Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Add A Sentiment

Hey guys it is Wednesday which means….


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Patterned Paper Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

Add A Sentiment

We are showcasing Clearly Besotted Products this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

Spectrum Noir November Challenge

Hey lovelies, I hope you are all having a great week 🙂 
Today I wanted to share with you my cards for this months Spectrum Noir challenge.
In case you hadn’t seen we have changed the challenge up a bit and the theme is always Anything Goes, but in order to win a Spectrum Noir prize package you need to follow the optional theme, which this month is Christmas.
I made not one card, but 3 for the challenge…well they are all similar just some different colours 🙂 
I couldn’t resist this set when Clearly Besotted released it and have used it on most of my cards for close friends and family, I really do love him and so much fun to colour. 
I used my Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils to colour all 3 and my IG1 & IG2 markers to draw a snowy ground (show up better in real life). 
I coloured each image the same other than their saddles and scarfs and then I matched the trims down the side of the card to that colour. 
I added some glitter detailing using my Quicky Glue pen and Elizabeth Crafts Diamond Glitter to this one, but I dont like the purple tone it gave so I would miss that out in future, for the others I used my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen which looks better. 
For the sentiments I used the Basic Banner 3 set and matching die and stamped using Ranger dye ink. 
For the background I used a snow stamp from last months Hero Arts kit with some silver pigment ink to give some shimmer, really like how this turned out. 
The paper I used is sadly not in stock anywhere ( I am guessing it has been discontinued), it is Lawn Fawn 12 x 12 Peace Joy Love. 
I resisted adding any sequins etc to these as I thought they didn’t really need it.
I hope you all like the cards, I really do highly recommend the set to everyone. 
Don’t forget to check out the challenge
Have a lovely weekend and happy crafting

Festive Card Series- Layering Wreath Stamp

Hey lovelies, Hope you are all well and having a lovely week ? 
It is time for the next Festive Card Series Installment. 
I have created 3 cards using a layering wreath set from Clearly Besotted, as I type this the set is still avalible at Simon Says Stamp (linked below) but if you want it grab it as Clearly Besotted have closed their doors until next year so stock is limited ! 
These cards will actually be the main cards I send as they quick to create, easy to mail and yet look pretty.

I love the sparkle you can add with the spray from Crafter’s Companion, what I was trying to show in the video is that is like a varnish style spray and the glitter doesn’t shed ! 
I love the detail on the little pinecones in this set too, so sweet ! 
It can also be used as a non holiday wreath. 
The other good thing about this is non crafters can help create them…yep I am roping hubby in to make the rest of these with me so we can get a little production line going ! 
Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have an amazing day 
Happy Crafting 

Spectrum Noir October challenge- Halloween Colours

Hey lovelies, I hope you are all having a great week ? 
New challenge is currently on over at Spectrum Noir and the theme is Halloween colours…Now this doesn’t have to be a Halloween card, you can just use any of the colours associated with Halloween- Orange, Black, Green, Red, Purple etc. 
There has also been a change to the Challenge rules. If you want to be in with a chance of winning the £30/$30 prize and card of the month you need to follow the theme, but if you want to enter a non themed card (anything goes) you can BUT you will NOT be allowed to win the £30/$30 prize, however you could still be picked as card of the month. All you need to do is use Spectrum Noir Product on your creation. 
If you want to enter the challenge and check out all my amazing teamies creations then click the graphic below. 
For my card for the challenge I used a cute Halloween set from Clearly Besotted called Best Halloween (all products are listed and linked below) 
I used Spectrum Aqua Markers to Create the background along with gold Spectrum Sparkle Pen. 
The colours I used are: 
Orange, sunset, Black, Bud Green & Purple. 
Then for the little balloons I used Spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils in the following colours- 
Black, Seal Grey, Nectarine, Pumpkin & Mustard.
I then cut them out and added a layer of Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen and a layer of Glossy Accents. 
The Sentiment I stamped using Versafine and then clear sparkle embossing powder. 
And of course I HAD to use sequins to finish the card off 🙂 
I loved creating this card, so much fun ! 
Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you all have a great day. 
Happy Crafting 


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Gift Card with Clearly Besotted.

