Friday, 1 August 2014


Good morning all, hope this week has been a good one and that you are ready for the weekend....

Can you believe that it is the first of August....oh my ...where is the time going?

I have been up early as Tess had to be at the vets for 8am.....hopefully they will do her operation today and the results will be back next week....she was not happy when she didn't have supper last night and then breakfast this know how Labradors love to eat!!!!

Today is the start of a new Challenge on the Clarity Challenge blog....and the new theme is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered last month ...the standard of work is so was so hard to choose a top five. Congratulations to the winner....remember you could win a £50 voucher for Claritystamps.

This is what I came up with.....I do hope that you like it....


Here is a closer look....

I do love this stamp....Petite Musique.....

I began by stamping her in black VersaFine ink.

Then I used her Clarity mask.....such a great idea....they save on all that cutting out...

Next, one of my favourite stencils....Petals.....I do love to combine stamps and stencils....


Next I used ink....and yes...we have my favourite three colours....

Sail Boat Blue....

Then Butterscotch...

I do love how the colours blend so well..

Then Raspberry...

Oh look what you get...

Next I used a sponge to tidy up the stencil and sharpen the outlines...

And this is what I had so far..,an Arty border was added next....

Then some colour with the Spectrum Noir Pencils...

Plus highlights with a white gel pen and shade with a charcoal pencil.

Some matting and layering. ....

And all that was left was to add her name...."Faith"

I do love the way that this is totally flat but it has the impression of being dimensional...

How cool is that.......

I am really looking forward to seeing all your entries this go on.....have a go and join in....

A quick reminder too that the next Clarity Cumbria is on Saturday 16th August....if you fancy joining in...just drop me an




  1. What a beautiful piece, the colouring on her dress is amazing. xxx

  2. This is stunning Jo - loving the shading and hi lighting, it makes such a difference. Hope all goes well with Tess today. Lots of love xx

  3. A beautiful card Jo! The colouring is amazing and you had me fooled...I really did think you had decoupaged her!
    Hope all goes well at the Vet with Tess today! Thinking about you! xx

  4. Beautiful card Jo. It really does look dimensional. Love how you've coloured her dress too.
    I hope it all goes well with Tess. Hugs to you both. x

  5. Lovely card Jo, the colours are jewel like, and the colouring on her dress really does make it look dimensional. Hope all goes well with Tess. xx

    P.S. Hope you got my email - thanks for the package!

    1. Thanks Angela, and yes I got your glad that you like your happy post....have a good weekend...x

  6. beautiful card Jo I love how you have coloured her in. Hope the dog is ok xx

  7. Jo,
    Fantastic card very cool. Off to the USA for 2 months...,cheers

    1. Have a great time, Debby, looking forward to photos....hugs ...x x

  8. Gorgeous card and brilliant step by step.
    Linda xxx

  9. this is just beautiful Jo - love your colours and a great tutorial too! Hope Tess is okay! Hugs rachel x

  10. For to say hope all goes well with Dig x

  11. This is beautiful! I am in awe............. the stamp in the middle can't be flat it truly looks like it is lifted off the page. Don't think I am brave enough to use charcoal, just remember how black and unforgiving it can be! XX

  12. this is so beautiful Jo. love hoe you have coloured her in and your use of stencil. and yes it does look dimensional. i had to look several times to convince myself it wasn't. great work, hugs xx

  13. Stunning Jo, really stunning... the colouring and detail is just wonderful! Love it! xxx Hugs xxx Love Mand xxx

  14. Wow Jo, this looks fantastic, really looks 3d, must practise my shading. Hope Tess is ok? Xx