Tuesday, April 30

Happy Birthday

I found myself wide awake at 4am this morning (groan!) so rustled these up to pass the time....

A close up of my favourite colour....

Supplies: Clearly Besotted Stamps 'It's Your Birthday' & 'A Little Sentimental' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Simple Stripes'

I have some new stamps being released in May so will be implementing my 'Release Schedule' which kicks off tomorrow with a few teasers.  I haven't actually made any cards with the new stamps yet so I really need to get my bottom into gear lol

Thank you for stopping, hope you have a happy Tuesday :) x

Saturday, April 27

Cupcakes & Gifts

Two of my favourites things ever - cupcakes and presents lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'It's Your Birthday' & 'Many Thanks' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Canvas & Linen'

You can never have too many cupcakes, I prefer them to....get ready for! (and I love shoes)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'It's Your Birthday' & 'Basic Banners' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Basic Banners Die Collection'; Spellbinder Edgeabilities 'Classic Scallop'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Aida'

And who doesn't love presents?  I prefer giving them to receiving though....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'It's Your Birthday' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies 'Take Three'

I'm very busy behind the scenes preparing for the May release, sorting out dies for many of my older sets, as well as putting the finishing touches to some Halloween and Christmas stamps!  The trickiest thing I've found about working so far ahead is not using stamps from future releases - I'm so desperate to share them now lol

I'm also extremely excited about having my products stocked by a fabulous US online store in the very near future (any guesses?)....I know what some of you are thinking, shouldn't she stock her own store first?!!  All out of stock items will be back by the middle of May.

I'm having lunch with some very dear school friends today, we don't get together very often but when we do, it's always a highlight of my year :)

Phew!  Lots of blah blah from me today lol  Have a great weekend everyone x

Monday, April 22

Happy Birthday Princess

Here's a card I made for one of Jasmine's friends....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Once Upon A Time', 'Background Builder' & 'Basic Banners' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Basic Banner Die Collection', EK Success Edger Punch 'Scallop'

Monday's for me involve cleaning, washing, ironing, food shopping and a whole host of other unpleasant chores, it's just as well the children have after-school clubs until 6pm.

Hope you have a better Monday than me lol x

Sunday, April 21

Broad Wing of Time

Fancy Feathers has been another popular set this month and it is important I give credit where credit is due.  It was the one and only Debby Hughes who came up with the original concept and the rest of the Design Team (who I affectionately call the 'Dream Team'!) contributed with the sentiments.  In fact, most of this months releases stemmed from them, thank you ladies!

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Fancy Feathers' & 'Background Builder II' / Tools - We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper'

Speaking of the Design Team, Caryn Davies has a sparkly brand new blog and to celebrate she has some amazing candy to giveaway (including a few Clearly Besotted best sellers) so do pop on over and say hello :)

Have a great day x

Saturday, April 20

You Have Been Amazing

I went a little bit crazy with all the die-cuts on this one!....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Many Thanks', 'Basic Banners', 'Leafy Accents' & 'Flower Arrangement' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Basic Banners Die Collection', 'Leafy Accents Die Collection' & 'Flower Arrangement Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Die 'Mat Stack 3'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Woodgrain'

Have a fantastic weekend everyone :) x

Friday, April 19

Hi Honey!

Dean has been great this past week as I ride my emotional roller-coaster (funeral is next Wednesday) so completely out of character, I made him this little card and slipped it into his briefcase this morning....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Build A Bug' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 'Country Drive' / Tools - Stampin' Up! Embossing Folder 'Honeycomb'; Papertrey Ink Die 'Framed Out #3'

Happy Friday, hope you have an amazing weekend x

Thursday, April 18

Many Thanks & How I Photograph My Cards

A little thank you card which measures just 10x8cm....

And a few more....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes Additions' & 'Leafy Accents' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection' & 'Leafy Accents Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Simple Stripes'

I have received several emails asking how I photograph my cards, which surprises me because I don't think I do it all that well, however, it would be rude not to share so here goes....

I take all my pictures on the breakfast table in the kitchen because it is positioned in front of double patio doors which let in a lot of natural light, this is the key, the more light, the better (for me).

This is my set up (I always take my pictures in the daytime so have no need for special lighting):

1. My Photo Light Tent is inexpensive and from Amazon, I know I am not using it correctly but this works for me.

2. My 'backdrop' is our bread bin (yes, our actual bread bin lol) but I sometimes use a sheet of colour card instead

3. I also place a sheet of colour card underneath the project being photographed.

4. I photograph my cards at an angle instead of straight on, just my preference, so it helps that I always have the fold at the top of my cards.

5. I use an inexpensive Nikon Digital Camera (I don't have the budget for anything fancy!) on the factory settings and I never use the flash, ever.

6. I edit my pictures in Microsoft Office Picture Manager, usually just cropping (not too closely around the card) and adjusting the 'Brightness and Contrast'.

And that's pretty much it, I apologise if you were expecting a masterclass, I would actually welcome any tips you may have for me :)

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day x

Wednesday, April 17

Thank You

I generally over use butterflies on my cards and recently I have over used banners, it was only a matter of time before I paired them up (I also threw another firm favourite into the mix - polka dots!)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes', 'Basic Banners' & 'Background Builder' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection' & 'Basic Banners Die Collection'

Hope you have a good day, I'll be back tomorrow to share how I photograph my cards x

Tuesday, April 16

Hello, It's Owl Good

I'm crafting non-stop at the moment....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Call Me', 'Background Builder', 'Just A Note' & 'Many Messages' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'You Said It! Die Collection'

This little owl is out of stock at the moment but will be back early May....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'You're A Hoot II', 'Background Builder' & 'Just A Note' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'You're A Hoot', 'Leafy Accents Die Collection' & 'You Said It! Die Collection'

I have to get the children out of bed and ready for school now, should be quite a challenge!  I'll be back tomorrow with more cards to share x

Monday, April 15

Love Hearts

Hope you all had a lovely weekend, thank you to everyone who entered my little giveaway below, generated number 3 which is Marlou (Scrapping with Love) - please email me your address Marlou :)

 Here are a few cards I made over the weekend using this month's new release Love Hearts (& coordinating dies)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Hearts' & 'Love Quotes' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Hearts Die Collection'; Lil' Inkers Dies 'Stitched Mats Squares'; Simon Says Stamp Dies 'Tilted Banners'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Hearts' & 'Love Quotes' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Hearts Die Collection'; Lil' Inkers Dies 'Stitched Mats Squares'; Simon Says Stamp Dies 'Tilted Banners'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Hearts' & 'Basic Banners' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Hearts Die Collection' & 'Basic Banners Dies Collection'; Lil' Inkers Dies 'Stitched Mats Rectangles'

The children return to school tomorrow which I'm not looking forward to, I've enjoyed having them with me these last three weeks.

Happy Monday :) x

Saturday, April 13

In The Spotlight - Super Dad (& chance to win!)


Another 'In The Spotlight' feature is long over due so today I'm showcasing Super Dad (& coordinating dies)....

Here are a few cards I've made using this set....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Super Dad', 'Framed Sentiments' & 'Happy Days' / Tools - Stampin' Up! Embossing Folder 'Argyll' 

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Super Dad', 'Basic Banners' & 'A Little Sentimental' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Super Dad Die Collection' & 'Basic Banners Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Simple Stripes' 

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Super Dad', 'Building Blocks' & 'Happy Days' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Linen & Canvas' 

For a chance to win this stamp set and the coordinating die, please leave a comment (open to everyone worldwide) & I will randomly draw a winner on Monday.

Thank you for joining me today x

Friday, April 12

Thank You So Very Much

Thank you so very much for all your kind & comforting words on yesterday's post....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Many Thanks', 'Butterfly Wishes' & 'Butterfly Wishes Additions' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection'; Stampin' Up! Embossing Folder 'Fancy Fan'

To keep myself busy (and my mind off things), I did a quick little giveaway on the Facebook Page yesterday and now I'm off to the Post Office to send the prizes to the 35 winners....

They say time heals x

Thursday, April 11

Let's Catch Up

A very quick card to share today....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Warm Wishes'

Sadly, my grandmother passed away (peacefully in her sleep) yesterday - she will be missed tremendously.

Wednesday, April 10

Happy Anniversary

Here's a card I made a little while ago but didn't share because I'm not sure I like it very much lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Paired Up', 'Many Thanks' & 'Background Builder' / Tools - Spellbinder Edgeabilities 'Classic Scallop'

I know my cards always consist of twine and scallops, the simple reason for this is that those are the only things I have in my (very limited) crafting arsenal lol  I hope all my creations aren't too 'samey' because of it!

Just a quick note regarding current stock levels in the store, once again, I have to apologise for the number of out of stock items.  Releases are planned 2 months in advance so the quantities are based on previous sales, moving forward, I will be doubling my order quantities from now on.  I would like to sincerely thank you all for your overwhelming continued support, and also for your patience.

Have a wonderful day x

Monday, April 8

Thinking of You

I really need to get more adventurous with my colour combinations but for this card I've stuck with one of my all time favourite combos....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Basic Banners'; 'Background Builder', 'Flower Arrangement' & 'Leafy Accents' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Basic Banners Die Collection', 'Flower Arrangement Die Collection' & 'Leafy Accents Die Collection' (now back in stock!); Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Aida'

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all have a fabulous week ahead :) x

Sunday, April 7

Basic Banners

Basic Banners has proved to be the most popular set from this release (there are only a few left in stock - thank you so much once again!) so I thought I'd better have a play myself lol....

Very quick and easy to make (as always!)....

I love polka dot paper....

My favourite colour of the three....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted Stamps 'Basic Banners' & 'Full of Surprise' / Pattern Paper - Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper 'Polka Dot Parade' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Basic Banners Die Collection'

I though this design would be perfect for quick Christmas cards....

And as we all know, Christmas means mass production....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Basic Banners' & 'Happy Days' / Pattern Paper - Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper 'Be of Good Cheer' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Stamps Dies 'Basic Banners Die Collection'

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend and thank you very much for spending a little bit of it with me *mwah*

Saturday, April 6

Less Is More Challenge Blog Sponsor

Clearly Besotted Stamps are very proud and very happy to be sponsoring the hugely popular Less Is More Challenge Blog!  The colour challenge this week is Lime & Black so please join in if you can....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Hearts', 'Basic Banners' & 'Paired Up' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Basic Banners Die Collection'; PTI Impression Plate 'Linen & Canvas'

The sun is shining, the children aren't arguing (!) and Dean has just presented me with a bacon roll & a cup of tea for breakfast - could life get any better? (perhaps if Dean morphed into Bradley Cooper lol)  Happy Saturday everyone x

Friday, April 5

A Card, A Guest Designer & A Prize Winner!

I really don't like using gold on my cards but according to the trend setters in the paper-crafting world it's 'in' so who am I to argue? lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Leafy Accents', 'Many Thanks' & 'Butterfly Wishes' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection'

I am ecstatic (an understatement!) to have Jen Nelson (The Tiny Blue Butterfly) Guest Designing for Clearly Besotted Stamps this month!  I am obsessed with Jen's blog and can confirm that she is officially my latest paper-crafter crush!  Thank you so much Jen for lending me your incredible talents this month :)

Thank you to everyone who entered my April Release giveaway, I was on cloud 9 after reading all your sweet comments! generated number 86 - Jill (Jill's Cards), please email me with the four stamp sets of your choice Jill :)

Have a fantastic weekend everyone! xxx

Tuesday, April 2

April Release Reveal & Giveaway

Here's a preview of all the stamp sets (& dies) that will be available in the store tomorrow now.

Introducing Fancy Feathers (4x8" set)....

Introducing Basic Banners (4x6" set) - with coordinating Basic Banners Die Collection (stamps & dies sold separately)....

 Introducing Book Worm (4x6" set)....

Introducing Love Hearts (4x6" set) - with coordinating Love Hearts Die Collection (stamps & dies sold separately)....

Introducing Super Dad (4x6" set) - with coordinating Super Dad Die Collection (stamps & dies sold separately)....

Introducing Teacher's Pet (4x6" set)....

Introducing You're A Hoot II (3x4" set) - coordinates with existing You're A Hoot Die (stamps & dies sold separately)....

Introducing Call Me (3x4" set)....

Introducing Build A Bug (3x4" set)....

Introducing You Said It! (3x4" set) - with coordinating You Said It Die Collection (stamps & dies sold separately)....

As usual, I am doing a little giveaway to celebrate the April Release, please leave a comment here (open to everyone worldwide) & I will randomly select a winner to receive a prize of four Clearly Besotted stamp sets of their choice.

Also back in stock: Background BuilderBuilding BlocksButterfly WishesButterfly Wishes Additions (sold out), Framed SentimentsFull Steam AheadIt's Your BirthdayLeafy Accents (sold out) & You're A Hoot.

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