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Simon Says … it’s a colour challenge!



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

This week the challenge is ,,,,,,,,


We have a special challenge this week ! As you may know Simon’s Creative Director Shari Carroll has a Color Coordinates monthly feature on the Simon Says Stamp Blog and this week we are joining in with Shari’s color scheme AND Shari is joining us as a Special Guest  too !!

This is the gorgeous Coordinates Inspiration Board, featuring several of Simon’s Colored Cardstock, for us to use.

10.15.14 Recipe Color Coordinates

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


Whilst the challenge theme doesn’t specify Halloween there’s only one way my mind took this colour co-ordinates palette!  I used the gorgeous and endlessly useful Luminary Circles die from the Stamptember release at Simon Says Stamp and made a cute little shaker card.  The bats are from some table confetti I bought at John Lewis!  I inlaid the circles with the cardstock colours from the inspiration graphic and used acetate for the large centre circle and put a few sequins behind it for some dazzle!!  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted’s Fright Night stamp set.

colour co ordinates Halloween

I can’t wait to see how you all interpret this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by xxx

Clearly Besotted October Challenge – Christmas

Challenge Hello – I know I’m VERY late with this (been chasing my tail and then spent the whole weekend nursing a horrible head cold) but I’m finally here with my post for the Clearly Besotted October Challenge.

The theme is Christmas – yay – my favourite!  I used the brilliant new set Ornamental Style in some not-so-traditional Christmas colours (love this combo).

October challenge Here’s the deets:

The challenge win run for 2 weeks and a randomly selected entry will win a £30 Clearly Besotted e-Gift Card.  In order to qualify for the prize (open to everyone worldwide), please kindly adhere to the following:
  • Your project must contain at least one Clearly Besotted product
  • It must be posted on your blog or an online gallery and linked over at the Stamping and Sharing blog- direct link to post please
  • The closing date for entries is October 24 2014 (23:55 UK time)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time

Can’t wait to see what you come up with :)

Little Pudding

Teaser Time


I’m spending it in the BEST crafty company EVER!  My lovely friends Aimes and Steph are here for the Happy Stampers Festival so we’re going to have a busy but fab day together surrounded by lots of other lovely crafty peeps!

I have another card featuring the new October Release from Clearly Besotted – this one is Little Pudding.  How sweet is that little pud image – I love it!

Little Pudding I’ll be back tomorrow with one more post before the release goes live at 10 pm.

Have a great weekend!

Rockin’ Robin – Clearly Besotted

Teaser Time Hello – it’s day two of the Clearly Besotted October release teasers and today I’m all about the Rockin’ Robins!  This is a great set with fabulous sentiments and gorgeous little robins with interchangeable tummies – cute!

Rockin Robin 1

Rockin Robin 2 Rockin Robin 2

Aren’t they fun?  I LOVE this set – the children have had a great time playing with them too!!

Right – I have work to do – this weekend is one of the weekends I look forward to the most all year. My beloved friends  Aimes (Amy Wanford) and Steph (Clearly Besotted Steph!) are coming and we’re going to be at the Port Sunlight Happy Stampers Festival all day followed by our usual after show dining at the Leverhulme Hotel.  It’s always a blast (particularly thanks to Dean (Steph’s hubby)) whom I ADORE!  (He’ll be cross if I don’t mention him <3) – I CAN’T wait!!  Photos are sure to follow!!

Pop back tomorrow for more sneak peaks!

Season’s greetings



Hi there – have you enjoyed the STAMPtember celebrations over at Simon Says Stamp?  I can’t believe how many fantastic new products we’ve seen – amazing!  I’m here on the very last day of STAMPtember 2014 with a couple of cards made using a set designed exclusively for SSS by Steph at Clearly Besotted Stamps.  This set is called Holly Berries and it’s SO elegant – I absolutely love it.  Steph actually designed 3 exclusive sets for STAMPtember – check them all out here - once they’re gone, they’re gone!!

holly berries 1 holly berries 2

Right – I will pop back later and add the linky for the products I used but right now…I’m late for work!!!!!!

Giveaway time!

Hi there – are you feeling that chill in the air?  Autumn has definitely arrived in my corner of the world and I LOVE it!  Before we know it, Christmas will be upon us and I am already getting excited!

So to get in that festive mood I’m sharing three cards today using some of the latest holiday products around.  I recently picked up these fabulous wood veneers from Make The Day Special.  They’re adhesive so perfect for die-cutting – no fiddly gluing needed!  Aren’t they amazing?!  I created the snowflake cards using dies from Clearly Besotted Stamps and two contrasting shades of veneer (don’t ask me the names of the woods – I’m terrible at that!).  The card with the snowman uses a gorgeous new stamp and die set from Avery Elle called Be Jolly (also available and in stock at MTDS).


AND to keep with the spirit of the season of giving, I have a little something to give away to one lucky visitor of my blog.  My lovely crafty chum Tara who runs THE best craft store in the UK has generously given me a pack of her AMAZING wood veneers to give away and all you have to do is leave a comment on this post.  I’ll pick a random winner next week (when the Clearly Besotted release celebrations are over – I’ll be a tad busy till then!!).


make the day special

Remember to leave a comment and I’ll pop back next week to select a winner.  This giveaway is open to everyone WORLDWIDE!

Thanks for stopping by.

Caryn x

Simon Says TAG IT!


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

Thank you for joining us for the Make Your Own Background Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is ,,,,,,,,


you can make a tag or add a tag to a card/project.

We are showcasing TIM HOLTZ 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


Rather than make a tag I made a card and trimmed off the corners to make it LOOK like a tag.  I punched a hole at the top and threaded through some twine (tip: cut a small slit in the fold of the card and thread the twine through it before tying at the fold – means you can still open it!!).

I used the Holiday Knit stencil and a few shades of blue Copic marker in the Spritzer tool to lay down the pattern on my card.  I then went over it with a sponge blender and white pigment ink.  I die cut the new Clearly Besotted Merry Christmas dies and Snowflake die three times from white cardstock and glue them together before adhering to the card front.  I finished it all off with a few clear sequins.

Tag It

Hop you manage to grab some time to play along this week.

There are fabulous Give Aways and inspiration from fabulous designers on a daily basis over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog , if you haven’t subscribed by email you may want to so you don’t miss out 


Simon Says Stamp

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


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Create Your Own Background!


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

Thank you for joining us for the  STAMPtember® Stamp-It Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is ,,,,,,,,


there are so many ways to make your own backgrounds, using stencils, splattering, gelli plate printing etc

We are showcasing GELATOS made by FABER-CASTELL 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


I am really pleased with how my background turned out for this card – the colours came out just how I wanted them!  I was going for a bokeh effect and used the Hero Arts Bubble Confetti stencil to create it with the Gelatos (Tropical set).  I first scribbled the colours onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water to dissolve the pigment.  I then taped my stencil down over some Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour card and using the bristle brush that came with the Gelatos started dabbing the colour over the stencil one at a time, moving the stencil around to get random spacing of one colour before moving onto the next.  I could’ve used sponge daubers but I’ve ran out and am waiting for some new ones to arrive!!

gelatosI just continued to keep adding spots of colour over the panel until I was happy with the coverage and then took a white pigment ink (Avery Elle) and added random spots of white.  I think it’s this step that really helps to add to the bokeh effect.  I set the background panel to the side to dry and die cut the Simon Says Stamp ice-cream cone parade from white card and pastel card shades.  I used a glue pen to cover the coloured centre pieces before sprinkling them with fine clear glitter.  I assembled them back together and popped them up on foam tape and set aside.  Before adding the sentiment (from Clearly Besotted’s Many Messages) which I stamped in Versamark and embossed in Ranger gold powder, I added a few splats of Heidi Swapp Gold lame spray and a few Doodlebug gold sprinkles.  Finally I adhered the ice cream die cut and mounted the panel to an A2 white card base.

I can’t wait to see all your creative backgrounds this week – thanks for stopping by!


Halloween Spirit – a new Clearly Besotted Challenge!


Hello – today sees a new challenge over at the Clearly Besotted Stamps blog and this time the theme is Autumn/Halloween.  I’ve used the fabulous new Halloween Spirit stamp set to create these two little Halloween cards.

Spirit of Halloween 1

I used distress inks for the backgrounds – LOVE the effect you get with these inks – it’s such a therapeutic process too (I literally spend AGES just adding MORE and MORE ink!!!).  I masked off an area and then used a fine-liner pen to draw a sketchy line as a border.  All of the images are from the Halloween Spirit set and I finished off with a few touches of clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.

As always there’s a Clearly Besotted store voucher up for grabs for one lucky winner so get crafting!!

Christmas Sparkle

Hi, I’ve got one last peek at the Clearly Besotted September release.  Today I’m featuring Christmas Sparkle – a small set that packs a lot of punch!!  The first card has the tree stamped and embossed in silver along with the GORGEOUS sentiment that is also in the set.  I used the die that co-ordinates with the tree and added some sparkle with Star Dust stickles.

Christmas Sparkle 1

The second card also uses the die but this time to cut a mask which I placed on a white card panel.  I then blended some Mint to To Be pigment ink from Avery Elle to lay down the shape of the tree.  Once that was dry I stamped the tree over the top in Versamark and embossed it in white.  I added white liquid enamel spots to the centres of the snowflakes on the tree and also to a die cut heart and the tree trunk (that I cut from hand).

Christmas Sparkle 2

The sentiment was stamped in the same Mint to To Be ink and the panel was mounted onto to some co-ordinating cardstock.  I finished it off with a little twine bow and the card was done!!

The release goes live at 10pm tonight so make sure you stay up and get your order in – you don’t want to miss out!!

Thanks for stopping by xx