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Wednesday, May 31

Get Well Soon

Another quick card to share with you today, I hope you like it.  The picture quality is terrible, I struggle enormously with photographing predominantly white space cards...

Stamps - Aloha AgainMessage Me / Dies - Aloha Die Collection; MFT Frames / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush / Other - White Embossing Powder

Dean and the children (on their bikes) are now joining me on my evening runs (or rather walks!), it's still a major struggle, but the company helps.  We do a three and a half mile circuit of which I jog about two miles and as much as I spend all day dreading it, it does feel good afterwards.

Take care, thank you for stopping and I hope you'll be back to look in on me tomorrow :)

Stephanie xxx

Tuesday, May 30

Wish You Were Here

The children are on half term break and I would give anything to be on a beach right now...without them ;) haha!

 Stamps - Seal of Approval / Dies - Frame It Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onxy Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

It's a lovely day so the children and I are going out on our bikes, may as well take advantage of living in the countryside :)

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

Stephanie xxx

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 - Hung Up On You & Into The Woods / Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles Frames / 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 - Sunshine & Smiles & Merci Beaucoup / Dies - Sunshine & Smiles Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / 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 - Feeling Fruity & Many Mini Messages / Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / 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 - Raise A Glass / Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; 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 - Simply Scrumptious & Say What? / Dies - Simpy Scrumptious Die Collection / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

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

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 another card today...

Stamps - Sweet Symphony / Dies - MFT Frames / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

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 - Nom Nom & Good To Be Bad / Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / Pattern Paper - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - 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 - Dandelion Dreams / Ink - VersaFine Onxy Black; VersaMark / Other - Silver Embossing Powder; Gold Embossing Powder

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 - Colour Chameleon / Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / 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 - Fabulous Fuchsias & Thanks A Bouquet / Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCasetll 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 - Merci Beaucoup / Dies - Merci Beaucoup Die Collection; / 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, I hope you can understand :)

Thank you for visiting me 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 - Butterfly SilhouettesSweet Little Sentiments / Dies - Butterfly Silhouettes Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Tags / Ink - VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Black Twine; White Embossing Powder; Small Pearls

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 BunniesBuild It Beaver; Cha Cha Cha; Fluffy Flamingos; Garden Gnomes; Girl Power; Hung Up on You; Nom Nom; Pick A PenguinPlayful Pair; Poodle Around; Say What?Scene ItSeal 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 - Baking Bunnies / Dies - Lawn Fawn Hearts / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Stamps - Build It Beaver & Scene It / Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Embossing Powder

Stamps - Fluffy Flamingos / Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Black Twine

Stamps - Playful Pair / Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Stamps - Seal of Approval / Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles; Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell 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