Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Now I know why I love Stephenie Meyer so much

not just because I love vampire books
not just because they are actually moral vampire books
but because she is as big a Muse bore as I am (yes I read the acknowledgements of books as there are always interesting things in there.)
I've discovered she offers playlists to listen to as you read the books - and there is a lot of Muse!

Sadly have just finished the last and best of the quartet - Breaking Dawn - but I expect I shall read them again so I will have to try the suggested music while I read. It was one of those books that I couldn't decide whether I wanted to know the end or not because that would be the end. It is a bit like reading Harry Potter in that they are really books for tweenagers - but I am old enough not to care!

{Lythan steps on soapbox} At least the book ended on the last but two page (glossary and acknowledgements followed). I am SICK of reading books and thinking I have ages to go only to find that whoops the book ends and there follows the first chapter of the next book. I DON'T WANT TO READ IT as
1: I am in a bad mood as I try and work out how many plot twists there are by the amount of book left and I have been cheated
2: If I do read it, when I pick up the book I have not read in the library and skim through the first few pages I will think I have read the whole thing and I haven't.
It is not big and not clever so just stop it. Thank you.
{Lythan steps down from soap box}

When not reading I did mean to do some cleaning but crafted instead. Sorry family. I managed quite a lot actually.
I have done a Little Extra challenge on Daring Cardmakers - go and see!
I was lucky enough to be sponsored by my local craft shop - Imagine That
although this is a great challenge for using up papers. I was given three sheets of double sided paper and 2 lots of embellishments (rub ons and stick on pearls - which are my new best friend as they are so lovely!) and challenged to see how many cards I could make. I made 10 and probably have enough bits left for one more. My faves are these two . (The centre block is mounted on foam pads. I inked round the edge of it, added a teeny strip of paper. The flowers are made using heads from one of the papers (one foam pad mounted) and rub on stems. How lovely are my teeny tiny NBF pearls!)
(Again the middle panel is on pads. The petals are nestability ovals. The stem is a rub on. I went over the Purple Onion sentiment stamp with pen)

As the papers had loads of flowers on I did end up with flower heavy cards but I love flowers so I don't care...

I finally finished the card I had WANTED to do for Friday's dare too...
This is an A5 card - I hardly ever do this size but it just kind of grew! The little boy has a PINK shirt. He is a Spiral Whisper stamp stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with distress inks. The papers are from my lovely new MME pad (also available here from Imagine That)

And finally on Sunday night I actually did a Just Bex challenge. I so rarely have time to do anything but DCM and Salt so I am always v. happy when I can. The challenge was set by the uber talented Lis aka Funky Fairy and was to use red, green and something touchy feely on your layout. I actually made this quite quickly. I had most of it cut out, inked and ready to go and stuck it together in the sitting room while watching Poirot and pausing for nit combing. Yes, my life is that great.
Another one for the 2007 holiday album - just a few pages to go! Celebrates my family's love for Pooh Sticks. I have so many photos of them leaning over a bridge like this in so many different places!

Card stock and papers are all Scenic Route Laurel. I distressed the edge to death! The circles were cut using Technique Tuesday circle tiles. The leaves were handcut from another SR sheet. American Crafts felt thickers provided some touchy feelyiness but the best bit comes from a felt tree made by using a circle nestie die and tracing round a Maya Road chipboard trunk (it was a bit small to be covered so I elongated the trunk). I added a Cosmo Cricket Mr Campy journal note and Bob's your layout.

Now will I get that housework done today?


Bex said...

Crikey you have been busy!
Gorgeous work Lythan, and thanks for playing with one of the challenges - I've said it already but I LOVE that LO.

Love bex x

SueH said...

Wonderful, wonderful cards Lythan and a great Little Extra, well done. Love the papers that Emma chose for you too.

I may just have to give this a go myself!

Anice said...

I'm right there with you about the first chapter of the next book at the end of the book I'm reading..I hate that too! I haven't read those Vampire books so maybe I'll give them ago.
Fab crafty work as usual, you always inspire me!
Anice xx

artfulstampin said...

GREAT idea, I've been meaning to do something like this for ages. I've got a few cards to make for a local shop, might use this technique to help!

Emma said...

Love the flower cards. They are very striking and the LO and other card is great too.x

manuela said...

Einfach wundervoll!!! Die Karten sind genial, aber auch das Layout inspiriert total!