Friday, February 28

A Cupcake, A Challenge Winner & Lots of Blah Blah

Hello again, here are more cards I made when I should have been making samples for March (I'm cutting it fine again this month!) lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Tasty Treats', 'Many Messages' & 'It's Your Birthday' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Tag Along Die Collection' & 'Tasty Treats Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Tasty Treats', 'Say It In Style' & 'It's Your Birthday' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies & 'Tasty Treats Die Collection'

Heartfelt thanks for all your tremendous challenge entries this month, it always makes my heart skip to see all the little thumbnails of gorgeousness together like that (sad I know!).  Random.org generated number 6 which is....Susie at Sassy Designs by Susie :)

Just a little note about the stock levels again (sorry!).  I think Clearly Besotted may be having a little growth spurt which has, despite my best efforts, resulted in me continually getting the restock numbers (& new release stock numbers) very wrong.  It's quite evident I'm not a business woman, for a start, I keep showing cards on my blog using stamps that are out of stock lol!  I'm a stay at home Mother who loves to stamp and I want to be completely honest and admit that this little venture of mine was never suppose to be a 'full time job' (my husband now wishes he'd agreed to a baby instead lol) and it was definitely not suppose to still be going now.  It is credit to all my treasured blogland friends, wonderful customers, phenomenal Design Team and exceptional Guest Designers that I am in this overwhelmingly fortunate position, despite my severe lack of ambition and business acumen.  Please know I am humbled (& slightly baffled lol) beyond words.

Happy Friday!  I hope your weekend is as fabulous as you are :) XOXO

P.S. I should perhaps give credit to the real talent behind Clearly Besotted, my sister Jenny who illustrates and designs the stamps and also my poor long suffering husband who begrudgingly finances my tiny operation (at a considerable loss ha!)....oh crikey, anyone would think I was giving a speech at the Oscars *rolls eye*  I'd better stop there before the music drowns me out ;) lol

Thursday, February 27

Just Because

I sat down last night with every intention of making all my samples for the March release and managed to get several cards done....none of which incorporated any of the March stamps *sigh* lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Quotes', 'Spring Blooms', 'Dandelion Dreams' & 'Say It In Style' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'Bundle of Joy Dots & Stripes' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Tag Along Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Spring Blooms', 'Dandelion Dreams' & 'Say It In Style' / Speciality Paper - Papertrey Ink 'Linen Vellum'

Thank you for all your kind comments on my video post below (I was very nervous, in case you couldn't tell lol).  For me personally, I am a lot more productive when I have less products to choose from....not sure I could reduce my staple supplies any further but that won't stop me from trying LOL xxx

Wednesday, February 26

I Made A Video!!!!

I want to dispel any myths that I have a fancy craft room and a treasure trove of crafting supplies because I don't!  In fact, I don't even have a craft room and do most of my creating in the kitchen at the breakfast table with very limited supplies lol

It's not a very long video and I made it primarily for practice but I hope you enjoy it any way....



Must dash, I have the March release to prepare for....which is probably why I'm faffing around making unnecessary videos - I'm such a procrastinator lol

Have a lovely day :) xxx

Tuesday, February 18

New Release of Standalone Dies

I am releasing a few generic standalone dies but not making a song and dance about it because they're not very original - just keeping it real folks ;) lol  If you browse my blog, you'll see there are certain dies I use time and time again (my 'staples') and many other brands in the industry have their own versions so it would be daft not to add them to my own range (for my personal use if nothing else lol).

I'm sure many of you already own similar designs so I'm not expecting huge demand, this is why I have only stocked a small number of each.  The following dies will be available in the store at 19:00 (GMT) tonight....

Bracket Edges:


I love tags, I don't think you can ever have too many lol....

Decorative Tag:
Rounded Tag:
Scalloped Tag:

Having many floral stamp sets, I thought it would be useful to have the following dies....

Fresh Grass (single
Trellis (single die £3.50):

My brother got Jasmine a Spirograph set for Christmas which is how we generated the following geometric shapes (a little fun fact lol)....

Geometric Rose Large (single die £4.00):

 Geometric Rose Small (single die £2.50):

Geometric Doily (single die £3.50):


In my humble opinion, this next one is a must have (wherever you choose to get it from)....

Notebook Edge (single die £3.00):



I am incapable of making a card without incorporating scallops so this one was a no-brainer!....

Scalloped Edges (set of 3 dies £7.00):

Endless uses for this last one, which I am most excited about....

Tree Landscape (single die £3.00):

I've been taking note of your invaluable suggestions and have made a few additions to the website.  There is now a 'notify me when available' button on all out of stock products, a wishlist facility and also a currency selector.  Let me know if there is anything else you'd like to see!

Thank you very much for dropping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week! :D XOXO

Monday, February 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #8 - Colour Challenge

Happy Monday!  Before I go into the details for this months challenge, I just wanted to announce the winner of my little giveaway below.  Random.org selected number 178 which is Linda of Journeys - Artistic & Off-road, thank you to everyone who took part :)

It's a colour challenge this month so I'd love to see you use some (or all!) of the colours from this pretty palette on your projects....

Source: Design Seeds

Here's my attempt....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Basic Stripes', 'Building Blocks II' & 'Superstar' / Tools- Clearly Besotted Dies 'Superstar Die Collection'

And now onto the main event, samples by the wonderful Design Team....





(Pop's has made several amazing samples!)

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 24 February 2014 (23:55 GMT)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time
I do hope you can find the time to join in and I look forward to being dazzled by your creativity :) xxx

Wednesday, February 5

February Release Reveal & Giveaway

Haven't the Design Team and Guest Designers been incredible this month?!  Well, they're not quite done just yet so please swing by the following blogs for more fabulous inspiration:


Well, it's that time again, no more hiding behind the marvellous samples created by all my lovely ladies!  The following stamp sets and dies will be available in the store (and also at Simon Says Stamp) at 22:00 (GMT) tonight now!....

Introducing Dandelion Dreams (4x6 set):

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

Introducing Hoppy Easter (4x6 set) with coordinating Hoppy Easter Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
Introducing Little Onesie (mini 3x4set) with coordinating Little Onesie Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
  

Introducing Special Delivery (4x6 set) with coordinating Special Delivery Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
 
Introducing Superstar (4x6 set) with coordinating Superstar Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
 
Please leave a comment for a chance to win £30 Clearly Besotted store credit (open to everyone worldwide) and as always, if you like what you've seen this month, I would be very grateful if you would join us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter :)

Many thanks for sticking with me through Teaser Time and also for all your kind comments - you're the best!! XOXO

Tuesday, February 4

February Release Teaser Time Day 4

A little bit late with my teasers today, a quick coffee with a dear friend turned into a marathon catch up session which has left me a little behind schedule but feeling positively wonderful (time with good friends will do that!).

Here are the last of my samples, I hope you like them....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Garden Fresh' & 'Happy Days' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Garden Fresh Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Woodgrain'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Garden Fresh', 'Thanks A Bunch' & 'A Basket Full' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Garden Fresh Die Collection' & 'A Basket Full Die Collection'


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Little Onesie' & 'Baby Love' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Little Onesie Die Collection'; EK Success Edger Punch 'Scallop'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Little Onesie' & 'Special Delivery' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Little Onesie Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Dandelion Dreams' & 'Many Messages'

For more incredible and awe-inspiring creations, please pay the following remarkable ladies a little visit:


I'll be back tomorrow to reveal this months new release in it's entirety and I sincerely hope you'll join me :)  Have a great day! xxx

Monday, February 3

February Release Teaser Time Day 3

Thank you very much for returning today, here are a few more of my samples, ahead of this months new release....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Special Delivery' & 'Basic Stripes' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Special Delivery Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Special Delivery' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Special Delivery Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'; Provocraft Embossing folder 'Seeing Spots'; Papertrey Ink Dies 'Edgers #3'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Special Delivery' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Special Delivery Die Collection', 'Tag Along Die Collection' & 'Sky's The Limit Die Collection'; Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Standard Circles'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Superstar' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'Bundle of Joy'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Superstar'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Superstar' & 'Mini Basic Banners' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Mini Basic Banner Die'

The following wonderful ladies are also in the mood for teasing today so please pop by and show them some much deserved love:


Happy Monday, I hope you have a fantastic week! x

Sunday, February 2

February Release Teaser Time Day 2

I hope you are having a lovely Sunday, we're off to spend the day with my parents which means a day of being fed very well :)  My darling mother (who knows her daughter's limitations!) also prepares me delicious food parcels for the freezer that just need heating up to ensure that Dean and the children get the nutrition they need, that is not supplied by takeaways!! lol

Here are the first of my samples showcasing this month's release (it hasn't shown up very well but the dandelions have been glittered!)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Dandelion Dreams'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Dandelion Dreams'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Dandelion Dreams' & 'Say It In Style'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Hoppy Easter' & 'A Basket Full' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'Bundle of Joy'/ Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Hoppy Birthday Die Collection', 'A Basket Full Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Hoppy Easter' & 'A Basket Full' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Hoppy Birthday Die Collection' & 'A Basket Full Die Collection'

Please be sure to pay the following lovely ladies a visit so that they may dazzle you with their brilliance:


Many thanks for dropping by, please pop back tomorrow if you can :) x