Sunday 30 September 2012


Hello friends
Hope you are all having a leisurely Sunday, perhaps managing to sit down and read a book....
(that's my feeble link to books today!)
Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine asked me to create some projects using book pages.  
I have just the one old book - Charles Dickents - A Tale of Two Cities, 
this book has certainly been recycled - many times!
I chose a wood grain background paper - My Mind's Eye - Miss Charlotte,
added a single book page (I had to keep flicking through the book to find some appropriate wording, I wish I had an old copy of Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre, think that would be calmer reading!)
I cut down the one page a little and inked the edges.
I then chose Lacey Squares, a strip of stamped sentiment and then added butterflies, 
using some book pages there too.
It's a little unusual but I was happy with the end result.

If you visit my blog regularly you will probably know how much of an animal lover I am,
Bella features often and so do my cats (when they can be bothered to move and not sleep!) 
I was recently contacted by a lady who is involved in animal charities on the island of Crete.  
Now, I'm not going to ask you for a single penny but here is a clever way of supporting the charity.  
If you are about to make a purchase from Amazon please click into this website first,
you are then directed to the normal Amazon website but 
a small percentage of your pennies goes to the charity.
So clever, so quick and such a good cause. 

Talking of animals, Bella is going for a haircut tomorrow (her hairdressing bill is more than mine!)
Happy Sunday dear friends.


Unknown said...

Hi Christine, love the flutterbies oh sorry butterflies, they just set off this card. Love the idea of recycling pages from old books, very pretty.

Have a quiet day


Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Very pretty Christine. Looking forward to seeing a picture of the freshly coiffed Bella! x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. Really unusual background. Spent a while reading the text. Good idea to put all the old books to some use.
My little dog Gracie hates having her hair cut. We have to give her a sedative before she goes. Poor little love.

barbiepinkfairy said...

Great card!

baconbits said...

Waht a very feminine card - really like the lacey edge and also the really good use of old books. Will be going back tohave a read.
Amanda x

Patricia said...

Good Morning Christine,
Can we read the rest of the book please...............had to read what was there before digesting you beautiful card.
I really like this idea must have a look out for some old books I can cut up.
Thanks for sharing you fantastic talent

Patricia x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
I love this card its so different and the butterflies set it off beautifully. Great way to recycle an old worn out book.
Have a good Sunday.

kelly said...

Beautiful card Christine,i do love the butterflies too.
clever idea about amazon and the charity.
Hope Bella gets on ok tomorrow!Maybe you could take a before and after photo.
When Maddie goes it too costs alot but i have to say it is worth it.I`ve tried to do it myself and she never stays still,i don`t know how the lady does it!
Have a great day,kelly.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Absolutely beautiful, I love the background paper with the lace edge, the butterflies make the card, for me. Using the old book pages is a fantastic idea, although I'm such a 'book lover' that I don't think I could cut any up ha ha !!
Good Luck Bella for tomorrow, when I had 2 miniature poodles I ended up having to cut their hair myself, those groomers deserve all the money they charge ha ha, you definitely need all the equipment for keeping them still, it used to take me an hour for each one, and at the end my hubby and I were 'frazzled' ha ha.
Have a lovely day today.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

nmty said...

hi christine, love the card, a great idea for recycling book pages.

hope bella enjoys her haircut tomorrow.

enjoy your sunday.
lv norma

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

Lovely card. I think the page is very apt the title is A Hand at Cards lol

Sue xx

hazel young said...

Morning Christine love the project today really love the butterflies with the wording on the wings. Stunning. xx hazel

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine.
This is a lovely card ,a super idea for recycling an old book.
What a good idea using the charity before Amazon anything for the animals must be good.
Have a good day everyone. x.

nattyboots said...

Morning Christine

Its a very nice card for this dull Sunday Morning

I will have to look in the charity shop to see if they have any old books i can cut up and have a play with.

Hope Bella enjoys her hair day .

Take Care
Elaine H X

Jenny L said...

Hi Christine,
wonderful card so beautifully done.
Love the lacy bits and of course those beauty butterflies. Love the idea of the book page. I have made roses out of an old book page but not used in this way.
Have a wonderful crafty day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Redanne said...

Hi Christine, this is such a beautiful card, I especially like the heading on the book page, so perfect for a card - clever you! Those lace doillies (?) behind the butterflies are stunning and I love how you created the butterflies too. A really beautiful card. Gosh, Bella's fur grows quickly, I remember her last haircut......Crafty hugs, Anne x

EmmaT said...

Morning Christine, i love that you'll left most of the page on show, when i see book pages on projects, i always read them to see if it says something it shouldn't! So im glad you read yours first! Great layout.

smag53 said...

Hi Christine.
A big,big thank you.xxxxxxxx
Your card is stunning.I bought some old books from a shop
,now you have given me ideas how to put them to use.
Once again thank you.xxxx

Bea said...

Morning Christine - love your card - the lace edge and the butterflies are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine, The idea of recycling old books or should i say an old book (me thinking of storage space in the old craft room) is a good one,I too, like reading the page used, i do it with script stamps too!
My hair dresser comes tomorrow, will be thinking of Bella. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. crafty best wishes,Carolyn x.

Ita said...

Hi Christina stunning card and so very different,I have boxes of very old books, you sre welcome to have any amount of them,if we can think of a way to send them to you that will not break the bank,

Lacelady said...

I don't have any old books I want to pull apart, so I've ended up ordering a rubber stamp so I can get a similar effect.

Cazann49 said...

Hi Christine, I love what you've done with the book and butterflies..:) I've bookmarked the page to use when I next buy off Amazon, cos I like to help where I can..Have a great afternoon/evening..xx

Planetsusie said...

This is really pretty Christine and so effective with the use of the page from a book. Love the little embellishments as well.

Hugs Sue Pxxx

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, lovely card, I also love using old books in craft.Great idea with the Amazon and charity, I will remember when I order from you, hugs Carole Z X

Sarah said...

Lovely card...I try and find the tattiest book in the charity so I don't feel so guilty taking it apart!!

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