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Clearly Besotted October Release Day

Welcome to the Clearly Besotted Release Day!! There are 8 fabulous sets (more than I’ve been able to showcase) so check out the Facebook page to see them all in detail. For this last day I decided to use the elegant ‘Snow Scenes’ set.

There are lots of people who you might not want to send cute cards to, but this set is great for a whole host of people. I didn’t do anything with the set other than just colour it in, but you could do something wonderful with just the top and adding stencilled fireworks in for New Year’s greetings.

Yet again, I’ve liberally added glitter wherever I could. It’s fair to say that I’m actually wearing a good deal on my face too; that stuff just gets everywhere!

You might have noticed that the images are centred properly with each other. That’s because I had intentions of doing a different design and cutting each section out, but then I decided to just colour them as I’d stamped them, hoping you wouldn’t mind my inaccuracy!

There’s something warm and welcoming about the set, even thought it’s a cityscape. I really rather love it.

It’s time to go and see the rest of the team. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Michelle, Lisa and our lovely guests Francine and Alberto (on Instagram).

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.

Don’t forget to enter into the giant giveaway over on the Facebook page for Clearly Besotted. It’s always a major prize winning the whole release!

I’d love to hear about your favourite sets of this release. Which ones are you eyeing up?!

See you soon,

Keren x

October 1, 2021 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 4

Hey! Welcome to another day of teasers. I hope you’re all feeling the festive spirit and are enjoying the teasers. We’re going a little further afield today with a little card starring some Christmassy cacti. How fun would these be in your house. We’ve also got a little meerkat popping up through the snow covered soil!

Clearly Besotted always designs the most fun stamp sets and there are merry meerkats ready to mingle amongst the succulents and cactus plants. This set is called Merry Meerkat !

Isn’t the sentiment just perfect?! I’d like to say there’ll be some sharp dressing in our house over Christmas but I have a feeling it’ll be relaxed and comfy. I’m not sure there’ll be the same amount of Christmas night outs as previously, but you can dream!

There’s plenty of snow glitter to jolly up proceedings and the meerkat looks like he’s having just the best time. All the images have been coloured in with Copic markers.

There’s plenty more inspiration as we countdown until release day tomorrow. Pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog, then onto Michelle, Lisa and our lovely guests, Francine and Alberto (@loshakeratoalberto on Instagram).

It’s release day so do come around again to see my last project,


September 30, 2021 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 2

Hello! Hope you’re having a good day.

Today we’re looking at the Flaming Festivities set featuring the CUTEST dragons who are having their best life in the snow!!

I love the way that the snowman isn’t a man but a snowdragon-complete with leaf wings! I added the baubles (which look extraordinarily like fruit). I added extra leaves to give the impression that the wind is whipping the leaves and so giving the scene more life.

I’ve given the scene a background of glitter cardstock as my theme for this month is more CAS cards and using lots more white.

I think that little dragon who is decorating the tree all ready for Christmas is so perfectly cute! There’s lots of dragons in the set and a few that can be used all year round.

As usual, there will be so much inspiration over the next 5 days as we countdown. Pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog (and do check out CB’s Facebook fan page), then onto Michelle, Lisa and our lovely guests, Francine and Alberto (@loshakeratoalberto on Instagram).

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for some more wintery fun!

Keren x

September 28, 2021 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted October Teasers Day 1

Hello everyone! How are you doing? Hope you’re ready for a seasonal surprise. Clearly Besotted has brought out 8 sets this month and 3 of them are unique special mix and match sets. Today’s set is called Yuletide Yeti.

I decided that Mr Yeti (who actually is a real hard core gamer), decided to actually reenact one of his favourite games ‘Star Collect’.

His penguin pal ‘Plush’ threw up a load of stars onto the nearby trees and rigged up a aerial line so that Mr.Yeti could fly through the trees, gathering twinkles on the way. You can see that his giant candy cane came in very handy.

I nicked some baubles from the ‘Flaming Festivities’ set (I’m showcasing tomorrow) and used stars from this set. With a liberal coating of glue and translucent glitter it gives the scene a really frosty feeling.

It was easy to create; stamping the trees twice and then adding a freehand cut white layer to give depth to the scene. I just adore all those little stars and don’t the trees look magical with baubles and stars on them.

It’s a set that will be so much fun to play with – there are 5 differently posed yetis- and wouldn’t a yeti family in front of the trees make a perfect Christmas card?!

As usual, there will be so much inspiration over the next 5 days as we countdown. Pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog (and do check out CB’s Instagram as often videos of the colouring process are shown on there), then onto Lisa, Michelle and our lovely guests, Francine and Alberto (@loshakeratoalberto on Instagram).

See you tomorrow xx

September 27, 2021 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted STAMPtember set is LIVE

Hello everyone!! Exciting times- the newest Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember is live and it’s the turn of Clearly Besotted today. It’s Simon Says Stamp’s 12th STAMPtember and it’s getting bigger and better!

It’s only while stocks last and it’s soooo cute.

Want to see what I made with it?

Is it a rein-icorn or unic-deer!! Whatever it is it’s adorable. I wanted to create a gift on a card so created it on a circle die cut that I made into a bauble shape by adding a background layer of glitter card and then adding some bakers twine and hiding it behind a glittery bauble top.

The set….you can get the stamp and die combo here or if you just want the stamp set you can get it here

I loved the background stamp which is so magical but I wanted to make the Uni-deer the focus so softened the background that I’d coloured with Copics by adding a layer of Duralar Matt. I didn’t completely obscure the background- I just wanted to show it had been filtered a little.

If you want to see more inspiration- do visit the Simon Says Stamp blog and check out Michelle and Lisa on Instagram as they’ll be sharing their projects too. Do visit Clearly Besotted of course too!

I hope you love the new set. I just loved adding the little stars on the front and using my gold and white gel pen making little dots to make them seem as if they’re falling from the sky!

See you soon!

Hope you manage to grab a set before they sell out!

Keren x

September 22, 2021 at 5:01 am 2 comments

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’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


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


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

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