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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

DT Cards for ClarityStamp Oct 2015

Well our Barbara Gray of ClarityStamp has been on our TV Screens again with some great Demonstrations - If you missed it you might catch a repeat or maybe get it on catch up here:-
SKY TV 663
Freeview 39
Freesat 817
She will be on tomorrow night too (Tuesday 27th Oct) at 20:00 (8pm) it's a One day special and is repeated at the same time on Wednesday!

Anyway I have been a busy bee lately helping out family and friends so I am doing catch up and want to practice drawing my faces too ah except I have just remembered !!!! I ordered the lovely new Groovi People so I think I will be getting them out instead. After watching Barbara on the Groovi plate on HOCHANDA TV yesterday I was getting a real urge to get my Groovi on and now I have a few hours to chill with it. So I will just let you enjoy (or NOT enjoy) my Artwork or whatever you want to call it? That I made for the shows.

This card was made using a mix of Paint and Ink through the ClarityStamp  Stencils I liked the way the underneath layer of brighter colours showed through the top layer so I just highlighted the Bell through the Stencil with Charcoal. Then I used a Translucent Paint over the  top for the Words.
This is all a bit too pink for me but it might be to some peoples taste??? I put GP through the Tree Stencil and used the Holly Stencil for the background and some Christmas Clarity Word Chain Stamps for the Sentiment.  Clarity have designed some fabulous word and letter stamps, enough to cover every taste. Like these Line Sentiments for instance, which are actually on Sale as we speak??  Hey Grab a bargain while you can Line Sentiments 
For this one I had a bit of a play on my Gelli Plate to get a Xmassy looking background then I Stencilled the Tree over the top with a sponge and PaperArtsy Fresco Paints and did a little bit of doodling and coated with Glossy Accents.

I really enjoyed making this one, it started with a Gelli Plate Print then I had a little play.  I will do a You Tube Video on this one to show exactly what I did.  The You Tube Videos are just a little hobby of mine, but some people say they like them. They are true to the way I work, slap it on and see what we end up with. xx Well I do have a tiny plan in my head. I also decided on this one to add a hanging hook ready to put on the wall, well it just makes sense with a Bell doesn't it?
This one kind of did itself.  I was cleaning my Gelli Plate and got this lovely print.  I thought the gap in the middle was perfect for my JOY Stamp.  I decided to put one of the Xmas Wee folk in the middle which I think fits perfectly. I stamped him over a few pads to get his colour matching the print so he looked like he was part of the Gelli Print.
I nearly threw this one out and now it is one of my favourites? You know why, it looks like a real card!!and it is very repeatable. I put GP through the Tree Stencil and left it slightly rough for texture.  I coloured it with Green Inks then drew the squares with dots in the middle - I thought people would think this was naff so that's why I nearly threw it out.  But then I realised it just needed a lovely Word Chain Sentiment.

This is my Favourite of all the ones I did.  I did some Gelli Plate Block Stamping and then a little doodling and stamping on the top before I put the GP through the Bauble Stencil, I then added Gold GP over the top of that.  Messy but calm is what I would call it? what do you think?  I think I will be making a few of these for friends and family, if I get the time?
With this I went back to my days of Pattern Stamping and Good Old Ink Blending, I mean with a  good thick coating of Ink. I just needed some vibrant colour in my day.  The actual Bauble is from a Gelli Print with the Ink over the top, then I put some Glossy Accents around it to make it look like it was raised.
So this is all the cards I made
and this is all the cards I sent.
Ooops I nearly forgot about this one!  Well there had to be one really messy grungy one didn't  there?? This all started with a Gelli Print, the Joy just had to be stamped over that Sun didn't it and I went on from there!

I hope you like my cards and I appreciate every visit to my Blog, Comments are great too if you get chance but NO PRESSURE!!!!
If you want to see my You Tube Videos they are and will be posted on my
" Art On A Gelli Plate - Tutorial and Play" FB Page
I have also just posted a great video by Erika too on how to make a
Gelli Plate Book & Book Binding.

Bye for now
Sam Crowe xx

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

DT Cards for Hochanda TV - 2nd Batch

Good morning all. Now I have my Blog up and running, very slowly if I do it on my Computer and without the ability to edit if I do it on my IPad, but it IS up and running. I have to keep nipping between the two. On the Computer GBlog I can't add pictures but can edit and on my Blogsy I can add pictures but I can Centre them - what a MARE??? This is the trouble with online programmes like this NO CUSTOMER SERVICE !!!

