Clearly Besotted March Release Day!

Hey! We’re here. Release Day! I decided to use the set Bake Off…

I rarely do pastels, but the kitchen reminded me of a 50’s-60’s styled kitchen so I went with those vintage pastel colours. Poor Bertie Baking Bear didn’t see the cracked egg and is busy tripping because of the slippery mess. The flour is about to go everywhere and we all know what a mess flour creates. It goes in places you’ll suddenly spy for days to come!

I drew some lines from the kitchen and created a tiled floor. I’d have done it black and white but it would have dominated the pastel cabinets. So against my better judgement, I stuck with the light colours.

The sentiment is a fun one. I’ve never watched the programme but I know plenty of people who have and whilst they might not want a card like this, they’ll appreciate the humour!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the sets this month. Which ones are your favourites?

As usual, we’re nearly at Release time! The release goes live at 8pm GMT. All sets are available tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Simon Says Stamp and don’t forget the giveaway on Clearly Besotted’s page on Facebook.

Now we’ve a little more inspiration today…

Visit the do visit the Clearly Besotted’s blog then onto Lisa. Do visit our lovely guests with us this month; Mindy Baxter and Adelle Emery too. There’s also Michelle’s release video over on her blog here.

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you very soon

Keren x

March 5, 2021 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted March Teasers Day 4!

Where has the week gone? I guess I’m dreaming again with this scene. I’m using the set ‘Pop Up Travels’. It’s not just air balloons but has a car, train and helicopter too!

What a dreamy scene. I just love hot air balloons and would love to go in one. This guy is busy piloting through a gentle breeze and over some lush meadows and apple trees

The sentiment is a little ironic, but it amused me. Wouldn’t we all love to be going places! It will happen before we know it. I’m just so thankful to be in a country that is doing so well in vaccinating so many of the population so quickly.

I added the bottom image from the Scene it More set and dotted some red apples using an alcohol marker. Easy to do with no artistic ability required!!

We’re nearly at release day. Tomorrow I’m back with a fun card with a vintage kitchen and a a baking disaster. Whilst you’re waiting for Release Day, do visit the Clearly Besotted’s blog then onto Lisa. Do visit our lovely guests with us this month; Mindy Baxter and Adelle Emery too.

See you tomorrow,

Keren x

March 4, 2021 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted March Teasers Day 3!

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a lovely day. Today we’ve got a foodie delight- and I would love to be sat having a picnic right now! The set is aptly named ‘Picnic Party’.

This was such a fun scene to create, as there are so many little food items to arrange and colour in.

There is a jam butty right at the edge of the picnic mat- this is a clever set; the patterned centre of the picnic mat can be stamped separately so you can choose the colour.

Can you imagine having bunting strewn from trees. That would give a real celebratory atmosphere. I think I might have to sew up some especially for when we can meet up outside and share food with one another. Right now it’s way too cold, but summer is on its way eventually..I think !

You can see I’ve added a good number of cakes. Cake is always a good idea! Speaking of cake, the other day I said out loud that I really fancied some cake. My eldest boy said he’d make some the next day. He set about making his first cake without supervision and it was yum! I’ll have to wish out loud a little more often!

As usual, please visit Clearly Besotted’s blog then onto Lisa. Do visit our lovely guests with us this month; Mindy Baxter and Adelle Emery too.

See you tomorrow for an uplifting experience! x

March 3, 2021 at 8:00 am 9 comments

Clearly Besotted March Teasers Day 2 !

Welcome back friends. Are you wondering what’s coming next ? We are looking at a super fun set today-‘All Round Farm Fun’

As I was designing this card, I had a conversation with one of my daughters who is vegan. She was insisting that this wasn’t an animal farm, but perhaps an animal sanctuary!! Well I think that’s a great idea, which is why the ‘farmer’ is dressed as she is and is simply busy caring for her group of abandoned farmyard animals!

The card base was pretty simple. Just a drawn rectangle and then sketched triangle drawn over the rectangle and trimmed out. The barn doors were just white rectangles with slightly smaller red rectangles and then thin strips of cardstock attached diagonally. No measuring, just keeping it simple.

There are lots of farmyard animals in the set. I love the little sheep peeking out of the upper level in the barn. There are other images that I’ve not used and I can imagine a whole host of Papercrafting projects just from this set. It’s called farmyard fun but I have distinct memories of staying at a family friend’s farm and one of my legs disappearing down a hole filled with animal slurry. It went down my wellies and well..let’s just say that it wasn’t fun!

I’m sure that there are plenty of fun experiences to be had at farms, and if you’ve got images like this, then you’re bound to have a good time!

Please do visit Clearly Besotted’s blog then onto Lisa. We have our two lovely guests with us this month; Mindy Baxter and Adelle Emery so be sure to visit and give them some love!

I’ll see you tomorrow for some al fresco dining!

x

March 2, 2021 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Semi-Double Chrysanthemum Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a lovely Monday. I’m delighted to be involved with this special Build-A-Flower blog hop celebrating the release of the Semi-Double Chrysanthemum. The blog hop is starting at the Altenew Card Blog and the whole list is at the bottom of this post. You should have arrived here from Katrina Howe’s blog, or you can start at the Altenew’s Card Blog.

The set is really gorgeous and I chose to use it this way..

I know you don’t get chrysanthemums this colour, but I’m using artistic licence! This layering stamp set features a beautiful 4-layer chrysanthemum and three 3-layer leaves to add to your handmade cards, scrapbook layouts, bullet journal pages, and other DIY paper crafting projects. 

The Build-A-Flower: Semi-Double Chrysanthemum special edition stamp and die set is only sold as a bundle. It includes one 6″ x 8″ clear photopolymer stamp set (16 individual stamp images) and one coordinating die set (4 dies). You can get hold of the stamp and matching die set from the Altenew store here.

I love the sentiment and it fits so perfectly with the florals. You can create so many beautiful colours and shades just using different inks. I love the more neutral palette with the minty green aqua leaves. You can also get hold of a stamp/die and ink bundle plus if you have the Build-A-Flower subscription plan you can get your savings too.

I wanted to create layers without fuss, so added a layer of Grafix Duralar Matt film and added the extra flowers underneath so you can see the filtered images. It always amazes me just how much dimension and realism you can get from a stamp and ink. The multi step images are easy to line up.

You can see I’ve allowed some of the flowers to stick out past the matt film. It gives the card a frame without cluttering it too much. I added some black and white ink dots to add some movement into the card design. The sentiment is just stamped and white embossed onto some dark jade cardstock.

There’s also an exciting giveaway. What’s a celebration without prizes?! There’s $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 03/07/2021 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 03/09/2021.

Before you go, there’s plenty more loveliness over at Laura Jane’s blog. We’d love you to continue hopping !

Altenew Card Blog

Virginia Lu

Nathalie DeSousa

Laurie Willison

Amanda Baldwin

Carol Hintermeier

Dana Joy

Jenny Colacicco

Katrina Howe

Keren Baker …You are HERE! …

LauraJane

Michelle Short

Rachael Shedeed

SathyaKala Sankaran

Seeka

Terri Koszler

Verity Biddlecombe

March 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm 43 comments

Clearly Besotted March Teasers Day 1

Hello! Hope you’re getting used to the new date schedule for the Clearly Besotted Release. We’re doing each teaser through to the release on March 5th.

Today I’m starting off with the set ‘Smooth Sailing’. Lots of lovely sea faring critters and some wonderfully punny sentiments. I decided to make the boat and little fishing chick the focal point.

Isn’t it such a gorgeous set. I love the story book feel to this set. The chicken wanted to go fishing until the little fish dodged the hook.

The little fish keeps jumping out of the sea and avoiding the little fisherman’s rod. In fact these two made friends and fisherman chick has agreed not to fish for food today.

The sentiment is just perfect for me to send but the images would equally be fab for a kid’s card too. It’s coloured mostly using alcohol markers but have used a watercolour pen to add the wash around the image.

As usual, please visit Clearly Besotted’s blog then onto Lisa. Michelle is having a month off (apart from her usual release video) but we have two lovely guests with us this month; Mindy Baxter and Adelle Emery so be sure to visit and give them some love!

Tomorrow we go for a visit to Madame McDonald!

See you then x

March 1, 2021 at 8:00 am 10 comments

Clearly Besotted February Release Day!

Wahooo, we’ve got to release day! It’s been a brilliant collection of stamps this month (well, when isn’t it?!). I’m showing you a set called ‘Clearly Contained Cuts’ which goes with the ‘Clearly Contained’ set too, but I’ve used it as a standalone set.

This is just a gorgeous set and so many blooms including a big flower that I didn’t use. The larger flower would be perfect for having some of the critters sheltering or resting under. It’s just the right size. Ok, it’s either a giant flower or a mini creature…you decide!

