Friday, 5 February 2016

Hey, cutie!

hey cutie
***I ran out of daylight to shoot this card! Fab photography kindly provided by Natalie Garforth***

Happy Friday! It's just about the weekend and I'm kicking it off here on the blogeroo with a final project featuring new goodies from the Clearly Besotted February release. These fabulous new products are available to purchase from 10pm GMT tonight! :D

Today's card features no flowers (I bet you were expecting them if you've been here for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 of the sneak peeks, right?) but a real combination of the new stamp sets to create a fun little scene. I used the nest from the Nesting mini stamp set, the adorable sentiment and chick from Chirpy Chicks, and leaves from Round Roses. That's a lot of stamp sets for just one card LOL!

tips and tricks
  • The chick is an adorable image of one peeking from a basket of Easter eggs. I simply cut out the chick from the stamped image and popped it into the nest. Easy peasy! 
  • The leaves have been repeatedly stamped along the bottom to ground the nest and I sponged green ink over the top to avoid any large white areas showing through them.  
  • I love that I managed to use three different stamp sets on just one mini card. It's worth looking through your supplies to see what you can mix and match. Clearly Besotted stamps are cleverly designed in a way that they can be mixed and matched with ease. :) 
If you haven't popped across here from Stephanie's, then what are you still doing here?! Stephanie is sharing the full release which should give you plenty of time to pick your favourites before it all becomes available to purchase from 10pm tonight. The rest of the amazing Design Team are sharing their final projects today too and you'll find full links to them on Stephanie's post. :)

Thanks so much for visiting today and over the past few days. I hope you've enjoyed these sneak peeks and that you have a fabby weekend!


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Trendy tulips...


Happy Friday Eve and welcome back to the Clearly Besotted teasers from the February release! If you're new to the teasing, then be sure to check out Day 1 and Day 2 of the sneak peeks too. All of the new goodies will be available to purchase from 5th February 10pm GMT (tomorrow!)

Now I know what you're thinking. More flowers, Aimes? Really? Stick with me though. I've kept my promise from yesterday and today's card features a sneak peek of a different set. Yup, those tulips are from the 'With Love' mini stamp set and they feature multilayer stamps which means you'll be stamping detailed tulips in no time. :)

I decided to stamp a lovely row of tall tulips for today's card and then the rest of the card kinda just happened. I had some of the yummy Crate Paper Hello, Love papers left on my desk from creating this card so I decided to use them again. I like to think the striped paper used on the card front adds a trendy touch to the design. Tulips can be trendy, right?

tips and tricks
  • I lightly blended Broken China Distress Ink along the bottom of my stamped tulips to ground them a little.  It makes so much difference! 
  • Confession: I stamped the sentiment with a little too much space above it for my liking. I didn't want to trim the panel down any further, so I simply added a strip of glitter tape across the top to balance the space a little more.  This is our little secret, OK? 
  • When working with striped paper, I always consider whether horizontal or vertical stripes will work best for the design. Horizontal worked best here as it contrasts against the vertical tulips. 
Want to see more sneak peeks? Then hop across to Stephanie's to check out more peeks of the release along with links to the amazingly talented Design Team sharing even more lovely projects to tease you with.

The full reveal of the release is tomorrow (yay!) and I'll be back with one more final card. I hope you can come chick check it out...hee hee!


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Easter blessings

Easter Blessings
*** I ran out of daylight to shoot this card! Photography kindly provided by Natalie Gartforth ***

Welcome back to Day 2 of the Clearly Besotted sneak peeks of the February release! If you missed out on Day 1 then click here. All of the new goodies are available to purchase from 5th February at 10pm GMT. :)

I know that I shared a creation featuring the 'You Are Wonderful' stamp set yesterday so I hope you won't mind that today's card features the same set. What can I say? I'm giving you a good peek at it LOL! I love it and I'm going to suggest that today's card is very different in both style and occasion from yesterday's. ;)

We have an early Easter in 2016 so the new Clearly Besotted release is perfectly timed for me to create a couple of cards ready for the occasion. To give the flowers a bit of a different look, therefore making it kinda different from yesterday's card (have I convinced you yet that it's different?!) I decided to capture a section of the image on the die-cut circle; it goes to show that sections of a stamp can look just as lovely as a full image. The sentiment tucks nicely next to the daffodils too which keeps everything contained snugly in the focal point.

tips and tricks
  • You can achieve a different look with these beautiful blooms by simply changing the colour of the ink used. For yesterday's card I opted to use grey ink which gave a softer, more subtle effect. The black ink used on today's card creates a bolder look. 
  • To make my daffodils really 'pop' I traced around the outline of them using a very light blue alcohol marker. This is a trick that works for any image and will instantly add some depth. 
  • I love to add little twine bows to mini pegs as a finishing embellishment. I find that a good dot of Glossy Accents is great at keeping the twine in place on the wooden peg. :) 
I promise that there are more sets from the Clearly Besotted February release to take a sneak peek at, and the best place to start to check them out is at Stephanie's. I also promise that tomorrow's card will feature a sneak peek of a different stamp set. I hope you can join me then!



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