Friday, 31 August 2012

1st ever digi stamp card!

#Card #craft #gothic #emo

I may be converted to digi stamps! I needed to make a card for my soon to be 18 cousin who is an alternative dresser (emo). I knew i didn't have anything in my stash that i could use for her and remembered i'd seen some gothic looking digi stamps. so i set off to the web to search and came across some great ones on stitchybear, here is the link for this one, and there are plenty more on there similar to this one. And i know i can use this for quite a few of my nieces. 
I was going to keep her black and white, but printed out 2 so i could practice colouring her in. I used this, to help me colour her in, and for a 1st job i am quite proud of myself :).

The paper is from an Anna griffin pad i bought in Florida 3 years ago, and have only used twice. it's all so beautiful i can't bear to use it! The rest is mainly from my stash, the ribbon from the inside of a top, 2 gems in the flower centres, 2 on the craftwork card greeting and 3 coz it looks pretty! I used black glitter card to layer her onto and a black card blank. and if you were to look in my wardrobe you would find mainly black, white and pink :)

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Thursday, 30 August 2012

shoes, shoes, shoes

#Card #craft
This is for a shoeaholic friend who has a room dedicated to shoes! Every time we go shopping she buys a pait of shoes, mega high ones that i could never walk in :(
The image is a LOTV diecut, and the rest is from my scraps, in fact i cut out from the bottom purple card to make the other 2 purple layers. I embossed some white card with swiss dots, added 3 gems and a glitter strip. The flower is diecut and the greeting is from craftwork cards.

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

nellie and the wavy ribbon

#Card #craft

I'm attempting to make all my birthday cards for the rest of the year before September comes, 2 more left in November and 2 in December, and then start the Christmas ones. This card is for FIL's partners grandaughter, I suppose she is like a step niece. The papers are off cuts from my stash, the card is bazzill, the ribbon is poundland's best. The image is also from poundland, it's a 3D sticker, The greeting is from craftwork cards, and it's faux fastened with a brad (using more old stash :)). And then 4 card candi's from craftwork cards.

I have never ruffled ribbon on a card before but i read about it in a magazine and thought i'd give it a go, and i like it, watch for it happening more often!

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

fat free cupcake

#Card #craft

The best type of cake! This is very similar to the wedding card i made recently, and in fact looks very similar to how i started making cards, but think hopefully the extra addition of the red and white layered background and the stitching has added something. The cake came on a card i received on my birthday (expect to see 2 similar ones soon!), the gems and greeting are from my stash. in fact it all is. summer2012 has been a frugal season!
I must credit for the way this card has turned out, she is an amazing craft blogger and i really recommend checking her out!

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

thanks for looking x

Book Review- Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

So another holiday read! Having read and enjoyed Jenny Colgan's other books i looked forward to reading this book and saved it for the sunbed! The main Character is Issy who loves baking cupcakes and other deliciousness (each chapter starts with a recipe, some of which sound fab). She is made redundant from her job, by her boyfriend, so eventually decides to open up the cupcake cafe. we follow her on this journey and meet Pearl and her little boy, Caroline, Austin and Issy's Gramps. 
I really enjoyed reading this and thought Jenny dealt with dementia really well, i loved the development of Pearl and would love to read more about her. Austin provides the love story line and is a great improvement on Graeme, who is a typical city boy.
The only disappointing part of the book was the ending, it was a little bored now so i'll finish it in a page. I hope that the follow up book makes up for this, but i do look forward to reading the next one.

i'll give this 4 stars out of 5.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Stop Moving!!!

#Card #craft
I'm getting bored of making these cards for my friend! he has moved again, this time into a new house with his girlfriend. I couldn't use my new house stamp for him (again), so came up with this instead. The letters are from home bargains, the paper is originally from claire curds paper pad, but this was an off cut, 3 card candi's and the layered on card from my stash.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Cheapy Cheapster

#Card #craft

This is possibly the cheapest card i have ever made! The topper isn't in my top 100 favourite images, but isn't offensive. it's from a card my father in law sent me last year, and my card this year was late so they are getting the image back. God i sound vindictive! but i hate to make effort for people who don't make it for me back. Anyway back to the card, i used ribbon from primark pjs, buttons that came free with tops, free dp from a magazine, but i did use a piece of gold mirri to make it look glam!!! The greeting is another D&D one (they were 25p a pack and i bought 10 packs!)

anyway hopefully this card may win a random draw on the following challenges (it's not going to win best card!)
movingalongwiththetimes- anything but square
paper-craftingjourney- anything goes
justinspirationalchallenges- photo inspiration
divasbydesignchallenge- anything goes
lilredwagon- upcycle

thanks for looking x

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Another blast from the past

#Card #craft

This card is for my Uncle, who loves his garden. I used a sketch to make this card but missed the deadline :(.  The image is LOTV, the paper is from a forever friends pack. The yellow card is from my stash as well as the corrugated card, which i used to use all the time when i started making cards, and this seemed to go perfectly.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
2sisterschallengeblog- in the garden
craftyourdaysaway- anything goes
bearlymine-anything goes
tuesdaythrowdown- hip to be square
foreverfriendschallengeblog-anything goes
lovetocreatechallenge- colour throwdown
crazychallenge-anything goes

thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Book Review- The Birds & The Bees by Milly Johnson

Another holiday read, i mainly took authors that i had enjoyed before and i have loved the previous books i have read by Milly. 
this book follows Stevie, a romance writer, through finding out her fiance is cheating on her with her new friend. She finds out from her friends ex, Adam. the book gets going when Adam suggests he move in with Stevie and her son to make their ex's jealous so they go back to their original partners. as the plot develops we discover that neither ex is who they have made out to be and they are better off without them.
As this is a chicklit book you know where the book is going but i still enjoyed the journey, it was just slower starting then some of her other books.

