Wednesday 27 June 2018

Summer @ Creative Moments

Yup, you guessed it - the optional twist for this challenge is to make it summery!! Well we certainly have the weather for it at the moment! I have used Summer Grilling #2 by Sprinkle&Sparkle for my unusual card as I think that barbeques definitely shout summer:

I used the burger and the hotdog motifs and coloured them with promarkers. Before printing I combined the hotdog with the tongs (ok so it is a very small hotdog, but that is all the fun about a BBQ isn't it lol). I layered them onto some very summery, but masculine, patterned paper that was free with a cardmaking magazine recently. I then finished this off with peel-off stickers.

Back from work and I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
 Simply Create Too #139 For a male
inkspirational #163 Use small stamps (these are small digi stamps - hope they count?)
Simon Says Monday - Food and/or Drink

I will leave you with some pictures:

 My Clematis is tiny and I do not know why - there are several flower buds, it just doesn't seem to want to climb! The tall thing is a Chard lol.

 This one is a passionflower

If you want to know more about this picture:
...then please pop over to Chucky's Nature Notes

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Embellish It @ I Love Promarkers

Welcome to a lovely sunny Wednesday (far too nice to be stuck at work all day!). We have a new challenge for you over at I Love Promarkers. Don't forget we are now Always Anything Goes but the twist for this challenge is to use 3 or more embellishments.

Our sponsor  Fabrika Fantasy

The Prize for the lucky winner is
3 Digi's of winners choice

I have used Summer Kitten 2 for my card:
OK so I have used a wooden umbrella (as a sun shade of course), a wave and seagull topper, and then a sentiment topper too. It is a very beach inspired card this time, probably because I wish that is where I was lol. I coloured the image with the following Promarkers - Tulip Yellow, Pastel Pink, Sandstone, Warm Grey 1, Cocoa and Grass.

I would like to add this into the following challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise #52 Anything Goes
City Crafter #418 Seaside
PFP #450 Weather
SUYP #31 Furrything Goes

I also have some more of my balcony plants to share with you:

I am not sure why the plants do not fill out here quite as well as elsewhere. I am going to try a seaweed based feed on them later tonight and see if that helps at all.

And here is another audiobook review at long last:

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
This is a story about an army for a small country? that has a God that makes EVERYTHING an abomination, and doesn’t feel that it is being productive unless it is engaged in war with somebody. Ankh Morpork have sent Vimes to try and stop the war before too many people lose their lives. However, this story is not actually set around Vimes, but rather around a small force of unusual troops for the attacking army. Each of the unusual characters has a reason for wanting to join the army at a time when nobody is volunteering due to the lack of men coming home. The sergent, Jackram, is a very loud and obnoxious man, but will do anything to make his ‘little lads’ good fighters and also keep them safe. He is also quite quick at discerning what people are and what it is that they want, and often uses this to his advantage.
As usual this is a very amusing story with some fun twists, some outlandish happenings (not to mention outlandish characters) and Terry did a great job in just keeping you interested right to the very end. This is another one of those stories that I cannot read, but can quite happily listen to it on audio, so I would recommend giving it a try even if you are not usual into Terry Pratchetts books. Very light-hearted and humorous. 

Anyway, thanks for looking and I cannot wait to see what embellishments you choose to use on your creation,

Hugz Tinz

Monday 25 June 2018

Baby Bear

Wow the weather is rather warm - it makes everything take much longer than usual because you just want to sit and relax - maybe with an ice lolly (or Ice cold beer lol). My poor rabbit has such thick fur she really struggles in the Summer. We gave her a groom tonight and the stink eye we got from her!! You would think she would be grateful, but no - we mere humans are NOT allowed to touchher under any circumstances lol. Little madam she is.

Anyway, I have a new card to share with you - using Ikes progressive challenge image (just in time as the challenge closes at the end of the month).
The progressive challenge can be found here.

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
dragonfly dreams - Anything Goes
polkadoodles week 25

I do have a couple of book reviews coming soon, but for now I will leave you with a picture of my little snakey, all curled up in his empty dish (he has two for water, and this is used when the smaller on is evaporating too quickly).
And here are some of my plants on my balcony:

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Saturday 23 June 2018

Owl on a boat

I had a bit of fun with my scraps of paper, creature layering die (free with a magazine) and nautical theme to create my boating owl. Ok he is not on a pea green boat however, or with a pussycat for that matter.

The base card was from a nautical set free with Quick Cards Magazine. I layered torn pieces onto the bottom of the card and inked the edge with crushed sapphire to emphasise the waves. I then cut a boat and flag from typed paper (specially for crafting I think - it was in a pack I got from a charity shop). I used thread for the flag mast. I cute the owl base from gold glitter card, and then used double sided red card to cut the pieces. I used one side for the wings, feet and beak tip, as well as the eye pupils. I then used the opposite side of the paper for the main eyes and the beak. Finally I hand-wrote the sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday - Transport it
The Card Concept #95 Owl cherish our friendship (Freestyle collage)
Alphabet Challenge - G for Great Outdoors
card mania #105 Nautical
Country View #64 The written word

I have some more of my plants to share:

If you like to see more about what nature is like around here - more of my garden and nature reserves, and maybe just stories of what I have seen, please check out Chuckies blog -

See you soon,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday 21 June 2018

Anything Goes @ Aud Sentiments

Hi there,

We have a new challenge starting today over at Aud Senntiments, and it is another nice easy one for you. The theme is simply Anything Goes and we are sponsored by We Are 3, who provided a range of papers, tags and digi stamps for the DT to use.
Here is what I came up with, using only the digital elements (Seaside Anchor, TeaTags and Sweet Sounds paper pack) and colouring pens, oh and a blitter flower from papermania:

I edited the tag before layering it over the backing paper, before printing out. The anchor I printed separately. I coloured the images with Papermania watercolour markers (and a gold metallic pen). I then fussy cut the anchor and added it to the card base, and added a blitter flower to the tag.

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:
Card Mania #105 Nautical
CRAFT #473 Summer

Now onto the book review:

Virals by Kathy Reiches.

This is very different from her usual books with Tempe Brennan. This book is about Tempes niece who has had to go and live in a very remote location with her father, who did not even know she existed until she was deposited with him, after her mother’s death. Tory looks up to her aunt and is very pleased when she finds the opportunity to use a gift she received from her Aunt for Christmas – an excavation set. She believes she has found the burial ground for a missing person, but what they find is much more dangerous than this. Not only does Tory and her ‘team’ end up scared for their lives, they also have something wrong with them, but they are not sure what, how or why!
This has all the usual dramatism we have come to expect from Kathy Reiches, and although it is more fictional and set to a younger audience, the premise is still based on fact, and the detail required to keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing is still present too. If you want something a little more light-hearted, but still well within the thriller category, then I would recommend this series of books for sure.

Can't wait to see what you come up with,

Hugz Tinz