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Friday, August 31

September Release Countdown Teasers Day 4

It's day four of the September Release Countdown Teasers and today I'm showcasing a mini set called Whoo To You...

Stamps - Whoo To You & Say It's Your Birthday / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen; Black Twine

Stamps - Whoo To You & Spooky Spirits / Dies - Whoo To You Die Collection / Ink -VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Gel Pen; Black Twine

Stamps - Whoo To YouBanner Basics & Many Mini Messages / Dies - Whoo To You Die CollectionBanner Basics Die Collection & Tag It Die Collection (retired); Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder; Black Twine; Mini Peg

Stamps - Whoo To You, Say Something & Into The Woods Again / Dies - Whoo To You Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder

Stamps - Whoo To You, Basic BlocksBanner Basics & Many Mini Messages / Dies - Whoo To You Die Collection & Banner Basics Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder

Stamps - Whoo To YouBanner Basics & Many Mini Messages / Dies - Whoo To You Die Collection, Small Frames Die Collection & Banner Basics Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder; Black Pillow Boxes

Stamps - Whoo To YouSpooky Spirits & Into The Woods / Dies - Whoo To You Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder

Also teasing today are the the wonderful Design Team ladies who are knocking it out of the park again this month...


That's all from me today, but please return tomorrow to see the last of my teasers, along with the reveal of all the new products.

Hip hip hooray, it's Friday!!!  Have a great one everyone :)

Stephanie xxx

Thursday, August 30

September Release Countdown Teasers Day 3

I had a late night last night so I'm a little bleary eyed whilst typing this, please excuse me if there are more spelling and grammatical errors than usual!

It's Day Three of the September Release Countdown Teasers and today I have another two upcoming new sets to introduce to you, the first being Woodland Plushies...

Stamps - Woodland Plushies & Scrumptious Birthday Sentiments / Dies - Woodland Plushies Die Collection / Pattern Paper - Lawn Fawn / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Gel Pen

Stamps - Woodland Plushies & Scene It / Dies - Woodland Plushies Die Collection & You Said It Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers; FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Gel Pen

Stamps - Woodland Plushies & Best Friends / Dies - Woodland Plushies Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers; FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Gel Pen

Stamps - Woodland Plushies, Over The Rainbow & Say Something / Dies - Woodland Plushies Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers; FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Gel Pen

Stamps - Woodland PlushiesInto The WoodsSay Something / Dies - Woodland Plushies Die Collection; Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers; FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen

This next set is a mini set called Spooky Spirits...

Stamps - Spooky Spirits / Dies - Spooky Spirits Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder

Stamps - Spooky Spirits, Banner Basics & Many Mini Messages / Dies - Spooky Spirits Die Collection, Banner Basics Die Collection & Tag It Die Collection (retired); Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder; Black Twine; Mini Peg

Stamps - Spooky SpiritsBanner Basics & Many Mini Messages / Dies - Spooky Spirits Die CollectionBanner Basics Die Collection & Tag It Die Collection (retired); Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder; Black Twine; Mini Peg

Stamps - Spooky SpiritsBanner Basics & Many Mini Messages / Dies - Spooky Spirits Die CollectionBanner Basics Die Collection; Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder

Stamps - Spooky SpiritsBanner Basics & Many Mini Messages / Dies - Spooky Spirits Die CollectionBanner Basics Die Collection; Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder

Stamps - Spooky SpiritsSay Something & Into The Woods Again / Dies - Spooky Spirits Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder; Twine

I'm sure you will agree that the Design Team cards have been magnificent so far, Clearly Besotted is so lucky to have these talented ladies on the team...


I'm usually a tea drinker, but I think I'm going to make myself a strong coffee this morning.  A big hit of caffeine is just what I need to kick start me today!

Thanks a million for looking, have a lovely day and please, please, please return tomorrow ;)

Stephanie xxx

Wednesday, August 29

September Release Countdown Teasers Day 2

Welcome back to day two of the September Release Countdown Teasers, I'm so pleased you decided to pop by, thank you!

Today I'm showcasing a couple of our upcoming stamp sets, Wishful Thinking, and a sentiment set called Brushed Sentiments Plus...

Stamps - Wishful ThinkingBrushed Sentiments Plus & Basic Stripes / Dies - Wishful Thinking Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Tea Leaves; VersaMark; Simon Says Stamp White Pigment / Other - White Embossing Powder

Stamps - Wishful Thinking / Dies - Wishful Thinking Die Collection & Tag Along Die Collection / Ink - VersaMark / Other - White & Gold Embossing Powder; Natural Twine; Mini Peg

Stamps - Wishful Thinking / Ink - VersaMark / Other - White & Gold Embossing Powder

Stamps - Wishful Thinking & Brushed Sentiments Plus / Dies - Wishful Thinking Die Collection & Tag Along Die Collection / Ink - VersaMark / Other - White Embossing Powder

Stamps - Wishful Thinking & Brushed Sentiments Plus / Dies - Wishful Thinking Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Tea Leaves; VersaMark / Other - White Embossing Powder

Stamps - Wishful Thinking & Fabulous Fuchsias / Dies - Wishful Thinking Die Collection, Small Frames Die CollectionTag Along Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Other - White Embossing Powder

Stamps - Wishful Thinking & Flag It / Dies - Wishful Thinking Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Papertrey Ink Hybrid

As usual, the Design Team were fabulous yesterday and I expect they will be pretty fabulous today too...

Lisa Tilson

My husband has meetings in London's West End today so I think I will tag along and do a little window shopping before meeting up with him for lunch.  We have date night tonight (dinner followed by a comedy show), so may as well make a day out of it!

Hope you have a great Wednesday and please come back tomorrow if you can, I have more teasers to share :)

Stephanie xxx

Tuesday, August 28

September Release Countdown Teasers Day 1


Welcome to day one of the September Release Countdown Teasers, I'm so happy to have you join me!  We have seven new stamp sets, five with coordinating dies, coming on September 1st and today I've used a set called Rainy Day Play...

Stamps - Rainy Day Play / Dies - Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen

Stamps - Rainy Day PlayModern Calligraphy (coming soon) & Modern Calligraphy Additions (coming soon) / Dies - Rainy Day Play Die Collection & Modern Calligraphy Die Collection (coming soon) / Stencils - Rainy Day Play / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Gel Pen

Stamps - Rainy Day Play / Dies - Rainy Day Play Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Gel Pen

Stamps - Rainy Day Play & Over The Rainbow / Dies - Rainy Day Play Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Gel Pen

Stamps - Rainy Day PlayOver The Rainbow & Flutter By Me / Dies - Rainy Day Play Die Collection / Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Gel Pen


I'm super excited to see what the lovely Design Team ladies have come up with, it's always a highlight of my day during the countdown teasers...


I really hope you like what you've seen today, and if you have, it would be great if you could return tomorrow for Day Two of the Countdown Teasers.  Until then, have a fantastic day :)

Stephanie xxx

Monday, August 27

Rubeena's Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop DAY ONE


Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! This hop is epic with more than 70 guests and over $1,000 in sponsored prizes! Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking, but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us!

I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be part of this amazing hop, Rubeena is such a wonderful lady who has always been so incredibly supportive, and her kindness is second to none.  Congratulations Rubeena on your crafting anniversary and thank you for letting us celebrate with you!

You should have arrived here from the amazing Winnie & Walter blog, and your next destination is the superstar that is Jennifer McGuire...


If you are a little lost on your blog hopping travels, please head on back to our lovey host Rubeena...


Here is my card for today's hop...

Stamps - Woodland Plushies (new in September), Into The Woods II & Say Something / Dies - Woodland Plushies Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; Twine

It's not a hop without prizes, and oh my goodness, there are so many prizes up for grabs...

In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors  Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 and will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prize before another winner is selected.

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled & Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

Happy hopping everyone and good luck!

Before I go, a little reminder that our September Release Countdown Teasers kick off tomorrow, I really hope you'll join me then :)

Stephanie xxx

Friday, August 24

Have A Spooktacular Day

I spent yesterday playing with Halloween stamps, not sure what I'm going to do with all the cards I made though!

Stamps - Fright Night & Spooky Spirits / Dies - Fright Night Die Collection & Small Frames Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Stamps - Fright Night, Banner Basics & Many Mini Messages / Dies - Fright Night Die Collection, Banner Basics Die Collection & Tag It Die Collection (retired) / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Other - White Embossing Powder; Black Twine

We're heading into London's West End, staying at our favourite hotel, for the long Bank Holiday weekend and I'm very much looking forward to it!

Happy Friday and I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you're up to :)

Stephanie xx

Thursday, August 23

Sending Warm Hugs

The temperature has dropped considerably of late, but I don't think it's time for woolly hats just yet...

Stamps - Let It Snow / Dies - Let It Snow Die Collection; Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Memento London Fog / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Gel Pen; Glossy Accents

Stamps - Let It Snow, Say It's Christmas & Basic Spots / Dies - Let It Snow Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Memento London Fog / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Gel Pen; Glossy Accents

Stamps - Let It SnowKiss Me Quick & All I Want / Dies - Let It Snow Die Collection; Kiss Me Quick Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Memento London Fog; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Gel Pen; Glossy Accents; White Embossing Powder

Sending warm hugs to you all today, hope you have a great one :)

Stephanie xx

Monday, August 20

Have A Fantastic Birthday

Here's a birthday card I made last week for a friend, this is out of the ordinary for me because I am the worst when it comes to sending birthday cards...truly unacceptable for a cardmaker *hangs head in shame*

Stamps - Lovely Lilies, Aloha Again & Fabulous Fuchsias II / Dies - Lovely Lilies Die Collection & Aloha Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

I am absolutely exhausted, having spent a couple of days at Alton Towers theme park, apparently I walked 15 miles this weekend...which is more than I usually walk in a year ;) hahaha!

I hope you had a great weekend and that your Monday is fantastic too!

Stephanie xxx


Thursday, August 16

Congratulations on Your Engagement

I'd forgotten what a nice effect stamping onto kraft card produced, I should do it more often...

Stamps - Aloha Again & We Belong Together / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Simon Says Stamp White Pigment; VersaMagic Dew Drops Red Magic & Tea Leaves / Other - MISTI Stamp Positioning Platform

Well, it looks like the sun heard all my complaining about the excessive heat and has disappeared, making way for the downpour of rain, just in time for my weekend away at Alton Towers...serves me right ;) haha!

Thanks so very much to the few of you who still take the time to visit my subpar blog, you are truly appreciated!

Stephanie xoxo

Tuesday, August 14

Let's Celebrate

I hate vegetables, so it's a good thing I love fruit, it's the only way I can come close to my five (or is it seven now?) a day...

Stamps - Feeling Fruity & Say What? / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers; FaberCastell Polychromos; FaberCastell Watercolour Pencils

I packed my children off yesterday to spend time with family so that I could have a little break from all the noise and mess, but now I miss them...it would appear I'm never happy ;)

I hope you're having a great Tuesday!

Stephanie xx

Monday, August 13

No Peeking

There are only 134 sleeps (approximately) before Christmas, which means as crafters, we're running out of preparation time! ;) hahaha

Stamps - Gorgeous Gifts / Dies - Gorgeous Gifts Die Collection & You Said It Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Chalk Palette

We're two thirds the way through the children's summer break and I have to say, my batteries (and my patience!) are running dangerously low, time to hand them over to uncles, aunties and grandparents for a little bit! hahaha

Happy Monday and I hope you have a magnificent week :)

Stephanie xoxo

Sunday, August 12

Happy Halloween

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays to craft for, it's a little bit different and a lot of fun...

Stamps - Happy Halloween, Basic Blocks & Brushed Sentiments / Dies - Happy Halloween Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Twine

I hope you're having a great weekend so far, after a hectic day in London yesterday (museums and lots of eating), I'm hoping for a nice relaxing Sunday with a trip to the cinema to see Ant-Man on the cards, along with more eating :)

Thanks for stopping!

Stephanie xxx