Thursday, January 31, 2013

Off Colored Creation Challenge at Guylou's


I consider myself a funny person. I have a very colorful sense of humour and I even make myself laugh (I know weird!!!). This week Chana is challenging us to be funny and creative at the same time. She is challenging us to make projects using Orange, Gray and Blue and a Humorous Sentiment.

I had fun with this project although for some reason I just could not come up with something hillarious. I used one of my new images called Lotus is perplexed which has two images for the price of one. The papers are from my stash and suited well the color combo of the challenge.


The challenge starts today and ends on February 14th at 10pm. Remember to use one of my images, you will get two entries in the challenge f you do. A random winner will be selected and will win a $10 gift certificate from Guylou's Online Store and will have the opportunity to be a Guest Designer on one of our upcoming challenges.

Please take a moment to go see what my fellow DT members and our Guest Designer, Liliya, did for this challenge at Guylou's Inimitability.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Jivin' January Challenge at the Outlawz - Week 5


This week, Teresa is our host at the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. She is challenging us to use the following color combo: Overt Green, Solaria Tan and Down Pour Grey. This week the Jivin' January Twist is "Friendship".



Funny enough, Teresa and I used the same image and the same sentiment on our cards this week. Like they say... great minds think alike.


This month Roxann is sponsoring the challenge and is offering a $15 gift certificate from Oozak.com to our monthly winner. Thanks Roxann!

So come on over to Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge and show us your stuff!! :)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mistress Of Nothing by Kate Pullinger

Mistress Of NothingMistress Of Nothing by Kate Pullinger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the next book we will be discussing at my book club. I liked it, but found it dragging at times. The character of Lucy Duff Gordon was so likable at the the beginning of the book and so despicable half way through. I really never understood why she despised Sally so much. On the other hand, I had a hard time feeling sympathy for Sally Naldrett for what she did with Omar Abu Halaweh.

"I was full of passion, he said; I have always been full of passion, he said, I'd just never had a chance to display it before."

This passion brought much heartache to Sally. Sally's love for Omar was understandable, but logic should have prevailed when the fire started to burn between them.

Sally's journey is painful and full of obstacles. I do admire her determination and dedication to her son and I feel she found peace at last, although sadness never left her completely.

This book was a beautiful window to the Egyptian world and customs. I love all the Arabic words throughout the book. I wrote some down and hope to use them next time my Egyptian friends and I meet.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Jivin' January Challenge at the Outlawz - Week 4


This week, Roxann is our host at the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. She is challenging us to use the following color combo: Electric Orange, Cherries Jubilee and Haute Pink. This week the Jivin' January Twist is "Make a square card or project".


I made the above card for my dear friend Bally's birthday. Bally is a totally awesome and so caring. We have known each other for about a year now and it is like we have known each other all our lives. We took her to Moroco Chocolate for high tea. It was so much fun. I am so blessed with so many wonderful friends.



The stamp and the sentiments are by Technique Tuesday.


This month Roxann is sponsoring the challenge and is offering a $15 gift certificate from Oozak.com to our monthly winner. Thanks Roxann!

So come on over to Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge and show us your stuff!! :)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

White Dog Fell from the Sky by Eleanor Morse

White Dog Fell from the SkyWhite Dog Fell from the Sky by Eleanor Morse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One sentence from the book says it all: "It's a fearful thing to love what death can touch." This book is like a lover's kiss which leaves you breathless. I could not put it down. It was like it was the only thing that could quench my thirst. I had to know what the next chapter would bring.

I knew at a high level what happened in South Africa during the Apartheid, but that's only the tip of the iceberg. This book has shared with me the humanity of this period. It helped me realise the fear, the pain and the torment that were part of the every day lives of South Africans.

Eleanor Morse brought Africa to life in a spectacular way. Her descriptions are harmonious and breath taking. It makes you want to go there and see for yourself the beauty of this landscape. She also deals with real subjects and brings to light the horror that mankind imposed on wildlife and the people of Africa.

The story was tender and raw at the same time. Beautiful book.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

I see dots at Guylou's


After a long and well deserved break, Guylou's challenges are back. This week I will be your host and I am challenging you to create a project with dotty papers, ribbons or flowers.

My nephew Christian and his wife Lucie just welcome their first baby, a girl who will be named Mathilde. I am sooooo excited for them.


To welcome this little angel, I designed a brand new image for their card. The image is called Matilda and is now available in my online store.

And to welcome the new year, I am offering a freebies between January 18th and 20th called House 1. Visit the challenge blog to get the coupon for this freebie.


All the papers are by Pebbles - Happy Go Lucky Series. I used a wonderful sketch I saw on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Sketch Challenge Blog to make my card. 


The challenge starts today and ends on January 31st at 10pm. Remember to use one of my images, you will get two entries in the challenge f you do. A random winner will be selected and will win a $10 gift certificate from Guylou's Online Store and will have the opportunity to be a Guest Designer on one of our upcoming challenges.

Please take a moment to go see what my fellow DT members and our Guest Designer, Emma, did for this challenge at Guylou's Inimitability.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Jivin' January Challenge at the Outlawz - Week 3


This week, Laurian is our host at the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. She is challenging us to use the following color combo: Blue Violet, Creamy White and Leaf Green. This week the Jivin' January Twist is "Add Fibers".


