Monday, September 28, 2015

365 Cards: Hello Autumn.

Happy fall! A quick, fun card to share today! :)

I cased this card I found on Pinterest -- made more than a few changes, but generally I cased the idea and colors :)

Now head on over to check out all the other awesome cards this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team.... you won't want to miss seeing all the fantastic creative ideas using this stamp set! :)

Happy Monday!

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Monday, September 21, 2015

365 Cards: Every Leaf Speaks...

Happy fall y'all! It is my favorite season of the year so I'm excited to kick it off with a fun fall themed card today! :)

Stampin' Up!'s new set Lighthearted Leaves is gorgeous and I love the intricate designs. I thought it would be fun to keep it simple and just stamp the images this time -- they don't need much more than that! :)

I think my favorite part of the set is that fun Emily Bronte quote! The set also has some great gratitude and thanksgiving type sentiments as well.

Now head on over to check out all the other awesome cards this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team.... you won't want to miss seeing all the fantastic creative ideas using this stamp set! :)

Happy fall and have a great Monday! :)

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Monday, September 14, 2015

365 Cards: Santa's On His Way

Well, I'm surrendering to the holidays... in September. Maybe that means I will have everything done early this year?! Anyway, today I have a Christmas card to share!

To make the background, I stamped my images on Shimmery White Cardstock and used White Embossing Powder to create a resist image, then I used an Aqua Painter to watercolor the whole piece with Night of Navy ink! It creates an awesome finish because the glitter, aka "shimmer" in the card shows through the ink when it's dried... it is what looks sparkly in the photo below!

To emboss the train, I inked my train stamp first with Versamark, then immediately in Night of Navy ink before stamping my image to paper. Once you do that, you have essentially created your own custom embossing color! You finish the embossing by using Clear Embossing Powder -- so much fun!

Now head on over to check out all the other awesome cards this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team.... you won't want to miss seeing all the fantastic creative ideas using this stamp set! :)

Thanks for stopping by this week! :)

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

March to August 2015 Book Report.

I hoped to read a bit on the plane rides to/from Oklahoma back in March but ended up talking with my sister and Brian instead! That trip and Brian's birthday made the month of March fly by so I didn't get to read as much as I had hoped to... but I still managed to make a dent in April... and then fell off the reading wagon at some point between there and August... oops! Time to recommit to my goal. :)

Books I read between March and August...
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    This book was crazy hard for me to get into. I actually fell asleep at page 15 three times and started (then re-started) the book four times. The fourth time was the charm and after I got past the first 50 pages I was totally hooked and relieved I hadn't given up on it. In the end I really enjoyed the story -- great characters, plot, and ending. Now I want to see the movie!  Definitely recommend -- just keep in mind the story takes some time to get compelling.
  • Along Came a Spider by James Patterson
    I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't help but hear Morgan Freeman's voice for Alex but immediately recognized that the book and the movie version of the book are two totally different stories with little in common! As expected, books are always better than the movies and while this movie was really good, this book was far better! So many plot twists and turns, you just never can quite catch up to it. It's a quick read and it has me thinking there are 23 books in the series... I shouldn't take me long to read 22 more, right?! Highly recommend!
  • Her Holiday Man by Shannon Stacey
    I love this author's stories and had to sneak this one in when I discovered I hadn't read it yet. My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough! I love how easily you can fall into the stories of this author -- funny, sweet. They are a quick and fun read. A little predictable and cheesy at times, but I enjoy them!
  • Rage Against the Dying: A Thriller by Becky Masterman
    This book grabs you in the first sentence and doesn't let go! I found the main character endearing and smart -- I really enjoyed her voice throughout the story. And wow, what a story. You never really catch up to where it is heading or "whodunnit" until the moment Brigid does. This would make an excellent movie... I hope someone adapts it at some point! I can't help but immediately dive into the second Brigid Quinn book and I am hoping it is just as good. I want to see where Brigid, Carlos and pugs are after where this book left off with them! Highly recommend picking this one up to read... you won't be disappointed.
  • Fear the Darkness: A Thriller by Becky Masterman
    I loved the first book and this series so my expectations were a bit high going into reading this. It didn't disappoint. The main character is very entertaining and the best part of the writing by this author is she is really great at keeping you guessing "whodunnit". I highly recommend this two book series and I sincerely hope that the author continues to write more of these!
  • Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
    Great little short stories -- each chapter is something different. I found it entertaining and a quick read. I would have rated it higher but it just didn't hold my attention and I found it hard to finish even though it was quick. It's a great read if you want to have a few laughs and see how growing up and living in the melting pot of California can be from the perspective of an Iranian immigrant. I would definitely read it again.
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
    I gave this book five stars because the quality of the writing was fantastic. The subject matter made me wish I hadn't read it and how it all ended up made me cringe, but I would still recommend it to anyone looking to read a fascinating and complicated love story that's extremely well written. 
  • Grey by E.L. JamesI loved the original trilogy and I loved reading this -- it was really amazing to read the story again only from the other main character, Christian's, point of view. In discussing at length with a good friend, I think it helped that there had been lots of time between when I read the original trilogy, watched the movie, and then read this book. I really hope she continues and writes the other two parts of the trilogy from this character's point of view!! And I must note that it seems you've either read these books or you haven't. If you've read them you love them and if you haven't yet it's because you think that you know what they are about but trust me you don't. Every time I see someone say something like "oh that book does ____ to women and how can anyone read that" and I honestly laugh at the ignorance. To criticize something you haven't read because you think you know what it says or doesn't just makes you look like a fool. Read it and then I can have a real conversation with you about that topic! Stepping off soapbox now... :) 

