Wednesday 31 August 2016

Have Courage - Oz Showcase

So for the second post today I have the Oz Showcase for My Stitch Back in Twine. I was given Courageous Lion to use, and this is what I came up with:

I coloured the image with watercolour pencils and highlighted areas with DoCrafts Glitter Markers. I cut a textured piece of green paper to look like grass and added this to the bottom of the card. Then I cut a wavy piece from gold glitter cardstock, to resemble the yellow brick road (or more like gravel in this case - small bricks?). I fussy cut the bottom of the image and then overlaid this onto a scalloped circle from X-cut nesting dies. I used the next die up on old glitter cardstock to create a shine behind the lion. To finish I hand wrote the sentiment onto the green paper (which is difficult to see in the photo) - 'Have courage to follow your yellow brick road'.

Check out the Creative Moments blog for more creations from this range - and also a chance to win a lovely die, just by giving us your opinions.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create #188 Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - M for Mythical (Wizard of OZ)
Digi Chooseday - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - No designer Paper

Here are some more of the woolly animals you have been looking forward to:

Thank you for looking once again!

Hugz Tinz

The Troubled Wedding!

It is time for a new challenge over at Creative Moments!!! Challenge #101 has the optional twist of Weddings or Anniversaries (although you can always play Anything Goes). There are three lovely sponsors for this challenge: Lacy Sunshine; My Stitch Back in Twine who are both offerring 3 images to the winner and QKR stampede who are offerring the winner 5 images from their digi collection.

I have used Made in Heaven from QKR stampede:
Sorry about the pixalation. I am not sure what happened - the plain image is fine, but as soon as I added the watermark, it becomes pixalated!!! GRRRR. I decided to make something that can be viewed all year long - so I went for a fridge magnet. After all these are the srts of sentiments you do usually see clinging to peoples fridges as a bit of a giggle. So I printed the sentiment and cut it out using X-cut large labels nesting die (second smallest). I then cut a backing from pink card using the next die up. I printed two lovebugs from 2-cute ink and coloured them with promarkers - Cool Grey 5, Mustard, Pale Pink and Limited Edition Wild Cranberry, but then went over the wings of one of the bees using Azure, to make it obviously masculine. These were die-cut with a Nellie's nesting die and mounted on beading wire, so they bounce when the fridge door is opened.

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges:
PFP 361 Make us smile
Die-cuttin' Divas #281 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday #440 Words or numbers
Sweet Stampin' - No designer paper
Deep Ocean #136 Things with wings
I love Promarkers #316 Use a die-cut
My time to craft #328 Something that flies
Addicted to stamps - Not a square

Now for some critters:
 Small Skipper
 Moth of some sort
 A different Moth
 And yet another different moth
Small skipper again.

Check the next post for the OZ showcase creation (as seen on the Creative Moments blog), and some more woolly wonders lol.

 Finally for this post I have an audiobook review for you all:

The troubled man by Henning Mankell
When the father of soon-to-be son-in-law of Detective Kurt Wallander goes missing, Wallander decides to take some time off work to look into it. This story is set in Sweden and he has to go back through past events to try and work out what is going on in the present. It becomes more important when the mother also goes missing, only to turn up dead. Furthermore, Wallander is having problems with his memory, which are causing his own family, and work colleagues, to worry. I really enjoyed this book, although I have never heard of this author before. Well written and well read, with lots of surprises for the listener.

I liked this book so much I have gone and got another 2 by this author out of the library!

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Sunday 28 August 2016

Birthday Glitz and Glam

Hi there,

What a weird weekend this has been - nice sunny and hot, and then suddenly it gets dark and the heavens open. Luckily I have been back from the allotment both days and so avoided getting too wet! I collected a full punnet of Blackberries yesterday and dug up some more potatoes today, and collected my first tomatoes (I grow mine outdoors). I also watched a female Southern Hawker ovipositing on the plank of wood in my mini pond today, and saw my first speckled wood of this year at my other allotment yesterday, which was very exciting!

Now onto my Birthday ATC set I have made. I only used the base card and some peel-offs for these.
 I used a cream base card and added some border stickers down the left side. I then layered some glittered present stickers, and the swirls from the red present as streamers. I added the sentiment underneath and then used plain border peel-offs to frame the presents.

 This matching ATC was done on a white base, and the remaining parts of the border peel-offs was used down the side. Again I layered some of the glitter presents, but this time I used the flowers from the present on the card, and the stars from the gold present, to make the card feel very celebratory.

Here is the two of them together!

I would like to enter these for the following challenges:
Simply Less is Moore #291 Sticker, sticky label or peel-off
 Kort O mania #158 Birthday
Avenue 613 #188 Anything Goes

Here are some more woolly critters from the Woodland Trail:

And I have a new temporary friend!! He is unable to fly yet and it appears his parents have abandoned him so we are feeding him in the garden and keeping an eye on him!

Check back on Wednesday for our new challenge over at Creative Moments!
Hugz Tinz

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Flying through the snow

Hi there,

I have managed to find a little time to make a Christmas card this evening and here it is:
I used a square base card and added a Papermania Christmas Tidings paper for the base. I then layered a smaller square from Helz Cuppleditch Winter Wonderland paper pack, of glittery snowmen! I added a Somebunny topper with a snowman. Finally I stamped the sled, cutting off the reindeer, from the Papermania Sleigh stamp set, and coloured it as a silhouette using Sharpie pens. I added a die-cut reindeer that came free with a magazine last year, cut from red mirri card.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
CCEE 1633 Aviation Day (Santa's Sleigh)
CRAFT #377 Christmas
ABC Christmas - Q for Quick Layout
Jingle Belles - Rudolph the RED nosed reindeer
inkspirational #115 Patterned Paper
abc-challenge - N for Noel

And here are some more woolly critters - but can you see what they all are?

Thank you for looking
Hugz Tinz

Sunday 21 August 2016

Thank you lilies and some woolly creatures!

Hi there,

Today I have given one of my rabbits back, the trophies for the produce show back and made a thank you card. I have been trying to sell my rabbits for a while, and didn't really want to send them back to pets at home, as I felt that this was not suitable for a rabbit that has known pet life already. However, nobody wanted to buy the rabbits and they were starting to pull chunks of fur out of each others bottoms. So as they were both due to be vaccinated this weekend we had a good think, and decided to give Arthur back to pets at home to rehome for us. We made this decision as he is the one that is more likely to be rehomed as he is very much a people bunny, and is very pretty colours too. As we got Doris through the adoption scheme due to her looking too much like a wild rabbit, we decided she would probably be sitting in the tiny pet shop pen for far too long - and besides she doesn't wind my poor blind kitty up!

The trophies were from the local produce show, which is just about to come around again and so I have had to return the trophies ready for this years winners. Unfortunately I will not be getting any of the trophies back due to moving away from the area just before the show, which is in two weeks time :(. Good luck to everybody that can submit entries again this year though.

And now onto my card creation:

Yup this is a short, long card - I made the first cut the wrong way and had to improvise! The main image is a digital image from My Craft Studio Best of Craft Studio Christmas CDRom, but I thought it worked well for a thank you card. I decided to use a green and cream colour scheme as they are nice and light and gracious. I die cut the image using Nellie Snellen frame dies and I also die-cut the sentiment using a die that came free with a magazine on handmade yellow textured paper. I stuck this to a green textured paper so that it would sit correctly on the card. I also printed a lady bird strip using lilybug #2 from the polkadoodles lilybug collection. I coloured them using Aqua maker Fern Green and Promarkers in Cool Grey 5, Primrose and Satin.

To make the card base I cut a piece of card to 6x8". I then measured 2" in from the short side and 1" down, and then cut from this point down to 1" from the bottom (this is where I went wrong as it should have been along the long edge that the cut was made!). I then scored along the long edge, from the right of the cut, at 1" and 1.5", folding out and then in, to make the steps. I attached each of the panels as shown.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
SOS #265 Whats the good word? (Using word dies)
Die-cuttin' divas #279 Thank you
mod squad - the die's the thing
addicted to stamps and more #207 Make your mark
Hanna and Friends #255 Favourite colour combo (cream and green) - I have many favourites -this one is a delicate option.
polkadoodle - add texture (handmade papers)
melonheadz friends - Use die-cuts/punches
Crafting by design - Anything Goes
dragonfly dreams - more than one fold

And now for some woolly critters - first five :) on the Woollen Trail at Brown's Hill Quary nature reserve, Leicestershire.
 Entry sign - how many can you see?
 Cute rabbit
 and a bumblebee
 and a ladybird...
 a funky slug and
a hidden little mouse!  - Five on the sign at the entrance!!!

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday 18 August 2016

First DT post for Aud Sentiments - For a boy

So it is my first post as a member of the Aud Sentiments Design Team (DT). I hope you will enjoy seeing my creations for this challenge blog, and also decide to pop along and join us in the crafting fun. The theme for challenge #162 is For the Men - and don't forget to add your sentiment. We are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps - pop over to the challenge blog to see what they are offering.

I used the sponsor image of Gus Fish Whisperer. He is such a fun guy - grumpy even with a catch of the day lol.

I layered the matching sentiment with the image in Microsoft Word and change the colour to blue. Once printed I coloured Gus with Promarkers in various neutral tones, as this is usually what the men seem to wear for going fishing. The fsh does have an iridescent cast to it as I used pastel colours on a silver metallic background, but it is not evident from this photo. I then die-cut the image using X-cut nesting Large Label dies. I inked the edges in blue. I layered a water-like patterned paper to a square base card, and then matted a mint green floral embossed paper onto white card, and layered into the centre of the card, before mounting Gus to one side. To finish I added a tuft of grass in the form of a button. All of this, apart from the image, were from my stash.

I would like to also enter this card into the following challenges:
Glitter 'n' Sparkle #201 Anything Goes
My Time to Craft #327 Embossing
Digi Chooseday - Anything Goes
Country View #42 Hot summer days
Crafty Calender - Summer Fun
I also have another mouse introduction for you this evening - meet Rex. Yup she has Rex-like fur and is the sister to Ruby, and another daughter of Silky. She is more cautious than her two sisters, but still loves to pay out and have some attention. She also does not nibble as much as some of the other girlies do!

She was refusing to have her picture taken - everytime I got the camera out she would duck back under the covers, so that is why the picture is only of her head lol.

A local Wildlife Trust site currently has a Wooly Trail, which me and the hubby walked the other day (mainly because my crochet bluebird should have been there - but we didn't see it) and so keep your eyes peeled for my furture blog posts where I will start to include some of the wooly creatures we found on our walk!

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz