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Clearly Besotted August Release Day!

We’re at Release Day. I’ve loved the range of sets this month ! Today I’m focussing on ‘Jump & Fall’ which is exactly what you don’t want to you if you’re on top of a very high tree!

This is all about treetop fun. Rather than just stamp a full tree, I thought I’d create a scene with 3 tops of trees and all the animals flying or resting on the tops.

Playing ‘juggle the leaves’ with the bluebirds!

I can’t wait to visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then visit Michelle Short for her blog post and round-up video of the whole release, and then pop over to see our awesome guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

As usual, the release goes live at 8pm GMT. Exciting times!

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 Clearly Besotted’s Facebook page. It’s a fabulous opportunity to win the whole release!

Do let me know which ones have been your favourites!

Take care,

Keren x

August 1, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted August Teasers Day 4

We’re so near to release day now! Haven’t these been fun sets so far! I’m revisiting ‘Balloon Bunch Autumn’ and using the set a little more simply.

I wanted to use this set how it had been designed – a proper ‘up in the sky’ design. I was tempted to use the Sky stencil to create a background, but I’ve rather enjoyed creating a more clean and simple style cards this month, so thought I’d stick with that.

The trees are part of the set and finish the bottom so perfectly. Easy colouring but keeping it simple. I wanted to combine two of the balloons together on the card so coloured them and trimmed them out. A good bit of relaxing fussy cutting, although I did have to get my craft knife to cut in between the strings.

Those balloons are so much fun! I can imagine a card base just covered in lots of balloons making a perfect background for a birthday greeting.

Please do visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then onto my favourite teamie Michelle Short. Lastly pop over to visit our fabulous guest designers Alberto Gava and Francine Vuilleme to see some inspirational projects.

Hope to see you tomorrow for release day,

Keren x 

July 31, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted August Teasers Day 2

Hello again! We’re looking at ‘Fall Corners’ today and despite gnomes not being a particular passion of mine, I have to admit having a rather soft spot for this one. I’ve kept it super simple and just highlighted ‘Geoffrey’ in all his gnome-y gloriousness.

I just love this character! I also have a thing about mushrooms. I love the orangey red fungi and the white dots (again, who doesn’t love dots!!). If you want to add texture add some brown to help with dimension and notice the blue around all the mushrooms which helps the images ‘pop’! More dots- this month I’ve got a little dot crazy!

What a cutie! In this set, there’s another corner with flowers and leaves and another gorgeous character. If you love the corners, you’ll really love this set. Plenty of alcohol friendly black ink stamped onto more alcohol friendly cardstock.

Pick colours that are similar – oranges, reds and browns and colour and shade. Adding the tiny flecks helps make the mushrooms look more realistic.

First things first, pop over to Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and then see the wonderful Michelle Short and then pop over to see our amazing guest designers Alberto Gava and Francine Vuilleme.

More Clearly Besotted loveliness tomorrow, do call back then!

xx

July 29, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted August Teasers Day 1

Hello lovely blog friends! How are you all? Clearly Besotted are gearing up ready for our release on August 1st at 8pm BST. It’s a lovely mix of autumnal/fall, gnomes, nature and feathers.

The set is called ‘Balloon Bunch Autumn’ and when I saw the set, I thought it would make an amazing wreath. I stamped the balloons in a North, South, East, West formation, then mask off either quadrant and stamp in between to end up with a wreath.

Isn’t he adorable?! There are several animals in the set that can hold the balloons but I thought that he also would look perfect snuggled against the wreath. I’ve stamped in Memento ink and coloured in Copic markers.

It’s simply trimmed out and mounted on foam pads. Don’t you love that sentiment?! You know how much I love dots, and there are dots galore with this. Creating a wreath is easy, but it’s also easier with a stamp positioner.

How would you envisage using the set?

We have plenty to see when you visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and my lovely team-mate Michelle Short and then pop over to see our amazing guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

See you tomorrow

xx

July 28, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted July Release Day

Yay! We’ve made it to July Release Day. So many lovely sets this month that I’ve really enjoyed creating with. The last set called ‘Lovely Lemonade’ was one that made me laugh when I saw it. I don’t know if Clearly Besotted ever watched the kid’s video A Duck Walked Up To A Lemonade Stand (do check it out, if you want an ear worm for the rest of the day!!)

Ha! Just fun! You can still see the touches of glitter here and there! I sketched out the awning on top of the lemonade stand. You don’t need it (see the duck video!) but I wanted to add some more colour! It’s an easy sketch!

I spent so long colouring and shading the lemons that once I’d taken the photographs for the blog, I realised that I’d not blended the duck! It gives more of an effect, but really would have looked better properly blended! I adore the glittery lemons and think that they should all come glittered!!

The background is just a simple blended area using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide – it is so good to blend onto cardstock. Again, I’ve added dots around the lemonade stand plus the lemons too.

I just think this card screams fun! I have left the sentiments off the cards this month (selfishly!) so I can add them when I need them. It’s something that I really recommend doing if you’re in the habit of making stuff in advance.

There’s more to see from Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and Michelle Short who has her her video and then pop over to see our wonderful guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

As usual, the release goes live at 8pm GMT. Wahoooo.

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 Clearly Besotted’s Facebook page. It’s a fabulous opportunity to win the whole release!

I’ve loved you joining me this month. Hope you’ve enjoyed the new sets too! Which ones have been your favourite?

Keren x

July 1, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted July Teasers Day 2

Hi everyone! Back again with a watery project using the new ‘Balloon Bunch Sea’ set which is released on the 1st July along with 5 other sets. Want to see what under the sea vibe I’ve gone for?!

