Monday, 5 January 2015

Clearly Besotted January Release - Bon Voyage & Flowers & Flourishes (Guest Designer!)

Hi guys

I've scheduled this post this morning as right now I will be running around like a mad woman trying to get ready for work.  Unfortunately, I have already been back to work during the Christmas break but Mondays are always tough!

At 10pm tonight the new products at Clearly Besotted Stamps will be available to purchase from the store here.  I can already picture lots of you with your fingers on the refresh button ready to fill your baskets with your favourites...I know this as every month I am usually doing exactly that!

If you visit Stephanie's blog today, here, she will be revealing the release in its entirety for your viewing pleasure, and you'll find links to the lovely DT ladies there too.  There are eight stamp sets and six die collections in this release and it's a really varied selection so there will be something for everyone.

So, without keeping you waiting any longer, here are my remaining cards to showcase two more beautiful sets.

The first set is called Bon Voyage.  This set includes cityscape silhouettes of London, New York and Sydney together with some sentiments in 'typed' and 'script' fonts.  Here is my first card using the Sydney cityscape...

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Bon Voyage
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tangelo (applied through stencil with Ink Dusters)
  • Embossing Powder: Stampin' Up - Black
  • Cardstock: Papermania
  • Stencil: MFT Mix-ables - Sun Ray
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Pierced Squares Stax

Challenge entries:
CASology - Week 127 - Light
The Crafter's Cafe - Challenge #97 - New (as yet unreleased stamp set and new/unused stencil)

My second card uses the London silhouette stamp which I thought would be a great to create this New Year card (although a little late to now send this year!)

Three of these 'fireworks' were actually flower heads, I used multiple other CBS sets to create these!

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Bon Voyage, Many Mini Messages, Window Dressing and Dandelion Dreams
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver and Metallic Gold Rich
  • Coloured cardstock: Papermania
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rounded Rectangles Stax
  • Tools: Tonic - corner punch

Challenge entries:

Creative Inspirations - Challenge #294 - Christmas/New Year
Simply Create Too - Challenge #76 - Let's Celebrate
AAA Cards - Challenge #31 - Use a Little Gold

My next two cards use the new stamp set called Flowers & Flourishes.  This set features beautifully ornate blooms in linear and solid images, leaves and buds and some useful sentiments too.  Firstly I made this little note card combining this set with some other CBS products...

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Flowers & Flourishes, Leafy Accents and Sentimental Type
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Sky Gray
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Die: Clearly Besotted - Trellis Die
  • Vellum and cardstock from stash
  • Accents: Doodlebug Sprinkles - Bumblebee

Challenge entries:
DJ Kard Kreations - NBUS Challenge #3 - as yet unreleased stamp set and new/unused die
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - New - as yet unreleased stamp set and new/unused die
Inkspirational - Challenge #73 - Word prompt 'note'

And my final card also uses the new Flowers & Flourishes set.  This one didn't go to plan.  I wanted to use the ghost stamping technique on kraft but my white pigment ink isn't the best and I initially wanted to use Neenah Desert Storm cardstock but it wasn't showing up enough so I had to resort to using a darker kraft cardstock which isn't as pretty but hopefully you can see the general effect I was going for...

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Flowers & Flourishes and Diagonal Stripes
  • Ink: Versa Color - White, Raspberry, Grape and Green Tea
  • Cardstock: Papermania - Kraft

Challenge entry:
My Time to Craft - Challenge #273 - All Things New (as yet unreleased stamp set)

So there you have it, I think you'll agree that Stephanie has created a fantastic release for this month.  I'd like to thank her massively for inviting me to Guest Design with her team once again and I've so enjoyed creating these teasers for you all.  And don't forget, if you want to get your crafty hands on any of this month's release, they will be available at the store from 10pm GMT tonight! Yay :)

Thanks for all your lovely comments these last few days, they really do mean a lot to me.

Bye for now


  1. Anita you've rocked this release!
    These are magnificent and now I just need all the sets!
    Must not sure I've enough Santa pennies!!!
    Sarah xx

  2. Another set of amazing cards Anita, the top one is my fave though! Stunning! Thank you so much for joining us this month, you rocked this release! xx

  3. Well getting a preview of Clearly Besotted's new release was definitely a bonus! Thanks for playing at AAA Cards, loving your bit of gold.

  4. Wow Anita, your cards are amazing! Ive mentioned that you use Versa color much. Do you have also the small ones or do you prefer the large ones? Your results are really nice =)

  5. And I'd like to thank you massively for being the MOST incredible Guest Designer Anita - you've blown my socks off!! <3

  6. Gorgeous elegant cards Anita, love them all x Sharon x

  7. These are all so lush Anita! no wonder you were guest designer over at CB. Fabulous cards. Hazel x

  8. Amazing cards! You are so creative

  9. Yes,, Stephanie has created a marvelous release, and YOU, my friend, have breathed magical life into it! All of your cards have been beyond delightful, and this set today is no exception! You've made the products absolutely shine! Love them all...and your flowers on the kraft paper truly is gorgeous! You and CB are obviously 'made for each other'! You've been an awesome GD!!

  10. You are so clever... flowers as fireworks, shadow stamping on Kraft... 3 excellent cards!

  11. OMG, these are all so pretty. Love them.

  12. Oh wow, so much gorgeousness on one page!! That sunshine works perfectly with the cityscape. I love the shine on the second card. That lattice on the third card is so sweet and the ghost stamping on the last card is awesome! Thanks for playing along with CASology!

  13. Beautiful cards - what a great collection! Thank you for joining our "something new" challenge this week at Sweet Stampin, Wedgie xxx

  14. Great job showcasing the new set of stamps Anita. All your cards you've made as Guest Designer are creative. Loll xx

  15. This is a great creation! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations and I hope you had a good New Year! xxx

  16. Lovely eye candy! I like the sky bursts in gold - looks awesome- Thanks for joining in at AAA!

  17. Oh, I think Stephanie will be the one thanking YOU, Anita, for doing such a magnificent job of showcasing her new products!! Again. each one is more sensational than the one before! I think your last ghosting card shows exactly what you were going for. And the one you linked with my NBUS Challenge (thank you very much!) with the vellum flowers literally took my breath away. It's such a sweet design!! Finally, both your cityscape cards are also outstanding! I would think anyone from the UK or going to the UK would love getting this card for a birthday or, heck, just for celebrating life!! Hugs, Darnell

  18. Oh WOW!!! You've outdone yourself!! Excellent showing of the new release...all your cards are truly awesome!!

  19. A beautiful interpretation of "a touch of gold", Anita. Happy 2015!

  20. Beautiful cards, Anita! Good idea to use flower stamps for fireworks and stunning colors! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Simply Create Too!

    Hugs, Marja
    Simply Create Too DT

  21. Such gorgeous cards, thank you so much for playing with Sweet Stampin', hope you can join for our next challenge too.

    Warm hugs

  22. Well all I can say is wow! This are amazing cards, love the city skyline ones! Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin' this week! Pami x

  23. Oh my word, these are just superb! You have rocked this gorgeous Clearly Besotted release! (Oh I am sooo tempted by all of them!!!) Thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft!

    love Mags B x

  24. Anita: Beautiful celebration cards! We're glad you're joining Simply Create Too challenge #76 - "Let's Celebrate". Looking forward to your entry in our next challenge also.

    Simply Create Too Design Team Member

  25. All lovely cards - my favorite one, which looks so classy and chic, is the a little note one!! WOW - looks so clean, crisp, and so well done!! Love the vellum flowers and the extra, well-added details!! Way to go, this really made me smile!!

  26. Happy New Year! Thanks so much for playing with AAA Cards this past year! Each game has brought us new friends and fun new ideas in card making. We whole heartily send a happy hug with our thanks and we hope you’ll enjoy the new year with us as well. We look forward to you and your cards when we restart on February 1st 2015.

    “Use a little GOLD”...
    Excellent group of cards, the one for AAA Cards is just right!

    Wishing you a wonderful year. Victoria Lavender

  27. Popping in from Inkspirational.. All of your cards are beautiful, but I just couldn't resist coming to tell you how amazing your card at Ink is... I just love your colour combo in that one!


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