Wednesday 30 December 2020

Monochromatic Christmas bringing the sparkle into 2020

 So although Christmas has passed, I decided to bring some sparkle into 2020 by making a golden monochromatic Christmas card.

I got these glitter reindeer and I just had to use one for this card. I stamped the sentiment using black ink and heat embossed using an old gold embossing powder. I then added three gold star sequins to finish.

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

Winterwonderland - Anything Christmas

craftycalendar - Christmas

countryview - Anything Christmas

MTTC #447 Monochromatic Christmas

jinglebelles - Anything Christmas

SimonSaysMonday - Celebrate

CCEE2050 The glow of Christmas (Gold/Glitter/Stars)

CRAFT #581 Christmas

SweetStampin' - Last minute Christmas

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Sunday 27 December 2020

Christmas Kitty

 So I have made the first of my Christmas cards for next year - a nice simple one!

I stamped the kitty image to start with. I was going to add a little festive coat, but I didn't like the way it sat on the cat, so decided against it. Instead I placed a present in front of the cat, with a Merry Xmas tag, and a holly leaf to the top of the card to add a bit of sparkle.

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

SUYP #61 Meowy Christmas

WinterWonderland - Anything Christmas

CraftyCalendar - Christmas

JingleBelles - Anything Christmas

intaas #98 add a bow

craftyhazelnuts #522 Christmas or New Year

sweetstampin' - Last Minute Christmas

I also have a cute little baby to share with you. Unfortunately he lost the fight for life at half 4 this morning after several days of 2-4 hourly supplementary feeding :(.

Thursday 24 December 2020

Patchwork Flower #2

 Here is the third and final patchwork card from my cross stitch kit.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

notjustcards -Anything Goes

I also want to share my little babies with you all as a very merry Christmas

Wednesday 23 December 2020

Patchwork flower #1

 Here is another of my patchwork cross stitch cards

This time I cut close to the stitches and simply added a peel-off sentiment.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

notjustcards - Anything Goes

TheLibraryChallenge #74 Anthology (Inspired by the patchwork of Elmer)

Sunday 20 December 2020

Patchwork bumble bee

 I have completed some patchwork stitches, and this is the first one I have made into a card:

I frayed the edges and added to the card that came with the kit. I then added a peel-off word and a flower sticker.

I would like to enter this cross stitch into the following challenges:

notjustcards - Anything Goes

CuteCardThursday #665 Anything Goes

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday 9 December 2020

It's almost Christmas!!

 We have our final challenge of the year starting over at I Love Promarkers this morning. We are sponsored by Digi Doodle Studios and I have used "Rusty and Ruffles" coloured with Promarkers and created as a one layer, clean and simple card.

Promarkers used are - Maroon, Pink Lobster, Cerise, Hot Pin, Terracotta, Spice, Pastel Pink, Eggnog, Canary, Lime Twist, Pastel Blue, Powder Blue, Twilight Sky, Ice Grey 3

I used a stamp from a free stamp set from Creative Impressions and black ink.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
ikesworld #139 X for Xmas
ABCChristmas - Z for ZZZ (sleeping)
 winterwonderland - Anything Christmas
craftycalendar - Christmas
CountryView - Anything Christmas
MMM #137 Christmas
jinglebelles - Anything Christmas
MTTC #446 Christmas Animals
intaas #98 Add a bow (the bow is in the image though)
PFP 572 Add a sentiment

craftyhazelnut #519 Quick and Easy
ThePaperPlayers #520 Christmas

Monday 7 December 2020

Contemporary Christmas wishes @ Creative Moments

 Hi guys,

We have a new challenge starting today over at Creative Moments and our sponsor is Morgan's Artworld. I have used Fantasy Fae 19.

I coloured her using Chameleon pens and Papermania glitter markers. I layered her onto an ombre glitter base card with a tag for her to hide her legs behind. I then added some blue and pink flowers with gem centres.

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

notjustcards - Anything Goes

cutecardThursday #663 Anything Goes

catchthebug - anything Goes

Tuesday 1 December 2020

Holidays @ MAWTT

 Hi guys,

We have a new challenge for a new month over at MAWTT, and the theme chosen by Wendy is Summer or Winter holidays/Vacations.

I have used my hot diggity dog decoupage, which has to be cut by hand!!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Craftycalendar - Anything Goes

Monday 30 November 2020

Dreaming in the snow

 Good evening everybody,

A couple of my work colleagues are leaving in a couple of weeks and so I have made a special card for them. They are a married couple and the own a dog, and we work in medical research, so I have used a variety of images to create a really unique card for them.

I layered an A4 card with some foil effect patterned paper. I then layered the topper onto some orange patterned paper before adding to the centre of the card. I coloured the nurse mouse using Promarkers before fussy cutting. To finish I layered a sentiment onto red glitter card, and used a best of luck sentiment next to this also.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
C4C563 Snowmen
ThePaperPlayers #519 Tic-tac-toe (patterned paper - red- colouring tool)
SOS #434 Let it snow
AYLI - Snowmen or Penguins - Snowmen are much more likely to be seen and built by many people, and so they are more personal for personalised cards like this!

Thanks for looking,
Hugz Tinz

Friday 27 November 2020

Fancy Festivities @ Aud Sentiments

 Hi guys,

I am so sorry I am late with my DT card. There were issues getting the image and then I was working - but I have it all completed for you now!!

This is our last challenge of the year at Aud Sentiments, and so we have an Anything goes theme for you all. Sponsored by the lovely Moon flower Digi Stamps I have used Mistletoe Christmas. We also have a DT call for 2021!!

Due to the issues of work etc, I decided to colour my image on the computer as it meant I could get it finished quicker! I then die-cut into an oval and added a background die-cut using fancy frames from X-cut and red glitter paper. This was layered over a gold snowflake base card and a 'Festive Fun' foiled sentiment added to the bottom.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
CraftyhazelnutsChristmas #517 The letter R (Red)
JingleBelles - Banner inspired (red glitter - snowflakes - foliage)
TheLibraryChallenge #72 Christmas Shopaholic
notjustcards - Anything Goes

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Christmas @ I Love Promarkers

 It is nearly December - so we have a Christmas themed challenge twist starting today at I Love Promarkers. As always there is also the option to play Anything Goes. We are sponsored by Knitty Kitty Digis , and I have used Cat Riding the Reindeer 58.

I coloured the image with Promarkers before fussy cutting. I then added to a green card blank along with a Christmas tree sticker and a foiled sentiment topper. Finally I added fairy lights to the card.

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

AnimalFriends #92 Dog or Cat

TIOT - Winter Wonderland

inkspirational #226 Frame it (Framed with fairy lights)

CraftyHazelnutsChristmas #157 The letter R

Sunday 22 November 2020

In the blues

 Hi guys,

It is time for a new challenge over at Creative Moments, and as always I have played along with my team mates, but using up my stash (I am in the 7th team :D)

I used two different mini paper pads that I got from the Works to cover a KRAFT card base. The first was from a blue monochrome pad and I cut it down the centre to make two pieces. The second was from a Naturals pad and I layered this over the two blue pieces. I then used small tag toppers to add embellishment and used one for the sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:
notjustcards - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Friday 20 November 2020


 Hi guys,

I have played the Twofer challenge of Stars this time, with these two cards:

I used the same stamp for both cards, stamping with JewelBox black ink and using Copper Heat It Up! embossing powder. The first I put onto a pre-printed base card and added a sentiment from the same stamp set in red ink. The second card I used KRAFT base and stamped two other stars without embossing. I added a birthday sentiment and some sunflower stickers, as I had already decorated the envelope with a sunflower image.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge - CCEE2047 Sunflowers (although the flowers themselves are not stamped)

This card I would like to enter into - SimonSaysStampMonday - Happy Holidays
CRAFT #577 Christmas
craftycatz #528 Christmas
ThePaperPlayers #517 CAS holidays

Thursday 12 November 2020

Christmas Corgi @ Aud Sentiments

 Hi Guys,

We have a new challenge starting today at Aud Sentiments - and we want to see your Christmas/Winter animals, I have used Christmas Corgi.

We are sponsored by

Please pop along to the blog to see the DT designs. For my design I used a pre-coloured image and die-cut with a large labels nesting die (X-cut). I folded some poinsettia patterned card to make the base and added a decoupage poinsettia to the bottom corner. I then added a happy Christmas sentiment.

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

TIOT - Traditional Christmas Colours

CraftyCalendar - Cute Critters

dragonflydreams - Christmas/Winter

AnimalFriends #92 Dog or Cat

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Three layers @ I Love Promarkers

 Hi everybody,

The weather is getting much cooler now - and so our current optional theme for the new challenge over at I Love Promarkers, is to use three layers. We are sponsored by Paper Nest Dolls Digis  and I have used  Holiday Friends.

I coloured the image using promarkers and then fussy cut. I used a blue patterned christmas card to make a base, then layered papermania edging circle and a scalloped circle die-cut from blue patterned paper before adding the image. Finally I added a foiled sentiment topper.

Promarkers used - Cool Grey 1+2, Warm Grey 3+5, Black, Amethyst, Cyan, Duck Egg, Frosted Leaf, Almond, Dusky Pink, Oatmeal, Sunkissed Pink, Antique Pink, Bright Orange, Raw Sienna, Caramel and Summer Sun.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

CraftyCalendar - Anything Goes

613AvenueCreate - Cute Critters

DigiDoodleStudio #33 Christmas/Winter

Sunday 8 November 2020

Turkey treats

 Hi guys,

I decided to make something a little different to hide some Christmas treats :D

I used a template from a papercraft magazine to make it. I started with Green mirror card and die-cut a scalloped circle, smaller normal circle from the centre and then another smaller circle again. I cut six of the scallops away and then joined the ends back together to make the outside of the mini dish. I glued this to the larger circle and then glued the smaller circle inside for stability.

Next I used the template from the magazine to cut out the birds body from pearlescent red paper. I wrapped this into the cone shape. I used a strip of diamantes around the bottom, two scalloped hearts cut from pearlescent white paper for the wings, a flower cut from the same paper and cut in half for the beak and flappy bit, two diamantes for the eyes and the offcut scallops for the crest. I then used Christmas curling ribbon for the tail. I do need to find some stronger glue for sticking the base together (as you can see it is not quite central due to it keeping slipping) and for the back strip of the birds body and crest, but otherwise I am really pleased with him.

I would like to enter him into the following challenges:

CRAFT #575 Gift bag or box (not really either, but it is for hiding some Christmas treats).

ColorMyHeart #419 Tic-Tac-Toe (central column - plus raspberry)

CountryView - Anything but a card

notjustcards - Anything Goes

ABCChristmas - X for Xtra special

WinterWonderland - Festive Things with Wings

craftycalendar - Anything Goes

Thanksfor looking,

Hugz Tinz

Saturday 7 November 2020

Christmas Teddy

 Hi guys,

Our new challenge started over at Creative Moments this morning, with our always Anything Goes challenge theme. Our sponsors for this challenge are QKR  Stampede and My Besties I have used Christmas Bear from QKR  Stampede.

I coloured the image using Chameleon pens and then die-cut with an X-cut scalloped circle die. I simply added it to the front of a foiled card blank.

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

CuteCardThursday #659 Anything Goes

CatchTheBug - Anything Goes

TheMaleRoom #144 Toys

MTTC #444 CAS Christmas

ABCChristmas - X for Xtra special

DigiDoodleStudio #33 Christmas/Winter

Sunday 1 November 2020

Christmas flowers@ MAWTT

 Hi guys,

We have a new challenge started today over at Moving Along With The Times and the theme, chosen by Jenny, is Christmas Flowers.

I used a Marianne christmas paper pad for the background and layered an Anita's die-cut poinsettia topper to one side, using 3D foam pads. I then added the foiled sentiment topper.

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

CraftyHazelnuts #514 Something beginning with H (Happy Christmas)

AYLI - fav colour to pair with blue - I always like to pop some red against a blue background as I feel the blue really makes the brightness of the red stand out.

DragonflyDreams - Christmas/Winter

Saturday 31 October 2020

Autumnal kitties

 Happy Samhain everybody!

I decided to watch The Craft while crafting this evening - that film really doesn't get old!

I made a kitty themed autumn card for men, using a wedding base card.

I used a base card with a vellum central panel. I printed the quote from TheMaleRoom in brown ink and die-cut using an X-cuts oval nesting die. I then mounted it behind the vellum panel. I stamped the kitty onto the front of the panel using Distress Moss ink, with one the kitty's having Whispers ink behind it. I stamped the sentiment from the same free stamp set using the Distress ink also.

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

CCEE2044 Cats

MMM #134 Masculine

SUYP #58 Furrything Goes

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday 29 October 2020

A glitter Christmas

 Hi guys,

We have another Anything Goes challenge starting at Aud Sentiments today, and I decided to use one of my Hunkydory Christmas toppers that I got from a friend. Our sponsor this time is Di's Digi's.

I simply added a few red peel-off stars to finish. Nice and easy!

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

SimonSaysMonday - Movie inspired (Happy Feet)

JingleBelles -  Creature Feature

WinterWonderland - Penguins

613avenuecreate - Winged Things

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Ribbons @ I Love Promarkers

 We have a new challenge started today at I Love Promarkers, with an optional theme of Adding a Ribbon. This time we are sponsored by IkesArt and I have used Ikes Cubimals image.

I coloured the images using the following promarkers - Cool Grey 3 & 5, Winter Berry, Tawny Owl, Chestnut, Mango, Tequila Sunrise, Mustard, Satin, Pale Pink, Blossom, Bluebell and Lush Green.

I then put slits down each side of all the images and threaded ribbon through each panel. I added a rough bow with the same ribbon and then finished the card using peel-offs.

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

dragonflydreams - spooky or cute (going with cute for this one)

notjustcards - Anything Goes

I also have a recipe to share with you today. This is to make a lentil curry.

Firstly, you need to soak your lentils for the correct amount of time - refer to the packaging for this as it will vary depending on the lentils you are using. I used split red lentils and tinned yellow lentils for my curry.

First fry the lentils in about 2tbsp oil for 5 minutes. 

Next add two diced onions, two chopped garlic cloves, three green chillies (chopped) and a few chopped tomatoes (fresh rather than canned) to a wok. Heat in the wok until the onion has softened.

In the meantime, make up your creamy sauce using 150ml single cream with a little bit of water. (I need to confirm this part). Add to the slightly cooled lentils.

Add the spices (list here) to the pan with the onion mix and heat through for another 5 minutes.

Then add the lentils mix and heat for 8-12 minutes.

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Sunday 25 October 2020

Spider delight

 I have used one of my highly patterned base cards (I am trying to work through them lol) to make a halloween themed card that can be used fr a variety of occasions, especially as I keep tarantulas as pets.

I covered the busiest area of the card with a yellow and brown patterned paper. I then used some Crafter's Companion toppers with spiders and simply added some diamantes to finish with a little sparkle.

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

Daring Cardmakers - Spooktacular

MTTC #443 Halloween

AnimalFriends #91 Spiders

Here is Jonny, come to say hello for Halloween.

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday 22 October 2020

These shoes were made for walking.....

 Hi guys,

I have another card using the Witchy Shoes image from Digi Doodle Studios - this time coloured completely by hand using promarkers.

I simply matted the image onto patterned paper and then layered onto a heavily patterned base card. To finish I added an Anita's foiled sentiment.

As we have a new challenge starting over at Creative Moments today I thought I would coincide my post with this, so that I can direct you all over there to see what Team B have created this time.

Hugz Tinz

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Pumpkin and Badger

 Hi guys,

I have made another coaster style card - this time I decided it was about time I used my Woodland Folks die set, which I have had for quite a while!

I also added a pumpkin using my spellbinders dies that I got from my mum. I thought badgers are probably looking forward to a bit of leftover pumpkin?

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

modsquad - hello pumpkin

cutecardthursday #656 Halloween

MTTC #443 halloween or cats

craftycalendar - Halloween

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Saturday 17 October 2020

Christmas around the world

 Hi guys,

I decided to use the rest of these weird coaster like cards up today, and here is one card that I have made with them.

I stamped the image onto the card base using black Jewel Box ink. The stamp was a free set from Papermania called Chronology. The sticker was from a Christmas cross stitch magazine, and the topper is a Hunkydory sentiment. I then added a Pepper and Friends penguin sticker to the envelope.

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

CRAFT #573 Christmas

TheCardConcept #141 Around the world (using a CAS style)

Winterwonderland - Penguins

613 Avenue Create - Winged things

My dino height chart is now complete @ 328 hours.

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz