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Clearly Besotted September Release Day!

Hello everyone! We’ve made it to Release Day! Yay!

I’ve got a fun project today ahead of release time at 8pm GMT using the ‘Cleaning Up’ set.

I’m no fan of housework but let’s face it, it always has to be done. Piggy is swerving with the weight of the washing and that’s pretty much how I feel lumping copious bags of washing down the stairs, although now I do tend to ask the kids to bring their own down even if I have to wash it!

I love all the fun elements in the ‘Cleaning Up’ set and how quickly a scene comes together. I have to say that I enjoyed colouring in housework more than I actually do doing it!!

I am thankful for my white goods but currently have a loathing for a newer machine which is just awkward to press and navigate and I wonder who exactly designed it and were they having a bad day?! Whatever the case, I reckon they could have done with a card like this to keep them cheered up.

It’s time to go and see the rest of the team. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Michelle, and our lovely guests Adelle, Francine, Keeway 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

September 1, 2021 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 4

Haven’t the days flown by?! We’re already at Day 4 and it’s rather a regal occasion today with the poshest of invites for a friend and you to catch up over a cuppa!

Now I have absolutely no desire to be royalty (imagine all the restrictions and being on show so much) but I would quite fancy a china cup chandelier. Maybe I should look into creating one myself; wouldn’t it be a talking point at meal times!!

I’ve used the set ‘Royal Corgi’ to create this card. You can see pooch Queenie atop a very plumped up purple pillow and sampling the cherry cupcakes baked fresh from Windsor Palace kitchen. As she’s rather partial to cake ( a dog after my own heart), she’s got two more cake stands of cakes and delicate sandwiches to keep her strength up’ after all, balancing that crown on your head is jolly hard work!

We’ve all missed seeing each other for coffee/tea catch ups, so I thought this would be the perfect card to send to a few friends of mine!

Creating the chandelier was super easy, just a curved gold gel pen shape and then I arranged the cups in a chandelier like formation. Add foam pads and then draw white gel pen lines connecting each cup to the top curve. Just add in dots towards a top centre dot.

If anyone fancies making me one of these- do get in touch 😉

The team have lots more inspiration for you; firstly the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Lisa, Michelle and our lovely guests Francine, Keeway Alberto (on Instagram) and Adelle.

It’s release day tomorrow, and no more waiting for new sets!

See you tomorrow,

Keren x

August 31, 2021 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 3

It’s been great to hear that you’re loving the sets. They are fun and quirky as you’d expect from Clearly Besotted but they also do wonderfully cute as you well know.

I’ve combined two sets; ‘Mythical Monsters’ and ‘Sweet Dreamzzz’. The Sweet Dreamzzz set is full of clouds, rainbows, stars and unicorns

He’s just adorable and just dragon’y colours. I imagined the stars like falling stars which is why I’ve added all the gel pen to add movement to the design too.

Choosing the rainbow colours was fun too. So many choices. The teal background was a great contrast to the pastel colours of the dragon.

It’s time to visit the other team to get some more inspiration. First up is the Clearly Besotted Blog. Then onto Lisa, Michelle and our lovely guests Adelle, Francine, Keeway and Alberto (on Instagram).

Please drop by again tomorrow for a look at another new set,

Keren x

August 30, 2021 at 8:00 am 8 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 2

Hello again! Hope you’re having a wonderful day.

Day 2 is all about magic and fun. Colouring in the castle reminded me a little of Hogwarts but with a fairy vibe! The lovely majestic castle is from the Picture It Castle set.

Mr. Yeti has taken a trip over the castle using magic fairydust and an enchanted umbrella. I used the yeti from ‘Mythical Monsters’. There are some really fun creatures in this set; Big Foot, Unicorn, Dragon and the Loch Ness monsters.

Mr. Yeti had been watching Mary Poppins one time too many and decided to try the same! I’ve taken the umbrella from the Royal Corgi set.

Colouring in was a challenge but using Copic markers made it easier. The trail of fairydust was created using white gel pen. You can see that I’ve edged the top and bottom with a turquoise colour so that it blends well onto the turquoise cardstock background.

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

See you tomorrow for a dreamy dragon,

Keren x

August 29, 2021 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted September Teasers Day 1

Hello! It’s been a while blog friends. Hope you’re doing well. Today we’re back to the normal schedule of a 5 day countdown with release day back onto the 1st of each month.

This month is an extra bonanza of stamp sets and I’m showcasing projects with mixture of stamp sets.

I’m not a big fan of Halloween but I’ve used some of the sets slightly differently. I rather loved the pumpkin as I’ve been planning on making some velvet ones for Autumn/ Fall decorations so I thought I’ve have a rabbit in control doing a magic trick rather than the old pull the rabbit out of the hat !

The rabbit is magicking the little owls around in a circle- leaving a trail of magic dust behind them! This set with the pumpkin in is called ‘Frightening Friends’ plus the rabbit and owls are from ‘Simply Spellbound’.

Don’t you love the little magician, trying his hardest to keep those little owls in the air so they don’t fall and get winded! I’ve decided to use completely coloured backgrounds to change it up a little!

It’s easy to create- just making a circle of black and gold gel pen dots. I did have fun colouring in the pumpkin trying to add dimension. I do love trying to improve with my colouring, ably assisted with my Copic Markers.

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, Keeway , Adelle Emery and Alberto (on Instagram).

Please pop back tomorrow, with a fun magical card,

Keren x

August 28, 2021 at 8:00 am 7 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 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

Clearly Besotted June Release Day!

Hello everyone! It’s finally here. You’ve all been so patient waiting for today, and not much longer until you can order the sets you’ve been after. Today I’ve got some simple projects.

Annoyingly, the portrait mode has slightly blurred the top of the card, but you can see the rest hopefully. I’ve used the add on set ; ‘Flower Friends Additions’ which is to go with the Flower Friends stamp set but it is a perfectly good set by itself. I love when Clearly Besotted bring out floral sets as they do them so well.

I’ve simply coloured them with alcohol markers and trimmed out the flowers. I added some of the wood effect paper to the bottom so it looked a little like a planter box you might have outside a window. Adding it to a black cardstock background helps the flowers to pop.

I’ve added the gel pen dots to give the card a little movement and life. Granted, I did do a lot of fussy cutting, but you wouldn’t need to necessarily. I also made a super quick tag using the Flower Friends set.

I love those hippos holding flowers – they’re sooo cute. They’re very easy to colour.

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 and Lisa to visit it today, so do go and say Hi. Do also go to see Alberto @loshakeratoalberto on Instagram, Francine VuillemeKeeway Tsao and Kitty Day 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.

Thankyou for supporting us, as we share each day. Your comments are really valued and they really make my day.

Thanks,

Keren x

June 5, 2021 at 8:00 am 7 comments

Clearly Besotted June Teasers Day 4

It’s Day 4 ! How are you? Today we’re looking at the ‘I Pick You’ set. I have used two of the bears who do indeed make the perfect pair.

I have no idea why I thought I’d do a pear shaped blank, but there we are. I simply sketched out a pear shape onto a tent folded piece of green cardstock. It didn’t go pear shaped, haha, and as pears aren’t completely symmetrical, you don’t need to worry about the shape either. I coloured and cut out the two characters and added lots of detail shading using Prismacolor pencils.

You can see the pencil marks still on there. I didn’t rub them off, but I guess you could. I trimmed out a stalk shape and added a side branch that was wedge shaped on the end so I had something to glue the leaf on. Adding details onto the leaf using alcohol markers. It’s surprisingly easy to make this shape as it’s so recognisable, so you don’t need to worry about being too precise.

You can see all the details. I added lots of speckling with dotting an alcohol marker to give shading and depth. I wonder what other fruits we could do to match this set. There’s certainly loads of inspiration in the I Pick You set.

It’s time to head over to the Clearly Besotted Blog, then onto Lisa and Michelle. There’s also Alberto @loshakeratoalberto on Instagram, Francine VuillemeKeeway Tsao and Kitty Day so please go and encourage them with a visit and a comment.

It’s Release Day tomorrow (yay!) and I have a little floral card.

See you tomorrow, Keren x

June 4, 2021 at 8:00 am 8 comments

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