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Clearly Besotted Release Day!

Today is the day; the day when you can get your hands on these sets!

Which sets do you have your eye on? I’m showing you a really pretty and very summery set called ‘Sweet Berries’. It has an accompanying die set available with it too.


Before you think I’ve just laid out a random collection of cardstock- they all are attached to an acetate base! I do like colouring, but sometimes there isn’t time, and you need a speedy solution! Well, this is it! Some multi coloured inking that overlaps to make a patterned cardstock. I plumped for the raspberries as they’re one of my favourite fruits.


Whilst I fear that our British summer has actually come and gone (haha), I can at least forward to raspberries, strawberries, Eton Mess, Pavlova, meringues, strawberries and cream and the rest!!

Today you can get the sets from the Clearly Besotted store and Simon Says Stamp from 8pm BST.

What a great release don’t you think? I’ve loved all these sets and wonder which ones will sell out first?

See you soon!

Keren x


July 1, 2018 at 9:00 am 2 comments

Winnie and Walter Premiere Day 2

Welcome back to Day 2 of the Winnie & Walter release. Everyone seems to be loving this release so far. There is the chance to win it all- if you pop over to this post.

Today I’m focusing on a set of dies called Big Balloon Cutaways. These are wonderful for creating shaker cards as they have an inner dotted die for each of the larger dies enabling a shaker frame to be easily created. Instead, I’ve created a project using the smaller dies.

I decided to create an acetate base and arrange the die cut balloons on it in a pattern. Trim off any edges that protrude and then add some Distress ink onto the new Birthday Cutaway and some extra balloons.

The little ribbons are part of the balloon die set and I’ve stacked the die cut onto a purple die cut to give a shadow. Avoiding adhesive is always a challenge- the solution this time is to die cut a matching set of balloons and adhere them onto the reverse of the front side so no adhesive is visible.

Add twine strings before the birthday die cut is adhered and glue the strings in a curled design.

Do go and see the Winnie and Walter blog for more inspiring projects using the new products.

See you tomorrow  for Day 3

Keren xx

June 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm 5 comments

STAMPtember Clearly Besotted! 

Hi there! I’m delighted to be showcasing a new stamp set…all especially designed forexclusive_clearly-besotted-01

I can’t imagine many of you haven’t heard about #Stamptember, but it’s the monthly long celebration from Simon Says Stamp where lots of your favourite stamping companies release new sets especially for the event.

Clearly Besotted are no different, and they’ve designed a wonderful new set called Layered Chrysanthemumssss101661

What a beautiful set! I decided to go with a pink colour way but instead of keeping it as a 2d image, I snipped into some of the petals and glued the overlap so it ended up like this!

I loved creating this acetate based card. This next photo will give you a better idea of how I snipped into the card to create the effect. Aren’t the blooms just gorgeous!img_7572

To stamp them, it’s  a 3 step system. If you call the largest solid flower stamp No.1 and then the next biggest No.2 and the smallest No.3, I found it was easy to stamp if you stamped No.1, then No.3 and lining up No.2 stamp was pretty easy. Start with the solid stamp in the lighter colour and the smallest in the darkest shade.

I actually only stamped two of the leaf stamps rather than the three so it kept the leaves looking lighter.


The sentiment is heat embossed into Dura Lar matt and then attached to the stripes and adding a few sequins to finish.

I hope you love this set as much as I do.

Check out all the releases so far this month for the Stamptember celebration here.

Do go and visit the Simon Says Stamp blog for some gorgeously creative inspiration from the rest of the team.

Thanks for visiting me and hope to see you soon xx

September 21, 2016 at 5:00 am 8 comments

Roundup of Seven Hills Crafts projects

Hi! How are you? 

I’m really aware that I’d forgotten to post some of my projects on the Seven Hills Crafts blog so thought I’d post a selection with links to the blog post if you want more info about the products and how I achieved them.

Check out the details for these two Mama Elephant projects here

This fun birthday inspired project here

And lastly  

This sticker stamping technique here

Hope you have a lovely weekend ( what’s left of it),

and I’ll see you soon xx 

August 7, 2016 at 1:50 pm 6 comments

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Week 3 with 3D cards


Hello again! Welcome to the Saturday spot this week. It’s been brilliant fun preparing all of these projects and this week as Winnie & Walter’s Leading Lady I’m talking about 3D cards.

