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Clearly Besotted July Release Day

Yay! We’ve made it to July Release Day. So many lovely sets this month that I’ve really enjoyed creating with. The last set called ‘Lovely Lemonade’ was one that made me laugh when I saw it. I don’t know if Clearly Besotted ever watched the kid’s video A Duck Walked Up To A Lemonade Stand (do check it out, if you want an ear worm for the rest of the day!!)

Ha! Just fun! You can still see the touches of glitter here and there! I sketched out the awning on top of the lemonade stand. You don’t need it (see the duck video!) but I wanted to add some more colour! It’s an easy sketch!

I spent so long colouring and shading the lemons that once I’d taken the photographs for the blog, I realised that I’d not blended the duck! It gives more of an effect, but really would have looked better properly blended! I adore the glittery lemons and think that they should all come glittered!!

The background is just a simple blended area using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide – it is so good to blend onto cardstock. Again, I’ve added dots around the lemonade stand plus the lemons too.

I just think this card screams fun! I have left the sentiments off the cards this month (selfishly!) so I can add them when I need them. It’s something that I really recommend doing if you’re in the habit of making stuff in advance.

There’s more to see from Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and Michelle Short who has her her video and then pop over to see our wonderful guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

As usual, the release goes live at 8pm GMT. Wahoooo.

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 Clearly Besotted’s Facebook page. It’s a fabulous opportunity to win the whole release!

I’ve loved you joining me this month. Hope you’ve enjoyed the new sets too! Which ones have been your favourite?

Keren x

July 1, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted July Teasers Day 4

Hi again, so glad you’ve come back. If I say Yo,ho ho and a bottle of rum, you’ll probably guess that we’ve got some pirates on board today.

This set is called ‘Pirate Pals’ and contains so many mischievous monkeys ready for fun. The problem is that the island is actually too small for all of them. Some of them have remained on their boat, but three fearless friends decided to search for the treasure.

Swashbuckling glittery swords and a glitter encrusted treasure chest lift the scene. Poor monkey is falling off the side, but it’s ok, he can swim, so he’ll soon dry off in the scorching heat.

A little more glitter on the flag and his hat-kerchief. He’s on top of the palm tree- partly to free up more space for the other monkeys and also because it’s an amazing lookout to catch other monkeying marauders!

What would you create with this set? You could easily cut off the sand, and draw some more grass to make it a landed piratey party.

I can’t wait to visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then see lovely Piratey Michelle Short and then pop over to see our amazing guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

Back tomorrow to celebrate our Release day! x

Keren x

June 30, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted July Teasers Day 3

We’re hurrying towards July 1st when all these sets are released. I wonder if you’ve guessed my theme yet this month?

It’s glitter! Just add it- I’m really a fan of ‘less is more’, so add it to selected areas to brighten smaller elements of the characters or scene.

I’ve combined two sets- the ‘Plushies In Oz’ plus ‘Picture It Oz’. The Picture It set contains a large background set with sentiments and a few more characters. It’s the perfect yellow brick road scene with the glittery Emerald City in the background.

Look at Dorothy- she even has the tiniest red glittery shoes. I actually stamped the set onto some textured green coloured paper then trimmed out each side and glued either side of the Copic coloured brick road.

Isn’t he the cutest tin man you’ve ever seen! They make a fabulous duo and such a great scene. Because I’d stamped onto green paper, rather than coloured it, I had to trim the flowers which actually were pretty teeny tiny!!

The background behind the mountain, emerald city and the rainbow is just a little watercolour. Not too much- just enough to give a little colour.

Two sets that go together just perfectly.

There’s plenty more to see from Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and Michelle Short and then please do visit our fabulous guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

2 more days- do you have any clear favourites yet?

See you tomorrow!

Keren x

June 29, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted July Teasers Day 2

Hi everyone! Back again with a watery project using the new ‘Balloon Bunch Sea’ set which is released on the 1st July along with 5 other sets. Want to see what under the sea vibe I’ve gone for?!

A party is good anywhere- but a fox and a lobster chilling underwater does seem fun. The lobster has his matching balloon. I picked them for their matching colourway and the perfect combination against the sea. Any of you who know much about the colour wheel- know that blue and orange are complementary colours, opposite each other on the colour wheel. I must post on the wheel sometimes- it’s an amazing tool to help get out of a rut, or just find exciting colour schemes. Corally orange is ok as an orange, right?!

You can see the suns rays filtering through the water. I used Sunny Day Stencil from Clearly Besotted. I used with blue Distress inks in Tumbled Glass & Broken China. Then I added streaks of glue and translucent glitter, then some bubbles. An easy background to create.

I know I add lots of dots to my projects, but it really does lift the individual elements and is such an easy technique.

I’d love you to visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and my lovely teamie Michelle Short and then to our lovely guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

See you tomorrow, lovely friends,

Keren x

June 28, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted July Teasers Day 1

Hello lovely people! I’m so happy to be back with some teasers with a really fun set of stamps. Just like last month, there are some sets linked to a story. This one is based on the Wizard of Oz and I’ve never seen cuter characters. Plushies in Oz is what the stamp set is called and once I saw the house, it reminded me of the story and I wanted to create a similar scene with the tornado.

It was pretty simple to create- just a few swirly lines and then soften the lines between them with a lighter colour. Lots of colouring with Copic Markers to add colour and dimension.

You know how I often choose a theme, I’ll leave you wondering about it for the first two posts and see if you can guess what it is!

These were so much to colour- and it transported me back to watching the film as a kid. The monkey is far cuter than in the original too.

Lots of lovely dots in black and white and a gorgeous pink fairy. Can’t you imagine already so many scenes with this set. It’s not just these 3 cuties- there are 7 characters plus Toto in this set.

We have plenty more to see today from Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and Michelle Short and then pop over to see our wonderful guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

See you tomorrow for some underwater fun xx

June 27, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted June Teasers Day 2

Hello! How are you today? We’re going a little Nordic today with the new set ‘Viking Plushies’. These cute swashbuckling guys are all ready to party like it’s 700AD 😉

I wanted to do a night time party banquet scene with the ‘Viking Plushies’. So this is what I ended up with.

To make the background, I blended some Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink into the area where the candles would be, added some Fossilized Amber around the edges. I then added a flame shaped sticky notes to add over the yellow for when I blended Black Soot over the top so I didn’t slip and blend black over the yellow area. I added some directional water splashes to give some texture to the background and look as if it was windy.

Next I coloured in the food laden table adding some fun dots to give a little magical vibe to the food. Obviously one of the cute vikings isn’t content to sit at the table but has clambered onto the table ready to pounce onto the chicken!

The Penguiviking is in charge of guarding the food against marauding robbers. This was such a fun scene to colour and there are so many different characters to create fabulous scenes with.

Please now go to see Clearly Besotted‘s blog (plus on Instagram too) and then jog over to the wonderful Michelle Short. We also have Francine Vuilleme and Alberto Gava who continue to delight us with their amazing projects so please visit them as well.

Do come back tomorrow for a look at another set!

Keren x

May 29, 2022 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted May Release Day

It’s arrived…ta-daah! Release Day is here. You can feel the excitement mounting as people are counting down to this evening to grab their new favourite sets.

Normally I’d be showing a quick card that I’d produced…but today I have two. One idea is far better than the other but one is better executed.

Both projects are from the new set ‘School Day Play’. The replacement project is the bunny with his crayon rocket. Give a kid a pack of crayons and you unleash their imagination.

Want to see the first effort?

Well I like the concept much better. I think the long tall design just didn’t work. Too much maths and not enough colour ( sounds like the story of my school days!!)

I’d kind of had my eldest son in mind when I made this- he’s doing A Level Maths and it might as well be A Level Monkey Dialect for all I’d understand it. He’s nearly at his A level exams and he just needs to keep learning..and revising. Anyhow, I didn’t really like it, so ditched it in favour of crayon bunny.

The clouds are using the super useful Cloudy Days stencil from Clearly Besotted. We use it a lot on in our projects because it’s so good!

I do hope you’ve enjoyed the teasers this month. We’ve all certainly enjoyed your commenting and likes.

There’s more to see from Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and Michelle Short who has her blog post plus her video and then pop over to see our wonderful guest designers Kitty Day, Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

As usual, the release goes live at 8pm GMT. 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 Clearly Besotted’s Facebook page. It’s a fabulous opportunity to win the whole release!

Thankyou for being with me again this month.

See you soon xx

May 1, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted May Teasers Day 4

Hey! How are you? We’re racing towards Release Day tomorrow, but for today- we’re looking at ‘Good Sport’ and I decided to get sketching again. The little rabbit hockey player wanted to play in goal so how could I not sketch a little goal for him to save a puck in front of ?

These sets really fire your imagination! I’ve never played ice hockey. When I lived in Nottingham I occasionally went skating but I spent all my time trying to stay upright- the thought of trying to play a tactical sport at the same time is way too hard. I simply drew a rough goal and coloured in with Copic markers and then added my coloured in bunny.

He’s definitely stopped the goal! Because it was such a simple card- I added a little patterned paper to give a little frame. Much quicker than anything else I could have done.

The sentiment is utterly perfect. It’s certainly a cute card you could consider sending to a valued friend!

I’m puckticularly ( sorry- I know that was bad) pleased to see a set that’s got sports in- as I know some of you love to have sporty sets. Whilst I’m not sport mad, I know many of you are.

All that’s left is for me to usher you onto Clearly Besotted‘s blog (plus on Instagram too) and then jog over to the wonderful Michelle Short. We also have Alberto Gava, Francine Vuilleme and Kitty Day who continue to delight us with their amazing projects so please visit them too!

See you tomorrow for two projects- one dud and one slightly improved!!😂

Keren x

April 30, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted May Teasers Day 1

Hello! How are you? It’s Teaser time (which always makes me think of the 80s ‘hammer time’!!)

We have some gorgeous sets for you this release which are a little different and I loved this set ‘Stationery Plushies’ as you can use it in an illustrative way or ramp up the ‘cute’ with the fun office themed characters. I chose to combine them…

Most of the image has been coloured with Copic Markers and then I’ve added shading and detailing using Prismacolor pencils. I did love how the alcohol markers react with each other, so I could put ‘faux’ rays of light bouncing off the leaves by just stroking the lighter colour over the darker one. I wouldn’t usually do that, but any ink transfer doesn’t stay on the lighter pen and gives such a great effect.

Little Miss Stapler is wandering around at night, mischievously stapling everything in sight. Her owner is going to get quite a surprise when they find staples hammered into their Ikea desk 😉

The sentiment which is a perfect pairing comes from an older set called ‘Brighter Days’, and I think this would be a fun way to send up a ‘keep going’ cheerful note to a friend who is having a tough time.

We have some lovely returning guests this month, but first do visit the Clearly Besotted blog (plus they’re on Instagram too). As usual, please also go and visit my lovely teamie Michelle Short.

Then we have Francine Vuilleme, Kitty Day and Alberto Gava to visit who always create amazing things!

I’m sure they’d love you to comment on what they’ve created.

Hope to see you again tomorrow,

Keren x

April 27, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Altenew April 2022 Spring Garden Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway ($300 in total prizes)

Hello everyone! Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend! I’m back celebrating a fun new release from Altenew involving dies, hot foil plates and stencils. You may have arrived from the blog of the lovely Laura Jane but if you want to start at the beginning, please head to Altenew’s card blog.

There are lots of wonderful new products including some Ultra Sticky Double Sided Tape which is going to be soo useful! I chose a couple of dies and one of the new hot foil plates to get creative with. I picked the Antique Blossoms die and Chevron Background Hot Plate.

I don’t do a lot of foiling, but this plate foiled easily and beautifully. I love the contrast between the foil and the dark blue. It delivers a gorgeous precise result. With having the chevron design, once it’s foiled, there is some leftover foil with the negative design, which I decided to turn into a second project. There’s an easy way to do it using a foil plate that comes with the Gemini Junior.

Once the leftover foil was transferred onto white cardstock, I simply added die cuts from the Itty Bitty Branches die cut from white cardstock. I also used the Hello Hugs die and added some black and pink dots to add depth. Such an easy technique and you could easily do this on a plain gold piece of cardstock if you don’t do hot foiling. Hot foiling is such a lot of fun, it’s worth trying it!

You can purchase anything from the new collection here. Here’s what the the new double sided sticky tape looks like too. Isn’t it nice having essential products that look beautiful too.

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 05/01/2022 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 05/03/2022.

I hope these projects give you some inspiration for all the new products – such a fabulous selection.

I’d love to direct you on to Reiko Tsuchida next- and I just know you’ll find something wonderfully creative at her blog.

Thanks for visiting and see you soon x

(I’ve added the whole blog list in case you get lost along the way).

Altenew Blog

Jaycee Gaspar

Cheryl Espie

Terri Koszler

Mindy Eggen

Jenny Colacicco

Katrina Howe

Verity Biddlecombe

Nathalie DeSousa

Nicole Watt

Virginia Lu

Carol Hintermeier

Laurie Willison

LauraJane

Norine Borys

Keren Baker .. you are HERE !

Reiko Tsuchida

Preeti Chandran

Tenia Nelson

Nenette S. Madero

Agnieszka Małyszek

Colleen Balija

Teresa Litchfield

Natasha Davies

Rosie Neustaedter

Ann Taylor

Sande Woodson

Linda Westfall

Nandini Karmarkar

SathyaKala Sankaran

Susan Stagno

Bridget Casey

Eva Bussom

Amy Hill

Audrey Yeager

Hussena Calcuttawala

Nichol Spohr

Daniel Diaz

April 25, 2022 at 2:00 pm 34 comments

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