Whimsy With PaperArtsy

Hi! How are you all?

I’m over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight joining in the ‘Whimsy’ topic- which is great fun. I’ve used the brand new stamps by Darcy Wilkinson and they’re such a lot of fun to create with. I’ve created something a little different- so I’d love you to go and see

That’s a sneak peek!!

See you soon x

Keren x


March 16, 2018 at 7:05 pm 2 comments

Winner of Clearly Besotted Prize!

Hi! Hope you’re all well!

In my busy-ness I hadn’t got around to posting the prize winner!

My son randomly picked the winner…and it is

Please contact me with your details Sarah via kerenjb @ hotmail.co.uk ( no spaces) and because

kindly reminded me I hadn’t posted the winner, I have a small prize for you too!! Please get in touch!

Hope you’re all having a lovely day.

Keren xx

March 12, 2018 at 7:14 pm 1 comment

Giant Flower Backdrop

Hey! How are you all?

It was my eldest daughter’s 21st Birthday a few weeks back, and we had a family get together at our house. I wanted to do something a little different to try and spruce the main room up near the food. I looked at backdrops ( not cheap), filling the ceiling with balloons ( our ceilings are large so definitely not inexpensive) and thought about decorating one of the walls.

I went for giant flowers- but in a pared back way. I thought I’d share and talk about what I learned. Here’s the birthday girl next to the wall.

This is what it looked like on the evening ( no light!!) with the 21st numbers. I simply cut them from gold vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo and stuck onto card and trimmed around ( the card would have been too thick for the Silhouette to cut which is why I did it that way! )

The photo below is what it looked like once I’d finished it. Our walls are tall and big, so hopefully the vase of real flowers gives a bit of scale.

So to start with, I looked online and there are lots of tutorials. To be honest you’re just better at thinking about how you’d make a smaller scale paper flower and going from there but just sizing up. Think of a petal shape, give it wide-ish bottom and cut out either 2 or 3 sizes and as many petals as you want.

I curled my using a bone folder which I highly recommend as it gives better dimension- and the main two supplies? Cardstock and a glue gun!

I laid them out all over the house until I had what I thought were enough!

Then, lay them onto a table- this is a really important step, as it will help visualise the finished look and you can see how to fit them together by taking a photo for reference.

Once I’d put them together- and you’ll plenty of cardstock and plenty of hot glue, I arranged them onto large pieces of white cardstock ( the wall is white so it made sense to try and disguise the ‘workings’. I stuck them onto card in sections; 3-4 per section so I could mount them separately and it not be too weighty for the adhesive. Trim around the edges of the card so you see the flowers and not the edges of the card support.

The adhesive was Command Strips for hanging pictures so I knew it would take plenty of weight. I attached them all – make sure you hear the joining strips click well together ( this is different to Velcro) and admire your handiwork.

I didn’t think they’d last- thought they’d have fallen off, but the day it took to make the flowers and the half day arranging and hanging weren’t wasted; they’re now a pretty permanent fixture ( minus the 21!)

If you ever need a space decorating, I’d really recommend trying this. It’s unique, gives a great backdrop for photos and lets you use up odd bits of cardstock you have lying around!

What’s the best decoration you’ve created for a celebration?!

Keren x

March 9, 2018 at 12:56 pm 5 comments

Clearly Besotted Teasers Day 4

Hello! How are you all?

Thankyou so much for the lovely comments and the way you’ve made me smile reading them.

I have to confess, this one may disappoint you as it’s a bit of a dud. I had an idea.. what I thought was a good idea and, well… add to it some dodgy wonky stamping and here’s what you end up with!

You may think I’ve done it upside down- but I was trying to emulate the idea of hanging flowers in those trendy restaurants (just check out Pinterest!- I can’t find a working link to credit this photo unfortunately) . Just imagine instead of what I’ve created- trimming off the ‘wooden’ bits and just leave the flowers (which are a really stunning set).

I’m thinking of starting a new series ‘How to fix your cards’ 😉

First up, I ‘borrowed’ the wand and star from the ‘Fairy Tale Fairy’ and the ‘wood’ from ‘Into The Woods’, I added a mask when I wanted to elongate the sticks and then drew the lines further up.

Because I wanted the stars in the foreground, I stamped and trimmed masks and then stamped the tulips (from the amazing mini ‘Spring Tulips’ set) over the top.

Then I just coloured the tulips with alcohol markers and added the background with Nuvo Aquaflows. So now just imagine half the card and I’ll be very happy!

The sentiment is from Sweet Sentiments and all sets apart from that one, have matching dies.

I have been lucky enough to have been given a special £40 gift card to the Clearly Besotted store for my lovely blog readers (thanks Clearly Besotted)!. I will be picking a random winner so do leave me a comment about which set is your favourite so far. The deadline for comments is the 5th March and I’ll contact the winner shortly after that.

In the meanwhile- do visit the blog to see what the other girls have been up to! Release is tomorrow at 8pm GMT.

See you soon,


February 28, 2018 at 8:30 am 21 comments

Clearly Besotted Teasers Day 3

Hello again!!

I’m back with Teasers for another day. The release will be on March 1st- so you’ve not long to wait!

Today I’m doing a mashup of ‘Silly Sausage’ and ‘Fairy Tale Fairy’.

When I was planning this card- I thought about the fact that I’ve always wondered what fairies do when their wings get tired.

After extensive research, I can now reveal that they have something in reserve……

Yes! Every dip-dye fairy’s secret weapon is the magical sausage dog.

You can thank me later!

I’ve been trying out some new alcohol pens that don’t behave like the ones I’m used to- there’s a bit of a learning curve. I will improve with this brand, but I need some more practice! More on that another post!!

Isn’t she just ‘darling’! I can hear my lovely blog-friend Connie saying this precise phrase and I have a secret yen to be a dip-dye fairy myself!

Anyhow- back to the stamps. Yes, the stamps!!

These two sets are fab. The Fairy Tale Fairy set has extra embellishments to make your scene complete- and the sentiment on this card was taken from the new Sweetest Sentiments set.

All sets apart from the sentiments one will have matching dies- and if you want to win an exciting prize- do come back again tomorrow for news on that front!

Do pop back over to the Blog where you can find links to everyone’s posts for more inspiration for this release!

See you soon

Keren x

February 27, 2018 at 8:28 am 20 comments

Clearly Besotted March Teasers


What’s that you say? Teasers are back?!!

After a different way of doing new releases, Clearly Besotted have decided to do teasers again! Yay!!

Today I’m using the way too cute ‘Fairy Tale Unicorns’.

Utterly adorable!! It’s a ‘deconstructed’ merry-go-round! ( haha).

Truth be told, it was a much fuller version with the top and bottom of the fair ground ride, but it just looked…too much!

So I ripped off the top and bottom and left your imagination to do the rest!

I’ve added saddles and harnesses using gold gel pens and was going for a ‘my little pony meets unicorn’ kinda look!

I do hope you’ll go and visit the Clearly Besotted Blog and see what

Michelle Short,

the new teamie Lisa Tilson and

wonderful guest Rubeena have been creating

See you soon!

Keren x

February 26, 2018 at 8:39 am 22 comments

Paperbabe Alice Collection

Good morning! I’m delighted today to be joining the blog hop celebrating Paperbabe Stamps BRAND NEW Alice Collection Mixed media Release! Paperbabe products have a special place in my heart and I’m delighted to be joining with the other designers.

Five wonderful new Characters including two animal sets to add to your collection, join us for tons of inspiration, and a giveaway as well!

These are already available in the shop

AliceCatRoselayersCat Face Mini



There’s more than this in the release..including the cutest rabbits, the mad hatter, queen of hearts and some gorgeous bottles from the Bottle of Stamp set (think ‘drink me’ etc). Do go click the shop link  to see all of Paperbabe’s fabulous products.

To add extra fun to our blog hop… we are offering up a prize!

of the whole Alice collection to one lucky winner.

Here are the details:

• A winner will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the designer’s blogs and the PaperbabeStamps Blog to win.

• Just leave a comment on any of the designer’s blogs listed below or the Paperbabe stamps blog for your chance to win! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances)

• Deadline: You have until midnight on Monday, 26th Feb to leave a comment.

• Please check the Paperbabe Stamps blog on Wednesday, 28th Feb to see if you are one of our lucky winners.

Here’s a project from me…

I love these sets. I’ve used the cat mixed media template by first tracing around the right part of the template. It’s really well laid out and with detailed instructions so it’s easy to get going.

Once you’ve traced around the different parts, just rub out the overlapping bits and get ready to decorate. The great thing about the templates is that you can use them to mask the areas and stamp through.

I used the new beautiful Rose Layers stamp as I wanted to decorate the chest part- like it was clothing! I just used the Nuvo AquaFlow pens.

Next, you need to add the face. The little stamp set is a wonderful addition and makes making the cats really easy. You can change the ears and nose and position of the whiskers.

I’ve scored along the card so that when you cut around the top edge you can fold the top part backwards so it stands up by itself

Today, we’ve enlisted some super talented designers to inspire you with ideas on how to use these beautiful new stamps and templates! Hop along for lots of fun and inspiration!

Here is the entire blog hop line-up so you don’t miss a single stop…











Paperbabe Stamps

Have fun on the HOP!


See you soon x

February 24, 2018 at 10:00 am 15 comments

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