Ready Set Stamp with LLC: Distress Background with Clearly Besotted

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Welcome to our first Collab with LLC Ready Set Stamp series!  This summer, Laura, Laurel and I were talking about doing something fun together for us and for YOU- our viewers!  We decided to do a monthly video collaboration.  Sounds fun, right?

Each month, we’ll choose one company and one set of products to use and we’ll each put our own spin on it!  All three of us have very different styles, so it will be super fun to see  the completely different designs we come up with.

Not only will we have 3 fun videos for you, but there will also be a PRIZE up for grabs with each collab.  SWEET!

HOW TO WIN:   leave a comment on all three videos in the youtube comments section of each video!  Up for grabs right now is a $45 Gift Certificate to Clearly Besotted.

You’ll find the links to Laura and Laurel’s videos below.  The winner will be chosen one week from today and will be notified via email by Laurel.

LLC Clearly Besotted Collab 3 Ready Set Stamp with LLC:

Distress Background with Clearly Besotted

Right at 3:09, I said that I slightly misspoke…I said that adding water droplets would help blend the colors.  That’s not exactly what I meant.  I meant that the water droplets would blend colors where they landed, but also add “busy-ness” to the background and distract from the fact that my blending wasn’t seamless.

LLC Clearly Besotted Collab 2 GIVEAWAY: $45 gift certificate to Clearly Besotted.

How to enter: leave comments on the youtube videos. the winner will be chosen at random by me from the comments left on the youtube videos. Must comment on ALL three videos to be eligible.


LLC Clearly Besotted Collab 4

Thanks for being here with us today!  Go check out Laura and Laurel’s…can’t wait to see what they came up with!



  • Kristie G. September 15, 2015, 8:26 am

    Super cute cards! Love the backgrounds and the black and white images. So fun!

  • Janet Kohler September 15, 2015, 8:52 am

    I just love your videos and ideas.

  • Kathy Bury September 15, 2015, 8:59 am

    Love the colors and simplicity of a fun card. Thanks for sharing ♡

  • Janie T September 15, 2015, 9:14 am

    Fun cards. I love this stamp set.

  • Carol C. September 15, 2015, 9:30 am

    Love, love love!

  • Diana September 15, 2015, 9:34 am

    Really cute cards, love the backgrounds.

  • Christy Velasquez September 15, 2015, 9:41 am

    I love that stamp set! Those little critters are so cute and I like how you didn’t color them but kept them black and white.

  • Donna Wakefield September 15, 2015, 9:55 am

    I love that background coloring. And the balloons are so cute.

  • Linda Gorman September 15, 2015, 10:04 am

    Love this cards! Perfect for kids!

  • Elizabeth September 15, 2015, 10:25 am

    I love the use of color! Will have to try that background out in my own card making.

  • Leslie Brown September 15, 2015, 10:31 am

    Cute card. The background really makes it!!

  • Jody V September 15, 2015, 10:39 am

    Cute card Catherine. Thanks.

  • Kathy M September 15, 2015, 10:48 am

    Love the balloon animal stamps……very beautiful with the rainbow. Thanks for sharing.

  • Amy McCue September 15, 2015, 10:55 am

    i love how the,water,droplets pull up the color!

  • pam in oregon September 15, 2015, 11:00 am

    What…. 2 fun and easy cards. So simply yet so eye catching.

  • Marilyn Martin September 15, 2015, 11:12 am

    I just loved your background technique. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Karen A September 15, 2015, 11:16 am

    Such fun, cut cards; liked your second blended background! Thanks for sharing.

  • Carla joudrey September 15, 2015, 11:44 am

    Love the blending.cute stamps

  • Liz McAllister September 15, 2015, 11:45 am

    How can you go wrong with distress ^ clearly besotted?????

  • Lisa Harrolle September 15, 2015, 11:51 am

    Very cute! I love how you left the little balloons white against that colorful background. Great cards!

  • Brenda September 15, 2015, 11:57 am

    Stamp set is cute but the background is so very versatile.

  • Terry Maston September 15, 2015, 12:14 pm

    Cute cards and I really love the color combos in the backgrounds

  • Sharon Salerno September 15, 2015, 12:15 pm

    I love this collaboration and seeing the three of you use the same stamp in such different ways. Super cute stamp set to work with.

  • Metty September 15, 2015, 12:19 pm

    Both are great! Thanks so much.

  • Margaret Reiling September 15, 2015, 12:59 pm

    Love that stamp set!

  • Nina Adams September 15, 2015, 1:01 pm

    Great card! Love the way you used the distress inks and water on the background!!

  • Lowah Hu September 15, 2015, 1:17 pm

    New learning from each time watching your video.
    Love your creative ways!! Enjoyable

  • Debbie September 15, 2015, 1:53 pm

    Love this set and your cards.

  • Mary Ellen Lounsbery September 15, 2015, 2:23 pm

    What cute cards!

  • Diana September 15, 2015, 3:21 pm

    Love your videos. You do a great job. Love the background technique.

  • Sharon Nichols September 15, 2015, 3:31 pm

    So quick to make and cheerful! Love them.

  • Emilly M September 15, 2015, 4:21 pm

    Love this card, so cute!

  • Lori Fodor September 15, 2015, 5:02 pm

    Absolutely adorable card for any kid. I love the background too. Thanks for sharing.

  • Linda Grady September 15, 2015, 5:31 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win some of these cute stamps – by way of the gift certificate to Clearly Besotted. These animal balloons are adorable. Haven’t tried the droplets of water on a card yet; like the look.

  • Janice Hilton September 15, 2015, 6:08 pm

    Love the colours and the balloons!! How sweet is this card! :-) Thanks so much for the ideas and techniques.

  • Lynn G. September 15, 2015, 6:28 pm

    What a fun idea Catherine . I watched Laura and Laurel’s You Tube videos and commented on all three .. I don’t do much watercolouring but just might have to do so after watching this collaboration . Thank you for sharing your talents .

  • Vickie September 15, 2015, 6:38 pm

    So cute! Love Love Love!!

  • Pat wroblewski September 15, 2015, 7:00 pm

    Love the cards. Too cute!

  • Nancy Fielder September 15, 2015, 7:13 pm

    Super cute cards. Love the stamp set.

  • Laurel Beard September 15, 2015, 8:02 pm


  • Louise Wittmer September 15, 2015, 8:54 pm

    loving these cards… simple, striking and fast.

  • Becky Rohwer September 15, 2015, 8:55 pm

    Very cute cards. Love the effect of water flicking.

  • Terri September 15, 2015, 8:58 pm

    Catherine. Both of these cards are really cute. It’s hard to pick a favorite.

  • JoAnn September 15, 2015, 9:35 pm

    I have enjoyed today’s video, you used the distress inks and a blending tool. I noticed that you have attached the blending sponge to the back of the ink pads. I think this is a great idea. Can you tell me what holds the piece in place?
    The card s are beautiful.

  • Lagene September 15, 2015, 9:41 pm

    Awesome cards!

  • Queen of Cards September 15, 2015, 9:50 pm

    really love the water droplets!

  • Catherine September 15, 2015, 9:59 pm

    Yes! :) It’s a piece of velcro !!

  • Christina September 15, 2015, 10:18 pm

    I think these stamps are adorable! You background was beautiful, it made a wonderful card!

  • Myra Hutchins September 15, 2015, 10:54 pm

    Love your water colors and distress methods.

  • Kathya September 15, 2015, 11:12 pm

    Adorable cards! I love being able to make two cards quickly. These turned out great!

  • Anna Kluytmans September 16, 2015, 2:07 am

    Hi Catherine, I love both of your cards, I do like the background with the water splatters great effect. Cheers Anna.

  • Sandy Small September 16, 2015, 2:43 am

    What a cute card! Love the stamps. Great idea to showcase different styles, too.

  • Katfish September 16, 2015, 7:31 am

    Cute stamp set. Love the background technique…simple, colorful and best of all easy!

  • TracyM #6773 September 16, 2015, 9:31 am

    What a WONDERFUL collaboration – LLC are three FUN and TALENTED ladies!!!
    FUN & FABULOUS cards Catherine :)
    LOVE your BEAUTIFUL rainbow backgrounds, the colours really POP, especially the Twisted Citron (I NEED IT NOW) and the water droplets add a fun effect and the black strip/layer add a touch of elegance, ANOTHER thing I NEED to do more often, it ties in the black of your stamping too!!! THANK YOU for sharing, my techniques-to-try list is growing much too fast for me to keep up :)

  • Mary Nelson September 16, 2015, 11:16 am

    Loving the rainbow background and water marks! Fast and easy and gorgeous all in one card! Now that’s my kind of crafting!! You always have the best ideas, so glad I found you!

  • Fran W September 16, 2015, 12:42 pm

    Such cuteness! I love those little critters and what you did with the background.

  • Janet Lakely September 16, 2015, 2:52 pm

    Love the cards!

  • Sandra Johnston September 16, 2015, 3:15 pm

    Great cards Catherine! Love the idea of a collaboration using one of my favourite stamp companies. What “kid” of any age wouldn’t just love these cards!

  • Sue Smith September 16, 2015, 5:08 pm

    Love the cheerful look of these darling birthday balloons. I need to be brave and try the rainbow blending for background love the way it looks ;)

  • Cathy Green September 16, 2015, 5:50 pm

    Great color scheme, love both cards.

  • Stephanie September 16, 2015, 6:38 pm

    You are right, this is an adorable stamp set!!!!

  • Melissa Friedrich September 16, 2015, 10:16 pm

    Love both these adorable cards, love the pop of black border…. I need to use more black in backgrounds to make those colors pop, thanks!

  • Jennifer September 17, 2015, 5:52 pm

    Love these cards. Adorable for young kids.

  • Cynthia Johnson September 19, 2015, 2:59 am

    I love these cards, they are so cute! The watercolor background just makes them.

  • nina m.m. September 20, 2015, 10:32 am

    Enjoyed the blending! Wonderful card. TFS

  • Kim S September 21, 2015, 1:08 am

    Love the fun layout and background you’ve created.

  • Anne Schellenberg September 29, 2015, 11:17 pm

    Love watching your videos!! Nice to see others think they messed up, even though they look great to me.

  • Yvonne October 5, 2015, 1:35 am

    Great job as usual! I love, love the backgroud. It really males the critters pop.

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