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Clearly Besotted June Release Day

After all of this strenuous crafting over the past few days, it’s time to take it easy…or not! You might be one for working outside or are a real gym bunny. Either way, this new set called Gym Plushies is sure to be popular for the funny sentiments.

I’ve used the Cloudy Day Stencil again- where would we be without it!! Just using some gentle blending with a light blue ink. I took the clouds down past the stamped images- I’d stamped the scene twice. Normally I’d colour in all the image- but I wanted to be selective in order to do a quicker make.

Using Copic Markers to colour the trees in, you can nearly hide the sponged stencilled clouds, which avoids having to mask the image. I simply coloured the bottom part so there was some colour to add the characters on to.

Chick has really had enough exercising. He found that simply adding the towel behind his neck was exhausting, so called his exercise session done and headed off towards the icecream van for a slushie!

There’s more to see from Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and Michelle Short who has her her video and then pop over to see our wonderful guest designers 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

June 1, 2022 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Clearly Besotted June Teasers Day 4

Well, hi there! I really couldn’t resist inking up the “Plushies In Wonderland'” set again. I loved the sentiment and so designed the card around it.

I’m always pulling out the Cloudy Day Stencil although I wish I’d use more colourful inks. It’s supposed to be brighter and less pastel; I really should remake it! I added some inks through the stencil and then stamped and coloured the characters with Copic Markers.

Wouldn’t you want to read a story with these guys in?! I drew a basic book shape with the pages open so that the characters could literally bounce off the pages. Sometimes a really basic bit of drawing can be a useful focal point.

The Mad Hatter koala is suitably quirky and full of fun. I love the rabbit and pocket watch- I am looking forward to making some fantasy styled backgrounds to place them in. It’s true that reading take you on adventures where you can lose yourself.

I hope you’ll go over to Clearly Besotted‘s blog (plus on Instagram too) and then pop across to the wonderful Michelle Short. We also have Francine Vuilleme and Alberto Gava, who will have done something wonderful!

See you for the Release tomorrow!

Keren x

May 31, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted June Teasers Day 3

Hello! How is your day going? I wonder if you’ve got jobs in mind like this toiling two? Hands up for those of you who love DIY?

I like simple achievable projects but my skills need working on. I’ll happily mix up a unique paint colour or try a fun fabric addition. I’ve always wanted to do wallpapering! Well, back to this wonderful new set titled ‘Do It Yourself’…the perfect description of the handmade greeting process.

So much fun ! As soon as I saw the set, I wanted to do a pegboard styled background. I grabbed my Mama Elephant peg board die and die cut using some yellow cardstock to match the card. It’s an easy addition that really brings the card to life.

Now to colour the characters in. I’ve used a limited colour palette to go with the yellow. I love the dripping paint- isn’t that always what happens! For any family members who love DIY, this is going to be a great set. Want to make it more geared to a particular gender? Easy- add their favourite colours, flowers, etc etc.

We have Father’s Day coming up in the UK soon, so I thought adding one of the sentiments of the sets would be at least one card ticked off the list!

I can’t wait to go and see what Clearly Besotted have created over on Clearly Besotted‘s blog (plus on Instagram too) and then head over to my lovely teammate Michelle Short. We also have Alberto Gava, and Francine Vuilleme and I know they’d appreciate you visiting them.

Until tomorrow, I’ll see you then,

Keren x

May 30, 2022 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted June Teasers Day 2

Hello! How are you today? We’re going a little Nordic today with the new set ‘Viking Plushies’. These cute swashbuckling guys are all ready to party like it’s 700AD 😉

I wanted to do a night time party banquet scene with the ‘Viking Plushies’. So this is what I ended up with.

To make the background, I blended some Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink into the area where the candles would be, added some Fossilized Amber around the edges. I then added a flame shaped sticky notes to add over the yellow for when I blended Black Soot over the top so I didn’t slip and blend black over the yellow area. I added some directional water splashes to give some texture to the background and look as if it was windy.

Next I coloured in the food laden table adding some fun dots to give a little magical vibe to the food. Obviously one of the cute vikings isn’t content to sit at the table but has clambered onto the table ready to pounce onto the chicken!

The Penguiviking is in charge of guarding the food against marauding robbers. This was such a fun scene to colour and there are so many different characters to create fabulous scenes with.

Please now go to see Clearly Besotted‘s blog (plus on Instagram too) and then jog over to the wonderful Michelle Short. We also have Francine Vuilleme and Alberto Gava who continue to delight us with their amazing projects so please visit them as well.

Do come back tomorrow for a look at another set!

Keren x

May 29, 2022 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted June Teasers Day 1

Hello everyone! How are you doing? It’s so good to be back with another round of Clearly Besotted teasers. This is a really diverse set of stamps and I’ve definitely got a favourite or two!

Today I’m focusing on ‘Plushies In Wonderland’. This has a nod to the Alice story and have most of your favourite wonderland characters. I love the scene where Alice appears in Wonderland and meets the white rabbit. I thought I’d give the rabbit an enormous mushroom as a background.

Isn’t he so cute! The mushroom was super easy- just a red piece of cardstock with some details added and then add the underside and stalk and add lots of details using Copic markers.

The background was created by adding some heart masks with punched out hearts on some sticky notes. Then I blended some Oxide inks over the top and removed the masks. Add some little gold, black and white dots to add a little magic.

The rabbit is bouncing around with his cup of magical potion hot chocolate, having such a brilliant day!

I do hope you’re enjoying your day, and we’ve got more inspiration for you on the Clearly Besotted‘s blog (plus on Instagram too) and then fly over to the wonderful Michelle Short. We also have Alberto Gava and Francine Vuilleme who always bring such creative ideas.

Do come back tomorrow when there’s more to see!

Keren x

May 28, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 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 3 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 34 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

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