Cleary Besotted Stamps Guest Designer – Day 5

Hello friends!

This post is way overdue. I was supposed to do it three days ago, but became busy with family and graduation. Well, better late than never!

Today I have two more cards using the set Just Fabulous from Clearly Besotted Stamps’ May release.

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I die cut and stamped the flower and stem. For the flower part, I stamped it in a similar was as I did on the second card in my previous post. First I used light blue (Close to My Hear Sky ink) , then I stamped with a light violet ink (Stampin’Up! Wisteria Wonder).

I also did some coloring on the leaves and stem with a Prosma pencil. As you can, I die cut the same flower&stem out of the white panel and inserted the stamped one in it’s place. I applied some tape on the back to put them together.

The second card:

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This one has a simple design. I combined the vases with a Memory box branch die cut and a triangle flag from Hero Arts, which I used to stamp the diamonds in the background.

Note: Since the beige vase is on the foreground, as it is adhered with foam tape, it meant that the branch had to be raised as  well. I used Pinflair glue gel (Thanks Taheerah!) to apply tiny dots of thick glue at various points behind the branch.

Thanks for stopping by!

Clearly Besotted Stamps Guest Designer – Day 4


Today I am sharing two cards made with the stamp set Just Fabulous from Clearly Besotted Stamps‘ May release.

Here is my first one:

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I stamped the outline flower and stem, colored it with Copic markers and trimmed it out. The bottom strip is double sided tape and Ritz Stardust glitter.

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Do you notice a slight depth to the flowers? I first stamped the small solid flower in light pink. Next I inked the stamp in a darker shade of pink, randomly wiped some ink off with a tissue, then stamped it over the light pink impression.  I did this three times, then stamped the vase and drew some stems. I liked how one of the practice blooms came out, so I trimmed that out and popped it over with foam tape. The panel is backed with silver foil paper.

I will be back tomorrow with a couple more cards from this set.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Clearly Besotted Stamps Guest Designer- Day 3

Hello there crafty people!

Today I am sharing the last two cards from the set My Cup of Tea from Clearly Besotted Stamps‘ May release.

Ombre tea set

This is one of my favorites from this set; emboss resist, Ombre, how can it not be? 🙂 I used Momento chocolate and Stampin’Up! Rose Red to ink up the tea set. Once again, the flourish is from Inkadinkado inchies.

The thin strip is actually silver foil paper, here is a shot capturing the light:

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And here is my last card:

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As you can see, I die cut the pot from the card base and backed it with gray card stock. I stamped the image (Stampin’Up! Pool party) on a separate piece, trimmed it out and adhered with foam tape. The heart is out of gold foil paper with some glossy accent for dimension.

I hope you found some inspiration here. I will be back soon with some samples from other sets.

Thanks for stopping by!

Clearly Besotted Stamps Guest Designer – Day 2

Hello again!

I am here with a couple more cards for my guest post for the May release of Clearly Besotted Stamps.

Once again I have used the My Cup of Tea set to make these two cards:

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I decided to customize the outline tea pot and make it resemble Aladdin’s lamp. I stamped it on gold shimmery card stock and embossed a flourish (Inkadinkado inchies) on one corner. It is a wishing lamp, but in real life you can’t simply wish for things, hence the sentiment, encouraging someone to work for their dreams. When I chose the patterned paper, I simply picked one that looked good with the color scheme, but afterwords I realized that the pattern/colors resembles oriental carpets and thought it worked well with the whole Aladdin theme.

Here is another version of a very similar concept:

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Here I stamped the pot on gold foil card stock, and used a hand draw smoke cut out of vellum. The black corner is supposed to be a rock (looks a bit too flat) and the sentiment is handwritten.

Thanks for stopping by!

Clearly Besotted Stamps Guest Designer – Day 1


I am here to share some cards using products from Clearly Besotted Stamps May release. I was so excited when Stephanie asked me if I wanted to guest design this month! I love her stamp line and couldn’t wait to get my hands on her latest stamps 🙂

I started out by working with the set My Cup of Tea. I had a lot of ideas and ended up making a number of cards. Instead of dumping all the cards in one post, I decided to divide them up into three post, so you will be seeing more from this set in the next two days.

Here are today’s cards:

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I decided to break into my patterned paper pack and used it on the card base. The pot is stamped with Distress ink Victorian Velvet. On another piece of card stock  I embossed the image in gold and cut out the floral portion. As for the oval piece, I embossed a gold outline on it. Here is how; I first cut out the same oval out of masking paper, drew a thin outline around the edges, trimmed it off, then placed the now slightly smaller mask over the oval card stock. Finally I pressed Versamark pad on it, sprinkled the embossing powder, removed the mask and applied heat.

I know…quite a lot of steps for that embossed outline! but it came out quite pretty 🙂

I had a hard time deciding on the sentiment and where to place it. After much fiddling I found a place for it, can you see it?

On to the next card:

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I love the outline pot and cup in this set. There are so many ways you can decorate them! Here I stamped a floral bouquet from Stampin’Up! Best of Flowers set. I remember when I got this set, I was quite disappointed at the scale of the images (I expected them to be bigger) but this one is perfect for this tea pot! and there are yet more to come 🙂

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Here is a super simple card. I wanted to go for more of a gender neutral color and design. Here I used a die that coordinates with the set. It is almost impossible to get a perfect edge if you stamp the image first. So I die cut the cup first and tried stamping on it, first by eye-balling, then by using stamp-a-ma-jig. However neither worked to my satisfaction. Then I used vellum; first die cut the cup then used both the negative and positive parts to position my die exactly where I wanted it to be. Of course, I am a little crazy about getting things exact, so this worked the best for me.

That’s it for me today, see you tomorrow with a couple more cards!

CASE Study DT Search Challenge

This is my second post of the day. For the Runway Baby Shower challenge post please click here or scroll down.

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CASE Study is having a DT search challenge and I decided to give it a go. The challenge is to take inspiration from someone else’s work and create something that conforms to your own style (what makes you happy), hence  CASE-ing it instead of Copying it.

I decided to CASE three designers with different styles, and chose cards that has materials/technique/style which I am not too comfortable with, hence the challenge 🙂

Here we go then, in the order I made them:

First off, Sanketi’s beautiful mixed-media card:

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I love Sanketi’s water color cards. She is a pro when it comes to water-coloring. For me, however, water color equals disaster, so I stayed away from it, and created this clean and simple card:

Sunflower card

In my CASED version, I tried to color the flower (Clearly Besotted Blooming Marvellous) in a similar way by first stamping and then adding highlights with Inktense pencils. I also masked off the flower when stamping the leaves.

Second is Iwona’s uber-awesome scrappy card:

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This card is simply Wow! I love every corner and inch of it! And it is something I could never design…at least not now. I took few elements from this gorgeous card, and here is my cased card:

Pink Rose

The Hexagon pattern is a digital print from Mel’s collection. The leaves are from Clearly Besotted Leafy Accents, and the flower is a digital print from this collection. I would have colored the flower with Copics had I been at home. But since Inktense pencils are the only coloring media with me, I used the direct wet-brush to pencil method to color it.

And finally, my third inspiration card, from non-other than my blog friend and RIC team-mate Wida:

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I love Wida’s style and her fearless use of pattern paper. And like she said, I love all the layered goodness in this card.

I must say, this was a bit tough to CASE. Her style is clean and simple, yet very different from mine. One thing I knew, I had to get in some splatter in my card! I have been wanting to do that for a long time now! So after some shifting around, here is the card I came up with:

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I don’t use pattern paper, but I do love washi tape! These two washi tapes came in a set (Recollection, from Michaels) and I love them! The stamps are from Clearly Besotted Spring Blooms. I used an Inktense pencil and a wet brush to create the splatter.

That’s it! I tried to keep this post concise given all the cards, hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday Trigger: Wake-up Call

Hello friends!

I am back home after a week in New Orleans, Louisiana. Being there reminded me that I can handle freezing temperatures and scorching heat…but not humidity! But aside from the weather, it was nice strolling around and checking out the old city (specially when there was a nice breeze ).

I missed making a card, so as I soon as I got a chance, I made this simple card inspired by this week’s Tuesday Trigger:

and here is the card:


I used stamps from the Clearly Besotted Warm Wishes stamp set. It was quite simple. I stamped the cup and saucer image on patterned paper, trimmed it and adhered it to the pool panel. I then embossed the vapor with white embossing powder. Similarly the sentiment is embossed in white on black card stock.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday Trigger: Sweet Dreams


I wanted to make a card exclusively for the Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World. I love the trigger photo. It has such serene colors, and so many elements to draw inspiration from. See what I mean:

For this card, I was inspired by the abundance of square elements, the beautiful pattern on the comforter, and…do you see it? the flower and leaves on the side table. So here is my card:

Brocade & Bouquet by Tasnim

I used a Hero Arts stamp for the background pattern,and stamped it directly onto paper. You may recognize the flower; it is that beautiful stamp from Clearly Besotted Stamps. I don’t think I have ever used one stamp as many times as this one! I believe this is my sixth card with it 🙂 I colored it with Copic markers, cut it out, and then adhered it with foam adhesive. I have the flower sitting on 1.5″ square, which is simply white card stock scored at 1/8″ intervals.

