Mmmmmm… donuts!

Teaser Time

Hello again – I’m back with another peek at what’s coming up in the January 2015 release from Clearly Besotted.  Today I’m sharing a couple of cards I made using the With Sprinkles stamp and die collections.  This is a fun set featuring lots of cookie and donut images and as the name suggest – sprinkles!  The font Steph used for the sentiments is gorgeous and goes perfectly with the design.


with sprinkles 1

I created a bunch of donuts and cookies and stamped them before slapping on a good dollop of glossy accents to give them that lovely glazed look – mmmmmm!

with sprinkles 2


Well I’ll be back again tomorrow with yet more samples but please remember to pop along to the rest of the design team (and our fabulous guest teamie, Anita) for lots more inspiration!




Hello and happy new year!  I’m here with my first post of 2015 and it happens to be day one of the January 2015 release teasers from Clearly Besotted.  The release goes live at 10pm on 5th January but Steph and the rest of the design team will be sharing some projects up till then featuring the fabulous new stamps and dies.

Today I’m focusing on the gorgeous Je’taime stamp set and dies.  This set has so many uses – I LOVE the Eiffel Tower image and champagne bottle images!

Teaser Time

J'taime 1

I used a Tim Holtz sponge applicator with Gold Delicata ink and sponged an area on the card panel and then added a few drops of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame spritz to add big dots of gold (it’s meant to represent the champagne bubbles!!).  The bottles are a 2-step design so I stamped them first in Jungle pigment ink (Avery Elle) and then the labels in Gold Delicata.  This scene is a good representation of a typical Valentine’s day for hubby and me – plenty of Prosecco flowing!!  (The “hic” by the way is stamped using the Avery Elle Ell’s Alpha’s stamps – it’s not in the set).

My second card features the Eiffel Tower image and bit more more ink blending!  This time I used Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar Distress inks and some Stuio Calico spray shine .

J'taime 2 copy

I’ll be back tomorrow with more sneak peeks at this month’s fantastic line up of new products but in the meantime make sure you visit the rest of the design team to see their amazing creations.  We are also being joined this month by the sweet Anita Bowden (Neet and Crafty) so please pop by and see her stunning samples too x


Some more Clearly Besotted Christmas!

Hi there.   Just popping with a couple of cards I made that I didn’t get a chance to share before Christmas.  I used some of the new products from Clearly Besotted released in December.  The fonts in the new Brushed Greetings stamp set are gorgeous – and a great size for a card front.  I also used the new On The Line dies these are so useful.  I have other dies like this that are on a curved or sloped edge so it’s great to have straight ones too!December 2014 2


December 2014 2


December 2014 2 December 2014

I hope everyone is keeping well after the Christmas chaos – my house still hasn’t recovered but what the heck, it’s still Christmas until the tree comes down!

By the way – don’t forget that the new January release from Clearly Besotted is just around the corner – sneak peeks start on Stephanie’s blog on the 1st and the rest of the DT will have cards and projects to share from the 2nd onwards!  Make sure you pop in to check them out!!



Simon Says…Thinking of You

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 ,,,,,,,,


We are showcasing PRIMA 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


Todays card continues the monochromatic colour scheme I used on my card for Stephanie’s birthday blog hop yesterday.  I am now addicted to spritzing Mister Hueys Calico Shine on everything too – it’s so SHIMMERY!  I love it!  I also love these Prima Crystals – they are rough like little clusters of minerals – I think they go perfectly with the shimmer.  I also LOVE the new Birch Trees stamp set from Clearly Besotted – part of the latest release available from 10 pm tonight (UK time) in the Simon Says Stamp Store!


Thinking of you

So now it’s YOUR turn.  Happy Crafting

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



More gingerbread anyone?

Teaser Time

Hello – back today with another peek at the new sets available from Clearly Besotted this month.  Today I have another couple of cards using Naughty or Nice and another using the beautiful Winter Blooms set.

I just love the sweet gingerbread images in the Naughty or Nice set – they make such a simple focal poont to a card (great for whipping up those quick last minute cards we all need!!).

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The Winter Blooms set has some stunning floral images in it – I love this snowdrop design – I masked it and stamped it three times to give a band of flowers – so simple to colour.

Let it Snow


Be sure to check out the DT samples again today and pop over to Stephanie’s blog for all the details of the new release.


Caryn xxx


Teaser Time at Clearly Besotted!

Teaser Time

It’s the start of a new month and that means a new release at Clearly Besotted.  As always there are some gorgeous stamps and dies coming out for November so I’ll crack on and share what I’ve been up to with two of my favourite sets of this release – Naughty or Nice and Birch Trees.

Naughty or nice 1

Now I’m on the fence about this card because I couldn’t think where to put the sentiment!!  I decided rather than try to squeeze one in I would just leave it off – it doesn’t quite seem finished though – hey ho – I guess that happens sometimes!!

Make sure you pop by to visit the rest of the design team and check out their amazing cards. We also have two amazing guest designers – Cindy Lovell and Pia Larsen so you’ve got even more inspiration to get you tempted this month!!  I’ll be back tomorrow with some more sneak peeks – thanks for stopping by.


Caryn xxx



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

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 🙂


Rockin’ Robin – Clearly Besotted

Teaser TimeHello – 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

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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!!

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