Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Lucky Beach Kitties

Well after all it is alomost time for going to the beach - hurry up sunshine!! I am going to plant some pumpkin seeds and some brussels seeds tonight - as soon as I have written this blog in fact lol. I don't have an allotment but I am sure I can find somewhere in the garden to put them when they are big - maybe?? lol.

So here is the card I wish to share with you all today - my little lucky kitties:
To start with I used a Distress Ink along the bottom of the card to create the sand (I can't remember which colour it was!). I then used my Papermania Pastel brush markers to highlight the sand and make the dunes more obvious, as well as add some grassy tufts. I used the same pen set to colour the sea. I then added more of the Distress Ink in a thicker patch, which I used to create a treasure chest. I then used lots of stickers to create the scene - colouring some in with the markers. The hubby did look at me strange when I added the waves, but he does agree that it looks good with the border now it is finished lol. The final part was to add the treasure, so I got several flat-backed rhinestones and glued them into place above the chest. The remaining area was covered with PVA glue and sprinkled with gold glitter. I am actually quite pleased at how it turned out.

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges:
open-minded crafting #15 Movement in March (movement of the waves)
SUYP #16 St Cat-ericks Day (rainbow - green kitties - treasure)
Kort 'o' mania #173 Card for a man
Addicted to CAS #107 Seaside (ok doesn't look overly CAS but it is honest!)
inkspirational #141 Photo Inspiration (I used the magical element from the photo)

I also have some more pictures from our holiday to share with you - these ones are from Tropiquaria in Devon, not far from Minehead itself. It is a lovely place and the animals are obviously very well looked after, although some of the enclosures are a little run-down.
Meet Ollie - he loves attention but is not too keen on people - as long as you don't try to get too close he is a little clown!

 Then there are a few other little birdies flying around.

 And this is Larry who came all the way over from his homeland in somebodies luggage!!
 Here are a couple of pictures of some Field mice - extremey cute!

 And the wildcat that would love to eat many of the field mice (and maybe also the birds)
 These little Otters were just too cute! They certainly make you believe they have never been fed - even five minutes after you have just watched them eat enough to make them sick lol.

 More mice - hubby was obssessed - he even fed one some millet!

 And finally the elegant peacock, displaying to a decidedly uninterested juvenile female!

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Jingle Santa

Hey there - back from holiday now :( However it has been a lovely day, with much nicer weather than we had the whole holiday period!! Anyway I have made a Christmas card today (always best to make them when the sun is shining nicely lol).

This card was made purely of peel-off's and stickers. I used a Santa with bell peel-off as the main image and then decorated the edges with bells. A scalloped edge base card was used to add further decoration.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Merry Monday #240 Bells
crafty hazelnuts #326 Inspired by a song/carol (Santa Claus is coming to town)
Jingle Bells - Bling on the Holidays (Glitter sentiment, and holographic bells)
Winter Wonderland - For a Child (Simple and fun card)
ABC Christmas - E for Edge

Here are some pictures from the first day of our holiday - our trip on the steam train (unfortunately I didn't actaully get any of the train itself!)

 Peacock butterfly on tracks
 Cute pale grey pigeon
 Pretty pigeon
 Dragon from the railway
This was a 50/50 pigeon - the other half was black! He refused to let me get a good picture grrr.

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 23 March 2017

No Birthday Wishes here

Welcome to another wet and windy day at Minehead Butlins! A lovely 7am alarm from the Herring Gulls - probably the ones I fed yesterday, so my own fault lol.

We have a new challenge for you over at Aud Sentiments. For this challenge we want to see any sentiments that are not birthday sentiments. No happy birthday, or many happy returns :D. We are sponsored by the lovely The Paper Shelter.
 Here is what I made for the theme:
This was designed as a new job card, but could also be for somebody whois moving abroad or for an engagement card also! It is also good for Mother's Day! I used The Fairy and the wizard pre-coloured digi and the provided background too! I would have loved to colour the image myself, but as I was going away I was a little short of time!

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Crafting by design - thinking of you
Sweet stampin' - Mother's Day/Special lady
Crafty Calender - Mum's Day/Special Female

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Springtime Fairy

OK - it has now stopped with the hailstones and the gulls do not look very impressed at all - especially the one that refused to come down off the roof and got pelted lol. It is now time to tell you about the new challenge we have launched today over at CREATIVE MOMENTS. We have two lovely sponsors this time - Dr Digi and ToryTale.

For my creation I have used Forest Fairy, and Tory Tale are offering this digi for free to those who want it - just pop on over to Creative Moments to find the link.

I coloured the image with watercolour pencils as I wanted a delicate springtime effect for my colouring, without having to use pastels. Before printing I layered the digi onto a blue daisy background. I rounded the top corners to make this a little softer. Again I have used a Papermania embossed card blank, this time with daisies embossed all over the front. I used three different colours of the pastel chalks - green at the top, purple/blue in the middle and a pink at the bottom. To finish I added a stripey sentiment and a die-cut toadstool (Apple Blossom).

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Dragonfly dreams - girly with die-cut/punch
Cute as a button #32 Spring
Hanna and friends #269 Spring
Deep ocean #151 Flowers everywhere
SOS #295 Forest friends
Glitter n sparkle #231 Anything Goes

Thanks for popping along and taking a look at my blog - don't forget to pick up your free digi and I cannot wait to see what Springtime creations you make with it!!

Hugz Tinz

Fairy Wishes

Welcome to my blog! There are hailstones coming down utside as I write this from my holiday room at Butlins, Minehead! Good job I had planned to stay in this morning to do my blog posts - only problem is we are off out for Archery at 1pm and this weather is really not suitable :( Fingers crossed it clears up before then.

Anyway, we have a new challenge for you guys over at I Love Promarkers - Fairies/Angels. We want to see either a fairy or an angel on your creations, and don't forget that to be eligible to win the prize you must use pens from the Promarker range. Our lovely sponsors for this challenge are Bugaboo, who are offering 4 images to the winner.

 Here is what I have created for the challenge - using Kidz fairy sitter :
I did write down the colours I used on her, but I then left the information at home!! But she was coloured with Promarkers and ltd ed Promarkers only. I then die cut around her using x-cut nesting scalloped circle, making sure her feet were over the die. I cut the bottom off the circle so that she was sitting on a shelf. The base card is a Papermania embossed card blank and I used pastel chalks to highlight the embossing. To finish I added peel-offs.

I would like to use this card for the following challenges:
PFP 387 Girl Power
Catch the bug - BINGO (Bugaboo image - flower - stripes (embossed stripes))
Crafting by design - Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and I hope to see you joining in our challenge,

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 20 March 2017

Bunny Christmas and Vellum Leaves

Hi there,

We are now officially on holiday - but I have brought my internet with us so that I can keep you lovely lot updated (as well as doing my DT blog posts lol).

Today we went out to Tropicarium - an exotics zoo near Minehead. It is a lovely little wildlife centre, which rescues a lot of exotic animals. The enclosures are not the best in appearance, but they are full of relevant enrichment for the animals that they are housing, and most of the animals are in very good condition. The owner is also very approachable andknowledgable too. It was a lovely start to our holiday! Then we got to the accomodation to find it stank of paint, and I had left my fish tank cross stitch at home, which was my main project for working on while we were away!!! Grrr.

Anyway, here is the first item I have to share with you - my Christmas Somebunny who I have finally made into a card:

I cannot remember how long he took to stitch but he does look good with his illustrated backing card. I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges:
CRAFT #407 Christmas
Animal Friends #48 Animal with big ears

I also made these two ATC's for my Springtime Leaves collection:
I die-cut some leaf shapes from white ATC sized card and backed with leaf printed vellum. I then simply added peel-offs to finish them off. The dies are from Crafters Companion.
I would like to enter this collection for the following challenges:
Card Mania #90 Springtime Pastels
OLL #224 Spring is in the air

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Quirky Photo Love

Hey there everybody - time for our reminder post over at Quirky Crafts!! Don't forget we want to see how you use your photos - either as inspiration or actually as part fo the project. So I decided it was time to start on the scrapbook albums from our wedding, especially as we are now on our first anniversary lol!

So here is my page:
I printed out one of the pics into a heart shape, as well as a bugaboo panel, which says Love is two hearts beating as one (coloured with Promarkers). I then added some ribbon strips to make a house shape, and also added some ribbon flowers and butterflies. I wrote the details onto the page using a silver metallic paint, and finished this off with some lime green ladybirds.

I would also like to add this page to the following challenges:
PFP 386 Ribbon/Twine/Lace
Cute Card Thursday #469 Celebrations
 CAGI - Anything Goes
 AYLI - Favourite Stamp Brand (or one of them) is Bugaboo as they can be humourous or serious and they have a range of stamps for may occasions.
2 cute ink #135 Anything Goes

I would also like to share some pictures of my growing bits with you:

All potted up and looking fresh,

Thanks for looking and hope to see you over on the challenge blog,

Hugz Tinz