Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas Chick

Welcome back - it is time for our final 2017 challenge at Creative Moments! Obviously our twist for this week just has to be Christmas, but we are an Anything Goes challenge.

Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is

Who are offering four images to the winner

We also have a DT Call! 'We ask: 
1 creation every 2 weeks. ( want to make more, that's possible)
No experience needed as a DT member
A little experience with blogger would be nice, but we can help you
Your own blog.

Please email both of us: and
Subject : DT call Creative Moments
With a short story about yourself, where your from, age and all what you want to tell us.
3 of your favorite own made creations, don't need to be a new one.'

So if you are interested why are you waiting? We are a lovely bunch of people I promise :)

Here is my creation for the challenge using Skinny Bird Christmas Ornament and sentiment from 3 square tree.

I used a botanicals base card, which seems strange, but I thought the pattern looked kinda like Christmas lights. I coloured the image with chalks and metallic pencils from Papermania and Stabilo in traditional Christmas colours. I rounded the corners before matting onto deep green pearlescent cardstock. I changed the colour of the sentiment before printing out and then matted onto the same cardstock, but rounded the corners of the cardstock this time to give a contrast. I overlapped the two slightly and then added a bauble and some metallic pearls to finish.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Country View #58 Christmas - with Reds, Greens and Rust (metallic pencil)
notjustcards - Anything Goes
craftycalender - It's Christmas
avenue 613 #204 Christmas/Winter
TIOT - Twinkle, twinkle
The Male Room #75 December Celebrations
Winter Wonderland - anything Christmas Goes
Kort 'o' mania #188 Traditional Christmas
scrapbook stamp society #131 Christmas
 ATSM #272 Make your mark
craftyhazelnuts #363 Sparkle
Merry Monday #269 Colour Challenge

I would also like to share my homemade sausage roll! It turned out rather well if I do say so myself - now to make the next pudding!

Once again thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Icy Easel

Hi there,

It is time to let you knonw about our final challenge for 2017 over at I Love Promarkers. We have a nice easy theme of Anything Goes for this one, and will look forward to seeing what you create in the run up to Christmas.

Our sponsor is  
The Prize for the lucky winner is
2 Digi Images 
If you would like to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize,
simply enter your creations using Inlinkz below.
How you interpret this is completely up to you, as long as you make sure you follow the theme and you MUST use either ProMarkers, FlexMarkers, AquaMarkers or Trias on your work, if not you entry will be deleted
For my card I have used Winter Kidz with Cat from the sponsor:
I made the card into an easel card. I started off with a pale blue 5x5 card blank. I cut the outer 2cm on each side of the card front away and then rounded the corners of the back, before folding the front in the middle to make the easel shape. I layered some lovely Poinsettia patterned paper onto a paler blue card and rounded the corners of each layer before adding to the base. I used a strip from the patterned paper, from cutting the paper to size, to create the easel stand by sticking it to the base with foam pads. I also added some blue diamantes. The image was coloured with Promarkers and the top corners rounded before lining it up with the top of the card. Finally I added some diamantes and a snowflake to the bottom of the front panel.

Promarkers used - Satin; Pastel Beige; Peach; Spice; Cinnamon; Pastel Blue; Island Lagoon; Fresh Meadow; Apple Cider; Lime Zest and Metallic Red Gold.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
CCEE1749 Christmas Carols - Let it snow (or the boy could just be out carolling with his kitty)
Allsorts #455 Snowflakes
CraftyHazelnuts #363 A touch of sparkle (diamantes)
CAGI - Christmas
glitter n sparkle #269 Winter
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Christmas/Winter Holidays
PFP #424 Add a sentiment
modsquad - non traditional Christmas colours
ATSM #272 Make your mark
MTTC #360 Sketch (I did rotate and move it around a bit to get it to work for the easel - basically twisted the image and used the band for the easel base)
Addicted-to-stamps - Seasons Greetings
CCM #202 Christmas
just-hanna #288 Let it Snow
Animal Friends #57 Anything Goes
Cute as a button #40 Winter

I would also like to share a fishtank update with you all - not far from finishing now (I have to put it on hold for a little while as I have a birth sampler to finish first!)
Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Kitty Stocking

Hi there,

I have the last of my Christmas ATC's to share with you it is time to get started on the Calendars! This time I have focused the ATC's around a limited runs image, from the current progressive challenge.

As you can see the two cards are very different although the layout is the same.

 So for this first one I went for traditional colours and a glitter cardstock, coloured with Promarkers and a papermania sentiment tag added.

For the second one I chose the same layout, but opted for a musical themed backing paper for the card. I used icy colours for the stockings and the kitty's, and the added a White Spakle sentiment tage to finish.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:
Limited Runs progressive #10
PFP #424 Add a sentiment
ATSM #271 Anything Goes
polkadoodle - Sparkle
craftyhazelnut #362 Quick and Easy
CAGI - Christmas
CCM #201 Animal Magic
AYLI - Favourite Animal - again I have chosen the kitty cat as I am very much a kitty person
MAWTT #60 Twas the challnge before Christmas (creatures and stockings)
Animal Friends #57 Anything Goes
SUYP #25 Meowy Christmas

I would also like to share my nails with you!

And my recent ATC's that I have received this last week!

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Picking funghi

Hi there,

Here is a CAS card I made recently:

I wanted to use just a single stamp set and I chose a Woodland Friends stamp set with Bert Badger. However, the card base is a small 3x3" and Bert would have been a little large, so I looked at the element stamps that were in the set, and came up with this. OK so you wouldn't usually go out picking funghi for bouquets, but it is the time of year for gathering the mushrooms...

I coloured the image with watercolour pencils and left it CAS after stamping the sentiment with some pawprints.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise #46 Anything Goes
C4C414 - Colouring
Glitter 'n' Sparkle #268 Anything Goes

I also have a fairy update for you - taken at around 48hrs:
And I have also changed my hair!! For the first time in my life I decided to bleach some of it. Unfortunately the hairdresser did not do it very straight, nor did she cut it the way I wanted - kept going shorter when I wanted a bit of length - especially on the fringe. However, as it grows out I will be able to adapt it, so I am fine with it. It will be going turquiose tomorrow evening.

Well that is all for now - I am going to go finish putting up decorations,

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Krafty Christmas

Hi there,

I have another Christmas ATC collection to share with you today. This was based on some photo inspiration and I have called the collection: Shabby Christmas. The first two cards with the kitties on did not work very well, but I still think they look quite rustic, so I decided to still use them.

I stamped the images straight onto patterned KRAFT card, which was cut down to ATC size. I used some free stamp sets and then heat embossed using Papermania embossing powder. I only recently bought this embossing powder and have used it so much!

I would like to enter this collection into the following challenges:
SUYP #24 Furrything Goes
Card Mania #99 Christmas
Addicted to stamps #158 Monochrome (white and black are the extremes of the brown :D)
AYLI - Favourite Animal (As anybody that knows me will tell you I am a true animal lover. However, one of my favourite animals has to be the kitty cat, and I miss my two so much!)
MAWTT #59 Christmas animals
modsquad - Wreath Focal point
ATSM #270 Photo inspiration
craftyhazelnuts #362 Quick and Easy

I also have some pictures of my little birdies to share with you all:

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Sentimental Christmas

WOW it is December tomorrow - my Christmas stuff is down out of the attic. The first lot of the advent presents have been wrapped and hung out and my trees are on the relevant floors (albeit still in their boxes). AND I have the works Christmas do tomorrow - no idea what I am going to wear!!!

However, right at this moment I need to tell you all about our new challenge over at Aud Sentiments. This will be our last challenge of the year and the theme is Christmas.

This is a great opportunity to finish your last minute Christmas cards. And if you are just getting started, don't forget you can enter the challenge up to 5 times as long as each project is different.
You can make any type of project you want for this challenge such as a card, tag, scrapbook layout, altered item, pocket letter, box, etc.  Just make sure you follow the theme and include a sentiment.

                                We are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps

I have used a sentiment image from Bugaboo, but I was unable to find it in the shop to pop the link in here (I may just be being blonde, so please do have a look yourselves!)
I coloured the image using Promarkers in traditional colours and mounted to a gold card blank. I then used some washi tape that I purchase from Aldi just the other day, down the right hand side of the card to add further glimmer to the card. As the image is the sentiment itself I did not add a further sentiment - although I will add a 'Merry Christmas' or similar to the inside once I find one that I like enough lol.

I would like to add this card into the following challenges:
C4C413 - Christmas or Winter
Sweet Stampin' - Favourite Christmas Colour - who doesn't love traditional!
MMM #60 Happy Christmas
jingle belles - Baby it's Gold outside
Winter Wonderland - Traditional Christmas colours
Christmas @ Sweet stampin' - Anything Christmas Goes

I also have some photos of Simba to share with you. I would love to say cute pictures but I do not think he fits into that category lol.

Lazy maybe hehehe. But I do also have a photo of a more active viv friend lol - Simba thinks he is his pet.

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Prancing Piggy

Welcome back to my DT post for our new challenge at Creative Moments. As always it is Anything Goes, however our twist for #132 is Pretty in Pink (can't wait to see your interpretations!).

Our fabulous sponsors for this challenge are

Who are offering 2 images to the winner
Who are offering £9/$15 Voucher to the winner

I have used Pretty Piggy from Rick St Denis for my card, and isn't she fun?!
I used a pale pink base card, of course!, and coloured the image using both Promarkers and metallic pencils. The flowers and blue of the hat are metallic pencils, the boa bits are metallic pencil topped with Promarker and the pig herself is Promarkers.

I die-cut the image, once again using the M&C stitched square die and layered this onto a border of glitter washi tape. I found a great sentiment in my topper stash, which was not only pink, but was perfect for my partying piggy!!!

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges:
Simon Says...Wednesday - Anything Goes
Less is Moore #356 Let it shine
CCM #201 Animal Magic

I would also like to share a fish tank update - over 176hrs
Thanks for looking at my blog - do check back tomorrow for another DT post and another fun challenge :)

Hugz Tinz

Winter Sparkles

Hi there, 

It is time to welcome you to a new challenge over at I Love Promarkers. Our challenge theme for #348 is Autumn/Winter, which should be nice and easy at this time of year - lots of inspiration outdoors :). 

Our sponsor is  
The Prize for the lucky winner is
3 digital stamps
How you interpret this is completely up to you, as long as you make sure you follow the theme and you MUST use either ProMarkers, FlexMarkers, AquaMarkers or Trias on your work. If not your entry will not count towards the prize.

I have used FairyChristmas Eve  on my wintery card:
I coloured the image with Promarkers, but I forgot to note which ones I used! I added soem glitter glue to the snow and the hat.
I used M&C stitched square nesting dies to cut the image panel (from the Works). I then used a Tonic studios heart die with white glitter self-adhesive paper from X-cut to make the frame. Finally I added two foam snowflakes to the bottom. I thought this was nice without adding a sentiment, but will add one to the inside once a recipient is chosen.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A snowflakes Promise #46 Anything Goes
MMM #60 Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays
Hanna and Friends #287 Pimp It (glitter added)
CCEE1747 Holiday Stash cards
crafty catz #394 Winter Colours
Allsorts #443 Inspired by a winter song (mine is the poem 'Twas the night before Christmas)
C4C413 Christmas or Winter
Sweet Stampin' - Favourite Christmas Colour (I love the icy colours for a wintry feel)
SOS #331 Snow much fun

I have a Row of Christmas Fairies update - nearly 44hours work now:
Thank you for looking, and do check back in a couple of hours for my second DT post for another new challenge :)

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 27 November 2017

Neutral Christmas

Will write this post later - gotta head out quickly now, but wanted to get my entry in to CASology :)

Right I am back now and can write my blog post properly! I hate having to go shopping after work, it really throws my routine off! I have the first of my Festive ATC collections to share with you today. This one is called Festive Cheer.

I went for a neutral colour scheme using stencils and GlitzCraft texture paste in sand and gold. I was quite surprised how well the gold worked as it had gone slightly solid in the tub, but it looks perfect on the ATC's.
For this first one I used a snowflake mask for the stencil side (it states stencil on the packaging, but it really is more of a mask). I wasn't sure how well it would work as I have not used the texture pastes often, however I was quite please with how it came out. I layered it on pretty thick, which I think gives a bit of a mixed media look to the ATC. To finished I simply added a die-cut sentiment in neutral tones.

For this second one I used a GlitzCraft stencil with the Gold paste only on the bells. As I wanted neutral colours I opted to add a real ribbon bow, rather than using the stencil one. To finish this CAS design I added a peel-off sentiment. The cheer was done using white rub-on letters, which I then coloured with peel-off markers.
This final ATC I created using the Christmas Tree from the same GlitzCraft stencil. I used the Sand for the main body of the tree and the Gold for the star and baubles. Again I used the peel-off letters to create the sentiment.

