Clearly Besotted October Release Day !

We made it, through flowers and snow! A little more snow today and the world’s friendliest snowmen.

The set is called ‘Build A Snowman’ and it’s just got lots of heartfelt charm and little folksy hearts. I absolutely love it!

I’m not very good with pastels, but thought I’d embrace it anyway. See the snow? Why can’t you have button snow in a winter wonderland!

I thought the sentiment was wonderfully ironic. Nothing warm about the snow nor the snowmen, but hey, the thought was there!!

Please now go over to visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my favourite teamie Michelle Short. Lastly pop over to visit our fabulous guest designers Alberto Gava and Francine Vuilleme to see some wonderful projects.

As usual, the Clearly Besotted release goes live at 8pm GMT. Wahoooo!

All sets are available tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Art CreatiuCloud 9 CraftsCard Nouveau and Simon Says Stamp too.

Don’t forget to enter into the giveaway to win the whole September release over on Clearly Besotted’s Facebook page- you could win it all!

Do let me know which ones have been your favourites!

Keren xx

October 1, 2022 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 4

Hey! How are you?

Everyone is loving these new sets. 1 more day and you can get your inky hands on these lovely stamps. Today I’m looking at Nordic Plushies again but I’ve added the ‘Polar Pals’ background to complete the scene.

The little penguin looks really cold, floating away on a mini iceberg. It’s actually the mode of transport they use around Antarctica. You simply wait for a floating piece, hop on and it takes you wherever you want to go- or at least wherever the current is going!

His hat is just adorable isn’t it. Such a cutie! Plenty of snow and I’ve coloured using a combination of Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils.

I loved the ironic sentiment. Perfect for a wintry smile. It would make the perfect fun Christmas card too!

Next, it’s time to see some more loveliness from the Clearly Besotted team and our guest designers.

It would be amazing if you visited Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my fabulous teamie Michelle Short. Lastly pop over to visit our fabulous guest designers Francine Vuilleme, Adelle Emery, and Alberto Gava to see some fabulous stamped projects.

See you for Release Day tomorrow,

xx

September 30, 2022 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 3

Hope you’re enjoying the teasers so far. We’re shifting gear towards all things snowy and seasonal. This possibly my favourite of this month’s Christmas sets because of the sweaters and knitted elements. It’s called ‘Nordic Plushies’ and contains the background too.

I just added some snowy drifts using grey Copic markers and added plenty of colour around the edges of the houses to give dimension to them. There’s space for a sentiment but I loved the space, so left it free.

I’m rather envious of his winter jumper- I’d quite like one like that myself! These characters are a bit bigger than normal which makes colouring them that little bit easier. The reindeer was stamped first, makes over and then the background stamped over the top.

It’s easy to add snow- just lots of little dots all around the coloured houses and reindeer. I do hope he’s got a hot chocolate and warm apple cake waiting for him inside as he’ll be freezing if he stands outside much longer. He probably needs a hat too!!

We’d love you to visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my fabulous teamie Michelle Short. Lastly pop over to visit our fabulous guest designers Francine Vuilleme, Adelle Emery, and Alberto Gava to see some fabulous stamped projects.

Hope you’ll visit me again tomorrow,

Keren x

September 29, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 2

I promised you more florals and these ones are a particular favourite of mine. I adore orchids- I could talk to you ad nauseum about them… I’m even in a Facebook group about caring for orchids 😉

This set is called ‘Blooming Orchid Plushies’- such a lovely set.

There’s something about the wide range of varieties and colours. This particular variety is Phalaenopsis and they can come in yellows, white, pinks, purples and more. I love the splashes of colour that often look like dots and wanted to echo that on my orchids too.

The little guy looks like he’s using it as an umbrella or something to wave about. I love the drama of black and it works so well against the flowers. I wanted to add a little movement to the scene so found the butterfly from ‘Picture It Oz’ (a recent set) and coloured and cut out a few.

Add lots of little dots mimicking the flight of the butterflies and add the flower using foam pads. I’ve really loved stamping up these two floral sets- just gorgeous sets.

There’s lots more still to see.

It’s time to visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my lovely teamie Michelle Short. Lastly pop over to visit our fabulous guest designers Adelle EmeryFrancine Vuilleme and Alberto Gava to see some fabulous stampy art.

Hope to see you tomorrow,

Keren x

September 28, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 1

Hello lovely blog readers, how are you doing?

We’re back with another set of 5 teasers all ready before Release Day on October 1st. We’ve got a real fun mix of floral and Christmas this month. I know some of you are avoiding Christmas still, so I’ll begin with the floral and gear up to Christmas!

This set is called ‘Blooming Poppy Plushies’ and it’s a beaut!

The poppies are incredibly lovely, and I’ve masked off the character and stamped the florals over the top so it looks like one complete image. I wanted to add them at the top as a garden bursting forth over the top of the card.

I absolutely love the sentiments in this set. This is a great one for a lovely friend. Better than a bunch of flowers as it lasts longer and doesn’t die off!

If you can spot any dodgy looking smears on my projects this month, it’s because we are battling with dirt and mess in our house. We’ve having some work done and they discovered an old chimney.. and took it out..and you can imagine the ensuing mess. Most of our surfaces have a fine line of black dust which stains your skin. You can imagine the challenge I’ve had trying to get my cards done!

You might notice some white dots on this scene. I might have used a lot of them this month- you’ll see some as snow too. These flowers don’t have to be poppies though- any colour will do- and they’d look amazing on a translucent film like Duralar Matt.

Please now go over to visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my favourite teamie Michelle Short. Lastly pop over to visit our fabulous guest designers Alberto Gava and Francine Vuilleme and Adelle Emery to see some inspirational projects.

See you tomorrow for some exotic flowers.

Keren x

September 27, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted September Release Day!

It’s here! The wait is over. Not long until you grab the sets for yourselves. I’m here to show you the last card that I made with the Mischievous Plushies set. Remember the story of Snow White and the wicked queen and ‘Mirror Mirror on the Wall?’. Well here’s my version of it.

Hahaha- she’s not even waiting for the answer and has written the response for all to see!

True to character, she’s a vain old thing but we can still love her! It’s all coloured with Copic markers and with the simplest of details added to it. I’ve also added a few little hearts to bridge the gaps. Normally I’m not a fan of having elements just hanging there with no connection to other parts of the design but I’ve gone with it.

The mirror is using mirror card and I was really surprised to find that a white gel pen would dry on the mirrored surface. I’ve hopefully given you some simple ideas of how you might use these sets too.

I can’t wait to visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then visit Michelle Short for her blog post and round-up video of the whole release, and then pop over to see our awesome guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

As usual, the Clearly Besotted release goes live at 8pm GMT. Exciting times!

All sets are available tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Art CreatiuCloud 9 CraftsCard Nouveau and Simon Says Stamp too.

Don’t forget to enter into the giveaway to win the whole September release over on Clearly Besotted’s Facebook page- you could win it all!

Do let me know which ones have been your favourites!

Take care,

September 1, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly besotted September Teasers Day 4

I’m back again with another character from the fun set Mischievous Plushies. This time we’re visiting Snow White – or is it Snow White, is it the wicked Queen in disguise? Or have I completely been mistaken and it’s actually ‘Enchanted’?

Don’t we all need to be fearless? I especially need to to be more fearless – like when I’ve got to visit the dentist or have a colonscopy! I reckon there’s lots of occasions you could use this to send to friends and even when they’re starting a new job or a new course.

True to form, I’m using lots of dots and have coloured in the squirrel using Copic markers.

She’s really very cute isn’t she! I quite fancy a crown in real life. Anyone else thinking they’d rock one too?!

Please do visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my favourite royal Michelle Short. Lastly pop over to visit our fabulous guest designers Francine Vuilleme and Alberto Gava to see some superbly inspirational projects.

Hope to catch you here again tomorrow for Release Day x

August 31, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 3

Hello! How are you doing? Are you ready to dance? Why don’t you grab your fave shoes and join in with Cruella? I guess she gets a pretty bad wrap but everyone gets a second chance right? Here’s another project using the sets from Mischievous Plushies.

Yes! You can see her strutting on the dance floor can’t you. I decided she really needed a discoball so used up a little scrap and added some permanent ink and then scored along the lines to try and make it appear a little more 3D.

The light bouncing off from the ball is cascading down towards her and she’s sparkling in the glow. Simple colouring using Copic markers and I’ve not shaded as much to make it look like the light is catching her.

Being fierce is important sometimes isn’t it and not always of the ‘be fierce dahhhling’ but more of the tiger mom kind?! Whether you need to be fierce on a night out or fierce to get something resolved (let’s not talk about the British Gas saga I underwent this week after my gas/electricity bill)!

Time to shimmy over to Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my fox-trotting teamie Michelle Short. Lastly tango over to visit our fabulous guest designers Alberto Gava and Francine Vuilleme to see some more fabulous projects.

See you tomorrow x

August 30, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 2

Hello and welcome, particularly to any of you who haven’t visited my blog before. We’re following a similar theme of sending encouragement but this is Day 1 of 4 days of using the same super versatile set called ‘Mischievous Plushies’. I hope it gives you a sense of just how versatile the set is.

Yup. That’s definitely a good message for us all. We are all unique and yet we spend so much of our lives trying to fit in and not stand out. I’m certainly not making a case we just be different for the sake of it- but I always love seeing someone with an unique sense of style or dress and the confidence they exude.

Chick Ursula is certainly rocking her outfit complete with those octopus suckers- perfect for those occasions when the floor is slippery and the building is uneven! Even better if you need to climb a building 😉

Adding in a few waves and a couple of splashes softens the look and helps tie the lettering with the character. She is rather fabulous isn’t she!

Please sashay over to Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my favourite teamie Michelle Short (but don’t get your suckers stuck!). Lastly pop over to visit our wonderful guest designers Francine Vuilleme and Alberto Gava to see some more wonderful projects.

Please pop back again x

August 29, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 1

Hello everyone! How’s your summer been? I’ve spent some of it hiding from the heat and the rest being really thankful that I get to use the washing line to dry all our clothes! Haha. It’s time for teasers again and I’m doing a very specific theme for this month; encouragement. So please forgive me that the designs are pretty similar but I’m only really focussing on two main sets- one today and one for the rest of the posts. I’m not a fan of Halloween so I’m doing something very different!

We all need to be brave about different things. Whether it’s a first world problem or something really difficult I can think of lots of friends I could send this to. The set is called ‘Scaredy Cat’ and there are a fair few images you could use all year round.

The lettering is a Tim Holtz set called Alphanumeric Classic Lower-it’s an older set but I’m sure you’ve got something similar in your stash. You’ll be seeing a fair bit of this set this week. I’ve kept the colour scheme pared back and simple. I have really enjoyed creating more clean and simple cards – that’s what I really tended to do years ago- I must make some proper CAS designs again.

The little spider looks so friendly and cute- I wish all spiders were that cute. Our kitchen cabinets aren’t solid ones and sadly we have a fair number of visiting spiders including some pregnant ones (eeeeek!). Thankfully my husband or son does the honours and removes them. Shudder.

I’ve tried to add a little interest by adding dots to each letter. A tiny detail but it really does make a difference. Try it on your projects to see what I mean!

Please now go over to visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my favourite teamie Michelle Short. Lastly pop over to visit our fabulous guest designers Alberto Gava and Francine Vuilleme to see some inspirational projects.

Hope to see you tomorrow x

August 28, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

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