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 (too much!) and gives a perfect impression (picking up detail) each and every time....

Brands: Hero Arts (Dye & Chalk); Papertrey Ink (Dye); Adirondack (Dye); VersaMagic (Chalk), Memento (Dye); VersaFine (Pigment)

I justified the expense by reminding myself that stamping is actually my job now but it still stung - a lot.  I had planned on just keeping the brand that 'did it all' and putting the rest on ebay (I'm a very thrifty crafter!) so it pains me to conclude that I failed in my mission.

Oh well, guess I'll have to keep them all ;)

Edit: I will do a little write up of my findings soon, I don't like to assume that anyone would be interested in my opinions (lol) so thank you for asking :) x

Tuesday, July 30

Happy Graduation

You know when your new craft goodies arrive and you want to play straight away without caring about the finished result?  Well, that's kind of what's happened here lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Happy Days' / Tools - Lil Inker Die 'Stitched Sentiment Flag'; Simon Says Stamp Die 'Leaf Column'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plates 'Canvas & Linen' & 'Aida'

I'm in serious panic mode....August teaser time is just 2 days away and I have absolutely nothing prepared!!  And yet, am I able to put down the novel I have my nose stuck in at the moment? - nope!  But hey, tomorrow's another day right? ;)

Thank you so much for stopping by my lovely blogland friends - you make me happy and for that I thank you! x

Monday, July 29

Hi Honey

After a very exhausting (but wonderful) weekend, I have to admit, I'm struggling today lol  Dean challenged me to stay offline for a few days and to be honest - it was quite liberating!

I haven't done much crafting this past week but I found this little card I made a couple of months ago and never posted....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Build A Bug' & 'Building Blocks II' / Tools - Provocraft Embossing Folder 'Seeing Spots'; EK Success Circle Punch 1 1/2"; Simon Says Stamp Dies 'Small Folded Banners'

I'll be playing catch up with my emails today as well as processing a lovely little pile of orders from the weekend....luckily my mother's staying with us and she's kindly offered to tackle my household chores (mummy's are the best!) :)

Have a great week everyone!! x

Friday, July 26

Thank You & A Challenge Winner

Just swinging by quickly to announce the winner of our 'Seeing Spots' challenge, random.org generated number 73 which is Susie (Sassy Designs By Susie Sugar).  Thank you very much to everyone who took part, I'm always anxious that no-one will play along so I am very grateful for your participation and delighted by all your amazing entries....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Basic Banners', 'Many Thanks' & 'Flower Arrangement' / Tools - Lil Inker Die 'Instant Camera'; Simon Says Stamp Dies 'Tilted Banners'

I can't believe it's Friday already, I have a very hectic few days ahead....lot's of catching up with friends and family - happy happy days! :D

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have a marvellous weekend! xxx

Wednesday, July 24

It's A Boy!!!!

No prizes for guessing which baby boy I'm referring to lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Baby Love', 'Building Blocks' & 'Basic Alphabet' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies 'Tiny Tags'

Of course, it could have been a girl....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Baby Love' & 'Basic Banners' / Pattern Paper - Papertrey Ink Pattern Pack 'Summer Sunrise' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Baby Love Die Collection' & 'Basic Banners Die Collection'

Out of stock Clearly Besotted products at Simon Says Stamp are now back (July products will also be available shortly and I'm happy to report that they are expanding their Clearly Besotted range soon!) and I will be restocking my own store on Friday :)

The children and I, along with my brother and sister, are off to Prezzo's for lunch today, followed by a trip to the cinema to see the new Monster's Inc. movie - hope you have a great day too :) x

Monday, July 22

Happy Birthday

I'm in such a happy mood today, which stems from a combination of a wonderful (& busy!) weekend and also spending lots and lots of quality time with my children (& husband, mustn't forget him, although I do try to sometimes ha!) :D

Here's a little card I made for a friend....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Quotes', 'It's Your Birthday' & 'Background Builder II' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Quotes Die Collection'

Another busy and activity packed week ahead!  Happy Monday and I hope you have a great week! XOXO

Edit: Just asked Jasmine what she would like for her birthday on Friday (we're off to Toys R Us & the Disney Store this afternoon) and her reply?....'to be on Mummy's Design Team' LOL....awww bless her!


Friday, July 19

Sending Happy Thoughts

I think I may have CASE'd this design from one of the many wonderful blogs that I visit on a daily basis (it's hard to keep track of all the inspiration I derive!)....please feel free to pull me up on it if it's yours ;)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Happy Days', 'Love Quotes' & 'Flower Arrangement' / Pattern Paper - Papertrey Ink Pattern Pack 'Summer Sunrise' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Flower Arrangement Die Collection'; Simon Syas Stamp Die 'Happy'; Lil Inker Dies 'Stitched Mats Circles'

Has anyone noticed how much I absolutely love the Lil' Inker Stitched Mats die range?  Seriously, a must have in my humble opinion!

Happy Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend everyone :) xxx

Thursday, July 18

Celebrate Your Day

Another dotty card from me....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Background Builder', 'It's Your Birthday' & 'Love Quotes' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Quotes Die Collection'

I have a busy day ahead so must dash, thank you so much for paying me a visit! x

Wednesday, July 17

Fancy Feathers

I've been trying to get some stamping done in the evenings after the children are in bed but it's just too humid so I'm afraid the results aren't great....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Fancy Feathers'

Shortly after making this card, I turned over my entire sequin collection to Jasmine....big mistake.  Calling it 'fairy dust', she set about sprinkling sequins in every single room in the house!!!!

The children have their uniform fitting at the school tailor shop this afternoon, won't be much fun in this heat - wish me luck!

Monday, July 15

XOXO

I'm loving all the entries to this month's challenge so far (thank you!), please keep them coming :)  Here's another little sample from me....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Hearts' & 'A Little Sentimental' / Tools - Memory Box Dies 'Precious Hearts'; Lil Inkers 'Stitched Mats Rectangles'; EK Success Edger Punch 'Scallop'

Off out now to enjoy the sunshine with the children, have a great week everyone :) 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):

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Home Sweet Home' / Pattern Paper - Papertrey Ink Pattern Pack 'Aqua Mist' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Home Sweet Home Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Dies 'Fabulous Frames'

Here are a few more dotty samples from the fabulous Design Team that will no doubt inspire you....





A randomly selected entry will win four Clearly Besotted stamp sets and in order 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

Butterfly Notes (& A Winner)

With the new release (busiest to date - many thanks!), glorious sunshine and Andy Murray winning Wimbledon (my hubby actually shed a tear - we're an emotional couple lol), the weekend was absolutely delightful!

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


Close up....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes' & 'With Love' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Tin Types'

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

The winner of my little giveaway below is Jacky of Scrappy Jacky (random.org generated number 62).  Thank you very much to you all  for your enthusiastic feedback on the new release, much appreciated!

I will be back on Wednesday with the next Clearly Besotted Challenge and would love for you to join me then - have a great week everyone! :D xxx

P.S. I apologise for being a bad blogger and not returning your comments lately, I wish someone would invent more hours in the day - how hard can it be?!

Friday, July 5

July Release Reveal & Giveaway

GIVEAWAY CLOSED: WINNER - JACKY (SCRAPPY JACKY)
Apologies for the delay in revealing the new products, I restocked the store this morning and had a small flurry of unexpected (but very welcomed!) orders which has kept me busy.  All orders placed before 5pm today have been shipped :)

The following stamp sets and dies will be available in the store, midnight tonight (12:00 GMT) and I'm happy to report that I have doubled the quantity of previous releases so I'm not anticipating any sell-outs!

All our stamps are designed months in advance and it's been particularly difficult for me not to share these ones earlier, I'm terrible at keeping things to myself (as the Facebook Page proves, I revealed these dies back in May! lol).

Introducing A Little Sentimental (4x6" set)....

 Introducing Basic Chevrons (4x6" set)....

Introducing Basic Stripes (4x6" set)....

Introducing Home Sweet Home (4x6" set) with coordinating Home Sweet Homes Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately)....

Introducing Hoppy Birthday (mini 3x4" set) with coordinating Hoppy Birthday Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately)....

Introducing Love Quotes (4x6" set) with coordinating Love Quotes Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately)....

Introducing Love Quotes Additions (mini 3x4" set)....

Introducing Shine Bright (4x6" set) with coordinating Shine Bright Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately)....

 And last but not least, introducing Time to Relax (4x6" set) with coordinating Time To Relax Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately)....
Please visit Debby Hughes, Caryn Davies & Michelle Short if you need further inspiring before making up your mind which set(s) to go for ;)  Michelle has also posted one of her fabulous New Release Videos so you can get up close and personal with the products before deciding! 

To be in with a chance of winning any four Clearly Besotted Stamp Sets of your choice, please leave a comment (open to everyone worldwide) and a winner will be randomly selected early next week.

Please, please, please join us on Facebook and Pinterest if you like what you see this month, I'd really appreciate it :D

Thursday, July 4

July Release Teaser Time Day 4

It's the final day of July teasers and today I am showcasing Love Quotes, Love Quotes Additions and Shine Bright....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Quotes' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Quotes Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Quotes' & 'Honeycomb'/ Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Quotes Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Die 'Mat Stack 3'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Woodgrain'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Quotes' & 'Love Quotes Additions' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Quotes Die Collection'

 
Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Quotes', 'Basic Chevrons' & 'Honeycomb' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Quotes Die Collection'; Spellbinder Edgeabilities 'Classic Scallop'

 
Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Shine Bright'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Shine Bright' & 'Background Builder' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Shine Bright Die Collection'; Lil Inkers Dies 'Stitched Mats Rectangles'

Joining me today with the teasing is Mandy Gill and Allyson Anderson who have a couple of amazing cards to share with you so please pop on by their blogs :)

I hope you'll be back tomorrow when I'll be showing the new releases in their entirety before they are made available in the store on the 6th July.

Happy Independence day to all my US friends :)  We were in Florida (at the Grand Floridian in Orlando) this time last year and the fireworks and atmosphere was incredible....wish we were there right now! x

Wednesday, July 3

10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge #21: Feature Stars

*For July Release Teaser Time Day 3 please scroll down*

Clearly Besotted Stamps are the very proud sponsors of this months 10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge (hosted by Paulina who is an absolute sweetheart!), which is extra special because our very own Caryn Davies has just been made a DT member!

I'm not going to lie, I was not looking forward to taking part in this challenge, I did not think it was possible to make anything other than a mess in 10 minutes lol  However, it was so exhilarating and lots of fun so I would recommend you all give it a go!

I had a good idea of my card design and set it up so that everything was within easy reach....


Here is the completed card which took 8 minutes and 13 seconds (as you can see I abandoned the pale blue card base at the last minute!)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Many Thanks' / Tools - Lil Inkers Dies 'Stitched Mats Rectangles'

The aftermath - I had just 1 minute and 47 seconds left on the clock!....


To see how the Clearly Besotted Design Team got on with this frantic challenge, please stop by the following blogs:

That's all from me today, but I will be back tomorrow with the last day of teasers before the full reveal on Friday :) x

July Release Teaser Time Day 3

Thank you very much for coming back today so that I can share with you some cards I've made using stamps from the upcoming release, starting with....

....Home Sweet Home (with coordinating die collection):

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Home Sweet Home' & 'Background Builder' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Home Sweet Home Die Collection'; MFT Die-namics 'Vintage Cameo Frame'; Simon Says Stamp Dies 'Small Folded Banners'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Home Sweet Home' & 'Basic Chevrons' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Home Sweet Home Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Home Sweet Home' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Home Sweet Home Die Collection'; Simon Says Stamp Dies 'Small Folded Banners'; Lil Inkers Dies 'Stitched Mats Rectangles'

And also introducing Time To Relax (with coordinating die collection):

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Time To Relax' /  Pattern Paper - My Minds Eye 6x6 Paper Pad 'Happy Day' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Time To Relax Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Die 'Edgers #3 Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Time To Relax' & 'Background Builder' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Time To Relax Die Collection'; Lil Inkers Dies 'Stitched Mats Rectangles'

For more teasers, please pay a visit to the following Design Team blogs - you will not be disappointed!


I will be back later on today with another post for the 10 minute craft dash challenge which is being sponsored by Clearly Besotted Stamps :)  See you then I hope! x

Tuesday, July 2

July Release Teaser Time Day 2

Welcome back to day 2 of the July release teasers and today I'm introducing Hoppy Birthday....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Hoppy Birthday' & 'Basic Stripes' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Hoppy Birthday Die Collection'

A very simple design for those last minute children's birthday cards (although I'm actually saving this one for my husband lol)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Hoppy Birthday' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Hoppy Birthday Die Collection'

There is also a coordinating die collection, just to make life even easier lol!

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Hoppy Birthday' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Hoppy Birthday Die Collection'

Same again, but this time in pink....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Hoppy Birthday' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Hoppy Birthday Die Collection'

Please do stop on by the following Design Team and Guest Designer blogs to see more from this months release:

Debby Hughes (who is the Featured Blogger over at Pretty Pink Posh!)

I really hope you'll be back tomorrow (pretty please!) to see what else I have in store, until then, have a fantastic day :) x