Hey guys, I cannot believe it is Wednesday again already ! I hope you have had a great week. 
It’s time for another challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog.
The theme this week is Gift Card/card and the team have been working with Clearly Besotted
The winner of the challenge will win a $50 voucher to spend at the store !
As you know I am VERY lucky to be guest designer for the whole month of STAMPtember. 
I am getting sad that my month is nearly up !
For my card for the challengeI have created a trifold card that has two simple Vellum Gift card holders. I have used the Hot Stuff stamp set for this….you guys know I love this set. 
I wanted to create a new baby card, but I wanted to add two gift card for baby and one for parents. 
And here is a video showing how I created the card.
I hope you enjoyed the video, it was so much fun creating it and really wanted to show that you can create something like this quickly and with no fuss…it doesn’t always have to be tricky ! 
Now for the Vellum Envelopes the pieces of Vellum are cut to – 
4.1/8″ x 2.1/4″ and then scored at 1cm on each side and the bottom, I thought I had included this in my video but obviously didnt. 
Also my auto focus was apparently having the day off ! So the Spectrum Noir Colours used are- 
For the dragons- BT9,IB3, IB2, IB1, FS8, FS6 & FS2 
For the egg- TN1, TN2,GB1,GB2 & Blender 
For the ground & shading- EB1,EB2,BGR1,BGR2 & Blender.
As you know Simon Says Stamp is currently having their STAMPtember event, click on the banner below to check out all the STAMPtember products, I know a few of the exclusives have sold out already !So if you see something you want make sure you grab it, I know I have missed out on most of the items I wanted by waiting. I have spoke to Simon Says Stamp who have confirmed that the Simon Releases will be restocked.
And Simon is also paring with various companies for an AMAZING giveaway.

  Make sure you head on over to check the giveaway out, just click on the image above.

Thank you for stopping by.

 Make sure you hit the banner below to check out the challenge, including all the amazing creations by the Design Team.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
I hope you all have a great day and I cannot wait to see what you create for the challenge.
Happy crafting

Clearly Besotted With some Sparkle

Hey, I hope everyone had a nice weekend ? 
We did some planning for the garden and also for the remaining rooms in the house we have left to decorate, and dare I say it….Christmas ! 
Those who are on my Facebook know one of my favorite stamp companies are Clearly Besotted and their last release was, in my opinion one of their best. 
From their last release was this super cute and fun set called “Be Lucky”.
Be lucky
As soon as I saw the samples using it I knew I HAD to get it….you all know what it is like. 
My first card with the set had to be that cute unicorn.  
My original thought was to colour using my pencils, but a few people have asked about blending with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens, so I thought a sparkly unicorn was too good not to do. 
In the video below I show how I blend the pens, and also how I created the whole card, which includes using the Clear Sparkle Pen with Water based markers. I have also shown a way to use Press’n Seal when Ink Blending.
I hope you enjoyed the video. I changed the video and went for a lot less text…let me know what you think, I REALLY do value your opinions.

If you want a set that is fun and easy to colour then I highly encourage you to get this one, and how could you resist the cuteness !!! 
As always I have linked all the supplies used below. 
Thank you so much for stopping by. 
I hope you have an amazing day & Happy crafting 

I love you rain or Shine – Clearly Besotted

Hey lovelies, I hope you had a nice weekend ? 

Today I am sharing a card I made using the April Showers Die & Stamp Set. Now this stamp set has just been discontinued, but I have linked below to Simon Says Stamp who still has it, so i’d grab it whilst you can.
This was a total non planned just sat down to make a card kinda card, this is how most of my cards are now and I actually enjoy crafting this way. 

