Friday, 20 October 2017

Action Stations! It’s all go at Clarity!!

Hi there,
Thanks for popping in.
It’s a busy day here at Clarity.
A load of us are up here in Harrogate, 
setting up for the Parchment Show 
which takes places tomorrow, Saturday 21st October,
 at the Cedar Court Hotel from 10-3.30.
You can get tickets at the door (£8.50).
There will be a wonderful exhibition of traditional parchment art, and many very talented artists will be displaying their art.

And what are we up to? 
Clarity, Groovi and Pergamano are set to entertain!
We’ve got Tina Cox on her 3-D Flowers and general brilliance, 
Linda Williams on gold mica paint, glitter and more beauty,
Churchie getting Groovi,
Linda Page creating fab 3-D houses, grids and all sorts
Maggie Byford on Snowflake duets
Glynis, Josie and Chris on the Snip Clinic,
Rosie and myself doing free Groovi Make n Takes 

BLIMEY !!!!!

And in the meantime, our Maria will be on HOCHANDA
on Saturday (early start!) 7am 12 noon and 3pm
showing off those wonderful framers in Groovi
You know the ones - there are 7 of them....

Thank you

So this year on the stamp front, 
we combined the framers NOEL, PEACE and JOY
with some exquisite illustrations from Linda Williams and our Jim.
Prepare to fall in love with the stamps! They are so loveable!
As Dee so rightly put it, I predict a riot !!!

Here are just a handful of lovely samples by some of our lovely Design team - and what a team we have too!

Linda Spencer
Jane Telford 
Wendy Thorburn
Shelagh Metselaar

So there you have it.
Busy Clarity people all over the place.
Oop Norf, Darn Sarf -
and even in Middle England !!

Feeling grateful here.
All that creativity everywhere.
Got to be a good thing, eh?

Love and hugs,

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Sending Hugs - Stamping on Parchment project

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in!
Sat in a hotel in the Harrogate vicinity,
all ready for the Parchment Show Set-up tomorrow.
Show’s at the Cedar Court Hotel on Saturday.

Yep, day to get up here,
day to set up,
day to do the job,
day to get back home and recover.
It’s a good job I love the people I work with!
Who cares about being sandwiched in the middle of the van cab 
for 7 hours, when you’ve got Paul and Dave for company ????

Mind you, we nearly came to blows.
Food was a farce today. 
Talk about tempt the poor cow on the diet!!!

I had M&S prawns and strawberries for lunch,
they had sausage rolls and pork pies.
Then for tea, I had sushi, satsumas and water
they had burger king, chips and coke.

It is so hard to stick to a diet regime when you’re on the road, 
but this time I am adamant.

There’s a particular dress I want to get into next year.....

let’s craftabit!

Let’s play fill in the blanks...

on the b - - -  of a sheet of P - - - - - - - -.
Use a b - - - -   a - - - - - - -  ink pad.

Stamp the W - - -  C - - - -  into the centre, and allow to d - -.
Flip to the b - - -  of the p - - - - - - - - and place on a 
 P - - - - - - - -   E - - - - - - - -   M - - .

Do some w - - - - - - - - . 
Let it rest between sessions,
and try not to be i - - - - - - - - !

Make a  f - - - - around the stamped image using the 
n - - - - -   s - - - - - -  G - - - - -  p - - - - .

Working on the b - - - , 
use the No. -  tool to emboss a h - - - - - - - - on the letters.

See how  w - - - -  it is!

Let’s   d - - - - - up on the frame!

Use an e - - - - -   p - - - - -  to rub out the colour in the leaves.
Then colour in again with a  g - - - -   p - - - - -.

Do this on the b - - -.

T - - -  the parchment with a  r - - - - and b - - - -.
It really helps if the r - - - - has a strip of  G - - - - -   g - - - attached to the base!

There we are!!
Mount on  w - - - -  card, and then on  m - - - - - - -    p - - - -!

n - - - !

T - - -  F - -  B - - !!

Love & Hugs,

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Busker

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in and taking the time to read this blog.
I know it takes me a lot longer to write it than it does for you to read it, and at first glance one could easily be lulled into believing that you are the passive reader, the audience, the less significant.

But actually, you are crucial.

If you didn’t pop in every day, would there be much point in my blogging? Would I actually still spend hours daily, making art projects, taking photos, teaching and sharing if you weren’t here for me to share anything with?

I wonder whether the busker on the corner of the street asks himself what for, if there’s nobody passing by, nobody stopping to listen, nobody throwing a copper in his cap.

But I think I would keep playing even if you didn’t stop by,
because bloggy play is good exercise for me too.
It is the quintessence of mindfulness, and great for humility.

Just as I’m sure the busker also sings on, because he can, and probably also because he lives in hope of an audience, of a crowd.

