Tuesday, 1 April 2014


Good morning everyone, and Happy April the first....

Today it is a new challenge over at the Clarity blog Challenge and the new theme is Monochrome....

Here is my take on the theme...

I have used the fantastic Nursery Rhyme Alphabet set of stamps from Clarity, they were designed by Barbara herself many years ago.....I just love them...

I started with a piece of watercolour card and used a piece of masking tape as a guide for the lower edge of my stamping. I stamped the letters using Distress Ink...Faded Jeans...

This is how it looked...I thought the word Clarity was appropriate.

Next I removed the tape, using a paintbrush and some water I dragged some colour from the line art and added some shade underneath the letters.

To add other shades of Blue I put some Peacock feathers Distress ink onto my craft mat and added some water, then finished off the watercolour painting....

I trimmed the card and added some Tumbled glass D.I. around the edges with my lovely Clarity Stencil brush...

I wanted to Matt and Layer my work but it was already A4 size in width so I had the idea to make some larger matts and keep all the joins in the same plan then was to hide the joins with a ribbon....

Rather clever I thought....

A bow, some hat pins and embellishments and my Clarity sign was completed....

Here is a closer look,

I do hope that you like it.

We had some fantastic entries to last months challenge and well done to the winner .....who wins a £50 voucher to spend with Clarity...

I always love to see what everyone creates and my fellow DT members have made some stunning pieces of artwork this can see them all here...

Thanks for looking in today, as always I love to read your comments and I will visit as many blogs as possible today....and no April fools from me...

Enjoy your day and pop back soon,


Jo. X



  1. Absolutely wonderful!
    What else can I say other than I love it!
    Clever use of the ribbon Jo.
    Looking forward to Clarity on TV this weekend. Lots of love xxxxx

  2. Such a gorgeous piece, Jo. I love how you've coloured it and the shadows are fab. x

  3. Gorgeous card Jo - I love the shading underneath it just sets it off - and clever use of the ribbon - upstairs for thinking downstairs for dancing - truly inspirational xx

  4. this looks wonderful Jo - thought it must have been you on Saturday! Lol - I'm so slow sometimes! Big hugs rachel xx

  5. Wow Jo what a lot of work gone into making this gorgeous "Clarity Sign" Just gorgeous.
    Did not know Barbara did this set, like you say if they are old then maybe I have just missed them, they are lovely.

  6. A proper work of art Jo. I absolutely love what you have created here. So inspiring. And of course you have used my favourite colours too. Big Hugs. xxx

  7. What a lovely creation Jo. I really like Barbara's alphabet stamps too - I'll add them to my wish list I think then I could create bedroom door nameplates for my grandchildren. Thanks for the tip with the ribbon too! Beryl S x

  8. What beautiful artwork Jo. These stamps are really lovely and look great in my favourite colour! A really clever use of ribbon. Angela x

  9. Oh my Jo, this is stunning! I love the beautiful colours and the great step by step.
    Linda xxx

  10. Jo this is stunning, the shadowing really makes a difference and is so effective. This kit would be perfect for signs for Children's rooms as you have just illustrated. xxx

  11. so delicate even though it is large. lovely choice of blues xx

  12. Jo this is a work of art I love it so so much. You have made me want to buy these stamps and recreate your work. Thank you as always for the fabulous inspiration. Your friend Denise x

  13. Hi Jo, this is a really stunning card. Thank you for the Tutorial, now I see how you have done the shadowing, still not easy to get so perfect, but I will give it a go. I too thought the ribbon and joint thing was Rather Clever!! xxx Sam

  14. This is fabulous, really stunning card, now a new follower
    Hugs Debbie xxx

    1. Thanks Debbie, and good to have you join us here...x

  15. This is lovely and great use of the ribbon. x

  16. I do love these stamps and will be buying one at a time. It is all because of this beautiful work of art and you have given me a fabulous idea x
    Denise x