Tuesday, May 28

Sending You Sunshine

Here's a card I made for a very sweet blogging friend a little while back....

Supplies: Stamp - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes' & 'Blooming Marvellous'

We did get a little bit of sunshine over the weekend but predictably, the rain is back now :(

It's going to continue to be quiet here on the blog, it's suddenly dawned on me that I've been neglecting my family and home so I'm hoping to rectify that this week.  In recent months, my admiration for working mothers has gone through the roof....I'm struggling to find the right balance myself, but I'll get there :)

Have a great week lovely people x

Friday, May 24

CASE Study Challenge #142: Maile Belles

I don't enter challenges very often, not because I don't want to but because I'm not very good at them - give me set guidelines (no matter how vague) and my mind goes blank!

However, this month's muse over at the fabulous CASE Study Challenge Blog is none other than Maile Belles (inspiration card below) and who doesn't love Maile right?!


I took the very easy route and pretty much copied Maile's incredible card (when something's this perfect, why mess with it? lol)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Blooming Marvellous', 'Leafy Accents' & 'Honeycomb' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Blooming Marvellous Die Collection' & 'Leafy Accents Die Collection'

Happy Friday (although it's wet and miserable in my part of the world, must mean there's a Bank Holiday Monday on the horizon lol), I hope you have a thoroughly enjoyable weekend :) x

Thursday, May 23

Let's Get Together Soon

There's nothing better than meeting up with friends for a gossip over a cup of tea and (lots of) cake!

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'My Cup of Tea' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'My Cup of Tea Die Collection'; Lil' Inker Dies 'Stitched Mats Squares'

I asked the children last night what they wanted to do during their half term next week and they both replied 'go stay at grandma's'....charming!  Look's like I'll have lots of free time to meet up with friends for tea and cake ;) lol

Have a wonderful day everyone! x

Wednesday, May 22

Butterflies & Flourishes

I finally managed to get a little bit of crafting done yesterday and it felt good lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes', 'Happy Days' & 'With A Flourish' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection'

I think that the butterflies and flourishes work very well together....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes Additions', 'Happy Days', 'Happily Ever After' & 'With A Flourish' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Simple Stripes'

A mini thank you card....


....and a few more....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes Additions', 'Happily Ever After' & 'With A Flourish' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection'; EK Success Edger Punch 'Scallop'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Aida'

I am very late in introducing Clearly Besotted's Guest Designer this month, the fabulous Tasnim of Cards and Bookmarks.  I love Tasnim's style, this lady is incredibly talented and I am so honoured that she agreed to  join us this month - thank you Tasnim!

Here's a stunning card Tasmin has made using My Cup of Tea, please pop by her blog to see more sensational samples....


Have a great day and sincere thanks for stopping by :) x

Sunday, May 19

A Lovely Weekend

Dean suggested I forget about my 'stamping thingy' (his words, as supportive as he is, Dean doesn't take my little business very seriously lol) this weekend so on Saturday we all went to Pizza Express for lunch before watching Epic at the Cinema, followed by bowling and dinner at Prezzo's.  Today we drove into London and became tourists for the day - we had Dim Sum in China Town, visited all the main attractions, did a spot of window shopping in Bond Street and treated the children in Hamleys Toy Shop before returning to China Town for dinner.


It really is the simple things in life that bring the most joy (like ice-cream lol).  I'm not going to lie though, I'm itching to get back to my 'stamping thingy' haha! (which I'm taking very seriously).  I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend too :) x

Friday, May 17

Happy Anniversary

Here's a card I made this morning, I think the lack of sleep has affected my mojo and I'm going to have to do a spot of blog hopping to kick start it again!

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Hearts' & 'Happy Days' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Hearts Die Collection'

Thank goodness it's Friday!  I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend with plenty of cuddle time with my children :)

The following stamp sets are now back in stock: Basic Banners, Butterfly Wishes, Fancy Feathers (sold out), Just A Note, Leafy Accents, Super Dad, You're A Hoot, You're A Hoot II and You Said It!.  Out of stock items from this months release are on order and will be back in approximately 4 weeks, thank you for your patience.

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend everyone x

Wednesday, May 15

Quick Catch Up

Sorry I've been AWOL, it's a bit hectic around here, I must be running on adrenaline because I haven't had more than a couple of hours sleep a night in over a week.  The house is an absolute tip and if the truth be told, I'm looking a bit of a mess myself lol.  I think it's time to consider bringing in a part time assistant!

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'My Cup of Tea' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'My Cup of Tea 'Die Collection'

School run time (we're very late!), sorry for the rush, hope you have a wonderful day x

Edit: More re-stocks are arriving at the end of this week (not including this month's releases).  If you have sent me an email in the last couple of days, I will be replying today - thank you :)

Thursday, May 9

A Card & A Winner

I am delighted that this month's stamps have been so well received, every month I keep expecting my luck to run out so I can't thank you all enough for continuing to support me and my little stamp line :)

Can you believe random.org generated number 1?  So the winner of my little giveaway below is Bev of Majik Crafts.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave such positive comments!

Here's yet another card using butterflies and leaves lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes Additions', 'With Love' & 'Leafy Accents' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Leafy Accents Die Collection', 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Aida'

I will be re-ordering this months sell-out items today but unfortunately it can take 4-6 weeks for them to reach me, as always, thank you for your patience.

Have a great day everyone x

Sunday, May 5

May Release Reveal & Giveaway

GIVEAWAY CLOSED: WINNER - BEV HENWOOD (MAJIK CRAFTS)
Thank you very much for joining me today, here's a preview of all the stamp sets (& dies) that will be available in the store on Monday 6th May (tomorrow today!).

Introducing Background Builder III (4x6" set)....

Introducing Happy Days (4x8" set)....

Introducing Honeycomb (4x6" set) with coordinating Honeycomb die (stamps & dies sold separately)....


Introducing Just Fabulous (4x6" set) with coordinating Just Fabulous Die Collection (stamps & dies sold separately)....


Introducing My Cup of Tea (4x6" set) with coordinating My Cup of Tea Die Collection (stamps & dies sold separately)....
 


Introducing Thinking of You (4x6" set)....

In addition to the new releases, the following stamps will back back in stock tomorrow: Background Builder, Butterfly Wishes (sold out), Butterfly Wishes Additions, Flower Arrangement, Full Steam Ahead, Happy Everything, It's Your Birthday, Just For You, Leafy Accents (sold out), Love Hearts, Paired Up, Spring Blooms, You're A Hoot (sold out) & You're A Hoot II (sold out).

Out of stock items from April's Release will be back in approximately 2 weeks, apologies for the delay.

As always, to celebrate this month's release I am doing a little giveaway, so please leave a comment (open to everyone worldwide) and I will randomly select a winner to receive a prize of four Clearly Besotted stamp sets of their choice.

Please join us on Facebook and Pinterest if you like what you see this month, thank you!

Saturday, May 4

May Release Teaser Time Day 4

I love pattern paper but I'm just not very good at using it!  Instead, I often stamp my own pattern backgrounds which is why there is another Background Builder stamp set on the horizon.

With busy backgrounds, I find it's best to keep everything else very simple....


Pretty in pink....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Background Builder III' & 'With Love'

Pairing background stamps with die cuts is a no-brainer (not from my brain originally, but someone far cleverer lol)....


True blue(ish)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Background Builder III' & 'My Cup of Tea' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Hearts Die Collection'; Spellbinder Nestabilities 'Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles'

I couldn't resist the Argyle pattern with the little shirt die for these mini cards / tags.... 


Going green....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Background Builder III' & 'Super Dad' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Super Dad Die Collection'; Spellbinder Nestabilities 'Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles'

This is always a very nerve-racking time for me so thank you very much for all your enthusiastic and supportive comments - you've got me all excited now lol.  I don't profess to be re-inventing the wheel, originality is never my claim (it would be an outrageous claim to make lol!).  I'm just designing stamps I want to use and if one or two other people do as well, then that's a BIG bonus :)

Please join me tomorrow when I'll be revealing of all the stamp sets that will be available in store on Monday 6th May in full!  In the meantime, have a great Saturday x

Friday, May 3

May Release Teaser Time Day 3

Here are a few more cards using stamps from the upcoming release....

You Make Me Happy:

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Just Fabulous', 'Happy Days' & 'Background Builder' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Just Fabulous Die Collection'

Have A Fabulous Day:

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Just Fabulous' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Just Fabulous Die Collection'; Spellbinder Edgeabilities 'Classic Scallop'

You're My Cup of Tea:

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'My Cup of Tea' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'My Cup of Tea Die Collection'; MFT Die-namics 'Dizzy Doily Duo'

The sun is shining which always makes me smile, have a great day everyone :)

Thursday, May 2

May Release Teaser Time Day 2

The Mother in Law is coming to stay tonight (the children have Grandparent's day at school tomorrow) so I have to be quick, there are bathrooms to be cleaned!

Today I'd like to share some cards I've made using the upcoming set (with coordinating die) Honeycomb....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Honeycomb'

On this next card I used pattern paper with the little honeycomb die....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes Additions' & 'Just Fabulous' / Pattern Paper - My Mind's Eye 'Happy Day' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Honeycomb' & 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection'

This final card is a little bit dotty (you have been warned!)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Honeycomb', 'My Cup of Tea' & 'Just A Note' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'My Cup of Tea Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Dies 'Spiral Notebook Page'

I've managed to get myself organised enough so that hopefully from next month, the Design Team can join me during 'Teaser Time' but for now, it's just me so I hope you'll join me tomorrow when I'll be back with more cards to share :) x

Wednesday, May 1

May Release Teaser Time Day 1


There are six new stamp sets and three die collections being released on Monday 6th May, here's a little peek at what's in store for this month....

Happy Days:

Honeycomb:

Background Builder III:

Just Fabulous:

My Cup of Tea:

Thinking of You:

I do hope you'll join me over these next few days, I'll be sharing some card's I've made using the May release stamps :) x