Crafty Giveaway

Giveaway Package

I’m currently hosting a unique bookmark swap over at Instagram and I hold giveaways for our group members.

We are still accepting new members to our group! Our next swap is in September and we would love to have you join. Be sure to follow the hashtag below, on Instagram, to keep up with the group and to be in the loop with upcoming giveaways and other fun projects coming soon. We are currently open for US Residents only. More international spots will open soon.

We are swapping 4 bookmarks a piece. You can not only use them for books, but for your journals and notebooks! If you are interested in participating, DM me on Instagram for more information. We would love for you to be part of this group! The hashtag for our swap group: #StephslpBookmarkswap

Stephanie Hopkins

Mixed Media Artist/Abstract Painter/Book Blogger

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. -Stephanie

A Weekend Journal

Weekend Journal

“Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, is not only life-changing but life-expanding.” – Jen Williamson

I journal quite often but I haven’t made a journal specifically for the weekend in ages!

There are many types of these journals and not only in how you make them but what you do with them. Such as, include photos, day trips, parties, walks in nature, what you are reading, movies, gatherings with friends and family and so forth. In my journal, I recorded a few of my activities I did over the weekend and memories that came to my mind.

While I gathered paper to use as my signature, I came across paper with illustrations of people playing baseball and that took me back to when my family, friends and I use to go to the Braves games all the time down in Atlanta. Wonderful memories to look back on. I wrote that down after I included the pages to my journal.

It is not often I journal about food or drink unless it is a special occasion. Well, I had a reason to make a page about tea that a friend sent me in the mail. She had sent the tea to me a few weeks prior but I wanted to wait for a special moment to drink it. This past weekend was a perfect moment.

I love to explore waterfalls and it has been a while since I’ve been to one. I came across this image of a waterfall and it made me long to visit one this fall. What a great image to add to your journal.

My birthday was in June and my brother gave me a gift certificate to Starbucks. I rarely go buy coffee there anymore so that was a special treat. I took my mother along with me and we ordered special drinks and scones. It was a nice outing with her and I was delighted to have the opportunity to journal about it.

One of the activities I did over the weekend was watch a Youtuber make DIY mini envelopes embellishments to make and bunch together and place in journals. What a great idea! You can even use them as tucks and pockets. I decided to make a page using them so I will remember this technique. I’m thinking about including them in all my journals.

How I made the journal:

I had painted a scrap piece of jute a year or so ago and had put it aside. I had forgotten about it until I came across it on Friday and thought it would make a cool journal cover.

I gathered my paper, thread and needle and crated a floating spin for this journal. The reason for this was because if I had sewn into the jute, it would have eventually unraveled. I sewed the signature onto a strong piece of paper-I usually use fabric-and glued it to the jute. Then I took scrap paper and glued it on the sides of that paper to secure it better.

From there, I decorated my pages and made secret pockets for my writing throughout the weekend. Really simple and fun to make. Not all the pages are shown but it is enough for you to get the idea. I hope you enjoyed this post!

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. -Stephanie

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part VI

Day 34

I’m thrilled to be sharing with you all this week’s ICAD’s. The abbreviation ICAD means, “Index Card A Day.” This challenge was created a few years ago by artist Tammy and her challenge has really grown over the years. Below, is her IG account where you can find out more about her and her art.

It is absolutely wonderful to see the collection of cards I’ve made thus far. I have them sitting pretty on my bookshelf in a ceramic basket. Where is the picture? I’m going to share it on the last post of this challenge. I can’t wait! Like all the weeks beforehand, I love this week’s cards! Which one is your favorite?

Day 34: On the day I called, you answered me; you made me bold with strength in my soul. – Psalm 138:3

Day 35:  Tropical Dreams-I love the colors of this card! I used green paints for the background and then inked and stamped it. One of the collage elements is a paper towel.

Day 35

Day 36: Crafting is Therapy-
As far as the saying goes on the card, I dare say it might depend on the therapist hourly rate and the brand of crafts you buy. That said, the saying fits the bill. You get achievement in crafting.

