Friday, 1 November 2013

Challenge 9

Welcome to a new month!

We've now turned back the clocks, the nights are getting darker much earlier and it won't be long before the mornings take a little longer to lighten up too.  Most people would think that this is depressing, but not us crafters!  We take advantage of the winter and hibernate to our craft spaces and make the most of it.


Did you watch the launch of Barbara's new DVD, Artful Crafting, on Create and Craft?  What a mammoth weekendathon that was with three days of Clarity, Barbara and loads of techniques and tips. Barbara had a new pupil in the classroom in the form of Martyn and he did really well with his school work and got a gold star from the teacher.

The second launch of the month was Barbara's new blog, One Day At A Time.  Where does she find the time?  If you would like to follow her daily posts please click here.  Her poem for the blog is as follows and sets out her daily plan:

Monday's blog is trees and flowers
Tuesday's blog rolls back the hours
Wednesday's blog is something new
Thursday's blog is always blue
Friday's blog, a private peak
Saturday's blog, a new technique
But the blog which is posted on the Sabbath day
is step by step, and typical Gray!

Those wheels just keep on turning don't they?


The lucky winner of the £50 Clarity voucher and our top 5 can be found in the post below and the post below that announces the lucky winner of the DVD from our giveaway.

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

(using Clarity stamps ONLY)

The festive season will soon be upon us, although the shops have got their shelves full already.  This challenge will give you a chance to showcase your Christmas cards and projects or simply give you some inspiration to begin. There's a huge selection of Christmas stamps on the Clarity website so come and join in the fun.  Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way...

You could be the winner of this months £50 Clarity voucher.  Sound tempting?

The Clarity stamp challenge design team have had their own ideas on this theme too and they have really given you some great ideas to get you ready for the festive season.  If you'd like to know which stamps they've used please visit their personal blogs by clicking on their names.





Angela Simpson
(Guest Designer - winner from challenge 7)

Hello my name's Angela Simpson and I've been crafting since childhood, firstly knitting and sewing dolls clothes and then my own.  I love making cross stitch samples, though don't have as much time to do these as I used to.  I've been paper crafting in earnest for almost ten years now.

I first saw Barbara on Create and Craft about two years ago and just fell in love with her stamps and the techniques she demonstrates.  Since then I've had so much fun trying out lots of techniques, including the Gelli plate!!!!

Here's Angela's card for this month's 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 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 October (GMT) to enter.

xx Happy crafting and Clarity hugs xx


  1. Beautiful card Angela. I particularly love how you've used the carol stamp as a frame. It works really well. x

  2. wow what fabulous DT work and love Angela's guest DT card too. Must look out my stamps and try to make time to join in x

  3. Stunning examples from the DT. Barbara's right, she has a wonderful talented team round her. Can't wait to see you at the NEC.

  4. That is a stunning card Angela. I particularly like the shading work around the Christmas carols, matching the sand and sky! Well done! X

  5. Gorgeous DT creations and thanks for another great challenge x

  6. Angela your card is beautiful. Great to see you love the Gelli Plate, me too! Congratulations on your win! Sam xx

  7. Love your card Angela. Great work from the DT as well :-)

  8. These are all gorgeous! Don't know how the DT can choose!

  9. how do you enter it direct and does it close tonight and what time. as amailed mine in but not on here yet thanks joy

  10. Lovely card Angela, I like the way you've used the carol stamps!


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