Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 1

Hello everyone! How are you doing? Hope you’re ready for a seasonal surprise. Clearly Besotted has brought out 8 sets this month and 3 of them are unique special mix and match sets. Today’s set is called Yuletide Yeti.

I decided that Mr Yeti (who actually is a real hard core gamer), decided to actually reenact one of his favourite games ‘Star Collect’.

His penguin pal ‘Plush’ threw up a load of stars onto the nearby trees and rigged up a aerial line so that Mr.Yeti could fly through the trees, gathering twinkles on the way. You can see that his giant candy cane came in very handy.

I nicked some baubles from the ‘Flaming Festivities’ set (I’m showcasing tomorrow) and used stars from this set. With a liberal coating of glue and translucent glitter it gives the scene a really frosty feeling.

It was easy to create; stamping the trees twice and then adding a freehand cut white layer to give depth to the scene. I just adore all those little stars and don’t the trees look magical with baubles and stars on them.

It’s a set that will be so much fun to play with – there are 5 differently posed yetis- and wouldn’t a yeti family in front of the trees make a perfect Christmas card?!

As usual, there will be so much inspiration over the next 5 days as we countdown. Pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog (and do check out CB’s Instagram as often videos of the colouring process are shown on there), then onto Lisa, Michelle and our lovely guests, Francine and Alberto (@loshakeratoalberto on Instagram).

See you tomorrow xx

September 27, 2021 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted STAMPtember set is LIVE

Hello everyone!! Exciting times- the newest Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember is live and it’s the turn of Clearly Besotted today. It’s Simon Says Stamp’s 12th STAMPtember and it’s getting bigger and better!

It’s only while stocks last and it’s soooo cute.

Want to see what I made with it?

Is it a rein-icorn or unic-deer!! Whatever it is it’s adorable. I wanted to create a gift on a card so created it on a circle die cut that I made into a bauble shape by adding a background layer of glitter card and then adding some bakers twine and hiding it behind a glittery bauble top.

The set….you can get the stamp and die combo here or if you just want the stamp set you can get it here

I loved the background stamp which is so magical but I wanted to make the Uni-deer the focus so softened the background that I’d coloured with Copics by adding a layer of Duralar Matt. I didn’t completely obscure the background- I just wanted to show it had been filtered a little.

If you want to see more inspiration- do visit the Simon Says Stamp blog and check out Michelle and Lisa on Instagram as they’ll be sharing their projects too. Do visit Clearly Besotted of course too!

I hope you love the new set. I just loved adding the little stars on the front and using my gold and white gel pen making little dots to make them seem as if they’re falling from the sky!

See you soon!

Hope you manage to grab a set before they sell out!

Keren x

September 22, 2021 at 5:01 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted September Release Day!

Hello everyone! We’ve made it to Release Day! Yay!

I’ve got a fun project today ahead of release time at 8pm GMT using the ‘Cleaning Up’ set.

I’m no fan of housework but let’s face it, it always has to be done. Piggy is swerving with the weight of the washing and that’s pretty much how I feel lumping copious bags of washing down the stairs, although now I do tend to ask the kids to bring their own down even if I have to wash it!

I love all the fun elements in the ‘Cleaning Up’ set and how quickly a scene comes together. I have to say that I enjoyed colouring in housework more than I actually do doing it!!

I am thankful for my white goods but currently have a loathing for a newer machine which is just awkward to press and navigate and I wonder who exactly designed it and were they having a bad day?! Whatever the case, I reckon they could have done with a card like this to keep them cheered up.

It’s time to go and see the rest of the team. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Michelle, and our lovely guests Adelle, Francine, Keeway and Alberto (on Instagram).

As usual, the release goes live at 8pm GMT (BST). All sets are available tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Simon Says Stamp , Art CreatiuCloud 9 Crafts and Card Nouveau too.

Don’t forget to enter into the giant giveaway over on the Facebook page for Clearly Besotted. It’s always a major prize winning the whole release!

I’d love to hear about your favourite sets of this release. Which ones are you eyeing up?!

See you soon,

Keren x

September 1, 2021 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 4

Haven’t the days flown by?! We’re already at Day 4 and it’s rather a regal occasion today with the poshest of invites for a friend and you to catch up over a cuppa!

Now I have absolutely no desire to be royalty (imagine all the restrictions and being on show so much) but I would quite fancy a china cup chandelier. Maybe I should look into creating one myself; wouldn’t it be a talking point at meal times!!

I’ve used the set ‘Royal Corgi’ to create this card. You can see pooch Queenie atop a very plumped up purple pillow and sampling the cherry cupcakes baked fresh from Windsor Palace kitchen. As she’s rather partial to cake ( a dog after my own heart), she’s got two more cake stands of cakes and delicate sandwiches to keep her strength up’ after all, balancing that crown on your head is jolly hard work!

We’ve all missed seeing each other for coffee/tea catch ups, so I thought this would be the perfect card to send to a few friends of mine!

Creating the chandelier was super easy, just a curved gold gel pen shape and then I arranged the cups in a chandelier like formation. Add foam pads and then draw white gel pen lines connecting each cup to the top curve. Just add in dots towards a top centre dot.

If anyone fancies making me one of these- do get in touch 😉

The team have lots more inspiration for you; firstly the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Lisa, Michelle and our lovely guests Francine, Keeway Alberto (on Instagram) and Adelle.

It’s release day tomorrow, and no more waiting for new sets!

See you tomorrow,

Keren x

August 31, 2021 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 3

It’s been great to hear that you’re loving the sets. They are fun and quirky as you’d expect from Clearly Besotted but they also do wonderfully cute as you well know.

I’ve combined two sets; ‘Mythical Monsters’ and ‘Sweet Dreamzzz’. The Sweet Dreamzzz set is full of clouds, rainbows, stars and unicorns

He’s just adorable and just dragon’y colours. I imagined the stars like falling stars which is why I’ve added all the gel pen to add movement to the design too.

Choosing the rainbow colours was fun too. So many choices. The teal background was a great contrast to the pastel colours of the dragon.

It’s time to visit the other team to get some more inspiration. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Lisa, Michelle and our lovely guests Adelle, Francine, Keeway and Alberto (on Instagram).

Please drop by again tomorrow for a look at another new set,

Keren x

August 30, 2021 at 8:00 am 8 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 2

Hello again! Hope you’re having a wonderful day.

Day 2 is all about magic and fun. Colouring in the castle reminded me a little of Hogwarts but with a fairy vibe! The lovely majestic castle is from the Picture It Castle set.

Mr. Yeti has taken a trip over the castle using magic fairydust and an enchanted umbrella. I used the yeti from ‘Mythical Monsters’. There are some really fun creatures in this set; Big Foot, Unicorn, Dragon and the Loch Ness monsters.

Mr. Yeti had been watching Mary Poppins one time too many and decided to try the same! I’ve taken the umbrella from the Royal Corgi set.

Colouring in was a challenge but using Copic markers made it easier. The trail of fairydust was created using white gel pen. You can see that I’ve edged the top and bottom with a turquoise colour so that it blends well onto the turquoise cardstock background.

It’s time to go and see the rest of the team. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Lisa, Michelle and our lovely guests Francine, Keeway Adelle and Alberto (on Instagram).

See you tomorrow for a dreamy dragon,

Keren x

August 29, 2021 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 1

Hello! It’s been a while blog friends. Hope you’re doing well. Today we’re back to the normal schedule of a 5 day countdown with release day back onto the 1st of each month.

This month is an extra bonanza of stamp sets and I’m showcasing projects with mixture of stamp sets.

I’m not a big fan of Halloween but I’ve used some of the sets slightly differently. I rather loved the pumpkin as I’ve been planning on making some velvet ones for Autumn/ Fall decorations so I thought I’ve have a rabbit in control doing a magic trick rather than the old pull the rabbit out of the hat !

The rabbit is magicking the little owls around in a circle- leaving a trail of magic dust behind them! This set with the pumpkin in is called ‘Frightening Friends’ plus the rabbit and owls are from ‘Simply Spellbound’.

Don’t you love the little magician, trying his hardest to keep those little owls in the air so they don’t fall and get winded! I’ve decided to use completely coloured backgrounds to change it up a little!

It’s easy to create- just making a circle of black and gold gel pen dots. I did have fun colouring in the pumpkin trying to add dimension. I do love trying to improve with my colouring, ably assisted with my Copic Markers.

It’s time to go and see the rest of the team. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Michelle, Lisa and our lovely guests Francine, Keeway , Adelle Emery and Alberto (on Instagram).

Please pop back tomorrow, with a fun magical card,

Keren x

August 28, 2021 at 8:00 am 7 comments

Altenew Plentiful Patterns Stand-alone Dies/Stencils Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

Hello friends! Who doesn’t love a good pattern?! Well I’m so pleased to be joining in with Altenew celebrating their latest collection of dies. These can be stand alone or combined together (as you’ll see in some of my projects). You might have come here from Carol Hintermeier’s blog and if you want to start at the beginning, hop over to the main Altenew Card blog.

(Following links are affiliate ones that earns me a little extra but with no cost to you.)

