Thursday, 23 February 2017

Elegance is Timeless

Hello there,

Storm Doris is certainly trying her best to do some damage here. She has not managed so far despite throwing my wheelie bin at my car!! She also keep trying to shut our rabbit, who is also called Doris, into her hutch, but Dodie just keeps pushing the door back open with a good kick lol. She is however not very impressed with the bog the lawn has turned into due to the rain, and she keeps shaking her feet! I have put some hay down onto the grass for her but it doesn't seem to be working lol.

Anyway, time for me to tell you about our new challenge over at Aud Sentiments. The theme for this challenge is Animals, so a nice simple one for you - but don't forget to add a sentiment. Our lovely sponsor for this challenge is Ike's Art who allowed us to choose an image to use. I chose my image because I thought it was amusing and could be used for a variety of occasions. Then when it came down to making the card I got a little stuck and had to search through my stamp list for a suitable sentiment (my peel-offs still haven't been unpacked unfortunately, but I think they are in the next box!). I found the perfect stamped sentiment and based the rest of the card around that - however when it came to stamp the sentiment I couldn't actually find the stamp! So I wrote the sentiment onto the card instead using a metallic gold paint pen.

Here is my card using Alice Rabbit:
The base card had an embossed frame, so I heat embossed using Gold embossing powder, but rubbing patches off before heating and then triple embossing some areas to give a distressed feel. I didn't colour the image but cut the edges with patterned scissors and inked with Promarker Gold ink. As stated above I hand wrote the sentiment and added a strip of golden pearls down the side. I have also since added a birthday sentiment to the inside of the card as it has already been requested by somebody. I have also just found the darned sentiment stamp this morning!! Just bleedin' typical.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
CCM #182 Add some texture
Scrapbook Stamp Society #110 Embossing
TIOT - Let's get messy (with embossing powders)
The Card Concept #67 Vintage (CAS)
Animal Friends #47 No designer paper
Country View #48 30mins or under

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

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Mustached Wishes

Now for my second post for my second DT creation of today - this time for our new challenge at Creative Moments.  As always it is an anything goes challenge, however the twist this time is to make a masculine creation for us. We have two lovely sponsors this time Eureka and Scribbles Designs. I have used a Scribbles set called Movember boys, and this is what it inspired me to make:

I did just love these mustached critters! And I thought this particular design worked well against the FREE patterned paper - it looks like a photo hung on a feature wall! - ok a very, very masculine feature wall lol. I coloured the animals using watercolour pensils for a gentler look than I usually go for. The sentiment is a papermania capsule collection topper.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Crafting by designs Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #194 CAS, blue and a sentiment
MAWTT #39 For a man
Simon says wednesday - Anything Goes
Allsorts #403 Anything Goes

Now to look at making something with some of my finished cross-stitches and drinking my glass of wine as hubby is out at his final rehersals before his show tonight. He did however buy me a jigglypuff teddy for the anniversary of us getting together. I need some good ideas for a papercutting workshop in March (or April if in Manchester).

Ooh I am not sure if I let you lovely people know, but I have adopted a new Bearded Dragon. He came from the vet who was dealing with Atlas as she wanted him to go to a good home. He is called Simba and has a bit of an underbite, which makes it difficult for him to grab his food quickly. He was in with two females, but they were eating the food faster than he could react to it, and so he has come to live with us.

Thank you for dropping by to see my blog,

Hugz Tinz

Shabby Mushroom Elf

Hello and welcome to another miserable Wednesday. To brighten up your day we do have a new challenge over at I Love Promarkers and this time we are going with the theme Shabby Chic and we are sponsored by the lovely Fabrika Fantasy . I used Mushroom Elf to create this card:

I used a lilac card blank from The Works. Orange core'dinations card was embossed with a recent embossing folder free with Quick Cards Made Easy magazine and then the centre was die-cut with the X-cut large labels die of the next size up from that used to cut the image. The centre strip was cut away to allow the base card to come through more. The image was coloured with Promarkers and edged with glitter glue. Finally I topped the card with hessian style flowers and gems, as well as a strip of lace from one of the ATC exchanges.

Promarkers used - Dusky Pink; Satin; Grey Squirrel ltd; Frosted Leaf ltd; Pastel Beige; Fresh Meadow ltd; Pear Green; Forest Green; Polar Blue ltd; Cobalt Blue; Sandstone; Honeycombl Cinnamon; Budding Rose ltd; Dusky Rose; Antique Pink

Do also check out Fabrika Fantasy's own challenge blog: - current theme of add a heart.

I tried to make it shabby with the pale colours, distressed embossing, lace effects, but this is not one of my strong areas (just in case you couldn't tell lol).

This card is also being entered into the following challenges:

PFP 383 Something New (image, lace and embossing folder)
Die-cuttin' Divas #305 Animals
Cute Card Thursday #465 No patterned paper
Crafting by designs - It's almost Spring!
CCM #182 Add some texture
scrapbook stamp society #110 Embossing
Deep Ocean #149 Add lace
Just Hanna #267 Flowers
Animal Friends #47 No designer paper
open-minded crafting #14 Flowering in February

Here is a fish tank update for you at 135hrs:
Thank you for looking,
Hugz Tinz

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Funky Congratulations

What a lovely Saturday it has been. Spring can definitely be felt in the air at the moment. How long will it last though? lol. We have had a bit of a busy day today - moving the rabbit run, getting hair done, picking up a rescue Bearded Dragon and making a card - as well as relocating the crickets from the viv to an ovo mouse 'tank'.

So here is my card creation for you lovely lot:

I started with a white card base. The layers are made with pearlesscent card and a free paper pack. Die-cuts used were Nellie Snellen Multi Frame 011 - Circle die and Sizzix Frame, snowflake die. The papermania ribbon was wrapped around the panel before adhering to the card. The stamps are all from separate sets that I got with Creative Stamping magazine and were inked with Pretty Colour ink pads. The colouring was done with metallic pencils.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
As you like it - Ribbon or lace? (Ribbon because there is a greater range and it is easier to match with the rest of the elements on the card)
MAWTT #39 For a man
Alphabet Challenge - Y for You choose
Quick Cards - Funky Party
Crafting by designs - February Anything Goes

So I mentioned picking up a new beardie - meet Simba:

He has a bit of an underbite but apparently it does not affect his eating, as he proved today! He is a lot faster than Atlas was and wants to climb everything - the benefit of having all his limbs!

I also planted some flower seeds today - an Annual mix of cottage garden seeds (from Tesco - they always work really well), and some Verbena, but I didn't get round to potting on my Lemongrass.

To finish here is an update of the dinos:
now at 21 hrs for dino #2.

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 13 February 2017

Flowers in the snow

Hi there,

It has been quite a nice Monday here in South Wales, with temperatures in double digits and no sign of rain! I decided to make a mini Christmas card today and this is what I ended up with:

I took a snowflake printed card base and made a mini card blank. I then used Papermania Bellissimo paper with poinsettias for the panels. I used two snowman peel-offs on scrap silver card for the main image and then accented the card with silver peel-offs and sentiment.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:

Jingle Belles - Let the flakes fall
open-minded crafting #14 Flowering in February
ABC Christmas - D for Dimension 
Merry Monday #235 Snowmen
SOS #289 Winter Blues

I also finished the first page of my new colouring book finally lol.
Finished the advent calender for the two little girls for this coming Christmas:

The pockets are individually stitched and were finished well before Christmas last year (you may have seen the progress updates), however I then wasn't going to be seeing the girls in time to get it to them, so I stopped rushing it and focused on some other bits instead. Now I have finished it, using fabric glue to add the pockets to the felt backing. The shape is a little funny because the felt was slightly too narrow - but it just has a bushy bottom hehe.

I tried to make an upside down cake yesterday for my Crafting Techniques group on facebook (yup we are in the kitchen this time). Unfortunately I forgot about leaving the cake to cool before tipping it out, and the fruit fell through into the cake :(. It is still obviously upside down - but not quite how it should be lol.

See the fruit is there - just not in the right place!

Finally I planted up Atlas (RIP) our bearded dragon yesterday, along with a batch of the mice we have lost during the previous year, and these are the memorials:
The beardie has one extra spikey plant, and they will go either side of Purrdy's pot once I can rearrange the garden a little.

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Friday, 10 February 2017

Dotty about baby

Hi there,

It has been a busy day at work, so to wind down here is another card (busy week lol). I have made a new baby card as my facebook wall seems to be full of pregnant people at the moment lol.

Now I went for a CAS design using printouts from a DoCrafts CDRom, and I was also aiming to use three adjacent colours on the colour wheel - being orange, yellow and green!! However, the stamped butterflies somehow ended up being blue!!! grrrr. I am not sure whether I need to round the top corner also?

Anyway, I wanted to enter this card into the following challenges:
Atlantic hearts sketch 198
Image may contain: text
Simply Less is Moore #314 Adjacent colours on the colour wheel
 Alphabet challenge - X for X marks the SPOT
inkspirational #127 polkadots
inkychicks #78 CAS

I have also taken the first photos of our newest member of the family - he doesn't actually have a name yet and will probably just end up being called Snakey (very original I know!)

Thank you for looking - I am now off work for the weekend so might do some playing! Although I do need to plant some seeds and start planning the garden too!

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Bear Love

Well at the time of writing this I have just learned that you cannot breath tea, you have to drink it. Ouch I can barely see the screen for my eyes watering! Anyway I will need to hurry up as I am due in work iin just over an hour!

It is time for another challenge at Aud Sentiments and this time we would like to see a Valentine or Love Sentiment on your makes. We are giving away a gift certificate to one winner.
 Here is what I made for my DT creation:

I used a papermania decoupage sheet from a couple of years ago and layered in using foam pads and gel tape. The base card was an embossed papermania card blank. To finish this quick and easy card I just added my sentiment to the balloon (that is an exclamation mark at the end) and some blue gems to the side as it looked a little blank.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges also:
Crafty Calender - Love is in the air
CCM #181 Love, love, love
Crafting by design - Love and Romance
CAGI - Valentines Day Cards

I would also like to share with you an update on my fish tank - now at almost 136 hours of stitching.

I decided to do some cooking last night - for the first time in the new house (proper cooking using ingrediants). I made a spicy butternut squash soup. OK I burnt the first batch lol, but it worked quite well. I did also manage to add slightly too much dried chilli, but not enough to be too hot, or hide the taste of the butternut thankfully! Was a nice thick soup for winter, and I would definitely make it again - but hopefully next time with homegrown butternut!

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz