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Monday, 13 April 2015

Clarity Challenge - Wee Folk

Whether or not I actually enter this month's challenge at CLARITY is yet to be decided but figured I'd blog my effort anyway as I did always intend my dear little blog to be a sort of diary or record of what I actually get up to during the week!

The theme this time round was simply "Wee Folk" and at first I instantly dismissed it as I couldn't think of a single idea.  Then, and I am sure you all know how it is, I had a teeny WEE spark (see what I did there!?!?!?!) of an idea and this is how it turned out ... nothing at all like I had hoped but am chasing my tail at the moment with oh so much to do and oh so little time in which to do it all.  But, hey, I Made The Effort and Had A Go!

All made using only Clarity stamps or stencils  ... the tree was made by using half of the Bird Tree stencil and then flipping it over and using the same half again as I only wanted the branches and not the half of the tree that is in full leaf. Oh and I masked off the birds too as I did not want them for this project.

The backgrounds were made using the process that I really love, love, love to do ... splodge your Distress Inks onto your craftmat and then spritz with water and swish and swoosh away with your card ... makes me tingle every time!

The spring blossom was a bit of a headache as my first plans did not show up enough and I was starting to get frustrated as I didn't think I had a suitable Clarity product I could use ... rummaging and rummaging through my stamps and stencils I came across the foliage stamp that accompanied the Boy & Birds stamp.  It still wasn't working so I just took my scissors and chopped a bit off and used just that ... can easily position it back in place should I ever need the stamp as a whole anytime.  But EEK!!!!!! I chopped up my stamp!!!!!

Stamped in Versamark and heat embossed using pink to give the effect of blossom.

The summer & autumn panels made using the same way ... again, had no little tiny leaf stamps I could use so squinted hard at all those I do and using just the trefoil leaf from Leafy Swirl did the trick.  
Had already splodged and splooshed the colours so just stamped onto the back of these and then spent a happy few moments minutes hours cutting the WEE (did it again!!!!!) little things out!

The winter panel was just Glamour Dust applied with a glue pen ... it really sparkles but doesn't show up at all here unfortunately.

SO the journey follows the seasons and goes from childhood through to needing a rest on a bench and the sentiment seemed to echo the Wee Folk stamps as a collection.


  1. What a wonderful piece of art Debbie. Great attention to detail. I particularly love how it moves not just through nature's seasons, but although through the seasons of life. Thanks for entering the Clarity challenge, and good luck. Xxx

  2. what a fabulous project Debbie I love what you have done to match th panels to the great sentiment. Thanks for entering the Claritystamp challenge and good luck

  3. Debbie Debbie......Love what you have created. No mojo missing here!! I have cut up a stencil and a mask...brave enough to cut up a stamp - not me!!! Fabulous design and lots of detail, excellent work. Best of luck in the challenge. Hugs x

  4. I do love your idea on this creating a story lot of work good luck in Clarity challenge x

  5. Debbie this is a great way of showcasing the wee folk. Love your idea of creating a story. I agree with Emma very brave of you to cut up a stamp! Thanks for entering this month's Clarity challenge. Good luck! xx

  6. Very creative Debbie. Beautiful colours in your backgrounds and love the story idea. I'm with you as I have been known to cut up my stamps also. They do fit together again when needed. Good luck in the challenge x

  7. This is a stunning piece of art work you have created here it's beautiful. Good luck in the challenge and thank you for entering. Xx

  8. Love this Debbie - you've taken the stamps into a different realm.
    It's a wonderful piece of art you've created and I hope you'll be proudly displaying it!
    Good luck with this month's challenge - keep on blogging and crafting! xxx

  9. A very clever interpretation of the brief, Debbie with story-telling on three fronts - seasons, age and words all beautifully depicted. Lovely! ;~}

  10. Wonderful. A beautiful combination of stamps stencils and colour. Thanks for entering the Clarity Challenge and good luck.

  11. How wonderful this is Debbie - brought a tear to my eye today! Thank you for sharing your art and your ideas, Susan x

  12. This is beautiful, I love the bright colours, I always tend towards the pastel, I must stray out of my comfort zone!

  13. Debbie it's superb and I love the accompanying blog with all the swishing and swooshing and cutting up!
    Kim xxx

  14. This is fantastic, what a brilliant project. Love it. Xx
    Good luck with the challenge,
    Amanda. X