Saturday, 19 July 2014

Spotlight on Mandy Sullivan - Top 5 from Challenge 16

For our current challenge "Anything Goes" please click here.


We thought it would be nice to have spotlight posts throughout the month dedicated to our top 5 from the last challenge which was a masculine theme.  We hope you enjoy reading about their crafting journey and you never know it could be you in the spotlight next month.


Mandy Sullivan

Hi, my name's Mandy, I live in London and have been interested in making things for as long as I can remember.  I grew up on the Isle of Wight and as a child there was always knitting, sewing or cooking on the go at home and that brings back so many happy memories.

I love making cards and scrapbooking and have a collection of digi stamps, dies and craft CDs as well as my beloved rubber and clear stamps.  Oh and I'm not sure I should mention the size of my Clarity Stamp collection.  I made my first Clarity purchase in 2002 having seen an article called "Serenity" by Barbara in the Craft Stamper magazine.  I bought the Sleeping Child and Serenity Prayer as I fell in love with them and my collection has been growing ever since!

I signed up for the Clarity project club and then for the New Design Club as soon as that was launched, now I'm a gold member and get the new stencil projects too - woohoo.  So you see I really am hooked!

I love to visit craft blogs and facebook pages and enjoy commenting on other peoples fabulous creations, often wishing that I could design/colour as well as others do, but we all have different styles and ideas and there is a place for all of us no matter what our ability and experience.  After all we all had to start somewhere!  Me, I would describe my style of crafting as quite clean and simple, but like to have a go at something different now and again and want to stretch myself and learn new techniques and styles.

I make all of the cards that I send to friends and family (I don't think I'd be forgiven if I sent a bought one).  I sell some to friends and colleagues and have even made wedding invites and all the bits and bobs that go with them for a couple of friends.  This is hugely rewarding, although a bit stressful at times, and always have a stash of cards at home as I just can't stop creating.  My advice to anyone thinking about making cards; give it a go, dip your toe in, enjoy and be prepared to be addicted.

Finally I'd like to thank the Clarity Design Team for choosing my card as one of the top 5 form the June challenge and for giving me the opportunity to say hello to you all here.


Here's Mandy's artwork using Jazz Man:

If you'd like to see more of Mandys work please pop over
to her blog and have a look around

Thanks for sharing your crafting background Mandy!


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xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

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