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PaperArtsy ‘Sustainable Crafting‘

Hello!

How is your weekend going?

I’m up on the PaperArtsy blog tonight with a blog post that will resonate with many of us…sustainability and how that relates to our crafting.

Is it in our choices? Choosing companies that take environmental impact seriously. Is it to do with making choices about what we spend our money on and not spending on what we don’t need?

Is it trying to do better with what we buy? Using more reusable things ( reducing baby wipes, using water sparingly etc etc).

I wrote an introduction about the topic here but I’ve made a piece of art with some of these thoughts regarding sustainability and I’d love for you to check it out and tell me your thoughts about the issue.

See you soon,

Keren x

October 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm 2 comments

Clearly Besotted October Release Day

Welcome to the Clearly Besotted Release Day!! There are 8 fabulous sets (more than I’ve been able to showcase) so check out the Facebook page to see them all in detail. For this last day I decided to use the elegant ‘Snow Scenes’ set.

There are lots of people who you might not want to send cute cards to, but this set is great for a whole host of people. I didn’t do anything with the set other than just colour it in, but you could do something wonderful with just the top and adding stencilled fireworks in for New Year’s greetings.

Yet again, I’ve liberally added glitter wherever I could. It’s fair to say that I’m actually wearing a good deal on my face too; that stuff just gets everywhere!

You might have noticed that the images are centred properly with each other. That’s because I had intentions of doing a different design and cutting each section out, but then I decided to just colour them as I’d stamped them, hoping you wouldn’t mind my inaccuracy!

There’s something warm and welcoming about the set, even thought it’s a cityscape. I really rather love it.

It’s time to go and see the rest of the team. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Michelle, Lisa and our lovely guests Francine and Alberto (on Instagram).

As usual, the release goes live at 8pm GMT (BST). 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 the Facebook page for Clearly Besotted. It’s always a major prize winning the whole release!

I’d love to hear about your favourite sets of this release. Which ones are you eyeing up?!

See you soon,

Keren x

October 1, 2021 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 4

Hey! Welcome to another day of teasers. I hope you’re all feeling the festive spirit and are enjoying the teasers. We’re going a little further afield today with a little card starring some Christmassy cacti. How fun would these be in your house. We’ve also got a little meerkat popping up through the snow covered soil!

Clearly Besotted always designs the most fun stamp sets and there are merry meerkats ready to mingle amongst the succulents and cactus plants. This set is called Merry Meerkat !

Isn’t the sentiment just perfect?! I’d like to say there’ll be some sharp dressing in our house over Christmas but I have a feeling it’ll be relaxed and comfy. I’m not sure there’ll be the same amount of Christmas night outs as previously, but you can dream!

There’s plenty of snow glitter to jolly up proceedings and the meerkat looks like he’s having just the best time. All the images have been coloured in with Copic markers.

There’s plenty more inspiration as we countdown until release day tomorrow. Pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog, then onto Michelle, Lisa and our lovely guests, Francine and Alberto (@loshakeratoalberto on Instagram).

It’s release day so do come around again to see my last project,

xx

September 30, 2021 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 3

Hi everyone! We’re half way there! Today I’m showing one of the 3 special mix’n’match sets; Merry Mix & Match Meow! They’re a way of creating a larger Christmas tree image and it’s been so cleverly designed. Here’s the front of the card.

It’s a very minimal card- I first set out by stamping and colouring then fussy cutting the window then Stamping the same window image onto some acetate with Stazon. Then I stamped the window onto the front of the white card blank and trimmed around the outer line of the window.

Then just line the window up with the acetate and glue together. Glue the window onto the reverse of the front and add some lovely glitter. Also add a bauble so it shows through the window.

The inside (that you can see peeking through the window) looks like this..

..an utterly pawfect scene. The stamped image is split into 3 stamps- but the clever thing about it is that the other two sets – the Merry Mix & Match Squeak (mice) and Merry Mix & Match Woof (dogs) can be used in any of the three positions- so you could have a tree of 3 sets of animals or just one type like in the card above.

So many possibilities- don’t you just love it!

If you want a smaller tree- you can actually just stamp the two top images, add a rectangle of brown for the tree and you’ve got a smaller scale.

There’s still lots more inspiration. Pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog then onto Lisa, Michelle and lovely Francine and Alberto (@loshakeratoalberto on Instagram).

We’re over half way through the teasers- that release day is getting ever closer!

Keren x

September 29, 2021 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 2

Hello! Hope you’re having a good day.

Today we’re looking at the Flaming Festivities set featuring the CUTEST dragons who are having their best life in the snow!!

I love the way that the snowman isn’t a man but a snowdragon-complete with leaf wings! I added the baubles (which look extraordinarily like fruit). I added extra leaves to give the impression that the wind is whipping the leaves and so giving the scene more life.

I’ve given the scene a background of glitter cardstock as my theme for this month is more CAS cards and using lots more white.

I think that little dragon who is decorating the tree all ready for Christmas is so perfectly cute! There’s lots of dragons in the set and a few that can be used all year round.

As usual, there will be so much inspiration over the next 5 days as we countdown. Pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog (and do check out CB’s Facebook fan page), then onto Michelle, Lisa and our lovely guests, Francine and Alberto (@loshakeratoalberto on Instagram).

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for some more wintery fun!

Keren x

September 28, 2021 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 1

Hello everyone! How are you doing? Hope you’re ready for a seasonal surprise. Clearly Besotted has brought out 8 sets this month and 3 of them are unique special mix and match sets. Today’s set is called Yuletide Yeti.

I decided that Mr Yeti (who actually is a real hard core gamer), decided to actually reenact one of his favourite games ‘Star Collect’.

