May 19, 2014

Fun with the boys

These are the scrapbook pages I found in the camera:
Simple Stories Elementary papers and stickers; American Crafts ribbon and wood tag; Core'dinations cardstock; unknown mini brads.
Jillibean Soup Staples papers and assorted iCandy from the Card Kitchen September 2012 kit. Other: JS die-cut mat and epoxi buttons; Cosmo Cricket tiny type; Bella Blvd. designer tape; BoBunny alphabet stickers; unknown Star Wars confetti and cardstock. I made the enamel dots with a Viva paper pen.

This next one is a layout from last year that I was having a hard time photographing. I play with my oldest son that he has a constellation on the back of his neck.
My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline papers and foil dots from the Apron Strings September'12 STBB kit. The washi tape is SU! and unknown. Other: Basic Grey and Paper Trunk alphabets; unknown cardstock.

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May 17, 2014

Birthday cards

I found a bunch of photos in the camera that I forgot to post. Here are some birthday cards:

The flowers are from a Simple Stories Harvest Lane paper, but the background I'm not sure. Pearls are a mix of Prima, Jenni Bowlin, and Queen & Co. Other: American Crafts ribbon, Jillibean Soup sentiment, and unknown card base.
Jillibean Soup paper, note card, and embellishments from the Card Kitchen January 2012 kit.Stampin' Up! sentiment from Itty Bitty Banner stamp set. Martha Stewart and Colorbox chalk inks.
Jillibean Sweet and Sour Soup papers, note card, zipper, and sentiment from the Card Kitchen February 2012 kit. WRMK variegated floss and unknown buttons.

Jillibean Macho Nacho Soup papers and note card from the Card Kitchen June 2012 kit. Queen & Co. pearls, Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, and unknown cardstock.


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March 12, 2014

A bit of romance...

A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold was recommended to me when I was looking for Sci-fi Family Sagas. I was somewhat apprehensive about starting with the tenth book in a series, but I was told all her books were written as stand-alones. I had no trouble following the plot or the references to books I missed. I was fascinated by the world and characters, so I plan to read other Vorkosigan books soon. As much as I want to get the whole story on the previous book, maybe I should start from the beginning.

The second book recommended to me was Dignity by Eva Caye. I loved the premise of a scientist catching the heart of an emperor and the first few chapters really hooked me. However, halfway through I felt like I was getting a second-hand account of the story. I just couldn't feel the tension, even though there was plenty of conflict and plot. The resolutions seemed passive and too many scenes were summarized instead of shown. Maybe my problem was that I read A Civil Campaign first, and it's hard to compete with that.

For the opposite reason, I loved Defiance by C.J. Redwine. Even though the first book in the Curier's Daughter series had minimal plot, I was emotionally invested in the characters. Conflict and tension make for a great book.


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March 10, 2014

More birthday pages

Even though the party was for both boys, I gave each one a focus page. Bonus points for stamping on the layouts.
Echo Park A Perfect Summer papers; SRM sticker; Bella Blvd designer tape; Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and washi tape; Colorbox Blackbird ink;Doodlebug jewels; Sassafras Lass flower; BasicGrey fabric flower; unknown cardstock, chipboard, and buttons.

For this next page I mixed the Jillibean Soup Macho Nacho paper and die-cuts from the Card Kitchen June 2012 kit with the Apple Cheddar paper from the October 2011 kit.
Other: American Crafts ribbon; SU! Countless Sayings 2 stamp set and black embossing powder; Stazon black ink; Versamark embossing ink; Sakura black gel pen; Zig calligraphy marker; Ranger enamel accents; SRM stickers; WRMK Sew Easy piercer and variegated floss; unknown buttons, cardstocks, and corrugated paper.

Between the paper-pieced, heat-embossed title and the stitching, this second page took quite a while to put together...

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March 8, 2014

Birthday card

For this card I used Country Pumpkin Chowder paper and stickers from the Card Kitchen October 2012 kit.
Other: Jillibean Soup buttons, note card, and trim; Stampin' Up! Gorgeous grunge stamp set and Early Espresso embossing powder; Versamark ink.

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March 6, 2014

Birthday layout

I've been busy so my scrapbooking has fallen behind. It's now approaching the 3 year lag. At least I got the 2011 birthday layouts done before this year's birthdays roll around.
Jillibean Soup Macho Nacho papers and stickers, epoxy buttons and canvas stars from the Card Kitchen June 2012 kit. Other: Colorbok cardstock, unknown buttons and Star Wars confetti.

This was the party for which I made the lightsaber favors (here and here).

I have another 2 layouts finished, but I haven't been able to get good photos with all the rain we're getting.

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January 24, 2014

Reading History and Fantasy

I spent the fall reading history books about the colonization of Brazil in the 1500s for the new novel I'm writing. Many of them are in Portuguese, but one that I got over here that I recommend is the translation of Jean de Lery's History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil. It is a first-hand account of his travels, but written (or translated) with enough wit and sarcasm to entertain modern readers.

