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

Friday, August 11

Congratulations

I'd forgotten how therapeutic it was to colour and whilst colouring these hexagons, I was reminded that it's not about how good you are at something, but rather how much you enjoy it...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Geometric Style', 'Banner Basics' & 'Tiny Type' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - MISTI; White Embossing Powder

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have an amazing weekend :)

Stephanie x

Thursday, August 10

Heartfelt Thanks

Another quick card from me, and when I say quick, I'm referring to my part...I'm sure Jenny (who did the colouring) would disagree haha!

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'One In A Million', 'Banner Basics' & 'Tiny Type' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen

Thank you for stopping by today, it's always a pleasure to have your company ;)

Stephanie xxx

Wednesday, August 9

Let Yourself Go

We have another colouring video up on our YouTube channel and this time, Jenny is colouring balloons...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Let's Party' & 'Best Birthday' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - White Embossing Powder

Another wet washout Wednesday, typical British Summertime...and typical Brit commenting on the weather ;)

Happy Hump Day everyone!

Stephanie x

Tuesday, August 8

Especially For You

Jenny didn't colour any of the images from the Simply Succulent set for me to play with and due to the inferiority complex she's given me (ha!) I am now very reluctant to colour myself so I decided to paper piece these little cactus's instead...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Simply Succulent' & 'Scrumptious Script' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black

The weather has turned very gloomy here in the UK which seems strange considering there appears to be an extreme heatwave elsewhere in Europe...if only we could all have a happy medium ;)

Hope you have a fantastic Tuesday!

Stephanie x

Monday, August 7

You're One Cool Cat

I hope you had a great weekend, such a shame it's only two days long! ;)

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Fluffy Furball' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Neenah Solar White Card

Happy Monday, hope it's a good one :)

Stephanie x

Friday, August 4

Thanks A Bunch

The feedback from Jenny is that it was a very good release for Clearly Besotted, with all of the new sets selling double figures (which isn't always the case - we really are that small!) so for that I want to say, thanks a bunch...

Stamps - Clearly besotted 'Thanks A Bunch' / Ink - Versafine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Stamps - Clearly besotted 'Thanks A Bunch' & 'Make A Wish' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - Versafine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos


Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have a truly wonderful weekend! :D

Stephanie xxx

Thursday, August 3

Have A Magical Birthday

My personal favourite set from our August release is the platypus one, just looking at these little characters makes me laugh out loud...in the nicest possible way of course ;)

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Platypus At Play' & 'Scrumptious Script' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other -  Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Platypus At Play' & 'Trouble In A Tutu' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Platypus At Play' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other -  Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

It was very strange not to be at 'headquarters' for release day but I have to admit, taking a back seat with Clearly Besotted has absolutely been the right decision for me.  Stamping is now my hobby again, not my job, and I am enjoying it all the more because of it :D

Thank you very much for visiting me today, I hope you are having a lovely Thursday!

Stephanie xoxo

Monday, July 31

August 2017 New Products

Our August 2017 new release products are now available in our store and at Simon Says Stamp and consists of eighteen new stamp sets...


The Design Team and I will provide samples and inspiration for these products over the upcoming days, weeks and months so take your time, there's no pressure to buy anything immediately...or even at all ;)

Thank you so very much for looking!

Stephanie xxx

Hedgehugs & Kisses

I have basked in the glory of all the wonderful compliments received for the colouring on my cards for far too long now, and it is time for me to finally come clean!  The amazing pencil colouring is in fact done by my sister Jenny...of course, who else could it have been?! lol

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Let's Roll' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Neenah Solar White Card

We have just uploaded a video to our YouTube Channel to demonstrate the colouring on the above card, please take a look if you have a spare five minutes :)

I'm still exhausted from Saturday (Jasmine's birthday party) and my brain isn't functioning very well this morning, so please excuse the brevity of my posts today!

Stephanie xoxo

I Love You This Much

I hope you are feeling hoppy (see what I did there? *groan* tee hee) on this delightful Monday morning...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Jump For Joy' & 'Bear Hugs' / Dies - Clearly Besotted 'Heart Confetti Die Collection' / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Right, I still have a couple more posts to type up so I'll be back very shortly! :)

Stephanie x

Today A Reader Tomorrow A Leader

I am a big advocate of children reading, and adults of course, we shouldn't miss out on this most wonderful of pastimes!  The knowledge and enjoyment that can be garnered from it is priceless...not to mention how it sparks the imagination, and that is just the tip of the iceberg! :)

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Bookworm' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Pattern Paper - Doodlebug / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Black Twine

I have a couple more cards that I shared on Instagram last week that I need to post so I will love you and leave you for now ;)

Stephanie xx

Wednesday, July 26

With Love From Our Family To Yours

I remember being so happy when this set came out because I absolutely adore meerkats, and it's still one of my favourite sets to date...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Got Your Back' & 'Christmas Sparkle' / Pattern Paper & Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers

It's my daughter Jasmine's 10th birthday today, double figures already, I don't know where the time has gone!  She's having a party on Saturday but Dean's taken the day off work today and we're all heading to her favourite tearoom this morning for a birthday breakfast :)

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday, thanks a million for stopping by :D

Stephanie xoxo


Tuesday, July 25

Happy Birthday

This card design is super simple and super quick to make, so I made three of them...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Scribbled Flowers' & 'Simply Quilled' / Dies & Pattern Paper - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Mini Self Adhesive Pearls; Natural Twine

I now have the August release in my possession and my intentions for today are to make a few samples in time for their release on August 1st at 10am BST.

Hope you have a fantastic Tuesday! :)

Stephanie x

Monday, July 24

Love With All Your Heart

It's been a while since I've done any background stamping, it takes more patience and precision than I normally have but I gave it a go this weekend and even threw in some heat embossing while I was at it...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Heart Confetti' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops; VersaMark Pad / Other - White Embossing Powder; Black Twine 

 
Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Star Confetti' & 'Christmas Sparkle' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark Pad / Other - White Embossing Powder; Black Twine 

My husband and I don't share many interests but one thing we do have in common is that we love to eat!  We are dining at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant The Fat Duck later this week, it's taken us more than a year to finally get a table and I couldn't be more excited :D

Thank you for popping by and if possible, I hope you have a fantastic Monday!

Stephanie xxx

Saturday, July 22

Enjoy Your Day

I spent a lot of time in my craft room last week and managed to get quite a few cards made which is why I'm bombarding you with more of my creations today...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Full Steam Ahead', 'Bunting Basics' & 'Alphabet Type' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Pebbles Ink Chalk

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Take Flight' & 'Scene It' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper; Pebbles Ink Chalk

I'll leave you in peace now to enjoy your weekend lol  Thank you very much for taking the time to visit me today :)

Stephanie xx


Thursday, July 20

Thinking Of You

I have a simple floral card to share with you today...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Sketched Blooms', 'Basic Grids' & 'Fancy Sayings' / Dies - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Colouring Medium - Kuretake Zig Clean Color

I am a minimalist neat freak and having the children at home making mess on top of mess is driving me around the bend!  I have to keep reminding myself how lovely it is to have their constant company and how a few short weeks again, this is what I wanted ;) haha!

Stephanie x

Wednesday, July 19

You're A Star

I love putting balloons on cards, it's an effective way to add colour or fill gaps...

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Alphabet Basics Upper' & 'Cheeky Monkey' / Dies - My Favourite Things / Pattern Paper - Doodlebug / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Alphabet Basics Upper' & 'All In Onesie' / Dies - My Favourite Things / Pattern Paper - Doodlebug / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Alphabet Basics Upper' & 'Just The Two Of Us' / Dies - My Favourite Things / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Thanks a million for stopping by, I hope you have a great hump day :)

Stephanie x

Tuesday, July 18

A Very Special Delivery

My favourite type of card to make is new baby cards, there isn't a happier occasion in my opinion :)

 Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Special Delivery' & 'Trouble In A Tutu' / Dies - My Favourite Things / Pattern Paper - Echo Park / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper

Facebook is awash with photographs of my friends on beaches sunning themselves and I am getting serious holiday (vacation) envy...never mind, they will all be back home by the time I jet away at the end of August ;p haha!

Thank you so very much for dropping in on my blog today, I appreciate it immensely :)

Stephanie xxx

Monday, July 17

To My Best Friend

I hope you all had a very pleasant weekend :)  I have a couple more cards to share with you on this bright sunny Monday...

 
Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Tween Time' & 'So To Speak' / Dies & Pattern Paper - Lawn Fawn / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Inkadinkadoo Masking Stamp Paper

I get the occasional request for a colouring tutorial and after a few false starts, I'm halfway there!  A video has been shot, I just need to get it edited so fingers crossed it won't be too long now before I can share it :)

Stephanie xx

Friday, July 14

Time To Celebrate

What better occasion to celebrate than the arrival of another Friday, marking the imminent arrival of the weekend?! lol

 
Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Let's Party', 'Sing' & 'Mr & Mrs' / Dies - Clearly Besotted 'Let's Party Die Collection' / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - FaberCastell Polychromos / Other - Black Twine; Black Pen; Ruler

Happy Friday, I truly hope you have a magnificent weekend! :D

Stephanie xxxx