Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Animals @ I Love Promarkers

It is time for a new Anything Goes challenge over at I Love Promarkers. The theme for the DT, and for you guys if you want a bit more of a challenge, was to add an animal. Don't forget your Promarkers though, whatever you decide to create.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Dr Digi's House Of Stamps , and I am using Mood Music for my card.
I layered patterned papers onto mirror card and then matted them together. I wrapped the layers with starry ribbon and then layered onto a white card base with the fold at the top. I added a green doily and fussy cut the image before placing on top of the doily. To finish I hand-wrote the sentiment onto an aqua tag, added a bow to the dogs tail and diamantes in the corners.

I used Promarkers in - Metallics Gold and Silver, Cool Grey 3, Lavender, April Showers, Icicle, China Blue, Terracotta, Tequila Sunrise, Pastel Pink, Olive Green, Royal Blue, Walnut (and a couple of other blues too).

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
PFP #462 Anything Goes
Craftingbydesigns - You're the man
 scrapbookstampsociety #149 Use an animal
MAWTT #80 Use Ribbons
inkspirational #169 Use a doily

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Waterfall bracelet

I have actually been doing some beading guys! It has been a while since I made something nice with my beads (even if I did manage to break one of the pots and end up with pearl beads EVERYWHERE!!

So the first thing to do for this design is to wrap the tassel beads - take a head pin and thread the desired beads onto it. Then fold the wire at 90 degrees above the top bead. Hold round nose pliers after the fold, on the long bit of wire and wrap the wire round, so that it is 180 degrees. Then use the pliers to rotate it round to make a full 360 turn, and a loop. Keep the round nose pliers in the loop you have created and use some crocodile, or long-nosed, pliers to wrap the remaining wire from this loop, down to the bead. Cut the wire and fold the end in tightly above the bead. Then these were just threaded on to beading wire, with pearls to make the main string.

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday - It's a wrap (I have been creative with the theme as my beads are wrapped :D)
Crafty Catz #429 Pearls
AYLI - Girl or boy - when I am finally allowing myself time to do some beading it is always much more fun to create for girls - it is far too difficult to make beaded jewellery for boys that is not just a pendant based design :)

Anything Goes challenges at dragonfly dreams AND notjustcards.

I thought I would share my potato harvest from the experiment I did - the dirtier and less in number were from a compost bag, which had a smaller area for the potatoes to develop in, so they were not going to grow as many:
 These in the purple trug are much cleaner and were grown in a potato sack, which has helped the potatoes air once the leaves died back, and stopped the soil getting too damp around the roots.

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Country Diary Uniqueness

I have made two cards using the same flower stamp from the Country Diary free stamp set (got a while back with a magazine).

These were made for the Twofer challenge #9 leaves. I used two floral stamps that are mainly leaves and so could be used in a variety of ways - on the masculine card I only used the top leaf spikes.

For the first one I used a monochrome colour palette:
I used a Whispers ink pad and stamped the whole image twice on each side, with one ink application for each side. I then stamped the senitment (from a different free stamp set) using the same ink. Finally I added a layering stamp, with a black top layer to add a bit of definition - so this is a nice One Layer CAS card.

This particular card I would like to enter into the following challenges:
modsquad - Monotone Thank you
 Simply less is Moore - OLC florals

For the second card I went for a more masculine creation with the same flower stamp:
For this one I used a monochrome geometric patterned paper as the base to stamp onto. I inked the edges in the ochre Whispers in and stamped the top third of the image twice in this colour. I then stamped this part of the image all around the top and bottom of the panel in black ink. Finally I added the birthday sentiment from the same stamp set.

This one I want to enter into these challenges:
The Male Room #94 Geometric

Here is a picture of my suculent that was knocked of its stem - I am hoping it re-roots and then I can re-pot!! Fingers crossed

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Autumnal @ Aud Sentiments

Well there certainly is a bit of a nip in the air now, even though the days are still staying reasonably mild, letting us know that Winter is just around the corner. I am doing a wild september challenge, where I find something new wild every day and post a photo and description about it. This can be found at 'Chucky's Nature Notes'. It is great fun, looking closely at my garden to see what is there, and looking for unusual floral and fauna when out and about. The main reason is because somebody told me back in July that it would be silly to have a 30dayswild type theme in September as 'nature is going to sleep so there is nothing to see - it would be too difficult for soe people to be able to participate'. I want to prove this is not the case and there is still plenty to see and do in September - even for those with mobility issues, or who struggle with the cold!

Anyway, back to the point, the theme for our new challenge over at Aud Sentiments is Fall (or Autumn here in the UK). We want to see those Autumnal colours and images, but do remember you MUST include a sentiment somewhere on your creation. We are sponsored by Digi Doodle Studios and I have used Amber Rose.

I coloured the image with promarkers and then simply cut it square. I used a plae orange base card and layered a few skeleton leaves on the sides, positioning the image centrally over these. I then used a combination of single sentiments from my stash in colours to match the image.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A snowflakes promise #54 Anything Goes
 AYLI - girl or boy - I always find girls much easier, both for use in my crafting, and to craft for
polkadoodles - Great outdoors
city crafter #429 Fall colours

I also have an update on my bunny:
And also a nice fruit compote I made the other night as a yummy treat (expesive though!)
Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Tags @ Creative Moments

Yup we have another new challenge starting today at Creative Moments, after our three week challenge, which gave us a much needed break :) This time the optional twist that the DT played was to include a tag or label. I have used Tag Skulls from Rick St Denis (RSD) for my tag, and layered it onto a pink background after colouring with Promarkers. I wanted a bit of contrast, and will be using it for Christmas as it is just perfect for a certain somebody. It was very quick to make as the tag was pre-printed! I do find it difficult to make tags, so this one was a nice change.

I used peel-offs to add the to and from.

I would like to enter this Tag into the following challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams - Anything Goes
Not just cards - Anything Goes
Craftingbydesigns - Anything Goes

I wanted to share a photo of Gavins male regal jumping spider with you today - he is eating a mealworn, but look at the green iridescence!

Such a cute little chappie he is!

Do pop back tomorrow for more craft inspiration!

Hugz Tinz

Tuesday, 11 September 2018


So I finished the main part of my beanie yesterday - I just need to add the pompom to the top, which I am making tonight, as soon as I put my laptop down in fact!

OK I am not sure what it is sitting on top of, and it is a bit short (I got bored with the repeat pattern required for the folded bit and so cut it short! Ooops - cold ears this winter anybody? I do actually quite like the hat itself though.

I wouldlike to enter this into some challenges:
A snowflake promise #54 Anything Goes
AYLI - none card project (I like knitting as you can create funky things to wear, and you don't actually have to watch what you are doing).

I also have an audio book review for you!

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
OK so not technically a single book, but I thought they were best grouped together as they are a trilogy and we did listen to the whole trilogy straight after each other. My hubby had not read the books and so when we decided to get an Audible account it seemed the perfect time to introduce him to these books that I absolutely loved as a girl, and still find captivating now. The books are narrated by Phillip Pullman himself and so it really is strange to hear things being said in a completely different way to how you have been reading it – but you know you are wrong as it is the author telling you so lol. Phillip Pullman is fantastic at narrating these books and they are just as captivating as when you read them yourself. Whether you are familiar with the story, or have never read the trilogy yourself I would certainly recommend listening to the audiobooks.
For those that are not familiar trilogy starts with The Northern Lights where Lyra first starts her adventure as the girl who has been prophesied. She finds out who her parents are and begins to develop her profound bravery, that can also be seen in both her parents. She meets new friends that she would never have imagined who help her with her task, and ends up at the Northern lights with her father. The second book is the Subtle knife, and this one starts in our world. The first book introduces you to the idea that there are several different worlds that all overlap, and this second book goes into a little more detail about this. This book introduces will Parry, a boy who has people chasing him, but doesn’t know why. All he knows is that they are after some papers that his father sent to his mother before he disappeared. Will ends up being the bearer of the subtle knife and helps Lyra to find information in his world to help her on her quest. The lives of the two become intertwined in this story. The third story, the Amber Spyglass, introduces a third main character – Dr Mary Malone, from Wills world. She studies dark matter and has followed instructions that lead her to the Mulefa (a sentient being from another world). This book takes you through Marys time with the Mulefa, while still continue the story of Lyra and Will, and the fight between the church and Lord Asriel. Will Mary fulfil her role in ensuring Lyra completes her destiny, and what will happen to Will’s mum?

I will leave you with pictures of my spreading Nasturtium plant:

And a little Nasturtium trying its hardest too:

Saturday, 8 September 2018

It's a spooky ATC collection

Well we are approaching Halloween now, so I thought an ATC collection would be appropriate. Besides I got a lovely image from Limited Runs that I wanted to use:

 I used the same image, coloured the same way for all three ATC's, but they layouts are all unique, with peel-offs, die-cutting and diamantes.

This first one was based aroud the sketch at Die-cuttin' Divas:

 I used a deep red base and added some metallic orange textured paper. I die-cut the image using X-cut nesting scalloped hearts die. The pumpkin is a Spellbinders die and was cut from some patterned paper in my scraps box.
 For this second ATC I used a patterned base card. Again the image was die-cut using the same die, but this time I simply used peel-offs to decorate the card.

This final ATC of the group was based on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday sketch:
This card used a brighter red base, and then the same orange metallic paper for the squares. I used X-cut oval nesting dies to cut the image this time, as my square dies didn't fit on the card if I wanted both batty pumkins in the one cut! I added the glow-in-the-dark eyes for a fun touch, and only used 2 diamantes on each corner as 3 would have been a little too much I feel.

I would also like to enter this collection into the following challenges:
CCM #217 All creatures great and small
ATSM #308 Holidays (Halloween digital stamps)
Cute Card Thursday #546 Anything Goes
SOS #370 Crazy for colouring

Thanks for coming and looking, I will leave you with some pictures of the wonderful waterfowl at Slimbridge WWT:

See you again soon,

Hugz Tinz