Thursday, February 19, 2009

More Mojo .. and a layout!

I really like the mojo Monday sketches... I did number 73 but never got around to posting it. I haven't done 74 yet.

My upline's normal Stamping Saturday got canceled due to her daughter landing in the hospital (She's fine now) so I went to Archivers and attended their scrap mania - they hold it every Friday and Saturday. I did this card, and I did a double page layout. I am extremely proud of the layout as I did it completely on my own... it's not copied from another, it's not a sketch, it's from my head. And it's the first one that I've ever done on my own. And it looks good! (If I do say so myself).

But first the card.  This is from the Mojo Monday Sketch number 73.  The base is SU's Bravo Burgundy, the green paper is also SU, from one of the print pads in Always Artichoke.  The Stamp set is Lovely as a Tree and is inked in Always Artichoke.  The other SU item is the ribbon.. burgundy and from a mini a while back; it's satin.  (I have the chocolate one too, verra pretty!)
Non SU... The yellowish paper is from a glitter paper pad I bought called "A Pocket Full of
 Posies Stack" by DCWV (whoever that is), although there's no glitter on the particular paper I chose.  But it's lovely.. it's got a lot of colors in it - including the burgundy and green I used, it matched very well.  The brads are making memories, and the button was a great find.  I bought a pack of buttons, they are - hmm, apparently missing the insert that told me who made them... but it was a Christmas color combination and only cost me $2 for a huge amount of buttons... and inside I found the one on the card.. it had both the burgundy and the right green.  Awesome.

I really like the card.

But I love this layout...

It's on black card stock, matted with grey.  The flowery paper was one sheet that I cut in half and rotated so the "middle" of the paper is at the bottom of one page, and the top of the other.  It's kinda shimmery too.  The white flourishes are rub ones, and the ink was a souffle pen.  The only SU on here, also the only thing that I didn't buy that night at Archivers, is the ribbon.  But it is retired!  LOL

The pictures are of my brother and his family.  The younger girl, Ashlyn, is his by his wife, the older, Kelsee, by his ex-wife.  The two boys are their foster kids.  To quote my brother, "My wife's friend had her kids taken away by CPS and we took the two boys and are going to give them a good home till mom gets her stuff together. If she don't then we will adopt them".  These are the profession photos they had taken just after they got the boys.

So, whatcha think?  Leave me a comment and let me know... and while you do that, I've got a date with my DVR!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

It's Monday again...

Which is a good thing as my normal days off are Tuesdays and Wednesdays... today is like my Friday!  (even if it's after midnight, so technically it's Tuesday now).  Anyway, I made another card!

I just really like the sketches on the Mojo Monday blog... and here's my challenge card.

I chose my colors from the retired Berry Bliss paper - Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, and Purely Pomegranate. With a touch of Chocolate Chip for shading and the words.

Stamp sets are Natural Beauty and Happy Harmony.  The ribbon is Chocolate Pollytwill and the button is from Button Bouquet (finally!  something that's not retired!) The thread is embroidery thread, and the flower is unknown - I have a bag full of them given to me by a friend.  And lastly, the brads are antique copper by Making Memories.

I have to admit, I think last week's came out better, but this is an okay card.  I'm proud enough of it to show you!  Well, until next week....  I'm gonna go read!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Books I read in January

What I read this month....

Goddess of the Night - Lynn Ewing (Daughters of the Moon, Book 1)
Into the Cold Fire - Lynn Ewing (book 2)
Night Shade - Lynn Ewing (book 3)
The Secret Scroll - Lynn Ewing (book 4)
The Sacrifice - Lynn Ewing (book 5)
The Lost One - Lynn Ewing (book 6)
Moon Demon - Lynn Ewing (book 7)
Possession - Lynn Ewing (book 8)
The Choice - Lynn Ewing (book 9)
The Talisman - Lynn Ewing (book 10)
Gift Wrap - Charlaine Harris - Short Story
The Star of David - Patricia Briggs - Short Story
The Prophecy - Lynn Ewing (book 11)
The Becoming - Lynn Ewing (book 12)
The Final Eclipse - Lynn Ewing (book 13)
Lovers Prisoner - MaryJanice Davidson (84 page short story)
Jared's Wolf - MaryJanice Davidson (78 page short story)
Dead and Lovin it - MaryJanice Davidson
Derik's Bane - MaryJanice Davidson
Undead and Unpopular - MaryJanice Davidson
Undead and Uneasy - MaryJanice Davidson
Dead over Heels - MaryJanice Davidson (2 of three short stories, the other is about the mermaid and I haven't read any of those yet)
Undead and Unworthy - MaryJanice Davidson

wow! That was a lot more then I expected! But then 13 of there were young adult and a bunch were MaryJanice Davidson and her books are very quick. Up for this month... the new Patricia Briggs, Rachel Vincent's Pride, there are 2 novels of the Darken I need to read. I still have Plum Spooky on the list, and a new vampire series (for me) by Karrelyn Sparks that I've picked up. Who knows what else I'll find in February!