Friday, 21 January 2022

So many books- so little time...


Good morning,  it's time for this week's challenge at Crafty turn to pick the optional theme and I've chosen one very dear to my heart- books and/or bookprint. It's been almost 10 years now since I retired but the librarian in me is still alive and kicking! I have never lost my love of books and reading.... I hope I never will! I enjoy crafting but my first choice would always be reading...ever since I was 4 years old and first started to read I've been a bookworm- and proud of it! 

Our sponsor this week is Heather Valentin - Colour of Love  and this image leapt out at me, Adele City Girl, it's me, at work in the library (many years ago!) a bit of poetic licence with the takeaway coffee  ( the head librarian would have shot me if I'd dared to have a coffee cup near the books!!!) but that was  my hairstyle and I even had the beret and scarf...and freckles! Always a book in front of my face too! I made this card for a dear friend's birthday- we worked together for many years and she recognised 'me' straight away! 

Image coloured with Copic markers, masked and bookprint stamp added to background. The books in the background are stamps from a magazine, also coloured with copics. 

I hope you like the theme- but remember it IS optional, Crafty Catz is an 'Anything Goes' Challenge, so please join in if you can- there is plenty of inspiration from the rest of the team over at the Challenge blog- just click here if you want to take a look!

Thanks for joining me in my trip down Memory Lane



Challenge entries:

aperfecttimetocraft #1-2022

digidoodlestudios #45 Books make me happy :)

sheepski #58

creativecrafters #48

asyoulikeit # My favourite colouring medium is alcohol markers- easy to blend, lots of colours and I'm comfortable with them!

CRAFT #624


Bernadet said...

Wowww Chris, this is such a great card!
Love the digi wich you colored awesome, great designpapers.

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Fantastic card great theme choice Ginny♥
My Blog As I do Rodos

meg said...

Sounds like the perfect card for your friend Chris, love the images and your choice of background paper,very apt for your previous profession

Janette said...

This is wonderful Chris, more so because of the connection you made with it, your friend must have been delighted.xx

Aunty Sue said...

Great theme and card my son is the same and Dad loves the feel of a book. I read too slowly but enjoy reading to littleones and Rory loves his books and sitting while Nanna reads to him. Have a good week

chrissy xx said...

Super cute card! Super cute you!
LOving your colours Chris. Such a FABulous design too.
Drinks are deff a no no. I don't even bring one into my craft room lol.

Lee said...

love this card and the book page background,great idea.I Love Books too,was also called a Bookworm as was my mum.I would have loved to work in the Library,but was a Dental Assistant instead lol.Always reading in lunch hour,that's when we ever got one !! Anyway a fab card all around.x

Mrs A. said...

Your card did make me smile. Have also loved reading books from an early age and can get really engrossed in a book so much so that I am totally oblivious
to my surroundings. I found myself in the bus garage once with the bus being hosed down for cleaning. I had completely missed my stop and they didn't spot me on the bus hunkered down still reading my book. I had to leg it to school and missed morning registration.Needless to say they did not believe my explanation of why I was late!! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Hugs Mrs A.

tilly said...

a perfect choice for a retired librarian lol, lovely card, I am never more than an arms length away from a book and I have always loved reading, real books and page turning... no kindle tech here thank you very much !! xx

Beebeebabs said...

Such a beautiful card thanks for sharing!!!

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Back to say
Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge Blog challenge. Good luck Ginny DT for
CRAFT Challenge Blog
My Blog As I do Rodos

Shona Erlenborn said...

A brilliant make, Chris. Fantastic coloring and what a nice memory of your old job!

Pat said...

Fabulous card Chris, love your image, colouring and design. I’m with you on the love of books, always top of my list.

Pat xx

Chrissy said...

What a great image Chris and wonderful colouring such a fabulous card..


aussie aNNie said...

A most brilliantly designed card, great colours and texture. x

R's Rue said...


SarahR said...

Hi Chris, another wonderful card - that image is wonderful (I'm going to go have a look now at the shop!) and so well coloured!

I'm another one who was always reading, and got physically lost sometimes as I wandered around book in hand not paying any attention to where I was going! I really wanted to be a librarian, but it didn't get any further than liking the idea of working with books and so didn't pan out! I've moved on to a Kindle now - but I've got my favourite 'real' books on a shelf to pick up when I feel like it.


Lynne said...

A wonderfully designed card and fab colouring. Thank you for joining in at As You Like It. Lynne DT

pinky said...

Well you were just the cutest Librarian ever Chris! This card is so so gorgeous!

Creaine said...

Love this!! Thanks for joining us at The Creative Crafters Challenge. Hope to see you again next time.
DT Ine

Sueb said...

What a fabulous card.
Thank you for sharing your card crafting skills with us at CRAFT challenge -theme being Anything Goes. Https://
I look forward to seeing many more of your challenges.
With kind regards

Sarah said...

Such a beautifully coloured card. Thank you for sharing with us at AYLI. Sarah DT

Helen said...

Fabulous card - love that image and the way you've coloured it.

Helen x

Loose Stitches said...

Such a beautiful creation Chris! I love books! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters. We hope to see you again.
~ Sherry DT/Admin xx