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Thursday, 26 May 2016

A Quick Catch Up

Good morning everyone. I can't believe it's over a week since I posted on FB - I have so many projects I want to do in crafting and in the Home, there are so many lovely family occasions occurring this year too. Life is very busy, in a good way!  I have four pending Blogs to offer you, I keep starting them and then running out of time, (takes so long to get the photos and the Blog to meet up)? and then they become outdated?  But I think I will just get them all posted anyway?

Hubby is home at last, so he takes up the job of Cab Driver for the kids now Yeh!!!! It's only 8.50 and I am already sat at my Craft Desk (which at the moment is my Dining room table) I am Packing up my craft room ready for a makeover - IKEA Wardrobe ordered, bespoke desk has been designed by my Bro-In Law and my Sister - who had a great idea for doubling the size of my desk!! and I just have a couple of ton of STUFF to get rid of??? It will be all white (with a bit of Red and Green) but apart from that it will be all white with a black checkered floor!!!


These two pictures are similar to how I would like my Craft Room
the one below is about the size of the room I have, and on the one above I have a counter like that now but you just can't see it?  It used to be a Box Room, then
 a Computer Room, Do you remember when people used to need a whole room for computers???
 
 
Can I show you a before and after? No chance! The before is never something I would have wanted to take a photo of?? Maybe I should do an In-between and an after photo though?
 
Say Hi to my Clarity Mixed Media Crew - there are more of them now too and I have some I have yet to meet in July
What a lovely Crew they are.  I am so pleased with the Wolviston Village WI Hut too and the Ladies from the WI are lovely.
Its partly because of this Crew and holding my Workshops that I decided I must get my Craft Room sorted, they want me to get grungy and for that  you need space, and you need to be able to get to all those messy products.  Any excuse eh?
All my Clarity Mixed Media Workshop items are separate in the conservatory which is for now acting as the Garage! See when I clear out my clutter and when I fill up my Charity Bags they always go in the garage first, then my Hubbie comes home and gets rid of the whole lot, it's a guilt free system, for me, it works! For Paul, its annoying!  (Guilt free being the stuff I am getting rid of that has never been touched) yep I am at that stage I just want a clear, clutter free craft room, I walk In there and my brain is as cluttered as the room so one of them needs to be cleared out so that I can start to spill out the arty stuff. It's no good having a mass of arty ideas if you can't be bothered to fight the clutter to get to your GP or your Heat gun or have to do an arm sweep to find a space for your Gelli Plate??? You loose interest or run out of time and the idea is gone, forever! Lazy Crafting ensues and you just know you can be as arty as some of the people who's work you admire, if only you could sort out that craft room and have everything you need at your fingertips! OK does that sound big headed? well it isn't meant to be. What I mean is I have dreams of doing canvas, of finding new styles, of sewing, making books, designing new things and for that I need my Sewing Machine at hand, my Gelli Plate on Tap and my Treasure Gold at the Ready.
 
A sneak peek at something I am working on for my next Workshop on 4th June. Its going to be a three step project. 1- Get Grungy - 2-Get Arty -3-Get Crafty! I have also made a video of me actually designing the project as it came out of my head, that I will put on You Tube a little later on, it was only meant as a prompt for me initially.  At the moment I have some very slap dash videos on You Tube and yet people still ask me to do more, which is another reason I need a nice wide clean desk in my Craft Room! 
 
 
 
This is one of the projects I have been asked to do a Video Tutorial for, at the moment the video just shows it off as a Journal Page, but not how to do it,  so I have scheduled it in for just after the Clarity Crowborough Open Days - I did used to find it hard to repeat work, but now I am holding the Workshops I think that way all the time, If I make this what steps would I demo it in for a Workshop?? Maybe this should be a workshop first? I need to add Journals to my Workshop!
 
The Sketched Lady Stamp by ClarityStamp - this is my favourite stamp of all of them.  So its not surprising that I am using it on my Third Worksop, I can't believe I waited this long??
 

I want to add wood too - We have to work on wood if we want the true benefit of those lovely Fresco Paints.

Anyway as I was saying the Conservatory is acting as the Garage at the moment because we are having the Garage made into a Games Room soon? So The Conservatory it is, but no rubbish now just the "Keep" pile items and the charity bags go straight to the shop instead of sitting around for months! But it takes longer this way! Every Bag and Box is laboriously searched through for Keep, Chuck or Charity items - no dumping them till later anymore! Have you ever got to the stage where you don't even look in the box of papers? You just chuck it in the recycle (guilt free) bin? Cor blimey I used to buy some rubbish "Bargains"! I think we all start there though until we know where our arty tastes really are? And I am really sorry Martha but your punches are in the scrap yard - or did I sneak them in the charity box in the end?


I have chucked out more paperwork and rubbish than you could ever imagine over the last month, I have filled more charity bags than they can fit in their shop! Literally!! I am a woman on a mission!!! I want my house back!! The kids are getting bigger and the toys are getting smaller. The craft room is going to become a work room instead of a collectors room and my organisational PA Skills from days of old are starting to come into their own.

This is a little bit of Art done off the Gelli Plate I did during my practice for the workshop - can you believe I am still discovering new ways to play with it? You can't beat a bit of abstract and it certainly beats that stupid Cardboard Box thing that girl had on TV yesterday - now that IS what you call lazy crafting!

So, Busy? Definately! Self induced business, yes definately but I can't wait to see all the results. X

So I am off now, to pack up my Workshop ready for my return from holiday, then I will pack my Caravan, go shopping, and empty a little more of my Craft Room?? See you later!!
More Blogs to Follow soon
Carry on Crafting
Sam xxx

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!!!!!






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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.