Monday, 24 February 2014

Creata Creations

I LOVE products from Creata and I wanted to share with you some of the cards I've made recently using their gorgeous products.

Made for a card swap group.
Tall card blank covered with a patterned sheet from Creata 25 x 25cm Die-Cut and Pattern pad.  I have used the reverse of this sheet to cover the corner before peeling back the corner of the backing sheet.  I like to edge a lot my cards with ink to take away any harsh white lines, on this particular I card I used Milled Lavender Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  Rose seed packets are from Creata Shabby Chic kit backed on Creata Mint & Rose Silky card edged with Bundled Sage & Milled Lavender Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  Faux pearl button and butterfly from Creata Shabby Chic Kit edged with Milled Lavender Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Roses are glittered using Silver Shaker Graph It Marker.  I also used an off-cut of the patterned paper inside the card and punched the insert edge with EK success punch so the design showed through.

Wedding Acceptance Card

Peach paper is from my stash, Creata Copper Silky card, die cut made using inset from Creata label pop-up die, butterfly made using Woodware punch, inside of hearts and butterfly glittered using Silver Shaker Graph It Marker.
RAK swap card

13.5 x 13.5 cm square card blank covered with a piece from Creata Die-Cut and Cardboard Patterns pad edged with Tea Dye and Milled Lavender Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  Mat and layered with pattern card from Creata Card with Glitter pad edged with Milled Lavender Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Creata Mint silky card edged with bundled sage Tim Holtz Distress Ink, pattern card from Creata card with Glitter pad edged with Milled Lavender Tim Holtz Distress Ink all corners rounded with corner punch.  The main image is from the Creata Shabby Chic kit shimmer added with Graph It Silver Shaker Marker.  Butterfly embellishments from Creata Shabby Chic Kit shaped with a bone folder edges glittered with Silver Shaker Graph It Marker.  Dragonfly brad, string and vintage button from my stash.
I attached an off-cut of the background sheet to the back of the card showing the reverse side and edged the insert with EK success edge punch.

(Please note I have not received any free samples, merchandise or discounts from any of the companies mentioned.  I have chosen to share these products with you because they are good quality and I enjoy using them, they were all bought using my own pennies.)


Monday, 17 February 2014

The Year in Books: January Review and February's Choice

It's very remiss of me not to have posted about my January read earlier in the month!  If you can remember back to my previous post my January read was Jenny Colgan's Christmas at the Cupcake Café and it was exactly as I expect a light, funny, chick lit type of read.  That's not to say it wasn't any good, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn't be happier. Her new business is thriving and she is surrounded by close friends, even if her cupcake colleagues Pearl and Caroline don't seem quite as upbeat about the upcoming season of snow and merriment. But when her boyfriend Austin is scouted for a possible move to New York, Issy is forced to face up to the prospect of a long-distance romance. And when the Christmas rush at the cafe - with its increased demand for her delectable creations - begins to take its toll, Issy has to decide what she holds most dear.

This December, Issy will have to rely on all her reserves of courage, good nature and cinnamon, to make sure everyone has a merry Christmas, one way or another...  Blurb from

It is a sequel to Meet at the cupcake café which I have not read but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of this book as Miss Colgan gives you a brief run through of the character backgrounds, but even without that it's easy to follow what's going on in each of the character's lives.  The two main characters (Issy & Austin) are in a 'will they/won't they conflict' but not in the traditional sense, and it did twist a few times and keeping guessing to the very end as to how things would turn out.  My favourite characters were Issy mum and Austin's son they really added the humour to this read.

Overall a lovely cosy read for the festive period (or a great New Year read if you're not quite ready to let go of Christmas!)

8 out of 10 KDS points
My February read is...drum roll please...Watch By Moonlight by Kate Hawks
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
I'm already 159 pages into this book having read fastidiously every day since 1st Feb.  Don't misunderstand me, it has been a pleasure not a chore.I sneak a read any time I can over breakfast, in the bath, at the bus stop, over lunch, in bed...not because of The Year In Books but because I'm so engrossed in reading and chilled out, so much so that dinner is sometimes late, breakfast is a two hour affair and the bath water goes cold!  I shall try to post my review of this in early March and explain why find this particular title was so exciting for me.