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Clearly Besotted February Release Day!

Hello lovely people! It’s RELEASE DAY! Yay!!

Today is all about lurve!

This scrummy set is called ‘My Sweetheart’ and I absolutely love it! The first set is simply white heat embossed onto some blue textured card. Then coloured in with AquaFlow markers. Next cut out the middle and add a back layer of green and then finish off with a sentiment.

Next up- a really simple card using the same set- same treatment, just using white card!

Isn’t it a perfect set for a valentine or a birthday too- obviously changing up the sentiment! This is a smaller set but I can see you getting so much use from it!

The good news is that the waiting is over. From 8pm tonight (GMT) it’s available in the Clearly Besotted store and also at Simon Says Stamp

Do let me know which of the sets are your favourites and don’t forget to visit the Clearly Besotted Blog,

Michelle ( for a video) then pop over to Facebook because there’s a chance to win!!!

Thankyou so much for your encouragement this week- it does mean a lot to me!

See you soon!

Keren x

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February 1, 2019 at 8:08 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted February Teasers Day 4

Hello again! Hope you’re ok.

I promised you a Venn diagram. Here’s a ‘version’!!

You could send it as a tongue-in-cheek greeting to anyone. Don’t ask me why I saw Venn diagram- maybe it was sentiments?! I’m known for spending copious amounts of time on my phone ( I do most of my work on it) so I thought I’d highlight that!!

The set is called ‘Love You More’ and hopefully you can see both the card potential and the planner potential too! The images include nearly everything you’d say you might love!

I simply stamped and coloured the images with Nuvo alcohol markers, trimmed them out and arranged them. To make the diagram, I die cut two circle frames , overlapped them and cut out 3 coloured circles and recut portions of them with the same smaller die.

Then just add them in using foam pads , add white heat embossed images and you’re good to go!

I hope you’ve time to go and visit the Clearly Besotted Blog plus the lovely duo Lisa and Michelle

Tomorrow you’ll hear me sing ‘can you feel the love tonight!!’ 😂

Keren xx

January 31, 2019 at 8:07 am 8 comments

Clearly Besotted February Teasers Day 3

Hi everyone! Thankyou for your lovely comments so far. It really does make me smile to know people are enjoying the release!

I said yesterday that we’d do some relaxed reading and that was a clue to the item I’ve made…a bookmark with a difference!

You’re probably wondering how it works- I guess it doesn’t really look like a bookmark! Well, firstly the stamp set- ‘Spring Bouquet’ and features tulips and daffodils; two of my favourites! I’ve simply heat embossed in white and then cut around them with a craft knife, leaving the top attached. You could do this with the matching die- just making sure you leave the top portion sticking out from the cutting mats.

You can see that I’ve used the image upside down ( I rather like doing that!) so it would be the tulip flowers that would be the place marker rather than the stems. This next picture gives you a better idea of which bits I cut out. I coloured in the image using Nuvo Aquaflow pens and added a simple black dashed line around the edge of the tag.

It’s a really simple idea and one that I’m going to use again to make some for myself- I hate doing that turning down the corner thing and tatty pieces of paper aren’t on either!

Well I hope you are popping back tomorrow for a Venn diagram!! ( haha- now I’ve got you intrigued !) and whilst you wait- please nosey over to the Clearly Besotted Blog and of course Michelle and Lisa

Until tomorrow xx

January 30, 2019 at 8:06 am 9 comments

Clearly Besotted February Teasers Day 2

Hi there! Hope you’re warmer than I am currently! The thaw towards spring shows no sign of coming but instead I will just craft about it instead!

I promised you a ‘spring’ project and so here it is!

Aren’t these little animals gorgeous!! The set is called ‘spring Plushies’ and so I focussed on the springs! 😂

I simply got a bunch of different coloured wires and wrapped them around a kitchen skewer ( full of clever craft tools, me!). Then trim to the desired length and attach to the back. I added them to the tent folded card with some strong ‘red’ double sided tape and then added the grass and the top stamped layer with foam pads.

It makes me smile just looking at it. Perfectly happy little critters boinging around. Makes me wonder if we’d all be happier on springs too!

Do pop across to the Clearly Besotted blog then do visit

Lisa & Michelle for more creative wonders

See you tomorrow for a little relaxed reading!

Keren xx

January 29, 2019 at 8:05 am 10 comments

Clearly Besotted February Teasers Day One

Hello everyone! Happy Monday!

Hope you’re ready for a jam packed few days full of inspiring new Clearly Besotted stamp sets, dies plus a new stencil.

I’m using a really beautiful set called ‘Floral Spray’. I tried it several ways and in the end, came back to no-line colouring. It’s has a Victorian-esque feel to it with the colours I chose- but then brought it back to 2019 with the simple set of 3 stripes.

I used my Nuvo AquaFlow markers to colour the image in, and it actually went ok; I was really happy with it…then I made the mistake of adding the Gloss Glitter pen to it- thinking I’d used my alcohol markers!

Ughh. It all smudged. But then I’d got a layer of product that I couldn’t really affect the underneath colouring with. So, I added a tiny bit of extra colour- but I couldn’t get it back to where it was. A good lesson in concentrating on what you’re doing !!!

Thankfully it wasn’t completely ruined- just a second class result! Ah well- you can hopefully still see the potential and the beauty of the set. There are two larger images- the other is perfect for a corner treatment on a card or journal page.

There’s a whole variety of stamps this month- so please head over to the Clearly Besotted blog to see what Jenny and Steph have been up to-

Then head over to my teamies

Michelle

and Lisa

for some more ideas with the new sets!

I’m back tomorrow – and let’s just say…’spring’ is in the air!!

Keren x

January 28, 2019 at 8:12 am 8 comments

JoFY new release from PaperArtsy !

Hey everyone! How are you all this fine Saturday?!

It’s that glorious time of year where releases are coming thick and fast- mostly in time for Creativation!!

Jo Firth-Young has created some fab new stamp sets and stencils- and if you’d like to see some more do head over to the PaperArtsy blog . These sets have larger images and are just perfect for journalling or home decor!

I’ve done some sewing too- I’ll post that soon!

Keren xx

January 26, 2019 at 7:05 pm 2 comments

Recycling a Leather Jacket into a Bag

Hi everyone! Something a little different from me today- a little recycling or to be precise upcycling!!

I picked up a leather jacket for £4 from a local charity shop.

It needed deconstructing. It wasn’t hard- simply using my Fiskars Amplify scissors to get through multiple layers and seams and trim around the armholes first. Then I looked at the garment and saw the two pockets which I knew I could incorporate into the bag

Next I had to create as large sections as possible. I kept the back pretty intact and then cut around parts to create strips of a similar width that I could sew back together

It was a bit like putting a puzzle together. I made sure I didn’t piece it exactly even though I was using mirror pieces from the jacket; I wanted it to not be absolutely symmetrical.

Then using some spare bits of leather a friend had gifted me, I made a motif using a hand drawn template and sewed it on top of my pieced section- you can see below how I echoed the pattern on the repositioned pockets.

Next I had to create a bag pattern. I measured both large pieces and found a size that would fit both of them. It ended up being around 11 x 16″. I wanted to try a bottom and sides that was all one piece. I’d not tried that before. I did some more piecing of leftover pieces and added the pocket pieces so I had a piece that was longer than the two sides and bottom. It was about 6″ in width.

I recreated the panels and bottom/sides in a matching fabric for the lining. I then had to think about the order of construction- I wanted bag feet, an inserted zip pocket and magnetic clasps. I’m so grateful to the linked YouTube tutorials on these – I was doing a tonne of learning.

I knew I needed to have some sort of stabiliser. I’d already added some lightweight interfacing to the leather pieces, but needed something substantial. I had some Pellon 72F that I’d bought off someone else, so managed to piece this together. I decided against ironing it to the leather as I wasn’t sure how it would cope with a high heat, so I positioned it, glued down and decided to iron it to the lining once the lining was in situe. Yes, I was winging it!!

Now I needed to put it all together. I’d seen some strips of leather to the matching fabric in the hope of having mixed textured handles, however one of the leather pieces must have been cut in a different direction- and it twisted dreadfully so I decided to make some rolled handles which helped disguise it!

Now I just needed to sew it and turn it- this was the most nerve wracking bit!!

I was so delighted when it actually worked!!!

For any of you that are wondering about seeing leather- it’s pretty straightforward as long as you use seam clips rather than pins, as they’ll leave marks. I bought some leather machine needles that were great. Use as many clips as possible and go steadily so you don’t stretch the leather.

I also used my Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler combo for the leather strips; it worked like a dream!

You can see the way that the pocket goes so well on the edge. I made sure it was still a functioning pocket. I won’t use it for anything important as I decided against using a magnetic clasp, but it’ll be fine for a pack of tissues!

You can see the underside of the rolled handles- as nice little nod to the leather jacket from which it came. This took some thought and careful planning but I love the end result. It’s probably a little larger than I’d normally use, but will be able to fit magazines in it, so all in all, a really versatile make!

I’m now going to be on the hunt for another leather jacket- I think I’ll check the mens section in the charity shop and be a little more careful about the quality of the leather that o buy next time! I’d love to hear any tips you have about sewing with leather or repurposed clothing!

See you soon!

Keren x

January 11, 2019 at 4:05 pm 6 comments

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