Champagne Wishes and Crafty Dreams 17: Birthday Cards

Lately I have been making a ton load of birthday cards. My theory is you never don’t need a birthday card for someone. (Plus a friend at work is looking to buy a set of just birthday cards.) Recently I’ve found it is easy to make any design into a birthday card so that’s what I have been doing. Some I have more success on than others but that’s the way it is with any kind of creating.

Here are some of my recent cards:

I used a variety of products and coloring mediums to do these cards. I love all of them in there own way. Stay tuned because some of these may show up on my blog for sale.

In April I plan to do 15 cards in 30 days. I will be challenging myself on my card Instagram CardsbyAndreaS (formally andiplans). Please follow me their if you want to follow along or even take part in the challenge.

Which of the above cards would you like to see in your mailbox?

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Review: Alex, Approximately – Jenn Bennett

Review: Alex, Approximately – Jenn BennettAlex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Published by Simon Pulse
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Amazon, Goodreads

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

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

Swoon. That is the immediate word that came to mind while I was reading Alex, Approximately. I’m not going to lie, I fell in love with this story, the writing and the characters almost immediately. I was worried going in because I had such high hopes, but Jenn Bennett did not disappoint me. She gave me exactly the kind of book I wanted.

First, the plot of this has definitely been done. I’m not denying that. But when I was reading Alex, Approximately the thought never once crossed my mind. I felt like I was reading a brand new idea and I savored every page. Second, I’m insanely in love with Porter. If I didn’t already have a book boyfriend (I’m looking at you Etienne St. Clair) I would be all over Porter. He’s sweet and smart and sassy. He’s completely unexpected when you get to know him. Third, Bailey and Porter are all sorts of slow-burn explosive. They had such great push-pull chemistry. And man were they sexy, hot. I loved everything about them together. I just never wanted their story to end

Honestly a book like Alex, Approximately is why I got into reading YA books and blogging. It was heart-warming, it was sexy, it was smile inducing, it was amazing. Jenn Bennett delivered a book and characters that will stay with me for a long while. If it isn’t on you TBR you need to fix that immediately.

 

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The ABCs with Sarah from What Sarah Read 3.0

Well guys, this is is, the last schedule post for The ABCs. I had a lot of fun doing this series over the years with all of you. It has been so great seeing about people are excited about buying and creating my own. You have all made this feature what it is and I thank you for that! But like most ideas things just run their course and I think The ABCs has run its course. It won’t go away completely. I am happy to accommodate anyone that would like to do one. Feel free to contact me if you are itching to do one, are an author wanting to promote your book in a fancy way, or just want to fake shop.

And here you go, the last The ABCs with Sarah, from What Sarah Read, running the show!

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Thanks so much for having me back for another installment of The ABCs, Andi. This is my third time (1,2) stopping by and I feel so honored that I’m the final guest poster to close out this fabulous feature! If you missed any of the previous posts from The ABCs make sure you go back and check them out!
I have a little bit of a theme here that was inspired both by an amazing book I just read and the fact that Spring is just around the corner! I took my initial inspiration from the gorgeous cover of Roar and picked some items that also featured that pastel watercolor vibe. As a result, my ABCs post turned out very Springy and I LOVE it!


Accessory
Ever since the Make Believe in Yourself Eye and Cheek Palette was announced by the fabulous ladies on the Tarte Cosmetics Snapchat, I knew I HAD to have it. It’s part of a larger collection that was inspired by unicorns, which is totally my aesthetic so you know I HAD to buy it. I ordered this gorgeous palette literally the second it went on sale and I’m happy to report I just received it in the mail yesterday and I am in LOVE! The colors are so gorgeous and pigmented, and I cannot wait to create some pretty and soft eye looks for Spring! I may have also picked up these epic unicorn horn makeup brushes to make my collection complete. Can you blame me?

Book
You guys…Roar by Cora Carmack is a book you NEED in your life. It’s Cora’s first venture in to the YA fantasy world and I have to say…it’s amazing! Without giving too much away, Roar follows the adventures of Princess Aurora as she breaks away from a world she always known and takes a chance on what she feels in her heart to be true. There’s so much world-building, an amazing magic system and some serious swoons which checks off all the boxes I love about a fantasy novel. Make sure you add it to your Goodreads shelf today!

Clothing
There’s nothing I love more than a great sweatshirt, and even more than that, a sweatshirt than I can wear out and about without feeling like a big slob! This Reveries Printed Sweatshirt from Anthropologie is so gorgeous and I love the stylized finish of the sleeves. That simple little detail takes it from running errands to grabbing brunch with your besties.

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Thanks Sarah for being the last guest post for this feature!

Now on to the next feature…when I figure out what that is.

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Review: Fireworks – Katie Cotugno

Review: Fireworks – Katie CotugnoFireworks by Katie Cotugno
Published by Balzer + Bray
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Amazon, Goodreads

It was always meant to be Olivia. She’s the talented one, the one who’s been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, is the levelheaded one, always on the sidelines, cheering Olivia on.

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.

Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.

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.

Sometimes you pick up a book and you just don’t know how it is going to go for you. You’ve read books by the author and enjoyed one and was conflicted on the other. You like the premise but know it has the potential to go in a different direction than you expect. Because of these things you are almost scared to pick up the book. This was me with Fireworks. I was worried how I would feel about it. I was scared I wouldn’t love it. I was scared I would be disappointed or conflicted. Instead I got one of my favorite books of the year. Simply put…it was freaking fantastic.

There was so much I loved about Fireworks. The setting, the characters, the romance, the friendship, the plot, the writing. I loved it all and I loved it all because it meshed flawlessly together. As soon as I started reading and realized these girls would technically be my age now, I was sucked in. Then I got the the ‘boy band’ part and I was transported to the 90s. Then I got to the romance and I swooned. And finally I got to the heartache of strained friendships and I bawled. The book was magical in its beautiful woven parts and made me a fan for life.

I really can’t even find the words to tell you how genuinely in love I am with Fireworks. It was a book that just got me. I felt a connection to it and I just can’t explain why. It wasn’t what I expected yet it was what I wanted and more. Another must read in 2017.

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Introducing: New Pretty

 

The day is finally here! After months and months of waiting my new blog design is here and I’m in love with it!

Rachel, of Hello, Chelly, did such a fantastic job on this design. She took a Pinterest board I created and made something so me. It is perfect and I love it! She 100% captured exactly the look I was going for and I’m just so happy.

Keep in mind though that my blog is now a work in progress. Slowly I will be updating my old posts to fit in with my new pretty and that is going to take a while. 4 years of blogging is a lot of posting. But I am up for the challenge.

Anyway I just wanted to pop on and show off the new pretty and Rachel’s amazing work.

What do you think? So Andi right?!?!

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