I love this crafting genre (I’ve decided that crafting should have genre 😉 ). Anything that is sticking out, above, below… off the page etc. are my favourites. You probably have seen a fair bit of this if you visit my blog regularly so I thought we’d look at this topic today.


I’m only posting one of the 3 projects here. You know the score… want to see the rest and how I’ve made them?..pop over to the Winnie & Walter blog. Hopefully you can see the little elements popping off the page!

For this project I’ve used acetate and the fabulous In Bloom; Addie’s Garden & In Bloom; Lola’s Bouquet with Joni Andaya

plus also the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways

Because I’m doing the Leading Lady spot this month, the lovely Julie & Shay also have generously given a $30 voucher for their store for me to give away.


All you have to do is leave a comment on any of the 4 blog posts over the 4 Saturdays on this blog in October and this week tell me where you live in the world; I’d love to know! I’ll randomly pick a winner on October 31st and post their name on my blog on Sat Nov 1st.

To see all 3 projects, do go and visit the Winnie & Walter blog

Can’t wait to be back next Saturday.. for the last time with…you’ll have to wait and see! xx

October 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm 35 comments

Tricky Surfaces

   Thought I’d show you something I posted for Make The Day Special Stamp Store this week.
I combined several tricky surfaces and trying to photograph it was even more complex! 

The base is a simple acetate one. We all know that’s hard to attach things to! I die cut the Neat And Tangled Triangle die onto some vellum and decided to mimic the triangle shapes with some stitching to adhere both surfaces together. 

There is some stitching that’s seen- but I tried to sew it making as much hidden as possible. 

It’s hard to see from the photo, but the vellum panel sticks off the side at an angle. 

The circle is made using the Everyday Collection papers from Avery Elle plus the sentiment is some Flitter Glu onto vellum with Silver flakes. I’ve trimmed it out and attached it with tiny drops of glue behind the sentiment.

 Just added a few of Little Things sequins from Lucy’s Cards and it’s done. 

What are the hardest mediums you find using ? 

See you soon xx

August 21, 2015 at 11:54 am 5 comments

‘Off The Card’ Project & Changes



Up on the Make The Day Special Stamp Store blog this week- we have a series called  Contrasts and we’ve all paired up to do a day or more each. I got ‘Colour vs Black and White’.

Sarah and I picked the Altenew stamp set ‘Painted Butterflies’altenewShe did an amazing job-going all beautifully subtle. I wanted to do bright. To make the card- I cut out a hollow heart shape from acetate. I folded it in half and stacked the foam pads so the heart remained at an angle.closeupSimple- just a really fun idea to extend beyond your card blank!closeI added a strip of acetate that I tucked behind the heart and then added the sentiment.

This week at home we’re embracing changes. My eldest wanted a new bed. Between sourcing one and helping her (or Steve, to be in fact) pick up the bed, then realising it was the wrong one.

Then she decided to take down the bunk beds herself. Cue more Steve and then me to clean up the aftermath. The room is normally shared and so we had to remove some of the other daughters belongings and stuff them somehow into the next room. The next room is in fact the younger boys room who were initially reasonably happy with the arrangement but as the new sibling brings a whirlwind of mess with her, the changes are being embraced slowly.

Thing is. The colour of the bed was wrong.

So back to Ikea.

Problem is now… the mattress is uncomfortable.

Cue ANOTHER trip to Ikea.

At quite a trek from here to there the bed is turning out quite possibly the most expensive in history.

On the plus side, she’s very very happy.

The changes I wish would happen involve getting the dog trained.

In so many areas.

Trained for starters to not mess in the kitchen.

I came down the other morning to find …well…the mess is indescribable.

Let’s hope he changes soon..

See you when I’ve taken out shares in kitchen roll, poop bags and Antibacterial spray. xx

April 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm 4 comments

Avery Elle Challenge!

Hi! Just sliding in with a late entry to the Avery Elle I❤️U challenge. It’s a sketch challenge and it’s yonks since I’ve joined in. Here’s the sketch

Here’s my card to fit the challenge

I love the movement in the sketch and my ‘movement’ is using the balloon -albeit in a different direction! I’ve stayed true to the rough placement of the other elements.
It’s created on acetate and the duck from Avery Elle’s Story Book set

You can get that set over at The Day Special Stamp Store
I’ve cut out a panel centrally and then added some patterned paper behind it on the inside to give some depth and a background to the moving balloon. The duck and balloon are stamped onto the acetate panel and then stamped and coloured separately onto some white card. Trim out the elements and adhere them behind the acetate with clear adhesive to give a cool dimensional effect- hard to capture it on camera without getting your reflection too!
Do visit the challenge blog- they’ve another challenge coming up really soon!

