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

Clearly Besotted August Teasers Day 3 – Posy Plushies

Welcome back! I hope you’ve been enjoying the teasers so far.

Today we have so much cute happening here! I adore these little plushies. They are adorable and look even better perched on pretty blooms.

I’m still on my ‘use up all the patterned papers’ kick. I thought the stripes were a lovely contrast, and the thick die-cut frame is the perfect base for the rabbit.

Look at the tiny bees. They are lovely fillers and help add movement to your design.

I think little rabbit is waiting for her rabbit prince to come, or at least a friend to help get her down as she’s stuck!

There’s plenty more to come. Do pop across to the Clearly Besotted Blog, then visit Keeway, Michelle and Lisa.

Do visit tomorrow x

July 30, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted August Teasers Day 2 – Super Plushies

Hello friends and Clearly Besotted fans. We’ve more inspiration today with the Super Plushies set. Who doesn’t need a super-hero. I know I need super heroes every time I do washing, tidying up or even leaving the house 😉

I went with a moonlit snowstorm kinda evening. I think that’s when the super plushies go out to fly! I coloured them first, starting with the moon as a starting point and trying to mimic the moonlight on the windows.

After I’d coloured in the super-guys and gals, I trimmed some curved pieces of white cardstock to look like snow drifts. I did the background with straight lines. I didn’t love it initially, but it does add a little texture.

I added some snow with my trusty white gel pen. It all came together quite quickly in the end.

Do continue on your inspiration-journey by visiting the

Clearly Besotted Blog, then onto Lisa, Michelle and Keeway

See you again tomorrow,

Keren x

July 29, 2020 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted August Teasers Day 1 – Dive Right In

Hi everyone! How are you all?

It’ great to be diving into a new round of teasers (sorry!) with the new set Dive Right In. I love that this has the scene, the plushies and the extras; all in one set. Want to see?

The background was actually pretty quick. Quicker still was the fact I’d made it a while back using a gel plate and I was short on time so had a quick rifle through some pre-prepared backgrounds and this one was just perfect.

I did some pretty simple colouring- and love the green, coral and brown combo.

I have to admit, I’ve always fancied diving to explore a ship wreck- although they’re always deep down in very murky waters. If it was bright and well-lit like this scene, I’d be there in a shot! So the background was made using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics which are my paint of choice and vastly superior to any other paint I’ve used. The rest is just simple Alcohol marker colouring in. Very therapeutic.

I’d love to know what these two fish were chatting about. Whatever it is, they both seem very happy under the sea.

There’s always lots to ‘sea’ over at the Clearly Besotted Blog, and we’ve got Michelle and Lisa’s blogs for more loveliness too. We’ve also got the fab Keeway Tsao joining us for this release too, so do pop to see her!

See you tomorrow!

Keren x

July 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

PaperArtsy Typography Tribute; 3 Wars

Hello everyone! Hope you’re doing well.

PaperArtsy, as some of you will know, have a topic every 2 weeks, and the themes are taken up by their team of bloggers.

The current theme is ‘Typography’ and I’ve created something after thinking about the different ‘wars’ that are being fought right now. I’d love for you to pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to have a look and let me know what you think!

See you soon!

Keren x

July 16, 2020 at 7:01 pm 2 comments

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

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