Wednesday, September 20

You Are Beautiful Inside & Out

It took me a little while to decide where and how to put a sentiment on this card, without obscuring too much, the image that Jenny coloured so beautifully...parchment paper to the rescue!

Stamps - Make A Wish & Sending Sunshine / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Gold Embossing Powder

Last year we moved house end of November and the years prior to that I was running Clearly Besotted so this year is the first in many that I have lots of spare time to prepare for Christmas :)  I have decided to decorate my own garlands and have placed a huge order online for all the materials needed...can't wait to get started!

Hope your Wednesday is utterly delightful, failing that, at least tolerable ;) haha!

Stephanie x

Tuesday, September 19

Boo To You

Halloween isn't really a holiday we celebrate, however, I still can't resist making Halloween cards...it's just so much fun!

Stamps - Best Halloween, Boo To You, Feeling Frightful, Good To Be Bad & You Said It / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder


Unfortunately, now that we live on the top of a hill surrounded by fields in the middle of nowhere (perfect setting for a horror movie haha!) we don't get any trick or treaters :(  Never mind, perhaps next year I'll throw a party in our spooky house ;)

Thanks so much for looking and I hope you have a great Tuesday!

Stephanie xoxo

Monday, September 18

Let's Chill Out Together

Only me again, with my second post of the day...

Stamps - 'Arctic Animals' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Memento London Fog / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Chalk

After an overly indulgent summer, I've decided to go back on my diet...does anyone else eat the entire contents of their fridge and pantry prior to starting a diet?  Well that's what I've done today and I'm feeling a little sick right now!

I hope you have a lovely Monday, thank you very much for looking in on my blog :)

Stephanie xxx

Shake Your Tail Feather

I hope you had a lovely weekend, here's a little card I made this morning...

Stamps - 'Strut Your Stuff' / Tools - Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles / Pattern Paper - Simple Stories / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

I think that we should all shake our tail feathers once in a while...interpret that however you wish ;)

Stephanie x

Sunday, September 17

Amazing Friend

Where would we all be without at least one amazing friend?...

Stamps - 'One In A Million', 'Banner Basics' & 'Tiny Type' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Embossing Powder; Hessian; White Gel Pen

Being a family of serious foodies, today we are off to the best place in the entire world for eating, the food is simply unrivalled...that's right, we're off to my Mummy's house :D

Hope you have a lovely day!

Stephanie x

Thinking Of You

Just another quickie post from me today, here's hoping this card evokes a little bit of sunshine...

Stamps - 'Sending Sunshine' & 'Sentimental Type' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers; FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen

Thank you so much for looking and I hope you have a lovely day :)

Stephanie xx

Friday, September 15

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember

Can you believe that we have been asked to collaborate with Simon Says Stamp once again, for the month long extravaganza that is STAMPtember!!!!  Such an honour to produce an exclusive set for this wonderful company, which has the most wonderful owner, Heidi Crowl.

Our set is called My Best Friend and it is available now at Simon Says Stamp, whilst stocks last, and here are my samples...


And here's what the set looks like in it's entirety...

I hope you like our little set, it's always very nerve wracking submitting our design to a company as big and as much loved as Simon Says Stamp is!  A real privilege indeed :)

Happy Friday and I hope you have a wonderful weekend :D

Stephanie xxx

Thursday, September 14

The Blushing Bride

Everyone knows that the most important person at a wedding is...the mother of the bride (well, I'm unlikely to ever be a bride again so I'm making up the rules to suit myself haha!), but the bride comes a very close second ;)

Stamps - 'Happily Ever After' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush Pens / Other - Gold Embossing Powder

I hope you have a great Thursday everyone! :)

Stephanie xx

Wednesday, September 13

With Love From Our Family To Yours

I have finalised the design for my mass production Christmas card which is suitably quick and easy to make, with not so many layers that it gets expensive to post...

 
Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Christmas Sparkle' / Ink - VersaMark Pad / Other - White, Gold & Silver Embossing Powder

I have to make a few samples with our Simon Says Stamp Stamptember collaboration set and my mind has gone completely blank...I think it's the pressure! lol

Happy hump-day and thank you for stopping by :)

Stephanie xx

Friday, September 8

Best Friends Forever

Yaaaay...it's Friday and after a week of sniffles, I'm now feeling a lot better , just in time for the weekend! :D  One person not yet excited about the weekend is my son Owen, now he is in year 7, Saturday classes are compulsory at his school, poor thing! lol

Stamps - 'Best Friends' & 'Be Lucky' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

As I mentioned before, we are bringing back dies and our first batch of restocks are arriving today.  Moving forward, our new releases will come with coordinating dies and we will gradually introduce die collections for all our existing stamp sets.  We are prioritising our popular stamp sets first so Fluffy Flamingos, Bookworm, Bah Hum-Pug!, Fluffy Furball, Seal of Approval and Simply Succulent are amongst the die collections coming soon.  Please note that all stamps in our clearance section are retiring and therefore dies will not be available for them, sorry for any disappointment.

Jenny has asked me to reiterate again how grateful she is to you all, your incredible support and continued custom has enabled us to bring back dies, we are immensely appreciative of you! 

Thank you very much for stopping by today and I hope you have a magnificent weekend :)

Stephanie xxx


Thursday, September 7

Merry Merry Christmas

These pugs were my go to stamps for last years Christmas cards and I thought I would play with them again, before this years new Christmas stamps arrive!

Stamps - 'Bah Hum-Pug!' / Dies - Clearly Besotted Shaker Shapes 'Merry Christmas' (retired) / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mark Paper

We have new products coming in October (last big release of the year) and I'm hoping to be super organised and actually post a few cards before they are available...that's the plan anyway ;)

Thank you for enduring all my posts today, I'm off to bed now!

Stephanie xo


Sitting Here Thinking Of You

My brain is too groggy from cold and flu tablets to type any introduction for this card, except to say, here it is lol...

Stamps - 'Build It Beavers' & 'All In Onesie'  / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Just one more card to go and I think I will try and get some sleep before the school run in a few hours *groan*

Stephanie xx

Hugs & Kisses

Third post of the day and I'm on a bit of a roll now!  Can't decide if I think this card is overly simple or just simple enough haha!

Stamps - 'Petite Plushies', 'Sweet Little Sentiments' & 'So To Speak'  / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Just a couple more cards to go and I can leave you all in peace! lol

Stephanie x


Out Of This World

Okay, second post of the day...I'm not sure if I like this card very much, it's a bit meh but Jenny did a fantastic job with the colouring!

Stamps - 'Out of This World'  / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

I have a few more cards to share, so please bear with me! :)

Stephanie x

Have A Swashbuckling Birthday

It's 3:55 in the morning, I have a stinky cold and I'm unable to sleep so thought I would post several cards on my blog, starting with this one...

Stamps - Pirate Party & 'So To Speak' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Sorry if my multiple posts today are annoying or incoherent (or both!), I really don't feel too good...that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! ;)

Stephanie xx

Sunday, September 3

Have A Dino-Mite Birthday

Please excuse the multiple posts in one day, I have such a big backlog of cards to share, it's the only way I can fit them all in!

Stamps - 'You Rock' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

I hope you're having a great morning / afternoon / evening...delete as appropriate, depending on when you're reading this ;) haha!

Stephanie x

Bah Hum-Pug!

It's September, the children are almost back to school and for me, that means it's countdown to my favourite time of the year - Christmas!  For those of you who think that I'm being a little premature, here's a card for you ;) haha!...

Stamps - Bah Hum-Pug! & 'So To Speak' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Only 113 (or so) sleeps to go!! LOL

Stephanie x

Happy Birthday

Jenny combined Copic Sketch Markers and FaberCastell Polychromos to achieve the vibrant colours on these sunflowers...

Stamps - 'Sending Sunshine' & 'Make A Wish' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos; Copic Sketch Markers

I hope there's plenty of sunshine in your life, wherever that's literally, metaphorically or even better, both :D

Stephanie xoxo

Thinking Of You

It's so easy to make a pretty card when Jenny has coloured the image so beautifully, when I asked for any tips on improving my colouring, her reply was that I had to practice...I think I'll give that one a miss ;) haha!

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Happily Ever After', 'Tiny Type' & 'Banner Basics' / Dies - My Favourite Things / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell PolyChromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; Neenah Solar White Card

Thank you very much for taking a look at my card today, I appreciate your visit :)

Stephanie xx

Wednesday, August 23

I'll Look Out For You

I'm very fortunate to be part of a loving family, we are fiercely loyal and always look out for each other :)

Stamps - 'Got Your Back' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

With the children returning to school in under two weeks, I have so much to do it's quite overwhelming...first thing's first, I think I need a nice cup of tea ;)

Have a lovely Wednesday!

Stephanie xxx

Thank You For Your Kindness

You can't beat a spot of heat embossing for quick, but very effective results!

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Mr & Mrs' & 'Thanks A Bunch' / Ink - VersaMark Pad / Other - White & Gold Embossing Powder

Thank you for swinging by, really so kind of you :)

Stephanie x

Monday, August 21

You're So Very Tweet

Another dreary Monday morning, what I wouldn't give to be somewhere hot and sunny right now!

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Some Birdie Loves You' & 'Into The Woods' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Some Birdie Loves You Die Collection'; My Favourite Things Dies / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - White Embossing Powder; Black Twine

Jenny has informed me that due to an unexpectedly busy August, she is now in a position to bring back existing coordinating dies and gradually introduce them for the newer stamps.  This is a welcome surprise for me personally, as much as I find fussy cutting very therapeutic, I am a big fan of dies!  This was not an option Jenny originally envisaged possible, especially not so soon, and we have our amazing customers to thank for that - THANK YOU!!!! :D

Hope your Monday is as stress free as possible ;) lol

Stephanie x

Thursday, August 17

A Bundle Of Joy

I think the phrase a bundle of joy is a little misleading...not much joy in severe lack of sleep and dirty nappies (diapers) ;) haha...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Special Delivery' & 'Scene It' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Chalk

Jasmine is sceptical of the stork delivering babies story so I have decided to sit her down and tell her the truth...that they come from out of space and are delivered by aliens! lol

Hope you have a great Thursday :D

Stephanie xo

Wednesday, August 16

Happy Anniversary

Only me again, I'm like a card making machine at the moment...not sure how long it will last haha!

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Thanks A Bunch', 'Tiny Type', 'Banner Basics' & 'Basic Stripes' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drop; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder

Waiting patiently for my husband to return home from work so we can go out for dinner, one of these days I will learn how to cook a meal for my family...or maybe not ;) lol

Thanks for stopping, so very kind of you :) xxx

Tuesday, August 15

Heartfelt Thanks & Thinking Of You

I have a couple of butterfly cards to share today...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'A Better You' & 'Tiny Type' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - Mini Pearls

Thanks for stopping, hope you have a lovely day :)

Stephanie x

Monday, August 14

Head & Shoulders Above The Rest

Anyone else watching and enjoying the World Athletics Championships?  I think we would all agree that these incredible athletes are head and shoulders above the rest!

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Stand Tall' & 'Trouble In A Tutu' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos; Copic Sketch Markers / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Gel Pen

I really like the colouring effect that Jenny has done on the clouds using Copic markers so I've asked her to do a video...hopefully she will oblige ;)

Hope your Monday is as good as a Monday can get! lol

Stephanie x