Monday, 20 October 2014

Craft Awards 2014


We are delighted to have been nominated for five categories in the Craft Awards 2014!


I am especially proud that my blog is even on the radar!  Did you know that it's just celebrated it's first birthday! WOW!!

Her at Clarity we strive for top quality, friendly service and design innovation - so to be nominated for five categories is not only very exciting, but also rewarding and flattering.

These awards are very significant, they're like the Oscars of the crafting world!

Voting has commenced for this years awards and closes on 21st December.

We do hope that you will take the time to vote for us!





Much love and best wishes

Barbara and the Clarity team

Sunday, 5 October 2014

October Show


For our current challenge "The Seasons" please click here.

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It's the first Sunday of the month which of course means that Barbara's on the TV under the watchful eye of not one but two presenters.  Dean Wilson for the first hour and Jacqui Joseph for the second. Jacqui even crafted along with Barbara for one of her projects.

If you'd like a reminder of what was on todays shows we've got all of the items listed below along with some of the design teams artwork too.  We've even linked the stamps to the Clarity website to make it even easier to shop, aren't we kind to you?

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If you'd like to see more of Barbara's live demonstrations you can tune in to the NEW Clarity YouTube channel or Barbara's daily blog where she shows step by steps, techniques, new products and more...

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We hope you enjoyed watching the show today, that you've picked
up some new techniques and are rushing off to your craft
spaces to try them out.

We'd love to see your artwork on our

 Facebook fan page

and entered into our challenges right here on the

 Clarity blog

where our current challenge theme is:

The Seasons







xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Friday, 3 October 2014

Winner and top 5 - Challenge 19


For our current challenge "The Seasons" please click here.

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We had a great selection of entries into last months "Nature" challenge.  The design team enjoyed commenting on all of your projects as well as reading about the making of them.  You do know how to make our judging difficult don't you?

Hello to the newbies to the challenge this month.  It's great to see the wide variety of different styles and techniques from person to person and the way in which you all grow in confidence from month to month.  It's worth looking back on your older artwork to see just how far you've come.

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Our winner is chosen at random to give everyone a chance regardless of their ability, standard and how long they've been crafting etc.  We thought this was the fairest way all around. So...

With the help of Random.org


The winner is:

Dawn Rogers

Congratulations Dawn!
Please contact Sazzle at claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com
to claim your voucher

If you have a blog please make sure you grab

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Now onto our top 5
(in no particular order)

#9 Hilary Thorogood

#25 Sharon Harris

#32 Theresa Pace


#39 Christine Polhill

#44 Sharon Galt



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Congratulations to you all!

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xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Challenge 20


Welcome to October Clarity crafters!

We had a slow start to our last challenge, but picked up pace as we went along.  I would think many of you were enjoying some rays of sun in far off places weren't you?

The Clarity team and Barbara have been busy this month with the Catterick Open Day and Ally Pally.  Did you visit either?

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The lucky winner of the £50 Clarity voucher and our top 5 will be announced on Friday.  Will you be one of the lucky winners?

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Here's the theme for our new challenge which will run throughout October:

The Seasons
(using Clarity stamps ONLY)

As we have just entered Autumn we thought a good challenge would be to focus on "The Seasons" and with four of them to choose from we hope to get a variety of projects.

Which month will get the highest entries do you think?

There is plenty of scope for ideas in this challenge but please let us know which season you are depicting when you enter.

You could win a £50 voucher if you are randomly selected as our winner at the end of the month and become our guest designer for the next challenge.

Good luck with the challenge!!

Here is a little bit of inspiration from the design team:










(Guest Designer - winner from challenge 18)

Originating from the London/Essex area, I now live in Inverness and run a guest house with my partner John who is a photographer.  The idea was to give us more time for our hobbies, but the reality is a little different!

I love all types of crafting (knitting, crochet, quilling, sewing, scrapbooking and card making) but stamping is my favourite vice!  I was first introduced to Clarity Stamps in a craft group in Barking (Essex), and then joined Barbara’s Project Club many years ago.  I attended one of the early Cowden workshops with my sister and was hooked.

One thing I miss since moving to the Highlands is that my crafty group of friends all still live in the south, so entering the Clarity Challenge has been an opportunity to share ideas and inspiration with a more distant group of fellow addicts.  I was really pleased to have my card chosen as the winner for last months challenge and to be invited as a guest designer for the October challenge.

I just love all the new ideas and tips that Barbaras daily blog is giving me and I’m now using the blending mat, inks, stencils and the gelli plate in addition to the stamps.  So many techniques, so little time...Susan x

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Here's Susan's card for this months challenge:


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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 to us and we'll enter it for you
claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com

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

We hope you have fun with this challenge and we can't wait to see your projects.  You have until 20.00 on 31st October (GMT) to enter.




xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx