Saturday, 23 June 2018

Owl on a boat

I had a bit of fun with my scraps of paper, creature layering die (free with a magazine) and nautical theme to create my boating owl. Ok he is not on a pea green boat however, or with a pussycat for that matter.

The base card was from a nautical set free with Quick Cards Magazine. I layered torn pieces onto the bottom of the card and inked the edge with crushed sapphire to emphasise the waves. I then cut a boat and flag from typed paper (specially for crafting I think - it was in a pack I got from a charity shop). I used thread for the flag mast. I cute the owl base from gold glitter card, and then used double sided red card to cut the pieces. I used one side for the wings, feet and beak tip, as well as the eye pupils. I then used the opposite side of the paper for the main eyes and the beak. Finally I hand-wrote the sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday - Transport it
The Card Concept #95 Owl cherish our friendship (Freestyle collage)
Alphabet Challenge - G for Great Outdoors
card mania #105 Nautical
Country View #64 The written word

I have some more of my plants to share:

If you like to see more about what nature is like around here - more of my garden and nature reserves, and maybe just stories of what I have seen, please check out Chuckies blog -

See you soon,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Anything Goes @ Aud Sentiments

Hi there,

We have a new challenge starting today over at Aud Senntiments, and it is another nice easy one for you. The theme is simply Anything Goes and we are sponsored by We Are 3, who provided a range of papers, tags and digi stamps for the DT to use.
Here is what I came up with, using only the digital elements (Seaside Anchor, TeaTags and Sweet Sounds paper pack) and colouring pens, oh and a blitter flower from papermania:

I edited the tag before layering it over the backing paper, before printing out. The anchor I printed separately. I coloured the images with Papermania watercolour markers (and a gold metallic pen). I then fussy cut the anchor and added it to the card base, and added a blitter flower to the tag.

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:
Card Mania #105 Nautical
CRAFT #473 Summer

Now onto the book review:

Virals by Kathy Reiches.

This is very different from her usual books with Tempe Brennan. This book is about Tempes niece who has had to go and live in a very remote location with her father, who did not even know she existed until she was deposited with him, after her mother’s death. Tory looks up to her aunt and is very pleased when she finds the opportunity to use a gift she received from her Aunt for Christmas – an excavation set. She believes she has found the burial ground for a missing person, but what they find is much more dangerous than this. Not only does Tory and her ‘team’ end up scared for their lives, they also have something wrong with them, but they are not sure what, how or why!
This has all the usual dramatism we have come to expect from Kathy Reiches, and although it is more fictional and set to a younger audience, the premise is still based on fact, and the detail required to keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing is still present too. If you want something a little more light-hearted, but still well within the thriller category, then I would recommend this series of books for sure.

Can't wait to see what you come up with,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 14 June 2018


Oooh I nearly forgot - I made a specific card just before leaving for my holiday, to share with you all. And here he is!

I found him in a pack of patterned papers and decupage I got quite a while ago with a magazine! He is super cute! I simply matted him onto some blue glitter card, and then onto a pale blue base card, to make a card for a young boy (or even an older boy, young at heart :P).

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Animal Friends #63 Elephant
Dragonfly Dreams - Anything Goes
CCM #213 For a man/boy
TIOT - For the boys
The Male Room #87 Little Boys

Some current pictures of my indoor plants to leave you with :)

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Stitching @ Creative Moments

Hey guys,

Sorry I am later than usual with the post but I am currently away on holiday :) However I have managed to make a card for the new challenge over at Creative Moments. Our optional twist for this challenge is to add some stitching to your card - be it real or fake.

We have three sponsors for this challenge -

Who are offering 3 images to the winner

Knitty Kitty  Digis
Who are offering 3 images to the winner
Who are offering the same 3 images as the DT have used

I have used Maris Digis - Hair for my card along with some real stitching in the form of a cross stitched butterfly.
I coloured the image with some felt-tip pens, and tore the edges (I left my scissors at home so decided the distressed look was required). I added the butterfly to the top, so that it looks as though the hood is glaring at it. I used a heavily patterned base card to make up for the simplicity.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
notjustcards - Anything Goes

I had a litle friend joining me in the garden at the weekend:
 Ooh and I painted my toe nails!
Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Boy time @ I Love Promarkers

Well, the sun is out and bright, and I am away on holiday - there is a first for everything lol. I don't really like leaving all my plants and animals though and constantly panic that something is going to go wrong - but I really am enjoying the sunshine and being able to relax a little.

However, I do need to tell you about our new challenge twist over at I Love Promarkers. The challenge is an Anything Goes but our twist is to create something for a boy.

How you interpret this is completely up to you, as long as you make sure you follow the theme and you MUST use either ProMarkers, FlexMarkers, AquaMarkers or Trias on your work, if not you entry will be deleted
We are sponsored by  Bugaboo Stamps  

The Prize for the lucky winner is
2 Digi Images

...I have used GusAnother Year for my card:

I used a black scalloped base card to make the colours pop. Promarkers used are - Cool Grey 3/Oatmeal/Slate/Soft Peach/Pink Mittens/Sunkissed Pink/Lemon/Yellow/Ruby/Blue Pearl/China Blue/Cyan.

I cut the image close to the frame edge and matted onto yellow pearlised paper, before mounting onto the card base. I stamped the sentiment, which came free with Creative Stamping magazine last year, and heat embossed with Gold Heat It Up powder. On the other side I drew a balloon using Dovecraft 3D pearls - there is obviously a gust of wind at the one side!

The border along the bottom was created with a Dovecraft sequin glitter glue. This is a new product sold in The Works, and I just had to have it. This particular one has butterfly sequins, but as it was blue I decided it would be suitable for a boy card lol. (You can see I had a slight issue at the initial application site due to having not used this product previously, but it is actually really smooth application).

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
PFP #448 Make it manly
ATSM #296 Anything Goes
C4C438 Masculine
sweet stampin' - Special Man
CCM #213 For a man/boy
TIOT - For the boys
Simplycreatetoo #139 For a male

I would also like to share my latest cross stitch finish - at just under 5 hours,

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog,

Hugz Tinz

Saturday, 9 June 2018

...not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse

Hi there,

I realised late last night that I stall hadn't made my card for the Limited Runs progressive challenge, so I decided to pull my finger out and get onto it! This is what I managed to come up with:

I used a metallic card base and added some of the vertical washi tape - you can see it this time!! I did cut one of the pieces to give a funky edge, but this particular tape is very difficult to cut without it tearing, or sticking to itself, so I decided to leave the second piece straight. I added the papermania sentiment tag with two of the neon dots to the top of the card. I then added an inliad christmas tree die-cut, with the image over the top (coloured with Promarkers and cut with X-cuts scalloped circle nesting die).

The card was based around the sketch from Die Cuttin' Divas
As already mentioned it is being entered for Limited Runs progressive challenge, and also:
MTTC #372 Holidays
 ABC Christmas - M for Mice

I have started a new cross stitch - so here it is at about an hour and a half:
And Chucky wants in on the action too lol:

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Anything Goes over at Aud Sentiments

Hi guys,

The weather has certainly brightened up here these last couple of days! My poor plants can't get enough water - do you think that is a good enough excuse for having time off work?? lol.

Anyway I am here to tell you about our new challenge at Aud Sentiments - and it is an easy Anything Goes this time - but please don't forget that we need to see a sentiment of some sort, somewhere on your creation.

We are sponsored by the lovely Sasayaki Glitter

I have used Cute Friends  for my card creation:
I coloured the image with Promarkers and then die-cut using a stitched edge square die from the Works. I then layered this onto a vegetable patterned paper, and matted onto a pale yellow card blank. The sentiment was from the same quick cards magazine as the paper. To finish I added a couple of butterlies and two green paper flowers, layered together with a diamante centre.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
 The Male Room #87 Little boys (this card is actually suitable for kids of either sex, with the gardening motifs, more masculine colours and veggies instead of flowers).
Cute Card Thursday #533 Anything Goes
The Paper Players - Animal Antics
PFP #447 Summer fun

Can't wait to see what you create for this challenge,

Hugz Tinz