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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags Challenge -March 2015

This s my entry for the March 12 Tags Challenge on Tim Holtz Blog.
I really enjoyed making this Tag. Apart from the fact I love paint it reminded me of a few methods I haven't used for a while or had given up on.

So this is my Entry for Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - March
Like for instance last year at the Clarity Stamp Open Days when I was demonstrating I showed a few ladies a tag I had done with the embossing paste on the Grunge Paste I was demonstrating but I hadn't quite got the results I wanted, so we did some Ad Lib demoes to see what else we could stick to GP. It's a great tip from Tim to let the paste dry before you use the Heat Gun - I wish I had listened BEFORE I embossed my with the Heat Gun, I would have had a much clearer image.

So I wanted to start off the same as Tim and just go off on a tangent when I am ready.

Positioning is a big thing to me as in its the only time I am a bit OCD - I really try to be A Symmetrical but I just can't do it, but its all about balance anyway and drawing your eye to every corner of the tag. So I just added my bit of symmetry  on the bottom.
But when it comes to paint and ink the OCD Symmetry thing goes out the window I am a totally different person when it comes to blending edges.
So like Tim I dragged and dabbed my Tag in the Paint, this works completely different to doing it with ink- mine went a little muddy in areas so I just added more paint and more water till I was happy with it, the good thing with paint is you can always just rub it off with a wet wipe if you are quick enough.
I did a bit of dripping too, I had to add white, I love white in paint and ink and pens and pencils, because I can't leave "white spaces" so I just add my own.
The Tag was pretty wet by the time I had finished playing so I double dipped onto another Tag. I will use that one another time.
Look at the white behind the tree doesn't it look lovely. I Used one of my favourite Clarity Stamps for this the main feature as I don't have the butterfly and I think this is a picture all in itself. So I stamped and spread the Clear Embossing Powder over straight away.
This is it embossed, I love this background and I think the stamp just jumps off the Tag. These Paint colours by Ranger are lovely.
So the random GP - I love G|P as anyone who follows my Blog knows. Anyway I have had this Tim Holtz Stencil for ages and it gets used in my Journal and I thought it would be perfect for this Tag.
I was really enjoying this process just playing along to someone else's game so to speak!

So I will give you some Links here to Products.
Clarity Stamp - Stamp
Tim Holtz Stencil  
Added one of my all time favourite embellishments in the Tim Holtz Range, I always have one pack of these in use, one in stock and one on order! As it should be.
Mmmmmmm see that Gap to the left, I just have to fill that in. !!!!
So my ingredients, back out with the Eye Test Stencil, one of Tim's nibs - I looorrrvvveee these, a bit of torn paper and some Tim Holtz Distress Inks (I buy mine through Clarity Stamp)  
So lets go!
A quick random stencil job using the round blender - these are great too.
Finish off the edges a little to match the colours on the Tag.
Always print one background with an enclosing dark frame !! because it looks so mysterious. This is the Tag done and a nib and the message is? "See the World in all its Glory" You might not know why this is relevant to this Tag but I DO!. XXX
APRIL 12 TAGS OF 2015.  I am quite pleased with it, thanks Tim for the inspiration. Ha Ha like he would ever see this?
 So I hope you like my Tag I look forward to making the next one. The link to Tim's Challenge is here - carry on crafting and thank you for stopping by.
Sam  xx

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Craft Stamp Magazine Take It Make It Challenge

Hi There firstly can I  say to my new Blog Followers Welcome and thank you for following.
This is my Three Way Canvas for The Craft Stamper Challenge - March 2015
Well I promised that I would enter the Craft Stamper Magazine Take It Make It  Challenge every Month this year! In January I got in there by the skin of my teeth literally with a few minutes to spare  before it closed, February I got in there nice and early, well early for me, mid month and this month the same.  This one took me a long time to do and I am still not 100 % happy with it but it is what it is. 

I started the Canvas' by ripping up pieces of Gelli Plate Print and old photopcopied  papers which had copied prints of some of my First DT entries for Clarity Stamp - Gelli Plate Print Projects which are on the Clarity Stamp Gelli Plate Projects Gallery still now.
 I was  watching a You Tube video last night with this fantastic Acrylic painter - she made me feel slightly out of my Depth and made it all look so easy. Well anyway she said to me "Craft Like No-One is Watching" !!!! Not just me though everyone on You Tube really. 

So this is the main Gelli Plate Print I used, this is the "Sams Eggs" Stencil named after Me - Thanks again  Dave.
So I just started to build up a collage of the papers.  I had painted a few random colours onto the canvas across the middle because I didn't want to have to fill every gap with the prints and to add more interest to the background.
 Anyway we have all heard that saying before haven't we?  but not attached to crafting.  Well I do craft like no-one was watching, like no-one is ever going to see it and it takes all those restrictions away, as she said "don't do what you think other people think you should do", and she was so right because when you switch off and get in the zone it just happens and you don't get bogged down with how many bottle cap rings you should do or weather the third canvas on the right really does look part of the other two or not or weather the heart is pretty to look at?  Well that's my excuse anyway, and really the Heart isn't meant to be pretty because it is Broken!!!

This is some of my Clarity NDC Stamps - I stamped them out and coloured them on Tissue Paper to add to the Canvas.
I have begun to realise in the last few months that I am not a finisher I am a Techniques person, a person who gets a product and pushes it to its limits, I like to find new ways to do things or just to find New Things, I like to teach what I discover and then move on to something else.  I am not a finisher.  If it was Football I would be a Mid - fielder, in Business I would be the Secretary who sets up the meeting and then the Boss goes in and does the deal  (Oh actually I WAS a Secretary) !!! So in Crafting I like to discover something, show it to other people and then let them do what they will with it, as do a lot of us I presume but it means that the end result is actually just the point at which you say Stop - and can be changed drastically at any point!  Have you ever thought of taking one of your paintings off the wall and dragging it back up to your craft room for a bit of adjustment? I do all the time! I don't do it because I have moved on, but I do think about it. Well just like with this Canvas I could have gone in and darkened all the edges, I could have white washed the whole lot I could have done lots more stamping, a lot of mixed media is about that, about masses going on in the background but making it look like it is almost not there.  Sometimes you carry on and you spoil it, and sometimes it improves it, you have to take the risk if you want to discover more.  But on this occasion I decided to say Stop right at this point - when maybe I should have said it a little earlier or a little later.
Well actually not THIS point !! further down there at the bottom of these pictures.  This is just the point where I said stop to the Collage of Gelli Plate Prints, Stamped Tissue Paper and old printed papers.  
This is the point where I got out my ClarityStamp NDC (New Design Club) Stencil and added the Grunge Paste, I put the stencil over two canvas parts so that when they are separated on the wall they still have a connection to each other.
You can see here what I mean, it covers both Canvas' then as soon as I had put on the GP  I carefully separated them.
Like this.
This was the Third Canvas - the one on the right. So now I needed this one to look connected to the other two.
So I got out another one of my ClarityStamp Stencils a bit of a contrast, and put GP through, this will carry on the colour scheme.
To make the Heart look more connected I used the Clarity Stripe Stencil over the Heart, Diagnal on one and vertical on the other - you will see why in a minute.
I do actually like this side the best so far.  I do like my idea  of "scrapbooking" my DT samples onto canvas, hidden in corners or behind GP with just a bit peeking out - Mmmmm I think I will do a canvas totally dedicated to that what should I call it???? "Get On Board With Scrapbooking" ! Get it ? its on canvas board, I like that.  
I put Ranger - Tim Holtz Alcahol Ink into the grooves of the GP and let it drip down - GP and Alcahol Ink like each other a lot but it does dry quick.
I didn't want it to be so bright though, and this with White over was too Dull so it was out with my Inktense Blocks that I bought from the Pencil Factory in Keswick, I go there every year and am due back soon - it costs me a fortune so I thought it was about time I actually used some of the products I buy. They have a lovely little café where local Artists teach Kids how to draw.
So this it is - doesn't it look gorgeous?  I wish at this point that with the Heart I had said STOP ! The white bit, well that definitely needed more work but not the Heart.
I added some PaperArtsy Translucent paint here - the yellow in between the flower to make it pop more.
You can see why I didn't stop here though can't you, I think what I should have done is added more Gelli Print papers around the heart to take away the white its too much!
Mmmmmm I can't decide if I spoilt it or not.  It wasn't supposed to be pretty, its about people who hurt you and affect the way you feel inside. - so there's deep for you!!!!
See to the left I had covered my flower too much so I just stamped and coloured it on Tissue Paper again and stuck it over the top with Finnabair Mixed Media Gel

Mmm it isn't that photogenic really it looks much nicer in real life HONEST GOV - I am going to enter it though because I did enjoy making it.
 So I guess what I am trying to say is, I don't always get the end results that I am imagining in my head or that I pre-planned ha hem, but I do go on a bit of a journey when I am making a card, a canvas, a Tote Bag or whatever it is, I don't follow a pattern I don't follow a style and I don't always like my "End Results" but I usually Did enjoy the Journey!

So please check out Craft Stamp Challenge, they have a great DT team who do real inspirational samples for us. Isn't that funny that the prize is PaperArtsy Paints and my Boss Lady Barbara Gray of Clarity now sell these paints - I love them.
Well if you are still awake, thank you for popping in and all your comments are really appreciated.
Sam xxx

Monday, 2 March 2015

DT Cards for Clarity Stamp on C&C TV March 2015

Good Morning all - I thought I would Blog a display of  some of my cards made for Clarity Stamp for the Create & Craft Show today with Barbara Gray. I will Blog the rest later in the week. 
Barbara has  just won  the official  British Craft Award  for the "The Most Inspirational Craft Blog" !! Congratulations Barbara you really deserved it.  If you click on Barbara Gray just above the link will take you to her Blog. But hang on!!! read to the end of here first please. xxx
So the Create and Craft TV Show today?

I had a bit of a mess around on here and discovered a few little things. So who can name all the inks I have used on here????
I would give up now because I don't think I could even name them all, but its definitely a mixed media piece.
I can't comment on weather it was a good show because to be honest with you I am really writing this Blog yesterday - Saturday -  trying to keep ahead of myself!!! But I can say with confidence that Barbara will have been great and she will have done some great demonstrations and I bet that the Fairy Stamps were a sell out and pretty quick too!!!!
This was just a bit of messing around with a Stencil image once I had inked into it. I don't normally have the confidence to show my Doodling but hey what the heck go for it.  It just felt like these Clarity Stamp Flower stamps were begging to be added to a doodle. The Words on the side spin round too so you can put them in any order. I think I will do this again on a card but with a sentence.
So when I got my Stamps and Stencils I was really in the mood for a good play, while I am not doing my Gelli Plate Classes I am sat with my nose to the letterbox waiting for my new Clarity Stamps and Stencils to arrive.  I only like to craft for a reason.  So in between time when there is a bit of a Lull I study!! Well I say Study? I watch a lot of You Tube and search for unusual crafty people on line and on Pinterest to see what everyone is up to? I even made my You Tube video and it is waiting for its second edition, which I have made BUT it was so long even I fell to sleep while I watched it??? So I will "Study on You Tube" how to cut chunks out of your videos seamlessly????

Anyone who knows me or what I do might be surprised to learn that this is one of my person favourites.  I love double dipping onto different ink pads and surprisingly enough you can generally get the same ink tones once you get used to doing this.  I have found some gorgeous colours using this technique and I can hear people screaming now "you will contaminate your ink pad" yep that's right, great isn't it!  This Mushroom Stamp is absolutely gorgeous and I wasn't sure if I would like the fairies (not normally my thing) but once I stamped them, well try for yourself, you just can't leave them alone.

I encased this little chappie in glass. but  you could see the join where I fixed it so using Red Double Sided Tape I put the strips over the top of the glass and added the Glitter to it.  Then I decided I needed to do a bigger glitter frame and did the same on the cut out edge of the white card.
So you know when you have too many ideas and you start to get muddled up and then you send off your DT Samples and remember all the other things you were going to do -that was me.  But its OK because we have a great Design Team and I am sure that there will have been plenty of techniques and styles covered between us all. The reason I had so many ideas was purely because I loved the Stamps so much.

This was a new one I did for the Bunnie Set -  So My thoughts on this, its an Easter Egg Hunt and the Bunnies are cuing up to go on the search.  I love to make card and Tags that have little surprises so see below!
I thought the little chap from the Clarity Stamp Wee People Set was perfect for using to give instructions. "Pull"

And there is the Surprise -  when you pull the Tab with the Man on you get a Happy Easter Popping up.
So someone once commented on how much they liked the way I had all my pictures on display in between my chat so I have mostly kept it that way since and think it works myself, after all we crafters are visual people aren't we?? 

I made this card, then I got a better idea but I really enjoyed colouring this with proper water colour techniques "My Water Colour Techniques" !!?? I say that because I have never really learnt any proper ones.
I have had a few new followers on my Blog lately and I would just like to thank you all for following, old and new Followers.  I really appreciate it. 
So on this one I decided in the beginning that it was going to be one of my "Peek-a-boo" Designs.  Like I say I do like surprise cards. Again I did Water Colour techniques with paint but  it was more about the whole affect rather than shading.
There you go here is the "Peek-A-Boo" bit.
 I will be putting plenty of work and techniques on here in the next few months so I hope you will join me in my little You Tube (just for fun) adventure my promise to myself in January to enter all the challenges I wanted to enter last year but couldn't find the time to and on my Page that I will be running alongside it on Face Book in  between my Clarity Work which is my main focus. All sounds good on paper doesn't it?? 
With this one, well it nearly got thrown out but I decided to persist with it.  There is a lot involved in this one but well worth making I thought, I really like it myself and will be doing a few more of these I think?  I will post a picture tutorial on this later in the week.
I love the depth that can be achieved with this.
 My Face Book Page is Altered Arts & Crafts .
You will be able to see and buy the lovely stamps and stencils from today's show on the Clarity Stamp Website
So I hope you like my cards and thank you for any comments you leave and I will see you soon xxx
So much for doing a Blog the day before?? Due to modern technology it has taken me many many hours over two days to get this uploaded with pictures, so thank you for Popping in.
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.