Unlike this helpful little Lady here. X

So what am I here for? Ahh I haven't shown you the rest of my cards for the Last Hochanda TV show with ClarityStamp. 

Now that my little Rant above is over I must say I do like to Blog because if I don't waffle on in my Blogs I end up talking to myself in my Craft Room??? I am now doing a Doggie Blog for Skye and a  "Crafting Like No One Is Watching"Blog! Sometimes no limitations whatsoever, no rules no trying to please anyone is necessary. OK some of you might think my work looks like I do that anyway (ha ha) but believe me if you could see what is in my head? I haven't even gotten started yet. So I just need a release of my Inner Self?
So back to this Blog, my REAL Blog, where I show my DT Work for Clarity Stamp mostly. I love being on a design team, it keeps me on my toes and makes me proud of myself. Not just any DT though because it helps when you love the products you get to play with too, well I say it Helps? I personally wouldn't go on a DT where I don't feel completely inspired by the products or the Team, I doubt if many people would actually?

You always have to include at least one traditional looking card, don't you think? This started life as a Gelli Plate Clean up Sheet, they make great backing papers.
 So talking of being completely inspired, I loved these new Stamps the minute I saw them and the Stencils well I couldn't get them on my Gelli Plate quick enough. In fact I had so many ideas I literally did a little circle in my Craft Room trying to decide what to pick up first? My Grand Calibur? my Distress Inks? my Gelli Plate? my Grunge Paste, a Canvas a Journal Page? See what I mean??? Some Stencils and Stamps just get your mind in a whirl, which is what is so exciting about receiving those little parcels.
With the Heart Stencil from the Set I made this backing PaperCard on the Gelli Plate and just liked it as it is? I suppose it would make a nice Journal cover or something? 
I think this one is my favourite of the whole lot, its just such a lovely backing paper kind of Gelli Print and I even did a bit of self Mixed Media Style doodling on it, which I don't normally have the confidence for (its a fine line between nice and naff?? But anyway I blotted out the right hand side a bit more, I had kept it clearer on purpose because I knew Beauty was going to be the Stamp on this one. I do like the Grunginess of it when you see it close up.  
So as I had these lovely patterned stencils I went for the Gelli Plate mostly, because layering them up I knew would get some lovely results. On this Batch of work I used the PaperArtsy Fresco Snowflake a lot, it goes really see through if you use it right, it looks like chalk on top of black card and it obliterates all those finger marks that weren't supposed to be on show. I am so glad that Barbara sells these paints
Grace - Mmmmm I wonder where Barbara got her inspiration on this one? Again this is a Gelli Plate Print base then I did a clean up through the Stencil over the Background to get the Circles and blended through the Heart Stencil over the top of that.
For this I did the Background Red Ink on Red Card - I wanted that kind of Wallpaper effect.
I really enjoyed Dressing up Grace in her Dance Gear too.
I did the Bokah effect on here and painted in extra pink in the middle to make her the full Centrepiece, I didn't want her to get lost in all those bubbles.
This is the first one I did, I have been waiting for a Heart Stencil like this for a while, next we need one with Long Thin Hearts (are you listening Dave???) Cheeky Bugger Aren't I. x So I kept making Heart Stencil prints until I got a nice cleanup piece, then I did some good old fashioned stencilling through the stencil onto the Gelli Print.
I am very proud of this one! Look how clean and neat it is??? See I do like clean lines too!!
I just painted a strip of Fresco Paint down the middle of the card, masked off of course. Then Stamped the white edges, I put two stamps on the Block so the pattern repeated the same. For the Centre I just stamped randomly and for the middle I cut out a painted stamped circle, placed it in the Metal Necklace Base and filled it with Glossy Accents. Then I coloured the Snowflakes in all in the same Complimentary Blue Distress Marker

So This was next!! As you can imagine with me, all that lovely perfectness, well I had to go a bit mad after that didn't I?  I decided to turn back to where I started a little bit and just used my Distress Inks and Markers.  These Snowflake Stamps and and Merry Christmas stamp are so lovely sometimes you just need to finish them off literally.  I prettied the edges up with my Blender tool from my Clarity Mat and on the Centre I blended lots of pretty colours then just splashed lots of water on it, let it dry then stamped and coloured it.
I enjoyed making this one.  Its Grunge Paste on a Canvas - I left it rough so I could get lots of shading in the Hearts and when I had stamped and coloured Charm I felt that her backing needed to stay white, its just GP spread roughly on it own, I did sand that bit down though before stamping.
And this one? Well I had to have one really messy grungy one! Just a good play with inks and Stencils and Stamping.

So I hope you like my efforts.  If you missed the other cards I made they are shown on the post below this one.  I seemed to make a lot in this batch didn't I???
I hope you enjoyed my little Gallery, thank you for popping in.
Sam xxx

Sunday, 27 September 2015

DT Cards - Hearts and Spots

Good morning Peeps it's me again. Now I have my Blog fixed there is no stopping me!!! I will keep it short and sweet today though with plenty of pictures, I think we all like pictures do 't we??? 

I honestly enjoyed playing with these stencils and stamps - PATTERN - you can never get too much of it and it's so much fun to play with. And WORD stamps anothing thing you can never have too many of. How quick it is to make a card for someone if you have the sentiment you want just sitting on your acrylic block waiting for you??! 

Samples will also be shown on the ClarityStamp website -

So let's get the gallery started!!! 

I really loved this when I made it so I had to make more! So I thought, well why not do a set of them with the Stencils and Xmas corner stamps! Xmas Corner Stamps aren't just for Xmas you know???! 

These could be for any occasion. I realised I had used the Heart Stencil again and needed to "Move On"! Well it is a lovely stencil. Xx

So next I went for the new ClarityStamp Bubbles stencil. I love it and I know I will be needing a spare one of these by the time I have grunged it up !! I thought I could use this for the Design I was Demonstrating at the Clarity Open days -: 

This one look. 
This was the original version of it, obviously on the one above I didn't get time to titivate it as it was made during a demo but the idea of the words guiding the theme is something I will be playing around with - I will You Tube this demo and put it on here this week! Fingers crossed it will up-load! 

Anyway back to today! Where was I? 
Ah I was showing you these lovely Clarity Stencils! Word stamps and Xmas Corners from today's TV Show on Hochanda! 

I thought these all looked good together too? You could just make a batch of them ready to add sentiments as and when you need a card in a hurry (and listen to your own advice SAM Crowe) did you know she actually buys Birthday Cards???? Who is she?? Ah me, it's me? I am A card buyer but I am working on it!!!!! I think that's a great idea for 7 in the morning!!! Just make batches of base cards and add sentiments later, don't you?? 

Anyway I got distracted again. 
I thought they looked quite nice together. I will be trying them on a canvas later. 

So this is the same stencils but using a different medium. 
So this was one of my sneak peeks it looks like it is 4 cards but actually!....
It's just the one! But this was just me having a play with these lovely stencils so each one can be an individual card too. The bottom left one is what gave me the idea for all those cards above. So as the weeks go on I will be doing tutorials and videos of the techniques I used so. Hope you will join me. I hope you enjoyed Barbara Gray's shows today too. Xx

So enough for now I think, I will come back and show you my Other cards made for today's show in my next Blog, so thank you very much for popping in, I will see you very soon.

Bye bye for now
Sam Crowe xxx

Saturday, 26 September 2015

SamsHomeCookedCards: My new Modelling Job!?!?

SamsHomeCookedCards: My new Modelling Job!?!?: Hi all I keep trying out my Blog to see if. Can get it working again, I have really missed my Blogging, so fingers crossed this will actuall...

My new Modelling Job!?!?

Hi all I keep trying out my Blog to see if. Can get it working again, I have really missed my Blogging, so fingers crossed this will actually post AND I will be able to attach Photos to it? 

So this weekend it was Heather's Birthday or (clarity Heather) as she is listed in my Phone, You know, the lady with the Knee Pads at all the shows?  I nipped over to her house yesterday and so did our friend Jilly. What a great day we had. Len (Heathers' Hubbie) made our lunch, thanks Len. 

I took Skye  (Our Romanian Rescue Dog) with me and she had a great Play Day with Heathers lovely Labs. Xx I did take some video on my IPad but although you can hear me and Heather talking there is no picture? Very Odd? 

Something else that is very odd is this ............

And this ..........

And this ??????? 

Are you seeing what I am getting at!?  This streak of light is in all these photos and more? You can actually see it hitting the ground on one of them?? 

There look? Mmmmm 

Anyway we went to a fabulous Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition at the Bowes Museum in Richmond. We fancied ourselves as Models for the day??? 

No this isn't Heathers' House, it's the Museum!!! 

Can you spot us? 
Oooohhhh Jillly Strike A Pose! 
See how her dress matches myHandbag???

See how her Coat Matches Mine??? And she has pinched my Pose too???? 

I think my Photography is quite good too? Do you???? I love this photo, I will have to find something cool to do with it? Printed on paper and embedded into a Journal page maybe?? This dress is one of my All Time favourite fashion patterns it's so perfect, I love the two behind too! Of course they originate from Pop Art but fashion and home furnishings always follow Art trends and visa-versa. Although???? I think I would have had another square with that blue, on bottom right? Just saying?????

I have so much to catch up on because of my Broken Blog? But for now I will just see if I can get this to go live??? This last photo is a sneak peek of my DT work for ClarityStamp for tomorrow's show on Hochanda TV. Barbara is on at 10am with the Groovi Plate and 2-4 with the stencils and stamps. These were all a pleasure to work with and if I wasn't on the DT I would definitely have got them anyway. I am really looking forward to the shows tomorrow, hope you will join us in watching. Xxx

By for now, and carry on Posing! Errr Crafting!! I mean Crafting!!!! 
Happy Birthday Heather you wonderful person you and thank you for a lovely day out. Xx
And a Happy 50th Birthday to Sazz too. Xxx

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Cleaning My Gelli (R) Plate

Gelli is a registered name to Gelli(R) LLC
who have very kindly given me permission to use it on my
Art On A Gelli (R) Plate Page on Face Book. Xx
So just a quickie. I nipped into my craft room to do a little Invitations Project - Commissioned by my Bro so it has to be good! Anyway I realised I had left my Gelli Plates all covered in paint after a post the other day. I was so excited at receiving my
Baby Gelli Plate that I had to tell everyone on my FB Page. I don't know if anyone is listening but Hey, if a Tree Falls Down in the Woods Alone, I bet someone or something, somewhere hears it!!!
I have a reason for wanting my small Gelli Plates, I have ordered the small round one too - they are so cute and dinky. Xx
Apart from the fact they are small and dinky and will fit in my handbag/ Caravan/ Suitcase!! I have a major project in mind.
I have always wanted to be a "Real" Designer. Even from way before I knew I was "Arty"?! All those years before I did my Painting and Decorating Course, or my Interior Design Course it was pointed out to me by a very good friend that I thought different to most people. We were looking at a photo one day and I said to her "WOW Look at that Wallpaper"! "Sam" she whispered in my ear "you are supposed to be admiring the Baby"! "Oh really"? I said. X
When I saw Fabric I wished I could design my own, when I saw furniture I Wanted to make changes. But even with Electrical goods or pottery, I get so Excited when I see good and clever design. The American 50's Diners and dresses are my Heroes in design style and so is Goudy and MacIntosh. In Pottery it has to be Mary Rose Young - who actually did get some pieces shown on the Changing Rooms shows back in the day. One of my Favourite rooms of all time was the Alice in Wonderland style room done by Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen. And yet in my own home right now you would struggle to find any kind of pattern - apart from Sanderson Dandelion Clock and Fifi Designs - quite Funny when you think about what I produce for DT work? So I definitely have Eclectic taste! That's what the inside of my head is like!!!

In the days of Changing Rooms (Linda Barker, Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen etc) I realised how munch I loved Interior Design. People used to ask my advice all the time and ask me to do quick make-overs etc - But actually in my family I am not the best at this, all my 4 sisters are arty and have different design ideas. But I am the one who has the passion for it. I have said often that it all comes from my Mam teaching us all sorts of skills as young kids. So - Anyway I have an Idea ! No big drum roll or anything just an idea that I want to make into a useable idea. Watch this space.
For now I just needed to clean up these Gelli Plates.
I didn't want to waste the Paint So I transferred it to my Journal as you can see in my pictures. I will come back and doodle over it later and post pics. Enough waffle for now Eh.
Thank you for checking in. 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.