Skipping With Spellbinders !

Hi! How are you today? I vaguely remember skipping at school- with 2 ropes and 2 people swinging them and we had to get in the middle and jump. I could cope with the one rope easily but two ropes sure was challenging. The best bit was joining in whilst the others were skipping so you didn’t end up with the rope lashing your ankles.

Onto today..and mushrooms! Before you think that my brain has gone mushy and I’m making overly tenuous links..it’s the mushrooms that are skipping. See….

Granted, this isn’t something you see every day. But why not?!- you know that song ‘if you go down to the woods today…’. It reminds me of Enid Blyton’s ‘The Faraway Tree’ as I reckon these little ‘fun-guys’ would be right at home in the Enchanted Wood.

Anyhow, this cute set is a stamp and die set from Spellbinders called ‘Getting All Mushy’ by Debi Adams and I love it. It’s simply coloured with alcohol markers and next up I reckon this set will create a mushroom pyramid really nicely!! ( as you do), or a bunch of them peeking out a pretend scrumpled paper bag ( like they’ve been rescued from the supermarket!)

I’m so thankful to Spellbinders for sending me this set to play with and have loved getting creative with the characters. The dies cut out the outside of the stamped hearts as well as an internal shape so it’s really versatile.

These mushrooms just make me happy looking at their little smiles!! What sort of scene would you create with a bunch of mushrooms??

See you soon!

Keren xx

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September 11, 2018 at 7:41 am 4 comments

‘Special Delivery’ From Spellbinders

Hello ! Hope you’re having an amazing day.

Spellbinders kindly sent me some gorgeous stamp and matching die sets. One of these is called ‘New Arrival’ (SDS-122), and is perfect for all baby congratulations cards and handmade gifts.

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This set is available from Simon Says Stamp. The set is designed by Debi Adams and every time I use red rubber sets (these are red rubber cling stamps) I remember just how good and crisp the images are and how much I should use them more!

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I’ve made a very simple shaker card and added some confetti bits from Nuvo Confetti and glitter collection. I’ve coloured the images using alcohol markers plus a blender pen. Adding a little watercolour using Nuvo AquaFlow pens adds some detailing around the clouds and stops it looking too stark. After all, babies are sweet and cuddly so cards should exude warmth!

Do look out for more Spellbinders products, I am really loving using them!

See you soon with another blog post using another Spellbinders set

xx

September 4, 2018 at 10:12 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 4

Well, it’s nearly release day- that’s tomorrow!!

But for today- a little musical interlude!! The set ‘Woodland Plushies’ is so gorgeously cute! As I sat looking at the set, I noticed that the tree stumps looked really like bongo drums!! Want to see?

They’re playing Happy Birthday on the bongo drums!! Once I started stamping, I realised the badger needed a drum kit and that the mushrooms were perfect for that!

I’ve also used Scene It for the background and coloured using Nuvo Alcohol Markers. The sentiment is another new set from the September release; Brushed Sentiments Plus.

I’ve also added in the musical notes for the little details from the older Sweet Symphony set although I’m sure you could just draw them in!

I love fun cards like this- and Clearly Besotted always come up trumps!

Which are your favourite stamps from this release? All Stamp and die sets are available from tomorrow at 8pm GMT from the Clearly Besotted store and also at Simon Says Stamp.

Do visit the blog and Michelle and Lisa’s blog to help you decide which ones you ‘need’!!

I’ll see you soon!

Love, Keren x

August 31, 2018 at 8:00 am 9 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 3!

Happy Christmas! ( sorry- I really shouldn’t be talking about Christmas- but it does need mentioning in readiness! ).

Today I’ve used a non-Christmas set called ‘Wishful Thinking’. It’s an incredibly beautiful set of floral images and I stingily picked out the fauna as I had this design in my head

Aren’t those images stunning? It’s such a easy wreath and will be even easier using the accompanying dies! I used the ‘Into The Woods‘ set for the background in a grey ink. I adore the softness of grey!

The sentiments can be mixed and matched for so many occasions. I’ve added a few little Nuvo ‘Red Berries’ drops and a teeny red elastic bow. It’s not a complicated card and with the dies speeding up the process , I can see me creating quite a few of these!

I can’t wait to make cards using the lovely floral images too.

It’s time to see what my other talented teamed have created today!

Do visit

Michelle and Lisa

Thanks so much for visiting and do pop back to see another teaser tomorrow!

Keren x

August 30, 2018 at 8:00 am 11 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 2

Hello! Thanks for visiting!

I do apologise about yesterday’s post. I wasn’t trying to scare anyone! Rest assured, today’s post is much calmer ( unless you’re scared of heights!!)

Today’s set I’m showing is Rainy Day Play- a really fun set of images just waiting for a myriad of scenes to be placed into.

This is all about one of those umbrella art installations! You know, lots of umbrellas in the air and it’s either for arts sake, or to highlight an issue, like ASD in my local city centre.

My scene was a beautiful set of perfectly arranged umbrellas until 3 cheeky hippopotamuses fell out of their hot air balloon and got entangled in the wire and balloons. It’s just a bit of fun; no hippos were hurt in the making of this! 😉

I’ve also used the ‘Scene It’ set from Clearly Besotted, which I often reach for- just a really useful set!

Hope you’re enjoying all the sneaks. Do pop and peek at what

Lisa Tilson and Michelle Short have been up to and head over to the Clearly Besotted Blog too!

Hope to see you tomorrow- hopefully with less jeopardy!!

August 29, 2018 at 8:00 am 11 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers – Sparkly Spiders

Hello everyone! It’s Teaser time again!

Today I’m kicking off with a card I rather want out of my system!!

A ‘funny’ thing happened this week- which if we’re connected on Facebook you might have seen. All to do with a squished large spider and some patterned paper. For those of a delicate disposition I’ll post it at the bottom so you don’t have to see it, but as I was looking at the new Clearly Besotted stamps I thought I’d try myself a little Immersion therapy! I’m no fan of Halloween so this isn’t one of those cards- just a frightful card with some abseiling spiders!

Here goes….

The new set has fun things to put in a jar too and is the accompanying set to a previous set called ‘Feeling Frightful’

Well I’ve used embroidery thread for the spiders to clamber up and down. I was a little freaked out colouring and cutting them out…they are tarantulas after all! I decided that maybe a little glitter might help but I think it had the opposite effect!!

Notice the ‘love’ in the middle of page…I was really trying to kid myself into liking them! I’m not sure it worked but I hope it’s given you some ideas of how to use the set!! The jar and the shelf are from the original set.

For more marvellous ideas do go and see the Clearly Besotted Blog

Then pop over to see the lovely

Michelle Short and Lisa Tilson

I hope to see you tomorrow for some less traumatic inspiration! Haha.

Here’s the picture below for those wanting to see my squished ‘frenemy’

Love, Keren

xx

August 28, 2018 at 8:00 am 8 comments

Spellbinders ‘Let’s Bake’ Dies!

Hello! Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

It’s only a little while since I did any baking- I’ve managed to avoid doing too much over the school holidays as my kids have taken over that job!

I received some dies from Spellbinders and to my delight, one set is a baking themed one featuring 10 etched dies called ‘Let’s Bake – A Sweet Christmas’ by Sharyn Sowell.

This is what I cooked up 😉

Now you can see there’s not obviously any Christmas slant to it- but that’s the beauty of these- add a little holly or a Christmas patterned tablecloth and you have the perfect ‘from my home to yours’ or to adore tags with freshly baked goodies that you’ve rustled up yourself. Actually, after creating this, I had to top up my baking supplies ready for a session this evening!

If you haven’t ever used Spellbinders dies before, apart from their unique coloured gold dies, they’re a treat to use- they cut so cleanly and beautifully. I cut them out of white cardstock and then used my Nuvo AquaFlow pens to watercolour onto each piece. This easy type of scribbly watercolour suits me perfectly and I have loved creating with these dies.

I’ve other projects coming, so do keep an eye out for them.

The dies are available in the U.K. here and one US stockist with them in stock is Simon Says Stamp

I’d love to know what you think of the dies and how you can see yourself using them.

Thanks so much to Spellbinders for sending them- and I reckon I need to be off…there’s cakes that need baking!!

Keren x

August 22, 2018 at 6:01 pm 5 comments

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