Tuesday, December 23

To My Husband

I think I've mentioned on more than one occasion how unromantic a couple Dean and I are, and just to cement this fact, here's the Christmas card I've made him this year...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Typed Alphabet', 'Be Merry' & 'Family Matters' / Tools - Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Standard Circles'

Dean on the other hand always presents me with the most over the top, super sized (needs a fork lift to deliver it!), overly embellished, so sentimental it should come with a box of tissues, card that he can find - must be a man thing ;)

I'm in shock that it's already Christmas can my list of things to do still be so long?!!  May have to admit defeat this year and just shred it lol  I'm so pushed for time that I've cheated on my 'special cards' this year and just customised my mass produced design *hangs head in shame*...

Hope your preparations are progressing better than mine!  Only two more sleeps...

Monday, December 15

Getting There...

I've finally finished making my Christmas cards (only 80 this year), I really need to get them posted as soon as possible!...

Matching tags (small gifts for the remarkable Design Team)...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Ornamental Style' & 'Be Merry' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Ornamental Style Die Collection' & 'Scalloped Tag Die'

Still lots to do, I'm sure you're all in the same boat so I won't keep you any longer ;)  Have a fantastic week...only 10 more sleeps to go - eeeeek!!!

Edit: The inks I have used are Versamagic Tea Leaves, Versamagic Turquoise Gem and Memento Luxe Rose Bud - thanks for asking! :)

Monday, December 1

December Back To Basics Release Reveal & Giveaway


There are no frills, bells or whistles on display today, this month's new products are all about going back to the basics!  The following stamps and dies are available in the store now...

Introducing Be Merry (mini 3x4 set):

Introducing Brushed Greetings (4x6 set):

Introducing Family Matters (mini 3x4 set):

Introducing Happy Birthday (mini 3x4 set):

Introducing Many Mini Messages (4x6 set):

Introducing Sentimental Type (4x6 set):

Introducing Thank You (mini 3x4 set):

Introducing Typed Alphabet (4x6 set):

Introducing You & I (mini 3x4 set):

Introducing Decorative Edges Deep Die Collection:

Introducing Decorative Edges Shallow Die Collection:

Introducing Mini Bunting Die Collection:

Introducing On The Line Die Collection: 

For a chance to win a £30 Clearly Besotted e-giftcard, just leave a comment and although not essential, I'd be over the moon if you would join us on FacebookPinterest and Twitter :)

December Back To Basics...

If you've been checking in on our Facebook Page, you will know that there is a December 'Back To Basics' release on the way very soon (this evening at 6pm GMT to be more precise!).  I haven't made a big song and dance about it because I thought the Design Team deserved a month off and also, they really are just an assortment of very basic staples that I wanted to have in my own collection.

I had a little play and here are a few samples I came up with...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Typed Alphabet'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Typed Alphabet'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Typed Alphabet' & 'Sentimental Type' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Mini Bunting Die Collection' & 'Decorative Edges Shallow Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Typed Alphabet', 'Many Mini Messages' & 'Little Pudding' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Mini Bunting Die Collection' & 'Little Pudding Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Be Merry' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'On The Line Die Collection'

I will be back later on today to show all the new products in their entirety...just in case you were interested in adding a few basics to your collection ;)

Happy Monday, I hope you have a fantastic week! x

Sunday, November 30

From Our Family To Yours

I ventured back to my craft table after an absence of two weeks and found it really hard work to make anything half decent, in the end, this was the best that I could do lol...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Most Wonderful' & 'Holiday Sentiments' / Pattern Paper - Simple Stories '6x6 pad 'Cosy Christmas'

I'm feeling very lethargic at the moment, which is not good considering the clock is now ticking...only 25 more sleeps until you know what!! lol  Have a fabulous Sunday :) x

Saturday, November 29


Happy Saturday!  I can't remember if I've blogged this card already, sorry if I have, no harm in seeing it again right? haha!...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Geometric Style', 'Butterfly Wishes' & 'A Little Sentimental' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Butterfly Wishes Die Collection'

I have finally purchased my Christmas wrapping paper, which in turn decides my colour scheme for this year - put your shades on everyone ;)...

Dean and the children are putting up and decorating the trees today (I will re-do them all later in the week when they are at work / school - true story, I do it every year LOL) and then we're off to the cinema to see the new Paddington Bear movie :)  Have a fabulous weekend everyone!! xoxo

Thursday, November 20

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!

Here are the last of the cards I made back in September (when I had my mad week of making cards like a machine lol)...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Cute & Cuddly', 'Basic Stripes' & 'Mini Banners' (free gift with orders placed back on October 5th only) / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Cute & Cuddly Die Collection' & 'Mini Basic Banners Die' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Mini Banners' (free gift with orders placed back on October 5th only) / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Mini Basic Banners Die'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'It's Your Birthday' & 'Mini Banners' (free gift with orders placed back on October 5th only) / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'It's Your Birthday Die Collection' & 'Mini Basic Banners Die'

I can't believe we're almost at the end of November and I still haven't started on my Christmas cards yet (or anything else Christmassy for that matter!)...I'm really struggling with the colour scheme and until I have that...I have nothing lol  Enjoy your day and thank you so much for stopping by :) x

Tuesday, November 18

Season's Greetings

Here are a couple of super quick cards I made, while trying to come up with a simple design for my Christmas cards this year (the die cut element means that this design is still not simple enough for mass producing 200 lol)...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Autumn Flowers' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Scalloped Edges Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Pretty Poinsettia' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Scalloped Edges Die Collection'

Must dash, I have a school concert to get to, even though my children are not participating, they insist that I come along to watch them...watching!! haha  Enjoy the rest of your day :) xxx

Sunday, November 16

Simon Says Stamp Guest Designer

I am delighted and honoured to be guest designing over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog today, please pop on over and take a look!  Here's a little peek...

Happy Sunday and thank you for stopping by, much appreciated :D xoxo

Wednesday, November 12

Be My Valentine

I'm getting a little bit ahead of myself with this card! lol...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Hearts', 'Mini Love Hearts' & 'All Occasion Sentiments' / Pattern Paper - Stampin' Up! / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Love Hearts Die Collection'

Thank you to everyone who took part in the New Release Giveaway and the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Blog Hop, the winners (randomly chosen) are as follows:

I'm throwing myself into Christmas preparations (too early? lol)...just need to decide on a colour scheme first :)  Have a wonderful day! x

Tuesday, November 11

Wednesday, November 5

November Release Reveal & Giveaway


The last few days have just flown by, I can't believe it's release day already!  Before I reveal the new products, I do believe the following fabulous ladies still have a little tease left in them ;)...

The following stamps and dies will be available in the store and at Simon Says Stamp tonight at 10pm (GMT)...

Introducing Birch Trees (mini 3x4 set) with coordinating Birch Trees Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
Introducing Life's A Circus (4x6 set) with coordinating Life's A Circus Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
Introducing Naughty or Nice? (4x6 set) with coordinating Naughty or Nice? Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
Introducing Whale Done (mini 3x4 set) with coordinating Whale Done Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):
Introducing Winter Blooms (4x6 set) with coordinating Winter Blooms Die Collection (stamps and dies sold separately):

For a chance to win a £30 Clearly Besotted e-giftcard, simply leave a little comment and if you're 'feeling' (lol) this month's release, I'd be delighted if you would join us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter :)

I am winding down for Christmas now (busy and expensive time for all of us right?!) so there will be no challenge for the rest of the year and no 'formal' release in December...however, I may squeeze in a few cheeky new products so do keep an eye out ;)

Thank you so much for all your continued support and enthusiasm - it goes without saying that I couldn't do this without you :) xoxo

Tuesday, November 4

Simon Says Stamp Stephanie Leykauf's Birthday Blog Hop


I am thrilled to be a part of this special Blog hop in honour of Staphanie Leykauf's birthday.  I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Stephanie (Marketing Director at Simon Says Stamp) in London recently and let me tell you, she is so much fun!

You should have arrived here from the wonderful Mandy Stacey, but just in case you're a little lost, the full hop details can be found on the Simon Says Stamp blog.

I used some fabulous new products from Simon Says Stamp to make a couple of birthday cards today...

Supplies: Stamps - Simon Says Stamp 'Celebrate' / Dies - Simon Says Stamp 'Celebration Time'

xxx Happy Birthday Stephanie xxx

Now it wouldn't be a hop without prizes would it?  There is an opportunity at every stop to win yourself a fabulous Simon Says Stamp grab bag so please be sure to leave some love (or maybe just a hello if you prefer lol)...
Next stop is the super Heather Gilfoy Bond, tell her I said hi won't you? ;)