April 14, 2016

Kindergarten

Kindergarten feels like a long time ago as the older one just moved into double digits...

October Afternoon Schoolhouse papers; Stampin' Up! markers; Simon Says Stamp sequins; unknown card stock.

Simple Stories Elementary paper, transparency, and stickers; Kaisercraft wood butterflies; Stampin' Up wood leaves, markers, card stock, and stamp; Wink of Stella glitter pen.

Jillibean Alphabet Soup II paper and stickers; Stampin' Up alphabet stamp and markers; Basic Grey rub-ons; unknown textured card stock and sequins.

By the way, this school project was the first time my Cricut was used. The second was this wreath. Most of the times I drag it out of the box are for school projects, though... At least the kids are glad I have it.

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April 13, 2016

Summer fun

Catching up on posting the scrapbook layouts I made this year. These are the last summer pages of 2011. Not even close to catching up to recent photos...

Jillibean Chicken Dumpling Soup papers, stickers, and pin; American Crafts card stock and Thickers; Ranger Texture Paste and Glossy Accents; Tim Holtz stencil.

American Crafts Shoreline papers, stickers, and card stock; October Afternoon Treasure Mao stickers; Viva Decor paper pen; unknown glitter word title.

Doodlebug Boys Only paper; Core'dinations card stock; Fancy Pants Making Waves ephemera; Stampin' Up! stamp and markers; Ranger Archival ink.


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April 12, 2016

More birthday cards

I still make birthday cards for my coworkers, even though I forget to photograph most of them before I hand them out.

BasicGrey Konnichiwa papers and other embellishments from an old Apron Strings STBB kit. Other: Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamp, Versafine black ink, Ranger Glossy Accents.

Jillibean Atomic Soup combined with Simple Stories Birthday snap pack cards. Other: Viva Decor paper pen, Wink of Stella glitter pen, Ranger Glossy Accents.


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March 19, 2016

Birthday with Grammy and Papa

The fact that I turned 40 last year means these photos are almost 5 years old. It's easier to brush off the lag when it's just about reminiscing about cute little babies.

For both layouts, Kaisercraft Nan's Favourite papers from an old Apron Strings STBB kit. Other: American Crafts Thickers and Mayberry embellishments; unknown buttons.

Sassafras Lass alphabet stickers; Pink Paisley flowers; Ranger Glossy Accents; unknown ribbon and brads.

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March 18, 2016

Cousins

Time flies faster than my earnest intentions to keep this blog up to date.

Here are some layouts from our visit to my cousins' house that same vacation we went to NYC.
 Echo Park A Perfect Summer paper, October Afternoon rub-ons, K&Co. chipboard stickers, Making Memories brads, American Crafts card stock.
Echo Park Playground papers and alphabets; Simon Says Stamp sequins; Ranger Glossy Accents; Wink of Stella glitter pen; unknown card stock.

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January 21, 2016

Another baby album

Most of my fall craft time was spent on a baby album for my second nephew, similar to the one I made for his brother. These are fun to make, but time-consuming. And a bit of a challenge without having the photos for inspiration and color-coordination.
Simple Stories 8x6 album; October Afternoon paper and rub-ons; Sassafras alphabet stickers; Mod Podge.
K&Co. tag, American Crafts Thickers, Cosmo Cricket banner sticker, Crafter's Companion stencil, Ranger Texture paste.
American Crafts paper and stickers; Sassafras alphabet stickers; Doodlebug Design sunflower stickers, October Afternoon paper; Cuttlebug animal dies.
Pebbles stickers; Jillibean Soup paper and tags; unknown ribbon and stars.
Echo Park papers; American Crafts stickers; K&Co. stickers; unknown ribbon.
Cosmo Cricket papers and stickers; American Crafts ribbon.
Fancy Pants papers; October Afternoon papers; Pebbles stickers; unknown tag.
October Afternoon papers; Jillibean Soup tag; Stampin' Up! stamp; American Crafts sticker
Echo Park papers and stickers.
Echo Park papers and stickers; American Crafts transparency; Pebbles sticker.
Echo Park papers and stickers.
October Afternoon paper; American Crafts stickers; Pebbles stickers; Echo Park alphabet stickers.
American Crafts papers and stickers.
October Afternoon tag; American Crafts transparencies and stickers; Recollections paper; Cosmo Cricket paper.
October Afternoon paper; American Crafts paper and stickers; Fancy Pants paper.