His penguin pal ‘Plush’ threw up a load of stars onto the nearby trees and rigged up a aerial line so that Mr.Yeti could fly through the trees, gathering twinkles on the way. You can see that his giant candy cane came in very handy.

I nicked some baubles from the ‘Flaming Festivities’ set (I’m showcasing tomorrow) and used stars from this set. With a liberal coating of glue and translucent glitter it gives the scene a really frosty feeling.

It was easy to create; stamping the trees twice and then adding a freehand cut white layer to give depth to the scene. I just adore all those little stars and don’t the trees look magical with baubles and stars on them.

It’s a set that will be so much fun to play with – there are 5 differently posed yetis- and wouldn’t a yeti family in front of the trees make a perfect Christmas card?!

As usual, there will be so much inspiration over the next 5 days as we countdown. Pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog (and do check out CB’s Instagram as often videos of the colouring process are shown on there), then onto Lisa, Michelle and our lovely guests, Francine and Alberto (@loshakeratoalberto on Instagram).

See you tomorrow xx

September 27, 2021 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted STAMPtember set is LIVE

Hello everyone!! Exciting times- the newest Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember is live and it’s the turn of Clearly Besotted today. It’s Simon Says Stamp’s 12th STAMPtember and it’s getting bigger and better!

It’s only while stocks last and it’s soooo cute.

Want to see what I made with it?

Is it a rein-icorn or unic-deer!! Whatever it is it’s adorable. I wanted to create a gift on a card so created it on a circle die cut that I made into a bauble shape by adding a background layer of glitter card and then adding some bakers twine and hiding it behind a glittery bauble top.

The set….you can get the stamp and die combo here or if you just want the stamp set you can get it here

I loved the background stamp which is so magical but I wanted to make the Uni-deer the focus so softened the background that I’d coloured with Copics by adding a layer of Duralar Matt. I didn’t completely obscure the background- I just wanted to show it had been filtered a little.

If you want to see more inspiration- do visit the Simon Says Stamp blog and check out Michelle and Lisa on Instagram as they’ll be sharing their projects too. Do visit Clearly Besotted of course too!

I hope you love the new set. I just loved adding the little stars on the front and using my gold and white gel pen making little dots to make them seem as if they’re falling from the sky!

See you soon!

Hope you manage to grab a set before they sell out!

Keren x

September 22, 2021 at 5:01 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted September Release Day!

Hello everyone! We’ve made it to Release Day! Yay!

I’ve got a fun project today ahead of release time at 8pm GMT using the ‘Cleaning Up’ set.

I’m no fan of housework but let’s face it, it always has to be done. Piggy is swerving with the weight of the washing and that’s pretty much how I feel lumping copious bags of washing down the stairs, although now I do tend to ask the kids to bring their own down even if I have to wash it!

I love all the fun elements in the ‘Cleaning Up’ set and how quickly a scene comes together. I have to say that I enjoyed colouring in housework more than I actually do doing it!!

I am thankful for my white goods but currently have a loathing for a newer machine which is just awkward to press and navigate and I wonder who exactly designed it and were they having a bad day?! Whatever the case, I reckon they could have done with a card like this to keep them cheered up.

It’s time to go and see the rest of the team. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Michelle, and our lovely guests Adelle, Francine, Keeway and Alberto (on Instagram).

As usual, the release goes live at 8pm GMT (BST). 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 the Facebook page for Clearly Besotted. It’s always a major prize winning the whole release!

I’d love to hear about your favourite sets of this release. Which ones are you eyeing up?!

See you soon,

Keren x

September 1, 2021 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 4

Haven’t the days flown by?! We’re already at Day 4 and it’s rather a regal occasion today with the poshest of invites for a friend and you to catch up over a cuppa!

Now I have absolutely no desire to be royalty (imagine all the restrictions and being on show so much) but I would quite fancy a china cup chandelier. Maybe I should look into creating one myself; wouldn’t it be a talking point at meal times!!

I’ve used the set ‘Royal Corgi’ to create this card. You can see pooch Queenie atop a very plumped up purple pillow and sampling the cherry cupcakes baked fresh from Windsor Palace kitchen. As she’s rather partial to cake ( a dog after my own heart), she’s got two more cake stands of cakes and delicate sandwiches to keep her strength up’ after all, balancing that crown on your head is jolly hard work!

We’ve all missed seeing each other for coffee/tea catch ups, so I thought this would be the perfect card to send to a few friends of mine!

Creating the chandelier was super easy, just a curved gold gel pen shape and then I arranged the cups in a chandelier like formation. Add foam pads and then draw white gel pen lines connecting each cup to the top curve. Just add in dots towards a top centre dot.

If anyone fancies making me one of these- do get in touch 😉

The team have lots more inspiration for you; firstly the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Lisa, Michelle and our lovely guests Francine, Keeway Alberto (on Instagram) and Adelle.

It’s release day tomorrow, and no more waiting for new sets!

See you tomorrow,

Keren x

August 31, 2021 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 3

It’s been great to hear that you’re loving the sets. They are fun and quirky as you’d expect from Clearly Besotted but they also do wonderfully cute as you well know.

I’ve combined two sets; ‘Mythical Monsters’ and ‘Sweet Dreamzzz’. The Sweet Dreamzzz set is full of clouds, rainbows, stars and unicorns

He’s just adorable and just dragon’y colours. I imagined the stars like falling stars which is why I’ve added all the gel pen to add movement to the design too.

Choosing the rainbow colours was fun too. So many choices. The teal background was a great contrast to the pastel colours of the dragon.

It’s time to visit the other team to get some more inspiration. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Lisa, Michelle and our lovely guests Adelle, Francine, Keeway and Alberto (on Instagram).

Please drop by again tomorrow for a look at another new set,

Keren x

August 30, 2021 at 8:00 am 8 comments

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