Tuesday, December 31

Wish Big

Here's a little birthday card I made last week....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Christmas Cheer', 'Say It In Style' & 'A Little Sentimental' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Christmas Cheer Die Collection'

Happy New Year's Eve!  Whatever your plans are, have a wonderful time (stay safe and warm!) and let's all 'Wish Big' for 2014 :D XOXO


Quick little message (cynics please avoid tee hee!):

The one amazing thing I've learned from 2013 is that there is so much genuine kindness and goodwill in our crafting community.  I want to reiterate once again that I know Clearly Besotted is not trend setting or innovative and I know that there is so much choice available out there!  I also know that it is only because of all you wonderful people generously spreading the word about my little stamp line that I am able to continue and this knowledge renders me speechless (no mean feat in itself! lol).  It seems inadequate but I can only say thank you for this opportunity, I know it won't last forever (it may not even last the year - we crafters are a fickle bunch haha!) but please be assured that I am extremely grateful for your support :)  xxx

Sunday, December 29

You & Me

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, as always, I'm feeling a tiny bit sad it's all over....never mind, only 361(ish) more sleeps to go ;) LOL

Here are a few more Valentines Day cards I made (before Christmas!), my husband has been amazing this past week and deserves all of them lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Hearts' & 'Say It In Style' (coming soon!)

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Mini Love Hearts' & 'Say It In Style' (coming soon!) / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Mini Love Hearts Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Mini Love Hearts', 'Basic Stripes' & 'Say It In Style' (coming soon!) / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Mini Love Hearts Die Collection'

We're popping to Bluewater Shopping Centre (again!) today so the children can spend their Christmas money, just an excuse to leave the house really lol

Happy Sunday, thank you very much for passing through :) xoxo

Wednesday, December 25

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you A Very Merry Christmas
& A Happy & Healthy 2014

Monday, December 23

Love Hearts

I couldn't sleep last night (my body clock is all messed up now lol) so I whipped up a few Valentines Day cards....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Love Hearts', 'Mini Love Hearts' & 'Basic Stripes' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Hearts Die Collection' & 'Mini Love Hearts Die Collection'

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

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Post It: Love', 'Mini Love Hearts' & 'A Little Sentimental' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Post It Stamp Die'

I'm cleaning the house today, which is the last thing on my list of things to do - hooray!!  As from tomorrow, I put my feet up for the next two weeks whilst my darling husband takes over everything - cooking, cleaning, keeping the children and guests entertained (lol) - E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G....I'm a lucky lady :)

I know you must all be very busy at the moment so thank you very much for taking the time to visit my little blog :) xoxo

Sunday, December 22

Home Sweet Home

I made these a few days ago, just as a break from making Christmas cards lol...



Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Home Sweet Home' & 'Post It: Love' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Home Sweet Home Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'

I had to pull another all-nighter but have finally finished the wrapping, just the big food shop to do today before I clean the house, ready for family to arrive on Tuesday (staying through to the New Year!) - happy happy days :D

Going to have a quick nap (I really need it lol) before a trip to the local Farmers Market.  I also have to knit our Christmas jumpers for this year....only joking LOL  have a fabulous day! xxx

Saturday, December 21

More Christmas Cards

I was wrapping gifts from 9pm until 6am this morning but still not finished!  I've had 2 hours sleep and we're now off to Bluewater shopping centre to do some last minute Christmas shopping!

Here are a few cards I made yesterday....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Let It Snow', 'Mini Love Hearts', 'For Everyone' & 'In Stitches: Christmas' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Let It Snow Die Collection'

The following cards were inspired by the superb DT member Caryn....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'In Stitches: Christmas', 'Holiday Sentiments' & 'Basic Alphabet' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'In Stitches: Christmas Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'

I think it's nice to personalise cards :)

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Let It Snow', 'Holiday Sentiments' & 'Basic Alphabet' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Let It Snow Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'

Dean's finished work for a couple of weeks (the children have been home from school for a week and a half already!) so we're all really in the festive mood now :)

Happy Saturday, thanks for dropping by! x

Friday, December 20

It's beginning to look a lot like....

Christmas!!!! (well, as Christmassy as you can get for a minimalist who hates clutter and has extreme OCD tendencies LOL)....


A little bunting (I used this year's wrapping paper so that it all matches)....


The other two trees (I would love real trees but they're just so expensive!!)....


Crackers, place settings and after dinner mints....


One or two gift tags....


Dean isn't very impressed with my efforts, if he had his way the house would be covered from top to bottom in tinsel and lights :)  I'm wrapping presents tonight which mean's no sleep (& plenty of coffee) for me!  Have a fabulous weekend, I hope it's not too hectic!! xoxo

P.S. Only FIVE more sleeps to go ;)

Edit: Marion - I made the tags by rounding the corners of a 5cm x 8cm piece of kraft card and then cutting the 'fishtail' with scissors, it took me two hours to make all of these but I do work fast! lol

Thursday, December 19

Happy Christmas

Here's the card I've made for my wonderful Mummy & Daddy (dreary day, dreary pictures!)....


And the same card but different colour scheme for Dean's Mum and Step-Dad....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Signature Christmas Additions'; 'Happy Days' & 'For Everyone' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Signature Christmas Die Collection'

Excitement levels have reached fever pitch in our household....only SIX more sleeps to go!!!!!! :D

P.S.  The randomly selected winner of the November challenge (& my favourite one to date - every entry was sublime!!) is Vicki at Vicki's Craft - huge apologies for the delay in selecting a winner xxx

Friday, December 13

Thank You

I made a quick batch of thank you cards yesterday for after Christmas....


I think all my cards are starting to look the same (oh dear lol)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Just Fabulous', 'Many Messages' & 'Background Builder'

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend! :) x

Wednesday, December 11

More Season's Greetings!

Second batch of cards done (very similar design to the first batch lol)....


The rest of them (excuse the poor lighting)....

Supplies: Stamps - 'Clearly Besotted 'Delightful Doilies', 'Pretty Poinsettia' & 'Signature Christmas Additions' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Signature Christmas Die Collection'

It's going to continue to be a little quiet here on the blog, I'm still running around like a crazy woman trying to get everything ready for Christmas and loving every minute of it :D

Have a wonderful day!! xxx

Friday, December 6

Season's Greetings

I finally settled on two designs to mass produce this year and here is the first one....


Just a few more (I actually made 80 of these in total!)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Signature Christmas Additions' & 'Pretty Poinsettia' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Signature Christmas Die Collection'

Making 80 of a second design today....just as well I enjoy making the same card over and over (& over) again lol

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!  I'm off to Bluewater Shopping Centre tomorrow for my annual 14 hour Christmas shopping marathon so wish me luck lol xoxo

Wednesday, December 4

Christmas Gifts For Teachers

The children start their Christmas break next week so I finished these Teacher's gifts just in time....

Pack of 6 Christmas cards,  Store Card, Christmas Card, Chocolate Santa & Tag

The card....


All together....


Gift Card holders....


Tags....


All wrapped up....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Signature Christmas Additions'; 'Holiday Sentiments', 'Modern Christmas' & 'Pretty Poinsettia' / Pattern Paper - Papertrey Ink / Tools -  Clearly Besotted Dies - 'Signature Christmas Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'; EK Success Circle Punches; We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper; Sizzix Die 'Mini Paper Rosettes' / Gift Bags - Paperchase

Still lots and lots (and lots!) to do so I really must get back to it lol  Happy Wednesday and thank you for dropping by today :) xxx

P.S. I haven't forgotten about the challenge, I will draw a winner as soon as I get a moment to leave comments on all the entries :)

Friday, November 29

With Sympathy

I'm spending all of today shopping for bargains online and had no intentions of crafting, however, whilst browsing bedding departments I stumbled upon a very simple poppy print which inspired me to whip this up in 5 minutes....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Remember' & 'Many Messages' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Canvas & Linen'

Right, I'm back to my bargain hunting now lol  Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend! :D x

Thursday, November 28

From Our Family To Yours

A couple more Christmas cards done and dusted, at this rate I should be done by....next Christmas ;) lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Signature Christmas Additions', 'Basic Stripes' & 'Holiday Sentiments' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Signature Christmas Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'You're A Hoot II', 'Let It Snow', 'Merry Little Christmas' & 'Background Builder' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'You're A Hoot Die' & 'Let It Snow Die Collection'; Spellbinder Edgeabilities 'Classic Scallop'

I'm starting to feel a little bit overwhelmed with the number of items on my list of things to do but I'm sure I'm not the only one ;)

Happy Thanksgiving! xoxo

Wednesday, November 27

Happy Holidays

Another little trio of tree's....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Signature Christmas Additions' & 'Basic Stripes'

No time to chat, trying to get the children ready for school!  Thank you very much for stopping by :) xoxo

Tuesday, November 26

Season's Greetings

I'm trying to come up with a few ultra simple one layer designs to mass produce for Christmas but when you have 150 to make, even this card is too complicated lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Signature Christmas Additions' & 'Pretty Poinsettia'

Back to the drawing board - have a great day! :) x

Monday, November 25

Peace On Earth

I had every intention of spending the whole of last week churning out Christmas cards but my mojo had other ideas!  Instead, I now have a sparkly clean house lol

Here's a card, which because of my errant mojo took several (frustrating!) hours to make lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Background Builder', 'Pretty Poinsettia' & 'Signature Christmas Additions' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Signature Christmas Die Collection'; MFT Die-namics 'Classic Scallop'

Have a Happy Monday and a fabulous week! xxx

Wednesday, November 20

Birthday Cards

Here are a couple of birthday cards I sent out earlier in the year (& forgot to share!)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Tasty Treats', 'It's Your Birthday' & 'Basic Chevrons' / Tools - Spellbinder Edgeabilities 'Classic Scallop'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Blast Off' & 'It's Your Birthday' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Blast Off Die Collection'; Provocraft Embossing Folder 'Seeing Spots'; Lil' Inker Dies 'Stitched Mats Circles'

I am bowled over by all your Christmas entries for this month's challenge and I am getting so much inspiration from them for my own Christmas projects (could that have been my motivation for setting this challenge? lol) - thank you!!

Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by :) xxx

Monday, November 18

Thanks

I got a lot of 'work stuff' wrapped up over the weekend and with no release to prepare for next month I can now indulge in preparations for my favourite time of the year....CHRISTMAS!!!!  I have to admit I am in full holiday mode and I am super duper excited - bring on the Merry :D

Here's a card I made a few weeks ago and forgot about (I do that a lot lol)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Flower Arrangement' & 'Basic Chevrons' / Tools - Simon Says Stamp Die 'Thanks'

I'll be working on Christmas gifts for the children's (wonderful) teachers and teaching assistants today as well as compiling lists of the many things I have to do, make and buy before the big day (have I mentioned how much I love Christmas?!!)....happy days :D

Have a great week and huge apologies to those who think it's still far too early to get this excited lol xxx

Friday, November 15

Congratulations

Here's another card I made a long time ago but was reluctant to share because I wasn't too sure about it, but hey - we're all friends here right?  And friends don't judge each other (too much lol) ;)....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Many Messages' / Tools - Stampin' Up 'Chevron Border Punch'

I'm hitting the (online) shops today to get a head start on my Christmas shopping :)  Happy Friday and have a fantastic weekend! x

Wednesday, November 13

Have a Great Day

It is so cold today and after spending the last month having to remove my dressing gown, onesie, pyjamas and finally thermals (I'm all about the glamour!) every time I visit the bathroom, I think it's now time to turn the heating on LOL

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Honeycomb'& 'A Little Sentimental' /Tools - Stampin' Up!  Embossing Folder 'Honeycomb'

I sincerely hope you all have a great day! :D xxx


Monday, November 11

Forever in our Hearts

Happy Monday everyone, I think my card is quite self explanatory today....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Remember'

I'm super impressed by the early entries for this months challenge, they really are quite marvellous and I'm looking forward to seeing more - thank you so much!!

Have a wonderful week my lovely friends :) xoxo

Sunday, November 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #6 - Christmas

*CLOSED: WINNER - VICKI  (VICKI'S CRAFT)*
It's an easy peasy challenge this month (& the last challenge of the year!) with the theme being....Christmas!!  It's never too early to get started on holiday projects and I can't wait to see yours :D

Here are a couple of samples from me....


Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Geometric Style', 'Holiday Sentiments' & 'Pretty Poinsettia'

And now for the delightful samples from the wonderful Design Team....






As always, the challenge win run for 2 weeks and a randomly selected entry will win £30 Clearly Besotted store credit.  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 25 November 2013 (23:55 GMT)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time

There are no excuses not to play along this month so I hope you do and I can't wait to be dazzled by your festive creations - thank you! xxx