Thursday 25 February 2021

Love birds

 Hi all,

I have finally got round to using some of my digi stamps I have had waiting to be coloured for a while.

Both images were coloured with promarkers. Then I fussy cut them and layered them together to create a little scene. Finally I drew some music notes on the card front.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Countryview - Spring
TheCardConcept #149 Welcome Wee One (colours, birds)
TIOT - Oh so cute
modsquad - fairytale castle

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Monday 22 February 2021

Tatty Ho

 There is a new challenge starting over at Creative Moments today and my teamies have made some wonderful designs to inspire you. As this is my off challenge I decided to mount one of my recent cross stitch finishes to share with you all.

It took around 5 hours to stitch this little guy (although I didn't actually time it).

I would like to enter him into the following challenges:

CRAFT #587 Christmas

TIOT - oh so cute

jinglebelles - text me

ABCChristmas - C for Carols (Joy to the World)

WinterWonderland - Anything Christmas

I also have a book review to share with you at last!

Shards of a Broken Sword: The Trilogy by W.R.Gingell

This story begins in Montalier (Twelve Days of Faery) with a king whose son appears to be at the centre of a curse. Every time a woman starts to get his attention something happens to her that ruins her life in some way. Some are seriously crippled while others have gone missing. When an enchantress comes to court to break the curse, the King is unsure whether to let her – not because of the demands, as he has already decreed that anybody that breaks the curse will marry his son – but because he feels it is foolish and that it is too much for him to be responsible for all the bad things that are happening to the girls. However, she manages to convince him and even allows him to come on trips to the land of Faery. During the trips she finds two shards that she knows are important, but not what they are for.

The second book (Fire in his Blood) sees Rafiq, a dragon that can take human form, and his Prince trying to free a princess. Rafiq is bound to the prince against his will by a piece of magic tied with the shard of a sword. This magic means that Rafiq has to do what he is commanded to by the Prince. The Princess lives is a tower with a variety of levels that have to be passed to get out at the end. A handmaiden is provided to help them, who is cleverer than she lets on and is intrigued by Rafiq, so much so that she decides to try and help him. The levels of the tower are ever more intricate and test both physical and mental skills. Does the Prince have what it takes to make it through and can the bond between dragon and the royal line be undone?

The final book of the trilogy (First Chill of Autumn) is set in Llassar, a kingdom that happily welcomed the faery into their realms. Dion ferch Alawn has only ever know the faery people within the castle; very few normal humans remain there. However, she finds a prophecy that indicates she has to seal the lands of faery from those of humans once again. She knows this will cost her life; however, she does not know what it all means. She struggles against the truth that the faery people are conquerors and see humans as lesser beings, until she sees the truth for herself. Then she must join forces with the man from her mirror in order to set the world right again. This means finding the shards of the sword and reuniting them as one. There is much danger on the path as the faery folk are not overly keen to be sent back to their lands and give up their governance and domination of the human lands.

I would recommend these books as there are many twists to the plot and they always keep you guessing. The facts that each of the stories is set with completely different people in different locations, but they come together in the final book, is a really unique way of telling the story too. I enjoyed the tale from beginning to end.

Friday 19 February 2021

Love is in the air

 Hi guys,

I have a new card to share with you today.

I used a fairy patterned paper layered onto Kraft card base. I also used the same paper as the sentiment panel and layered some felt love hearts around this. The sentiment was stamped in red, pretty colour, ink.

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

DaringCardmakers - Kiss Kiss

inkspirational #232 Hearts

MTTC #450 Love

SimplyCreateToo #167 Use Hearts

613AvenueCreate #2 Hearts and Soles

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Birthday @ I Love Promarkers

 Hi all,

We have a birthday themed challenge starting today at I Love Promarkers. Of course the theme is optional, all you need to do to join in and have a chance to win is ensure that you have used letraset promarkers on your design.

We are sponsored by Dr Digi House of Stamps, and I have used the fantastic Pablo the Painter with sentiment.

I coloured the image using promarkers and trimmed down. I used a 3x3" ferm patterned paper to layer the image onto (the paper pad is from the Range. I used a 6x6" card blank and added a patterned paper that looks as though it might have been painted to make a patterned base. I then used a speckled kraft square from the same 3x3" paper pad to add a dimensional layer under the image. Before adding the image layer I used a previously die-cut border to edge the image panel and then layered all together. Finally I added a best friends scrapbook sentiment.

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

DigiDoodleStudio #35 Include a sentiment
AYLI - Rubber, clear or digi - I like using digi stamps because there are lots of options with them, and I don't have to wait for them to dry before I can start colouring them.
Allsorts #611 Masculine
PFP #579 Use 3 or more papers

Thanks for looking, and do pop along to the blog and enter the challenge,

Hugz Tinz

Saturday 13 February 2021


 Hi all,

I have another new card to share with you today on this cold and snowy Saturday.

I started with the patterned ATC-sized patterned panel. I layered this onto pearlescent white card. I then took another ATC-sized piece of patterned paper, cut this in half diagonally and layered each part onto the same white card. I made a base-card from silver card with glitter spots. Then I stamped the sentiment onto the patterned panel before layering each panel together on the base.

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

Polkadoodles wk7 Spring

AudSentiments #268 Anything Goes

ColorDare #431 Shades of pink + one other colour (I chose green)

I would like to share my little baby guinea pig with you all (she wouldn't sit still though!)

Thanks for looking - I will hopefully have a book review for you next time also!

Hugz Tinz

Friday 12 February 2021

Fancy envelope

 I decided to have a go at fancying up an envelope for a birthday card (the card will follow on Wednesday :D).

I simply used a stamp set and red ink to stamp the borders and sentiments onto the envelope.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

CASology 383 Envelope

CRAFT #586 Not a card

DaringCardmakers - Share the love

SOS #438 love is in the air

AudSentiments #268 Anything Goes

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Chair distressing

 Hi guys,

I have been working on upcycling an old chair. I sanded it right back, and then painted in a pale green colour. I then stamped some butterflies and floral hearts onto the chair base. I wanted to keep it simple, and looking like it has been aged slightly (yes trying for a light vintage look). I am not sure what to think of it though?

I used metallic pastes for the stamping rather than acrylic paint as I wanted it to have a shimmer to it. Does it need more?

Hugz Tinz

Sunday 7 February 2021

Special Flowers for Creative Moments

 Our new challenge has started today over at Creative Moments and we are sponsored by

I have used Floral Corner for my card.

I coloured the image using my Chameleon pens and colour tops. I then die cut two scalloped circles - one from patterned paper and one from card and layered them together. I stamped the sentiment using green metallic ink. I then added pink buttons and a ribbon bow to the panel before adhering to a card base.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
CraftyCalendar - Dies/punches (scalloped circle die) + ribbon/twine (ribbon bow)
CountryView - Spring (flowers and colours)
Catchthebug - Anything Goes

Wednesday 3 February 2021

Fav colour @ I Love Promarkers

 Hi guys,

We started a new challenge over at I Love Promarkers this morning, and the optional theme is Favourite Colour. I have a few favourite colours with the main ones being green and purple. So I used majority purple on this card. Our sponsor is Hetty Clare Digi Stamps who is offering 2 digital images to the winner - and I have used Celebration Cake for my card.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and then fussy cut. I layered a patterned paper (that came free with a magazine) onto a 6x6 base card. The paper had a border strip, which I used at the bottom for the girl to walk on. I then just stamped the sentiment in purple ink using a stamp set that also came free with a magazine.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
craftycalendar - make it cute
countryview - spring
Digidoodlestudio #35 Include a sentiment

Monday 1 February 2021

Love @ MAWTT

 Hi guys,

It is the first of February and time for a new challenge from us here at MAWTT. As we all know this is the month of love, and so our theme is love or romance.

Here is my DT creation

I used a variety of patterned papers from my scrap box to make up the layers and then finished with a Forever Friends topper and some paper roses.

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

ikesworld #140 Friends/Friendship

Craftycalendar - Male it cute

AYLI - True Love or Fabulous Friends - to me these terms are interchangeable and so I like to make a card that shows my love for my friends and how much they mean to me.

AudSentiments #267 Sending Love

intaas #101 Hearts

TheLibraryChallenge #76 jar of hearts (inspired by hearts)

SimonSaysMonday - hearts

cutecardthursday #671 Valentines

C4C569 Love

I have also started recording my yoga classes - some of which can be viewed on youtube publicly. check out my channel here.