Release Day with Clearly Besotted

September 5, 2016 at 9:30 am 4 comments

Hi! Welcome back to another Clearly Besotted release post.

Today’s the day, and judging by all your lovely comments  on here and social media, you have been loving the release!

So, before you can get your hands on them, we’ve all posted a last little offering to whet your appetite!

Mine is entitled ‘Balloon Rodeo’ and is using the Forest Friends set mostly.


For those of you who’ve never played Balloon Rodeo, you get a piggyback on someone else (helps if they’re larger and stronger- unlike the poor ‘skunk turned chipmunk’ on the picture who’s bravely holding up the fox).

You then have a balloon in one hand (the other you generally use to cling onto the other person’s neck to the extent they’re often choking for breath). You also have to momentarily release that hand to grab your opponents balloon and try and burst it. You burst their balloon? They’re out.

Last man (or fox/skunk turned chipmunk) in wins!

We often played it as kids on the beach which was a whole other workout trying to remain balanced on the sand (but that’s another story!).

I digress. Back to the critters.

I’ve coloured them in with Zig Clean Color Markers and used the balloons from ‘Let’s Party’. The trees are from ‘On Thin Ice’ and I’ve created an acetate base so that your eye is drawn to the fun and nowhere else!


The little strings are just embroidery thread and I’ve added the snow layers with some foam pads to help add some of the animals behind so it looks more realistic as a scene.

The animals are coloured really messily. I was actually sat in casualty (our equivalent of the US Emergency Room) with one of my kids whilst I was colouring these. People were really staring, but I reckoned I had quite a long wait and needed to get them coloured. Colouring on your knee is always a little tricky so that’s why it needed to be messy 😉

Well I hope you love these sets as much as I do!  The release is tonight; the stamps and dies will be available in the store, and also at Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson at 10pm BST…


Meanwhile you might find me playing balloon rodeo, but more likely to be ‘sleeping lions’!

See you soon xx

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. KatieP  |  September 5, 2016 at 9:39 am

    SO CUTE!


  • 2. Talida  |  September 5, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Oh, my! These are absolutely adorable! I am amazed of your talent! You are AMAZING! xx


  • 3. conil  |  September 5, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Geez, coloring in casualty…you’re so talented. Hope everybody is all right? Was the damage done during balloon rodeo? Who won? Seriously though, hope it wasn’t too serious. As for the card…still in awe of your amazing acetate ability. How’s that for alliteration? You really know how to construct the cutest scenes…just hope that one chipmunk survives this rodeo.


  • 4. estherpatrick  |  September 6, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Hope your kid is doing okay now – sounds scary! Fab card though, so your colouring definitely didn’t suffer! What a great idea to use acetate. It works brilliantly to draw the eye to the scene, which is so much fun. I’ve never tried balloon rodeo but it’s on the bucket list now! Thanks for the inspiring card 🙂 Esther



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