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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Polkadoodles' Digi Choosday - Week 21: 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 made a sweet thank you card to share with staff at the local clinic.


The doctor image and sentiment are from the Winnie Heroes FREE download bundle, and the paper I used for the box is from the Work & Play 3 bundle and the Rose Budd colletion. Dies are also from Polkadoodles - Square Swirly Hearts with a bit of paper folding thrown in. Sequins from Doodlebug Design.

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)
Through the Craft Room Door - AG (1/2)
Crafter's Castle - #29: AG (1/3)
SSS Wednesday: Dies/Punches (2/5)
Crafty Catz #505: AG (2/3)
Colour Crazy #18: AG (2/2)
Creative Fingers - #185: AG (2/3)
QKR Stampede - #397: AG (2/3)
Through the Purple Haze - #167: AG (2/3)
Classic Design Team Challenge - #5/May: AG (unlimited)
A Perfect Time to Craft - #5/May: AG (unlimited)
A Bit More Time To Craft - #115: AG (unlimited)

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, May 25, 2020

Wine Hard, Baby by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (Review)



Wine, Cowboys, Math, and Swearing...

...it doesn’t get any better than THAT! Laugh out loud funny as always, in book #6 of the OhHellNo Series, we’re treated to the story of Jed and Camilla in a true opposites attract slow burn saga that proves there are some things that are TRULY worth waiting for!

Jed is a hot, sexy cowboy with a heart of gold and a moral compass pointing true north at all times. He’s dealing with a lot of past baggage, including abandonment issues. Camilla is an a calculator-collecting math nerd with a strict religious upbringing to overcome, and a knee-jerk sailor-mouthed defense mechanism designed to keep everyone at arm’s length. Between my giggles at the antics of these two characters and their support networks, there were times I was almost concerned these two were not going to manage to get their act together...

I loved the inner dialogue that we get from both viewpoints, and the struggles for each of them to find their way to center and really understand what they want/need so they can get it together and work on their HEA. Both of the main characters are real and fun – flawed and funny and TRUE in a way that’s so very relatable. One of my favorite things about Mimi’s writing is how invested you get in the characters and their stories – from page 1. I’m always so invested that I feel like I’m riding out the highs and lows, laughs and tears right there with them all – book after book!

There is SO much chemistry between these two, and as the story unfolds we see it was been there, simmering, for a long time. It was mental blocks on both sides that make them shy away from what they KNEW they wanted/needed – full on proof (in awesome romcom story form!) that opposites attract – and come complete with fireworks!

This is a stand-alone book with NO cliffhanger. There are passing references to characters from other books in the series but you don’t need to have read them to read this book (but really, you should because they are all excellent and very, very funny). I really enjoyed the fact that this book built a bit on characters from My Pen is Huge (since Cami was Giselle’s roomie in the last book, and Jed & Leeland are friends) – so we got a peek into where things were at for them during this story. That was EXCELLENT! 

5 very happy book nerd stars from this girl! 

⭐⭐⭐⭐



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).

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Polkadoodles' Gem of a Challenge - Week 11: 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 the TOO CUTENES this week? Spring ducklings for the win - I just love this image for quick and easy sweet cards (and that BEANIE!!).



I've used Too Cute - Hello Spring to create my card today. I printed these sweet boys 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 decided to go with a fresh spring color palette today, and I've made this more of a note card than a full sized card so that the image really grabs the attention. My rectangle dies are from Gina Marie Designs (Stitched Rectangles and Scalloped Stitched Rectangles) and the leafy sprigs are from Polkadoodles - Super Sprigs (love this die!)

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 - 

SSS Wednesday: Dies/Punches (1/5)
Crafty Catz #505: AG (1/3)
Colour Crazy #18: AG (1/2)
Creative Fingers - #185: AG (1/3)
QKR Stampede - #397: AG (1/3)
Through the Purple Haze - #167: AG (1/3)
Classic Design Team Challenge - #5/May: AG (unlimited)
A Perfect Time to Craft - #5/May: AG (unlimited)
A Bit More Time To Craft - #115: AG (unlimited)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Polkadoodles' Digi Choosday - Week 19: 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 made a little triangle box with chocolates inside (I actually made a whole pile of these) to drop off for our local clinic workers. You can fit about 6 chocolates into the little box, so it's the perfect size for a sweet "thank you" treat. I'm so grateful for the amazing people who are doing all they can to keep the world healthy and safe during this crisis!



The doctor image and sentiment are from the Winnie Heroes FREE download bundle, and the paper I used for the box is from the Work & Play 3 bundle. Dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs (box), Paper Smooches (tag), and Gina Marie Designs (main image).


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)
Through the Craft Room Door - AG (1/2)
Crafter's Castle - #29: AG (1/3)
SSS Wednesday: Dies/Punches (2/5)
Crafty Catz #505: AG (2/3)
Colour Crazy #18: AG (2/2)
Creative Fingers - #185: AG (2/3)
QKR Stampede - #397: AG (2/3)
Through the Purple Haze - #167: AG (2/3)
Classic Design Team Challenge - #5/May: AG (unlimited)
A Perfect Time to Craft - #5/May: AG (unlimited)
A Bit More Time To Craft - #115: AG (unlimited)

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, May 9, 2020

Polkadoodles' Gem of a Challenge - Week 10: 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

The Polkadoodles TOO CUTE sweeties are ready for Spring! At the beginning of April we launched six BRAND NEW adorable cutie pies - available in black and white and/or precolored! (I *think* that the coupon code is even still active - bonus for you guys if you want to snatch these up! The bundle is already discounted, and use "CRAFTYSAVER" for 30% off individual images.)



I've used Too Cute - Mouse Love to create my card today. I printed him/her 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 decided to go with a spring color palette behind my cheese background today. The heart is called the Heart Flourish die, the papers is from Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Paper Heaven 1, and Lily Bug Love Papers 3, and the sentiment is from Winnie Celebrations 1.

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 - 

SSS Wednesday: Dies/Punches (1/5)
Crafty Catz #505: AG (1/3)
Colour Crazy #18: AG (1/2)
Creative Fingers - #185: AG (1/3)
QKR Stampede - #397: AG (1/3)
Through the Purple Haze - #167: AG (1/3)
Classic Design Team Challenge - #5/May: AG (unlimited)
A Perfect Time to Craft - #5/May: AG (unlimited)
A Bit More Time To Craft - #115: AG (unlimited)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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