Thursday, 3 August 2017

Shelagh Metselaar and a Moment in Blue

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.
We’ve been prepping for the Sunday/Monday TV Shows all day.
I do love ticking those boxes!
The new Christmas Outline Stamps are delightful to work with; I was especially pleased with the Snow Globe demo I did for the One Day Speical 6pm launch on Sunday.
It’s all about making the snowglobe look round....

Anyway, I have some very VERY good news.
For years I have been asking the hugely unique and talented Shelagh Metselaar from Scotland to join our Clarity Design Team, but she has had a lot going on in her life, and has never been able to commit properly. Recently I gently bent her arm again at the retreat, and she finally said yes. Hallelujah!

Here then is a sample of her Blue Collection, 
which she rustled up for this weekend’s TV, using the original Five Outline stamps plus their masks to great effect.

And since Thursday’s blog is always blue, I though it would be a perfect opportunity to introduce you to Shelagh, whet your appetities with what’s coming up on Sunday/Monday on telly,
and offer you some wonderful blue inspiration all at the same time. 


Wowee.
Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Here we have the Stag outline stamp in Jayne’s Postcard frame,
with our Clarity Deerscape stamp inside.


This beauty shows off a selection of our lovely Garden stamps inside the bird. 

Isn’t it super?


The Three Wise men which Shelagh has used here are included in miniature inside one of the Christmas sets - I think it’s the candle...


And here, she has dropped one of Jayne Nestorenko’s Winter Scenes into the leaf.
Doesn’t that just look fantastic?


Now if I had to pick a favourite, it would have to be the fairies with the fairy lights here!


Blimming ingenious!
The fairy lights come from another Outline set:




Finally, the tree Copse outline with the larger Nativity scene inside. Perfect.


Yes, I am very happy - as you can imagine - to welcome Shelagh to the team.
She and I have been friends for years. She is a formidable character, well travelled, very interesting woman.
Also incredibly thoughtful and generous. 
Yes. I like her very much, 
and I am excited for you to know her art work better.

Love & Hugs,
Barb
xxx


47 comments:

  1. What beautiful work. Welcome to the team Shelagh.
    Gayle x

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  2. Fabulous work. Congratulations Shelagh. Well deserved.

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  3. I was delighted to sit next to Shelagh at the retreat I attended a couple of years ago. She was very patient with me as a newbie and I can't wait to see more of her lovely creations. Congratulations Shelagh!

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    1. Hi Karen - hope you are well. I now recognise your call sign - LOL! ;~}

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  4. I love Shelagh's designs. Congratulations Shelagh, look forward to seeing more. X

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  5. Well done Shelagh, your work is fabulous and I can't wait to see more.

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  6. Amazing samples, very talented lady. Congratulations Shelagh on becoming part of the Claritystamp family, look forward to seeing all your future makes 😊

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  7. What amazing art work from Shelagh...and in my favourite colour too! Looking forward to the TV shows. Mxx

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  8. Wow Welcome Shelagh Great to have you on board x

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  9. Congratulations Shelagh sure you are going to love being on the clarity team. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work . Things are really coming together for you Barbara so pleasedxxx

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  10. I have seen her also not in person but on different blogs . Fantastic and you are blessed to have her , that is for certain!

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  11. So glad to see your work showcased Shelagh. Xx

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  12. Wowserindeed Barb! Congratulations on your perseverance too, Shelagh is going to be a wonderful addition to an already very talented design team x

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  13. Congratulations to Sheilagh on joining the design team. Beautiful cards and amazing composition using many stamp sets.

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  14. I love Christmas cards in shades of blue and these are fab. Congratulations on joining the DT Shelagh, I look forward to seeing more of your work xx

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  15. What gorgeous artwork it is too - I love it. X

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  16. Wow! These are beautiful samples! Another asset to the team, can't wait to see what else Shelagh shows us. Wx

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  17. Gorgeous samples, I would find it difficult to pick a favourite. I love the idea of doing so many cards using just one colour and blue is a lovely colour for a Christmas theme xx

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  18. stunning cards. so good to see this stuff again, hugs xx

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  19. I am so pleased you managed to persuade her to join your team. I have admired Shelagh's work for a long time and through your retreats we have become friends. I love the cards and it shows how versatile these stamps are. Well done Shelagh. X

