Monday, 9 December 2013

Hello Monday

Well here we are fast does the weekend go????
Although on Saturday afternoon I did spend a couple of hours catching up with some lovely crafty friends....we had tea and cake...oh, and more cake...thanks, Chris, Mark and Mike....(sorry you were not well enough to join us Jane) 
I do think that it is important to make time for friends and family...we all lead such busy's good to get off the treadmill on occasion ....
So that is why today I have been up to the Lake District and had coffee with my sister and lunch with my Mum and Dad...(and yes, Mum I will post this straight away so that you can read 
I had a wonderful time, even if I did forget one of my Mums presents...oh it's still under the bed!!!!!
Today, I thought I would share some cards made with the Clarity British Isles stamps...they are fabulous...and I am not surprised that they sold really well...

For this first card I used my melt pot and some UTEE....I wasn't sure how it would turn out but I was really pleased with the effect...I put VersaMark and Archival black ink on my stamp before putting it into the hot UTEE which was on my heatproof mat...

I also used clarity stencils and Distress ink  Tumbled Glass in the background...and the Letter Box stamps...
Here is another card using the same stamps....just simple stamping this time, some Glossy Accents and Bakers Twine....

The third card is a very quick card only using the compass stamp from the British Isles set ....the centre part was cut out and attached with a brad so that it could be rotated...

The ship is from the weathervane set...
I do love the way that one stamp can look so different depending on how it's used....
Off now to feed and walk Tess...have a good evening....and thanks for looking in...hugs...Jo. X 


  1. Brilliant cards Jo as ever!
    Hope to see you really soon! xx

  2. Inventive as ever, great use of the new stamps. Does using the versamark act as a release on the stamp when stamping into the utee? x

    1. Hi Lisa, yes it does....I used the Archival at the same time as I wanted a black outline...Clarity Stamps work well with hot UTEE...not all makes of stamps do...
      Jo. X

    2. Brill thanks, I'll try to remember that. I believe apart from clarity stamps you should only use red or grey rubber stamps x

  3. great cards Jo. really like second. but my fave fave is the 3rd one. simple yet elegant. great for a male card xx

  4. These are brilliant Jo, love these stamps too. I agree about taking time to visit with friends and family.

    Linda xxx

  5. Oh Jo you must have passed me on the way to the Lakes?? Still its a long journey for you. only about 1½ hours for me to Keswick. Your cards are lovely - the weather vane one I was wishing I had the N S E W stamps Derrrr!! The Map stamp looks good in the UTEE, and I love the one with the little soldier on it. I do miss you but we can catch up in the new year. xx Sam

  6. fab cards Jo I do love that map stamp - so great for Men cards - its on my list !!!! xx