These two sets are just stunning! I’ve used the Impressionist Bouquet Layering Stencil Set with the Impressionist Bouquet Die Set and combined it with the You Matter Die Set. I love these sets so much. The stencil is easy to use with inks- I used Distress Inks and some plain cardstock to make stripes.

The scripty you is such a beautiful font! The next set I’m showcasing is Itty Bitty Flowers Die Set along with You Matter Die Set. I’ve used black glitter cardstock plus some matt mirror cardstock. Using grey and black for the flowers gives a subtle look. The sentiments that go with the ‘you’ in the You Matter die set are just perfect for so many occasions.

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My next project is using the new String Panel Cover Die and the You Matter Die Set die cut from the Altenew Glitter Cardstock set in Pink Brilliance. I love how you can piece individual colours into the design.

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 08/30/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 09/02/2021

My final project is using the Pattern Motif Die Set and the sentiment is from the Folk Art Stamp Set

Creating it is simple. I just layered up lots of scrap pieces of cardstock together on a piece of cardstock. Die cut the floral image onto a larger piece of cardstock and use the negative die cut over the top using foam pads.

Then layer the flower over the top and then the stamped sentiment on top of that. It’s a very classy and elegant image.

If you want to check out the whole release, follow this link to see all the different dies.

Next on the hop is Linda Westfall who will have something inspiring for you to see. Thanks for joining me today to see this wonderful collection of dies and if you get lost, I’ve added the whole list below!

Keren x

Altenew Blog

Vicky Papaioannou

Laurie Willison

Kelly Griglione

Dana Joy

Jaycee Gaspar

LauraJane

Emily Midgett

Michelle Short

Virginia Lu

Joy Baldwin

Nathalie DeSousa

Therese Calvird

Jenny Colacicco

Tenia Nelson

Sandhya Iyer

Maryam Perez

Seeka

Reiko Tsuchida

Verity Biddlecombe

Terri Koszler

Daniel Diaz

Amanda Baldwin

Erin Thompson

Natasha Davies

Tina Smith

Anna Mahtani

Carol Hintermeier

Keren Baker

Linda Westfall

Nenette S. Madero

Joylita Dsouza

Keeway Tsao

August 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm 34 comments

PaperArtsy Baubles & Bling

Hello everyone!

Hope you’re well. Today on the PaperArtsy blog I’m joining in with the latest topic; baubles and bling.

I’ve created one non-seasonal project and one that’s essentially Christmassy.

I’ve used Gwen Lafleur’s new sets of stamps which are awesome!!

I’d love to know what you make of it. Do pop over to the blog to see what I’ve done!

Keren x

August 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: California Giants Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone! How are you?

I’m so pleased to be joining in with Altenew’s latest Craft-A-Flower release- the California Giants. This is a really fun flower and as usual there’s a blog hop with lots of designers taking part. You may have come to my blog via lovely Seeka, so hello if that’s the case! You might want to go to the very start- so do visit the Altenew blog if that’s the case.

All following links are affiliate ones- giving me a little extra but costing you nothing! Thanks for your support x

I decided to create something a little unusual with this set. I was just feeling in a rainbow mood. So I did stack just a few layers together 😉

Isn’t it a fabulous die set! Obviously you wouldn’t need to do this- you could just use the individual layers as they’re beautiful by themselves. I simply layered lots of colours on top of each other, shifting each layer slightly. The leaves and sentiment are also part of the set.

If you love the Craft-A-Flower series as much as I do, you might want to consider getting a monthly subscription. This is a monthly subscription plan for Altenew’s Craft-A-Flower die set. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in their monthly Craft-A-Flower releases and will receive a set each month – at a specially discounted price! ($35.99 →$29.99).

Giveaway Prizes.

There is $200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 8/13/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 08/15/2021.

If you are interested in getting the California Giants Die Set, there’s also a California Giants Layering Die Set & Gradient Cardstock Bundle (gives you 5% off).

Now it’s time to go onto the really lovely Verity Biddlecombe to see what awesome project she’s designed.

If you need the whole list of everyone taking part, I’ve added it below.

Keren x

Altenew Card Blog

Erum Tasneem

Michelle Short

Virginia Lu

Natasha Davies

Emily Midgett

Dana Joy

Nathalie DeSousa

Carol Hintermeier

Reiko Tsuchida

Amanda Baldwin

LauraJane

Terri Koszler

Tina Smith

Seeka

Keren Baker

Verity Biddlecombe

Sandhya Iyer

Linda Westfall

Joy Baldwin

Nenette S. Madero

Preeti Chandran

Daniel Diaz

Jenny Colacicco

Joylita Dsouza

August 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm 43 comments

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