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.


Bingo- a Challenge to use 3 or all items to craft


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Well I’m hoping Summer will finally arrive soon.

I have had the heat on here this week it’s been so cold.

Super creations for the July Challenge if you have not looked at them or taken part this month you have to have a look at

Well this month’s Clarity Blog Challenge is a very interesting on one.

It’s called Bingo. You can use all the items or any 3 in a row

vertically or horizontally.

Challenge 30

As I said interesting, well this is what I made, hope you like it.

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I started with the largest square Clarity Canvas board.

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I used a Plastic plate centered on the canvas and marked the curve lightly with

a pencil, then using a ruler pencilled in two straight lines from the curve down to mark an arch.

You could of course use the arch stencil from Clarity, but my project was much larger.

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Next I carefully taped the brick Stencil in place, alighted along my straight pencil marks. I spread the grunge paste through the stencil  and did it section by section allowing it to dry in-between. Once all the sections were dry carefully rubbed out any pencil marks that were showing.

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The wonderful Clarity Brushes, my blending mat and some distress inks ( as shown here) and the brick work was completed.

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Covering the brick work with pieces of paper I created my scene, using the techniques I have explained in earlier blogs. I was too caught up in the project to take photos of each step, sorry.

I then stamped my scene, the stamps being Large Swing, Meadow Dance and of course the small birds. What scene you make is up to you, so many to choose from. The reflection was done in the old fashioned way, running the brayer over the stamped image, thereby picking it up and then placing it down by rolling the brayer thereby transferring the image. Then the actual image is stamped. I softened the straight edges of the girl on the swing and the children, by painting over with straight stamped images with acrylic paint. You could of course stamped the edge on a piece of paper it would have worked well too.

Next came the plaint and flowers on the arch, these were done using the branches and leave wheelie stencil and sponging the ink though it. The flowers are from the vase stencil issued last month with the New Design Club and grunge paste, then coloured with acrylic paints pink and a touch of white.I have not see the  stencil used to layer layer on layer of grunge past i.e. the brick, then stenciling and another stencil the flowers. I will have to experiment at little more with this.

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Well now you know what I have done, hope you like it and that you will join in this months Challenge. Don’t forget to check out all the Clarity Blog Challenge design team projects, they are sure to spark your imagination.

See you soon.


Mixed Media- a little box of boxes decorated


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Hi there,

Hope you are having a great Friday.

Today I thought I would share my latest project..

I purchased a mdf box from Tonic.

I had seen them decorated with papers and thought I would paint instead.

My idea was that it would be perfect for my dressing table, to hold some of my fine necklaces and earings.

Following the instructions the box was easy to make up, all it required was a little glue.

I made the boxes at the end 3 wide to hold one or two chunky necklaces.

So here it is glued together.

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Next, I painted it with Gesso and some pink  chalk paint.

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I then painted the small panels for the front of the little drawers turquoise and added a little

to the sides and top, together with a little white to tone it down.

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Nest I used one of my favourite Clarity Stencils Leafy Swirl, love both the stamps and stencil, but this time I used the stencil with some white gesso on the front of the drawers and the sides. I also used turquoise on the sides

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Well that what I have been up to. Hope you like it.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment and say hi.

Also remember the Clarity Blog Challenge this month is anything goes, hope you will be taking part, the link is here

Have a good weekend.

Bye for now.


Anything goes


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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.


Boys-and making things for them


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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.


Life, enjoy each moment.

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


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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.


Playing with pastels-an impulse buy at Lidl



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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.


Inspired by Barbara Gray of Clarity Stamps


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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.