Monday, 11 September 2023

Jasmine beauty

 Hi guys,

Our new challenge started over at Creative Moments today, and our option is to follow the sketch below. Due to such a low number of entries last time I made my first DT card as anything goes - my second will be following the sketch - but I wanted to show people that Anything Goes is still acceptable if you do not get along with the optional theme.


I coloured my image using my Chameleon marker pens. The sentiment was created on the computer before printing the image. To finish I simply added a washi tape banner.

Here is the optional sketch for the challenge blog - do pop over to see how the DT have used the sketch in their creations.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
craftycalendar -Anything Goes
TIOT - Fantasy (Jasmine from Aladdin)
SimplyLessIsMoore #491 Anything Goes
PFP #707 Pink (or blue)

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 7 September 2023

Going somewhere?

 Hey guys,

Our new challenge started over at I Love Promarkers yesterday, with the optional theme of transport. The DT have come up with some great ideas, and here is my creation.


The image is from Dr Digi and is called Beryl the Biker. I coloured her using Promarkers (Midnight Blue, Cobalt Blue Blue Pearl, Powder Blue, April Shower, Twilight Sky, Moss, Cinnamon, Bright Orange, Pastel Yellow, Cool Grey 4, Cool Grey 2, Warm Grey 1, Icicle, Metallic Red/Gold) and then fussy cut the image. I used some fancy backing papers on a pale blue base card and layered her into the background. Finally I hand wrote the sentiment using a purple metallic pen.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
craftycalendar - Anything Goes
mmm #208 hobbies
inkspirational #297 clothing/closet

Thanks for looking
Hugz Tinz

Monday, 4 September 2023

Christmas has come early

 Our new challenge started on Friday over at MAWTT, with the theme of Early Christmas.


I used a topper on a blue card base. I then cut the snowflake circle onto lilac paper with foiled snowflakes. This very simple card just layered the die-cut around the topper in the centre of the card.

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

613AvenueCreate - Anything Goes

ABCChristmas - Q for Quick

AYLI - Fav animals - one of my favourite animals is a bird, and especially at Christmas I think they remind us that summer is just round the corner :)

MTTC #515 Use die-cuts


Tuesday, 29 August 2023

Owl in Orange

 Hi guys,

I have another card to share with you - this time a mini 3x3" one.



I stamped the image using spiced pumpkin distress ink. I then used a marker pen to colour the stamp for the sentiment (from the same pack, which was free with a magazine). I then used the marker to draw round parts of the image stamp.

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

Polkadoodles wk34

SOS #504 Welcome to the jungle

SimplyLessisMoore #490 Orange

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

no line reminder post

 Hey everyone,

We do not seem to have many people joining in our current challenge over at Creative Moments. Just a reminder that there is always the Anything Goes option if you do not like the idea of no line colouring (however I would recommend giving it a go - you may surprise yourself).

Here is my reminder card.

I have not added a sentiment yet, but left space for one, as this particular card could be used for absolutely anything.

I would like to enter this into the following challenge:
MTTC #515 Use Die-cuts

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 14 August 2023

No line colouring

 Hi everybody,

We have a new challenge over at Creative Moments, with the optional theme of 'No Line Colouring'. Of course you are always welcome to play Anything Goes. Pop over to the blog to see what you could win, and also take a look at the design team creations.


I coloured the image using chameleon pens. I then added this to a grey panel and layered onto a base card that I had already covered with a patterned paper from my stash. I simply added a die-cut sentiment and a cat sticker to finish.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
SUYP #91 Furrything Goes
allsorts 741/2 All creatures great and small


Wednesday, 9 August 2023

Lavender and Lace

Good evening,

We have a new challenge started today over at I Love Promarkers with the optional theme of lavender and lace.


I coloured the image with a mix of chameleon pens and promarkers, in shades of purple (lavender). I used a lavender base card and inked a lacey stencil on the edges, using Shaded Lilac distress ink. I used a die-cut that has a lacey effect on the top of the image panel and then added this to the card base. I added the sentiment to the base and then edged the image panel with lace.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
PFP 702 Dies/punches (die-cut edging and sentiment)
inkspirational 295 Use Stencils
craftycalendar - Anything Goes

I also thought I would share the eggsac my girl decided to produce, even though she has never been mated!


