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Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 3

Well hello there! So great to have you back visiting again. We’re back with Day 3, and we’ve got the next part of the Stephjen story. I’m using one set for the whole week which is ‘Pop Up Monsters’. This card is a real fun scene, and I’ll tell you how we got here…

We left Stephjen being spun out of the giant bowl, the word she’d misheard on the TV show was actually ‘Vintage Cheese’ but it came out as ‘Vintage Air’ . The wishmaker Egglemaniac heard ‘Vintage Hair’ so that’s where she ended up…

You can’t see her, but she’s looking on; completely mystified. There was Mr. Egglemaniac who apparently could change colour and really really loved getting his hair coiffed…

You can see the vintage-y hair salon chairs; I simply sketched them out and cut them out of coral cardstock and added some gold gel pen details. To get the idea for this scene, I was looking at the spaceship and thought the dome looked like old fashioned blow dryers. I simply stamped the ship onto post-it type notes and trimmed the dome out, leaving the rest of the ship, so when you stamp over the note, just the dome is stamped.

If you notice some of the detail lines and the hoses, that’s to cover some masking errors and of course to make it look more genuinely like a hairstylists!! 😉 The sketched board just helps everyone understand it’s an hair salon.

Mr Egglemaniac simply didn’t want to get out of the seat. Stephjen got fed up with waiting. Man, that guy loved looking at his reflection just way too much. She noticed that there was an off switch on the wall and sidled over to turn it off.

With the whirr silenced, Mr Egglemaniac slithered off the stool and Stephjen rushed into his place. She still wondered when her wish was coming true. She sat down on the chair which swivelled a little and nearly sent her flying off. The other two customers just stared ahead blankly. From the hoses in the back of the seat came a rumbly sound, almost like the hairdryer was trying to cough. She waited and then through the hose came a perfectly wrapped brown parcel which just plopped onto her lap. Before Mr Egglemaniac could grab it, she grasped it tightly to her chest and ran and ran and ran….(to be continued).

These little monsters are so much fun. You can add clothes to them.. I’m thinking weddings. They are perfect for kids, and with a little fun scene built around them, they’re also great for people who love a little fun!

I hope you can hang on for another 2 cards using this set and it’s proving its worth to you!

In the meanwhile, the Clearly Besotted Blog is calling, along with our talented guest Joy and the awesome duo Michelle and Lisa


August 30, 2019 at 8:00 am 8 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 2

Hey! Welcome back to Day two of Teasers for the Clearly Besotted September Release. As I explained yesterday, I’m ringing the changes and only covering one set; ‘Pop Up Monsters’.

We left Stephjen (our main alien monster character) being forcibly removed from GreenCheese by an archenemy.

Stephjen thought that she’d end up next to Egglemaniac, but instead she was energetically ejected from the long pipe and arrived in a tank area which was just like a giant fish bowl. Myriads of creatures were floating around aimlessly, but in a fantastically ordered formation. No-one was bumping into another, nor the enormous planets that were whizzing by as if they were light as air. On the other side of the dome was a partition and everything was black and white and still. No-one moved; they were frozen.

Stephjen instinctively knew that the opposite area was not the place to go. They were living creatures, with the life and joy drained out of them.

At this point, she wondered where her wish had gone wrong. Had the wish for food sounded like something else. She started trying to remember the words in that programme, and try as she might, the words weren’t coming. Vint..erg chai. Vint arj heer. Chintage Heese? Vinterj air. She said the last one very forcibly and the tank started to spin. Initially it was a slow gentle rhythmic movement that got progressively faster. Had she known much about earth, she’d have likened it to being spun in a washing machine.

Whatever it was, she suspected that her life wasn’t going anywhere good right this moment…

(more on the story tomorrow).

I loved creating the contrast of the black and white versus the colour. This would be lovely as an activity card with a bunch of crayons for a kid or even stamped in a notebook for a cute gift. The sentiment is from a new set called ‘Happy Everything’. It’s a lovely mix of fonts that covers lots of different occasions. I’ve added little details such as the rocket jet ‘air’ and the left behind particles from the shooting stars, just using a black fineliner. It’s simple and gives more depth to the scene.

Do go and visit our guestie Joy Taylor, then onto the Clearly Besotted Blog, before seeing the lovely creations from Lisa & Michelle’s blogs

See you tomorrow (with Stephjen too) x

August 29, 2019 at 8:00 am 8 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 1

Hello everyone!

So glad to have you visiting my blog again. If you’re wondering what ‘teasers’ are, they’re just the way we show off the Clearly Besotted stamp releases, for 4 days before the official release day on September 1st.

This month, I’m doing something different. I normally showcase a variety of the stamp sets, but I’m going to use just one (with a little help from one of the sentiment sets). I know from experience how easy it is to get a set and stamp it once, and then the enthusiasm for it can dwindle a little. I wanted to focus on one and give you different ideas for using it and decided upon ‘Pop Up Monsters’!

So, Stamping Session One involved the introduction of one of our heroines; Stephjen. Anyone acquainted with the owners of Clearly Besotted might be tempted to form a link here, but it’s all based on fictional characters 😉

Stephjen lived by herself on a moon made from green cheese that had very little to eat there other than the pools of nutritious liquid collected in the holes of the cheese. Stephjen dreamed of eating real food. She’d intercepted a satellite television channel once and though the connection was poor, she saw human people eating something called ‘food’. The enjoyment on their faces made her wish she could try this stuff too.

One day a year, all Cheesums (of which Stephjen was one) received a wish. A wish for anything. Stephjen never knew what to wish for..if you don’t know anything about outside of your world, you’ll never be dreaming for something else. Now she’d seen something else, she wanted it for sure.

The wishnight came. She wanted food. She wasn’t prepared for what would come next.

A zap in the sky.

Lord Egglemaniac turned up. He was the archenemy of the Cheesums. Without warning, the IFO (Identified Flying Object; she knew EXACTLY that it was the Egg Fleet Destroyer) simply sucked her up. No chance to resist.

Those rays were created using the Clearly Besotted ‘Under The Weather’ new stencil. I stencilled Oxide Spiced Marmalade through, then stencilled Versamark ink over the top so that clear embossing powder would stick. Then heat to set and cover the whole panel with Black Soot distress ink. The embossed rays will act as a resist to the black ink).

I intentionally wasn’t careful removing the original flecks of embossing powder, as it created an atmospheric look, that I added to with the gel pen circles. I wanted to make it look like there was sparkle in the air from the light of Egglemaniac’s craft.

We will have to leave poor Stephjen being forcibly sucked through the air. As with all serial stories, you’ll have to come back tomorrow if you want to find out what happens next, and another idea on how to use this wonderful set!

Keren x

PS- if you’ve any ideas for what might happen Stephjen in my story- please do add them in the comments, I just might change my story to incorporate your ideas!

Now, please pop over to the Clearly Besotted blog for more amazing ideas, then whizz around to Michelle & Lisa’s blogs to see what galactic wonders they’ve created! We’ve also got a lovely guest this month- Joy Taylor, so do visit her too!


August 28, 2019 at 8:00 am 10 comments

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