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Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Hi! Welcome particularly if you’re hopping around the Summer version of the Coffee Lovers Blog hop. I’ve missed the past few so really wanted to join in with this one. It’s the brainchild of the coffee loving Queen herself; Amy Tsurata!

I recently bought the ‘I Love Coffee’ and I Love Tea sets from Uniko stamps and have created a few projects for the hop. The first was using my matt Dura-Lar sheets which don’t warp when heated so are perfect for heat embossing


I wanted to create a background that didn’t detract from the main image. As it’s not a massive image, I loved the fact I could use it as main image plus a background too.

As I’m typing up the post, I’m actually drinking coffee out of one of these take- away cups but mine isn’t prettied up; I thought it would make a fun container for a gift card or a little gift.


I like the idea of a coffee wreath- maybe I should create one in my home!


Once I’d created these two, I suddenly realised that actually this is the SUMMER blog hop and mine weren’t very summery. I looked at the tea set, which has the cutest little flower as one of the images and I got the vision of flowers tumbling from a tea cup; it’s the kind of feeling you get when you kick back with a good friend over a cup of tea!


Of course, being a Brit, I do enjoy tea from china cup and saucers, and I do have a little collection of floral ones, but not quite like these- aren’t they beautiful stamps!

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has created- this hop is always a brilliant feast of coffee, tea and hot chocolate inspired projects! If you fancy joining in, check out the link page here. There are Sponsor prizes up for grabs for creating projects and it’s a fab community event!

Back soon, and have a lovely weekend



June 17, 2016 at 1:55 pm 58 comments

Clearly Besotted Teasers Day 4

Teaser Time

Hi everyone and thanks for dropping by on Day 4 of the May sneak peeks!

Thankyou so much for the wealth of lovely comments- it really makes me smile knowing you’ve enjoyed seeing what I create. Today has the Owl Factor.

Owl you need is love! (sorry!)IMG_5133

This newly wedded couple (from the set ‘Mr & Mrs Hoot’) are beginning their lives in feathered bliss (ha ha!) The stamp set has a swing image, and I thought it can’t very well have a swing if doesn’t, well…swing!

So, I die-cut an aperture and then stamped and coloured the owls and swing. I punched a very small hole in the swing base and the top of the card and threaded it through.

Alas, I’d not worked out how they’d balance, and let’s just say the owls were not sitting straight, so I glued the twine behind Mrs Owl and now she’s fine.

I do give a hoot about that sort of thing ūüėČ


Once I’d done, it just looked too plain and boring. Needed a little something extra.

Some bunting hanging from the seat just set it off perfectly. You can’t see it, but the glasses are all Glossy Accent’ed up and the sentiment is from the set.

The next card is fairly standard- I was going to try and weave a little humour into the card, but Mrs Owl was very firm with me and told me to behave myself.

So whoooo was I to disagree ūüėČ

This will make a great card ready for the end of term. I’m never quite organised enough but at least one teacher has a card ready now– the question will be whether I can find it when I actually need it!


The class are all busy learning owlgebra….. I’ll stop now!

The set is really clever- you have one desk outline and the different animals easily line up into that. One sweet guy on the back row has given the teacher his apple. The cat on the front is looking a little perplexed as I forgot to stamp any paper for her to write on and she’s so well behaved, she wouldn’t dream of scribbling on the desk!

‘A Class Act’ set makes a wonderful scene doesn’t it! Clever Clearly Besotted!


We’ve one more round of peeks before you can purchase the sets! The stamps and dies will be available in the¬†store¬†and also at¬†Simon Says Stamp¬†and¬†Ellen Hutson¬†tomorrow at 10pm (BST)…

I shall see you tomorrow with a very sensible card before you get the chance to buy your favourites. Do come back, I don’t want to be owl by myself! (ha ha!).




May 4, 2016 at 9:00 am 13 comments

Sliding into the week 


I realise I’ve been a little quiet, but posting that much last week meant I had to catch up with my ‘bread and butter’ crafting- the commissions that pay the bills ( well, a few of them!!) 

 We all need a little fun. Lightening up sometimes; 

those days where you might even climb UP a slide rather than down one.

These little animals are just having a ton of fun. I’m all for having fun with sets too.

Yes, this Mama Elephant ‘New Family’ is a baby themed set.

But don’t let that restrict you

It’s a really fun set. 

You just need to start not with the set, but with your imagination. 

 Just think of any scene and plonk the characters into it. I thought they’d have a laugh on a slide, so I simply googled a slide image, sketched it, coloured it in, cut it out and then took a long hard look at the set.

I could see that the animals could be turned in different directions and realised that to ‘hide’ some of the animals slightly behind the slide rim, I’d need a top layer raised with foam pads to keep the story believable ( ha ha!).

Once I’d positioned them on the slide, I looked again, saw the swags of foliage and thought it would soften the look plus give the idea of a more woodland playground.

Having been reading ‘The Faraway Tree’ (by Enid Blyton) yesterday, I don’t reckon this scene would look out of place!

I masked off half of one of the sentiments, so this set becomes even more adaptable. 

Hope you like my whimsical take on an animal playground. Go and have fun yourself; if you see a slide today I dare you to go up it the wrong way, or even just slide down it! 
Plenty coming up- I’m still traipsing around the country doing University visits with my eldest girls! ( oh for a private plane so I didn’t have to drive!!)


March 11, 2016 at 1:18 am 7 comments

Add A Little Dazzle & Neat & Tangled Blog Hop Day 5!

bhshine1Welcome to the final day of the Blog Hop. I really hope you’ve enjoyed the fab projects that the girls from both teams have posted.
My final project is just a bit of fun. When I¬†opened this stamp set, ‘Gifts For¬†You’,¬†I was puzzling about what to create with it
I wanted initially to create an Andy Warhol-esque project, with different coloured backgrounds and hair colours and then whilst messing around with creating coloured hair, I finalised on this one. Again, as the hair was a solid stamp, you don’t have the luxury of simply stamping in a colour and cutting out, or the metal wouldn’t be seen. Likewise, stamp the image on the reverse of the metal and your image is the wrong way around once you turn the metal the correct way around. I used the stamping onto metal with Versamark technique, adding the clear embossing powder, heating to set (mind your fingers, the metal gets hot quickly) and then I have a line to cut around with the edge of the embossing but it still allows the colour and shine of the metal to be seen.

For the photo booth look and sentiment I’ve used the Photo Booth set


I’ve used Baby Blue & Pucker Me Pink¬†craft metal a diddly bit of Outrageous Orange for the bow tie!







The boy and girl are fun images and the set is designed to create gorgeous tags too.

Here’s the rest of the list. I’m at the end, so just start at the beginning!
Neat & Tangled

Add a Little Dazzle

Amy Tsuruta

Lee Ann Barrett

Kate Capper

Keren Baker

Don’t forget to hop round and leave comments at each post so you’re in with a chance to win a prize from each company. As usual there‚Äôs a prize for visting all of the blogs and leaving comments; there‚Äôs¬†a prize from Neat & Tangled & Add A Little Dazzle. You have until midnight (MST) on the 22nd of November to have left comments with each participant.

And lastly,  the Special Bundle Pack!!!

Would you love to try out Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets? Order our Ultimate Sampler Pack today! Receive an EXCLUSIVE PDF TUTORIAL.  Order your Metal Sheets today!

I’m back tomorrow with a little look at a recent workshop I did. Have 5 projects to finish later today, so am a busy bee again.

Catch you later..


November 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm 24 comments

Add A Little Dazzle & Neat & Tangled Day 4


Hi everyone! Don’t fall over in shock- a post, …with actual content! The gremlins are still misbehaving a little- but hopefully I’ve ironed it out & we have a fabulous hop for you today. If you haven’t caught up with the other go and look at all of the projects!

This week Add A Little Dazzle and Neat & Tangled have joined forces to bring you some stamp and metal goodness. Neat & Tangled is a stamp company boasting fun with a cute, hand drawn, heartwarming feel. They’re great quality stamps & I’ve actually not used stamps in a physical sense today but their digital stamps (which is the same design of one of their stamps too!).

I’ve linked the picture to the actual digital file page.¬†You don’t need¬†an actual¬†stamp to create my project, in fact, the stamp wouldn’t enable you to make this little gift. This digital file is just what you need! In case you’re wondering;¬†it’s a layered hot chocolate gift- all ready to pop into a pan or microwave (reserving the choc and peppermint candy pieces until the drink is made) and makes a super easy gift for someone.

choc3I have shared some projects created with my Silhouette Cameo before & this was created with the Add A Little Dazzle Scarlet Red & Brushed Bronze metal and some gorgeous vinyl. The supplies work together beautifully.

Brushed Bronze

Because Neat & Tangled create these as files which are downloaded as JPEGs or PNG files, you can print, colour, or, as I did, trace them in my Silhouette Studio software & cut out sections in both metal and vinyl. Now, due to the miniature size of the tag- I couldn’t cut the file exactly as it is, so I had to remove the tinier elements so I could actually cut the metal & the vinyl.

