Friday, January 31

Hugs & Kisses

Well, I really did not expect to be absent for so long!!  I'm trying to get everything in place for the next few months but it's just not happening lol

This is the only card I've made in the last couple of weeks....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Paired Up', 'Love Birds' & 'A Little Sentimental' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Love Birds Die Collection' & 'Paired Up Die Collection'

Once again, I have been blown away by all the sensational entries for this months challenge - thank you so much!  The randomly drawn winner is Margaret of Lemon Tree Designs :)

I am so blessed and so lucky (and so grateful!) that Clearly Besotted stamps is still going and I am absolutely loving every minute of it!  However, I never envisaged it would be so time consuming and unfortunately my family and home life is feeling the strain.  In a bid to rectify this, future releases (starting in May, Feb-Apr releases are already in place!) will be smaller and I may even reduce the number of releases to every other month.  Thank you very much for your continued support, one thing that won't change is my dedication to ensuring that my extremely valued customers get the best possible service I can provide :)

Happy Friday everyone and have a fabulous weekend!! XOXO

P.S. Don't forget Teaser Time starts tomorrow (yes, already! lol)

27 comments:

Juls said...

Very stylish!! Hugs Juls

Susie Sugar said...

Love the card it's so elegant.
Fully understand how much you put into the monthly releases and family come first .....
Thanks for all the time you put into producing you're lovely designs ...and for the challenges ....hope the challenge will stay monthly , I always look forward to it each month.
Hugs Susie xx

Julie Kitchener said...

Love this card! beautiful!

Maggie said...

Hello. It will certainly be better for my bank balance if you reduce the new ideas to every other month! Do keep us in touch as you have such lovely ideas. xx Maggie C

Pop's Cards said...

Morning sweetie,t his is absolutely gorgeous, hugs Pops x

Mary-Anne V said...

Beautiful and elegant. sorry to hear about the strain you are feeling but we all understand Family comes first!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Fabulous card Stephanie and fully understand your situation. Work life balance had to be right and fun. Take care. Xx

Neets B said...

Well your card was worth the wait, it's gorgeous. Very sensible to put your family first and releasing every other month will certainly assist my bank balance! :D You only live once and LIVE you must xxx

scrappyjacky said...

Gorgeous card....and I think that bi-monthly releases would work very well.

Barbara Murphy said...

I love this! Those doves are so pretty...added the set to my cart ;)

Alanna said...

What a darling card. Good luck trying to balance everything.

Marlou McAlees said...

this is sooooo adorable steph :) look forward to seeing all the new release and huge congrats to the winner, hugs xx

Margaret E said...

Thank you so much Stephanie - I am really thrilled at the prospect of having more of your lovely stamps. I promise you that I will put them to good use! x

Sue said...

Stunning card, a beautiful and elegant design.
Looking forward to seeing the teasers!
I hope you have a good weekend.
Sue xx

Jane said...

Love your card Stephanie.
Can totally understand how hard it is to balance work and home life. You can never get back home life that you miss and so you must find a way to make things work for you and your family.
I for one will continue to support Clearly Besotted cos I just love everything you do!!
Have a good weekend x

cm said...

Your card is stunning, Stephanie; wonderful to see your name pop up in my Feedly today. I've missed you! Your time with your family: precious and priceless! They come first. After that, striking a balance with everything else, - including the ever important *you* time - is next. You have a loyal fan base - as you can see with the comments here and your continual sell outs of products - who will encourage and support whatever your decisions are to keep you healthy and happy, and your business vibrant and thriving. Your products are top-notch; your customer service stellar! I'm excited to see what you have in store for us next!
c

Anja (scrappie) said...

Yesss you are back, missed you. Great card again love the colors. And I can imagine it's all very time consuming especially since you are a one man company. But family always comes first so it's a wise decision to make it bi- monthly we will understand. And since you have so many fans you don't have to worry we will wait a little longer and as some already said it's better for our bank balance.......
I can't wait to see what you have in store for us this release and I hope some items will be restocked also.

Susie said...

I'm so pleased that your beautiful stamps and dies are so successful. I love using them and your service is always wonderful! Well done for acknowledging that something needs to change to ensure family life doesn't suffer as a result of your success - your plan sounds great! Susie x

Karen B said...

Gorgeous card Stephanie. Can only begin to imagine how much time running Clearly Besotted would take. Your attention to detail when sending out orders is second to none. It must impinge on the most important part of your life, your family, so can totally understand you considering smaller releases and/or bi-monthly releases. Having said that I am really excited to see the new releases for February!

Hugs.

Karen xxx

Maxine said...

Beautiful card Stephanie,
I too completely understand your decision & Family is most important.
I think having a release every other month will make us even more excited, waiting for new goodies in heightened anticipation!
Maxine xxxx

Lindsey said...

What a gorgeous card! Definitely a stunning creation. I'm so sorry for the strain you've been feeling. I don't think that smaller releases or even bimonthly releases would be a bad thing at all, especially if it makes home a happier place. Selfishly I think that I may like it even better because then I'd be more able to purchase the stamps I want as they are released... I wouldn't have to pick and

Lindsey said...

...choose quite so much. Wish I could hop continents and help ease you load. Hugs! -Lindsey (PS I'm so super excited about tomorrow's release.)

Carola said...

Hi Stephanie

What a wonderful card, so pretty and elegant, I like it very much and I especially like the little hearts in the bird cage.

I think it's a reasonable idea to reduce the releases to every other month as family time is so important because it passes (too) quickly, especially with kids. They will be happy when you have more time for them and my purse will be happy when the new releases don't come every month *lol*.

Have a nice day!

Kind regards
Carola

Debbie said...

Really elegant card dearie.Absolutely love it.The style for clean lines is amazing.You do what you need to do Stephanie.Life is too short and your family life is important.We all love your work whenever you release it.We don't want you being ill from too much pressure.Hugs Debbie x Thank you again for the beautiful nuts for you collection.x

Clevercrafter said...

Family time is precious - something we can not get back once it has passed by so we all fully understand your reasons for making some changes. Your attention to detail both in products and service is exemplary and is what has given your business the name it has today, well done. I'm sure that bi-monthly releases will work best all round. I'm looking forward to your new release tomorrow and wish you continued success.
Lorraine

cmu said...

Hi Stephanie. You have made the right decision. Family must come first. And you want carry on enjoying CBS rather than it being a strain. All the best for a slower paced 2014! Carolyn

jintyoo7 said...

Such a cute card, love the touches of red :)

Your success is so deserved, Stephanie - the success will always be there now - you made it happen, but time lost with your family can never be recouped. Bravo :)