Clearly Besotted May Release Day

It’s arrived…ta-daah! Release Day is here. You can feel the excitement mounting as people are counting down to this evening to grab their new favourite sets.

Normally I’d be showing a quick card that I’d produced…but today I have two. One idea is far better than the other but one is better executed.

Both projects are from the new set ‘School Day Play’. The replacement project is the bunny with his crayon rocket. Give a kid a pack of crayons and you unleash their imagination.

Want to see the first effort?

Well I like the concept much better. I think the long tall design just didn’t work. Too much maths and not enough colour ( sounds like the story of my school days!!)

I’d kind of had my eldest son in mind when I made this- he’s doing A Level Maths and it might as well be A Level Monkey Dialect for all I’d understand it. He’s nearly at his A level exams and he just needs to keep learning..and revising. Anyhow, I didn’t really like it, so ditched it in favour of crayon bunny.

The clouds are using the super useful Cloudy Days stencil from Clearly Besotted. We use it a lot on in our projects because it’s so good!

I do hope you’ve enjoyed the teasers this month. We’ve all certainly enjoyed your commenting and likes.

There’s more to see from Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and Michelle Short who has her blog post plus her video and then pop over to see our wonderful guest designers Kitty Day, Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

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

Thankyou for being with me again this month.

See you soon xx

May 1, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted May Teasers Day 4

Hey! How are you? We’re racing towards Release Day tomorrow, but for today- we’re looking at ‘Good Sport’ and I decided to get sketching again. The little rabbit hockey player wanted to play in goal so how could I not sketch a little goal for him to save a puck in front of ?

These sets really fire your imagination! I’ve never played ice hockey. When I lived in Nottingham I occasionally went skating but I spent all my time trying to stay upright- the thought of trying to play a tactical sport at the same time is way too hard. I simply drew a rough goal and coloured in with Copic markers and then added my coloured in bunny.

He’s definitely stopped the goal! Because it was such a simple card- I added a little patterned paper to give a little frame. Much quicker than anything else I could have done.

The sentiment is utterly perfect. It’s certainly a cute card you could consider sending to a valued friend!

I’m puckticularly ( sorry- I know that was bad) pleased to see a set that’s got sports in- as I know some of you love to have sporty sets. Whilst I’m not sport mad, I know many of you are.

All that’s left is for me to usher you onto Clearly Besotted‘s blog (plus on Instagram too) and then jog over to the wonderful Michelle Short. We also have Alberto Gava, Francine Vuilleme and Kitty Day who continue to delight us with their amazing projects so please visit them too!

See you tomorrow for two projects- one dud and one slightly improved!!😂

Keren x

April 30, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted May Teasers Day 3

Hello again! I think I’m safe to say that everyone agrees that bees are pretty magical. True, you might not like them buzzing around you if you’re a little scared of them, but what they do, and how they live is pretty amazing. With them being pretty integral to our lives (sustainability, food production, ecological balance and more), we need to look after them and their habitats…

but today I have a truly magical bee! She’s called Beelinda and she spreads joy, wonder and magical fairybee dust. What? You didn’t know there was such a thing as a fairybee? Let me educate you 😉

Fairybees are part of a subsection in the fairy kingdom that just put fairy mistakes right again. You know, those pesky fairies that drop their wand because they were too busy thinking about their hair, those ditzy fairies that dream so much about spells that they forget to cast them, or those dreamer types who sprinkle fairy dust over the wrong people or animals. So that’s where fairy bees come in.. with a swish and a casting of fairybee dust, everything is well again. She is included (along with some other friends in the new set ‘Beewitched By You’.

They regularly get to attend fairy disciplinary meetings which, (truth be told) they find quite inconvenient but these meetings are quite supportive and fairies leave feeling better about themselves with an action plan of how to do better. They also tend to hear the same fairy honey sandwich.. you know..tell them something sweet about themselves, explain how they can do better, and then add sweet lashings of affirming honeyed encouragement. If ever you’re fortunate enough to see a bee wearing a peculiar hat, you’ll know you’ve just witnessed one of life’s secret wonders; the fairybee!

My card is different to how I designed it. It was supposed to be an offset hexagon (going with the whole bee hexie thing) and when I placed it on the card I realised I should have just stamped the main bit centrally and left it at that. I’d stamped it and coloured it already so had to chop off the left hand side to match the right so I ended up with a squished hexagon shape… but hey, the fairybees helped me finish it 😉

It’s now time to go and visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then hop over to the wonderful Michelle Short. We also have Francine Vuilleme, Kitty Day and Alberto Gava as our fabulously inspiring guests so please visit them toox

See you tomorrow, to look at another new set.

Keren x

April 29, 2022 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted May Teasers Day 2

Hey. How are you today? I’m glad you loved yesterday’s new set. I’m actually using it again because I love it quirkiness so much. If you know much about what I do, I also sometimes work for a large company called Fiskars who manufacture (amongst other things) scissors. They have bright orange handles on thier classic range and so I thought I’d have a pair of orange handled scissors.

I thought it might be fun to have them cutting through some paper- like a piece of paper from a notebook so that was where my idea developed from.

Cutting a slit in a piece of patterned paper (that I’d already punched a notebook top into) was the first step and then I had to carefully roll it without crushing it and then glue the rolled bit to itself so it didn’t come undone. Having double sided patterned paper was really handy as it gives a little colour to the card.

Shame about the scissor’s handles… they are rather too tiny to be fussy cutting and my papercrafting scissors need sharpening.. they’ve fussy cut a LOT over the years. I tried to disguise the jaggedy edges and you can see here how unsuccessful I was- but from a distance….noone will notice (haha!).

Isn’t the sentiment just perfect! I just lined it up and stamped on the card base before adding the patterned paper and then added the little fun pen and some scattered hearts which are all in the set.

I’d love you to go and visit the Clearly Besotted blog (plus they’re on Instagram too) and then hop over to my favourite teamie Michelle Short. We have Kitty Day, Francine Vuilleme and Alberto Gava as our fabulously inspiring guests so please visit them too x

See you tomorrow, to explore another new set.

Keren x

April 28, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted May Teasers Day 1

Hello! How are you? It’s Teaser time (which always makes me think of the 80s ‘hammer time’!!)

We have some gorgeous sets for you this release which are a little different and I loved this set ‘Stationery Plushies’ as you can use it in an illustrative way or ramp up the ‘cute’ with the fun office themed characters. I chose to combine them…

Most of the image has been coloured with Copic Markers and then I’ve added shading and detailing using Prismacolor pencils. I did love how the alcohol markers react with each other, so I could put ‘faux’ rays of light bouncing off the leaves by just stroking the lighter colour over the darker one. I wouldn’t usually do that, but any ink transfer doesn’t stay on the lighter pen and gives such a great effect.

Little Miss Stapler is wandering around at night, mischievously stapling everything in sight. Her owner is going to get quite a surprise when they find staples hammered into their Ikea desk 😉

The sentiment which is a perfect pairing comes from an older set called ‘Brighter Days’, and I think this would be a fun way to send up a ‘keep going’ cheerful note to a friend who is having a tough time.

We have some lovely returning guests this month, but first do visit the Clearly Besotted blog (plus they’re on Instagram too). As usual, please also go and visit my lovely teamie Michelle Short.

Then we have Francine Vuilleme, Kitty Day and Alberto Gava to visit who always create amazing things!

I’m sure they’d love you to comment on what they’ve created.

Hope to see you again tomorrow,

Keren x

April 27, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Altenew April 2022 Spring Garden Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

Hello everyone! Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend! I’m back celebrating a fun new release from Altenew involving dies, hot foil plates and stencils. You may have arrived from the blog of the lovely Laura Jane but if you want to start at the beginning, please head to Altenew’s card blog.

There are lots of wonderful new products including some Ultra Sticky Double Sided Tape which is going to be soo useful! I chose a couple of dies and one of the new hot foil plates to get creative with. I picked the Antique Blossoms die and Chevron Background Hot Plate.

I don’t do a lot of foiling, but this plate foiled easily and beautifully. I love the contrast between the foil and the dark blue. It delivers a gorgeous precise result. With having the chevron design, once it’s foiled, there is some leftover foil with the negative design, which I decided to turn into a second project. There’s an easy way to do it using a foil plate that comes with the Gemini Junior.

Once the leftover foil was transferred onto white cardstock, I simply added die cuts from the Itty Bitty Branches die cut from white cardstock. I also used the Hello Hugs die and added some black and pink dots to add depth. Such an easy technique and you could easily do this on a plain gold piece of cardstock if you don’t do hot foiling. Hot foiling is such a lot of fun, it’s worth trying it!

You can purchase anything from the new collection here. Here’s what the the new double sided sticky tape looks like too. Isn’t it nice having essential products that look beautiful too.

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 05/01/2022 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 05/03/2022.

I hope these projects give you some inspiration for all the new products – such a fabulous selection.

I’d love to direct you on to Reiko Tsuchida next- and I just know you’ll find something wonderfully creative at her blog.

Thanks for visiting and see you soon x

(I’ve added the whole blog list in case you get lost along the way).

