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Sunday, 14 December 2014

A Deer little Tag....

Hello , and thanks for sharing a few moments with me today...

I need to start and blog some of my samples from last Sundays Clarity show on C&C , so I thought I would start with a little tag that I made....when this was on Facebook it got some lovely comments (...thanks ) also one of my friends Violet asked how it had been made....luckily I took photos as I was creating....so here we go....

I had been using three colours of Distress ink and there was some left on my mat....so I added some water with my spritzer bottle and dragged a tag through the ink....I must say this is not my technique but it the work of that very talented Mr. Tim Holtz.

I left the tag to dry whilst I had a cup of coffee and chocolate biscuit.....very important part of the technique.....

After my coffee break I added some distress stain...

And then some shade around the edges

Then some stamping.....I used the Oak and Deer Stamp set from Claritystamp.....this great leaf stamp makes a brilliant border.....

 

Plus the stags head..you could leave it there ....but well ...you could also add a bit of shimmer....

So out with the Perfect Pearls....I do love to add water and paint with these...( oh and more splats...!!!)

 

To give more definition to the edge I used some Black Soot Distress ink...and painted the stag with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink and water...

Some more stamping, cutting out and adding the ribbon....this was coloured with the same three D.I.'s and water so that it matched perfectly.

The stamps, inks and Perfect Pearls can all be found on the Clarity web site....

http://www.claritystamp.co.uk.

This really is a great way of making backgrounds....plus cleaning up so it is a win. Win.....

Before I go I would just like to share a couple of photos with you....yesterday it was very frosty when Karl and me took Tess and Eric down the fields close to our house....

I can't believe how Eric is growing....but he is still really good ...and both our Christmas Trees are still standing...here he is waiting to pounce on Tess.....Bless her....she is so good with him...

 

I had better get on....still lots to do....Thanks for sharing my coffee break...

Hope Sunday is kind to you....

Much Love..

Jo. xxx

 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Snowflakes and Ribbon.....

Good morning, wow Friday already....just where has this week gone? Is it just me or is December flying ???

I have been really busy this week making samples for Clarity in the USA.....have you seen you can watch Barbra on C&C USA? It is a really exciting time for us all....

Back to today....we have a new Challenge over at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge Blog...

Our new theme is Snowflakes and Ribbon....and is hosted by our lovely Mary Lou.....with our sponsor being Fresh Brewed Designs....

This Challenge will last for four weeks....plenty of time to submit and entry....

Here is my take on the theme...

I started by colouring a tag with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and a mini blending tool....keeping the edges darker...

Next came some stamping to create the scene using a really useful set of Clarity stamps ...the Christmas miniatures..

 

For my focal point I used a little Deer that I had in my stash again coloured using Distrees ink and I added a couple of stamps too.

 

Now for the card base...to carry on with the theme, more colour and stamping...

Next to make the snowflake embellishments...I used a snowflake die from Marianne Dies...

Cut all three out and assembled them with a gem in the centre ...

Then to the fun bit ...to assemble together and arrange the embellishments...and the ribbon...

 

I do love all the embellishments that are around at Christmas...

One final touch ....and a lovely sentiment at the base of the card....

 

Another fabulous stamp from Clarity...

So there we have my finished card....one of only five that I have made so far...!!!! Grrrrrrr

I know....I need to get a move on....

I would love you to go the the Challenge page and check out the inspiration from my fellow DT members ...

http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.co.uk

Also if you are inspired by the gorgeous stamps you can check them out plus more other goodies at ...

http://www.claritystamp.co.uk

That is it from me today...thanks for looking in...I do hope that you have a good weekend...and spend time with people you love...

Call back soon,

Love and hugs,

Jo. xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Caught on camera....

Good evening all, I hope you have had a good weekend....did you watch Barbara today with her two hour Clarity show? ...I had to record it and am going to catch up on it now....the reason was that Karl and me met my sister and husband for the day...I think that family time is so important......and Sheila is such a special person ....I love her so much and the four of us had a brilliant time....

Yesterday it was workshop day at C.J. CardCraft in Edgeley...before I share our makes with you...I want to show you a photo from last months class..

