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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

December Clarity Stamp Challenge 2013

So this is the last Clarity Stamp Challenge for this year and boy what a year it has been for me Craft Wise - I will go into that one maybe right at the end of the year. But for now I will stick with the subject at hand.  The theme for this challenge is "Scene Building"!  My heart sank a little when I saw the title because I knew that the rest of the DT are just so good at this and believe me they really are good at this, the entries they have put in are just fabulous.  I felt a little out of my depth.  You see I can build a scene and I can use a brayer but what I struggle to do is make everything look in proportion on a picture. I actually made five cards for this Challenge work, my favourite one was a kitchen scene I had done, I loved it, I made my own wall paper with clarity stamps, I even made a chequered floor with a brayer on the Clarity Coated Card but it didn't look right you couldn't distinguish the Skirting board from the floor, so I distressed a little with inks and the floor looked great like something from the 1920's so I stamped the Clarity Lady a dog and a table, the dog was supposed to be running away from the lady and she was holding her arms out and calling him, that bit worked, but it didn't look like they were in a kitchen, they looked like they were stood in front of a decorated card?  So guess what I decided to do, funnily enough my Daughter "gave me the same advice" Fold the card in half and put the wall at the back (how come both of us made this mistake?)so I did that and of course they now look like they are laying down - on a decorated card!!!!! I had even put a tear in the wallpaper to make it looked aged - My daughter said "Mam this looks really old because it"s torn" so at least that worked!!


This is one of my rejects, I got to this stage!
Then I totally over-cooked it, see below.
So I gave in, but I am not disheartened because I now know this:
 If you make a Kitchen Scene, or any scene - take out the stamps you are going to use before you make your background, if I had done this I might have realised that the squares on the floor were too large for the size of the figures and that the pattern on the wallpaper was too large for the size of the wall, and that the border of stamped animals was too wide for the amount of wall.  All things that can be rectified right?  


I like it myself but in my books it would be labelled
"Not Fit For Purpose"
But on this occasion I took the easy option, easy for me!  I might not be able to see a picture in my head to put on a blank piece of paper, but I can always see a picture in a Gelli Print!

So I had a play with my Gelli Plate, and then inked into the print and Stamped over the top.
I also did a bit of the "Credit Card" technique on the Gelli print. 
Made using the Gelli Plate and Duck & Drake Set

 So why am I telling you this, well 1. to get it off my chest.  2. Because I know a lot of people will be daunted by this task, but I don't want you to feel that way.  It is here to be enjoyed, its here to show our own creativity, with the Help of the Clarity Stamps and Gelli Plate and Brayer etc.  3. To tell those who are daunted that these challenges are not a competition with each other but a challenge for ourselves to conquer our own fears and to try something a little different and maybe out of our comfort Zone!!  - OK a contradiction I know for this one, but only because I was running out of time - but I can guarantee that you will see my little 1920's kitchen looking like a kitchen with home made wallpaper is a future challenge because I like to learn and improve, and I won't be beaten by a kitchen tile that just needs to be cut in quarters - yes it was that big, should I show you it?  NO CHANCE!

So I say you are not in competition with others, another contradiction, because there is the chance to win a £50 gift voucher to spend at Clarity  Stamp and then the top 5 chosen by us, the Design Team, will be featured on the blog.  So go on why don't you have a go, in your own way to "build a scene" why not try it on the Gelli Plate, Barbara has given us some great examples of how to do this and you can check them out on the Web Site.

If you got this far, well done, grab a cuppa or vino you deserve it,
but please leave a comment first.
Cary on Crafting.
Sam xx

20 comments:

  1. A great read as always Sam, love your crafty words of wisdom x

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    1. Thank you Lisa, I appreciate all your comments. You know what Lisa, I waffle on so much I often delete one or two paragraphs before I post. So its nice to hear that you enjoy it, too much time on my own so it all comes out on here!!! xxx

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  2. Ps. Love your gelli plate piece , stunning colours x

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  3. love your ramblings. and the pinky tag looks good says she who doesn't like pink. so it should mean a lot more ....... xx

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    1. Thank you Theresa - I know exactly where you are coming from and do appreciate the compliment because I don't like pink either, unless its with a strong green or black! I was determined to "keep it pretty",

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  4. Great blog post and an a bit of an insight into your arty mind. X

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    1. Oh not sure that is a GOOD THING???? Thank you for your comment Linda, I do always appreciate them.

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  5. Hi Sam, lovely work. Totally with you on that whole aspect of challenges! Keep em coming lovey. Xxx

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  7. Oops, I messed up the first comment.

    Love all of the details you get in your Gelli prints, Sam. Your posts always make me smile. x

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  8. It is nice to hear the processes that go on to produce the final card! The final card is ace Sam xx

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  9. Hi Sam, you make me laugh (always a good thing) and I do enjoy reading your blogs and looking at your work (which is lovely by the way). I love doing scene building but I don't think I could do yours. I don't have a Gelli Plate. I do know the process from art college and I sometimes get my silicon mat out and have a play, it works on the same principal. But like you I won't be showing as I don't feel they are up to scratch. I feel I can make better backgrounds just using the Clarity stamps. So maybe with a bit more practice I may invest in a Gelli in the new year and then I will have to pick your brain Sam. hugs xx

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    1. Hi Emma I did reply to you last week but the comment isn't here? I just wanted to say thank you for all you lovely comments that you give me. You can pick my brain any time you want about the Gelli Plate, I do go off on one a bit when talking about it though so be warned. I bet you could teach me a few techniques too by the sound of it, I am always keen to learn. Sam xx

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  10. Morning Sam, your project is wonderful and you have put in some great advise too. I like your rejects as well.

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  11. Evening Sam, ...a great read as always...and your work is fabulous....always look forward to your blog posts.....Crafty hugs....Jo. X

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  12. Hi Sam, my first visit to your blog and not my last though. Loved the narrative about your scene building. I do love the final piece it is gorgeous. I look forward to seeing your kitchen scene.

    Hugs
    Linda xxxx

    A new follower too :) xxxxx

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    1. Thank you Linda I really appreaciate your comment and I am so happy that you are following. I am home alone a lot so I tend to put all my waffling into my Blog! x

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  13. Love you use of colour in both of these Sam. Just Love your Blog very entertaining. x

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  14. Hi Sam! I love all three! These are absolutely gorgeous! I loved reading your post. I'm hoping that you can pop over to the DT post to enter our Christmas blog candy from me! I choose a winner tomorrow afternoon! We are bracing for over a foot of snow here this weekend!
    I hope that you are well!
    Big Warm Hugs, Sheryl

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  15. Thank you for sharing your own 'fears' about achieving the 'right' king of card. I haven't entered many challenges recently, due mainly to lack of time but also lack of confidence. I also like to get it right first time and I really should let go and think of it as a learning curve :)
    Your artwork is amazing and I like all of the above pieces, you really do think outside the box!
    Thank you also for your lovely comments on my blog x

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I am proud to be on the Design Team for Claritystamp & for the Clarity Stamp Challenge Blog and the Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog. I have always had an interest in Arts & Crafts and studied for six years and gained certificates in Arts & Crafts, Interior Design, and Soft Furnishings, I even did a Painter & Decorator course. I was originally taught everything I know by my Mam and I now have a passion/obsession for crafts as I develop my techniques. I archived my Goal and have now worked as a demonstrator too.