Day 37: Be Wonderfully You, Everyone Else is Taken

Day 38: Dream Big, Aim High

Day 39: Weekend Dreams-I used some of my new papers to make this card and the last two. I love the simplicity of the collage and the design of the papers.

Day 36

Day 40: All About Eve- A line from one of my favorite American Movie Classics.

Brilliant, witty and sharp tongue dialogue. Stark portrayal of behind the curtain drama.

Bette Davis, brilliant as always. The fake naivete and conniving ways of Eve (Anne Baxter) is so convincing that I had a hard time caring for her in other films she starred in. Sign of a great actor one must say. Love everything about the film.

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part III

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part IV

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part V

Tammy IG @gypsy999

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. Have a blessed weekend! -Stephanie Hopkins

Day 40

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Wish-List 5: Books

It has been ages since I’ve posted a wish-list of books I want to read. I’ve been extremely selective these days, though not to say I don’t read a wide range of genres. The five books below are a pretty good example of what I’m currently interested in at the moment. That said, it can change at any moment. I’ve been a perpetual mood when it comes to stories. I wonder why that is because I love stories. Hmm…maybe it’s writing styles or sometimes I feel the writer is holding back or it could be that I feel like I’m reading the same story over and over again. The lack of originality at times. My guess it’s one of the reasons why I’m not reading as much historical fiction these days. Ever get I a reading funk like this? I don’t know. I’m rambling. These books look hopeful. Happy reading! -Stephanie

Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger

HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada)

Park Row

General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 05 Oct 2021

Description

“You won’t be able to stop turning the pages!” Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

Secrets, obsession and vengeance converge in this riveting thriller about an online dating match turned deadly cat-and-mouse game, from the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions on the 7:45


Think twice before you swipe.

She met him through a dating app. An intriguing picture on a screen, a date at a downtown bar. What she thought might be just a quick hookup quickly became much more. She fell for him—hard. It happens sometimes, a powerful connection with a perfect stranger takes you by surprise. Could it be love?

But then, just as things were getting real, he stood her up. Then he disappeared—profiles deleted, phone disconnected. She was ghosted.

Maybe it was her fault. She shared too much, too fast. But isn’t that always what women think—that they’re the ones to blame? Soon she learns there were others. Girls who thought they were in love. Girls who later went missing. She had been looking for a connection, but now she’s looking for answers. Chasing a digital trail into his dark past—and hers—she finds herself on a dangerous hunt. And she’s not sure whether she’s the predator—or the prey.

The Perfect Ending by Rob Kaufman

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members’ Titles

General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 15 Jun 2021

Description

Paralyzed by writer’s block, Scott Atwood’s career is over, and so, he’s decided, is his life. He just has to figure out the perfect ending befitting a popular, award-winning thriller-suspense author who always gives his fans a mind-blowing finale.

But just as Scott resolves to jump in front of a train, he conceives the ideal plot for his next bestseller — a writer of psychological thrillers who decides to wreak havoc in other people’s lives in order to help him come up with ideas for his next book.

Looking for inspiration, he exposes his neighbor’s affair with devastating and far-reaching repercussions, and his plan soon begins to spiral wildly out of control. But what is fiction? And what is reality? The lines blur in this twisted and masterful Hitchcockian thriller with the perfect ending. The question is… to what?

H. G. Wells: Changing the World

by Claire Tomalin

Penguin Press

Biographies & Memoirs | History | Reference

Pub Date 02 Nov 2021  

Description

From acclaimed literary biographer Claire Tomalin, a complex and fascinating exploration of the early life of the influential writer and public figure H. G. Wells

Upon the death of H. G. Wells, in 1946, George Orwell remarked, “If he had stopped writing in 1920 his reputation would stand quite as high as it does: if we knew him only by the books he wrote after that date, we should have rather a low opinion of him.” For though Wells is remembered as the author of such influential books of science fiction as The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds, and as a man whose visions of the future remain unsurpassed, his success as a writer of fiction stopped short in his forties. He remained famous, with an established reputation across England, America, and France, but, remarkably, never again equaled his early writing achievements.

