December 22, 2014

Fun with Dinda

This is the last layout I'll be sharing in 2014.
Bazzill Lujcy's Crab Shack paper; Echo Park About a boy paper; making Memories star brads; Clear Scraps paint splatter stencil; Ranger Texture paste (stained with Stampin' Up! inks); American Crafts card stock, foam Thickers, and buttons; Paper Trunk alphabet stickers; K&Co. chipboard word; and WRMK embroidery floss.

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December 18, 2014

Picture these cheeks

For this page, I used some Cosmo Cricket Pixie-Licious papers that have been in my stash for year.They matched the background of the school photos really well.
Other: Jillibean soup stickers, frames, and buttons; paper trunck alphabet; American Craft Thickers; Jenni Bowlin mini alphabet; and Lilybee ABC stickers.

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December 14, 2014

Reading layouts

These pages were made with Basic Grey Oxford papers and fabric bloomers:
Other: October Afternoon alphabet, Jenni Bowlin mini alphabet, Jillibean soup stickers, unknown buttons.

Other: Basi Grey junebug alphabet, Jillibean soup alphabet and stickers, Cosmo Cricket chipboard alphabet, Tim Holtz tiny Attacher, unknown embellishments.

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December 3, 2014

What I've been reading

One of my favorite books this year was The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. As a papercrafter, I loved how she made magic out origami. And if that wasn't enough, walking through someone's heart was an amazing experience. I had to buy The Glass Magician as soon as I finished the first book and I loved it just as much.

I bought the Hattie Davish Mysteries by Anna Loan-Wilsey for my mother-in-law (a historical fiction/mystery fan) and they finally made their way to my hands. A Lack of Temperance was a delightful read and I jumped straight into Anything but Civil. Last week she brought me A Sense of Entitlement, and I can't wait to read it.

Of Stardust by February Grace was a cute read, but even though I really liked the characters, I thought it was short on plot. I'm still debating if I want to read In Starlight to see where the story goes.

As I'm critiquing T. F. Walsh's sequel to Cloaked in Fur, I decided to read First Moon by Michelle Fox to have a sense of a different werewolf romance. I enjoyed both books, each unique in their setting and plot.

I've been a Sue Grafton fan for years and even got my mother-in-law addicted to the ABC collection. I'm halfway through V is for Vengeance,but it's taking me a lot longer to get into it than most of her other Kinsey Millhone books.

Any book recommendations?

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November 2, 2014


Here are two swimming layouts for the 2011 scrapbook with American Crafts Shoreline papers and stickers from the Scraptastic September 2012 kit.
Other: Core'dinations card stock, Paper Trunk alphabet, American Crafts Remarks and Thickers alphabets, BoBunny gems, unknown button.
Flag and Bazzil card stock from the kit. Other: My Mind's Eye Journal card, American Crafts Thickers, unknown ribbon and heart sticker.

Not sure I'm getting caught up with my scrapbooking, but I'm hopping I'm not falling farther behind.

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October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

With Dada out of town, I can't hand out candy and take the boys trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. I'll be setting some candy out along with this sign:
 Doodlebug Halloween Parade papers and embellishments from the Apron Strings October '13 STBB kit; assorted Sassafras Lass large and glitter alphabet stickers; Pink Paislee white alphabet stickers; Viva Decor glitter pen; Sakura gel pens; unknown cardstock and ribbon.

May your candy last the night...

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October 20, 2014

Nerdy birthday cards

Here is another round of cards I made for people at work, both with Jillibean Atomic Soup and the Simon Says Stamp sentiment die:
Other: Coredinations cardstock, Stampin' Up! Night of Navy cardstock, Viva Decor paper pens, unknown buttons.

Other: Memory Box Stencil, Ranger Texture Paste, Jillibean Soup note card, WRMK stitch piercer, embroidery floss, SU! Early Espresso cardstock.

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October 17, 2014

Childish things

I'm in love with Childish Things by Fancy Pants. I made two layouts this month with this patterned paper collection:

Other: Simple Stories Year-o-graphy paper, Ranger Glossy Accents, Viva Decor paper pens.

Other: Cosmo Cricket alphabet stickers, American Crafts buttons, Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Crumb Cake ink, Sakura gel pen, re-purposed tag, safety pin, embroidery floss, washi tape.

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September 24, 2014

Sweet New Year

I made two Rosh Hashanah cards this year.
 Jillibean Soup note card and Apple Cheddar papers, Stampin' Up Countless Sayings 2 stamp, Sassafras glitter alphabet stickers, Queen & Co. pearls, Glossy Accents.

Stampin' Up! patterned paper, markers (More Mustard and Calipso Coral), and cardstock (Whisper White); Versafine Tuxedo Black ink; American Crafts clear embossing powder; Tim Holtz distress inks (Barn Door and Antique Linen); Offray ribbon; stamp from EttyonEtsy; Darice note card.

May your year be as sweet as apples with honey.

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September 19, 2014

Summer pages

As I wait for feedback on my latest manuscript, I've been pouring my creative energy into my long-neglected scrapbook.
 Another page made with American Crafts Mayberry papers and stickers, plus my favorite Thickers alphabet.

This one was a stash-buster. SEI paper, Sassafras Lass Blossoms, Colorbox transparency, Recollections accordion flower, Crayola stickers, Viva Decor paper and glitter pens, unknown buttons.

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September 15, 2014

Stamping 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


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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