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Saturday, 30 April 2016

DT Cards for Clarity 23rd April 2016

Hello there. 
I thought its about time I showed you some cards I made for Paul Church's (this is Paul's Blog) slot on HOCHANDA TV the other week for Claritystamp and have a bit of a chat while I am here.  Grab that cuppa again Linda Page! xxx
Boy Oh Boy is life a bit hectic at the moment?  Partly due to me, partly due to me and my Arty Stuff and Partly due to the Kids, Oh and Partly due to the fact we are looking to make some changes in the house.  Let me give you a word of advice, don't start clearing out your Garage and the toys in the Conservatory at the same time, don't let your Hubbie return the Skip before you are finished and Don't leave yourself half way through the job and let your Hubbie sneak back off to work??? Ha ha  sneak back to work?  Why do I come out with these things, poor guy has no CHOICE???

Sometimes when I make a card I am happy with where it ended up but feel it has to have more of a purpose which can be a bit restrictive, as opposed to a Canvas that doesn't need to have a purpose? Which is where the Clarity Words come in. There are so many words and letters and verses to choose from now that you can always find a purpose for your cards and still let them be a bit ArtyFarty Canvas style!?! My thoughts with this was that this birthday wish is for someone who is just setting out on life's great adventure.  I made this with a Gelli Print, some watercolour blocks, ink, stencil, masks & stamps. x

So what am I left with, a messy conservatory, a garage I can't dump in anymore because we are thinking of converting it, a messy dining room because I can't hide my Workshop stock in the Garage and the conservatory is still too messed up to be able to sneak it in there - the craft room? forget it??? I can only just get myself in the door without knocking off the papers doing the overhang thing like those 2pence coins in the slot machines.  I have two, 1" foot squared places to work at, well, one is actually 9" by 7" - Gelli Plate Size! or is it 8" by 7"??? I should know shouldn't I???
I did enjoy making this one and I am pleased with the Chunky look to it. This has a Gelli Plate print background.

Anyway - things are definitely hectic.  The kids have all sorts of activities on at the moment too. I have been rushing around buying shoes (they have always grown out of them by the time the next medals or sport event comes along?) and we have been looking for a  ball gown! which we paid a fortune for (well my Dad did) and which I am about to get out and start to glue some gems back on, (that was last week?)  £300 worth of gems and they are dropping like flies.  Anyone got any Swarovski Gems they don't want, preferably gold and clear??? I tell you what it isn't easy finding a Ball Gown, we buy our's second hand but even if I wanted new, not many places are advertising themselves?  If I was clever enough to be able to make them I would be rich by now.  Surely they can't be THAT difficult can they?   A bit of stretch fabric with some non-stretch Satin stuck on the bottom with a bit of gold trim (could use Inka Gold?) and a stack of beads glued to the bodice (with the wrong glue!).  If you use a glue that dries rock solid against a piece of satin which is flimsy your gems WILL get knocked off - if you use a flexible fabric glue the gems will move with the fabric!!  Just in case whoever glued these gems on is listening???
This card is made on Parchment Paper using the Balloon Stamp and the Philigraphy Hot Air Balloon Stamp and Mask Set and the Skyeline Masks

Anyway - I plod on and in between it all somewhere I get to do the bits I want to do, the bits that are supposed to make me disappear into a little crafty wilderness all of my own, but this doesn't really happen when you have a messy conservatory, the dog is barking at everything and everyone that moves, or doesn't move??? the kids are yelling at me because they can smell their tea burning and I can't remember where I put that cup of tea I made about an hour ago??

So yep I get there in the end. At least I am sleeping at "Normal" hours again so that means I am not falling to sleep as I am driving the kids around? Or whilst burning the tea. Have you ever had that sleep deprivation where the second you sit down you fall to sleep so you just don't sit down???  Well anyway I am not there now so that is good - I purposely changed my Body clock to day time is wake  and night time is forget it all and get to bed time!  What a difference a real nights sleep makes. I still burn the tea! but I don't get depressed about it? xx

 I still have my Blonde moments though, so that wasn't because of lack of sleep then?  I kind of just switch off sometimes and I  have had a few little Son/Car incidents lately. Like the time he threw his bag in the back and the door slammed shut in the wind so I drove off. As I turned the corner and checked my rear Mirrow to see why Matthew wasn't answering me I spotted him stood on the pavement, wow he really looks like Matthew I thought??? Then there was the time he had half stepped into the car so one foot was still on the pavement and Auto Pilot kicked in - Mam stop the car he said I am not in yet? Oops ? But the most frightening was tonight as I dropped him off to run and fetch his friend while I turned the car round and I accidentally put it in reverse?? Matthew was so close he set off my reverse beepers?  Yes, mundane routine is a terrible thing for someone who has very little concentration or who is easily distracted.??? So now we have this thing where I have to say "does everyone have all their body parts in the car" and then actually wait for a response before I drive off !!!

Apparently all these little things are very typical of Arty people according to FB??? So it's official, I am Arty, being Arty can seriously frighten your kids!!!! 
So what's with the Gallery? Well I hardly get to blog these days, it has become too much of a palava, and although I love to Blog on a regular basis I  have to make it my lesser priority sometimes. 

Talking of Arty - sometimes I admit to loving a piece of my own work and I am not ashamed of it ! This card below and above is one of those pieces. Did I show you this be before? Probably but I have brought it back out as the Clarity Masks have just been part of the HOCHANDA TV show again with Paul Church. This card was just done with the Tree Mask - boy was this a labour of love - I wouldn't even like to guess how long this took me but you know what, when I am on a mission to make something look like it has a little more depth I sometimes go on a real Arty voyage of discovery.  Isn't paint just beautiful if you get it to do what you hoped for?  and the Clarity Mask worked well above and beyond its duty, it is more than a mask and more than a stencil.

So the reason I am posting these cards now is because I want to do catch up and ower Barbara is on HOCHANDA TV this weekend - Sunday and Monday, you can find details here.  So I will have more to blog next week. 
Thank you for popping in. 
Carry On Crafting
Sam Crowe xx

Saturday, 27 February 2016

DT Samples for ClarityStamp 25-2-2016

Hello there everyone, thank you for stopping by. I would like to say a special Hello to my new blog Followers, thank you everyone for following my Blog I appreciate you all. I do get excited every time the number goes up too!
So does this look Black and White to you???
This is my BLACK AND WHITE project - Jigsaw Canvas I did for Barbara's show on 25th Feb 2016 - I am writing this ahead of time, so fingers crossed I won't get any trouble off Blogsy this time? When I say my BLACK & WHITE project, I use the term loosely!!! All will be revealed.

