30.09.2015

Simon Says … Anything Goes

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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 No Designer Paper Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

ANYTHING GOES

We are showcasing CLEARLY BESOTTED  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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It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to play with my Clearly Besotted stamps and boy, have I missed it!  I was so chuffed to see we were featuring them for this week’s Wednesday Challenge but then I had a struggle to decide which of the many sets to use!  One of my all-time favourites is Modern Christmas (designed by my bestie Amy Gray) and as I’m in total Christmas mode I thought this would be the perfect one to ink up!  I started by heat embossing in white, three of the Christmas trees and then used Abandoned Coral Distress ink mixed with a little water to add colour to them.  For the card panel I sponged some of the same colour mixed with a little Spun Sugar Distress ink but I wanted a little more “something”!  So, I took an acrylic block and scribbled some AC ink onto it and spritzed with water to make a puddle.  I then used a small paintbrush to flick splatters onto the card base and also mixed in a little Perfect Pearls for a touch of shimmer.  To finish I arranged the tress onto foam adhesive and added a few Iridescent sequins from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards then stamped the sentiment in Smoke ink from Simon Says Stamp.

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting

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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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03.06.2015

Simon Says … Make it Masculine

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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  Anything Goes Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

Make It Masculine 

Father’s Day is on 21st June, so this challenge is dedicated to creating something for the men in our lives. You don’t have to make a Father’s Day creation, anything masculine will do !

We are showcasing CAS-UAL FRIDAYS and WAFFLE FLOWER 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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Eek – not the dreaded masculine card, lol!  I know a lot of us card makers aren’t all that keen on making masculine cards as they tend to be less fussy, less “pretty” and don’t often give us as much freedom to get really creative as cards for fefmales do (but that could just be me, lol) .  I recently picked up this woodgrain paper pad and love it for giving a good amount of detail and texture but still be able to keep it CAS and masculine-looking.  I stamped the bow from the Waffle Flower Bowtiful stamp set in fog ink on three different wood papers and also covered the cream base card with a darker one for contract.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink and then I heat embossed it with a cream powder.  The bows were die cut and mounted on foam adhesive to finish – simples!!

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So now it’s YOUR turn.  Happy Crafting

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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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04.05.2015

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.

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


02.05.2015

Delightful Day – Clearly Besotted May Sneak Peeks!

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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 🙁

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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.

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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 😉


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.

 

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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.

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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

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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!!

 

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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.

02.02.2015

To A Special Friend – Clearly Besotted February 2015

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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!!).

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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

 


04.01.2015

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.

 

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