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Month: May 2021

Spot On!

Spot On!

Hi there Thanks for popping in! Good news! Our Spot – On Sponges were delivered at Clarity today! I never thought I’d jump for joy when a consignment of glorified make-up sponges landed – but WOOHOO!!! I can finally stop washing the tired old ones I’ve got left. I actually found half a pack buried in a box at the back of a drawer in the SHAC at the weekend when I was cleaning – you’d have thought I’d found…

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Dee-lightful!

Dee-lightful!

Hi there Thanks for popping in. It’s Monday again, so here begins the launch of another absolutely Dee-lightful Dee Paramour, apart from being a good friend, also happens to be a brilliant PaperCrafter and Dee-signer! Did you know that she Dee-signed a whole range of papers for us too? Not digitally cobbled together. Nope. Every single paper is handmade, handstamped, hand inked. So if some of the papers look 3-dimensional, that’s because the originals really are! There are 5 8×8…

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Now is it.

Now is it.

Hi there Thanks for popping in. NOW is it, you know. NOW is the only reality. This present moment – you sitting reading this blog – that is the only REAL TIME in your life. And me writing this blog to you, right now, thinking about what I am thinking, and putting it into words. The past is just that: past, gone, finished, no longer part of NOW. As such, it has no power over NOW. And later, as you…

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Stop and smell the Bluebells.

Stop and smell the Bluebells.

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Long walk through the bluebells this evening, to clear the head. Freshly rained on, beautiful blue carpet, amazing scent! We followed the path, and went where it took us… Listened to a cuckoo, and met with a couple of deer, too. In fact, more deer than humans, which was quite refreshing. On the subject of wonderful nature, I had been working on some new clay tiles in the morning, experimenting with black iron oxide….

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Balance.

Balance.

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Stepped back today. Took my Clarity business hat off and had a major sort out, a declutter, yet another Spring Clean. There’s so much gear accumulated in this little SHAC Studio, that it doesn’t take much to make a mess. Couple of TV shows and Facebook Lives sessions, and it looks like a BOMZITIT!! There also comes a point where you just can’t work effectively – there’s too much noise. Decided to make a…

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Lino cuts – A cut above.

Lino cuts – A cut above.

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Did you join in yesterday evening on the Moment of Clarity Craftalong? We took a second look at those wonderful butterflies by Cherry Green. Stamping on parchment certainly is lovely. The properties of parchment – the stretching, the whitework, the erasing of colour, the perforating – all these things contribute to a real arty experience. I find it very creative and relaxing. And the result of that stamped black lineart on parchment always seems…

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Butterfly Wreath Step by step project

Butterfly Wreath Step by step project

Hi there The Offer of the Week is pretty special, …so let’s take that lovely wreath through its paces, and do a pretty step by step together. Ready steady GO! Pick a sheet of Designer Paper. This is from the Toscana Set: Stamp the Wreath onto the largest stampboard circle using black Archival Stamp the small elements from the same stampset and HAPPY from the Happy Grunge Elements Stampset onto the small circle stampboard shape. Using Shabby Shutters and Cotton…

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Forgotmesarnies!

Forgotmesarnies!

Hi there Thanks for popping in! Isn’t it frustrating when you get up especially early, make not one but two rounds of sandwiches to take to work – and then leave them on the counter in the kitchen. Ahh… but what sweet relief when the wife calls and says she’s bringing them to the factory on her way to a meeting. Lucky Dave. Lucky for him I don’t like salad cream! And I’m trying to lay off the bread, so…

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Beautiful Butterfly Wreath

Beautiful Butterfly Wreath

Hi there Thanks for popping in. We thought we’d do something special this week for our Offer of the week. The Butterfly Wreath was the first Groovi Plate we designed – and it is still our most popular plate. In fact, Paul used the plate in the Groovi Tuesday SHAC for weeks when we launched that Facebook Live Craftalong. Lots of you asked us whether we could turn the design into stamps. Answer: Yep! So here we have it. The…

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WIGIG on Aisle 7!

WIGIG on Aisle 7!

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. What can WIGIG stand for, they wonder…well, please allow me to elaborate. A couple of weeks ago, we – the Clarity Crew – were having one of our weekly Zoom meetings, and Tom mentioned that we have got quite a few overruns of stamps and stencils etc. Then Leanne added that there are other very useful things where we have just a handful, but we ought to consider discontinuing them, to free up space…

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