Saturday 9 May 2015

Frozen Blooms

After some pretty poor weather this week I finally managed to get out and about today. I did a brief spell on the allotment (not long as the OH's parents are visiting),and we went for a butterfly walk this morning. Due to the wind there were not many butterflies spotted (although a Brimstone was among those that we did see, as well as a Common Blue), but we did see an Adder hiding in the grass!
 We also saw this tiny little micromoth. I know the image is a little blurred but the camera was struggling to focus and ran out of battery power just after this photo was taken! Typical!

Here is my second card for my Facebook Zipper challenge sponsored by Di's Digi Stamps.    

The image is from Di's Digi Stamps and is coloured using Promarkers. A corner punch was used for the butterflies, and the sentiments are peel-offs. The Zipper element is the bottom flower, which was made by first cutting the top and bottom of the zip off and discarding one side of the zip, and the toggle. Then a running stitch was used along the centre of the fabric strip and pulled taut to make the zip curl in on itself - creating a flower.

This is to be entered for the following challenges:
addicted-to-stamps #103 Flowers
TPE297 Appreciation/Thank You
i love promarkers #268 Anything Goes
crafting by designs Just One Layer
craftycatz #278 CAS
Deep Ocean #103 Flowers
digichooseday Anything Goes
alphabet challenge F for Friends/Friendship
One Layer Simplicity #16 Blossom

Audio Book Review
Frozen Tracks by Ake Edwardson
This book is based in Gothanberg, Sweden and is a translation as the original would appear to be written in Swedish. DCI Winter (pronounced Vinter) is looking into some seemingly random attacks on students, with a weapon that leaves trauma to the skull, but none of the students dead. He is trying to find the connection between the students to determine the cause of the attacks, in order to narrow the search for the attacker. However, when a boy turns up injured and admits that he has been in a car with a stranger DCI Winter’s role becomes more complicated. His investigation turns up the frightening realisation that more children have been in a car with a stranger. When a boy disappears it becomes a race against time to find the boy, and get DCI Winter out to his own family before Christmas is over.

This is very fast paced, and gives you information from the kidnappers perspective, so you know more than the police all the way through the book. This can be slightly frustrating as the police miss the obvious connections (as they would seem when you already know about them), but also allows you to be inside the kidnappers head. A very interesting way to do the book. The main criticism of the audio book is the lack of inflection a lot of the time, and the fact that it jumps from one person to another, without a break, meaning that it takes a while to figure out what is going on, as you do not realise that the person has changed immediately. This does make some areas difficult to follow. Otherwise, the story is very well written and interesting, keeping you on the edge of your seat.

Hugz Tinz


  1. what a sweet and lovely card.

    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog and your sweet comment. I love your ellie card, so cute. That Adder looks HUGE!

  3. What a Sweet image!! Cute card!! Great Colors!!
    Thank you for joining us at ATSC! Hugs Sol

  4. Such a sweet card!
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday! Jane xxx

  5. Adorable card. Thank your for joining us at Digi Choosday Challenges. Monica.-DT

  6. That adder does look pretty big. In contrast your little elephant looks little and sweet.

  7. Great card - that elephant is so cute!

    Thanks for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge.

    Helen x

  8. Great card, I'm loving the zip flower!

    Thank you for joining in at the Alphabet Challenge Blog!



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