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Monday, May 28

June Release Countdown Teasers Day 1

I've been in a bit of a creative slump of late, hence my absence, but luckily the fog lifted temporarily (I'm back in the slump now haha!) and I had a very productive week in the craft room, just in time for this months teasers...phew!

I am delighted to invite on board this month two wonderful Guest Designers, Anita Bowden and Lisa Bachtrog, both of whom I admire greatly.  Here's a little more about these lovely ladies in their own words...

"Hi, I’m Anita and I live in Torquay on the south west coast of England.  Since childhood I’ve always been creative and would always be making something.  I used to spend a lot of time doing cross-stitch kits and then in 2005 I bought some card making kits.  I then found details of some blogs in a card making magazine and I was hooked.  The very first blog I followed was in fact the lovely Michelle Short!  Neet & Crafty was born at the beginning of 2013 (Neet being my nickname) and I just love the crafting community.  I adore clean and simple cardmaking, and that’s where my style has settled.  I work full-time as an Audio Secretary for a Chartered Loss Adjuster so this hobby is the perfect escapism in my spare time"

"My name is Lisa, I am 26 and like so many others addicted to crafting.  I started card making about 3 years ago and it helps me to balance my life.  I think the crafty community is one of the greatest communities out there and love the creativity of the designers.  Clean and soft cards are my comfort zone but I love going a step further and trying different things.  I am really honored to join Clearly Besotted this month and I hope you like my inspirations!"

There are seven new stamp sets, 6 with coordinating die collections, coming on June 1st at 8pm (BST) and I have a ton (seriously, so many!) of cards to share with you between now and then :)

Today I am showcasing a set called Pawfect Plushies...

Stamps - Pawfect Plushies / Dies - Pawfect Plushies Die Collection & Tag Along Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers; FaberCastell Polychromos

Stamps - Pawfect Plushies  / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers; FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Stamps - Pawfect Plushies / Dies - Pawfect Plushies Die Collection, You Said It Die Collection Flag It Die Collection / VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Stamps - Pawfect Plushies  / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers; FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Stamps - Pawfect Plushies & Scrumptious Birthday Sentiments / Dies - Pawfect Plushies Die Collection & Tag Along Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers; FaberCastell Polychromos

Stamps - Pawfect Plushies / Dies - Pawfect Plushies Die CollectionYou Said It Die Collection & Flag It Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Stamps - Pawfect Plushies  / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers; FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

I'm sure you won't want to miss out on seeing what amazing things the Design Team and Guest Designers have come up with this month, so please don't hesitate paying them a visit :)


I'm so grateful you looked in on me today, and I'd be even more grateful if you would be kind enough to return tomorrow :)

Stephanie xxx

Saturday, May 12

Thinking of You

A super simple card, which is all I am capable of at the moment haha!

Stamps - Perfect Peonies & Tiny Type / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Watercolour Pencils / Other - White Embossing Powder

I hope you have a truly delightful weekend :)

Stephanie xoxo

Friday, May 11

Unexpected Friendships

It has been such a struggle for me to get creative recently, I'm going through a bit of a card making slump, which I hope to come out of soon!

Stamps - Best Friends & Pirates At Play / Dies - Best Friends Die Collection & Pirates At Play Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Stamps - Best Friends & Colour Chameleon / Dies - Best Friends Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Thank goodness it's Friday, hope you have a great one! :D

Stephanie xx

Tuesday, May 1

May New Products

It's May 1st and all our new products, as shown below, will be available in the store (and at Simon Says Stamp) at 8pm tonight!  To see the stamp sets up close and personal (ha!), please pay my superstar friend Michelle Short a visit, as usual she has an amazing video showcasing our new release :)


As always, there's a chance to win all of this months stamps on our Facebook page so please join in if you can, thanks so much :)

Sincere thanks for all you encouragement once again this month, I can't tell you how appreciative Jenny and I are of your support...you keep us motivated and we couldn't carry on without you!

Stephanie xoxoxo

Monday, April 30

May Release Countdown Teasers Day 4

I'm back on day four of the May Countdown Teasers, with the last of my cards for this release, all of which feature a new mini set called Perfect Pigs...

Stamps - Perfect Pigs / Dies - With All Your Heart Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers; FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Gel Pen

Stamps - Perfect Pigs & Scrumptious Thank You / Dies - Perfect Pigs Die Collection & Tag Along Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Gel Pen

Stamps - Perfect Pigs & Say What? / Dies - Perfect Pigs Die Collection & Tag Along Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Gel Pen

Stamps - Perfect Pigs & A Little Sentimental / Dies - Perfect Pigs Die Collection, You Said It Die Collection & Tag Along Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Gel Pen; Black Twine

Stamps - Perfect Pigs & Bunting Basics / Dies - Perfect Pigs Die Collection & Bunting Basics Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Papertrey Ink / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

That's all of my cards, but if you would like further inspiration, I do believe the following Design Team members have more to show and tell...


Thanks a million as always for your superb company!  I will be back Tuesday to show the May release in it's entirety , before it goes live tomorrow at 8pm (BST).

Stephanie xxx

Sunday, April 29

May Release Countdown Teasers Day 3

It's day three of our May Release Countdown teasers which means it's not long until the new products are available!

There is another floral stamp set in this month's release and this one is called Say It With Flowers...

Stamps - Say It With Flowers & Basic Diagonals / Dies - Say It With Flowers Die Collection / Ink - Memento London Fog; VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Stamps - Say It With Flowers Flag It / Dies - Say It With Flowers Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Watercolour Pencils

Stamps - Say It With Flowers & Scrumptious Thank You / Dies - Say It With Flowers Die Collection & Shape Up Die Collection / Ink - Memento London Fog; VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Stamps - Say It With Flowers & Fabulous Fuchsias Too / Dies - Say It With Flowers Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Watercolour Pencils

This following set is called We Go Together and consists of little puppies and kittens dressed up in some of my favourite things ;) haha!

Stamps - We Go TogetherSay It's Love & Colour Chameleon / Dies - We Go Together Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Gel Pen

Stamps - We Go Together / Dies - We Go Together Die CollectionTag Along Die Collection & With All Your Heart Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen; Black Twine

Stamps - We Go Together & Say It's Love / Dies - We Go Together Die Collection; Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen; Black Twine

I really hope that you continue onto the Design Team blogs, they always make the most incredible cards, it would be a shame not to have a look...


That's all from me today, I'm now off to see the new Avengers movie with my husband and children, and being huge Marvel fans, we are all super excited!  I hope you have a great Sunday, whatever your plans are :)

Stephanie xoxo

Saturday, April 28

May Release Countdown Teasers Day 2

Welcome back, it's day two of our May Release Countdown Teasers and today all my cards feature an upcoming set called Happy Hula...

Stamps - Happy Hula & Brushed Greetings / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos; Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder; Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Black Twine; White Gel Pen

Stamps - Happy Hula, Basic Diagonals & Scrumptious Birthday Sentiments / Dies -  Happy Hula Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black; Papertrey Ink / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Gel Pen

Stamps - Happy HulaAloha Again & Flag It / Dies -  Happy Hula Die Collection, Aloha Die Collection & Tag Along Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Black Twine; Mini Pearls

Stamps - Happy Hula & Aloha Again / Dies -  Happy Hula Die Collection & Aloha Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Black Twine; Mini Pearls

Stamps - Happy HulaAloha Again & Scrumptious Birthday Sentiments / Dies -  Happy Hula Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Mini Pearls

I'm delighted to report that all of the wonderful Design Team are participating in today's teasers and I know you won't want to miss out on seeing what they have come up with...


Once again, thank you so much for stopping by today, I will be back tomorrow and would absolutely love it if you were too :)  Hope you're having an amazing weekend so far!

Stephanie xo

Friday, April 27

May Release Countdown Teasers Day 1

Thanks a million for joining me today for the start of our May Release Countdown Teasers.  We have seven new stamp sets (6 with coordinating dies) coming on May 1st at 8pm and I have so many cards to share before then :) 

The first new mini stamp set I'm showcasing today is called Perfect Peonies...

Stamps - Perfect Peonies & Flag It / Dies - Perfect Peonies Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Memento London Fog / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Stamps - Perfect Peonies, Basic Grids & Flag It / Dies - Perfect Peonies Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Memento London Fog / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Stamps - Perfect Peonies & Scrumptious Thank You / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Watercolour Pencils / Other - Pebbles Ink Chalk Palette

We also have an addition to our Fairy Tale series on the way...

Stamps - Fairy Tale Princess, Bird Bath & Scrumptious Birthday Sentiments /  Dies - Decorative Edges Shallow (retired) / Pattern Paper - Doodlebug / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos; Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Gel Pen

Stamps - Fairy Tale Princess, & Bird Bath / Dies - Fairy Tale Princess Die Collection & Banner Basics Die Collection / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos; Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Gel Pen; White Embossing Powder

My friends, who coincidentally happen to be on the Design Team, are joining in with the countdown teasers today so please pay them a visit and pass on my gratitude for their talents...


Thank you again for looking in on me today, I truly hope you will be back tomorrow to see more.  Until then, happy Friday!

Stephanie xoxo

Wednesday, April 25

Happy Birthday

The creative juices are not flowing at the moment so I'm really struggling to make cards, which is not ideal with the May teasers just around the corner!

Stamps - Merci Beaucoup, Flag It & Building Blocks / Dies - Merci Beaucoup Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyc Black; VersaMark / Colouting Medium - FaberCastell Watercolour Pencils / Other - White Embossing Powder;  Black Twine

Nothing new happening with me, I'm frantically trying to get some cards made in time, whilst being unable to sleep at night because my husband is away on business...like watching a boring dvd on loop ;) haha!

I hope you have a fabulous hump day :)

Stephanie xxx

Monday, April 23

Sending Happiest Birthday Wishes

I hope you had a great weekend, however fleeting it was as always!

Stamps - Pirates At Play & Scrumptious Birthday Sentiments / Dies - Pirates At Play Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Clouds and Hillside Borders / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

I hope you have a wonderful Monday and if that's not possible, at least a tolerable one ;)

Stephanie xxx

Saturday, April 21

You're Amazing

Looks like the sun is still shining here in the UK, happy days!  

Stamps - Wild Thing, Go Wild, Flag It & Fun On The Farm / Dies - Wild Thing Die Collection & Go Wild Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask Paper

We're picking the children up from school at 2pm (yes, school on Saturday - boo!) and then heading into London's West End again, spending the night, to make a weekend of it.  We are a real foodie family and it's the best place for eating which is why we head there most weekends :)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, thank you so very much for looking in on my blog, it doesn't get much traffic these days which makes me appreciate you all the more!

Stephanie xoxoxo

Friday, April 20

Thanks A Million For All You Do

I have attributed my mood to the weather, it can't be a coincidence that the sun's been shining all week and I've been exceptionally buoyant...long may it last!

Stamps - Fairy Tale Bears, Trouble in a Tutu, Best Friends & Scrumptious Thank You / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Fingers crossed the sunshine lasts all weekend too!  Happy Friday everyone :D

Stephanie xo

Thursday, April 19

Sending You Love

The weather is glorious here in the UK at the moment, about time too!  The sky's as blue as on this card...

Stamps - Fairy Tale Maiden & A Little Sentimental / Dies - Fairy Tale Maiden Die Collection, Cloudy Days Die Collection & Flag It Die Collection / Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Pebbles Ink Chalk Palette

I hope you're having a fabulous day so far and that it only gets better! :)

Stephanie xxx