Thanks for visiting! and as always, I greatly appreciate you feedback!



Stamp: Hero Arts Antique Brocade, Everyday Sayings, Clearly Besotted Stamps Happy Everything.

Ink: Stampi’Up!  So Safforn, Memento Rich Cocoa, Copic markers: R81, R83, R85, R89, G82, G94

Paper: Neenah Solar white card stock.

Just a Note…

Hello! Just a quick post to share one last card with the “Everything Happy” set by Clearly Besotted Stamps.

Yes, I was quite on a rampage with this particular stamps! I still have more ideas…but will hold that thought for some time 🙂

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I colored the flowers with red, orange and yellow Copic markers. In particular I used R27, YR04 and Y15. As for the leaves, I used two shades of bright green; YG06 and YG09. The sentiment “Just a Note” is from a Hero Arts set called All Occasion Messages. I stamped it on white card stock, drew a box around it, then stacked it on three pieces of card stock making it look like a block. Finally, I attached the cut out flower image with foam adhesive.

More on “Everything Happy”


I stamped the images on white card stock, colored one with Distress Scattered Straw and the other with Tumbled glass (using sponge applicator) and cut them out. After much deliberation I finally settled on this arrangement. I can’t say I am 100% satisfied. Somehow I imagined it to come  out prettier. Anyways, I didn’t want to do the whole thing again! So here it it 🙂

Water-coloring with Distress Inks

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Hello! Just sharing another card that I made with the same stamp from the “Everything Happy” set.

I started by embossing the image with clearing embossing powder. Next I used Distress inks (Faded jeans, peacock feathers and scattered straw), swiped them on my craft sheet, sprayed some water on them, and then pressed my paper down on the color pool.  Then I dried the paper with a heat gun and cut out a square.  The butterfly and the sentiment are both from the same set, and they are embossed with white embossing powder.

Thanks for looking!


Stamp: Clearly Besotted Stamps “Everything Happy

Ink: Distress inks; Faded Jeans. Peacock feathers, scattered straw.

Paper: Neenah Soalr white, Bazzill Basicks Kraft paper.

Others: Inkadinkado white and clear embossing powder.

Cleaning Copic markers

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For this card, I colored the stamped image with Copic ink that gets on the cap or around the nib. I used the colorless blender to pick up the ink and apply it on the image. Not a bad way to clean up inky markers and make them less stick!

Here is a video showing how I used this technique.


Stamp: Clearly Besotted Stamps “Everything Happy” and “Blooming Marvellous

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic: R85, R89, YG23. G46

Paper: Gina.K Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White

Others: Ranger Buttercup liquid pearls.

Masking Delicate Images

Hello! Here is a card with another stamp from the “Everything Happy” set from Clearly Besotted Stamps.

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I stamped the flower image on white card stock (5.5″ x 4.25″), then masked it off with post-it label. Post-it labels have full adhesive on the back, so I was able to stamp the image, cut it out and use it as a mask. I also masked off about an inch from all sides using eclipse masking tape, which comes in 1″ width tape; quite convenient.

After all the masking I used Distress inks and a sponge applicator to create the background. Then I stamped Thanks, and colored in some areas with white gel pen. Finally, I trimmed off 1/8″ from all sides and mounted it on black card base using foam tapes.


Stamp: Clearly Besotted Stamps “Everything Happy” Fiskars Grateful set.

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Scattered Straw and Wild Honey, Sakura white gel pen.

Paper: Neenah Solar white, Recollection Textured Black.

Coloring with Copics

Hello! I have a few things to share today.

First of all, and some of you already know this, I have been selected as one of the new Design Team members at Runway Inspired Challenge! You can see the announcement here.

For those of you who follow my blog, you probably noticed that I have been participating in the Runway Inspired Challenges regularly.  I really like it, as it makes me try different things and think outside the box.

I am very excited about this, and I hope to inspire others as I have been inspired.

Now for a card. I  finally used this stamp set from Clearly Besotted Stamps. This is a new stamp line created by Stephanie. I just love the artwork of this particular set.

Here is how it looks when opened:

I used the rose stamp and colored it with Copic markers.

If you are interested to see how I made this card, here is a video:


Stamp: Hero Arts “Thank you definition” Clearly Besotted Stamps “Happy Everything

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress ink Antique Linen, Copics: R81, R83, R85, R89, G40, G43, G46, Close to My Heart Chocolate.

Paper: Neenah Solar White card Stock.

Others: EK success Circle cutter.