Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Book Review-After The Party by Lisa Jewell

This is the sequal to Ralph's Party, another book by Lisa Jewell. This book totally passed me by when in was released, but i saw it in tesco and thought i need to read that, so in it went (3 for £5) and then i packed it for Egypt :) I didn't read the 1st book again before reading this and it wasn't essential but i think it might help to know more of the background story, it did come back to me, but i think i'm going to pull it out and read it again.
We meet Ralph and Gem 11 years down the line with 2 children, and at this point i think it is where most people will relate to the story, i don't have any children but i still felt it touch a few raw nerves. They both love each other but after 11 years everything has become a bit robotic and monotonous. The book follows them on a journey and i'll leave you to read where this journey takes them.
I loved reading this book and really recommend it

5 stars out of 5.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

pink elephant

#Card #craft

I think i needed to use a smaller card blank for this, but never mind! The elephant die cut is by daisy and dandelion as are the papers (bought 3 years ago). i die cut the flowers with a joy die. The mirri card was from my stash, the greeting is by craftwork cards and i used a pearl pen to make the pearls.

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

thanks for looking x

Friday, 21 September 2012


#Card #craft #wedding

We had some fantastic news last weekend, our friends have got engaged and asked the hubby to be their best man. So we went over to celebrate and took this card with us. I embossed the bottom third of some white card with swiss dots, added some ivory ribbon and 3 pearls. I stamped 2 champange flutes in gold ( bought in 2010), embossed them and then filled them with glossy accents. I then layered everything on gold mirri card.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
simonsaysstampschallenge- emboss it
oldiebutagoodiechallenge- ribbon

thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Book Review-Adored by Tilly Bagshawe

I used to love Jackie Collins books when i was a teenager ( not sure why my mum let me read them but that is another story!) and this book is like their 21st century sister.
The book starts off in the 70's and we meet Duke McMahon and his family, moving on we meet Sienna his grandaughter and the main character of this book. She is really close to her Grandad and she is devastated when he died. She doesn't really get on with her parents, and as she gets older she is no longer in touch with them but keeps seeking her half Uncle as they were really close when they were little.
The flaw in this story is that Sienna is very difficult to like, she's spoilt and attention seeking, but she does have a kind side when she is with her Uncle (Hunter) (Hunters story is a good addition and totally hollywood!)

There are lots of characters to get to know but once you get going with the book , it's easy to remember who they all are. 
4 stars out of 5.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

foot the ball

#Card #craft

Sorry for the dodgy lighting on the pic, it is quite vibrant in real life. This is for a teenage boy who is turning 16. I think it's a bit young for him, but struggled to find anything suitable for him. The image and little footballs are obviously forever friends, as is the paper. There is another bear on the paper, but i never know how to use dp with an image already on it- suggestions please!
it's layered on orange and white card from my stash, the footballs were stuck onto hole punch holes, the greeting is by papermania and some more corrugated card used as a ribbon.
I'd like to enter it into the following challenges
pinkgemchallengeblog- a boy thing
onestopcraftchallenge- no floral embellishment
creativecraftchallenges2- all about the boys
hookedoncraftchallenges- cards for men

thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Book Review- Air Babylon by Imogen Edward Jones

Possibly not the best book to read on a plane! Luckily having read several other babylon books i read this after arriving at the resort, but was looking around watching the plane for any of the incidents i had read about in the book!
The book is based on true stories collected up by the Author, and then fitted into a 24hour period. It is a little contrived but it is a good read and i really recommend reading it. this is a short review but i don't want to give out too much information about it.

4 stars out of 5

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Button It

#Card #craft #retro

I'll start by saying i didn't like the papermania range 'Happy days'. But when i bought the £15 craft bag that papermania bring out (i only wanted the kraft card and it was the only place i could find it in the shop) there were 5 12x12 papers from the range. So i had a think who i could use the papers for (luckily the papers are 2 sided, and 1 side is more usable then the other), this side seemed quite suited to my friend, so i set off to make this card. Decided to layer it onto black card, and continued the black accents with the black ribbon and black buttons (free with clothes), i then used a black craftwork card greeting in the line.

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

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Book Review-Two's Company by Jill Mansell

I have most of Jill Mansell's books and packed this one for a guaranteed good read.
This book follows Cass, Jack and their family, they meet Imogen, a writer for Hi magazine (like hello), Jack creates a bad impression and Cass want's him to make try to create a better 2nd impression, this goes slightly too far and Jack leaves Cass for Imogen. Whilst this is happening they have 3 children, Cleo- a famous model, Sean-a comedian, who gets his girlfriend pregnant and Sophie, a wanna be eco warrior. I'll not go into the finer details of this book, but i did enjoy reading it and i want to know more about Sean's friend Danny, he deserves a nice life! I'm not sure how i wanted this book to end but i think i enjoyed the ending!

4 stars out of 5