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Tuesday, October 31

Have A Spooktacular Day

Happy Halloween everyone, hope you have a spooktacular day!

Stamps - All In Onesie Halloween / Dies - All In Onesie Halloween Die Collection; Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

I'm hoping I don't encounter any clowns today, I'm petrified of clowns...they are never funny, only scary!

Stephanie xo

Monday, October 30

Read Before You Think

I tend to read mostly romantic comedy and thriller novels, not sure that helps my thinking very much haha!

Stamps - Bookworm / Tools - Bookworm Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder

Happy Monday, thanks a million for dropping in on me :D

Stephanie xx

Especially For You

Love that I didn't have to colour these apples, all the shading and shine was done for me...my kind of stamping ;)

Stamps - Apple of My Eye & Scrumptious Script / Dies - Apple of My Eye Die CollectionInk - VersaFne Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Hope you've had an apple (or two) today...keep's the doctor away ;)

Stephanie x

From Our Family

For me personally, Christmas is all about family...family and food (lot's and lot's of food ha!)...

Stamps - Deer To MeScene It & Say It's Christmas / Dies - Deer To Me Die Collection / Ink - Versafine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers / Other - White Gel Pen

Thank you for stopping by!

Stephanie x

Friday, October 27

You Are Beautiful

I've been asking Jenny to bring back layering stamps, it's just so quick and easy to make cards with them...

Stamps - Aloha Again, Sincerest Thanks & Sending Sunshine/ Dies - Aloha Die Collection / Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops; VersaMark / Other - Gold Embossing Powder

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have a great weekend! :D

Stephanie xo

It Would Stink if We Weren't Friends

I can't see why a fox and a skunk can't be friends...

Stamps - Forest Friends & Scene It / Dies - Frame It Die Collection / Ink - Versafine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Thank you very much for your virtual friendship ;)

Stephanie x

Wonderful Time Of The Year

I like to think that this is how Santa winds down after Christmas...by surfing haha!

Stamps - Santa In The Sun / Dies - Santa In The Sun Die Collection / Ink - Versafine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Thanks for looking!

Stephanie x

Monday, October 23

Merry Christmas

I love making balloon cards, they're always so cheerful, whatever the occasion...

Stamps - Best Christmas & Scrumptious Script / Dies - Best Christmas Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FabeCastell Polychromos / Other - White Gel Pen

Restocks of our October release are arriving within the week, we did not anticipate them to be so popular, but are of course hugely grateful that they have been so well received :)  We keep very small inventory quantities because our sales volumes are extremely low, but every now and then there is a small surge, thank you very much for your patience during this current small surge ;)

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Stephanie xoxo

With Love From Our Family

I know it's still only October but I'm getting rather impatient and I'm very keen to get the Christmas decorations out and up lol  My husband, who is ever the spoilsport, insists on waiting until at least the beginning of December!

Stamps - Best Christmas & Christmas Sparkle / Dies - Best Christmas Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

I hope you're enjoying your day! :)

Stephanie xx

Jolly Good Christmas

These rockin' robins are round and jolly, and make me chuckle...

Stamps - Rockin' Robin & Santa Baby / Dies - Scene It Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Gel Pen

I hope you have a jolly good day ;)

Stephanie x

Fabulous Friend

Fuchsias for a fabulous friend...try saying that quickly three times ;) haha!

Stamps - Fabulous Fuchsias II / Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

I think this card took me about five minutes to make and reminded me how much I love layering stamps :)

Stephanie xx

To A Very Special Husband

I have quite a few cards that I have made and then completely forgotten about, and this is one of them...

Stamps - Manatee Mischief & Happy Birthday All / Tools - Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Thank you so much for looking! :)

Stephanie x

Friday, October 20

Sending Warm Hugs

I can't tell you how glad I am it's Friday!  Not only is my husband back from Italy today, but the children also have two weeks off school for half term break...I'm a very happy bunny :D

Stamps - Knitted With Love, Into The Woods & Say It's Christmas / Dies - Knitted With Love Die CollectionYou Said It Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Embossing Powder

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have a wonderful (snow free haha!) weekend :D

Stephanie xoxoxo

Thursday, October 19

Happy Halloween

It's not long until Halloween, my daughter Jasmine has ordered her costume and is super excited to go Trick or Treating with her friends!

Stamps - Happy Halloween II  & Into The Woods / Dies - Happy Halloween Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder; Twine

My husband has been away on business quite a bit recently (last week Barcelona and this week Milan) so I'm feeling a little tired from lack of sleep.  He's back tomorrow though so I'm feeling a little bit more motivated today, hence the blogging ;)

Thank you very much for your company, it get's quite lonely on my own but knowing that there may be someone out there reading my nonsense right now makes me smile :)

Stephanie xoxo

Heartfelt Thanks

This magnolia is my favourite of all our floral images, it's simplicity is what I like about it the most...

Stamps - Make A Wish & Tiny Type / Dies - Make A Wish Die Collection & Frame It Die Collection / Pattern Paper - Simple Stories / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen

Stamps - Make A Wish & Tiny Type / Tools - Make A Wish Die Collection & Frame It Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen

I love this image so much that I've asked Jenny to do me a layered version for those of us, like me, that aren't that great at colouring!

One more post to follow today, thank you for sticking with me :)

Stephanie x

Best Halloween

I'm playing catch up on my blog again, I've shared some cards on other social media platforms over the past week but it's nice to have them on here too :)

Stamps - Fright Night / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onxy Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Thank you for looking, I hope you don't get too fed up with my multiple posts today!

Stephanie xx

Tuesday, October 10

Dear Santa

My daughter has been known to write several letters to Santa Claus in the lead up to Christmas, with the first one usually in September.  This year, she hasn't shown any signs of writing even one...which makes me sad :(  On the plus side, it will be nice for Mummy and Daddy to finally get credit for all the presents under the tree haha!

Stamps - Knitted With Love & Say It's Christmas / Dies - Knitted With Love Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen

My husband and I are out this evening for a meal followed by a comedy show, so I had better start getting ready, it takes me several hours to make myself look presentable enough to go out in public lol

Stephanie xx

Monday, October 9

Joyeux Noel

I indulged in a spot of retail therapy at the weekend and was pleasantly surprised to see that decorations were already up in most shops!  The cynical side of me understands how ugly commercialism is, but the child in me just loved seeing how pretty is was :)

Stamps - Trimming The Tree, Christmas Calligraphy & Basic Diagonals / Dies - Trimming The Tree Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Gel Pen

I am really enjoying cardmaking at the moment, so I'm going to get as crafty as I can before my mojo runs out!

Have a wonderful week :D

Stephanie xoxo

With Sincerest Thanks

The great thing about layering stamps is that I don't have to wait for Jenny to colour them in ;) haha!

Stamps - Aloha Again & Sincerest Thanks / Dies - Frame It Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Sincerest thanks for visiting me today :D

Stephanie xx


Sunday, October 8

Shake Your Tail Feather

I'm far too old to be hitting the clubs and shaking my tail feather in public...trust me, no-one wants to see that, my dance moves are dire!  But in the privacy of my own home when my husband's at work and the children are at school,  I've been known to crank up the music and strut my stuff like no-one's business ;) HAHAHA!!!!

Stamps - Strut Your Stuff / Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Squares / Pattern Paper - Simple Stories / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Cushion hand drawn by Jenny

So with that ridiculous image of me busting some dance moves (I know, my slang is like, so twenty years ago right? LOL) on my own in my PJ's, lingering in your head, I shall bid you adieu and leave you to enjoy your Sunday in peace :D

Stephanie xoxoxo

Aim High

It's great to have a goal or a venture to pursue and ever greater when you have friends and supporters to give you a little helping hand.  That's how I felt about the crafting community when I first set up Clearly Besotted five years ago, what a huge lift you all gave me (and are still giving Jenny today)!! :)

Stamps - Standing Tall / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Gel Pen; Black Twine

And yes, while we're not at the dizzying heights that other amazing stamp companies have deservedly reached, we're exactly where we want to be - thank you, thank you, thank you :)  One last post to go today...thanks for sticking with me! :D

Stephanie x

Happy Valentine's Day

In this digital age, receiving a card, letter or note through the post is utterly delightful...especially when it's a Valentines card ;)

Stamps - Call Cupid / Dies - Call Cupid Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Hearts / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Stamps - Call Cupid / Dies - Call Cupid Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Stitched Hearts / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

I'm triple posting today, now I'm no longer the owner of Clearly Besotted I have a lot of time to make cards...so sorry!! lol

Stephanie xx

Friday, October 6

Don't Be Crabby At Christmas

It's easy to get a bit crabby at Christmas, it can be quite stressful and expensive!  A little bit of humour (and a bottle of wine or two haha!) goes a long way to alleviate the pressures of making it perfect for everyone...

Stamps - Crabby Christmas & Cosy Christmas / Tools - Cosy Christmas Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Pierced Squares / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Gel Pen

There's no excuse to be crabby today, it's Friday and the weekend is almost upon us - yipppeee! :D

Stephanie xoxo

Thursday, October 5

Happy New Year

After delivering millions of presents all around the world in just one night, I don't think any of us would begrudge Father Christmas a holiday in the sun haha!

Stamps - Santa In The Sun, Seal of Approval & Scene It / Dies - Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Thank you for swinging by, I hope you have a jolly nice day :)

Stephanie x

Wednesday, October 4

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

I can't imagine this cute little bear making the naughty list!

Stamps - Knitted With Love & Just Saying / Dies - Knitted With Love Die Collection; Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Embossing Powder

Jenny is a little bit overwhelmed and dumbstruck by how well received the October release has been and it goes without saying that we are both hugely grateful and thankful for the enthusiasm, support and custom that is bestowed upon us.  Neither one of us are very savvy when it comes to marketing and generating sales, in fact we are utterly useless lol  We're just doing what we enjoy, Jenny with her drawing and me with my cardmaking, and it humbles us greatly that you continue to support us even without all the fanfare and fun (hops, giveaways, challenges etc.)...please know we appreciate you immensely!

Stephanie x 

Tuesday, October 3

Thinking of You

Sending love...

Stamps - Pretty Pansies & Flag It / Dies - Pretty Pansies Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Mini Pearls

Take care of yourselves :)

Stephanie xoxo

Sunday, October 1

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

I have it on good authority (i.e. Jenny told me lol) that the Little Donkey stamp set is the best seller so far of this month, followed very closely by Trimming The Tree :)

Stamps - Little Donkey, Scene It & Just Saying / Tools - Little Donkey Die Collection & Scene It Die Collection; Spellbinder Nestabilities Circles / Pattern Paper - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder

Stamps - Little Donkey & Just Saying / Tools - Little Donkey Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Gold Embossing Powder

And that's all from me for today, I am so sorry if you are subscribed to this blog and have had your inbox spammed by all my post notifications, I promise not to do it again...for a while ;)

Thanks a million for enduring my multiple posts, I am of course, incredibly grateful for your company :)

Stephanie xx

Forget the Present

I don't mind not receiving presents, I stopped celebrating my birthday when the numbers started getting too big! ;) haha!

Stamps - Gorgeous Gifts, Say It's Your Birthday, Say What? & Knitted With Love / Tools - Gorgeous Gifts Die Collection, You Said It Die Collection & Knitted With Love Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

This is my penultimate card for this evening, which is just as well because I'm struggling to keep my eyes open *yawn*  Not only has it been a hectic day at the theme park but I also had a bit of a late night out with my husband yesterday...I'm getting too old for all this activity! lol

Stephanie xxx

The Party Train

I'm particularly fond of the new set Full Steam Ahead Additions, which introduces little characters that can be paired up with the existing Full Steam Ahead stamps...

Stamps - Full Steam Ahead Additions, Full Steam Ahead, Say Something & Say What? / Dies - Full Steam Ahead Die CollectionFull Steam Ahead Additions Die Collection & You Said It Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Pebbles Ink Chalk Palette

I've just remembered that I haven't ironed the children's uniforms for school tomorrow *groan*  I think I had better get a move on!

Stephanie xo

Santa Claws Is Coming To Town

We all know that one person who always gets a little bit crabby at Christmas time ;) haha!

Stamps - Crabby Christmas, Banner Basics & Tiny Type / Tools - Crabby Christmas Die Collection & Banner Basics Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle Frames / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder

I'll be back pretty much immediately, with another card to share :)

Stephanie x

Merry Christmas

It's been a long day and I'm exhausted, not because of the new products going live (that's Jenny's domain now), but because we had a family outing to Legoland :)

I have a several cards to share using stamps from the new release and will be posting multiple times today, hope you don't mind...

Stamps - Build A Snowman, Season's GreetingsInto The Woods II / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

That's one down, with four more to go :)

Stephanie x