Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Challenge 34 - Mid Month Reminder


For our current challenge "A Christmas Story" please click here.

On the 1st December we launched our new challenge for the month with the theme of "A Christmas Story".  We've had some lovely entries so far, but would like to show you some more inspirational artwork from the design team.

To take part in the challenge, you simply have to follow the theme, use Clarity stamps/stencils/groovi products and enter via your blog or send an email to us as the following address.

Claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com


Your artwork will be entered into a random draw when the challenge closes at 8pm on the last day of the month and the winner will get a £50 Clarity gift voucher  The design team also choose a top five so keep checking once the challenge finishes.

Why not take some time over the Christmas period and enter the challenge or make it one of your New Year's resolutions.  It's amazing how the challenge can tempt you to make something different as a lot of our entrants can vouch for I'm sure.

Here's a couple more pieces of art from the design team and Barbara too:



Susan Moran

Susan Moran is one of our parchment specialists and I think you'll agree her artwork is fantastic isn't it?

Here's Susan to introduce herself:


I've always been creative and enjoy many different types of crafting.  My first interest was drawing and painting and it is still my favourite way to relax.  I am very rarely without a pencil and paper sketching up a new design.

I began to explore different crafting techniques whilst working in a craft shop and soon realised that I would love to teach and pass on my knowledge to other ambitious crafters.  I hold workshops in painting, mixed media, parchment craft, jewellery making, stamping, card making, zentangle and pencil shading.  My workshops take place both during the week and at weekends and at present I'm working on exam pieces in parchment craft so that I can be included in the list of registered tutors.

I have had my designs published in the Parchment Craft magazine and was so excited to become a member of the Clarity design team for the new Groovi system.  I now incorporate the Groovi plates into my parchment craft workshops which has made this craft so popular recently.

My parchment craft workshops run every 4 weeks on Fridays and Saturdays and the next one is on the 15th and 16th January.

Please contact me for more details:

olivecrafts@outlook.com


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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 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. 





xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Winner and Top 5 - Challenge 33


For our current challenge "A Christmas Story" please click here.

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Thank you to everyone who entered our "Clean and Simple" challenge which ran throughout November.

Welcome to our newcomers this month, hope you enjoyed the challenge and we look forward to seeing your entries into our December challenge.

Each challenge is getting more and more difficult to judge and the design team have had such a difficult choice this month.

We hope you enjoy browsing through all of the other entries which may give you some ideas for future projects.

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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:

Congratulations Sandy!
Please contact Sazz 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)

#3 Kathryn Clark

#14 Sue Dezelsky

#16 Wendy Russell

#31 Lynne Bishop

#34 Carol Lee


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Congratulations to you all!

If you have a blog please make sure you grab





xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Challenge 34


Welcome to December Clarity crafters!

Only 24 more sleeps until Christmas Day, are you all ready?  Have you got your tree up yet?  I need to wait until after the 16th as it's my husbands birthday.

Who managed to buy things in the Gray Day sale?  WOW what a fantastic sale that was with a massive 33% off all Clarity products.

Barbara will be on our TV screens again on Sunday 6th December between 14.00 and 16.00 on HOCHANDA.  Tune into Sky 663 / Freeview 39 / Freesat 817 to watch her in action.


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

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

A Christmas Story
(using Clarity stamps/stencils/groovi ONLY)


'Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la...

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way...

Oh Christmas tree , oh Christmas tree...

Silent night, silent night...

This challenge is your interpretation of a Christmas story.  There are plenty of stamps, stencils and Groovi products to choose from, so come on give it a go!!

Always remember to read the rules to avoid your entry being disqualified.

Good luck with the challenge!!









(Guest Designer - Winner from challenge 32)

I'm Penny Hewitt and I live in a beautiful log cabin in North Devon with my partner Dennis.  I am a Mum and Grandma with 5 grandchildren.  Where does the time go?

I have always been a crafty sort of person, dabbling in watercolour paints for many years but photography is my passion.  However, I have just recently started making hand crafted cards.

