Well a very happy Thursday to you all! It is gonna be another hot one here in Virginia and tomorrow it will be 100 degrees again---man oh man I wanted summer but I think this is a bit extreme huh? LOL! Alexa left for the beach today with her best bud and I can’t think of a better place to be in the heat. We are traveling to West Virginia this weekend to go white water rafting and I’m so looking forward to it. Just pray that there are no WEIRD Suzanne incidents---I want to stay IN the raft, not under it ‘kay? LOL! But it should be a great day and a good way to keep cool in the heat of this summer.
Today is the BIG DAY!!! Yeppers, the new group I’m starting called BookEndz debuts today over at my Color Me Creative (CMC) Classroom! There will be fun contests and challenges all day so make sure to pop on over there to check them out. I’ll also be announcing the Book Club book that we will read for the next 6 weeks. If you are also a crafter than you will be able to create/share projects in the theme/spirit of the book as well for a chance to win at the end of the 6 weeks. Not a crafter but like to read? Well you are welcome to as we will chatter about the book regularly and at the end of 6 weeks have a Cyber Book Party with prizes for everyone to get a chance at too! And my project today is actually for the BookEndz premiere so it MIGHT just give you a hint to what the book will be….hmmmmm…..have to pop over at 9 am to see that! LOL! This group is something I’ve been planning in my head for a LONG time, hee hee. My two favorite things are to read and to craft so what could be better than combining the two right? I started a book club in my old neighborhood and it was really fun, the hostess each month would have food and games in the theme of the book. I sure do miss it and I just never got around to creating one in my new neighborhood. So many of us here work, have young kids and live crazy lives that there was never time so I thought about creating a Cyber Book Club for awhile---that way lots of people can join in whenever you can with others who love to read too! So I have great hopes for a fun, relaxed atmosphere there---my CMC Classroom is very much like that and I enjoy the chats and people I’ve gotten to know through it. So please hop on over & join us for a bit today---I’d love to have ya!
PS—thank you, thank you for all the wonderfully sweet emails and comments I got yesterday on my post (you can read it below this post). It made my day, brought a smile to my face many times and really enforces my reasoning behind blogging every day! And for those that think I should write a book? Hmmm You NEVER KNOW what I might be up to (wink) LOL!
-OMGoodness have you seen the new La La Land Crafts stamps? I saw them while I was at CHA visiting with Irina and they are SOOOO CUTE you will want them all (a crafters addiction right)! Check them all out HERE!
-Tomorrow is RELEASE DAY for the new Elisabeth Bell “Peekers 2” Collection for SCACD---awww they are adorable and I can’t wait to share my project with you all!
Oh la la la---I adore these new papers from Authentique, these are from the JOURNEY Collection. I was drooling over them at CHA and guess what? SCACD has them all in stock HERE—run get them while they last, cuz you know us crazy crafters we like to HOARD stuff, hee hee! And yes this new card is in the THEME of our very first BookEndz book we will be reading---any guesses?????
This gorgeous stamp is a Kraftin’ Kimmie stamp called “Sakura” and she’s just so lovely---the whole line of Oriental/Asian Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps are 25% off right now HERE! I had a ball working with this lovely lady and using these fabulous papers. The bow is a double flat bow---created by making two loops of ribbon, adhered with Scor-Tape and then a middle piece of ribbon wrapped around to secure the bow. I wanted to replicate the bow on the back of her “obi” or sash. The swirls are YES from my fave Marianne Designs dies and the round elements were made with SB’s Lacey Circles and regular Circles nesties. Then I layered some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts on there as well. The small black pearls were done with my Graphite Viva Décor Pearl Pen.
She’s colored with Copics B04,B02,B01,B000,B0000 / C9,C5,C3,C1 / E11,E00,R20. And you can’t see well in the photo but I used pale aquas and grays to create a soft background around her and then faded it out with the Colorless Blender. Her obi and fan got a nice thick coat of Diamond Glaze and then Stickles on her beautiful hair comb.
Hope you enjoyed this today and makes you want to get reading and crafty LOL! Make sure to pop over to the BookEndz Group today to join in on the fun!