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Books | Scrapbooking Mystery: Gossamer Ghost [Giveaway]

If you are a scrapbooker who is also into mysteries, then Laura Childs has the perfect series for you. The new addition of Gossamer Ghost this month makes a creepy total of 12 books in her bestselling Scrapbooking Mystery series of books.

The series centers around scrapbook store owner Carmela Bertrand, who has an unsettling habit of tripping over dead bodies in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Of course, she then has to solve the mysteries surrounding their deaths, earning her a reputation as an amateur crime solver. She does all of this in between running her successful store, Memory Mine, and attending all New Orleans most glittering society events.

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Books | The Brushstroke Handbook by Maureen McNaughton

One of the reasons I was excited to review “The Brushstroke Handbook” was because I know nothing about fancy brushstroke painting. I can paint walls and furniture, and I can even use stencils. But I wanted to give my skills a little boost.

The Brushstroke HandbookIt turns out this is a great book for beginners because the author, Maureen McNaughton, is noted for her clear and concise directions. She also goes into detail on the supplies that she used for the book and why they work well for the techniques described. I used a different brand of acrylic paint and brushes (because it is what I had on hand) and I was missing the paint “extender” that she mixed with each color to change the paint’s consistency a bit. I will have to get this before I start any serious projects. Continue Reading →

Giveaway | Scrapbooking Mysteries Book – Gilt Trip by Laura Childs

Here’s a fun giveaway as the weather turns cold – a book to cozy up to!

New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs has just released the 11th book in her Scrapbook Mysteries series. This one, titled “Gilt Trip“, takes scrapbook store owner through a dizzying series of New Orleans high society events as she solves the murder of a business tycoon at his “Welcome Home” party after his release from prison.

Gilt Trip coverGilt Trip is steeped in the sights, sounds, and smells that are uniquely New Orleans, and references to scrapbooking and mixed media projects thread through the narrative as well, as Carmela juggles running her Memory Mine store with solving a murder. Continue Reading →