That title just does not do justice to the fabulous time we all had at the festival of all things ClarityStamp. The start was not auspicious with a journey of five and a half hours from Redditch down to Tunbridge Wells. I counted 8 jets trying to land on my roof (well, that is what it felt like) while stuck in stationary or near stationary traffic under the flight path on the M25 at Heathrow.
However, once we got there, the Spa Hotel was lovely, and I managed to find a very convenient space right outside the front door. Several of us gathered and set off so that the others could see where we were going in the morning and then back to the Nevill Crest and Gun for a delicious evening meal, before resting up ready for the morning.
Were we in for a treat? Oh boy, we sure were. A gathering of some of the most talented crafters you could wish to find in one room, covering all angles of the crafting we love so much. I will write much more over time about what we saw, but these photos might give you a little flavour. They were taken at different times over the two days.
|Jo Rice showing all things stencils, stamps and inks|
|Jo Rice again, showing the different effects that are possible with the wonderful Clarity stencil brushes, from very subtle to really intense.|
|I have just found one more shot of Barbara, pulling the numbers for for the hourly raffle prizes.|
|Linda Williams and Paul Church taking a short break while Barbara did her thing, and easing their throats with Tina's sweets.|
|You can see Maria in the background. I think (cos I never got to see her demo this time) she was combining parchment with stencils and stamping brilliantly.|
|A side view of Maria Simms with some of Jo's audience in the background, listening to Barbara.|
|Maria again, chatting and demoing to Jilly and others|
|Sam Crowe, who is just brilliant with the Gelli plate, inks and paints. Her plate has to be seen to be believed but it produces wonderful designs in Sam's hands.|
|Sam again, with some of her cards and tags on show.|
I seem to have missed getting a photo of another lovely lady, Dee Paramour, who can use inks in ways no-one else has thought of and is so generous with her time and tips.
These Open Days are not just a chance to learn new things but also a wonderful chance to meet up with old friends (some of whom travelled huge distances, even from Texas, for the occasion) and to make new friends. I am not going to name them all, in case I miss someone out, but it was wonderful to meet up with everyone.
All the Clarity team from Barbara and those we see in front of house to those who sorted out all our lunches and those who worked so hard to set things up and to pull things down at the end, were brilliant. Thank you to every one of you. You are part of a fantastic team. Long may it continue. Roll on July when we all start to convene again for the series of two day Retreats.