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Clearly Besotted Release Day

Well you’ve all been so patient waiting for this release! I’ve not managed to make cards with all the sets, but if you check out the Clearly Besotted blog and see Mona & Francine on Instagram, you’ll see some wonderful cards with the August release too. I’m hoping to get a chance to create with some of the August release, so keep your eye out for some extra Clearly Besotted posts.

The lure of gelato was too great. I had to make another card with the Ice Ice Plushies. Again, I’ve added a little melty part (see how they’re all stood in the melted strawberry and coconut icecream) as it needed to go with the sentiment. As a public service announcement in the strawberry and coconut vein- steer clear of the Starbucks new refreshing drink in that flavour. It’s not worth the money. I digress 😉

I love the no-line colouring technique, and whilst it’s not completely no line, it does give a softer look, which seems appropriate for soft-scoop!

These three bonded over frozen desserts, and meet up each week to try the latest flavours. The unicorn is regretting her choice of beetroot, peach and pistachio but it sure looks pretty. I partially die-cut a circle to create a cut out semicircle which looks more impactful in real life.

Kimono chose strawberry, bubblegum and Nutella. She likes to save her icecream but has waited too long and the strawberry is everywhere. Teddy is a little annoyed that he has sticky paws, but is consoling himself that his ice lolly is so tasty and refreshing. I added the little waffle and sprinkles details and then afterwards realised that the sprinkles are actually images in the set! Duh!

Well that’s all I have for this month; I didn’t cover all the sets, but if you have a look on the Clearly Besotted Blog, you’ll see all the sets plus on Facebook on their page you can enter to win the whole release.

There’s still Michelle to visit it today, so do go and say Hi. Do also go to see Alberto @loshakeratoalberto and Mona on Instagram and Francine Vuilleme  so there are lots of lovely blogs and Instagram to see today too.

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.

Thanks for being with me this month, and for all your lovely comments- they really do make my day!

Keren x

July 22, 2021 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted July/Aug Teasers Day 4

Hello everyone! Hope you’re well today and not struggling too much with the heat. I love the sunshine but the heat…not so much!

I said yesterday I was bringing you a two-fer..well in fact it ended up being a three-fer. Let me start with the dud, and the evolution of the card! We just can’t love everything that we make- so I thought I’d show my process. It rarely happens that I try and improve my cards- I’d be more likely to ditch it and start again.

I kind of liked the ring from Ring Around Summer but who knows what I was thinking with the odd green lines- they’re not even the same shade!! So I decided to pull the ring off and try again. I’d coloured the images in with Copic markers and simply stamped with grey hybrid ink. So.. onto number two.

So adding the butterflies creates movement but I still didn’t love it. Full disclosure.. I just put the ring onto the back of the original card so I now have a ripped back -so if I need to send it, I’ll have to cut the front off and add it to another card blank. I should not have been so lazy and just popped it onto another blank. Duh.

So, I decided to go simpler still.

So I stamped in grey ink, added a violet grey and a darker grey to make the ring look dimensional and then coloured in the toucan. I trimmed out the inside of the ring and popped a dark purple strip behind it. It’s hard to see the colour from this photo.

The purple (despite it being my least favourite colour) gives a good contrast for the toucan. I prefer this card but they’re still not my favourite cards. I hope though, it gives you lots of ideas of how to use the set (plus my paddling pool card from Sunday).

I hope you’ve got time to visit the Clearly Besotted Blog, then onto LisaMichelle and Francine Vuilleme plus seeing Mona and Alberto over on Instagram.

See you tomorrow for Release Day!

July 21, 2021 at 8:00 am 12 comments

Clearly Besotted July/Aug Teasers Day 3

We’re getting closer to Release Day and I decided to do a little experiment today. I know from different groups (includng the Facebook Clearly Besotted Fans group) that lots of people are at different stages in their creativity. Not everyone has lots of colouring mediums and lots more don’t feel very confident with their colouring. So, I decided to paper piece this new set ‘Lazy Days’ to illustrate that you can get texture and depth easily by just using patterned paper.

I’ve used cheap paper pads I got from ‘The Works’ but you’ll easily find scraps of paper that would do. I used the main scene image in the darker blue and simply stuck the other elements on top of it. Granted, you have to cut out the leaves and palm tree etc, but you could also use an electronic machine like the Scan’n’Cut to do similar. I have used some very simple extra bits of Copic marker colour- but you can see the detail better on this next photo.

So much quicker , and the beauty is that it takes so little skill- just perfect for beginners or those who don’t want to spend an age blending ( or who might not have many alcohol marker colours).

Granted, it’s a slightly different look, but I had fun creating it and I adore the sentiment. I think I’ve been running on low battery mode for quite a while!!

It’s now time to visit the Clearly Besotted Blog, then onto Michelle, Lisa and Francine Vuilleme plus seeing Mona and Alberto over on Instagram

Tomorrow is a twofer, I’ll explain why tomorrow!

July 20, 2021 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted July/Aug Teasers Day 2

Hello again! How are you today? For any of you who missed the information yesterday, July and August are being released together due to some manufacturing delays that are now resolved and the September release teasers will begin on Sept 1st as usual.

This card is exactly how I felt yesterday…

The icecream is having a mare..it’s from the new set ‘Ice Ice Plushies’. As usual there are some fabulous sentiments and the cutest bunch of icecream friends. When I saw the cute icecream van, I knew I wanted to have it melting. It’s pretty easy- I just scribbled some blobs of pink using Copic markers. You can see the detail here- I added some waffle cone markings and some extra sprinkles. Imagine trying to lick an icecream THAT big!

The little guy holding onto his giant icecream, is sampling a Twister; I used to love those. My current childish favourite is Nobbly-Bobbly lollies. What’s your favourite?

So then, without further delay let me pass you over to the rest of the team and our lovely guests.

Do visit the Clearly Besotted Blog, then onto Lisa, Michelle and the lovely Francine Vuilleme plus visit Mona and Alberto over on Instagram

Thanks for visiting, I’ll see you tomorrow,

Keren x

July 19, 2021 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted July/Aug Teasers Day 1

Hello lovely blog friends! As some of you might know things are a little different this month. Due to some extended manufacturer lead times, Clearly Besotted had to delay their July release and so it’s combined with the August one for a bumper release.

With warmer days here, when I saw this Ring Around Summer set, I thought how much fun it would be to give them their own paddling pool.

Who doesn’t want an aqua coloured swimming pool! I couldn’t decided whether all the birds were real, or the pink flamingo was in the pool along with some inflatable pals, or this was simply what happens when the inflatables in the pool come to life.

It’s a simple card to construct, just lots of colouring and simple shapes. I love the giant floating pineapples too!

The cloud background is using the Clearly Besotted In The Clouds stencil. It’s so versatile, I love this stencil so much.

Just add some grass with a little scribbled watercolour and you’re done! I hope you get a chance to play with this set- these aren’t even the main image in the set!

There’s lots more to see, do visit the Clearly Besotted Blog, then onto Michelle and Lisa, and we also have Francine Vuilleme plus visit Mona and Alberto over on Instagram

Hope to see you tomorrow,

Keren x

July 18, 2021 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit: Seasonal Blooms Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone. Hope you’re well. Today sees something doubly new. New products and a new crafting kit. You know sometimes you don’t want to choose, you just want something all picked out and organised ready for you! Well the Craft Your Life project kit is exactly that. (all the following links are affiliate ones).

As with every blog hop; there’s a start.. at Altenew’s Card Blog and you might have come from Daniel Diaz’s blog, so welcome!

I’ve a few projects to show you – here’s the first one.

It’s a note holder- all you need is watercolour paper/cardstock, some substantial cardstock for the backing, the lovely new Kit plus the Artists Watercolour Half Pan Set. It makes a lovely gift. Here’s how – firstly watercolour after white heat embossing.

Add score lines around the image about 2cm around the edges and bottom.

Next use the matching die to cut out the edges..

Next, add glue to the middle portion of the reverse..plus the back of the turned up flaps ( cutting off the corners too).

Now adhere onto some substantial cardstock. Add some pieces of watercolour cardstock to either side of the embossing folder and stack them into the holder.

You can get the Craft Your Life Project Kit whilst stocks last or sign up for the monthly subscription.

What’s in the Kit?

Introducing Altenew’s first-ever Craft Your Life Project Kit an exciting monthly package that is sure to get the creative juices flowing! Featuring a 6×8 stamp set, coordinating die set, as well as a stencil and embossing folder to fit the theme, this project kit has almost everything you need to start crafting. Just add ink and cardstock, and you’ll be good to go!

This project kit contains the following exclusive products:

– one 6″ x 8″ clear stamp set containing 13 stamps made in the USA from high-quality photopolymer

– nine coordinating dies

– one coordinating simple coloring stencil set containing 3 stencils

– one 6×6 3D embossing folder

Note: These products are NOT sold separately.

What’s in the Monthly Subscription?

Get early access to our NEW Craft Your Life Project Kit before it is released on our store by subscribing to our Craft Your Life Project Kit Monthly Subscription Plan! (it includes 14% off).

Don’t worry if the project kit goes out of stock! When you are subscribed to the monthly subscription, you are guaranteed a spot in our New Craft Your Life Project Kit each month.

The Craft Your Life Project Kit comes with a 6 x 8 Stamp set and its coordinating Die Set, Stencil, and Embossing Folder. Note that the items included in this kit are not sold separately.

The price of the subscription is $49.99/ month plus shipping and tax (calculated based on the location of the shipping address). This will Auto-renew every month until it is cancelled.

I used the embossing folder and the matching stencil to create a half and half card. Just by stencilling, then embossing, die cutting the image and then trimming it in half and stacking it on a small card base. The embossing folder creates such amazing texture.

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 07/18/2021 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 07/20/2021.

I also created a simple tag using the embossing stencil and a little watercolouring.

http://mylittleattic.com/altenew-project-life-kit-seasonal-blooms-stamp-die-embossing-folder-and-stencil-release/All that’s left to do is send you on your way onto the next stop at Nenette S. Madero‘s blog. I’m looking forward to seeing what beautiful projects she’s created.

Thanks for joining me, and the full list of everyone in the blog hop is below x

Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Amanda Baldwin

Jaycee Gaspar

Terri Koszler

Vicky Papaioannou

Michelle Short

Norine Borys

Jenny Colacicco

LauraJane

Emily Midgett

Tina Smith

Laurie Willison

Dana Joy

Virginia Lu

Sandhya Iyer

Tenia Nelson

Nathalie DeSousa

Verity Biddlecombe

Linda Westfall

Lilith Eeckels

Simon Hurley

Agnieszka Małyszek

Maryam Perez

Bridget Casey

Carol Hintermeier

Daniel Diaz

Justine Hovey

Keren Baker you are HERE!

Nenette S. Madero

Preeti Chandran

Seeka

Erin Thompson

July 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm 70 comments

Altenew Eclectic Vibes Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello lovely people, it’s that wonderful time of the month where Altenew release a bumper amount of stamps, dies and more. This month it’s called Eclectic Vibes and you’ll find a vintage style with a modern twist in my projects. You might have come here from Bridget Casey’s blog, and if so, please know you’re very welcome here. If you want to begin from the very start- please pop back to the Altenew Card Blog.

I’ve 3 projects to show you; my favourite one is first.

So this card might need a little explaining. The utterly fabulous boots are from the new set Vintage Vibes. When I saw them, I wished I’d had a pair as a teen. I wanted to give them a modern twist with the colours that I’d chosen. I wanted to use the Altenew Fineliner Pens (which are awesome by the way) and I came up with the idea to draw some basic legs (which I wish mine looked like!) and attach a piece of cardstock in a skirt shape with some shading. (all links are affiliate ones). The set means you can add so many different combinations of colour.

I love the Vintage Vibes set (which has an accompanying die set) with its fun sentiments. This second card uses it in a slightly different way.

You could go completely vintage with your colours and the Just A Number stamp set and Die set which I’m using in the next project pairs perfectly.

Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! Free gift will be added to cart automatically. 

  • Get a FREE brand new Eclectic Vibes Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Eclectic Vibes release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.
  • Get a FREE brand new Creative Jump Start Class with every order from the new Eclectic Vibes release collection from 07/05/2021 through 07/11/2021. Shop HERE
  • Get a FREE brand new Eclectic Vibes Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 07/05/2021 through 07/07/2021. Shop HERE!

The last project is pretty simple and quick but uses the Just A Number stamp set along with the heart from Vintage Vibes. You can also see the super useful 2 in 1 Altenew Glue Pen that makes sticking down so easy. I love the way that the overlapping hearts create new colours.

Giveaway Prizes

Altenew is giving away $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 07/11/2021 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 07/13/2021.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the new release. If you want to see the whole release- go here

Now I’d love you to go to Linda Westfall’s blog next- I can’t wait to see what she’s conjured up.

See you soon (the whole blog list is below in case you get lost) xx


Altenew Blog

Vicky Papaioannou

Norine Borys

Dana Joy

Nathalie DeSousa

Michelle Short

Verity Biddlecombe

Emily Midgett

Jenny Colacicco

Sandhya Iyer

Jaycee Gaspar

Terri Koszler

Seeka

Virginia Lu

Tina Smith

Tenia Nelson

LauraJane

Lilith Eeckels

Svitlana Shayevich

Tania Ahmed

Carol Hintermeier

Maryam Perez

Daniel Diaz 

Reiko Tsuchida

Nicole Watt

Amanda Baldwin

Bridget Casey

Keren Baker You are HERE..

Linda Westfall

Keeway Tsao

Nenette S. Madero

Justine Hovey

Amber Rain Davis

July 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm 44 comments

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Bearded Iris Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone! How are you? Hope you’re having a lovely day. I’m thrilled to be joining in with a celebratory blog hop with the newest Build-A-Flower set; Bearded Iris.

I think Irises are beautiful; almost architectural and with so many varieties. This hop will be full of the most beautiful projects and if you’ve come from Justine Hovey’s blog, then a big hello to you. If you fancy starting at the beginning, then head over to the Altenew Card Blog.

This is what I created using the Bearded Iris set.

Sometimes simple is just the best. You don’t need much else as the flower just speaks for itself. I stamped the iris out using different purples, using a grey outline ink so the outline is much more subtle and allows for the colours to shine.

I think we often shy away from dark bases, but the black really makes draws your eye to the flower. If you are looking for the most elegant and realistic iris, you are in the right place! This stamp set features a gorgeous bearded iris outline with four additional colouring layers, along with stems and leaves. You can use the other iris outline as background foliage, or simply add it to floral arrangements stamped or coloured in with your favourite colouring medium.

If you’d like to get hold of it do visit the Altenew store for the Build-A-Flower Bearded Iris Layering Stamp & Die Set (affiliate links) or the Build-A-Flower Bearded Iris Layering Stamp, Die & Ink Bundle (with 5% off)

If you can’t bear to miss out on this wonderful monthly series of stamps and dies, you can also sign up for a Build A Flower subscription plan which has 14% off.

You can see how I’ve simply used white gel pen dots and added a few dashes around some matching coloured cardstock that I’ve folded into a raised banner. You really don’t need to add too much and if you batch stamp the irises it’s easy to have a bundle of cards made up in advance.

Onto the Giveaway, there is $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 07/07/2021 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 07/09/2021.

It’s time to go to Linda Westfall and be inspired..

Hope to see you again soon xx

Altenew Blog

Jaycee Gaspar

LauraJane

Tenia Nelson

Jenny Colacicco

Emily Midgett

Amanda Baldwin

Virginia Lu

Michelle Short

Verity Biddlecombe

Seeka

Carol Hintermeier

Dana Joy

Nathalie DeSousa

Sandhya Iyer

Daniel Diaz

Bridget Casey

Justine Hovey

Keren Baker ..You are HERE..

Linda Westfall

Nenette S. Madero

July 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm 41 comments

Altenew Summer Adventure Stand-alone Dies Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey! Welcome. It really is starting to feel like summer and what better time to be having a Summer Adventure with Altenew?! Altenew are having a wonderful blog hop celebrating some new Stand Alone Dies. You may well have arrived here from Anna Mahtani, so if so, a big welcome. You might want to start at the beginning- so do go to the Altenew Blog for that.

Altenew have created an amazing selection of dies for this release and I’ve two projects to show you some of them.

I’ve used two dies; Peeking Leaves Cover Die and All About You Word Die Set (links are affiliate ones, thanks!). It’s fun adding colour, but as you can see- you don’t need to completely fill the leaves; a hint of colour adds vibrancy without it becoming a bit full on.

The All About You Word dies are perfect for all occasions but revolve around the word ‘you’. If you want to make this paper piecing easier- add some double sided adhesive tape to the reverse of the cardstock or use adhesive backed cardstock.

If you want to see the whole new Die collection- check out this link.

Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! Free gift will be added to cart automatically. 

  • Get a FREE brand new Summer Adventure Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Summer Adventure release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.
  • Get a FREE brand new Summer Adventure Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 06/17/2021 through 06/19/2021. Shop HERE!

My second project is using the gorgeous new Moroccan Lattice Cover die.

It’s really easy to create this card using the Altenew 24 pan Watercolour Set. Simply slosh on some colour all around your piece of watercolour card that you’ve taped around the edges. Altenew’s watercolours are beautifully creamy and so wonderfully pigmented. Leave to dry, remove the tape and then die cut the Moroccan Lattice Cover Die set from watercolour card so it all matches. Add the lattice cover layer to a couple of other die cut layers- which gives easy dimension without fiddling around with tiny foam pads and add a sentiment using the All About You Word Die Set.

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 06/23/2021 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 06/25/2021.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little look at some of the new dies.

Now it’s time to visit the awesome Laura Bassen. If you get lost, do check the list below for the whole list of blogs.

See you again soon,

Love Keren x

Altenew Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Vicky Papaioannou

Norine Borys

Jenny Colacicco

Erum Tasneem

Seeka

Nicole Watt

Simon Hurley

Therese Calvird

Amanda Baldwin

Tania Ahmed

Verity Biddlecombe

Emily Midgett

Bridget Casey

Virginia Lu

Victoria Calvin

Tenia Nelson

Colleen Balija

Nathalie DeSousa

LauraJane

Maryam Perez

Karen Brown

Michelle Short

Agnieszka Małyszek

Patricia Roebuck

Carol Hintermeier

Zinia Redo

Sandhya Iyer

Terri Koszler

Kelly Griglione

Mindy Eggen

Natasha Davies

Joylita Dsouza

Anna Mahtani

Keren Baker you are HERE!

Laura Bassen

Sande Woodson

Raquel Bowman

June 17, 2021 at 2:00 pm 44 comments

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Peruvian Lily Layering Die Set Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone! Happy Monday (or whichever day you visit!) to you. Hope you’re having a lovely day. Today sees the release of Altenew’s latest Craft-A-Flower die set and this month it’s a Peruvian Lily. What a stunning flower and so easy to create using these dies.

For those of you that have come via Laura Jane’s blog, then a big hello to you! If you’d like to begin..at the beginning!..please go to Altenew’s Card Blog.

Isn’t it a stunning die set! It might look complicated, but it isn’t really and the diagrams from Altenew are so helpful in giving you the directions for which piece goes where. The hardest part is deciding which colours to choose!

(the following links are affiliate ones. I really appreciate your support x). You can get the Craft-A-Flower Peruvian Lily die set from the Altenew store but maybe you’d like to simplify things and get every monthly release in a discounted subscription (($35.99 →$29.99). If you don’t want to have to try and put coordinating colours together, why not try the discounted Craft-A-flower Peruvian Lily with matching gradient cardstock bundle?

The flower doesn’t need much embellishment…you’ve heard the phrase about gilding the lily 😉 I just used the same coloured strips from creating the flower and put them at angles using different widths onto a tent folded white card. Super easy and quick. Finishing off with some white gel pen dots just adds a little depth and detail to it.

Of course, with every blog hop there are PRIZES to be won..

Giveaway Prizes. There is a total of $200 in 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 6/13/2021 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 06/15/2021.

So it’s time to move along to the next blog, and you’re lucky enough to be going to Verity Biddlecombe’s amazing blog.

Thankyou for visiting my blog and for all the lovely comments- they really do make me day!

Keren x

The whole list is below in case you lose your way!..

Altenew Card Blog

Therese Calvird

Jenny Colacicco

Jaycee Gaspar

Bridget Casey

Virginia Lu

Seeka

Laurie Willison

Michelle Short

Emily Midgett

Mindy Eggen

Tenia Nelson

Amanda Baldwin

Maryam Perez

Carol Hintermeier

Terri Koszler

LauraJane

Keren Baker You are HERE…

Verity Biddlecombe

Karen Brown

Victoria Calvin

Preeti Chandran

Joylita Dsouza

Sande Woodson

Natasha Davies

Anna Mahtani

June 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm 54 comments

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