Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer Reading

When I was a kid, summertime heaven meant a comfortable chair in a shady spot and a stack of books to keep me happy!

From there I would be transported to lands unknown or just down the street. I would encounter magic, danger, friendship, and adventure with just the turn of a page.

Although I truly appreciate the convenience and the ecological advantages of an ebook,  the smell and feel of a stack of books fresh from the library shelves is one I will always remember with a special fondness.

My favourite books were The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and my lifelong love of mysteries started with Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew.  I also read almost every book written by Enid Blyton, and she had me convinced that I had to move to England and go to boarding school, just like her characters did.

Later, as a teacher, I would look forward to being able to read all summer.  I did not dare pick up a book during the school year, because I was never able to put them down at night, and I couldn't afford the lack of sleep if I was to do my joy properly!!
Anyway, I hope you are able to pick up a book and get some reading time in this summer, and here's a bookmark to help you keep your place:

  • Okay, okay, I know.  I have to stop using this colour combo of Smoky Slate and Strawberry Slush so much.  I can't help loving it, but I am almost out of Smoky Slate card stock so you'll have a break for awhile, until my new order arrives!
  • Check out the cool embossing on the Strawberry Slush panel!  It comes from the new Alphabet Press embossing folder.  I thought it was appropriate for a bookmark!

  • Do you see the little button on the Happy Day medallion image on the left?  I made it using Simply Pressed Clay and the Buttons and Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay molds!  The clay comes only in white, but you can colour it in many ways.  This time I added a couple of drops of Strawberry Slush reinker to a small amount of the clay and kneaded the clay until the colour was evenly distributed.  I will show you a Crafty Clues by Heather video on this product in the near future.
  • The gray flag is a piece of Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon clipped using the chevrons as a guide to make a flagged end.
  • The medallion can be punched with a 1 3/4" Circle Punch, or you can cut it by hand.  There are no Scallop Circle punches that coordinate with it.
  • I used a snippet of Strawberry Slush 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim for the bit of ribbon on the top.
If this doesn't get you to read, nothing will!

Stampin' Up released some new My Digital Studio downloads yesterday that I thought you might be interested in:

Hooray for Today Stamp Brush Set

Everybody's Business Designer Series Paper

Memory Milestones Baby Photo Book

Lovely Romance Stamp Brush Set ( one of my favourites)

Chores and More Designer Template
(Useful for summer chores organization with all the kids at home!)
Check these and more out at my online store under digital downloads.

Please leave me a comment about your summer reading experiences now or as a child!  I'd love to share memories with you.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Happy Day (w130294; c130297)
Paper:  Smoky Slate (131202) and Strawberry Slush (131295) cardstock
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in Smoky Slate (131179) and Strawberry Slush (131178); Strawberry Slush Ink Refill (131167)
Embellishments:  3/4" Chevron Ribbon in Smoky Slate (131152); 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim in Strawberry Slush (130023); Simply Pressed Clay (130685) button
Tools:  Alphabet Press Embossing Folder (130916); Blossoms and Buttons Simply Pressed Clay molds (131272), 
1 3/4" Circle Punch (119850)

Alphabet Press Embossing Folder

1 3/4" Chevron Ribbon in Smoky Slate

3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim in Strawberry Slush

Classic Stampin' Pad in Strawberry Slush
Simply Pressed Clay and Buttons and Blossoms Molds

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