Sunday, 20 May 2018

Magical Rainbows

Hi guys,

I finally got round to creating with the new progressive challenge image from IKEsART (check out the facebook page here for more info). This one came as a complete digi stamp, but also with the unicorn and rainbow separate - perfect for paper piecing. However, due to lack of time I decided to use the combined image and colour with papermania metallic pens, to give a magical effect.

I added two glittery hearts to the top of the image panel and adhered to a peach base card. I added peel-off sentiment and glittery dragonfly. I hand-wrote DREAM and then layered the glitter sticker over the top, for the dreamlike quality, and also added a little portrait spot to give a slight medeival feel to the card.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Country view #63 Be humourous
notjustcards - Anything Goes
cute card thursday #230 The great outdoors (what is more fun about outdoors than a rainbow!)
SOS #354 for the kids

I also have a book review to share with you today:

The Break by Katherena Vermette
One evening a young mother is trying to get her child back to sleep when she spots somebody in trouble on the stretch of land she has called The Break. By the time the police arrive there is nobody there and all that is left is some scuff marks and blood in the snow. The story is told from various different perspectives, going through all the people that are connected to the victim and to the incident. The story for some of the characters starts before the incident and for some it starts at that exact time-point.
This is a really well written story that explains why people my act the way they do, and highlights how sometimes very unrelated events can actually be closely related indeed. It also highlights how difficult it is for victims and their families to process what has happened and to incorporate it into their lives, both at the time and afterwards. There is always something else going on that requires attention also, and life does not stop just because something bad has happened. If you like your drama’s then I think you will like this book.

I spent yesterday playing around in the garden (today has been spent sorting out the animals instead) when I haven't been at work. Here is some of what I have done :)

I did also plant a Gooseberry but apparently I didn't take a photo lol.

Thank for looking, hope you have all had an enjoyable weekend, whatever your weather has been like.

Hugz Tinz

Friday, 18 May 2018

Jingle Bells for Mum

Wow everything is growing really well now - I just need to find space to plant it all (oh and remember to water stuff too lol).

However in the meantime I have made a Christmas card using a House Mouse CD-Rom.

and the inside:
I wanted a CAS front, so I just chose the base image from the decoupage selection, and added the word mum to the side (this was in a matching yellow on the computer, but for some reason printed black!). However, it lacked that Christmas sparkle, so I added the washi-tape to the edges, keeping a CAS design, but having a little extra too lol.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Merry Monday #290 I hear Bells
CRAFT #468 Christmas
polkadoodle week 20 - beginning with B (Bells)
Addicted to CAS #136 MUM
SUYP #30 Furrything Goes
ABC Christmas - both J for Joy (mice are certainly having fun) and K for Keep it simple

And here are my parents kitty cats:

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A little bit humourous over at Creative Moments

Hi guys,

We have a fun twist for you this time over at Creative Moments. We want to see some humour in your creations - a witty sentiment, or a funny image, or maybe even a technique that gives you a giggle when you see it. However, we are an anything goes challenge blog, so even if you can't think of anything to provide the giggles we would still like to see what you have been creating :)

I have used an image called Twinkle Toes from Polkadoodles. I do have another card, but I have not quite managed to get it finished as yet!

I used one of my heavily patterned base cards for this as I thought it worked well. I die-cut the frame using a spellbinders die and coloured the image with Promarkers before die-cutting with an X-cut oval nesting die.
Finally I hand-wrote the sentiment, which is a quote, and I thought it went quite well with the image :)

I will be entering this card intothe following challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams - Here come the girls
Countryview #63 Be humourous
AYLI - Pink or Blue - I have used mainly blue (I like this colour better for colouring clothes and it stands out well against a busy background), but I did add pops of pink for a hint of floral!
craftingbydesign - enjoy the little things (a small bunch of roses)
ATSM #292 Make your Mark
Catch the bug - say it with flowers

In the meantime Doris would like to say hi!
See you soon,

Hugz Tinz

Relaxing in the garden, with I Love Promarkers

Hi guys,

It is time for a new challenge for all you Promarker lovers! There is no twist this time, so it is a straight up Anything Goes challenge.
We are sponsored by  Digital Delights and I have used Relax Barnaby for my card:
I used a pearlescent blue base card and then die-cut a fancy oval frame and some 3D flowers using Spellbinders dies and self-adhesive vellum for a delicate effect. I also used the central die that went with the fancy frame to cut the flower centres with their embossed flowers. The sentiment was from Limited Runs.
I coloured the image with the following Prmarkers: Fuchsia Pink/Tropical Orchid/Pink Lobster/Bright Orange - Buttercup/Summer Sun/Mustard/Slate/Antique Pink - Denim Blue/Cyan. I then cut the image using X-cut fancy labels nesting dies.

Head over to the challenge blog for more DT inspiration and prize details. Don't forget that we do need to see you using Promarkers (or Flex/Tria/Aqua markers) on your project.

I will be entering this into these challenges:
Citycrafter #412 Honey, I'm Home
Die-cuttin' Divas #369 Fav colour combo (I think blue and pink are perfect colours for Spring)
craftingbydesign - Enjoy the little things
craftycats #416 Cute
CCM #211 No patterned paper
MMM #71 Hint of summer
crafty calendar - things with wings
613 avenue create #209 Mainly Blue

Here is my new Guinea Pig:
Unfortunately he is not getting along with Piggy (and their interactions have to take a backseat as Piggy has now hurt his leg also). However, he is a happy little pig.

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Birdy Fun

Hi guys,

I made this one on Thursday for the Limited Runs Progressive challenge, but I have only just had time to write my blog post as I was visiting family this weekend.

I coloured this little guy in various Blue promarker pens. I then die-cut a lovely fancy frame (Spellbinders), and die-cut the image with a size-matched oval die (X-cut nesting dies) before layering onto the card. I wanted to keep this CAS so I layered the hand-written sentiment onto the same blue card and then added the cupcakes. I was going to enter this into a Tea-party themed challenge, but that one closed yesterday lol.

So I will enter this card into the following challenges:
ATSM #291 Anything Goes
Craftycatz #416 Cute
CCM #211 no patterned paper
TIOT - Stencils/Die-cuts
AYLI - pink or blue - I chose blue for this card as I just thought it was perfect for the birdy
Fussy and Fancy #211 Beautiful in Blues
Intaas #33 All about the boys
A snowflakes promise - Anything Goes

I also have some garden pictures:

Thank you for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Cute Monsters @ Aud Sentiments

Hello and welcome to our new challenge at Aud Sentiments. The challenge theme is CUTE so it is a nice easy - just plese remember that we do need to see a sentiment on your creation. We are sponsored by the lovely Drawn by Krista

and I have used Monster Love 1.

I cut each monster out individually to make separate ATCs and used blue glitter card and purple matt mirror card to add layers, which I added faux stitching to. I then added the sentiments, which turned the mirror card from matt into shine, and some pearls.

I would like to enter this little collection into the following challenges:
CCM #211 No patterned paper
Simon Says Wednesday - For the boys
ATSM #291 Anything Goes
CRAFT #467 Birthday
Catch the bug - Anything Goes

We got a new guinea pig for our current guinea pig at the weekend (as discussed in a previous post) and here is a picture of Piggy (the older pig):
And this is Henry (the new pig):

Thanks for looking,

Hugz Tinz

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Wedding stitches

Wow I have been loving this gorgeous weather over the bank holiday weekend! We got ourselves a new guinea pig, and a new hutch so that the two can live together nicely...and they HATE each other! :( Lots of work to get these two to be friendly I think. We also put my veg trug up and so I have planted out my Blueberry bushes and Heather. Now I just need to buy a couple of Gooseberry bushes and plant some carrots!

However, on to the important stuff, I have two stitched creations to share with you today, both from the wedding of my brother-in-law two weekends ago! The weather was not as nice as it was this weekend, but it was dry, which is the main thing. I made two samplers - one for a frame and one as a scented hanging.

 So this is the hanger, which I stuffed with lavender. It is based on a traditional sampler, using the wedding colour scheme of grey and pink.

Again I used the colour scheme, but this one I wanted to be more sophisticated as hopefully many people will see it. I used a floral sampler from WOCS (I believe) and used grey variegated thread for the leaves, instead of the greens. I stitched it onto marbelled pik aida and used gold light effects thread for the hearts, to resemble the wedding rings.

I would like to enter these stitches into the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday - Ombre (Variegated threads create an ombre effect)
The Male Room #84 Anything but a card (The top one is the more masculine for the two of them)
Simply Create Too #138 Anything but a card

I also have a book review to share with you:

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Yvonne is a very successful, middle-aged lady whose knowledge about genetics is widely sought after. When she starts an unexpected affair, she has no idea where this will lead her…or how much it will change her life. She knows very little about the man she is having an affair with and chooses to ignore a lot in order to keep this completely separate from her personal life.
The story starts in the courtroom and tells the story bit by bit from Yvonne’s perspective, both past and present, to explain what happened and also give some insight into the people that have been involved, and what might have caused things to lead to the courtroom. The story keeps you guessing, but it is difficult to think that somebody so intelligent could be quite so na├»ve. I did enjoy reading the story, and I would really like to watch the film that goes with it.

Thanks for reading,

Hugz Tinz