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Clearly Besotted Release Day

Well you’ve all been so patient waiting for this release! I’ve not managed to make cards with all the sets, but if you check out the Clearly Besotted blog and see Mona & Francine on Instagram, you’ll see some wonderful cards with the August release too. I’m hoping to get a chance to create with some of the August release, so keep your eye out for some extra Clearly Besotted posts.

The lure of gelato was too great. I had to make another card with the Ice Ice Plushies. Again, I’ve added a little melty part (see how they’re all stood in the melted strawberry and coconut icecream) as it needed to go with the sentiment. As a public service announcement in the strawberry and coconut vein- steer clear of the Starbucks new refreshing drink in that flavour. It’s not worth the money. I digress 😉

I love the no-line colouring technique, and whilst it’s not completely no line, it does give a softer look, which seems appropriate for soft-scoop!

These three bonded over frozen desserts, and meet up each week to try the latest flavours. The unicorn is regretting her choice of beetroot, peach and pistachio but it sure looks pretty. I partially die-cut a circle to create a cut out semicircle which looks more impactful in real life.

Kimono chose strawberry, bubblegum and Nutella. She likes to save her icecream but has waited too long and the strawberry is everywhere. Teddy is a little annoyed that he has sticky paws, but is consoling himself that his ice lolly is so tasty and refreshing. I added the little waffle and sprinkles details and then afterwards realised that the sprinkles are actually images in the set! Duh!

Well that’s all I have for this month; I didn’t cover all the sets, but if you have a look on the Clearly Besotted Blog, you’ll see all the sets plus on Facebook on their page you can enter to win the whole release.

There’s still Michelle to visit it today, so do go and say Hi. Do also go to see Alberto @loshakeratoalberto and Mona on Instagram and Francine Vuilleme  so there are lots of lovely blogs and Instagram to see today too.

As usual, the release goes live at 8pm GMT (BST). All sets are available tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Simon Says Stamp , Art CreatiuCloud 9 Crafts and Card Nouveau too.

Thanks for being with me this month, and for all your lovely comments- they really do make my day!

Keren x

July 22, 2021 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted July/Aug Teasers Day 4

Hello everyone! Hope you’re well today and not struggling too much with the heat. I love the sunshine but the heat…not so much!

I said yesterday I was bringing you a two-fer..well in fact it ended up being a three-fer. Let me start with the dud, and the evolution of the card! We just can’t love everything that we make- so I thought I’d show my process. It rarely happens that I try and improve my cards- I’d be more likely to ditch it and start again.

I kind of liked the ring from Ring Around Summer but who knows what I was thinking with the odd green lines- they’re not even the same shade!! So I decided to pull the ring off and try again. I’d coloured the images in with Copic markers and simply stamped with grey hybrid ink. So.. onto number two.

So adding the butterflies creates movement but I still didn’t love it. Full disclosure.. I just put the ring onto the back of the original card so I now have a ripped back -so if I need to send it, I’ll have to cut the front off and add it to another card blank. I should not have been so lazy and just popped it onto another blank. Duh.

So, I decided to go simpler still.

So I stamped in grey ink, added a violet grey and a darker grey to make the ring look dimensional and then coloured in the toucan. I trimmed out the inside of the ring and popped a dark purple strip behind it. It’s hard to see the colour from this photo.

The purple (despite it being my least favourite colour) gives a good contrast for the toucan. I prefer this card but they’re still not my favourite cards. I hope though, it gives you lots of ideas of how to use the set (plus my paddling pool card from Sunday).

I hope you’ve got time to visit the Clearly Besotted Blog, then onto LisaMichelle and Francine Vuilleme plus seeing Mona and Alberto over on Instagram.

See you tomorrow for Release Day!

July 21, 2021 at 8:00 am 12 comments

Clearly Besotted July/Aug Teasers Day 2

Hello again! How are you today? For any of you who missed the information yesterday, July and August are being released together due to some manufacturing delays that are now resolved and the September release teasers will begin on Sept 1st as usual.

