05.04.2015

You’re The Best

I’m back today with one last look at one of the new sets being released this month at Clearly Besotted.  Today I’m sharing a card made with a very stylish little set called “Accent It“.  I thought this set would be great for background building designs so with the help of my MISTI (no way I could’ve lined the stamps up without it) I created this design.  Although the colours are a bit bright for her, I thought the pattern was a bit reminiscent of Orla Kiely – maybe it’s just me!

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I used Avery Elle pigment inks in Magenta and Daisy, stamping alternate colours to create the pattern.  I used a piece of plastic as an aid to placing the stamp so it was lined up perfectly each time – I would never have attempted this and got it to work so perfectly without the MISTI – I love this thing!

I finished off the card with some Doodlebug Sprinkles and stamped the sentiment from another new set this month called Sugar and Spice in Onyx  black Versafine ink.

Well that’s it from me.  Don’t forget the new release goes live tonight at 10pm – woohoo!  Check out the rest of the design team for more fabulous examples.

04.04.2015

Clearly Besotted: Keep In Touch

Hey there – I’m back with a look at another of the gorgeous new sets coming from Clearly Besotted this month.  This one is called Keep In Touch and has some fabulous, modern images including this gorgeous typrewriter.  I added some colour with some Copics and them covered it in glossy accents to give it the look of an old, cream, enamel effect.

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keep in touch 2

 

I am slightly obsessed with the the new Avery Elle paper pads (the diagonal striped patterns in particular) and also with making these little 4-0bar cards – they are definitely my favourite size at the moment!

Right – we’re off for a wee Easter Saturday day out with the kids today and I’m still sitting in my pj’s!   Make sure you pop over to Steph’s blog and the amazing design team for lots more inspiration.

03.04.2015

Clearly Besotted : Best Dad

I’m back with another little glimpse at one of the new sets being released this month at Clearly Besotted.  This is a cute little set called Best Dad – and is perfect for little boy’s birthdays, Father’s Day etc.

best dad

 

I started with a 4-bar sized card base and cut a piece of striped paper from the Avery Elle neutrals paper pad and used a circle die to create and aperture.  I stamped, cut and coloured the little sailboat from the set and also used the wave border die to make a little scene!  The sentiment is stamped in Aquamarine ink from Avery Elle I finished with a little bit of twine to keep in with the nautical feel!

 

Make sure you check out Steph’s blog and the rest of the design team and our two amazing guest designers Rebecca and Nicole.

 

02.04.2015

Clearly Besotted – Simply Scrumptious.

Teaser Time

 

Today is the first day of teasers over at Clearly Besotted and this month (as always) there are 7 gorgeous new stamp sets all with co-ordinating dies.  For my card today I’m featuring the stunning Simply Scrumptious set.  You can create beautiful wreaths and arrange them with flowers or strawberries and accent with tendrils and swirls!  I love this set – it just screams summer!  The dies make creating the most beautiful wreaths really easy – I’m in love!

 

simply scrumptious

 

The design team have been busy making samples and this month we’re lucky to have Rebecca from Melly Moo and Nicole Picadura from Scraps and Stamps joining us too – woo hoo!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another little peek at the new release.

18.03.2015

Simon Says … Spring Pinterest Inspiration

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Things That Fly and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher

This week the challenge is

SPRING PINTEREST INSPIRATION

The lovely Mandy has made this fabulous mood board for us to use, choose one or more pins for your inspiration !

SSS Pinterest challenge

We are showcasing BAZZILL PRODUCTS this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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Isn’t that Pinterest mood board so happy?  It just makes me smile every time I look at it! I’ve been itching to use my new MFT Some Bunny stamps since they arrived on my desk a couple of weeks ago and I thought this would be the perfect occasion.  I wanted to create a little “egg-hunt” scene and just love that particular bunny from the set – she really looks like she’s up to no good, lol!!  I used various colours of Bazzill card stock and gathered together some dies to make my scene.  To create the awning across the top I cut a strip of white card stock and a strip of pink then die cut them with a scallop border die.  I then simply chopped the pink strip up and added bands onto the white strip – I love it!  I scored it along the top and folded it a little to make it pop up.  To add a little detail to the easter eggs I used a chicken wire stencil to add an embossed design – like the foil on a real egg.

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy CraftingDo you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too !

 
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
No backlinking allowed, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw

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05.03.2015

Smile and Celebrate!

Hello – I have a couple of cards to share today featuring two of the brand new stamp sets from Clearly Besotted.  The first is another of the gorgeous outline floral sets that Stephanie is JUST.SO.GOOD.AT!  I just love this one and this daffodil is just the perfect image for welcoming Spring.

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My second card uses a set called Sunburst and it’s SO useful for building up a fabulous and funky pattern using all the cool elements in the set.  Don’t you love the colours of the inks I’ve chosen?  They’re the new Ranger dye ink pads and I think I may actually be in love!

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I made good use of my MISTI again on both of these cards.  On the first I was able to get a super-deep impression of the sentiment by stamping twice eliminating the blotchy image of the first generation.  On the second card I used the MISTI to accurately place the different images to build up the sunburst images.  This tool is just so darn useful!!

Thanks for stopping by – make sure you pop to the see the rest of DT for lots more inspiration.

03.03.2015

Clearly Besotted March release – On Your Day

Teaser Time

Hello – I’m back today with a sneak peek at a stunning new set coming from Clearly Besotted this month called On Your Day.  It is a gorgeous floral set with a great wreath building element to it – I just love it.  I kept my card quite simple  and stamped the stem and flowers using the MISTI so I was able to line them up perfectly and double stamp to get a nice, deep impression.

 

On Your Day

 

Thanks for stopping by – make sure to check out the rest of the designs the team has come up with today by visiting the Clearly Besotted blog and following the links from there xxx

05.02.2015

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.

 


04.02.2015

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.


03.02.2015

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.