Being a keen photographer, and wishing to share my photos with others, I started making photo cards and they became a great success.  Then around this time last year I thought I am sure I could expand my art work and so handmade cards developed.

I would say I'm very new to entering blog challenges, but so enjoy the challenge and to get the "old" brain working.  Boy this month's challenge "A Christmas Story" has had me going round in circles trying this and that and it not being "just right", but I think I have got there now.

I would say I am a perfectionist in my work, so if it's not right with me then it's not right.  I wanted to try the Groovi plates and this new form of art.  I used the mother and child plate along with the netting plate. I have tried to replicate a stained glass window by using colours behind the white worked panes of glass, finally mounting the finished card on silver mirri board and then onto a deep purple card base.

I feel this card is the essence of Christmas with the birth of a new child whom we celebrate each year on Christmas Day.

Here's Pennys' guest designer card for the current 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 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 December(GMT) to enter.





xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Winner and Top 5 - Challenge 32


For our current challenge "Clean and Simple" please click here.

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Thank you to everyone who entered our "Stencil" challenge which ran throughout October.


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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:
#22 Penny Hewitt

Congratulations Penny!
Please contact Sazz 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)







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Congratulations to you all!

If you have a blog please make sure you grab





xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Challenge 33

Welcome to November Clarity crafters!

With Halloween under our belts it's only a few days to fireworks night and the next big event will be Christmas.

Clarity will be at the NEC from the 5th to the 8th November, will you be going too?  If you're on facebook hopefully you'll have seen Barbara's post (see below):

Calling all Clarity Family Bloggers and friends!!  I've just has a thought.  NEC next week.  How will you recognise each other and be able to meet?  How about I print a load of nice Clarity labels, but with enough room to write your name or your blog name?  Then you can come to the Clarity stand, pick up a name badge, fill it in (we will bring the Sharpie pens) and that way you will recognise each other! 

It would be great to meet the wider Clarity family, so please pop along to the Clarity stand and pick up your badge.  We'll all be looking out for each other now!  Looking forward to seeing all of your pictures on facebook with your Clarity purchases for us all to see.


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

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

Clean and Simple
(using Clarity stamps/stencils/groovi ONLY)


If you're not familiar with this term, this challenge is all about less is more and leaving your artwork uncluttered, limiting the use of layers and embellishments and leaving lots of empty spaces.  I know there are some of us that struggle with this style, me for one, so let's give it a go.  Great idea for quick Christmas cards so maybe that's the way forward for you this year?

Always remember to read the rules to avoid your entry being disqualified.


Good luck with the challenge!!












(Guest Designer - Winner from challenge 31)


I'm Cathy Bryant and my day job is PA to the Chairman and Chief Executive of a well known private members' club in London.  Full on job!  

Crafting is my way of winding down, relaxing and creating something that is hopefully uplifting, not only to me but to those I give my cards and gifts to.  It's a way of expressing myself in words that the receiver can hear...and I like that.

The Clarity challenge has been a lovely way for me to challenge myself, but I'm still learning, so boy was I relieved when the theme turned out to be "Clean and Simple".  Simple is about all I do, but the clean bit stumped me for a heartbeat, but then I thought...clouds, what could be more clean with all that water!  I guess I was inspired by the rain I splattered through that morning...anyway, I used 3 ink pads, 2 stamps and 1 stencil, what could be more simple that?

Less is more, enjoy your journey!

Here's Cathys' guest designer card for the current 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 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 30th November(GMT) to enter.





xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx


Sunday, 4 October 2015

Winner and Top 5 - Challenge 31


For our current challenge "Stencils" please click here.

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Thank you to everyone who entered our "Shaped cards" challenge which ran throughout September.


Have you seen the fantastic Christmas Hampers on the Clarity website?  An ideal present for a crafty friend or family member.  There's a hamper for all types of craft or why not just buy a gift voucher to spend on the Clarity website.

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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:
Cathy Bryant

Congratulations Cathy!
Please contact Sazz 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)

#2 Lynne Lee






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Congratulations to you all!

If you have a blog please make sure you grab





xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx