Tuesday, 11 August 2015

A moment of Clarity ..... for Merry Monday

Happy Tuesday folks!

How's your week going? I can't believe we're into double figures already ...... August is flying by!!
We've got another nice day too, here on the Isle of Man ...... it's a shame to be in the old craft room when the sun is shining but ...... with a 'To Do' list that's getting longer by the day, needs must and all that.  Let's hope the nice weather lasts until the weekend ..... there's a lot going on.  We've got the IOM Queenie Festival ..... always a fun day out especially if you love seafood!!  Poker Stars have got their Treasure Hunt on Sunday .... again, always a fun, very competitive, day out.  And I've got a crafty get together too ......  a busy weekend!

Before all that though .......... there's lots to get through this week.  I think we'll start by going a little bit festive ...... I know ...... it's hard thinking of Christmas designs when the sun is shining, but .... it will soon be here at this rate ...... only 5 more paydays until the BIG day (eeek!!)

Merry Monday is still running two-weekly challenges which is good for me ..... I stand a chance of making time to enter.
The latest challenge is all about using Pastel shades ....... very different to the traditional colours, so pretty!

Here's what I came up with ......

Out came some of my favourite Clarity Christmas stamps ...... from the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas range.
I love these .... use them individually, all together ...... there's 10 in the collection,  or just two or three like I've done here.

I've stamped each one in grey Archival ink (Watering Can), and then used Spectrum Noir pencils to add the colour ..... keeping to just the pastel shades.

I shaded around the edges of each one using a co-ordinating Distress ink ....... Spun Sugar around the pink, Tumbled Glass the blue and Milled Lavender for the lilac.

I then took a large piece of white cardstock (to fit an 8x8 square card), again shaded around the edges with one of the Distress colours (I chose Spun Sugar) and then stamped my favourite, well used, much loved, Clarity Christmas Trees across the bottom edge .....

I added in a sprinkling of Fran-tage Chunky White Embossing Powder to give the look of falling snow, and of course a touch of glitter in there too .....

A bit of matting and layering to frame each of the stamped images, and then they were mounted onto my card using foam pads for a touch of dimension ......

I added a festive greeting on the inside and more of those gorgeous trees ......

All of the stamps I've used can be found on the Clarity website ..... under the Christmas section and .... not only that .... those fab trees are on special offer this month.  Go on ..... why not treet yourself!  Sorry!!!

Oh well .... as much as I would love to stay and chat, the old craft room is calling!
Before I dash off though  ..... I mentioned we were off to the Manx Royal Agricultural Show last week ......

We had a lovely day and ...... I did get to see the Barclays Premiership Trophy.  There it was, sat in the Barclays tent ..... all shiny and BIG!!

Pity it didn't have the Chelsea ribbons on ...... it is still ours after all.  Whether that will still be the case at the end of the season ...... after last weekends performance who knows.  Not the best start was it!!!

And on that note I'll say .....

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time



  1. What a great design, I love it. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  2. You know what they say Linda, in like a lamb, out like a lion.... I have a feeling Chelsea will do just fine - how fabulous to see the cup!

    I love those Clarity stamps too, not used mine for ages, I love what you did with them and the trees/snow looks fabulous! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Soooo clever. Love all the detail, the background is perfect for this story.

  4. Love these stamps telling of The Night Before Christmas and so pretty colored in the pastels! Loved seeing those pretty trees! They are the best trees ever! Thanks, Linda, for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

  5. Lovely card Linda, and the images are perfect for pastel shades and it's a great design with the trees.
    Avril xx

  6. WOW...never saw this set before and I have to say I'm in love! An absolutely beautiful card and I love how you colored everything in the soft tones. And those trees are just gorgeous! Lovely, lovely card! :0)

  7. Beautiful!! LOVING everything about your card Linda!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Merry Monday.

    Deanne :)

  8. Adorable card, Linda! Love the different panels on your card and the beautiful colors! Love the inside as well as the outside too! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Monday! :)


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