Clearly Besotted Release Roundup

Good morning ( or afternoon!!) or whenever you’ve come to visit!

I hope you’ve all loved the new release which is available now. I said I’d post one of my less favourite projects. So here it is.

Sometimes people can feel overwhelmed particularly if you’re just starting out colouring. So I’ve coloured using only one colour per area- no shading, just simply colouring that a 10 year old could do easily. Nothing scary!!

The eagle eyed amongst you might notice that the unicorn set ‘All I Want‘ doesn’t have flying unicorns. That matters for this card ! The Sweet Angel set comes to rescue!

Here’s why…

Una was a magical creature, having to hide herself away as people would regularly stop her and try to cut some of her multicoloured hair to use as decorations. She lived a lonely life and often wandered around the streets of England peering through the windows particularly at Christmas time. She was mesmerised by the angels on the trees and wanted to be the star rather than a hidden extra. She wrote a letter to Hippo Santa explaining how she’d been so very good and all she wanted to be was the magical fairy on a Christmas tree.

Santa wrote back and whilst being sympathetic, explained that Una’s love of Unicorn Frappuccinos and Cotton candy ( whilst acknowledging that no one ever actually used real unicorns in the making of the said treats) had resulted in her having a larger girth than was practical for sitting atop any bedecked pine tree.

Una was heartbroken. Santa was surely not implying she was portly and not granting her the very thing she longed for? But Una wasn’t a snowflake, in fact, Santa’s refusal had ignited a pastel multicoloured fire in her oversized belly. She would get there herself. Most magical creatures have a love of the Poundshop, and Una was no exception. She trotted through the pound store ( whilst invisible- obvs!!) and purchased some sparkly angel wings- completely forgetting that she was a winged unicorn and didn’t actually need any.

She wasn’t stupid though, she heeded Santa’s advice and flew through London, (complete with the light up fairy wings) in search of a tree befitting her stature. She found the perfect place; the Norwegian tree in Trafalgar Square. Una hovered and landed on the top and for one glorious moment, she shone like the stars and was a beautiful fairy, until the sharp point of the fir poked her so hard that she was forced to alight and return to the shadows.

I have tried to capture her moment of triumph using Nuvo drops and the fabulous tree from Trimming The Tree and hope you leave my blog inspired that you can do anything even if Santa says you can’t! 😂

Thanks for tolerating my ridiculousness and hope to see you back here very soon!

Keren xx


October 2, 2018 at 11:42 am 8 comments

Clearly Besotted October Release Day

Well it’s finally here! Release Day!

I was going to post another project that I’d prepared but I couldn’t resist creating a project using this fabulous mini set- ‘Merry Mouse’. The little characters are completely captivating. When I saw the stocking it reminded me of a boot. I imagined a table with the mouse offloading the cookies left for Santa. I was delighted that the mouse was facing exactly the right way to dangle a string tied with cookies to the waiting collector!

The biscuit on the plate is easy to trim off, so that meant I could add them to dangle down the embroidery thread.  I only bothered tying one on, hoping that your brain would replicate it subconsciously!!

The table couldn’t have been simpler- just two pieces of brown cardstock rounded slightly at the edges. I didn’t add detail as I wanted the focus to be on the mice rather than other elements. I then coloured in the elements with Nuvo Alcohol pens.

Sometimes simple ideas turn out just right! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a selection of this bumper release and would love to know which sets are your favourites!

Tonight (at 8pm GMT) all the new products become available in our store and at Simon Says Stamp.

There are still some inspiring projects from Michelle & Lisa. I think Michelle also has a video posting later today, so do check out her blog later. Of course Stephanie and Jenny have some amazing inspiration on the Clearly Besotted blog too!

Do have a lovely day, and hope to see you tomorrow with an extra Clearly Besotted project involving a precariously balanced unicorn!

Keren xx

October 1, 2018 at 8:00 am 8 comments

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 4

Hello! I hope you’re well.

I’m back with the last of the Teasers as tomorrow it’s Release day!

One of the really popular sets over the past month or two has been the adorable hippos- and they’re making a Christmassy entrance this month with some more images. I don’t think I could tire of these guys. The set is called ‘Hippo Christmas’ ( say it quick and you’ll get it!) It comes with coordinating dies too.

My project is a little pop-up guy, disguised as Santa and going up and down the chimney!

I first coloured the ‘Santa’ with watercolours and then attached him to a strip of acetate. The rest was created using a roof shaped piece of card and I cut out another piece for a chimney. I scribbled some AquaFlow browns onto the piece for bricks and then added the chimney to the roof.

Cut a slit in the roof and then thread the Santa through. I did it with acetate so you can still read the sentiment no matter what position the hippo is in. Then add foam pads to the reverse and adhere to the base card. I cut some snow from white card and then put a load of vintage Nuvo drops all over it.

The sentiment is from the new release; Scrumptious Holidays.

Here’s the hippo when the tab is pulled down. I added a little washi tape to the bottom so the recipient could see there was something to pull. I did have ‘when Santa got stuck up the chimney’ whilst I was making this. It seemed particularly apt as the acetate would on occasion get stuck to the edges of the foam pads!

In case interactive cards aren’t your thing, I made a simple tag to show just how effective the images are when they’re the focal point too!

Well, that’s all from me today! Do please pop across to the lovely Lisa and lovely Michelle– not forgetting the Clearly Besotted Blog too!

I’ll be back tomorrow on Release Day with another of my favourite projects for this release. Until then….

Keren xx

September 30, 2018 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 3

Hello lovely readers!

Welcome to Day 3 of the October release countdown. Today I’m using the sublime ‘Hang Around’ set which has a selection of baubles. They really have a gorgeous paisley vibe and would look amazing in rich jewel tones. I’ve gone in a different direction completely.

I began by white heat embossing the baubles onto some watercolour cardstock and then adding some Nuvo AquaFlow markers for a watercolour effect. Add more and more depth of colour to the very edge of the baubles to give dimension. I used black and grey for the inside of the baubles and then coloured the top of the baubles using a gold gel pen.

Once I’d added the gold embossed sentiment, I added some Caramel Cream Nuvo drops and then matt and layered the image. It was a lot of simple watercolour scribbling, and is easy enough for anyone to do! It’s such a gorgeous set!

I have loved seeing what Michelle and Lisa have created so far this month. Do visit the Clearly Besotted blog to see more wonders too!

I’m back tomorrow with a simple pop-up!

See you then x

September 29, 2018 at 8:00 am 8 comments

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 2

Hello again! Hope you’re having a wonderful day. Thankyou for all your lovely comments across social media about yesterday’s post. Seems like everyone loves angels!

Today, we’re changing gear and looking at a thoroughly wintry scene using the new set ‘Christmas Hoot’. The little owls also come with matching dies, so you can die-cut to your hearts content!

I had some navy pearlescent card lying around and thought it would make a good base…

Aren’t they the hootest!! The lamppost isn’t a stamp- just sketched onto a piece of cardstock, coloured in and trimmed out. Google is your friend in these situations; just search for whatever image you need and sketch away. Failing that, print it out and trace around it!

I coloured in using Nuvo Alcohol markers and simply added a flurry of snow using Nuvo drops in Pearl.

They look like they’re having the greatest time. I suspect they’ve been carol singing and the owl on the left got really into the song but he has an issue with timing, and because of the bells on his jumper, he was ringing out of time and the other owls got really cross and abandoned the Christmas sing along. He does look a little forlorn with his lit up Pound shop antlers, but the other owls are making the best of it and then they’re all heading off home for hoot chocolate!! 😂

Well we’re going more sophisticated tomorrow, so please pop back again!

Before then, Lisa

and Michelle would love you to visit and of course, no Teasers day would be complete without a trip to the Clearly Besotted blog

See you tomorrow,

Keren x

September 28, 2018 at 8:00 am 8 comments

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 1

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another new set of teaser posts! Clearly Besotted has a bumper release this month and there is SO much to see! I think this first project is my favourite of all of them so I thought I’d show you first!

The actual ‘Sweet Angel’ (complete with matching dies) stamp set doesn’t have a nativity theme- but as soon I saw the angels, I knew I wanted to make a host of angels from as described in the Christmas account. (I know angels were male.. but go with me!!).

I simply stamped them with Black Shadow Hybrid ink and coloured with Nuvo alcohol pens then added some Prismacolor pencil details.

To make the background, I added small circles of blended Squeezed Lemonade & Fossilized Amber Distress ink, then surrounded it all using Black Soot Distress ink. Add a few fine drops of water and then lots of mini stars.

The sentiment is from Scrumptious Holidays, which has lots of really useful Christmas sentiments.

To see the other girls magnificent creations- do visit



and the Clearly Besotted blog of course too! See you tomorrow for Christmassy greetings of  different kind!


September 27, 2018 at 8:06 am 7 comments

Reinker Topic with JoFY stamps

Hello everyone!

Hope you’re having a good day. I’m over on the PaperArtsy blog today with a post all about using Jo Firth-Young’s new Christmas stamps with Distress Oxide reinkers.

Here’s a little peek….

To see how Distress Oxides work with crackle glaze (& what happens to the colour) , I’d love you to visit the blog

Thanks so much!

Keren x

September 24, 2018 at 7:05 pm 1 comment

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