Friday, 1 July 2016

Challenge 41


Welcome to summer Clarity crafters!

Well what a busy month June has been for Clarity.  We've had Maria Simms and Paul Church doing their thing on Hochanda and also the Crowborough open days too. 

Were you able to attend and watch the design team in action showing the many techniques that they are famous for?  If you were there you will have also met the two newcomers to the design team, Linda Williams and Tina Cox, who are experts in the field of parchment.

Looking ahead to July, Barbara will be hosting the first of her retreats in Crowborough.  If you've been before you'll know that you will enjoy two fun packed days under the guidance and tuition from the lady herself with a helping hand from Paul Church.  If you'd like to attend one of the workshops there are still places, just pop along to the Clarity website for more details.


********

Onto our new challenge theme for July.

We all love "DAYS OUT" don't we?  Whether they're to the seaside, a ride in the country or a walk with the dog in the woods.



So our challenge theme for this month is quite simply to depict your day out, wherever it may be, and share your artwork with us (using your Clarity products only of course).

We look forward to sharing the stories behind your artwork and no doubt wishing ourselves to those places as well, so please let us know what your inspiration for the design has been.

If you're looking for inspiration of course we have the design team on hand to share their artwork with you to give you a helping hand.

Have fun designing and can't wait to see the entries.

(click on my name or photo to go to my blog)

(click on my name or photo to go to my blog)

(click on my name or photo to go to my blog)

(click on my name or photo to go to my blog)

(click on my name or photo to go to my blog)

(click on my name or photo to go to my blog)

(click on my name or photo to go to my blog)

(click on my name or photo to go to my blog)



(Guest Designer - Winner from challenge 39)


Hi everyone

My name is Alison although most of you will know me as alimecca.  I do answer to Ali or Al too which is what my close friends and family call me.

I've been married to Dave for almost 29 years although I've known him for 40 years!  We met when I started teaching and we both taught PE.  In later years I moved across to special needs and became SENCO.  We also have a lovely little cat called Scamp who is now 14.

I have crafted for most of my life but came to paper craft about 15 years ago.  My Mam was a time served seamstress and she taught me to sew and knit.  I loved doing tapestries when I was in my twenties as they were my way of creating a picture as I can't draw for my life.  I still knit and enjoy making aran jumpers as they have to be thought about.

I began card making when I was flicking through channels one day and came across Create and Craft and saw people like Glenda Waterworth, Jayne Nesterenko and of course the wonderful Barbara Gary!  I was fascinated by what these talented people could create from nothing.  I tried stamping but was never really any good until I tried Clarity stamps and they changed my whole outlook.  I went through a phase of die cutting, but am now addicted to the wonderful thing that is Groovi!  I have virtually every plate and love trying the new techniques such as white work, piercing and snipping.  I am totally in awe when I see the samples created by the design team.

I had the privilege of meeting Barbara last year at Catterick and was chuffed to bits when she recognised my name.  She is a true inspiration to me and I'm sure very many others too.

I decided to attempt a little canvas for my guest designer piece instead of a Groovi piece, more to prove to myself that I could do it.  My inspiration for it was family days out to Scarborough when I was younger where we used to have one of the beach chalets and plonk our deckchairs on the sand where my sister and I would be off collecting shells or swimming (not something I would do now in the north sea as it's so cold).

I hope you enjoy looking at my artwork and that it brings back memories for you too.






********


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 via email to us an 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 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 July (GMT) to enter.




    xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx


    16 comments:

    1. Alison your design project is amazing crafting hugs xxx

      ReplyDelete
    2. Wow love how you have done your beach scene Alison nice to be working with you x

      ReplyDelete
    3. Such clever interpretations for the wonderful projects. Thank you so mcuh for this fun challenge

      ReplyDelete
    4. Alison what a fantastic canvas just beautiful. Wish I was there.

      X

      ReplyDelete
    5. Hi Alison - love your designer piece, it's a great arty canvas. It does bring back memories when we used to holiday in Bournemouth for two weeks each year as tots. Then as my brother & I grew up and as teenagers, we went to Ramsgate with Mum & Dad as there was a little more there to entertain us all.
      It's great to get to know you a little more & thank you for sharing your crafting journey with us :-)
      Enjoy your weekend X



      ReplyDelete
    6. I have to admit I drew a bit of a blank when I first saw the challenge - thank you for all the design team inspiration, what wonderful interpretations. Alison, your beach scene is amazing. So now I think I need to go and peruse my stamps and stencils and Groovi plates, and see what I can come up with!

      ReplyDelete
      Replies
      1. Thank you, Lucinda. It's not much help I know but I had a phrase in mind then went about 'planning' (not) how to go about it. Looking forward to your project. ;~}

        Delete
      2. I was chatting to my mum on Tuesday, she'd had a day out at Athelhampton House and was telling me about it, and it's sparked an idea of what I might do - and definitely relates to a day out then! Now for the execution x

        Delete
    7. Hi everyone,
      Brilliant samples from the design team as always. Thank you for the very kind comments about my little canvas. Lucinda, I have to say I also drew a blank when I found out what the title of the category was! I did have a bit of a panic when I realised I HAD to come up with something!! Love Alison xxx

      ReplyDelete
      Replies
      1. I love the deck chairs as they are so archetypal of a British summer - been there, seen it, done, it!! OFTEN! The sandy texture also adds atmosphere to the seaside image. Thank you. ;~}

        Delete
      2. Alison, you rose to the challenge admirably! No panic in evidence!

        Delete
    8. A lovely canvas Alison, I can just see myself sitting in one of those chairs! Congratulations on winning a Clarity voucher - I hope you enjoy spending it.

      ReplyDelete
    9. A lovely canvas Alison, I can just see myself sitting in one of those chairs! Congratulations on winning a Clarity voucher - I hope you enjoy spending it.

      ReplyDelete
    10. Beautiful canvas, I especially love the way you have got texture into the sand

      ReplyDelete
    11. Beautiful canvas, I especially love the way you have got texture into the sand

      ReplyDelete

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your comment, each one is read and greatly appreciated xx