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Friday, 25 July 2014

Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge

Oh Boy its all go for me lately.  I have just got back from the Clarity Stamp Retreat up at Crowborough in Kent, I mean literally today.  I went to bed at around 1am and got in my Taxi for the Airport  at 5.10am.  I had half made my challenge card for the Fussy and Fancy Challenge which was renewed today but had to finish it off this afternoon.

So here I am now just writing my Blog to go with my card.  I have already fallen to sleep twice at my Computer so I am going to make it really short and sweet today. 

The theme for the Challenge is "All About the Words".  Well as a Clarity Stamp DT member I definitely have lots of lovely word stamps.  There is such a wide range of verses and sayings and Arty Words sold by Clarity Stamp I was spoilt for choice.  Our F&F Challenge is sponsored by Marianne Designs using their Dies.  Well I do love the Marianne Dies and have a little favourite  one LR0116  which I usually use sparingly to just add the odd finishing touch here and there.

For this card I used one of my recent favourite Gelli Plate Prints and a new stamp from Clarity Stamp which I absolutely love and it has been top of my list for a couple of weeks so I picked it up at the Clarity Retreat and this is the first time I have put it to use.  The saying on it is perfect for this Challenge I think.

 So once I prepared the Gelli Print I  did a bit of accessory stamping around the edges again with Clarity Stamps and a little bit of doodling. 
So this is the card without the Marianne Die LR0116
Then with a separate Gelli Print I cut out the little swirly Marianne die to add to the top right corner of the centrepiece.   These dies do look good when cut from Grungy Gelli Prints.
And this is the Card WITH the Die LR0116
It just adds a nice finishing touch to it don't you think?

It will be lovely to see a lot of you entering our Fussy and Fancy Challenge this week especially as it is being hosted by the lovely Annie.  You can visit the Blog from the link just above here to see all the lovely work from the rest of the DT and enter the Challenge. So I look forward to seeing all the lovely designs you send in.

Right I think I am off for a real kip now before my Daughter gets back from Swimming. 
All good comments are appreciated all bad ones are Deleted Ha ha !!! xxx

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Clarity Stamp Challenge Blog

Hello there the New Clarity Stamp Challenge has just launched, with the theme "Anything Goes" so this gives you lots of play.  You can go for your favourite style, colours, stamps etc or try something completely new.  Whatever it is you do with your entry we will definitely look forward to seeing it. Obviously you will need to use Clarity Stamps/Stencils otherwise it wouldn't be a Clarity Challenge would it?  There is a £50 voucher as the main prize and us, the DT will pick our Top 5 who will be featured on the blog. Not bad eh. ?!
I will be honest, I was a little late putting in my DT piece for this - I could give lots of excuses or say my design was so complicated it took me more than a month to do?? But that would be an absolute lie and there aren't really any excuses for forgetting to do your DT piece for a new Challenge, well actually if it makes you feel any better I forgot two!! I also had one due last week.  A little reminder that I had forgotten would have been nice? Except all of my equipment has been going mental again, eew aar madam!!  But seriously you know what the problem was? well one of the problems?  I had had to change my password on my Google account, I had the same one for years but some idiot decided to put a trogen or something into Google and they adviced me to change my well remembered password? then I decided to sign into Google+  well can you guess the rest of this sentence??  Yep I forgot what I had changed my password to, but it didn't matter because now I had a Google+ account, but of course that Google+ account didn't know I had a normal Google account  because I couldn't sign in and my PASSWORD HAD CHANGED!!!!!!! Uuuurgghhh, then I lost Safari on my brand new IPhone 5S so nothing recognised any of my spaces, Blogs, email etc etc etc.  I am so fed up of it I can't even be bothered to explain  the rest???
Anyway the bottom line is, I can now comment on Blog posts from my phone, the one that is still without Safari,  but I have lost some of  my blogging friends now because they think I have been ignoring them. Please come back??
So what are we here for again?? Ah the Challenge, I think enough waffle has been said so here are a few pictures of my DT piece for this Challenge, I am not sure if it is on the Blog yet but it will appear soon. I will put the link below.
Well guess how long my project took me to do???
HALF AN HOUR and it only took that long because I couldn't make my mind up on the colours and ideas.  I had three of each in my head??
This is one of my ideas.

