Hi all,

So as well as being my husbands birthday recently, it was also my brothers – on the same day in fact.  My brother is a guitarist, so what better a card for him that a guitar? I used a cut file from the Silhouette store that you can find here.

I used Papermilldirect card for this, Ruby Red, Black Smooth, White Linen, and Silver Sandgrain. All cut beautifully and worked so well together as a colour combination. My brother loves the colour red so the red card was perfect! Happy Birthday again little brother!

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Guitar Card Fun

Book: The Pretender available on Amazon*

Author: Rob Blackwell

the pretender

I had read (and loved) the first book in this series, The Forest of Forever, so I had high hopes for The Pretender. I can honestly say it did not disappoint!

The book starts out high in action, and the pace is kept up throughout. However at no time do you feel like it is action for the sake of action, it is all bringing you on a fantastic journey, continuing Soren’s path of discovery and growth from the first book, and taking it way beyond what we could have ever imagined. This book took the story well past what I could have ever imagined, and I love it all the more for that. I felt like at every moment I was discovering along with Soren. Nothing disappoints me more in a book then when I am able to anticipate what will happen next, and at absolutely no stage was I able to anticipate with this book – I truly loved that about it. I sat and read for the day, and did not once want to put it down, constantly feeling like egging Soren and the rest of the characters on towards the end discoveries. I am purposely not giving away any of the story as I want everyone to read it and experience it for themselves. But I will say, if you have not yet read The Forest of Forever, I would highly recommend reading that first, as I feel it gives you a real understanding of who Soren is in The Pretender, and you can really fully understand his angst, and emotions, and what is driving him. Then once you have read it, you can thank me for recommending the read, and get straight to reading The Pretender and have one of the best reads in the Urban Fantasy / Horror / Supernatural genre in a long time!

I received this book from NetGalley for review, but all opinions are entirely my own.

This review is also listed on Amazon.com, Goodreads and NetGalley.

*No affiliate links, I am just linking to make your life easier!

Book Review – The Pretender

Hi everyone,

I have another Christmascard (sorry, not sorry!) up on the blog today. Instructions on how I created it are over on the Papermilldirect blog. I will say I used Papermilldirect Smooth White card for the white on white effect and for blending the inks onto, and it is just beautiful to work with, really so smooth! So head on over to check it out and see how I created this one. I will be back shortly with a non Christmas card, I promise!

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Snowy Scene

Hi All,

I am sharing this fun birthday card I made for my husband. He loves his beer, and I wanted to make a fun card for him, so this card was a perfect combination. I used THIS cutting file from SVG Cutting Files and cut it from maize laid Papermilldirect card – it was the perfect colour for the beer. I cut the mug itself from a light grey Papermilldirect card and the foam from a linen grain Papermilldirect card, the texture in this gave a great foam texture.

beer card

I actually cut two layers of the foam for some extra dimension. I also inked the edges of the beer layers to give some more dimension. I glued it all down and added a sentiment with a label set from Altenew.


Beer Mug Card

Hi All,

I have this card up on the Papermilldirect blog, showing a Christmas card I made, featuring a removable tree decoration. It is a fun card, with an extra purpose! Head on over and check it out, and see what you think! I know I keep posting a Christmas card every month, but I am very determined to build my stash and hopefully have a head start come December!!

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Card with Removable Decoration

Sunday was a wonderful day but also a sad day. It was a sad day because it was the final celebration of the Ikea Live Lagom project we have been involved in. It was all about living that bit more sustainably and how Ikea can help you with that journey. You can read all about it here and see all my posts on it here.

So this event was all about a final fun send off, and a thank you to all of us ambassadors. We were greeted by this cute sign…

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We then got taken through a brilliant presentation with some really interesting facts and figures. Then we got treated to a lovely dinner, I only got a picture of the empty table, because everyone had rushed up to get some food!lagom final 6After food we started to get messy and make terrariums, which was very cool. I don’t have many pictures of these in process as we got so stuck in I got too mucky to pick up the camera!
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There was such a great selection of plants to pick from, I fell in love with this one in particular…lagom final 3Here is a shot of our messy work space. You can see my plant pot in the front. This plant was very interesting, it was too big for the vase, so you can simply pull it apart and use the small off shoots for using in a different vase! It will continue to grow and flourish even from the smallest of offshoots then, which is very cool.lagom final 4Here are the final terrariums, with a few other bits we got, along with our certificate of participation in the project. #LiveLAGOM!lagom final 5As part of the evening we were asked to film a short testimonial video for next years ambassadors.  Some of the questions asked were easy.  How did you find your year as a Live Lagom ambassador?  Fantastic, loved every moment of it, and don’t want it to end! Which product has proved the most invaluable? The LED light bulbs, they have reduced our electricity bill, will save us over €144 a year on our bill and over 40% in energy usage. Easy choice to say this was the most invaluable!

Then it was on to a harder question – what advice would you give to the next team of Live Lagom ambassadors.  This one I think I would give as advice for anyone looking to live more sustainably. Look at what in your house is the biggest issue that you think you can make the most impact with. Is it lights? Do you waste a lot of food? Do you have a lot of drafts you want to try block out? Do you want to start recycling and make it easy for your family to do this? Really think about this problem, think about what stops you from making a change to address it currently and how you can make that Lagom change to move towards a more sustainable life!

Overall this journey has been amazing, we have made some really simple changes, that have had such a big impact. They have been easy to maintain and we are constantly looking to see how we can do more. A big thank you to Ikea for including us on this journey, and best of luck to the next cohort!

#8: LiveLAGOM Celebration!