Feb 01

Clarity Challenge – Love

Hello Everyone

I do hope this finds you well and that January 2016 has been good to you. How are your new year resolutions doing? I never made any – that way I can’t fail to keep them!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered January’s challenge, your entries were great, and every month it gets harder to choose the top five. They all deserve a mention.

As you know, this is the time for a new Clarity challenge, and this month it’s love. I decided to go with a simple, elegant wedding anniversary card:

Love Feb 2016

Cutting a piece of Theuva card to size (13cm square) I used the Heart Rose stencil for the large heart.

Love Feb 2016c

As you can see a few pieces of Post-it note were used to mask the rest of the stencil off. I used one of the new Distress Ink colours – wilted violet and a Clarity stencil brush to add the heart to the card, keeping the centre a little lighter. I then stamped the couple from the Wee Folk set of stamps in Versafine Onyx Black.

Love Feb 2016d

Using the heart stencil from the Basic Backgrounds A5 set of stencils I added three more hearts above the main heart.

Love Feb 2016e

Out come those Post-it notes again! along with the wilted violet Distress Ink and stencil brush.

Leaving the stencil and Post-it notes in place I stamped the small Leafy Swirl stamp across the hearts using Flitter Glue. Lifting the stencil carefully I then added Martha Stewart glitter to the glue. I then also masked off the large heart and stamped the Leafy Swirl again using Flitter Glue and then added more glitter.

Love Feb 2016f

The topper was layered onto some complementary card and then adhered to the card base. I added an insert which had been stencilled with the hearts from the background stencil and a sentiment using the Congrats on your Anniversary stamp and Archival Watering Can ink.

Love Feb 2016b

It was then I decided to add a ribbon and a few jewel gems also from Stampin’ Up!

I hope this, along with the great samples from other members of the Design Team, inspires you to take part. You could be the lucky winner of a £50 Clarity voucher.

Thanks for taking a look.


Stamps: Leafy Swirl; Congrats on your Anniversary
Card: Theuva card; Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Distress Ink – wilted violet; Archival Watering Can; Versafine Onyx Black
Other: Clarity Stencil Brushes; Indigo Blu Flitter Glue; Martha Stewart glitter; Stampin’ Up Jewels Basic Rhinestones; Ribbon from stock; card base from stock




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  1. Carol morgan

    A lovely element card you have made. Xx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thanks Carol x

  2. Anne wales

    I love the simplicity of the design. The colour is my favourite. A gorgeous card that says it all.

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Anne, I’m so glad you like it. x

  3. Julie dunn

    Just so love how you have do e this and the four is beautiful x

    1. Angela Simpson

      Hi Julie, thank you. x

  4. Naomi Mahon

    Love the colour you chose and a super design Angela, the insert is great too.

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thanks so much Naomi. I love this colour too. x

  5. Dawn Rogers (Jomada-Dawn)

    Very elegant – thanks for the inspiration

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Dawn I look forward to seeing your entry this month. x

  6. amanda

    Hi Angela,
    Love your blog and your card this month, all that masking was well worth it. The finished effect is great with the glitter, I think I’ll have to try that. Hope you have a good day.
    Amanda xx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you so much Amanda. I’m glad you liked it. xx

  7. Shelagh Metselaar

    Such an elegant card, Angela and a very subtle colour choice, too. ;~}

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Shelagh x

  8. Jo. Rice

    Hi Angela, what a beautiful card, I love the whole feel of it , so elegant and sophisticated. Perfect inspiration for the current Challenge. Hugs…xx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Hi Jo, thank you so much – I really appreciate your comments. Hugs xx

  9. Linda Page

    Angela – this might appear twice my first comment disappeared?

    Anyway this is a really lovely card and I love the colour Wilted violet I must get that one and I love the insert too very nice to add the background xx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thanks Linda – only had one message so far! x

  10. Barbara Lancaster

    Great design Angela: simple, but so effective. Love your colour choice too. Xxx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Barbara. x

  11. Lesley Walden

    A lovely card, Angela. The leafy swirl stamp looks so good on the hearts with all that glitter. Nice to do a matching insert too x

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Lesley. x

  12. Emma Burns

    Hello Angela. What’s not to love. A beautiful design, great step by step, by a great designer. Hugs xxx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you so much Emma, your comments mean a lot. Hugs xxx

  13. Janice

    Just beautiful,

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Janice

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