So I won't try to catch up with the last year all in one go, but I will do a few Blogs just showcasing some of my work and some of what I got up to in 2017 then I will get back to the present.
In the beginning of 2016/2017 our stamping DT work from Claritystamp was just ticking over nicely month to month because the Groovi System just went Mad -and still is. So Clarity had to put all of their efforts into that at the time. Its a great invention, a great system and gaining popularity all the time, even now.
It also saved the dying hobby of Parchment Craft. I did try the Groovi myself in the beginning but gripping the tools was paintful for me, so was gripping a pencil for too long. What I didnt't know at the time though was that I really wasn't very well and that I had a lot of pains I didn't understand. My Gall Bladder was excessively enlarged and infected, my Bloods were bordering on being out of sync enough to stop me having a much needed operation! etc etc, anyway the reason I mention this is because suddenly I CAN hold a Groovi Tool AND a Pencil for more than 10 minutes without it hurting my hands now. But that still doesn't make me good at Groovi. See that Mixed Media Head of mine just wants to grunge up the Parchment Paper all the time and you cant! So I was proud of my very first Groovi Grid I did and I will leave it at that. Although I do add little bits into my normal work sometimes. In my book if someone on the DT can do it better than you, you should leave it to them, well ALL of the DT can do Groovi better than me. x
However, what did happen was that I became "complacent"! I was ticking a long taking my time with my DT Samples at leisure. I even started up a second Clarity Mixed Media Workshop - well I had so much time on my hands. This new workshop was and is held at Crafters Companion, Aycliffe Store. They sell loads of Claritystamp products there. I loved holding my workshops there because they look after you so well and its a great "Crafting" atmosphere, obviously!.
Anyway just after I took on this extra workshop Clarity started to concentrate on Stamps again, people had missed getting new ones and I think Barb was wanting to pick up on them again anyway. Well suddenly we were bombarded! In a good way really but as I put so much pressure on myself when I am prepping for workshops and I spend hours in my craft room trying to come up with something new for every set of stamps or stencils I get I was finding it a bit too much to be honest. I went from twiddling my thumbs to stressing myself out completely trying to keep up with everything. Then it hit me, instead of trying to do something different for every set of stamps and stencils and then trying to do something different for each workshop why don't I make them all one project!!!
So I would do my DT Samples and use them in the next workshop in the village, then I would repeat that workshop at Crafters Companion, because I have different people attending both. This way I was producing much better work. However, I did start to get a crossover of some people wanting to come to both workshops, so sometimes I varied the project a little from one to the other.
So anyway, enough of the chat for now, I will showcase some of my cards from last year, here and over the next few Blogs.
|This card started off with a background made from distress crayons, which I had never played with before. I then used the Claritystamp Star Mini Stencil and on top of all that I put the main stencil|