Tuesday, October 28

A Couple of Cards & A Couple of Winners

Happy Tuesday!  I Hope you're all having a great week so far :)  I have two more cards that I made weeks ago to share today...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Bridal Bouquet', 'A Little Sentimental' & 'Delightful Doilies' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Bridal Bouquet Die Collection'

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Bridal Bouquet', 'Sweet Little Sentiments' & 'Leafy Accents' / Tools - Clearly Besotted 'Bridal Bouquet Die Collection'

Thank you for all the amazing entries to this month's challenge - it was a joy admiring them!  The randomly picked winner is Jose of Joses Scrapboat.  Lastly, the winner of a spot on 'A Very Trendy Holiday Card Class' is Jacky of Muddly Crafting :)

Thank you for looking in on me today, much appreciated! xoxo

Friday, October 24

A Very Trendy Holiday Card Class

*CLOSED: WINNER - JACKY OF MUDDLY CRAFTING*

The wonderful Catherine Pooler of StampNation has generously allowed me to giveaway a free spot (worth $29.95) on her next class 'A Very Trendy Holiday' which is now open for registration :)  Judging by the peeks and designers participating, it's going to be a pretty amazing class!


Leave me a little comment here for the chance to win a spot on the class and I will randomly pick a winner next week.

We are almost half way through the children's school break and I am just so happy to be spending some quality time with them...I seriously think about home schooling them so they can be with me constantly, but then I remember, I'm actually not that bright so would be doing them a disservice lol xxx

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 hope you're enjoying your weekend :)  I had to take my car into the garage this morning (a regular occurrence now it's getting on a bit!) which is never any fun - I'm trying to convince my husband that it would be more economical if I got a new one but he doesn't agree lol  He has suggested that if I want a new car I should perhaps get a job that actually pays - cheeky monkey!!

Anyway, enough of my domestic disagreements (and believe me, Dean and I have many arguments domestic disagreements lol), here are a couple more cards from my card making marathon...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Thinking of You' & 'Sweet Rose' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Thinking of You Die Collection' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

I don't really like this following one but thought I would share it anyway...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Take Good Care' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Take Good Care Die Collection' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

Right, I'm off to browse the internet now for a new car...a girl can dream right? ;) lol xxx

Thursday, October 16

Trick or Treat?

Jasmine has a few friends popping round on Halloween (they're going Trick or Treating together, which Jasmine has never done before because her Mummy is a spoilsport, but luckily her friends' Mummy's are a lot more fun lol) so I decided to whip up a few treats (tricks?) for them...

What's inside these boxes then?...


Eyeballs (yummy chocolate ones lol) of course!...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'In The Frame', 'Fright Night', 'Tag Along' & 'Halloween Spirit' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'In The Frame Die Collection' & 'Tag Along Die Collection'; EK Success Circle Punches / Box Template - Standard 5x5cm box

These boxes were so easy to make using my Cricut machine (no adhesive required either!)...


So easy that I made a few more (& filled them with chocolates)...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Fright Night', 'Tag Along' & 'Halloween Spirit' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Tag Along Die Collection'; EK Success Circle Punches / Box Template - Cricut 'Tags, Bags Boxes & More II'

These are what I will be handing out to Trick or Treater's, I'm not going to admit how many I made but it was a lot!!  So many in fact that it prompted my husband to exclaim '...what's the point?  children only want
the chocolate inside!'  The point is that I really enjoy making them! lol...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Fright Night', 'Tag Along' & 'Halloween Spirit' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Tag Along Die Collection'; EK Success Circle Punches

Whilst in the Halloween mood, I whipped up a card as well...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Halloween Spirit' & 'Basic Stripes' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Halloween Spirit Die Collection'

Here's the basket of free treats (mini mars bars) that I took along to the craft show a few weeks back and I'm happy to report that they all went!...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Fright Night' & 'Halloween Spirit' / Pattern Paper - Papertrey Ink / Tools - EK Success Circle Punches

I'm feeling very tired this morning, that will teach me to stay up all night crafting (I loved every minute of it though!).  Happy Thursday and thank you for your visit today :) xoxo

Wednesday, October 15

I'm All Ears...

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

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Woodland Pals' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Woodland Pals Die Collection' & 'Friend Word Die'

The children have their two week half term break coming up next week and I can't wait!  They have very long school hours (8:20am to 5:45pm) 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 x

Tuesday, October 14

A Year Better

Whilst on my manic card making mission a few weeks back, it wasn't just the new designs I played with, so unusually for me, I still have a small stack of cards to share and I'll start with these two... 

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Fresh Flowers', 'Background Builder' & 'Celebrating You' / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Fresh Flowers Die Collection'; Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Standard Circles' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Fresh Flowers' & 'A Little Sentimental' / Pattern Paper - Stampin' Up! / Tools - Clearly Besotted Dies 'Fresh Flowers Die Collection' & 'Notebook Edge Die' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

Thank you for looking and have a wonderful Tuesday :) xxx

Sunday, October 12

HSNW Stamping Festival

Happy Sunday!!  I'm just swinging by quickly to share a few photos (really bad quality - sorry!) from the HSNW Craft Show we attended last week...


The 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, couldn't be further away from his day job but he puts on a great show and I love him for it!)...


With my besties - love these girls!! (Aimes & Caryn)...


Card display...


And a wonderful surprise visitor, the one and only Jen Nelson!!!!...


I'm now off to my parents' for Sunday lunch - happy days!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend :) xxx

Friday, October 10

Clearly Besotted Challenge #14 - Christmas!!!!

*CLOSED: WINNER - JOSE OF JOSES SCRAPBOAT*
Before I go into the challenge details, I just wanted to announce a couple of winners:


I apologise for being bland and to the point today, I'm absolutely exhausted!  The October release was our busiest to date (thank you!) so I'm running on dangerously low battery which would explain the simplicity of my card for this months challenge, which is Christmas themed (what else? lol)...

Supplies: Stamps - Mini Banners (free gift with all orders placed on October 5th release night only) / Tools - Mini Basic Banners Die

And the wonderful Design Team are on top form as usual...






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! :D xxx


Sunday, October 5

Clearly Besotted 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop!!!!

*PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL OCTOBER RELEASE REVEAL*

Well, what can I say...two years and still going...who would have thought it? (certainly not me! lol).  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 lol) and instead 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 (they are a bossy bunch! lol) and I'm so happy they did because the line up takes my breath away!!

I guess I should start the hop with my humble little card (poor thing doesn't stand a chance, it's going to be completely overshadowed today!)...

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted 'Brushed Poppies'

And your hopping order for today is as follows (yes, I know...the line up is AMAZEBALLS right?  I have been saving the use of that word for such an occasion haha!):


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 ($30 US approx.) 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!!!! :D XOXO