13.10.2014

Clearly Besotted October Challenge – Christmas

ChallengeHello – 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 challengeHere’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 :)

10.09.2014

Halloween Spirit – a new Clearly Besotted Challenge!

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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!!

10.06.2014

Thanks!

Hello – RUSHING in with my card for the new Clearly Besotted Stamps monthly challenge!  I’ve been having some “issues” with my computer (hubby has a new one and has fiddled with this one which means I can’t get my photos to upload at the moment!!).  SO – the card I’m sharing ISN”T actually the card I made for the challenge!!  It’s one I made a while back but never got round to sharing – thank goodness for the “Anything Goes” theme this month!!!

gold thanks

 

Steph and the rest of the design team have some fabulous creations to share so make sure you check their blogs!

Right – need to get this housework tackled – it looks like we’ve been burgled here!!!

15.05.2014

You Make Me Smile: Clearly Besotted May Challenge

ChallengeHi all – here today with my card for the new Clearly Besotted Challenge.  We’re feeling all summery today with the gorgeous inspiration photo and colours Stephanie has picked for us so what better excuse than to pull out one of the new release stamp sets, Bridal Bouquet.

Bride and GroomHere’s the colour inspiration:

A Challenge Colour

As always the rest of the DT have some jaw-dropping inspiration for you and Stephanie is offering one random winner a £30 store voucher – yay!!

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 below – direct link to post please
  • The closing date for entries is Friday 30 May 2014 (23:55 UK time)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time
10.04.2014

Clearly Besotted April Challenge

Well Spring has well and truly sprung here in my little corner of the world and everywhere I turn I’m seeing beautiful blossoms, tulips and daffs!!!  It’s all very uplifting and makes me feel HAPPPEEEEEE!!!  So what better theme for the April Challenge at Clearly Besotted than SPRING!! The latest release from Clearly Besotted is chock full of fabulous Spring-like stamps and dies but even if you haven’t managed to pick anything new up this month, Steph has TONS of sets in her inventory that would be perfect for this challenge.

April Challenge - Spring

So how’s this for some Springtime inspiration?  I used the new Pretty Petals Plus stamp set – SUCH a versatile little set – and stamped it using Avery Elle pigment inks in Mimosa and Fizz.  I added a wee bit of extra detail with a Copic to the flower centres too.  The Fabulous Friend sentiment is from one of my favourite CBS sets, Say It In Style.

Make sure you check out Steph’s blog, Stamping and Sharing for all the deets of the challenge (theres a great prize up for grabs as always!) and for lots more inspiration from the amazing DT.

Thanks for stopping by. xxx


10.03.2014

Clearly Besotted March Challenge – In Flight!

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It’s the 10th of the month and we have a fabulous new challenge over at Clearly Besotted Stamps blog. The theme this time is In Flight so think of anything that flies or has wings!  I’ve used one of the butterflies from the gorgeous new Elegant Butterflies set and paired it with some lush golden stripes (Delicata ink – my new obsession) from the Basic Stripes stamp set.

March Challenge In FlightThe rest of the DT have some fabulous samples to share too so make sure you pop over to Steph’s blog for all the details – there’s a £30 store voucher up for grabs for one lucky winner too!!

10.02.2014

Clearly Besotted February Challenge.

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Hey there.  It’s the 10th of the month which means there is a brand new Clearly Besotted Challenge over on Steph’s blog.  This time we have a gorgeous colour palette to inspire your creative juices!

feb challenge photo

And here’s my take on the colours and photo – I had to reach for my Tasty Treats set when I saw that scrummy cherry and the gingham block from Building Blocks provided the perfect little backdrop!

Feb challenge 2014I thought I’d show a little close-up of the glittery-ness – it never seems to come across in photos does it??

feb challenge close up

Make sure you pop on over to Stamping and Sharing to get all the challenge deets and see what the rest of the fabulous design team have whipped up to get you inspired!


10.01.2014

Clearly Besotted Challenge – LOVE

ChallengeHello, here with details of this month’s challenge over at Clearly Besotted Stamps.  If you’re new to CBS then where have you been??? LOL!  Steph and Jenny are an amazing team who produce top quality stamps and dies, on trend designs and customer service that literally cannot be beaten.  I’m so lucky to be one of the design team members and every month starting at 10am on the 10th Steph hosts a challenge.  The only rule is you must use at least one CBS product to qualify for the prize.  The theme for the month of January is “LOVE” and with all the gorgeous stamps available at CBS I’m sure you will all come up with something beautiful!  Check out all the DT inspiration and full details on Steph’s blog.

So onto my card.  I have used the newly released Key To My Heart stamp set and dies and the Love Hearts stamps and dies.  I made a stencil using the Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts die (one of my favourite products ever) and mixed some translucent embossing paste (tinted with food colouring gel of all things!!) to give me a soft pink shade to match in with the inks (Mama Elephant).

key to my heart (3)

Well, that’s it from me for today.  I hope you get a chance to play along with this month’s challenge and can’t wait to see all your creations.

Hugs,

Caryn


11.11.2013

Better late than never!

ChallengeHello, sorry I’m sharing this a wee bit late but as they say, rather late than never. The November Challenge over at Clearly Besotted kicked off yesterday with a festive CHRISTMAS theme.  My card features the gorgeous poinsettia from Pretty Poinsettias and I’ve layered it a bit and coloured it with Copics.  The sentiment is a couple of Memory Box dies that I’ve coloured in a two-tone effect, again with Copic markers.

pretty poinsettiaRight, better get back to work – Mondays suck!!

Hugs,

Caryn xxx

10.10.2013

Clearly Besotted Challenge – Colour Inspiration

Challenge

Hi all, here with my DT card for this month’s Clearly Besotted Challenge.  I’m reverting back to the current season with this card – I feel like I’ve been in full Christmas mode these last few days! Steph has given us a colour scheme to take inspiration from but it doesn’t have to be an Autumn themed card – just take your cue from the colours.

PetalledPalette

embossed leafThe other day whilst I was digging about looking for my pots of embossing paste I knew I had buried somewhere, I also came across some tubs of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) that had long since seen the light of day!  So, in the spirit of revisiting some old techniques I thought I’d have a go using the Autumn Flowers stamp set and dies.  I die cut the maple leaf from coaster board – it needs to be thicker than normal card for this.  Then after coating the die cut with a layer of Versamark I sprinkled on some gold and some copper UTEE and heated it.  Whilst it was still “molten” I stamped the co-ordinating leaf stamp into it.  I had forgotten how much fun this is!!

I’m sharing this over at Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge which is to use stamps.

Please make sure you pop on over to Steph’s blog, Stamping and Sharing for all the challenge deets and check out the rest of the DT’s cards whilst you’re there – stunning inspiration as always.

Thanks for visiting.

Caryn xxx