Clearly Besotted September Release Day!

Hello everyone! We’ve made it to Release Day! Yay!

I’ve got a fun project today ahead of release time at 8pm GMT using the ‘Cleaning Up’ set.

I’m no fan of housework but let’s face it, it always has to be done. Piggy is swerving with the weight of the washing and that’s pretty much how I feel lumping copious bags of washing down the stairs, although now I do tend to ask the kids to bring their own down even if I have to wash it!

I love all the fun elements in the ‘Cleaning Up’ set and how quickly a scene comes together. I have to say that I enjoyed colouring in housework more than I actually do doing it!!

I am thankful for my white goods but currently have a loathing for a newer machine which is just awkward to press and navigate and I wonder who exactly designed it and were they having a bad day?! Whatever the case, I reckon they could have done with a card like this to keep them cheered up.

It’s time to go and see the rest of the team. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Michelle, and our lovely guests Adelle, Francine, Keeway and Alberto (on Instagram).

As usual, the release goes live at 8pm GMT (BST). All sets are available tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Simon Says Stamp , Art CreatiuCloud 9 Crafts and Card Nouveau too.

Don’t forget to enter into the giant giveaway over on the Facebook page for Clearly Besotted. It’s always a major prize winning the whole release!

I’d love to hear about your favourite sets of this release. Which ones are you eyeing up?!

See you soon,

Keren x

September 1, 2021 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 4

Haven’t the days flown by?! We’re already at Day 4 and it’s rather a regal occasion today with the poshest of invites for a friend and you to catch up over a cuppa!

Now I have absolutely no desire to be royalty (imagine all the restrictions and being on show so much) but I would quite fancy a china cup chandelier. Maybe I should look into creating one myself; wouldn’t it be a talking point at meal times!!

I’ve used the set ‘Royal Corgi’ to create this card. You can see pooch Queenie atop a very plumped up purple pillow and sampling the cherry cupcakes baked fresh from Windsor Palace kitchen. As she’s rather partial to cake ( a dog after my own heart), she’s got two more cake stands of cakes and delicate sandwiches to keep her strength up’ after all, balancing that crown on your head is jolly hard work!

We’ve all missed seeing each other for coffee/tea catch ups, so I thought this would be the perfect card to send to a few friends of mine!

Creating the chandelier was super easy, just a curved gold gel pen shape and then I arranged the cups in a chandelier like formation. Add foam pads and then draw white gel pen lines connecting each cup to the top curve. Just add in dots towards a top centre dot.

If anyone fancies making me one of these- do get in touch 😉

The team have lots more inspiration for you; firstly the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Lisa, Michelle and our lovely guests Francine, Keeway Alberto (on Instagram) and Adelle.

It’s release day tomorrow, and no more waiting for new sets!

See you tomorrow,

Keren x

August 31, 2021 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 3

It’s been great to hear that you’re loving the sets. They are fun and quirky as you’d expect from Clearly Besotted but they also do wonderfully cute as you well know.

I’ve combined two sets; ‘Mythical Monsters’ and ‘Sweet Dreamzzz’. The Sweet Dreamzzz set is full of clouds, rainbows, stars and unicorns

He’s just adorable and just dragon’y colours. I imagined the stars like falling stars which is why I’ve added all the gel pen to add movement to the design too.

Choosing the rainbow colours was fun too. So many choices. The teal background was a great contrast to the pastel colours of the dragon.

It’s time to visit the other team to get some more inspiration. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Lisa, Michelle and our lovely guests Adelle, Francine, Keeway and Alberto (on Instagram).

Please drop by again tomorrow for a look at another new set,

Keren x

August 30, 2021 at 8:00 am 8 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 2

Hello again! Hope you’re having a wonderful day.

Day 2 is all about magic and fun. Colouring in the castle reminded me a little of Hogwarts but with a fairy vibe! The lovely majestic castle is from the Picture It Castle set.

Mr. Yeti has taken a trip over the castle using magic fairydust and an enchanted umbrella. I used the yeti from ‘Mythical Monsters’. There are some really fun creatures in this set; Big Foot, Unicorn, Dragon and the Loch Ness monsters.

Mr. Yeti had been watching Mary Poppins one time too many and decided to try the same! I’ve taken the umbrella from the Royal Corgi set.

Colouring in was a challenge but using Copic markers made it easier. The trail of fairydust was created using white gel pen. You can see that I’ve edged the top and bottom with a turquoise colour so that it blends well onto the turquoise cardstock background.

