Clearly Besotted May Release – 4 more cards

So here we are – the Clearly Besotted May 2015 release will be available at 10pm this evening and to finish off my samples I have, 4 YES 4 more cards to share.  The first features the new April Showers Additions set – a wee add on to the previously released April Showers.  I selectively inked the sentiment using some gorgeous bright rainbow colours (Ranger dye inks <3) and added some texture with a few Doodlebug Sprinkles.

April showers additions

My second card features the new Ribbon Flowers stamp set.  Here I coloured one of the images using Spectrum Noir Aqua markers and then mounted the panel onto a wee 4-bar card made from Papertrey Ink Spring Moss cardstock.

ribbon flowers

My next two cards feature the ABSOLUTELY AMAZING (sure-to-sell-out-in-minutes) Shaker card dies created in collaboration with Lucy Abrahms.  I am in love with these dies – I just can’t put into words how much!  By the way – don’t you love the woodgrain papers I used on this first card?  Stephanie now stocks a great range of paper pads at the Clearly Besotted store as well as a ton of other products – check out all the new additions HERE!.

shaker die love 1

shaker die love 2

The second card uses the Star shaker die:

shaker die star

shaker die star 3

shaker die star 1

Links to all of the products used are included below.  Please pop along to the rest of the design team to see the last few samples and the big reveal over on Steph’s blog, Stamping and Sharing.


Everything Changes: Clearly Besotted May release

Clearly Besotted are well known for lots of things – their unrivalled customer service, high quality products and trendy, unique designs.  Two things they do really, really well are flowers (check out all the floral sets here) and butterflies.  You’ve already had a glimpse at the new floral sets being released this month and today I’m featuring a brand new butterfly set.  These are a little different in that they’re a side view rather than front view – if that makes sense?!  There are both solid and outline images too so something for everyone!  I coloured the butterflies in Copics and added some coordinating sequins from a mis by Lucy’s Cards.

everything changes


Enjoyed the sneaks so far?  Tomorrow is the big reveal and all the new products will be available to purchase at 10pm GMT!


My Hero – Clearly Besotted

Hello – back for day 2 of the Clearly Besotted May release previews and today I’m focussing on a sentiment set for all the men in your life called My Hero.  Steph released a girly version of this last month called Sugar and Spice so it’s nice to have one for the boys!!  I’ve made a couple of cards for my two most important men – my husband and my son.  As you can see I have really gone to town with the stripes this month!  Once I started stamping them I couldn’t stop.  My first card is for my hubs.  I probably don’t tell him as much as I should but I kinda like him!  We’re celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary in July so I guess we must be doing something right!!

my hero 1

My second card is for my AWESOME boy, Daniel.  He makes me so proud and I could not wish for a better son!  He’s clever, creative, handsome, caring, and just a bit cheeky!  He makes a good cup of tea too.  For the background I used the “Laura Bassen smooshing technique” with Spectrum Noir aqua markers.  I took a large acrylic block and a rainbow of aqua markers, scribbled my colours onto the block and then gave it a jolly good spritzing of water.  Then I laid my water-colour cardstock down onto the block and pressed it down well.  When you (carefully) lift the paper up you will hopefully have a nice “smooshed” rainbow pattern like this.  I used a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die to cut my panel (once I’d let it dry obviously) and then stamped the “Son” three times with the various sentiments in between.  I used my MISTI again to get everything perfectly lined up.  I finished off with a few stamped stars from the Blast Off II set.

my hero 2

Be sure to pop back again tomorrow for more teasers and check out the rest of the team – they’re ON FIRE again this month!


Delightful Day – Clearly Besotted May Sneak Peeks!

Teaser Time

Helloooooo!  It’s an exciting day today because the 2nd always means one thing – the start of the new Clearly Besotted release sneak peeks!  This month we have some FANTASTIC new products and I can’t wait to share what I’ve been doing with them.  Stephanie has also teamed up with the fabulous Lucy Abrahms and together they have developed a new line of dies which are like nothing else I’ve seen around – can’t wait to show you them!  And in case you hadn’t noticed Stephanie has expanded her line of products at the shop with ALL KINDS of great goodies.  Make sure you check out all the new stuff she has available!

For today though I’ve been playing with a gorgeous new floral set called Delightful Day.  I created a panel using the solid stripe stamp from Basic Stripes and stamped it in Fog pigment ink.  I used the MISTI so was able to get a good solid image by overstamping several times to eliminate any uneven patches.  I stamped the jar and roses in Tuxedo black ink and coloured them with Copics.  After fussy cutting them out I popped them up on some foam adhesive and finished with some Doodlebug Sprinkles and a coat of Wink of Stella – which doesn’t really show in the photo :(

delightful day 1

For my second card I couldn’t help going for more stripes!  This time I went for a bold black striped background (so easy using the MISTI) and mounted my coloured roses onto a die cut circle cut from gold Bazzill cardstock.  A few little sequins (from a mix from Lucy’s Cards – also available from Clearly Besotted).  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed it in gold to finish.

delightful day 2


Please make sure you pop along to the rest of the DT blogs for more amazing ideas and also from the fabulous Stephanie herself.  Prepare to guard your wallet – it’s definitely in danger this month ;)


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!


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.


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.

keep in touch 1

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.


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.



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.


Simon Says … Spring Pinterest Inspiration


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


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


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.



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



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.

just darling

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!


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.