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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Polkadoodles' Digi Tuesday - Week 27: 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 project this week, I've created a rainbow of happiness and good cheer to send off to a friend.



Today's card features the gorgeous new Sparkle Unicorn collection! I've used accessories, SVG cutting files (with my Scan N Cut) and sentiments with a bit of digital file merging to create all of these wonderful elements. The hangout sentiment is a modified one from Winnie Sunshine Delights, and the background clouds paper is from Winnie Celebrations 1.

I printed everything out onto Neenah Solar White cardstock. All of my elements were colored with Copic Markers - I buy mine at Scrapbookpal.com for their low prices and fast shipping. The base dies are from Spellbinders and Pink & Main. Flag die from Lil Inker. LOTS of foam tape as always for fun dimension and interest. Corner rounder on card base from EK Success.


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)

SSS Wednesday: Bright & Cheerful (1/5)
Colour Crazy #26: AG (1/2)
Catch the Bug July AG (2/3)
Crafter's Castle July #31 AG (2/3)
Crafty Catz #513: AG (2/3)
Creative Fingers - #189: AG (2/3)
QKR Stampede - #401: AG (2/3)
Pattie's Creations #172 AG (2/3)
Through the Purple Haze - #169: AG (2/3)
Classic Design Team Challenge - #7/July: AG (unlimited)
A Perfect Time to Craft - #7/July: AG (unlimited)
A Bit More Time To Craft - #119: AG (unlimited)
Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge - June AG (1/3)
Cuttlebug Mania - AG (1/3)
Lemon Shortbread - #123: AG (1/3)
Crafts Galore Encore - #77: AG (1/3)
Happy Craft - June AG (1/3)
Love to Craft - July AG (1/5)
Morgan's Art World - July #7: AG (1/3)
The Crafting Challenge - July: Bright Colors (1/3)
The Creative Crafters - #29: AG (1/3)
Your Scrapbook Place - July AG (1/3)

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!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Polkadoodles' Gems Challenge - Week 14: Anything Goes!

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

Are you ready for this week's TOO CUTENES? I went all out with the layers and scallops today on this sweet pastel slimline card!



I've used Too Cute - Turtle Love and Too Cute - Bunny Love, along with word art from the Eden Collection. My pink paper is from the Rose Budd collection. Sweet flower die is called the Flower Flourish die set. Slimline scalloped die from Gina Marie Designs, frames dies from Time for Tea Designs.


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 - 

Catch the Bug July AG (1/3)
Crafter's Castle July #31 AG (1/3)
Crafty Catz #513: AG (1/3)
Creative Fingers - #189: AG (1/3)
QKR Stampede - #401: AG (1/3)
Pattie's Creations #172 AG (1/3)
Through the Purple Haze - #169: AG (1/3)
Classic Design Team Challenge - #7/July: AG (unlimited)
A Perfect Time to Craft - #7/July: AG (unlimited)
A Bit More Time To Craft - #119: AG (unlimited)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Stamper's Delights - July Chibi Release

Hello lovely crafters! TGIF! We're doing well here, and from a crafty standpoint, I'm excited to bring you some inspiration from Stamper's Delights! It's new release day for Chibi - celebrating summer fun!


I printed this cutie 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 her out with my Scan N Cut. 

Check out all the DT project inspiration on the blogI hope you enjoyed my project today. Don't forget to play along with our monthly challenge over on the blog too, for your chance to win. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Sugarcoated by Erin Nicholas - Book Review


A NEW SERIES FROM ERIN NICHOLAS!!! It's in caps because I'm shouting with excitement! Highly recommended! 

I guess I forgot to share this on my blog when I first wrote it up (it went on Bookbub, Amazon, Goodreads and all the usual suspects, buttttttttttttt.....) Anyway - no idea how that happened; brain failure as per usual these days I suppose! 😆😂🧠 Since Making Whoopie (Book 3 in the series) releases on Tuesday (aaaaah I can't wait!!!), I thought I'd better get this one shared!

Read on...

