Sunday, 23 July 2017

OoH!You little Imp!!!

Hi there!
Thanks for popping in,
On my way to join the crew for supper at the Spa, 
so just want to show you a clever little trick with the brand new Fairy Plates, which lovely Rosie has been demonstrating on Hochanda today.


See? No wings.
When we designed the Groovi Fairy Plates, 
we made sure that the wings aren’t touching the bodies.
On ANY of them.

So even though it looks as though the butterfly and flower wings are attached,
they aren’t. Which means you can make delightful art with imps and elves - and little boys and girls actually.

Watch....


See? No wings. Just a little pixie.


Flowers from another plate.


Landscape from the Starter Kit.


Colour with Perga Liner pencils




Layer up on a very new paper coming soon...


Yes. That does the job.


Fairy? What fairy?
Super simple and quick.
Has to be today!

All available on our website now,
both as stampsets with masks, and Groovi.


GROOVI



Love & Hugs,
Barb
xxx

PS. I will pick a random winner for the name competition tomorrow.
Running late here!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

One Day Fairy Special xxx

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.
Can’t stop!
Rosie’s on TV showing off our new Fairies!

Fastest demo on record here:



Scrap from retreat.
Pink circle made with Petite Gelpress.
Stamp round with leaves from Fairy Stampset.


Stamp another beauty into the circle.


Mask off.
Dust with dry pink brush.


Colour in.


Trim, mount.
Oh. And add verse stamp in set.


Magic.


Gotta go.


HOCHANDA
SKY 663 (24/7)  FREESAT 817 (24/7)

8PM NOW !
9am 
1pm
5pm

Love & Hugs,
Barb
xxx












  • Friday, 21 July 2017

    Name that Fairy!


    Hi there!
    Thanks for popping in.
    Day 5 of the Crowborough Retreats, 
    and another wonderful group of Friends Reunited!
    So I have exactly 20 minutes to blog before I go to join them all at the Spa Hotel. 

    Whilst cleaning the blending mat this morning after project 1,
    I decided to make a bloggy background...

    That’ll do very nicely, thunk I.


    Perfect for showcasing those wonderful Fairy Stamps which are being launched on HOCHANDA TV tomorrow evening at 6pm 
    by lovely Rosie.
    • SKY 663 (24/7)
    •  
    • FREEVIEW 85 (6AM-7PM)
    •  
    • FREESAT 817 (24/7)

    Just 2 will do for this little idea.


    Very lovely, don’t you think? See the butterfly wings?


    And how useful are the masks!? 
    Right down to the tiny toadstools.


    Mmmm.... Dry blue brush required.
    I didn’t even add ink - just used the dry blue brush.


    Remove the masks for the magic.


    Good enough to wrap around an A6 canvas board, methinks.


    Stop the clock. 10 minutes.


    Time to go eat with the others.
    But in the meantime, let’s have a little blog candy, shall we?

    NAME THESE FAIRIES.


    Leave a message below, naming our two delightful little characters.
    Then on Sunday, I shall randomly pick a winner.
    And that winner shall receive the little canvas here -
    and a £20 Clarity Gift Voucher.

    Love & Hugs,
    Barb
    xxx

    Thursday, 20 July 2017

    Fairy Fairy Exciting....

    Hi there.
    Thanks for popping in!
    What a smashing day we had today at the Clarity retreat.
    Well, I certainly enjoyed it, and the vibe was great.

    Rossella (aka Rosie) joined us this time, as a guest.
    She was in her element - she helped massively with the picot cutting on Day 1, and had a blast with the Gelplates and stamps on Day 2. It was great to see her so relaxed and enjoying herself. 
    She just took off back up north, to get ready for her One Day Special on Hochanda, which starts on Saturday evening at 6pm.

    Oh boy ! Have we got a treat for you !
    A Fairy special treat in Groovi AND Stamp.


    Two brand new, exquisite sets of Fairy stamps,
    illustrated by our Mel
    (here’s one...)


    This masterpiece was created by our Ann Ruffles,
    who was also at the retreat!


    In addition, there are six A6 Fairy Plates plus a verse spacer.




    Our Jane Telford designed this lovely piece.
    She was at the retreats Monday and Tuesday!!


    Rosie is launching both Stamps and Groovi on Saturday evening, so do tune in. Methinks she will be busy. 

    Do you somehow get the feeling that we are all good mates?
    Good! Cos we are!
    Our Clarity family is close. I love that.
    I have spent the last four days in the company of some of our oldest and dearest friends and customers. 
    I know most of them personally, too.

    It has been brilliant for me. Hard work of course, and I wouldn’t want to try it without Churchy there all the way!! It’s a bit of a marathon for us. But just to be able to catch up with friends and spend a little time together. We should do it more often!!

    I was sad to see this group go this evening.
    But that’s life. I look forward to welcoming a new group tomorrow. 

    Tme to go to sleep now.

    Love & Hugs,
    Barb
    xxxx

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017

    Purple Sea.

    Hi there.
    Thanks for popping in.
    Day 3. Tick.
    Just had a lovely day with a lovely group, 
    and now it’s time for supper.
    Here we are, following Dirty Dave.


    We don’t actually know him.
    It’s not my Dave, but Rosie decided we ought to investigate. 
    What’s she like?!


    On the subject of Dirty, here’s a mop up off the brown craft mat from yesterday. Mel suggested it, so I rolled a load of Viva Decor paint over the  craft mat and then pulled it off onto copy paper. 

    Very cool.


    Now I have got precisely 30 minutes to do this ’ere blog, 
    so ’ere goes!
    Out with the boy....

    Black Archival ink.


    Wrap around a 6" x 6" Canvas board.
    Done


    This is delightful now.
    Looks like a purple sea, with the sun setting in the distance, 
    and the reflection off the water.


    Gotta go.

    Love & Hugs,
    Barb
    xxx

    Tuesday, 18 July 2017

    Too late.

    Hi there.
    Thanks for popping in. 
    It’s way too late to blog anything substantial really.
    I left the artwork i wanted to show you at the Community Centre, so I shall have to share it with you tomorrow. 
    Just got in from supper at the Spa with a few of the crew,
    and now, to be frank, I’m fit to drop.

    Today was excellent - well, for me it was!
    The projects went down well, and it was so good to see folks get genuinely excited when they nailed a particular skill.
    That’s what it’s all about really. 

    It’s not that I am particularly talented or better than any of the retreat participants. Really not. I have just done it all a few more times than them. So my job as I understand it, is to present a number of interesting and informative projects, and help them achieve proficiency whilst having fun and not feeling as though it is a task.

    It is always fascinating to have our lovely friend and illustrator  extraordinaire, Melanie, in the room. She perceives things so very differently, and because she isn’t a crafter but more of a fine artist, she just LOVES what we mere mortals achieve with her designs!
    Mind you, this is the same woman who uses the stencils she designs as window dressings in her cottage! 
    Yep. Like Cafe Curtains!

    So as we wave goodbye to the first lovely, lovely group, we say hello to the next incoming group. I already bumped into a bunch of them at the Spa this evening! All full of apprehension and excitement. I reckon we are going to have a blast. Especially now we’ve gone through everything once and know where the pitfalls are !!  Thanks to the first group for being so patient and gracious.

    Love & Hugs,
    Barb.


    Monday, 17 July 2017

    Day 1: A Pleasure

    Hi there!
    Thanks for popping in.
    Just got in from the first day of the retreats, and can’t stop long - 
    we’re meeting for supper at the Spa Hotel.

    I think it went down well.
    I think the projects were well received.
    I think the guests all had a good time. 

    Tell you what thought; it was more like Friends Reunited than a Craft Workshop! Nearly every single person who came through the door was a buddy, everybody had been before, and they mostly knew each other too! So much hugging and kissing! 

    The new venue is excellent;
    the screen is like an imax 



    My set-up looks more like a DJ spot!
    But it worked really well.


    Inky morning, Groovi afternoon.

    Blimming hot darn sarf too!
    It’ll be fun to see how the paint reacts to the heat tomorrow....

    Must dash (said the Mexican)

    Love & Hugs,
    Barb
    xxx

    PS. Don’t forget to go nominate us for a Craft Award or 10 if you get a chance, or feel we are worth it.
    The door closes tomorrow, so we didn’t really get much time to rally the troops!

    Sunday, 16 July 2017

    It’s Time to Retreat!

    Hi there!
    Thanks for popping in.
    Spent most of the day getting the room ready for Day 1
    of the Clarity Retreats.

    This will be our home now for 8 days, back to back.

    Good size screen?!

    Linda, Gail and Jilly turned up early to pitch in, 
    and then a few other guests came at the last minute, 
    just checking the location.

     I’ve got a drill, and I’m not afraid to use it!

