Clearly Besotted September Release Day!

It’s here! The wait is over. Not long until you grab the sets for yourselves. I’m here to show you the last card that I made with the Mischievous Plushies set. Remember the story of Snow White and the wicked queen and ‘Mirror Mirror on the Wall?’. Well here’s my version of it.

Hahaha- she’s not even waiting for the answer and has written the response for all to see!

True to character, she’s a vain old thing but we can still love her! It’s all coloured with Copic markers and with the simplest of details added to it. I’ve also added a few little hearts to bridge the gaps. Normally I’m not a fan of having elements just hanging there with no connection to other parts of the design but I’ve gone with it.

The mirror is using mirror card and I was really surprised to find that a white gel pen would dry on the mirrored surface. I’ve hopefully given you some simple ideas of how you might use these sets too.

I can’t wait to visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then visit Michelle Short for her blog post and round-up video of the whole release, and then pop over to see our awesome guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

As usual, the Clearly Besotted release goes live at 8pm GMT. Exciting times!

All sets are available tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Art CreatiuCloud 9 CraftsCard Nouveau and Simon Says Stamp too.

Don’t forget to enter into the giveaway to win the whole September release over on Clearly Besotted’s Facebook page- you could win it all!

Do let me know which ones have been your favourites!

Take care,

September 1, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly besotted September Teasers Day 4

I’m back again with another character from the fun set Mischievous Plushies. This time we’re visiting Snow White – or is it Snow White, is it the wicked Queen in disguise? Or have I completely been mistaken and it’s actually ‘Enchanted’?

Don’t we all need to be fearless? I especially need to to be more fearless – like when I’ve got to visit the dentist or have a colonscopy! I reckon there’s lots of occasions you could use this to send to friends and even when they’re starting a new job or a new course.

True to form, I’m using lots of dots and have coloured in the squirrel using Copic markers.

She’s really very cute isn’t she! I quite fancy a crown in real life. Anyone else thinking they’d rock one too?!

Please do visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my favourite royal Michelle Short. Lastly pop over to visit our fabulous guest designers Francine Vuilleme and Alberto Gava to see some superbly inspirational projects.

Hope to catch you here again tomorrow for Release Day x

August 31, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 3

Hello! How are you doing? Are you ready to dance? Why don’t you grab your fave shoes and join in with Cruella? I guess she gets a pretty bad wrap but everyone gets a second chance right? Here’s another project using the sets from Mischievous Plushies.

Yes! You can see her strutting on the dance floor can’t you. I decided she really needed a discoball so used up a little scrap and added some permanent ink and then scored along the lines to try and make it appear a little more 3D.

The light bouncing off from the ball is cascading down towards her and she’s sparkling in the glow. Simple colouring using Copic markers and I’ve not shaded as much to make it look like the light is catching her.

Being fierce is important sometimes isn’t it and not always of the ‘be fierce dahhhling’ but more of the tiger mom kind?! Whether you need to be fierce on a night out or fierce to get something resolved (let’s not talk about the British Gas saga I underwent this week after my gas/electricity bill)!

Time to shimmy over to Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my fox-trotting teamie Michelle Short. Lastly tango over to visit our fabulous guest designers Alberto Gava and Francine Vuilleme to see some more fabulous projects.

See you tomorrow x

August 30, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 2

Hello and welcome, particularly to any of you who haven’t visited my blog before. We’re following a similar theme of sending encouragement but this is Day 1 of 4 days of using the same super versatile set called ‘Mischievous Plushies’. I hope it gives you a sense of just how versatile the set is.

Yup. That’s definitely a good message for us all. We are all unique and yet we spend so much of our lives trying to fit in and not stand out. I’m certainly not making a case we just be different for the sake of it- but I always love seeing someone with an unique sense of style or dress and the confidence they exude.

Chick Ursula is certainly rocking her outfit complete with those octopus suckers- perfect for those occasions when the floor is slippery and the building is uneven! Even better if you need to climb a building 😉

Adding in a few waves and a couple of splashes softens the look and helps tie the lettering with the character. She is rather fabulous isn’t she!

Please sashay over to Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my favourite teamie Michelle Short (but don’t get your suckers stuck!). Lastly pop over to visit our wonderful guest designers Francine Vuilleme and Alberto Gava to see some more wonderful projects.

Please pop back again x

August 29, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 1

Hello everyone! How’s your summer been? I’ve spent some of it hiding from the heat and the rest being really thankful that I get to use the washing line to dry all our clothes! Haha. It’s time for teasers again and I’m doing a very specific theme for this month; encouragement. So please forgive me that the designs are pretty similar but I’m only really focussing on two main sets- one today and one for the rest of the posts. I’m not a fan of Halloween so I’m doing something very different!

We all need to be brave about different things. Whether it’s a first world problem or something really difficult I can think of lots of friends I could send this to. The set is called ‘Scaredy Cat’ and there are a fair few images you could use all year round.

The lettering is a Tim Holtz set called Alphanumeric Classic Lower-it’s an older set but I’m sure you’ve got something similar in your stash. You’ll be seeing a fair bit of this set this week. I’ve kept the colour scheme pared back and simple. I have really enjoyed creating more clean and simple cards – that’s what I really tended to do years ago- I must make some proper CAS designs again.

The little spider looks so friendly and cute- I wish all spiders were that cute. Our kitchen cabinets aren’t solid ones and sadly we have a fair number of visiting spiders including some pregnant ones (eeeeek!). Thankfully my husband or son does the honours and removes them. Shudder.

I’ve tried to add a little interest by adding dots to each letter. A tiny detail but it really does make a difference. Try it on your projects to see what I mean!

Please now go over to visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my favourite teamie Michelle Short. Lastly pop over to visit our fabulous guest designers Alberto Gava and Francine Vuilleme to see some inspirational projects.

Hope to see you tomorrow x

August 28, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted August Release Day!

We’re at Release Day. I’ve loved the range of sets this month ! Today I’m focussing on ‘Jump & Fall’ which is exactly what you don’t want to you if you’re on top of a very high tree!

This is all about treetop fun. Rather than just stamp a full tree, I thought I’d create a scene with 3 tops of trees and all the animals flying or resting on the tops.

Playing ‘juggle the leaves’ with the bluebirds!

I can’t wait to visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then visit Michelle Short for her blog post and round-up video of the whole release, and then pop over to see our awesome guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

As usual, the release goes live at 8pm GMT. Exciting times!

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 Clearly Besotted’s Facebook page. It’s a fabulous opportunity to win the whole release!

Do let me know which ones have been your favourites!

Take care,

Keren x

August 1, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted August Teasers Day 4

We’re so near to release day now! Haven’t these been fun sets so far! I’m revisiting ‘Balloon Bunch Autumn’ and using the set a little more simply.

I wanted to use this set how it had been designed – a proper ‘up in the sky’ design. I was tempted to use the Sky stencil to create a background, but I’ve rather enjoyed creating a more clean and simple style cards this month, so thought I’d stick with that.

The trees are part of the set and finish the bottom so perfectly. Easy colouring but keeping it simple. I wanted to combine two of the balloons together on the card so coloured them and trimmed them out. A good bit of relaxing fussy cutting, although I did have to get my craft knife to cut in between the strings.

Those balloons are so much fun! I can imagine a card base just covered in lots of balloons making a perfect background for a birthday greeting.

Please do visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my favourite teamie Michelle Short. Lastly pop over to visit our fabulous guest designers Alberto Gava and Francine Vuilleme to see some inspirational projects.

Hope to see you tomorrow for release day,

Keren x 

July 31, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted August Teasers Day 3

So good to have you back! Today I’ve got a different vibe going on, a soft, billowy, light as a…feather one.

I only intended doing a couple of characters, and trimming them out into a scene, but after stamping ‘Floating Feathers’ characters to pick my favourite, I thought they were lined up perfectly for a design.

They’re all having fun…something I definitely need more of! The fact that one of them is upside down was perfect, and by simply trimming a straight line, whilst cutting out the top edges.

I did wonder what the animals were. I thought they might be rabbits, or bears or penguins. who knows- but they’re pretty cute! Answers in the comments please!!

The perfect jubilant band of feather wearing bears?! They could be a marching band, but they’re smiling so it must be good. I’ve kept them coloured grey so they contrast with the feathers as much as possible.

Please pop over to Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then float over to Michelle Short and then pop over to see our wonderful guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

Hope to see you tomorrow for a bit more autumnal fun,

Keren x

July 30, 2022 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted August Teasers Day 2

Hello again! We’re looking at ‘Fall Corners’ today and despite gnomes not being a particular passion of mine, I have to admit having a rather soft spot for this one. I’ve kept it super simple and just highlighted ‘Geoffrey’ in all his gnome-y gloriousness.

I just love this character! I also have a thing about mushrooms. I love the orangey red fungi and the white dots (again, who doesn’t love dots!!). If you want to add texture add some brown to help with dimension and notice the blue around all the mushrooms which helps the images ‘pop’! More dots- this month I’ve got a little dot crazy!

What a cutie! In this set, there’s another corner with flowers and leaves and another gorgeous character. If you love the corners, you’ll really love this set. Plenty of alcohol friendly black ink stamped onto more alcohol friendly cardstock.

Pick colours that are similar – oranges, reds and browns and colour and shade. Adding the tiny flecks helps make the mushrooms look more realistic.

First things first, pop over to Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then see the wonderful Michelle Short and then pop over to see our amazing guest designers Alberto Gava and Francine Vuilleme.

More Clearly Besotted loveliness tomorrow, do call back then!

xx

July 29, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted August Teasers Day 1

Hello lovely blog friends! How are you all? Clearly Besotted are gearing up ready for our release on August 1st at 8pm BST. It’s a lovely mix of autumnal/fall, gnomes, nature and feathers.

The set is called ‘Balloon Bunch Autumn’ and when I saw the set, I thought it would make an amazing wreath. I stamped the balloons in a North, South, East, West formation, then mask off either quadrant and stamp in between to end up with a wreath.

Isn’t he adorable?! There are several animals in the set that can hold the balloons but I thought that he also would look perfect snuggled against the wreath. I’ve stamped in Memento ink and coloured in Copic markers.

It’s simply trimmed out and mounted on foam pads. Don’t you love that sentiment?! You know how much I love dots, and there are dots galore with this. Creating a wreath is easy, but it’s also easier with a stamp positioner.

How would you envisage using the set?

We have plenty to see when you visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and my lovely team-mate Michelle Short and then pop over to see our amazing guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

See you tomorrow

xx

July 28, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

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