Watercolor Bookmark

Today is the last day in my bookmark series.  It was such fun that I may make this an annual event.  For those of you who are avid readers, I highly recommend the site, Goodreads.  I love being able to record the books I’ve read throughout the year.  I love going back to the list and reading books by the same same author.

The last bookmark is a different style.  It is an EASY bookmark to make — the easiest of all I’ve shown you this week.  This would be a great one to make a large quantity of for gifts.  You could do it assembly style.

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To make the bookmark:

 

  • Cut out Cherry Cobbler card stock to 5 1/2 x 2
  • Cut out Whisper White card stock to 4 1/2 x 1 3/4
  • Using the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch (133324) punch out the top of the tag.
  • Using the Work of Art Stamp Set (134114), stamp the watercolor image in Crushed Curry, Cajan Craze, and Cherry Cobbler (cleaning the stamp well between each color)
  • Stamp the flower from the Bloom with Hope Stamp Set.
  • Apply Dazzling diamonds (or any color) glitter
  • Add Cherry Cobbler and Silver ribbon

 

Book Recommendation:

My final book recommendation is called The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan.  Much of the book takes place in the time of the Spanish Inquisition.  The book was riveting and I loved the historical aspects.  I am friends with my high school history teacher (it’s been a while since high school . . . :)) and as soon as I finished the book I had to tell her about it.  I enjoyed the book (though it was a bit gruesome in some parts) and learned a lot about history, both in Spain and South America.

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Rina
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Hexagon Bookmark

My bookmark for today uses the Hexagon stamp set, Six-Sided Sampler (130956).  I like the geometric shape of this bookmark.  It’s a little different from my typical style and makes me smile.

If you decide to copy this bookmark, feel free to change it out using your favorite colors.  I love soft pastels and always seem to gravitate towards them.  This bookmark would also look great in bold colors.  Give it a try and let me know what you come up with!

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To make the bookmark:

  • Cut Smoky Slate to 5 1/2 x 2 and Wisteria Wonder to 4 1/4 x 2
  • Punch out the top of the Smokey Slate card stock using the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch (133324)
  • Using whisper white card stock and the Six-Sided Sampler (130956) stamp set, randomly ink up different images from the stamp set, stamp, and punch out with the hexagon punch.  I used Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizazz, So Saffron, Soft Sky, and Blushing Bride.
  • Adhere to the Wisteria Wonder card stock.
  • Using Wisteria Wonder and silver ribbon, tie to the top of the bookmark.

Book Recommendation:

My 4th book recommendation is Girl With a Pearl Earring by by Tracy Chevalier.  I loved the book because it is set in the 17th century and paints a picture (sorry for the pun) of the famous artist, Vermeer.  The book made me feel like I was walking the streets of Holland.  I love art history and thoroughly enjoyed the story.

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Flower Bookmark

My second bookmark for this week uses the stamp set, Blended Bloom.  I was inspired by a bookmark created by Kaitlyn Zumbach.  I changed it up a bit (added some sparkle, too).  It was FUN bookmark to make.  I hope you are inspired to make one, too.

I used blendabilities to color the bookmark.  To hide the back of the card, which can look a little messy with the markers showing through, I just created a second white bookmark and glued the two together.  See details below on how to make the bookmark.

 

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To make the card:

  • Cut Whisper White card stock 5 1/2 x 2 (cut out two)
  • On both pieces of card stock, punch out the top of the card stock using the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch (133324), and
  • Using the corner rounder, round the ends of both pieces of card stock.  Glue the two pieces together.
  • Using Momento Tuxedo ink, stamp the flower from the Blended Bloom Wood-Mount Stamp Set (135906) off the right bottom edge of bookmark.
  • With blendabilties ink (I chose Rich Razzleberry but you can use any color!) color in the flower. I colored the center using Daffodil Delight blendabilties and wild wasabi markers.
  • Using the dots from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, ink up the stamp well in rich razzleberry (or whatever color you used for the flower) and stamp off on scrap paper TWICE.  Do this randomly over the entire bookmark.  Using Crumb Cake, do this again.  Finally, using gold ink (without stamping off), stamp the dots randomly over the picture.
  • Add some gold sequins using tombow.
  • Add ribbon to the top using Hello Honey and gold ribbon.

Book Recommendation:

My second book recommendation is by Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.  I preferred listening to this book on CD.  For me, hearing a book is sometimes even more powerful then reading it.  (I ran out of time and had to finish the book using a hard copy so I would be done in time for book club.  My kids were on their own that afternoon.  I could not put it down.)

jojoBelow is the summary from Goodreads:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

The book is about a man who gets injured in an accident.  He is a paraplegic and Lou is hired to be his companion.  We go through Lou’s journey as she learns about helping paraplegics.  It is a powerful book and well written.  I will definitely be reading more books by JoJo Moyes.

Rina
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Combining Two Fun Hobbies

I have confession.  I used to be an avid reader.  I could go through a stack of books in a WEEK.  I kid you not.  My parents didn’t allow us to watch TV so reading was the only entertainment we had available (I grew up in the 80’s and early 90’s so computers were not what they are today).

After I had my first daughter, I stopped reading fiction.  As a reader, you can’t keep me away from books.  However, I developed a new interest in non-fiction. I loved reading biographies, how-to-manage-juggling-a-career-with-kids, books on economics, really brainy strange stuff.  Well, last year my friend, Stephanie, invited me to join her book club.  The book club reads only fiction.  I was BACK to my old hobby and LOVING it.  I can’t stop reading fiction.  I have a kindle  (which is great if my husband is sleeping — I can read without disturbing him) and I also read “real” books borrowed from the library or my friend, The Book Fairy, Melissa. (Melissa has a lovely habit of dropping by my house with books that she thinks I will like.  Now that’s a true friend.)

This week I am hosting my book club so I thought it would be really fun to combine my two hobbies, stamping and reading.  For the next five days I will post a bookmark, along with a favorite books I’ve read in the past year.  For the first bookmark, I created a video to show you how to make it.  I hope you enjoy!

Below is the first bookmark.  I used my favorite stamp set from the annual catalog, Choose Happiness.

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See the video for information on how to make the bookmark.

Favorite book of 2014:

Of all the books I’ve read in the last year, my favorite is called Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda.

secretdaughterBelow is the book summary from Goodreads:

On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to a baby girl. But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter’s life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son.

I loved the book because I was fascinated to learn about Indian culture and the storyline was riveting.  The book was set in two different periods and I thought the author did a masterful job going between them.  The book was very well-written and the story line has remained with me.

Rina
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