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Tuesday, December 23

Merry Christmas Husband

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

Stamps -  Typed Alphabet / Dies - Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Dean on the other hand always presents me with the most over the top, super sized, overly embellished, sentimental card that he can find, must be a man thing! haha

I hope your preparations are progressing better than mine, only two more sleeps!

Stephanie x

Monday, December 1

Hello Just A Note

I quite enjoyed making these super simple cards using a set called Typed Alphabet...

Stamps - Typed Alphabet / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Stamps - Typed Alphabet / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Stamps - Typed Alphabet / Dies - Bountiful Bunting Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Stamps - Typed Alphabet & Many Mini Messages / Dies - Bountiful Bunting Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Happy Monday, I hope you have a fantastic week!

Stephanie x

Saturday, November 29

Hello

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!

Stamps - Building Blocks, A Little Sentimental & Butterfly Wishes / Dies - Butterfly Wishes Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Papertrey Ink

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 and school haha! Afterwards, we'll be seeing the new Paddington Bear movie, which means I get to have a little nap in the cinema haha!

Stephanie xxx

Tuesday, October 28

Just A Note

Just a super simple card to share with you today...

Stamps - Beautiful BouquetSweet Little Sentiments & Leafy Accents / Dies - Beautiful Bouquet Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Natural Twine

Thank you for looking in on me today, I appreciate it!

Stephanie xx

Thursday, October 23

Caring Hearts Card Drive

The holidays are just around the corner, filled with opportunities to celebrate with family and friends. But during this special season, many of the elderly who live in nursing homes may be alone and missing their families. Wouldn’t it be awesome to bring smiles to their faces and brighten their holidays? That’s what the Caring Hearts Card Drive is all about! This wonderful card drive is hosted by Vera Yates and Jennifer McGuire and is in its 5th year of collecting holiday cards to send to the elderly in nursing homes. And we here at Clearly Besotted are so proud to sponsor this worthwhile effort! 
Please join us in spreading cheer this holiday season with the Caring Hearts Card Drive!  Click Here for all the details, including what to send and where to send it. Note: All cards must be received by November 28, 2014.

Saturday, October 18

Thank You For Your Kindness

I had to take my car into the garage this morning which is never any fun, I'm trying to convince my husband that it would be more economical to get a new one and he has suggested that if I want a new car, I should perhaps get a job that actually pays haha!

Anyway, enough of my domestic disagreements (and believe me, Dean and I have many arguments domestic disagreements), here's a little card I made...

Stamps - Thinking of You / Dies - Thinking of You Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Otjer - Paper Doily

I think I will browse the internet for a new car, a girl can dream right? ;)

Stephanie xx

Wednesday, October 15

I'm All Ears

Just swinging by with another quick card to share...

Stamps - Woodland Pals / Dies - Woodland Pals Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

The children have their two week half term break coming up next week and I can't wait, they have very long school hours which I'm not happy about, but I remind myself that the longer school holidays make up for it :)

Thank you for looking in on me and I hope you have a lovely day!

Stephanie xx

Tuesday, October 14

A Year Better

I'd like to share a floral card with you today...

Stamps - Fresh Flowers & Basic Spots / Dies - Fresh Flowers Die Collection; Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Papertrey Ink / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers / Other - Bakers Twine

Thank you for looking and I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday :)

Stephanie xxx

Sunday, October 12

HSNW Stamping Festival

Happy Sunday!!  I'm just swinging by quickly to share a few photos from the HSNW Craft Show we attended last week...


My husband having a 'if your name's not down, you're not coming in' moment haha! He's always a real star on the day, it couldn't be further away from his day job but he puts on a great show and I love him for it!...


We had a wonderful surprise visitor, the one and only Jen Nelson...


I'm now off to my parents' for Sunday lunch, happy days!  I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

Stephanie xx

Friday, October 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #14 - Christmas!!!!

