Friday, 31 October 2014

A Dotty Day

Hello there.

Friday’s blog a private peek.
Well what a week! Oh what a week!
Way too much pressure for this little head;
trying to put a HUGE shipment to bed. 
Boxes and labels, bags and stencils;
stamps and card, brushes and pencils.
If Santa had seen our own Clarity Elves
wrapping and packing, and emptying the shelves, 
their names and phone numbers he’d surely remember - 
and ask them to work for him in December!

By Wednesday I thought we were all going potty - 
then Elf Annie arrived with Baby Elf Dotty!


She also learned quickly to box and pack - 


and edit stencils on the Mac!


She even spent quality time with Jim,
lots of ideas and tips for him!


and I went from being all miserable moody,




to a Mum again, happy, and rather broody.


So thank you young Dotty, for saving my day.
I’d forgotten how lovely it is to just play.

much love,

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Film and Fibre rules! CLEARANCE SALE


Hello there!
Thursday’s Blog is something blue, so here’s another lovely lady: the Geisha.
Yesterday, we went all Autumnal 
with Suede and the Maple Leaves;
today with are going Japaneasy again, 
but with the Fusible fibres and film.

Mmm...have you noticed?
Both yesterday and today we have gone back in time to Clarity techniques a few seasons ago. A trip down Memory Lane, eh.
If you check out yesterday, you will quickly realise that you can mix and match the techniques.

(This lovely lady made an appearance 
on the 19th October blog, too!)



We are moving forward, with stencils, paint and all sorts!
That’s not to say we can’t go back in the archives and revisit our cherished past. Still as nice as ever. 

Let’s have a closer look at the lovely Geisha again....



Dab some Stonewashed and Wild Plum on bubble wrap,


and spread/blend the colours with your brayer.


Lay the bubble wrap down on the card inky face down, 
and you get this.


Roll over it with the ink brayer, and it tones right down.


Now we’ve practised, let’s make a panel with masking tape and roll straight through her midriff!


Nice and Japaneasy.


This sign says Luck in Chinese. 
I know it’s not Japanese! I just told YOU!


Now for the dress.
Ink up the Geisha with black Archival, 
and perch the stamp inky side up on the Perspex riser.
Place some Fusible fibres directly onto the stamp. 
Don’t worry! Our stamps can take the heat!


Cover with a sheet of Baking Parchment and iron medium hot.
A travel iron is perfect. A flat hot iron, no steam please!
The image will be visible through the parchment paper when it is working.


Peel the image off the stamp, cut her dress out
and attach with double-sided tape.
Glue just soaks in and doesn’t work well.


Stamp the parasol but not the handle into place on the card.
Now do exactly the same for the parasol as you did for her dress, but instead of fibre, use fusible film and set the iron a little cooler.
Cut the film-parasol out and use glue to attach.


Trim the white card to a tall panel.


and mount on a lovely complimentary blue card.


Now this fusible film and fibre may be yesterday’s fad, 
but my goodness! It is beautiful!

IT’S SALE TIME!!
I want to put together a bumper pack of Fibres at a super price, 
with 3 metres of film and a free riser!
Let’s say 7 different colours
£43 worth for £19.99
(and Clarity club members get an additional 10% discount)

Why? 
Because we’re kind and generous and giving...
and because we need the space in the warehouse!
Warehouse is a big word; it smacks of BIG!! 
But we aren’t big!!
We work out of farm buildings and are climbing over stuff, 
with more stuff on the boat! Yikes!!!
So these seven big boxes have to go! That’s why!
Call it a clearance if you like. Literally.

much love
Barb
xx




Wednesday, 29 October 2014

An Autumn Kiss and a Special Offer.

Hello there.
Thanks for stopping by.
The colours of the leaves at this time of year 
are absolutely amazing, aren’t they?
Wednesday’s Blog is something new.
So here are a couple of old but lovely Claritystamps:
 Suede and the Maple leaves.


What a fab combination.
You see, to many people reading this, 
the wonderful Erté lady and the leaves WILL be new.

So let’s take a look...

Stamp the lady in black Archival on Water-colour paper.
Cut an A4 sheet of the water-colour paper into 2 x A5. 
You will need both halves for this project.


Stamp her again on some handmade paper or designer paper 
or tissue or Gelli plate scrap paper.


Cut out the dress and the hat, and glue the outfit over the stamped image. I use Zig glue.


Cut the centre out of the second A5 Water-colour half, 
leaving an inch wide frame.

Stamp the maples leaves randomly all over the frame, in Butterscotch, Cranberry, Pesto and Caramel Adirondacks.
There are 3 sizes of maple leaf.




Stamp the leaves into the centrepiece too, 
and cut some individual ones out. 
Attach these to the frame, to break up the edges.



So when you overlay the frame, she looks lovely!


But methinks we need a backdrop...
Enter the brushes and a Post-It mask.


It wouldn’t be a Barbie pic without some torn paper


and a moon!



Ground her, too.



Now I think we have finished. What think you?



A really easy, traditional card.

Let’s make you a super offer:
But the Lady and the 3 maple leaves are FREE!
All unmounted stamps
for the special price,


Have a lovely Wednesday! 
I shall be back tomorrow with something blue....

much love,

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

YouTube Tuesday Funky Foliage

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in!
It really is good to know that you are enjoying what I do here!
Have you voted yet? This little blog of mine has been nominated for not one but two awards! How chuffed am I?!
Here are the links, if you feel inclined. 

Crafts Beautiful Craft Awards 2014
The British Craft Awards 2015

And whilst you were there, you could tick a few more Clarity Boxes. If you thought we were worth it, of course.

Here is a YouTube video to show you a really neat trick called Faux Batik, where you make the stamped image stand out white against a coloured background.
Very easy. 

And I have added a little twist at the end; try it !




I used the following ingredients, 
and have linked them to the Clarity website for you, so that you can easily locate them if you want them.

The Mini Blending Tool and refills 
come with a FREE A4 Clarity Bending Mat !

The Ink Pads I used were:






Distress Pad Squeezed Lemonade




Last but not least:


One of the best stamps of 2014. 
If you were contemplating getting the set of 49 Distress Markers, 
now might be a good time,  because we will send you this Stamp as a gift.
This offer is valid until next Tuesday 4th November.


much love,