A party is good anywhere- but a fox and a lobster chilling underwater does seem fun. The lobster has his matching balloon. I picked them for their matching colourway and the perfect combination against the sea. Any of you who know much about the colour wheel- know that blue and orange are complementary colours, opposite each other on the colour wheel. I must post on the wheel sometimes- it’s an amazing tool to help get out of a rut, or just find exciting colour schemes. Corally orange is ok as an orange, right?!

You can see the suns rays filtering through the water. I used Sunny Day Stencil from Clearly Besotted. I used with blue Distress inks in Tumbled Glass & Broken China. Then I added streaks of glue and translucent glitter, then some bubbles. An easy background to create.

I know I add lots of dots to my projects, but it really does lift the individual elements and is such an easy technique.

I’d love you to visit Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and my lovely teamie Michelle Short and then to our lovely guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

See you tomorrow, lovely friends,

Keren x

June 28, 2022 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Clearly Besotted June Release Day

After all of this strenuous crafting over the past few days, it’s time to take it easy…or not! You might be one for working outside or are a real gym bunny. Either way, this new set called Gym Plushies is sure to be popular for the funny sentiments.

I’ve used the Cloudy Day Stencil again- where would we be without it!! Just using some gentle blending with a light blue ink. I took the clouds down past the stamped images- I’d stamped the scene twice. Normally I’d colour in all the image- but I wanted to be selective in order to do a quicker make.

Using Copic Markers to colour the trees in, you can nearly hide the sponged stencilled clouds, which avoids having to mask the image. I simply coloured the bottom part so there was some colour to add the characters on to.

Chick has really had enough exercising. He found that simply adding the towel behind his neck was exhausting, so called his exercise session done and headed off towards the icecream van for a slushie!

There’s more to see from Clearly Besotted‘s blog (and on Instagram too) and Michelle Short who has her her video and then pop over to see our wonderful guest designers Francine Vuilleme, and Alberto Gava.

As usual, the release goes live at 8pm GMT. 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 Clearly Besotted’s Facebook page. It’s a fabulous opportunity to win the whole release!

Thankyou for being with me again this month.

See you soon xx

June 1, 2022 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Clearly Besotted June Teasers Day 4

Well, hi there! I really couldn’t resist inking up the “Plushies In Wonderland'” set again. I loved the sentiment and so designed the card around it.

I’m always pulling out the Cloudy Day Stencil although I wish I’d use more colourful inks. It’s supposed to be brighter and less pastel; I really should remake it! I added some inks through the stencil and then stamped and coloured the characters with Copic Markers.

Wouldn’t you want to read a story with these guys in?! I drew a basic book shape with the pages open so that the characters could literally bounce off the pages. Sometimes a really basic bit of drawing can be a useful focal point.

The Mad Hatter koala is suitably quirky and full of fun. I love the rabbit and pocket watch- I am looking forward to making some fantasy styled backgrounds to place them in. It’s true that reading take you on adventures where you can lose yourself.

I hope you’ll go over to Clearly Besotted‘s blog (plus on Instagram too) and then pop across to the wonderful Michelle Short. We also have Francine Vuilleme and Alberto Gava, who will have done something wonderful!

See you for the Release tomorrow!

Keren x

May 31, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted June Teasers Day 3

Hello! How is your day going? I wonder if you’ve got jobs in mind like this toiling two? Hands up for those of you who love DIY?

I like simple achievable projects but my skills need working on. I’ll happily mix up a unique paint colour or try a fun fabric addition. I’ve always wanted to do wallpapering! Well, back to this wonderful new set titled ‘Do It Yourself’…the perfect description of the handmade greeting process.

So much fun ! As soon as I saw the set, I wanted to do a pegboard styled background. I grabbed my Mama Elephant peg board die and die cut using some yellow cardstock to match the card. It’s an easy addition that really brings the card to life.

Now to colour the characters in. I’ve used a limited colour palette to go with the yellow. I love the dripping paint- isn’t that always what happens! For any family members who love DIY, this is going to be a great set. Want to make it more geared to a particular gender? Easy- add their favourite colours, flowers, etc etc.

We have Father’s Day coming up in the UK soon, so I thought adding one of the sentiments of the sets would be at least one card ticked off the list!

I can’t wait to go and see what Clearly Besotted have created over on Clearly Besotted‘s blog (plus on Instagram too) and then head over to my lovely teammate Michelle Short. We also have Alberto Gava, and Francine Vuilleme and I know they’d appreciate you visiting them.

Until tomorrow, I’ll see you then,

Keren x

May 30, 2022 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted June Teasers Day 2

Hello! How are you today? We’re going a little Nordic today with the new set ‘Viking Plushies’. These cute swashbuckling guys are all ready to party like it’s 700AD 😉

I wanted to do a night time party banquet scene with the ‘Viking Plushies’. So this is what I ended up with.

To make the background, I blended some Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink into the area where the candles would be, added some Fossilized Amber around the edges. I then added a flame shaped sticky notes to add over the yellow for when I blended Black Soot over the top so I didn’t slip and blend black over the yellow area. I added some directional water splashes to give some texture to the background and look as if it was windy.

Next I coloured in the food laden table adding some fun dots to give a little magical vibe to the food. Obviously one of the cute vikings isn’t content to sit at the table but has clambered onto the table ready to pounce onto the chicken!

The Penguiviking is in charge of guarding the food against marauding robbers. This was such a fun scene to colour and there are so many different characters to create fabulous scenes with.

Please now go to see Clearly Besotted‘s blog (plus on Instagram too) and then jog over to the wonderful Michelle Short. We also have Francine Vuilleme and Alberto Gava who continue to delight us with their amazing projects so please visit them as well.

Do come back tomorrow for a look at another set!

Keren x

May 29, 2022 at 8:00 am 3 comments

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