Wednesday 21 January 2015

Love Parchmentcraft

Hi guys,

I have made two cards this evening. The first is a One Layer Card with a love theme. As the base card used is purple I used purple and yellow to stamp the hearts and sentiment to the bottom of the card front as these colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel. To finish the card I rounded all the corners.
This card is being entered for the following challenges:
OLS #12 Attractive Opposites (colours, light/dark, plain/stylised)
aud sentiments #123 Anything Goes
The Card Concept #27 Love  (CAS)
Craft Your Passion 245 Anything Goes

The second uses the Parchment craft technique for the main image. I used a stencil free gift with Papercraft Essentials back in summer for the main parchment design. This was layered onto a dark floral paper to make the butterfly really pop. Green floral card was used as a base layer with two separate strips from the Papermania Botanicals range, one a floral design and one a butterfly design. Alphabet washi tape was wrapped around this panel before it was attached to the base card, and the butterfly panel layered on top. A paper flower finishes the card.
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
SOS #185 Not your normal paper (the dark floral and botanical strips)
MMM Twentieth Century Style
CCM #130 Something Old (Parchment and dark floral paper)/ Something New (Flower and washi tape)
Creative Card Crew 79 Shabby Chic
Simply Create Too #77 For a female/Mother's Day
crafting by designs Anything Goes
Country View #23 Use Something New to you (flower embelishment/washi tape)
vs sweet ideas #30 Something New

Audio Book Review
Undead and Unwelcome by MaryJanice Davidson
The vampire king and queen have gone to return a body to the werewolf pack and are having to walk on eggshells to ensure a war does not ensue. They also find out that the vampire queen’s half-brother has an unnatural ability. Meanwhile, at home her half-sister is causing chaos due to her lineage to the devil (her mother).
The blurb on the back of this ne should be ignored as it puts you completely out of perspective and the book has nearly finished whilst you are still waiting for the ‘main event’ to happen. The main event in this book is the two separate colonies – one werewolf and one vampire. Sinclair and Betsy have to ensure that they can explain the death of one of the pack members well enough to the werewolves to prevent a war – especially as the werewolves are a close-knit family and vampires are not, so a war would be very one-sided. At home Laura, the sister, is harassed by devil-worshippers and so finds a way to make use of them – but not how Sinclair and Betsy would appreciate.

This is VERY Americanised and over-the-top, however this does make it humorous. There are ot really any suspense filled areas, but it is a light read (only five CD’s long). It gives you a brief background before the story starts, but this leaves many questions. It seems that there may be a prequel that needs to be read also. It is not a typical vampire and werewolf story, being a lighter read than most, and also turning many ideas on their heads. This is a good book if you like the less serious stories, however if you like your vampire stories to be full of suspense, then it is probably best to avoid this one.


  1. Great cards! I love all the hearts on the first pretty! Thanks for playing along at The Card Concept!

  2. Love the pretty, spring colours you've used for your valentine! So glad you joined us at OLS!

  3. The purple and yellow hearts are a nice color combinaton...opposites on the color wheel are always a good choice :)

  4. What a fantastic CAS card- love the colors and thanks for playing along with us at The Card Concept :-)

  5. How lovely!! That butterfly on your second card really does pop with the dark paper behind it. Love that washi tape too. Thanks for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.


  6. What a lovely creation I do love seeing parchment used in card making a super design thank you for sharing this with us at Crafty Cardmakers
    lorraine x

  7. Thanks for sharing your project & creativity with us at Aud Sentiments! A nice example of a Clean & Simple Card - one layer & lots of white space!
    ~ginny, Aud Sentiments DT: [#123 - ATG ]
    Owner: RubberMAD (

  8. Gorgeous cards :-) both of them are very cute and I love the CAS design and the colours, very pretty :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  9. Very pretty, great card. Thanks for joining us this week. Hugs, Heide SSW2-DT

  10. Such soft pretty colors on your cards. Thanks for getting sketchy with us this week over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.
    ~Jo, SSW2-DT

  11. Great cards!! Thanks for sharing and for joining the Shopping Our Stash crew for our "Not Your Normal Paper" challenge!!

  12. Oh this is just too sweet! Thanks for joining us at The Card Concept!

  13. Beautiful !!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT

  14. Such pretty cards.Lovely colours.
    Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion and hope to see you again next week.
    Lisa x

  15. Fun cards! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  16. oh wow, these are awesome! i've always wanted to learn that parchmentcraft technique, and now i'm even more interested having seen these cool cards! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR (fancy paper) STASH with us this week! ♥

    ps: as a fellow audiobook-lover, i always enjoy your reviews! :)

  17. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments!
    Mandy x (AS DT)

  18. Love this! Thanks for joining us at CCC xx Jan


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