I also thought I would share my pretty poppy.



Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Tuesday, 1 August 2023

Embossed for summer

 Hi all,

Our new challenge at MAWTT (Moving Along With The Times) is to use embossing of any form on your creation.


I inked up an embossing folder and ran a 6x4 piece of card through this, and then inked the edged that were not embossed. All ink is Distress Inks. I then stamped a butterfly and sentiment onto a scalloped square piece of card, followed by heat embossing. I then layered another two scalloped squares behind this first onto the card base.

I would like to enter this postcard into the following challenges:
AYLI - Gingham or Florals - when embossing a background I prefer to use my floral embossing folders as I feel they are more versatile
ATCAS #243 Shapes
ThePaperPlayers - Tic-tac-toe = Flowers/Green/Embossing

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Friday, 28 July 2023

Little Bunny

 Hi guys,

I just wanted to share my finished crocheted bunny with you. I got him a couple of Christmases ago and here he is all finished.



I would like to enter him into the following challenges:

SOS #501 no stamps

CountryView - Four-legged Friends

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 26 July 2023

Die-ing for Christmas

Sorry for the poor pun, but the twist for our new challenge over at I Love Promarkers is to 'Use a Die'. Of course there is always the option of anything goes, as long as you use marker pens to colour an image.


I used a combination of Promarkers and Chameleon pens to colour the image before fussy cutting. I used a My Minds Eye patterned paper to cover the card base. I cut two rectangles of gold card and layered them one on top of the other. I then used an x-cut ornate labels nesting die to cut a silver glitter panel to put the image onto before layering onto the gold. I used a foiled sentiment topper, and then die-cut a poinsettia from red paper. I finished with a green neon diamante in the centre.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
CraftyCatz #647 Christmas in July
polkadoodles wk29 Christmas in July
ATSM #451 Make your Mark
ChristmasCraftCreations - Anything Goes
DragonflyDreams - Christmas

Once again thank you all for looking and I hope to see some entries over in our blog.

Hugz Tinz


Monday, 24 July 2023

Let it shine reminder

 Hi all,

This is the reminder post for our 'let it shine' challenge at Creative Moments.


The image is from  Beccy's Place. I added some gold gel pen accents and cut the centre before layering onto gold card. I matted this onto a yellow die-cut. I used patterned papers, and a sentiment topper, to create the background of the card, along with some gold glitter ribbon, and then added my topper.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
ATSM #450 Dies or stencils
InspirationStation #51 The image inspired my card as it made me think about sunbathing by the pool.

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Sunday, 16 July 2023

Christmas in July (for sure this time)

 Good evening,

I have raided my stash and made a Christmas card using one of the many toppers I have in a drawer. I think I got this in a craft exchange, or crafting challenge prize.


The topper was already layered onto the purple mirri card and fussy cut. I used a patterned paper from My Minds Eye and layered it onto a 6x6 card blank. I then added the topper and a foiled sentiment. Finally I added some diamantes randomly over the patterned paper.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
SimonSaysWed - Shimmer and Shine
CRAFT #685 Christmas
DaringCardmakers - Christmas in July
TheMaleRoom #176 Travel
AudSentiments #303 Christmas in July
DragonflyDreams - Christmas
CountryView - Four-legged Friends

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 12 July 2023

Summer is here

 Well supposedly, but it is a pretty wet July so far after a dry June. The garden is loving it though.

We have a new challenge started today over at I Love Promarkers, with the optional theme of Summer Colours.

I coloured Drifting soul from Ching-Chou Kuik using Promarkers - Cardinal Red; Dusky Rose; Wild Cranberry; Maroon; Pastel Beige; Buttercup; Blush; Lime Green; Rose Pink; Tropical Orchid; Pink Carnation and Grey Squirrel.

I fussy cut the image and adhered to a pink card base, which I used a butterfly corner punch on (after breaking my rounded corner punch!). I then punched the corners of a flower patterned paper to match, and die-cut a frame from the panel using X-cut ornate frames dies. Using foam pads I raised this over the image. Finally I added some stickers and a sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
MMM #204 Birthday

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 10 July 2023

All about the shine!

 We have a new challenge starting today at Creative Moments and the optional theme is !Let it Shine!