Here for the first time, Claire Tomalin brings to life the early years of H. G. Wells, and traces his formation as a writer of extraordinary originality and ambition. Born in 1866, the son of a gardener and a housekeeper, Wells faced poverty and ill health from a young age. At 12, he was taken out of school, torment for a child with intellectual aspirations. Determined, Wells won scholarships and worked towards science degrees. Though he failed his final exams, he was soon writing text books, involving himself in politics, and contributing to newspapers. Still suffering from serious illness, as well as multiple physical breakdowns, Wells understood early on the impulse to escape – through books, art, and his imagination – and he began to make his name by writing short stories. But it wasn’t until the publication of his first novel, The Time Machine, in 1895, that Wells attained the great success he had so longed for. His book, which transformed the way readers saw the world, was hailed as an extraordinary accomplishment.

Until the period leading up to the first world war, Wells wrote books at an almost unprecedented speed – about science, mysteries, and prophecies; aliens, planets, and space travel; mermaids, the bottom of the sea, and distant islands. He chronicled social change, and forecasted the future of technology and politics; formed friendships with Winston Churchill, Henry James, and Bernard Shaw, and shaped the minds of the young and old. His most famous works have never been out of print, and his influence is still felt today. In this unforgettable portrait of this complicated man, Tomalin makes clear his early period was crucial in making him into the great writer he became, and that by concentrating on the young Wells, we get the best of his life, and of his work.

The Sound the Sun Makes by Buck Storm

Kregel Publications

Christian | Literary Fiction

Pub Date 18 May 2021

Description

Literary Americana with humor, heart, and a whole lot of twists to keep readers guessing

Detective Early Pines loves his southern Arizona desert, often thinking he could stare at it all day long. But now that he’s forced to do just that, the truth is the view from his back porch is getting old. He’s on mandatory leave from the police department, simply for punching a wife beater who had it coming. Early is in dire need of a distraction from his own loud thoughts. So when an old friend invites him to tag along to a rodeo down in Old Mex, it seems like just the ticket.

But if there’s one constant in the world, it’s that life always throws a guy curveballs. With a flat tire, a roadside bar, and a beautiful woman with trouble on her hands, Early’s distraction takes a hard right turn–straight to Los Angeles, six hundred miles west.

Hammott Lamont is waiting there in his own personal hunting ground. The reclusive filmmaker is a veritable cult leader to Hollywood stars–and he’s sure his latest project will redefine art history in his image. He’s got a plan for a brutal, modernized version of the Christ story, and he’s ready to trample anyone who stands in the way of his colossal vision. That is, until big, loud Early Pines hits the coast for a clash of two titans who never saw each other coming.

Quirky, lyrical, and unexpected, The Sound the Sun Makes offers a warm and sunny side trip for fans of Jimmy Buffett, Carl Hiaasen, and Barbara Kingsolver who long for more of a Christian worldview in their fiction.

The Torqued Man

A Novel

by Peter Mann

Harper

General Fiction (Adult) | Historical Fiction | Literary Fiction

Pub Date 11 Jan 2022

Description

“A damn good read.”—Alan Furst

A brilliant debut novel, at once teasing literary thriller and a darkly comic blend of history and invention, The Torqued Man is set in wartime Berlin and propelled by two very different but equally mesmerizing voices: a German spy handler and his Irish secret agent, neither of whom are quite what they seem.

Berlin—September, 1945. Two manuscripts are found in rubble, each one narrating conflicting versions of the life of an Irish spy during the war. 

One of them is the journal of a German military intelligence officer and would-be opponent of Hitler named Adrian de Groot, charting his relationship with his agent, friend, and sometimes lover, an Irishman named Frank Pike. In de Groot’s narrative, Pike is a charismatic IRA fighter sprung from prison in Spain to assist with the planned German invasion of Ireland, but who never gets the chance to consummate his deal with the devil. 

Meanwhile, the other manuscript gives a very different account of the Irishman’s doings in the Reich. Assuming the alter ego of the Celtic hero Finn McCool, Pike appears here as the ultimate Allied saboteur. His mission: an assassination campaign of high-ranking Nazi doctors, culminating in the killing of Hitler’s personal physician.

