Friday, 27 March 2020

Little bee

I have finished another mini cross stitch - a little bee which was a free kit.


I left room to the side to add a name or a flower.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
How to Embroider Almost Everything
CRAFT #550 Easter/Spring (Bees are beginning to emerge again)

Jonny is showing off her striking colours - and her long leg-span after her recent moult!



Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Glitter Kitty

Hey guys,

I need to increase my stash of birthday cards, so I made this sparkly little number:

I used glitter cardstock to make the base card. I then stamped the Millie and Friends image onto a peach oval (X-cut nesting large oval die). I added a 'Celebrate' peel-off and made an arch over the top with diamantes. I then added some papermania paper flowers, with purple diamantes to the centre.

I would like to add this into the following challenges:
CCEE2012 Celebration
Allsorts #564 Anything in the animal kingdom
SOS #416 Happy Birthday (Stamp and paper flowers)
SUYP #52 Furrything Goes


Thanks for looking and stay safe,

Hugz Tinz

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Anything Goes @ Creative Moments

Hey guys,

A new challenge started over at Creative Moments today - and it is simply an Anything Goes challenge with no optional twist. This challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo and do pop along and see what the 22nd Design Team have created for you :)

I decided to play along with my teamies with this fun Christmas stitch:

I simply used the card that came with the kit and added sentiment.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
CraftyHazelnuts #482 Christmas music (Waltz of the fairies) - also JingleBelles
How to Embroider Almost Everything
intaas #79 Green as main colour
ABCChristmas - F for Freebie (this was a free kit)

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Butterflies doubled up

Hi guys,

I decided to have a go at making two completely different cards using a butterfly die I had in my stash (I think it was a free gift with a magazine).

 I created a CAS general card and a more layered New Home card.

The pair are being entered into the following challenges:
Twofer card challenge #25 Spring animals

 This more layered card was created on a classic blue base card (the Pantone colour of 2020). I used glitter washi tape to make the banner. I then took some patterned papers from my scrap box (meaning that I have no idea what brand it is) and used this along with the die-cut (cut on X-cut glitter self-adhesive paper) a washi tape circle and the sentiment topper to layer the card according to the AHSC sketch.
I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
TIOT - Home Sweet Home

For my CAS card I used the same glitter paper for the die-cut, but then I added this on its own and simply stamped the sentiment firstly in grey and then in black ink. I heat embossed over the black ink using a red (cherry scented) embossing powder.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
SimplyLessisMoore #415 Colour challenge


Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Springtime @ Aud Sentiments

It is time for a new challenge over at Aud Sentiments - and this one is all about Easter (or Spring if you do not celebrate Easter). We want to see all those cheerful creations during this stressful period - lets brighten up our days.

For this challenge we are sponsored by the lovely Polkadoodles and I have used their Tulip Darling image for my card.


I coloured the image using Promarkers - Cool Grey 3, Frosted Leaf, astel Yellow, Summer Sun, Lime Zest, Emerald, Green, Marine, Crimson, Bright Orange and Peach.

I then kept the colour theme by using a peach base card with an oval aperture cut using X-cut nesting large oval dies. I added matching ribbon bows to the corners and then a peach sentiment topper.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
DigiDoodleStudios #25 Ribbon/Lace
dragonflydreams - Make it feminine
AYLI - Spring or Easter - I personally don't celebrate Easter so Spring cards will always be my favourite from these two.
ThePaperPlayers #482 CAS Spring Flowers

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Flying things @ I Love Promarkers

Hi guys

Firstly I hope you are all safe and coping with the current upheaval we seem to be going through!

We have a new challenge for you over at I Love Promarkers, with the optional theme of things that fly. Our lovely sponsor is:  Knitty Kitty Digis.

I have used Snow Scene No 57, and here is my card combining all the images from the set:

 

I coloured the images using the following promarkers - Slate, Plum Preserve, Mint Green, Pastel Beige, Dusky Pink, dusky Rose, Carmine, Ice Grey 3, Pine, Pale Pink, Cool Grey 1, Mustard and Soft Green.

I then fussy cut each of the images individually. I took an aperture base card and removed the inner fold, ripping it to make icy hills. I layered the images together using the aperture and the hills to create my fun snowy scene. I then added some stickers to finish.

