Clearly Besotted December Teasers Day 2

Welcome back ! We have a musical theme going on today. Plus the design is influenced by Covid-19 ! The set is called ‘Howl, It’s Christmas!’

They’re a funny bunch, and normally the Pemberley Pooch Choir would be going around the village, knocking on doors and singing their heart out to raise money for the local cat shelter. Despite there being a ban on singing (for reasons of reducing the spread of the virus) they couldn’t miss out on singing carols so they decided to temporarily move into Barney’s big spacious house so they could spend the month of December singing and sharing Christmas together.

Normally I’d have created a window scene looking outside with the animals singing in the winter air, but thought the ‘bubbled’ pooches might be just as much fun. The window needed curtains, so I ransacked my fabric collection and sewed 2 thin strips (just a straight line- anyone can do that) and adhered them behind the die cut frame.

I’d quite like some of those curtains myself. I then coloured the scene using alcohol markers but added some softness using Prismacolor pencils. They are a lively bunch aren’t they and apart from mistakenly stamping a musical note so that it was sticking out of Rufus’ head, I didn’t make too many errors.

I added the Christmas tree behind them all and added the bone bedecked music stand on foam pads for a little height. I used up a little bit of patterned paper. Barney certainly has good taste in carpets!!

So. Now off to the Clearly Besotted Blog then to visit Lisa and Michelle then our guest Francine for more merriment.

See you tomorrow for more teasers!

Keren x

November 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted December Teasers Day 1

Hello friends! How are you doing? I’m excited to bring you the latest sets about to launch from Clearly Besotted. It’s mostly winter and Christmas themed and they’re that speedy posting out that you’d have plenty of time to create with them before Christmas gets here.

Kicking off (or should I say sliding into) day one, we have Snowy Day Play. The hippos are making a welcome return, bedecked in piste outfits and ready for serious fun.

So….the scene involves 3 friends. There’s Shirley Show Off- you know the one; always good at absolutely everything and she couldn’t wait to fly through the air, much to the despair of Henry who has never got the knack of skiing and is at more at home plunged head first in the snow. Bertie is on the beginner slopes but is truthfully happier sat warm in a log cabin supping marshmallow and cream topped hot chocolate.

Don’t you wish you were tucked up cosy in a cabin right now?! This set has lots of elements that you make a myriad of scenes with. I added some spots to Henry’s hats and it’s fun adding colour to the skis too.

Now I just added some patterned paper that wasn’t supposed to be snowy, but I reckon it fits the bill. I extended the stamped line at both ends so it fitted the card and then just added the stamped and coloured hippos.

It’s a really easy set to create wonderful scenes with. I hope you enjoyed this first sneak peek.

There’s plenty more to see. Firstly, off to Clearly Besotted’s blog, then we’d love it if you visited my teamies – Michelle and Lisa and our lovely guest this month- Francine

See you tomorrow,

Keren x

November 27, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted Extra Inspiration

I wanted to create this last project as a little extra. I couldn’t leave the set alone. I wanted to make a simple tag. Simply stamp the gnome and colour him in.

Aren’t the tiny stars so cute! They were the perfect backdrop on some patterned paper. I just added details and then thought I’d bring extra details onto the hat using craft drops.

He has so much character and I love his patterned hat so much. I thought he should have a blue nose too! I added some pencil onto the snow to reflect the light from his lantern.

I do hope you love this Gnome For Christmas set. I’m hoping there are still some sets left for you. Do sign up for any sets that you want online, you’ll be notified as soon as they’re back in stock.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Keren x

November 2, 2020 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted November Release Day!

It’s Release Day! Yay! I’ve focused on Spell The Season, as it’s such a versatile and useful set. You can spell out any sentiment and you can colour them in whatever colour combo you desire. One of my favourites is red, aqua and green.

It’s such a great set. After stamping and colouring, I added some pencil detailing with Prismacolor pencils. I stamped the Santa from Balloon Bunch Christmas to make him look as if he was jumping off the sentiment.

Yes, Santa and peace on earth really don’t go together. Peace on earth is rarely anything to do with Santa, but I needed a little character to go on the card. I added the pearls from Lucys Cards for some texture.

So I hope this set has given you lots of ideas. There are still lots of inspirational projects to see. Check out the Clearly Besotted Blog, Michelle, Lisa and also Keeway.

We’re 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.

I’m actually back with one more project, so do come back tomorrow, for a little more gnome!

See you then,

Keren x

November 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted November Teasers Day 4

Ohh it’s nearly release day! Haven’t the sneaks from everyone been soo good. This is a sneak that shouldn’t have been! I was trying to schedule this one the other week and WordPress despite me scheduling for the correct date, decided to publish it straightaway. I think there was an issue with my connection and it didn’t catch up with my edits . As a result of that, so you didn’t feel shortchanged. I’ve actually scheduled another project the day after Release Day, so you get 6 for 5! Anyway, onto today. I’m finally using the main images from Prancing Plushies.

Duffle the Reindeer decided he’d try and get down the chimney like he’d seen Santa do so many times, but he got stuck. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t get up or get down. Rudolph had to rescue him and he was so embarrassed that his nose glowed nearly as vociferously as Rudolph’s!!

Isn’t he the cutest ! I used lots of glitter, which is hard to see in these photos but is all over the roof and some on the hills. The images are coloured with alcohol markers and then details added with Prismacolor pencils.

There are so many scenes you can create with this set and I can’t wait to see what you all create with these new sets.

I’m looking forward to seeing what amazing projects the Clearly Besotted girls and Lisa and Michelle have created.

It’s release day tomorrow, so I’ll be back with a cute card using the Spell The Season.