Meet Susan, she is fantastic and loves her Crafting......look how happy she is with her new Clarity apron and portfolio bag...


I love to decorate canvas's using Distress inks....and Clarity stencils...we used Jo's bubble stencil...well we just had too didn't we...lol...
I thought for a change I would take some photos of the lovely ladies....with their creations....so here goes...
In no particular order...

 

Here we have...sisters...

 

 

 

 

And yes...I know Jo hadn't finished.......

Sally tried to hide.....

But I did get her face.....yah.....even if her canvas was upside down...

Thanks for looking in today....

And if you fancy having a go at a canvas ....Go to the Clarity website...new....in....flat canvas.... http://www.claritystamp.co.uk/New-In

I will be phoning Janice tomorrow with my order...

Off now ....Karl has made me a coffee,

Have a good evening,

Much love and hugs,

Jo. xxxx

 

 

 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

A cold start ....

Good evening and thanks for joining me...I am just cooking some noodles ....it has been a cold and frosty day here today so I feel like a nice big dish of hot noodles and vegetables...

On our dog walk today Eric was introduced to frosty grass and it did make him jump....his paws got so cold...he and Tess still get on really well....we are so pleased....and he keeps falling asleep on her....and oh he is growing....( special hugs to a lovely couple who are very dear to me and lost one of their dogs recently....xx)

This morning I was Mums Taxi first thing and took Adam and Emily to the airport...they have gone to Brussels for a few days...to the Christmas markets...they were so excited...

So after some cleaning I actually got around to making some Christmas cards...even writing some and getting them in the post...

Here is one of them using the Holly Wreath Stencil....as you know I do love the Clarity Stencils....

I started by using my eBosser....remember you can emboss with your stencils..

And then I added some colour using Adirondack inks and make up sponges...

How quick was that....next I added some of my favourite Sweet Lilac Flowers and leaves....the Holly leaves are fab...

Next some gems and liquid pearls.

And finally a sentiment from the Clarity Letter Box Word set...

And job done....

One down......lots more to go.!!!!

So how about a different stencil....just to mix it up a little....

And then a little wooden heart....just for good measure with the left overs.

So a few jobs ticked off the list today...

Hope you have had a productive day too....and before I go I must just say Hello to our latest Blog follower...thank you so much for joining us and I hope you will be happy here...

Enjoy your evening all and keep warm , I think it is going to be another cold one...

Love and hugs,

Jo. xxxx

 

 

Monday, 1 December 2014

Trees......

Good morning, welcome to a new week, a new month and a new challenge over at the Clarity Challenge Blog....... Our new theme is ......Trees....

Which is very appropriate as this week it is National Tree Week and it has been this week every year since 1975...

Yesterday morning when Karl and I were walking Tess and Eric I saw this tree and just had to share it with you...

Back to the challenge ...remember that it is Clarity stamps only ...and oh there are some lovely tree stamps...in fact I was spoilt for choice...

The winner is chosen at random and gets a £50 Clarity voucher....so go on.......have a go and enter the challenge...

You can enter here......http://claritystampchallenge.blogspot.co.uk.

Here is what I came up with....

I started with a piece of Gelli card and some Distress inks....Brushed Corduroy, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door......I used my Clarity blending mat and mini blending tools...

Until I got this....

I then used a wet clean pad on my blending tool....counted to the manic number...20 ....and created a moon....then spritzed some more water to add more interest.

Next I stamped the large Weeping Ash stamp using black VersaFine ink...

I created the hills with torn paper and Distress ink and added a swallow...

I stamped this fantastic verse...onto more Gelli card that I had coloured using the same Distress inks...

Some matting and layering, ribbon, string and gems...and my design was completed...

Here is a closer look of the verse...

What wise words....from a very wise lady who is sadly missed...

I do hope that you like my card , if you would like to see more inspiration why not go and visit the blogs of my fellow DT....

All the stamps are available from http://www.claritystamp.co.uk

I must just congratulate last months winner and the Top 5 ....wow we had some fantastic entries...but now I must get on....

I have to dash of for my Flu jab....then a long list of jobs and IKEA tonight....

Take care and pop back soon....

Jo. xxxx