Saturday, 23 September 2017

Ahoy Matey

Hi guys,

It is finally the weekend, and I have a day off work tomorrow - but of course it is going to rain, so it looks like I will not be getting much done in the garden. Fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine though!!

I have a pirate themed card to share with you all today (although it is not the usual sort you imagine when you think pirates lol). The image is from The Stamping Chef - I am currently unable to get a link to the store, or the image.

firstly I selected a card blank with an embossed frame edge. I took a scrap piece of white card and using a free chevron stencil and some acrylic spray I patterned that card. I then spritzed with an orange and pink mix of mica powders. Before adding this to the card front I heat-set using a heat gun. The image was coloured with Promarkers and cut into a diamond shape. The edges were inked with Pretty Colour Pink and the panel was layered over the patterned panel. To finish the pearls were added down the side, and some corner peel-offs also added. Finally I spritzed the whole card with a gold mice powder.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday - Shimmer and Shine
CCEE1738 Pirates
Allsorts #434 Things with Wings
TIOT - My Friend
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Sketch 121 (I have twisted to the side)

Card Mania #96 Rustic/Shabby Chic

I have some pictures from when me and the mother-in-law went to the working farm near where we were staying in Lancashire (called Old Holly Farm), ad fed the little calves!

I think we were supposed to feed them with the stuff bought from the shop, but they seemed to much prefer to try eating me instead!!! lol.

Thanks for looking

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Winter Sparkle

Hi guys,

It is time to let you all know about our new challenge over at Aud Sentiments. Challenge #189 is to use a Two Word Sentiment. The prize this time is a gift certificate!
The rules are very simple:
You can make any type of project you want for this challenge such as a card, tag, scrapbook layout, altered item, pocket letter, box, etc.  Just make sure you follow the theme and include a sentiment.

I decided to go for lots of sparkle for my DT project!
I used a red card blank for contrast to the cool colours. I then layered up several different die-cuts to create the scene, using blue watercoloured paper, black X-cut self-adhesive glitter sheets and blue pearlescent card. Finally I added a winter sentiment to the main panel. I used the cut out pieces from the dies to decorate the corners, so wasted very little making this card.

Dies used - M&C stitched square nesting dies and Christmas Snowglobe create-a-scene dies free with Papercrafter Magazine.

I would like to  enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday - Shimmer and Shine
jingle belles - Tic-Tac-Toe (OK I am stretching it a little but I have gone for Red-Cardstock-Bling {in the form of glitter and pearlescence})
Inkspirational #143 Photo Inkspiration (silhouettes)
ABC Christmas - S for Sketch
Just Hanna #282 Sketch
 I also have some more photos from whilst I was away on holiday:

lots of flying critters and a lovely flower!

Once again thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Lone Golfer

And welcome back for the second challenge announcement for today. This post is for the new challenge over at Creative Moments. Challenge #127 is all about Autumn, and we are certainly starting to feel this season in the air around here. We have two sponsors for this challenge - Bugaboo Stamps and Mari Digi Stamps Shop - Mari Digi Stamps Blog. Please pop over to the challenge blog to see what they are offering to the winners.

I have used Golf Guy  from Bugaboo for my card:

I coloured my golfing guy with Promarkers and then rounded the corners. I cut a strip of green glitter card and placed this towards the bottom of a peach card blank. I layered the image on the left of the card and added some Autumnal flowers to the right, with diamate centres. To finish I used a distressed setiment stamp with Distress Ink.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
inkychicks #88 Use your favourite colours (I love the rich colours of Autumn).
CCM #196 Autumn
MMM #55 Autumn Colours
PFP #413 Great Outdoors
Allsorts #433 Feels like Autumn
Catch the bug - Bingo (Sentiment - Bugaboo Image - Sparkle)

I also have a book review for you:

Lone Wolf by Jodie Picoult
As usual a great story with very real issues being address in a situation that is very imaginable. Jodie really makes you understand the characters in the book and what makes them tick. She also keeps things back until they become relevant. There are two separate but interlocking stories within this book and it is fascinating the amount of information that is contained. She certainly does her research to ensure the book is accurate! Another must read.

