Wednesday 30 May 2018

Animals, furry or otherwise, @ Creative Moments

Hi guys, we have an animal twist to our challenge this time over at Creative Moments! I am sure everybody has some animal themed stash hidden away somewhere (or maybe not quite so hidden lol), but if you don't tend to use animals on your creations, then we are an Anything Goes challenge, so we would still lvoe to see what you have been creating.

We have several lovely sponsors for this challenge...and I have used Birthday Elephant from Lia's Stamps shop.

I made a Z-fold card, as this is the current technique in focus on my facebook group, which can be found here.

I used a turquoise pearlescent card stock to mke the card base, and simply added toppers and stickers to create the card. Finally I coloured the elephant with Watercolour pens from papermania and cut the edges with the scalloped blade on my trimmer, and added a die-cut rabbit (it was supposed to be a mouse but I lost it!!)

I will be entering this into the following challenges:
AYLI - Flora or fauna - I find animals much easier to work with (and I have a lot of them in my stash)
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes

In the meantime I will leave you with some more cute babies :)

Thanks once again for looking,

Hugz Tinz

P.S. yup the last one is two cute ratties :)

Circles @ I Love Promarkers

We have another challenge for you over at I Love Promarkers, and this time our twist is Circles. However, we are now an anything goes challenge blog, so if you are struggling to use some circles, then just show us what you have been creating :) - but please do remember you must use Promarkers (of any variety) on your creation.

We are sponsored by   The Paper Shelter

The Prize for the lucky winner is
3 digital stamps
I have used  Love bubbles for my card:

I coloured the image with the following promarkers: Icicle, Gold, Peach, Pastel Pink and Salmon Pink. I then added Glossy Accents (as I treated myself to some the other day) to the bubbles and the blushing fishes eyes. I used a Nellie Snellen nesting die to cut the image the circle from the same set for the glitter background. I used a snowglobe card blank and turned it into a fish tank, using brown pearlescent paper for the base, and a couple of neon papermania pearls. I added the sentiment topper with 3D foam pads. Finally I coloured around the blue circle with gold, for the fish tank frame, and added some white pearls. Lots of circles in this card :).
I will be adding this card into these challenges; 
AHSC #266 ( the shaped centre is instead of the floral surround).
 Simon Says Monday - Masculine
PFP #446 Anything Goes
Die cuttin' divas #371 Anything Goes
crafting by designs - for the boys
AYLI - Flora or Fauna - I tend to default to fauna in my crafting, be it cross stitch or cards, or even knitting and crochet. I just like to see that individual characters.
MTTC #371 Circles
IntAAS #34 Nothing square or oblong

 I did take some pictures of the babies by the lake :)
 Baby Coot

 Three baby Coots, and a parent (oh and a Canada Goose photobombing)

Thanks for looking,
Hugz Tinz 

Sunday 27 May 2018

Tatty's White Christmas

Hi guys,

It has been a wierd one this weekend. One minute wet and cold, the next the sun is blazing and you are boiling away! We were out at an arachnology event and so the weather was very annoying at times, but the area was gorgeous. I don't have any photos to share unfortunately as I left my camera at home.

However, I do have a Christmas card to share with you all:

I wanted to keep the design very clean, so I stamped the Me to you image straight onto the card base and then coloured with papermania watercolour markers (I did try stamping with these but they didn't quite work as they are very pale). Once I finished the colouring I realised that the bear on the left is supposed to be a snowbear! DUH!
I stamped the sentiment using the Tatty Teddy grey ink pad, and then stamped snowflakes (also from the same stamp set) using gold and silver ink pads. Finally I punched a couple of snowflakes into the bottom corners.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday - Use more than one stamp
craftingbydesigns - Get Ready for Christmas
ATSM #293 Holiday
CCEE1821 NEWS (N for New (ink pads), E for Empty Space (and also empty holes for the punches), W for watercolours (and wrapped up), S for snow (and seating))
craftycatz #418 Christmas
craftyhazelnut Christmas #387 Use some silver
inkspirational #161 Photo inspiration (I was inspired by the girl being seated under an arch)
ABC Christmas - K for Keep it Simple
Thank you for looking - I will have a new book review for you next time :)

Hugz Tinz

Thursday 24 May 2018

Summer @ Aud Sentiments

Hi guys,

We have a new challenge starting over at Aud Sentiments today with the theme of Summer (but don't forget that sentiment). We are sponsored by the amazing  Bugaboo Stamps

and I have used butterfly rose girl for my creation:

I used a pearlescent blue 6x6" base card to match the colours in the image. The image I coloured with Promarkers in very summery colours (which certainly look more summery than the grey weather we have here at the moment - but I cannot complain as the garden did need some water lol). I simply cut the image close to the border and layered onto a die-cut pearlescent silver paper. I added some matt green pearls to the corners. To finish I added a sentiment sticker and two rose stickers.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
613 avenue create #209 Mainly Blue
dragonflydreams - here come the girls
MMM #71 Hint of summer to come
The card Concept #93 (Clean and Layered) Inspired by the flowers
AYLI - Flora or Fauna. I actually like using both on my cards, especially feminine ones, although flowers tend to be much more feminine. Therefore, I have used one butterfly and several flowers.
fussy and fancy #212 Favourite Florals. Roses are such great flowers to colour!
SOS #355 April Showers bring May flowers
The Paper Players #394 CAS Blooms

Hugz Tinz

Tuesday 22 May 2018

You're a Petal

Hi guys,

I have made a second card to remind you all of our current challenge over at Creative Moments, where the twist for the next week is to make us giggle (although the main theme is Anything Goes, as always).

I struggle with puns - I managed with my first card, but after having to take the guinea pig to the vets I really ran out of inspiration for this one - so I was happy with maybe just getting a little chuckle instead.

I coloured the image with watercolour pencils, and was quite happy with the effect that I achieved. However I didn't blend with water as I had only used a basic cardstock. I did layer the image onto a funky background before printing though. I then used a floral base card and peel-offs for the sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into the crafting by designs and not just cards Anything Goes challenges.

Thanks for looking, and here is another book review for you guys:

Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary
This is a crime drama, and a good one! Mickey is in prison for attenuated burglary (I might have the first word wrong!) and there are two women writing to him, both seemingly obsessed. When Mickey escapes on the back of a riot DI Marnie Rome is worried that it may be too late for one, or both, of these women. Marnie understands obsession as she has her own addiction to her foster brother, who is also in the same prison due to murdering her parents. She has her own demons to face, whilst also trying to find the monster that is on the loose.
This is a gripping story of half truths and assumptions. It shows how making assumptions can cause the trail to go in completely the wrong direction. Throughout the story you get an insight into the lives of the main characters, who also have their own problems to deal with, and there is a commentary from the most severely injured in-mate, who was also Mickeys cell-mate. I really liked the way the commentary gave you inside information about life in the cells, without shedding any light on the on-going investigation. Information is gleaned at the same time that the police find out about it, so that the reader has an in-depth knowledge of what had happened, but without spoiling the story. This means that you as the reader also follow down the wrong path and have to re-think what you thought you knew. There is a good twist at the end of the story and I would be very surprised if anybody figures it out too far in advance of it being revealed. A very good story.

Hugz Tinz

Sunday 20 May 2018

Magical Rainbows

Hi guys,

I finally got round to creating with the new progressive challenge image from IKEsART (check out the facebook page here for more info). This one came as a complete digi stamp, but also with the unicorn and rainbow separate - perfect for paper piecing. However, due to lack of time I decided to use the combined image and colour with papermania metallic pens, to give a magical effect.

I added two glittery hearts to the top of the image panel and adhered to a peach base card. I added peel-off sentiment and glittery dragonfly. I hand-wrote DREAM and then layered the glitter sticker over the top, for the dreamlike quality, and also added a little portrait spot to give a slight medeival feel to the card.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Country view #63 Be humourous
notjustcards - Anything Goes
cute card thursday #230 The great outdoors (what is more fun about outdoors than a rainbow!)
SOS #354 for the kids

I also have a book review to share with you today:

The Break by Katherena Vermette
One evening a young mother is trying to get her child back to sleep when she spots somebody in trouble on the stretch of land she has called The Break. By the time the police arrive there is nobody there and all that is left is some scuff marks and blood in the snow. The story is told from various different perspectives, going through all the people that are connected to the victim and to the incident. The story for some of the characters starts before the incident and for some it starts at that exact time-point.
This is a really well written story that explains why people my act the way they do, and highlights how sometimes very unrelated events can actually be closely related indeed. It also highlights how difficult it is for victims and their families to process what has happened and to incorporate it into their lives, both at the time and afterwards. There is always something else going on that requires attention also, and life does not stop just because something bad has happened. If you like your drama’s then I think you will like this book.

I spent yesterday playing around in the garden (today has been spent sorting out the animals instead) when I haven't been at work. Here is some of what I have done :)

I did also plant a Gooseberry but apparently I didn't take a photo lol.

Thank for looking, hope you have all had an enjoyable weekend, whatever your weather has been like.

Hugz Tinz