The two manuscripts spiral around each other, leaving only the reader to know the full truth of Pike and de Groot’s relationship, their ultimate loyalties, and their efforts to resist the fascist reality in which they are caught.

Mini Junk Journal: Part III

Denim Junk Journal

How to make pretty journals made out of trash and leftover or found materials around your home.

Welcome to Layered Page and thank you to those who follow my blog. Today is part three of my mini junk journal series where you will discover ways to use recycled materials to make pretty journals without breaking the bank. It is possible to make pretty journals with junk or recycled materials as I like to call it!

My objective when creating these junk journals is to use old ephemera AKA recycled materials, packaging, scraps of paper that I would otherwise throw out.

In today’s junk journal, I have to admit I used a new material to bind this journal. I wanted to see how Dollar Tree thread held up. I thought the thread would break as soon as I bound and tighten the signatures in the journal. I was shocked it didn’t! So far, it’s held up really well. I’m getting ahead of my self here. Let’s start from the beginning.

I took a cracker jack box to use for my journal. Every time I look at one of those boxes, it takes me back to my childhood. Anyhow, I’ve been wanting to make a denim journal cover for a while now and I had a scrap piece left over from the quilting project. Keep those fabric scraps! The bling on the cover is from an old worn out pair of jeans I kept. It was in no condition to donate to a charity shop and there was no way I was about to throw them away.

The inside of the cover is collage with packaging from the mail. Those are great to keep for your projects.

Signatures in Place

The signatures are made up of junk mail, scraps of construction paper kids use for crafts. I decided to coffee dye those papers to give them an old look and they feel so crinkly! Love it! I will do a post on my coffee dying process soon. Now that the journal is constructed, I will begin decorating and journaling the inside pages.

Be sure to take a look at my Mini Junk Journal: Part I. This post will give you more details in my process of constructing a journal.

Mini Junk Journal: Part II

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages! Often times, I post my decorated journal pages on Instagram.

My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. -Stephanie

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part V

Day 27

I’m thrilled to be sharing with you all this week’s ICAD’s. The abbreviation ICAD means, “Index Card A Day.” This challenge was created a few years ago by artist Tammy and her challenge has really grown over the years. Below, is her IG account where you can find out more about her and her art.

I have to say that this week’s cards really have touched my heart and I enjoyed creating them. I used a lot of my coffee dyed paper for the collage background and even did a little hand stitching. I take my photos outdoors and some of them may appear a little darker, due to cloudy weather we are having. You can get a better look of the cards at my Instagram.

Day 26

Day 27: We’ve been seeing a lot more rabbits than usual this summer in our neighborhood. I thought this card fitting for the premise. It has been wonderful to see them and glad the next-door neighbor cat has been neglecting is hunting!

Day 28: I love adding quotes and sayings to cards. This would go great in a journal or sent in the mail to a love one or friend. I believe the favorite part of this card is the lace I added.

Day 29

Day 29: Everyone Has Secrets- When creating this card, I didn’t have anything in mind as the layers developed. Isn’t it interesting were art can take you sometimes?  

Day 30: The quote on the card comes from the novel Possession by A.S. Byatt. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read the story and watched the adaption based on the novel. Making this card tempts me to read the story again.

“Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets. As they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire—from spiritualist séances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany—what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas.” -Book Description

Day 30
Day 31

Day 31: Housekeeping- I love writing sayings, quotes and poems. I thought I would write a quirky saying about housekeeping.

Day 32: The card below reminds me of one of my favorite childhood stories The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Imagine finding a walled in garden and the only way in that garden is by using a key. The story is charming, mysterious and elements of childhood imagination, adventure and emotions.

Day 32

Day 33: I love the outdoors and I still think on the fond moments of playing outdoors as a child. Those days, we could venture far from home, as long as we were together and home in time for dinner. The adventures we had! The bird and flowers on the card below reminds me of those days. Many great memories to cherish.

