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Friday, December 13, 2019

Time for Tea Designs - Woodland Critter Love

Happy Friday friends! Are you ready for your dose of inspiration from Time For Tea Designs? I know I am! Don't forget that you can (and should) play along in our monthly challenge for your chance to win free digis! Everyone loves free digis, am I right? The theme for our challenge is Anything Goes. My favorite! It's so easy to enter - just make something using your Time For Tea Designs images and post them! Share with the hashtag #timeforteadesigns so we can find them, and you're entered to win! Challenges run monthly, and we will have a spotlight and a prize winner at the end of each challenge. Oh, and I have a discount code for you to use - T4TJENNIFER10 will save you 10% on your order from the Time For Tea shop! Yayyyy :)

Today's project features stamps and dies that released last month on Create & Craft, and they are in Time For Tea shop now too! So...you can use your coupon code! These Woodland Critters are just SO CUTE. I've also used the coordinating dies, and paired Mr. Fox with the Say Anything clear stamp set for the sentiment panel. 



stamped the fox image and accessories onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers - I buy all of mine at Scrapbookpal.com for their fast shipping and awesome service. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. 

The swirly dies are from Stampin' Up, and the oval die of the sentiment panel is from Craftin' Desert Divas. Papers are from Doodlebug Design (my absolute favorite!). I stamped the sentiments directly onto the oval and then added it to the card base. Tons of foam tape here to build this little scene - I love the dimension it gives. 


I hope you enjoyed my project today. If you've got a moment, head over to join our FB communityfollow us on Instagram, and don't forget to play along with our monthly challenges by tagging #timeforteadesigns - so easy! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Librarian's Vampire Assistant Book 4 - Book Review

The Librarian's Vampire Assistant, Book 4 (LVA4):
Book Review

Mystery! Mystery! Mystery! {with a side of romance!}

The fourth book in the Librarian’s Vampire Assistant series continues the intrigue, plot twists, humor, and sass that we’ve come to know, love and crave! This book, in fact all books in the series, are stand-alone stories (read: these are NOT cliffys – NO cliffhangers in sight – we hate those!). Each mystery is solved by the end of the book, and the amazing and devious Mimi Jean tantalizes us with the setup for the next story. You know how much vampires (and readers!) love mystery!

I’ve read every book in this series, along with darn near everything written by the author, and I can say that things just keep getting better! All things! Pamfiloff has brought us many amazing and diverse series over the years, and I don’t think I could pick just one as my favorite. All tied for first! ;) That said, I’ve quite enjoyed this fun, unique, and crazy take on the vampire world, and I can’t WAIT for the next installment.

I personally don’t like spoilers in reviews, but rather a general overview sprinkled with some fun story or series specifics to let you get a feel for what the book will bring you. If you’ve read any of the previous stand-alones in the series, you’re familiar with Michael, Miriam, Lula, and of course the maniacal Mr. Nice. Oh, I can’t forget “Fanged Love”, the book series-within-the series that has shaped our beloved characters and their story line more than you’d think possible! The Easter Eggs in these books…I love them almost too much.

We get at excellent recap of the stories so far at the beginning of LVA4 and then we’re plunging in with everything we’ve got! You’ll be turning pages as fast as your brain can soak up the words (I read it in one sitting). There is a lot happening as the events unfold, but things may not be what they seem! In true Mimi Jean fashion, you’ll be yelling at your book while simultaneously laughing at the antics and begging for the next piece of the puzzle.

If you enjoy a good, smart mystery with sassy wit and a sprinkle of romance, then you need this book (if I could give it 6 stars, I would). I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, I’ve purchased other books in the series, and would have HAPPILY paid for this book five times over.

About the Author

 

MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who’s sold over one million books around the world. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dreams. Mimi lives with her Latin lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three spunky dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the vampire-unfriendly state of Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Polkadoodles' Digi Choosday - Week 50: Anything Goes!

Good morning everyone! It's Choosday already! That means a new Digi Choosday challenge, and a new DISCOUNT CODE for the Polkadoodles shop! Head over to the blog to grab it before your shopping spree!





Today's challenge is, as always, Anything Goes! For my Christmas card today, I've created an indoor Christmas magic scene! The window is layered with acetate, so it will open for a peek without disturbing the Christmas fairy inside! She's decorating the tree just in time for the big day! Featuring Hollybobs Angel and the fabulous Christmas Trees die set, along with some sweet holiday greetings from the Baked With Love sentiment bundle.

Don't forget to head over to the blog to grab today's discount code! Then shop your heart out. Choosday is the best day!



I'm entering this into the following challenges - 


Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes (1/1)

Cutie Pie Challenge - #142: Christmas Cuties (1/3)
CD Sunday Plus - #25: Anything Christmassy (1/3)
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1949: AG (1/3)
Lemon Shortbread - #108: AG (1/3)
LeAnn's World - #21: AG (1/3)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #119: AG (1/3)
QKR Stampede - #375: AG (1/3)
Colour Crazy - #48: AG with coloring (1/2)
Creative Fingers - #176: AG (1/3)
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - #12/December: AG (unlimited)
A Perfect Time to Craft - #12/December: AG (unlimited)

We are still looking for Guest Designers at Polkadoodles, so check out the call and all the details here. Last thing, be sure to join in to our Anything Goes challenge via the link up at the Digi Choosday blog for your chance to win! 


Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Book Review - Dragons and Magic (Dragon's Den Casino Book 1) by Blair Babylon

Book review - Dragons and Magic (Dragon's Den Casino Book 1) by Blair Babylon

Book cover for Dragons and Magic (Dragon’s Den Casino Book 1) by Blair Babylon

The magic of a new series!

What a fun read, and a fresh new take on the shifter world in PNR! Dragons and Magic introduces us to a new series by Blair Babylon. I’m a fan of the author’s work, and I’ve read many of her other books over the last few years. This is quite a bit different from her other series, but I thought she did a truly fantastic job of putting her own spin on the shifter culture. Blair does an excellent job of character development in all of her books; in this particular story I found them to be realistic - personality and internal dialogue-wise (since of course, this is a PNR), funny, and a little bit quirky!

A brief overview (I hate spoilers in reviews!): Set in the modern world, we find out that shifters and other paranormals are well integrated into “normal” society – although normals don’t know it! Mathonwy (Math) Draco is a dragon shifter. Still quite young by dragon standards, he’s nevertheless smart, driven, and popular – a leader among his clan. He’s all business, and as such is tasked by his king to take care of a multitude of problems with a new hotel investment the clan is opening in Las Vegas.

Enter our heroine, Bethany. She’s a witch who’s magic SOMETIMES surprises her by going right. Her specialty is household magic, and she’s just what the dragon ordered! Math and Bethany spend time getting acquainted, fixing the problems at the hotel, and figuring out who they are and what they can be to each other.

I found Math and Bethany’s story engaging from the first page – Blair never disappoints! The story is easy to follow and fun to read, with lighthearted & witty banter among the characters and some laugh-out-loud moments scattered throughout. We are left with an excellent set up for the next book in the series, which I can’t wait to check it out.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, I enjoyed the book very much, and would have HAPPILY paid for a copy.  

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Polkadoodles' Gems Challenge - Week #24: Anything Goes!

Good morning everyone. It's Saturday - time for a new Gem of a Challenge from Polkadoodles shop! You can find our challenge blog here: A Gem of a Challenge



I've used Lucky Present to create my card today. I printed him onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored with Copic Markers - I buy all of mine at Scrapbookpal.com for their low prices and fast shipping. I cut him with my scan n cut - so easy! Papers are from Winnie White Christmas and Winnie WednesdayMy digis and embellishments (tree, star, holly, stocking) are all from design sheets in Winnie White Christmas. The word die is from Sizzix/Tim Holtz and I've cut it several times and layered it up underneath the gold layer so it has lots of dimension.

Our Gem of a Challenge challenges run for 2 weeks, so you've got lots of time to link up, and they are ALWAYS Anything Goes! Visit the challenge blog HERE

I'm entering this into the following challenges - 


Lemon Shortbread - #108: AG (2/3)
LeAnn's World - #21: AG (2/3)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #119: AG (2/3)
QKR Stampede - #375: AG (2/3)
Colour Crazy - #48: AG with coloring (2/2)
Creative Fingers - #176: AG (2/3)
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - #12/December: AG (unlimited)
A Perfect Time to Craft - #12/December: AG (unlimited)

Thanks so much for stopping by today :)

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