I had a moment of panic for this one as I was pretty sure I did not have any fibers. I then remembered that a friend of mine gave me a bunch of fiber 5 x 5 papers a few years ago. The real challenge was to finding them. I had them hidden in a box and it took a while to locate that box. I selected a deep purple fiber paper to match part of those beautiful flowers on the inspiration picture. The image is a freebie I picked up a long long time ago; unfortunately, the name of the artist was not in the file name. 


This month Roxann is sponsoring the challenge and is offering a $15 gift certificate from Oozak.com to our monthly winner. Thanks Roxann!

So come on over to Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge and show us your stuff!! :)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sleeping in Eden by Nicole Baart

Sleeping in Eden: A NovelSleeping in Eden: A Novel by Nicole Baart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sleeping in Eden is a fantastic novel. The story line is strong and well presented by journeying you from one situation to another without ever leaving lost on the curb. Nicole Baart' handle of the English language is indisputable. Her choice of words to describe scenery and characters is poetic and vivid. One of my favorite quote from the book is:

"The God she met in Sunday school, and believed in without cause for doubt, did not worry himself with little girls and their bicycles. He had bigger problems, like famine, world peace and orchestrating and Armageddon of alarming proportions."

What a way to express how this little girl thought of God. Well put!

This novel will not be available before April 2, 2013, but it is well worth the wait!! I wish there were half stars on this site... I would have given it 4.5 stars!!!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A dear friend of mine gave me this book for Christmas. I was not sure what to expect. I have read many supernatural books; some great... some not so great. I knew this one was about angels and fallen angels, but didn't really know much more about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how interesting the story is. I wish the main character would stay put when she is told to, but I guess we are all very curious and must investigate the thump in the dark. I enjoyed the chemistry between Nora and Patch and easily came to the conclusion that I would not want to meet the villains in a dark alley.

This is the first book in a series of four. I am hooked and will get the other books to see where the story goes or flies!!

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Jivin' January Challenge at the Outlawz - Week 2


Inspiration Image
First of all, I wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!! May this year be filled with love, joy, peace and lots of time for crafting.

This week, Ursula is our host at the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. She is challenging us to use the following color combo: Two tones of blue and white. This week the Jivin' January Twist is "Add Texture".

It felt so good to make cards again. It had been a long while since I touched my Copics and I missed that very much. As I always need male birthday cards, I selected this super cute little monster which I got as a freebie, but unfortunately the name of the artist is not in the file name.:(


This month Roxann is sponsoring the challenge and is offering a $15 gift certificate from Oozak.com to our monthly winner. Thanks Roxann!

So come on over to Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge and show us your stuff!! :)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Memory Clinic: Stories of Hope and Healing for Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families by Tiffany Chow

The Memory Clinic: Stories of Hope and Healing for Alzheimer's Patients and Their FamiliesThe Memory Clinic: Stories of Hope and Healing for Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families by Tiffany Chow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow!! What an appropriate book for this time in my life!! I entered a giveaway to win this book and I kept my finger crossed, hoping to be selected. What a joy when I found out I was one of the winners. Let me explained why this book was so important to me. My mom has been diagnosed with Alzheimer two years ago. When I found out I was devastated. My mom's dad (my grandfather) died of complications of dementia and suffered from Alzheimer too. I have horrible memories of his last days and I could only imagine my mother going through the same and it scared me. There is no cure for Alzheimer... yet!!

When I read the book synopsis, I knew I needed to read it. I want to know what I can do to reduce my chance to get Alzheimer. Let's be honest here.. my grand-father had it, my mom has it... I don't want to be an ostrich and ignore the risks by putting my head in the sand. I want to educate myself and see what I can do to avoid it. Well... this book was a great help. I love that the author understands what I am facing as she is also at risks. Her grand-mother died of Alzheimer.

Tiffany Chow helped me planned better and be more responsible for my health. Her book has the right amount of clinical jargon without being overwhelming. The testimonies are touching and encouraging and were delivered with raw truth.

Dr. Chow works in Toronto, just north of where I live. I am seriously thinking to contact her and enroll on any of her studies (if there are any). It's personal and I want to help find a cure if I can.

This book will be on the shelves of your local bookstore this month. If you are in the same situation as me or would like to know more about what you can do to reduce your risks to get dementia or Alzheimer... get the book!!! You won't regret it!

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Laini succeeded to write another fascinating and exciting book in this series. I love the characters and the story is getting more and more interesting. The sudden and totally unexpected "revirements" near the end of the book caught me by surprise and I loved it. What are they, you ask? Well they have to do with a big white wolf and a hero that sacrifices himself for the cause of saving the Chimeras and a certain bad angel with a big scar who wants to take over the world! Mooaaaahhhh!! Fabulous plot! Can't wait for the next book... well I guess I will have to wait until 2014 when it will be published (sigh)..

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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

The MoonstoneThe Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I got to read this book for my book club.

At first I was afraid that I might have difficulties with the language as it was written in 1871 (if I remember well). Surprisingly, although it was a long book, it was quite easy to read. I enjoyed the different testimonies offered by the witnesses of the story. I particularly enjoyed Gabriel Betteredge's testimonies and his constant reference to Robinson Crusoe. I will have to read Robinson Crusoe to appreciate it as much as he did. :)

The book also allowed small glimps on how patients were treated in those times and the use of opium as a common remedy.

Wilkie Collins owns strong descriptive skills and offers beautiful imagery throughout the book.

I enjoyed this book tremendously. What a delight!

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