Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Challenge 26


Welcome to April Clarity crafters!

We changed the clocks last weekend and it's great that the evenings are now getting lighter.  This also means that summer is on its way too, crafting in the evenings with natural light instead of relying on our lamps.  Now we just want some warmer days and more sunshine!

How many of you got to visit the Clarity gang at the NEC?

Just a reminder that Barbara is on our TV screens on Create and Craft between 09.00 and 11.00 on Sunday 5th April. As usual there will be a live chat on the Clarity facebook page whilst Barbara is crafting away on the TV.  Make sure you've got a cuppa ready and waiting so that you don't have to leave the sofa!


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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 April:

Wee Folk
(using Clarity stamps/stencils ONLY)

Hands up who fell in love with the Wee Folk sets?  Me, me, me!!!!  There are now four sets in this collection which includes children, adults, fairies and pixies all in silhouette form.  They are so versatile and definitely a must have in our craft stash.

This challenge is based around these four sets and can be used in conjunction with any of your other Clarity stamps and stencils.  Your project doesn't have to be a card, it could be a canvas or a piece of altered art as long as it includes the wee folk.

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 24)


Hello my name's Angela or Angie as many know me and it's with some great trepidation that I accepted the guest designer spot.  After much persuasion by family and friends, including gentle nudging along by Sazzle, I decided to add this post and tell you something about me.

I was so amazed and excited to have won the February challenge that for ages I was just stunned! I had made the card very quickly one night when I had some friends round for a card making session and decided the following morning to send it in.  With such beautiful cards entered each month I thought it had no chance, well there you go, what a surprise!


I'm in my 60's now, a retired registered nurse, married, mum of two grown up daughters and a son.  I have 4 lovely little grandchildren and I love drawing and making crafty items with them.

I have always loved making things for as long as I can remember, learning to knit, crochet and sew in my teens.  Later I would knit and sew things for the children as they were growing up.  I loved art at school but never felt I was good enough to pursue it as a career, even though I gained a good 'O' level pass!  It's something I always promised myself I would do when I had finished nursing and the family had grown up.

I got hooked into card making when my daughters were getting married and made all the wedding invitations etc for my second daughters wedding in 2006.

Over the years since, my card making has hit highs and lows particularly due to family pressure and the closure of 2 craft groups I was attending.  I had long gaps when I left off then I would pick it up for a while.  I was trying to hold down a job in a busy clinic, help with my two daughters babies, who came within 6 weeks of each other, help my builder husband with his book keeping and care for my elderly mother.

Eventually I took early retirement as my mum's needs were increasing and I had back problems that made my work difficult.  My mum was in her 80's when she was diagnosed with bladder cancer, but about 6 years ago she became steadily worse with a rare form of dementia which made her very aggressive so I hardly had time for myself at all.  When I did though, I found it very relaxing and therapeutic but my card making hadn't progressed very much.  Mum became much worse over the last two years and sadly died at the end of August last year after a lot of suffering and some time in hospital.  I didn't feel like making cards for a while but attended the Clarity open day at Catterick last September, which took me out of the doldrums and gave me the inspiration to get going again.

I've never been a messy arty crafty person, usually preferring simple neat designs but I'm pushing myself out of my comfort zone now and I'm learning a lot from others and Barbara's YouTube projects.  I have always loved Clarity Stamps and have followed the TV programmes over the years. Stamping is my favourite hobby, but I love the stencils and gelli plate technique too.

My thanks go to all the wonderful crafters out there that are part of the Clarity family and of course Barbara.

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Here's Angela's 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 April (GMT) to enter.





xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx




43 comments:

  1. Congratulation on winning the challenge your card is beautiful the colours are vibrant love them love the stencilling well done xx

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  2. Congratulations to Angela France for her Guest Designer Piece. Hasn't she created a beauty!! I really love the delicate blending of your colours and your choice to use the Alliums is perfect for those Wee Folk!! Hugs xx

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  3. Wonderful guest design piece Angela. Also some amazing creations from the design team,, just fantastic. xx

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  4. Angela beautiful colours and a lovely piece of art.

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  5. Well done Angela on creating such a gorgeous piece of art. The colours are perfect. Love it!

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  6. Lovely art work Angela and the colours you have chosen for this card are gorgeous. Xx

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  7. Wonderful piece of art Angela. I just love the zingy citrus colours you have used for the background. Xxx

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    1. Thanks everyone for your kind comments, feeling much encouraged!

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  8. Such lovely work from the whole dt! I love the wee folk and feel all inspired now! X

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    1. Awww thank you Maria, such a compliment coming from you, very much appreciated by me and I am sure the other ladies on the DT will agree. Hugs xxx

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    2. Thank you Maria, I really appreciate your comment. xx

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    3. Thank you, Maria, it's very kind of you to comment and greatly appreciated. ;~}

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    4. Thanks Maria. It was great fun working with the Wee Fairies. Xx

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    5. These are great stamps to work with Maria aren't they. It was fun creating with them for this month's challenge.
      Thank you for the lovely comment :-) xxx

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  9. What wonderful inspirational projects from the team. Thank you for all your support and encouragement xx

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    1. Thank you, Jeanette. Happy crafting!

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    2. Thank you Jeanette. I'm glad you getting inspiration.
      Happy Crafting. Xx
      Hugs
      Amanda. Xx

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    3. Have fun creating Jeanette and look forward to seeing this month's entries for the competition - yours included I hope :-) xxx

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  10. What a gorgeous card Angela. The colours you've used are delightfully bright and spring like and really show off the fairies and elves. xx

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  11. Gorgeous makes by the whole DT once again. Such a lot of uber talented people all in one place.
    Off to hunt out my wee folk.
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    1. Thank you, Dawn; have fun partying with your 'Wee Folk!'

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    2. Thanks Dawn. I hope you have as much fun playing as I did. The wee folk are really fab. Xx

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    3. Thank you Dawn - make sure they're not too elusive - if you can't find them, check at the bottom of the garden :-) xxx

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  12. Angela, you have created a beautiful card using a delightful colour palette and an inspired choice of stamps and stencils. Congratulations! ;~}

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    1. Thank you, I enjoyed doing this card, after I told Sazzle I couldn't do it!! A bit of fear & panic set in but I started it & it just happened!! Xx

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  13. Gorgeous work from all the DT I love seeing what you all come up with. Xxx

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    1. Thank you Sam. It really was a labour of love. The wee folk are great to use. Xx

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    2. Thanks Sam, love those wee folk.

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    3. Thanks Sam - you left us rather large footsteps to following in......(btw - I don't mean you have big feet!! lol)
      Loving these wee folk stamps and looking forward to seeing all the new Clarity "stuff" on Sunday.
      Have a lovely weekend xxx

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    4. Thanks, Sam. The Elves and Fairies were a bit of a departure from the norm for me, so it took a bit of thinking to come up with the end result. ;~}

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    5. Thank you say I do love these wee stamps. Xx

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  14. Ooh, awesome DT pieces of art! I am waiting for my Wee Folk fairies to arrive so will be joining in for sure! xxx

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    1. Thank you, Chris and enjoy your playtime with the Wee Folk when they arrive. ;~}

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    2. I'm sure they'll be winging their way to you as we speak! Have fun with them Chris when they come in to land :-) x

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  15. Lovely messages & comments, thanks again! X

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  16. Well not normally known to blog on the challenge blog, but I have to say there are some wonderful designs this time (as always) - what inspiration from the Design Team and winner of last month, Angela. I love the wee folk, especially the fairies, so will enjoy the challenge this month even though the examples above will be hard to beat !!

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments Moyà. I'm sure you'll have as much fun as we all did with these fabulous stamps. They are so versatile. Looking forward to seeing your work.
      Hugs
      Amanda. Xx

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    2. That's really sweet of you to say Moya - thank you. I look forward to seeing your artwork in the challenge this month. Enjoy creating a special piece to enter, and good luck xxx

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  17. Just LOVE your guest designer piece Angela ... those colours are just wonderful! Well done you! xXx

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