Book: SweetPea (Available on Amazon*)

Author: C. J. Skuse

Sweetpea by [Skuse, C.J.]

This book will appeal to that little bit of psychopath lurking inside us all. Who hasn’t had a day where we would have made a list of the people we could kill if we could get away with it? Or gone through the day pretending to be nice when really you just want to say ‘get lost’ to the world and everyone in it? If that is just me, then perhaps I have a lot more in common with Rhinannon, the main protagonist in this book than I realised. But I am pretty sure you will have been nodding along with me on this!

This book is at its most basic, a book about a serial killer. But it is really so very much more than that. It is about a person trying to fit in every day and be ‘normal’. A person who has dark thoughts and impulses, but unfortunately acts on them at times. A person who as dark and broken as she is, you find yourself connecting with her more and more as the book progresses, and her story unfolds. Her seemingly normal and boring life unravels before you, and you laugh, cry, stress out and scheme along with her at every moment of the journey. It is a dark journey and one so skillfully written that you can’t help but empathise with Rhinannon.

It is a dark, dark comedy, gruesome, violent and full of coarse language. It is a dark, twisted humour book, that delivers from the start, and keeps up the pace the entire way through. It is definitely not a book for everyone, but if you like it you will love it. I certainly loved it, I found it an explosion of energy and uniqueness that I have not read in a long while with a book. Thank you C.J. Skuse – and what happens next??

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

This review is also listed on, Goodreads and NetGalley.

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Book Review – Sweetpea

Hi All,

I am just stopping by to share a quick and fun Easter make with you created using some gorgeous Papermilldirect card. This card was very fast to make because I used a digital cut file from Bird’s cards. Unfortunately, I can’t find the exact cut file to link to but you can find lots of similar files and swing card files here. For this project I used the gorgeous Gold Grosgrain card among other colours of card. Stop by the Papermilldirect blog to find out more and see some more images of the card along with a tutorial for making a card like this.

Easter Swing Card

If you know me you know that I love all things bee related. So I couldn’t resist joining in on the Simply B progressive colouring challenge for March. It was this wonderful image and sentiment, which I just loved. I coloured it with my Polychromos pencils and flowed the challenge recipe – patterned paper, embossing, ribbon, black white and yellow – and the image of course!

You can see a side on of the card for the embossing and colouring here. There is some shimmer on her wings and the wings of all the bees, which you can just make out in this side on view.

I hope you like the image as much as I do. These progressive colouring challenges are really making me work on my colouring and getting me doing more and pushing me outside of my comfort zone, which is great!

Just Bee You

Hi All,

Nicole here to share a fun Easter card.  I show how I made this card, step by step, including fixing a silly little mistake along the way over on the Papermilldirect blog.  I used a really fun Bloobel stamps image on this card that ties into their progressive colouring challenges also, and it made it even more fun, working with such a quirky image!

Hope it gets you in the mood for those Easter celebrations!


Celebrate Fun!

Hi All,

Nicole here to share a mothers day card made using Papermilldirect products, along with some fun water colouring on a Stampingbella stamp. I used the Mason Jar of Flowers image, and I love this as it can be so versatile. I did some pretty basic water colouring to match my card and papers used on my card. I used my Kuratakai Gansai Watercolours for this. I really love these as the colours and mixing of colours in them makes using them so easy! I added some simple detail on the navy card using my Martha Stewart scoreboard.  I have more information up over on the Papermilldirect blog on how I did this.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you spoiled your mum’s on Mothers Day, or if you are a mum that you were spoiled!


Water Coloured Florals

Hi everyone,

I have some fun spring inspiration up over on the Papermilldirect blog showing you how I made this fun card to welcome in the Spring. Head on over to see how I made it. Super simple, and a great one for using up those scraps – you know that is my favourite crafty past time!

Spring Chicks