Monday, May 29

Eat, Sleep & Dream Big

It's the beginning of another week and I am very happy that it is a Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK.  I enjoyed a lovely weekend away with my husband, but I'm very tired today and much like a sloth, I'm going to take it very slow...

 
Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Hung Up On You' & 'Into The Woods' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder

 
Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Hung Up On You' / Dies - Clearly Besotted 'Decorative Edges Deep' (retired) / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder

Here's a little card I shared on social media last week but forgot to blog...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Sunshine & Smiles' & 'Merci Beaucoup' / Dies - Clearly Besotted 'Sunshine & Smiles Die Collection' (retired); Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark; VersaColour / Colouring Medium - Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush / Other - White Embossing Powder; Tim Holtz Blending Tool

Thank you for your company as always, I hope you get a chance to take it easy today as well :)

Stephanie x

Monday, May 22

A Little Note

I hope your weekend was a good one, I ate far too much (nothing new for a Wincott weekend!) and woke up this morning feeling very guilty...back on the diet today *sob*

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Feeling Fruity' & 'Many Mini Messages' / Dies & Pattern Paper - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

The children have a week of exams ahead of them, not sure what they're for but they both appear relaxed and assure me they are not worried about them so that's good.

Happy Monday and I'll be back tomorrow with another card :)

Stephanie xxx

Saturday, May 20

Raise A Glass

Three cheers for the weekend everyone!  To celebrate, I treated myself to one sugar in my tea this morning, what can I say?  I'm a crazy girl LOL

 
Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Raise A Glass II' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

I hope you have the most wonderful weekend and I can't thank you enough for taking time out of it to look in on my little blog today - you are simply fabulous!! :D

Stephanie xoxo

Friday, May 19

Thanks A Bunch

With the combination of eating healthy and being more active than usual, this has been a looooong week, I am so glad this week is almost over...cheat day tomorrow - bring on the refined sugar! lol

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Simply Scrumptious II'; & 'Miniature Floral Collection' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Right, must keep myself busy today so that I don't daydream about chocolate!  Happy Friday, hope it's a good one :)

Stephanie xxx

Thursday, May 18

You Are Simply Scrumptious

Ever since I decided to cut back on my sugar intake, I can't stop thinking about all things sugary!  My main craving at the moment is cake...if I can't eat it, I'll stamp it! lol...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Warm Solutions IV' & 'Simply Scrumptious II' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Decorative Edges Die Collection' (retired) / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other -  Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Black Twine

And this is how I'm feeling about cake at the moment (haha!)...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Bear Hugs II' & 'Let's Party II' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Let's Party Die Collection'; Lawn Fawm Dies / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other -  Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Must go now, my tummy is rumbling and I have some carrot sticks screaming my name (blurgh!), there must be an easier way to loose a few pounds :(

Thank you so much for looking in on me and I hope you have a lovely Thursday, filled with chocolate and cake!

Stephanie xxx

Wednesday, May 17

You're Inspirational

I'm back with a couple more cards to share today...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Sweet Symphony' / Dies - My Favourite Things / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Let's Party II& 'Best Birthday' / Dies - Clearly Besotted 'Let's Party Die Collection' / Pattern Paper - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

In a bid to get fitter (I am so unfit!), I decided to go for a jog last night (in my Ugg boots LOL)...well, it started off as a jog for the first five minutes and then descended into a slow stroll, but hey, every little helps right?  I was going to try again this morning, but then it started raining...never mind, maybe tomorrow ;)

Have a great hump day everyone!

Stephanie xxx

Tuesday, May 16

It Wasn't Me!

All I have to do is call out my daughter Jasmine's name and instantly, I hear the words 'it wasn't me', that girl should be a politician one day ;)

 
Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Nom Nom' & 'Good To Be Bad' / Dies & Pattern Paper - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Faber-Castell Polychromos; Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Unlike the little caterpillar above, my diet is horrendous!  I'm trying to cut down on my sugar intake, but this is proving very difficult, as my favourite food group is...chocolate!  Nevertheless, I will persevere - no pain, no gain!

Have a great Tuesday everyone :)

Stephanie xxx

Monday, May 15

Wish Big

I'm a lazy crafter, if it involves anything more than stamping and sticking then usually, I'm out!  However, there's one exception and that's heat embossing (yes, I count that as labour intensive crafting, I'm that lazy haha!), it's just deeply satisfying watching the powder melt and emboss...

 
Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Dandelion Dreams' / Ink - VersaFine Onxy Black; VersaMark / Other - Silver Embossing Powder; Gold Embossing Powder; Heat Gun

The electricity board have scheduled a three hour maintenance power cut for today so I have no choice but to curl up in bed with my kindle...such an inconvenience right? ;)  Hope you have a lovely Monday and thank you for stopping by :)

Stephanie xxx

Thursday, May 11

Keep Calm & Colour

My husband Dean is currently away on business and I never sleep well when he's away.  Feeling particularly restless last night, I woke up and did a little bit of colouring!  It took a long time to line up the little chameleons using my MISTI, I almost gave up at one point but I persevered and here's the final result...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Colour Chameleon' / Dies & Pattern Paper - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush / Other - White Embossing Powder

Not only is my husband still away tonight, but the children are having a sleepover at Aunty Jenny's...it's going to be another sleepless night for me!

Have a happy Thursday, I hope you manage to fit a little crafting time in ;) 

Stephanie xxx

P.s This little chameleon is Jenny's favourite out of all the characters she's drawn :)

Wednesday, May 10

Have A Delightful Day

This week is just speeding by (nothing new there!), I often find myself wishing the week away so that I can enjoy time with my family at the weekends, which really amounts to wishing my life away (not good!) so today, I'm going to try and have a delightful Wednesday, even if it is just on my own (as usual!)... 

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Fabulous Fuchsias II' & 'Delightful Day' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Faber-Casetll Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a delightful day :)

Stephanie xxx

Tuesday, May 9

Have A Monster Party!

Can you believe I'm posting again already?  Insert the obvious joke about buses ;) lol

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Out of This World', 'Scene It' & 'Let's Party' (retired) / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaMagic / Colouring Medium - Faber Castell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

I think I'll spend a day in the craftroom today, and although my intention is to get creative...no doubt I'll end up spending hours just moving things around and procrastinating...business as usual then! haha

Have a good one! :D

Stephanie xxx

Monday, May 8

Thanks A Million

We fully expected to re-open the store to the sound of crickets and instead, we were greeted with warm encouragement and support, so thanks a million...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Merci Beaucoup' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Merci Beaucoup Die Collection'; Heat Gun / Ink - VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush / Other - White Embossing Powder

The general feedback on the discontinuation of dies is that many of you are disappointed by this decision and believe me, no one is more disappointed than yours truly! ;)  As you all know, Jenny has taken over complete responsibility of Clearly Besotted, including the finances.  Die manufacturing is more expensive than stamp manufacturing with minimum order quantities that for a company as small as Clearly Besotted, isn't always financially viable.  It's no secret that when I was in charge, I was fortunate enough to be subsidised by my husband so it did not matter as much if the business ran at a loss, however for Jenny, this is not possible - hope you can understand :)

Thank you for visiting me as always and I hope your Monday is as good as it can be...for a Monday! lol

Stephanie xxx

Saturday, May 6

Just A Note

After a somewhat hectic week, I'm very happy the weekend is finally here!  I want to say a big thank you for all the truly lovely comments that have been left here for me recently...it's a reminder of how much kindness there is in our crafting community and I am so grateful to be the recipient of some of it.

Before I rush out to lunch with my family, I wanted to share a couple of cards I made recently...

 
 Stamps - Clearly Besotted A Better You (retired) & Sweet Little Sentiments / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaMagic / Other - Black Twine; White Embossing Powder

Thank you for dropping by and I hope you have a lovely day :)

Stephanie xxx

Friday, May 5

May New Products

Pssst...have you heard?  Our online store has finally re-opened, and despite our anxiety in regards to being long gone and forgotten, we are delighted that some of you have already found your way back!  We are dumbfounded by your continued support and enthusiasm for our teeny tiny brand, thank you a million times over :)

In a bid to keep the business small and manageable, Jenny has made a few changes here at Clearly Besotted.  We will no longer be releasing new products every month, instead, we will introduce new designs quarterly, without the usual countdown and teasers.  Sadly, we are also phasing out dies, apologies for any disappointment this may cause.

Now that we're back (and smaller than ever lol), what better time to bring out some brand new stamps!  We have 21 (yes, 21!) new sets being released this evening at 6pm (UK time), they will also be available at our favourite one stop shop, Simon Says Stamp.

And here they all are, for your viewing pleasure haha...

Abracadabra; Baking Bunnies; Build It Beavers; Cha Cha Cha; Fluffy Flamingos; Garden Gnomes; Girl Power; Hung Up on You; Nom Nom; Pick A Penguin; Playful Pair; Poodle Around; Say What?; Scene It; Seal of Approval; Sing!; Sweet Symphony; Tween Time; Warm Solutions IV; Into The Woods; Into The Woods II

Now that we have done away with teaser time, I promise there will be a lot more activity on this blog :)  Also, do keep an eye on the Design Team (my wonderful friends Debby, Keren and Michelle)...needless to say they will take our simple stamps and create wonders with them!

It dawned on me yesterday that I should have some eye candy to share with you on release day, so here are a few cards I whipped up last night...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Baking Bunnies' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Faber-Castell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Build It Beavers' & 'Scene It' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Faber-Castell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Embossing Powder

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Fluffy Flamingos' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Colouring Medium - Faber-Castell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Black Twine

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Playful Pair' & 'Love You Tons' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Faber-Castell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Seal of Approval' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Colouring Medium - Faber-Castell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

We would love for you to connect with us through social media, all the links are at the top right hand side and as you can see, we are now also on Flickr :)  Thank goodness it's Friday, here's hoping you all have a magnificent weekend!

Stephanie xxx

Monday, April 24

New Craft Room

I'm not sure if anyone is still checking in on this blog, I could very well be talking to myself right now haha!

I mentioned back in November that we were moving house and believe it or not, up until March of this year, all of my craft supplies were still in boxes...well, in one big box, I don't actually have that much stuff *sob* haha!  To motivate myself to unpack my one box of craft supplies (tee hee!), I decided to finally treat myself to a craft room...I've always primarily crafted at the kitchen table, so it was a case of starting from scratch.

The room is now complete and I hope you don't mind me sharing a few pictures of it, it's not a particularly big room but it's all mine...


The glass partitions are great because I don't feel completely shut off from the rest of the house, however, there are blinds integrated within the glass for when I do want to shut everything and everyone out lol...


The white units are from IKEA (I've seen them in most of my favourite craft rooms), they are very budget friendly...

All white units are from IKEA 'Alex Range' / Bespoke wooden work surfaces

I have a lovely view of the garden from my window...


A couple of very tongue in cheek phrases and a gentle reminder not to take myself (and my everyday challenges) too seriously ;)...


An example of the different containers I've used in the drawers to compartmentalise...

 
 
 
Small white containers from IKEA 'Tillsluta Range' / Translucent marker containers from Muji 

Finally, here's what the room normally looks like, when it hasn't been staged for photographs haha ;)  As you can see, I pull everything out from the drawers and place them within easy reach...


To those of you after an update on the re-opening of the Clearly Besotted store, I apologise for the complete lack of communication.  As previously advised, Jenny (my sister) is taking over and it's taken a while to get her moved from my parents house, to one nearby me...well, nearby my children's school, I live in the middle of nowhere!  This means she can run the business from her home, but I can conveniently pop by and help out if needed :)  At the moment, Jenny has no internet access, but as soon as it is connected, the store will re-open...I am reluctant to give a precise date because British Telecom have previously given us two dates and they both fell through *groan*  It's a brand new property on a new development hence the complications.

Anyway, thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic week!

Stephanie xxx