Keren x

October 31, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted November Release Day 3

Hello friends! I’m so glad that you’re loving these new stamp sets. We have so much fun trying to bring you projects to hopefully inspire you. Today I’, sticking with just one set ( oh, ok, the sentiment is from Ring Around Christmas!!) and as soon as I saw the set, I knew I had to have them racing down a snowy mountain!

I just saw the baubles and thought they looked like snowballs. Who said you can’t have bauble races down snow-clad hills! That’s my idea of fun- as long as there’s hot chocolate waiting foe me afterwards!

I chose 3 characters and decided to go full on bling with the snowball/baubles. I rather enjoyed colouring the fairy to have teal coloured hair- perhaps that should be a colour I try too!

There wasn’t much to making this card. Just some patterned paper for the background, a freehand cut slope out of white cardstock and then alcohol marker coloured characters. Add a few movement pen strokes and add a load of translucent glitter onto the baubles.

It all came together pretty quickly. This one would be easy enough to make batch cards with. Speaking of other cards, it’s time to visit the Clearly Besotted Blog and then roll over to see Michelle and Lisa !

See you tomorrow with my already sneaked card (thanks WordPress!),

Keren x

October 30, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted November Teasers Day 2

Hey. Hope you’re having a good day. If you’re anything like me, you’re huddled up inside whilst it’s chucking it down with rain here in Liverpool. The main stamp set I’m showing is the Gnome For Christmas, except, really it’s a mix of 3 sets. The background is a comb of Prancing Plushies and Balloon Bunch Christmas that I was really pleased went together so perfectly.

The gnome is laden with gifts. I have to admit having a bit of a love/hate thing with gnomes, but these sets are so cute, that I’ll make an exception for these little guys.

By just doing some bare minimum colouring on the background, it forces you to look at gift-gnome and doesn’t take away too much from the main focal point. I just added a little pencil and glitter. I’ve another project with the gnomes on at the end of my sneak peeks, but that was because of WordPress messing up!

The background is simply a watercolour patterned paper. I have to admit that this month has been rather tough. I’ve loved all the sets but have been unwell with coronavirus. I managed to just get them finished before I felt unwell so the timing was good (although the virus is pretty horrid!). I’m looking forward to a virus free November!

Do go and visit our fabulous Jenny & Stephanie over on the blog then we’ve got lovely Lisa and Michelle with some amazing projects.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some really fun characters!

Keren x

October 29, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted November Teasers Day 1

Hello lovely Clearly Besotted fans and friends. Such a busy time of the year. Some of you may be on half term if you’re in the UK and others of you across the world might be wrestling with lockdowns and restrictions and home schooling and so what a nice time to forget all the rubbishness and just look at something nice to hopefully make you smile. We kick off the next 6 days (I’ve an extra project for you this month) showing some of the wonderful Christmas sets that Clearly Besotted Stamps have produced. Todays set is ‘Ring Around Christmas’.

I do love to do no-line colouring and then forget just how long it takes me to colour it all in! I did change things up a little, as when I saw the set, the present at the front just reminded me of a Rubik’s cube. My son is an avid cuber and we have lots around the house, so I just turned it into a cube!

There are some other critters that go with the set, but I wanted to use the cute penguin. The sentiment is actually from the Prancing Plushies set which I’m highlighting in a couple of days. You can see the lovely rain drops which are from Lucy’s Cards. I’ve simply coloured them with alcohol markers and added detailing with Prismacolors and white gel pen.

I absolutely love this set and know you’ll love it too. We have lots of inspiration for this new collection. Do begin at the Clearly Besotted Blog then visit Michelle and Lisa. Keeway is joining us for a couple of posts too.

I’ll see you back here tomorrow with another sneak peek of Christmas loveliness

Keren xx

October 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Geometric Topic With Lynne Perrella stamps.

Hi! I’m back on the PaperArtsy blog tonight with a bit of a head scratcher.

Think about the word geometric..does it conjure up a modern, stylish, blockish type vibe? It’s actually a design style that’s pretty old even thought we think of it as modern. I had the challenge to create something for this topic using Lynne Perrella’s stamps for the PaperArtsy blog. I adore her style but this one had me wondering how I might combine the two.

So I did a little doodling…and came up with a layered effect.

If you want to see the whole thing, do head over to the PaperArtsy Blog.

Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday,

Keren xx

October 18, 2020 at 7:02 pm Leave a comment

Clearly Besotted Release Day – Naughty or Mice !

It’s Release Day! Yay!! Hasn’t it been an amazing release! So much fun and Christmassy goodness. Today is a bit of a fail. The idea had promise but never quite delivered. I do think it’s important to show the highs and lows- so maybe you can scrape an idea out of the germ of inspiration! The set is called Naughty or Mice. Originally I had visions of the mice bungee jumping off the top of the Christmas tree. It all went downhill from there 😉

You’ll forgive me for thinking that this card ended up looking like a 10 year old did it- although it took more time than any of the others did! I just cut out a Christmas tree shape and line with acetate. I coloured in a trunk and added it to the front with foam pads.

Don’t they look perfect all swinging from the tree…all except the snowman who can’t because he’s melting with all the central heating on at full blast! Is he a mouse or an interloper? Who knows until the snow melts!

Stuff a load of gold sequins to the back of the tree shape and add the foam pads. Seal with a piece of green cardstock and ta-daah, you have a card your kid would be proud of 😉

There’s still more to see over on the Clearly Besotted Blog and don’t forget about the Facebook giveaway where you could win the whole release! Michelle and Lisa have their release projects too.

We also have Keeway joining in again, so do visit her blog. Francine and Caly round off your daily dose of inspiration and hopefully give you a final clue about which sets to choose. Which have been your favourites so far?

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

Thanks for all your lovely comments this release- it’s been a joy to share all my projects with you!

I’ll be with you again soon,

Keren x

October 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 7 comments

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