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January 19, 2016

Forgotten cards

Happy New Year!

I didn't post any of the cards and scrapbook pages I made last fall, so I'm trying to sort my pictures and post them before I accumulate new projects. These are some of the cards (and unfortunately I didn't take photos of half the ones I made):
Bella Blvd. One Fall Day papers, Little B. word die, unknown cardstock.

Jillibean frame and Atomic Soup papers and sticker; Simon Says Stamp sequins;  Little B. word die.

The background paper here is so old, I can't remember the company. Maybe My Mind's Eye? The science papers and stickers are Jillibean Atomic Soup. Simon Says Stamp word die; DCWV glitter paper.

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October 28, 2015

Immersed in series

I can't believe it's October... that Halloween is this weekend is even scarier. I never posted the books I read/listened to this summer, and fall is halfway gone... I'll start with my favorites, but I haven't read/listened to anything I wouldn't recommend.

I can't remember how I found Reluctant Concubine by Dana Marton, only that I read the first chapter and had to buy it. I was expecting a romance, but this turned out to be a wonderful, engaging fantasy. Plus, the narration by Elizabeth Evans is phenomenal. I bought the second novel, Accidental Sorceress, as soon as I finished the first, and it was even better. I can't wait for the next of the Hardstorm Saga to be published.

The Hattie Davish Mysteries by Anna Loan-Wilsey are one of my favorite historical fiction series, and A Deceptive Homecoming did not disappoint. I'm hoping there will be another book soon.

Another fantasy series I enjoyed was The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I fell in love with the characters and couldn't put it down. This was the kind of book I wish I had read in middle school. The next book, A World Without Princes, was good, and so was The Last Ever After, but neither had me up past midnight like the first. Maybe I'd have enjoyed them more if I were younger.

I bought Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol because I fell in love with the cover and the price plus audio was inexpensive, but the story and characters captivated me enough to buy the second, Sea of Stars. This series is more science fantasy, than science fiction, with quite a bit of romance. The grammarian I've been nurturing since I started writing seriously was a bit jostled by the preference for participial phrases, but Kate Rudd's narration made up for that and the excessive violence in the novel. I don't think I would have gotten halfway through book 1 if I was reading instead of listening. I was going to give up at the end of book 2, but the reviews for book 3, Darken the Stars, convinced me the story changed directions dramatically, and I'm glad I took a chance on the last book--it was well worth it.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas is another novel I don't think I would have enjoyed so much if I had read it instead of listening to John Lee's narration. I hope to get to the rest of this series at some point, but now I'm reading Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson (I love her Gaslight Mysteries series) and listening to Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne (narrated by Bianca Amato).

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June 29, 2015

At the Museum

Here is another scrapbook page of out trip to NYC in 2011. Every time I feel I'm falling further behind, I tell myself I'll have lots to keep me busy when I retire.

Pebbles Lakeside paper; October Afternoon rub-ons; American Crafts card stock; unknown flowers, brads and tickets.

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June 27, 2015

Summer wreath

Summer has been here longer than the official week, but I finally finished the wreath I've been wanting to make since last year.
Most of the embellishments I used were from the American Crafts Mayberry collection. Other: Pebbles layered felt; Prima paper flowers; Jillibean Soup butterfly pins; My Little Bit of Whimsy ice cream pin, K&Co. chipboard stickers, Eyelet Outlet brads; unknown tulle and foam circle.

I also made seasonal wreaths for spring and fall to go with the store-bought winter one. Now my set is complete.

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