Monday, 1 September 2014


Good morning and welcome to September....and a new Challenge over at the Clarity Challenge Blog...

Oh we had some fantastic entries last month and it was so hard to choose a top 5....well done to all those who entered, the Top 5 and off course the winner ...who gets a £50 Clarity voucher...

The new theme is..........Nature........

Here is what I came up with, it uses the fab technique introduced to us all by Maria......the Make your own Ink pad technique...

I started by choosing my stamp...this lovely Topiary Tree was in my box and desperate to be I stamped it onto the cut & dry felt using Archival ink...

Then added my colours of Distress stains....trying to think of light and dark areas..

I stamped this lovely little frog onto the corner of a piece of Gelli card...( how cute is this little chap..)

Next came a home made mask for him and then the arch aperture stencil plus the sunset stencil.

I do love to combine the stencils....some Butterscotch ink...

And then some shade around the arch...with Spiced Marmalade D.I.

Back to our Topiary Tree stamp and custom made ink pad.

Oh yes ....I do love the way these turn out.

Don't forget you can use other stamps with the ink pad too...

Next I added some colour to our little frog with Spectrum Noir pencils


There...that's better

And a little dragonfly from the Remountable bugs set...I do use these stamps so much...

Some matting and layering, gems and Nature is complete...

I do hope you like it.

Have you tried this technique yet? It really is fabulous and quite addictive....oh Maria have a lot to answer for!!! lol...x

You can find all the stamps used , the cut&dry felt and Distress ink re-inkers on the clarity web site....

I do love to see all the go on have a don't have to enter via a blog, you can email or even good old fashioned post your card off to Clarity and lovely Janice at the office will enter it for you...

As always the rest of the Challenge Design Team have come up with fabulous can check them here...

A couple of dates for your diary....September 13th and 14th is Catterick.....

....September 27th Clarity Cumbria..

I am off now to get ready for workshops on Wednesday...have a good day....and remember to really does make the world a happier place...

Much love

Jo. X




  1. Great card Jo. I love the little frog at the from. He looks very interested in that plant, or maybe it's the dragonfly. x.

  2. This is beautiful, Jo. The frog is very realistic although I find it hard to choose a favourite element. Hope Barbara has this topiary stamp at Catterick because I've fallen in love with it xx

    1. In case that reads wrong...I find it hard to choose a favourite element. ..because every part is so good xx

    2. Thanks Jeanette and don't worry...I knew what you meant...looking forward to seeing you at Catterick...x

  3. This is lovely, such a good way to colour a stamp. I browse the Clarity site quite regularly but you always use stamps that I'm sure I haven't seen. Now I want this topiary tree and frog! XX

  4. This is gorgeous,a fabulous technique and a great step by step.Thank

  5. Hi Jo - brilliant make using that lovely inkpad technique. Great use of the stencils too! Hope you have a brilliant day and i look forward to joining in! Hugs rachel x

  6. A lovely card Jo, love that technique. May have a go myself this month, you've inspired me x

  7. Beautifully you Jo! Just perfect! Xxx

  8. lovely card. you do manage to find the most quirky stamps don't you? need to try that felt technique, hugs xx

  9. Another stunner Jo. It's becoming a habit. Wonderful card xxx

  10. Lovely card. I loved making my own stamp pad on Maria's workshop in June. Need more cut n dry felt :-) xx

  11. There are so many elements to this Jo and they're all brilliant. I love the way the shading turned out particularly on the tree container xxxx

  12. lots of stuff going on here Jo - lots of different techniques and all brilliant I love it. If you kiss the frog - does he turn into a handsome prince? xx

  13. What a fabulous card Jo. I'm like Donna, you just keep bringing out stamps that I have not seen. I love the topiary tree and I think I might have to invest in the bug set too. Simply beautiful... Vxxx

  14. Lovely! - Who knew a frog could look so beautiful! I'm off to the Clarity site to try to find him - is he a single stamp or part of a set?