God Grant me the Serenity…

God Grant me the Serenity…

Hi there.

Thanks for popping in. What a glorious day we have had down here in the south. There was a bad car accident outside Brighton this morning, so some poor soul was not having a great day. Sally sat nav diverted me away from the problem area and took me the scenic route, along the South Downs Way. What a beautiful stretch! I mean, what should have taken just over an hour took almost 3, but the views were breathtaking, and I got there safely. Spend some quality time with Dee, gassing about designs and ideas. She’s such a creative, arty woman! Fish n chips overlooking a lovely little quay. Yes, all very special.

The run home was quick n easy, and Dave was most excited to show me the new Stamps which are now in production. They won’t be showcased until June 2nd on my 2-4pm HOCHANDA show, but they are rather lovely, I must say. They did a run to send out to the design team, so they have time to get arty. Remember the cool Groovi poetry plates? Well, I decided they would make super stamps, too. And they certainly do! In fact, I just had to try them out! Check these out!

So she reached for a scrap, and using the new indexing sheet that the stamps come on, she decided where to stamp

She could have stamped both the verse and the frame together, but wanted to flag up that they’re separate stamps. Black Archival ink, because the scrap was acrylic paint, and she needed a permanent ink pad.

Words next. Pressed too hard, so the “difference” came out too thick. But hey!
Not important, is it? Looks like an old typewriter!
Colour next. She used what she had on the table: Polychromos.
Pergaliners would do the job admirably too…
Substantial price difference.
The Perga Liners are super when you’re starting out with parchment and colouring.
The Polychromos by Faber Castell are the next step.
She cut a frame using a Fresh Cut nested square out of a 7×7 black cardblank, trimmed the scrap, then wished she hadn’t! Would have been much easier to position if she hadn’t…
But it all came out fine in the end.
It usually does….

And as the Serenity Prayer tells us, if you can’t change it, get over it. If you can change it, then do. It’s that little word in the middle: Acceptance.

Hope you like these framed verse stamps. I think they are wonderful!

Love & Hugs,

Barb xxx

25 thoughts on “God Grant me the Serenity…

  1. Oh my goodness that is so beautiful! What are you doing to my bank account? I think I will just have my wages paid directly to Claritystamp 😂😂😂

  2. They’re gorgeous, fantastic but must slow down my spending. They can go on my wish list though, at least the ones I don’t have in groovi. Glad you had a lovely time with Dee, pity you had the delay, it shakes you up.xxx

  3. Oh my good Lord, these are fan – blimmin – tastic!! I might just NEED these beauties. 🙄🙄 Glad you had a nice time with Dee too. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s shows. 😁😁😁

  4. Oh Barbara, what a beautiful set of stamps !!!
    I have the Groovi plates ( well used!! ) and am delighted that we will now have these. Roll on 2nd June. Meanwhile I will have to curb my spending 😇
    Glad you had a nice day with Dee despite the traffic. Tomorrow’s shows look interesting – something a bit different stylewise.
    Having an early night as the back is playing up – too much housework today – Ha Ha 😂
    Night all 🍒🍒🍒

  5. They look beautiful stamps. Glad you had a lovely day. I made 170 roast potatoes ! Great-niece 2.5 years old and at ‘pre-school’ needs to do more art and craft they told her Mum – who did she ring ?! Also her maths – she can count – she’s only 2.5 whatever next ! X

  6. This wouldn’t happen to be your favourite verse, would it, Barbara? Bec and I can both remember every word. It is a lovely verse to remember though. I love that background, just perfect for those stamps. My wish list is just getting longer right now. Must have a go at the lottery. How lovely to spend the day with the talented Dee. You need to do more of that kind of thing. xxx Maggie (Silvercrafter)

  7. Glad you made it to the seaside and back again. Love the look of these new stamps very beautiful. Xx

  8. Evening bloggy friends, nearly the weekend! We are having a ‘dress as an animal day’ at work tomorrow raising funds for a local charity, so I will be spending the day dressed as a zebra! Xx

  9. These stamps look great. Can’t wait to get stamping & arty with them.
    Glad you had a lovely day with Dee.
    Looking forward to seeing the shows tomorrow with ‘the other’ Dee – what a talented lady 😊
    Enjoy your evening Barbara. Love, Mrs Panky xxx

  10. Hi Barb,
    Wow! These look fantastic. I have the Groovi poetry plates and love them I must say. Looking forward to seeing the DT samples for these and watching the shows. Glad that you’ve had a lovely day with Dee, even if it did take you a long time to get there! Love and hugs Alison xc

  11. It is sometimes nice to take the scenic route. Sad that someone was probably having a bad day though. The new stamps do look lovely it will be good to see what the design team do with them. xx

  12. Knowing how popular the Groovi poetry plates are I am sure these stamps will fly on 2 June. Your piece of artwork with the Serenity poem is beautiful.

  13. Glad you and Dee had a great day. And those new stamps look great 👍 love them so much temptation coming up and don’t think going to get through tomorrow with out temptation calling night night xxx

  14. Oh dang !!! I really really need them lol! They are just gorgeous Barbara, I think I know what I’m going to ask hubby for in June, my birthday month, that’s a shed load of cash to spend at Claritystamp!
    He’s getting more and more used to me asking for Claritystamp tools and supplies xx

  15. New stamps look lovely and I’m sure will be yet another ‘catch them if you can’ sellout! Sorry for the poor soul who had the accident but happy that you were safe. Good to know you and Dee have been plotting and planning… wonder what you cooked up between you?! xx

  16. These designs and words make my heart sing! So very beautiful, I can’t wait to work with them. I have a very old decorated calligraphy version of the serenity prayer hanging over my desk in my craft room. It is my philosophy on life and a good anchor when life gets tough. Can’t thank you enough for bringing these to us. x

  17. I love that verse and read your blog last night just after watching the Dementia Choir on catch up. To see the courage of a young couple aged 30, with the husband diagnosed with such a cruel terminal illness, was humbling and so heartbreaking. His amazing wife must have read that verse and have it engraved on her heart, bless her.
    Beautiful Stamps. Hugs Annette X

  18. these stamps are lovely – may have to choose just one (because I suspect the whole lot might be a bit pricey all at once!). My Leyburn shopping list is getting rather long – If I can wait until September that is ha..ha..
    Hope you are all well – how’s Grace getting on with her new task?
    Maggie (Bendy Yorkite) rescue cat Bendy is looking really silky now he is eating properly – how can people be so mean to animals?

  19. STAMPS LOVELY. 2nd June my birthday so will be using my birthday money on these. Barbara brilliant again xx

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