Clearly Besotted January Teasers Day 1

Helloooo!! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas. Just like that, it’s just over for another year and we’re swinging into Teaser Time!

Today I’m using a set called ‘Creating Chemistry’ and it’s cute meets love meets nerd with a little ‘best teacher’ thrown in for good measure; i.e. the perfect all rounder set and great for teens and blokes too!

The story behind this is a little fantastical- so bear with me!! Yes, it is supposed to be a double helix, and no, I haven’t lost the plot (I lost that a long time ago!!). The double helix was drawn freehand to go with the idea I had in my head.

There were three cute scientists trying to solve the problem of unrequited love. They were getting closer to finding the magical ingredient that would make everyone fall in love with you. Despite warnings from other leading scientists that the world wasn’t ready for this discovery, they continued with their quest.

The formula had be calculated and the proofs were ready. They decided to create the formula and unfortunately it caused an explosion. The scientists shrunk to the microscopic size where a double helix was larger than them and it spun them around, creating a mini cyclone which split the helix and tiny shards flew across the room. Is there a happy ending? No, only a sage warning that no-one needs everyone to fall in love with them- it could get very complicated!

The scientists never regained their size, they live under the floorboards of a laboratory conducting experiments of their own!!

So now we’d love you to visit the Clearly Besotted blog, Michelle and Lisa! They’ll have wonderful cards and tags for you, and hopefully with a little more sanity in them!

See you tomorrow,

Keren xx

December 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted December Release Day !

It’s that time again!! It’s Release Day and I used the Dog Years set. This card is partly in sympathy with all of those people who have birthdays around Christmas and New Year. Being one of those people, it’s often frustrating having to wait a whole year with no fun interruption like a birthday!

So I thought I’d throw a fun party for these twin doggies and there had to be two cakes. It’s no good them sharing a cake; it really wouldn’t do! They need one each!

We certainly need more celebrations; 2020 has seemed a little bereft of them! The best parties should be done on a table!

Having had twins, you certainly need two cakes and plenty of decorations and if you’re not fortunate enough to avoid the Christmas period when celebrating a birthday, it needs to be as un-Christmassy as possible!

The mini bunting was easy to do using twine and a hole punch! The tablecloth is a piece of patterned paper folded with foam pads to give the tablecloth structure.

We’re nearly at Release time! The release goes live at 8pm GMT. All sets are available tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Simon Says Stamp.

Before we get to 8pm, maybe you can pass the time by popping over to the Clearly Besotted Blog , Michelle has her usual round up video and blog post

Don’t forget to visit Facebook and enter the Release Day competition to win the entire release. The big bundle will be available as usual, this month there’s a free stamp and stencil.

I’d love to know which sets have fired your imagination!

I’ll be back soon,

Keren x

December 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted December Teasers Day 4

Hello lovely blog visitors, how are you today? I said today’s post was about heading towards a celebration and the set I’m showing today is called ‘Year Of You’. It contains all the animals for each Chinese Year of the … plus a few other elements too. When I saw the set it made me think of many scenes that I’ve seen with people letting off Chinese lanterns, so I created this.

It’s actually quite hard to make a realistic backdrop…and you may not want to try and replicate this as it took a load of colouring and it didn’t even look smooth. It looks streaky! I suspect that if I’d added a few more layers then maybe it would have ended up looking much better.

This little guy is sat on a jetty somewhere gazing into the night sky. I’ve used the little tiger. Isn’t he adorable.

You can see the pencil markings above, I was trying to make it look like the glow of the lanterns. I added gold stars and white gel pen for a little more atmosphere.

It’s amazing how you can take two small images and conjure up a whole card with them. They may be small, but they are mighty!!

With more celebratory ideas, please visit the Clearly Besotted Blog, then Michelle and Francine too x

November 30, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted December Teasers Day 3

I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying these teasers…I hope you’re having a lovely day. Today’s ‘offering’ is a little different. This set called “Picture It Stars’ is a fabulous backdrop for many different plushies and Clearly Besotted characters. I actually coloured one guy to add to the scene, but it ended up looking better without, so I’ve done a card that might just suit a guy pretty perfectly- plus I’m sure would appeal to lots of females too.

It’s rare that I do one suitable for men but I really enjoyed creating this. I’m still raiding my patterned paper; such a sneaky shortcut and I do need to reduce the stash! I actually stamped in black, coloured the stars in white and then added gold to most of the star. As the paper is so dark, if I’d only put the gold gel pen on first, it wouldn’t have shown up very well. I left a small edge of white to add a highlight.

I then stamped the main image onto white cardstock and coloured in with alcohol markers and Prismacolor pencils for details…

All that was left was to add a curved piece of purple patterned paper and the sentiment and add a white die-cut frame to finish it off. It will look amazing with little critters added, but I thought the stamp set by itself looks fabulous too.

See you tomorrow for something heading towards a celebration.

Keren x

I can’t wait to see what Clearly Besotted have produced today, plus Michelle and Lisa then our guest Francine too!

November 29, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted December Teasers Day 2

Welcome back ! We have a musical theme going on today. Plus the design is influenced by Covid-19 ! The set is called ‘Howl, It’s Christmas!’

They’re a funny bunch, and normally the Pemberley Pooch Choir would be going around the village, knocking on doors and singing their heart out to raise money for the local cat shelter. Despite there being a ban on singing (for reasons of reducing the spread of the virus) they couldn’t miss out on singing carols so they decided to temporarily move into Barney’s big spacious house so they could spend the month of December singing and sharing Christmas together.

Normally I’d have created a window scene looking outside with the animals singing in the winter air, but thought the ‘bubbled’ pooches might be just as much fun. The window needed curtains, so I ransacked my fabric collection and sewed 2 thin strips (just a straight line- anyone can do that) and adhered them behind the die cut frame.

I’d quite like some of those curtains myself. I then coloured the scene using alcohol markers but added some softness using Prismacolor pencils. They are a lively bunch aren’t they and apart from mistakenly stamping a musical note so that it was sticking out of Rufus’ head, I didn’t make too many errors.

I added the Christmas tree behind them all and added the bone bedecked music stand on foam pads for a little height. I used up a little bit of patterned paper. Barney certainly has good taste in carpets!!

So. Now off to the Clearly Besotted Blog then to visit Lisa and Michelle then our guest Francine for more merriment.

See you tomorrow for more teasers!

Keren x

November 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted December Teasers Day 1

Hello friends! How are you doing? I’m excited to bring you the latest sets about to launch from Clearly Besotted. It’s mostly winter and Christmas themed and they’re that speedy posting out that you’d have plenty of time to create with them before Christmas gets here.

Kicking off (or should I say sliding into) day one, we have Snowy Day Play. The hippos are making a welcome return, bedecked in piste outfits and ready for serious fun.

So….the scene involves 3 friends. There’s Shirley Show Off- you know the one; always good at absolutely everything and she couldn’t wait to fly through the air, much to the despair of Henry who has never got the knack of skiing and is at more at home plunged head first in the snow. Bertie is on the beginner slopes but is truthfully happier sat warm in a log cabin supping marshmallow and cream topped hot chocolate.

Don’t you wish you were tucked up cosy in a cabin right now?! This set has lots of elements that you make a myriad of scenes with. I added some spots to Henry’s hats and it’s fun adding colour to the skis too.

Now I just added some patterned paper that wasn’t supposed to be snowy, but I reckon it fits the bill. I extended the stamped line at both ends so it fitted the card and then just added the stamped and coloured hippos.

It’s a really easy set to create wonderful scenes with. I hope you enjoyed this first sneak peek.

There’s plenty more to see. Firstly, off to Clearly Besotted’s blog, then we’d love it if you visited my teamies – Michelle and Lisa and our lovely guest this month- Francine

See you tomorrow,

Keren x

November 27, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted Extra Inspiration

I wanted to create this last project as a little extra. I couldn’t leave the set alone. I wanted to make a simple tag. Simply stamp the gnome and colour him in.

