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Author: Barbara Gray

That’s Torn it!

That’s Torn it!

Hi there Thanks for popping in. It’s Jackanory – what’s the story – again today. Since the weekend, we have been thinking about artwork we’ve created in the past which we are particularly pleased with, or which brings back good memories. Well, here’s one, a GelPress piece, which I did way back in 2014 – over 7 years ago. This piece reminds me of a couple of things actually…. It takes me back to when we first started making Clarity…

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OK. What’s new?

OK. What’s new?

Hi there, Thanks for popping in. Leading on from yesterday’s blog, we’re in Jackanory-story mode this week. It occurs to me that the Orla Kiely Card I made years ago popped into my top 2 favourite cards ever, because it is particularly pertinent again. Not the card – not even Orla – but the business predicament. When a piece of artwork is created out of a situation or event, there is a story behind it, it had significance, meaning at…

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What’s the Story, Jackanory?

What’s the Story, Jackanory?

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Jackanory. Who remembers Jackanory? I LOVED it!! I would wait patiently, legs crossed, in front of the TV every afternoon after school, and wait for the story. Just for 15 minutes every day, wasn’t it. I’d rush home from school, just to catch the next chapter! You couldn’t miss it, because you couldn’t catch up or watch later. It was then or never. How times have changed. Back then, an adult – mostly a…

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Change of plan…

Change of plan…

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Today is proof once again, that you never know what’s round the corner, and the best laid plans can go to pot in a flash – or should I say a flutter? Read on… Finally, I had made time this morning to clear away all the gear from Sunday’s TV shows. I popped to the downstairs loo before starting the arduous task of emptying all the demo boxes, and happened to hear a bird…

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Prince Albert?! It’s not what you think!

Prince Albert?! It’s not what you think!

Hi there Thanks for popping in. I remember the first time I found out what a Prince Albert was (look it up if you’re in the dark); I was suitably stunned. Well I’ll go to the bottom of the stairs! kinda stunned. I mean, it’s one thing getting your ears pierced, but this stunt will really REALLY make your eyes water! And since then, whenever Prince Albert comes up in dialogue, my head takes me right back to standing outside…

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All good things take time…

All good things take time…

Hi there Thanks for popping in. A while ago, Linda Williams asked us to consider adding Rainbow Parchment to our range. A4 Rainbow parchment. So I spoke to Jim at work, who came up with a whole collection of lovely colourways. Those designs went to our printer, who then got to work on the prototypes. It’s always a BIG DAY when prototypes land back at Clarity Towers. This is when we get a proper wet proof of what the parchment…

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Offer of the Week – Designer Parchment

Offer of the Week – Designer Parchment

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Just a quick heads up on this week’s Offer of the Week. All our Designer Parchment pads are HALF PRICE, plus your Clarity Craft Club discount. Now would be a good opportunity to either dip your toe in this glorious parchment pool, or stock up if you’re already into this beautiful medium. There are 6 pads altogether. 48 leaves in each pad 12 different designs 4 of each Usually £24.99. This week £12.49 (less…

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Sunday Art Blocks

Sunday Art Blocks

Hi there Thanks for popping in. And thanks so very much for watching and supporting the Craftstore TV Show today! Why was I so nervous?! Loved every minute of it. Love working with Alex too. She is such a sweet lady and kind friend. It sure was good to be back in the studio. I had forgotten how much we all bounce off each other. Just in case you missed the action, this is what we were playing with! Available…

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Proud Moment – Groovi Moment

Proud Moment – Groovi Moment

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. Got everything packed and ready to go to TV land tomorrow. You would never believe the amount of work that goes into a 2 hour TV show! We have all been beavering away at this little slot for weeks! From drawing and designing to manufacturing and packaging. Prototypes, samples, proposals – the list is endless. But all the boxes are ticked now, so all I need to do is find a pair of jeans…

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Too wet to go for a walk?

Too wet to go for a walk?

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. Been nose to the grindstone all day, prepping for Sunday. It’s been raining cats and dogs over our house! What about over yours? Ragnar and Erik are so funny in the rain. Bored indoors today…. Have you ever watched a cat try to run across the lawn without touching the grass?! They flick their feet as they scamper/levitate. Hilarious. Five minutes max and then back in the house. Five minutes indoors and they want…

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