Day 33

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part III

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part IV

Tammy IG @gypsy999

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. Have a blessed weekend! -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Craft Supply Haul Product Review

My birthday was on Father’s Day on the 20th. Forty-five years ago, I was born on that special day. It has been a while now since my dad and I celebrated both events on the same day. I gifted him two paintings and a handmade card and so happy he loves them!

The following day, I woke up in good spirits. Though the sky was still cloudy from a recent storm, the birds were joyfully singing their song, I just knew it would be a good week.

For my birthday, I was given gift cards and I’ve had a few craft items on my wish-list for a long time. I was able to get a few of them with the cards and I can’t tell you how excited I was to order them. I kept going to my on-line order to check the tracking status every day until I received them! Needless to say, I was eager to get my hands on the ASAP!

Today, I am sharing that haul with you, my thoughts on each product and I hope you find inspiration for your crafting adventures! I’d have to say that this is probably the biggest craft haul I’ve had, outside of Dollar Tree that is, in ages! There is so much! This haul will last me a long time, me thinks! These items are available on Amazon for purchase. I do believe some of the items are low in stock, so if you want them, I’d get them as soon as you can. I’m not sure how long it takes the companies to re-stock them.

Nuanchu Real Dried Pressed Flowers Leaves Natural Pressed Chrysanthemum Daisy Flowers with Tweezers for Scrapbooking DIY Candle Decoration Resin Jewelry Crafts Making: I’ve ordered a ton of botanicals this time around. I’m running low and came across a ton on Amazon that I wanted to give a try at some point. I was hesitating on a few of these products but decided to take the chance because they look beautiful in the pictures! I rate this product five stars.

Knaid Vintage Floral Washi Tape Set, 12 Rolls of Decorative Solid Color Paper Tapes for Scrapbooking, DIY Arts and Crafts, Bullet Journal, Planner, Junk Journal, Gift Wrapping: Like I need more washi tape…I couldn’t help myself! These are beautiful! There is not a lot on the rolls but nonetheless, they will last me a while so I feel the price is fair considering… I rate this product four stars.

MOLNESO 360 Sheets Vintage Journaling Supplies, Scrapbook Paper Supplies for Writing, Drawing, Aesthetic Decorative Stationery Paper for Scrapbooking, Travel Journal: I’ve been collecting paper for over two decades and still have lots. Actually, since I was a kid. Yes, I love paper. That said, I’m running low on my vintage style collage paper and I really don’t want to use any more of my 12” x 12” paper unless I’ve already cut into them for journal pages. I thought I’d give this pack a go. The paper is thin so I will use glue sticks to adhere them (carefully) to my craft surface. Liquid glue would be too much for them. I love the verity of patterns and how vintage they look. I wonder how long these will last before I run out? Can’t wait to find out! I rate this product five stars.

60PCS Mushroom Laptop Stickers Decals, Doraking DIY Mushroom Plants Decoration Stickers Decals for Windows, Refrigerator, Decoration (Mushroom Collection, 60PCS/Pack): These stickers are beautiful! I wish I had purchased these before now. I rate this product five stars.

Retro Floral Stickers Set (120 PCS) PET Transparent Flower Stickers for Scrapbooking Planner Journaling Wrapping DIY Crafts Cards Album Water Bottles Phone Cases Laptops:  I started crafting with these stickers immediately. They are stunning! They are delicate so be careful with them. The adhesive is strong. I rate this product five stars.

50 Yards Lace Trims Vintage Lace Ribbon Crochet Lace Scalloped Edge for Bridal Wedding Decoration Package DIY Craft Supply, 10 Styles Assorted: You get a lot for your money and the lace is beautiful! A must for your craft supply. I will be buying these again in the future. I rate this product five stars.

138 Pcs/3 Sets Post Stamp Stickers Retro Cute Plants/Animals Decorative Sticker Square Adhesive Sticker Envelope/Bag Seal by EORTA for Diary Planner Bottles Scrapbook DIY Craft Gift, Forest Theme: I have a bit of an addiction when it comes to collecting stamps whether they are real or faux. I adore them and I’m always on the lookout for different designs. They are fun to add to your craft and art projects. If you can’t afford to purchase them from craft stores, I highly recommend collecting them from your mail. I do that as well as purchase them, though I’m selective on the company. I rate this product five stars.

D-worthy Retro Wooden Handle & Base Roller Date Stamp, Rubber Stamp for DIY Craft Card Making Planner Scrapbooking (Navy): I’ve been wanting a date stamp for sometime now. I’m just surprised I never got one sooner since I craft so much. I love this product and it stamps really well to paper! A must have for your craft supply. I rate this product five stars.

 The Botanist’s Sticker Anthology Book: I’ve been wanting to purchase a sticker book like this for a long time. My only issue with the book is that there is only one side of stickers to each page. The back is a pattern paper. However, I can use them once I’ve used all the stickers. The book itself would be cool altered to make a journal. Do keep in mind, that many of these stickers are quite large and the stickers adhesive is not very strong. I rate this sticker book, four stars.

Knaid Butterfly Stickers Set (360 Pieces) – Decorative Colorful Assorted Insects Decals for Scrapbooking DIY Arts Crafts Album Bullet Journals Junk Journal Planners Water Bottles Phone Cases Laptops: These butterflies are stunning! I have been fussy cutting many of them for my craft projects. They have a white border around them. They do stick really well to paper. I rate this product five stars.

Wooden Rubber Stamps, NogaMoga 12pcs Plant Patterns Rubber Stamp with 11 Sizes, Decor Stamps for Card, DIY, Paper Craft, Bullet Journal, Photo Album, Hand Book, Planner, Scrapbooking: I have not bought wooden stamps in a long time, or stamps in general, and I was thrilled to come across these designs! Keep in mind, they are small but perfect for your paper crafting, card making and journal pages. I rate this product five stars.

Vintage Collection Postcard Set: Pack of 30 Retro Style Botanical, Nature and Ephemera Postcards by Wintertime Crafts: The images on these postcards are stunning and the cards is sturdy! I rate this product five stars.

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Thrift Shop Ephemera pack: This is the third or fourth time I’ve purchased this pack. I love them and they go with the themes I use in my crafts. I rate this product five-stars and recommend it as a must add to your craft supply.

8″ x 8″ 25 PCS 100% Cotton Fabric Bundles for Quilting Sewing DIY & Quilt Beginners, Quilting Fabric Squares: AS soon as I go these in the mail, I started using them and forgot to take a picture! The picture shown is from Amazon and they are accurate. These are great for paper crafting, journal and mixed media projects. I rate this product five stars.

Wilton 30 Count Grease Proof Doilies, 4-Inch, White: Normally I get my doilies at the Dollar Tree but these were a pretty good deal and I loved the design and style. I rate this product five stars.

Fun Express – Orange 50 Cents Single Roll Tickets – Party Supplies – Entertainment – Admission Tickets & Wristbands – 1 Piece: These tickets did not come with a wristband. Not that I’m concern about that. I just wanted the tickets. Orange is a great color because I can distress them to make them look old for my paper crafting projects. Most likely I will coffee dye them. They are sturdy and perfect. I rate this product five stars.

I will use these products for journaling, card making, journal tags, embellishments, collage, bookmarks, happy mail and all sort of other craft ideas I can think of.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages! There are pictures on Instagram of what I’ve used from this haul so far.

June: Book Round-Up

It feels like this year is flying by and sometimes I feel like I’m not going to get all the reading in that I planned. According to my goodreads reading challenge, I am 16 books ahead of schedule, but still…

Anyhow, I wanted to mention that I’ve been thinking after this year, not participating in the reading challenges anymore. That said, I do like to keep track of my yearly reads but not on demand. I have not enjoyed reading this way for a while now. I have something else in mind to keep track of the number of books I read in a year that I might discuss at a later time.

My daughter’s book

In my  Home Library Books post, I talked about reading books from my own bookshelf at home and reading stories my daughter has read. I was able to get in two of her books and I quite enjoyed them. This month, I read seven books total and you will notice that I’ve veered away from historical fiction somewhat. I’m frustrated with the direction the genre is going in and the censoring going on in the publishing industry. That is for another time to discuss, if at all.

