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Card Makes

Thanks to a snarky comment that dented, even further, my non-existent confidence a few months ago, I stopped posting my card & craft makes on my blog.
I have now got past that… it’s my blog and I’ll post what I want.

Don’t like my posts? Don’t look at them!!

These are cards I’ve made over the past few months.

 

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The one above was for my parents anniversary

and the one below was for my Dad, on Fathers Day.

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An anniversary card (above) for my hubby,

and a wedding card (below) for my brother-in-law & his new wife!

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A Push n Pull card for my daughter’s birthday.
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Next up are a few parchment cards…

 

 …and finally

a couple of random ones!

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Bound to Blackwood by Sharon Lipman


The award nominated paranormal romance, Bound to Blackwood is celebrating its first birthday!

What does this mean for you? Well author, Sharon Lipman is offering you the chance to win a signed copy of the book, as well as some amazing House Blackwood swag!

 

Think all vampires are the same? 
House Blackwood begs to differ!

 

Would you surrender your soul for the love of the King?
Lena, a vampire and a Guardian of the Order, has been honour-bound to protect human souls all her life. Acting first and thinking second is what’s saved her skin time and again in the war against the Fallen, but her disregard for orders soon catches up with her when her boss is seriously injured. Forced to take responsibility for her actions, Lena is thrust into the path of her very own kryptonite; Thorn. The raw power of his soul calls to her and his mere presence lights a fire within her that she cannot contain.

With Vampire magic waning and the race in crisis, can either of them afford to ignore Nature’s call? If they do, the future of the race is in jeopardy. If they don’t, they will both lose the most precious part of themselves. Their souls.

 

Want a copy right now? Bound to Blackwood is available free via Kindle Unlimited.

You might also like to read this blog post, explaining why the author chose to publish Bound to Blackwood on November 1st.

Want to learn more about the characters? Take the quiz and discover which Bound to Blackwood character you are!

 

Excerpt

Thorn stepped out from the shadow of the Huguenot Protestant Church in Soho Square. The stench of Fallen hung heavy in the air, making the bile rise in his throat. But what made him nauseous was the delicate scent of Lena’s blood that rode the air with that of the Fallen.
Flashing across the small park, he found her.
His first thought was to go to her, but as he rushed towards her, he realised she wasn’t alone. Lena cradled the human to her as the air around them hummed and crackled. Thorn’s jaw went slack as the realisation of what he was seeing hit him.
The faint green glow of the human’s soul shifted and shimmered as Lena’s power forced it back, moulding it, shaping it. Binding it. The pale green shone more brightly as Lena worked, the air becoming more dense as the spring greens turned into a deep emerald.
Lena’s raven hair whipped across her face and her eyes glowed a vibrant sea-green as she forced the woman’s soul back to her body. A great roar echoed around the park, and for a moment, the air stood still before a blinding light made Thorn shield his eyes. And then it was gone.
Thorn heard the woman’s heartbeat kick-start as her soul found home again.
Lena released her vice-like grip on the woman and fell backwards. Thorn caught her before her head could hit the ground. She was ghostly pale as Thorn cradled her against his chest, her breathing shallow. The exertion of holding the human soul showed in the sheen of sweat across her brow, and Thorn winced at the bruising on her cheek bone.
“For the love of all that is holy, Lena! What the hell were you thinking?”
Lena’s black eyes fluttered open and stared up at him in disgust. Even injured, with her powers severely depleted, Lena’s contempt for him was tangible. “No one should hold dominion over another’s soul,” she spat back at him.
Thorn closed his eyes. So she knew. In that moment, he realised he’d convinced himself that she hadn’t really seen through him that night in her bedroom. That she’d just rejected him because she didn’t want him, even told himself that it would all be fine. The look on Lena’s face told him otherwise.
As if on cue, the delicious scent of her blood became overwhelming. Thorn gritted his teeth as exotic spices assaulted him. It was almost overpowering.
“You need to get away from me.”
 


The Author:

A huge fan of the paranormal romance genre, Sharon Lipman started writing in her teens. It wasn’t until she was in her thirties that she found a story she was desperate to share. House Blackwood was born and Bound to Blackwood is her debut novel.

She was born in west London and grew up in leafy Surrey in south-east England. A lover of all things British, except the weather, she now lives in Almeria, southern Spain with her husband and an ever growing collection of dogs.

 

Keep in touch with the author:

 
The Giveaway:

Sharon Lipman is giving away a signed copy of Bound to Blackwood, as well as some exclusive House Blackwood swag. To be in with a chance of winning, enter the Rafflecopter.

The giveaway ends November 15th

 

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Portrait

A couple of months ago my youngest daughter asked me to paint a picture of her children for her. Yesterday was her birthday and I gave her the picture I had painted.
I was very nervous as she unwrapped it, but that soon turned to relief as she liked it!

It also means I can now post it on here 😀

From these…

 

…to this!

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Birthday & Mothers Day Card

I’ve posted two cards so far this month. One for my sister’s birthday and one for Mother’s Day.

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The trellis was cut with the Spellbinder’s Grateful Lattice Die and the leaves were die cuts from my stash. I wove the leaves into the trellis, although you can’t really tell once the flowers are on.

The flowers were done with a small flower punch, with a pearl in the centre of each one, and the butterflies were toppers from my stash.

 

Mother’s Day Card

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The picture is a Little Miss Muffet Rubber Stamp – Ladybug Garden, printed on white card and coloured with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils. The patterned paper and the flowers were from my stash.

 

 

2 Children’s Birthday Cards

2 days, 3 birthdays and 3 cards.

My Dad and my grandson, Dreydon share their birthday on the 4th of December. Dreydon’s sister, my grand-daughter, celebrates her birthday on the 5th!

Only 2 of the cards are shown here because I forgot to take a photo of my dad’s card.

Dreydon’s card.

To make:
Back an A4 piece of blue glitter card with a sheet of spotty blue paper then cut in half diagonally.
Score each half at 10 and 20 cm, fold into 3, then cut slits in the centre of each third. *see template.

Draw and colour (or print out) some Minions and letters, then cut them all out. I used party hats instead of letters for the ‘A’s and the ‘I’.
Arrange the Minions on the card and once you are happy with the placement stick them down. Then add the letters to the appropriate Minion to spell out Happy Birthday.

Tip
If you have trouble sticking onto glitter card, use a sharp knife to pick off the glitter layer from the backing on area you are going to stick to. 😉

Shanice’s card.

Shanice’s card was made in the same way, although the minions were replaced with Palace Pets and metallic thread was tied from the ‘balloon’ letters to the pets paws.

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Birthday Cards (3)

Two birthdays this month, my son and one of my grandsons, so I made two quick and easy cards.

Card (1)

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I designed and cut the HAPPY BIRTHDAY on my scan’n’cut, and also cut the separate letters for David.
I folded a piece of silver card in half and attached the cut-out then trimmed the silver card to fit around the Y.
I cut 2 rectangles, one from the silver card and a slightly bigger on from the spotted card, and rounded the corners on both.
I glued the smaller silver rectangle to the spotted one, stuck on the letters, and attached it to the bottom of the card so that the right-hand edge of the panel was level with right-hand edge of the Y. Two small metal-effect ‘studs’ were stuck to each side of the panel, along with a line of the same ‘studs’ down the edge of the D.

Card (2)

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I cut five balloons from different coloured spotted paper and cut out the letters for HAPPY – one letter from each.
I also cut five balloons from silver paper and stuck these to the back of the coloured ones so the silver showed through the cut-outs.
I attached all the balloons to a panel of white card, then stuck that to a larger panel of striped card, then stuck the whole thing as stuck onto a folded piece of white card and added a peel-off ‘Birthday’ to the lower right hand side.
I put some money into a real balloon and attached it to the inside of the card.

Cupcake Boxes

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Late Friday afternoon, I had an urgent request for 15 cupcake boxes, from my dear, and ever so delightful daughter.
She needed them by Saturday morning for her partners party later!
As she was happy for them to be plain and simple, I said I would try to get them done.

I needed something quick and easy, so I adapted a template from a free e-book to a cutting file for my scan’n’cut. I cut all 15 boxes on the scan’n’cut in the time it would have taken me to cut one or two by hand.

I then had them all to score by hand, though, just me, a hougie board and a bone folder, which took a while!

 

Early Saturday morning I used double-sided tape to stick the boxes together, then I threaded some ribbon through the tops.

All done, with time to spare for me to get ready and go.

It was a great party. Smileys