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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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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