletter and a project or two for each of the items. I curl up with a nice cup of coffee, enjoy the newsletter and then learn something new from Barbara or refresh a technique I have forgotten about. Really look forward to receiving them. Check out details of becoming part of the club here

Great time to join as there is also a members only sale on till the end of June.

So when the fish stencil arrived, I decided I just had to use it.

Well here goes.

Take a canvas Board, tape the fish stencil into place, spread grunge through the stencil, remove and let dry.

Paint the raised areas of the fish with mica powder mixed with a little water. It needs to be gloopy in texture, so it sits on the raised areas and does not run. Tap on rather than paint, so a richer coverage. Paint in the background fish shape.

Next stamp the little fishes (tropical fish set)  and the seaweed (leaf from the dandelion stamp),  and the bubbles using archival inks. It must be archival

ink as the water from the mica paint will make the stamped image run, if it’s not.

Paint in the fish and the sea around them all with a thin mica paint, two blues in this case.

Allow to dry, then using versamark, triple emboss with clear ultra think embossing powder, for the water effect.

I wish I could show the life it has as the micas shimmer under the triple embossing. Simple, fun , but I like it and hope you do too.


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Thanks for reading my blog I hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing you around. Bye for now.


Hi there,

I just wanted to say hi and thank all those who are following my little blog and share a little thought with you.

Life is am amazing thing, this month has been another crazy one, a communion, a baptism, birthdays,  surgery, illness etc.

You know when life throws everything at you. Well I have to say, when that happens I am reminded that every moment counts, don’t know what could happen in the next.

So I thought I would share one of these very happy moments with you. This is

just a simple photo, a moment when my grandaughter and I, now 5 month’s old shared a moment of happiness and true communication, hopefully many more to come.

So grab those moments and enjoy them anyway you can.

Bye for now.



Craft O’Clock

01/05/2015 — 22 Comments

April 2015 Clock Challenge


Welcome to this month’s Clarity Stamp Blog Challenge.

The theme is clocks, this is my take on the challenge and I hope you like it.

Don’t forget to drop in and see all the lovely art created by the design team at

Please also have a look at the wonderful creations the Clarity Crafters made for last month’s challenge.

Thanks to all who entered the Challenge, hope you enjoyed it and to the winner and top 5, congratulations.

Don’t forget Barbara is on Create and Craft this weekend. I will be watching, hope you will be too.

For this clock I started with one of the large square canvas, I marked the centre and drilled a hole

for the hands to come through.

Next I painted it with blue metallic paint and left dry. Then using paper arty crackle I spread a layer of it over sections of the painted canvas. I left it dry for a few minutes, then painted over with white acrylic pain. I have to say

I have tried using several products for creating a crackle effect but this is fantastic.

Next I stamped the broken line, which I thought looks like stitching from the journaling set all round the edge of the canvas. The ovals from the numbers set, I only used 4 as I did’nt want it too cluttered.

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I then stamped in the numbers, let dry and used glossy accents to highlight them.

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I then stamped the craft o’clock from the letter kit.

Next I stamped and coloured in with distress inks, embossed others from

the re-mountable sets. They are so useful, love them.

So from stitching, to writing, cooking to gardening and flower arranging, then onto family time and painting

all covered in these sets.

I also used the girl from the mother and girl stencil, masking off the umbrella, as

for around 9 o’clock as this is usually the last of family time in the evening.

I then added the clock mechanism.

It was finished.

I have included a photo below of everything I used and hope you have enjoyed the step by step.

Let me know what you think and I hope to see your creation soon.

What I used

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April 2015 Clock Challenge

Bye for now.


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Hi there,

Still in the land of the living, just.

It’s been another busy month, sorry I have not posted more. I will make up for it.

I was away for a few days and hiding out from the sun. We popped into Lidl for a few bits and there

was a lonely box of pastels sitting in one of the wire bins. It called

out to me for for a few euro I said why not.

I know it is a bit of a scribble and a bit rough. But I thought I

would share my little play with them.

Lots of practise needed, but being a red head I do have to take shelter from

took much sun, so guess what I will be doing during the holidays.

Do pop in and say hi. Sometimes I think I am writing this blog only for myself.

Bye for now.


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Hi there,

Hope you had a super Easter Weekend.

This evening I was inspired, by Barbara Gray’s you tube video, which she does every tuesday.

You can see it here.

So I decided to make a little canvas and give debossing on the canvas with my grand calibur a go.

It worked, not as deep as the ebosser I would think.

I used the grey plate, the embossing mat and the rasberry plate, if you would like to give it a go.

The background was a little pan pastels and the Man and child are from the

Wheelie Man and boy Stencil.

The Love is stamped from one of the word chains, No 3 I think, with black archival.

Don';t forget to let me know what you think of my little experiment.

Happy crafting and bye for now.


Happy Easter

05/04/2015 — 1 Comment

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Just a quick little post to wish all my followers a very Happy Easter.

Has to be quick as I am cooking dinner today for some of my extended family.

I hope you have a wonderful day wherever you are and whoever you are with.

This was a little ATC I made nearly 2 years ago, and seemed perfect for today. Here is the link if you want more details

Happy Easter and bye for now.