So obviously I am entering these into the challenge at CASology #267 Cheer but I would also like to enter them for the following challenges:
Country View #57 Stencils
A Snowflakes Promise #46 Anything Goes
ABC Christmas - X for X marks the spot (In the Christmas Tree)
inkspirational #148 Neutral Christmas
MMM #60 Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays
AYLI - Fav Christmas colour - Anything Sparkly, as it just looks so festive. I especially like the neutral theme for CAS cards as it keeps them looking elegant.
Jingle Belles - Baby it's Gold outside
crafting by design - get ready for Christmas
C4C413 Christmas or Winter

Right off to finish off sorting stuff lol.

Hugz Tinz

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Underwater Birthday Wishes

Hi guys,

I can now share with you the Birthday card I made for my friend in New Zealand. I have been cross stitching the main designs for the cards and this one was no exception:

I layered a square of watercolour style paper onto a silver base card. I then layered two different patterned papers onto pale blue pearlescent card. A fish themed paper was layered ove rthe top of these to make it look like the turtle is swimming with the fish. I backed the cross stitch with white card before cutting out (and stitched on pale blue aida). Finally I added a blue and silver sentiment. You can see that the recipients initials have also been added to the shell.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
TIOT - Colourful (Very little white)
polkadoodle - Anything Goes
Kort 'o' Mania #187 Anything Goes
 not just cards - Anything Goes

I have an update on my row of Christmas fairies for you guys this time:

It is coming along nicely - I may even have it finished by Christmas, although I am tryingt o get a birth sampler, fish tank and baby knnits finished by Christmas too!!!

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Starry Birthday

Hi there guys,

I have a new CAS card to share with you today - following a sketch, and using a bit of Iris Folding to make a 3D element for the card.

I cut a stripe of glitter card and added star border peel-offs to each side. I used a die-cut star and Iris folded the aperture to create the 3D element for the card, using a pearlescent bronze paper, a watercolour orange paper and a Christmas tartan paper. I then added a bow and a sentiment to the star before adhering to the bottom of the glitter strip.

Here is a close up of the star:

I followed the sketch from Atlantic Hearts #239 -

I would also like to enter the following challenges:
613 Avenue create #203 3D card
Addicted to CAS #124 Bows
Kort 'o' Mania #187 Anything Goes
City Crafter #389 Autumn Colours
Cute Card Thursday #505 Stars

I also have a fish tank update for you today @175hr21
Thanks for looking all,

hugz Tinz

Friday, 17 November 2017

Digital Thanks

Hi guys,

Another card to share with you all. I used a My Craft Studio DVD for this one, however Ionly have my craft studio elite on my computer and it does not seem to be fully compatible so there were pats of the disc that I could not use :(.

However, this is what I created:
The quote I found online, on a free quotes section, but I cannot remember the card making site it was on!
The tree was a digital punch, and the others were just images from the CD-rom.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
crafting by designs - Let's be thankful
CAGI - Thankful/Thank You
MAWTT #58 Trees
 Fussy and Fancy #200 Thanks
Jingle Bells - Thank you cards
craftycalender - Autumn Colours

I now need to take a look at making my calenders, more thank you cards, and my Christmas ATC's too!!

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Monochrome Flowers

hi there and welcome to my DT blog post for our new challenge over at Aud Sentiments. We have a nice easy theme of Anything Goes this time (I got my themes all confused so I was quite lucky it was anything goes, otherwise I would have had to start again lol). I have used the opportunity to have my sentiment as the focus of the card, as this is often more difficult when working with a digital image.

 I had this paragraph on a sheet of rub-ons that I got from my mum I believe quite a while ago, and thought it would be a lovely focus for the card. The stamp is from Hero Arts and was heat embossed using Heat It Up black sparkle embossing powder. I also added a rub-on to the envelope to co-ordinate.
We would love to see what you create this time for our challenge, but there are some rules to be aware of first:

1.  As you might guess from our name - we require a SENTIMENT that is appropriate for the theme/challenge.  If you make a card and put the sentiment on the inside instead of the front, you need to include a picture on your blog post that shows us the sentiment.
2. Please mention Aud Sentiments and create a link to us.  When you enter your link at Inlinkz, it needs to go directly to your project, not just to your blog's home page.
3. You may enter up to 5 times, but all entries need to be new & posted after the start of our challenge.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
CASology #275 Sharp
Glitter 'n' Sparkle #265 Anything Goes
scrapbook stamp society #129 Anything Goes
pokadoodles - white with a hint of colour (ok may be more than a hint :P)

I received two lovely packages from my ATC exchange group:

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz