Saturday, 29 June 2013

I have often raved about the use of Clarity stamps in my cards...I love them and so do many other people. However I know a lot of people are daunted by the type of artwork you can do using all the different techniques. Even regular Carity Homework-teer's! are left quaking in their boot's by the thought of using Billy Brayer!!!

I'll let you all in on a secret so am I! the card below is really a simple beginners card for those who are just wanting to dip their toe in the water.....Come on it's not that bad you will enjoy it once you start!

You will need a circle cut out and a tiny bit of low tack masking tape just to hold the circle in place while you do the clouds...
Clarity Cloud mask.....wonderful invention what did we do before this!
Clarity Stamp fern stamp from last months toadstool set
The word's are from Clarity Happy words set
A few Flowers Mine are from Sweet lilac they are on facebook so pop over and take a peek or a like ....Fabby Flowers

Adirondack inkpads

An ink duster or shaving brush
A few gems I have 4 clear 1 red.
Place you circle in were you would like the sun to go.
then put the cloud mask over the top and taking your ink duster or shaving brush swirl round on the stonewashed blue Go to the mask and gently take some of the ink off gradually making swirling motions out towards the edge of the mask...Following the line of where the clouds are. Then gradually move the mask and do the same thing again until you are happy and the sky is covered...Take 5 white paper flowers and ink your fern stamp over with Butterscotch stamp four of the flowers and one with Red Pepper put to one side and clean off your ink up in Lettuce and stamp in your Grass still using the fern and using 2nd generation ink stamp some of the faded ferns over the top of the first lot of ferns....because they are faded they look as though they are behind the ferns you have stamped already when you are happy and all the stamping is done. Take away the circle and with butterscotch swirl the ink duster or shaving brush round. take a bit of copy paper and take of the ink a little now swirling gently in a circular motion add the butterscotch to the sun. Now Take you sentiment and ink it in Black I used Pitch Black Adirondack. and stamp in the middle of your now yellow sun.
Tape the back of the now dry flowers with double sided tape and stick where you would like them to be. add a few gems to the center.
Job done this card took me less then 15 mins to make I hope you enjoy and decide to have a go. X
 — with Jo Rice and 6 others.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Two card's I have entered for Homework with Barbara Gray the Hares and toadstools go so well with Puck. With the bottom card  I Played around a bit with the ferns till I got the look I wanted think next time I play I will ink the leaves in bottle green....the black for me is to dark and I really don't like Black. I  will have a play in a few days and try the bottle green if I am happier I will post it here.  If not it will go the way of many others in the bin!

I have some news.....I have been asked by my Mother In Law if I would like to do a demonstration at her local Salle de Fete's over in the Vendee region of France so I am hoping to take Clarity overseas. Hope Barbara Approves! It will be a English craft fair of all sorts of things from Chutney to Knitting Quilt making Ironmongery all in all so far there are 85 stalls so I have no idea what to expect there could be 3 people there or 33 or 3003! with a good mix of French and English.  Ohh errr! how did I get talked into this one? It's not till Sept so I will have plenty of time to practice and feel sick!

Hope you are all enjoying some sunshine....or did we blink and miss it!
Crafty hug's and thank you for looking. xxx B

Saturday, 1 June 2013

My word it's June already where does the time go? I hope this find's you all well and hopefully the good weather will have arrived and we will be able to put the raincoats ans wellies away! this months offering Is a wedding card dedicated to a dear friend who when I said I may do the doves said she could only see it as a Christmas card.....well here to prove how versatile it is, is a Wedding Card. In Pink as I used the same colour last month and wanted to use it up.....Easy make this Simply Heat emboss I used Personal Impressions Sea foam as I know this sounds daft but it's not too white.....on Pink Pearl cardstock then coloured in with two promarker's one was cocktail pink and the other was pink carnation blend the two with a blender....two ribbons white and pink mat and layer and job Nearly done the only thing you have to be careful off with this card is the sentiment
As the card you are using is coated pearl card like the Clarity card it needs a little TLC so what I recommend is using a versamark inkpad ink up the to have and to hold and from this day forward but before you plot the stamp on the card blot them on a bit of scrap makes the stamp less slippy and easier to plot! the emboss in white and there you have it one wedding card I hope you like my offering this month....Thank you for looking .