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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

Clearly Besotted May Teasers- Peaceful Plushies

Hello friends! Welcome back to my blog and we’re counting the days down to the Clearly Besotted May Release. Day 2 is here and we’re kicking off our shoes, settling down with a nice cup of tea and warm blanket (or iced drink dependent on the weather, breathe… and relax!

I got out the new set ‘Peaceful Plushies’ which is very ‘zen’ and has some lovely Japanese themed images and wonderfully chilled sentiments.

I had one of those moments where I just didn’t want to make another card. I’m not sure where the fan idea came from but then after a little research, it turns out that the folding fan is actually an important part of the culture. a folding fan is called a ‘sensu’ and is often decorated with calligraphy or beautiful patterns.

I grabbed an older set called ‘Blossoms in Bloom‘ and stamped all over white cardstock in grey ink using this set and also images from Peaceful Plushies so the outline was softer. Then I did some messy watercolouring and scored every 1/2″ and folded up like a concertina.

You can see the perfectly peaceful fox, chilling under her parasol, looking as though no care in the world could possibly disturb her. I adhered that once I’d punched holes through the bottom of the folded cardstock and then tied some twine through to secure it. It was a wonderfully satisfying make.

You can see the blossoms and a hint of the other images in the above photo. I would like to pull this out when I’m in the garden relaxing.. but right now, there’s not so much downtime, so I’ll reserve it for those more peaceful moments!

I hope you had a chance to visit Keeway’s blog yesterday? Do go and see what other cute projects she’s been creating here. Michelle has also been very busy so do check her blog out too. Last. but obviously not least, the Clearly Besotted Blog always has several wonderful projects, so please don’t miss those!

I’m back again tomorrow, with a little more cuteness and don’t worry, I’ve resumed normal card service again!

Keren x

April 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted April Release Day!

We made it! Here we are at Release Day! It’s been amazing seeing which sets you’ve loved. We have some watery wonderfulness today. Some little lovely dolphins in love !

I first diecut an aperture using a heart die and then started stamping the scene from the set called ‘Sea You Plushies’. The dolphins are so sweet and have both jumped out of the water to snatch a kiss!

I did want to add glitter to bring some texture and iciness to the floating icebergs. Simply add a sentiment and dashed lines to complete the card!

Add a little punched heart. The sea was watercoloured using a Nuvo AquaFlow pen.

As you probably know- it’s RELEASE DAY!!

Do visit the Clearly Besotted blog, then do see Michelle for her monthly video. Don’t forget about our lovely guest designer this month – Rina Glait, so do go and visit her too!

All sets and stencils are available from 8pm GMT tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and Simon Says Stamp.

I’ve really appreciated your comments and visits. I’d love to know which have been your fave sets so far.

See you soon,

Love, Keren x

April 1, 2020 at 7:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted April Teasers Day 4

Hello fellow bookworms. Don’t you love losing yourself in a book. I have to admit I don’t read as much as I used to. I always take a book away with me when I do shows and don’t always get the time. This little guy would inspire anyone to open a book.

The set is called ‘All Booked Up’ and if you love reading, you’ll want to snag the matching set; ‘Bedtime Story’. The sentiment is from the second set- and I agree entirely- although with things as they are, maybe a little more attention to cleaning might be prudent!

The books are so much fun to colour! Do excuse the flecks of embossing powder, I’d put my greasy mitts on the card too much so the powder just adhered itself!

I hope you love the set as much as I do! See you tomorrow for release day!

Do visit the Clearly Besotted blog, then do see Michelle and Lisa. Don’t forget about our lovely guest designer this month – Rina Glait, so do go and visit her too!

Keren xx

March 31, 2020 at 7:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted April Teasers Day 3

Hey! Lovely to see you back. After all this work, I was feeling a little peckish! I do love sushi and Chinese food, so I thought I’d do a revolving belt a la Yo Sushi!

These are real characters and delicious looking to boot! The set is called ‘Peckish Plushies’

I really enjoyed colouring these little guys in. Simple, and a good size both to add to colour and trim out too!!

I’ve used my sparkly dots too. I don’t think I can colour without them!!

Isn’t the sentiment fun?!

That Dim Sum has got my mouth watering!! There’s not just Chinese and Japanese food, there’s pizza and all sorts. Perfect for foodie friends or invite to a children’s party!

Tomorrow I’ve a bookworm for you. I hope you’ll return to join me!

Do visit the Clearly Besotted blog, then do see Michelle and Lisa. We have a lovely guest designer this month – Rina Glait, so do go and visit her too!

Keren xx

March 30, 2020 at 7:00 am 7 comments

Clearly Besotted April Teasers Day 2

So glad you’ve all come back today. For today’s showcase set, I’ve chosen ‘An Open Book’. I adore reading, and read so much with my kids when they were younger. Reading takes us out of our lives and somewhere magical instead.

I love the sentiment, and that was the idea behind my card. I tried to make a portal- not really having been in one, nor knowing what one is like! I imagined a hole and so added a circular mask and then blended some Distress Inks. Add in a little yellow watercolour and that was the basis.

You can see I splattered some water onto the piece, dabbed the water off and then used white and silver gel pen in straight lines to add a sense of dynamism and a moving portal!!!

The fairy has come to add her magic and make the reading experience even better. She’s sprinkling fairy dust over the pages using some Stickles.

It’s just an adorable set and I love that it’s also linked to another set with tonnes of reading related sentiments. Perfect for teachers and kids alike!

I’m back again tomorrow- with plenty more adorable-ness!!

Don’t forget to visit the Clearly Besotted blog, then to see Michelle and Lisa. We have a lovely guest designer this month – Rina Glait, so do go and give her some love too!

Keren xx

March 29, 2020 at 7:09 am 6 comments

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