This card is exactly how I felt yesterday…

The icecream is having a mare..it’s from the new set ‘Ice Ice Plushies’. As usual there are some fabulous sentiments and the cutest bunch of icecream friends. When I saw the cute icecream van, I knew I wanted to have it melting. It’s pretty easy- I just scribbled some blobs of pink using Copic markers. You can see the detail here- I added some waffle cone markings and some extra sprinkles. Imagine trying to lick an icecream THAT big!

The little guy holding onto his giant icecream, is sampling a Twister; I used to love those. My current childish favourite is Nobbly-Bobbly lollies. What’s your favourite?

So then, without further delay let me pass you over to the rest of the team and our lovely guests.

Do visit the Clearly Besotted Blog, then onto Lisa, Michelle and the lovely Francine Vuilleme plus visit Mona and Alberto over on Instagram

Thanks for visiting, I’ll see you tomorrow,

Keren x

July 19, 2021 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Altenew Craft-A-Flower: Daffodil & Glitter Cardstock Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone! So nice to welcome you to my blog. Today we’ve a double celebration; the Daffodil Craft-A-Flower and a lovely new collection of Glitter Cardstock in the most gorgeous colours. I’ve got one project using the new dies and 2 other projects just using the Glitter Cardstock Sets. You may have come from Maryam Perez’s blog, so a big hello if that’s the case. If you’d like to start at the beginning, do go to the Altenew Card Blog.

I’ve used the beautiful Craft-A-Flower Daffodil set (all links are affiliate ones) and I’ve used the Gilded Glitter Cardstock Set (which is 6 colours and 24 sheets in total) and the Forest Canopy Glitter Cardstock set (4 colours and 16 sheets). The Gilded colour is on the inside of the daffodil and the Forest Canopy on the leaves. You can also get the Craft-A-Flower Daffodil and Gradient Cardstock bundle (there’s a 5% discount).

Initially there will be a limited supply of the cardstock so if it’s not available when you want to purchase please sign up for back-in-stock notification on the product page to get notified by email as soon as the glitter cardstock sets are available again.

You might spy the background Moroccan Lattice Cover Die and the thought provoking sentiment is from the Slim Sentiments Die Set. I added some Grafix Duralar Matt film over the top of the Moroccan Lattice die to soften the effect and so it’s not fighting for the limelight with the beautiful daffodil.

Onto the next projects using the beautiful blues; Ocean Reflection Glitter Cardstock Set (4 colours and 16 sheets).

I chose the gorgeous Craft-A-Flower Buttercup die set to decorate the tag. I used some grey cardstock for the base and trimmed off slithers of the different coloured glitter cardstock and added white cardstock to highlight the glitter. Sometimes we can use it sparingly and it still creates impact.

Giveaway Prizes

There is $200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 07/13/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 07/15/2021.

Glitter is notoriously hard to photograph but the picture gives a real hint of the sparkle from the Ocean Reflection Glitter Cardstock Set. I added strips of each different colour in the set and put the Ornate Cover Die over the top. Adding the Hello from Hello & Hugs die set is the perfect finishing touch.

All that’s needed is for me to direct you to the lovely Karen Brown’s blog.

Thanks for joining me today and I’ll see you soon x

Altenew Card Blog

Emily Midgett

Amanda Baldwin

Erum Tasneem

Michelle Short

Dana Joy

Sandhya Iyer

Reiko Tsuchida

Terri Koszler

Nathalie DeSousa

Svitlana Shayevich

Jenny Colacicco

Tenia Nelson

Seeka

Virginia Lu

Verity Biddlecombe

Maryam Perez

Keren Baker you are HERE..

Karen Brown

Daniel Diaz

Erin Thompson

Carol Hintermeier

Bridget Casey

Colleen Balija

Tina Smith

Nenette S. Madero

Anna Mahtani

LauraJane

Preeti Chandran

Sande Woodson

Kelly Griglione

Linda Westfall

Natasha Davies

July 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm 38 comments

Clearly Besotted October Teasers – Baa Humbug

Well hello again! I hope you’re having a good day. Today’s post is being brought to you by Grumpy, Narky and Fedup. We probably all the trio; those dear souls that are a delight every day of the year, but at Christmas they really come into their own. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they delight in making everyone’s Christmas utterly wonderful (inject a supreme dose of sarcasm).

