Clearly Besotted - Petite Plushies

The lady who owns our favourite coffee shop in our home town, had her first baby last week, a little boy.  So I have made her this card using Clearly Besotted's Petite Plushies.  I love all the little animals in this set and use them a LOT on other cards.

Clearly Besotted Petite Plushies used to make a baby boy card
I created and cut the 'welcome baby' sentiment out on my Silhouette Cameo and coloured it and the little plushies with Copics.  I also used my Cameo to cut the BOY letters out of Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid paper pack.
Petite Plushies by Clearly Besotted used to make a new baby boy card
As my Copic Ciaos are starting to dry up now, I decided to replace them with the Copic Sketch which although more expensive means I can buy the ink to refill them.  I bought 12 this month and will buy another 12 next month so it will take me a while to build up my collection but I so enjoy learning to colour with them.  I also bought and downloaded Sandy Allnock's Copic Hex Chart which is REALLY helpful in deciding which markers to buy and which ones go well together.  Sandy is soooo talented and I could watch her videos all day!  I wish she would come to the UK and do some classes here. 
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Watercoloured Birdies - Welcome Tweet One

What a numpty head I can be....I totally forgot to upload my blog post for Monday.  Mind you hubby has gone away today for a few weeks working in the Arctic (rather him than me as I prefer the heat to the 'freeze your cods off' cold) so I have got an excuse for being late.
Anyway I got my Zigs out to watercolour this little card with some of the birdies from Winnie and Walter's 'So Tweet' stamp set.
Winnie and Walter 'So Tweet' stamps
I have found that using the right watercolour paper with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers does make a difference.  At first when I got them I tried them out on some watercolour card I had from WH Smith and they didn't blend very well at all but I didn't want to spend a fortune on card and eventually found that the Bockingford Aquarelle (NOT) watercolour card by St Cuthberts Mill works really well.  I bought it from my local art shop but you can buy it from Jackson's Art here.
New baby card made using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and Winnie and Walter So Tweet
I even ventured really scarily into using a 'Manual' setting on my camera just to see if I could take a better picture using natural daylight.  I think it turned out ok for my first attempt away from 'Auto' so I shall keep experimenting!!
With my hubby away I shall be spending longer in my craft room....happy face!! :-)
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Hedgehog Gift Card

Hello there and today I am sharing a quick little hedgehog gift card that I made after I found some handbag/purse size mini nail files in our local tourist gift shop. 

Hedgehog nail file gift card made using my silhouette cameo
As soon as I saw them, I snapped them up especially as they only cost 99p! 
I created my own hedgehog cut file in Silhouette Design Studio and made it so that it was large enough to hold the little package inside. 
Hedgehog card made to hold a mini pack of nail files cut using a Silhouette Cameo

To finish him off I added some glossy accents to his nose and eye.

Enjoy your weekend!
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Happy Hedgehogs

 I have been busy decorating our utility room all weekend, and today, on the hottest day of the year, I did all the gloss work on the wood, including our front door.  I did paint our front door a couple of weeks ago with what was supposed to be 'high gloss' paint and I was hoping it would have a shine on it like No. 10 Downing Street....but it was more matte than gloss!!  But it's looking very glossy now after today's coat!
Anyway, I did pop in out of the heat to make this card using Clearly Besotted 'Happy Hugs' but this time I used the hedgehogs instead of those cute bears.
Clearly Besotted Happy Hugs
I even managed to snap a shot out in the garden (under the parasol) as the sun picks up the gold embossing powder on the trees which are again by Clearly Besotted 'Birch Background'.
Happy Hugs stamps by Clearly Besotted
The sentiment is from the same stamp set as the hedgehogs and is heat embossed in white and the banner is cut using a die I picked up in the sale at CB called Long Flag Die.
I've now got to go and pick off the dead flies that landed on my newly painted front door whilst it was wet!!
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Watercoloured card with Zigs

I've been playing with my Zig Clean Color Brush Markers again to make this thank you card.  One of the girls at our firm of accountants is leaving and as she has been brilliant in helping me with our quarterly VAT return, I wanted to make a card as a thank you along with a little gift too.

Thank You card using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
 I heat embossed some flowers from a Waltzing Mouse stamp set called Funky Flowers onto some Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour card.  I then 'swished' some different colours onto the flowers with the Zigs and used an aqua brush to spread the colour out.

I cut out the word 'thanks' from some gold card using a Stampin' Up! die (not sure if it is still available) and then added the 'you've been wonderful' sentiment by heat embossing onto some black card.

Heat embossed card using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and WM Funky Flowers

I did make a boo boo when I made this card as I missed a small leaf in the bottom right when I was heating the embossing powder with my heat gun. I only discovered this when my Zig marker picked up a load of powder and made a mushy mess....sentiments are great for hiding mistakes!!!!
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