Saturday, 3 June 2017

We preview our Gentlman’s Collection.

Hi there,
Thanks for popping in.
And thank you so much for all your kind messages yesterday!
Didn’t see that coming either!
It is comforting to know that our little Clarity community is caring.
Makes me feel better anyway.

The thing is, the show must go on.
Control the controllable is the name of the game. 
So much time, work, energy and money has gone into the TV shows tomorrow, unless I have no alternative, 
I can’t just hand it over and walk away.
Had it been next weekend, that would have been a different story.
You understand. 

So...
Been prepping the Sunday/Monday TV Show.
You know, the rather dapper Gentleman’s Collection I was twittering on about the other day:



So I was going through the art samples from the Groovi Design Team.
You know, that most talented spiffing bunch of Groovi Parchers 
in the world! 
Well! Golly Gosh and Jeepers!
It just stopped me in my tracks!

Give them a set of Groovi plates to work with and - 
You just cannot believe what they come up with.

Whilst we try to show off all the samples during the show, things don’t always work out as we had planned, and the artwork doesn’t get the credit it deserves, although we’re working on that!
Aye Aye - MORE WILL BE REVEALED....

So I thought I would treat you to just a few of their masterpieces here. I am sure they won’t mind being showcased for you to enjoy. Just a few mind. Don’t want to give the whole show all away!

Ready?

The Journey of a Thousand Miles by Josie Davidson
Dad’s gone Fishing by Karen Jackson
Paris 1910 by Jane Telford

You are a Star by Dee Paramour



What did I tell you??
I could lock myself up in a room until Christmas,
and never come up with these ideas.

But teamwork makes the dream work.
And what a team!


Don’t forget the 2-4 Show on Hochanda too.
Tina prepped a wonderful demo, but has handed it to me to do.
I have to say, if I can do it, so can you!
And I have been practicing a clever little technique which Tina wanted to show you. 
Really want to show you now, but nope.
You’ll just have to wait and watch!

Love & hugs,
Barb
xxx

42 comments:

  1. Really looking forward to the shows....hope they go well for you so you can concentrate on the important things afterwards and get over to NY.
    Hope You're brother's back is improving now too.....

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  2. Oh Barbara! I've been thinking about you and Grace all day... Well since yesterday really!
    I truly hope and pray all will be OK!
    The new gentleman's collection was a pleasure to work with and so many ideas sprung into my head. The more I played the more ideas came! I'm sure they will be popular.
    I am sending you special love and hugs today! Xxxx

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  3. Just the few samples here brings tears to my eyes ! Absolutely marvelous, and, as you said, I could be locked away for rest of my life and not come up with anything half as good. Me and hubby always say we don't have the vision that others do. That's why I always say we need others for inspiration.

    Sending so many positive thoughts to you all, Grace, Steve, Tina, Dave and, of course, you xxx

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  4. Stunning work as always I am always in awe of what everyone produces. Who knows how the DT come up with these ideas but so grateful and thankful that they always do. I know the show must go on but please, all of the Clarity team, take care of yourselves too xx

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  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you Barbara and for Grace, Steve and Tina. Be strong and keep positive. Dave please look after yourself, nothing is worth working yourself dangerously hard. Team Clarity, you are a great bunch. Hoping to catch some of the shows tomorrow especially with the reduced hours for Freeview watchers. I cannot watch on rewind. Keep safe all xx

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  6. Looking forward to the shows tomorrow. Take care of yourselves.

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  7. Looking forward to seeing the shows, loving the samples xx

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  8. Such stunning work, I love the ht air ballons, cannot wait for them to come on sale xxx

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  9. Wasn't able to reply yesterday, but I really do hope that all turns out well for Gracie , and Tina's family too. Xx

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  10. Barbara - you always underestimate just how important you are to us all! Of course we would all come along here and send all the positive thoughts, vibes, support and love to you, Grace, Tina, her parents, Steve and not forgetting Dave and your Mum and Dad too! Really looking forward to seeing the new plates and yourself (ably assisted by the wonderful Paul) and also that new technique that you mention! Love and hugs, Gilly xxx

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  11. Beautiful artwork as always from your fabulous team. These plates will be a dream for men's cards. Can't wait for the shows xx

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  12. Hi Barbara, what do you mean you didn't see that coming, re us all caring and wanting to help and support in any way we can?! I so wish I could implant in your head the real reality, in place of the reality according to Barb!!! You've got it a bit skew-whiff methinks! WE LOVE YOU BARB, WE STAND BY YOU, AND WITH YOU. Those who moan, hurt you, rip you to shreds are that far in the minority that they don't even register on the scale. Honestly. And, it's not about you, they are going to be like that to anyone they can get the chance to do it to. What sad miserable lives they have eh! Love wins you know, it truly does. Glad to hear you can focus on and feel the waterfall of love pouring your, Tina, Steve, Grace's way from here.

    I get you totally re controlling the controllable, your need for it, and how it helps in the sea surrounding you of everyone's health issues that you are feeling helpless to do anything about. I was thinking TV shows could be a good distraction for you too, far healthier for your head than sitting worrying 24/7 and thinking of nothing else. I'll be watching/recording your shows tomorrow and Monday. Obviously can't record your 8pm show, and if loads of people go online to watch it, my slower broadband could be shoved out the queue for the big boys. If so I will watch you on catch up at a quieter time if their website allows me to. Wee lightbulb moment, each month would you consider demoing your 8pm ones on here please for us freeview viewers?

    Brilliant samples, thanks for teasing, erm showing us!!! There you go again, underestimating yourself, your parchment skills and talent has moved on masses since you started, leaving quite a lot of us in your wake trying to play catch up with you.... Please turn that negative, I'm nae use, head into the positive, loving, caring, thoughtful, would help anyone and does, very talented, one of the world's special special people head that you are. I look forward to seeing what you show us.

    My happy post came this morning, but not had a chance to look properly and read it yet, a wee treat for later. All beautiful designs, as always. I love your clubs apart from the obvious, as I would never be thinking outside the box, and stretching myself if I had never joined. I'd still be stuck in a rut, with my rigid thinking, and doing the same over and over. Now I'm taking my first tentative steps outside my comfort zone, AND (in disbelief) liking my first attempts, and seeing them as a lot better than I ever imagined I could achieve even after endless tries! That's you Barbara, you've unlocked this for me. I know it's taken me long enough, but hopefully now I can keep going and building on it, with all the teaching and inspiration you give me, and different club goodies we get. Before I joined a few years back, I thought I'd try it for a year, thinking I would get a lot of stamps I wouldn't use. How wrong was I, Diamond member, and now relish the challenge and learning that different to my norm goodies give me. Just need to find a way to better utilise my time each day, so I can try everything out now. Failed so far, any ideas how I do that very welcome!!!! Huge thank you from me Barbara. You have enhanced me and my quality of life way beyond what you are aware of xxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Hello Brenda

      Please excuse me butting in on your post but I just wanted to say how eloquently you have said everything the rest of us are thinking.

      Love
      Roz.x

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    2. Thank you everyone. Nothing to excuse you for Roz. It's scary stepping forward on my own and speaking from my heart and/or as a collective. So thank you everyone who is supporting what I say xx

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    3. Unbelievable, they've done it again! Heart breaking and shocked

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  13. Gosh I can tell we are in for a real treat. I know the shows will be fab like they always are. Thinking of you all. Wxx

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  14. My dearest Barb, will you stop selling yourself short. You are loved and respected by that many of us that you could never imagine how many. From someone who can't even draw a matchstick man I am in awe of your artwork it's fantastic and you are a fabulous teacher. We are always our own worst critics and never think that it's as good as someone else's but you my dear Barb have no need at all to even consider that, you are a fantastic artist. You deserve more than one pat on the back for what you have achieved. Here's a big one from me and a big hug to go with it. Love Chris xxx

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  15. So looking forward to tomorrow's shows. I can see these plates going on my wish list! X

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  16. You are such a big part of so many lives, your caring heart always shines for so many others that it doesn't surprise me in the least that you are receiving it back with kind messages, positive thoughts and prayers. To me and many people you are not just the owner and manger of a stamp company and when you are hurt or worried about something we feel it to. Good luck tomorrow, have seen a peek of the new plates by Tina and they look fantastic! The ODS will sadly have to go on my wish list this month as I have Fathers day and a birthday to spend on...unless I can get them for his birthday and just tell him it's time to try a new hobby!! XX

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  17. Afternoon bloggy friends, hope everyone is well. Got my inky bits out today, made some cards for a friend who wants to buy some from me. I would never make a living at this though as I spend ages on one card, will have to get quicker! XX

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    1. Hi Donna,
      Sounds like you've had a good time today. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    2. Hi Donna sounds like you had a fun day, yes I wouldn't make a fortune from craft either! Xx

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  18. I'm looking forward to the shows Barbara and it is good to keep yourself busy until you go to NY, the everyday routines help I think. I love the sneek peeks and this artwork is all fabulous and TFS. x

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  19. Breathtaking samples. Been thinking of you all day while I was down on the veg plot. You will be amazing as always tomorrow.
    Lots of love
    Anne (Reading)

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  20. Barb, we care...simple as that!

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  21. Sorry to hear Friday's news. Got my fingers and toes crossed for them all also sending positive thoughts on the air waves. Looking forward to tomorrow though. I just love first Sunday of the month!

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  22. Oops...meant also to say that I really didn't want to like the ODS plates (only as I've had a lot of 'treats' recently) but....I do... I really do! Looks like 'our' fab design team have pulled b out all the stops again...can't wait to see more of their inspirating tomorrow/Monday and also Tina's new plates and techniques xx Big hugs to all xxx

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  23. Hi Barb,
    You are very important to all of us and I regard you as a friend ( even though I've only actually met you 4 times) through visiting the blog every day. I would do anything I could to help you and sending positive vibes and good wishes is the least I could do. Really looking forward to the shows and have a feeling they are going to cost me! Love and hugs, Alison xxx

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    1. Hi bloggy friends,
      Hope today has been good for you. Just got back from visiting former work colleagues over in the Lakes and have had a lovely day. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    2. Hi Alison, hope you've gas the good weather today too. Sending hugs xxx

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  24. Hello Barbara

    Brenda has said what we are all thinking. Have faith in your talent and abilities. And faith that all will be well with Grace. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

    I am looking forward to the shows tomorrow and Monday.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  25. All the very best for the shows. They will be even more special knowing what is going on behind the scenes for you at the moment xx

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    1. Hi Chris,
      Hope you're ok and not too worn out with the grandchildren! Love and hugs Alison xx

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  26. Hello Barb. Brenda has so eloquently said it all. At least you should know by now how much we all care about you, your lovely family and Tina too. We will be thinking of you all in the coming days.

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  27. Hi Barbara
    What beautiful samples from the design team, their talent is amazing. I love the ballon plates and the skyline and the plane and Paris background, the top hat is great too.... oh what choices!! I must remember to put you on record just in case we go out for a walk in the afternoon. Safe journey to Hachanda, I'm sure the plates will fly out the building, they are perfect for Father's Day. Sending hugs to you and Dave, Tina and family, Steve and Grace and of course your mum and dad.
    Love Diane xxx

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    1. Hello lovely blog friends, we've been enjoying the subshine again today before the weather breaks again on Monday. We went out for a lovely walk, got back to the gate and we had recorded 9104 steps, I'm walking backwards and forwards to the kitchen to get things so hopefully should make the 10k before bedtime!! Sending hugs xxx

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  28. Fabulous samples, didn't think this set would be for me but now I'm not so sure. I just wish I had half the imagination your design team have.
    Recorder is set for today's shows, aren't the months getting shorter!! Doesn't seem long since the last one day special. xx

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  29. Some lovely work and great images. Set the recorder as I am off to Stamp Magic this morning xx

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  30. Hello Barb, what beautiful samples, will have to set the recorder, just in case. Just to say that my prayers are with all those affected by last nights attack in London. Bx

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  31. All I can say is wow !!!!!!!
    Love always June horrocks xxxxx

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x