Sunday, 1 February 2015

Challenge 24

Welcome to February Clarity crafters!

We've well and truly kicked our way into 2015 and have survived the long month of January.  It's always nice to see the end of the month as a lot of people get paid early for Christmas don't they?

Barbara has released her workshop dates already to those that attended last year and they will be on the Clarity website shortly.  Remember to be quick as they get snapped up pretty quickly!

Just a reminder that Barbara is on our TV screens today on Create and Craft, not once but twice.  Her usual slot in the morning between 09.00 and 11.00 and then again at 17.00 so don't forget to have a cuppa ready and waiting for three whole hours of fun, crafting and techniques.  You'll also get to see all of the fabulous stamps that were previewed at the CHA on the 17.00 show.


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?


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

(using Clarity stamps/stencils ONLY)

At this time of year we start to see the snowdrops in our gardens as well as the spring bulbs peeping out of the soil.  Flowers can be used on a lot of our artwork as they lend themselves to most occasions so you shouldn't have any trouble finding an excuse to make a card for this challenge.  There's a real floral display on the Clarity website with an abundance of blooms to choose from.

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 22)

Hello my name's Jacqui and I'm a newbie to crafting of any kind and I mean a clueless newbie! There's so many different inks - versawhat??  The only time I have done any art or anything crafty was at school and that wasn't yesterday.  Until recently I was married for 35 years and have a grown up family and five grandchildren.

My card making started very recently when I was feeling a bit miserable and while standing in the queue at the local supermarket I looked at the magazines on the shelf.  There was a card on the cover of one of them with a lovely village scene and I thought it was so lovely and it sparked some interest in me.  So several ink pads, card blanks and stamp sets later I have made Christmas cards, two birthday cards and of course my January entry into this challenge, but I still haven't made the village scene card!

I searched the internet for inspiration for my cards and discovered Barbara and Clarity Stamps and am now totally hooked on these lovely stamps and Barbara's blog.  When my challenge entry won the January challenge I was so excited that I burst into tears.

The card I've made for the current challenge, as a guest designer, sends you a little sunshine to brighten up these cold days.  I used the sunrise stencil and the daffodils and sunshine sentiment stamp.  To add a bit of zing I coloured the leaves of the daffodils with a green glitter pen and outlined the suns rays with a gold glitter pen.

Since I started making cards it has re-ignited my old knitting interests and I have now found my needles and wool again.  I have also signed up for a Calligraphy class at the local school and doing upholstery classes one afternoon a week.

Thank you Clarity Stamps and to everyone.  Happy stamping, grunging, scrapbooking and card making to you all and good luck in the current challenge.


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


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

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 28th February (GMT) to enter.

xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx


  1. Jackie, a lovely card, some warmth on this frosty morning. xxx

  2. What a fantastic set of samples from the design team - bursting with inspiration. Your guest dt card is lovely Jacqui and it really doesnt look as of you are a complete newbie - well done. X

  3. What a brilliant cheerful card Jacqui; a reminder that spring is hopefully only just round the corner. Xxx

  4. What a fabulous and bright card Jacqui. Just what we need during these winter months. Congratulations on your winning card and also your Guest Designer spot. Happy crafting and I am looking forward to seeing more of your work. x

  5. Love your card Jacqui nice bright colours loved the way you place the sun stencil at top then your daffodils congratulations on winning clarity

  6. Congratulations on winning the challenge, Jacqui! Your card is bursting with colour and certainly does 'send some sunshine!'
    Looking forward to more of your creations in future challenges. ;~}

  7. Jacqueline your card is lovely. The bright colours really do herald spring. Congratulations on winning the Decenber challenge, I hope you enjoyed spending your voucher! x

  8. Such a lovely bright card Jacqueline so nice to see at this time of year. Xx

  9. Awe amazing cards from the DT - loVe them, sooo much detail and all soooo different x

    Love the 'Floral' challenge - so much scope, imaginations will be on overdrive lol <3

    Jaqui - you guest spot piece is gorgeous - loving the promise of those golden Daffodils xoxo

    Great post - thanks xoxo

  10. The Challenge DT team are amazing, you all bring different inspiration of the same theme. Huge congrats to our guest designer, Jacqui, on such a vibrant card full of promise of warmer days. Thanks for sharing your crafting journey and we look forward to seeing more of your artwork in future challenges. xx

  11. Well done jacqui! What a beautiful bright card. Welcome to the crazy crafty world! I'm sure you'll have great fun, and look forward to seeing your future designs.
    Amanda xx

  12. What a beautiful and varied selection of artwork to give us such wonderful inspiration - thank you to all the designers, and well done Jacqui - your card is truly bright and beautiful! X

  13. This sounds like just the beginning for you Jacqui - you're going to be a very busy lady!
    Congratulations on your win and hope you have lots of fun with whatever you choose from Clarity......the possibilities are endless!
    I love your daffs - the card you've designed is beautiful.
    Looks to me like you'll have a lot to offer in the future to the crafting world! X

  14. Thank you so much for all your encouraging words of support. You are all so kind. I really had a time choosing what to spend my winnings on but chose stencils, masks and ink and continue to "dabble" at my desk. I really enjoy seeing all the cards and ideas posted - what a variety for one theme. I love it!! Thanks again and I look forward to seeing all your beautiful creations.

    PS - Get Well Soon Barbara

  15. Jacqui - enjoy your desk-dabbling! Thanks to Barbara and Clarity I find myself moving into hitherto unknown areas of crafting, some successful, some welllllllll not so - but hey who cares? Beauty is in the eye etc ...
    Please continue with the white card 'make-over!'
    Kind regards,

  16. Fantastic samples Teamies! Love um all! Xx

  17. Fabulous Jacquie it is very bright and shows that spring is just around the corner, also I love as always all the DTs cards, well done everyone who has entered so far, I am hoping to get the strength up to get back to it all so fingers crossed it will be this month xx Denise xx


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