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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge

Mixed Media Canvas
Made for entry into

    I have been itching to enter some Challenges lately so I can just go wild and do anything I want - well that certainly happened here!!! 
When I noticed that my Favourite Magazine,
The Craft Stamper !!!!
had a new Take it Make it Blog Challenge, well I just had to give it a go.  I spent hours and hours with my Clarity Stamp Stencils and Canvas,
my Grunge Paste
 my Open Acrylics,
 System 3 Paints 
 PaperArtsty Transluscent Paints,
Ranger Re-Inkers,
 Sand Paper,
 a Tesco's wet wipe 
and of course the main part of the Challenge, my Clarity Stamps
 The more I did the less I liked it, not the Canvas itself, I do love Collage and I was happy with that bit. But I have discovered that I have a slight aversion to PUPLE??
Well to cut a long story short - well not really, this is me after all, Mrs Blog Waffler!!
I decided that the Canvas wasn't good enough to be entered but thought I could get away with it on my Timeline on Face Book.  I didn't want to waste my efforts completely.  Well as soon as I put it up I got loads of comments from people saying how much they liked it.  Then Tracy Eason who is on the Design Team for The Craft Stamper Challenge said "we have a competition on that you could enter it into, you have 53 minutes left before it closes"!! "Well" I said," that is the competition I made it for"!!! So the madness began, Tracy was trying to help me to understand Linky while I was trying to upload my photo from my phone to my computer to Linky at the same time as I was starting up this blog so that I had something to Linky it to!!! Phew!
So Here is my entry into the Challenge.  Wouldn't it be a dream to win the Guest DT bit into you favourite Magazine?  Hey dream big I say, but when you don't win just be happy that you managed to work out LINKY !!!
I must say I do love the Clarity Stamps and Stencil and being on the DT you may say I am bias, but I am not because I was buying Clarity Stamps way before I joined the team.  These stamps in particular are so versatile and are always close to hand for me.  I will add a few pictures to show part of the process of my Canvas.
On the Base I just wanted a mix of colour, I load it up and tone it down, I always used the PaperArtsy Chalky White Paint to tone down any painted projects, I love it.

Here I wanted to break down some areas.
On this bit there is a particular favourite Clarity Stencil of mine - its just stripes, well do you know how much you can do with "STRIPES"?
Then I stamped on to Tissue Paper and glued it down onto the Canvas. Sometimes you add these bits and they get a little lost, but the more you do in the background the more interesting the finished result is, with just bits of  all the layers showing through.  That's the plan anyway?
So this is me - I love abstract and almost stopped here! I say Almost!

So here I was really just playing now to see what I could come up with.
 I wanted darker edges and something to lighten up too.
So you can see I have added Purple but watered it back down with the wet wipe. Then just played with some first and secondary stamping straight onto the Canvas Board. That is the good thing with Canvas board - its hard so you don't have to worry about sticking holes in it?

So this is the bit I really enjoy, adding that Grunge Paste through the Stencils.  I love these stencils too, its from the Chess Set, and the Houses, well everyone loves these. The Word Chain Stamps bring any project to life I think and the two compliment each other.  
I coloured the houses and "The Street" with the Clarity Brushes and Open Acrylics, with a touch of the Re-inkers and sanded them back a little.  Then when it was all dry I got some new stencils out including "Sams Bubbles" yep they are mine! up on the left hand side - they are a great "filler" Stencil. So I and used the GP again to ad another dimension.
So at this stage I had stopped taking photos because I was totally engrossed in the project. But basically my thinking was to keep the light and shade going from corner to corner, I coloured the lady with Re-inkers and my finger. I re-did some of the stamping to make it stand out a little more. I like everything to be there for a reason, like the Harmony "swing" to hold the girl in position, the Tree for the boy to sit and read under on a Lazy summer day, the Cobbled street that brings the houses together, you get the picture. Its all about Harmony in the Home.  Boy is it full inside my head sometimes???
 Thanks you for stopping by, wish me luck!
Sam xxx


  1. You did it Sam...woo hoooo. ..It was a close call, lol! Enjoyed reading your post, following along how your project came to be... beautiful and full off happy you managed to link up and join us at Craft Stampers Take it Make it Challenge, good luck know! X X psst.. hope to see you link up next month xx

  2. This is fab Sam ..... lots of colour and texture. So glad you made the challenge deadline. Thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

  3. Love it ! Fingers and toes crossed x

  4. Sam this is fabulous, and a great tutorial, good luck with the Competition I am sure you will win it, Love Karen xxx

  5. good luck! lovely process and colouring xx


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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.