Clearly Besotted March Teasers Day 3

Hello lovely blog friends! Here’s Day 3 already…more loveliness from Clearly Besotted!

Anteater Antics is the name of the new set, and you’ll adore this little set of characters. Who knew that anteaters had such appeal?!

I’ve used the Picture It Jungle from last month’s release and I think it works so well with Anthony Anteater.

Once I’d coloured and cut out the images, I added it behind a blank with an aperture die cut out from it. It’s probably a bit busy for Anthony to stand in front of, but I went with it, as couldn’t be bothered to start the whole card again!! The butterflies just make it. You don’t need to trim them all out as they’re part of one image and you can simply stamp and colour in.

I wanted more butterflies and for them to be flying all over the scene so trimmed them out and added with teeny-tiny foam pads! I added some little dots of Stickles to lift the colours and highlight them. Hope you like this adorable scene!

Now to gain more inspiration using this month’s sets, please visit Clearly Besotted’s blog and then onto visit the ever lovely Michelle.

See you again for a little more using another new set

Keren x

February 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted March Teasers Day 2

Hello! Thanks for coming back and a big hello to some of you who’ve recently started following my blog- it’s great to have you here. We’re onto Day 2 of the teasers for the Clearly Besotted March release. I’ve gone natural and a bit earthy!!!

This new set is called ‘Pick A Plushie’. As soon as I saw the set, I knew I wanted to have them planted in the ground. No hassle, simply a piece of brown cardstock with a wavy line trimmed into it (with no particular care, just let your scissors do the talking.. or should that be walking!).

Clearly Besotted design cute so well. These vegetables would make anyone want to eat veg! I stamped and coloured using Nuvo Alcohol markers. Add to the base with some adhered directly and a couple with foam pads.

I thought I’d add a few wispy roots for fun using a gold gel pen. Easy and just adds some nice detailing.

For the next lot of inspiration, please visit Clearly Besotted’s blog and then onto the lovely Michelle.

I’m back again tomorrow with loads of butterflies!

Keren x

February 27, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted March Teasers Day 1

Hello lovely Clearly Besotted fans and blog friends!! It’s that time again! The 5 days of projects using the new March Release. My first project is using some of the current stencils.

I started off by using one of my fave stencils: Cloudy Days

and Rainy Days. I just added some Distress Inks over them. It works so well and makes you look soo artistic 😉

This new set called ‘Under My Umbrella’ just might have you humming Rihanna under your breath whilst you stamp!! There are lots of animals in the set to choose from. I know you’re going to love this set!

You can see the stencilling above and I’ve simply added some Stickles to accentuate the rain-drops. I know lots of people who would might appreciate a card like this to brighten their day.

When I’d created the first lot of stencilling, I trimmed it into strips and then added them to the page with foam pads so it creates a card with a little difference. I added a couple of tiny strips of cardstock to add a little colour so it didn’t become too bleak looking. The bunny is super cute and I’ve given him the simplest colouring treatment and added a pop of colour to the umbrella.

I hope you love this set- I can see lots of ways of using it and the sentiments are fabulous!

For the next tonne of inspiration, please visit Clearly Besotted’s blog and then onto Michelle.

See you tomorrow!

Keren x

February 26, 2020 at 8:00 am 7 comments

Altenew February 2020 Stamp/Die/Stencil/ Watercolors Release

Hello!! I’m delighted to be joining in with the Watercolor part of the February Release. You may have arrived from the lovely Kymona Tracey

I won’t be showcasing the new products other than the gorgeous new 24 half pan watercolour set. ( I’m sorry, I’m English- I have to spell it watercolour from now on in this post!! 😉 ). Keep reading for some projects and news on wonderful prizes.

I decided to do some loose and simple watercoloring- perfect for beginners. It’s really easy to avoid getting watercolours for fear it’s going to be too hard. It really doesn’t have to be. Just think…this is only paint.

