Category Archives: Claritystamps

Happy birthday hubby!

Yesterday we celebrated my husband’s birthday. Given the lockdown no meals out, or partying with friends. Instead we played games, ate fish and chips for tea and watched what he wanted on the TV.

I ended up making two cards … one from me, and one from the teenager … here they are …

I decided I wanted to use the Out of this world stamps from Alpaca Pals and used loads of other alpaca pals stamps to make up the background.

I embossed and masked the little alien. Then went to town inking and stamping the background. I chose (oddly as I’ve just moved them to a further from reach shelf as I hadn’t been using them!) to use Distress inks. I really enjoyed blending the colours together to create a fun background. I splattered some water on to lift some colour too… always fun!

I coloured the little alien with promarkers and then added some splashes of shimmer watercolour.

I decided to cut the panel apart a little as when I went to add the sentiment strips it didn’t feel balanced with the alien in the middle … really love how this looked as soon as I separated the panels.

The sentiment I took some random sentiments and some alpha stamps for the 👽 one stamped them out separately using the colours of the card and then added them down the right hand side.

Inside the card I took more Alpaca Stamps to decorate the inside…

Perfect for my husband (who we decided years ago for many reasons is actually an alien! 👽👽👽

OK from the teenager a different card entirely…

I went autumnal and also included a nod to our other family member (Lucky Chuck Johnson is a hedgehog who has been in residence at the raised bed in our garden since July!)

I used a kraft card blank and then created layers of texture and different inking effects using the Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo distress inks. I did some embossing using the Pinewood planks folder. I blended inks with some masked strips. I splattered. I had great fun!

I used the same inks to watercolour the hog images (Paperartsy – Kim Dellow) which I had embossed.

The sentiment I stamped using the Claritystamps letterbox set perfect for making a personalised card.

I finished off with some doodled lines and a little tag I embossed with a gold heart.

And why did I end up having to make this? Well I bought a card from our local supermarket for her to give … but it turns out that was the one she had given him previously! Who knew? Well another reason that handmade is best… no two cards are the same! So it might have been a last minute make on her behalf (she had left it too late to make one herself!).

So happy birthday dear hubby… not the birthday we had hoped for, but still lovely to spend the day together having fun!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: add a button

Whilst this week has not gone quickly from a work point of view, the time between CHNC blog posts seems to disappear in a matter of moments!

So this week, Hazel set the DT the challenge of use a button. Here is what I made.

I went with some navy papers from an old Making Cards magazine (they look black on this picture!) and a grey wreath with a white die cut flower and a yellow button to match the accent colour on the paper.

I decided on a simple sentiment embossed with white on the grey and layered onto a silver embossed piece of paper.

All pretty simple and very pretty. Love the pattern on this paper. Very modern.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

One sheet wonder part 4 pointsetta

Final installment for my one sheet wonder I’ve been sharing this week… and it was time to grab a flower stamp… the pointsetta from an old Creative Stamping magazine set to create the focal point.

All of them I chose the green 5×7 card base and the white background panel I embossed two of them to give them texture.

I coloured the flower using my promarkers and kept the colouring simple and in blocks as it is quite a graphic image. I also added a layer of wink of Stella over the flower part to give it some shimmer, but it doesn’t show in the photos!

I again raided the ribbon stash for some scraps of ribbon and added enamel dots for the embellishment.

The sentiment I chose the Clarity stamp Merry and the Peace and Joy Christmas to mix it up a bit.

Love how they came out…

Card 12:

Card 13:

Card 14: entering this into the embossing challenge at Dream valley challenges

So that’s all 14 cards shared over the past few days…

I did make one variation to the template

I added a strip from number 5 to number 14 as it wasn’t working with the 4 strips on card 5. Otherwise the template worked well. Especially with the larger 5×7 card blanks. Imagine it would be different again with different size card blanks.

So wonder if anyone else wants to join in and use this template… if so please let me see what you make as I love how different these cards can turn out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Happy anniversary Mum and Dad

42 years of marriage is what my parents celebrated today… So I made this card. Unfortunately not managed to get the card to them yet… But as they know getting cards to people on time is not my strength… lockdown or no lockdown!

I kept it relatively simple. A piece of Art by Marlene paper that I stamped the Clarity stamps wired heart all over, and then edged.

Then I stamped and embossed with pearl powder the heart onto white and cut it out.

I added a strip of lime ribbon and stamped the sentiment onto the card blank. I then grabbed some sequins and added those as the finishing touch!

Simple but a lovely modern anniversary card for my mum and dad.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT: CHNC: Use something old/upcycle

Hello there! Guess what… I joined another Design team so I could keep on top of the Christmas cards throughout the year… so I joined Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge weekly blog so that means 52 cards get done in a full year just by doing one a week… I can do this easily… she says this now! Ha ha ha!

Anyway the first challenge (they can be anything goes as long as it’s a Christmas card… but we have weekly prompts to help with the inspiration!) … is to use something old or upcycle… so I had a dig in the stamp box and came up with some pretty old stamps…

There is a clever corner stamp from Claritystamps, a very well used snowflake stamp (think this was bought from a bargain basket at a craft shop long since closed) and wordchain stamps from Claritystamps … a good set of stamps to play with… well here is what I ended up with…

So what did I do?

Well I made a pattern with the corner stamp and a lot of blue/ turquoise inks…

Then I stamped the sentiment onto vellum and heat embossed it in blue… before then stamping the large snowflakes and heat embossing them with sparkly silver.

I created a frame and mat from the same piece of blue cardstock and adhered all the layers together… the frame helps to add the vellum without the adhesive showing!

Then on the kraft card blank I heat embossed the corner snowflakes to bring the smaller snowflakes out more.

Love how this came out… and it’s an 8×8 card so really a special card with all those lovely layers.

It was good to play with these older stamps and create something fun and modern.

So why don’t you pop and see what the DT have been making… and why not join us and get a head start on your cards for in December!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Houses ATCs

Today I have some ATCs I made for the Artful ATCs group with the theme of Houses.

I did include these as part of my #31productchallenge…

I did my backgrounds using the Distress Oxides and the gelli plate. I then stamped and embossed the images. Then I grabbed my watercolour pencils to add some colour to the houses.

Then I finished them both off… with a sticker for the blue one and some doodling for the orange one.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Gelli plate, distress oxide and rub ons fun #31productchallenge

So another project for the challenge and this time I grabbed my Rub Ons to finish off this card.

I used the gelli plate to create the background using distress oxides and then stamped the house using a Claritystamps stamp. Unfortunately I didn’t do a brilliant job of the stamping so to cover that up I grabbed the rub ons.

I love these fun rub ons from Tim Holtz and how they helped change this from something which was a mess up into something cool.

Love that the #31productchallenge made me think outside of the box!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

DT Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I have the card I made for father’s day for my Dad to share with you as my design team entry for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.

I started with a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped Postscript over it before then adding the turquoise ink with a clarity stencil brush. Then I added a piece of the patterned paper as a contrast. Sometimes that’s all you need for a patterned paper to do. Next I stamped and cut out and watercoloured the plane from a Creative Stamping stamp set.

To add the sentiment I used the Claritystamp alpha stamps … forgot how much I love these so it was good to dig them out and use them!

So this is my design team contribution for this month… don’t forget to check out the blog and why not join in?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

6 bird themed ATCs

Today I have six different bird themed ATCs I created for a swap. I decided to change things up completely with each one… using different techniques and mediums.

First I started with alcohol ink and yupo and foiling and then added the silhouette stamps from Claritystamp …

Love how this came out.

Then I went for patterned paper and cute Jofy stamped image coloured with promarkers. I also chose to create the background behind the paper with promarkers so it all tied in.

Next up I decided to use the Waterfront stamps to create a scene for Darcys flying birds… and then heat embossed the whole panel to give it a glazed finish.

Then onto a Hot Picks stamp and some distress oxides in the background… again the heat embossing came out for a fun texture.

Next up I added Tim Holtz tissue wrap and then gesso followed by gelatos to create the background. Another hotpicks stamp for the focal image.

Finally some simple stamping and colouring using watercolour pencils. Love these funky Kim Dellow stamps.

All of them mounted onto black card for stability and to finish off. Love them all and how different each one is.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Magical unicorn postcard

Today I have a postcard to share which I made for a swap at Postcard Art swap group over on facebook. The theme for this month was Unicorns and I decided to use the Claritystamp unicorn I had in my stash.

I stamped it with archival in grey and then coloured it with watercolour pencils before blending and activating them with my wink of stella. I added a generous amount of the wink of Stella and then before it had dried I added clear embossing powder. Once the first layer was dried I added more wink of Stella and then more embossing powder. This gave the unicorn some dimension, shine and plenty of magical shimmer.

Then I decided to use the Happy Celebrations paint swipe stamp to add a rainbow behind the unicorn.

I stamped it in the rainbow colours being careful to clean it well between colours and before repositioning. Once I had done that I took a clean tissue and wiped the ink off the embossed image and slightly blended the inks in the background.

Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment in Black and then added the grey ink to the edge. I had used mountboard for this postcard so I knew it would be sturdy and required no other mount.

Finally I added some splashes of ice mixed with water to add yet more magical shimmer!

Happy crafting!

Catherine