 Here are the first pictures from my holiday - some pretty flying creatures along the bank of the canal:

More to follow :)

Thanks for looking and can't wait to see your entries for our challenge,

Hugz Tinz

Those Harleys Get Everywhere

Well after a couple of awful days with heavy rain, and even some hail - and getting home to find one of my balcony planters in front of the front door thanks to the wind - it has actually been quite pleasant for the last couple of days. It didn't last of course, but hopefully it will be ok at the weekend as I have a garden to do something with (not sure what I am doing with it though lol).

Anyway - it is time for a new challenge over at I Love Promarkers, and our challenge for this week is Anything Goes. We are sponsored by the lovely Dr Digi's House Of Stamps and I have used Harley Claus for my card.

I coloured the image with the following promarkers: Cool Grey 1,4 and 5, Black, Metallic Silver, March Hare, Soft Peach, Ruby, Icicle, Powder Blue, Sky Blue, Canary, Orange and Bright Orange.

Unfortunately, because I had to print this one on paper due to my printer currently having issues, it did mean that the Promarkers bled through onto the table at the house where we were staying. The Mother-in-law tried to remove the mark with detergent (rather than asking me what it was or letting me remove it), and so removed some of the varnish from the table. To make it look better she then rubbed olive oil over the top!! Needless to say, the mark is now a stain on the table!

I fussy cut the image and layered onto a scalloped edged base card. I added some red peel-offs to the corners, to bring out the red in the bike. To finish I added a felt bow and a diamante to the centre.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Kort 'o' mania #183 CAS
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes

I have another couple of plant pictures to share - the first two are from the garden:

And this one of the living room plants :)

Thanks for looking and we hope to see you joining in with our challenge!!!!

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 18 September 2017

Sent with Flowers

I have a cute little Hedgehog with a lovely bunch of flowers to share with you today. He was a free kit with one of my Cross Stitch magazines and he is designed by Margaret Sherry. You will probably recognise the desig style from her range of Penny Black stamps.

I wish we could see more of these little guys around in my garden! We do not get them into the garden as yet - I think it is because the houses are so built up and there is a long alleyway to get to our back garden!

Thinking about gardens I have spent the evening pulling all my tomato plants up as they have developed blight :( I managed to salvage a dish of tomatoes from about 6 plants! Not good at all.

Anyway,I would like to enter this little guy into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday #495 Add a Banner/Flags (banner held by two butterflies)
AYLI - Flora or Fauna. For this card I went for both, as you do usually find them hand-in-hand and to use both on a card makes it much more natural.

A Snowflakes Promise #44 Anything Goes (Spring themed)

And before I go I thought you might be interested to see my plants before I went away:

That last is a Brussels Sprout plant believe it or not - the caterpillars had a great time!

Thanks for looking and hope to see you on Wednesday!

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Shaker idea

Well we finally had some sunshine today!! It makes a lovely change from all the rain, and so we went up to the lake district and went for a boat ride across Windemere. I didn't take my camera so there are no pictures I am afraid, but I had great fun feeding the geese, swans, ducks, gulls and jackdaws lol. I have a lovely nip on my shoulder where one of the baby Canada geese crept up behind me and then pecked at me - little terror hehe. And I had to grab one of the cygnats by the beak to stop it from pecking at my arms (daddy also told him off lol).

Anyway, I have made a shaker card with the new Christmas image from Limited Runs, for the new progressive challenge - I think I am just in time with the uploading of this, whew.

I coloured the image (provided by Limited Runs for the progressive challenge) with Promarkers and then cut close to the edge of the outline. I stuck this to a circle of foiled snowflake card. I then used a green die-cut snowglobe and added acetate behind the snowglobe centre. I added fine glitter, course glitter and stars inside this shaker element, and added a ribbon to the top to finish. A name can be added in peel-offs to the centre of the snowglobe base.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges:
Limited Runs Progressive
PFP 412 Let it shine
Die Cuttin' Divas #334 3D, shaker or shaped
CRAFT #433 Christmas
addicted to stamps #152 Christmas
Christmas @ Sweet Stampin'

I thought you might like to see the moth eggs that are on my back door window - I wonder if they will have hatched by the time I get home???

here are some more pictures of the eggs:
Thanks for looking and I will share some photos from my holiday with you shortly too!!

Hugz Tinz