To begin, I wanted to do a scrapbook page. It’s yonks since I did any scrapbooking and I’ve really missed it. I’ve used the Simple Beauty Stamp set and after stamping with a waterproof ink I just happily let the paint flow in a scribbly way. I didn’t want it to be precise- just soft and gentle. Start off with a lighter shade of the colour you want and then just add more colour in specific areas. As the watercolour paper is now wet, the paint will blend better together.

You can the details- I’ve added two tiny flowers to the journaling part plus stamped the smaller flowers in grey so I can write over them and it doesn’t detract from the words. I’ve added lots of lovely black and white dots, splatters, hearts, washi tape and twine.

I fussy cut around the flower after I’d painted it, so I could slot the photographs in. It just helps the page look a little more streamlined.

I then wanted to use the watercolour paints to make some wash backgrounds to add some stamped details too. This is even easier…anyone can lay some colour down and then add a bit more on top; the perfect beginners project.

You might recognise another set from last month’s release…Incredible. This technique could be done with any of your stamp sets. Just start off by stamping onto watercolour cardstock with embossable ink. Sprinkle white embossing powder on and then heat to set. Next- cut out the centres from the images ( you could do this with diecuts too and not do the heat embossing) and set aside. Using a sheet the same size as your stamped one, slide under the stamps and draw a feint line so you know where to add the colour.

Now just scribble colour around the pencilled areas and leave to dry. Add the top layer using foam pads and mount onto a coloured cardstock base card. Next, flick some of the colour over the top layer and leave to dry.

The sentiment was easily done. Die cut the word from watercolour cardstock and then paint over each letter with a different shade, allowing them to blend slightly into each other. A soft and easy project to recreate.

For my final project, I thought I’d freestyle completely and just let the paint do its thing.

I wet some watercolour cardstock and started painted a flower. You’re looking for a flower effect rather than a lifelike copy. I just had such fun. These paints are such lovely quality and really pigmented so even with the lightest washes there is a good quality of colour without it being streaky. They are such a wonderful collection of colours and you’ll have a blast using them!

Once I’d let my flower dry, I added some water around the edge of it, let it soak in and then tore the edges. Watercolour cardstock gives a lovely effect when you tear it.

I added the flower onto a base with the Ornate Cover Die , then just did more painty scribbling. You can do that, right?!! Then have fun adding lots of dots with a white gel pen and a fine black marker pen.

Then I just added some leaves done in the same way as the flower plus a sentiment. Fairly quick and easy and people will think you know what you’re doing ( I’m certainly a beginner watercolourer so you can achieve this too!)

You can see the February whole release with the gorgeous Watercolor Paints here .

I do think you’ll love experimenting with them. They are well worth investing in and who knows…maybe you’ll even become an artist😉!

There are lots of designers joining in with the release…do visit the Altenew Card Blog for a full list.

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 2/18/2020 for a chance to win.

They’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 2/21/2020

Next up in this blog hop is Sveta Fotinia and I can’t wait to see what beautiful projects she’s created.

Thanks for joining me. I can’t wait to hear what you’re loving about the paints!

Here’s the whole list in case you get lost:

Altenew Card Blog

Norine Borys

Kathy Racoosin

Erum Tasneem

Emily Midgett

Jaycee Gaspar


Laurie Willison

Caly Person

Lilith Eeckels

Kelly Griglione

Therese Calvird

Vicky Papaioannou

Maryam Perez

Keeway Tsao

Nicole Picadura

Amber Rain Davis

Reiko Tsuchida

Agnieszka Malyszek

Virginia Lu

Kelly Janes

Svitlana Shayevich

Ashley Tucker

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Nathalie DeSousa

Isha Gupta

Jenny Colacicco

Zinia Redo

The Hedgehog Hollow

Kymona Tracey

Keren Baker…. YOU ARE HERE!!

Sveta Fotinia

Lisa Spangler 

Mindy Eggen

Jen Schow

Nicole Watt

Teri Wilson

Ashlea Cornell

Jennifer McGuire

See you soon,

Keren xx

February 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm 53 comments

Tonic Studios Spring Dreams Stamp Collection Online Party

Hi everyone! How are you all?

Today I’m showing a couple of projects using a new stamp release from Tonic Studios. The stamps have been designed by Tonia Tkach and are full of flowers and cute animals.

I’ve used two sets together… A Cup Of Happiness and Flowers For You. The sets are really sweet

A Cup Of Happiness
Flowers For You

To join in with the party and get 15% off your stamps check out these links :

You can see how I’ve coloured and cut out the images. I’ve simply used Nuvo Alcohol pens with a die-cut aperture.

The second mini card I’ve created uses more of the flowers from the Flowers For You set

Again, I’ve coloured the stamped images using the Nuvo Alcohol markers and then added a background using Nuvo AquaFlow pens. It’s a really simple technique and as it’s one layer only; nice and inexpensive to send through the post too!

There are lots of other designers taking part in the party. If you head over to the Tonic Blog you’ll see a list of everyone taking part!

If you’re interested in checking out the stamps and having a fab 15% off into the bargain, just head to the link with the nearest store to where you live below!

U.S Store

U.K. Store

Hope you like the look of these stamps. There are some really gorgeous sets with unicorns and hot air balloons and more. All the sets are full of the joys of spring..which is just what we need after the cold and windy week!

I’d love to know what you think of the sets.

See you later today for another exciting post!

Keren x

February 13, 2020 at 8:33 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted February Release Day

Well hello!

It’s the weekend and it’s also Release Day for Clearly Besotted! Which sets have taken your fancy? I’ve got a quick post to show you one last project and remind you of some of the sets.

I wanted to use the ‘Sweet Plushies’ set because who doesn’t love a sweet treat!.. and use it simply. Cards don’t have to be hard.

The Sweet Plushies set is a gorgeous one, with lots of cute characters to choose from.


So much you could do with this set. I haven’t gone full on’ valentine’ but you certainly could. Just two icecreams, hanging around, chilling!

They’re easy to colour (I’ve used alcohol markers) and the shapes are simple enough to trim out. I rarely use patterned paper, so it felt odd doing so, but I forced myself as it echoes the icecream sprinkles!

Not so much to say today as there are lots of sets to look over on the Clearly Besotted Blog and then Michelle’s got her video too.

All sets and stencils are available from 8pm GMT tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and Simon Says Stamp,

I’d love to know what you’ve enjoyed this week, and which sets you think are ‘must -haves’!

See you soon,



February 1, 2020 at 2:48 pm 3 comments

Clearly Besotted February Teasers Day 4

Hello again! We’re on the final lap; day 4!! I said today was for more sophisticated people but perhaps I should just have said glitter fest! This stamp set is much better coloured in with a solid colour, but I thought I’d get stripe-y and just play with a few coloured markers!

The set is called ‘Piled Up Plushies’ and these balloons go perfectly with the two piles of cuties, but I wanted to show that you can make a different look very easily.

I don’t know if you’re like me, but I have a large plastic bag full of leftover cardstock pieces. I’m always reaching for very similar colours but I just pulled the first three colours out and then trimmed them into different widths and lengths. I adhered them onto a strip of card and then added it to a card base with foam tape.

You can see several things in the photo above- firstly that my balloons look a lot like mints and also that the glitter has gone everywhere! I just added a little glue and some loose glitter and it just spread! The background balloons were stamped onto glitter cardstock (yeah- don’t try that in a hurry unless it’s pretty flat- it’s a nightmare- even with a stamping platform to repeat stamp!).

You can see the sentiment which I stamped in WOW! Rose Gold embossing powder onto Matt Dura-lar which I’ve mentioned before. I did add some balloon strings with a pen before cutting it out. That bit was pretty easy.

I hope this has given you some ideas for this set. Just colouring it or paper piecing or adding pattern like me will give really different looks. Add it above the scene of piled up Plushies and you’ve got cuteness overload all on one card!!

 Next there’s a wealth of gorgeousness over on the Clearly Besotted Blog and then do pop over to Michelle’s blog.

I’m back tomorrow for the exciting release day, but until then,

Keren x


January 31, 2020 at 8:00 am 3 comments

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