Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Shabby Mushroom Elf

Hello and welcome to another miserable Wednesday. To brighten up your day we do have a new challenge over at I Love Promarkers and this time we are going with the theme Shabby Chic and we are sponsored by the lovely Fabrika Fantasy . I used Mushroom Elf to create this card:

I used a lilac card blank from The Works. Orange core'dinations card was embossed with a recent embossing folder free with Quick Cards Made Easy magazine and then the centre was die-cut with the X-cut large labels die of the next size up from that used to cut the image. The centre strip was cut away to allow the base card to come through more. The image was coloured with Promarkers and edged with glitter glue. Finally I topped the card with hessian style flowers and gems, as well as a strip of lace from one of the ATC exchanges.

Promarkers used - Dusky Pink; Satin; Grey Squirrel ltd; Frosted Leaf ltd; Pastel Beige; Fresh Meadow ltd; Pear Green; Forest Green; Polar Blue ltd; Cobalt Blue; Sandstone; Honeycombl Cinnamon; Budding Rose ltd; Dusky Rose; Antique Pink

Do also check out Fabrika Fantasy's own challenge blog: - current theme of add a heart.

I tried to make it shabby with the pale colours, distressed embossing, lace effects, but this is not one of my strong areas (just in case you couldn't tell lol).

This card is also being entered into the following challenges:

PFP 383 Something New (image, lace and embossing folder)
Die-cuttin' Divas #305 Animals
Cute Card Thursday #465 No patterned paper
Crafting by designs - It's almost Spring!
CCM #182 Add some texture
scrapbook stamp society #110 Embossing
Deep Ocean #149 Add lace
Just Hanna #267 Flowers
Animal Friends #47 No designer paper
open-minded crafting #14 Flowering in February

Here is a fish tank update for you at 135hrs:
Thank you for looking,
Hugz Tinz

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Funky Congratulations

What a lovely Saturday it has been. Spring can definitely be felt in the air at the moment. How long will it last though? lol. We have had a bit of a busy day today - moving the rabbit run, getting hair done, picking up a rescue Bearded Dragon and making a card - as well as relocating the crickets from the viv to an ovo mouse 'tank'.

So here is my card creation for you lovely lot:

I started with a white card base. The layers are made with pearlesscent card and a free paper pack. Die-cuts used were Nellie Snellen Multi Frame 011 - Circle die and Sizzix Frame, snowflake die. The papermania ribbon was wrapped around the panel before adhering to the card. The stamps are all from separate sets that I got with Creative Stamping magazine and were inked with Pretty Colour ink pads. The colouring was done with metallic pencils.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
As you like it - Ribbon or lace? (Ribbon because there is a greater range and it is easier to match with the rest of the elements on the card)
MAWTT #39 For a man
Alphabet Challenge - Y for You choose
Quick Cards - Funky Party
Crafting by designs - February Anything Goes

So I mentioned picking up a new beardie - meet Simba:

He has a bit of an underbite but apparently it does not affect his eating, as he proved today! He is a lot faster than Atlas was and wants to climb everything - the benefit of having all his limbs!

I also planted some flower seeds today - an Annual mix of cottage garden seeds (from Tesco - they always work really well), and some Verbena, but I didn't get round to potting on my Lemongrass.

To finish here is an update of the dinos:
now at 21 hrs for dino #2.

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 13 February 2017

Flowers in the snow

Hi there,

It has been quite a nice Monday here in South Wales, with temperatures in double digits and no sign of rain! I decided to make a mini Christmas card today and this is what I ended up with:

I took a snowflake printed card base and made a mini card blank. I then used Papermania Bellissimo paper with poinsettias for the panels. I used two snowman peel-offs on scrap silver card for the main image and then accented the card with silver peel-offs and sentiment.

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

Jingle Belles - Let the flakes fall
open-minded crafting #14 Flowering in February
ABC Christmas - D for Dimension 
Merry Monday #235 Snowmen
SOS #289 Winter Blues

I also finished the first page of my new colouring book finally lol.
Finished the advent calender for the two little girls for this coming Christmas:

The pockets are individually stitched and were finished well before Christmas last year (you may have seen the progress updates), however I then wasn't going to be seeing the girls in time to get it to them, so I stopped rushing it and focused on some other bits instead. Now I have finished it, using fabric glue to add the pockets to the felt backing. The shape is a little funny because the felt was slightly too narrow - but it just has a bushy bottom hehe.

I tried to make an upside down cake yesterday for my Crafting Techniques group on facebook (yup we are in the kitchen this time). Unfortunately I forgot about leaving the cake to cool before tipping it out, and the fruit fell through into the cake :(. It is still obviously upside down - but not quite how it should be lol.

See the fruit is there - just not in the right place!

Finally I planted up Atlas (RIP) our bearded dragon yesterday, along with a batch of the mice we have lost during the previous year, and these are the memorials:
The beardie has one extra spikey plant, and they will go either side of Purrdy's pot once I can rearrange the garden a little.

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Friday, 10 February 2017

Dotty about baby

Hi there,

It has been a busy day at work, so to wind down here is another card (busy week lol). I have made a new baby card as my facebook wall seems to be full of pregnant people at the moment lol.

Now I went for a CAS design using printouts from a DoCrafts CDRom, and I was also aiming to use three adjacent colours on the colour wheel - being orange, yellow and green!! However, the stamped butterflies somehow ended up being blue!!! grrrr. I am not sure whether I need to round the top corner also?

Anyway, I wanted to enter this card into the following challenges:
Atlantic hearts sketch 198
Image may contain: text
Simply Less is Moore #314 Adjacent colours on the colour wheel
 Alphabet challenge - X for X marks the SPOT
inkspirational #127 polkadots
inkychicks #78 CAS

I have also taken the first photos of our newest member of the family - he doesn't actually have a name yet and will probably just end up being called Snakey (very original I know!)

Thank you for looking - I am now off work for the weekend so might do some playing! Although I do need to plant some seeds and start planning the garden too!

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Bear Love

Well at the time of writing this I have just learned that you cannot breath tea, you have to drink it. Ouch I can barely see the screen for my eyes watering! Anyway I will need to hurry up as I am due in work iin just over an hour!

It is time for another challenge at Aud Sentiments and this time we would like to see a Valentine or Love Sentiment on your makes. We are giving away a gift certificate to one winner.
 Here is what I made for my DT creation:

I used a papermania decoupage sheet from a couple of years ago and layered in using foam pads and gel tape. The base card was an embossed papermania card blank. To finish this quick and easy card I just added my sentiment to the balloon (that is an exclamation mark at the end) and some blue gems to the side as it looked a little blank.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges also:
Crafty Calender - Love is in the air
CCM #181 Love, love, love
Crafting by design - Love and Romance
CAGI - Valentines Day Cards

I would also like to share with you an update on my fish tank - now at almost 136 hours of stitching.

I decided to do some cooking last night - for the first time in the new house (proper cooking using ingrediants). I made a spicy butternut squash soup. OK I burnt the first batch lol, but it worked quite well. I did also manage to add slightly too much dried chilli, but not enough to be too hot, or hide the taste of the butternut thankfully! Was a nice thick soup for winter, and I would definitely make it again - but hopefully next time with homegrown butternut!

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Cats and Dogs ... and some older creatures too

Time for my second blog post for today for our new challenge at I {heart} Promarkers. This time we want to see Clean and Simple designs (CAS). We are sponsored by Dr Digi's House Of Stamps, so I have been able to play with a couple of designs this week :). For this card I have used two digital downloads from the sponsor - Mycroft and Watson and Pet Sentiments #1.

I coloured the image, but the sentiment border was already coloured. Unfortunately I used Yellow Straw Aquamarker, which didn't blend very well with the Cinnamon and Umber normal Promarkers, hence the dog not being very well blended. It does look a little better in the flesh though lol.

I woud like to enter this card into the following challenges:
C4C371 Animals
Addicted to CAS #104 Pets
Show us your pussies #15 Kitty love (ok a little bit of a stretch but he obviously loves the dog enough to bother knocking the vase off the unit???)
inkychicks #78 CAS

And here are some much older creatures - my dino height chart WIP @134 hrs approx.

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

LOVE-ly couple

Hi there,

It is time for a new challenge over at Creative Moments. Our theme is always Anything Goes, but this time we are having the optional twist of Love is in the Air. This challenge is sponsored by Dr Digi, and I have used Morris & Mildred.

I used a square card blank and some patterned paper that was free with Quick Cards Made Easy. I trimmed the paper to size as it is 9x9 and the card was only 6x6. I bought some dies from Tonic studios towards the end of last year and had not used them - so I decided it was time to get them out. I used the nesting ornate hearts smallest dies and the top hat central die. I coloured the image with promarkers (there was slight bleed as I tried using a posh paper to give the vintage effect, and unfortunately the promarkers do not react very well) and then die-cut into a heart shape. I found a small bunch of paper flowers and a vintage style sentiment also to finish off the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Cute as a button #31 Valentines
The Card Concept #66 Love and Romance (collage)
Creative Corner - Perfectly Pink
Fussy and Fancy #180 Fussy and Fancy
 Kort 'o' Mania #169 Dies/Punches
CCM #181 Love,love,love
MMM #39 Shimmer and Shine
TIOT - Hearts and Flowers
Sweet stampin' - Love is in the air
Come and Get it - Valentines Day Cards
PFP 381 I {heart} you

I thought it was about time I showed you some pictures of my little mice again - this is Silver helping me clean his cage, and making sure I do it properly lol:

Thank you for looking.

Hugz Tinz

P.S. - I found out Primark now do size 4 today - so I decided to try some and see if they fit any better!! Exciting times lol.