July 9, 2016

Tickle shark attack

My kids still turn tickling into games.
Doodlebug Boys Only paper, journal card, stickers, ribbon, buttons, and brands from a Scrapbook Steals kit. Other: Jillibean Soup alphabets, Echo Park enamel dots, Queen&Co. stripped dots, Vic marker, and unknown cardstock.

This layout was based on Kristine Davidson's Creative Scrappers Sketch 296:
As I don't have a Silhouette, I used ribbon instead of the free digital cutting file from Just Nick Studios.

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July 8, 2016

2016 Reading, part 1

I thought I posted the books I read this winter, but my last book post if from the end of October. So here are my favorites from the first quarter (in semi-chronological reading order).

The Chantress Trilogy by Amy Butler Greenfield. Loved Chantress and Chantress Alchemy, but the Chantress Fury was a bit too fantastical (in the lets add everything but the kitchen sink kind of way) for me. Mary Jane Wells's narration kept me from giving up on the book, so I highly recommend the audiobook.

Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg. Loved the characters and the plot. I couldn't stop myself from reading the book even though I really liked Angela Dawe's narration.

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross. I bought this one for my mother-in-law, but I really enjoyed the story.

Second Star To The Right by Mary Alice Monroe. This was a cute Peter Pan-inspired tale told from the adults' perspective.

Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal. I love her Glamourist Histories series and this heist one did not disappoint.

Letters to Zell by Camille Griep. This epistolary fairy tale retelling has the depth of character missing in the originals. Outstanding narration by Amy McFadden.

The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen. I loved all three books (False Prince, Runaway King, and Shadow Throne). This should be a textbook example of unreliable narration. Charlie McWade's narration is excellent. I need to read this series with my kids.

I'll post the spring books in a later post.

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July 6, 2016

Thanksgiving 2011

The wreath I made that fall lasted five years. I need to make a new one this year to replace it.
Simple Stories Harvest Lane paper; Jillibean Soup alphabet and journalling stickers; October Afternoon alphabet stickers; American Crafts cardstocks; Ranger texture paste (colored with Tea Dye Distress ink); Crafters' Workshop stencil; unknown flowers, twine, and brads.

Jillibean Soup Country Pumpkin Chowder papers, die cuts, and stickers; Jillibean Dutch Mustard Soup stickers; Stampin' Up! alphabet dies and wood shapes; American Crafts card stock; unknown doilies.

And here is a close-up of the title, which I cut from brown and orange (shadow) Jillibean Soup Stapples II papers with Stampin' Up! alphabet dies.

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July 4, 2016

Scoot over

Happy Independence Day!

Here is some fun in the late fall sun--one of the perks of living in Florida.
Doodlebug Boys Only papers, tag, brads, and stickers from a Scrapbook Steals kit; American Crafts Thickers. I love when I can use numbers as letters, especially "8" as "oo".

This layout was based on the Scrapbook Steals Orchid #9 sketch, which I flipped vertically to better fit the extra photo:

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July 3, 2016

Sailing with Grammie and Papa

These photos were hard to scrap, and are only a prelude to the next two years. But there are some wonderful memories mixed with the sadness, and the photos should make it into the albums.
Fancy Pants Down By the Shore paper; Sassafras Lass paper, journaling card, and stickers; Sticko sailboat stickers; Jillibean Soup word sticker; American Crafts Amy Tangirine foam word; Robyn's Nest dew shapes; unknown card stock and paper clip.
Fancy Pants Making Waves papers, journaling cards, and diecuts; Jillibean Soup word sticker; Colorbok epoxy stickers; Bazzil brads; unknown flowers and card stock.

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June 19, 2016

Halloween 2011

Haven't made this much progress on my scrapbook (or blog) in years. I won't call it catching up, just having fun. And using up my crafting stash so I can buy some new papers without guilt...

Here is a Halloween page:
Doodlebug Halloween Parade papers, card stock, and pearls from an old Apron Strings STBB kit.

The title is actually part of the wreath in the photos, which I made in 2011. Details in this post.

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June 17, 2016

Sailor's delight

Sketches are addictive. This layout is based on this week's Scrapbook Steals Mid Week Mojo:
Jillibean Soup Staples kraft paper; Lily Bee Design Catching Fall papers and stickers (from an old Mosh Posh monthly kit); American Crafts glitter Thickers and clear embossing powder; Ranger alphabet stamp (stamped on a scrap of Recollections script paper) and distress inks; Colorbox chestnut pigment ink; unknown buttons and card stock.

Here is the Orchid#7 sketch:

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June 16, 2016

We've got boat

2011 was when Grammie and Papa sent us their sailboat.
Fancy Pants Making Waves collection papers and ephemera; American Crafts Thickers (I dyed the blue ones darker with a mix of Ranger Distress ink and Stampin' Up! markers); Simon Says Stamp, Doodlebug, and Prima jewels.

October Afternoon Seaside papers, stickers, and buttons; October Afternoon Treasure Map sticker; WRMK floss; Pebbles Family Tree sticker.

October Afternoon Seaside paper and journaling card (colored with  Stampin' Up! markers and blender pen); October Afternoon Treasure Map stickers; unknown card stock.

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June 15, 2016

Just plain sweet

Apples and honey for a sweet new year. Rosh Hashanah 2011.
Simple Stories Say Cheese paper; Pebbles Treehouse journaling sticker; American Crafts Amy Tangerine word Thickers and card stock; Stampin' Up! Stamp and black embossing powder; Versafine black ink; Signo white gel pen; unknown camera chipboard stickers, brads, and ribbon from an old Apron Strings STBB kit.

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June 14, 2016

Inconceivably cute

2011 was the year my kids fell in love with the Princess Bride movie. It was a bit hard to find a Man-in-Black costume, but this Zorro one did the trick. At a face-painting booth, he even got "facial hair" like Cary Elwes.
Echo Park Petticoats & Pinstripes collection papers and stickers; BasicGrey fabric flower; American Crafts Thickers and card stock; Simon Says Stamp jewels.

Echo Park Petticoats & Pinstripes collection papers and stickers; American Crafts alphabet Thickers and Amy Tangerine word Thickers; unknown card stock.

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