*CLOSED: WINNER - JOSE OF JOSES SCRAPBOAT*

The October release was our busiest to date, thank you very much!  I'm exhausted and so I won't beat around the bush, the theme for our challenge this month is Christmas (of course!).

The challenge win run for 2 weeks and a randomly selected entry will win a £30 Clearly Besotted e-Gift Card.  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 October 24 2014 (23:55 UK time)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time
It's never too early for Christmas cards, and this is the perfect opportunity to get a head start so please join in :) x


Sunday, October 5

Clearly Besotted 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop


Two years and still going, who would have thought it? Certainly not me!  Please know that I am still in awe of all the support I continue to receive from our wonderful community and I don't for one second take any of it for granted.  I could write several paragraphs expressing my gratitude but instead, I will spare you my excessive sentimentality, I know it's not to everyone's tastes!  I'll just say, once again, sincerest heartfelt thanks :)

I wasn't going to celebrate our 2nd Anniversary with a Blog Hop because I was worried about approaching people to join in, however, the Design Team insisted upon it and I'm so happy they did because the line up takes my breath away!

Your hopping order for today is as follows:


Of course, there are plenty of prizes to be won along the way so be sure to leave lots of love on your travels.  Each Blog Hop participant will be giving away a £20 Clearly Besotted e-Giftcard and one lucky winner will be randomly selected from all the comments left (only one comment per blog please, closing date for entries is October 7th) and will receive a £100 ($150 US approx.) Clearly Besotted e-Giftcard.

Good luck and happy hopping!

Stephanie xoxo

Friday, October 3

Rockin' Robin

Yaaay, you came back!  I'm hoping that means you like what you've seen so far and so without further delay, here's more ;)

Stamps - Rockin' Robin / Dies - Rockin' Robin Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Stamps - Rockin' Robin / Dies - Rockin' Robin Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Stamps - Most Wonderful / Ink - VersaMagic Dew Drops / Pattern Paper - Stampin' Up! / Other - Ribbon

And that's all from me for today, I'm currently en-route to the Wirral, fingers crossed all my scheduled posts work!  I will be back with more cards tomorrow and I'd be delighted if you could join me then :)

Stephanie xo

Thursday, October 2

Merry Christmas

Welcome back!  I have more cards to share with you today so lets not waste time with chitter chatter and instead, get straight to it...

Stamps - Happy Holidays / Dies - Happy Holidays Die Collection & Duly Noted Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Pattern Paper - Stampin' Up! / Other - Small Diamante Gem


Stamps - Happy Holidays / Dies - Happy Holidays Die Collection; Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

As always, thanks a million for taking the time to look and please come back tomorrow, there will be more to see :)

Stephanie xoxo

Wednesday, September 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #13 Autumn

*CLOSED - WINNER: LAURA ELLIOTT OF LE DESIGNS*

Has it really been two months since the last challenge? Summer has been and gone which brings me nicely onto the theme for this month...Autumn!

The challenge win run for 2 weeks and a randomly selected entry will win a £30 Clearly Besotted e-Gift Card.  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 Wednesday 24 September 2014 (23:55 UK time)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time
I'd love it if you could join in and thank you very much in advance for being magnificent, because I know you will be! :) x


Thursday, September 4

From me to You

Here are the last of my samples for this months release, I'm keeping it brief today, I still have so much to do in preparation for tomorrow!

Stamps - Woodland Pals & Tree Tops / Dies - Woodland Pals Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Stamps - Woodland Pals, Basic Diagonals & Mini Basic Banners / Dies - Woodland Pals Die Collection & Mini Basic Banners Die Collection; Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles / Ink - VersaMagic Dew Drops

Stamps - Woodland Pals / Dies - Woodland Pals Die Collection / Ink - VersaMagic Dew Drops

I'll be back tomorrow, I hope you have a great day! :)

Stephanie xoxo

Tuesday, September 2

Happy Holidays

Here are an assortment of Christmas cards, using a stamp set from the upcoming September release...


Stamps - Christmas Sparkle & Sweet Little Sentiments / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Other - White Embossing Powder


Stamps - Christmas Sparkle & Sweet Little Sentiments / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Pattern Paper - Stampin' Up! Other - Bakers Twine; Small Diamante Gems


Stamps - Christmas Sparkle / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drop / Other - Ribbon

Thank you so much for vising me today, I hope you have a fantastic Tuesday and I'll see you tomorrow :)

Stephanie xx

Thursday, August 14

Happy Halloween

I can't see anything wrong with making a Halloween card in August haha!

Stamps - Happy Halloween / Dies - Happy Halloween Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drop

I'm mentally preparing myself to do the theme park rounds again, same as last time, Chessington, followed by Thorpe Park, Legoland and then a weekend at Alton Towers, wish me luck!

Happy Thursday, I hope you have a good one :)

Stephanie xoxo

Sunday, July 27

AWOL in Florida

Just a quickie to explain why it's been super quiet around here, we're currently on a three week vacation in Florida...


Orders are being processed as usual and emails are being monitored by my sister Jenny in the UK.

Stephanie xxx

Thursday, July 3

Happy Birthday

I had so much fun with Simply Quilled, a new set on the way this month...

Stamps - Simple Quilled / Dies - Simple Quilled Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Stamps - Simple Quilled / Dies - Simple Quilled Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drop

Stamps - Simple Quilled / Dies - Simple Quilled Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drop

The children are now on their summer break so I'm delighted the sun is shinning, fingers crossed it will shine for the next 9 weeks haha!  Bike riding and picnic in the park scheduled for today, I hope you have a delightful Thursday too :)

Stephanie xxx

Tuesday, June 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #12 Anything Goes

*CLOSED: WINNER - JACQUI (THE CARD CRAFTROOM)*

Making it very easy for you to join in with this months challenge, the brief being anything goes, please join in if you have the time, I'd really appreciate it :)

The challenge win run for 2 weeks and a randomly selected entry will win a £30 Clearly Besotted e-Gift Card.  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 Tuesday 24 June 2014 (23:55 UK time)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time

I am very much looking forward to seeing your wonderful entries!


Thursday, May 15

Clearly Besotted Challenge #11 Colour Inspiration


It's another colour challenge this month so please feel free to use all, or just some, of the colours from this pretty palette...

Source: Design Seeds

The challenge win run for 2 weeks and a randomly selected entry will win a £30 Clearly Besotted e-Gift Card.  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 Friday 30 May 2014 (23:55 UK time)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time

Please play along if you have time, I can't wait to see your entries, thank you so much! x


Friday, May 9

On Your Wedding Day

Happy Friday everyone!  I'm thrilled that you have stopped by today to take a look at my cards...

Stamps - Beautiful Bouquet & Basic Diagonals / Dies - Beautiful Bouquet Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

Stamps - Beautiful Bouquet / Dies - Beautiful Bouquet Die Collection / Ink - VersaMagic Dew Drops

Stamps - Beautiful Bouquet & Basic Diagonals  / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Bakers Twine

Enjoy your weekend and if you have a spare moment, please swing by tomorrow to see more, thank you!

Stephanie xo

Wednesday, May 7

Thank You Teacher

Thank you for popping by today, I hope you like the cards I have to share...

Stamps - An Apple A Day & A Little Sentimental / Dies - An Apple A Day Die Collection & Small Frames Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Twine

Stamps - An Apple A Day / Dies - An Apple A Day Die Collection & Small Frames Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops

I'll be back tomorrow with more to share but until then, have a wonderful day! :)

Stephanie x

Monday, April 14

Happy Stampers North West Stamping Workshop

I was very lucky to be invited by the Happy Stampers North West group to run a stamping workshop on the Sunday after their Stamping Festival, for 28 of their members.

Here is one of the cards we made...

Stamps - Butterfly Wishes & A Little Sentimental / Dies - Butterfly Wishes Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Small Diamante Gems

Our little stand at the Stamping Festival the day before....



