Thursday, 29 September 2016

Last call for Challenge 43 & Calendar 9!!

Hi everyone!

The end of September is fast approaching, which means you only have a few days left to enter Challenge #43 In the Garden.

Thank you to everyone that has entered so far. 
It is lovely seeing all the various entries and what you have come up with - pure inspiration!


So here is a final bit of inspiration from the Clarity Challenge Design Team

Julie Dunn

Lesley Walden


Don't forget that you can enter the challenge by clicking the link below or you can email me your entry
claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com


Click HERE for the current Challenge #43
"In the Garden"

Paul & the Challenge Crew
xx

Monday, 26 September 2016

A little bit more inspiration

Hi there

I hope you all had enjoyable weekend.

You may have seen from Barbara's Blog that it was a busy weekend for Clarity.
Saturday we had an amazing open day in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
It was great to see so many crafty friends.

Then on Sunday, Barbara was demoing at Crafters Companion flagship store in Newton Aycliffe and I was on Hochanda.

I can't believe that the end of September is fast approaching together with the end of the "In the Garden" Challenge.

Don't panic though, you still have a few days left to enter and be in with a chance of winning a £50 Clarity Gift Voucher and a piece of artwork from Barbara.

We currently have 38 entries for the "In the Garden" Challenge
and 13 entries for the "Calendar" Challenge

So come on, lets see if we can bump up those numbers!

Here is a bit more inspiration from the design team







Amanda Openshaw



As they say, you have got to be in it to win it,
so why not give it a go!

All the information is below

Click HERE for Challenge 43 - In the Garden

Paul & the Clarity Crew
xxx

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Kent - The Garden of England

Hello everyone,

I thought I would share a bit more inspiration with you today.

Living in Kent, I am surrounded by lots of open space and beautiful scenery. 

Driving to work is a pleasure compared to when I used to get the train to London every day.
The closer the train got to London, the more built up the landscape became.

This is a picture I took earlier in the year of the sun setting from Clarity Towers


It looks just like a Barbara Gray special
I can see where Barbara gets her inspiration from!

Kent has a lot of beautiful gardens to visit

Check out the National Trust website

If you are looking to add some colour to your work, we have just launched a very special offer on the Clarity website for the Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils:

Click HERE
to check out all the other current Special Offers

Lets have some more inspiration from the Challenge Design Team Members

A beautiful piece of Groovi art with Trumpet Lilies and Humming Birds and the gorgeous font from the Art Deco Border Plate Mate

Julie Dunn


Linda Page has used so many different stamp sets to create her garden scene.
The children playing whilst the dog watches.
I wonder what the dog is thinking!


Don’t forget, 
it is easy to enter, 
and you could be in with a chance of winning 
a £50 Clarity Gift Voucher.
AND Barbara’s little In the Garden canvas...



For more information
Click HERE

Happy Crafting!

Paul & the Clarity Crew

xxxx


Friday, 9 September 2016

Let's take a walk through the garden......

Hi everyone!

This month's “In the Garden” theme for September is in full bloom,
as is Barbara’s Blog.

Have you seen the beautiful artwork from Jayne Nestorenko?

We launched her designs at the weekend as Groovi Plates.
A beautiful A4 Square Picture Frame Groovi Plate with an alphabet
and 8 A5 Square Groovi Plates:
Jayne, like Barbara is a stamp designer, 
so they are also available as stamps

Agapanthus


Dahlias


Fuchsias


Roses

Picture Frame & 7x7 Megamount


Check out the NEW IN section of the website.
These really are the best flower stamps !

So we have walked through the garden......
admired the Agapanthus,
dallied with the Dahlias,
fluttered amongst the Fuchsias and 
rambled with the Roses.

We have seen some beautiful pieces from Shelagh and Angela

so lets have a look at what floral magic 
some of the other Design Team Members have come up with.

Here we have beautiful piece from Carole with her trademark white lines around the artwork to give the effect that the stamped image has been decoupaged 


How about this elegant piece from Emma
Monochromatic, but still pure elegance.


Don’t forget, 
it is easy to enter, 
and you could be in with a chance of winning 
a £50 Clarity Gift Voucher.
AND Barbara’s little In the Garden canvas...



For more information,

click HERE

Happy Crafting,


Paul & the Clarity Crew 

xxxx

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Calendar Challenge 8 Winner

Hi everyone

Well time sure is flying by!