Altenew Blog

Jaycee Gaspar

Cheryl Espie

Terri Koszler

Mindy Eggen

Jenny Colacicco

Katrina Howe

Verity Biddlecombe

Nathalie DeSousa

Nicole Watt

Virginia Lu

Carol Hintermeier

Laurie Willison

LauraJane

Norine Borys

Keren Baker .. you are HERE !

Reiko Tsuchida

Preeti Chandran

Tenia Nelson

Nenette S. Madero

Agnieszka Małyszek

Colleen Balija

Teresa Litchfield

Natasha Davies

Rosie Neustaedter

Ann Taylor

Sande Woodson

Linda Westfall

Nandini Karmarkar

SathyaKala Sankaran

Susan Stagno

Bridget Casey

Eva Bussom

Amy Hill

Audrey Yeager

Hussena Calcuttawala

Nichol Spohr

Daniel Diaz

April 25, 2022 at 2:00 pm 26 comments

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: African Daisy Release Blog Hop + Giveaway 

Hi everyone! Hasn’t it been a great few days with the Altenew 8th Birthday celebrations? Do check out the Birthday post (scroll down) for more details. Today we’re onto something new and beautiful; the latest Craft-A-Flower which is the lovely African Daisy. You may want to begin at the beginning, which is at Altenew’s card blog here, but if you’ve come to my blog via Cheryl Espie then a massive hello!

(all the following links are affiliate ones, thankyou so much)

Here’s what I created using this new set.

The red makes it a real attention grabber doesn’t it. Isn’t it such a glorious flower? It’s really easy to put together and there are different stems- but not that long- so I’ve hidden the cut stems behind the lower flowers- an easy trick! I love playing around with angles so attached the matt layer sticking out. Changing angles just draws the eye around your card design.

You can get hold of this special African Daisy die set here which depending on the colours that you choose, can look like nearly any flower. Add a few more layers of petals and you’ve a entirely different looking flower!

You can see a little folded creases as I wanted to give more dimension to the flowers. They’re nestled on a watercolour background to add a little softness to the hard matt layer and the strong red vibe.

The Craft-A-Flower series is so popular and if you don’t want to miss any of them plus get a discount, then you might like the Craft-A-Flower subscription. This is a monthly subscription plan for our Craft-A-Flower die set. When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in the monthly Craft-A-Flower releases and will receive a set each month – at a specially discounted price! ($35.99 →$29.99)

You can see the wonderful detail and all the little white gel pen dots and dots of colour matching the watercolour.

Giveaway Prizes

$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 04/13/2022 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 04/15/2022.

It’s been lovely having you here, and it’s time to move onto the wonderfully talented Laurie Willison’s blog. Hope to see you again,

Keren xx

(PS- here’s a list of the full blog hop in case you need it x)

Altenew Card Blog

Emily Midgett

Jaycee Gaspar

LauraJane

Jenny Colacicco

Bridget Casey

Michelle Short

Rosie Neustaedter

Tenia Nelson

Nenette S. Madero

Virginia Lu

Cheryl Espie

Keren Baker

Laurie Willison

Colleen Balija

Maryam Perez

Linda Westfall

Carol Hintermeier

SathyaKala Sankaran

Daniel Diaz

Reiko Tsuchida

Eva Bussom

Sande Woodson

Amy Hill

Mindy Eggen

Ann Taylor

Nichol Spohr

Hussena Calcuttawala

Susan Stagno

Preeti Chandran

Teresa Litchfield

April 7, 2022 at 2:00 pm 52 comments

Altenew 8th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway (over $2,000 in Total Prizes)

Hello everyone! I’m so pleased to be part of Altenew’s Birthday hop. They’re turning 8 and they’ve days of inspiration and prizes. This is Day 2 and Altenew are starting their blog hop today on their blog here. You might have come to my blog from the lovely Laurie Patterson so a big Hello if you’ve never visited my blog before.

I’ve created a simple card for this hop and I’m also going to add a couple of my favourite projects from the past year.

My card uses the Itty Bitty Flowers die and the Reflections Die. I love playing around with transparency and layers so thought adding the Reflections die, die cut from vellum adds texture without making the project look too busy. The stamped sentiment is from the Giant Bellflower Stamp Set

If you look more closely at the card, you’ll see that I sewed through the layer (before adhering to the card base) using my sewing machine but using 3 different widths of stitches so it gives more interest. It’s a quick card to create, just finish with some black gel pen faux splatters.

There are some amazing prizes…just look at this list!

Over $2,000 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $80 Gift Certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy Online Class($8.95 value) to 15 lucky winners. There are also 26 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by 4/15/2022 for a chance to win one of 50 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with “Hi from (city or country where you’re from)!” 50 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/21/2022.

Another of my favourite projects over the past year is this one. All the details of how I made it and what I used are in this blog post.

There’s a Special Birthday Offer !Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY8TH or $8 OFF international shipping with code ANNIV22 at checkout. Offer valid from 04/04/2022 at 12:01 am EDT through 04/06/2022 at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. Shop here (Sale up to 45% off HERE and NEW releases HERE)

It’s time to move on to the next blog which is one of our lovely prize sponsors A Cherry On Top and I know there’ll be something really inspiring to see. I’ve added the list of the whole hop below in case you get lost.

Thanks for joining me today and Happy Birthday Altenew!

Keren x


Altenew Blog

Debby Hughes

Maryam Perez

LauraJane

CiLi in Papers

Nancy Souza

Seeka

Kelly Griglione

Laurie Patterson

Keren Baker

A Cherry on Top

Mindy Eggen

Sandhya Iyer

Teri Wilson

Preeti Chandran

Anna Mahtani

Pam Boedeker

Erin Thompson

April 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm 145 comments

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Belladonna Lily Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($200  in total prizes)

Hi! Hope you’re having a lovely day. I’m delighted to be part of a wonderful blog hop for the newesr Build-A-Flower set, the Belladonna Lily. As usual you may want to start at the beginning, at the Altenew Card Blog but a special hello if you’ve come from Carol Hintermeier’s wonderful blog.

The set is a multi-layered one and gives you scope for whatever colours you choose. I went with this..

Aren’t they gorgeous! I decided to go with stacking them on top of one another to make a larger bloom. This is how Altenew describes the set. ‘These gorgeous summer bloomers produce multiple fragrant flowers on each impressive stalk. In this stamp set, we have brought this exotic plant to paper through a delicately drawn outline image. The flowers have four coloring layers, and the stem has two coloring layers that will add depth and character to this beautiful flower. The Build-A-Flower: Belladonna Lilies special edition stamp and die set is only sold as a bundle. It includes one 6″ x 8″ clear photopolymer stamp set (20 individual stamp images) and one coordinating die set (1 die).’

Instead of outlining in grey or black, I just chose one of the darkest purple inks I had. It somehow softens the look of the flower. If you want to get hold of the set, visit here and if you love the series, then you can also sign up for the Build-A-Flower monthly subscription plan where you get 14% off.

Altenew are also doing a giveaway…$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 04/06/2022 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 04/08/2022.

You can see I’ve added a heat embossed sentiment from the Belladonna Lily set– just perfect for sending a smile to a friend. I do hope this new stamp and die set bundle has inspired you to create something floral. I know it’s a set I’ll reach for regularly.

I’m looking forward to visiting Daniel Diaz’s blog next- he always has something creative and inspiring.

Thanks for being with me today, and I’ll see you again soon,

Thanks, Keren x


Altenew Card Blog

Jaycee Gaspar

LauraJane

Norine Borys

Linda Westfall

Jenny Colacicco

Natasha Davies

Nathalie DeSousa

Bridget Casey

Virginia Lu

Cheryl Espie

Terri Koszler

Amy Hill

Tenia Nelson

Teresa Litchfield

Emily Midgett

Nenette S. Madero

Erum Tasneem

Laurie Willison

Sande Woodson

Colleen Balija

Nichol Spohr

Katrina Howe

Preeti Chandran

Carol Hintermeier

Keren Baker

Daniel Diaz

Rosie Neustaedter

Eva Bussom

Hussena Calcuttawala

Nandini Karmarkar

SathyaKala Sankaran

Mindy Eggen

Ann Taylor

Susan Stagno 

April 1, 2022 at 2:00 pm 35 comments

Clearly Besotted April Release Day!

It’s arrived! Have you made a list?! Which ones are your must-haves?! I did a little more paper-piecing to create today’s card. I’ve used the set ‘Sugar Rush Scenes’

I love a bit of paper piecing and this is the perfect set. The shapes are simple enough to trim out and if you like a little fussy cutting, this is pretty relaxing.

Stamp the image upside down then you can stamp the sentiment in between. Easy!

There’s still more to see today from Clearly Besotted and then onto Michelle.

We also have Francine, Adele, Mona and Alberto creating with the wonderful new sets, so please visit them as well.

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

Which have been your favourite sets? We always love to know (maybe because we’re a bit nosey!)

Thanks for visiting me this month, I really appreciate all your visits and comments x

Keren

April 1, 2022 at 8:00 am 3 comments

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