Sneaky Peaks – Clearly Besotted April release!

Teaser TimeWow – is it that time again already?  These months are just flying by aren’t they?  I’ll need to start on my Christmas cards soon!

Before I share my cards for today I wanted to just tell you all about the fabulous weekend I just enjoyed with my CBS girls Stephanie and Aimes (and CBS boy Dean xxx)!  Where I live (on the Wirral) there is a small stamping festival called Happy Stampers that has been taking place twice-yearly for over 15 years.  It’s always so busy and most years I haven’t even been able to get a ticket!  You may remember that Clearly Besotted was invited to attend as a retailer last October and about 5 nan-seconds after Steph asked if I’d be interested in doing it with her – it was all agreed.  Well, this weekend we did it again – with an even bigger and better stand and all I can say is WOW – what a fantastic day.  Here’s a couple of photos we took…


photo 1

Stephanie and Aimes xxx

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A little selfie for good measure!!


In the restaurant we went to afterwards (Leverhulme Hotel, Port Sunlight) the menu’s were on iPads!!!!!

Steph was also asked if she would be willing to do a workshop with the Happy Stampers club – a fabulous bunch of ladies I might add!  Much to mine and Aimes delight she said yes – what a fun day we had!

And a few photos:


photo 5 photo 6 photo 8 photo 9 photo7Although we were exhausted by the end of the weekend, we would all agree that it was an absolute blast – we met some awesome friends both at the show and the workshop and lots of lovely faces from around blogland.

Right – well I guess I should get on with the real purpose of this post (assuming you’re still with me??!!)  Today sees the start of the April release sneak peaks and what scrummy delights Steph has in store this month.  Something for everyone I would say! Today I’m featuring Fresh Flowers – I love this set, the blooms are a dream to colour.Happy Mother's Day pink

As you can see both of these cards were made for Mother’s Day (which has just passed on Sunday).  The first was stamped and embossed in white onto Tim Holtz water colour paper.  I then coloured the flower in with Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn.  The “Happy” die cute is one of Steph’s new word dies – isn’t it fabulous?!

Happy Mothers Day whiteThe second card is using another flower from the Fresh Flowers set (there are three in total) and this time it was again stamped and embossed in white but I added the detail using a white gel pen. I inked the edge of the panel with Pure White Avery Elle pigment ink and added a stitched detail again with a white gel pen.

Steph and The rest of the amazing DT are also sharing some  samples showcasing this month’s release so make sure you head over to Steph’s blog for all the links.  We also have the gorgeous Tracey McNeely and Laurie Wilison (my idol) joining us again this month as guesties – yay!!!


  1. Caryn if there wasn’t a big old ocean in between us i would have loved to have been there! Gorgeous card with this new set–LOVE your inspiration!

  2. Both cards are just beautiful. But the second is my favoriete!!! Love the white embossing on kraft – really STUNNING!!!

  3. Fabulous photos of your weekend Caryn and two stunning cards, absolutely love the embossing xx

  4. These are so different, Caryn, but I love them both. I love the watercolour effect on the first card and the second in white is so beautiful. I’m so envious of you guys, you look like you had such a great weekend, I’m gutted I live so far away *sobs* xx

  5. Both cards are so pretty!

  6. It was great to meet you at the weekend Caryn. I am sure you do not remember me as it was so hectic!
    The stall looked amazing – no wonder you were so busy. I love the cards – yet another fantastic release.
    Keep up the good work. x

  7. Gorgeous cards. These flower stamps are just beautiful!

  8. Beautiful cards Caryn in fact the second one (my favourite) is irresistible. Love how stylish yet striking it is. So sad I missed the event this weekend – maybe next time I’ll be free!!!!!

  9. Hi Caryn

    First I want to thank you for showing us the photos from the stamping festival. It looks as if you had a great time together.

    Your cards are absolutely beautiful. I really like those pretty flowers very much and your colouring on the first card looks great. But I also like the second card with the white embossed and coloured in white.

    The “happy” die cut is also very pretty but I wonder how you manage to fix it on the card as I think it’s quite difficult to put glue onto it. But I love it!

  10. Those photos make me want to cry (doesn’t take much though lol)….what a wonderful, wonderful weekend *sigh* And as for your cards – oh dear me, I think my store may crash at release time from the stampeade for this set lol Just incredible <3 xoxo

  11. Janet Wilson says:

    Eeek, sounds like enormous fun! Brilliant photographs – thank you for sharing!
    Pretty, pretty cards 🙂

  12. Absolutely gorgeous cards! Beautiful and elegant in every way! Happy sighh…Your photos of the three of you are fabulous! Oh, to be able to join you… Wonderful post; thank you for starting my day off with a smile!

  13. Holly Saveur says:

    Gorgeous and what a great time you all had..always love to see photo’s!

  14. Gorgeous cards. I love these new CBS florals – they are so beautiful . Love the word dies – fantastic font and those little curly bits.

  15. Pia Krogh Larsen says:

    The first card is absolutely gorgeious!

  16. Stunning cards Caryn, just beautiful! Thank you for sharing photos of your weekend too, looks like you hada great time!

  17. Eeek! You’re KILLIN’ me Caryn! I feel ANOTHER re-mortgage coming on here!! LOL
    Totally LOVED meeting up with you all! REALLY love these cards (especially the second one) and the promise of things to come stamps-wise!
    Have a super day! Hugs Viv xxx

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