My Favourite Things.

My Favourite Things.

Hi there

Thanks for popping in. Got caught up in art today, which is not a bad thing. Only downside is that I was supposed to be prepping for telly on Sunday, but got swept away with a Castle Mask and a lovely background Designer paper! It only takes a few of my favourite things to send me off on a tagent. And then, when I am in the job, when I am immersed in the process, there’s nothing for it but to carry on till the end.

I just love our masks! They are simple to use, but on the Designer papers they come to life. Look!!

Hahahaha! I have just realised that I used a sheet of Antarctica paper again! After yesterday’s blog, you must be thinking that we have got excess stock of Antarctica at Clarity! Not true! In fact, the opposite! I just like these new papers so much, I keep reaching for them! And because I keep shining a light on them, we are actually running low on stock!

Back to the masks. This is the Landscapes set I have used here:

I just think pound for pound, dollar for dollar, hour for hour these are brilliant. All of our masks are. With this set you get a free BONUS Mini Moons sheet of masks too.


Shall I show you the process? I did take pictures as I took a stroll through this art…

Decide where the castle sits well, mask off the bunting on the mask with white copy paper, dust black ink into the castle area using one of our Clarity Stencil Brushes. The brushes come with a free Cloud Mask! You can never have enough of them.

Use a make up sponge to intensify the black around the top edge. Then use the side of a piece of paper to add shadows in the turrets with black ink and a make up sponge.

Pretty cool just as it is.

Then I overcooked it. Decided to add the village at the bottom. Clearly I’ve been watching too many period dramas during the Christmas period, where the peasants dance round the maypole, drink too much mead, and content themselves with a bit of bunting strung up between the hovels, whilst the gentry throw them a few crumbs, and look down from their castles in the sky! Nothing new there then.

Time to crop and chop!! Nobody will ever know….

Next it was out with one of my other favourite things: the new poetry stamps. I’ve just noticed, they‘re still half price on the website…click here

All done. Well. The blog’s done! Now I really should get back to work!!

Before I forget, the Antarctica Artwork definitely won hands down yesterday! So thank you for joining in, and a £20 Clarity gift voucher goes to one lucky winner….

Carmel Wallace says: Antarctica just looks amazing to me !

Since we all like Antarctica so much, let’s see about a special offer!

Get the card and paper bundle, and save £8!

I’ve been thinking about January Sales and all that jazz. We had the Pergamano Sale in October and the Gray Friday Sale in November. We will have a Clarity Club Half Price Members sale in February. So my thoughts are that I would rather have a few small special offers like this one throughout the month. Attach a few lovely things to a tutorial blog like this, and reduce them in price. Travel gently, as we say. Use what we’ve got, know what we’re buying and what to do with it.

Perhaps you will consider subscribing to our Clarity Club in January instead.

Stay safe

Love and hugs

Barb xxx

28 thoughts on “My Favourite Things.

  1. Houston – we have a plan!! Much better system. I’ll have quite a list in February so I am more than happy to save myself ’till then.
    Maggie (Bendy Yorkite)

  2. Fantastic art work again, would never have thought to cut the original in half and use as two pieces! So that’s another tip you’ve given me!

  3. Oh wow Barbara your artwork is stunning. I love it. Good idea about the sale. Going gently is good with me. Have a good evening. Take care. Hugs xxx

  4. Good idea re sale, more time to contemplate ! Lovely scenes today will add to my ‘to do’ list. Just spent an hour or two clearing out some storage boxes, how many bottle bags and present bags does a girl need?! The charity shop will be full again once it’s up and running ! X

  5. Beautiful artwork. My resolution for a few years has been to use stuff up! My stash is smaller, but not really noticable to the untrained eye – certainly most of the boxes in storage are craft stuff. Well done to Carmel for winning the draw!

  6. I never cease to be amazed by the beautiful artwork which you produce.
    Enjoy your prize Carmel.
    Have a good evening. Hugs. Annette.

  7. Congratulations Carmel, enjoy spending your voucher – sounds as if there will be plenty to tempt us all over the coming months. I love how when broken down this artwork is achievable – a bit like the SHAC shack – anything is possible if you go slowly one step at a time. Who would have thought this time last year that we would be where we are today with all the lovely creations we have done. I think a lot of people received pieces of SHAC shack art work as presents this Christmas which meant far more than something bought from a shop because it was made with love.
    Tomorrow I will set my desk back up in my craft room & set to with all the things that are buzzing in my head from things that have been on FB over Christmas.
    Thanks Barbara for all your inspiration & time given to us over the last 10 months above & beyond what you normally do x
    Continue to stay safe everyone

  8. Really like those cards. I will need to get my masks out and have a play with them. They usually just stay in a folder and I go through them looking for the moon masks!
    Today I have enjoyed the quiet as hubbie was back at work and have tidied up a bit, and finished off a few Christmas cards I didn’t finish, and put them in a box for next year so I will be organised (perhaps!).
    Looking forward to another 2 days of quiet before celebrating the quietest ever Hogmanay!

  9. These are lovely – the sky above the castle image is just stunning! I’m still working my way through all of this year’s stamp and die club sets – funnily enough I also used the serenity prayer from the poetry sets on a card today. Great minds think alike!
    Really good idea to have the sale in February – I already have a shopping list!

  10. Congratulations Carmel. Love Antarctica papers. Must use up some of my stash and this looks like a good project to start

  11. Great demonstration as always. Good to see how you made two designs out of one. Happy to go with the gentle approach in January.
    See you in the morning. xx

  12. The castle before you added anything else to it was stunning, quite ethereal. Loved it but what you ended up with was equally good. ANTARTICA is winging its way to me!! Thank you. I’m glad you are not stressing in lockdown about a sale in January. That is the last thing you need. Makes a lot of sense. Hope your prep is going well and you’re enjoying it. Lots of love. Hxx

  13. You are so skilled, Barbara. Everyone comments on your amazing papers and I can just imagine them with silhouettes.

    The last thing we need is the stress of a sale. Did you see poor Adam today with all the sell outs and no you to protect him?! He could barely talk. We need calm.

    Congratulations, Carmel. Have fun choosing!

  14. Lovely pieces – I particularly like the town scene, which is very dramatic. I think Mum and I have that mask, but not sure we’ve ever used it – time to dig it out, methinks!
    I really appreciate these little step-by-steps shining the spotlight on some of the older products – I’m sure I’m not the only one who has bought stuff and then forgotten why! Or sometimes I buy just because I love the stamp (groovi plate/stencil…), but have no inspiration for how to use it (case in point: the totem pole animals – I love them, but would welcome some ideas for using them)

  15. Hi Barb,
    Lovely pieces of artwork. I think the masks are really useful and very affordable. The castle reminds me of Alnwick in Northumberland.
    I love the Antarctica papers and on that note well done to Carmel. Great offer as well, shame as I’ve just bought some! I’m pleased you’re not having a January sale, it might give me a chance to save a little ready for the Members sale in February, but I think offers are a great idea. Quite a bit of snow here this morning which was a bit of a shock to the system and it’s very cold tonight. Love and hugs Alison xxx

  16. Wonderful artwork, thank you for the step by step, I have these masks, so must get them out and have a play. xx

  17. Wow ,thank you so much thrilled to have won ! Think spending my voucher on Antarctica paper might be the way to go .May the road rise to meet you is also known as an Irish blessing so apt .Love the castle mask also .Thanks everyone for good wishes
    warmest regards Carmel

  18. Hello Barb, such beautiful images with the Antarctica paper. Love the designs/patterns. Well done Carmel, enjoy your voucher. I need to have a good look at those stamps, some of my all time favorite verses there. Take care and stay safe everyone. Bx

  19. You have inspired me to get out my masks again as I haven’t used them since the Antarctica paper came out. They look wonderful on it !

  20. Great blog Barbara. .. lots to learn re stamping!
    I love your papers…why would I want to use all the kit there is to make background papers when I can buy these? I hope we shall be able to find your tutorial blogs all in one place. Many thanks.x

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