I started off by stamping and colouring the main umbrella, I used my Spectrum Noir Markers BT1 & BT2 and then to add a little bit of depth I used Duck Egg Colorblend Pencil. 
I then die cut this out using the coordinating die. 

I then took Tiny Hearts Stencil from Simon Says Stamp and using Stormy Sky Distress Ink and Round blending tool I created the background. 
I then die cut this, and the Patterned Paper (Lawn Fawn) and die cut using Wplus9 Sunshine Layers dies. 

I adhered the patterned paper panel to a top fold A2 size card base which I created from Neenah solar white card stock. I used some foam tape to give some dimension. 

I stamped the sentiment onto black card stock and white heat embossed the sentiment and trimmed it down and adhered it to the bottom section of the stenciled panel. 
I then added some foam tape to the back of the umbrella and adhered the panel. 
I then decided the card needed something else so using Mama Elephant Confetti Cuts I die cut some hearts from red glitter card and scattered them across the card. 
I added some Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle and Glossy Accents to the Umbrella, and some Glossy accents to the glittered hearts. 
 I love using Glossy Accents & The clear Sparkle pens together, it really gives so much dimension and interest. You can also see I added some Glossy accents to the umbrella handle. 

Thank you much for stopping by today. 
I hope you all have an amazing day. 
Happy Crafting 

Supplies & links

Spectrum Noir August Challenge Anything Goes- Clearly Besotted No lines

Hey lovelies, I hope you are all well ? 
I have been having a mini holiday of sorts, we don’t go away due to all the furbabies, but we decided to have a week of total “us” time and it has been fantastic !…But I am glad to be back to crafting.
It is new challenge time over at Spectrum Noir and the theme this month is Anything Goes, you cannot get anymore simple than that.
 All you need to use is a Spectrum Noir product and you can win some fab goodies. 
For this months challenge I have used a beautiful stamp set from Clearly Besotted called “To You With Love” 
To You With Love 
As soon as I saw it i thought No lines !! So that was what I went with. 
 I stamp the image several times using Old Paper Distress Ink onto some Strathmore Watercolor Card (all supplies & links are listed below) and then water coloured using Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils. 
My Gran was an amazing rose grower and I always remember her having rich yellow roses with pink edges and I loved those roses, so I wanted to try and recreate them for this card, which I did but they are no where near as pretty as hers were. 
Once they was done and dry I decided to add some blue shading around them and wash it out towards the opposite corner. 
I applied a second layer of the blue around the roses to give them some real deep shading and make them pop. 
For the card base I created a top folding A2 card base and then took the same stamp and stamped along one side. Now I did originally stamp in an orange inkpad but I really didn’t like it, so I took my Gold Gel pen and traced over the top and I really like the effect it has given. 
Once I adhered the water coloured panel to the card base I trimmed some Gold glitter washi and black card down to narrow strips and added them along the side. 
I heat embossed the sentiment….looking at these pics i did the “to you” wonky !!! but when i look at the actual card it looks straight…I should have used my Misti. 
I adhered them to the card using foam adhesive and finished the card off with some Pretty Pink Posh Sequins. 
I hope you like the card, it really was so relaxing to create. 
If you want to enter the challenge then click on the banner below, check out all my awesome teamies creations whilst you are there.
 Also don’t forget to share any of your Spectrum Noir Creations with us over on Facebook, if you use Instagram or Twitter then make sure you use the hashtag #spectrumnoir so we get too see your fab work.

I hope you all have an amazing day. 
Thank you so much for stopping by. 
Happy Crafting 

Hot Stuff Clearly Besotted

Hiya lovelies, I hope you are all well 🙂 
The card I am sharing today was meant to have a video with it, but when i went to edit it there was some sort of strange light thing going on, so no video today ! 
I have used the Hot stuff Stamp set from Clearly Besotted (all links are below) for this card. 
I was VERY lucky to get an awesome gift from hubby last week. A gorgeous set of Mission Gold Water colours, people who know me well know how much I love water colours ( I used to water colour before i got into paper crafting) and the Mission Gold have been at the top of my want list for a long time, but at £200 a set I just couldn’t justify buying them, but Amazon has recently dropped the price on them and hubster grabbed them for me….I was like a kid at Christmas when they arrived. 
I have said I will do a short review on them when I get chance, but I did use them for the first time to create the background of this card and have to admit I really am loving them so far. 
I have linked below, I know they are still on offer at the moment, but obviously I am not sure when that will change. 
I have coloured this little cutie using my Spectrum Noir Markers and added some of the Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to his little horns. I added some dot detail to give some texture and couldn’t resist adding some white gel pen dots to his cheeks. 
 I fussy cut him out and adhered him to the water colour background using 3D foam Tape. 
The sentiment is from another stamp set, I wanted a simple sentiment and as he looks like he is waving i thought this one was perfect. I white heat embossed it onto some Matt black card stock. I then used So to Speak dies from Clearly Besotted and run that through my Die Cutting machine. 
To give some dimension, and to keep the water colour panel flat I adhered it too some fun foam. 
I used a sheet of paper from Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Polka In The Meadow and die cut using Stitched Rectangle die to match the water colour piece. I then created a card base the same size..It is slightly larger than A2 and adhered everything onto the base. 
Me being me I couldn’t resist adding some sequins to finish the card off. 
I am thinking of making several more of these but in different colours and all saying something different. 
Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you liked the card. 
As always a full product list along with direct links is below. 
Have a great day & happy crafting 
Supplies used: 

Clearly Besotted Just Hatched…

Hiya ! I hope you are all well and had a nice weekend ? Happy Spring !! 
Sorry for not being about much over the last week. 
I wanted to share a card today that I created using one of the new releases from Clearly Besotted Stamps and also the new Aquablend pencils from Spectrum Noir. 
For those who haven’t heard of Clearly Besotted then I highly recommend them, Stephanie and the team are amazing and the stamps always stamp perfectly and range from seriously cute to some beautiful florals, and they also have matching dies for a lot of their sets. You can buy directly from Clearly Besotted on the link above, and I know in USA Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hudson both sell them. 
The Spectrum Noir Aquablend pencils….Oh my !!! Now yes i am on the Spectrum Noir design team, but i will always be honest and I have to say I am in love with these pencils. My first colouring medium was watercolour so it is something I always have a huge soft spot for and these are perfect, they blend beautifully and come in a range of lovely colours and are really nice and bright too. 
I finally have my camcorder and we are in the process of setting up so I can create crafting videos, I promise one of the first ones I will do will be using these pencils. 
Anyway onto the card. I have used the seriously cute Hot Stuff stamp set. 
How adorable is it ! I love dragons so really couldn’t resist this set. 
I have used the little one hatching and the just hatched sentiment. 

I have stamped using Versafine onto some Ranger Watercolour card and then I used my number 3 brush to take colour directly from the lead of the pencil. 
I am very impressed at how well you can layer colour and create texture with the pencils, the dragon was coloured using a light green blended with some yellow and then i took a darker green and dotted the colour to create some texture and almost look scale like. 
I added some very light shading around the little fella. 
Around the edge of the finished piece I used two of the Avery Elle Pierced Rectangle dies, the joy of these dies is they don’t cut and just leave the piercing details so i was able to add this double dotted detail without having to worry about it cutting the rectangle out. 
I then adheared a sheet from Lawn Fawns new let polka in the meadow paper pad onto a card base which is just slightly larger than A2. 
I used some fun foam and adheared that onto the back of the watercoloured card and using some strong glue adheared that onto the card base. 
What I love about this card is you could send it as an Easter/Spring card, but also for a new baby card. It is a set I will definitely be using lots of times. 
I hope you like the card, thank you for stopping by today. 
The supply list is below. 
Have a great day and happy crafting 
Supplies Used-