Where this fits into my #26booksin2015 Challenge?

Ten down, sixteen to go for me to finish! Did you read anything good in the last few months that I should add to my list?

Monday, September 7, 2015

365 Cards: Happy Halloween You Little Furball!

It's September... so Halloween is right around the corner!! mmmmm... candy corn and pumpkin spice lattes here I come! :) So today I have a Halloween card for you.

This card is another case from the new Holiday Catalog... I changed up several of the details (colors, embossing folders, die cuts, stamp sets), but I just loved the layout. It's a great way to get extra mileage out of our catalogs! :)

And that doily? It's an awesome new embellishment you can buy from the Holiday Catalog -- so cute! :)

Now head on over to check out all the other awesome cards this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team.... you won't want to miss seeing all the amazing creative ideas using this stamp set! :)
 Thanks for stopping by today... hope you have a great week! :)

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

365 Cards: Thinking of You

Welcome to another JAX Starz Blog Hop! This month our challenge is to make something for the theme of fall! Since I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte yesterday... I'm definitely looking forward to the cooler months ahead and glad that fall is just around the corner!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Susan Best's blog.  You can follow the full blog hop lineup below to move along from blog to blog, so you can see all of the new projects.

First I have to say that the colors look perfect on my camera in these pictures, but kinda dark on my screen so hopefully they come across to you okay today! :) I made a quick card to share today using scraps from my scrap pile... so much fun and I used up some extra paper!

Lots of bright fall colors and fun new stamps in use here... this particular card was made using our Vintage Leaves and Sheltering Tree stamp sets and the Leaflets framelits. I used the watercolor brush from Sheltering Tree first to create a background and then stamped the sentiment on top of that using Versamark ink with White Embossing Powder.

Here is a little peek at what the piece of water color paper looked like before I assembled my card! To make it, I quickly washed the background of what would peek through my die cut leaf with some Daffodil Delight ink and Pumpkin Pie ink using my Aqua Painter. Then to finish it off I used my Gorgeous Grunge stamps to add some "perfect" messy ink splats using the same two ink colors and stamped my leaf image using Rich Razzleberry over the top of all of it.

Some Stampin' Tips:
  • Bold Colors. Have fun with the colors you choose for your projects! I usually choose mine my pulling my ink pads or cardstock and seeing what looks good together. For this particular card I had a scrap of Rich Razzleberry cardstock just sitting on my desk and it ended up being the launching pad for this card. Once I had this purple picked, I just grabbed some fall colors of yellow and orange that looked good with it and got to work! 
  • Negative Space. Most of the time when using die cuts I use them to cut out something I stamped and today I did the opposite. I die cut out my leaf first to create a window to see the stamping I did behind it. It's a really simple way to add some extra wow to your card!
  • Gorgeous Grunge. I would be remiss if I didn't point out the use of my favorite stamp set that really just adds some extra dimension to my cards! The Gorgeous Grunge stamp set is the perfect way to finish off a water colored background. It's the fun spattered background that is simple and not at all messy to use... and the best part is that it looks perfect every single time. I highly recommend adding this stamp to your stash... it is definitely one of my favorites!
Alright, that's all I have for today's hop..... the next stop is Cari Verschueren on this month's Jax Starz Blog Hop! Make sure you go check out all the fantastic ideas... I just know that everyone will have some amazing ideas to share today. Thanks for visiting and I'll see you next time! :)

Full Jax Starz Blog Hop Line-Up:

Amanda Sevall -- you are here!
Cari Verschueren
Maria Willis
Rose Ann Marr
Susan Best

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