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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

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June 17, 2018 at 3:41 pm 1 comment

Tonic Glitter Markers

Hello! Hope you’re ok!

A little while back, Tonic launched some new glitter markers along with some new stamp sets. I got the Sparkle set along with 6 new colours.

I thought I’d show you some of the projects I created to give you some ideas on how to use them!

First up- as a background! I used the richness of the newer Tonic Alcohol markers to add colour to the stamped flowers and simply coloured in the rest of the image. Up close, it has a beautiful shimmer and helps the floral image really pop!

Next up, I stamped the small flower in the Laguna Bay Nuvo Hybrid ink which dries perfectly on vellum and added highlights to the flowers in the Glitter markers. I wrapped it around a simple box, adding a strip of white cardstock to bring the coloured vellum to life and finished with a sentiment coloured in with more Glitter marker!

This next example showcases the Glitter Markers in two ways; using it to watercolour an embossed sentiment and also to dot around the ‘Sparkle’ giving it emphasis. See how we’ve created an almost ombré effect simply by dragging a water brush up from the partially coloured letters. Super easy and really cool! Just dotting in different colours draws your attention to the main part of the card!

My next card used the glitter markers when they’ve had water added to them. Simply colour the stamp with glitter markers ( this was really easy using the Tim Holtz/Tonic Stamping platform) and then spritz with water and stamp! It gives a gorgeous soft effect and shimmers beautifully! I loved creating the accordion pleating which really makes the card stand out! ( literally!!)

Lastly, I heat embossed with white embossing powder and coloured the stamped image with the Nuvo shimmer powders. This one is called Violet Brocade. I simply went over parts of the flowers once dried with the Glitter Markers and it glistens beautifully in the light!

I hope this gives you some ideas for how to use the Glitter Markers. They might seem like an ordinary pen on the outside, but inside, they have craft super powers!!

Take care and see you soon!

Keren x

June 14, 2018 at 3:50 pm 4 comments

Sewing a Pleated Bag with Vintage Curtains

Hello lovely blog friends. How are you?

I get so busy posting to social media, I don’t always put everything on my blog! I have lots coming up- but thought I’d post a few of the things I’ve been creating recently over a few back to back posts .

You know I love sewing- and after purchasing some vintage curtains from eBay, I set about creating a pleated bag and tried my very first recessed zip ( thank goodness for YouTube tutorials like this one!!)

It’s really hard photographing bags- my front door has to do. It gives you an idea of the shape. To be honest, I didn’t follow a pattern, I just mess around with it, find a shape I like and cut the lining out to the same size. I like to wing it!! 😂

You can see the pleating on this picture and I’ve actually folded the pleating back on itself to give the curved effect. It’s actually really easy!

I used to always add a ribbon tie for closing it, but it’s not very safe, so I conquered both the recessed zip plus some inner zipped pockets. Just don’t ask me to do them again without referring to the YouTube tutorial!

It made a real change from cards! I’ve plenty more to post- so I’ll get scheduling that. I’ve got the Clearly Besotted Teasers coming up at the end of the month, a new team I’ve joined and also some fun projects with Tonic products.

Keep a look out, there should be a few posts coming soon!

See you soon,

Keren x

June 12, 2018 at 10:44 pm 1 comment

Clearly Besotted June Release Day!

It’s here! Release Day!

I hope you’ve managed to pick your favourites! Which ones are you loving?

I’ve done a quick card for today using the Cooling Off set ( this is a mini set)

There’s nothing like an ice cream van on a hot and sunny day. Kids swarm around and the ’99’ is always a favourite with the super sweet raspberry sauce.

By creating a van shape and trimming out the windows and adding a partial acetate window, I could add the hippo server and his ice-lolly ( or lolly-ice depending on the continent you live in!) into it!

We sometimes have ice cream vans come up our road in the middle of winter, but I have a theory about that 😉. The set lends itself to creating fun scenes and I know you’ll all create amazing things with it!

The release is available at 8pm BST in the Clearly Besotted store and in Simon Says Stamp

I’d love to know which stamps are on your wish-list!

See you soon, and thanks so much for visiting today!

Keren x

June 1, 2018 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted June Teasers Day 4

Hello again!

I’m glad you’re loving the new release – all will available tomorrow in the Clearly Besotted store and in Simon Says Stamp.

I’ve gone for the extremely cute ‘That’s Genius’ set today. It is a such a versatile set with sentient suitable for teachers, exams, congratulations or just encouragement.

I am a massive fan of reading- and particularly with encouraging kids to read. There is something wonderful about getting lost in a book-and whilst it’s rare to enjoy getting lost in books when you’re having to do it for revision- reading is still an amazing thing!

This little guy is reading on his tummy in a patterned paper teepee! Lots of kids have them in their bedrooms now. He’d look just at home reading at night, with a torch and a blended ink night sky- that’s my follow up card to be designed at some point!

You’re already loving the look of this set and I just know it’s going to be a favourite of this release! I’ve just coloured it in with Nuvo Alcohol markers and added a little pencil for his cheeks. The rest is just a simple triangle, scored, cut and folded! Easy for anyone to do!

Do carry on to the Clearly Besotted Blog ,

Lisa, Michelle and Anita and Lisa too!

I’ll be back briefly tomorrow on release day with a quick card so until then…

Keren x

May 31, 2018 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted June Teasers Day 3

Hi again! Hope you’re having a lovely day!

Today is more gentle and floaty and uses a really beautiful set called ‘Flutter By Me’. I’ve just done a little masking and then some stamping on acetate.

Aren’t they stunning images?! They make a lovely background! I used some Catherine Pooler inks and then used Stazon to stamp on acetate

The lovely sentiment is part of several in the set and you’ll find this set so very versatile for so many occasions. Imagine it white embossed or onto vellum – this will be one of my well used sets!

I hope you’ve loved this set as much as me!

Do pop over to see the Jenny & Stephanie on the blog, the team and our special guest designers;

Lisa

and Anita –

Don’t forget about

Michelle and

Lisa too!

I’ll be back again tomorrow with another Teaser project!

Keren xx

May 30, 2018 at 8:00 am 8 comments

Clearly Besotted June Teasers Day 2

Hello! Thankyou for the lovely comments, I really love reading that you’ve enjoyed what I’ve created.

Today’s card is all about a ball pool! I tended to avoid these play barn activity places when my kids were a bit smaller as they were sweaty, smelly and incredibly noisy. Thankfully those are distant memories but I’ve used them to create this card using the Pawfect Plushies

Aren’t they cute?!! I’ve simply coloured and cut them out ( on release day, there are matching dies!) and then surrounded them with lots of plastic shiny balls!!

It’s a really simple idea and could be created for a birthday card if you just change the sentiment. I think this would be a perfect card for either a Mum of multiples or a card I’d send a few of my friends during the long summer holidays!!

I’d love to know what sort of card you’d create with a set like this! I’ve had all sorts of fun making this and will be back tomorrow with something nature based!

Do pop over and see

Anita

Lisa

and to the Clearly Besotted Blog,

Lisa & Michelle 

See you tomorrow,

Keren xx

May 29, 2018 at 8:00 am 7 comments

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