A few of these books I have read at a leisurely pace and the one by Dean Koontz, I’ve read before a couple times.

It shall be interesting what July brings.

Stephanie Hopkins

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part IV

Day 20

I’m excited to be sharing with you all this week’s ICAD’s. The abbreviation ICAD means, “Index Card A Day.” This challenge was created a few years ago by artist Tammy and her challenge has really grown over the years. Below, is her IG account where you can find out more about her and her art.

I have to admit that after the first week, I stopped following the prompts. Which is entirely optional for the artists to decide which way they go with this challenge. I tend to go my own path when it comes to my craft. This week I really mixed it up. I received some new craft items in the mail in the last three days, so I wanted to play with them! I will share which items are new in the descriptions below.  

Day 20: On this day was Father’s Day and my birthday. I was born on Father’s Day many years ago and it is rare when that day is celebrated on the same day. When it happens, my father and I celebrate both together with the family. It’s not too often when I make orange my dominant color. I think it turned out lovely! Plus, it gave me a reason to use this scrap of my painted paper for this project. I’ve been hoarding the paper, you see.

Day 21: Monday’s card represents a start of a new week. The possibilities were endless to make it a positive one and what a lovely week it has been. On this card I used scrap book pages, ink and ephemera from my older stash.

Day 21

Day 22: The Leftovers: The reason for the title is that I took paper towel that I’ve used to clean up paint and over time, it turned to this color. Isn’t it beautiful?! This card was an absolute blast to make! I also used Maple Samara from outdoors, needle and thread.

Day 22

Day 23: I wanted to create something a bit grungy on this day and this card is made from that feeling. I quite like how it turned out. I used my order supplies with this piece and the others above.

Day 23

Day 24: This card is vintage theme and I used my below products for the top layer. The bottom layer is is pages I used to paint black circles. Next week, I will be sharing a product review on everything I ordered. I loved how this turned out!

Day 24

Day 25: Abstract Tree: Okay, this one was a blast to make! I love trees and I’ve been drawing them since I was a kid. These days, I tend to create them in an abstraction medium. Some would say this could be a flower, but remember that in the spring time, many trees bloom flowers. For example: Cherry, Dogwood, Pink Mimosa, American Fringe and other sorts of trees.

Day 26: For this card, I used up the last of my homemade red, yellow theme painted paper. I thought it a great background for these pressed flowers and leaves. They’re from my new craft haul. I absolutely love how this turned out!

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part III

Tammy IG @gypsy999

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. Have a blessed weekend! -Stephanie Hopkins

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Cover Crush: The North Water by Ian McGuire

About the cover: Let me start by saying that I believe whale hunting is horrific and it is extremely hard for me to read novels about the subject. Anyhow, I’m totally feeling the summer vibes with this cover. Yes, the wale is in deep ocean but it still makes be long for the beach! I thought it clever to add the image of the whaling ship on the tail. I love the colors and the dramatic imagery of the ocean.

There is a better image of the book on IG @eatingtheirwords

Thoughts about the story: This looks like a story worth reading and the period the story is set in, is my favorite! I’m guessing it’s focused more on an evil person on board that is confronted? Hmm… I refuse to read any reviews on this book. I want an unbiased opinion. -Stephanie Hopkins

About the Book:

A 19th-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp and highly original tale that grips like a thriller.

Behold the man. Stinking, drunk, brutal and bloodthirsty, Henry Drax is a harpooner on the ‘Volunteer’, a Yorkshire whaling ship that is due to set sail for the rich hunting waters of the Arctic Circle. Also aboard for the first time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money and no better option than to embark as ship’s medic on this violent, filthy, ill-fated voyage.

In India during the Siege of Delhi, Sumner thought he had experienced the depths to which a man can stoop and imagined he’d find temporary respite on the ‘Volunteer’, but now, trapped in the wooden belly of the ship with Drax, he encounters pure evil and is forced to act. As the true purposes of the expedition become clear, the confrontation between the two men plays out in the freezing darkness of an arctic winter.