Monday, 31 October 2016



      Well the clocks went back an hour last night so now for the long dark evenings when hopefully we all manage to settle to some more of our crafts. Along with the darker evenings come the misty mornings for a while and I always think of the first line of this poem by Keats. Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness. It is my favourite poem and so I really had to try this month's Calendar challenge at Claritystamps. It is very autumnal. I did struggle a little as I had not got the right colours of Distress re-inkers to make my own stamp pad with. I had to manage with ink pads and even then my good friend Maggie Craner came to the rescue and lent me some of the colours. I know I will be increasing my stash when I visit the NEC later this week. 

     Anyway for those of you that don't know the idea of the challenge is to try to re-create the artwork by Barbara Gray for the month on the 2016 Clarity calendar. Think I have managed to enter every one so far and have learnt a few things along the way.  Below is a picture of Barbara's artwork which we are aiming for. 

Barbara Gray's completed piece.
     So now for my attempt at this challenge. I will not go into details of how to complete the card as you only need to go to Barbara Gray's blog   One day at a Time   for all the information. I chose orange for my background card as it went better with the my colours.

       I shall try this again when I have some more re-inker colours to make a proper stamp pad instead of putting colours on stamp with a brush. 

      Thank-you for visiting xx

Wednesday, 26 October 2016


          Time for the challenge entry at Claritystamps, so where has October gone to. Scary when I think it is only two months to Christmas. Have you done any shopping yet, yes I know it is still early for some people but with my large family I have to get organised. Also I am now cooking for 10 on Christmas Day instead of going out to Greg and Amie. They have not moved into their house yet get the keys on Friday but then got to get carpets and tiles fitted so not going to be in for another couple of weeks at least. 
           Anyway back to the October challenge which is squares or circles. Need to incorporate either of these or both into our design. I opted for squares also decided to use parchment. I really wanted to try the black parchment as well thank goodness I invested in a lightbox.  Needed it for all the grid work on my design. I used the Poinsettia from the groovi plate designed by Jayne Nestorenko. 


        The squares were embossed from the square nested plate and the holly leaves taken from the Holly border plate. Grid work is from one of the lovely piercing plates by Tina Cox. There is some glitter on the poinsettia but does not show very well on photos my camera not brilliant. I love the effect of black parchment but not an easy colour to work on.

                                                 A closer look at the poinsettia. 

        Items used are:-

         Square nested plate
          Poinsettia plate
        Holly border plate
        Border Piercing plate
        Black parchment

    Hope you like this design sorry it has been a quick visit today but I have left it late again this month. Trying very hard to get Christmas cards made and also Calendar challenge to complete. xxx