A great read so 4 stars out of 5.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Going old school!

#Card #craft

This image is ancient! i bought it in a spending fit at cheshire oaks! The papers were rescued from my crafty sellers pile and when i picked this image, i immediately thought about these papers. I think their docrafts. The ribbon was bought 5 years ago and has only just been opened...... The card is just from my stash. The greeting is from craftwork cards, and i made a hole and put a brad through it, so it looks like it's fastened on with it.

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

thanks for looking x

Friday, 17 August 2012

Jam is getting married

#Card #craft #wedding

I'm not sure what i've done to the picture but it looks a little washed out.......
Anyway it was really simple to make. When tidying up my gift cupboard i cam across this little (fizzy moon?)topper that i think had come unstuck from a gift bag. i don't remember the last time i sent a wedding gift, most people ask for money or you pay £x and it gets delivered to their door. So i decided to use it on this card.
The white card is hammered card from the paper mill, mirri card was from my stash, the same for the pearls, and the greeting is a daisy and dandelion one. And that's it!

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges
totallypapercrafts- inspired by a song( billy idol's white wedding)

thanks for looking x

Thursday, 16 August 2012

totally not me!

#Card #craft #fairy
No cute image what's going on? This card is for my niece who is turning 12, which i think is a very awkward age. I didn't want to go cute in case she thought it was childish, so i was searching through my stash and found this image. Then i panicked!!! hopefully it turned out ok, i think it did, just need some grungy looking card now as all mine is pretty pastel or brights. I even ripped card, inked edges, inked paper and the greeting. i definitely needed a lay down after trying so many new things! 
The image is from lilli of the valley (i think), the papers are all from my minds eye, the blue card is coredinations, the pink card is from my stash, the greeting is from craftwork cards, i die cut the flower from a joy die cut, i used Tim Holtz old paper to ink everything.i glittered the wings with stickles and the gems are from my stash.

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

thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Book Review- A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde

This was one of 2 Katie Fforde books that i took on holiday with me- 14 books in total! Unfortunately i didn't enjoy this one as much as the other one or any of her other books i have read. That's not to say it is a difficult read it just took a while to get going, or for me to get into it, i'm not sure which! From reading the back i knew that the book would have a happy ending like all Katie's books do. This isn't a bad thing for me but it is worth pointing it out.  
Anyway this story is about Sophie and her life. At the start of the book she doesn't really have one and is quite downtrodden, however a trip to New York a chance meeting introduces her to Matilda and her Grandson and we see where the plot is going! a few bumps along the way and it all ends happily ever after :)
I could go into more details but i don't want to ruin the book for you. It is an ok read but not one of her best

3 stars out of 5.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Book review- A tiny bit marvellous by Dawn French

I didn't think I was going to read this book, but when I saw it in a charity shop for 50p I thought I'd give it a whirl. Quite a few if my friends have read it and enjoyed it so I bought it and saved it for my holiday. I started reading it the day before we flew and then on the aeroplane, it was a perfect book for that as it is written diary style, and the chapters are quite short.
The story follows the Battle family's life over a short period of time, which includes Dora sitting her A levels and turning 18. Dora is quite an immature person, but very insecure, which is not helped by her mum's recent behaviour. Her mum, Mo, is going through a mid life crisis (i think), and sees several things differently to how they really are. My favourite character is granny Pamela, who always seems to know what to say and bake. I didn't think all of the swearing was needed for the storyline and it grated in some sections. I also found Oscar to be a strange character and I have never met a teenager like him. I could easily have removed him from the story or made him a smaller character.
Overall I did enjoy the book despite a few niggles so I give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

Did you enjoy this book?
What did you think about Oscar?
What about Noel's contribution to the storyline?

Friday, 3 August 2012

Book Review- The winter lodge by Susan Wiggs

Until this book i have never heard of this author, but i am very glad that i have now! This is such a lovely story all about Jenny and her life in Avalon. There is a bit of flicking from the past to the present day but this is ok, as long as you read from the start of the chapter and see the year! 
The book's main character is Jenny who we meet just as her house is burning down. She has lived there from being little with her Grandparents, and now has lost everything bar the few things she recovers from the ashes. 
I loved reading the history between Jenny and Rourke, and the author included a few twists that i didn't anticipate at all. We also look into Jenny's history and meet other characters that live in Avalon, which has left me wanting to buy more of Susan Wiggs' books. One plot that i hope is developed into a book is Daisy, her dad and brother. 

Overall i loved this book and will definitely be coming back for more
have you read this book?
did you enjoy it?
have you read any other books by Susan Wiggs?

5 stars out of 5