Thanks for popping in. Bee-n prepping for tomorrow’s TV Shows at 9am and 1pm on The Craft Store (prev. HOCHANDA). I always have to Bee over-prepared. It’s better that way.
So many lovely samples from the clever Clarity Team again too! Linda Spencer sent in a particularly lovely piece of artwork which I thought merited closer inspection. I had to look twice to figure out how she did it – you know what I mean. When a piece of artwork turns into a puzzle.
Mmmm…she used the new large Heart backdrop stamp, but masked off the centre.
And the Hexagon stamp from one of the new Grunge Elements stampsets. Can you see it?
And the bee comes from an old Floral Corner stamp set which I used years ago when I used to do a Classroom Series on the other TV channel, Create & Craft. You may remember this one. I remember we learned how to create a bee skep, using a paper cut out and a make-up sponge with ink! I wonder if any of you still have that artwork!
Anyway, I worked out the masking of the heart, and the stamping of the hexagons. Then I dug out my old Blooming Corner stamp set, really old stamp set, but wasn’t happy with how thick the lines were. The bee was too bold. Look! All that work and the bees came out like black blobs.
No no no, said I. That won’t do. So I got on the blower and had a chat with Lucy, she who designed these fantastic grunge elements stampsets. I explained that the old Blooming Corner set needed revamping and revisiting, and that perhaps she could add a couple of outline and infill hexagons which would fit the grunge one. That the bee and other insects wanted refining, as did the flowers. Two hours later, the new stamps were already being made. Fantastic. And what a difference! Then I asked Paul to bin any old sets which were still lurking around, so there’s no risk of sending out the wrong ones – and we’re back on track!
You see, if Linda hadn’t used that bee and made such a clever card that I wanted to showcase it on telly, then we wouldn’t have figured out that the whole set needed refreshing. Much happier now.
I guess we are evolving as a company, aren’t we. I have always said we don’t want to get bigger, we just want to get better. This is one little example. Before and Now. Look! No comparison. And we thought the first ones were great!
The other eye opener is the price. The original cost was £15.99. The new set is £10. More elements, much neater elements – and £6 less! That’s the new stamp system for you! CLICK HERE to find the new set. It was always a pretty corner/border set. It just got a whole lot better.
Hahahaha! You watch. I bet I don’t get to do the demo tomorrow because we run out of time! But you know what? The whole process has been fruitful already. Love all the insects too! And she’s even added a tiny butterfly for us! Thanks Lucy!!
See you tomorrow.
Love and Hugs