Champagne Wishes and Crafty Dreams 15: Recent Cards

Ever since I started making cards you guys have been so awesome and supportive. You bought my holiday card sets and my bookish notecard sets and made my crafty heart a flutter. I plan in the future to set up a page on this blog with single cards I have for sale (I need to make a stock first) so stay tuned.

With this in mind I thought I would share with you some of the cards I have made recently. A couple of people asked if I would be able to make them a set of cards; one all occasions, one hello cards. I made a totally of 16 cards. Here is a look at those cards:

If you want to know any of the products I used let me know. Most of them came from The Ton Stamps, Simon Says Stamps, Altenew and Stampin’ Up.

What kind of individual cards would you be interested in buying? Tell me in the comments!

The ABCs with Skylar from I’ll Meet You There (Andi Style)

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Welcome to The ABCs where you can see what accessory, book and clothing item others are lusting after! If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE. I’ve also created a place for authors to sign-up and do the ABCs for one of their main characters. Check that out HERE.

Today we have me doing The ABCs for on of my favorite characters, Skylar, from I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios . I just finished my 3rd read of this fantastic book and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to show what I think Sky’s ABCs would be.

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Accessory: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars
Sky wears Converse sneakers through out the book. She even wears them when Dylan makes her “dress up” even though Dyl HATES them. I figured Sky would want a new pair in San Fran and I think she would want red. It isn’t a neutral but it’s a color that goes with everything and can showcase her artist soul.

Book: Storytelling with Collage
Another huge part of Skylar is her love of paper collaging. She loves telling a story with paper and glue and making it all mean something. While she is studying I would totally see her read a book about collaging to really learn everything she can about the hobby she wants to make a job.

Clothes: My Heart Belongs to A Marine tank
This is a given, well if you read the book. Sky is huge on wearing take tops in the summer, she even calls it her uniform. While away from her guy she would definitely want to show her love for him in some way, shape, or form.

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Thanks “Skylar” for playing! I hope I did the character proud. (Honestly I really can picture her with all of these things.

If you would like to play like Skylar/I did, sign-ups are open HERE.

Top Ten (okay, Eight) Tuesday – Bah Bah Black Sheep

I hate when I feel like a black sheep with certain books. There is nothing worse than all of your reading people to fall in love with a book and then you read it and you hate it or are just  meh about it. You question what you missed that everyone else loved. But that just shows how not all books are for all people. Anyway, I have been pretty lucky for the most part with being a black sheep. I have 8 books that I came up with for today. Basically I decided this list by the rating being higher than a 4 on Goodreads and I either gave it no stars, 1 star or 2 stars.

Some Boys – 1 star

Safe Haven – 1 star

Winger – 2 stars

Don’t Look Back – 2 stars

I Hunt Killers – 2 stars

Unhinged – 2 stars

All the Bright Places – Couldn’t Rate

On the Island – 1 star

What books were you a black sheep on? Did any surprise you?

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Blog Tour: Future Threat by Elizabeth Briggs + giveaway

Blog Tour: Future Threat by Elizabeth Briggs + giveawayFuture Threat by Elizabeth Briggs
Series: Future Shock #2
Published by Aw Teen
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Amazon, Goodreads

Six months ago Aether Corporation sent Elena, Adam, and three other recruits on a trip to the future where they brought back secret information--but not everyone made it back to the present alive. Now Elena's dealing with her survivor's guilt and trying to make her relationship with Adam work. All she knows for sure is that she's done with time travel and Aether Corporation.

But Aether's not done with her--or Adam, or fellow survivor Chris. The travelers on Aether's latest mission to the future have gone missing, and Elena and her friends are drafted into the rescue effort. They arrive in a future that's amazingly advanced, thanks to Aether Corporation's reverse-engineered technology. The mission has deadly consequences, though, and they return to the future to try to alter the course of events.

But the future is different yet again. Now every trip through time reveals new complications, and more lives lost--or never born. Elena and Adam must risk everything--including their relationship--to save their friends.
The second book in the New York Times bestselling Future Shock trilogy.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

If you know me you know my love for all things time travel and parallel life. I’m a sucker for stories where you get to see the future or what life could have been my making a change. To me these two things really go hand in hand. If someone travels into the future they are now creating a parallel life where this happens and that will change things. It is an endless loop of mind games and questions. And the newest book in the Future Shock trilogy, Future Threat, does just that.

Future Threat takes place 6 months after the end of Future Shock. Elena, Adam and Chris are trying to get back to their normal lives after everything that happened to them and what the Aether Corporation have done to them. But getting back to normal is easier said than done. Each of them struggle with what happened and with the memories they can’t forget, especially Elena. Prepared to never think about Aether or time travel again the 3 of them are once again approached by the company needing their help. Reluctantly the 3 of them travel 30 years into the future to help bring back another team of time travelers. While they are there things don’t go as planned and soon they all find themselves fighting to find a way to fix a future that they could lose forever.

I will say that I found Future Threat predictable. Not in a bad way. I mean I knew how it was all going to go down almost immediately, but I still was on the end of my seat trying to figure out if I was actually wrong or not. I was 100% entertained and interested the whole time. Part of that interest was because of all the parallel worlds that were formed because of changes. I honestly couldn’t stop thinking about them and how each choice these teens made in the future would essentially effect not only the past but the future from that past, if that makes sense. I was fascinated by how things changed so easily from visit to visit and was curious what it would all mean to the main couple, Adam and Elena.

Oh Adam and Elena. Elena killed me in this book. She refused to get out of her own way and I wanted to shake her. Actually I wanted to shake Adam too because it was so obvious what she was doing and he ignored it. They definitely frustrated me. But I also really liked there story and how even when they were being weird with each other they still had each other’s back. That is really important to who they are as characters and I was happy that was still the case. I also really liked how they responded differently to things they saw in their futures and wanted to work to make it all happened.

In the end I really liked this installment of the story. I liked where the characters went and how they changed and learned. And I loved the time travel aspect. The end was a little too cliff hangery for my liking, but just all the more reason to look forward to book 3. Final thought…thumbs up.

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Review: Play by Play Series Books 10, 11 & 12 – Jaci Burton

Review: Play by Play Series Books 10, 11 & 12 – Jaci BurtonAll Wound Up by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play #10
Published by Berkley
Format: ARC
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Tucker Cassidy is going through a slump—both with his curveball and in his dating life. After having a painful altercation involving his ex-girlfriend’s knee, the professional baseball player is convinced things couldn’t get worse…until a gorgeous doctor comes to the rescue at his most embarrassing moment.

As the daughter of the owner of the St. Louis Rivers major league baseball team, Dr. Aubry Ross has been around jocks all her life. She knows the ins and outs of all their games, and she isn’t interested in playing.

When Tucker repeatedly lands in the hospital where she’s working, Aubry starts to think he’s getting injured just to see her. Tucker is both funny and sexy, and Aubry is pleasantly surprised to discover he actually respects her job.

But when her father disapproves of their relationship, will Tucker let threats of a trade get in the way of a game-changing love?

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Review: Play by Play Series Books 10, 11 & 12 – Jaci BurtonUnexpected Rush by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play #11
Published by Berkley
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Amazon, Goodreads

For Barrett Cassidy, playing defense for the Tampa Hawks is a dream come true. And now he may have discovered his dream woman. Harmony Evans, once the sweet, gawky teenage sister of his best friend and teammate has grown into a smart, gorgeous woman with moves he finds hard to resist. But he knows he can’t get involved with his best friend’s sister—it’s guy code.

Harmony has always gone after what she wants with single-minded determination, from her independence to her education to her career in interior design. She never expected her youthful crush on Barrett to develop into something deeper. And she’s not about to let some ridiculous man rules or her brother stand in her way.

When the chemistry is this combustible, lines tend to get crossed. And when Barrett and Harmony’s secret gets out, it just might be game over...to develop into something deeper. And she’s not about to let some ridiculous man rules or her brother stand in her way.
When the chemistry is this combustible, lines tend to get crossed. And when Barrett and Harmony’s secret gets out, it just might be game over...

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Review: Play by Play Series Books 10, 11 & 12 – Jaci BurtonRules of Contact by Jaci Burton
Published by Berkley
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new restaurant succeed, he’s willing. Now if he could just meet a woman who loved him and not his fame…

After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two. It’s just the opportunity she needs to heat up her career—if only she wasn’t wildly attracted to her sexy new boss. Their chemistry might be sizzling hot, but Amelia has no intention of being burned again.

Flynn can’t get enough of Amelia, and Amelia loves every second she spends with the tough yet tender Flynn. But trust is a hard-fought battle for both. Breaking the rules of contact and surrendering to their passion was the easy part. Are they willing to risk their hearts to win at the game of love?

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Reading a long romance series will definitely have its ups and downs. There will be couples you love, couples you hate. There will be set ups that work and some that don’t. You will never be 100% happy with all books in a long series, but that is what the joy of reading is about.

I started Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series in 2012. Over the last 4 years I have read books 1-9. Over the last 2 months I read the final (??) 3 books, All Wound Up, Unexpected Rush, and Rules of Contact. Each book had a Cassidy sibling (Tucker, Barrett, and Flynn) and the football and baseball we ha e known and loved in this series. All three had love and romance and the ever present happily ever after. But all the did not leave me with the same feelings of joy. To be honest I was slightly disappointed in the last two books.

Basically, I really enjoyed Tucker and Aubry’s story (book 10). They definitely had a natural chemistry between the two of them that sucked me in from the start. Their relationship didn’t feel forced or rushed. It felt like they belonged together and that’s what I love about a good romance. But Barrett and Harmony(book 11) and Flynn and Amelia (book 12) didn’t have that feeling for me. Those two couples felt forced and there was no spark. I almost wish there had been build-up and pinning. I really think that’s what was missing for me.

As a whole I enjoyed the series. There were so hits and some misses, but together it was just a fun sports series with love, life and romance. Book 10, All Wound Up, was my favorite of the last 3 for sure, but I would recommend checking the series out.