Saturday, 25 March 2017

Jingle Santa

Hey there - back from holiday now :( However it has been a lovely day, with much nicer weather than we had the whole holiday period!! Anyway I have made a Christmas card today (always best to make them when the sun is shining nicely lol).

This card was made purely of peel-off's and stickers. I used a Santa with bell peel-off as the main image and then decorated the edges with bells. A scalloped edge base card was used to add further decoration.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Merry Monday #240 Bells
crafty hazelnuts #326 Inspired by a song/carol (Santa Claus is coming to town)
Jingle Bells - Bling on the Holidays (Glitter sentiment, and holographic bells)
Winter Wonderland - For a Child (Simple and fun card)
ABC Christmas - E for Edge

Here are some pictures from the first day of our holiday - our trip on the steam train (unfortunately I didn't actaully get any of the train itself!)

 Peacock butterfly on tracks
 Cute pale grey pigeon
 Pretty pigeon
 Dragon from the railway
This was a 50/50 pigeon - the other half was black! He refused to let me get a good picture grrr.

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 23 March 2017

No Birthday Wishes here

Welcome to another wet and windy day at Minehead Butlins! A lovely 7am alarm from the Herring Gulls - probably the ones I fed yesterday, so my own fault lol.

We have a new challenge for you over at Aud Sentiments. For this challenge we want to see any sentiments that are not birthday sentiments. No happy birthday, or many happy returns :D. We are sponsored by the lovely The Paper Shelter.
 Here is what I made for the theme:
This was designed as a new job card, but could also be for somebody whois moving abroad or for an engagement card also! It is also good for Mother's Day! I used The Fairy and the wizard pre-coloured digi and the provided background too! I would have loved to colour the image myself, but as I was going away I was a little short of time!

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Crafting by design - thinking of you
Sweet stampin' - Mother's Day/Special lady
Crafty Calender - Mum's Day/Special Female

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Springtime Fairy

OK - it has now stopped with the hailstones and the gulls do not look very impressed at all - especially the one that refused to come down off the roof and got pelted lol. It is now time to tell you about the new challenge we have launched today over at CREATIVE MOMENTS. We have two lovely sponsors this time - Dr Digi and ToryTale.

For my creation I have used Forest Fairy, and Tory Tale are offering this digi for free to those who want it - just pop on over to Creative Moments to find the link.

I coloured the image with watercolour pencils as I wanted a delicate springtime effect for my colouring, without having to use pastels. Before printing I layered the digi onto a blue daisy background. I rounded the top corners to make this a little softer. Again I have used a Papermania embossed card blank, this time with daisies embossed all over the front. I used three different colours of the pastel chalks - green at the top, purple/blue in the middle and a pink at the bottom. To finish I added a stripey sentiment and a die-cut toadstool (Apple Blossom).

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Dragonfly dreams - girly with die-cut/punch
Cute as a button #32 Spring
Hanna and friends #269 Spring
Deep ocean #151 Flowers everywhere
SOS #295 Forest friends
Glitter n sparkle #231 Anything Goes

Thanks for popping along and taking a look at my blog - don't forget to pick up your free digi and I cannot wait to see what Springtime creations you make with it!!

Hugz Tinz

Fairy Wishes

Welcome to my blog! There are hailstones coming down utside as I write this from my holiday room at Butlins, Minehead! Good job I had planned to stay in this morning to do my blog posts - only problem is we are off out for Archery at 1pm and this weather is really not suitable :( Fingers crossed it clears up before then.

Anyway, we have a new challenge for you guys over at I Love Promarkers - Fairies/Angels. We want to see either a fairy or an angel on your creations, and don't forget that to be eligible to win the prize you must use pens from the Promarker range. Our lovely sponsors for this challenge are Bugaboo, who are offering 4 images to the winner.

 Here is what I have created for the challenge - using Kidz fairy sitter :
I did write down the colours I used on her, but I then left the information at home!! But she was coloured with Promarkers and ltd ed Promarkers only. I then die cut around her using x-cut nesting scalloped circle, making sure her feet were over the die. I cut the bottom off the circle so that she was sitting on a shelf. The base card is a Papermania embossed card blank and I used pastel chalks to highlight the embossing. To finish I added peel-offs.

I would like to use this card for the following challenges:
PFP 387 Girl Power
Catch the bug - BINGO (Bugaboo image - flower - stripes (embossed stripes))
Crafting by design - Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and I hope to see you joining in our challenge,

Hugz Tinz

Monday, 20 March 2017

Bunny Christmas and Vellum Leaves

Hi there,

We are now officially on holiday - but I have brought my internet with us so that I can keep you lovely lot updated (as well as doing my DT blog posts lol).

Today we went out to Tropicarium - an exotics zoo near Minehead. It is a lovely little wildlife centre, which rescues a lot of exotic animals. The enclosures are not the best in appearance, but they are full of relevant enrichment for the animals that they are housing, and most of the animals are in very good condition. The owner is also very approachable andknowledgable too. It was a lovely start to our holiday! Then we got to the accomodation to find it stank of paint, and I had left my fish tank cross stitch at home, which was my main project for working on while we were away!!! Grrr.

Anyway, here is the first item I have to share with you - my Christmas Somebunny who I have finally made into a card:

I cannot remember how long he took to stitch but he does look good with his illustrated backing card. I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges:
CRAFT #407 Christmas
Animal Friends #48 Animal with big ears

I also made these two ATC's for my Springtime Leaves collection:
I die-cut some leaf shapes from white ATC sized card and backed with leaf printed vellum. I then simply added peel-offs to finish them off. The dies are from Crafters Companion.
I would like to enter this collection for the following challenges:
Card Mania #90 Springtime Pastels
OLL #224 Spring is in the air

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Quirky Photo Love

Hey there everybody - time for our reminder post over at Quirky Crafts!! Don't forget we want to see how you use your photos - either as inspiration or actually as part fo the project. So I decided it was time to start on the scrapbook albums from our wedding, especially as we are now on our first anniversary lol!

So here is my page:
I printed out one of the pics into a heart shape, as well as a bugaboo panel, which says Love is two hearts beating as one (coloured with Promarkers). I then added some ribbon strips to make a house shape, and also added some ribbon flowers and butterflies. I wrote the details onto the page using a silver metallic paint, and finished this off with some lime green ladybirds.

I would also like to add this page to the following challenges:
PFP 386 Ribbon/Twine/Lace
Cute Card Thursday #469 Celebrations
 CAGI - Anything Goes
 AYLI - Favourite Stamp Brand (or one of them) is Bugaboo as they can be humourous or serious and they have a range of stamps for may occasions.
2 cute ink #135 Anything Goes

I would also like to share some pictures of my growing bits with you:

All potted up and looking fresh,

Thanks for looking and hope to see you over on the challenge blog,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Ladybird Tower

Hi guys,

Wow my new job is really wearing me out at the moment! I am coming home and I am hardly able to keep my eyes open. Not good when I have so much to do before we go away next week! Looks like Saturday will be a very busy day for me if I am going to be doing everything I should have done yesterday, today and tomorrow too lol. Animals to clean, floors to sweep and mop, or vac and clothes to wash (well actually I have put these in tonight lol).

However I did play with a new card fold and my dies and this is what I created:

So this is a 'tower-fold' card and it was featured in a recent issue of Quick Cards, so I thought I would give it a go. I used a free butterfly die for one side panel and a self-adhesive leaf lace for the other which I topper with a 3D flower made of a few die-cut flowers layered together. I added washi tape and butterfly self-adhesive ribbons to the centre strips and then added die-cut ladybirds, another free gift, to the popped forward strips. I added rub-on words to a die-cut shape and then embellished with gems and more die-cut flowers.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Simon says Monday - Handmade flowers
CAGI - Things with wings
TIOT - The lady in red (ladybird)
MAWTT #41 Handmade/die-cut flowers
inkychicks #80 Flowers
open-minded crafting #15 Movement (the card folds so the ladybirds pop-out)

Here is a fish tank update too - 139hrs:
Thank you for looking and remember to check back next week for my DT creations!!

Hugz Tinz

Saturday, 11 March 2017

House Mouse creations!

Hello there,

I got a House Mouse CD-Rom at the beginning of the week and so I decided to have a play. I love these little mice (as you have probably guessed from my wedding invites), and they make such sweet cards!

First I did a 'Singing in the Rain' card:
I used the base image from the decoupage section just on its own as a basic topper. I matted it onto a green gingham paper from the Papermania Country Life collection, which I wrapped with a dark green layered with lime green ribbon. I fussy cut the sentiment topper from the decoupage selection and added this to the ribbon with 3D foam pads. Finally I added two green flowers and a green butterfly.

I would like to add this card to the following challenges:
Crafty Catz #361 Mainly green
modsquad - song inspiration (I think this one is fairly obvious)
CCM #183 Go Green
Kort 'o' mania #171 Monochromatic (except the picture)
Simply Create Too #125 Lots of green
Not just cards #42 Monochrome

And here is the second card I made:
This time I did decoupage elements of the image to make the mice stand out a little more. I love all the bubbles and the fact they are bathing in the cats bowl lol. I stamped images using Dovecraft Indigo ink and stamps that came free with a magazine (Wildflower stamps).

This card is perfect for the following challenges:
CMP - Mother's Day challenge as it depicts mummy washing the babies
Animal Friends #48 Animals with big ears
CCEE1710 Celebrate Bubbles
catch the bug - birds, bees or butterflies
C4C376 Butterflies/Moths

I have also taken a photograph of Purrdy's planter a month after first planting it up and here it is:
It is looking great now and filling out nicely - there are some summer flowering bulbs in there too, so as the Primula's die back the bulbs should start to take their place.

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Digging Carrots

Ok so no I haven't been digging carrots unfortunately. I had to leave them all behind when I moved from Rutland to Gwent back in October - but I am hopeful that somebody is enjoying them lol. However, Owen is certainly having fun with his carrots on my DT card for our new challenge over at Aud Sentiments.Our challenge theme for this one is Spring/Easter Sentiment and we are sponsored by Paper Nest Dolls.

Here is what I have made:

Image - Carrot Love Owen
Coloured with Crayola Felttip Pens
Papermania card blank
Paper and sentiment from Quick Cards Magazine

Die - X-cut Large Labels Nesting Dies
Stamps - Helz Cuppleditch 'Happy Harvest'; Daisy and Dandelion 'Some bunny loves you...'

I would also like to enter the following challenges with Owen here:
City Crafter #352 Tutti Frutti
Animal Friends #48 Animal with big ears
CRAFT #406 Easter/Spring

 Here is an update on my fishtank - just over 134 hours now (I think)
Thank you for looking, and I hope to see you playing along,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Egg Boat

What a good idea - we probably need it here in Newport with all the rain we have been getting. It has been quite nice today from about lunchtime though (when the rain actually decided to stop) and should be nice for a few days apparently. It is time for a new challenge over at I Love Promarkers, and this time we want to see TRANSPORT on your creations.I have used Egg Fishing from our sponsor Digital Delights .

Here is my DT make:

The papers were both from the Forever Friends forever love paper pack. I wrapped them with a ribbon before sticking to a card blank. I coloured the image with Promarker pens and then die-cut before adding to the card. Finally I embellished with a hessian flower and butterfly peel-off.

Promarkers - Satin, Sandstone, Cinnamonn, Sunkissed Pink, Pastel Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerise, Lime Green, Honeycomb, Tulip Yellow

Ltd ed. Promarkers - April Showers, Budding Rose, Tequila Sunrise, Pink Lobster and Island Lagoon

Flex marker - Sunflower

Die - Couture Creations Ornamental Lace

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Cute as a button #32 Spring
Deep Ocean #150 Dots or Stripes
Fussy and Fancy #182 Anything Goes
Polkadoodle - Ribbon or Lace
my time to craft #340 Travel

I also thought you might like to see my Height chart update - now at 21.5 hours for the second dino:
I have also stabbed holes into the lawn to try and aerate it a little - seeing as it stopped raining for a period lol - and sown some Catnip and some Chives for my herb area (which might be going on my balcony, as well as having a small section in the garden).

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Chloe Tiger Blues

It is time for a new challenge from us over on the Creative Moments challenge blog. Challenge #113 has the optional twist of Winter Blues and our sponsors are -

I have used a new image from My Stitch, called Chloe, and here is my creation:
The image was coloured with Promarkers and then die-cut, along with two pieces of card in a metallic blue and pale blue. These were added to a 6x6" card blank in a flower formation and then the sentiment stamped below. Glitter glue was also added around the image to add a little dimension.

Image - Chloe

Dies - X-cut Large Oval nesting dies
Stamp - Free gift
Ink - Whisper -Blue

I would also like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Sweet stampin' - no designer paper
scrapbook stamp society #111 Anything Goes
Alphabet challenge - Z for Zero embellishments
Creative Corner - Girly fun
Crafting by design - Anything Goes
ATSM #232 Make your Mark (coloured with promarkers and added glitter glue)

Simba seems to be settling in nicely! Here he is with his hands folded lol.

Thanks for taking the time to look, and I would love to see you over at Creative Moments,

Hugz Tinz

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Larger than you think

Hi there,

This is a happy post! Quirky Crafts is back up and running and I am one of the new DT members. Do pop along to the blog to meet the others too! Also I am away for a relaxing weekend and enjoying my new job!! So lots of good news!

Our first challenge back for Quirky Crafts is to Quirky Picture this - we want to see creations inspired by a photo. This can be either using a photograph in it's entirity for  project, using just parts of a photograph, or even just using the photo for inspiration for your own creation. Please do add the photo so we can see where you have been inspired though.

Our sponsors for our first challenge back are Bugaboo and Crafty Ribbons. (Unfortunately I have not used a ribbon on this first creation, but do check back for our mid-post reminder for one that has used ribbons :D). There will be three prize winners for this challenge - so do pop along to Quirky Crafts to see what you could win!

Here is my creaton:

Photo - taken on my first allotment - radish close to camera and lined up with the car on the road - no photoshopping has been used this was all done on site with clever placement of the radish.

Image - Picnic Ant, coloured with Promarker pens.

Sentiment - created on the computer

I would also like to enter this creation for the following challenges:
Casology #238 Crunch
Addicted to stamps and more #251 Anything Goes
Catch the bug - Anything Goes
not just cards #41 Spring

Update photo of my fish tank WIP, for those of you following it :D:
Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz