Friday, 1 January 2016

New Year... new Clarity challenge...

Hello there, and happy new year!  

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and I hope you will make many happy memories in 2016.  

This months Claritystamp challenge is:  Say it with flowers.  What a great theme for a feminine card suitable for any occasion.  I'm sure you'll all be brimming with loads of ideas.  Maybe Santa has been good to you, and you have some new stash you could use.  

I decided to make a card for a work colleague who left just before Christmas.  She loves her high heels, so it was the perfect opportunity to dig out this stamp (not quite the first, but certainly an early addition to my Clarity stamp collection)!!!  

I stamped the shoe in deep purple archival and cut out post-it masks.  

I also needed masks for the daisy bouquet.  

The daisies were stamped through the mask onto the shoe, and into the two opposite corners, masking as required.  This was also done in deep purple archival.

To colour the flowers I blended squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry and mermaid lagoon distress inks.  

I added a little bit of shading to the shoe with a spectrum noir pencil. 
I printed the words out on the computer and doodled the borders with wilted violet distress marker before cutting out.  These were then glued in place with a few fussy cut flowers.

I rubbed gilding wax and added a bit of glitter to the edges before matting and layering onto a DL card blank.
If you need any more inspiration, pop over to the Claritystamp challenge blog to look at more great projects from my talented teamies.  I hope you'll join in and look forward to seeing your creations.    The winner of the £50 Clarity voucher is picked at random, so everyone has a chance...  and you've got to be in it to win it!  Make 2016 the year you give it a go!  Till next time.  Xxx


  1. Happy New Year Barbara. I love this card and I feel sure the recipient did too. I love this shoe stamp ...I have all the sizes lol

  2. Happy new year.
    I love how you have used the shoe stamp a lovely card. Xx

  3. Happy New Year Barbara. A beautiful card which I've no doubt the recipient enjoyed receiving. xx

  4. Happy New Year what a lovely card I have this shoe and love it but love your shoe even more with the coloured flowers

  5. Super pop of colour on the deary days. Happy New Year Barbara.

  6. Such lovely colours, I would love some shoes like this. Great design, Barbara. Best wishes for the New Year x

  7. Such lovely colours, I would love some shoes like this. Great design, Barbara. Best wishes for the New Year x

  8. Happy New Year to you my friend!
    I'm loving your challenge project, the shoe is one of my fave Claritystamps ever, I've never used it with lots of bright colours though, great idea! X

  9. This is so vibrant, beautiful colours to brighten anyone's day! Fab inspirational artwork as always Barbara xxx

  10. Beautiful card. I love the colours. It's such an elegant piece. X

  11. Great card and would suit me too as I also love my 'heels.' The colours all work so well with the flowers. ;~}

  12. What a beautiful card Barbara. That shoe looks lovely.
    loving your colours too. Thanks for sharing your wonderful design. xx