Tuesday, September 2

September Release Teaser Time Day 2

Well it's taken me most of the morning but I have now pulled myself together, almost haha!  I was a sobbing mess at the school gates (after the children were out of sight of course) which resulted in my husband telling random passers by that he had no idea who I was!

Anyway, I'm sure you're not here to read about how pathetic I am, so here are the first of my samples for this month's release...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Christmas Sparkle' & 'Sweet Little Sentiments' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Tag Along Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Christmas Sparkle'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Christmas Sparkle' & 'All Occasion Sentiments'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Christmas Sparkle' & 'Sweet Little Sentiments' / Pattern Paper - Stampin' Up! 'Brights Designer Series Paper Pack'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Christmas Sparkle' & 'All Occasion Sentiments' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Christmas Sparkle Die'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Christmas Sparkle' & 'Merry Little Christmas' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Merry Christmas Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Sweet Little Sentiments' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Snowflake Trio Die Collection'

If you haven't already (I'm usually the last to get my posts up!), please swing by the Design Team blogs to marvel at their creative genius:

Thank you so much for vising me today, I hope my indulgence in self-pity hasn't tainted your opinion of me ;) lol  Have a fantastic Tuesday and I'll see you tomorrow - I promise I'll be in better spirits if you come back!! xxx

Monday, September 1

September Release Teaser Time Day 1

Hello...is there anyone out there?!  It's been such a long time since I last posted, I doubt anyone visits here anymore lol  I'm feeling a little bit sad today because the children return to school tomorrow and I'm dreading how quiet the house is going to be :(

Fortunately the September release is imminent which should hopefully take my mind off missing the children!  There are six new stamp sets with five coordinating die collections and two standalone die collections being released on Friday 5th September at 10pm BST (UK time) and here's a small taste of what's coming up...

Blast Off II:
Christmas Sparkle:
Eastern Delights:
Halloween Spirit:
Sew Special:
Woodland Pals:
Typically, I have left back to school preparations to the last minute and therefore I have even more on my hands than usual so please wish me luck! lol

Happy Monday and I hope you have a fantastic week :) x

Edit: Judith - In the interest of fairness, I will honour all recent sale prices on orders placed on the 5th and 6th of September :)

Edit: Judy - I'm super happy you like the stamps we designed for Simon Says Stamp - they are exclusive to Simon Says Stamp - thanks for asking! :) x

Saturday, August 16

New(ish) Cricut Explore Electronic Die Cutting Machine

Having friends in high places (aka Amy Wanford), I was extremely fortunate to attend a marvelous event back in April, showcasing the (then still to be released) new Cricut Explore electronic die cutting machine.  It shames me to admit that I only opened the box of my complimentary (my opinions are my own etc.) machine 2 days ago but let me tell you, once I did - there was no stopping me!!

I am a complete technophobe so the prospect of trying out the machine for the first time was a little bit daunting but I needn't have worried - it really was quite simple and straightforward (and lots of fun!).

Used in conjunction with your PC, an abundance of design software (you can still use cartridges if you prefer) can be purchased on the Cricut website (prices starting at 79p) but I made all of the following projects using free (for 2 weeks after subscribing) Cricut software...

Cricut Explore: Roses & Leaves (300gsm Card)

Cricut Explore: Flowers & Leaves (300gsm Card) & Doily (Vinyl)

A summary of my favourite features:

  • Cuts a variety of mediums from card to fabric - simply turn a dial to select
  • Cuts cleanly
  • User friendly software
  • Cuts, scores and draws
  • All designs can be re-sized

Thank you so much for taking time out of your weekend to drop by on me today, I'm always thrilled to have your company ;) *mwah*

Thursday, August 14

Halloween in August!!

Well, I've started on my Christmas cards so why not Halloween? lol ;)...

Supplies: Stamps - 'Boo To You' & 'Fright Night' / Dies - 'Boo To You Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - 'Boo To You' & 'Fright Night' / Dies - 'Boo To You Die Collection' / Pattern Paper - Simple Stories 6x6 Pad 'Color Vibe'

I'm mentally (& physically lol) preparing myself to do the theme park rounds (making the most of our annual Merlin passes again!), starting with Chessington tomorrow, followed by Thorpe Park, Legoland and rounding off with a weekend at Alton Towers *groan* - wish me luck!

Before all that torture (lol), I'll be playing with the new Cricut Explore today so hope to have some projects to share with you soon :)

Happy Thursday - have a good one! x

Monday, August 11

Christmas in August!!

I'm not quite sure what prompted me to make a Christmas card in August but here it is lol...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Pretty Poinsettia' & 'Little Pudding' (coming soon) / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Pretty Poinsettia Die Collection' & 'Frame Mat Die'

Once I started, I couldn't stop so here are some matching tags...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Pretty Poinsettia' & 'Little Pudding' (coming soon) / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Pretty Poinsettia Die Collection' & 'Scalloped Tag Die'

Feeling exhausted already this week and it's only Monday...I think I need another vacation ;)  Have a fabulous week! x

Friday, August 8

You Are Beautiful

Happy Friday!!  It's been a long hard week so I'm very much looking forward to the weekend!  Here is another quick and simple card from me...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Blossoms', 'Leafy Accents' & 'Flight of Fancy' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Blossoms Die Collection' & 'Leafy Accents Die Collection'

Still playing catch up, lots to do so I had better get back to it!  Have a great day and an even greater weekend :) x

Wednesday, August 6

A Catch Up & A Card (& Long Over Due Winners!!)

We're back!!!!  I can't tell you how good it felt to make this card after 3 weeks away from my craft table...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Fabulous Fuchsias' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Fabulous Fuchsias Die Collection', 'Fabulous Fuchsias Branch & Leaves Die' & 'Trellis Die'

It was so wonderful having three weeks with the family away from 'work' that for a fleeting second I actually considered giving it all up but needless to say that passed very quickly as I reminded myself how (ungrateful and spolied I am for a start LOL) incredibly lucky I am to have such a fantastic job where I get to engage with such fantastic people (yes, you!) :D

HUGE apologies for the unacceptable delay in announcing the winners for the June (yes, June!!) Challenge and July Giveaway.  I am aware of the time, effort and goodwill put into entering challenges and leaving comments and therefore have no excuse for my shameful disregard!  Instead, I have increased the prize from £30 to £40 e-giftcard:

Before I go, I must say a big thank you to my baby sister (she's 15 years younger than me!) Jenny, who held the fort marvelously while I was away!  For those of you who don't know, Jenny also designs all of our stamp sets (unless otherwise specified) so without her there would be no Clearly Besotted Stamps!

Thank you for still dropping by even though I have been slacking - you really are the best!  Enjoy the rest of your week :) xoxo

Sunday, July 27

AWOL in Florida...

Just a quickie to explain why it's been super quiet around here, we're currently on a three week vacation in Florida again - we absolutely love it here which is why we can never stay away for too long!...

The Wincotts

Orders are being processed as usual and emails are being monitored by Jenny (my sister) in the UK but (unless urgent) it may take a little longer for me to reply - sorry!

I'll be back soon, needless to say I'm itching to return to my craft table lol xoxo

Saturday, July 5

July Release Reveal & Giveaway

Thank you for returning today, I really do appreciate it :)  Before I introduce you to this months new products, please check out the amazing Design Team who are doing their very best to make you part with your pennies (I'm sorry to say they are very good at it too!) LOL:

Curtains up time, the following stamp sets and dies will be available in the store and at Simon Says Stamp tonight at 10pm (BST) UK time...

Introducing All Occasion Sentiments (4x6 set):

Introducing Flight of Fancy (4x8 set) with coordinating Flight of Fancy Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
Introducing Journal It (4x8 set) with coordinating Journal It Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
Introducing Simply Quilled (Mini 3x4 set) with coordinating Simply Quilled Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):

Introducing Sweet Rose (4x6 set) with coordinating Sweet Rose Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):

Introducing Butterfly Duo Die Collection:

Introducing Friend Word Die:

Introducing Mum Word Die:

Introducing Sister Word Die:

And there you have it, anything take your fancy?  I do hope so ;)  You know the drill by now, please leave a comment for the chance to win a £30 Clearly Besotted e-Giftcard (open to everyone worldwide) and here comes the grovelling (lol)...pleeeease join us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter if we have piqued your interest this month, thank you!!

Finally, just a reminder that there will be no challenge this month and no new release or challenge next month (August) but we will be back (recharged and with a vengeance lol) in September...with a smidgen of Christmas and Halloween ;) xxx