Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Spotlight on Linda Barton - Top 5 from Challenge 1

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We thought it would be nice to have spotlight posts throughout the month dedicated to the top 5 winners from challenge 1 "ANYTHING GOES".  We've already had the first of our spotlight posts, so here we are with number two.

Hello, my name's Linda and I'm a Clarity addict!

I've always been a bit crafty and resourceful I suppose.  I remember my earliest crafty make was born out of wanting a dog (read on, all will become much clearer!)  As I was the youngest of three children with both Mum and Dad working they didn't think the time was right for us to have a dog. So, undetered I made myself a dog which was modelled on Dougal from the Magic Roundabout!  Clarity fans of a certain age will remember Magic Roundabout; younger fans may need to Google it!  Anyway my Dougal had long fur made of electric blue wool (what else?) and, so that I could take it a walk up and down the garden, I attached it to one of my roller skates, I made a lead and voila!  I had a dog that walked - sort of!  I was in my twenties at the time (only joking, I must have been 7 or 8).

When I was older I was given a tapestry kit for Christmas so I was hooked on that for a while.  I also loved sewing, making curtains, cushions and sometimes clothes.

I've always been interested in art, having absolutely no drawing or painting skills, but admiring others that have this talent and over the years have spent many a happy hour wandering around art galleries.

My love of Clarity stamps didn't take off straight away as I wasn't really a stamper.  I remember seeing Barbara on Create and Craft demo'ing a card with a ship, an anchor and a lighthouse.  I hadn't seen anything like it before and was amazed when she got her brayer out and a beam of light seemed to appear from nowhere on the card.  I loved the perspective of the ship coming towards you and the beam of light coming from the lighthouse against the dark sky.  That was art to me!  I still wasn't tempted to buy as I knew it was beyond me to achieve something like that.  I saw a few more demo's over the following months and heard Barbara say on one show that Clarity was based quite near Crowborough.  This just happened to be where my Dad came from and also where I'd spent many a happy summer and Christmas holiday, staying with grandparents who lived in that area.  I liked the idea of supporting a company that was local to where my lovely Day came from!  So, with that odd connection and the fact that there were no other stamp designs like Clarity, I took the plunge and bought the large peace stamp, Christmas window and miniatures set.

That was the start!  Since then, and over time, I've gone through quite a bit of copier paper and card, but I've learnt so much about stamping and art techniques (colouring, shading, dimension, perspective etc) particularly from Barbara's TV shows and especially with the classroom shows.  I love the quality and design of Clarity stamps and really like the fact that some of the designs are in different sizes so that you can get perspective if you are picture building.  I'm in the New Design Club and have been slowly building up my collection of stamps over the last couple of years.  I would also say, without a doubt, joining in the challenges and sending in homework has helped me, as I find that 'doing it' is really the best way to learn.  The mistakes you make, the paper and card you screw up and throw away is all part of the fun!


Here's Linda's work of art and we can see that she has certainly been paying attention in class can't we?  All of the different techniques that she's included has produced a masterpiece, we think you'll agree.

Linda entered the challenge via email as she doesn't have a blog so you could do the same too!

Thank you for giving us an insight into your crafting background Linda and for the trip down memory lane!


Look for our email address in the right hand side bar to enter the challenges.  You don't have to miss out because you don't have a blog!


xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx


  1. What a lovely crafty tale and look at the result isn't it wonderful - just goes to show what good products and a bit of practice can produce.
    I love the tale about the dog I am too old to have the magic roundabout as my childhood telly ( more like Andy Pandy and tales of the riverbank lol) but I remember making Dougal for my girls starting with a toilet roll inner !!! x

  2. Oooo I remember the Magic Roundabout on just before the evening News. And I had a kit to make a Dougal dog! I also remember that Dougal was a favourite for birthday cakes with Dougals body being made of a Swiss roll and using a fork in buttercream to make his fur!! hahaha! The Zebedee comes along and says Boing!!! time for bed!

    So glad you made it to the top 5 and I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future! xx

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  4. Thanks for your lovely comments Linda and Jane, its funny what comes back as memories sometimes!

    I have really enjoyed visiting this blog since it started. It's great to see everyone's work, blogs and keeping up to date with Clarity news.

  5. Super card Linda and well deserved top 5 place. Love your story - brought back many memories, was chuckling about your roller skated Dougal and yes I remember making a Dougal cake Jane!x

  6. Linda, your card was my favourite, I thought it was beautiful (no offence to all the other lovely creations!) Do you have a blog of your own Linda? x

  7. Thank you Julie for your kind comments. In answer to your question I am blogless ha! I do admire anyone who has a blog, because it is real a commitment in time. Also my photographic skills are a bit lacking, which is a big part of crafting blogs. Maybe one day!


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