September 15, 2014

Stampimng on cards

I made another two birthday cards this week. Lots of stamping, which I haven't done much before.
 
Stampin' Up! Wildflower Meadow stamp, matching embossing folder, and card stock (Whisper White and Not Quite Navy). I inked the stamp with Crumb Cake then colored the stamp with Night of Navy, Real Red, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, and Garden Green before stamping (all from SU!). Sentiment die from Simon Says Stamp.

SU! card stock, and Tape it and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets; Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders sentiment stamp, inks (Schoolhouse Red, Lipstick Red, Slate, and Fog), and jewels; Jillibean Soup staples paper; Versafine black ink; Versamark embossing ink; American Crafts clear embossing powder; and K&Co. layered sticker. I really liked the effect of clear embossing over black ink (although the photo doesn't do it justice).

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September 12, 2014

Hello & Favorites

I finally got a chance to put some scrapbook pages together.
Sassafras Lass papers; Hampton Art glitter alphabet; October Afternoon mini-alphabet; Jillibean Soup numbers and hearts; Signo gel pen; Glossy Accents; unknown cardstock. This is probably the most journaling I've ever done on a layout.

American Crafts Mayberry papers and stickers; K&Co. flower stickers; Jillibean Soup mini-alphabet.

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September 10, 2014

Summer Books

I realized I forgot to post the books I read this summer, so here they are.

My favorite was the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Shadow and Bone hooked me from the start and I was ready for Siege and Storm by the time Ruin and Rising was published. No need to wait even a day in between the books.

Out of Magic by C.D. Coffelt, like most novellas, left me wishing for more. But I have a strong promise that the next book in the series will be released shortly.

Easy Bake Coven by Liz Schulte was a cute, fast read, but the ending didn't make me want to jump onto book 2 like the Grisha one did.

I really enjoyed West of Paradise by Marcy Hatch. I love the time travel vacation premise and the wild west descriptions showed so much historic research that I felt I was there with the characters.

Another favorite was the Apollo Academy by Kimberly P. Chase. I picked it up because it is supposed to be a new adult sci-fi. Even though I didn't notice much difference from young adult, I went directly to the author's page after I finished to see when the sequel was coming out. Unfortunately, not until next year.

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September 9, 2014

Birthday wishes

I get to make a lot of birthday cards for my coworkers. Here are 2 more:
Bella Blvd. paper, stripped mini-bag, and assorted iCandy from the Card Kitchen September 2012 kit.
Other: Memory Box birthday stencil, Ranger texture paste, Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die, Jillibean Soup sticker sentiment, Viva Decor pens, unknown card stock and ribbons.

I'm having fun with the texture paste. For this card I paired the birthday stencil with the Tim Holtz Rays. Other: Jillibean Soup stamp, American Crafts cardstock, unknown embroidery floss and button.

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August 1, 2014

Park & Play

I haven't found time to scrapbook in a while, but I think life will slow down enough these next few weeks that I can get back into the groove. Here is a layout I made before things got crazy:
October Afternoon paper and stickers; Jillibean Soup stickers; American Crafts cardstock and wood embellishments; K&Co. layered stickers; Viva Decor paper and glitter pens; WRMK floss; Slampin' Up! stamp; Ranger distress ink.

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July 31, 2014

Repurposed tag card

One of Dada's graduate students defended her dissertation and here is the card I made to go with her farewell gift:
October Afternoon paper; Jillibean Soup sentiment stamp; Simon Says Stamp ink; Ranger distress ink; unknown button. The Tag came from the jeans I bought at ModCloth, and I added some Ranger mat medium to the cord to make it hold the swirl I wanted.

While I was making this card, my younger son started playing with the camera, so here are some "making of" photos where you can see my crafting area:


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July 30, 2014

Cards

Long time, no post. Life got in the way... Here are some cards I made these past months:

 Jillibean Atomic Soup papers and sticker; SRM sticker sentiment; Viva Decor paper and glitter pen; unknown cardstock.

Simple Stories Year-o-graphy paper; Simon Says Stamp sentiment die; American Crafts cardstock; unknown flowers, brads, and ribbon.
American Crafts cardstocks and wood embellishment; Simon Says Stamp sentiment die; Viva Decor pearl pen; I think the paper scrap is Jillibean Soup.

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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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