The Cameo is fab- but you need to be gentle with it-especially when it comes to cutting metal. Slow speeds are crucial with metal. I have it cutting at the slowest speed and the Blade at about 9-10. Part of the reason I’ve a higher no is that my blade isn’t super-new.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the actual stamp! I have used another stamp set for the tag; ‘Gifts For You’

choc4As usual there’s a prize for visting all of the blogs and leaving comments at each; there’s¬†a prize from Neat & Tangled & Add A Little Dazzle. You have until midnight (MST) on the 22nd of November to have left comments with each participant.¬†Here’s the list of everyone taking part today.

Neat & Tangled:

Add a Little Dazzle:


Kristen Foreman

Kate Capper

Cathy Parlitsis

Keren Baker – moi!

Martha Lucia Gomez


And, there’s also a

Special Bundle Pack!!!

Are you excited and want to try out Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets? Order our Ultimate Sampler Pack today! Receive an EXCLUSIVE PDF TUTORIAL.  Order your Metal Sheets today!

I WILL be back tomorrow and let’s hope there’s no more one word posts in a hurry!

See you when I’ve reprimanded the gremlins! xx

November 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm 24 comments

Jingle Bells Card & Creating!

I know it’s been a long time! I’ve been so busy but most of the things I’ve been making have already been given away or couldn’t be photographed. This card was photographed at night; my first attempt under seriously rubbish lighting using angled light. It’s ok for a first go- more improvement needed.

This is one of my Christmas cards that I’ve been mass-producing. All well and good until I realised that to send these babies through the post would require a ‘large’ stamp and make Christmas posting hideously expensive. Thus, they were downgraded- sadly, as the jingle bells were definitely my favourite part! In order to go with something I’m doing, I also did a YouTube video. The quality is really awful¬†but that’s because its been compressed by 99%!! You do not want to know how big the file was beforehand! I’m now playing around with compression sizes until I can find a size that allows me to upload without waiting until 2013-¬†but still retains a reasonably clear image. That’s quite possibly an ‘after-Christmas’ job!

Whilst I’m typing this, I’m sipping a dark hot chocolate- not as luxurious as the one I gave away as a present today, but not bad either. I know we often have sudden impulse moments after seeing recipes on TV, but after watching Jamie Oliver last week, his ‘epic hot chocolate’ seemed like a perfect gift. I changed the recipe slightly to accommodate a lack of enough plain choc, and thought that white choc looked quite pretty in contrast. Here’s a side view- I layered it up to look more attractive (they can mix it all up later!)

It is a sizeable amount of chocolate- but a) can you ever have too much? and b) there is enough mix here for 4 pints of hot chocolate which is probably too much to ingest at one sitting for even themost serious of chocoholics! I presented it like this

in my ubiquitous Kilner-type jars and added 2 mini Candy-canes for their two boys to do some stirring with. That said, I doubt their sons will get much of a look in with this beverage!! I also was busy filling up jars with various treats for the teachers at school. Just put in anything calorific and its bound to work a treat for soothing teachers’ ruffled nerves come end-of-term! By the end of term, however, I couldn’t down a single chocolate treat and hardly any healthy calories for that matter……

One of the dubious joys of having a large family is best felt at times of illness. It was last Monday evening and I had literally just finished a costume for one of mine for their Victorian Day the next morning. There is a good reason why it was a bit last minute and I was fairly proud of my home made mop cap and maids apron created from a largish heavyweight cotton embroidered charity shop table-cloth. Just as I was tying off the last thread, Jamie appeared, looking a peppermint green colour and announced that he was feeling sick. To be honest, the rest of that evening and night kind of disappeared in a sick-filled twilight zone that ended with 3 kids in our bed taking it turns to vomit. Nice. Steve managed to sleep through most of it which was fortunate. He really needed to be at work. I, on the other hand, was less lucky. The germs managed to keep me busy that night and descend on me during the morning. Perfect timing. The last week before school finishes and you have lists on your lists! Ah well. Couldn’t be helped.

I was thankful for several things; 1)copious amounts of plastic-ware in the house. 2)An extraordinary lack of appetite that has helped shift my post-christmas excess weight even before I put it on and¬†3)- 2 days motionless on the sofa were very good for me. It takes something like that to make you stop completely. I’m now doing double-duty with the washing machine etc etc but maybe, just maybe I needed the sit down!

On the 12 Days of Christmas front- there were lots of widely different answers. The correct answer was 11 and Congratulations—-¬†Ros was nearest with the answer 12. I will be contacting you shortly to see which choice of prizes you would like.

Had better dash- will be back before Christmas to wish you all a Happy Christmas!

Til then xx


December 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm 3 comments

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