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

*CLOSED: WINNER - JACKY (SCRAPPY JACKY)*
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

Friday, July 4

July Release Teaser Time Day 4

I'm running a little bit behind today - sorry!  I made my cards last night and have been struggling to get decent pictures taken this morning (it's all about the lighting!)...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Sweet Rose' & 'Bridal Bouquet' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Sweet Rose Die Collection', 'Bridal Bouquet Die Collection' & 'Bracket Edges Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Sweet Rose', 'Journal It', 'Flight of Fancy' & 'Bridal Bouquet' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Sweet Rose Die Collection', ''Journal It Die Collection' & 'Bridal Bouquet Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Sweet Rose' 'All Occasion Sentiments', 'Bridal Bouquet' & 'Delightful Doilies' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Sweet Rose Die Collection' & 'Bridal Bouquet Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Sweet Rose' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Sweet Rose Die Collection' & 'Notebook Edge Die

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Sweet Rose' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Sweet Rose Die Collection'

That's all of my samples for this month, I can get a much needed early night tonight lol  To see more, please make sure you stop by the following blogs, the Design Team never disappoint :)


I can't thank you enough for keeping me company these last few days and I sincerely hope that you will drop by one more time tomorrow to see the new products in full...until then, Happy July 4th - have a jolly good day!! :) xoxo

Thursday, July 3

July Release Teaser Time Day 3

Remember I mentioned yesterday (and on a million other occasions!) how much I love butterflies?  Well if you're not keen on them then I don't think you're going to be very impressed with today's cards lol...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Simply Quilled' & 'All Occasion Sentiments' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Simply Quilled Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Simply Quilled' & 'Flight of Fancy' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Simply Quilled Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Simply Quilled' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Simply Quilled Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Flight of Fancy' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Flight of Fancy Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'All Occasion Sentiments' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Duo Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Sweet Little Sentiments' & 'Background Builder' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Duo Die Collection' & 'Frame Mat Die'

As always, the Design Team are on top form, you really don't want to miss the array of fabulousness they have to share with you today:


The children are now on their summer break so I'm delighted the sun is shinning (fingers crossed it will shine for the next 9 weeks lol).  Bike riding and picnic in the park scheduled for today, hope you have a delightful Thursday too! :) x

P.S. Many of the out of stock stamps and dies will be back in time for release night.


Wednesday, July 2

July Release Teaser Time Day 2

The sun is shining which makes me happy, as do butterfly stamps (you can never have too many haha!) so needless to say I am in a very good mood today ;)...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Flight of Fancy' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Flight of Fancy Die Collection' & 'Friend Word Die'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Flight of Fancy' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Flight of Fancy Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Flight of Fancy'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Flight of Fancy'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Flight of Fancy', 'Sweet Rose' & 'Background Builder' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Flight of Fancy Die Collection'

Want to see more? (hopefully that's a resounding yes lol)  Then please head on by the following blogs where the delightful DT will be sure to brighten your day:


I'm rushing out to enjoy the sunshine now...I can always make tomorrow's samples tonight right?!! lol  Hope you have a wonderful day :) xxx