Friday, December 28

Clearly Besotted Stamps Sale

Clearly Besotted Stamps are having a 50% off sale on Christmas Stamp Sets (see below).  This offer is for a limited time only & prices will revert back at 11:59 GMT on 31 December 2012.

There are new stamp sets being released very soon too!  Have a fabulous day :) x

Monday, December 24

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas & A Happy & Healthy 2013

Saturday, December 22

Happy Anniversary

It was refreshing to make something other than a Christmas card!.....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Leafy Accents', 'Butterfly Wishes' & 'Framed Sentiments' / Pattern Paper - Papertrey Ink Pattern Pack 'Smoky Shadow'

I was wrapping presents until 4am this morning....not quite finished though!  Just need to do the 'food shop' today & we're pretty much good to go :)

Happy weekend! x

Friday, December 21

More Thank You Cards

I send out a lot of thank you cards after Christmas so keeping them simple helps when mass producing....

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'Salutations'

Visit the Penny Black Blog for more amazing thank you projects :)

Christmas in our household is a little bit more subdued than usual this year (although try telling that to the children lol).  My brother is going through a tough time, which of course affects us all, but as they say....time heals.

Have a wonderful day & thank you (as always) for taking the time to visit my humble little blog x

Thursday, December 20

Giveaway Winner

I'm back to announce the winner of my little giveaway - generated number 25 which is Leigh (to the full), please email me your address Leigh & the 4 Clearly Besotted stamp sets you would like :)

Thanks again to everyone who took part x

Thank You Cards

Here's a thank you card I've made using some gorgeous pattern paper from the Penny Black Madison range....

And a few more....

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'Gratitude' & 'Salutations' / Pattern Paper - Penny Black 'Madison'

Do visit the Penny Black Blog for more thank you theme projects - you won't be disappointed!

Thank you to everyone who joined in with my little giveaway, I will be back later on today to announce the winner :) x

Wednesday, December 19

Snowflake Flurry

I really enjoyed stamping the snowflake background on this Holiday card....

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'Hello Winter', 'Let It Snow' & 'Christmas Cheer'

It's all about thank you cards (essential for after the Holiday period!) over on the Penny Black blog this week so do stop on by for inspiration galore :)

I spent 12 hours at Bluewater Shopping Centre on Monday which was exhausting but satisfying....just need to start wrapping now!

I'll be back tomorrow to announce the winner of my little giveaway (see below), please do join in if you haven't already x

Monday, December 17

Clearly Besotted's New Releases (& Giveaway!)


There are 12 new releases this month at Clearly Besotted Stamps & you can see them all below!  If you fancy a closer look, the wonderful Michelle at Card Grotto (DT Member) has made a little video which you can take a peek at here.

Here are a few cards I've made using Ahoy Matey....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Ahoy Matey' & 'Framed Sentiments' / Pattern Paper - Papertrey Ink Pattern Pack 'Classic Kraft' & 'Blueberry Sky' / Tools - Spellbinder Edgeabilities 'Classic Scallop'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Simple Stripes'; Stampin' Up! Embossing Folder 'Chevron' We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper'

I am absolutely delighted that last months Guest Designer Maureen at Buttons & Bling has agreed to join us as a permanent DT member....what a fabulous asset she is!

I am also incredibly excited that the super talented Ted at Happily Ever Crafter (who is also a valued friend) will be Guest Designing for us this release!  I am a huge admirer of Ted's work & cannot wait to see what he comes up with :)

Before I go, what about a little giveway to celebrate the new release?  Just leave a comment here (open to everyone worldwide) & I will randomly select a winner who will receive a prize of  FOUR Clearly Besotted stamp sets of their choice!

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you all have a great week :) xxx

Sunday, December 16

All Is Calm

It's anything but calm in our household, the children are so excited about Christmas that they're a lot more hyper than usual - it's quite infectious though :)

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'A Bright Tomorrow' & 'All Is Bright'

I plan on spending the whole day in my craft room playing with Clearly Besotted's new releases, please send lots of creativity vibes in my direction, thank you! lol x

Saturday, December 15

All Is Bright

Here's a card made with the stunning Penny Black sets 'All is Bright' & 'Peace on Earth'....

A few more....

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'All is Bright' & 'Peace on Earth'

I'm sure I'm not the only mother (parent) who lingered that little bit longer than usual when giving their children a kiss & (tight) cuddle at bedtime last night, my thoughts & prayers are with the families affected by the tragic events in Connecticut.

Friday, December 14

Last Minute Christmas Cards

I used Clearly Besotted's 'Signature Christmas' stamp set to whip up some quick last minute Christmas cards....

A classic (& bold!) colour combination....

 Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Signature Christmas' / Tools - Spellbinder Edgeabilities 'Classic Scallop'

Our tree's are all up but I still haven't purchased a single present - I have a date in the diary to spend a whole day at Bluewater shopping centre next week which should rectify that!  

Dean is now back at work & surprisingly, I didn't find the adjustment too traumatic lol  He's off for 2 weeks over Christmas which is fantastic because the children are now on their school break :)

Anyway, that's enough blah blah from me (lol) - hope all your holiday preparations are going to plan....only 11 more sleeps :) xxx

Thursday, December 13

A Wonderful Holiday

After suffering the slowest internet connection possible for the past (painful) month, the BT technician has been today to install Fiber Optic broadband (don't ask, I have no idea lol) so I can now finally share a card....

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'All Is Bright' & 'Christmas Cheer' / Tools - We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper'

It would appear that in my absence there has been a lot of fun going on over at the Penny Black Blog, do check it out if you haven't already :)

Keeping it brief, I have a LOT of online shopping to catch up on lol xxx

Thursday, November 29

CASE Study Challenge Blog Sponsor

This is a scheduled post (I'm probably still unpacking boxes at this point!) to announce that Clearly Besotted Stamps are delighted to be sponsoring this week's challenge over on the fabulous CASE Study Challenge Blog, so do join in if you can!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day :) x

Saturday, November 24

And We're In!

We've been in our new house for just over a week but there's still so much to do which means I will be absent from blogland a little while longer!

I hope to fit in some crafty time soon but I am sure that you all agree - families & home-life should always come first!  Right now I need to concentrate on ensuring Christmas actually takes place this year lol

Have a wonderful weekend my dear blogland friends :) xxx

Friday, November 9

How Wonderful Of You

It's been a really good week & I can't believe it's Friday already!

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'Social Butterfly' & 'Free Flight' / Tools - We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper'

There won't be much activity here on my blog for the next few weeks but there's always plenty of amazing inspiration over on the Penny Black Blog.

I'll be back when we're settled in our new home & the internet is connected - have a wonderful weekend everyone :) x

Thursday, November 8

CASE Study Challenge Blog Sponsor

Clearly Besotted Stamps are absolutely thrilled to be sponsoring this week's challenge on the fabulous CASE Study Challenge Blog - please pop on over & join in if you can :)

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes' / Tools - Memory Box Die 'Musical Interlude'

The situation with our house move has been such a palaver - one minute it's on & the next it's off (we actually pulled out last Friday)....however it looks like we are definitely exchanging contracts today so it's going to be chaos in the upcoming weeks!

Enjoy your day & as always, thank you for visiting :) x

Wednesday, November 7

Happy Happy Happy

I'm feeling particularly jubilant today, no particular reason - just lots of little things have put a spring in my step & a smile on my face....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Happy Everything', 'Building Blocks' (coming soon) & 'Leafy Accents' (coming soon)

Clearly Besotted Stamps are delighted & proud to be sponsoring this week's challenge over on the fabulous Crafty Creations Challenge Blog - the theme is 'No Flowers' so please do join in if you can!

Dean & I have a meeting with our Bank Manager today (routine, nothing unpleasant lol), followed by a spot lunch at our favourite seafood restaurant :)  Take care & have a nice day x

Tuesday, November 6

Heartfelt Gratitude

Another day & another card to share ....

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'Petal Party' & 'Gratitude'

Only 1 month left until Dean returns to work & I'm already in panic mode - for the last 6 months I haven't had to lift a finger (my husband is a saint & I am incredibly lucky to have married such a wonderful man).  I don't know how I'm going to resume normal 'wife & mother' duties after such a long break!!  Dean's contractual garden leave has turned out to be such a blessing & we are both so grateful he's had the opportunity to spend so much quality time with the family :)

Have a lovely day everyone x

Monday, November 5

Soaring Dreams

Another butterfly card (I don't think you can go wrong with a gorgeous butterfly image!)....

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'Free Flight'

Thank you to everyone who took part in my little generated number 22 which is Alanna (Alanna's Spot In The World), please email me your address so I can pop your prize in the post :)

Have a great week everybody x

Sunday, November 4

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Happy Sunday, hope you're all enjoying your weekend!  I'd like to share with you a very simple little card today....

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'Social Butterfly' & 'Allegro'

Thank you for stopping by, I'll be back tomorrow with the winner of my little giveaway :) x

Friday, November 2

In The Spotlight: Blooming Marvellous (& chance to win!)


In the spotlight today is Clearly Besotted's 'Blooming Marvellous' & here are a few cards I've made with this set....

I love sunflowers, they always make me smile....

This background was so quick & easy to stamp....

I was inspired by DT member Michelle to use kraft on kraft....

Additional Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Framed Sentiments' (coming soon) / Tools - EK Success Edger Punch 'Scallop'; We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper'; Pepertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Simple Stripes'

Further inspiration for this stamp set can be found on Clearly Besotted's 'Blooming Marvellous' Pinterest Board.

For a chance to win 'Blooming Marvellous', please leave me a comment (open to everyone worldwide) & I will randomly draw a winner on Monday.

Thank you so much for joining me today, I really do appreciate it :) xxx

Thursday, November 1

Children's Cards

I'm always running out of birthday cards for Owen & Jasmine's school friends so I've come up with a couple of simple designs to mass produce....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Once Upon A Time' (coming soon) / Tools - Spellbinder Edgeabilities 'Classic Scallop'

One for the boys....

I've made a start on these already....

 Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Ahoy Matey' (coming soon) 

The children are with their grandparents today which means I get some much needed peace & quiet lol  Have a great day everyone & please pop back tomorrow for another Clearly Besotted Stamps 'In The Spotlight' feature x

Wednesday, October 31

Crafty Creations Challenge: Just ONE

It's my final week as Guest Designer at Crafty Creations Challenge (sob!) & I must admit I struggled with this weeks theme - 'Just ONE'....

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'Foliage Fancy' / Pattern Paper - Penny Black Designer Paper Pad 'Madison' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Woodgrain'

So the challenge is to use just 1 embellishment, 1 pattern paper, 1 word, 1 image etc. - it's a toughie but if you're up for it, there's a potential prize in it for you!  Pop on over to the blog where the Design Team shows us how it's done!

I'd just like to say a big thank you to Bernie for asking me to Guest Design this month, it's been both an honour & a pleasure :)

And finally....BOO!!!!  Happy Halloween xxx

Tuesday, October 30

Thank You

Here is a card I made for a very kind fellow blogger....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted Stamps 'Butterfly Wishes', 'Building Blocks' (coming soon) & 'With A Flourish' (coming soon) / Tools - We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper'

My parent's have been quite upset recently with all the drama surrounding my brother's recent nuptials so we all decided to go out to our favourite restaurant for lunch today - we put the whole mess aside for a few hours & had a lovely time :)

Wherever you are in the world (but particularly those of you on the US East Coast), please stay safe xxx

Happy Halloween

I know I'm a day early but here's a little Halloween card to get you in the mood....

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'Cat Spell', 'Puzzle Parts' & 'Best Witches'

I still haven't got the children their Halloween outfits yet, last year I left it to the last minute & managed to pick up costumes (see below) from Tesco Supermarket for just £3 for both - I'm hoping to do the same this year lol x