Saturday, October 31

Caring Hearts Card Drive

I wanted to share details of the Caring Hearts card drive which the wonderful Vera Yates is coordinating once again this year, it warms my heart to know that there are people like Vera and Jennifer in this world.

"We are back for the 6th year of our annual Caring Hearts Card Drive… collecting handmade holiday cards to give to those that live in nursing homes. In 2014, we collected over 17,000 cards and distributed cards to many nursing homes in US, Canada and Australia. The card drive ends November 27 - we hope you can participate! For more information, visit  Vera Yates or  Jennifer McGuire."

Sunday, October 18

My First Cardmaking Video!!!!

Despite being very much the way forward, I've never entertained the idea of making an instructional video because I'm a complete and utter technophobe!  I'm possibly the only person in the world who uses her mobile phone solely to make calls, that's how bad I am ;) tee hee  However, after watching this video that my sister illustrated and produced for my brother, I decided it was time to take advantage of yet another one of her talents lol

I put my hand up and admit it's not great!  The lighting is bad, the camera needs to be zoomed in and the shadow in the top right hand corner is very distracting, but for a first attempt that only took up half an hour of my time (and another half hour of Jenny's), I'm satisfied with the result...

YouTube / Instrumental copyright Stevie Hoang (my brother!)

Just in case you're not interested in watching a poorly made video (lol), here's the card I made...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Halloween Spirit' & 'All Occasion Sentiments' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Mini Bunting Die Collection'; Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Standard Circles' / Pattern Paper Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'Dots & Stripes Winter' / Ink - Memento 'Tuxedo Black' / Other - Hemptique Twine Cord Black

I hope you're having a lovely Sunday (my husband and daughter are currently making lasagna for our lunch - yum!) and thank you very much for stopping by :) xx

EDIT: Great advice Jenny Colacicco!  I have just added a link to my YouTube account - thank you! 

Wednesday, October 14

Little Elves

I forgot to share these cards that I made last month, better late than never right? ;)

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Little Elves' & 'Laugh Out Loud: Christmas' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Little Elves Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers; Hemptique Twine Cord Black

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Little Elves' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Little Elves Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'; Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Standard Circles' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'Dots & Stripes Winter' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers; Hemptique Twine Cord Black

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Little Elves' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Little Elves Die Collection'; Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Standard Circles' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'Dots & Stripes Christmas' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

It's been a manic couple of weeks so I've decided to take it easy today and catch up on some reading ...bliss!  Hope you have a great day too :D x

Monday, October 5

October Release Reveal & 3rd Anniversary Giveaway

*Thank you so much for all your kind congratulatory comments which are hugely appreciated*


Having a bit of trouble with my internet connection this morning, perfect timing - not ;) lol

It is a humongous release this month, but before introducing you to all the new products, I understand that the delightful Design Team still have more tempting teasers to share with you:


No putting it off any further, the following stamps and dies will be available in the store, and also at Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson at 10pm (BST) tonight...

Introducing Best Christmas (4x6 set):

Introducing Christmas Poinsettia (4x6 set) which coordinates with Christmas Poinsettia Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
 

Introducing Fancy Sayings (4x6 set):

Introducing From Our Home (mini 3x4 set) which coordinates with From Out Home Die (stamps and die sold separately):
 

Introducing Giving Thanks (4x6 set) which coordinates with Giving Thanks Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
 

Introducing Heartfelt Thanks (mini 3x4 set) which coordinates with Heartfelt Thanks Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
 

Introducing Home At Christmas (mini 3x4 set) which coordinates with Home At Christmas Die (stamps and die sold separately):
 

Introducing Laugh Out Loud: Christmas (4x6 set) which coordinates with Laugh Out Loud: Christmasa Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
 

Introducing Merry Kissmas (4x6 set) which coordinates with Merry Kissmas Die Collection and existing Long Flag Die (stamps and dies sold separately):
 

Introducing One More Sleep (4x6 set) which coordinates with One More Sleep Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
 

Introducing Santa Baby (4x6 set) which coordinates with Santa Baby Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
 

Introducing Stitched Mittens (4x6 set) which coordinates with Stitched Mittens Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
 

Introducing Warm Solutions II (mini 3x4 set) which coordinates with Warm Solutions II Die (stamps and die sold separately):
 

Introducing Little Elves Die Collection which coordinates with existing Little Elves stamps:

October marks the 3rd Anniversary of Clearly Besotted, we're still hanging in there and that's all thanks to you!  That is why this month, we are giving away a £100 e-giftcard, please leave a comment and a winner will be randomly selected next week.

Thanks a million for your continued enthusiasm, support, encouragement and custom, without which I would have had to give up before I even started ;)  I'm still taking it one day at a time (& enjoying it), still taking nothing for granted, still not believing any of the hype (if there is any lol) but most of all...still extremely grateful!

Happy Monday and as always, I hope your week is a good one :D x

Sunday, October 4

October Release Teaser Time Day 4

Happy Sunday!  I woke up in a particularly good mood this morning, even the sound of the children screaming at each other (who needs an alarm clock?) failed to penetrate my happy bubble...hope it lasts ;) lol

Here are the last of my cards showcasing this months upcoming products...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'One More Sleep' & 'Laugh Out Loud: Christmas' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'One More Sleep Die Collection'; Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Standard Circles' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'Dots & Stripes Winter' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'One More Sleep' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'One More Sleep Die Collection' & 'Decorative Edges Shallow' (Retired)  / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'Dots & Stripes Winter' & 'Dots & Stripes Christmas' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'One More Sleep' & 'Laugh Out Loud: Christmas' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'One More Sleep Die Collection' & 'Shaker Shapes Square Hello Die'  / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'Dots & Stripes Winter' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Santa Baby' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Santa Baby Die Collection' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'Dots & Stripes Winter' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Santa Baby' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Santa Baby Die Collection' & 'Shaker Shapes Oval Yay Die' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'Dots & Stripes Winter' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Santa Baby' & 'Little Elves' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Santa Baby Die Collection', 'Little Elves Die Collection' & 'Shaker Shapes Diamond Thanks Die' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'Dots & Stripes Winter' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Stitched Mittens' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Stitched Mittens Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'; Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Standard Circles' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black'; VersaMagic Dew Drops 'Red Magic', 'Turquoise Gem' & 'Cloud White'


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Stitched Mittens' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Stitched Mittens Die Collection' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black'; VersaMagic Dew Drops 'Turquoise Gem' & 'Tea Leaves'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Warm Solutions II' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Warm Solutions Die' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black'; VersaMagic Dew Drops 'Red Magic' & 'Jumbo Java'


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Warm Solutions II' & 'Basic Stripes' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Warm Solutions Die' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black'; VersaMagic Dew Drops 'Turquoise Gem', 'Tea Leaves'' & 'Jumbo Java'; Memento Luxe 'Rose Bud'

For further fabulous inspiration galore, a visit to the following blogs is an absolute must:


That's me done on the computer for today, I now have a very important task to complete, which is to get my eight year old daughter to put some clothes on!  For reasons know only to herself, she prefers to wear just her knickers when at home...Dean says she takes after her mother ;) *Disclaimer: I do not, repeat not, walk around the house in just my knickers - are we clear on that?  Good.* haha!

Have a wonderful day and hope to see you again tomorrow for the full reveal :D xx

Saturday, October 3

October Release Teaser Time Day 3

Hope you're enjoying your weekend so far and thank you for looking in on me today.  I'm sure you have lots to get on with so I'll be as quick as I can ;)

Here are my cards for today...


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Heartfelt Thanks' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Heartfelt Thanks Die Collection' & 'Journal It Die Collection' (retired) / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black'; VersaMagic Dew Drops 'Red Magic' / Other - Hemptique Twine Cord Natural


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Sentimental Type' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Heartfelt Thanks Die Collection' / Inks - Memento 'Tuxedo Black'


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Heartfelt Thanks' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Heartfelt Thanks Die Collection' / Inks - Memento Luxe 'Gray Flannel'; Memento 'Tuxedo Black'; VersaMagic Dew Drops 'Pixie Dust' & 'Malted Mauve' / Other - Hemptique Twine Cord Natural


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Home At Christmas' & 'From Our Home' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Home At Christmas Die' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'The Story of Christmas' / Ink - Memento 'Tuxedo Black'; VersaMagic Dew Drops 'Red Magic' / Hemptique Twine Cord Black


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Home At Christmas' & 'From Our Home' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Tag Along Die Collection' / Ink - Memento 'Tuxedo Black'; VersaMagic Dew Drops 'Red Magic'; VersaMark 'Watermark' /  Other - White Embossing Powder


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Home At Christmas' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Home At Christmas Die' / Ink - Memento Luxe 'Gray Flannel' & 'Rose Bud'; VersaMagic Dew Drops 'Turquoise Gem' & 'Tea Leaves'

 

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Laugh Out Loud: Christmas' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Laugh Out Loud: Christmas Die Collection' / Pattern Paper - Lawn Fawn 6x6 Pad 'Let's Bokeh In The Snow' / Ink - Memento 'Tuxedo Black' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers; Hemptique Twine Cord Black

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Laugh Out Loud: Christmas' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Laugh Out Loud: Christmas Die Collection'; Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Standard Circles' / Ink - Memento 'Tuxedo Black' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Merry Kissmas' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Merry Kissmas Die Collection'; Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Standard Circles' / Ink - Memento 'Tuxedo Black'VersaMagic Dew Drops 'Spanish Olive' & 'Tea Leaves' / Other - Diamante Gems
 

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Merry Kissmas' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Merry Kissmas Die Collection' / Pattern Paper - Lawn Fawn 6x6 Pad 'Let's Bokeh In The Snow' / Ink - Memento 'Tuxedo Black'VersaMagic Dew Drops 'Spanish Olive' / Other - Diamante Gems


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Merry Kissmas' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Merry Kissmas Die Collection' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park 6x6 Pad 'The Story of Christmas' / Ink - Memento 'Tuxedo Black'; Memento Luxe 'Rhubarb Stalk'; VersaMagic Dew Drops 'Spanish Olive'/ Other - Diamante Gems

If you still have any spare time left after trawling through all those pictures I would love it if you could pay the wonderful Design Team a little visit (thanking you in advance!):


My husband is back from a business trip but is now in the dog house...he drove my car last week and dented it which has resulted in a four figure repair bill! Deep breaths, I must resist the urge to dent my husband in retaliation ;) lol  Happy Saturday everyone xx