Monday, September 30

Happy Stampers North West Stamp Festival

We've survived our first Craft Show!!  It was an absolutely fantastic experience and although we were all completely exhausted, we were still smiling at the end of the day lol

Here are a few pictures from Saturday (taken before the doors opened and the chaos descended lol)....

The Clearly Besotted Girls (L-R) Caryn, Aimes & Me!

The (tiny) Stand 

The Samples

The Husband lol

The Make & Take Area

Caryn and Aimes were absolute superstars (so was Dean!), the event organisers were amazing and every single person I met on the day was exceptionally lovely.  Thank you to everyone who stopped to say hello, you truly were the highlights of my day :)

I could happily sleep for the entire week but the October release teasers start tomorrow and I have nothing prepared....better get to it then lol

Happy Monday, please send some virtual energy in my direction if you have any spare ;) xxx

Sunday, September 29

Simon Says Stamp STAMPTEMBER!!


It's no secret that I love Simon Says Stamp (even before they started stocking my products! lol), they really are my one-stop shop for crafting supplies so I was incredibly honoured and very excited to be asked to take part in their special month long Stamptember celebrations!!

Here's some information about this fun event:

"Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn't take long until we realized we couldn't stop there. During the past 11 years we celebrate rubber stamping in its full glory by giving access to people around the world to a one stop shop. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting STAMPtember® event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the greatness of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media, life documenting, art journalling, and many forms of altering and expressing art."

Here is a little peek of my project that is being featured over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog, I do hope that you will pay them a visit to see my card in full....


And now for the really exciting bit - Simon Says Stamp are generously offering 20% off all Clearly Besotted products, just enter the following code (valid Sept 29th to 11:59 Oct 1st) at checkout:

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Thank you for joining me and I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday :) xxx

Monday, September 23

Have A Fantastic Birthday

Happy Monday!  Here's a card I made for Jasmine's friend, who had a birthday party on Saturday....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Ahoy Matey' & 'It's Your Birthday' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Ahoy Matey Die Collection'; Lil' Inker Dies 'Stitched Mats Rectangles'

My mother, brother and sister are coming to stay for the week which I'm very happy about - my father's happy too because he gets a week of peace and quiet (his words!) lol

Right, I'm tackling the washing and ironing this morning so I'll have to love you and leave you - bye for now  :) xoxo

Friday, September 20

Happy Anniversary

It's mine and Dean's 11th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow and I haven't had a chance to make a card yet, although I did find this one that I made a while back - do you think it will do?....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Mini Love Hearts' & 'Paired Up' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Mini Love Hearts Die Collection'

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend! xxx

Wednesday, September 18

Happy Halloween

I have a quick Halloween card to share with you today....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Fright Night' / Pattern Paper - Simple Stories 6x6 Pad 'Color Vibe' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Fright Night Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'; Memory Box Die 'Creepy Web

Apologies for being brief, I have so much to do that it's giving me heart palpitations (should I be worried? lol).  Have a marvellous day :) xoxo

Sunday, September 15

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Sponsor

Clearly Besotted are delighted and honoured to be sponsoring the super duper Curtain Call Challenge this week (yay!).  The theme is 'Sunflower Surprise' and the (seriously) amazing Curtain Call DT have created some awe-inspiring samples which you must check out!


Here's my take on the gorgeous inspiration photograph....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Fancy Florals', 'Leafy Accents' & 'Blooming Marvellous' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Fancy Florals Die Collection' & 'Leafy Accents Die Collection' / Other - Simon Says Stamps 'Kraft Woodgrain Cardstock'

Do join in if you can and I hope you're having a lovely weekend! xxx

Friday, September 13

Autumn Flowers

It's been a bit manic around here which is why the blog has been quiet but I've finally got a card to share....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Autumn Flowers'

I'm making preparations for my (tiny!) stand at the upcoming HSNW Craft Show, if you're going to be there, please pop by and say hello....I have a feeling my stand is going to be a bit lonely on the day lol

Can you believe that Clearly Besotted is going to be celebrating it's first birthday next month?!!  I have a special Blog Hop planned which I am very excited about :)

Have a great Friday and a great weekend everyone, thank you so much for dropping in on me today :) xoxo

Tuesday, September 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #4 - Stamp Your Own Background

*CLOSED: WINNER - BARB (BARBLES)*
Welcome to another Clearly Besotted Challenge, this month I want to see some background stamping!  Quite self-explanatory I hope, but here are a few samples by the Design Team to give you an idea of the different ways it can be interpreted....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Mini Love Hearts' & 'With Love'






I am extremely sad to announce that the wonderful Maureen Plut has decided to step down from the Design Team :'(  Maureen is an incredible lady in every way possible, she is irreplaceable and I will miss miss her terribly - the door will always remain open for her to return!


The challenge win run for 2 weeks and a randomly selected entry will win four Clearly Besotted stamp sets.  In order to qualify for the prize (open to everyone worldwide), please kindly adhere to the following:
  • Your project must contain at least one Clearly Besotted product
  • It must be posted on your blog or an online gallery and linked below - direct link to post please
  • The closing date for entries is Monday 23 September 2013 (23:55 GMT)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time
Please join in if you can, I always love to see your wonderful creations!  Thank you :) x

Thursday, September 5

September Release Reveal & Giveaway

*CLOSED: WINNER - JOSE (BY JOSE)*
Okay, so this is the most nerve-racking time of the month for me - the full reveal!!  The following stamp sets and dies will be available in the store and also at Simon Says Stamp at midnight (GMT) tonight! now!

And just to tempt you that little bit more (lol), the following uber-talented ladies have more jaw dropping samples to share with you:


Introducing A Basket Full (4x6" set) with coordinating A Basket Full Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately)....

Introducing Autumn Flowers (4x6" set) with coordinating Autumn Flowers Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately)....

Introducing Boo To You (mini 3x4" set) with coordinating Boo To You Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately)....


Introducing Fright Night (4x6" set) with coordinating Fright Night Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately)....

Introducing Mini Love Hearts (mini 3x4" set) with coordinating Mini Love Hearts Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately)....

Introducing Nuts For You (mini 3x4" set) with coordinating Nuts For You Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately)....

Introducing Signature Christmas Additions (mini 3x4" set) which coordinates with existing Signature Christmas Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately)....

Introducing Tag Along (4x6" set) with coordinating Tag Along Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately)....
Well, what do you think? (please be nice! lol)  As always, kindly leave a comment for a chance to win four Clearly Besotted stamp sets of your choice (open to everyone worldwide).

If you like what you've seen this month (or not lol), I would be delighted to have you join us on Facebook and Pinterest - thank you and wish me luck for tonight (eeek!) xoxo

Wednesday, September 4

September Release Teaser Time Day 4

Thank you so much for returning today, I'm taking that to mean you haven't been completely turned off by my samples so far!! lol

Here are the last of my teasers, kicking off with Autumn Flowers....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Autumn Flowers', 'Many Messages' & 'A Little Sentimental' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Autumn Flowers Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection' / Other - Simon Says Stamp 'Birch Wood Veneer Paper'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Autumn Flowers' & 'Many Messages' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Autumn Flowers Die Collection'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Simple Stripes'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Autumn Flowers' & 'Tag Along' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Autumn Flowers Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Autumn Flowers'

And last but not least, Signature Christmas Additions....


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Signature Christmas Additions', 'Basic Alphabet' & 'Happy Days' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Signature Christmas Die Collection'; Lil' Inker Dies 'Instant Camera'; Simon Says Stamp Die 'String of Hearts'


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Signature Christmas Additions', 'Signature Christmas' & 'A Little Sentimental' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Signature Christmas Die Collection'; Simon Says Stamp Dies  'Small Folded Banners 'Apothecary Labels' / Other - Simon Says Stamp 'Kraft Woodgrain Cardstock'

I'm so happy and proud to have the following lovely ladies joining me today with a few more teasers to hopefully wet your appetite lol....

Thank you for sticking with me this week, please pay me one more visit tomorrow if you'd like to see the stamp sets revealed in full :) xxx

Tuesday, September 3

September Release Teaser Time Day 3

The children have returned to school today so the house is very quiet and empty, I've had my little big cry and now I just need to get over it!

Today I have a few more stamp set peeks to share with you, starting with A Basket Full....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'A Basket Full', 'Tag Along' & 'A Little Sentimental' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'A Basket Full Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'; Lil' Inker Dies 'Stitched Mats Circles' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'A Basket Full' & 'Tag Along' / Pattern Paper - Papertrey Ink 8x8 Pad 'Holiday Flourishes & Swirls' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'A Basket Full Die Collection' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'A Basket Full' & 'Many Messages' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'A Basket Full Die Collection' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

Nuts For You....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Nuts For You' & 'A Little Sentimental'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Nuts For You' & 'A Little Sentimental' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Nuts For You Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'; Lil' Inker Dies 'Stitched Mats Squares'

And Mini Love Hearts....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Mini Love Hearts' & 'Many Messages' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Mini Love Hearts Die Collection'; Simon Says Stamp Die 'Leaf Column'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Mini Love Hearts' & 'Many Messages' / Tools - MFT Die-namics 'Scallop Border'

I'm in good company today with the following delightful ladies also posting some sensational September teasers:


Last day of samples tomorrow before the full reveal on Thursday so if your interest hasn't waned, I'd love for you to join me then - thank you! xxx