Sunday, 13 March 2016

Challenge 37 - Mid Month Reminder


Hello everyone, how are you all doing on this Sunday?  Hard to believe we are mid way through March isn't it!!!

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I hope you will join us in wishing Barbara a very happy birthday.


Have you read her blog today?  Did you know that she was born in Germany?


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Here's a picture of a piece of art produced by Barbara a while back, but certainly gives a wonderful example of All About the Girls


We're hoping to break some more records this month by looking to have 100 entries.  Have you entered yet?  Do you know someone else who might like to enter?  We've some very lovely entries so far and the Design Team have given us some wonderful works of art to inspire us!

Here's some more inspiration from them, don't forget you can click on their name or works of art to link to their blog pages!!









We look forward to receiving your entries and don't forget the Calendar Challenge!!






xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx




Monday, 7 March 2016

Calendar Challenge 2 - Winner


Late on parade this month, apologies folks!!!  I bet you've all been sitting there patiently waiting for me to reveal the winner haven't you?

We'd better have a big fanfare for this one...



Wow!  How fantastic were those entries!?  It's amazing just how excellent they all are.  How to pick a winner though.  That is pretty impossible, but here goes.


And the lucky winner is.......

Congratulations Marian, Please contact Sazz at claritystampchallenge@hotmail.com
to claim your voucher.



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If you'd like to take part in this months calendar challenge click on the title below



If you'd like to "do the double" why not give the monthly challenge a go as well?
The current theme is:




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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 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 March (GMT) to enter.




    xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx

    Friday, 4 March 2016

    Winner and Top 5 - Challenge 35


    Thank you to everyone who entered our "Love" challenge which ran throughout February.

    We had a great mixture of entries this month including stamps, stencils and groovi.  It's great to see the variety and expertise from all of you, but it certainly makes the judging more and more difficult each month.

    It's lovely to see the number of entries increasing and expanding our challenge family, it's like group therapy - but free!!!!! If you're new to the challenge this month, then welcome and we look forward to seeing future entries from you.



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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 Mary!
    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)

    #27 Lynn

    #56 Donna Brooks

    #68 Julie Little

    #70 Jane Brown

    #74 Debbie



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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

    Wednesday, 2 March 2016

    Calendar Challenge 3


    We're on the third calendar challenge of the year and each month we have increased the number of entries.  Let's try and make this a bumper month shall we?

    The idea behind the challenge is to reproduce Barbara's artwork from her 2016 calendar. Have you got yours yet?  If not, and you want to take part, why not visit the Clarity website and purchase one.  

    Each month Barbara has supplied step by step instructions to enable you to create your own artwork.

    You'll find below the artwork for March which is called "Never Forget" and features a thought provoking sentiment from Barbara's Shero - Maya Angelou - who sadly passed away in 2014.



    The stamps used for this are:

     You will also need a gelli plate for the background

    The judging will be done by Barbara herself and the winner will receive a £50 Clarity voucher.  Are you up for the challenge?


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    The ways of entering are the exactly the same as the normal monthly 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 March (GMT) to enter.






    xx Happy crafting and crafty hugs xx


    Tuesday, 1 March 2016

    Challenge 37


    Well here we are in March!  Crikey the year is certainly moving at a pace isn't it?

    The snowdrops are popping their heads through the soil and spring is knocking at the door.




    We're already having to cut the grass, what's that all about?



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    February saw another great month of entries both on the main challenge and the calendar challenge and it was lovely to see all of your LOVE themed artwork.

    Once again the ladies on the team have some difficult choices to make, a real mix of stamping, stencils and groovi this month.  Check back on Friday 4th March to see if you're the lucky winner or in the top 5.



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    This months challenge is called "All About the Girls".  

    Who remembers the song from Sailor?  Go on, click on the link, we all know the words don't we?  I keep humming it since listening to it...


    The Clarity web site has some lovely stamps, stencils and groovi plates to help you along the way or why not have a look through your Clarity collection and try using something you have already?  

    March this year is a very busy month with Mothers Day on Sunday 6th March so a definite idea for your cards.



    Then there's Easter at the end of the month.  Will should get your creative juices working?  The thoughts of mother hens maybe!



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


    The design team have once again created some great artwork to inspire you.  To view their works of art either click on their name or their artwork which will take you directly to their blogs.  You can't help but be inspired when you read how they've been made.

    (click on name or photo to go to blog)
    http://carolsartymess.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/claritystamp-challenge-for-girls.html

    (click on name or photo to go to blog)


    (click on name or photo to go to blog)
    http://shelaghscraftyconcepts.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/clarity-challenge-37-its-all-about-girls.html

    (click on name or photo to go to blog)
    http://itscraftoclock.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/ssssssssh-dont-tell-my-mum.html

    (click on name or photo to go to blog)
    http://www.angelascrafthut.co.uk/claritystamp-challenge-its-all-about-the-girls/

    (click on name or photo to go to blog)
    http://puddleduckpastimes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/claritystamp-challenge-its-all-about.html

    (click on name or photo to go to blog)
    http://lindyloushandmadecards.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/claritystamp-challenge-blog-all-about.html

    (click on name or photo to go to blog)
    http://craftymrsp.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/challenge-37-its-all-about-girls.html

    (click on name or photo to go to blog)

    (click on name or photo to go to blog)
    https://artycardsandgifts.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/its-all-about-the-girls/

    (click on name or photo to go to blog)
    http://astipoodle21.blogspot.co.uk/



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    (Guest Designer - Winner from challenge 35)



    Hello my name is Charlotte McGregor and I live in North London with my husband and three children.  I work 4 days a week in my private practice as a Podiatrist.  I qualified 30 years ago and still love my work!

    I have always enjoyed making things but, before being introduced to paper craft by my good friend Marian, it was always sewing.  Now I rarely sew and spend most of my spare time making cards. 

    In the early days of my paper crafting hobby I went to the Big Stamping and Scrapbooking show at Alexander Palace where I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara (before her TV days) and she was so kind taking the time to show me how to stamp and encouraging me to have a go.  I immediately enrolled Marian and myself in the New Design Club and we've been hooked on Clarity ever since.  

    We meet regularly for crafty sessions and enjoy trying out new products and ideas.  The whole idea of taking a blank piece of card and creating something is magical and so de-stressing, a real life saver when times are tough!!

    I have entered the challenge sporadically but my aim for 2016 is to enter the challenge every month AND to stretch myself with new techniques/styles.  My January challenge entry was my first solo attempt with the gelli plate (great fun) and my guest designer card is my attempt to keep is clean and simple to showcase the beautiful line art of the stamps.  

    I used the word "wonderful" because all the girls I know are juggling work, children, parents and home and doing a bloomin' good job!
    
    Keep crafting and enjoying what you do.


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    Here's Charlottes' 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 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 March (GMT) to enter.




    xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx