Maps and Plans with PaperArtsy

Hello everyone. Hope you’re enjoying this wonderful Easter break.

I’m over this evening on the PaperArtsy blog with the ‘Maps & Plans’ topic.

I’ve used some map fabric and stitching on Smoothy cardstock to create a journal for your travels.

I’d love to know what you think!

Keren x


April 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm 3 comments

PaperArtsy ‘Tick Tock’ project

Hello everyone!

Hope you’re well today and ready for something a little bit different?!

I’m over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight with a project inspired by their ‘Tick Tock’ theme using some wonderful Seth Apter stamps! Here’s a sneaky peek!

To see the whole thing, head over to the PaperArtsy blog .

I’d love to know what you think!

Take care,

Keren x

April 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Clearly Besotted April Release Day

Yay!! You survived all my posts and find yourself on April Release Day!

Today we’re going simple and easy and quick to create.

I noticed the stamp on the new set Scene It More. I thought what a great card it would make when you just repeated it.

I’ve simply stamped with Versamark, added some White Nuvo Embossing powder and then trim off each layer, stack them and simply cut around the top layer. It would be really handy to have this many houses so that when one was messy, I could decant to the clean one! Having a clean craft room would be super handy too!!!

I know it’s shocking, but I did such a speedy card, I didn’t even rub anti-static powder on ( which I ALWAYS recommend you do before using embossing powder!!) so there are flecks and smudges in more places than is acceptable. I suspect my tenure on the DT may be coming to a rapid end when they see the sloppy work!!

After a long patient wait, the good news is that the waiting is over. From 8pm tonight (GMT) it’s available in the Clearly Besotted storeand 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 and also to see Michelle’s video roundup too!

Thanks for being with me and all your really lovely comments. I do appreciate every single one of them!

Keren x

April 1, 2019 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted April Teasers Day 4

Well hello!

Hope you’re doing ok today? I promised you a mash up of ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ and ‘Up’ and here it is….

The card is actually a combo of 4 different sets plus a stencil. That might be a record for me!

The dragons are a fab set called ‘Dragon Plushies’ and I imagined him sailing ( or should that really be flying) off into the sunset but he was tired so he enlisted some help from some local balloons that were just hanging around (from the set ‘Plushies Down Under’) and as it’s a Birthday, I added in the sentiment from ‘Bitty Banners’ plus the scenery from ‘Scene It More’. Really hoping that the Sunny Day Stencil is back soon too!

Poor little Diagon was so shattered from his synchronised fire breathing competition he continued to let the balloons guide him whichever way they chose, and unfortunately for him they flew too close to the sun, burst and Diagon became ‘well done’.

Only joking.

He’s fine. He simply basked in the warmth of the Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide sunshine rays 😂 and flew safely back to his lair where his friend Dandruff Boy had a pizza prepped and Diagon completed the ‘dragon-fired’ pizza which is a speciality locally. They’d invited Kangaroo Dundee but he’d managed to get his corked hat stuck in some railings and last they heard, was waiting to be rescued from the Sydney Bridge!

Yes, my brain really is a whole lot of strange, but it keeps me from getting bored. Just in case you’re remotely interested, the balloons were coloured in using Nuvo Alcohol Markers!

I guess I should go now really. I’m hoping the story doesn’t detract from the wonderfulness of the new Clearly Besotted sets! Any sets jumping out at you so far?

I am popping back tomorrow with a thoroughly sensible and storyless card which is perfect for a new Home !!

Before you run for the hills, wondering which alternative reality you’ve reached, do pay a visit to the Clearly Besotted Blog, and to Lisa and Michelle who thankfully still have all their marbles and tonnes of creativity to boot!

Keren x

March 31, 2019 at 7:00 am 9 comments

Clearly Besotted April Teasers Day 3

G’day mate!!

I’m not simply stereotyping the Aussies; this new set with an Australian twist is entitled ‘Plushies Down Under’ and has that phrase as a sentiment.

I love the cityscape that I’ve tried to keep in the background so that Kangaroo Dundee was definitely the star!

I adore his little hat- and it seemed to have something missing. I know it’s a dreadful thing to suggest, but I really did want to fit in corks somewhere…apparently they were to ward off flies. The little kangaroo is a little too small for real corks so I wanted to give the hint of cork…

So I added some Nuvo Vintage drops and added some little black lines for the ‘string’. I absolutely adore all of the characters in this set.

In the spirit of full disclosure, the reason for the sentiment on a strip is because I messed up the stamping 😉. I had him sitting on it to try and make it more harmonious.

I hope you love this set- you’ll love some of hilarious sentiments ! Don’t leave before visiting the Clearly Besotted Blog then pop over to Mickey Mouse Michelle and Larrikin Lisa ( yup, they’re Aussie slang, you might want to google them 😂)!

Tomorrow I’m back with a card where ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ meets ‘Up’ ( minus the ugly crying!!).

Keren x

March 30, 2019 at 8:00 am 8 comments

Clearly Besotted April Teasers Day 2

Hello there! Welcome to the second day of Teasers.

I said yesterday that I’d introduce you to a new character friend of mine (am I allowed to have imaginary friends?!!)

This mini set ‘Fly With Me’ has a girl option to go inside the plane too. I’d always tend to pick the girl so decided to do a little boy instead!

I started off by stamping with Nuvo Hybrid ink and then colouring with Nuvo Alcohol Markers. I then added some layers of Prismacolor pencil shading over the top.

I actually stamped the image on a blank slightly larger than the size I wanted it to be. I drew pencil lines to the width necessary and then cut out around the overhanging part. I added lots of grey pencil to add dimension and stop the images look so flat.

But what about the dandruff I hear you ask??

Well, I have some new white gel pens and decided to use them to add the tiny white sparkle dots that I love. Thing is, these new pens are more blobby and come out fast, so I couldn’t be so delicate and poor ‘Paul in the plane’ has a decidedly bad case of dandruff. I couldn’t fix it, so I just had to go with it!! 😂

Well I do hope you love this little set. I would love to fly anywhere currently but before we do, there’s enough time to pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog , then Lisa and also fly over to visit Michelle before they call for boarding!

I’m still globetrotting tomorrow, with a card that would make Crocodile Dundee happy!!

Until then…

Keren x

March 29, 2019 at 8:00 am 7 comments

Clearly Besotted April Teasers Day 1

Hey everyone! I cannot believe that it is nearly April already! It’s Teaser time and I’m kicking off with a little fun Birthday card using the new set ‘My Favourite Food’. I love the idea of a cheese mountain!


For the background I’ve used one of the Clearly Besotted stencils. It’s temporarily out of stock, but if you follow this link you can add your email address and they’ll email you as soon as it’s back in stock (which won’t be long!!)


I firstly stamped the mouse, added a mask and then added the background using some Distress Oxide in Broken China.


I had fun choosing which the cheeses would be, and decided the pop of colour found in Edam would be perfect. I coloured the image using Nuvo Alcohol markers and added more detail using Prismacolors. The sentiment is tonnes of fun.


I hope you love this set as much as I do. Before you finish, do go and visit the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then do pop off to Michelle and Lisa.

Tomorrow, I have a card featuring a new character called Dandruff Boy! 😉

Keren x



March 28, 2019 at 8:00 am 7 comments

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