April 13, 2017

Last day in Rio

Leaving Rio at the end of the vacation is always hard.
Jillibean Cold Avocado Soup papers and die cuts, sequins; Doodlebug Flea Market paper; Simple Stories enamel dots; Sakura gel pen; Wink of Stella glitter pen.

This layout was inspired by the Stuck?! April 1, 2017 sketch challenge:

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April 12, 2017


Family is the real reason I visit Rio.
Studio Calico Lemon Lush paper; Pink Paisley Citrus Bliss paper; American Crafts Mayberry Remarks and bits; Jillibean Soup word sticker; Basic Grey alphas; Paper Trunk alphabet; Nuvo crystal drops; Ranger Glossy Accents; Wink of Stella glitter pen.

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April 10, 2017

Another beach page

So much fun at the beach.
Webster's Pages Hall Pass paper; Pebbles Lakeside paper; October Afternoon word stickers and alphabet; Simple Stories Bloom and Grow die cuts; Ranger Glossy Accents; Wink of Stella glitter pen.

This layout was inspired by Creative Scrappers Sketch 305:

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April 6, 2017


At my godparents' lakeside house.
American Crafts Go Now Go papers and embellishments; Lilybee Design ABC stickers; Wink of Stella glitter pen.

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March 28, 2017

Ipanema beach

Impossible to resist a day at the beach if we're only a couple of blocks away.
 American Crafts Shoreline papers, Mayberry papers, stickers, and glitter Thickers; Pebbles Fun in the Sun paper; Ranger Glossy Accents and Tiny Attatcher; Sakura gel pen; Nuvo crystal drops; and Stampin' Up! date stamper.

Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine paper; Jillibean Soup Staples 2; Hampton Art glitter alphas; Cosmo Cricket tiny type; Vic marker; and unknown sequins.

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March 21, 2017


Visit to my uncle's house up in the mountains to see my grandmother, who was getting some time away from the winter heat.
Jillibean Coconut Lime Soup paper, die cuts, stickers, and soup labels; Sweet and Sour Soup papers and stickers; Soup Staples III paper; alphabet stickers. Other: American Crafts card stock and Thickers; May Arts ribbon; Bella Blvd flag; Cosmo Cricket tiny type.

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March 20, 2017

Hammock time

Kids loved the loft at my uncle's house in the mountains.
Jillibean Macho Nacho Soup papers, die cuts, and stickers, Coconut Lime Soup paper, alphabet stickers; Ranger Glossy Accents; Nuvo crystal drops; unknown ribbon.

This layout was inspired by the March 15 Stuck?! sketch:
I adapted the sketch to two square photos by adding the strips on the top and bottom. This also allowed me to use the TV background paper that wasn't a full sheet.

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March 15, 2017


These are the turtles at the entrance of Rio's botanical gardens.
Lily bee Design Double Dutch papers; WRMK Sew Easy stitch piercer and circle attachment, barker twine; Ranger Frayed Burlap distress ink and Glossy Accents; Jillibean Red Raspberry Soup card; Echo Park alphabet dies; Cosmo Cricket Snorkel sticker; Basic Grey small detail; BoBunny brads; Nuvo crystal drops; unknown journaling card.

This layout was inspired by Stuck?! Sketches' March 1 challenge:

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March 14, 2017

Meet cute

My favorite part of visiting Rio is running into family and friends around town.
Jillibean Soup Country Pumpkin Chowder papers and die cuts, Watermelon Gazpacho Soup 6x6 papers, epoxy buttons; Stampin' Up! Date stamper and calendar stamp set; Crafts word Thicker; Studio Calico wood veneer butterflies; Versa Fine black ink; Colorbox black chalk ink; unknown paper clip.

This layout was inspired by Creative Scrappers' sketch 304:
This sketch is perfect for 6x6 paper pads.

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February 27, 2017

2016 Reading, part 3

To round off the books I read last year (before I get too behind on this year's list):

My absolute favorite was Jeff Wheeler's Kingfountain series. The Queen's Poisoner was one of my Kindle First picks and I loved it, especially narrated by Kate Rudd. The Thief's Daughter was even better, even though it had me crying in the middle of the night over the end. I had to move on to The King's Traitor immediately, and the tears kept waterfalling, but in a good way.

I love everything Charlie N. Holmberg writes (another author I discovered through Kindle First), and Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet lived up to my expectations. It also had the most haunting love story I've ever read. And, I think, my favorite couple of any world.

Intertwine by Nichole Van was also a Kindle First pick, and I once again ended up reading the entire House of Oak series. Divine was cute, but Clandestine didn't engage me as much. But I'm glad I continued reading as Refine was my favorite.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater was the most "not like the others" fantasy that I've read in a while. The characters felt real and the water horses even more so. I highly recommend the audio narrated by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham.

I try to mix in classics with the more recent novels, and I had been meaning to read The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco for years. I really enjoyed the narration by Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, and Neville Jason. Another one I really enjoyed was The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, narrated by Ian Lynch. And The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle left me wanting more adventures.

It's not often I read mermaid books, and Emerge by Tobie Easton was really cute. I'm looking forward to the sequel. Another one that I want to read the next installment is Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs. Great time travel, and a promise of a great series. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta is a wonderful book, but quite heavy. I'll read the next one eventually, but I need lighter stuff at the moment if the sequel follows the tone of the first.

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