Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Lone Golfer

And welcome back for the second challenge announcement for today. This post is for the new challenge over at Creative Moments. Challenge #127 is all about Autumn, and we are certainly starting to feel this season in the air around here. We have two sponsors for this challenge - Bugaboo Stamps and Mari Digi Stamps Shop - Mari Digi Stamps Blog. Please pop over to the challenge blog to see what they are offering to the winners.

I have used Golf Guy  from Bugaboo for my card:

I coloured my golfing guy with Promarkers and then rounded the corners. I cut a strip of green glitter card and placed this towards the bottom of a peach card blank. I layered the image on the left of the card and added some Autumnal flowers to the right, with diamate centres. To finish I used a distressed setiment stamp with Distress Ink.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
inkychicks #88 Use your favourite colours (I love the rich colours of Autumn).
CCM #196 Autumn
MMM #55 Autumn Colours
PFP #413 Great Outdoors
Allsorts #433 Feels like Autumn
Catch the bug - Bingo (Sentiment - Bugaboo Image - Sparkle)

I also have a book review for you:

Lone Wolf by Jodie Picoult
As usual a great story with very real issues being address in a situation that is very imaginable. Jodie really makes you understand the characters in the book and what makes them tick. She also keeps things back until they become relevant. There are two separate but interlocking stories within this book and it is fascinating the amount of information that is contained. She certainly does her research to ensure the book is accurate! Another must read.

 Here are the first pictures from my holiday - some pretty flying creatures along the bank of the canal:

More to follow :)

Thanks for looking and can't wait to see your entries for our challenge,

Hugz Tinz

Those Harleys Get Everywhere

Well after a couple of awful days with heavy rain, and even some hail - and getting home to find one of my balcony planters in front of the front door thanks to the wind - it has actually been quite pleasant for the last couple of days. It didn't last of course, but hopefully it will be ok at the weekend as I have a garden to do something with (not sure what I am doing with it though lol).

Anyway - it is time for a new challenge over at I Love Promarkers, and our challenge for this week is Anything Goes. We are sponsored by the lovely Dr Digi's House Of Stamps and I have used Harley Claus for my card.

I coloured the image with the following promarkers: Cool Grey 1,4 and 5, Black, Metallic Silver, March Hare, Soft Peach, Ruby, Icicle, Powder Blue, Sky Blue, Canary, Orange and Bright Orange.

Unfortunately, because I had to print this one on paper due to my printer currently having issues, it did mean that the Promarkers bled through onto the table at the house where we were staying. The Mother-in-law tried to remove the mark with detergent (rather than asking me what it was or letting me remove it), and so removed some of the varnish from the table. To make it look better she then rubbed olive oil over the top!! Needless to say, the mark is now a stain on the table!

I fussy cut the image and layered onto a scalloped edged base card. I added some red peel-offs to the corners, to bring out the red in the bike. To finish I added a felt bow and a diamante to the centre.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Kort 'o' mania #183 CAS
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes

I have another couple of plant pictures to share - the first two are from the garden:

And this one of the living room plants :)

Thanks for looking and we hope to see you joining in with our challenge!!!!

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 18 September 2017

Sent with Flowers

I have a cute little Hedgehog with a lovely bunch of flowers to share with you today. He was a free kit with one of my Cross Stitch magazines and he is designed by Margaret Sherry. You will probably recognise the desig style from her range of Penny Black stamps.

I wish we could see more of these little guys around in my garden! We do not get them into the garden as yet - I think it is because the houses are so built up and there is a long alleyway to get to our back garden!

Thinking about gardens I have spent the evening pulling all my tomato plants up as they have developed blight :( I managed to salvage a dish of tomatoes from about 6 plants! Not good at all.

Anyway,I would like to enter this little guy into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday #495 Add a Banner/Flags (banner held by two butterflies)
AYLI - Flora or Fauna. For this card I went for both, as you do usually find them hand-in-hand and to use both on a card makes it much more natural.
A Snowflakes Promise #44 Anything Goes (Spring themed)

And before I go I thought you might be interested to see my plants before I went away:

That last is a Brussels Sprout plant believe it or not - the caterpillars had a great time!

Thanks for looking and hope to see you on Wednesday!

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Shaker idea

Well we finally had some sunshine today!! It makes a lovely change from all the rain, and so we went up to the lake district and went for a boat ride across Windemere. I didn't take my camera so there are no pictures I am afraid, but I had great fun feeding the geese, swans, ducks, gulls and jackdaws lol. I have a lovely nip on my shoulder where one of the baby Canada geese crept up behind me and then pecked at me - little terror hehe. And I had to grab one of the cygnats by the beak to stop it from pecking at my arms (daddy also told him off lol).

Anyway, I have made a shaker card with the new Christmas image from Limited Runs, for the new progressive challenge - I think I am just in time with the uploading of this, whew.

I coloured the image (provided by Limited Runs for the progressive challenge) with Promarkers and then cut close to the edge of the outline. I stuck this to a circle of foiled snowflake card. I then used a green die-cut snowglobe and added acetate behind the snowglobe centre. I added fine glitter, course glitter and stars inside this shaker element, and added a ribbon to the top to finish. A name can be added in peel-offs to the centre of the snowglobe base.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges:
Limited Runs Progressive
PFP 412 Let it shine
Die Cuttin' Divas #334 3D, shaker or shaped
CRAFT #433 Christmas
addicted to stamps #152 Christmas
Christmas @ Sweet Stampin'

I thought you might like to see the moth eggs that are on my back door window - I wonder if they will have hatched by the time I get home???

here are some more pictures of the eggs:
Thanks for looking and I will share some photos from my holiday with you shortly too!!

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 11 September 2017

Wild Flowers - Country Diary

Well I am posting from lovely (and excedingly wet and windy) Lancashire today. We are away for a week and it is lovely not having to thik about work at all! (Apart from the Avon). Anyway, I have a new card to share with you all, which is a cross stitch based upon the Country Diaries illustrations.

I have also made up a Poppy design - again from the Country Diary illustrations:

Both were free kits with Cross Stitch Magazines and the illustrated cards came as part of the kit, however I have added a butterfly peel-off to the poppy card to add a little more interest.

I would like to enter these creations into the following challenges:

TIOT - Stitch It
The Card Concept #77 Weathered Florals
As you like it - Flora or Fauna (I love the Country Diary illustrations and they are very popular with the Grandma's too!)

I have taken some pictures of a butterfly in my garden too:

Thank you for looking again,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Under the Sea

It is Thursday and time for a new challenge over at Aud Sentiments. We have an easy one for you this time with challenge #188 being an Anything Goes theme - just remember to show us your sentiment! Our lovely sponsor this time is IKEsART and I have used Mermaid 3 for my creation.

I die-cut a circle in a pearlescent blue card blank from Hobbycraft. The image was coloured using promarkers (including the metallics) and was printed onto a teardrop shaped background. This was layered inside the card, behind the apperture. I then used a swirl die-cut on the one side, and two seahorses on the other, slightly overlapping the aperture to give a feel of depth. The sentiment was added on an angle.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
IKESworld challenges - mythology
City Crafter #378 Pick a background (I chose the blue - although there is a little purple speckle mixed in too).

C4C401 Ocean or Beach
SSSociety #124 Anything Goes
CraftingbyDesign - Anything Goes

I thought you might like to see my indoor tomato plant lol:

look at those roots!

Thanks for looking again,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Birthday Tricks

Welcome back to my second DT post of the day. This time I wish to tell you about our new challenge over at Creative Moments. We are always anything goes, but the twist for challenge #126 is to make something for a Grandparent, as it is Grandparents day on the 10th. Our lovely sposors for this challenge are QKR.

Unfortunately my printer started to play up before I had printed out an image from the sponsor, and so my card does not have a digital image, but rather is made using a Cross Stitched design. It was made for a lovely ladies birthday, because she made the point that once you become a grandparent you see things anew - dolphins are a new passion lol.

I made the card base using pearlescent blue card as it looks like water. I then lined the inside with a moochrome paper that was easy to write on. The two bottom squares I added a floral patterned paper and the peel-off sentiment (Birthday - Wishes). For the top I added a 'wave' with scalloped blue ribbon and then layered the stitching onto a piece of gingham card to match the hoop.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams - patterned paper
Alphabet Challenge - M for Make your Mark (Cross Stitch)
TIOT - Stitch It
C4C401 Ocean or Beach

And here are some Lepidoptera pictures :)

Thanks for looking again,

Hugz Tinz