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Monday, 18 January 2016

2015 ClarityStamp DT Gallery

Hello there, boy I do miss Blogging - would you like to grab a cuppa and we can chat and I will showcase some of my Cards made for ClarityStamp.

One of my Favourite Designs from ClarityStamp is the "Word Chains" they are right u!p my street in every way. They are lovely to look at, useful, handy, can really "make" a piece of work
that you don't know how to finish off?  The most useful stamps I have.
See without these Word Chain Stamps this just wouldn't have looked finished! ART is my favourite word, I love how it looks and I love how it gives that suggestion to the viewer, they might not think it is ART but their brain will tell them it is!!!
That's why I use this one A LOT !!!
My  New Years Resolution (well one of them) is to be a regular Blogger like I used to be.  Its actually how I got started really, before I started to use Face Book. FB is great for keeping up with lots of people at once, although sometimes I find it a little overwhelming trying to keep up with all the posts.  Also  If you don't keep up with FB you get thrown to the bottom of everyone's list and then it can be disheartening if no-one acknowledges your post, i.e. like when you get more comments on your post about the back of your head than you do on a Video you took time to make showcasing your work over the last few years.  See one is personal and one is about what I do? Well just so you know  I appreciate all the social  comments about my new hair do and the Crafty comments, and friends.  See sometimes we just want to get personal and chatty.

Meet Lilly - Isn't she lovely.
She has a lot of lovely friends too.

The Ladies - I love all of the Claritystamp Lady Stamps. I love giving them Gelli Plate Dresses!
This is one of my samples used in my Gelli Plate Class last year, and below is the samples from my Students, ha ha that sounds so weird saying my Students? Attendees? Mates/
Mmmm now I am not sure who did which card, who claims this one? Its Gorgeous isn't it?
This colour combo is just perfect.
Again I am not sure who made this one but again I think it looks great.This one has a Gelli Plate Background with "Sam's Eggs" (that's me) Stencil added over the top. We put a piece of square card in the middle to keep that area white and then that piece of card was stamped on and cut out to make a matching dress, then we stamped Lilly  directly onto the centre of the card too and got her all dressed up.
Was this one done by Jayne ? I know Jayne likes Green and I think it works really well
over the Yellow background print.  More of a "Lets Do Lunch" dress do you think?
Again this one was done by me, what would I have done without the
Gelli Plate to make it look like I know what I am doing eh?
This was my very first Gelli Plate Class in 2014 and the lovely Lynne Hammond came along to support me.
So what does this mean?  Well, I think People are interested in the work I and our Clarity Team do otherwise we wouldn't have so many FB Friends from like-minded Crafters but maybe the Blog is where people want to see Crafty posts about what we do, after all you can put in a good picture tutorial on a Blog.   I always used to do this sort of post through my Blog, so that's the way I will do it again now.  Apart from anything else I do like to waffle on about what I do, who I see and what new stamps, stencils, paints etc I have been playing with.  Most of all I love to do Tutorials, in Pictures and on You Tube.  So I hope you will re-join me in 2016 to get all Bloggy again. 

Ah this was an ATC I did a long time ago where I turned Lilly into Mary Poppins. So who knows which Stamp Set this Cat is from?  The Swirl Stamp is another one of my Favourites.  I was going to give you the link to the Floral stamp but there are so many gorgeous ones I thought I would link you to the whole lot so you can check them out.   There are a lot I have missed myself, those daffodils for instance, I NEED them.
Look, even she would have fitted into that Magic Bag of hers!
I can't remember who received this ATC?
I would like to say I appreciate every one of my Blog Followers and your comments and I know (because you have told me) that some of you do not like to comment but you do like to read my Blogs so Lets begin afresh for 2016.

Ah here is another Lovely Clarity Lady - I told you I like Lady Stamps!
This one I added to this Photo Frame, then gilded it in Gold after putting the Pattern on with Grunge Paste.
She is called La Petite Musique and has a few friends too.