Aren’t the tiny stars so cute! They were the perfect backdrop on some patterned paper. I just added details and then thought I’d bring extra details onto the hat using craft drops.

He has so much character and I love his patterned hat so much. I thought he should have a blue nose too! I added some pencil onto the snow to reflect the light from his lantern.

I do hope you love this Gnome For Christmas set. I’m hoping there are still some sets left for you. Do sign up for any sets that you want online, you’ll be notified as soon as they’re back in stock.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Keren x

November 2, 2020 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted November Release Day!

It’s Release Day! Yay! I’ve focused on Spell The Season, as it’s such a versatile and useful set. You can spell out any sentiment and you can colour them in whatever colour combo you desire. One of my favourites is red, aqua and green.

It’s such a great set. After stamping and colouring, I added some pencil detailing with Prismacolor pencils. I stamped the Santa from Balloon Bunch Christmas to make him look as if he was jumping off the sentiment.

Yes, Santa and peace on earth really don’t go together. Peace on earth is rarely anything to do with Santa, but I needed a little character to go on the card. I added the pearls from Lucys Cards for some texture.

So I hope this set has given you lots of ideas. There are still lots of inspirational projects to see. Check out the Clearly Besotted Blog, Michelle, Lisa and also Keeway.

We’re at Release time! The release goes live at 8pm GMT. All sets are available tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Simon Says Stamp.

I’m actually back with one more project, so do come back tomorrow, for a little more gnome!

See you then,

Keren x

November 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted November Teasers Day 4

Ohh it’s nearly release day! Haven’t the sneaks from everyone been soo good. This is a sneak that shouldn’t have been! I was trying to schedule this one the other week and WordPress despite me scheduling for the correct date, decided to publish it straightaway. I think there was an issue with my connection and it didn’t catch up with my edits . As a result of that, so you didn’t feel shortchanged. I’ve actually scheduled another project the day after Release Day, so you get 6 for 5! Anyway, onto today. I’m finally using the main images from Prancing Plushies.

Duffle the Reindeer decided he’d try and get down the chimney like he’d seen Santa do so many times, but he got stuck. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t get up or get down. Rudolph had to rescue him and he was so embarrassed that his nose glowed nearly as vociferously as Rudolph’s!!

Isn’t he the cutest ! I used lots of glitter, which is hard to see in these photos but is all over the roof and some on the hills. The images are coloured with alcohol markers and then details added with Prismacolor pencils.

There are so many scenes you can create with this set and I can’t wait to see what you all create with these new sets.

I’m looking forward to seeing what amazing projects the Clearly Besotted girls and Lisa and Michelle have created.

It’s release day tomorrow, so I’ll be back with a cute card using the Spell The Season.

Keren x

October 31, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted November Release Day 3

Hello friends! I’m so glad that you’re loving these new stamp sets. We have so much fun trying to bring you projects to hopefully inspire you. Today I’, sticking with just one set ( oh, ok, the sentiment is from Ring Around Christmas!!) and as soon as I saw the set, I knew I had to have them racing down a snowy mountain!

I just saw the baubles and thought they looked like snowballs. Who said you can’t have bauble races down snow-clad hills! That’s my idea of fun- as long as there’s hot chocolate waiting foe me afterwards!

I chose 3 characters and decided to go full on bling with the snowball/baubles. I rather enjoyed colouring the fairy to have teal coloured hair- perhaps that should be a colour I try too!

There wasn’t much to making this card. Just some patterned paper for the background, a freehand cut slope out of white cardstock and then alcohol marker coloured characters. Add a few movement pen strokes and add a load of translucent glitter onto the baubles.

It all came together pretty quickly. This one would be easy enough to make batch cards with. Speaking of other cards, it’s time to visit the Clearly Besotted Blog and then roll over to see Michelle and Lisa !

See you tomorrow with my already sneaked card (thanks WordPress!),

Keren x

October 30, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

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