Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Housey, Housey

Evening everyone, Paul here.
For those of you who are not on Facebook, here is a picture that Barbara posted yesterday.

Have a good evening whatever you are doing.
Paul x

Over to Barbara.

Hey there.
Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you all had a good Bank Holiday weekend.

Housey, Housey is the title of today's blog.
No I'm not practising to be a Bingo caller.
Today's trip through the archives is all about houses.

Here is a list of bits and pieces used:

Have a look at the birds in this piece from Kirsty.
Notice how they are flying away from each other.
This has been done using the Bird Tree stencil.
Don't forget that you can flip the stencils over.
Kirsty Goodwill

A very arty piece from Sam.
She sure does love her grunge.
Sam Crowe
Party time from Jane.
Bright and pink!
Jane Telford
This piece surprised me when I saw it again.
It is arty, but very clean.
Sam must have run out of Grunge paste when she was making this sample.
Sam Crowe

Sam Crowe

When I look at this sample from Linda, it seems to remind me of days gone by.
When the likes of Shakespeare was around.
Linda Spencer
I hope you have enjoyed today's journey.
Love and hugs x

Monday, 30 May 2016

Birds and Butterflies..........

Hi everyone, Paul here.
Hope you have all had a good Bank Holiday Weekend.

Just a quickie from me today.
Still prepping for next Sunday's TV show.

Don't forget that the Floral Stamps Sale runs until midnight Tuesday.

Click HERE for the Floral Stamp Sale.
 Time to hand you over to Barbara.
Paul x

Hey there.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday's Blog is flowers and trees.

Going through the pizza boxes I came across these samples
from the lovely Lynne Hammond.

Perfect for today's blog!

Butterfly Tree - Stamp
Butterfly Tree - Stencil
Bird Tree - Stamp
Bird Tree - Stencil

Seasons - Stamp
Clouds - Mask
Moon/Sun - Mask
Maple Leaves - Stamp

Lets look at the first 2 cards using the Bird Tree stencil.
You will see that the layout is exactly the same,
even the hills in the background.

The only thing that Lynne has changed is the colour of the inks being used.

I think it's quite cool that we can take the same stencil, but make it look so different by just changing the colour.

Lynne Hammond
Lynne Hammond

I really like the perspective on this one.
The stamp in the background and the stencil in the foreground.
The Autumn greeting from the Maple Leaves set of stamps, just finishes it off.
Lynne Hammond
Love and hugs x

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Stencil time!

Hi everyone, Paul here.
Hope you are all having a good Sunday.

Mine has been good, playing catchup with boring household chores, a bit more prep for the TV next weekend and an afternoon nap.

As promised yesterday, I have combined Barbara's Saturday & Sunday blog posts that she prepared before she went away.
Paul x

Hey there.
Thanks for stopping by.

According to my schedule, we should be in Monterey. 

Here is a pic I found on the internet
Does it look familiar?

The stamps and stencils are still on special offer on the website and can be found HERE

Anyway, back to today's trip through the pizza boxes, taking another look at the Design Teams work.

Today, I thought we would look at some stencils and the Gel Press printing plate.
Here is a list of items used in the samples:
Gel Press
7x7 Stencil Card
Leafy Swirl 7x7 Stencil
ABC 7x7 Stencil
Be the Change - Unmounted Stamp
Sunbeam Moonbeam - Unmounted Stamp
Jo's Bubbles 7x7 Stencil
Flower Power 7x7 Stencil
Shepherd's Purse - Unmounted Stamp
Grunge Paste

Kirsty has taken a print from the Gel Press using the Leafy Swirl stencil.
Then run Grunge Paste through the ABC stencil to create the word CHANGE.
Kirsty Goodwill

Another print taken from the Gel Press.
Parts of it have been highlighted using a white Pilot pen.
The verse has been stamped onto blue parchment and then heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

A piece from the Queen of Grunge and Messiness - Sam Crowe.
Again using the Gel Press to lift a print and then the Shepherd's Purse stamp to add a feature.
Sam Crowe

Another from Sam using the Gel Press.
She has used the Charcoal Pencils to add some depth to the circles.

Sam Crowe

A delicate piece from Janet.
Grunge Paste through the Flower Power stencil.
Janet Pring

Love and hugs x

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Getting into Groovi mode..............

Hi everyone, Paul here.

I thought I would take over the whole blog today and then combine what Barbara had planned for today with Sunday's Blog.

I hope you enjoy.

I have been in Groovi mode today.
Prepping for my TV shows on Hochanda next weekend.
Some brand new Groovi Plates designed in conjunction with the lovely Janyne Nestorenko.

