Clearly Besotted July Release Day – All Four Seasons Hippos

Hello lovely Clearly Besotted fans and my blog friends. It’s finally Clearly Besotted’s July release day tonight at 8pm BST.

Today I’m showing the All Four Seasons Hippos set plus the Scene It Around Set 1. At this point, some of you might want to sing ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ and others of you will wonder what on earth I’m on about (see here for a slightly more classy version).

My pair are having a wonderful day out (socially distancing, of course!) somewhere near the white cliffs of Dover.

It’s easy to colour the scene, I’ve used Copics and lots of dots to create texture on the sand. The sea was easy too; just lots of wavy lines that will blend into each other.

The little hippo is enjoying his mint choc chip ice-cream. I rather would like to join them for a picnic on a balmy day.

Before the release, tonight, there’s more peeks at the sets over on the Clearly Besotted Blog and Michelle has her monthly roundup of the sets.

As usual, the Release goes live at 8pm GMT. All sets are available from 8pm GMT tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Simon Says Stamp.

There is the giveaway on the Facebook page and also I need to tell you that if you order the whole release, there are some free gifts that come with it;

Scene It Around Additions Mini Stamp set, A Little Bumpy Stencil and 6 sheets of 6×6′ patterned paper.

We always enjoy hearing which sets are your must-haves. Which have tickled your fancy?

Keren x

July 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted July Teasers – Summer Corners

Hi again! Welcome to my blog for any of you who are new. We’re focussing on the latest Clearly Besotted release which is out tomorrow and I’m sharing projects using each of the sets. Today’s focus is on Summer Corners which is almost guaranteed to have you slapping on suncream and grabbing your summer hat in anticipation. It seems that we’ve had lots of summery days and hopefully not our last!

Summer Corners has 2 alternate ‘corners’ plus a single flamingo with a flower and leaf so there are lots of options. After making my card, I just couldn’t decide upon a sentiment, so I’ve left it blank ready for a ‘birthday’ or ‘hi’ card. I’ve used simple colouring with my Copics. For the leaves I’ve used the blender pen to dot onto the leaves. You have to go over the dots a few times, but the blender pushes away the colour and you’re left a bleached sort of look which adds some lovely texture to the leaves.

I’ve added my usual white gel pen work onto the other leaves, flowers and fabulous flamingo and then placed the panel in front of some more Lawn Fawn ‘Really Rainbow’ paper.

The whole vibe is really tropical and lovely- just what summer’s should be about. It might be more like ‘BBQ in your back garden’ this summer but hey, we can dream!

Next up, we have the Clearly Besotted blog to visit, then onto Lisa and Michelle for some gorgeousness.

See you tomorrow for Release Day!

June 30, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted July Teasers – Treehouse Treasures

Hello again, how are you doing? Thanks for joining me today for Day 3 of the Clearly Besotted Teasers. I’m using the Treehouse Treasures set and when I first saw it, it reminded me of one of my favourite childhood books; The Faraway tree. I had visions of extended the tree several times, and adding a saucepan to one of the character’s heads etc etc, but time ran away with me, so I’ve a more simple affair instead.

I adore the treehouse; I always wishes I’d had one as a child. I’d have taken a stash of books into it and read the hours away! There are plenty of characters to place in the tree or swing or on the ground. I reckon a bunch of them sat on a piece of patterned paper ‘picnic mat’ would look fabulous too.

Adding some more patterned paper (it’s all from Lawn Fawn – ‘Really Rainbow’) to the edges just finishes it off well.

The little guy with his heart echoes the sentiment perfectly. I kind of wish my house was up a tree, but I’m content with the one I have too! I’ve coloured them with Copic Markers and some detailing with Prismacolors.

There’s plenty more inspiration using the July Release, if you pop across to Clearly Besotted’s blog then onto Michelle and finally visit Lisa.

I do hope you’re all enjoying the release sneak peeks so far, and I’ll be back tomorrow with a thoroughly summer affair!

Keren x

June 29, 2020 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted July Teasers – Scene It Around

Hello again! I know it’s only nearly Christmas, I mean July! But you’ve heard of Christmas in July right? Plus it’s never too early to get a shift on with your Christmas cards. This Scene It Around II set also has a beautiful windmill scene that isn’t Christmassy, so it’s a greatly versatile set. It goes with the Scene It Around set that has a forest scene and a beach scene, so all seasons are covered. I’ve gone for a gently seasonal scene.

I used some navy pearlescent card which is softer than black and ties in well with the blue of the sky. Using some Copic Markers, I created the night sky, adding circular strokes to give an illusion of the moonlight cascading out. You can see below the sentiment which I’ve stamped on Duralar Matt which when heat embossed doesn’t warp like vellum. You can also see the sparkle of glitter on the trees ad ground. This scene would look wonderful bedecked in snow too.

I decided to add some stars and attached them to some embroidery thread. It’s easy to do. If you find some of them falling off, simply add a star behind the thread (so 2 stars sandwiching the thread between them) and that will keep them from detaching as easily. I’ve added gel pen stars to give more of a night sky and complete the scene.

I love that all of these scenes are round. I fitted mine perfectly behind a circle aperture, but they’ll look equally as good trimmed and mounted on a card front, or just stamped directly for a one layer card.

So as usual, I’ll be recommending you visit the Clearly Besotted Blog, then go and see lovely Lisa and Michelle.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another superbly cute set.

Keren x

June 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 7 comments

Clearly Besotted July Teasers – Thanks A Melon

Hello lovely friends! How are you all doing? We’re starting a new round of teasers for the July release. There are 6 stamp sets plus free gifts if you order the whole release (more on that later in the teasers).

It’s certainly starting to feel like summertime isn’t it? I thought I’d begin with this fun set ‘Thanks A Melon’. Aren’t these guys cute!

The set has the fabulous water swirl stamp, which would also make a great water slide for lots of Clearly Besotted creatures.

The little guy is careering down the water in a watermelon. It could easily be coloured into all sorts of melon varieties or even a coconut shell as it’s the right shape and markings.

Little Henry is busy munching away on his watermelon. I have to say that watermelons always seem to look better than they taste ( or is there a secret I need to know about!).

Everything has been coloured with alcohol markers and then little details added with gel pen. I’m trying to use up more patterned paper so I’ve used bits here and there for this month’s release.

I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s projects this week. Please pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog then over to Michelle and Lisa’s blogs

June 27, 2020 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted June Release Day ! As Cute As 123

Yay! We’ve done it. We’re at Release Day! Thanks for coming back!

You might have noticed that the companion set to the As Cute As ABC is the As Cute As 123 images. They work so beautifully together, if you can manage it, I’d recommend purchasing the 3 sets together.

I’ve just used the numbers set so you can how it works alone and combined it with the As Cute As Additions set. This additions set is simple and bold and is a great contrast to the puffy style of the other images. This sentiment set is in fact a freebie if you order the complete release.

I used the images for the background stamped in light grey ink. It’s an easy way to create a design without having to think about it.

I coloured in the stars in grey and left the rest. It gives a good contrast to the main image.

I love using primary colours for children’s cards. Kids love bright colours!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the inspiration this month. I’ve loved visiting the other blogs to see what the other girls came up with.

As usual, the Release goes live at 8pm GMT. All sets are available from 8pm GMT tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Simon Says Stamp.

I would love to hear which have been your favourite sets so far.

See you soon,

Keren x

June 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted June Teasers – Little Notes

Happy Sunday everyone and welcome to Day 4 of the teasers. Today is the turn of ‘Little Notes’ set. Loads of elephants writing with all manner of writing implements. I’ve chosen a pencil, and by thinking about the traditional school yellow pencils, this gave me the colour scheme for the card.

Little Ellie wanted to write her teacher a note. She’d tried the fountain pen already and made quite an inky mess. So she swapped out for a pencil instead.

You might ask about the decorative edge- it is an old Clearly Besotted die- ‘notebook edge die’. It’s not available in store but you might be able to pick it up via *bay or even asking in the Clearly Besotted Fans Facebook page.

I coloured the pencil in with alcohol ink and Prismacolor pencils. I think this set is perfect for quick cards and notes.

As usual, my blog isn’t the end of the road. There’s more loveliness to be found via Michelle and then the Clearly Besotted Blog.

I’m back tomorrow for our Release Day; something simple and cute.

Keren x

May 31, 2020 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted June Teasers – To The Moon & Back

Hey! Welcome back. I hope you’ve enjoyed the sneak peeks so far. This was actually the first card that I made, but I loved this set so much, I made another which was the first card I showed this week.

I saw the moon and chose the little rabbit to perch on top. When I saw the little guy with the tail, it reminded me of a fishing hook and I thought that the rabbit could catch the bear by accident.

It wasn’t difficult to do, it just needed a little care and lots of blending. You can see the blending more easily in this next photo.

To get this look, I stamped the images, stamped them onto sticky notes and trimmed out. Stick the sticky note images over the top.

Next I thought about how the light would emit from the moon and the sort of colours that it would throw out. So I began with Squeezed Lemonade, moved onto Worn Lipstick and then onto Broken Glass. Lastly I added Black Soot. The secret is little ink, adding it gradually but moving the blending tool forcefully and quickly.

So then I added white gel pen stars. Normally I’d have flicked water onto the inks to give that mottled effect but just kept it simple.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this little scene. The characters are full of life and there are so many scenes you could make with them.

Hope you have a lovely day. Don’t go before you’ve visited the Clearly Besotted blog and then onto the lovely Michelle and Lisa too.

See you tomorrow for a little note!

Keren x

May 30, 2020 at 8:00 am 9 comments

Clearly Besotted June Teasers – As Cute As ABC

Hello again! Thanks for coming back to my blog. Today is Day 2 for the June Clearly Besotted Teasers and I’m showing a wonderful pair of stamp sets today.

This ‘As Cute As ABC’ set comes in 2 sets. I suspect you’ll need both as they combine the whole alphabet. This is such a brilliant set of images and you will find so many ways of using them.

I decided to coin a phrase more commonly heard in the US; ‘I miss your face’! I thought this might be the perfect phrase as we’re missing seeing so many people.

The characters are so gorgeous and simple to add a little colour to. I wanted to make them into balloons. I just added little triangles for the balloon knots and then some strings using a black marker pen.

Aren’t they just adorable ! After colouring with alcohol markers, I added shading with Prismacolors and then more white gel pens.

Can you think of ways of using them? Invites, room plaques with the kid’s name on, birthday cards with the recipient’s name etc. As someone who never can get anything with their name on, I really appreciate having sets like this.

I can’t wait to see what you’ll create with these sets.

Next up it’s a visit with Lisa, Michelle and then onto the Clearly Besotted blog

Tomorrow we have a sleepy trip to space again!

Keren x

May 29, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted June Teasers – Picture It Space

Hello friends! How are you doing? I do hope that you’re surviving amidst the complex situation worldwide. Instead of focussing on the tough stuff, we’re here to give you a dose of colourful inspiration using the new sets that Clearly Besotted are releasing on June 1st. Over the next 5 days, I’ll be posting 5 projects using the different sets.

Today I’m using two sets; ‘Picture It Space’ and ‘To The Moon and Back’. They are perfectly matched and full of fun figures to colour and use in scenes.

Yes, you might suppose that the card is upside down..it’s not! I had a story in my head of three bold and brave friends who signed up for inter-planetary bungee jumping.

You turn up, collect your bungee rope and parachute out of the craters into the galaxy below. I haven’t quite worked out how they get back..maybe there’s a pulley system or perhaps they release themselves and float towards the next planet for coffee and a cake?! 😉

I had intended to mask off the individual elements of the planet and smaller planets (it is all usefully one stamp, so need to position) but I decided against tonnes of ink blending in favour of a solid coloured background. I love the pearlescent navy cardstock, so just stamped, coloured and added each image on foam pads. Aren’t those little guys adorable!

You can see the thread below. I just cut a slit in each crater and threaded it through. You can see that I added a Union Jack as I was feeling slightly patriotic at the time!

You can see the white gel pen ‘stars’ which hopefully help it seem more ‘space’-like.

I absolutely loved creating this card. I’ve done a few cards this month without any sentiments. I can add them later, but recently I’ve been looking for cards for particular occasions and am having to discard many as the sentiment doesn’t fit the occasion. Hopefully this gives you more ideas about how you could use the sets too.

We would love you to visit the Clearly Besotted blog, then onto lovely Michelle and Lisa

I’ll be back tomorrow,

Keren x

May 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

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