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  20. Many thanks Barbara and also to everyone for all the complimentary comments and welcoming messages. I'm now just a little bit terrified but not so much as the internet provider rep will be tomorrow - our usual generally reliable service has been more off than on tonight; don't suppose it's anything to do with new housing developments in the surrounding area? Thank you again and hoping fervently this will post! ;~}

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  21. Well done on becoming a teamie Shelagh! Looking forward to seeing lots more from you!
    Love and hugs xxx

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  22. Hi Barb,
    Wow! What a brilliant asset to the team! Congratulations to Shelagh on becoming part of the team and to you Barb for managing to persuade her! These samples are absolutely gorgeous and I truly am looking forward to seeing more of Shelagh's work. I think the Nativity and the leaf ones are my favourites if I had to choose, but they are all stunning and would be a joy to receive. Fabulous! Love and hugs Alison xxx

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  23. What beautiful work and congratulations to Shelagh for becoming part of the very talented Clarity DT. x

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  24. Hello Barbara

    I was fortunate to spend some time with Shelagh at the Retreat and can endorse everything you say. A lovely lady and I look forward to seeing more of her work.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  25. Wow,stunning art work. Love the outline stamps and am looking forward to the ODS samples and demos. Welcome to the team Shelagh, your work is amazing and I look forward to catching more of it in the future. Xx

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  26. Your perseverance certainly paid off Barbara, congratulations to both you and Shelagh, what a great asset to very talented design team she will be. Look forward to seeing more of your work Shelagh, these samples are beautiful.xx

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  27. Evening bloggy friends hope everyone is well. Looking forward to the shows at the weekend, going to try and find some time to get crafty. Xx

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  28. Welcome to the team Shelagh. Looking forward to seeing more of your fabulous artwork. Xxx

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  29. Wow love the artwork, looking forward to seeing the shows on Sunday/Monday. Welcome to the Clarity family Shelagh.

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  30. Hi Barbara
    Well done persuading Shelagh to join the team, she will be a great asset yo the team. Shelagh your artwork is stunning and you deserve all the praise, you are very talented. I must remember to set the box to record on Sunday. Thank you for sharing this beautiful artwork.
    Love Diane G xxx

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  31. Fab artwork...wish my attempts using the outline stamps were half as good, but they're improving! Looking forward to getting to know you and seeing more of your lovely artwork in the future Shelagh. Xx

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  32. Hello Barb, what a great result after twisting Shelagh's arm. She is a very talented lady, these examples are stunning. Really looking forward to the shows and to all future inspiration from Shelagh. Take care all. Bx

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  33. Stunning artwork Shelagh, congrats on joining the DT x

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  34. Fantastic work Shelagh! I love your style of work so am really excited to see you join the ST for Claritystamp. Congratulations xxx

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  35. Many thanks to you all for your very generous comments. I will do my very best! ;~}

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  36. Oh Wow, I have long been a fan of Shelagh's work, spotted her in many a magazine article, but I have to say, these blue designs are out of this world. I rarely work in blue, cant get the contrasts right, this will make me go and try again. Welcome Shelagh, look forward to more lovely designs from you.

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    1. Thank you, Andrea - three ink pads - Artistry Midnight Blue and Blue Chase with the outlines stamped in Archival Cobalt. Will blog the components later. ;~}

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  37. What talent and what imagination you have, Shelagh. Congratulations on being brave enough to take the plunge (not into the unknown, as it's with Clarity) by seizing the opportunity as it comes along - trust Barbara to give you the necessary nudge at the right time. Here's to your future success and lots of it!

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    1. Thank you very much. Nudge at the right time? Not quite sure as the kitchen emptying has begun for the refurb beginning Monday. Lost my 'wet work' space and will be cooking in the utility!!! Could lead to some interesting work! ;~}

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  38. Welcome Shelagh - a very talented lady - you will frequently see her work in various Craft Magazines.

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  39. Welcome Shelagh - a very talented lady - you will frequently see her work in various Craft Magazines.

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  40. Welcome Shelagh
    Beautiful designs and so imaginative, welcome to the Clarity team x

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

Barb x