Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Clearly Besotted stamps & dies, Simon Says Stamp inks - tag, christmas, joy, ribbon

Wohoo! It’s time to start the Clearly Besotted sneaky peeks :D I thought I’d start with a little tag using the gorgeous Joy To The World stamps and dies. I love the clean and yet elegant look to these images – just check out those beautiful sprigs and that fabulous ribbon! The leaves are stamped in Beanstalk Green and the ribbon in Coral Reef and then cut out with their matching dies. They are mounted onto a Scalloped Tag cut from Teresa Collins patterned paper and strung with some Lawn Fawn twine. Then I added a multi-layered die cut Joy word die – the layers giving this delicate die cut a bit more impact in order for it to stand out a little. Finally a couple of pearls and a gem finished it off :D

All the new Clearly Besotted products will go live on Sunday 5th October :D I will be back with lots to share over the next few days with more peeks from Clearly Besotted and also Simon Says Stamp have a new release tomorrow too! Add in that Saturday is World Card Making Day and we have a lots of crafty fun ahead!


Stamps – Clearly Besotted Stamps Joy to the World; Dies – Clearly Besotted Stamps Joy to the World, scalloped tag, joy; Inks – Simon Says Stamp beanstalk green, coral reef; Card – Neenah solar white 80lb; Paper – Teresa Collins something wonderful; Twine – Lawn Fawn coral; Accents – Hero Arts pool mixed, Kaiser split pea

  • Giada - October 2, 2014 - 10:32 am

    your work is lovely. photos are interesting. wonder if you could share why they are a bit overexposed. hard to see. is it a fashion now?ReplyCancel

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember, Clearly Besotted Stamps - christmas, card, pine branch, snow, winter

It’s still September right? So I can squeeze another STAMPtember release project in :D This Holly Berries collaborative set with Simon and Clearly Besotted is so darn elegant!  There are two main images with separate add-ons; the pine branch with cones and the holly sprig with berries. I inked the Pine Branch with Distress Markers and stamped onto a Fog panel. Then inked up the pine cones (again with Distress Markers) and stamped those in place too – so quick and simple! I highlighted the image with a subtle vignette by bringing in a touch of Pumice Stone Distress Ink just around the edges. Then I accented the pine cones with a little Platinum Stickles and the pine needles with some Clear Wink Of StellaDebby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember, Clearly Besotted Stamps - christmas, card, pine branch, snow, winter

The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and gold heat embossed. Once I’d got all my images in place, I laid the Falling Snow stencil over the panel and selectively swiped Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste through the dots. I still love this stencil so much even though it is one from last year :D

Hang tight as this week is going to get a little CRAZY around here! I’ll be starting Clearly Besotted peeks from Thursday and then Simon Says Stamp are bringing out a new release on Friday! Oh I do LOVE this time of year so much :D


Stamps – Simon Says Stamp/Clearly Besotted Stamps holly berries; Stencil – Simon Says Stamp falling snow; Card – Simon Says Stamp fog, Bazzill marshmallow; Ink – Versamark, Distress Ink pumice stone; Distress Markers – peeled paint, forest moss, tea dye, vintage photo; Accents – Zig wink of stella clear glitter pen, Ranger platinum stickler; Embossing Paste – Wendy Vecchi white; Embossing Powder – Ranger super fine detail gold

  • Dottie J - September 29, 2014 - 1:49 pm

    Simply stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Petra - September 29, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    Beautiful, Debbie!!ReplyCancel

  • Tess Hackett - September 29, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    I love this card so elegant and beautiful! One of my favorites for sure. : )ReplyCancel

  • JOAN SMITH - September 29, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    Oh Debbie your card is gorgeous….I was in awe when I saw it!
    You really did an outstanding creative job and definitely created magic with all of your goodies. Definitely a work of artReplyCancel

  • Holly Saveur - September 29, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    Such a gorgeous and elegant card.ReplyCancel

  • Diana Nguyen - September 29, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    WoW! I can see why you love that falling snow stencil. It’s a beautiful card but that snow adds to it even more!ReplyCancel