It’s not about numbers, or popularity, or ego.
(Edging Goodness Out)
No no no.
It’s enough for me to know that my Dad reads this blog every single day! How cool is that?! And he reads it out loud to my Mum too !!!

If only one person stops to listen, 
the busker suddenly comes to life, and performs.
An audience of one is all it takes.

I know my audience is bigger than that nowadays.
But it wasn’t always that way.
Which is probably why I mostly stop and give the busker time and a little money. I’ll always buy the CD for a fiver too.

So yes. When I always thank you for popping in, 
I really really mean 

Thank you.

Love & Hugs,

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Chewsday - Jellyplate and Candyfloss!

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.
Do come in and stay a while...
the kids are on their way back to the States this afternoon,
and the house is pretty empty again.
Dave is working in the garden, and on occasions like this, 
a little arty playtime is a good distraction.

Out with the 8"x10" Gelpress plate
Out with those fantastic strip stencils Mel designed.
Funky Island Strip Stencils

Strip. Now there’s a word which makes me shudder!
I have put on so much weight!
Talk about a foodfest for a fortnight!!!

I really must go on a diet.
Just bananas? I only like green ones though.

Spread some Banana yellow acrylic paint over the plate and stencils with a brayer.

Lift most of it off again with copy paper, 
leaving just a strip in the middle, like a midriff!

Scrunch up some copy paper and pat the midriff! 
Let it dry.

What about Candy Floss? Surely a little of that’s ok? 
It’s mostly air after all!

Blot the sides, leaving a wider band
- just as a reminder!

Pat gently with a paper towel
and let it dry.

Bananas and Candy Floss. Could be a winning combination!

Food on the brain!
If I don’t throw some Granny Smiths into the mix,

on top of the Bananas and Candy Floss,
and let it dry,

I will NEVER fit into my little Black dress ever again!
It’s not a good look right now, I can tell you!
Let it dry.

Bare my body on a Carribean beach? No no no.
Cover the lot with a layer of paint,

and while it’s still wet, peel the stencils off.

Flip the Gelpress on its Megamount 
and plant wet paint face down on the white sand -
er I mean card.

Flip it back,
rub the white card and peel it off.

Mega Print.
A right mixed salad!
Bananas, Granny Smiths - even a little Candy Floss,
and all on a Carribean Sea bed.

Let’s add a little colour.

Pick and Mix!!!

Use our Spot on Sponges to work the ink into the white areas.
(I’m still on the beach in my head!!!)
I would say gently massage into the gaps, 
but that would be wrong!

I love how the acrylic paint resists the dye-based ink.

Then out with the blade and ruler, and start slicing up the large piece into smaller portions of loveliness.

Like snacks, instead of a plateful.

The beautiful stencil shapes stand out more 
when there are less of them, see?

When you get up close, you really see the detail;
feast your eyes on just one skinny element!

And there’s plenty more mileage in that one arty cook off.

Musn’t forget to sign it and own it, right?

Thanks for humouring me and sticking with me to the end here!

Time to go cook a meal.
Crunch a carrot.
Boil a lettuce or something.
Dave? A little detox’ll do him the power of good.

Love & Hugs,

Monday, 16 October 2017

Carpay Deeum - Bright on !

Happy Monday!
Thanks for popping in!
It’s a beautiful sunny day, and we’re on our way out to Brighton as soon as Gracie gets back from the hairdressers!
She’ll only let my friend Carron near it, so by the time she gets home twice or thrice a year - she NEEDS a trim !!!

In the meantime, Mark is out for the count upstairs. The Jetlag hits you hard when you come east from California.

The fires are pretty shocking, aren’t they. 
So sad and sorry for the victims who have lost their homes, 
families - and lives.
Here we are partying and eating roast lamb, 
and there they are, in an inferno.
Mark lives south of the hotspot, in Oakland,
but friends and family have already been evacuated from Green Valley. Mark said the smell of smoke all around the bay when we left last Thursday was extreme. 

So tomorrow both Grace and Mark fly away again.
She to New York.
He to San Francisco.

I thought I would make a quick card to celebrate today with you though. Quick being the operative word!

Stamped out my two favourite stamps in the world
(I wonder why...)
on a lovely new Designer Paper leaf which is being launched by myself on HOCHANDA in a fortnight, on Sunday 29th October, 
the week before the NEC.


Trim and outline.

Mount on a white fold card.

See the wise old finger pointing the way?

I cannot wait to present these new papers and parchment papers to you. Look up Shenandoah, Virginia.
It must be one of the most beautiful places on earth.

#chuffedtobits #clarityrocks #madebyme

But now we are off to Brighton.
Got to make the most of it while they’re here.

Ain’t that the truth.

Love & Hugs,