    So let the games begin.
    I do hope our visitors enjoy the projects.
    There’s something for everyone.

    But now it’s time to retreat, to curl up with my favourite man.
    And Dave. He can watch Poldark with me if he behaves.

    Love & hugs,
    Barb
    xxx

    Saturday, 15 July 2017

    Let’s go back to the beginning....

    Hi there!
    Thanks for popping in.

    Apologies for the late show today;
    went to a very special lady’s very special birthday party today,
    and only just got in.
    Thanks Sheila! And congratulations! xxx

    Lately, we’ve been talking about firing up the Clarity YouTube Channel again. Did you know we have a substantial reference library of projects, ideas and inspiration?

    Thing is, when Groovi came along, we got SOSOSOSOSOSO busy, that Jim and I had to knock You Tube Tuesday on the head for a while. Two years, in fact!

    But now that things are more under control (NOT!)
    we are thinking about resurrecting it.
    I thought I’d have a quick look at what we actually got up to back then, and I came across the very first YouTube video we recorded. 

    What a giggle pot I am.



    The videos do improve - I promise!
    I’m actually thinking of applying for a job as a news reader.
    I reckon I could do it.
    The 6 o’clock news might take till midnight to spit out, 
    but at least it wouldn’t all be doom and gloom.

    Anyway, the random winner of the 
    WHICH COLOUR FRAME BLOG CANDY is::::

    Jillybean!

    Well done Jilly!
    A BLACK framed picture and a £20 gift voucher will be winging their way to you next week.

    BLACK
    We set up for the week’s retreats tomorrow.
    Many many friends and guests will be wending their way towards Crowborough over the coming days.
    If you are joining us, please have a safe trip.

    Love & Hugs,
    Barb
    xxx




    Friday, 14 July 2017

    Award Nominations

    Hi there.
    Thanks for popping in.

    It’s that time of year again.
    I hope you consider us worthy of being nominated again.

    Last year you nominated us for so many awards!
    Best Blog
    Best Stamps.
    Best New Product
    Best Overall Designer
    Best Workshops
    Best for Quality
    Favourite Craft Celebrity
    Best Colouring Book

    and many more.

    We received the Silver Finalist in every one above, 
    except the Colouring Book, which we won!

    It was lovely to receive the recognition.
    Thank you!

    So this year, once again, we would love it if you nominated us to be in with a chance to win. There’s nothing like a pat on the back for spurring you on, is there?

    Here is the link for you to use to go to....
    https://www.crafts-beautiful.com/awards/


    Or just click the buttons below....
    If you think we’re worth it.

    If you think I’m worth it.


    Love & Hugs,
    Barb


    Thursday, 13 July 2017

    A quick Build and More Blog Candy xx

    Hi there!
    Thanks for popping in.
    Had a great day in London.
    Really excellent business meeting.
    More will be revealed....

    In the meantime, I was playing with that Inca Gold Wax Paste yesterday, which both Maria and Rosie swear by.
    I decided to figure out how to use it myself.
    Well it IS very good, and I DO highly recommend it!

    Take a super duper Clarity Stencil designed by Mel,
    House Stencil
     INCLUDED  IN THE MEMBER’S HALF PRICE SALE....
    and drag some texture paste through it 
    The Viva Decor paste is very good.

    Allow to set dry.


    Rub some of the blue colour Inka Gold Wax paste over the dry paste.



    Then get the gold wax paste out! WOWOWOWEEE!
    Not flipping you off! Just showing you my gold finger!
    You don’t need much that’s for sure!


    See how some of it went onto the black background?
    You can clean it off the shiney card really easily with a wet Q-Tip or similar. See?


    And you can scrape a highlight into the paste with a blade too.
    All very simple, but very effective.


    5 minutes of smearing and scraping.... 


    Doesn’t look like much - until you frame it.
    Did you know we sell packs of Mountboard which fit this perfectly?

    ALSO INCLUDED  IN THE MEMBER’S HALF PRICE SALE....


    NOW>
    Let’s decide which colour mount we prefer, shall we?

    BLACK

    TAUPE

    CREAM

    WHITE


    You tell me.
    Decide which you prefer, then tell me below.
    I will pick a random winner on Saturday,
    and that random winner shall receive this little piece framed in the colour of their choice - plus a £20 gift voucher to spend on Clarity!

    Must dash.
    Got things to plan....

    Love & Hugs,
    Barb
    xxx