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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Birthday Glitz and Glam

Hi there,

What a weird weekend this has been - nice sunny and hot, and then suddenly it gets dark and the heavens open. Luckily I have been back from the allotment both days and so avoided getting too wet! I collected a full punnet of Blackberries yesterday and dug up some more potatoes today, and collected my first tomatoes (I grow mine outdoors). I also watched a female Southern Hawker ovipositing on the plank of wood in my mini pond today, and saw my first speckled wood of this year at my other allotment yesterday, which was very exciting!

Now onto my Birthday ATC set I have made. I only used the base card and some peel-offs for these.
 I used a cream base card and added some border stickers down the left side. I then layered some glittered present stickers, and the swirls from the red present as streamers. I added the sentiment underneath and then used plain border peel-offs to frame the presents.

 This matching ATC was done on a white base, and the remaining parts of the border peel-offs was used down the side. Again I layered some of the glitter presents, but this time I used the flowers from the present on the card, and the stars from the gold present, to make the card feel very celebratory.

Here is the two of them together!

I would like to enter these for the following challenges:
Simply Less is Moore #291 Sticker, sticky label or peel-off
 Kort O mania #158 Birthday
Avenue 613 #188 Anything Goes

Here are some more woolly critters from the Woodland Trail:

And I have a new temporary friend!! He is unable to fly yet and it appears his parents have abandoned him so we are feeding him in the garden and keeping an eye on him!

Check back on Wednesday for our new challenge over at Creative Moments!
Hugz Tinz

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Flying through the snow

Hi there,

I have managed to find a little time to make a Christmas card this evening and here it is:
I used a square base card and added a Papermania Christmas Tidings paper for the base. I then layered a smaller square from Helz Cuppleditch Winter Wonderland paper pack, of glittery snowmen! I added a Somebunny topper with a snowman. Finally I stamped the sled, cutting off the reindeer, from the Papermania Sleigh stamp set, and coloured it as a silhouette using Sharpie pens. I added a die-cut reindeer that came free with a magazine last year, cut from red mirri card.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
CCEE 1633 Aviation Day (Santa's Sleigh)
CRAFT #377 Christmas
ABC Christmas - Q for Quick Layout
Jingle Belles - Rudolph the RED nosed reindeer
inkspirational #115 Patterned Paper
abc-challenge - N for Noel

And here are some more woolly critters - but can you see what they all are?

Thank you for looking
Hugz Tinz

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Thank you lilies and some woolly creatures!

Hi there,

Today I have given one of my rabbits back, the trophies for the produce show back and made a thank you card. I have been trying to sell my rabbits for a while, and didn't really want to send them back to pets at home, as I felt that this was not suitable for a rabbit that has known pet life already. However, nobody wanted to buy the rabbits and they were starting to pull chunks of fur out of each others bottoms. So as they were both due to be vaccinated this weekend we had a good think, and decided to give Arthur back to pets at home to rehome for us. We made this decision as he is the one that is more likely to be rehomed as he is very much a people bunny, and is very pretty colours too. As we got Doris through the adoption scheme due to her looking too much like a wild rabbit, we decided she would probably be sitting in the tiny pet shop pen for far too long - and besides she doesn't wind my poor blind kitty up!

The trophies were from the local produce show, which is just about to come around again and so I have had to return the trophies ready for this years winners. Unfortunately I will not be getting any of the trophies back due to moving away from the area just before the show, which is in two weeks time :(. Good luck to everybody that can submit entries again this year though.

And now onto my card creation:

Yup this is a short, long card - I made the first cut the wrong way and had to improvise! The main image is a digital image from My Craft Studio Best of Craft Studio Christmas CDRom, but I thought it worked well for a thank you card. I decided to use a green and cream colour scheme as they are nice and light and gracious. I die cut the image using Nellie Snellen frame dies and I also die-cut the sentiment using a die that came free with a magazine on handmade yellow textured paper. I stuck this to a green textured paper so that it would sit correctly on the card. I also printed a lady bird strip using lilybug #2 from the polkadoodles lilybug collection. I coloured them using Aqua maker Fern Green and Promarkers in Cool Grey 5, Primrose and Satin.

To make the card base I cut a piece of card to 6x8". I then measured 2" in from the short side and 1" down, and then cut from this point down to 1" from the bottom (this is where I went wrong as it should have been along the long edge that the cut was made!). I then scored along the long edge, from the right of the cut, at 1" and 1.5", folding out and then in, to make the steps. I attached each of the panels as shown.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
SOS #265 Whats the good word? (Using word dies)
Die-cuttin' divas #279 Thank you
mod squad - the die's the thing
addicted to stamps and more #207 Make your mark
Hanna and Friends #255 Favourite colour combo (cream and green) - I have many favourites -this one is a delicate option.
polkadoodle - add texture (handmade papers)
melonheadz friends - Use die-cuts/punches
Crafting by design - Anything Goes
dragonfly dreams - more than one fold

And now for some woolly critters - first five :) on the Woollen Trail at Brown's Hill Quary nature reserve, Leicestershire.
 Entry sign - how many can you see?
 Cute rabbit
 and a bumblebee
 and a ladybird...
 a funky slug and
a hidden little mouse!  - Five on the sign at the entrance!!!

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 18 August 2016

First DT post for Aud Sentiments - For a boy

So it is my first post as a member of the Aud Sentiments Design Team (DT). I hope you will enjoy seeing my creations for this challenge blog, and also decide to pop along and join us in the crafting fun. The theme for challenge #162 is For the Men - and don't forget to add your sentiment. We are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps - pop over to the challenge blog to see what they are offering.

I used the sponsor image of Gus Fish Whisperer. He is such a fun guy - grumpy even with a catch of the day lol.

I layered the matching sentiment with the image in Microsoft Word and change the colour to blue. Once printed I coloured Gus with Promarkers in various neutral tones, as this is usually what the men seem to wear for going fishing. The fsh does have an iridescent cast to it as I used pastel colours on a silver metallic background, but it is not evident from this photo. I then die-cut the image using X-cut nesting Large Label dies. I inked the edges in blue. I layered a water-like patterned paper to a square base card, and then matted a mint green floral embossed paper onto white card, and layered into the centre of the card, before mounting Gus to one side. To finish I added a tuft of grass in the form of a button. All of this, apart from the image, were from my stash.

I would like to also enter this card into the following challenges:
Glitter 'n' Sparkle #201 Anything Goes
My Time to Craft #327 Embossing
Digi Chooseday - Anything Goes
Country View #42 Hot summer days
Crafty Calender - Summer Fun
I also have another mouse introduction for you this evening - meet Rex. Yup she has Rex-like fur and is the sister to Ruby, and another daughter of Silky. She is more cautious than her two sisters, but still loves to pay out and have some attention. She also does not nibble as much as some of the other girlies do!

She was refusing to have her picture taken - everytime I got the camera out she would duck back under the covers, so that is why the picture is only of her head lol.

A local Wildlife Trust site currently has a Wooly Trail, which me and the hubby walked the other day (mainly because my crochet bluebird should have been there - but we didn't see it) and so keep your eyes peeled for my furture blog posts where I will start to include some of the wooly creatures we found on our walk!

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Railway to Challenge #100 at Creative Moments!

Hi there,

I am posting a little earlier than usual today as I am having to stay in Cambridge later than usual this evening. We have a new challenge for you over at Creative Moments today - and it is challenge number 100!!! This time there is no twist - so shows us anything you have got :D.

We have two sponsors this week Bloobel and Creative Bug. Please see the challenge post for details on the prizes. I have used Baking Lesson from Creative Bug for my shaker card this time:

I used a polka dot base card, which came with a free cross stitch kit. I coloured the image with Promarkers and then die-cut the image into a star. I made the mount out of silver card, cut with the same Nellie Snellin star die, and the large circle. I added acetate and glitter to make the shaker topper. I would advise lining this up on your card base to get it straight, as mine is slightly off!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
PFP #359 For the boys
Modsquad - The die's the thing
C4C349 - Back to school (learning to cook lol)
Digichooseday - Anything Goes
I love Promarkers #315 Birthday
Live and Love crafts #50 Happy Birthday/Anniversary

Audiobook Review

Railway to the Grave by Edward Marston
When a well-respected Colonel commits suicide by walking down the railway tracks towards on oncoming train the metropolitan police become involved to find out exactly what has happened. The Colonel’s wife had recently disappeared and some people believe that the Colonel killed her, and he killed himself through guilt. It is the job of the famous railway detective and his inspector to get to the bottom of the missing persons case, as well as to discover the real reason for the Colonel’s suicide. This is a well-written crime story, with several twists and many people who seem mean-spirited because of their beliefs. The two policemen play well off each other making the story quite fun, without detracting from the fact that it is a crime story. All-in-all a good book to listen to.

Hugz Tinz

P.S, pop back tomorrow for my first challenge as a DT member for Aud Sentiments challenge blog.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Sailing and Solar

Hi guys,

Well it is not easy working the weekend AND having the hubby home! He wants to spend all the spare time doing things together and never mind the usual stuff that needs doing! I am now exhausted!!!

However, I did get a little bit of time to make this fun card from some toppers in my stash. I used two separate challenge themes to come up with my card - both that involved water, but not really in this capacity I don't think lol. Here is the card I created:

I used a corner punch to round the corners of a rectangular card blank. I then die-cut a circular background of raindrops from my topper book (it came free with a magazine, but I am not sure which one). I cut the Noah's Ark topper and layered it in the centre of the circle. I used washi tape to create a border along the bottom and attached the topper slightly overlapping this. I added a Gorjuss bow, and a sentiment from the same topper book. Overall a simple card to make :).

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
City Crafter #324 Sychronised Swim photo inspiration (I used the water as inspiration)
Cute as a Button - #25 Anything Goes
(The other challenge I based this card on was a Maritime theme -however I needed to use a stamp and this is just a topper).

I have another pet introduction for you today. Meet Ruby - one of Silky's babies. As you can see from the photo she has a lot of red in her - and this seems to make her fat! The other mouse I have with this amount of red is very fat! Although she looks quite slim, she does weigh over 40g, which is heavy for her size, but she wears it well so we do not mind lol. She may also get it from her mummy however, as she has always been a bigger mouse than the others.

I discovered something strange with my blackberry trial at the allotment. So in Spring I cut one bush down to the fresh growth and the other right back to the ground (as recommended).The bush that I only cut back to new growth has lots and lots of berries appearing:

 Whilst the one that was cut right down to the ground is just leaves and thorns - no flowers, no berries!!! Moral of the story - don't cut them right down when they have started growing lol.

Finally I have a new audiobook review for you guys.

Solar by Ian McEwan
Michael Beard is a Nobel-prize winning physicist with a very poor attitude towards others, especially women. He is having difficulties in his fifth marriage, and struggling to make something of his new project, but is unwilling to listen to ideas from those he deems inferior. However, something happens that changes his life drastically, giving him an opportunity to save the world and step out of his current marriage. This does not change his basic ale-chauvinistic, self-obsessiveness however. The book is very well written, however it is certainly not one I would choose to read again, as the main character just rubs me up the wrong way.

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz