Tuesday, October 10

Dear Santa

My daughter has been known to write several letters to Santa Claus in the lead up to Christmas, with the first one usually in September.  This year, she hasn't shown any signs of writing even one...which makes me sad :(  On the plus side, it will be nice for Mummy and Daddy to finally get credit for all the presents under the tree haha!

Stamps - Knitted With Love & Say It's Christmas / Tools - Knitted With Love Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Dies / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen

My husband and I are out this evening for a meal followed by a comedy show, so I had better start getting ready, it takes me several hours to make myself look presentable enough to go out in public lol

Stephanie xx

Monday, October 9

Beginning To Look Like Christmas

I indulged in a spot of retail therapy at the weekend and was pleasantly surprised to see that decorations were already up in most shops!  The cynical side of me understands how ugly commercialism is, but the child in me just loved seeing how pretty is was :)

Stamps - Trimming The Tree & Say It's Christmas / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Gel Pen

I am really enjoying cardmaking at the moment, so I'm going to get as crafty as I can before my mojo runs out!

Have a wonderful week :D

Stephanie xoxo

With Sincerest Thanks

The great thing about layering stamps is that I don't have to wait for Jenny to colour them in ;) haha!

Stamps - Aloha Again & Sincerest Thanks / Tools - Frame It Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Sincerest thanks for visiting me today :D

Stephanie xx


Sunday, October 8

Shake Your Tail Feather

I'm far too old to be hitting the clubs and shaking my tail feather in public...trust me, no-one wants to see that, my dance moves are dire!  But in the privacy of my own home when my husband's at work and the children are at school,  I've been known to crank up the music and strut my stuff like no-one's business ;) HAHAHA!!!!

Stamps - Strut Your Stuff / Tools - Frame It Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Cushion hand drawn by Jenny

So with that ridiculous image of me busting some dance moves (I know, my slang is like, so twenty years ago right? LOL) on my own in my PJ's, lingering in your head, I shall bid you adieu and leave you to enjoy your Sunday in peace :D

Stephanie xoxoxo

Aim High

It's great to have a goal or a venture to pursue and ever greater when you have friends and supporters to give you a little helping hand.  That's how I felt about the crafting community when I first set up Clearly Besotted five years ago, what a huge lift you all gave me (and are still giving Jenny today)!! :)

Stamps - Stand Tall / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Gel Pen

And yes, while we're not at the dizzying heights that other amazing stamp companies have deservedly reached, we're exactly where we want to be - thank you, thank you, thank you :)  One last post to go today...thanks for sticking with me! :D

Stephanie x

Sending You Love

In this digital age, receiving a card, letter or note through the post is utterly delightful...it's like receiving a little bit of love ;)

Stamps - Call Cupid, Banner Basics & A Little Sentimental / Dies - Spellbinder Nestabilities Standard Circles / PAttern Paper - Echo Prrk / Ink - VersaFine Onxy Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder

I'm triple posting today, now I'm no longer the owner of Clearly Besotted I have a lot of time to make cards...so sorry!! lol

Stephanie xx

Friday, October 6

Don't Be Crabby At Christmas

It's easy to get a bit crabby at Christmas, it can be quite stressful and expensive!  A little bit of humour (and a bottle of wine or two haha!) goes a long way to alleviate the pressures of making it perfect for everyone...

Stamps - Crabby Christmas & Cosy Christmas / Tools - Cosy Christmas Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Dies / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Gel Pen

There's no excuse to be crabby today, it's Friday and the weekend is almost upon us - yipppeee! :D

Stephanie xoxo

Thursday, October 5

Happy New Year

After delivering millions of presents all around the world in just one night, I don't think any of us would begrudge Father Christmas a holiday in the sun haha!

Stamps - Santa In The Sun, Seal of Approval & Scene It / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Thank you for swinging by, I hope you have a jolly nice day :)

Stephanie x

Wednesday, October 4

I've Been Good This Year

I couldn't tick the second box on this card (not even for comedy value!) because I think this little bear is just far too cute to be naughty ;)

Stamps - Knitted With Love & Say It's Christmas / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Jenny is a little bit overwhelmed and dumbstruck by how well received the October release has been and it goes without saying that we are both hugely grateful and thankful for the enthusiasm, support and custom that is bestowed upon us.  Neither one of us are very savvy when it comes to marketing and generating sales, in fact we are utterly useless lol  We're just doing what we enjoy, Jenny with her drawing and me with my cardmaking, and it humbles us greatly that you continue to support us even without all the fanfare and fun (hops, giveaways, challenges etc.)...please know we appreciate you immensely!

Stephanie x 

Tuesday, October 3

Thinking of You

Thinking of you...

Stamps - Pretty Pansies & Tiny Type / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder

Take care of yourselves :)

Stephanie xoxo

Sunday, October 1

One More Sleep

 I have it on good authority (i.e. Jenny told me lol) that the Little Donkey stamp set is the best seller so far of this month, followed very closely by Trimming The Tree :)

Stamps - Little Donkey & Trimming The Tree / Tools - Spellbinder Nestabilities Standard Circles / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Gold Embossing Powder

And that's all from me for today, I am so sorry if you are subscribed to this blog and have had your inbox spammed by all my post notifications, I promise not to do it again...for a while ;)

Thanks a million for enduring my multiple posts, I am of course, incredibly grateful for your company :)

Stephanie xx

No Peeking

I have never been one to try and guess what gifts I've been bought for Christmas...primarily because I buy and wrap most of them myself and therefore already know what they are haha!

Stamps - Gorgeous Gifts / Tools - Gorgeous Gifts Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Dies / Pattern Paper - Simple Stories / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

This is my penultimate card for this evening, which is just as well because I'm struggling to keep my eyes open *yawn*  Not only has it been a hectic day at the theme park but I also had a bit of a late night out with my husband yesterday...I'm getting too old for all this activity! lol

Stephanie xxx

The Party Train

I'm particularly fond of the new set Full Steam Ahead Additions, which introduces little characters that can be paired up with the existing Full Steam Ahead stamps...

Stamps - Full Steam Ahead Additions, Full Steam Ahead, Scene It / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos; Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush

I've just remembered that I haven't ironed the children's uniforms for school tomorrow *groan*  I think I had better get a move on!

Stephanie xo

Santa Claws Is Coming To Town

We all know that one person who always gets a little bit crabby at Christmas time ;) haha!

Stamps - Crabby Christmas, Banner Basics & Tiny Type / Tools - Crabby Christmas Die Collection & Banner Basics Die Collection; Lawn Fawn Dies / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder

I'll be back pretty much immediately, with another card to share :)

Stephanie x

Merry Christmas

It's been a long day and I'm exhausted, not because of the new products going live (that's Jenny's domain now), but because we had a family outing to Legoland :)

I have a several cards to share using stamps from the new release and will be posting multiple times today, hope you don't mind...

Stamps - Build A Snowman, Season's Greetings & Into The Woods II / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

That's one down, with four more to go :)

Stephanie x

Saturday, September 30

October 2017 New Products

The following nineteen stamp sets, fifteen of which come with coordinating dies, will be available in our store and also at Simon Says Stamp on Sunday October 1st at 10am BST...

All In Onesie Christmas (with coordinating dies), Call Cupid (with coordinating dies), Gorgeous Gifts (with coordinating dies), General Greetings, Season's Greetings, Kiss Me Quick (with coordinating dies), Knitted With Love (with coordinating dies), Little Donkey (with coordinating dies), Little Llama (with coordinating dies), Pretty Pansies, Santa in the Sun (with coordinating dies), Say It's Christmas, Trimming The Tree (with coordinating dies), Build A Snowman (with coordinating dies), Cosy Christmas (with coordinating dies), Full Steam Ahead Additions (with coordinating dies), Red Robin (with coordinating dies), Trick or Treat (with coordinating dies), Crabby Christmas (with coordinating dies)

There is a giveaway on our Facebook page, where you can win all 19 stamp sets, it's open to everyone worldwide so please take part.  If you haven't already, we would love it if you could connect with us on all social media outlets, links are top right of this page.

Thank you very much for taking the time to pop by today and I hope you have a lovely weekend :)

Stephanie x

Friday, September 29

Trick or Treat

I know we've left this Halloween set a little late but it's been designed specifically for making small spooky tags quickly and easily, of course, you can make cards with it as well...

Stamps: Trick or Treat (October Release) & Feeling Frightful / Tools - Trick or Treat Die Collection (October Release), Small Frames Die Collection (Retired) & Tiny Tags Die Collection (retired); Lawn Fawn Dies / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; Acetate Boxes

It's not long until Sunday, when all of these new stamps and dies will be available, I'm actually starting to feel a little bit nervous for the first since Jenny took over!  I'll be back tomorrow to show all of the new stamp sets in full prior to their release, please swing by if you fancy a look ;)

Happy Friday everyone :)

Stephanie x

Thursday, September 28

You're Pawsome

Jenny coloured this little fireplace scene so beautifully that I really felt the pressure to make a good card with it!  My first attempt was the second card down, which I subsequently deemed too busy so I cut the image out and made another one...

Stamps - Kiss Me Quick (October Release) & Cosy Christmas (October Release) / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Embossing Powder

Stamps - Kiss Me Quick (October Release) & Cosy Christmas (October Release) / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; White Embossing Powder

That's me done for the day!  I have a date with my husband tonight, we're off to see one of his favourite comedians and I'm in the mood to laugh until my tummy hurts :D

Hope your day is going well and thank you very much for spending a snippet of it with me ;)

Stephanie xoxoxo

All I Want For Christmas Is Ewe

Here are a couple more cards from me using a set called Kiss Me Quick...

 Stamps - Kiss Me Quick (October Release) / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Stamps - Kiss Me Quick (October Release) / Dies - Kiss Me Quick Die Collection (October Release); Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

One final post after this one and I promise I'll leave you in peace...until tomorrow ;) tee hee!

Stephanie x

Fa La La La Llama

Here's a super simple card I made using an upcoming set called Little Llama, and guess what?  I even coloured this one myself ;) haha!

Stamps - Little Llama (October Release) & Kiss Me Quick (October Release) / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

More cards coming up straight away, just don't want to overload a single post ;)

Thank you so so much for your interest!

Stephanie x

Wednesday, September 27

Sending You Love

I know there's still Halloween and Christmas before we get to Valentines day, but I think love should be celebrated all year round ;) 

Stamps - Call Cupid (October Release) & A Little Sentimental / Dies - Call Cupid Die Collection (October Release) & Heart Confetti Die Collection / Pattern Paper - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder

Now go forth and spread the love...it's all you need you know ;) lol

Stephanie xxx