"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover

"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover
This Coloring Book was featured in the TV show Make It Artsy.

"Farm Fresh" Printable Coloring Book

"Farm Fresh" Printable Coloring Book

Monday, December 26, 2016

Card Tutorial: Be Amazing in 2017!


Can you believe that 2016 is almost over? Every year I feel like the time flew by faster than the year before. We are at the verge of welcoming the next year 2017. I hope it turns out to be amazing! And I hope you'll be amazing too in the coming year!

To make today's card, you'll need the following supplies (some are affiliate links):
 Be Amazing Bundle
This bundle is part of the RG Deal of the Week: 
SKU:
RGBD-0061
Retail Price: $50.96
DEAL OF THE WEEK PRICE: $29.99 
Captivating Coral Cardstock
Luscious Lime Cardstock

Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
Gold Silk Luster

Amaze Die-Cutting Machine
  

Journey Glaze  
Journey Crease Tool
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner
Journey Foam Squares - small


So, let's get started!

Trim Oatmeal Cookie cardstock to 5.5" x 8.5" and fold in half to make a 5.5" x 4.25" card. Use the crease tool for a crisp fold.
Trim Luscious Lime cardstock down to 5" x 3.75". 
Ink the edges with Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink.
Attach the cardstock the the card base.
Diecut the biggest branch from Make Amazing Printed Paper twice using the Branch Out Die set and the Amaze die-cutting machine.
Attach the branches to the card as shown using Journey Glaze.
 

Stamp the sentiment 'Be Amazing' from the Be Amazing Stamp/Die set on Captivating Coral cardstock with Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink.
Diecut the sentiment using the corresponding die and the Amaze machine.
Attach the sentiment to the card using Journey Foam Squares.
Splatter some Gold Silk Luster on the card to finish.
 

Here are a few close-ups of my card.
I hope you enjoy!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Book Review: Habit Changers


Habit Changers: 81 Game-Changing Mantras to Mindfully Realize Your Goals is not the first book by M.J. Ryan that I read. The Happiness Makeover was my first one. 

Habit Changers is described to be inspired by the Buddhist tradition of Lojong, or "slogan practice," meaning that "habit changers are simple, one-line aphorisms that, when recited, reprogram your brain’s automatic responses."  Ryan provides 81 such mantras and explains how to use them for best results. For example, for someone who tends to see the glass half empty, could practice saying, "Reach for the better thought" whenever their thoughts start to turn gloomy. Like any practice, this will eventually shift the thinking from auto-negative to intended-positive.

My favorite mantra from Habit Changers is "Build a bridge to the future on the pillars of the past".

If there's a habit you would like to change in the upcoming year, you might find Habit Changers useful, provided you are willing to actually do the practice!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Card Tutorial: Stamps, Dies & Rivets


Hello everyone! Today I have a card tutorial for you using dies, stamps and rivets by Richard Garay!

Here's a list of supplies I used (some are affiliate links)
This bundle is part of the RG Deal of the Week: 
SKU:
RGBD-0061
Retail Price: $59.96
DEAL OF THE WEEK PRICE: $29.95 
Cotton Candy Cardstock 

Captivating Coral Cardstock
Luscious Lime Cardstock

Cool Caribbean Cardstock


Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
Cotton Candy True Color Fusion Ink
Sea Spray True Color Fusion Ink
Gold Silk Luster

Copper Silk Luster 
Amaze Die-Cutting Machine
  


Journey Crease Tool 
Journey Foam Squares

Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner
Journey Foam Squares - small


So, let's get started!
 


Diecut the largest pierced circle out of Luscious Lime cardstock using the Pierced Circles dies and Amaze machine.
Ink the edges of the pierced circle with Sea Spray True Color Fusion Ink.
Stamp the sentiment, 'Brave You' ob Whip Cream Cardstock and diecut it using the corresponding die.
 

Diecut the flowers from Cotton Candy and Captivating Coral cardstocks using Bromance Blooms dies.
Ink the edges of the flowers with Cotton Candy True Color Fusion Ink.
Gently curl the petals of the floral die cuts.
Stack the flowers and attach a Bro Rivet as the flower center.
 

Attach the pierced circle using Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner.
Cut a stem and leaf from scrap cardstock and attach with Journey Glaze.
Splatter some Gold and Copper Silk Lusters.
Attach the sentiment with small Journey Foam Squares.
 

Here are some close-ups of my card.
I hope you enjoy!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Card Tutorial: Dies, Stamps & Washi Stickers


Hello there! Today I have a card tutorial for you using dies, stamps and washi stickers by Richard Garay!

Here's a list of supplies I used (some are affiliate links)
This bundle is part of the RG Deal of the Day: 
SKU:
RGBD-0060
Retail Price: $47.96
DEAL OF THE DAY PRICE: $24.95 

Delightful Daisy Cardstock
Cool Caribbean Cardstock

Golden Glow Cardstock

Whip Cream Cardstock
Cool Caribbean Silk Luster
Amaze Die-Cutting Machine
  

Journey Crease Tool 
Journey Foam Squares

So, let's get started!


Die cut the smallest card out of Cool Caribbean cardstock and next bigger card out of Golden Glow cardstock using the Noteworthy Card Dies and Amaze machine. 
Stamp 'You & Me' on Whip Cream cardstock using the Noteworthy Stamp set and Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink and cut it out as a tiny banner.
 

Fold Delightful Daisy cardstock, trimmed to 8.5" x 5.5" in half to make 4.25" x 5.5" card.
Attach washi stickers to embellish the diecut cards from Step 1. 
Ink the edges of the cards with Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink. 
Layer the embellished pieces as shown using  Journey Foam Squares.
Splatter some Cool Caribbean Silk Luster to the card to add a touch of shimmery finish.


Here are some close-ups of my card!

I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Book Review: The French Chef In America



I'll admit that I'm not so much into French cooking. But I'm into biographies, especially of women who made an impact on this world in their chosen fields. And this book, The French Chef In America: Julia Child's Second Act  which I heard in a series of nine audio CDs lasting eleven hours read by the author and Julia's husband's great-nephew, Alex Prud'homme himself, certainly was captivating!

If you have read other Julia Child biographies, you will still find new information about the later years of her life after her phenomenal success of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and as TV personality. If you are new, then you might find it fascinating to learn about this legendary woman and her deep passion for French cooking.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.