Thursday, 25 May 2017


Hi there on this lovely sunny morning, just before I head out to work! I was suppsed to be cutting the lawn, but it is a little too hot, and I won't be back until 9pm tonight, so I guess it will now have to wait until tomorrow. However, I did have a Woodpecker come into my garden to eat the suet coconut I have on the feeder. It seems to also enjoy throwing the bird seed holders onto the floor though grr. I will let it off because it is so pretty, and hopefully I will be able to capture a picture at some point so I can share it with the rest of you.

I will now continue now I am back from work and show you the card I made playing around with some digital images from The Paper Shelter. I used the Precoloured versions of Dragons Birthday, on the Little Easter Bunny background, and came out with this:

I added a couple of sentiments to the printed card to finish it off.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Modsquad - Birthday Bash
OLL #229 Food or Drink
Simply Create Too #127 Use a digi

And here is my latest finished stitching - a country diary dogrose that took just over 6 hours.
Once again that you for taking the time to visit my blog - sorry there are no animal pictures this time :)

Hugz Tinz

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Oo ee oo ah ah .... having fun indeed!

We are halfway through our third challenge over at quirky crafts - with our inspired by a song challenge. I have used Skully Poe from Delicious Doodles to create my reminder card.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and layered on card matching the books the head is sitting on. I layered onto a Papermania geometric base card and then added a contrsting sentiment sticker and some red diamantes. My inspiration for this card was 'Witch Doctor' by The Cartoons.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
 ATSM #242 Make your mark
crafty catz #371 More than 2 layers
deep ocean #155 Furry or feathered friends
AYLI - Favourite skin/fur colour combination (I have chosen this one as it is the one I can make look realistic. I still haven't managed to get the tones right for other skin colours yet)
open-minded crafting #17 Mighty men in may
notjustcards #44 One for the boys

I have also got a fish tank update for you @ almost 145 hours:
I have now finished book two of my trilogy, but I have not got book three yet, so I will aim to write the reviews for the first two books, ready for my next two blog posts :)

Thanks for looking,
Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Golden wedding

Wow the weather has had a right old turn-around hasn't it? Dry and sunny, but still very muggy today. We are away camping for the weekend from tomorrow, so I have got to make sure all the animals are sorted and ready to be left for a little while (I really need to find a house sitter rather than just somebody to pop in and check their food and water).

Anyway, we are onto a new challenge over at Aud Sentiments today, and we have a nice easy one for you this time. The challenge theme is......Anything Goes, just remember to include that all important sentiment! We are sponsored by the lovely Ike's Art for this challenge and I used With This Ring for my creation.
 I used a pre-printed monochrome card base and only coloured the ring on the image (using Gold metallic pen). I then layered the image onto Anita's gold card before adding to the card. The sentiment was created on the computer and layered onto the same gold card.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
dragonfly dreams - monochrome

Some more baby pictures :D

And also an update on my height chart now @ 29hrs for the second dino
Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Snow Time for Creative Moments

Welcome back for my DT post for our new challenge over at Creative Moments. We do not have a twist for this challenge, so just post whatever inspiration you have for us. We are sponsored by
Who are offering 3 images
and Rick St Dennis

Who are offering two images

 I chose a Christmas theme using Feeding the Birds from QKR.
I coloured the image with promarkers and then die cut using the large labels nesting dies from X-cut. The holographic paper was in my scrap paper stash, as was the blue I used for the tag. The tag was die-cut using a First Edition die set, as was the inside sentiment tag. I then added ribbon to a square card blank before layering the image, and added a peel-off sentiment to the die-cut tag.
Here is the inside also:
I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges:
ABC christmas - K for Keep it simple
Sweet stampin' christmas - Anything Goes
Alphabet challenge - E for enchanted creatures (the snowman of course)
jingle belles - blue christmas
polkadoodle - use a die cut
winter wonderland - fav Christmas colours
ATSM #242 Make your mark
Die cuttin' Divas #317 All about tags
PFP #395 Tag it

I have some more pictures of the babies on our lake:

ok I might have been on the wrong side of the fence for the last four pictures - but the geese were attacking the baby ducks as the ducklings were just not taking the hint, so I had to go in there and stop the fighting - and it worked lol!

And here is my recent colouring page - finished in watercolour pencils, but no water added.
It is a little pale in the photograph.

Thank you for looking,
Check back tomorrow for another DT post and another new challenge,

Hugz Tinz

Have a very pink birthday

Welcome back on this wet Wednesday. We have a new challenge for you over at I Love Promarkers today, where we are sponsored by  Little Miss Muffet . The challenge theme this time is Girls Birthday, so a nice easy one for you all.
Just remember that in order to be eligible to win the prize you must use your Promarkers/Flex/Aqua/Brush or Tria.

Here is my stepper card using Celeste Amberglow Celebrate More  
I layered the girl onto a field background before printing out, and then coloured her with promarkers in the following shades: Maroon, Cobalt Blue, Henna, Wild cranberry, Winter berry, Royal blue, Amethyst, Lavender, Tulip Yellow, Orange, Metallic gold, Azure, Blush and Soft Peach.

I created a stepper card and added the image to the high part of the card. I then added pink birthday toppers along the bottom. On the middle step I added the sentiment pennant and layered some blue paper flowers together to compliment the balloons.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
CRAFT #415 Birthday
crafting by design - you're so special
CCM #188 Add a sentiment
MMM #46 Sugar and spice
OLL #228 Something beginning with B (balloons, birthday, blue)
just hanna #273 Let's Celebrate
simply create too #127 Use a digi

I also have a row of Xmas fairies update for you @26.5hrs:
And some more garden pics too:

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I cannot wait to see what creations you link up with us at the challenge blog,

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 15 May 2017

Monochromatic Growth for Dad

Well the weather has certainly turned hasn't it? We have had an exceptionally dry April and now it hasn't stopped raining since late last night! The plants and ground really needed it though, and the little babies on the pond appreciated some extra seed tonight as there are few people out and feeding them :D.

I have made a floral card for Father's Day - an unusual combination I know, but I used Dragonflies instead of butterflies, and kept the look very masculine, with seed heads and pointed flowers.

 I used a pre-highlighted base card and stamped images from my wildflower stamp set free in a magazine with VersaMark ink and heat embossed in silver. I then layered some pointy die-cut flowers in black and white with a silver gem centre. Finally I added a sentiment in silver on white.
I then added a Dad specific sentiment to the inside of the card.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Not Just Cards #44 One for the boys
CCEE1719 Wildflowers
ATSM #241 Anything Goes
As you like it - Favourite Die (I have chosen my floral dies because they are very versatile, but there are so many dies that I love using it was a hard choice).
MTTC #345 Masculine
CCM #188 Add a sentiment

I have some pictures from the garden to share with you:
 Making the best use of a paddling pool!
 My cauldrons are refusing to actually grow!!
 Ladybird lettuce lol
 Pansy's in a bucket
Wormery spud!

I also thought you might like to see my recent finished jigsaw! This one was great fun to do.

I haven't written the book review yet, but it is coming lol.

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Gorjuss Mermaid trio

Hi there,

I have a variety of stamps sets that I always want to use but do not actually often get round to using. So I chose a stamp set and challenged myself to make three cards using just the things in my craft room, and the stamp set. This meant not making any new die cuts or embossing any more cards - no making flowers etc. We all have those boxes of die-cuts and drawers full of embellishments, and as I am running out of storage space I decided it was time to use some of these up.

So here are the three cards I created:
 For this one I wanted to make a card less than 4x4", which I just about managed. I made a very small base from My Minds Eye Chalkboard paper. I stamped the images to create a scene and coloured with watercolour pencils. I also stamped the image onto a patterned paper I received in an ATC swap and paper pieced the tail.
This card was specifically made for TIOT's little things challenge, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Going Dotty and Addicted to CAS #110 Grunge.

For this second card I once again coloured the image with watercolour pencils after stamping to create a scene. This time I wanted the mermaid to be sitting out of the water so I could use the flower stamp too. I layered this onto a shimmery base card alsong with some patterned papers and a sheer ribbon. I added a seal die-cut I had in my stash and raided my bag of punched shapes to find some dazzling dragonflies too. This card is to be entered into the Cute Card Thursday #477 Dies and punches challenge.

For this final card I again used watercolour pencils but this time I fussy cut two of the stamped images and layered them onto a base with some patterned paper pennants and corners.
 And this is the stamp set I used:

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:
Scrapbook Stamp Society #116 Mother's Day
ATSM #241 Anything Goes
Mod Squad - Let's colour!

And here is an update of my Row Of Xmas Fairies cross stitch at 25hr 21.

I live on a new estate and we have some public parkland that we have to pay the maintenance cost for. So we went for a walk over there the other day to see what babies there were on the lake (none at all), and found this!
So we are paying for the trees to be laid down to die!!! Grr - I am sure they would be much happy and look much better if they had been put into the ground. What a waste of money.

Anyway thank you for looking at my blog - I will have more baby pictures soon, and a book review too!

Hugz Tinz