I thought creating an ‘over-frame’ would be fun! Makes a card with a difference. Ok, it was supposed to be a one layer card, and my Archival inkpad needed reinking. So one dodgy sentiment later, it became a raised frame 😂.

I do feel it’s important to share my mistakes with you. I’m not sure why, but I certainly feel better!!

To see the whole release, check out the Clearly Besotted Blog and also check out the Facebook page to enter the giveaway too!

Michelle has her roundups, so do check those out. Do pop over to our lovely guest designers too Francine Vuillème, Mindy Baxter and Rina Galit.

As usual, we’re nearly at Release time! The release goes live at 8pm GMT. All sets are available tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Simon Says Stamp and don’t forget the giveaway on Clearly Besotted’s page on Facebook.

Thankyou for being with me this month, and for being patient for the extra wait. I know that you’ll agree that it was definitely worth waiting for!

See you soon,

Keren x

February 5, 2021 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted February Teasers Day 4

Hello again! Hope you’re having a good day so far. We’re back to the set ‘Wonderful Wishes’. I wanted to do something up in the clouds.

Aren’t they the loveliest images- makes you feel light and relaxed as the cat flies gently off into the distance. What happens when the breeze drops…well let’s hope he has a soft landing

I’ve also used the set Balloon Bunch Christmas along with Cloudy Day Stencil. I absolutely love that stencil- you can use it back to front too, to vary the cloud shapes, but don’t forget to wipe off the ink first!!

Using alcohol markers and Prismacolor pencils, I coloured the rooftops and the little gal. I also added little tails to the mini dandelions floating alongside.

Using the same doodled circles that I used on the previous project using the same set to give the dandelion a little more texture. Do you remember blowing the dandelions as kids? I read a book about someone who blew the dandelions to tell the time. I also tried it and it never worked!!

I’m back tomorrow for Release Day. Do come and join me.

Meanwhile, there’s Michelle and Lisa still to see, the Clearly Besotted Blog to visit plus our lovely guests this month Rina Galit and Mindy Baxter .

See you tomorrow!

Keren x

February 4, 2021 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted February Teasers Day 3

Mid way through- and so many lovely sets to love! Today we’re heading back to the sets I showed on the first day… ‘Clearly Contained’ and ‘Clearly Contained Contents’.

I just love cloches. Don’t know what it is about it them, but I always want to buy them when I see them!! Maybe it’s a hark back to Victoriana or specimen jars, but I had to add in some plants. They reminded me of terrariums which everyone seemed to have when I was a kid. I ‘nicked’ the tiny heart from the new ‘Ring Around Spring’ set and championed the tiny stamps for a change. The cloche needed something more!

I coloured the plants using alcohol markers and then added some watercolour around the edges.

The gorgeous butterflies are from the Clearly Contained Cuts set, and I just cut them out and added some little dots for their flight trails.

You can possibly see where I dodged part of it up. I used Memento ink which isn’t waterproof so no good for the watercolour ( except I avoided it with the paint) but forgot about the glitter pen. So some of the ink began to run….🤦‍♀️!

Anyhow I added some white gel pen over the run bits and it disguised it mostly! The ‘table’ is some spare wood effect paper I had laying around.

It’s time to see what everyone else has been up to. The Clearly Besotted Blog is always awash with amazing projects. Then next over to Michelle and Lisa then pop and see Rina Galit , Mindy Baxter plus Francine is joining us again today

Do pop back tomorrow, I’d love to see you!

Keren x

February 3, 2021 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted February Teasers Day 2

Wasn’t the set yesterday so much fun! Today we’re going up in the air, with a set that I’ll be featuring twice! The set is called ‘Wonderful Wishes’.

I always love it when Clearly Besotted does florals, and despite it being known as a weed, those dandelion flowers are a glorious yellow colour! Some simple alcohol marker colouring. The background is just patterned paper.

I’ve added a little artistic licence to the flowers- adding some grey dots with a little blue around the edges and some white gel pen dots. It’s easy to add dimension to elements with the tiniest bits of colour.

That little guy is peeping out of the flowers, awaiting a gust of wind to take him up to the sky! Keeping the colours delicate on the critters means they’re not fighting with the flowers. Everyone can coexist happily 😉 . The sentiment is also from the same set.

It’s time to head off and see what else the team has created. First port of call as always is the Clearly Besotted Blog then Lisa and Michelle.

Then do go and visit Mindy Baxter and Rina Galit.

I’d love to see you again tomorrow with some more fun!

Keren x

February 2, 2021 at 8:00 am 2 comments

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