See you shortly..I’m still on my phone and still no connection.

September 27, 2014 at 2:37 am 10 comments

Hello Autumn & Scouring!

I hope you’re all ok. I hope you haven’t got your winter jumpers on just yet, but as it’s feeling autumnal outside, I thought I’d say hello to Autumn/Fall with this little card that I’ve posted today over on Make The Day Special Stamp Store too.
It’s using a mix of several sets..

And Love You S’more

And the Into The Woods set

I’ve also used the tiny heart dies from the Hello Baby lawn cuts die set as the ‘leaves’ falling off the tree.
I’ve die cut the letters from the card base, kept the inside parts of the numbers and used acetate behind the card as a base to adhere the insides of those numbers too. It’s one of those cards that’s hard to capture the essence of!

We’ve been scouring on many fronts. I’m a big fan of picking free fruit– and by that, I don’t mean my neighbours apple tree ( should he have one!!)
But ..blackberries!!
They’re one of my favourite fruits and this time of year they’re often in abundance.
Assuming of course, you know where to find them.
I’m scratching my head trying to think where to go in Liverpool and may have a jaunt out with the kids a little later with plastic boxes in hand.
A few years ago we holidayed near a park that had TONS of blackberries and no-one was picking them.
Holiday or not, I collected loads and made blackberry curd, jam and crumble with them.
Why would you turn down free fruit?!!

There was also some flurried scouring going on last week when we were on holiday and my eldest fell over and scraped her knee. We were on the outskirts of Gateshead in a mostly industrial park ( we’d parked there to walk into the centre).
As she got up, after grazing her knee, she could not believe that there was a £10 note lying on the ground.
Bizarre really.
She took it as ‘compensation’ for falling over. The other kids could not believe it was there and spent the next couple of hours with their eyes on the ground and looking in the bushes trying to find another elusive £10!
It certainly cheered her up!

Before I go- I’ll be posting the winner of the giveaway later this week. Stay tuned!!

See you once they’ve all gone back to school and the house becomes quiet again 😉!

September 2, 2014 at 10:46 am 6 comments

Gallery Idol Round 4 !

Here we are again!
This time…border stamps.
I collected my vast (not) collection of border stamps and the one that jumped out at me was this set by WPlus9

I love the movement in the borders and I got thinking about using an idea I’ve had in my head since this contest began. I wanted to coil acetate. So first I stamped it one side with the stars in gold ink and the opposite with white

In order to make it coil, I thought I’d anchor the twist to the back of the panel and cut two slits in the card

20140608-163032-59432821.jpg then all I needed to do was twist the acetate and slot it into the slits, securing at the back.

I spied some Tim Holtz arrows that my good friend Carole had sent me and it seemed perfect to fit inside the coil.. and voila..the concept for the card was clearer.

Now the sentiment positioning was sorted, I wanted to use the border stamps to create more movement at the bottom of the arrow and thought I could also use another small border stamp to act as a shadow to the stitching ‘flames’ I wanted to do. First I did the stamping (actually, first I tried it out on scrap paper as because my concept was organic, I was doing everything in the wrong order!!

20140608-164634-60394529.jpg I also gold embossed the sentiment BEFORE I stitched as I knew I could redo the stamping if I needed but redoing the stitching would have taken forever!!

At this point I got a little stuck. It looked a bit dull and I couldn’t find a colour to add as a matt behind.
I came back to it the next day and spied some Coredinations glitter card and thought a double colour would be fun

20140608-165030-60630175.jpg I also added some teeny gold and red flat sequins to echo the ‘flames’ and give more movement.
So nearly done, the white space at the top right was bugging me…looked just too empty. I left it another night and came back to an idea of spraying a red and gold mist onto some card, stamping the border out and cutting out the individual stars. Yup, these stars are crazily small. Took quite a while.
I’d finished it. I never take this long to make a card. Ever.

Hope you like it.
That’s using border stamps 4 ways.
1.Onto an acetate strip
2.As a vehicle to show movement ( the dotted swooshes)
3.As a shadow to my stitching
4.Cut out as individual embellishments.
Hope it’s enough for a little vote?! You can vote right here
Thankyou to all of you xx
Back a little later with a PaperArtsy post xx

June 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm 20 comments

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