Which, is quite appropriate as I announce the winner of the Calendar Challenge No.8

Drum roll please.................



As I know most of the people that entered, I decided the best way to choose a winner was to print off all the entries and ask the Clarity Team in the office to vote and choose a winner!

So many congratulations to Linda and also a big thank you to everyone that took part.

If you would like to take part in this months Calendar Challenge, then click HERE

Spookily, Barbara blogged about the same set of stamps and put them on at a special price.
They are just £15 instead of £19.99

Check out Barbara's Blog HERE
and the Special Offers HERE

I will be back (as Arnie would say!) later in the week with some more inspiration from the Design Team for the

In the Garden Challenge

Shelagh Metselaar has created a wonderful night scene
with a huge full moon.

Very atmospheric.




Paul & the

Saturday, 3 September 2016

and the winner is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all having an enjoyable Saturday.

I am not long back from Barbara's getting everything ready for 7 hours of live TV on Sunday & Monday.

Lots of new stamps and groovi coming up!

Check out Barbara's Blog from Friday for a look!

I am having a few issues getting the link to work for you to upload your entries, but hope to have it sorted shortly, so thank you for your patience.

Thanks to everyone that entered Challenge #42 Fussy Cutting - some beautiful pieces of work - so much talent.

I have used the Random.Org app to generate the winner


Congratulations to...........
Please contact me via the email address on the right hand side with your details so I can get your prize in the post.

The top 5 in no particular order are as follows:






Thank you to everyone who participated, I hope you will join in on Challenge #43



Happy Crafting

Paul & the 

Friday, 2 September 2016

Calendar Challenge #9 September 2016

The Calendar Challenge #9 for September is called:

"In The Light Of The Silvery Moon"


Barbara has used the following items in the above project:


There are still some calendars available to purchase, yes I know that we are in September, but the calendar is an amazing source of inspiration and step-by-step projects created by Barbara

Click HERE if you would like to purchase one

It will be great to see what you come up with!
Don't forget the winner will receive a £50 Clarity Gift Voucher.


If you would like to join in, it couldn’t be simpler.
We have a few rules which can be found HERE

There are 2 ways of entering the challenge:

BLOG - if you have a blog, click below where it says "Click here to enter" and follow the instructions, remembering to link to your blog post and not just your blog


EMAIL - if you don't have a blog you can send a photo of your project via email to us and we’ll enter it for you.

EMAIL:claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com


Thursday, 1 September 2016

Clarity Challenge #43 - In the Garden.

Hi everyone!
Thank you for stopping by.

September’s theme is

“In the Garden”

This is such a great topic!
There are so many possibilities!

From flowers to trees;
From sunset to sunrise;
From an English country garden to a Japanese Water House.
The wonderful Jayne Nestorenko designs would be perfect for this too.

The Clarity Challenge team are on hand to give you some ideas....



Shelagh Metselaar has created a wonderful night scene
with a huge full moon.

Very atmospheric.





Angela Simpson has travelled across the globe to Japan,
to excite you with Cherry blossom and our Weeping Ashtree.



In fact, if you pop in over the coming days, 
we will show you more inspiration from 
 some of our other Clarity Team members!

If you have the ingredients to go Japanesey, brilliant.
If you have the Birdhouse Stencil, great.
Whatever garden themed Clarity stash you have will be super. 

Going forward, we will drop several Challenge of the Month themed products into the Offers section on the website. 

CLICK HERE

So, if you would like to be in with a chance of winning a £50 Clarity Gift Voucher, then see below on how to enter.

Don't forget, you have got be in it to win it!!!!

If you would like to join in, it couldn’t be simpler.
We have a few rules which can be found HERE

There are 2 ways of entering the challenge:

BLOG - if you have a blog, click at the bottom where its says "Click here to enter" and follow the instructions, remembering to link to your blog post and not just your blog




EMAIL - if you don't have a blog you can send a photo of your project via email to us an we’ll enter it for you.

EMAIL:claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com



And now to introduce our winner of Challenge No. 41

Wendy Thorburn is this month’s Guest Designer!



Hi there it's Wendy here! 

I'm delighted to have won last month’s challenge, and been invited to be a guest designer  for September. I've enjoyed doing my artwork for this months challenge, I have been lucky enough to have lots of birds feeding in my garden and the flowers are looking really good this year too so I knew which stamps I wanted to use as soon I was told what the theme was.