I used Flowerz: Simple Flowers from Mirtillamente, who is offering a prize to the designer spotlight winner (playing the twist). I coloured the flowers in with metallic pencils (to make them shine). I then fussy cut around the edges. I stamped the sentiment using purple metallic ink and then layered the panel onto a purple mirri base card. Lots of shine here.

We also have a second sponsor for the randomly chosen winner - for more details pop over to the challenge blog.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Craftycalendar - Anything Goes
SimplyCreateToo #192 Fav colours - purples and greens are my favourite colours
ATSM #449 Any Occasion

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Sunday, 2 July 2023

Wedding period

 Hi all,

We had a new challenge start yesterday over at Moving Along with the Times, with the theme of Wedding or Anniversary, as it is once again that time of year :)


I used a cross stitched cupcake and simply added some foam hearts and a bell, and a wedding peel-off.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
CraftyCalendar - Anything Goes
AYLI - I usually prefer patterned papers as they add a little something to an otherwise plain card
AddictedtoCAS #241 Celebration

I also have another book review for you.

Hard Road by J.B. Turner

Jon Reznick works as an assassinator for the American government. He has military training and experience which makes him ideal for the job. He is still grieving for the loss of his wife in the 9/11 attacks when he gets a call for a target – all he knows is it must look like a suicide, and the name of the target. Everything is going to plan, until Reznick realises the man in the room is not the target he has been allocated, and there is an FBI agent dead in the next room. Reznick informs his handler and starts running with the intended victim. However, there seems to be somebody waiting for him every step of the way. When they take his daughter, he must start to rely on more than just the military training, and he must also figure out who he can trust.

The FBI are also working a case – that of the missing doctor that Reznick nearly assassinated. They want him back and are willing to do anything to ensure his safety, including help Reznick find his daughter. This brings them into close proximity and has them working together to bring down the terrorist threat on the country.

You get to see into the mind of a hit-man when he realises things are not going right, and the twists in this story keep you guessing. You also get some insight about the main character for the terrorist cell as some chapters focus on him, and how similar what he is doing is to what Reznick also does. A fast paced, action-packed story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 28 June 2023

Christmas in June (well it is nearly July)

 Hey everyone,

We have a new challenge started today over at I Love Promarkers, with the optional theme of having a stencilled background. I did cheat a little as my stencil is only in the corner, but I couldn't find my brick wall one I wanted to use.


I coloured the images with a combination of promarkers and chameleon pens. I had printed the images so that the card could be folded. I then stencilled the bells using versamark ink and embossing powders.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
SimonSaysWed - Anything Goes
PFP #696 Holidays
inkspirational #292 emboss your background

SimplyLessisMoore #486 Anything Goes
ChristmasCraftCreations - heat embossing


Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Saturday, 24 June 2023

We'll mouse you!

 I made a leaving card for a friend at work. I saw the image on somebody else's blog and I just had to get them for myself as this one was perfect.

The image is from Last Minute Manda and is available here.

I coloured the image using watercolour markers and then cut into the tag shape. I layered onto a purple vellum. I added a blue stripe to the centre of a white 6x6" card, and then added brads to finish.

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

SweetSketchWednesday


SimpleLessisMoore #486 Anything Goes

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz


Saturday, 17 June 2023

Sparkle fairy

 Hi all,

Sorry for the late post for my DT creation. I have been away for a few days and haven't been able to access the internet fully. However here it is for our sparkle challenge option over at I Love Promarkers.


I layered several papers onto different backing cards before placing onto the square card base. May of these had glitter as part of their pattern. I matted the image onto pink card after colouring.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
SimonSaysWednesday - Lots of Layers
alphabetchallenge - F for flying

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 12 June 2023

Masculine for June

 Hi all,

We have a new challenge started over at Creative Moments, and as Father's Day is this month here in the UK we have chosen the optional theme of men or boys.


Our sponsor is Polkadoodles and I have used a discontinued image of theirs that was in my stash.

I coloured the image using my chameleon pens. I layered this onto an inked pink panel to match the guitar. I finally layered the panel onto blue card and added a 21 key and a sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
SOS #498 let's hear it for the boys
AYLI - Pastels or Brights - I much prefer using bright colours as I find they make the images pop
MTTC #509 Masculine
SimonSaysMonday - Masculine
PFP #693 For a man or boy
CRAFT #680 Masculine
allsorts #732 Birthdays

I also finally have a new book review to share with you!

Schooled by Ted Fox

Jack Parker went from being a highly successful businessman, to a laughing stock overnight when he accidentally burnt his workplace down procrastinating over having to fire some good staff. He has since become a very good stay-at hoe dad with a highly successful wife. Six years on and his oldest is starting ‘big’ school, and Jack comes face-to-face with his high school nemesis Chad Henson. Chad has always cheated his way to the top, not caring who he beats down in the process. This gives Jack his competitive streak back as he decides he cannot let Chad become the president of the parents committee due to his lax ethical views. Classroom politics is much more cut-throat the Jack realises and it makes him stop to look at his own life, and what role he wants to play.

This is a fun and light-hearted look at life. It shows how you can get stuck in a rut and that can make it difficult to find who you want to be when the opportunity presents itself, without causing upheaval to the current structure. A good holiday read.

Hugz Tinz

Sunday, 4 June 2023

Masculine make

 Hi guys,

Our new challenge started on Thursday over at MAWTT. We are sorry for the delay in returning to the challenges but hope that you can join us for this new challenge - and also perhaps consider joining our design team?


I used a patterned paper from my stash (no idea what paper stack this is from). I then simply added some stick on diamantes and stamped a sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
CraftyCalendar - Summertime
613AvenueCreate #6 Good old Summertime
CountryView - vintage (I think the sails have a vintage feel to them)
TIOT - make it masculine
TheCardConcept #196 patriotic picnic


MTTC #509 Masculine


ThePaperPlayers #643 It's a Mans World


Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Land Before Time Inspired

 Sorry for my late post. We had a new challenge start over at I Love Promarkers on Wednesday with the optional theme of Inspired by a Film.


The image seems to be discontinued as I am unable to find it in the Paper Nest Dolls store :(.

I coloured this image using a mixture of promarkers and chameleon markers and unfortunately the yellow and blue blend in the party hats is not very obvious in the photo. I then fussy cut the image and layered onto a leafy patterned paper that had been die-cut with a stitched square die for the Works. To finish I added a flower to the girls hat, some 3D flower stickers to the bottom and a peel-off sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
PFP #692 Make it Square
AYLI - Pastels or Brights - I like to use a combination of both, with an emphasis on bright colours

Thanks for looking

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 24 May 2023

Birthday Kitty

 I decided to play with my card making stash, and made this little, quick, card.


I took one of the toppers from Hot Diggety Dog decoupage pack and roughly cut it out. I adhered it to a 3x3" card base and then added the grass. I used a yellow/beige strip across the bottom and added a peel-off sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
ColorMyHeart #549 Tic-tac-toe

SUYP #88 Birthday
TheMaleRoom #174 Animals



Tuesday, 23 May 2023

We are still all lilac

 ...over at Creative Moments for our photo inspiration challenge. As always you are welcome to play anything goes if you are struggling to find inspiration from the photo, or simply have something you wish to share.


I coloured this digitally and then printed and die-cut using X-cut scalloped circle nesting dies. I set onto a lilac card base and found a purple foiled sentiment to finish the card.

Here is the inspiration photo we are using - I have gone for the colours and the sides of lilac.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
CRAFT #678 Anything Goes
craftycatz #638 Summer
allsorts #729 Anything Goes
ThePaperPlayers - Use one of something
TIOT - Keep it simple
AYLI - Masculine or Feminine - I don't have a particular favourite, however I do find feminine cards are much easier to make

Thanks for looking - I will have another book review to share with you soon!

Hugz Tinz


Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Circles!!

 Hi all,

We have a new challenge starting today at I Love Promarkers, and the optional theme is to make a circle card. Just remember to use alcohol markers on your cards.


I have used Captain Thunderpants from our sponsor Dr Digi'sHouse Of Stamps for my circular creation.

I coloured the majority of the image using promarkers, but added some chameleon pens for the shading and cane. I then cut the image using a scalloped circle x-cut die, and I used the size up for the card base (this was the largest circle). I then added the peel-off sentiment to the dead space on the left.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
craftycalendar - Anything but Square
dragonflydreams - may the force be with you
TIOT - keep it simple
PFP #690 Add a sentiment


Monday, 8 May 2023

Purple blossom inspiration

 Today it is time for a new challenge over at Creative Moments, and the optional theme is to be inspired by this photo:


I have used a word package from our sponsor MIRTILLAMENTE to create may card.


I inked some fabric and paper flowers using pink and purple distress inks. I used the purple to ink a section of the base card also. I added the sentiment to the centre of the card and then layered the flowers around this to make a purple floral arch.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
craftycalendar - Anything but Square
SimplyCreateToo #190 Spring Colours
613AvenueCreate #5 Say it with flowers

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz



Wednesday, 3 May 2023

Magical delights

 We have a new challenge started today at I Love Promarkers, with the optional theme of magical.


I coloured the image using my Promarkers and then fussy cut her. I used a yellow ric-rac down the side of a scalloped card base. I then took a piece of background that was in my stash and layered my fairy against this. Finally I added some flutterby's and a magical sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
PFM #688 Cute character (dark but I would still say cute)
craftycatz #365 Things with wings

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Friday, 28 April 2023

Wings again

 Well it is approaching summer so things with wings are about in force now in preparation. So I made this card.


I took two different patterned papers from my stash to make a diagonal base card. I used some toppers that I cut out manually that were free with a magazine.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
AHSC #522

Craftycatz #635 Things with wings
mmm #199 flowers
Inspiration station #48 (Inspired by flowers and sky combination - dark foreground



Monday, 24 April 2023

Still flying high

 Yup our challenge is still running over at Creative Moments with an optional theme of wings and things.

I coloured Blinky the bee-keeper gnome from our sponsor Patties Creations, using watercolour pencils. I then fussy cut him and attached him to a base card that I had covered with a butterfly patterned paper that I printed from my computer. Finally I added the sticker sentiment from Papermania onto a yellow backing paper and then onto the base card.

I would like t enter this card into the following challenges;
SimonsaysMonday - make your mark
SimonsaysWeds - Things with wings
polkadoodles wk16 Anything Goes
MTTC #506 Fantasy creatures
countryview - things with wings

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz


Wednesday, 19 April 2023

Black and White

 ...and maybe a little grey too :)

We have a new challenge over at I Love Promarkers, with an optional theme of, yes you guessed it, black and white.


I coloured the image with a range of greys and then fussy cut. I made a tri-corn card using paw-print patterned card and added a geometric black and white, patterned paper for the back triangle panels and the rosette for the image. The rosette is only added to the one side so that the card can still fold flat for posting.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
SimplyCreateToo #189 Shaped Cards
CountryView - Things with Wings
SimonSaysWeds - Things with wings
Polkadoodle wk15 Interactive cards (I'm not really sure this counts as interactive, but people do like to pick it up to try and work out how it works lol)


Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 10 April 2023

Mummy duck and babies

 OK this card is definitely for a child!! I really dislike it, although I do like my water-colouring of the image.


This is for our new challenge over at Creative Moments, where the optional theme is Wings and Things.
I have used mama duck and babies from our sponsor Patties Creations.

I coloured the ducks using my watercolour pencils and I am quite pleased with the way they turned out. (I know I have coloured mum in dads colours lol, but they are easier to do with limited colour choices). I then fussy cut the top of this and added to a navy base card. I added the happy birthday sentiment and then some green adhesive domes. Then it looked a little bare in the opposite corner so I added the moon and stars.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
SimonSaysWed - Happy Birthday
craftycatz #632 Add some blue
Alphabetchallenge - A for Adorable
Countryview - Things with wings

Thanks for looking, and please pop along to the blog and give the rest of the DT some love too!

Hugz Tinz

Friday, 7 April 2023

Simply doublet in trio

 Hi guys,

It certainly feels like spring now - the sun is getting warmer and the first bees and ladybirds are out and about!

I made a card with a bit of a spring theme.


I used a basic KRAFT basecard. Then I layered a panel of patterned paper onto this. I used three toppers from the same patterned paper set (free with a magazine) and layered them across a piece of white card cut to size. I then wrapped the card with magenta thread before adhering to the patterned paper already on the card.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
ThePaperPlayers #634 The animals come in two by two (two birds in the central topper).
Allsorts #722/723 In the Spring garden
TIOT - hello spring
ATCAS #234 Spring
Sundaystamps #306 sketch
CountryView - Things with wings

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz