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Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Advent Calenda Extravaganza

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door!

My sponsor today is a company close to my heart…Winnie & Walter !! Fabulous stamps, dies and stencils all created with love!! So.. on to my project!IMG_2603

I’ve used a mix of the brand new release plus some other products . The main sentiment is using the stamp and die set In A Word: Merry and the In A Word: Holiday Tiles Cutaways .

I’ve stamped the merry with mistletoe from the In Bloom: Elsa’s Flora onto the cutout word with Metro Grey Hybrid ink from Tonic Studios and then stamped in black onto a separate piece of cardIMG_2604

Hopefully you can see the detail on that and then mounted them together onto some printed acetate. Add the Christmas bit from the Holiday Tiles and then arrange some of the foliage from the Elsa’s Flora set behind and on top of the acetate piece.IMG_2605

The gorgeous background that you can see peeking through is a dry embossed piece using the Grand Trellis Creative Screening. I love the effect it gives and makes stencil no-mess too (which at this time of year is so appreciated!!)

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Winnie & Walter so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time!

Hope you enjoy seeing who else is behind the doors and I’ve loved creating this project especially for today!

Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a blessed New Year

Keren xx


December 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm 181 comments

Clearly Besotted August Release-Part 3

Hello again! 

I’ve really enjoyed hearing across social media how much you’re loving the sets. We’ve done ‘garden’ and floral and today is…mischief!

Having a little cat myself, I know what sorts of trouble they can get themselves in, and this little kitty is no exception. The set is called Fluffy Furball. It’s another smaller set but with 3 main images plus sentiments means the images are still a great size.  

I seem to rarely do CAS, and I pictured the little fella knocking over a vase. Not having a vase or bowl, I turned to the Simply Succulent set which usefully has a bowl and used that instead. I’ve coloured him in with Nuvo Aquaflow, which I’ve already told you are fabulous. He really does look like he’s sorry…after the fact though!! 

My second daft scene incorporates two of the kitties and one annoying the other by teasing her with a toy mouse. I’m not sure whether she’s scared or exasperated, but either way, it made me smile creating it. 

The door card was simply made by just adding 4 rectangles to give the illusion of a door. A brad for the handle and pop the little cats on afterwards. The cats were coloured with alcohol markers ( in case you’re wondering!) 

Really simple! 

I do hope you’ve enjoyed the feline fun and call back tomorrow for the final day ( consecutive at least- I’ll be creating some more projects shortly!) and this time a plucky little peacock trying to balance everything! 

See you soon!

Keren xx

August 3, 2017 at 9:00 am 7 comments

Tonic Studios Delicate Detail Stamp set

Hi! Hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter. We spent it at church and with our family and I didn’t eat a lot of chocolate as was too busy cooking!

During the Easter weekend, Tonic Studios launched their Delicate Detail stamp sets over on Hochanda and they were really well received. This is the first of two posts showing some of my samples for the launch to give you an idea of what you can create with them.

First up is a box – a simple pizza  box with some basic layers and very simply gold embossed with the beautiful henna stamp.

The tag is using the set of 4 clear sentiments that come with the whole range. At present the sets are only available from Hochanda as one complete set but they will in time, be available separately.

This second project uses one of my favourite styles- the ‘off the page’ with acetate structure behind and lots of fussy cutting from the stamp I’ve photographed alongside.

You can see more of the detail here- the leaves are simply coloured with alcohol markers. It’s hard to see, but the base card is actually purple.

This card was hard to photograph with the lighter colours. Its one of the gorgeous Vintage stamps white embossed and coloured with Distress inks. Simple, but grouped a little differently to give a contemporary look.

This last one is using the henna circle again- but done in a very easy project. We had to prepare some easy demos for Paula Pascual so she could do demonstrations in super quick time.

I’ve loved creating with this stamp set collection and hope you’ll enjoy using them too!

Enjoy the rest of your Easter break and I’ll be back with the second part of projects using this set


April 17, 2017 at 11:38 am 7 comments

Stampin’Up! Winter Catalogue Haul

Having been a demo a little while back, I keep track of what’s happening from my lovely friend Zoe Tant.

I popped in an order for some items ready to do Christmas gifting and when they arrived I had a quick play

This first card is wonderfully simple. That’s one large stamp embossed with some blue glitter embossing powder from Wow!

It’s embossed onto some matt Dura-lar but vellum would have a similar effect. I’ve attached it by an adhesive sticky dot underneath where I was sticking the bow and bells.

It’s called Merry Medley ( 142152) and the great thing about it is that you can cut individual parts out to create smaller sentiments.

This next one shows you the tag I’ve made and it’s relative size to the stamp.

I fell in love with the following die and stamp set. It was the tag that sold it- although the Framelits set comes with way more than just one tag 

I’ve created a little shaker tag and coloured the individual elements with Zig clean color markers. Unfortunately I left the tag in the sun and it’s bleached a little so I’m going to have to do it again. I’m going to make simpler ones for my Christmas parcels, they’re just a clever set!

If you fancy having a nose at the new Winter catalogue- check it out here.

If you fancy ordering anything- just pop over to Zoe Tant’s online shop and you can get it delivered to your door!  I’ve also got some lovely stencils ( super cheap too!) but that’s for another post!

Hope you’ve enjoyed something a little different. Have you organised yourself for Christmas gift giving or are you happily ignoring it until December?! 


October 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm 4 comments

Clearly Besotted Release Day

Welcome back to the last set of projects before the August release later today.

I’ve created two altogether simpler designs, proving that these designs speak for themselves so well with little adornment.

Firstly, ‘Be Lucky’


Just love this set, with its wonderfully affirming sentiments. These little guys are enjoying themselves just hanging out on rainbows. I guess if I was perched on one, I’d probably be very happy too!

and, oh, that unicorn!!


Next, one of the most cute sets this release; ‘Peekaboo’


This is created principally as a baby congrats set, but I can see scope for sending to friends too. I have a very good friend who is uncannily like me in her tastes. I reckon this card would be perfect to send to her. I think I might add more clothes to the little guys or she might think I was really odd! (I know she thinks that already!)


I love the way you can use them so simply and they still pack a punch!

All these fab stamps and dies will be available in the store and also at Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson tonight at 10pm BST.

Hope you’ve enjoyed all of these teasers. Do pop over to see Stephanie and the rest of the girls over on the blog. It’s been wonderful having Rubeena & Jen this month- do pop over and see them too!

I’d love to know which has been your favourite set so far!

See you soon


August 5, 2016 at 9:30 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted Teasers Day 4

Teaser Time


I’ve really enjoyed going to visit the girls’ blogs to see what they’ve done with the sets! The Clearly Besotted August sets are all released tomorrow, but whilst you’re waiting, here’s a couple more projects to whet your appetite!


Bird Bath is a mini A7 set, and those birds are characters! Looking at the sentiments which are quite wide-ranging, the birthday one set me thinking.

When its your Birthday, you sometimes got ‘birthday bumps’. Obviously the birds might find that problematic, but not so a swift dunking.

That cheeky chap grabbed the birds feet and plopped him into the nearest bath.


The others were just watching and tweeting ‘Happy Bird-day’ to give full effect!

This next one is using the ‘Good To Be Bad’.

Obviously I’m not condoning being bad ;-), and these girls are just having a fun selfie.

If you look carefully, you’ll see a 3D selfie stick coming out of the card.


One of my daughters wondered why exactly the girl in the middle wasn’t actually holding the selfie stick. Pfft. Details!

I explained that she had a new device called a ‘waist belt selfie stick’.

I know, she didn’t believe it either!


I do hope these have made you smile a little. Do pop over to see what Stephanie, the lovely guests this month Jen Nelson & Rubeena Naz and of course, my teamies have come up with!

See you tomorrow


August 4, 2016 at 9:30 am 9 comments

Clearly Besotted August Teasers Day 3

Teaser Time

Hey! How are you?

Welcome back to some more teasers. I’m just doing one set today, the beautiful English Rose set.


I’ve used it as it’s intended with the second two projects, but for this first one, I’ve heat embossed the middle image of the 3-step image and simply added some colour using Zig Clean Color Markers.


The sentiment is from the really useful ‘Message Me’. It gives a different vibe to the set- much more subtle and gentle.

Second up is how they’re supposed to be stamped.

Well, ahem.. possibly. I haven’t lined them up perfectly but thankfully they’re designed to be a little forgiving!


Yes, and purple? I really don’t like purple, so what possessed me to stamp in purple I do not know. It might’ve had something to do with the fact that it was the only colour combo I had that looked ok!!


Isn’t it a beautiful set?! I’ve just added a few little splashes of colour and left it alone.

Next up, same colour combo and using them as a filler rather than the main focus.

IMG_6574I love that Hello shaker die– it’s so useful, even when you’re not using it as a shaker. Apologies about the photos- the light wasn’t playing ball and with the kids all off, my time to fix it has been really limited!


Hoping you can get a good idea of the set, with or without dodgy pictures!

Do pop back tomorrow for more teasers, but before that, please visit the blog and see what the other girls have created!

August 3, 2016 at 9:30 am 10 comments

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