It’s time to go and see the rest of the team. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Lisa, Michelle and our lovely guests Francine, Keeway Adelle and Alberto (on Instagram).

See you tomorrow for a dreamy dragon,

Keren x

August 29, 2021 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 1

Hello! It’s been a while blog friends. Hope you’re doing well. Today we’re back to the normal schedule of a 5 day countdown with release day back onto the 1st of each month.

This month is an extra bonanza of stamp sets and I’m showcasing projects with mixture of stamp sets.

I’m not a big fan of Halloween but I’ve used some of the sets slightly differently. I rather loved the pumpkin as I’ve been planning on making some velvet ones for Autumn/ Fall decorations so I thought I’ve have a rabbit in control doing a magic trick rather than the old pull the rabbit out of the hat !

The rabbit is magicking the little owls around in a circle- leaving a trail of magic dust behind them! This set with the pumpkin in is called ‘Frightening Friends’ plus the rabbit and owls are from ‘Simply Spellbound’.

Don’t you love the little magician, trying his hardest to keep those little owls in the air so they don’t fall and get winded! I’ve decided to use completely coloured backgrounds to change it up a little!

It’s easy to create- just making a circle of black and gold gel pen dots. I did have fun colouring in the pumpkin trying to add dimension. I do love trying to improve with my colouring, ably assisted with my Copic Markers.

It’s time to go and see the rest of the team. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Michelle, Lisa and our lovely guests Francine, Keeway , Adelle Emery and Alberto (on Instagram).

Please pop back tomorrow, with a fun magical card,

Keren x

August 28, 2021 at 8:00 am 7 comments

Altenew Plentiful Patterns Stand-alone Dies/Stencils Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

Hello friends! Who doesn’t love a good pattern?! Well I’m so pleased to be joining in with Altenew celebrating their latest collection of dies. These can be stand alone or combined together (as you’ll see in some of my projects). You might have come here from Carol Hintermeier’s blog and if you want to start at the beginning, hop over to the main Altenew Card blog.

(Following links are affiliate ones that earns me a little extra but with no cost to you.)

These two sets are just stunning! I’ve used the Impressionist Bouquet Layering Stencil Set with the Impressionist Bouquet Die Set and combined it with the You Matter Die Set. I love these sets so much. The stencil is easy to use with inks- I used Distress Inks and some plain cardstock to make stripes.

The scripty you is such a beautiful font! The next set I’m showcasing is Itty Bitty Flowers Die Set along with You Matter Die Set. I’ve used black glitter cardstock plus some matt mirror cardstock. Using grey and black for the flowers gives a subtle look. The sentiments that go with the ‘you’ in the You Matter die set are just perfect for so many occasions.

Free Gifts

Here are TWO ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! Free gift will be added to cart automatically. 

  • Get a FREE brand new Plentiful Patterns Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Plentiful Patterns release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.
  • Get a FREE brand new Plentiful Patterns Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 08/26/2021 through 08/28/2021. Shop HERE!

My next project is using the new String Panel Cover Die and the You Matter Die Set die cut from the Altenew Glitter Cardstock set in Pink Brilliance. I love how you can piece individual colours into the design.

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 08/30/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 09/02/2021

My final project is using the Pattern Motif Die Set and the sentiment is from the Folk Art Stamp Set

Creating it is simple. I just layered up lots of scrap pieces of cardstock together on a piece of cardstock. Die cut the floral image onto a larger piece of cardstock and use the negative die cut over the top using foam pads.

Then layer the flower over the top and then the stamped sentiment on top of that. It’s a very classy and elegant image.

If you want to check out the whole release, follow this link to see all the different dies.

Next on the hop is Linda Westfall who will have something inspiring for you to see. Thanks for joining me today to see this wonderful collection of dies and if you get lost, I’ve added the whole list below!

Keren x

Altenew Blog

Vicky Papaioannou

Laurie Willison

Kelly Griglione

Dana Joy

Jaycee Gaspar

LauraJane

Emily Midgett

Michelle Short

Virginia Lu

Joy Baldwin

Nathalie DeSousa

Therese Calvird

Jenny Colacicco

Tenia Nelson

Sandhya Iyer

Maryam Perez

Seeka

Reiko Tsuchida

Verity Biddlecombe

Terri Koszler

Daniel Diaz

Amanda Baldwin

Erin Thompson

Natasha Davies

Tina Smith

Anna Mahtani

Carol Hintermeier

Keren Baker

Linda Westfall

Nenette S. Madero

Joylita Dsouza

Keeway Tsao

August 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm 34 comments

PaperArtsy Baubles & Bling

Hello everyone!

Hope you’re well. Today on the PaperArtsy blog I’m joining in with the latest topic; baubles and bling.

I’ve created one non-seasonal project and one that’s essentially Christmassy.

I’ve used Gwen Lafleur’s new sets of stamps which are awesome!!

I’d love to know what you make of it. Do pop over to the blog to see what I’ve done!

Keren x

August 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: California Giants Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone! How are you?

I’m so pleased to be joining in with Altenew’s latest Craft-A-Flower release- the California Giants. This is a really fun flower and as usual there’s a blog hop with lots of designers taking part. You may have come to my blog via lovely Seeka, so hello if that’s the case! You might want to go to the very start- so do visit the Altenew blog if that’s the case.

All following links are affiliate ones- giving me a little extra but costing you nothing! Thanks for your support x

I decided to create something a little unusual with this set. I was just feeling in a rainbow mood. So I did stack just a few layers together 😉

Isn’t it a fabulous die set! Obviously you wouldn’t need to do this- you could just use the individual layers as they’re beautiful by themselves. I simply layered lots of colours on top of each other, shifting each layer slightly. The leaves and sentiment are also part of the set.

If you love the Craft-A-Flower series as much as I do, you might want to consider getting a monthly subscription. This is a monthly subscription plan for Altenew’s Craft-A-Flower die set. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in their monthly Craft-A-Flower releases and will receive a set each month – at a specially discounted price! ($35.99 →$29.99).

Giveaway Prizes.

There is $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 8/13/2021 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 08/15/2021.

If you are interested in getting the California Giants Die Set, there’s also a California Giants Layering Die Set & Gradient Cardstock Bundle (gives you 5% off).

Now it’s time to go onto the really lovely Verity Biddlecombe to see what awesome project she’s designed.

If you need the whole list of everyone taking part, I’ve added it below.

Keren x

Altenew Card Blog

Erum Tasneem

Michelle Short

Virginia Lu

Natasha Davies

Emily Midgett

Dana Joy

Nathalie DeSousa

Carol Hintermeier

Reiko Tsuchida

Amanda Baldwin

LauraJane

Terri Koszler

Tina Smith

Seeka

Keren Baker

Verity Biddlecombe

Sandhya Iyer

Linda Westfall

Joy Baldwin

Nenette S. Madero

Preeti Chandran

Daniel Diaz

Jenny Colacicco

Joylita Dsouza

August 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm 43 comments

Altenew Modern & Edgy Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog and if you’ve come here from Nicole Watt’s blog, then a big welcome. You might want to join in with all the fun from the beginning, and if that’s the case, please pop to Altenew’s blog and start there.

All following links are affiliate ones. Thanks for supporting me by clicking them, it just pays me a little extra but costs you nothing! x

This is a cool release, and do grab a drink as there’s a lot to show you! Altenew are releasing stamps, dies, stencils, embossing folders, and way more! The first set I’m using is called Fresh Bloom.

The Fresh Bloom stamp set is full of possibilities; your stamp set, your colours! I love reds so added a full on red one in the front and then a subtler reddish mix on the back one. You’ll see more of the leaves later- they’re just so elegant! There’s a matching Fresh Bloom Die set too

My next project is using some simple heat embossing.

For this card, I used several of the foliage images from the Fresh Bloom stamp set and die cut them using the matching Fresh Bloom Die Set. I just heat embossed using silver embossing powder on a dark teal cardstock piece. I used the Woven Stripes stamp set. It’s such a lovely stamp set- you can use it as a background or a bold statement. I white heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of Matt Duralar (from Grafix) and added some of the lovely new Essential White Enamel Dots which come in a pack of black and white in different sizes.

There are some lovely freebies to celebrate the new release :

Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! (Free gift will be added to cart automatically.)

  • Get a FREE brand new Modern & Edgy Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Modern & Edgy release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.
  • Get a FREE brand new Creative Jump Start Class with every order from the new Modern & Edgy release collection from 08/04/2021 through 08/10/2021. Shop HERE
  • Get a FREE brand new Modern & Edgy Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 08/04/2021 through 08/06/2021. Shop HERE!

Onto the next project. This time a little more of a graphic style..

The new Diamond Frame Cover die does all the ‘heavy lifting’ for you. I love how you can get real impact just by using the outer frame, or start to build in colour like I’ve done. You can see the Fresh Bloom stamp set in the background. I’ve also used my favourite Hello & Hugs Die Set plus the Glitter Cardstock Ocean Reflection pack. Now onto the prizes..

Giveaway Prizes..yay!

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 08/10/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 08/12/2021.

There’s also some new sets of Mixed Media inks being released which I absolutely LOVE !

If you’ve never used them before, here’s a graphic explaining more and showing the whole set of colours. They come in two sets but you can purchase them individually too.

I used Sapphire, Persian Blue, Carribbean Sky and Buttercream pigment inks. I initially created a piece of fabric using the 3 blues but then decided to add in some yellow. So what type of material have I stamped on? Cotton- but if you want the most crisp images, then go for mercerised cotton ( a process which treats the cotton with sodium hydroxide which strengthens the fabric and makes it smoother). Get the individual colours or treat yourself to the Glacier Caves or Summer Afternoon bundles.

So what did I do with it afterwards?

I created a notebook cover adding in a little strip of coordinating fabric plus some old jean fabric. Here’s the inside..

I whipped up a bookmark too. The Mixed Media Inks aren’t just for fabric though- try them on wood, paper- anything that’s porous! If you want to see this lovely Modern & Edgy release in full, please go here

Well you’ve heard enough from me- the next lovely designer to go and visit is Erin Thompson. Thanks so much for joining me today. If you happen to get lost- I’ve added the whole list of designers taking part below.

Keren x

Altenew Blog

Jaycee Gaspar

Vicky Papaioannou

Norine Borys

Jenny Colacicco

Erum Tasneem

Michelle Short

Nathalie DeSousa

Amanda Baldwin

Laurie Willison

LauraJane

Therese Calvird

Dana Joy

Virginia Lu

Terri Koszler

Tenia Nelson

Seeka

Nicole Watt

Keren Baker

Erin Thompson

Amber Rain Davis

Verity Biddlecombe

Reiko Tsuchida

Sandhya Iyer

Tania Ahmed

Joy Baldwin

Emily Midgett

Keeway Tsao

Maryam Perez 

Tina Smith

Svitlana Shayevich

Anna Mahtani

Daniel Diaz

Nenette S. Madero

Joylita Dsouza

Linda Westfall

Natasha Davies

August 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm 45 comments

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Fashion Monger Dahlia Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

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Hello lovely people. I’m so happy to be with you again for the latest in the Build-A-Flower series. This month it’s the Fashion Monger Dahlia, and what a beauty it is. Welcome – if you’ve arrived here from Linda Westfall’s blog then an especially large welcome. You might want to start at the beginning- at the Altenew blog.

I’ve created two projects using this beautiful new set.

Firstly, I wanted to use the pretty foliage. I had a shape like a scorpion’s tale in mind. I wasn’t convinced by it towards the end, but the focus is on the lovely flowers anyhow!

Do you want to make a bold statement on your handmade cards? The Fashion Monger Dahlia is the flower for you! This set features one six-layer flower and two three-layer leaves. The leaves have a delicate and lacy feel to them to help you achieve a richer look on your projects. The included sentiments feature a gorgeous pairing of fonts to accompany your floral creations. 

Aren’t those leaves amazing! As usual, there’s a great giveaway…

Giveaway Prizes

There are $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 08/07/2021 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 08/09/2021.

I used the same colour combination for the second project.

I love the multiple layers that give you so many colour options. You can really change up this flower. The Fashion Monger Dahlia is a stamp and die set. There’s also a Stamp/Die set with ink bundle (it has 5% off). If you love the whole Build-A-Flower series, then you could sign up for the Monthly Subscription (which gives you a 14% discount).

To create the black and white backgrounds, I just used some pieces of black cardstock trimmed into different widths and adhered with different spacings.

Now all that’s all for the moment, but there’s lots more to see. Next up is Daniel Diaz who is bound to amaze you. If you get lost along the way, I’ve added the whole list below.

Thanks so much for visiting me, and hope to see you again soon x

Altenew Card Blog

Norine Borys

Jenny Colacicco

Virginia Lu 

LauraJane

Jaycee Gaspar

Mindy Eggen

Emily Midgett

Terri Koszler

Nathalie DeSousa

Seeka

Tenia Nelson

Dana Joy

Amanda Baldwin

Verity Biddlecombe

Carol Hintermeier

Sandhya Iyer

Linda Westfall

Keren Baker you are HERE

Daniel Diaz

Erin Thompson

Joylita Dsouza

Nenette S. Madero

Natasha Davies

Joy Baldwin

Linda Westfall

August 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm 37 comments

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