But really I should have undercoated it first even though I was going to do the whole thing in Inks

So I ditched that idea and paintd it out,my next idea was black and green - yummy. 
 You can see a brush here, but at this point I ditched it and got my foam out instead.
It needed a little red/orange somewhere though to break it up a little, so distress it, I thought? 

This is what it was all about anyway, apart from me wanting yet another box for in my craft room to keep my Ipod and wires in, they keep ending up under the wheels of my chair? 
This Chess Board Stencil from ... of course Clarity Stamp was my main item in this project.

This Stencil is in my "Favourites" pile, which is quite high really. Its clarity they keep producing really good ones. Just to prove I DO put my Money where my Mouth is, I was looking for this stencil so I could do that link above and while I was there I got engrossed and popped two more stencils into my basket?  The Wheelie Men and Boys Stencil and the New Elegant Ladies 7"by7" stencil that Barbara used on her Blog the other day. I just had to have that one and I have been wanting the Wheelie one for ages.

 Anyway, back to the project. This is what I wanted it to look like.
 So how do we achieve it?  You imagine something old and rusty, get your red/orange paint out and brown, rust always has brown in it and maybe a bit of copper. I am going for a rusty type look.
 This Cadmium Orange is gorgeous and is perfect with the Pale Olive Green , you can get these paints from Clarity Stamp,  their paints are a really good price.
 I added just a tiny bit of brown, but then swapped it for copper, you have to be careful with the copper because it can just overtake the whole project. It isn't see through and is what I call a blocked colour.  See this green acts almost like a semi-translucent paint, which is why it looks so bright.  I painted it onto the background with a sponge so that you don't get any brush strokes and this kind of paint spreads evenly, and very quickly with a sponge.  It dries quick too especially on wood/MDF

 See here is the Burnt Umber - you can see I put too much on here, so if you get a wet wipe you can quickly take some off, we need it to look gappy.
 Here comes the best bit and the bit that gives the real aged look, the Orange.
Just roughly slatter it about with a sponge, no straight edges and no totally filled in spaces.  This is why I say I imagine what I am painting.  Does that sound daft?
 Once you are happy with it put the stencil on.  You have to get dirty here I am afraid unless you wear rubber gloves?? I do know some people who do and that's fine.
So on the top we want a good coverage, just as the Stencil is. It gives us all the pattern we want. It fitted quite well onto the top of this box which  3"by 6" as the thumb measures it?  but I managed to get the small squares on and enough of the big squares to get the effect of the slope.
 On the Edges you have to fudge it, you can see I messed up a bit on this picture below. But I will go back onto this at some point with some Grunge Paste anyway. Its only finished for the purpose of this Challenge, but I will be going back and putting some little surprises inside. I love doing that to these boxes. My   "Boo Altered Art"??    Mmmmm will that catch on do you think??
 So here it is, See how the Orange is really patchy, the inked Stencil isn't filled properly, but is filled enough to show you all the edges. But it looks scratchy, well that's just what we want.  But you can always sand it back a bit too to get this effect.
 And there it is, but the best bit is when you look from the back and it looks like you are looking down into it. I think next time I will put it on the other way round with the small squares at the front, on the top, and the small squares on the top on the side?!! did you get that?   So where the small squares meet it will look almost bent. 
 See what a great Stencil this is, the box would be nothing without it.
 Ta Da !
And you know what, it definitely took me longer to write this Blog than it did to colour this Box.
You can see all of the lovely designs the rest of the Design Team have made for this Clarity Stamp Challenge here on our Blog, and gooo awwwn have a go!!!
Thank you for stopping by all good comments will be appreciated.
All bad comments will be  deleted!!!
Luv Ya Sam xxx

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Clarity Stamp 2 Day Workshop

What a Blast, what a fantastic atmosphere and what a great idea it was in the first place. xxx

Hi there, I promised you a Blog about the Clarity Stamp open day and here it is.  I did write it a week ago, but in keeping with Sam Crowe tradition, I had problems with an App, a Computer and an Ipad, or in other words, I couldn't get Blogsy to upload the Blog post that I had spent a fair bit of time on???/ Soooo I have my Ipad in front of me with my Blog post on Blogsy and I have my Lap Top on my knee and I will do it the old fashioned way, I will Copy Type my blog and re-load my pictures!!!  See you in about two hours, or quicker if my Internet decides to behave itself.  I used to love technology you know, now it seems to be the bain of my existence!!!

Anyway back to happy thoughts the CLARITY STAMP 2 DAY, OPEN DAY - IN PICTURES!!!

So I packed my bags and I was ready to go....

My Private Jet was ready.....

Well wouldn't you know!

And it rained but in my Heart I had the Sun!!
(can you see where I am going with this?)

Yep I think I will ditch the Song Thing !!!!  Mmmmmmm maybe not????

Barbara waited patiently for Me...

and the Three Wise Monkeys sat under the Tree..

Just what was in store for me, I did not know!!!! But I was leaving on a Jet Plane don't know if I'll be shot again??? Back, I mean back again!!
Yep I think I will definitely ditch the song now??

Anyway, things got a lot more friendly once we got the Kettle Luv you Maria xx

and the Cavalry arrived!!

and the people had gathered.
 Even the Three Wise Monkeys were happy!!
 The Cat was happy
and there was even a cue of people to be groomed.
So we chilled, Hi Jan
 and chatted
 and chatted some more

and looked forward to what was to come!!

And Grace said in her acting voice
 "Hey you lot, this is the after party, re-wind and get some work done"!!!!!

So we worked, Hahem - can you class this as work??
and people praised the work and took it away!
 with permission of course, Hi there.
and Len helped in his usual way??
 Stop messing on Len and get some work done!!
and I helped too Ta Da!!!
 and we made some of it up as we went along..
didn't we girls?
and we had loads of fun, didn't we. xx
 You got to try it, at least once? 
and I played some more with my GP and Clarity Stamp Stencils and Stamps

Oh, and I asked if I could take this for a bit of a "Totty" photo for you Older Ladies out there!!!
and I took a "non-totty" photo too
I Luv you Jayne xxx
and I took Chloe's hair so I could mix the colour on my Gelli Plate! thanks Chloe xx
I wonder who this is??
I will file her under the "non-totty" pile!!
Dave was there Manning the Tills.!
Hi Dave x
Look Look I have my own SIGN!!!!
Think I was more excited about that than anything else?!!
Even Heather was excited for me!
A few impersonators turned up!!
We know you are not Barbara!!!!
and some people just didn't have a clue who they really are??? Eh Paul??
and some people will pretend they are anybody if it gets them in the Party!!
Can you believe I have my own sign?? 
Get off it Mandy Moo!!!
and some people just think they have to act stupid every time you take a photo???
they have been working at Clarity Towers far too long!!
and some people need to learn to keep their Married Life out of it!!!!
Yes of course Paul, that Clarity Pinny/Apron REALLY DOES make you look like a Model??!!
Look Look I have got my own Till !!
"Do I look like a Demonstrator like this Sam"??
 "Yes Maria maybe I should follow in your foot steps"??
"Do I look like a Demonstrator now Maria"??
"Do I"?

"Do I now Maria"?
"Are you still listening Maria"?
"Sam do I look like a Demonstrator if I lean forward like this!??
Oh look this is where it all started for me!
 sorting out my demoes
 I love this stencil and stamp

And there she is again!!!  The lovely Lady with the Brains, Ambition, and Sense of fun who brought the whole of the Two Day Open Day into fruition and to life.  We Love You Barbara! xxx
This Tag sums up the whole weekend for me Xxx
Bye for now and thanks for dropping by.
No demonstrators were hurt in the making of this Blog xx
You can shop at and find out about future events here:- Clarity Stamp here.
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 and Craft and studied for six years and gained certificates in Arts and 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 hope one day to be demonstrating and teaching Crafts.