Saturday 11 May 2013

Clearly Besotted Day

I'm having a lovely crafting and reading day today - inside with the heating back on as it's blinking freezing in Yorkshire today.  I've played along in a few challenges - all with my new stash from Clearly Besotted.   Firstly, my favourite challenge of the week - the original CAS challenge - Less is More and this week is one layer week with the challenge of using a coloured base card.  I went with a sheet of purple card from Stampin Up so cut it in half and made two sympathy cards.

I stamped and embossed the stunning orchid from Thinking of You in white detail and then embossed the large vase from Just Fabulous underneath.  I coloured the orchids with pencils - polychromos from faber castel - they work really well on dark card stock.  I finished each with different sentiments from Thinking of You and a little gentle splattering of watercolour paint using colours found in the flowers.

Next up, when I saw Lesley's challenge image over at Fusion, I knew I had to play along using my new My Cup of Tea stamps.

I decided to try the fusion approach and use Jackie's sketch as well and this is what I came up with.

I used two of the tea cup stamps in 5 different shades of ink and die cut them with the matching cup die.  Once adhered on the black backround I added some co-ordinating ribbon, made a flag with more black card and added a sentiment and die cut teapot on top to finish.

For the final card I used the same stamps but this time for the 10 minute craft dash

Annoyingly, I didn't press stop on my phone stopwatch when I finished the card so I don't have my time clock to share, which is a shame, as it's my quickest one yet!  It was on 7 min 44 seconds when I thought I pressed stop!   Very simply die cutting, stamping and a couple of hand drawn stitch lines.  I love the teapot in blue - reminds me of Wedgewood.


  1. Hi Tara, WOW fab cards today, I love the orchids especially, beautiful colouring with your pencils, Hugs Gay x

  2. Oh my Giddy Aunt - if those orchids don't win at LIM then I throw the towel in - FABUOLOUS!!

    Hugs, Di xx

  3. What fabulous cards Tara
    Margaret x

  4. Oh my goodness what a trio you have for us here!! the orchid is stunning and love the colouring on the dark card. Your fusion is spot on... just the picture I had in my head!! Love the teapot set :0)
    Jenny x

  5. Hi Tara
    Fabulous cards.... That flower is stunning....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  6. Oh my, all of these cards are so pretty! I just got my first Clearly Besotted stamp set recently and love it! :)

    I'm so glad you played along in the 10 Minute Craft Dash- you did a fabulous job. I hope you can join us for the next challenge!

  7. An incredible assortment of cards Tara, I am seriously impressed! Thank you so much for working your magic with our stamps and hope you don't mind me pinning! xxx

  8. Fabulous LIM card.... and I love the tea cup card, fab
    Suzi B x

  9. Wow, those orchids are fabulous! Gorgeous cards. xx

  10. You are one busy girl...lovin' all your cards especially how you were inspired by the Fusion Challenge!

  11. Love your's great. So glad you joined us this week.

  12. great cards!
    Thanks for joining us at the 10 Minute Craft Dash! I hope you join us again soon :)

  13. Gorgeous cards Tara!
    So glad you joined in the fun at FUSION & the 10 Minute Craft Dash - hope to see you again soon :)

  14. These cards look totally amazing Tara... Clearly Besotted stamps are just the business aren't they!
    Sorry I'm a bit slow getting around to commenting this week but I've been on grandchildren duty since last Thursday!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  15. These are all fabulous Tara - but especially the two at the top. That technique looks wonderful against that vibrant card stock! Vicky

  16. Three fabulous cards, Tara! I love your Fusion card! Great fusion of sketch and inspiration. :-)

  17. Fabulous cards Tara, esp. the LIM ones :) Viv xx

  18. Wow - you've been so busy! Love, love the first two cards - the colour and images are just perfect!


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