Hi all,

I have this card up on the Papermilldirect blog with details of how I put it together. I used a free stamp and die set that came with a magazine. I love anything pineapple related so this was a keeper for sure. I may have tracked down and bought the magazine just for the stamps if I am honest🙂 I used the new Papermilldirect hemp embossed card for this project and the texture of it is just wonderful. So head on over to the Papermilldirect blog to check out the full details on this card and find out more!

pineapple-hemp-3Full view of the card, using the new hemp embossed card, and some special offer Papermilldirect orange card.pineapple-hemp-4

Pineapple Birthday Card

Hi all,

It is getting close to that time of year again – Halloween of course! I love this holiday, it is one of my favourite ones to craft for. I have this cute tag treat holder up over on the Papermilldirect blog at the moment, showing how I created it. It is a great little easy way to give some sweets, and works great as place settings for spooky parties or in treat bags too. So head on over and check it out if you want some more info!

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Halloween Treat Tag

Hi everyone,

Just stopping by to share a congratulations card I made for a friend who got a new job. Super news – congrats again if you are reading this🙂 I have all the details on supplies used over on the Papermilldirect blog so head on over and check it out if you want more info!

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Happy crafting,

Nicole

Congratulations Card

Hi all,

I have this card posted up on the Papermilldirect blog, showing this card I made using the gorgeous special offer Flecked Lilac Card. This card is really gorgeous to work with and the flecking in it makes it look really special. I cut a lattice frame from the silver shimmer card and laid it over the top of the lilac and added a  rose and happy birthday sentiment. I loved how the purple shines through really nicely by keeping the card simple, sometimes less really is more!

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Flecked lilac card

Book: Crystallum -The Primordial Principles ~ Book One, available on Amazon*

Author: Laney McMann

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If you were ever to judge a book by it’s cover this one would definitely win – it is beautiful, and draws you in. But it is more than just a pretty cover, it delivers inside as well as outside. The cover wraps up a tale of good vs evil – but is it as simple as that? The star of the book, Kade, has had a life of her father moving her from place to place, no friends, no boyfriends, and certainly no getting close to anyone. It is a life of secrets, shadows, fear and loneliness. So what happens when she moves to a new town, and suddenly she meets Cole. It is the beginning of a budding romance, but also the beginning of much more – demons, shadows and potentially the end of the world!

The book starts off with a lot of story to wrap your head around, but it is well worth sticking with, it is brilliant plot development, and really builds a lot throughout. There are plot twists that you don’t see coming, and action that has you flipping pages (or clicking Kindle buttons) frantically. There are a lot of questions left unanswered, but leads on to book two perfectly. Speaking of which – I can’t wait for book two!!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free for review from NetGalley, but all opinions are entirely my own.

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Book Review: Crystallum

Cold – A Joe Tiplady Thriller, Book 1, Available on Amazon*

Author: John Sweeney

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It all starts with a man bringing his dog for a walk in the snow. But that man is no ordinary man, he is Joe  Tiplady, an Irishman with a dark past rooted in The Troubles. He soon finds out that he is not alone on his walk with his dog, and his life of mundanity that he has worked hard to build gets turned upside down. Along comes a journey entwined with henchmen, working for powerful Russian leaders, who will stop at nothing to keep a secret buried. A retired soviet general searching for his daughter. A mysterious Russian lady, who tries to steal Joe’s dog – multiple times. A CIA agent, struggling with his faith and losing family and friends, and not knowing who to trust in his agency along with that. Then there is Reilly. Joe’s loyal dog, who everyone seems to want, but Joe has no idea why.

The story has so many paths happening at once, and only at the very end do they all come together and finally do you get the full picture. But it keeps you guessing, along with Joe, until the very end. There is strong language, and torture scenes in the book, but I do feel that these helped build the character at the time, and was not just gratuitous. I may have asked myself at times is this story actually plausible? But then I just sat back and enjoyed the ride, and enjoyed it for what it was – a brilliant journey across the world, entwining strands that had me going on the edge of my seat until the very end.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free for review from NetGalley, but all opinions are entirely my own.

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

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Book Review: Cold – A Joe Tiplady Thriller