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

Thursday 16 March 2017

Ladybird Tower

Hi guys,

Wow my new job is really wearing me out at the moment! I am coming home and I am hardly able to keep my eyes open. Not good when I have so much to do before we go away next week! Looks like Saturday will be a very busy day for me if I am going to be doing everything I should have done yesterday, today and tomorrow too lol. Animals to clean, floors to sweep and mop, or vac and clothes to wash (well actually I have put these in tonight lol).

However I did play with a new card fold and my dies and this is what I created:

So this is a 'tower-fold' card and it was featured in a recent issue of Quick Cards, so I thought I would give it a go. I used a free butterfly die for one side panel and a self-adhesive leaf lace for the other which I topper with a 3D flower made of a few die-cut flowers layered together. I added washi tape and butterfly self-adhesive ribbons to the centre strips and then added die-cut ladybirds, another free gift, to the popped forward strips. I added rub-on words to a die-cut shape and then embellished with gems and more die-cut flowers.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Simon says Monday - Handmade flowers
CAGI - Things with wings
TIOT - The lady in red (ladybird)
MAWTT #41 Handmade/die-cut flowers
inkychicks #80 Flowers
open-minded crafting #15 Movement (the card folds so the ladybirds pop-out)

Here is a fish tank update too - 139hrs:
Thank you for looking and remember to check back next week for my DT creations!!

Hugz Tinz

Saturday 11 March 2017

House Mouse creations!

Hello there,

I got a House Mouse CD-Rom at the beginning of the week and so I decided to have a play. I love these little mice (as you have probably guessed from my wedding invites), and they make such sweet cards!

First I did a 'Singing in the Rain' card:
I used the base image from the decoupage section just on its own as a basic topper. I matted it onto a green gingham paper from the Papermania Country Life collection, which I wrapped with a dark green layered with lime green ribbon. I fussy cut the sentiment topper from the decoupage selection and added this to the ribbon with 3D foam pads. Finally I added two green flowers and a green butterfly.

I would like to add this card to the following challenges:
Crafty Catz #361 Mainly green
modsquad - song inspiration (I think this one is fairly obvious)
CCM #183 Go Green
Kort 'o' mania #171 Monochromatic (except the picture)
Simply Create Too #125 Lots of green
Not just cards #42 Monochrome

And here is the second card I made:
This time I did decoupage elements of the image to make the mice stand out a little more. I love all the bubbles and the fact they are bathing in the cats bowl lol. I stamped images using Dovecraft Indigo ink and stamps that came free with a magazine (Wildflower stamps).

This card is perfect for the following challenges:
CMP - Mother's Day challenge as it depicts mummy washing the babies
Animal Friends #48 Animals with big ears
CCEE1710 Celebrate Bubbles
catch the bug - birds, bees or butterflies
C4C376 Butterflies/Moths

I have also taken a photograph of Purrdy's planter a month after first planting it up and here it is:
It is looking great now and filling out nicely - there are some summer flowering bulbs in there too, so as the Primula's die back the bulbs should start to take their place.

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday 9 March 2017

Digging Carrots

Ok so no I haven't been digging carrots unfortunately. I had to leave them all behind when I moved from Rutland to Gwent back in October - but I am hopeful that somebody is enjoying them lol. However, Owen is certainly having fun with his carrots on my DT card for our new challenge over at Aud Sentiments.Our challenge theme for this one is Spring/Easter Sentiment and we are sponsored by Paper Nest Dolls.

Here is what I have made:

Image - Carrot Love Owen
Coloured with Crayola Felttip Pens
Papermania card blank
Paper and sentiment from Quick Cards Magazine

Die - X-cut Large Labels Nesting Dies
Stamps - Helz Cuppleditch 'Happy Harvest'; Daisy and Dandelion 'Some bunny loves you...'

I would also like to enter the following challenges with Owen here:
City Crafter #352 Tutti Frutti
Animal Friends #48 Animal with big ears
CRAFT #406 Easter/Spring

 Here is an update on my fishtank - just over 134 hours now (I think)
Thank you for looking, and I hope to see you playing along,

Hugz Tinz