Inky Antics Binding System Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Inky Antics Binding System Blog Hop! The talented Inky designers are featuring projects made with the CarlaCraft Binding System. If you've been following from the beginning and you’ve come from Debbie's blog, you're in the right spot. If not, be sure to start at Inky Antics blog.

The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, July 3rd at midnight Central time. Please visit each DT members’ blog to view their project and leave feedback. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please). One person’s name will be drawn at random to receive a CarlaCraft Binding System and coil assortment. The lucky winner’s name will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.

Birthday Petey & Marlene

I created two birthday calendars for this month's Inky Antics blog hop. For the first calendar I used the image 10503H Birthday Petey which was colored using Copic's. I added Glossy Accents to the ice cubes and Stickles to the birthday hats and then mounted the image using Pop Dots. The wording "birthday wishes 2012" was computer generated. All the designer paper is from the Journey paper pad from Authentique, loving the pretty shades of blue.

For the second calendar I used the image 10654K Marlene. I paper pieced her dress using the same designer paper as the lower section and Marlene was also colored using Copic's. All the designer paper is from the Basic Grey's Hopscotch paper pad.

Birthday Calendar

You can download the "Create a Calendar" 2012 template HERE at SCS and for other calendar templates make sure to visit Cat's Creations for more feebies, thank you Cat.

You have to watch the video to see how easy this binding system is to use. It's portable, inexpensive, and one of my new favorite gadgets. Thank you for stopping by, your next stop will be to visit Crystal's blog.

Stamps: Birthday Petey (Inky Antics/10503H), Birthday Wishes 2012 (Computer Generated) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Sky (CTMH), Smokey(Bazzill), Journey (Authentique) ~ Other: CarlaCraft Binding System with Charcoal Gray Coil, 2012 Calendar Template, Copic Sketch Markers, Glossy Accents (Ranger), Baby Blue/Frosted Lace Stickles (Ranger), Stormy Brads (Bazzill), Blue Ribbon (SU), Xyron, Pop Dots ~ Size: 3.75 x 8

Stamps: Marlene (Inky Antics/10654K) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Juniper (CTMH), Hopscotch (Basic Grey) ~ Other: CarlaCraft Binding System with Gold Coil, 2012 Calendar Template, Copic Sketch Markers, Pearls (Mark Richards), Dotted Scalloped Punch (EK Success), Sage Shadow Grosgrain (SU), White Gelly Pen (Sakura) ~ Size: 3.75 x 8

Wonder & Joy

Isn't she the cutest? The image is from the set Wonder and Joy from The Angel Company, this set has some other cute images of as well and I'm so looking forward to getting those inked. The card is pretty simple with not a lot extra's added, I didn't want to take away from all the sparkle... okay that's not true... it took me forever to decided on what embellishments to add and after quite some time of pondering I gave up and decide to make it as simple as possible. Embellishments' are always the hardest part for me and it's so discouraging!

Wonder and Joy

Today a group of us went on a 6 mile hike through Williams Canyon, about 3 miles in and 3 miles out. Williams Canyon sits right below the ever popular tourist destination Cave of the Winds and is just North of Manitou Springs. It was a fabulous hike with great views of rock formations on both sides and some interesting caves. We climbed about 1400 feet in elevation but once we made it to the top it was well worth all the huffing and puffing because the view of Pikes Peak and surrounding was unbelievable.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Wonder and Joy (The Angel Company) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Martha Stewart Pastels Paper Pad ~ Other: Copic Sketch Markers, Sassy Stand (Spring Harmony/Close to My Heart), Lily White Brads (Doodlebug), Martha Stewart Scoring Board, Oval/Scalloped Oval Nestabilities ~ Card Size: 4.25 x 5.5

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

The Kitchen House
by Kathleen Grissom
(Kindle Edition, Historical Fiction)

When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.

Orphaned while on board a ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin.

Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.

I really, really enjoyed The Kitchen House. It is a story of a little girl from Ireland, who has lost her parents during their voyage to America. The Captain of the ship brings her home to his plantation in the south, to pay off the debt of her parents she is indentured until she is eighteen years old. She is given to Belle, the slave who runs the kitchen and so the story unfolds of life in the Kitchen House.

This novel was a quick read, especially since the reader knows from the very beginning that there is a violent death coming. The characters are so well written that you care about them or really dislike them. At times the story is heartbreaking because the characters go through their share of hardships. It's not a happy book, but it's well worth the read.

The Sweet Stop with Fluffles

Wow I can't believe it's been three weeks since I last posted. What have I been up to? Well as you can see not much creating. I've been out and about enjoying the beautiful Colorado weather, my sister and I have been walking every morning about 4 miles and last week I hiked Waldo Canyon (7 miles) with a group of my motorcycle friends. I think our group decided that we're going to try and do a weekly hike and with Colorado offering so many fabulous trails we'll have plenty to pick from.

I've washed and polished my motorcycle last week, it really needed it, I think it still had baked on bugs from last year... yuck. I've been taking short rides around town, nothing really exciting to blog about. I was planning a long haul trip to San Jose, CA in July, but those plans fell through... maybe I'll get a little adventurous and take the trip by myself or I'll plan a different trip all together.

Grasshopper Fluffles

Today I'm sharing a card using a sketch from The Sweet Stop (SSS111), I don't have any stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy, but that's okay you can still play along and they always have wonderful sketches... although I do see Cocoa the mouse in my future! For this card I used the image Grasshopper Fluffles from Stampendous and the sentiment is from The Angel Company's set Little Things.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Jovi

Stamps: Grasshopper Fluffles (Stampendous), Little Things (Sentiment/The Angel Company) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Pansy Purple (Close to My Heart) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Petal (Close to My Heart), Sweet Matstack (DCWV) ~ Other: Copic Sketch Markers, Circle & Scalloped Punch (Marvy), Dotted Scalloped Punch (EK Success), White Paper Flower (Close to My Heart), White Ribbon, Princess Brad (TAC), Crystal Stickles (Ranger), Martha Stewart Scoring Board ~ Card Size: 4.25 x 5.5

Love You More by Lisa Gardner

Love You More
by Lisa Gardner
(Kindle Edition, Mystery/Thriller)

Tessa Leoni would do anything to save her six-year-old daughter, even if it means confessing to murdering her husband. Now the child is missing and the state police trooper is the accused in what appears to be a slam-dunk homicide case. Called to investigate, veteran detective D.D. Warren senses something amiss, but as officials race to find the girl, he and his partner (and former lover) Bobby Dodge are forced to improvise almost every step of the way. Another compelling series novel by the author of Live to Tell and The Neighbor.

Love You More is an interesting thriller that is fast paced. Almost from the beginning things are not as they seem and the story is full of twists, some are unbelievable but, it still held my interest until the end.  Tessa Leoni is a fabulous character, she is a determined woman and an even more determined mother who will go to any lengths to save her child.  If you like mystery/thrillers with strong female characters, this one is for you.