So I thought that I would look back at what the Design Team did for Maria's last TV show when she launched 2 new designs from Tina Cox.

Bamboo & Oriental Fan.

I don't think I need to explain each card, just list the products used below:
Groovi Starter Kit
Oriental Fan
Nested Circles
Nested Squares
Lace Border 1

Essentials Set
Straight Grid
Diagonal Grid
Coloured Parchment
Pergamano Exclusive Scissors
Pergamano Perga Cutters
Corner Punches

I really love parchment and am blown away by the pure beauty and elegance of it all.

 Emma Burns

 Mandy Branston
Mandy Branston

Emma Burns 

Maria Simms 
 Mandy Branston

 Susan Moran

 Dee Paramour

Mandy Branston

Right, I better go crack on.

I do try and read all of the comments each day on the blog, but can easily miss things, so if anyone is having any problems, or has any questions. Please feel free to drop me an email paul@claritystamp.com

Much love

Paul xx

Friday, 27 May 2016

Winners all round!

Hey everyone
Well all your captions gave everyone in the office a good giggle on this lovely sunny Friday.
But, there can only be one winner, and the winner is............
 Sarah Wrightson
"Dave how many times have I told you not to go out looking like that, the jacket just doesn't suit you!"
(Sarah, please drop me an email and I will get your prize out in the post on Tuesday.)

Sooooooooooooo, since it is Friday, the sun is shining and the Bank Holiday weekend is almost upon us (plus the boss is on holiday!) 
I think we should have another sale!
Best hand you over to Barbara (whilst I still have a job!)
Paul x

Hi there.
Thanks for stopping by.

So today we conclude our watery trip through the pizza boxes
and finish off with the lovely seashells.

A pastel piece from Paul.
Coloured in with alcohol pens.
A great use of the masks so that you can create a patterned background.
Paul Church
 Stamped into UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) then using gilding wax to bring out the image.
Kelly Ketteringham
A picturesque piece from Lynne.
Great for creating personalised post cards.
Lynne Hammond
Hope you all have a great Bank Holiday weekend.

Love and hugs x

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Time for a caption competition.....

Hi everyone.
Paul again with another picture from Barbara, Dave & Steve.

I think this needs to be a caption competition.
You have until 3pm on Friday 27th May.
Post your caption below and I will get everyone in the office to choose a winner.

The winner will receive a £10 Clarity Gift Voucher.

Time to hand you over to Barbara.
Paul x

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.

According to my schedule, we should be in Pismo Beach (once known as the Clam Capital of the world) today/later and already half way through our holiday.

Before we end up all wrinkled from being under the water for too long during this weeks blog journey.
Lets pop our head above the water and jump aboard a little sail boat and drift along the coast...........

Lets visit the Harbour

A winters scene.
Snow falling in the background.
Seagulls hovering for the fish.
A common sight along the coast.
Paul Church
A typical seaside scene.
Hastings, Bournemouth, Whitby, Salcombe, Tenby.
This could be any coastline.
Great for scrapbooking and cards for men.


Another typical seaside scene.
This one has been done using a brayer, lightly rolled over scrunched up paper and then transferred on to Clarity coated card.
This gives a really nice watery effect.

Love and hugs x

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

It looks a bit fishy to me..........

Hello everyone, Paul here, I hope you are all behaving.
Sorry I didn't get the time to comment last night, but I was playing!

Have you seen the new Pergamano Perga Cutters on the website?
They are very easy to use.
This is what I did last night
(also a sneaky peek of a new Groovi plate)
Right, time to hand you over to the lovely Barbara.
Paul x

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in.

I hope you didn't get too wet yesterday with our journey under the sea.
But before we dry off, lets delve a little deeper to the ocean floor and visit the fishes in the coral

If you want to venture above the water, check out these beautiful Filigraphy Dolphins

and if you are looking for something to colour them in with, then we have a few tins of the Marine Spectrum Noir Colouring Pencils sitting on the shelf!

So the first lovely piece of art is from Emma.
I had to take the picture at an angle as it has a piece of acetate wrapped around it.
This gives the effect of looking through a window of a submarine or a fish tank - beautiful.
Emma Williams

I really like the colour of this one.
If you look closely you can see that Kim has used some Glossy Accents for the bubbles.
Kim Reigate

You may have noticed over the past week that some of the samples are made by "Unknown".
No, it isn't a new Design Team member!

Back in the day when I received the samples from the Design Team, they were normally cards.
But when you need to display them at the shows, they flop open so we have to remove the back so that they sit flat.
So now you know why some of the samples are "unknown".
Because we forgot to write the persons name on the back!



Love and hugs x