Another favorite is Delicias do Descobrimento by Sheila Hue, which unfortunately has no English translation. It is a compilation of animals and plants used for food in the 1500s, including recipes and illustrations.

I still have more history books to go through, but there is just so long I can go without reading fiction. Fantasy pulled my heartstrings, so I read the novella Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne. It did a great job introducing me to the world and wetting my appetite for her novel Midnight Thief, which will be released in the summer. I found the ending a bit abrupt, but there are deleted scenes posted on her wonderful website, more than worth the visit.

The short book was not enough, so I read Wilder Mage by CD Coffelt. It grabbed me from the start and didn't let go. Great tension and a well-crafted plot. It has the best magic duel I've ever read. Very satisfying ending, with enough unanswered questions to have me wanting more.

I should probably go back to the history books, but there are a couple of sci-fi novels calling at me... Resistance is not my forte.

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January 21, 2014

More cards

I made these cards last year, but never had a chance to post:
Recollections paper, BasicGrey fabric flower, SRM sticker sentiment, Jillibean Soup notecard, Colorbok cardstock, unknown trim.
Recollections paper,American Crafts ribbon, SRM sticker sentiment,Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, unknown jewel and cardstock.

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January 18, 2014

Mayberry cards

These cards were made from American Crafts Mayberry papers and stickers that I won on their blog:
 
Other: SRM birthday stickers, Jillibean Soup notecard, AC ribbon.

Other: Recollections layered stickers, Jillibean Soup notecard, unknown ribbon.

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January 15, 2014

Baby Album

The project that kept me busy during the month of December was this Baby album I made for my nephew.
Simple Stories 8x6 album; Pebbles Tree House chipboard; Bella Blvd tape; October Afternoon rub-ons; My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy paper; Paper Trunk alphabet; Ranger Glossy Accents; Mod Podge.
 K&Co. tag, American Crafts Thickers, Fancy Pants Childish Things papers, October Afternoon rubber charm; unknown ribbon and jewels.
Bella Blvd Birthday Boy paper; Bo Bunny Double Dot paper; Doodlebug fancy frills; October Afternoon rubber charm, rub-ons, and buttons; Recollections layered sticker; Jillibean Soup stamp; unknown home sticker, cardstocks, and ribbon.
Bella Blvd Birthday Boy paper; Bo Bunny Double Dot paper; Pebbles Family Ties stickers; Karen Foster stickers; American Crafts ribbon; unknown cardstock and jewels.
Pebbles Family Ties papers and stickers; Bo Bunny Double Dot paper; Karen Foster stickers; K&Co. sticker; American Crafts ribbon; Coredinations cardstock; Doodlebug jewels; October Afternoon rub-ons; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.
Pebbles Family Ties papers and stickers; Karen Foster stickers; October Afternoon journaling cards and buttons; American Crafts ribbon; unknown cardstock.
Pebbles Family Ties papers and stickers; SU! butterfly punches; Fancy Pants Childish Things paper; Ranger enamel accents; unknown cardstock and title.
Hambly Sudios Needlework rub-ons; Studio Calico rub-on buttons; Jillibean Soup Dutch Mustard paper and journaling tags; Prima pearls; Sassafras Lass paper; October Afternoon rub-ons; Coredinations cardstock; unknown chipboard.
Jillibean Soup Staples paper and frame; DCWV papers; American Crafts ribbon; October Afternoon journaling tag; Recollections layered stickers; unknown cardstock.
Fancy Pants Childish Things paper; Sassafras Lass paper; Recollections layered stickers; October Afternoon  rub-ons; Ranger Glossy Accents; Jillibean Soup label sticker; Eylet Outlet pearl brads; SU! washi tape; unknown cardstock, flowers, and trim.
Fancy Pants Childish Things paper; American Crafts ribbon; Jillibean Soup flags and stickers; Prima pearls; Cosmo Cricket chipboard alphabet; unknown postcard, alphabet stickers, and glitter chipboard.
October Afternoon journaling tag and stickers; Jillibean Soup label sticker and frame; Recollections layered sticker; American Crafts ribbon; DCWV glitter cardstock; unknown cardstock, washi tape, and metal title.
Fancy Pants Childish Things paper; Doodlebug fancy frills and jewels; Ranger Glossy Accents; unknown cardstock.
Fancy Pants Childish Things paper; Bella Blvd Sunny Happy Skies paper; American Crafts ribbon; October Afternoon rubber charm and journaling card; Doodlebug jewels; Ranger Glossy Accents; unknown cardstock.
Bella Blvd Sunny Happy Skies paper; October Afternoon stickers; SRM sticker; Ranger Glossy Accents; unknown cardstock.

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