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

Thursday 15 October 2020

Halloween @ Aud Sentiments

 Hi guys,

We have a new challenge starting today at Aud Sentiments, once again with the Autumn/Halloween theme. This time we are sponsored by Oddball Art by Lizzy Love, and I have used Creepy Cute Eyeball, Bones and Flower frame.

I coloured the image using my Chameleon markers and then stamped the sentiment in the centre using my VersaMark ink pad. I heat embossed with Tinsel Green Papermania embossing powder.

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

craftycalendar - halloween

dragonflydreams - spooky/cute

DigiDoodleStudio #32 halloween

notjustcards - Anything Goes

TIOT - Halloween

intaas #94 Halloween

SimonSaysMonday - spooky

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday 14 October 2020

Birthday @ I Love Promarkers

 It is time for a new challenge over at I Love Promarkers, and our optional theme is - BIRTHDAY. We are sponsored by the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps  and I have used their Birthday Critters Sign.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and then placed it onto a slimline base card. I simply added a few birthday themed peel-off's to decorate as I didn't feel that it needed too much more.

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

DragonflyDreams - Spooky or cute

Polkadoodles wk41

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Sunday 11 October 2020

In the purple

 Hi guys,

I have a more masculine style card to share with you today.

I used a lilac cardstock to make my base card. Then I stamped the stag, from a free stamp set, using my Pretty Colour Black ink pad and masking off the triangle with waste paper. I let the ink dry and then added some washi tape sentiment strips, a 'happy birthday' peel-off and a die-cut and promarker coloured butterfly.

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

SimplyCreateToo #165 Black and purple only

inkspirational #223 Angle it

AHSC #389

craftycatz #522 wild and crazy

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

Every Missing Thing by Martyn Ford

Ten years ago Ethan Clark went missing and was never found. Sam was the detective at the time and he lost his family, his career and his health because of his obsession with finding Ethan. He was certain that the father had not killed him, although the media were using this angle for their stories. Now Robin, the daughter of the same couple, has gone missing. The circumstances are identical: age, time of disappearance and the fact that she is nowhere to be found. Sam has retired, but he is pulled back into the case when the father states that he will not talk to anybody else. However, this time there is a trail to follow and a chance that Robin could be found. Sam knows that playing by the rules could mean that they lose their chance, however not playing by the rules puts his family and his own life in jeopardy. This is a well written story, and the perpetrator and story behind Ethan’s disappearance, and also explaining why the father seems so suspicious are kept hidden until right at the end of the story. It is a bit macabre in places, and also maybe a little extreme, however when dealing with gangs and if your family is at risk, you may well do anything to make sure they are safe.

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Friday 9 October 2020

Autumn Sketched

 Hi guys,

I have an autumnal themed card to share with you today.

I used a patterned base card and added a tag and embossed panel of yellow card to the base - following the sketch below. I inked a die-cut scalloped circle using autumnal distress inks and then layered a white and gold die-cut hedgehog together and added them to the circle.

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

ThePaperPlayers #511 Fall Critters

SimonSaysMonday - Dry embossing

CRAFT #572 Autumn

CuteCardThursday #655 Dies/punches

MTTC #442 Autumn colours

intaas #93 Autumn colours

TheLibraryChallenge #69 What to look for in autumn

MMM #132 Use up your scraps


Here is an update on my Dino height chart at just under 325 hours

And finally an audio book review for you - as it has been a while!

Gate of the Dead by David Gilman

This is the third book in the Master of War series. The peasantry are rioting through France looting and killing anybody who is better off than they are, regardless of the person’s character, putting Blackstone’s family in danger. Meanwhile, Blackstone has been summoned back to England, from where the Prince banished him in the previous book for trying to kill the King of France.

Upon his return to England, after a treacherous journey, Blackstone finds out that it is actually the Kings mother that has summoned him, and she wishes him to best the Prince in a joust competition. She is playing politics with Blackstone’s life because she knows the King needs him once again. She manages to convince the King and the Prince of Blackstone’s use, and blackmails Blackstone by using his family against him, even though realistically she has no idea where they are.

Blackstone finally finds his wife and children, but Christiana is in a perilous position as she has spoken up against a German knight. And not just any German knight, but the brother of the knight Blackstone killed at Cressey. Blackstone has to stand up for his wife’s honour, while also trying to subdue the rebellion. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse for Blackstone before the end of the story, and it ends with him taking to the sea and leaving his son in the care of his former mentor.

This is very gruesome in parts and does not hold back from the brutality of war and the peasant uprising. However, it is a very good story and keeps you wanting to know if Blackstone will ever find his family again.

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday 7 October 2020

Hippo Birthday @ Creative Moments

 Hey guys,

It is time for challenge #200 over at Creative Moments. Our challenges are now always anything goes, no twists - so make whatever you want :D. I have used this lovely hippo from Dr Digi who is one of our lovely sponsors this month.

He was coloured on the computer before printing. I then simply added a sentiment in word and then a paper flower once he was printed.

I would like to enter this little guy into the following challenges:
catchthebug - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday 1 October 2020

Witchy Shoes @ Aud Sentiments

 Hi everybody,

We have a new Anything Goes challenge starting at Aud Sentiments today. We are sponsored by Digi Doodle Studios who kindly provided me with the image for my card - Witchy Shoes - which I partially coloured on the computer before printing out. I then used promarkers to colour the star border and the shoes (as these kept saturating the image when on the computer). The sentiment was hand written and then a peel-off wand was added to finish the design.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

AlphabetChallenge - M for Magic

DigiDoodleStudio #32 Pink or Halloween

Animals for MAWTT

 Hi guys,

Can you believe that it is October already?!?! That means it is time for another challenge, and we have gone for an animal theme for you. They can be spooky or cute, realistic or cartoony - we want to see them all!

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

notjustcards - Anything Goes

AYLI - bright or pastel - I like bright colours at this time of year as they are much more cheerful

cutecardthursday #654 Anything Goes