  • Marianne - September 29, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    A real stunner. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • conil - September 29, 2014 - 5:20 pm

    Such a busy girl…surprised you could fit this card in…I, too, love this elegant set. So perfect for making a ton of holiday cards. Nothing as beautiful as yours though. Amazing what just a few images can do. The embossing paste is the perfect addition.ReplyCancel

  • TamiB - September 29, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    Absolutely lovely and elegant Debby! Thanks for sharing it!ReplyCancel

  • Suzy - September 29, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    I love this card-simple but elegant!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Ann D. - September 29, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    Simply gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Taheerah - September 29, 2014 - 9:08 pm

    Absolutely stunning Debby! Now I *need* this set – and that stencil!ReplyCancel

    • Debby - September 29, 2014 - 10:16 pm

      Don’t you have the stencil yet T?!!ReplyCancel

  • Bev - September 29, 2014 - 9:10 pm

    I love your work, and this card is an example of why. It is so lovely. I would love to see a video of you creating it. You are very inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Anne Bulat - September 29, 2014 - 10:33 pm

    It’s simply beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Therese - September 29, 2014 - 10:46 pm

    Oh my WOW Debby, this has me so inspired that I actually feel like creating some Christmas cards. Had to pin it, thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda J - September 29, 2014 - 10:48 pm

    This card is FABULOUS!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Ghig - September 30, 2014 - 12:12 am

    Gorgeous card, Debby! I love your choice of colors, and that you chose Fog for your front panel…so chic! Love the gold embossing for your sentiment, too! So pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Wilson - September 30, 2014 - 12:42 am

    Absolutely exquisite, Debby!ReplyCancel

  • Michele Goat Girl - September 30, 2014 - 2:23 am

    I’m just a lurker/follower and I rarely ever comment on anyone’s blog so I had to say that not only do I love this card but it’s STUNNING!ReplyCancel

    • Debby - September 30, 2014 - 8:31 pm

      it makes me glow that you popped in to say hello :DReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - September 30, 2014 - 4:03 am

    Absolutely stunning. This card is so peaceful, like fresh-fallen snow. The embossing paste over a stencil is such a great idea, too.ReplyCancel

  • Yoonsun Hur - September 30, 2014 - 7:11 am

    SO so so beautiful! Oh My Goodness… it is totally beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Lara - September 30, 2014 - 8:25 am

    I love the gold and the snow Debbie.ReplyCancel

  • Darlyne Wagner - September 30, 2014 - 9:44 am

    Debby, you are the mistress of soft, elegant cards and this one makes me think of being in the forest, feeling snowflakes fall onto my skin and breathing in icy air–all good memories of my life. The snow made from paste and the stamped tree branch and pinecone are perfect-PERFECT! Congratulations on capturing the magic of winter!ReplyCancel

    • Debby - September 30, 2014 - 8:32 pm

      I can almost feel the nip of the snow from your description :DReplyCancel

  • Karen Bourke - September 30, 2014 - 12:08 pm

    Debby this is absolutely beautiful. Love what you’ve done with it and the addition of the snow was genius. Love this set so much I had to bite the bullet and pop over to SSS to buy it……even though the shipping costs exactly the same as the stamp set!!! Pity Steph can’t offer them over here but I expect SSS insists on exclusivity………ReplyCancel

    • Debby - September 30, 2014 - 8:31 pm

      Yay, you ordered it :DReplyCancel

  • Muneca - September 30, 2014 - 2:12 pm


    That card is beautiful! Love the snow effect using the embossing paste!ReplyCancel

  • Leni - September 30, 2014 - 9:57 pm

    Very beautiful card! Just what I like! Love how you did the embossing paste. It gives such a real, soft snow effect, just as real snowflakes!ReplyCancel

  • Shirley - October 1, 2014 - 10:25 am

    Beautiful, elegant cardReplyCancel

  • Chriss Blagrave - October 1, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    Yes, this is stunning…and dreamy…and elegant!ReplyCancel

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - CASE Study - Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember - Christmas, card, ornaments, gold, joy

I came to write todays post for this weeks CASE Study challenge and realised it was the last one of the month! I thought we had another week after this, but October will be here sooner than expected I guess LOL. So what are we up to for this week, well the inspiration is this winter wedding card I made a year ago today!


Gold, twine, embossing paste and a grouping of elements were the key features I wanted to play with. The Ornaments stamp set from Simon Says Stamp with matching Holiday Ornaments dies are so classy so I stamped the images in Versamark, gold heat embossed the ornaments and silver embossed the ornament toppers and then cut everything out with their dies. I also gold heat embossed the sentiment onto a Tiny Tag, the shape of which reminded me of the ornaments. The ornaments are strung with gold threaded twine and foam mounted over a panel on which I used the Swirls and Dots stencil and some Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste. The stencil pattern matches the largest of the ornaments :D

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - CASE Study - Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember - Christmas, card, ornaments, gold, joy

Well as I say, I can’t believe this is the last CASE Study of the month which means my stint as muse comes to a close. I want to thank Chupa for inviting me to play along this month and to just say what an outstanding job she does each and every week, month and year. It has been a pleasure to join the team again if only for a month. Please pop over to the CASE Study blog to see the awesome job the team do and I hope if you have time you might join in with us this week :D


Stamps – Simon Says Stamp ornaments; Dies – Simon Says Stamp holiday ornaments, tiny tags; Stencil – Simon Says Stamp swirls and dots; Card – Bazzill marshmallow; Ink – Versamark; Embossing Paste – Wendy Vecchi white; Embossing Powders – Ranger super fine detail silver, super fine detail gold; Twine – Hemptique metallic classic; Adhesive pearls

  • Lisa Lara - September 25, 2014 - 8:27 am

    I love the gold embossing and the twine Debbie.ReplyCancel

  • Darlyne Wagner - September 25, 2014 - 9:55 am

    The gold ornaments against pristine white are so lovely. Almost tender. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • Aanal - September 25, 2014 - 11:31 am

    It looks very elegant! Just perfect for holiday season…ReplyCancel

  • ~amy~ - September 25, 2014 - 12:17 pm

    LOVE both of your cards…absolutely lovely.ReplyCancel

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  • janet - September 25, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    Stunning, Debby! I just saw it on Instagram but the beauty of the embossing paste background evaded me! Just love how you have staged the card – fabulous photo :-)ReplyCancel

  • Michele F - September 25, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    Debby, you inspire me like no other! Leave it to you to see how beautifully that stencil matched the ornament’s design!! How brilliant… it has been so wonderful CASEing your works of art. You are most days sitting on my creative shoulder, thank you!
    =] MicheleReplyCancel

  • JOAN SMITH - September 25, 2014 - 2:28 pm

    Your card is gorgeous OMG girl you’ve totally outdone yourself and what you have done with theses dies and inks are amazing.
    I think its so cool that you got inspiration from the card you created a year ago…gosh i do the same thing…..and girl just so ya know you’ve totally given me inspiration. You sure are one outstanding talented gal!!ReplyCancel

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  • Dotty Jo - September 25, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    This is simply stunning! Jo xReplyCancel

  • Barb Ghig - September 25, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    Absolutely GORGEOUS card, Debby! I love all the gold embossing, and how the stencil matches the pattern on the large ornament…so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kay Miller - September 25, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    Oh Debbie, your cards make me happy! This is so pretty! Love the white space and the beautiful gold embossed ornaments! *sigh*ReplyCancel

  • erin - September 27, 2014 - 4:07 pm

    As always, absolutely stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Audrey Wu - September 29, 2014 - 1:29 am

    Awww… this is beautiful! Always love your creation!ReplyCancel


Hi there! I’ve a card over on Simon Say Stamp’s blog today for a special STAMPtember color coordinates challenge! Here’s a little peek of my card which uses one of my favourites from the STAMPtember release, the Autumn Blessings stamp set with matching Fall Wreaths dies. Please pop over to Simon to see the card in full and to get all the details on the challenge :D

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember - Color Coordinates Challenge - fall, card, leaves, sequins, thanks, thanksgiving


Stamps – Simon Says Stamp autumn blessings; Dies – Simon Says Stamp fall wreaths, thanks card; Stencil – Simon Says Stamp zig zag dots; Inks – Simon Says Stamp olive, khaki, burnt orange, dark chocolate; Sequins – Simon Says Stamp fall festival; Card – Neenah solar white; Paper – Lawn Fawn sweater weather; Embossing Paste – Wendy Vecchi white; Twine – May Arts

  • Pam Spicer - September 24, 2014 - 5:36 pm

    These colors look great together!ReplyCancel

  • conil - September 24, 2014 - 5:50 pm

    Saw it…loved it. What great layering of those lovely colors. Just crazy about the Clearly Besotted stamp set. Trying to wait patiently for mine to arrive.ReplyCancel

  • Debs - September 24, 2014 - 10:01 pm

    Your talent never ceases to amaze me. The colors, and composition are creative and edgy. Thank you for continuing to inspire.ReplyCancel

  • janet - September 25, 2014 - 3:51 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! And the colours are perfectly coordinated :-0ReplyCancel

  • Elly Booij - September 25, 2014 - 11:04 am

    Very lovely creationReplyCancel

  • Barb Ghig - September 25, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    I saw your gorgeous card over at SSS…Love how you played with these stamps and dies, and the colors are just beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember - Halloween, cat, trick or treat, card

I was looking through my cards the other day and realised I hadn’t shared this one with you. It was another I made when delighting in the new Trick or Treat set from Simon Says Stamp which I believe is back in stock – the set comes as stamps, matching dies and, with a small saving, as a bundle. I thought I’d share this today as I really enjoyed the start of Copic Markers for Card Makers over at Online Card Classes and the Copic coloured kitty seemed appropriate!

The cat is stamped in Memento tuxedo black, Copic coloured (see colours below), trimmed out and a black marker run around the cut edge to finish it off. The sentiment is stamped in Versafine onyx black and trimmed out. Both are mounted onto an inky panel of broken china, dusty concord, chipped sapphire and black soot Distress Inks splattered with a solution of Perfect Pearls. I die cut a circle moon and backed it with another distress inked panel this time in mustard seed and spiced marmalade and splattered with water to give a more subtle effect. To ground the scene I stamped the striped border from the set on white card and trimmed out to fit the panel.

Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember - Halloween, cat, trick or treat, card

If you haven’t checked out the Copic Markers for Card Makers class yet then I highly recommend it and I’m very much looking forward to todays lesson going live shortly :D

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Stamps – Simon Says Stamp trick or treat; Card – Neenah solar white 80lb, 110lb; Inks – Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, Distress Inks mustard seed, spiced marmalade, broken china, dusty concord, chipped sapphire, black soot; Perfect Pearls; Copics – 0, cloak (V01, V04, V06, V09, C5, C7, C9) cat (R11, W0, W1, W3, W5, W7); Memento dual marker

  • Barb Ghig - September 23, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    Really cute card, Debby! I love the colors and how you created the moon and sky for your background! TFS!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - September 23, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Such beautiful coloring! I love this card!ReplyCancel

  • conil - September 23, 2014 - 4:28 pm

    Love that cut out moon behind Count Catula and, oooh, that spooky night sky. Great card.ReplyCancel

  • Yukari Y. - September 23, 2014 - 5:50 pm

    Such an amazing card!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Foraker - September 24, 2014 - 1:13 am

    This is sooooo cute! You are so incredibly talented! :)ReplyCancel

  • Silke Ledlow - September 24, 2014 - 1:18 am

    Super cute card Debby! I’m so excited it’s Halloween time again :) !!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary-Anne V. - September 24, 2014 - 1:22 am

    Very sweet card…love that background sky.ReplyCancel

  • Janet Wilson - September 25, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    Adorable and brilliant inking :-)ReplyCancel