Aren’t they funny?! Well I added in one of the previous set’s images ; ‘Daschund Through’ for the background and then did a little masking for the Christmas tree to be behind the double stamped fence. I just love Narky (which is a Liverpool phrase for cross or grumpy) plopped atop the fence, trying to the block out the sumptuously lit Christmas tree.

I think that sheep perfectly epitomises all the wrong things about Christmas- or is he a eco- waaarior? It might be a statement against cutting down trees and preserving the environment! We do have a rather old fake tree which has offset its carbon footprint due to being hauled out each year. Truth be told, trees that drop needles are just another job to cope with at the busiest time of year, so a fake one suits me just fine!

So, poor old Fedup is slightly constricted by the lights wrapped around him by Grumpy who took exception to him mentioning that his hat was on crooked. They make a fine group and their ascerbic wit keeps them all company! This set is perfect for all the scrooges amongst us, or just those who enjoy a good smile at Christmas time.

We’re nearly at Release Day- only one more sleep! Until that point, do visit the Clearly Besotted Blog, then patter over to Lisa and Michelle. Not forgetting Caly or Francine too, who’ve had such lovely projects so far.

I’ll see you tomorrow with a project that looks like a 10 year old made it!!

Keren xx

September 30, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted July Release Day – All Four Seasons Hippos

Hello lovely Clearly Besotted fans and my blog friends. It’s finally Clearly Besotted’s July release day tonight at 8pm BST.

Today I’m showing the All Four Seasons Hippos set plus the Scene It Around Set 1. At this point, some of you might want to sing ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ and others of you will wonder what on earth I’m on about (see here for a slightly more classy version).

My pair are having a wonderful day out (socially distancing, of course!) somewhere near the white cliffs of Dover.

It’s easy to colour the scene, I’ve used Copics and lots of dots to create texture on the sand. The sea was easy too; just lots of wavy lines that will blend into each other.

The little hippo is enjoying his mint choc chip ice-cream. I rather would like to join them for a picnic on a balmy day.

Before the release, tonight, there’s more peeks at the sets over on the Clearly Besotted Blog and Michelle has her monthly roundup of the sets.

As usual, the Release goes live at 8pm GMT. All sets are available from 8pm GMT tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and also from Simon Says Stamp.

There is the giveaway on the Facebook page and also I need to tell you that if you order the whole release, there are some free gifts that come with it;

Scene It Around Additions Mini Stamp set, A Little Bumpy Stencil and 6 sheets of 6×6′ patterned paper.

We always enjoy hearing which sets are your must-haves. Which have tickled your fancy?

Keren x

July 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted July Teasers – Summer Corners

Hi again! Welcome to my blog for any of you who are new. We’re focussing on the latest Clearly Besotted release which is out tomorrow and I’m sharing projects using each of the sets. Today’s focus is on Summer Corners which is almost guaranteed to have you slapping on suncream and grabbing your summer hat in anticipation. It seems that we’ve had lots of summery days and hopefully not our last!

Summer Corners has 2 alternate ‘corners’ plus a single flamingo with a flower and leaf so there are lots of options. After making my card, I just couldn’t decide upon a sentiment, so I’ve left it blank ready for a ‘birthday’ or ‘hi’ card. I’ve used simple colouring with my Copics. For the leaves I’ve used the blender pen to dot onto the leaves. You have to go over the dots a few times, but the blender pushes away the colour and you’re left a bleached sort of look which adds some lovely texture to the leaves.

I’ve added my usual white gel pen work onto the other leaves, flowers and fabulous flamingo and then placed the panel in front of some more Lawn Fawn ‘Really Rainbow’ paper.

The whole vibe is really tropical and lovely- just what summer’s should be about. It might be more like ‘BBQ in your back garden’ this summer but hey, we can dream!

Next up, we have the Clearly Besotted blog to visit, then onto Lisa and Michelle for some gorgeousness.

See you tomorrow for Release Day!

June 30, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted July Teasers – Treehouse Treasures

Hello again, how are you doing? Thanks for joining me today for Day 3 of the Clearly Besotted Teasers. I’m using the Treehouse Treasures set and when I first saw it, it reminded me of one of my favourite childhood books; The Faraway tree. I had visions of extended the tree several times, and adding a saucepan to one of the character’s heads etc etc, but time ran away with me, so I’ve a more simple affair instead.

I adore the treehouse; I always wishes I’d had one as a child. I’d have taken a stash of books into it and read the hours away! There are plenty of characters to place in the tree or swing or on the ground. I reckon a bunch of them sat on a piece of patterned paper ‘picnic mat’ would look fabulous too.

Adding some more patterned paper (it’s all from Lawn Fawn – ‘Really Rainbow’) to the edges just finishes it off well.

The little guy with his heart echoes the sentiment perfectly. I kind of wish my house was up a tree, but I’m content with the one I have too! I’ve coloured them with Copic Markers and some detailing with Prismacolors.

There’s plenty more inspiration using the July Release, if you pop across to Clearly Besotted’s blog then onto Michelle and finally visit Lisa.

I do hope you’re all enjoying the release sneak peeks so far, and I’ll be back tomorrow with a thoroughly summer affair!

Keren x

June 29, 2020 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted July Teasers – Scene It Around

Hello again! I know it’s only nearly Christmas, I mean July! But you’ve heard of Christmas in July right? Plus it’s never too early to get a shift on with your Christmas cards. This Scene It Around II set also has a beautiful windmill scene that isn’t Christmassy, so it’s a greatly versatile set. It goes with the Scene It Around set that has a forest scene and a beach scene, so all seasons are covered. I’ve gone for a gently seasonal scene.

I used some navy pearlescent card which is softer than black and ties in well with the blue of the sky. Using some Copic Markers, I created the night sky, adding circular strokes to give an illusion of the moonlight cascading out. You can see below the sentiment which I’ve stamped on Duralar Matt which when heat embossed doesn’t warp like vellum. You can also see the sparkle of glitter on the trees ad ground. This scene would look wonderful bedecked in snow too.

I decided to add some stars and attached them to some embroidery thread. It’s easy to do. If you find some of them falling off, simply add a star behind the thread (so 2 stars sandwiching the thread between them) and that will keep them from detaching as easily. I’ve added gel pen stars to give more of a night sky and complete the scene.

I love that all of these scenes are round. I fitted mine perfectly behind a circle aperture, but they’ll look equally as good trimmed and mounted on a card front, or just stamped directly for a one layer card.

So as usual, I’ll be recommending you visit the Clearly Besotted Blog, then go and see lovely Lisa and Michelle.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another superbly cute set.

Keren x

June 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 7 comments

Clearly Besotted July Teasers – Thanks A Melon

Hello lovely friends! How are you all doing? We’re starting a new round of teasers for the July release. There are 6 stamp sets plus free gifts if you order the whole release (more on that later in the teasers).

It’s certainly starting to feel like summertime isn’t it? I thought I’d begin with this fun set ‘Thanks A Melon’. Aren’t these guys cute!

The set has the fabulous water swirl stamp, which would also make a great water slide for lots of Clearly Besotted creatures.

The little guy is careering down the water in a watermelon. It could easily be coloured into all sorts of melon varieties or even a coconut shell as it’s the right shape and markings.

Little Henry is busy munching away on his watermelon. I have to say that watermelons always seem to look better than they taste ( or is there a secret I need to know about!).

Everything has been coloured with alcohol markers and then little details added with gel pen. I’m trying to use up more patterned paper so I’ve used bits here and there for this month’s release.

I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s projects this week. Please pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog then over to Michelle and Lisa’s blogs

June 27, 2020 at 8:00 am 6 comments

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