Monday, 24 April 2017

Simple Congratulations

Well the weather has gone all grey and wet again today, which is probably good for the garden. I have had a look at the planters and they seem to have enjoyed the little bit of rain we had earlier. I have also potted on the first of my tomato plants - Garden Pearl, which are a cherry tomato. There are seven plants repotted and a few shoots still appearing, so I may not have room to plant them all without an allotment lol. I popped some new potatoes in a grow bag at the weekend also!

Anyway, here is my CAS congratulations card:

I have made this card to play along with the CASE challenge #3 at City Crafter, which is this card:
My version is made simply of peel-offs. I am never sure whether I have put enough on a CAS card. To me the left side of the card looks a little bare - any tips?

I would also like to enter this card for the following challenges:
allsorts #412 Something beginning with B (Balloon)

Here are some of my planters out the front of the house at the beginning of the month:
 The Acer growing back
 See little leaves!!
 What to put in this pot, as I don't think those two Geraniums will fill it
This is supposed to be a Globe Artichoke - I think it may be dead

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Friday, 21 April 2017

Hanging the Wreath

Today I have a Christmas card to share with you. I received a Popcorn Cd-rom a couple of years back from a friend and I haven't really used it as yet, so I decided to have a go with the images and other items on there. It turns out you can make loots of different things from one image, so I made a backing paper and matching insert. I also printed out a pyramage, but it was slightly too large for my card.

 The stamp is a papermania cling stamp which I coloured with watercolour pencils and the sentiment was one I got from my mother.

I would like to enter this for the following challenges:
Merry Monday #244 Wreath
ATSM #238 Holidays
CRAFT #412 Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Cute Christmas
ABC Christmas - H for Home (bird house) and I for Informal (sentiment)
Christmas @ Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes

I would also like to say RIP to our little Munchkin mouse. She will be very much missed - not least by Ditto! Scurry free over the rainbow bridge little one!

I also have another fish tank update (I will get back to giving you the time taken I promise!):
And a dino update too:
Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 20 April 2017

For the best Dad

Hi there,

Time for a new challenge over at Aud Sentiments - our challenge theme this time is to use a stamp for the sentiment - no digital sentiments. Our sponsors for this challenge are Inspired By Stamping.

I decided to use some Anita's rubber stamps that I got from my mum as she is reducing her craft stock. I loved the fact that these two stamps worked together so well!

I used black momento ink for the frame and red for the sentiment panel. I then coloured the frame using watercolour pencils. They were sttamped onto a pale lilac base card.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
My Time To Craft #343 No designer papers
inkychicks #81 Use purple

I also have some more green things to share with you:
 Purrdy's planter
 My little Tulip - got one this year as it was well out of reach of the rabbit. I think I may have to reasses this planter though as it is a little overcrowded with Spring bulbs with nothing for later in the year.
 My Spirea!
Newly planted Snakes Head Fritillary

Thank you for looking,

hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Spring Flowers

Welcome back - I now have a whole side of a painted fence AND have done some Cross Stitching. whoop. Now to the new challenge over at Creative Moments, with the optional twist of Spring! Yup it is actually Spring now guys, and the weather seems to be figuring it out too. I am looking forward to lots of days in the sun! (Although I am in Wales, so maybe lots of rainbows lol.)

Our lovely sponsors this time are - Bugaboo, Sheepski and Sparkle N Sprinkle. I have used Wild Roses from Sheepski for my card this time. I coloured the image with promarkers and then spent quite a while trying to decide how I wanted to show the image off. Then when I went to look through my card blanks I found this one with the pre-printed floral circle, which was just the right size to pop the image into. I then found a lovely quote  in my peel-offs which finished the design off nicely.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
CASology #245 Grow
SOS #299 A Rose by any other name
Simon Says Wednesday - Showers/Flowers
Deep Ocean #153 Spring
TIOT - Add a quote
Addicted to CAS #109 Rainbow (Colours of flowers around the rose)
Crafty Calender - April Showers/Spring (I did the Spring flowers after the April showers :D)

I would also like to share my recent Geometric colouring:

And here is a fishtank update at about 142 hours:
Thank you for looking at my blog,

Check back tomorrow for another new challenge post!

Hugz Tinz

In the Garden

Welcome to a lovely sunny Wednesday - I am off work today for my Leui day (ok I think that is spelt incorrectly but hey-ho). We have a new challenge for you over at I Love Promarkers with the challenge theme this time being an easy one - Anything Goes. Just remember to use your Promarkers/Aquamarkers/Triamarkers or Flexmarkers to qualify for the challenge.

Our sponsor is Dr Digi's House Of Stamps who have some lovely unique digital stamp designs. I have used Toolshed Ted for my design:

The photograph is not very good. I couldn't get the lighting right to show the sentiment off properly, but it is easy to read in person! The sentiment says 'GARDENERS Never grow old They just go to seed!' which I thought was just perfect for this image! I fussy cut around the image after colouring him with Promarkers. The card base is from the Geometric range by Papermania, and the cherries are made from fabric leaves and two red pompoms that I have had in my stash for ages without knowing how I would use them!

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Inkspirational #132 Spring
Deep Ocean #153 Spring
Crafting by designs - anything goes

 Doris is looking quite fluffy and is now feeling it when the sun comes out. We have had to move her run to an area that gets a bit more shade during the hot period now lol.

 I have some pretty little white flowers among the spikey greenery now!

Thank you for looking - pop back later for my next DT post. I am going to head out and do some planting first - and maybe paint some more fence!

Hugz Tinz

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Wormy wormy worms

We are halfway though the challenge over at Quirky Crafts challenge, with my Quirky pets theme. For my mid-way inspiration post I decided to use this little worm digi. I have a womrery in the back garden, so I do technically keep worms as pets - although I do have to say they are not very cuddly, or easy to spot lol. Not like this little guy on my card.

I used some of the X-cut self adhesive glitter sheets that I bought myself a couple of months ago - they work brilliantly! I used Spellbinders fancy oval nesting dies for behind the worm and X-cut large oval nesting dies for the worm itself. I coloured the worm using promarker pens, and he is stripey to match my worms.
I then layered an Apple Blossom wild flowers die cut from some scrap patterned paper, and a Joanna Sheen flower border die-cut, to make a floral border for the worm. To finish I added a sentiment topper to a Papermania Bloomer flower.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
PFP 390 Flower Power
SOS #298 Use punches/dies
ATSM #237 Make your mark
CCEE1715 Humour
craftycatz #366 Animals
catch the bug - BINGO (die - sentiment - texture)

Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog, and we hope to see you joining us for our Quirky Pets challenge too!

Hugz Tinz

Friday, 14 April 2017

In Bloom for Easter

Ok so Easter cards are not a normal creation for me. I do not really celebrate Easter, although I am never going to complain about getting chocolate eggs!! I am aware however that Easter is not all about eggs - honest. However I do celebrate the beginnings of new life that we are able to see everywhere at this time of year, and for me this is where the Easter Egg symbolism lies. So they do have a meaning.

I did not use eggs on my card however wanting a more general Springtime feel for my card:

So I layered up blooms die-cut from several different patterned papers in my scrap box using Spellbinders build a flower dies. I added Papermania diamantes and some blue paper roses to the floral arrangement and then finished the card off with a peel-off sentiment.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
SOS #298 Use punches/dies
Die Cuttin' Divas #312 Easter/Spring
Crafting by design - girls or flowers (mine is flowers, just in case you couldn't tell) :)
CAGI - In the garden
Deep Ocean #152 Easter
Cute as a button #33 Easter

Here is an update on my Dinos (time taken will follow as I left my diary with a Mr Chucky who has gone to beddy-byes).

And I have a lovely strawberry growing too:

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz