Sunday, 24 June 2012

Cornish SIL's Card

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This is the card i've made for my sister in law ( if you read the black and purple card's story this would make sense!)
Anyway the image is a from a free stamp set that i inked and promarkered (SIL loves cooking/ baking) The rest is all off cuts from my organised stash :) i think the dotty paper is from my massive claire curd pad ( it will take forever to use!) the sugary paper is from DCWV sweet stack, the pink card is from papermanias card collection and the glitter silver card is from ???, i diecut a flower and layered it with a craft work card greeting. the Gems are just from my stash. oh and i embossed the image with clear/ glitter and glittered the icing.

I'd like to enter the card into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Book Review- 4 books by paige toon

This post has been half written far ages due to time constraints, but the football is enabling me to finish it off!

These books had bee sat waiting for ever to be read, but i finally got to read them and really enjoyed them. 
Lucy in the sky is surprise surprise about Lucy and her love life. I loved reading this and was very happy with the ending. No spoilers here!!!
Johnny be good was an enjoyable read but the ending was disappointing, of the 4 books this was the possibly the one i enjoyed the least, but i often find the 2nd book by any author is the weakest, not sure why but it quite often happens that way. Anyway back to the book. This book follows Meg and her new lifestyle working for a rock star (Johnny in the title).
Chasing Daisy was Paige toon back on form and set in the world of formula one. We follow daisy through the highs and lows of her love life and learn a little bit about formula one as well, another great read, but again no spoilers!
Pictures of Lily is mainly set in Australia and aroiund a wildlife park, and another fab read (i need to get some new words hence i'm the reader and not the writer of these books, they would get very repetitive if i had a hand involved!). Once again the ending was perfect and i loved every minute of this book.

Having only discovered Paige Toon recently i'm really glad i did as she is an excellent writer and i know that if i was on holiday i would lay and read one of her books in a day, in fact i'm going to keep an eye out for her  other books baby be mine and one perfect summer.

over all i give all the books bar Johnny be good 4 stars out of 5,
Johnny be good gets 3 out of 5 because of the ending.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

mummy's card

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Here is the card i made my mummy for her 60th!!! she is an amazing woman who has survived cancer and 2 brain tumours. just this past 18 months she has had brain surgery and a hip replacement. i love her very much and i am super lucky to have her- should really tell her this!
anyway on with the card, lilli of the valley topper, boofle papers either layer on pink pearlescent card or white glitter card. I coloured a white flower pink and layered it onto a craftwork card greeting. to add even more glitter i used stickles crystal glue on the topper and added  sparkling 6 and 0 stickers and 3 glitter gems.
I'd like to enter it into the following challenges

Monday, 18 June 2012

card for someone......

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No idea who this card is for, i had an idea when i started it, but i'm not really keen on it so i decided to give it  to one of my cousins who annoyed me earlier this year by not sending the DH a card, childish, but i didn't want to make an amazing card for them, can't not send one, you know what family is like!, the card is from my stash, the dotty paper is an off cut, the flower is from hobby craft, the ribbon is from the range and the image is a die cut from lilli of the valley.
I'd like to enter it into the following challenges
mymumscraftshopchallenges- clean and simple
robynsfetishchallengeblog-anything goes
foreverfriendschallengeblog- anything goes
lexiscreations-happy birthday
unstampabelleschallenges- ribbon

thanks for looking x

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

another similar but not the same set

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So here are the cards i have made for fathers day, since the don't know each other and I hate making male cards i opted for 2 very similar cards, the card on the top uses a free sticker i got from creativity magazine a couple of years ago, and the other sticker i got in a set. the ribbon is from poundland, the with love greeting are from a peel off sheet by little claire, the dp is from papermania's it's a man's world by Claire Curd.

i'd like to enter thebtop card into the following challenges

i'd like to enter the bottom card into the following challenges

Mog's birthday card

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This is a card that made it's self to be honest, once i picked the image - a die cut topper, layered it onto pink card, picked out the DP from the coordinating paper pack, used a contrasting ribbon, flower and greeting, and it was done! at last minute i decided to add some glitter to the cherry on the cake, but that was it! I never thought i'd use this DP as it looked really busy on the pad, but i forced myself to, as i'm trying to use up my stash rather then buy new things. In fact i'm selling some things on face book, but if they don't sell, the husband has challenged me to use them up............ anyway back on track, i actually really like this paper now it's on the card. Oh the image and the paper are D&D some bunny loves you, the ribbon is from poundland, the flower from hobbycraft (had forever) and the greeting is from craftwork cards.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Book Review- Why do we have to live with men by Bernadette Strachan

I put off reading this book because of the title which with hind sight was silly but we really do judge a book by it's cover or in this case a name! I have only really read a 2 other books by this author but that is something i am going to rectify as i really enjoyed reading this book especially the outcome! Cat ends up moving into a 'commune' with other women for 6 months and they all go on a journey and most realise they do need men, but need to change their approach to men. I really enjoyed the sub plots of this book, but sarge did annoy me somewhat, just her bossiness and lack of personality, but this was explained so i forgave her! 
my only niggle was the ending, it felt rushed and left me wanting more, hopefully there will be a sequel where we find out more about the characters as they all deserve their own ending .
3 stars out of 5 ( it would have been 4, but for the ending)

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Book Review- Chances by Freya North

Having read all of Freya Norths other books (I think, i would need to look this up and then that would ruin book shopping for me so i'm not going to!) i was looking forward to reading this, Sally and Chloe are 2 of my favourite books.  
The book follows vita through just arriving in a new house having split up from her ex but still sharing a business with him, to meeting Oliver a tree surgeon. i loved reading the ups and downs in this book and loved the other stories that went along side the main plot, who knew there are wild parrots in England! I really recommend this book and any others that Freya North has written
5 stars out of 5!!!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Book Review- Things I want My Daughter to Know and The Girl Next Door- Both by Elizabeth Noble


I decided to do a double book review for these 2 books as i think they are pretty similar. When i finished Things i want my daughter to know, i discussed it with a librarian, and the best way to describe it was, like an episode or 2 of heartbeat. I loved heartbeat, and enjoyed the fact that it was easy to follow and it was all wrapped up at the end. This book started off quite sad, but then moved on to watching the daughters deal with their mum dying, referring to a journal she had written and the letters she wrote for them. Sometimes it seemed slightly contrived, with things only happening just for a twist in the story line but not really flowing. Although I enjoyed reading this I'm not going to keep it, like i do with most of my other books.

The Girl next door, is based in new york, in a block of apartments, and follows their lives over a year. It took me a while to learn who all the characters were and their backgrounds ( there is a description at the front of the book that i had to refer to a couple of times!).  The lead characters have just moved to new york, and it seems like the husband changes his personality as soon as he arrives, and becomes quite self centred and his wife becomes quite clingy. The other characters are quite stereo typical, the gay couple are stylish, the quiet librarian, the layabout rich boy, the focused girl from the sticks, the wannabe bitchy socialite and the standoffish older English lady. We learn a little bit about most of these characters, but i don't feel the gay couple added anything to the story, and were only added 'to be gay'. i would however have liked to know more about Charlotte the librarian. There is also a sub plot involving 2 couples and their children. Again i enjoyed this book, but it's not a keeper.

3 Stars out of 5 for them both