STAMPtember with Clearly Besotted!

The month-long celebration with Simon Says Stamp is fully underway. It’s a celebration of all things stampy, inky and papercrafting.

Clearly Besotted have designed a wonderful stamp set, which also has a matching die set and it’s available NOW at Simon Says Stamp here!! . You’ll want to be quick- as these certainly sell out quickly! Want to see what I’ve made?

It’s called ‘Skating Around’ and this is what the set looks like..

I stamped it first and traced around the bottom icerink with some vellum. I then hand sewed around it so there were no adhesive bits showing . I’d already coloured the area in icy blues.

The idea behind the scene was that one poor friend had crashed into the ice, it had cracked and his other friends were busy pulling him out whilst throwing a few snowballs!!

The scene is totally adorable! You’ll love the stamp set. If you want the set with the a accompanying die set- then check here

Don’t leave it too long though- these sets don’t hang around. They’re only available in the Simon Says Stamp store and only whilst stocks last. Sadly, when it’s gone, it’s gone…just like a snowball that’s melted.

This would make the cutest Christmas cards but also great for winter birthdays or just fun cards! Shaker cards would be awesome with this set! Whilst I leave you thinking about the possibilities I’ll let you know that the next Clearly Besotted release isn’t far away and it’s a corker!

Thanks for joining me. I’d love to know what other STAMPtember sets have caught your eye too!

I know my Clearly Besotted teamies have created something with this set- so do check out Michelle and Lisa’s blogs too. Pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog– I think they’ll have something wonderful too!

See you soon!

Keren xx

September 15, 2020 at 7:06 am 7 comments

Garden Flowers Blog Hop- Geo Thistle

Hellooo! How are you doing? I know this posting is getting a bit regular but I’ve lots to tell you. I’ll be doing a proper launch post this week but I’m setting up a new business and this post is just the start of it! Some of you will know that I sew in my spare time ( what’s left of it! Ha!) and I belong to a few Facebook group posts including one called UKQuilters; the name is pretty self explanatory!

Without going into too much detail and boring you all senseless ( I’ll leave that for the next post!), I’m showing you the quilt block (which is literally the building block of the quilt) and some step by step photos. For the blog post- just visit here and follow the directions or just pop here to download the pattern here. So here’s my thistle.

Why I did it and why the thistle? That’s all in the UKQuilters blog. The whole site is full of info and tips, patterns and more, so well worth having a nosey around. Anyway…on to the photos! Following all the instructions, you’ll have cut some strips of fabric and some triangles out. You’ll start by sewing the triangles together.

Then you have to add the third triangle. This is where you need to be a little more precise. The easy way of doing it is to add the third triangle so the points match up parallel with the other triangle point; like this…

Then you need to create a square; the measurements are in the downloadable pdf. You have to trim it- making sure that you leave a 1/4” at the bottom…

So the 1/4” point ( shown by the yellow edge) is just lined up with the point where the 3 sewn triangles meet.

You can see the point where they meet better in this photo.

Then, making sure that the block is trimmed and nicely square, repeat for the other side, and you’ll end up with two squares..

Next we need to sew them together and then on to the stitch and flip technique. ( which is really very straightforward)!

Line up your squares and add a diagonal line with a pencil or fabric pen. You’re going to sew a fraction just above the lines ( towards the top) so when you flip up the bottom corner, and take it to the top of the piece, the piece will lay perfectly flat.

Here’s the piece, with the corners flipped up and pressed. You’ll want to trim the underneath layers to 1/4”.

Next, you’ll follow the instructions to create the strips of green fabrics sewn together. If you want a quick shortcut you can just use a solid piece of green, but I love the texture the pieced strips give. You’re going to sew them together to make half square triangles and magically you end up with it looking like the previous photo.

Now, all that’s left is to add the extra rectangles to do another set of stitch and flip. It’s all laid out in the pdf.

That’s one side…now onto the other side

You’re nearly there…press and you’re ready to join the two pieces together!!

After a little trimming, it’s ready to have the borders sewn on.

Now there’s just the side and top border pieces to add.

Ta-daaa. You’re all done. Now to quilt and finesse

Here’s a shot of some quilting. The reason it looks odd, is because this was for my bag and I didn’t have a backing piece on. You can see my thrifty use of two pieces of wadding ( hey, it was in lockdown and I’d run out!!)

I’ve done a short video talking about the slightly bulky seams that are created here

Now all that’s left is to decide how to use it. Do you make a table runner- or perhaps add in different colours? If you take out the white triangles and add in coloured ones- it transforms into something looking more like a carnation ( or that’s what I’m calling it!)

I love the darker background too. Really changes the look of the block! You can see the further variation I did at the top- an acorn!! I love this one..

So for now I’ll leave you with a few more detail shots of some of the finished quilting a

And before I go…check out my NEW store with some brand new patterns. More are coming- I’m sewing them as we speak !

I hope this gives you some idea of what I’ve been up to. Do subscribe to my blog if you want notifications of the next blog post as I’ll be doing a big launch with a giveaway!

I’ll see you soon!

Happy sewing,

Keren xx

September 2, 2020 at 8:56 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted September Release Day!

Hello! It’s Release Day! Yay! Haven’t the stamp sets been awesome! For a full list of the sets (as I haven’t covered the Halloween sets), do go over to the Clearly Besotted Facebook page where you can enter the monthly giveaway to win the whole release ( well worth it!!)

Today, I have a small card, or it could be a tag too.

Isn’t that image fun?! Hippo hidden in a pile of leaves. I can’t help but think of the hidden creepy crawlies you find in leaf piles!! So maybe I’ll leave hippo to enjoy that and leave it well alone. I love to walk through leaves at this time, feeling the crunch underfoot, but maybe not hiding in them!

I’ve used the swirling leaf image from ‘Fall Fun’ too. The sentiment is from ‘Ring Around Autumn’. The stencilled leaves are using the Cloudy Day stencil from the Clearly Besotted store.

The release goes live at 8pm GMT. All sets are available tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Simon Says Stamp.

Don’t forget to visit the Clearly Besotted Facebook page as you have the opportunity to win the whole release. If you want to purchase the whole bundle, that’s available too.

There are still some lovely inspiration courtesy of Clearly Besotted, then Michelle, Lisa and Francine

As normal, we would love to hear which sets are your favourite! Do let me know in the comments!

Thanks for your company this month, and I can’t wait until next month as it’s full on CHRISTMAS!!

Keren xx

September 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 7 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 4

Hello! So glad you’re back again! So happy to hear that you’re loving the sets!

Today we have the same colour combo but an outside scene, and one I’m not a big fan of….

Today’s design has a little story behind it. It wasn’t intentionally like that, but the screen of Dura-lar Matt film ended up on the card because I messed up the stamping of the sentiment. After blending Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide, I stamped the sentiment and wobbled slightly.

After trying to rearrange the different elements, it still didn’t look ok, so had a brainwave to pop a screen which diffused the mistake!!

The reason I’m not a camping fan is far too many bad experiences. I think it started ok when going with Guides and just got steadily worse! Let’s not talk about emptying certain ‘necessary’ containers into a special drain when it was windy and I was wearing a skirt 🙄🤮

It was all done with Alcohol markers plus I wanted to give the impression of a camp fire, with the sparks flying upwards. I added in some gold pen to give more of a ‘fire spark’ vibe.

It’s a really different look but sometimes the most fun cards come randomly ! The set is ‘Happy Campers’ and has 4 different scenes to colour in.

Do go and see what wonderful things Clearly Besotted have created, then over to Lisa, Michelle and Francine

It’s Release Day tomorrow. Do pop back tomorrow for a simple project and all the details on when the release is live!

See you tomorrow xx

August 31, 2020 at 8:00 am 9 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 3

Hey! How are you doing today? It’s Day 3 of the Clearly Besotted Teasers and I’m using the Fall Fun set. In the U.K. we call it Autumn and I really love some of the images where people have fall themed styling outside their houses; a lovely wreath on the door and painted gorgeous pumpkins outside. Helen Hippo is having a blast playing with swirling leaves.

One of the most fun images in the set is a semi-circular leaf one. There are so many things you can do with that. I’ve just multi stamped it to create movement on the design.

I kept the colours slightly muted and softer. Adding some aqua alcohol ink plus Prismacolors helps bring it all together. Add your pen work and sentiment and it’s pretty much done!!

I think my favourite part is the swirling leaves- just what happens on a windy autumnal day !

Do visit the Clearly Besotted blog, then to Michelle, Lisa and our lovely guest Francine !

Hope to see you tomorrow xx

August 30, 2020 at 8:00 am 9 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 2

Hi again! Thanks for being with me yesterday. Your comments really make my day, so I’m thankful for every one of them. Today I’ve got a wonderful critter scene going on.

The little guys are in the final of the mushroom jumping national final. It’s a complex competition, judging the gaps between the fungi and having enough bounce to get to the next one. Hippo is in the lead. Fancy dress is optional but hey, it’s the finals so he busted out his pumpkin outfit.

You can see the background- which keeping in with the colour combo, I’ve gone for Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade. If you’ve ever struggled with blending- do invest in the Oxides, as you can get near perfect blending with very little skill! I added ink to just half of the card. I wanted plenty of white on my design.

I’ve combined 3 stamp sets. The two critters are from the Ring Around Autumn I showed you yesterday. Hippo is from Fall Fun and the mushroom image is from Happy Campers. Colouring in all the images using Alcohol markers ( Copic and Nuvo) and then Prismacolor pencils. Add in all the pen detailing plus the sentiments from Happy Campers.

I loved creating this card. Tomorrow’s card is a thoroughly windswept affair.

Do visit the Clearly Besotted blog, then onto Francine’s blog, plus my lovely teamies, Lisa and Michelle

See you tomorrow xx

August 29, 2020 at 8:00 am 9 comments

Clearly Besotted September Sneak Peeks Day 1

Hello everyone! So lovely to be back with some teasers from the new Clearly Besotted September release.

I hope you’re all doing well. I know lots of people are juggling new situations or feeling anxious about different ways of doing life right now. Hoping that these next 5 days give you a little brief distraction from it all.

I’m doing something a little different this month. I’m concentrating on 3 sets but as they have a similar theme, the first two projects ended up with a colour scheme that was practically identical; so I thought let’s do the same colour combo for all projects this release. Hope you don’t get bored!!

What a stunning stamp! The set is called Ring Around Autumn and has some little critters in the set but I chose just use the ring. The image is quite large and you don’t really need anything else on your card.

The pumpkin is a joy to colour. Just gorgeous! Don’t think it’s only for autumnal cards; add a critter or some of the sets coming up next month ( shhh), change the colours and it could be a wonderful wintry greeting too!

I adore the sentiment too. Hasn’t this time in the world taught us to value the important ( which are often little things) stuff in life! It’s coloured on Neenah Classic Crest White with Alcohol markers and Prismacolors. I’ve used a Jelly Roll white gel pen and fine black marker.

As usual we have the wonderful line up of the Clearly Besotted blog, Michelle, Lisa and this month we’re delighted to have Francine Vuillème guesting with us too.

Do pop back tomorrow, I’ve got some critter athletics going on!

Xx

August 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 7 comments

Fused!

Hi! How are you all? Surviving the sticky humid days? It’s lovely to have the sun out, but I’m all for hiding away from it- I’m not good with my T-shirt fused to my back!

On the topic of ‘fused’ I’m over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight with my take on the topic using Courtney Franich’s stamps. What does fused bring to mind?

Here’s a sneak peek …

Hope to see you over there!

Keren xx

August 13, 2020 at 7:05 pm 4 comments

Clearly Besotted August Release Day! Undercover Plushies

Hey there! It’s Release Day! I’ve always wanted to go undercover; not anything dangerous but something slightly adventurous and involving assessing the quality of chocolate or cake. One of the other things I love to do, is walk in the rain.

This little gal, bedecked in her red glittery boots is having a fine time splashing and sploshing. The rain that’s pouring down is one of the stamps in the set and you can make as much or as little rain.

I added glitter, just like the raindrops that glisten. I think these images would be wonderful for anyone, but particularly kids who seem magnetically drawn to anything involving mud or water!

The release goes live at 8pm GMT. All sets are available tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Simon Says Stamp.

Don’t forget to visit the Clearly Besotted Facebook page as you have the opportunity to win the whole release. If you want to purchase the whole bundle

Clearly Besotted Blog, Michelle, Lisa and Keeway. Hasn’t it been lovely having her guest with us!

We love hearing which sets have captured your heart. Do let me know your favourite so far!

See you soon,

Keren x

August 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted August Teasers Day 4 – Pirouetting Plushies

Hellooo! Welcome back. I hope you’re loving these sneak peeks. Today I’ve got two adorable dancing penguins for you; Pipsqueak and Pipella.

They are so madly in love, that a disco glitter ball wasn’t good enough- it had to be a heart one.

They were both more used to line dancing, but got a little obsessed with Strictly Come Dancing. They are rehearsing the Polka which is just perfect for penguins.

This card was a really quick make.

Using a plain dark cardstock means there’s so little extra you need to add. Just colour the penguins and a little white heat embossing using WOW! embossing powder and you’re done x

I’m sure these little ones will capture your heart too!

Before you go, there’s the Clearly Besotted Blog to visit, then Lisa, Michelle and Keeway to see too.

Back tomorrow for Release day!

xx

July 31, 2020 at 8:00 am 3 comments

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