Saturday, July 10, 2010

Reading is Fundamental

Books are an obsession of mine. If you think I'm bad with crafting supplies, you should see my library of books. I have always loved to read, and sometimes much to the dismay of my husband. Once I get into a book, I'm likely to stay up to the wee hours trying to get it read. I have lots of favorite authors, and I even reread my favorite books. Some of my favorites are Jan Karon's Father Tim series and Robyn Carr's Virgin River Series. Reading and re-reading these books is like going home and visiting friends.

This week's at Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog, the challenge was a sketch to follow. No problem there, but what image? I decided to use the Color Throwdown Challenge colors with the sketch from this challenge, and those colors just screamed relaxing with a good book. When I first discovered digi images, one of the few places that had them was Squigglefly. I purchased several images, not realizing that they were drawn by different artists. Much to my delight Avid Reader turned out to be a Cheryl Alger(our own dear Sassy Cheryl) design, and of course just the thing for my challenge card. Papers were from my Sam's Club purchase of many years ago, and the flowers are made using a tutorial that was in Magnolia Magazine. My little reader is colored with Copics, and the little blue embellies are Bella's Baubles. The sentiment is a paraphrase of the following quote by Charles W. Eliot, "Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors; and the most patient of teachers." As long as I've got a book, I've got a friend.

Thanks for stopping by and I love hearing from you. Who are your favorite authors? Now I'm off to read my new Nora Roberts book The Search.

10 comments:

  1. Adorable image and sentiment! I'm a huge reader too and I've never once stopped to consider that it would be a great card theme (I know there are lots of people out there like us) and one that could potentially be a masculine card too! I read the first book in the Jan Karon/Mitford series earlier this year and will most definitely be reading the others.

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  2. This is the cutest card, Shirley; I love the image. I love books, too! Paula, I read the entire Mitford series; love them!!

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  3. Hi Shirley, I love your card today!

    I had to read on in your blog posts, wow, what a great job with your box of OWH cards and the any hero card signing you did. Way to go!

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  4. Shirley, this is so wonderful, your flowers are just awesome! Thank you for joining us at Sassy Cheryl's!
    Hugs, Alina

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  5. Shirley, I LOVE this card, the sentiment, and your blog post!!! Yes, my friend, we do have so many common interests-love to read, too and LOVE to see children reading! Thank you for joining us this week at Sassy Cheryl's!

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  6. Love your card and the story behind it. My fav author has to be JK Rowling. I love her imagination. Fav book is The Shack. Right now I am reading Breakfast At Tiffanys by James Patterson. Love Nora Roberts too! Good Luck on the Challenge.

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  7. Beautiful job!! Thanks for playing...

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  8. Sent this to my neighbor. So true! She has a daughter that ALWAYS has a book in her hands. Great card Shirley.

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  9. Such a pretty card, love the flowers.
    Thanks for joining us at Sassy Cheryl's this week.
    Hugs
    Tracy

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  10. Shirley - i'm into chick lit and love a good boy meets girl, they hate each other, boy and girl fall in love. I love to read the Irish authors - there's something about their writing that is warm and cosey and makes you feel part of the plot - like a fly on the wall. When i've finished a book - I feel like I mourn for a couple of days - like the characters moved away or something. Weird!!! Anyway, blogging and crafting have put paid to any reading recently.

    Paula x x x

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