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The Lost (Sin Hunters)
The Lost (Sin Hunters)
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $1.99

3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read but..., April 2, 2012
The enjoyable part:
Great chemistry between the hero Adam
and heronine Bobbie and the story flowed smoothly

The but:
This is the 1st in the series called Sin Hunters
The plot kinda fell a bit flat and
did not really make me anxoious to read the sequel.


Professional Photography 101 Part 1: Cameras, Lenses and Exposure
Professional Photography 101 Part 1: Cameras, Lenses and Exposure
Price: $0.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Book on photography with no photos other than the cover, March 11, 2012
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This book has no photos other than the cover photo. Since photography by its very nature is visual, not sure how this concept is expected to work. It is based on material from a seminar taught by the author. Each chapter contains some info followed by a quiz/answer section.


One Chance
One Chance
Price: $2.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, would try another book by this author, February 12, 2012
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This review is from: One Chance (Kindle Edition)
Got this as an amazon freebie and this is the 1st time I am reading this author.

Although this story is short, only 3 chapters long, it is well written. The author makes you want to root for the characters (Cade and Jenna) to end up together. The heat factor is nicely done and not too over the top.


Lies In Disguise (Indigo)
Lies In Disguise (Indigo)
by Bernice Layton
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but...., June 5, 2011
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Good storyline but very stingy on the physical descriptions of the characters. Since a major premise of the story is one twin being taken for another, then there should have been better physical character development. After reading this, I was only able to gather that Charlene/Corrine was "beautiful" with brown hair. And the other characters descriptions were not much better.


Boss Man (Tycoon's Club Series Book 2)
Boss Man (Tycoon's Club Series Book 2)

2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable plot, did not enjoy this read, May 21, 2011
This story was so predictable. You could tell where the story was going. And the conflict resolutions came off as convenient such as when his ex-wife suddenly turns up.

In addition the story had 2 turnoffs for me. My first turnoff where the hero takes of the heroine clothes while she is asleep in his bed with him. I found this very disrespectful and creepy. My second turnoff is where they are at the grandmother house and she tells the hero to go ahead to the heroine's (who is already sleeping) bedroom and spend rest of the night since he already slept with her granddaughter.


The Encyclopedia of Greeting Card Tools & Techniques
The Encyclopedia of Greeting Card Tools & Techniques
by Susan Pickering Rothamel
Edition: Hardcover
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A general purpose reference book, April 22, 2011
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This books starts with a history of Greeting Cards. Techniques and tools are then presented in alphabetic order, from A to Z in true encyclopedia fashion. It covers a vast array of tools and techniques. It also includes some bios of some greeting card artist.

Unlike other card / crafting encyclopedias, it is very general and does not provide very detailed, step-by-step instructions to produce cards for each technique. It does try to provide a picture for most of the topics mentioned.

So although okay to browse for general knowledge, it is not my go-to book for ideas or how to do something.
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175 Fresh Card Ideas: Designs to Make and Give Throughout the Year
175 Fresh Card Ideas: Designs to Make and Give Throughout the Year
by Kimber McGray
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.30
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometime more is less..., April 22, 2011
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This book takes the format of an Introduction, Carmaker's Toolbox, Techniques, 5 chapters and pages on Card Layouts, Sample Sentiments and Resources. The chapters are titled
1. Birthday's
2. Season's Greetings
3. Other Holidays
4. Special Days
5. Sweet Sentiments

The 1st 21 pages include some basic on card making tools and some techniques. Then the chapters begin. Each chapter has the same basic format: about 10 pages of individual cards, then 1 page on gifts and about 5 pages with card galleries. And each of the galleries has approximately 20+ cards. That is a minimum of 4 cards per page in the gallery. So the gallery sections is where about 100 of these "Fresh" card ideas come from the card galleries.

My two main issues:
* The "Supplies" list accompanying these cards is too general. E.g. Embossing Folder(Provocraft), Spellbinders, Die (Provocraft Cricut). But it does not specify the die/embossing folder. Or Gem(Zva Creative), Gemstones ( KaiserCrafts). No indication on sizing or color.

* Relies very heavily on bought embellishments, which can be expensive if you are on a tight budget.

Overall you would be hard pressed to recreate some of these cards, especially if you are a beginner. I think they tried to pack too much into this book. It would have been better if they lessened the number of cards to say 100 and tried to provide more specific details especially in the Supplies section.


Create Your Dream Wedding: Beautiful Paper Crafts for Your Special Day (Annie's Attic: Paper Crafts)
Create Your Dream Wedding: Beautiful Paper Crafts for Your Special Day (Annie's Attic: Paper Crafts)
by Tanya Fox
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.06
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is more of an idea book rather than a practical guide., December 31, 2010
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This book has six sections themed around various color schemes:
1. Black Tie,
2. Magical Metallic,
3. Pretty Pastels,
4. Red Radiance,
5. Earth Tones Suite
6. Something Blue.

Out of all of these I like styles of the Earth ToneS Suite and Magical Metallic the best.

Each section has 5 - 6 items covered (including the invitation). Some of the other items featured include candles, thank you cards, table cards, scrapbook pages, guest books, gift boxes etc. So it covers a variety of items which are used for weddings.

The two main issues I have with this book are

1)
Nowhere on the front cover or in the editorial review on Amazon does it mention that ALL of these projects rely on the SPELLBINDER's die cuts. This info is on the 1st page of the book, which is not browsable online. So if you did not have these dies or similar die cuts it would not be so easy to do these projects. In addition, some of these dies (e.g On the Vine Grand Template) need the 12" long mats /spacers rather than the regular sized mats / spacers. If you had to buy a manual die cutting machine, e.g a Cuttlebug this could cost $40-$70. For these Spellbinder's dies I have seen price range from $15 - $25.
So you could easily spend $100 - $200 just to set up a die cutting system with a few dies.

2)
It is not very helpful in terms of mass producing these cards. If you had to produce 50 or 100 of these, how would you tackle this? How to identify the quantity of material needed? How to put these together? How to budget time, money, persons needed for these projects?


Interactive Cards (Annie's Attic: Paper Crafts)
Interactive Cards (Annie's Attic: Paper Crafts)
by Tanya Fox
Edition: Paperback
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed collection, November 15, 2010
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This book covers 9 techniques: spinners, sliders, wipers, peekaboo, pop-ups, hinge, swing , neverending, waterfall. Some of the themes for the cards include birthdays, hello, christmas, thank-you, halloween, etc. In terms of style, I think the Neverending and Waterfall are the better designed cards.

This book is not for beginning users and geared more towards intermediate/advanced users. I found that it did not fully show the techniques, so It was not obvious how the mechanism of the card would work. It also does not provide fully illustrated step-by-step guide, which makes it difficult to follow at times. The instruction are written as un-numbered paragraphs(decreases readability), which make reference to the few photos accompanying the instructions.
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The Blacker the Berry
The Blacker the Berry
by Lena Matthews
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A case of don't judge until you read the story..., April 1, 2009
This review is from: The Blacker the Berry (Paperback)
I have to admit the name of this book turned me off from purchasing it. I thought it was a stereotypical and negative title. However, if you can get past the name, it is actually well worth the read and does turn out to be an aptly named book. The characters of Tamara and Russell are well matched. The story has very witty dialogue and makes you want to keep turning the page. It is also scorching hot if you are looking for something with heat.


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