I tried Black and White Alone? I am always trying to do Black and White, I love it? But mostly I find  it is just a bit "Harsh" to look at. It needs a splash of something else??? Its just so hard not to add a Splash of colour, and then of course once you have done that you want to add another splash and another.................
It's funny but I used to joke with Barbara Gray about how I would soon catch up with the amount of followers she had, see I used to tell her it wasn't fair that I had been doing my Blog for two years and she had just started hers, AND YET, she had 600 followers more than me!!! I think at the time I had 49 and I used to be happy with my lot???? So Barbara has gained another 1,019 followers since that first week and I was thinking if all my lovely Blog followers wanted to help me catch up to Barbara all they would have to do is Force / I mean Introduce 8 of their friends to check out my Blog and Make/ I mean let them see if they wanted to follow it?? ha ha OK I am kidding - NO HONESTLY I AM KIDDING?????? Good maths though eh?  I actually have gained an extra 167 Blog followers myself since then and I am more than happy. I was chuffed to bits when the number got to 10 !!!!!
So you keep on adding a splash of colour and before you know it you have got one of the most colourful Jigsaws you HAVE EVER SEEN!
Ower Barbara has just won an award for her Blog and Clarity Stamp have also won Best New Product with the Groovy System, I knew they would, it's not only clever but it genuinely helps ladies who would love to do parchment but haven't got the skills, time, or maybe the dexterity for it or if you are like me THE PATIENCE?
OH look!!! Is that a WHITE piece and a BLACK piece???? See I even had to add colour to that???
I did try parchment way back in the day, I loved the look of it, and still do, but straight away I just wanted to get that white ink on there. I bought a book, I bought a kit, I sat down to do it and surprise surprise I just didn't get the results I had seen other Parchers get, so after half an hour I gave up !!!! But now with the Groovy I can have a finished piece in no time and I can't really go wrong, well I CAN but it is very difficult to go wrong!!
Well now here I really SHOULD HAVE LEFT A BLACK PIECE!!!!  See that one on the left, with the white dots and Red Stripes,, that was supposed to be Black to balance out that side of the JigSaw - I missed it totally. See the Cockeral has three pieces to it but it doesn't show properly because that piece isn't Black, I had already sent it before I noticed on the photo.  I was going to send a note to Barbara and ask her to paint it Black but I thought she might think I was a little cheeky????
Of course if you chuck lots of ink, or wet paint at the parchment it is not so hot, or if you get impatient and try to do Mixed Media type cutting it doesn't look so great either, but if you just used the Groovy Plates as intended, have a little bit of patience and stop trying to drench the parchment to grunge it up you won't have any of the results that are in my bin. !!!
I did a bit of hand doodling here to mix in with the Stamps, I used all four stamp sets from the Show.
You will find them ....... HERE
So this is it! My very first mixed media JigSaw - well actually this was the third out of my batch that I sent off - it definitely won't be my last.
Wouldn't a JigSaw Piece Swap be good?  Mmmmm how would it work? You get 24 people, (there are 24 pieces) they all do a full JigSaw and everyone is allotted a Piece No. to receive and send, hang on let me get the logic of this and I will get back to you.  I might run this on my Art On A Gelli Plate FB Page for anyone who is interested, and may be do a separate Gelli Plate one on my Art on A Gelli Plat FB Page?  I will give everyone chance to get themselves a set of the JigSaws, including me I need to stock up.  You could do all sorts to these pieces, you can add handles, have hidden pictures underneath the pieces?  all sorts. x  Then we will all swap all but 1 piece, so we have one of our own.  Then everyone could add a photo to my Pages, Mmmmm would there be a prize or would it just be for the fun of it?  Anyone interested?????    
So back to the Groovi Plate I have a few ideas of what to do with the Groovi but I need to sort some other crafty things out first - watch this space!! The Groovi DT Team are all brilliant at it, you should check out their work. xx I must say congratulations to Barbara Gray, and Clarity on the Groovi Award, well deserved.
Once I had finished the Jigsaw I mounted it onto a canvas and decorated a backing Canvas - next time though I would make that left hand Jigsaw piece black and I would do a plain white canvas background with the stamped edge. But hey I loved playing with these Jigsaws and that's what it all about.
So have you all seen Ower Barbara's Blog? Just in case you haven't I will <give you the link here > Barbara Blogs every day, I don't know how she manages, it takes me three days to upload my photos, two days to correct my Typo's and 5 hours to charge up my computer so that I can actually post it because my IPad won't let me?? See, I do work hard for you all. Xxx Technology, I can't live with it and I can't live without it.
So I will show you the rest of my JigSaws and cards throughout the next week, mainly because Me and Blogsy are getting on a lot better lately, (well that is obviously a lie, remember I said I did this Blog ahead o time???? what day is it now?????? 
Carry on Crafting!
Sam Crowe xxx

Thursday, 18 February 2016

The Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge

Hi there I have entered The Craft Stamper Magazine "Take It, Make It Challenge" .
Here is my finished Backing Paper.

 I do like to enter challenges when I get chance, it keeps me on my toes in between DT work.  This is one of my favourite challenges because you are always given a fair bit of freedom. 
 I also love the Magazine!!  So this challenge is :-
Take A Technique - TEXT ME! 
 all the details are shown on the Blog, I have put the Link further down.
So this is the original Gelli(R) Plate Print - It was a clean up sheet using two colours and a bit of extra pattern added with a Kitchen Patterned Pastry Sheet.
It's all about backgrounds and that's what I am all about.  I love to make backgrounds on my Gelli(R) Plate, a Canvas, a Journal Page, any kind of background really.  One of my little hobbies is to make a background sheet or page with Stamps - repeat pattern and all that! 
 So this is what I have used in my Challenge Submission.
It's a Gelli(R) Plate Print, some Stamping with one of my favourite sets of ClarityStamps and then a little finishing touch in the middle.
So this is where the Text Me part of the Challenge was used.  Its a ClarityStamp Backing stamp from their Journal Set.  It doesn't actually say anything, it was made as a background Stamp..  I stamped it randomly in the same two colours of the paint on the  Gelli (R) Print to make them just part of it.
Here I started to add in the Artist Easel from the Clarity Stamp Artist Set of Stamps. I positioned some of them so that the beginning of the "false" text starts just at the top of where the canvas would be. Then I did a bit of shading to embed the stamps into the background. I did the same with the inks, and positioned them all so that they looked like a  "Repeat Pattern"

So on here I started to make a Centre Piece - I stamped over a little Art Card I had left over from a Spray Ink Session and cut it out, I cut it on the inside of the Black stamp lines so that it looks like it has been drawn/painted straight onto the Canvas, then I used the same stamp over the top of it.   Normally with a Backing Paper like this you wouldn't  take up the centre position unless you were highlighting an area for a photo or something, but I thought in this case it would look good the other way round, so if you added photos or bits of art into the other Easles it would all look balanced.  Of course you could just dull the whole thing down by blending a thin layer of  paint over it  and use it as anything you like. I think personally it would be good in a Journal or Scrap Book.
Imagine having a Journal or Scrap Book especially to show miniature samples of all the cards or artefacts you had made, in Mini photos or small photocopies? It would definitely save us all having to keep so many photos on our IPads etc???
So this is the finished result - an A4 Backing Sheet - of course I did it on Card, so it could be made into an actual card, I like to keep my options open.  But for this one I think I will be adding it to my Crafting Journal - which is a record of what I have achieved and some of my favourite techniques.
So, They said no cards! Well this isn't a card so I am good to go?! It's an A4 backing sheet that can be muted down or highlighted, you could add photos in the other artist frames or words or just bits of Art - or you can leave it as it is - it is a Scrapbook Page, a Journal Page, an Art Book Cover? Whatever you want it to be.
  That is the beauty of backing sheets,
They aren't finished!
They have only just begun!
Mmmmm I have just made that up, I like that  !!!!
- Backing papers have only just begun their Journey!!! x
So I would like to enter this in the Craft Stamper Challenge for February 2016
I hope you like it.

Bye for now, thanks for dropping by and remember - 
Carry On Crafting!
Sam Crowe xxx

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Clarity Stamp DT Samples for Hochanda TV Feb 2016

Hi there, thanks for dropping in.  Today I am just going to give you a FREE walk through my DT Samples  Gallery, nothing else just a Gallery of my DT cards for Clarity Stamp on  HOCHANDA TV. with Barbara Gray .

I had prepared a Blog, two in fact?  One was early and one was on the day of the show.  Boy you could tell I hadn't chatted on here for a while, the first blog was just bla bla blaaaaa and my second blog? Well, I had chopped masses of text out of it and I still fell to sleep every time I tried to check it through!!!

 So enough!!! No talking today just pictures, a sneak peak and then the full card and a very brief look at my thought process for each.  

So I hope you enjoy my FREE Gallery!! In your head you have to play that tune,  -
daaa  da da da daaaa  da da da daa da da - have you guessed the tune yet? its off a kids Art Programme!!

Boy did tjis one take me a long time - in fact they all do really, they are a labour of love, or sometimes a "Mixed Media" Fix It Job???!!!! They are the ones that I find most of my ideas in. 

Happy Engagement Day Paul - its OK he won't have any idea if I have the right day or not, neither do I? but this card was made with our Engagement in mind - 1988 
I had a Gelli Print, and I had some lovely stamps to play with !
Whilst using the Paris Mask I had thoughts of those poor people who lost their life on what should have been an average Saturday Night out - so this is for them. xxx
 Can you spot the difference between these two?  I had to make a slight adjustement.

Paul asked me to marry him on the Statue of Liberty, if you were paying attention above you would already know that!!!!  

The grass is always greener on "the other side" - no "on the other side"........
I should have done this one on a Canvas?
This one is my personal favourite - a lot of work went into this one, but I really enjoyed it.
I love where the red paint meets the blue too, and the depth of it - this is the glory of paint to me.
I also love how I got to do all this play on the trees because the Masks are completely flat.
 Lisa P MacGregor thinks I have re-created her family Tarten - it does look like a Tarten Skirt I had as a kid actually.  So this one is for you Lisa. xx
Life is never long enough - but this represents the young trees waiting to come up and live out their life.

So I hope you enjoyed my Gallery??

All of the links for these Stamps and Stencils are on the Clarity Stamp Website
you can follow this link to get to them. Including the new Groovi Plates on offer on the One Day Special show that was on the Monday too.

See you soon - well I say soon!! Getting my Blog to work took longer than making all these cards. In Fact Blogger itself took all of 5 hours to save three changes to my photos!!!

One day I will own a Mac PC I feel it in my bones!!!!!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Inky Techniques

Hi there - look, two Blogs in one month!!! I am almost back on track with my Regular Blog Spot!! Ha get it?!!!!
So I have had a good old "I don't believe it" session on here today, so if you are in a moaning mood why not grab a cuppa and join in, but while you do that you can take a look at what I originally wanted to show you, which is a few cards from my past using some lovely ClarityStamps and my Ink Blending Techniques.  I do enjoy blending ink just as much as playing with my Gelli Plate.
I do like to Characterise Stamps & Drawings -
 If I remember correctly these German Words mean "We Belong Together"
This Stamp Set has always been one of my favourites, and you get so much in the set.
Well if truth be known I have been sat for more than half an hour trying to upload 3 measly little photos to FB?  A few times I got distracted while I waited for them to upload, I have seen a well trained Rat fetching tissues when its owner sneezes, it also did a spin wen she held up a card saying sping?? WOW then I Saw Adele doing Karaoke in the car with James Gordon, that was good. I avoided the Doggy Rescue videos today as it can be very depressing, sometimes when I watch them (cos I have to) I skip straight to the happy bit near the end. 
I was very proud of this one, and actually looking at it. I think I will use this process in my next batch. The reason I was proud of it is because its very pretty to look at AND it has so much white space!! That is so rare for me.
So I turned off my Lap Top, turned it back on and still it just wouldn't upload more than two photos??? Well on principle alone now I wasn't going to give up, I wanted to show more than two photos so I am damn well going to find a way to do that if it takes me ALL DAY!!! FB said I can, it had a slot for me to do it - "Upload Photos/Videos?  Share with your friends?? Check in!!! Yeh OK so let me do that then??? Or is it just this annoying little Lap Top that is the problem????

This is another one I enjoyed making and actually liked the end result.  I think the ClarityStamp letters and numbers Stamps sets look lovely in all the different colour mixes. I just nip from one ink pad to the other when I do this, I don't care if they get contaminated, in fact the more they do the better for me because  you get some beautiful colours in the mix.  I use the Adirondack and Archival Ink Pads - I only mix within their own type though, Water based with waterbased, Archival with Archival.
 I could have gone to my IPad but the photos for that are stored on ICloud!! Well when they named this so called ICloud storage space that you can get to from anywhere???? (I beg to differ)!!!! I think they mis-spelled it. It should be spelt BERMUDA TRIANGLE!!! Because once you put a photo in there it just disappears never to be seen again.
Did you know, as ICloud fills up on one end it chucks items out the other?  Its a bit like those Two Penny slot machines where you stick a coin in and they all fall off at the end!! You can get them back BUT have you ever tried doing a Blog or FB post with photos that were stored in your ICloud say ? a year ago.  You can't just nip back to the place you last went to!!! Noooo that would be too quick! You have to remember how many swipes of the screen you did to get anywhere near the space where you picked the last photo from - I once did one where the photos were from the beginning of time, never again, it would have been quicker to upload 3 photos to my timeline on FACE BOOK???>??
And here are the  same stamp sets used again, same design but with a different look.
See sometimes when you want to make a batch of cards you don't have to design each one as you go, it can be really time consuming.  Here I just went for the same shapes, the same outline, the same colours and the same methods of blending and got 4 completely different looks.  With just a few stamp sets.  A variation on a theme.
So, what was I trying to do an hour ago??? Ah I know, I was trying to slip in a quick post on my FB Time line to say good morning????? See why I sometimes just don't appear on FB?  I am a much calmer person without it.  I almost bit the bullet and went out to buy myself a new Lap Top after trying to upload these three photos. My Lap Top runs so slow I swear its going backwards!!! Then I remembered what hassle it is when you first get a new Lap Top, having to put lots of passwords in that you will never remember again, and having to re-sign into all your bits and bobs with other passwords that are long gone from your memory.  The fact that I can't really afford one was the least of my concerns.
This was a very weird one, but see the Lady on the Left and the Giant pointing down at the Cat, well they just appeared when I sprayed my card in Ink.  So I gave her some hair, quite nice hair I think. Then I covered up as much of her boobs and bits  as I could with the Tree Houses and with the Giant I hadn't realised it looked so much like a person pointing down over until I put the curly hair there, it was meant to be foliage initially.
I wasn't going to send this one in as a DT piece but I did in the end, I actually love it myself - I think it would have been better used as a Journal Page though.  I bet ower Boss Lady, Barbara Gray was a little horrified when she received this???
I might get out my old Typewriter that I bought before Xmas, type you a Chain Letter, take a few photos of my work, get them developed in boots and attach one to each chain letter and then post them to you all !!! I think it would be quicker. What would the chain letter say???

Dear all, if I write a post on FB to say good morning, please respond because it probably took me a few hours to do!!!  Please do not break the chain ... ....!!!!

Carry on Whinging - I mean Crafting

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 

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Teesside, United Kingdom
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.