Monday, 11 August 2014

Nature and a Splash of Colour...

Good Morning Monday Crafters!
Thanks for stopping by. 
Monday’s blog is trees & flowers, right?

So here’s a quickie, using an inky splosh 
on our square white Gelli  Plate Card as a starting place.

Distress pads used here:

Daubed on with a Clarity Brush, then spritzed lightly with water.

mmmm....where is she going with this?
if she knew, she would be the first to tell you!

Right. Get some trees out and stamp them in Black Archival.
These are the Pine Forest, one of our New Design Club Stamps, No. 87, which was sent out with a project sheet a while ago. 
If you aren’t a member of the Clarity New Design Club, and you like what we do, you maybe should look into it.
Over 2,500 members, and climbing... 
And as if that weren’t enough, we added a Stencil Club!
And just to entice you, we offered you GOLD!

Anyway. Where was I? Ah yes, the lovely NDC stamp.

 Write Nature to the side, using a Sharpie Pen, a thick office pen.

Then stamp another tree from the Winter Wonderland Set
over the T. Mostly because my T was rubbish!
These guys are appearing on telly in Germany tomorrow, so wish them luck! We hope the Germans like them as much as we do!

 Trim the card back.

Add the stag and fawn, 
and frame the edges with the Sharpie Pen and a ruler.

I found an off cut from a previous project which is perfect 
for adding a little something, and ran the black pen round that, too.

Mounted on white. Enough.

I’m probably already in Germany when you read this. 
Wish us luck. 
See you on the flip side!

much love,


  1. So simple but Oh so effective!
    Good luck in Germany... Sure you will wow them!

  2. Hello Barb, like this, the colours are great autumn colours, love the way you have used the tree in the word. I am sure that the German viewers are looking forward to you shows as much as we do. Bx

  3. Fabulous yet again Barbara. Hope it goes wonderfully well in Germany but then why wouldn't it?? Xxx

  4. Good luck in Germany, dear Barbara. We have been waiting such a Long time - we love you too xxx

  5. Hi Barbara. Wonderful, clean and simple card : ) Have a great time in Germany. Take care.

  6. Good Morning Barbara - hope you had a pleasant flight with not too much turbulence from the remnants of the stormy weather!!!
    Love the simplicity of the card - the colours are so autumnal - very appropriate with yesterdays weather!!!
    Good luck with the German TV show - not that you need it xxxxx
    Enjoy the trip!
    Much love
    Kim x

  7. Beautiful colour combo and like the stamp in the word. Good luck in Germany x

  8. Hello Barbara,

    What a beautiful card. Enjoy your time in Germany. I am looking forward to Thursday's shows.

    Love Roz x

  9. Hallo liebe Barbara,

    deine Karte ist wieder so wunderschön und ich mag diese warmen Farben sehr. Ich wünsche dir eine schöne Zeit in Deutschland und freue mich auf die Sendungen. Ganz liebe Grüße Silvi

  10. I am really liking that a lot Barbara!
    Hope all goes well in Germany and have a safe journey home! Looking forward to seeing the shows on Thursday too...and then you can relax a little!!!
    Love and hugs! Xxx

  11. Really lovely, the colours work so well.
    Have a lovely trip to Germany and back.

  12. Lovely art Barbara, have a safe trip to Germany.

  13. Lovely colours with the black so sharp. Enjoy Germany!

  14. Hi Barbara. .... Have a great day .. Safe trip.. Love the card today ....x

  15. Love the card Barbara good luck in Germany love June xxxx

  16. That is so effective - I am in awe at how you take such a simple concept and turn it into a work of art,! Enjoy Germany.

  17. Good morning,
    How fun is this? You are so clever, I love this idea... Have fun in Munich.

  18. Hi Barbara, love the card. Hope all goes well in Germany.

  19. Good luck Barb, know you don't need it really!! Best wishes Joan x

  20. Hi Barbara.
    What Channel are you on in Germany?
    I can tell my German cousin, and I can watch if you are on when I visit them in Berlin.

  21. Lovely card, makes me think of sunny autumnal days. Enjoy your visit to Germany!

  22. Hi Barbara, well who knew a splodge of ink could turn into such a beautiful scene? Really lovely. I'm sure they will love your Winter Wonderland set in Germany. Have fun in Munich! xx

  23. Hi Barb,
    I think this is gorgeous. I love trees anyway and have quite a few of your tree and grass stamps. I'll have to check to see if I've enough small ones to cover the whole of the word nature, as my handwriting is rubbish (I was going to type c**p but didn't want to offend anyone).
    Knock them dead in Germany (not literally) and break a leg (again not literally).
    Have a safe journey there and back xx

  24. This is wonderful Barbara and I love those trees I must have a play with them as soon as I get chance. Hope Germany goes ok
    Jackie x

    1. Just realised I don't have this one it is from before I joined the design club but never mind
      J x

  25. I love this! It's so cool that a splodge can turn into a masterpiece! I love those deer! You will be awesome in Germany! Just don't forget to be back here for us on Thursday! We need you! xxx

  26. Good luck love the stamps learn each day from the blog thank you xxx

  27. Glorious colours Barbara and a beautiful piece of art. Pat x

  28. This is wonderful Barbara, love it. Have a great time in Germany, you jet setter you. xxxx

  29. Lovely as always Barbara, have been using those trees on my Christmas cards, they are so useful. Hope all goes well on your travels, I'll try to watch you on German tv if I can find it :-) xx

  30. Am sure the German will love "Winter Wonderland Set". With the Schwarzwald not too far, it will be great. I love your card, and the matching piece you've add at the bottom. As we said in France "m......" for the show.
    Laurence xx

  31. I'm loving all these cards you're doing with those inky abstract backgrounds! Hope you have a great trip to Germany and that it's not too bumpy on the return journey - we've had a very windy, wet time overnight and this morning, but it seems to be getting calmer now! Susan x

  32. I think this is wonderful Barbara with lovely colours and a great design. If I wrote 'nature' across my card it would probably look a terrible , but you are so artistic! Have a great time in Germany, and I'm sure all your stamps will go down a storm. x

  33. Hi Barb,
    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the colours you have chosen and as I have the stamp I might just give it a go! Might have to find a sentiment stamp that will fit as I'm not sure my handwriting would be as good as yours! There's another idea for some word chains - nature, summer, autumn etc. have a great time in Germany, I'm sure you will knock them dead! Safe journey home too. Love Alison xx

  34. this is beautiful Barb - love the colours - great use of the pen too! Hope Germany is going well - i know it will - looking forward to Thursdays shows! Hugs rachel xx

  35. hi Barbara great colours great stamp and great club too worth every penny! (Although not joined stencil club yet! ) . Have a wonderful trip to Germany and come back safe. Take care love Diane xxx

  36. The colours are bright -like an early sunrise. Lovely.

  37. viel Glueck! sehr schoen. viel spass! hugs xx

  38. Lovely card, simple and sophisticated at the same time. Roll on Thursday.

  39. Happy accident with the Tree, looks fab. Lovely composition xx


Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x