Saturday, December 26, 2009

Quick Cards and Good Books

Hope everyone's holidays are going great! I did these birthday cards last weekend or early in the week. I've lost track. The starting points were layouts of cards I'd seen on Splitcoaststampers. From there I used all different papers, colors and stamps. Sometimes you want a sketch or a favorite card to go by so you can just create - a little less thinking and deciding and a little more cutting and gluing.

Also, I've updated my Shelfari though there aren't many books added. I haven't been reading as much this fall as usual. I do highly recommend the "Knitting" series by Kate Jacobs. It absolutlely has to be read in order though. The Friday Night Knitting Club is the first book and I just finished Knit Two. Any crafter can appreciate these books whether you knit or not. I used to but don't anymore. Jacobs has created a large diverse group of characters that are all flawed and immensely likeable and identifiable.
Surprisingly I enjoyed Jude Devereaux's Return to Summerhouse. I'm surprised because I normally don't take to the supernatural yet it was entertaining. The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews is enjoyable but not her best. You see where this one is going very early on. If you have never read her books, I highly recommend them but start with Savannnah Blues or my fav Hissy Fit - (now here is a book I love to live vicariously through!). Finally, I normally enjoy Sandra Brown but not Smash Cut. It started with a completely unbelievable premise and could never recover. So those are some of my hits and misses in chic lit and suspense reading this fall. Nothing like a good book on a cold day.
Ingredients: Stamps by Stampin' Up! Scallops; On Your Birthday
Ink: Various markers, Tempting Turquise, White gel pen
DSP: (top card) American Crafts (bottom card) Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: fabric store

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