Now what do I tell you about myself?

I'm 50, have been married for 29 years to Stephen who is a wonderful husband and doesn't mind all my crafty stash which has grown over the years.We have a 21 year old son Kieran who is in the army and who I am immensely proud of. Our daughter Rebecca would have been 25 now but she passed away in January 2013. We live in Warminster in Wiltshire not far from Stonehenge and Bath.

I have always enjoyed crafting but started rubber stamping when Rebecca was a baby, I needed something else to do other than changing nappies, plumping cushions and being a mum, so joined a Quilling group. A lady came in one week to demonstrate stamping and heat embossing and that was it I was hooked! 

When Stephen was posted to Warminster in 1998 I started going to craft shows, it was at one in Exeter when I first saw Barbara and was transfixed by what she was doing with a brayer and how she could produce amazing scenes with inks and her stamps. I always made a beeline for her stalls at any shows I then went to.

Rebecca suffered a brain injury after contracting viral encephalitis when she was 11 which left her with severe epilepsy, learning difficulties and no short term memory.
After a couple of very difficult years trying to cope with Rebecca at home we made the difficult decision to place her at a specialist epilepsy school in Lingfield. 
We had picked Rebecca up from the school for a day out and popped into an open day the craft shop in the village was holding.I couldn't believe it when I saw Barbara there! I didn't realise she lived not far from there. It was then that we got chatting with Barbara, and her lovely partner Dave. 

We ended up going round to Barbara's house for tea and meeting the rest of her family and I feel very privileged to say we have been friends ever since. I used to pop in sometimes to have a quick chat and a cuppa before my long journey home after dropping Rebecca back at school after her holidays. One time we sat outside in the sun putting together the stamp boxes just before Barbara was going on the TV for the first time! 

It has been wonderful to see how well Clarity has done over the years and has just gone from strength to strength. With fabulous stamp and stencil designs and the innovative Groovy system as well as the best customer service and the caring community Barbara has developed, I know it will continue to flourish. 

It has been in part due to crafting with Clarity and of course my husband that I was able to get through the hard times with Rebecca especially when she died very suddenly. It would seem I was practicing mindfulness with Barbara even before it became popular with the masses so I can definitely  say that staying focused and getting lost in crafting really is beneficial so let's keep it going! 

Love and hugs

Wendy

x

Monday, 15 August 2016

Challenge 42 - Mid Month Reminder


Hi everyone!

How are you doing this month?  For those with children, are you already fed up with the school holidays or are you getting the kids to craft along with you?

Summer is unfortunately edging towards its last few weeks, what summer some of you may say! Well the lighter evenings have been with us for quite a while and are beginning to draw in and the early morning sun light is also taking a little longer to arrive...... but the signs of the August harvests are there and the fields, if not harvested, are ready and waiting for the combines to get to work.


Do you ever look at the sky or a landscape and hear yourself comparing it to an ink pad colour, or a stamp or a stencil, we certainly do, and if you do, don't you just wish you could blink your eyes to take a photo that you can revisit to see if you can re-create it???

This week sees the last of this years Clarity retreats with Barbara and Paul down in Crowborough. For those of you who have been fortunate enough to go to one already, did you have a great time? Have you come away all inspired?  If the answer is yes, why not pop along and submit an entry into this months 'Fussy Cutting' challenge.

Here are some more works of art from our Design Team to help you get those creative juices working.  Don't forget you can either click on their names or their art to hop over to their own blogs for more detailed information on how they arrived at their finished pieces.


(click on my name or photo to go to my blog)

(click on my name or photo to go to my blog)

Shelagh
(click on my name or photo to go to my blog)

Angela
(click on my name or photo to go to my blog)





xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx






Monday, 8 August 2016

Calendar Challenge 7 - Winner


Hi, we're back with the winner of calendar challenge 7!


Congratulations Marion!!
Please contact Sazz at claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com
to claim your voucher


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There are several ways of entering the challenge:

  • BLOG - if you have a blog, click on the blue froggy link below and follow the instructions, remembering to link to your blog post and not just your blog
  • EMAIL - if you don't have a blog you can send a photo of your project via email to us an we'll enter it for you

    claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com

    If you have any questions relating to this challenge please don't hesitate to contact us. We will answer as quickly as we can in the the hope that we can make the Clarity Stamp Challenge go from strength to strength.  We can't do this without you!





    xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx