Clearly Besotted Release Day!

Today is the day; the day when you can get your hands on these sets!

Which sets do you have your eye on? I’m showing you a really pretty and very summery set called ‘Sweet Berries’. It has an accompanying die set available with it too.

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Before you think I’ve just laid out a random collection of cardstock- they all are attached to an acetate base! I do like colouring, but sometimes there isn’t time, and you need a speedy solution! Well, this is it! Some multi coloured inking that overlaps to make a patterned cardstock. I plumped for the raspberries as they’re one of my favourite fruits.

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Whilst I fear that our British summer has actually come and gone (haha), I can at least forward to raspberries, strawberries, Eton Mess, Pavlova, meringues, strawberries and cream and the rest!!

Today you can get the sets from the Clearly Besotted store and Simon Says Stamp from 8pm BST.

What a great release don’t you think? I’ve loved all these sets and wonder which ones will sell out first?

See you soon!

Keren x

 

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July 1, 2018 at 9:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted July Release Day 4 Teasers

Thankyou for popping by to my blog again. If you’re only visiting for the first time today, I’m showcasing some sneak peeks of the Clearly Besotted July Release. Today’s stamp set is Wild Times- and these monkeys are definitely having just that!

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If you remember me mentioning a few days that I’d be using the Cute Koala tiny leaves again; here it is! I drew some feint pencil lines mimicking low hanging forest vegetation and then stamped the leaves randomly along those lines. Once that was done, I simply drew in any visible pencil lines with a Rystar Technic fineliner (0.1).

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I stamped the monkeys in slightly different colours so it didn’t look all the same and then mounted them on foam pads and to make them look like their tails were actually hanging from the branches, I added another leaf over the top.

Adding some Woodland Green Nuvo drops added a little texture and I left a large portion blank intentionally. You could add your sentiment anywhere, but I’m leaving it blank so I’m all ready whenever I need a card for any occasion!

This set has matching dies, which are always useful! I fussy cut mine, but then you knew I love doing that already!

The inspiration isn’t over yet; do visit the Clearly Besotted Blog plus the lovely Lisa and Michelle too!

See you tomorrow for Release Day and a last peek!

Keren x

June 30, 2018 at 8:00 am 5 comments

‘Enshrined’ Topic with Ink and The Dog

Hello! Today I’m up on the PaperArtsy blog– and let l’s just say, even I have gone so far off piste, there’s no actual land to ski on!! Haha. If you want to see the inner workings of my brain displayed..do head over and see!! The topic is called ‘Enshrined’ and I’ve been using stamps from the quirky Vintage Ink And The Dog!

Keren x

June 29, 2018 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

Clearly Besotted July Teasers Day 3

Hello ! Great to see you again with the 3rd day of teasers for July’s release from Clearly Besotted stamps. Clearly Besotted are well loved for their floral stamps and this one is no exception. It”s called Hydrangea Harmony and is a 2-step image that looks great in a variety of colours.

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As I was creating this card, I happened to go to a park where there were so many gorgeous hydrangeas- EDITED…these aren’t hydrangeas…but they’re still very gorgeous 😉!

To create this card I simple attached a semicircle of acetate onto the top of the tall tent folded card. This gives an easy structure to attach your blooms but has a little stability too.

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There are individual flowers too to add depth to your design. It’s a really tranquil and beautiful set.

I finished off the card with some Nuvo drops to add movement to the design and the sentiment is from last month’s release; Brushed Sentiments 

I’ll see you tomorrow with some cute critters. Do visit the Clearly Besotted blog along with Michelle and Lisa’s blog!

Take care,

Keren x

June 29, 2018 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted July Release Teasers Day 2

Hello again! Welcome to Day 2 of the Clearly Besotted Teasers. I know you’ve loved the sneaks so far.

Today I’ve got one of the mini sets called ‘Let’s Flamingo’. It’s a 2 step image set and I absolutely loved creating with this one. There are so many occasions you could use it for and it makes me feel all summery too!

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I stamped out the images in ink and then added detailing using Nuvo Alcohol markers and Prismacolors to simulate the feathers. Adding little dots lifts the images to make it look more of a scene without having to do lots of colouring! (a great cheat!!).

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I managed to get them intertwined slightly- the beaks are a separate stamp meaning you can change the direction which is great for changing their look and position.

I hope you love these little birds as much as me. I can see a whole flock of them, in different shades too!

Do pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog and visit Lisa & Michelle to see what they’ve cooked up too!

See you tomorrow, with another teaser,

Keren x

June 28, 2018 at 8:00 am 7 comments

Clearly Besotted July Teasers Day 1

Hello blog friends and any new visitors! It’s lovely to be here with July’s Clearly Besotted teasers.

Today I’ve got a set to show you called Cute Koala. It’s a 3- step image set with 3 different bears. They’re really cute and fun to make a scene with. One of my favourite images from the set is the 2 mini leaves as there’s so much you can do with them. Look out for another scene coming up that uses these tiny leaves.

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You can see the two different ways I’ve done it- the two larger bears are created using the lightest colour ink first and then the darker brown and the black last.

I tried it the other way around to see how it worked; you can see with the tiny bear, he’s a different shade and that’s because I used the black first and then the other two colours. Those 2 layers have dulled the black a little but I like the almost fuzzy effect you get this way around!

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The set also has the bamboo-esque stalks and these can be stamped on top of each other to create longer stems. It’s really versatile. If you stamp them in un-koala colours, you’ll change the look completely.

The background was made quickly just by scribbling some Nuvo Aquaflow pen. The whole thing came together easily.

Do visit the Clearly Besotted Blog to see some gorgeous inspiration and don’t forget to stop by

Michelle Short

and Lisa

 

June 27, 2018 at 8:00 am 9 comments

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all of you that the day applies to! We sometimes forget about Dads but they do such a vital job and we often remember that their influence is so important when they’re not always there.

I have a really amazing Dad, a wonderful Father-in-law and a fabulous husband who’s a great Dad to our 5 kids. I wanted to make a card for him and was inspired seeing my lovely friend Jennifer Kray doing a Facebook live all about Nuvo Embellishment Mousses. Someone was asking about whether acetate and Nuvo mousse are a perfect partner- and why, yes they are! So I decided to get my mousses out ( which I have to admit often forgetting about) and created a card using a mash up of products. I rarely do cluster cards like this, so it made a lovely change.

I literally have thrown the whole kitchen sink at this card. I have the Pegworks die by Mama Elephant, the Letters For You Stamp set by Stampin’Up!..available here. I cut a die (which I can’t show you properly yet) for the tyre treads as a cardstock stencil to put the Nuvo Old Navy Mousse in. The Nuvo drops are in Dandelion Yellow and I absolutely love the new Neutrals Glitter Paper by Concord and 9th. The charcoal colour is nearly manly and I was amazed how well it went with the arrangement and reminded me of an asphalt road surface too!

You can see the benefit of using Mousse on acetate. It helps meld all the elements together because it’s clear and is a wonderful texture on your project. It’s easy to do, just be careful to fix your stencil carefully so it doesn’t slip on the non-porous surface of the acetate. You can have it either way too; another wonderful benefit of acetate!! The little tape measure ribbon is some older Docrafts product I’ve hoarded. I love how it gives a pop of colour into an otherwise monochrome combo. The papers are from Reverse Confetti Cheerful and Kind . The mini bulldog clip was a set I picked up cheaply – and are available all over the place!

Love the mix and match look. So easy to achieve; just cluster everything in one point on the card. It helps stop the card looking too cluttered- although there’s a bit too much stuff on for my liking!!

I’ll leave you with a funny email I received this morning.

Do you think I should email them and tell them? Jamie’s school whenever they send correspondence address it to Mr and Mr too. They’ve met me- I’m sure ( I hope!) it’s just a typo!

Hope you all have the loveliest of days!

Keren x

June 17, 2018 at 3:41 pm 1 comment

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