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Wednesday, December 25

Merry Christmas

Wishing you A Very Merry Christmas
& A Happy & Healthy 2014

Monday, December 23

Lots of Love

I couldn't sleep last night, my body clock is messed up with all the late nights wrapping presents, so I whipped up a couple of simple Valentines Day cards....

Stamps - Love Hearts & Alphabet Basics Upper / Dies - Love Hearts Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Black Twine

Stamps - Love Hearts & A Little Sentimental / Dies - Small Frames Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Natural Twine; Button

I'm cleaning the house today, which is the last thing on my list of things to do.  As from tomorrow, I can put my feet up for the next two weeks whilst my darling husband takes care of everything...cooking, cleaning, keeping the children and guests entertained - E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G! Hooray :D

I know you must all be very busy at the moment so thank you very much for taking the time to visit my little blog :)

Stephanie xoxo

Friday, December 20

It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas

I am a bit of a minimalist and I hate clutter so I don't go overboard with the decorations...



Dean isn't very impressed with my efforts, if he had his way the house would be covered from top to bottom in tinsel and lights!  I'm wrapping presents tonight which mean's no sleep, but a lot of coffee for me!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend :D

Stephanie xoxo

P.S. Only five more sleeps to go ;)

Friday, November 29

With Sympathy

I'm spending all of today shopping for bargains online and had no intentions of crafting, however, whilst browsing bedding departments I stumbled upon a very simple poppy print which inspired me to whip this card up in 5 minutes....


Back to my bargain hunting now!  Happy Friday and I hope you have a fabulous weekend :)

Stephanie xoxo

Sunday, November 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #6 Christmas

*CLOSED: WINNER - VICKI  (VICKI'S CRAFT)*

It's the last challenge of the year so I've made it nice and easy with the theme Christmas!  It's never too early to get started on holiday projects and I can't wait to see yours :)

As always, the challenge win run for 2 weeks and a randomly selected entry will win £30 Clearly Besotted store credit.  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 below - direct link to post please
  • The closing date for entries is Monday 25 November 2013 (23:55 GMT)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time

There are no excuses not to play along this month so I hope you do and I can't wait to be dazzled by your festive creations, thank you! xxx

Saturday, November 2

Merry Christmas

I know your time is precious, especially at the weekend, so I won't take up any more of it than I have to ;)  Here are a few cards showcasing the new November release stamps...

Stamps - Jingle Bells, Basic Blocks & Mini Basic Banners III / Dies - Jingle Bells Die Collection & Mini Basic Banners Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Stamps - Jingle Bells / Dies - Jingle Bells Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Stamps - Jingle Bells & Basic Stripes / Dies - Jingle Bells Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Thank you so much for joining me, please return tomorrow if you can, thank you!

Stephanie xx

Thursday, October 31

Peace on Earth

Some peace at home would be nice too, the children seem to be locking horns an awful lot at the moment and it's driving me crazy!

I had a little play yesterday and managed to create a wreath using a leaf stamp....

Stamps - Leafy Accents / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Twine

Happy Halloween everyone, I hope your day is filled with treats ! :)

Stephanie xxx

Thursday, October 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #5 Colour Inspiration

*CLOSED: WINNER - SUSIE (SASSY DESIGNS BY SUSIE)*

Oh my goodness I can't believe it's already time for this months challenge, the days are just whizzing by!  I have an autumnal colour palette for you to play with this month, so please use some (or all) of the following colours on your projects

Source: Design Seeds

The challenge win run for 2 weeks and a randomly selected entry will win £30 Clearly Besotted store credit.  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 below - direct link to post please
  • The closing date for entries is Wednesday 23 October 2013 (23:55 GMT)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time
I'm so excited to to see all your fabulous entries, the best part of having my own little stamp line is seeing them being used - thank you! xxx

Saturday, October 5

Clearly Besotted First Birthday Blog Hop

*CLOSED - WINNER - SANKETI (THE STORYTELLER)*

It has been a wonderful year for Clearly Besotted and I am amazed at the amount of support and enthusiasm I have received over the past 12 months.  I can't express how humbling an experience it has been.

We are still a very small fish in an expansive ocean (full of far prettier fish haha) but I am overjoyed to be able to continue with this small venture for a little while longer and for this I thank you from the bottom of my heart :)

I am indebted to the Design Team, along with all the guest designers and fully acknowledge that Clearly Besotted would not be where it is now without each and every one of them.

I am ridiculously excited to be celebrating this milestone with a Blog Hop which consists of my all time crafting idols!  If you had told me a year ago these remarkable ladies would be participating in this hop I would not have believed you!

I can't keep the all-star line-up to myself any longer....drum roll please....your hopping schedule is....


You can't have a birthday blog hop without prizes and there are lots of prizes to be won along the way!  Each blog hop participant will be giving away a Clearly Besotted stamp set of their choice so please leave some love on your travels.  In addition to this, one lucky winner will be randomly chosen from all the comments left (only one comment per blog with closing date of October 8th) and that winner will receive:

GRAND PRIZE:
(open to everyone worldwide)
£100 CLEARLY BESOTTED GIFT CERTIFICATE
and
$75 SIMON SAYS STAMP GIFT CERTIFICATE

Finally, don't forget to enter the discount code BDAY01 at checkout to get 10% off all orders (valid until October 8th), so what are you waiting for?  Get hopping!!! :D

Stephanie xxx

Monday, September 30

Happy Stampers North West Stamp Festival

We survived our first craft show, it was an absolutely fantastic experience, albeit exhausting!  Here are a couple of pictures from Saturday, taken before the doors opened and the chaos descended haha!


Design Team members Caryn and Aimes were superstars, as was my husband Dean.  The event organisers were amazing and every single person I met on the day was exceptionally lovely.  I could happily sleep for the entire week but the October release teasers start tomorrow and I have nothing prepared, eeek!

Happy Monday, please send some virtual energy in my direction if you have any spare ;)

Stephanie xoxo

Friday, September 20

Happy Anniversary

Dean and I are celebrating our 11th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow, I haven't had a chance to make a card but I did find this one that I made a while back, I'm sure it will do haha!

Stamps - Love Hearts / Dies Love Hearts Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Twine

Happy Friday, I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

Stephanie xxx

Tuesday, September 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #4 Background Builder

*CLOSED: WINNER - BARB (BARBLES)*

Welcome to another Clearly Besotted Challenge, this month I want to see some background stamping, please interpret it anyway you wish :)

The challenge win run for 2 weeks and a randomly selected entry will win four Clearly Besotted stamp sets.  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 below - direct link to post please
  • The closing date for entries is Monday 23 September 2013 (23:55 GMT)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time
Please join in if you can, I always love to see your wonderful creations!  Thank you :) x

Saturday, August 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #3 Colour Inspiration

*CLOSED: WINNER - LEIGH PENNER (TO THE FULL)*

For this months Clearly Besotted challenge, I have a very pretty colour palette to hopefully inspire you to join in, I'd love to see you use some, or all, of the following colours on your projects...

Source: Design Seeds

The challenge win run for 2 weeks and a randomly selected entry will win four Clearly Besotted stamp sets.  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 below - direct link to post please
  • The closing date for entries is Friday 23rd August 2013 (11:55 GMT)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time

I can't wait to see your entries, if previous challenges are anything to go by, I'm really in for a treat :)

Thursday, August 8

Thank You

I am tickled pink by the response to this month's release, your continued support mean's that I can carry on with my little venture for a bit longer and for that I am immensely grateful!

Stamps - Butterfly Wishes / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Twine; Small Pearls

As always, I am uplifted by all your positive feedback on this months products, you kindness is overwhelming!  I'll be back on Saturday with the next Clearly Besotted Challenge so please join me if you can :)

Stephanie xoxo

Wednesday, July 31

The Perfect Ink....

....doesn't exist!!!! :(

I recently went on a mission to find the perfect ink, one that comes in a good range of colours, doesn't stain clear stamps and gives a perfect impression, picking up detail each and every time!


I justified the expense by telling myself that stamping is my job now but it still stung, a lot.  Being a thrifty crafter, the plan was to keep the brand that did it all and sell the others on ebay so it pains me to conclude that there isn't a do it all ink pad, guess I'll have to keep them all ;)

Stephanie x

Wednesday, July 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #2 Seeing Spots

*CLOSED: WINNER - SUSIE (SASSY DESIGNS BY SUSIE SUGAR)*

Welcome to the second Clearly Besotted Challenge, I was over the moon to see so many of you taking part in the first challenge and I do hope you'll pay along again!

It's no secret that I love polka dots and that's why this week's challenge is seeing spots, please interpret as you wish :)

A randomly selected entry will win four Clearly Besotted stamp sets, to qualify for the prize (open to everyone worldwide), please kindly adhere to the following:
  • Your crafty creation must contain at least one Clearly Besotted product
  • It must be posted on your blog or an online gallery and linked below - direct link to post only please
  • The closing date for entries is Tuesday 23rd July 2013 (11:55 GMT)
  • Multiple entries are permitted but it must be a new project each time

I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Monday, July 8

Just A Note

With the new release being the busiest to date (many thanks!), glorious sunshine and Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, the weekend was absolutely delightful!

Here are a few note cards I made a little while back and forgot to share....

Stamps - Butterfly Wishes / Dies Butterfly Wishes Die Collection / Ink - Papertrey Ink / Other - Papertrey Ink Impression Plate; Small Pearls

The children are on summer break and I'm thoroughly enjoying their company.  We're not going away but we do have lots of day trips and weekend breaks planned so it will be quiet here on the blog.

I will be back on Wednesday with the next Clearly Besotted Challenge and would love for you to join me then, have a great weekend everyone :)

Stephanie xx

Monday, June 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #1 Anything Goes

*CLOSED: WINNER - TAMARA KING (PICKLED PAPERCRAFTS)*

Welcome to the first Clearly Besotted Monthly Challenge, I have never hosted a challenge before so please forgive me if I miss anything out.

It's an easy one to kick off with, the challenge is...anything goes, self explanatory I hope!  In order to qualify for the prize (open to everyone worldwide), please kindly adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Your crafty creation must contain at least one Clearly Besotted product
  • It must be posted on your blog or an online gallery and linked below - direct link to post only please
  • The closing date for entries is Sunday 23rd June 2013 (10:55 GMT)
  • Multiple entries are permitted but they must be a new creation each time
  • Please put GD next to your name if you'd like to be considered for our August Guest Designer Spot
Because it's the first ever challenge, the prize is five Clearly Besotted stamp sets of the (randomly selected) winner's choice.

Please join in if you can, I am genuinely so excited to see what you come up with!

Monday, June 3

Smile

Today I'm showcasing a new stamp set being released on June 6th called Basic Blocks....

Stamps - Basic Blocks  & Butterfly Wishes / Dies - Butterfly Wishes Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Papertery Ink / Other - Small Diamante Gems

I am very excited to introduce our guest designer for this month, the beautiful and multi talented Katie Berberich of I am a Dreamer.  Katie is a dear, loyal and supportive friend and I'm delighted to have her on board.

I'll be back with more to share tomorrow and hope you will join me :)

Stephanie xxx

Sunday, May 19

A Lovely Weekend

Dean suggested I forget about my 'stamping thingy' (his words, as supportive as he is, Dean doesn't take my little business very seriously haha!) this weekend so on Saturday we all went to Pizza Express for lunch before watching Epic at the Cinema, followed by bowling and dinner at Prezzo's.  Today we drove into London and became tourists for the day, we had Dim Sum in China Town, visited all the main attractions, did a spot of window shopping in Bond Street and treated the children in Hamleys Toy Shop before returning to China Town for dinner.


It really is the simple things in life that bring the most joy (like ice-cream!).  I'm not going to lie though, I'm itching to get back to my 'stamping thingy' ;)  I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend too :)

Stephanie xxx

Thursday, May 9

Thinking of You

I am delighted that this month's stamps have been so well received, every month I keep expecting my luck to run out so I can't thank you all enough for continuing to support me and my little stamp line :)

Here's yet another card using butterflies and leaves haha!

Stamps - Butterfly Wishes II & Leafy Accents / Dies - 'Leafy Accents Die Collection & Butterfly Wishes Die Collection / Ink - Papertrey Ink / Other - Papertrey Ink Impression Plate; Small Diamante Gems

Have a great day everyone :)

Stephanie xx

Thursday, April 18

You Are Incredible

I can't thank you enough...

Stamps - Butterfly Wishes, Basic Text & Scrumptious Thank You / Dies Butterfly Wishes Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Papertrey Ink / Other - Mini Pearls

Thank you so very much for looking! :)

Stephanie xo

Friday, April 5

Thanks For Everything

I really don't like using gold on my cards but according to the trend setters in the paper-crafting world it's the colour of the moment...

Stamps - Leafy Accents & Butterfly Wishes / Dies - Butterfly Wishes Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onxy Black; Papertrey Ink

I am ecstatic (an understatement) to have Jen Nelson of The Tiny Blue Butterfly guest designing for Clearly Besotted this month.  I am obsessed with Jen's blog and can confirm that she is officially my latest paper-crafter crush ;)

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Stephanie xxx

Friday, February 22

Many Thanks

I'm a big fan of clean and simple, but perhaps I've taken it too far this time? haha!

Stamps - Butterfly Wishes II / Dies - Butterfly Wishes Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Papertery Ink / Other - Small Diamante Gems

Happy Friday everyone, I'm really looking forward to this weekend, packing in lots of quality time with family and friends :)

Stephanie xx

Tuesday, January 22

Just A Note

I'm using Butterfly Wishes again, it's one of our bestsellers, thank you so very much!

Stamps - Butterfly Wishes & Basic Backgrounds / Dies - Butterfly Wishes Die Collection' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Papertrey Ink / Other - Papertrey Ink Impression Plate; Small Diamante Gems

Being a teeny tiny company which is relatively unheard of in the market place, I just want to quickly express my disbelief at the amount of support that Clearly Besotted Stamps has received.  I acknowledge that I'm not a well known stamper in the industry and that my cards aren't particularly innovative or original so your encouragement,  kindness and custom is gratefully received.  I am truly humbled, thank you so much.

Stephanie xoxo

Friday, January 18

Thinking of You

If you don't like butterfly cards then this is probably not the blog for you haha!

Stamps - Butterfly Wishes / Dies - Butterfly Wishes Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Papertrey Ink / Other - Glitter; Small Diamante Gems

We're expecting snow today but so far not a single flake, it would be nice if it falls after I've picked the children up from school!

Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend everyone :)

Stephanie x

Tuesday, January 8

Just A Note

I like to have a constant supply of note cards, they always come in handy....

Stamps - Basic Blocks & Leafy Accents / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Papertrey Ink / Other - Small Diamante Gems

First day back at school for the children today and I have a million and one things to do, starting with the household chores *groan*

Have a great week everyone and thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement, which I am genuinely humbled by :)

Stephanie xo

Saturday, January 5

Happy Anniversary

I'm thrilled to now have coordinating dies for our stamps, it really speeds things up!

Stamps - Butterfly Wishes & We Belong Together / Dies - Butterfly Wishes Die Collection / Ink - Papertrey Ink / Other - Small Pearls

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! :)

Stephanie xx