I would like to add this card into the following challenges:
notjustcards - Anything Goes
ikesworld #130 O for out of comfort zone (this is so not something I usually do lol)
MMM #118 Something Tropical (Flamingos are tropical aren't they?)
AlphabetChallenge - Y for Youngsters
inkspirational #208 Animal
catchthebug - Things with wings

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 16 March 2020

Simple Birdie Greetings

Hi guys,

I have a CAS card to share with you today - using one of my Marianne Creatables die collections.

I cut the dies with different patterned papers, and ensured that the embossing was visible on the bird house and ivy vine. I then stuck these to a green base card. I added flowers made from cream ribbon wrapped tightly into a circle and then added a peel-off sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
ThePaperPlayers #482 CAS spring flowers
CatchTheBug - Things with wings
AddictedtoCAS #180 Circle (the flowers)
intaas #79 Green as main colour
CCM #252 Green


Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Vintage cars

Hi guys,

I have a postcard to share with you today:


I printed the border from a Crafter's Companion CD-Rom as I wanted some symmetry to my design. I then used distress inks in Scattered Straw and Evergreen Bough to create a grassy bank inside the frame. The vintage car is from the Hunkydory cars and vehicles topper pad, and I just fussy cut it from the scene. Finally I added a sentiment sticker,

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
SundayPostcardArt - Vintage Cars
SimonSaysMonday - A bit o green
modsquad - wheels
CCM #252 Green

I also have some legs to share with you :D

 This is Herr Flick my new Lasiadora Klugi.

And this is Wookie my new Tittlocatl albopilosus (he is a little cutie and he loves his cannon that he has in his enclosure).

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Button it up @ Creative Moments

Another late post!! I have been sorting the garden out today as it has been quite dry for a change!

However, we did have a new challenge start this morning over at Creative Moments with the optional twist of adding some buttons. One of our sponsors is SheepSki Designs and I have used Cornflowers for my card.

I coloured this with some multicoloured crayons I got a while back and have never used, which I think have worked quite well. I then die-cut with X-cut oval nesting dies and added to a large label die-cut floral paper. These were then placed on a patterned base card. Finally I added leaf buttons and a flower and bird button.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
IkesWorld #130 O for Out of comfort zone (colouring with crayons)
SOS #415 Is it summer yet?
TIOT - Try a new technique (colouring with crayons)
AYLI - Fav flower - cornflower because it is so delicate but grows so easily and has a very bright colour
Daring Cardmakers - Elemental inspiration (flowers, heavy patterned yellow background, blues, circles (O))

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Feminine @ Aud sentiments

Hi guys,

We have a new challenge starting over at Aud Sentiments today, with the theme of Feminine. We have been sponsored by The Paper Shelter and I have used Lady In Wings for my card.


I used the pre-coloured image on the provided background. I coloured some wooden embellishments using Chameleon pens and then added the toppers around the image to make a good luck card.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
SimonSaysWednesday - Something Feminine
CRAFT  #547 Female
AlphabetChallenge - X for Xtra Embellishments
dragonflydreams - make it feminine


I can't wait to see what you create for us this time, but I want to leave you with my new hairstyle :D,

OK so I was messing around while it was wet lol - but it does look kinda cool.

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Mermaid wishes for I Love Promarkers

Hi guys,

So sorry my post is late :O We have a new challenge starting over at I Love Promarkers, where the only requirement is t use your promarkers on your project. The optional theme this time is to add a sentiment and we have been sponsored by Paper Nest Dolls Digis. I have used Mermaid Ellie with Seahorse for my card.

Promarkers - Lime Twist, Buttercup, Ducky Pink, Soft Peach, Sunkissed Pink, Fuchsia Pink, Lavender, Khaki, Walnut, Cardinal Red, Poppy

I layered the image over a digital scene before printing. I then simply added two sentiment roppers.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
SOS #415 Is it summer yet (digital background and sentiments from stash)
inkspirational #208 Leap (she is jumping out of the water)
dragonflydreams - make it feminine

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz#ilo

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Death of Rats

I started a cross stitch for my husband for Christmas but due to working extra hours beforehand I didn't actually get round to finishing it on time. However I have now managed to get it finished and gave it to him for Valentines Day instead.


This guy is from a Terry Pratchett book, which my hubby loves. It is a licensed design from the original artwork, and comes with a choice of eye colours to use.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
CountryView - The eyes have it
notjustcards - Anything Goes

And here are a couple of my tarantula pals - Aragog and Chewbacca


Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Pillow Box @ MAWTT

Hi guys,

Our new challenge over at MAWTT is Anything but a card. I did have a cross stitch design to share with you, but then I forgot and made this pillow box instead...so I will share the cross stitch in a couple of days instead :)


I want to enter this into the following challenges:
notjustcards - Anything Goes
catchthebug - funky folds


Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Popping mouse!

Hi guys,

I have a fun but small card to share with you today.




The image was from a shop bought card and I simply fussy cut it out as I thought it was fun! I used a 3x3" card blank. I added button stickers to the corners and then adhesive pearls for the champagne bubbles, before using a sentiment embellishment to finish.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
DaringCardmakers - Take a flying leap
ColorMyHeart #383 Tic-tac-toe (Diagonal top left to bottom right - also using the greens)
MMM #116 Critters
TIOT - Go green or recycle something
AnimalFriends #83 Mouse

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Stitches for luck

Hi there,

I have made one of my finished cross stitch designs up into a picture for a work colleague who is leaving us tomorrow to go back to her old job. I wanted to give her something to remember us with that was a bit different to the usual.

The stitching was pretty much the correct size for the frame already so I simply added some bows (to go with the banner) and some flowers.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
613AvenueCreate #230 Banners and Bows
notjustcards - Anything Goes
MTTC #426 No digis

Thanks for taking the time to hop along to my blog,

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 24 February 2020

Floating squirrel

One of my colleagues is leaving to start a new job on Thursday and I wanted to make something a little different for them, and this is what I came up with.

I took a square piece of white card and added the snowy squirrel topper to it. I then measured a piece of foiled acetate to be 1cm bigger on the horizontal, so that I could make it into the front panel for the card. I then added the squirrel in fir tree partial topper to the opening edge of the acetate. Finally I stamped the Best Wishes sentiment from a Woodware Men's sentiment stamp collection. I was going to stamp it using StazOn ink, but I couldn't find it, so instead I had to use standard ink and then heat emboss with Hi-puff Heat it up embossing powder. This did bend the acetate slightly unfortunately, but I still really like the finished card.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
CCM #251 Embossing
MMM #116 Critters
SOS #414 The Great Outdoors
TheCardConcept #129 Warm Winter Wishes (colours and snow)
TheMaleRoom #130 Use embossing
MTTC #426 No digi's allowed
Notjustcards - Anything Goes

Thanks for taking the time to look at my creations,

Hugz Tinz

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Birthday tiger

Hi guys,

We have a new challenge for you today at Creative Moments, with an optional theme of 'For the girls'. I do usually play the theme, but I needed a males birthday card, so unfortunately this one is for the boys :O.

My image is from Morgan's Art World, who is the sponsor this time. Please do check out the challenge blog to see the DT creations this time and the prize images on offer (I am on the other team :D).


I printed the image and trimmed to size. I then used distress inks in Evergreen Bough and Scattered Straw to make a blended panel. I then added a die-cut sentiment panel to this.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
SUYP #51 Furrything Goes
AYLI - Fav animal and why - My favourite animal has always been the cat. I love their wild nature and their aloofness, as though they have never forgotten that they were once worshipped.
MMM #116 Critters
TIOT - Go green or recycle something


Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Sentimental Love @ Aud Sentiments

It's an Anything Goes challenge this time at Aud Sentiments - and of course my card is themed around love. But it is the love of a friend, rather than romantic love this time :)


I used a sentiment sheet from the Treasured Moments set by The Paper Boutique. I then simply added some 'monsters' in the form of ghouls. A nice, simple and unusual card this time.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
CuteCardThursday #622 Square
DaringCardmakers - Someone or something you love
SimonSaysWednesday - Add a sentiment
TheLibraryChallenge #52 Groggles Monster Valentine
CCM #250 Love is all you need

I also have an audio book review for you:
I was a Rat by Phillip Pullman

This is a story about a little boy who turns up on the doorstep of a cobbler and his wife one night. He cannot remember much except that he was a rat. The couple have never had children of their own and take him in for the night and try to find his parents the next day. After having no luck they decide he can live with them and send him off to school. Unfortunately, he struggles with the other boys, and when he is sent for tests he is scared off and runs away. The couple finally find that he is being tried as a monster by the high court and will be executed. Their only option is to go to the new princess and see if she can help them. They get an audience with the princess by bringing her a gift of the cobblers prized pair of slippers, which fit snuggly (hence the other name for the book of ‘The Scarlett Slippers’). The princess knows the boy and helps them to get him released from jail. This is an amusing short story and well worth a listen, especially at just over 3 hours long.

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Snow White @ I Love Promarkers

Welcome to another Wednesday and a new challenge at I Love Promarkers. Ok the optional theme this time is actually one for the girls, and we are sponsored by IkesArt. I have used  Snow White  for my card.

I used a patterned base card, coloured the image with Promarkers before fussy cutting and then added several sentiments from my stash. Nice and easy.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Daring Cardmakers - Someone or Something you love 
ATSM #377 Make your Mark
notjustcards - Anything Goes
ikesworld - N for Nice

I also have a little recipe to share with you for Italian-style Pork Chops.

Firstly, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan/skillet. Add the pork chops in a single layer and fry for 5 minutes, until browned. Remove from the pan.
 Finely chop 1 onion and fry until softened and browned.
 Crush 2 garlic cloves and add to the pan with 1tsp fresh chopped Rosemary.
Add the zest of one lemon and 150ml Chicken stock to the pan and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
 Add the pork chops back to the pan, then add a can of chopped tomatoes and cook until heated through and the chops are fully cooked (about 10-20 minutes).
 Dish up and enjoy!

Hugz Tinz

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Christmas cutie

Hi guys,

Yup I have another Christmas card to share with you today.


I used a patterned Christmas card to make the base - this was free with a magazine and had been kept in my stash for a little while. I then used the remaining stickers from my Forever Friends Christmas sticker set - consisting of the bear with present, the flowers, sentiment and the little diamantes.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
WinterWonderland - Anything Christmas Goes
Alphabet Challenge - W for anything you Wish
CraftyCatz #493 Critters

I would also like to share my Hognose Snake with you today:

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 10 February 2020

Sketchy flowers

I have a card to share with you today that is based around the current sketch at CheerfulSketches.


I used a flower fairies tag for the side panel and then die-cut a flower design from some Country Diary free papers, using a Marianne Creatibles die. Finally I added some dried flowers to the bottom to complete the sketch.
I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
CraftyCalendar - Use die-cuts/punches
Intaas #76 A favourite Song (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Wildflowers)
CuteCardThursday #620 Anything Goes
C4C521 Something that flies (fairies fly)

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Friday, 7 February 2020

Some more Love over at Creative Moments

Yup we have a love themed challenge over at Creative Moments - getting you all in the mood for Valentines Day of course :). As always you can choose to play anything goes instead.

I have used Love Heart from our sponsor All Dressed Up.
I have used this as a page in my wedding album. I coloured the image using promarker pens (Aquamarkers actually), and then die-cut using X-cut nesting dies. I also die-cut some green foiled hearts and made a flower shape behind the image.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
CraftyCalender - Die-cuts/punches
Digi Doodle Studio #24 It's a love thing
MMM #115 I heart you
SimplyLessisMore #412 Less
CASology #361 Sweetheart

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 6 February 2020

It's Valentines Day @ Aud Sentiments

Hi guys,

So Valentines Day is just around the corner, which means our theme for this challenge is Valentine/Love over at the Aud Sentiments blog. We are sponsored by Digi Doodle Studios and I have used Little Love birds.

  

I coloured the birds with Promarkers and then fussy cut the image. I used (Backing Paper info) Secret Treasures for a subtle background. I then added a decoupage rose from a Papermania country garden set, and some yellow rose stickers to the side. I used a sticker for the sentiment and then added another sentiment inside the card (again from the paper pack).

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
SimonSaysMonday - Floral Frenzy
CRAFT #543 Love/Valentines
ThePaperPlayers #476 Love is in the air
LibraryChallenge #51 Romeo and Juliet
MMM #115 I heart you
SOS #413 My heart is on fire
TIOT - Share the love
dragonflydreams - it's a love thing

Have fun and don't forget that all important sentiment guys,

Hugz Tinz