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Sunday, 5 January 2014

DT Samples from Create & Craft Today

Well we had a great live chat on the Clarity Stamp page again this morning and afternoon while Barbara Gray was on Create & Craft. It was lovely to see some first timers too. There was a gorgeous array of Stamps and Stencils for Sale and guess what Everything Went!
This one was a last minute Card, not literally, but one I felt I wanted to add to my mix.   I have been wanting to do some brayered cards but there are a lot of very talented people on the DT who can show you much more complicated samples than me.  However, I do love to brayer and although I kept this as a real basic background I just wanted to show how these gorgeous little stamps can just pop off you card from such a quick and simple background.

 I think the Clarity Stamps are great for all versions of popular crafting, Clarity (obviously) Altered Art, Mixed Media, Matting and Layering. They are varied, versatile and a joy to work with because of the quality and unique and intricate designs.  Ok I am biased  you may think, No/Yes, I am just lucky that as a Clarity Fan I get to play with so many of the Clarity Products.
I wish I had taken pictures of this as I went along.  Sometimes though I like to just get engrossed and not worry about what I am doing.  I enjoyed playing with this Seawee Stencil and Filigraphy Seahorse Stamps from Clarity - Its a mix of  Gelli Plate, Dylusions Inks,  and Embossing Paste. This is the Back of a book, I did a completely different front cover, and some inner backing papers which I will show at a later date.

This one is my personal favourite.  Its a mixture of the lovely Clarity Garden  Heart Stamp  Ocean Swirl Stencil and Love Silhouettes Stamp, Gelli Plate, Clarity Stencil some Art Pencils and a good dollop of Glossy Accents. The background is printed tissue that I stamped onto and Stencilled over.   Because I used Adirondack Inks on the backing paper I sealed it in with a little hairspray otherwise it would have just rubbed off, because the tissue paper is non-porous. .
With this one I did a mixture of techniques, On the Hills I have put some embossing paste which picks up the colour from underneath it, so it just gives a little texture on the side of the hill, I haven't done this before and think it works in the photo but isn't so great when you have it in your hand, so I will play a little more with this, and maybe colour the paste first.   I love this Hot Air Balloon, I think it will be appearing on many a Tag or Book Cover.
My next blog will have a few pictures showing you how I used my Clarity Gilding Flakes on Fabric
  Its OK no Stencilling Brushes were harmed in this process.

 If you check out Barbara's Blog too (if you are not already a follower I highly recommend it) I think Barbara will be putting up some more tutorials this week.
So I will blog again in a few days
Carry On Crafting
Sam xx


  1. Such fab samples Sam - I love them all and they're all so different!!
    What a fab Design Team Barbara has xxxxxx

  2. A fab selection of cards sam, amazing clouds on the Hot Air Balloon card , I definitely need the sea weed stencil x

  3. Lovely as always Sam and a great variety of techniques. Out of sorts with my crafting at the moment. Done a few cards but not a lot. got my Gelli Plate and havent even had a try!!!!!!!!!!!!!x

    1. Kay why don't you come to my Gelli Taster class at end of Jan? I will pm you later re your Mojo, lets get it working again eh?

  4. Omg Sam! They are all fabulous but my favourite is the respect one
    ..that heart is lush!!!! Xxx

  5. I love them all, but I absolutely adore the respect one. Fantastic samples! Wish you weren't so far away... would love to do Gelli plate with you.

  6. Love the Samples clever girl, but the glossy accents heart is stunning. Suz (Surrey Crafts). Xxx

  7. Outrageous Sam... Fantastic!! I love the red heart (my birthday is February!!!) LOL! Only jesting!! Beautiful work mate! xxx

    1. OK Amanda, if your little present to me is as delicious as I think it will be, I will make you your very own heart with pleasure Or ask Barbara to sign Mine and her name on and send this one to you, Did I ever tell you about the ATC???

  8. what an array of cards Sam. love the respect one and the hot air balloon one looks really good xx

  9. What a fantastic collection of cards, all so beautifully designed xxx

  10. C ranked up the lappy to come and look in blogland - fabulous collection of cards . I love that red heart xx

  11. Hi Sam
    I was popping by to see your Fussy and Fancy Feature post. I hope that all is well.
    Hugs, Sheryl

  12. Great cards Sam. I love the colours you've used in the balloon one but I think the Respect one is my fave. x


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Teesside, United Kingdom
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.