Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year, Some News and a Big Thank You

Happy New Year everyone. I've been meaning to write this post since before Christmas but I kept getting distracted. Anyway, I hope you had a good one. We've just had a fun week down in Norfolk visiting family and I want to get this written before I get distracted again.

It was a really hard decision to make but I have left the Claritystamp Design Team. I've had a fab 3½ years but I feel like I need a break. I've not been making any of my personal cards recently (I didn't make a single Christmas one) and I really want to get back to that and just have some fun without worrying if what I've done is good enough.......or original......or if people will like it.  I know, I worry too much!

I'd like to say a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been so lovely to me over this time. I've met some great people through it - the rest of the DT, fellow Clarity fans on Facebook and at the shows, and of course Barbara herself. Your kind comments on my blog have meant so much to me.

I have a couple more Clarity samples to blog but I'm not sure what I will do with my blog after that. I'm not a prolific card maker so there could be big gaps between posts, or I may just add them to Facebook or my Pinterest boards.

This cards seems an appropriate one to add for New Year's Day.


I hope you weren't celebrating too hard last night!

I used a Tim Holtz technique to create the background - I pressed Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks onto the stencil, spritzed them with water and then pressed the stencil onto the card...........


 ...........to get this. Tim uses the mini pads but I don't have any of those so I had to use my regular sized ones. I was worried that they wouldn't work as well but it ended up quite colourful. It needed something else though.


So I put the stencil back in place and went around it with a black pen.


Much better.

I then removed the centre part with a craft knife and matted it onto some black card.


Some Stickles glitter glue in the centres of the stars and the word "Celebrate" finish it off.

Stamps and Stencil Used

I'd better go and get unpacked and put up my beautiful 2016 Claritystamp calendar. I hope it's a great year for you all.

Lots of love,
Lynne
x

28 comments:

  1. Oh Lynne, I will miss you and your lovely cards so much - I hope we can keep in touch. Enjoy your extra free time, I hope you make some lovely things. I will look forward to seeing them wherever you show them.
    Love Janet xxx

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    1. Thanks Janet. I'll miss you too and will definitely keep in touch. I'll still be watching you all on TV, well your cards but you know what I mean. :) x

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  2. Happy New Year and another fabulous card Lynne.

    I am sorry to hear that you are stepping down you have been so inspirational not just to myself but lots of crafters out there.

    I hope you will keep up your blog even if your posts are sporadic.

    Good luck and hope to see you soon

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    1. Thanks Linda. I hope I'll see you at one of the shows this year. x

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  3. Happy New Year and another fabulous card Lynne.

    I am sorry to hear that you are stepping down you have been so inspirational not just to myself but lots of crafters out there.

    I hope you will keep up your blog even if your posts are sporadic.

    Good luck and hope to see you soon

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  4. I echo my teacher Janet's sentiments. I always loved seeing your cards every month on tv. I do hope you keep your blog open so I can still get inspiration from your beautiful creations. We all know how talented you are with your dressmaking and other crafty makes, so thank you for sharing and stay happy :-) xx

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    1. Thank you Elaine. Hopefully I will have some cards to blog as I have enjoyed this aspect of it too. x

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  5. Oh blimey Lynne! I'm so sorry that you're going off the team! I will miss your fabulous samples.
    Clarity was the reason I got to know you and I hope that our friendship will continue for ever!
    Blog when you can or when you have something to tell us!
    All the best to you for 2016
    Love and hugs xxxxx

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    1. Thanks Jane. It's was great meeting you and Colin. Love to you both. x

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  6. Oh blimey Lynne! I'm so sorry that you're going off the team! I will miss your fabulous samples.
    Clarity was the reason I got to know you and I hope that our friendship will continue for ever!
    Blog when you can or when you have something to tell us!
    All the best to you for 2016
    Love and hugs xxxxx

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  7. Well can't say I'm happy, purely for selfish reasons lol but totally understand. I have loved seeing your sewing projects so you could blog those or just blog when you do make any of your lovely cards, it's your blog so do what suits you xx

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    1. Thanks Lisa and thanks for all of your lovely comments on here. x

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  8. Sorry to hear this Lynne. Your work is always so beautiful and inspirational. I hope you will still share your projects with us either here on your blog, or on facebook. Good luck with whatever you do. Xxx

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    1. Thanks Barbara. I'm sure I will. x

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  9. First of all I would like to with you, Jason and Maya a very Happy and Healthy New Year......I will miss you as a fellow Teamie Lynne....and I always love to see your samples...you crisp lines and your attention to detail are second to none....
    You will leave a huge gap....
    Please stay in touch and most important of all....get back to enjoying your crafting....
    Much love Jo. ( Tess and Eric ) xxx

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  10. Hi Lynne sorry to see you are leaving the team but can understand your reasons
    I hope I will continue to see your lovely creations
    And don't put yourself down your inspiration and crafty ability are brilliant I know I aspire to be as good
    Why do Crafters do that ? We all think we are not good enough !!!
    Enjoy your free time look forward to your next post Theresa xx

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    1. Thank you for all your support Theresa. It means a lot. x

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  11. Hi Lynne, I'm glad that you had a lovely holiday in Norfolk but I'm sorry to hear that you are leaving the Clarity team. I may not always comment on your blog but I have often read it for inspiration or after seeing your samples on TV. So I would like to say thank you for the inspiration. However, I do understand why you have stepped down as I always worry too much what others think of my work (I take hours to write my class's end of year reports because I worry so much about how parents will feel about my comments). I hope that your decision allows you the time to pursue your crafts for pleasure. You are obviously a talented seamstress and I've enjoyed seeing your creations on Facebook so maybe you could share those in a blog when you feel it's not too much of a chore. I hope we can continue as friends on FB and hopefully will meet up at future craft events. Good luck for all you do in 2016, hugs Jeanette xxx

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    1. Thanks Jeanette. I'll see you on FB and maybe at the shows. x

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  12. Oh Lynne ..... so sorry to hear you're leaving Clarity you'll be missed. We've only been teamies for a short time but its been a pleasure working alongside you. I love seeing your creations, both Clarity and the sewing and I hope you'll continue to share them on FB and your blog. Good luck for the future and I hope 2016 is a great year for you xx

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    1. Thank you Linda. Here's to 2016. x

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  13. happy new year. great card. so sorry you are stepping down from clarity dt as i looked forward to your cards. hope you still blog as you have a great way and personal style of making cards, hugs xx

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  14. Sorry to read this news. I will miss your spotless and beautifully executed projects Lynne. Wishing you well x

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  15. Hi Lynne
    So sorry to hear your news about stepping down from the design team.
    I always love to see your samples, they're always so beautiful and creative.
    I hope 2016 is everything you could wish for. Good luck with all you do.
    Take care.
    Susan xx

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  16. You should never worry about your work being good enough Lynne, as it is always beautiful. You definitely have talent and I hope you get chance to carry on creating in some form. Hope you have a fabulous 2016. Xx

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  17. You will certainly be missed Lynne! But I know you will continue to create beautiful and flawless projects, just at your leisure now instead. I would love to see you continue your blog so we can see your lovely sewing projects etc.
    Happy New Year to you, and a hug! X

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  18. Hi Lynne,
    I always love your cards and like others visit your blog regularly and find your work very inspirational. So do hope you will continue to blog whatever you are doing, I love any crafts! I do sympathise as until this Christmas I have only just managed to keep up with family birthday cards and have had no time to 'play' and explore ideas. So hope you have some time to do that. Will always love to see your work whenever you upload it somewhere.

    Happy new year and good luck X

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