Monday, 3 August 2015

Exciting news! ..........

Happy Monday!

Another brand new week .... and the rain has stopped (yeah!!)  It's been beautiful today, the sun has been shining so I've been making the most of it.
It's been a good start to the week ..... I feel like I've got loads done today.  I've finished sorting the old craft room (that was a job and half!!) done all the household jobs (got the boring stuff out of the way early this week!) and we've booked the little man's birthday party ..... he's 5 next month (where did that time go!!) Lauren's sent all the invites out ..... now there's just the food and the party bags to get organised, oh and his birthday presents to buy.  He already has a list .... think I need to make one too!

I mentioned I had some exciting news ...... well it's really exciting for me.
You know I went across to the UK a week or so ago, to the Clarity Retreat ..... well ...... not only did I have a fabulous time over there, including 2 days spent in the company of great friends, made some lovely new ones too, being taught by the one and only Barbara Gray.  And, as if that wasn't fun enough you can imagine my reaction when Barbara asked me if I would like to join the Clarity Design Team!!!!!!

OMG!!!!   Little old Me .... on the Clarity DT ........ yes, I still can't quite believe it.  I said Yes .... obviously, who wouldn't!
I can't wait to start working alongside such a talented bunch ..... what a fantastic team they are!

Here's a little something I've be playing around with today ..... my first actual Clarity piece as a DT member ......... inspired by the lady herself ....... Thanks Barbara .... this is for you

I just love these little birds ......

I started off by masking around the edge of a piece of white card using low-tack masking tape.  I then blended different colours of Distress ink over the whole piece of card (Tumble Glass/Spun Sugar/Scattered Straw and Twisted Citron) and then splattered with water.

I then stamped the gorgeous ribbon Thank You from the un-mounted stamp set A Million Thank Yous .  This comes with lots of extra stamps to create fab sentiments .... really useful!

I stamped the birds across the  card, still with the masking tape in place, and also added in a little foliage around the edges using the Small Sprig .... first and second generation stamping

The little birds were coloured using Spectrum Noir Pencils ...... I love these, they blend so easily.

To finish off, I added a touch of colour to the ribbon sentiment ..... again with the pencils

and then to add a bit more interest I splattered some Snowflake Fresco Finish Acrylic paint over my design ......

Finally I used one of the add ons from the Thank You set to complete my sentiment

I hope you like it ..... you'll be seeing more Clarity Stamps here on the blog over the coming months.

Why not pop over to the website and check out the fabulous designs.  You'll find loads on there ..... including special offers ..... this week it's Groovi week.
Check out Clarity's latest addition .... the brand new Groovi board system .....  "making parchment craft accessible to everyone".   I had fun using one of these boards last week on the retreat ..... there's some fabulous designs and at the moment if you spend £40 on Groovi products you get an exclusive board FREE!!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.  I'm off to dance around the old craft room a little more .... told you I was excited!!

Cheerio until next time



  1. WOW Linda, that's fabulous news - Congratulations!
    I'm sure you will be a great asset to the team and a lovely card for your first outing.
    Avril xx

  2. Oh wow Linda, that really is fantastic news! I am so thrilled for you and can really understand your excitement - HUGE congratulations! Apologies I have been missing for a week or so, we have had a little break too! Look forward to seeing more of what you create now for Clarity. Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Lovely card and many congrats on joining the Clarity DT xx

  4. Congratulations . I love my clarity stamps , reading Barbara daily blog and Jo rice and now you and Maria , . Love watching create and craft UK and USA . It would be awesome to attend a workshop but it's a long way across the pond . Greetings from Virginia beach , Virginia USA .

  5. What a lovely piece of artwork Linda! Thank you! I am so glad you said Yes!! Xxx

  6. Woo hoo! Great to spend some time with you at the retreat! And looking forward to being your teamie! This card is fabulous and shows just why you were asked! Looking forward to seeing all your future artwork!!
    Love and hugs xxx

  7. Gorgeous card Linda. Love those sweet little birds. And as always, your design is fantastic. Congrats on being the newest member of the Clarity DT! I'm so happy for you! Well deserved ... and I'm looking forward to seeing more of their stamps. Off to check out their website. xx

  8. Beautiful card congratulations on the look out for your dt pieces xxx

  9. great news. lucky lady. beautiful card xx

  10. Thats lovely Linda, and congratulations x

  11. You are a great addition to this team, Linda! You shouldn't be surprised that you were asked. They know awesome when they see it! :>)

  12. Such great news for Barbara that you said yes, Linda! She is very lucky to have you and I know your talent and your creations will be an awesome addition to the Team!! Hugs, Darnell

  13. What fantastic news, and what a gorgeous card you've started out with!

  14. Beautiful card Linda, congratulations on joining the team xx

  15. Hi Linda
    Congratulations, but I would say they were the lucky ones! Another lovely card,I love visiting your Blog. Thanks for all the inspiration.Love Angela x

  16. Congratulations and what a gorgeous card

  17. Not sure what happened to my comment :-( I'll try again....
    Congratulations Linda I felt the same as you when Barbara asked me to join the team - fab news and I look forward to seeing more of your artwork.
    This is a very pretty card.
    Have a lovely evening, Carole x

  18. I think you and Clarity were made for each other :) Huge congrats!


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