The children are into the third week of their Easter break which means the usual circuit of theme parks.  It was Chessington at the weekend, Thorpe Park tomorrow, Legoland on Thursday, rounding off with a weekend at Alton Towers!

Thank you so much for passing through today and I hope you have a fantastic week :)

Stephanie xoxo

Thursday, April 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #10 Spring

*CLOSED: WINNER - GEMMA (GEM'S LITTLE CREATIONS)*

I'd love to see your interpretations of this months challenge theme which is quite simply Spring!

The challenge win run for 2 weeks and a randomly selected entry will win a £30 Clearly Besotted e-Gift Card.  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 Thursday 24 April 2014 (23:55 UK time)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time

I'd love for you to join in if you can, thank you in advance :) x


Friday, April 4

Thank You

I've used one of my favourite stamps sets from this upcoming release for my card today...

Stamps - Fresh Flowers & Basic Text / Dies - Fresh Flowers Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; Papertrey Ink / Colouring Medium - Copic Sketch Markers

Happy Friday, I hope it's a good one :)

Stephanie xo

Monday, March 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #9 In Flight

*CLOSED: WINNER - NESSA (JUST 4 CHALLENGES)*

The theme for this months challenge is In Flight, as always, please interpret this however you wish :)

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 24 March 2014 (23:55 GMT)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time

Please join in if you can, I look forward to marveling over your brilliance ;) x


Monday, March 3

Have A Great Day

The sun is shining, which is why I'm in a very good mood today :)  Here are a couple of cards I've made with an upcoming stamp set called Fabulous Fuchsias...

Stamps - Fabulous Fuchsias / Dies - Fabulous Fuchsias Die Collection & Decorative Edges Die Collection / Ink - VersaMagic Dew Drop

Stamps - Fabulous Fuchsias / Dies - Fabulous Fuchsias Die Collection / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMark / Colouring Medium - Zig Clean Color Real Brush / Other - White Embossing Powder

Happy Monday to you all, I hope you have a wonderful week!

Stephanie xxx

Wednesday, February 26

Basic Craft Supplies

I don't have a craft room and therefore I do most of my stamping in the kitchen, with very limited supplies!

Here's a quick video showing my crafting set up, you 're going to be very surprised at how little craft stash I have...


Must dash, I have the March release to prepare for, which is probably why I'm procrastinating and making unnecessary videos haha!

Have a lovely day :)

Stephanie xo

Monday, February 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #8 Colour Inspiration


Happy Monday!  It's a colour challenge this month so I'd love to see you use some, or all, of the colours from this pretty palette on your projects....

Source: Design Seeds

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 24 February 2014 (23:55 GMT)
  • Multiple entries are welcomed but must be a new project each time
I do hope you can find the time to join in and I look forward to being dazzled by your creativity :) xxx

Monday, February 3

A Very Special Delivery

Thank you very much for returning today, here are a couple more cards, ahead of this months new release....

Stamps - Special Delivery /  Dies - Special Delivery Die Collection; Papertrey Ink Edgers / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Provocraft Embossing Folder

Stamps - Special Delivery /  Dies - Special Delivery Die Collection & Cloudy Days Die Collection; Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Provocraft Embossing Folder

Happy Monday, I hope you have a fantastic week!

Stephanie x

Sunday, February 2

May All Your Dreams Come True

I hope you are having a lovely Sunday, we're off to spend the day with my parents which means a day of being fed very well :)  My darling mother (who knows her daughter's limitations!) also prepares me delicious food parcels for the freezer that just need heating up to ensure that Dean and the children get the nutrition they need, that is not supplied by takeaways haha!

Here are a couple of cards using an upcoming stamp set called Dandelion Dreams...

Stamps - Dandelion Dreams / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Natural Twine

Stamps - Dandelion Dreams / Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Dew Drops / Other - Glitter

Many thanks for dropping by, please pop back tomorrow if you can :)

Stephanie xx