Sugarcoated is the first book in the new Hot Cakes series by Erin Nicholas, and she has the BEST recipe for sexy, swoony, sassy small town romance! If you haven’t read Erin Nicholas before, you’re missing out on SO many levels!

The residents of the rural town of Appleby, Iowa have stolen my heart with their hilarious, stubborn, laugh-out-loud personalities. Everyone we've met is so darn LIKABLE, you're just rooting for them right from the start.

So yes...I love LOVED this book - brother's best friend is SUCH a fabulous trope, and we've got a little friends-to-lovers twist here too. There's the perfect balance of slow burn & steam to keep those pages turning. You can't help but love Zoe - she's sweet, loyal and proud. Aiden is returning to his small-town roots with big plans for settling down, protecting the town's economy, and winning Zoe's heart.

I had lots of giggles with the baking terms tossed around in the dialogue and definitely enjoyed not only the steamy fun but the serious ’m thrilled beyond words that we have more sticky sweet Hot Cakes goodness coming our way, and I can’t wait to see the remaining bachelors meet their matches!

My general rating rationale:

3 – Perfectly fine story, perhaps some minor editorial errors. Entertaining. Typically with this rating I feel like there could have been MORE – be it believably/relatability, character development, internal dialogue, explanations or depth, richness to the overall storyline, etc. May lose a bit of engagement here and there but always finish reading.
4 – A very good book. Engaging, with well-developed characters, a great plot, relatable scenarios; keeps you invested to the last page. Would recommend to reader friends.
5 – Can’t say enough amazing things, loved the characters, fabulously detailed plot, a quick hook, intense investment in both story and characters (including supporting characters) throughout the book. Will tell anyone who will listen that they should read it (if they won’t listen, I’ll be louder).

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Experimental Marine Biology by Susannah Nix REVIEW



A VERY ENTHUSIASTIC FIVE STARS 

⭐⭐⭐⭐


Best Friends to HEA…

...with a side of SCIENCE! The latest release from Susannah Nix is yet another romantic HIT! I’ve read everything she’s written, and have never been disappointed. She brings voice to the quirky, nerdy heroines and lets them stand on their own two feet and demand their spotlight. Experimental Marine Biology is the fifth book in her “Chemistry Lessons” series, but it is absolutely able to be read as a stand-alone.

Susannah’s books are always quirky, sassy, smart, and downright enjoyable reads. Experimental Marine Biology lived up to my whale-sized expectations (and then some!). I flew through it within one day because I simply couldn’t put it down. While the book is clever and well-paced, funny and sexy, it’s also emotional, genuine and deep. One of my *favorite* things about Susannah’s books is the fact that her characters are smart and complex – but also REAL. They have flaws and baggage just like the rest of us. The struggles (romantic, social, and workplace) are both relatable and funny, which is not that easy to pull off!

Brooke and Dylan were childhood friends...who stayed in touch despite distance and life changes...and finally got it together and fell in love (or...admitted they’d always been in love?). This book is romantic and sweet, geeky and witty, with clever comedy and emotional depth woven throughout. I recommend this book, along with the rest of Susannah’s works.

I voluntarily received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review, but I would have happily bought it as I have others. I’m thrilled beyond words that we have another Chemistry Lessons story to look forward to!


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Note on triggers – the story and characters are real – remember I said that? Well they’re flawed, as are we all. Content warning for abortion, cancer, and emotional abuse/neglect from family members.

My general rating rationale:

3 – Perfectly fine story, perhaps some minor editorial errors. Entertaining. Typically with this rating I feel like there could have been MORE – be it believably/relatability, character development, internal dialogue, explanations or depth, richness to the overall storyline, etc. May lose a bit of engagement here and there but always finish reading.
4 – A very good book. Engaging, with well-developed characters, a great plot, relatable scenarios; keeps you invested to the last page. Would recommend to reader friends.
5 – Can’t say enough amazing things, loved the characters, fabulously detailed plot, a quick hook, intense investment in both story and characters (including supporting characters) throughout the book. Will tell anyone who will listen that they should read it (if they won’t listen, I’ll be louder).

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