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Clearly Besotted January Teasers Day 4

We’re nearly there. Have you loved the new sets?

I haven’t managed to ink up all of mine, but I did want to use the ‘Heart & Home’ set as it’s perfect for my Mum and Dad, who’ve just moved house! This first photo might seem a bit strange..

It was nearly impossible to make the front cover look good- but that’s what it is- a Duralar Matt sheet heat embossed with white so you can see a glimpse at what’s underneath. I did have ‘dolls house’ in my head which is where the house shape plus the dividing lines came from.

I quite enjoyed choosing where the rooms would go and which colours to pick for each house. My Mum and Dad have just done exactly that so this would be perfect for them!

It’s really simply done. Just two strips of thin cardstock, adhered over one another with a roof shape at the top. Trace over the shape with the Duralar matt (or vellum, but this stands up to heat embossing perfectly) and add an extra bit onto the left of the Duralar so you can secure it behind the card layer.

Wondering where to write? On the back. Why have a standard card, when you can create something unique! It’s time to head off ..nearly, but first a couple of notices!!

Please go to the Clearly Besotted blog, then onto Michelle and then Mona Toth ( @mona.toth on Instagram ) and Candice Fisher our guest designers for this month.

I’d normally be back with another project for Release Day but the busyness of the Christmas period caught up with me. I know Michelle has got her round up video for you tomorrow so do visit her YouTube channel to see all the new sets.

As usual, the release goes live at 8pm GMT (BST) tomorrow. All sets are available at the Clearly Besotted store and also from Simon Says Stamp , Art CreatiuCloud 9 Crafts and Card Nouveau too.

Thanks so much for visiting and encouraging me!

Keren x

December 31, 2021 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted January Teasers Day 3

Hi again! It’s me with Day 3 of the Teasers. Today is all about colouring, whether it’s alcohol markers or you prefer pencils. My favourites are Prismacolor and I’ve simply coloured with Copics and added details with pencils which is a FAR quicker way of doing it.

Our set to look at today is the Scene It Love featuring two of the most romantic cities. Paris I’ve been to (albeit briefly) and that’s where we’ve headed in this card.

Did you spot the error? I forgot to add snow in front of the balloons, but by the time I’d spotted it, I’d already taken the photos. I didn’t think you’d mind too much!

It is a one-layer card so I’ve mimicked an extra layer by adding a subtle layer of grey pencil which gives the effect of dimension.

The scene looks so tranquil and would look fabulous trimmed out and mounted onto a pretty coloured cardstock. So many options!

Before you crack on with all the things you’ve got to do today, why not gather some more inspiration from the talented designers…

Please go over to the Clearly Besotted blog to visit, then onto Michelle and then we have Mona Toth ( @mona.toth on Instagram ) and Candice Fisher our lovely guest designers.

Onto tomorrow, when I’ve got a new home card.

Keren x

December 30, 2021 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted January Release Teasers Day 2

How are you? Hope you’re having a good day. My theme for this month’s release is simply…more simple!

You might be forgiven to noticing the similarity in today’s card with yesterday’s project. I’ve used the same coloured card background and used the new set ‘Heart & Homies’ which is also awesome if you like bullet journalling because of its smaller size.

Isn’t it small and perfectly formed. It was an easy one to create. I just grabbed some circle punches and punched into a tent folded card. So easy.

Granted, you could use dies easily, and I loved the idea of having the characters emerging from the circles- particularly that bear peeking from the side!!

Once I’d punched the holes, added in the Copic coloured characters (what a mouthful!) I just added a background of coloured card and added some white gel pen dashes which really lift the design.

I told you my designs would be simple this month!! On to some more inspiration!

There’s the Clearly Besotted blog to visit, my lovely teamie Michelle and then we have Mona Toth ( @mona.toth on Instagram ) and Candice Fisher.

Hope to see you tomorrow,

Keren x

December 29, 2021 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Altenew: A Year In Review Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone! How are you? It’s nearly the New Year and Altenew thought it would be fun to have a blog hop celebrating our favourite projects. What a good excuse to have a blog hop plus a great giveaway too! As usual, the blog hop will begin at Altenew’s blog first, so to see it in order, please start here. You might have come to my blog from Kari VanNoy so a special welcome if it’s the first time you’re visiting me!

It’s really hard to choose my favourites from all the projects I’ve created, but I picked a few and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing them again! First up is a delicate floral what I like to call a ‘Bouquet Card’.

Stamping the outline in pink really adds something to the delicacy of the floral images. First I stamped out some of the flowers plus die cut them out. I started with a tent folded base and cut a strip out towards the right and backed it with some Matt Duralar (Grafix). I love the contrast of the solid and semi-transparent. The set is called the Build-A-Flower Tree Peony and it’s a beauty isn’t it!

The next one is a floral too- but with a simple colour scheme and no colouring!

I just love this Craft-A-Flower Cistus die set.

You might have noticed that I rarely choose the same colours as the flower traditionally is, but I did decide to go with white (they’re often pink too). Creating depth with white is a little more tricky, but armed with some vellum to separate the layers, it adds dimension really easily and gives a wonderful softness. A black background really gives a pop to the flowers.

Next is a defying gravity card…

The stamp set I used is called Folk Art and it also has a matching die which takes the hassle out of trimming round little details. I love how you can use it with different colours and it looks sooo different. Try embossing in gold and see how it takes on an almost Art Deco feel (I know, not the right style..but try it!). The card looks like it’ll topple over but it’s got a slice chopped off the back point of the card so it’s more stable.

My fourth card is probably one of my all time favourites, using one of my favourite sets Craft-A-Flower Antique Rose. The clever design of the different layers gives so much dimension and realism.

Having the flowers flowing down the card leads your eye through the design and extending the flowers over the top of the card (add an extra piece of cardstock to add stability to the structure) makes for a creative greeting.

I love this graphic that Altenew put together!

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and a $15 gift certificate to 4 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog HERE or share Altenew projects with #AltenewBest2021 on social media by 01/06/2022 for a chance to win. 9 winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/08/2022.

There’s also the chance to win a $10 gift certificate for all the commenters on my blog, so look out back on my blog on January 8th and I’ll let you know if you’ve won!

What’s your favourite product that Altenew has created this year, or do you have a favourite project?

Well it’s time to hop over to Laura Jane’s blog. I can’t wait to see her favourites.

Thanks for visiting me today and I’ve added the whole blog hop list below. Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year !

Keren x

Altenew Card Blog

Alex Syberia

Amy Hill

Annemarie Caister

Bridget Casey

Cheryl Espie

Dana Joy

Daniel Diaz

Danielle Dunlop

Emily Midgett

Erin Thompson

Erum Tasneem

Fiona Duff

Helen Kalb


Jaycee Gaspar

Jenny Colacicco

Joylita Dsouza

Juhi Khanna

Karen Brown

Kari VanNoy

Keren Baker You are here!


Laurie Willison

Lilith Eeckels

Linda Westfall

Maryam Perez

Michelle Short

Mindy Eggen

Nancy Souza

Nandini Karmarkar

Natasha Davies

Nathalie DeSousa

Nicole Watt

Norine Borys

Pam Boedeker

Preeti Chandran

Reiko Tsuchida

Rosie Neustaedter

Sande Woodson

Sandhya Iyer

SathyaKala Sankaran


Tenia Nelson

Teresa Litchfield

Teri Wilson

Therese Calvird

Vicky Papaioannou

Virginia Lu

Yasmin Diaz

Yoonsun Hur

December 28, 2021 at 2:00 pm 28 comments

Clearly Besotted January Teasers Day 1

Hello! How are you? Did you have a lovely Christmas break? I know for some, it’s back to work but I suspect you might have a little Christmas money left, and here’s an option for spending it! 😉

Today I’m looking at the ‘Love Is In The Air’ set which is cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day or just a card for a loved one. My card today isn’t a particularly lovey-dovey one, but just great for a friend.

I love the flying sheep, looking so happy to be gently floating in the sky courtesy of sparkly balloons.

The clouds are simply handcut- nothing symmetrical and just different sizes. You can get dies and stamps to help you if you wanted to create something similar.

Isn’t that sentiment fabulous?! I’ve let the clouds overhang the card and used a simple coloured cardstock background.

This month there’s the Clearly Besotted blog to visit, my fabulous teamie Michelle and then we have Mona Toth ( @mona.toth on Instagram ) and Candice Fisher.

Hope to see you tomorrow x

December 28, 2021 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted December Release Day

Hello ! It’s finally Release Day! It’s so exciting seeing people’s enthusiasm for the new sets. I don’t know if I have a favourite set, but there are some really good ones vying for top spot!

I was clearing out a cupboard (I do housework occasionally!) and found these unusual square candles and holders. I suddenly thought that these lovely Snow Scenes II stamp skylines would be so good wrapped around the holders.

I added a wrap of patterned paper first to add a contrast so you see the image through. I’ve left one of the imperfect ones in shot so you see that actually it doesn’t make a big difference. The brilliant thing about stamping on acetate (I’ve used thin acetate so it’s easier to wrap) is you can easily remove your mistakes using Stazon cleaner and then restamp!

You would need to remove the wraps before lighting the candle, obviously, but they’ll make pretty decorative items around the house.

Please go to Clearly Besotted’s blog, then Michelle and Lisa. Please visit our terrific guests ; Francine, Kitty and Alberto (@loshakeralberto on Instagram) for the last time this month.

Now at this point I have to add a little note. Today marks the last day of Lisa Tilson being in the Clearly Besotted Team. We all are so very sad to see her go.

I’ve never met her in real life ( not yet, at least) but she’s become a lovely friend over the past few years that we’ve been on the team together. I can honestly say that you would be hard pushed to meet a nicer, more thoughtful and kind person. I’m so glad to call her a friend and she has such a wonderful design style. Her makes are always so well thought through and very elegant -with an often gentle colour scheme (I love her pastel colour combos). We will miss her so much on the team- her sense of humour and fun and I do hope you might pop over to her blog today and wish her well on her next adventure. I’ll try not to cry now!

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!

Hope you see you again soon,

Keren x

December 1, 2021 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted December Teasers Day 4

Hey! We’re at Day 4 for the teasers. Have you enjoyed them? Which ones have made you smile the most?

Get out your circle dies again, we’re going circular! A really simple round card- just using 2 circle dies; one for the outer shape and one for the smaller one. You just fold a piece of card in half, add the circle die, but push it up slightly so a small part of the die goes past the card and you have a small part of the folded edge that doesn’t get die cut.

Corner stamps are so useful – and this Winter Corner set is just lovely. I wanted to use it in a different way. If you look closely at the bottom of the poinsettia that the penguin is sat on, you might notice some lines. They belong to the next part of the corner, but if you just colour in another petal shape- you have a straight image instead! Just another way of making your stamps stretch a little further.

I’ve never tried to sit on a poinsettia myself, but it looks pretty comfy !! I managed to scratch the green cardstock layer, and yes, I really should have heat embossed the sentiment as the ink hasn’t showed up very well, but we live and learn!

We’re nearly at release day, so do come back tomorrow for an easy non-card project.

Please visit Clearly Besotted’s blog, then Lisa and Michelle. We have lots of lovely guests ; Francine, Kitty and Alberto (@loshakeralberto on Instagram) so do visit them too.

Keren x

November 30, 2021 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted December Teasers Day 2

Hey! How are you doing? I hope you’re enjoying the sneak peeks. It’s certainly starting to feel a lot more Christmassy.

For today’s project, I decided to create a singing snow globe! Those little mice are singing so hard- they’re just delighted to finally be able to sing without a mask!

This set is called ‘Squeak It’s Christmas’. It’s a really simple make die cutting a piece of acetate and also a thin frame to attach onto the acetate. Using a white gel pen, add lots of ‘snow’ and dashes around the frame.

For the base, I created a tent folded shallow card and added a layer of snow. The sentiment is another fun one and simply stamped in black.

The mouse are simply coloured with Copic markers and I’ve added the musical notes to the base to give a little texture to the card.

Please pop over to Clearly Besotted’s blog, then Lisa and Michelle plus our lovely guests ; Francine, Kitty and Alberto (@loshakeralberto on Instagram) so do see what they’ve been up to.

See you tomorrow x

November 28, 2021 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted December Teasers Day 1

Hello everyone! How have you been? Hope your day is going well. It’s time for the teasers again; 5 days of projects ending on the 5th day (which is December 1st) which is the December release day. The team (plus other special guests) will be showing some inspiring ideas using the 6 brand new sets.

Today I’m using ‘Santa Claws’. The sentiments are always fun – Christmas is definitely not time to be shellfish!!! My theme for this month is shaped cards. I’ve only used simple dies like circle ones so you can easily replicate these.

I thought of a dome or porthole type of card and just blended in some Distress Ink for the background. The sea foliage and crab are all coloured in with Copic markers and the bubbles are easy to create with a white gel pen.

I do love cards that go off the page, and this is just a frame on a circle die cut and attached to the top part of a tent folded card.

You can make this card easily with other shapes and other scenes, and I had fun creating it.

As we always do with the teasers, I’ll be sending you on your way to the rest of my teamies. Please go to Clearly Besotted’s blog, then Michelle and Lisa. We have lots of lovely guests ; Francine, Kitty and Alberto (@loshakeralberto on Instagram) so do pay them a visit.

Do pop by tomorrow, I’ve got plenty more to share,

Keren x

November 27, 2021 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted November Release Day!

You’ve made it to Release Day! It’s been great hearing how much you like this release. So many lovely sets all ready for Christmas.

Today’s set is using ‘Pull The Other One’. I saw the little mouse in the new ‘Merry Mole’ set and just imagined what it would be to pull a cracker and find something really exciting inside.

Bang- oh look it’s a mouse !!! It got me thinking that cracker presents are really utterly useless most of the time. Making my own reusable crackers last year meant I could add in some fun gifts but adding a small rodent never really crossed my mind!!

I can just imagine the squeals of Michael Mouse as he’s catapulted into the air….wheeeeeeeeeeeee.

It’s time to go and see the rest of the team. First up is the Clearly Besotted’s Blog then onto Michelle, Lisa, plus Francine, Mona and Alberto

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 do you have your eye on?!

See you soon,

Keren x

November 1, 2021 at 8:00 am 6 comments

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