Sketched Blooms

Hello again.  I’m back today with one more card before the Clearly Besotted February 2015 release goes live tonight at 10pm BST.  Today I’m featuring the amazing Sketched Blooms stamp set and it is beautiful.  I fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it and knew it was screaming to be watercoloured.  This time I went with distress ink rather than water colour paints.  I used Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry (I think they’re probably my two most used distress colours), dabbed them onto a craft sheet and then spritzed the ink with water.  I stamped two large and one small flower in Versamark onto Tim Holtz water colour paper and then heat embossed them in white before die cutting them.  I then coloured the flowers in quite loosley to give a pretty, delicate tint.  I repeated this for the leaves using Peeled Paint distress ink.  For my card base I wanted to have more than just a plain base so to echo the softness of the flowers I cut a panel out of an A2 Neenah white card base and “joined” the front of the card back together with a panel of thick vellum.  By anchoring the flower cluster over the gap the card is given back it’s strength and so doesn’t collapse.

sketched blooms


I stamped the Hello sentiment also from the set (LOVE that font) in Fog pigment ink from Avery Elle (such a gorgeous shade of grey).  To finish the card I added a few splatters of Mister Huey Calico Shine and a few wee sequins (because … sequins).

Thanks for visiting – I really hope you’ve enjoyed this release and I can’t wait to see the cards around blogland once they start shipping.  Don’t forget to check out Steph and the rest of the design team for lots more inspiration.



Clearly Besotted, the MISTI and a video!

Hey – so as one of my 2015 goals I fancied having a go at making some more videos and today I’m sharing my first one.  I have created a fairly simple card using the MISTI (Most Impressive Stamp Tool Invented)- if you haven’t come across this tool yet then check it out at My Sweet Petunia.  Iliana has a ton of great videos showing all the things you can use the MISTI for so I recommend you take a look.   Simon Says Stamp also stock it but it is currently on reserve – the demand has been enormous!  For my card I used one of the brand new stamp sets from Clearly Besotted (available to purchase at 10pm tomorrow night – 5th Feb) called Simple Silhouettes.  If you watch my video – please be gentle – I know I say “umm” a lot, I need to work on that!!  Here’s my card:

Friends Forever

and here’s the video.


Laugh Out Loud

Teaser Time

It’s day 2 of the Clearly Besotted teasers for February 2015 and today I’m sharing a card featuring a FABULOUS set called Laugh Out Loud.  Sometimes you want something on your card a bit different to the usual “Happy Birthday” sentiment.  Well this set has what you need – some funny quotes to give your recipient a wee giggle!  I particularly like “Smile, while you still have teeth”  – LOL!!


Laugh Out Loud 1


I created a bunch of balloons using some simple masking and then coloured them with Copics and finally a coating of clear Wink of Stells (which for once you can actually see in the photo!!).

Make sure you pop over to Steph’s blog and the rest of the design team for more inspiration.


To A Special Friend – Clearly Besotted February 2015

Teaser Time


Hey!  It’s a new month and that means the start of the peeks at the new release coming from Clearly Besotted in February.  As always, Stephanie and Jenny have outdone themselves and have created the most gorgeous stamp and die sets ever!  One of my favourites is the Friends Forever set.  I used the beautiful tulip image and coloured it with watercolours.  This was made for my friend Kate who just celebrated her 40th birthday – woo hoo!  I didn’t have quite the right colour of twine that I wanted for my card so I dyed some natural cord from Hemptique with a matching Copic marker (can’t remember exactly which one – sorry!!).

Friends Forever 1


As well as my fabulous teamies, Amy Gray (was Wanford!!), Debby Hughes and Michelle Short  (Mandy is off gallivanting around NZ – lucky thing) We have some amazing guest designers joining us again this month – I adore them all – Lucy Abrams, Jo Neville and Jen Nelson.  Pop by their blogs for tons of fabulous inspiration xxx



In Print – Clearly Besotted

Teaser Time


Hello again!  Another day of Clearly Besotted teasers here and today I’m sharing a sneak peak at the AMAZING In Print stamp set.  This is the most adorable set EVER!  I just love it.  The concept was created by Steph’s little girl Jasmine – woo hoo Jas!  There is a thumbprint stamp and then lots of little critter faces that you can add to create the most adorable little creatures – perfect for cards for children and so easy to use.  I made these three little (4-bar size) note cards in no time at all.


in print 1

in print 2 in print 3


in print


I have yet more to share with you tomorrow so stay tuned!!!


Mmmmmm… donuts!

Teaser Time

Hello again – I’m back with another peek at what’s coming up in the January 2015 release from Clearly Besotted.  Today I’m sharing a couple of cards I made using the With Sprinkles stamp and die collections.  This is a fun set featuring lots of cookie and donut images and as the name suggest – sprinkles!  The font Steph used for the sentiments is gorgeous and goes perfectly with the design.


with sprinkles 1

I created a bunch of donuts and cookies and stamped them before slapping on a good dollop of glossy accents to give them that lovely glazed look – mmmmmm!

with sprinkles 2


Well I’ll be back again tomorrow with yet more samples but please remember to pop along to the rest of the design team (and our fabulous guest teamie, Anita) for lots more inspiration!




Hello and happy new year!  I’m here with my first post of 2015 and it happens to be day one of the January 2015 release teasers from Clearly Besotted.  The release goes live at 10pm on 5th January but Steph and the rest of the design team will be sharing some projects up till then featuring the fabulous new stamps and dies.

Today I’m focusing on the gorgeous Je’taime stamp set and dies.  This set has so many uses – I LOVE the Eiffel Tower image and champagne bottle images!

Teaser Time

J'taime 1

I used a Tim Holtz sponge applicator with Gold Delicata ink and sponged an area on the card panel and then added a few drops of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame spritz to add big dots of gold (it’s meant to represent the champagne bubbles!!).  The bottles are a 2-step design so I stamped them first in Jungle pigment ink (Avery Elle) and then the labels in Gold Delicata.  This scene is a good representation of a typical Valentine’s day for hubby and me – plenty of Prosecco flowing!!  (The “hic” by the way is stamped using the Avery Elle Ell’s Alpha’s stamps – it’s not in the set).

My second card features the Eiffel Tower image and bit more more ink blending!  This time I used Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar Distress inks and some Stuio Calico spray shine .

J'taime 2 copy

I’ll be back tomorrow with more sneak peeks at this month’s fantastic line up of new products but in the meantime make sure you visit the rest of the design team to see their amazing creations.  We are also being joined this month by the sweet Anita Bowden (Neet and Crafty) so please pop by and see her stunning samples too x


Some more Clearly Besotted Christmas!

Hi there.   Just popping with a couple of cards I made that I didn’t get a chance to share before Christmas.  I used some of the new products from Clearly Besotted released in December.  The fonts in the new Brushed Greetings stamp set are gorgeous – and a great size for a card front.  I also used the new On The Line dies these are so useful.  I have other dies like this that are on a curved or sloped edge so it’s great to have straight ones too!December 2014 2


December 2014 2


December 2014 2 December 2014

I hope everyone is keeping well after the Christmas chaos – my house still hasn’t recovered but what the heck, it’s still Christmas until the tree comes down!

By the way – don’t forget that the new January release from Clearly Besotted is just around the corner – sneak peeks start on Stephanie’s blog on the 1st and the rest of the DT will have cards and projects to share from the 2nd onwards!  Make sure you pop in to check them out!!



Bottle tags and more!

In the run up to Christmas I always try to create something for the children’s school to sell at the Christmas Fair.  This year I gathered a few of my crafty chums and fellow mums to make some wine bottle tags and little gift bags.  For the tags I used the Cheers die from Avery Elle (had so much fun with this this year) and the little bags are made using the Lawn Fawn gift bag (adore this!!).  I pulled out a bunch of my favourite holiday sets and dies and we managed to create together about 50 tags and about 20 bags (which we filled with scrummy treats made by my mum!!).


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Simon Says …… Anything Goes


Hi all MERRY CHRISTMAS  We hope you have a Wonderful Christmas and a Very Happy New Year with your family and friends.

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Today I’m sharing one more Christmas card – this time a special one I made for my lovely mum and dad.  I managed to find amongst my Clearly Besotted stamp sets the phrases “For My Wonderful” and “at Christmas” so that I could make the sentiment panel.  I die cut the letters using Avery Alpha’s dies from Avery Elle from some red glitter paper I have had for about 2 years!  It’s actually a sheet of wrapping paper I found at a department store and it’s SO red and SO glittery – I LOVE it!  I cut a small section from the large sheet and stuck it onto some double sided adhesive sheets before running it through my Big Shot.  Not surprisingly I am still in love with anything gold this Christmas so I stamped the greetings in Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger Gold EP.  I tied it together with the big ampersand cut from gold Bazzill cs using the die from Clearly Besotted’s Monogrammed die set.  The gorgeous teeny heart was cut using Simon Says Stamp’s Mini Hearts dies (never realised how useful these would be until I bought them!!).

Docrafts Anything Goes


So now it’s YOUR turn.  Happy Crafting

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