So what are my Plans this year - well as it has been for the last 2 and a half years, for me, its all about ClarityStamp. I love the products. I love the buzz of being on the DT and I love my Team Mates.  Barbara in particular - our Boss Lady as I like to call her, never ceases to amaze me with her forethought, her talent and her generous ways.  I think we all know that she invented the first See Through Stamp, and she has been bringing us a wide range of innovative Crafty ideas ever since.  She is a very talented Stamp Designer and is still generous in giving other designers a chance to shine too. I still have a list as long as my arm of  Clarity Stamps I "need". 
This little beauty is the next one on my list, she reminds me of me lounging around the house !!!! Ha Ha.
  So this  Blog of many for 2016 will be an overview of my Cards in Pictures and Video showcasing some of those lovely stamps.  I can't wait to see what new things we have coming our way this year.  I wonder if any of my Teamies would be up for a Blog Hop next month?  Mmmm that could be fun, what do you think, would you follow a blog hop? what would you want to see at the end of it??

and this is me practicing my Tap Dancing in the Kitchen, I drive the kids nuts!
I have always wanted to get work in Magazines too and it looks like that might just be starting to happen, so watch this space.  I have also now learnt how to use IMovie Properly and will be doing more video tutorials,  Classes are never far from my thoughts but when you are a single Mam for a big chunk of the year then your time isn't really your own, its hard to make commitments on a regular basis, so one off sessions is definitely the way to go for me but I do wonder if I would get enough people wanting to attend and if I do get enough people will I have enough equipment?? The perfect option for me would be to do Online classes, would people pay to watch me online? well maybe it can be something I look into, of course I am talking Gelli Plate here, mixed in with Journaling, stamping, blending etc etc Mmmm, we will see, all I know is that if I don't get something going I might have to "get a job"??? Oh noooo????

Oh and look here is my Living Room and Skye is sniffing the Xmas Presents!
You could make a whole story book with these Clarity Stamps couldn't you!. I have always
loved this Wrought Iron Dolls House Set.
 I sometimes think I am so lucky to be a stay at home Mam when my kids are so NOT toddlers anymore!! But I did always intend to "work from home" they told us once on Tomorrow's World that one day we would all be working from home?? Well I haven't seen any REAL online jobs advertised have you?

Anyway enough for now.  I hope you will join me on my refreshed Blog Journey this year, we have had fun in the past haven't we?? My lack of Blogging all started with trouble from my Blogs homesite and that has never been properly put right, so I will carry on flitting from Lap Top to Ipad and back again, so that I can keep this Blog alive.
Thank you for listening and I hope you enjoyed my Gallery.  Which are your favourite Stamps from Clarity?  I have provided you with links to some of mine, but there are a lot more that even I have been discovering as I was looking through my list - so many to buy, so little time!!!
Here is a Video of a Gelli Plate Journal I did using some of my favourite ClarityStamps
The Journal Set obviously? & Birds & Music Set also the Word Chains
 Please click the link under the picture.
So thank you for popping in and I hope to see you again soon!.xx
Carry On Crafting
Sam xxx 


  1. I wasn't expecting to get a mention when I popped on here to see what you've been up to Sam. It was a fun night at your class and I always love watching you do your magic on the Gelli plate. I hope 2016 is a great crafty year for you. x

    1. Thanks Lynne. You should always check in just in case I am giving out some info about you!!!!! Luv ya! Xx

  2. Hey Sam great blog post showcasing some of your fab stuff...I always brew up before reading as I know you like to waffle on and on just like you do in real life..I can here your voice in my head when I read lol. Xx

    1. Ha ha you made me LOL and the thing is you are being honest.. Luv ya Linda. Xxx

  3. Hey Sam great blog post showcasing some of your fab stuff...I always brew up before reading as I know you like to waffle on and on just like you do in real life..I can here your voice in my head when I read lol. Xx

  4. great post. hadn't seen you blog in ages. and i see there has been a great improvement on spelling..... sorry couldn't help myself. take care xx

    1. Ha ha Theresa! I had a feeling you might pop in so I got my Google spell checker out !!! Thanks for popping in, nice to see you again. X

  5. Really enjoyed that little chat Sam, Fred let me down badly on the cuppa to go with it though. Wish I was closer to join in one of your classes, I would be front of the queue. Hope the magazine work comes good, you deserve that recognition. Keep blogging I reckon a lot of us will be reading your posts. xx

    1. Thank you Lynne for your really lovely comment. Shame about the lack of a cuppa though!!! 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.