March 18, 2015

Light up the Night

Working with pictures of my late father-in-law is heartrending, no matter how many months have passed. For this layout I used papers and stickers from Pebbles' Family Ties collection.
Other: American Crafts glitter Thickers and layered flower; Cosmo Cricket chipboard alphabet; WRMK Sew Easy piercer and floss.

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February 28, 2015

All sorts of weddings

I meant to post this page for Valentine's Day, but never got around to doing it. Photos are from our celebration of my brother's domestic partnership signing.

From the January 2012 Card Kitchen kit: Jillibean Hearty Barley stickers; Soup Staples papers; Doodlebug buttons; and Maya Road chipboard and pins. Other: Colorbox chalk ink (Dark Brown), Martha Stewart ink, Ranger Glossy Accents, Signo white gel pen, and unknown card stock.

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February 12, 2015

New Year Reading

I finished V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton, but I have to say it was not one of my favorites. This novel didn't feel like it was about Kinsey, and she is the reason I keep reading through the series. I'll read W is for Wasted when I get it back from my mother-in-law, but I'm not as excited about the series as I was a few years ago.

I closed Mage Revealed by C.D. Coffelt thinking of The Empire Strikes Back, which is my go-to for good sequels. I loved Wilder Mage, but it took me a few chapters to get into the sequel, as I was uncertain about Bert. I'm glad I stuck to it. Character development is excellent all around, not just the ones I remembered fondly from the first book. I like where the plot is going and I can't wait for the next installment.

Anna Loan-Wilsey's A Sense of Entitlement is a great addition to the Hattie Davish series. I love how the setting descriptions in theses historical mysteries immerse me in the time period, and the characters are delightful. I hope there is another book on the way.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is a great sci-fi take on a shipwreck disaster. In some ways, it reminded me of Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher, and I loved both.

To round off the list, I've been binging on a time-travel series by April White. The historical detail is impressive, and I didn't think I would ever want to read another vampire book until I met Archer. I got Marking Time for free after it was mentioned on a newsletter I subscribe to, then bought the audiobook to distract me when I heard my daily commute would triple in length. I started listening to the narration, but got so immersed in the story I had to stay up late reading to make sure the characters got home safe. I bought Tempting Fate as soon as I finished the first book, and now that I devoured it, I'm starting Changing Nature.

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February 11, 2015

Rain drops and rubber boots

For this page, I used Cosmo Cricket Togetherness papers and chipboard stickers I've been hording for a long time:

Other: American Crafts Thickers alphabets (chipboard and vinyl); unknown cardstock and metallic rain drops. I didn't have two sets of matching blue alphabets, so I used a Bic marker to color a light pink chipboard set then covered it with glossy accents. It's hard to see the watercolor effect on the photo, but I loved the result.

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December 22, 2014

Fun with Dinda

This is the last layout I'll be sharing in 2014.
Bazzill Lujcy's Crab Shack paper; Echo Park About a boy paper; making Memories star brads; Clear Scraps paint splatter stencil; Ranger Texture paste (stained with Stampin' Up! inks); American Crafts card stock, foam Thickers, and buttons; Paper Trunk alphabet stickers; K&Co. chipboard word; and WRMK embroidery floss.

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December 18, 2014

Picture these cheeks

For this page, I used some Cosmo Cricket Pixie-Licious papers that have been in my stash for year.They matched the background of the school photos really well.
Other: Jillibean soup stickers, frames, and buttons; paper trunck alphabet; American Craft Thickers; Jenni Bowlin mini alphabet; and Lilybee ABC stickers.

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December 14, 2014

Reading layouts

These pages were made with Basic Grey Oxford papers and fabric bloomers:
Other: October Afternoon alphabet, Jenni Bowlin mini alphabet, Jillibean soup stickers, unknown buttons.

Other: Basi Grey junebug alphabet, Jillibean soup alphabet and stickers, Cosmo Cricket chipboard alphabet, Tim Holtz tiny Attacher, unknown embellishments.

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December 3, 2014

What I've been reading

One of my favorite books this year was The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. As a papercrafter, I loved how she made magic out origami. And if that wasn't enough, walking through someone's heart was an amazing experience. I had to buy The Glass Magician as soon as I finished the first book and I loved it just as much.

I bought the Hattie Davish Mysteries by Anna Loan-Wilsey for my mother-in-law (a historical fiction/mystery fan) and they finally made their way to my hands. A Lack of Temperance was a delightful read and I jumped straight into Anything but Civil. Last week she brought me A Sense of Entitlement, and I can't wait to read it.

Of Stardust by February Grace was a cute read, but even though I really liked the characters, I thought it was short on plot. I'm still debating if I want to read In Starlight to see where the story goes.

As I'm critiquing T. F. Walsh's sequel to Cloaked in Fur, I decided to read First Moon by Michelle Fox to have a sense of a different werewolf romance. I enjoyed both books, each unique in their setting and plot.

I've been a Sue Grafton fan for years and even got my mother-in-law addicted to the ABC collection. I'm halfway through V is for Vengeance,but it's taking me a lot longer to get into it than most of her other Kinsey Millhone books.

Any book recommendations?

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November 2, 2014

Swimming

Here are two swimming layouts for the 2011 scrapbook with American Crafts Shoreline papers and stickers from the Scraptastic September 2012 kit.
Other: Core'dinations card stock, Paper Trunk alphabet, American Crafts Remarks and Thickers alphabets, BoBunny gems, unknown button.
Flag and Bazzil card stock from the kit. Other: My Mind's Eye Journal card, American Crafts Thickers, unknown ribbon and heart sticker.

Not sure I'm getting caught up with my scrapbooking, but I'm hopping I'm not falling farther behind.

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October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

With Dada out of town, I can't hand out candy and take the boys trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. I'll be setting some candy out along with this sign:
 Doodlebug Halloween Parade papers and embellishments from the Apron Strings October '13 STBB kit; assorted Sassafras Lass large and glitter alphabet stickers; Pink Paislee white alphabet stickers; Viva Decor glitter pen; Sakura gel pens; unknown cardstock and ribbon.

May your candy last the night...

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