Gift Guide for Fans of…

 

I see a lot of posts of people suggesting things you should buy for…fill in the blank. I always love looking at those posts but I had never done one of my own. I’m not sure why I never thought to do it before for books that I love, but that is all going to change today. This may be the first and the last, but either way I give you: Gift Guide for Fans of Anna and the French Kiss:

 

Anna, Lola, and Isla Mini 4×4 Handpainted Canvases Fanart Made to Order

I have a set of these fabulous paintings thanks to a lovely friend that sent them to me. They are perfect depictions of the Anna/Lola/Isla covers in a mini size. Currently mine are in my bedroom and the make me happy just seeing them.

Magnetic Bookmarks • Love Stories

Sadly this shop is on vacation until May 22nd, but this bookmarks inspired by Stephanie Perkins’ books are so stinking cute! As soon as they were available I scooped them right up. Definitely worth the wait until the shop reopens.

Relaxed Graphic Curved-Hem Tee for Women

How can I have a gift buying list without some kind of Paris tee-shirt? I personally have the navy one with the heart and Eiffel Tower on it, but if they had this one when I bought mine I probably would have gotten both.

Framed Art Print Scoop Black MINI

This is by far my favorite quote in Anna and the French Kiss. I have this print on a tank top and on my wall in my crafty space. There is something about it that just describes the vibe and tone of the book that is just so perfect.

Hot Pink Metal Eiffel Tower Decor

I’m not sure why you would need this, but I know I want it. It’s pink and an Eiffel Tower. It is basically the perfect thing to remind you of Anna since it matches the cover. Also would look great on the shelf with my Anna collection.

LEGO Architecture 21019 The Eiffel Tower

A friend got me this last year for Christmas and had such a great time putting it together. It was not as easy as I thought (I’m typically not a directions girl) but when it was all done it was worth it.

A Box of Macarons

Is there anything more French than a macaron? Okay, there probably is, but whatever. There is a scene in Anna where she and Meredith go and buy macarons. Never doubt the power of a food mention in a book to make a fan happy.

Do you have any gift suggestions for an Anna and the French Kiss fan? You know me, I always love to add to my collection of things.

 

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Cover Reveal – Illegal Contact by Santino Hassel

 

Today I’m part of the group revealing the cover for Santino Hassel’s book, Illegal Contact, out in August 2017.

ABOUT THIS BOOK:
The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Santino Hassell was raised in Brooklyn by a strict Catholic family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school-cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

PRE-ORDER LINKS:
HERE

I don’t know about you but I’m excited for this one!

What do you think?

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Book a Date with Me…AGAIN

Welcome to the newest feature on Andi’s ABCs, Book a Date, a post about something you are excited for that is releasing in the future. It can be a TV show, a movie (in the theater or out on DVD), a clothing line, a video game, a graphic novel, and of course a book. Actually it can be anything you want.  If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE.

Who booked a date this week? Well this week you get me. There was a problem with the person scheduled to go so I had to do one on the fly.

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The last time I booked a date, a measly 2 weeks ago I think, I talked about my trip to NYC for BookCon weekend. What am I booking a date for this time?

Book a Date with Me…AGAINA Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
on May 2nd 2017
Amazon, Goodreads

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

It is finally almost here! Tuesday, May 2nd, the day when I will be dodging Goodreads and my Twitter feed and all things that have the potential to spoil me on my loves Feyre and Rhysand! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this book. I mean the A Court of Thorns and Roses series may be one of my all time favorite series ever! It is so much in fact a favorite that I am reading A Court of Mist and Fury for the 2nd time…THIS YEAR. Yup, reading a 629 page book two times in one year and all before May. I just can;t get enough. I have the Kindle copy preordered and a hardcover preordered. I’ll be getting the audio when it is available, and I will be getting another copy signed when I get to co-moderate Sarah Maas’ signing when she is in MA on May 10th.

Yup, you read that right, I’m co-moderating, with Sarah from What Sarah Read, Sarah’s signing when she comes to the Burlington, MA Barnes and Noble. This will be my second time moderating for Sarah Maas and let me tell you I am even more of a fan girl now so this shall be interesting.

All I know is I’m booking my date for May 2nd and A Court of Wings and Ruin and you should too!

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Champagne Wishes and Crafty Dreams 19: How to Start Card Making

I’m warning you now, this is going to be a long crafty post. If that is not your thing, go and sign up for Book a Date!

Over a year ago I rekindled my love of crafts. When I was younger I used to love to make things at school and at home. But when I restarted this journey it took me a lot of time (and useless supplies) to find my crafty niche. But after a lot of trial and error I figured out that card making is my thing (I know Megan, the girl that hated cards now makes them). In this time frame I figured out a lot about the supplies you need to make cards that are fun, have a professional-ish look to them, but are definitely still handmade. I know some of my lovely readers like to make cards and some have asked me what I recommend for supplies. Well you are in luck. Today is all about How to Start Making Cards.

Basics:

Paper Trimmer
A good paper trimmer is a must. I am literally on my 4th one out of all the ones I have tried and this one has worked the best. Make sure you read reviews on them before buying one and invest in the one you want if you think this hobby is sticking around. I also recommend having replacement blades on hand because cutting oodles of paper will make those blades get dull really quick and when you blade is dull you will have a mess on your hands, trust me on this one. Also you can use your trimmer to create a score line to making folding your card easier and not spend the money on a scoring board if you don’t want to.

Suggestions:

*Fiskars 12 Inch SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
Fiskars Teresa Collins Studio Gold Portable Trimmer
Fiskars SureCut LED Rotary Trimmer 12-28mm
8 1/2” (22cm) Guillotine Paper Trimmer

 

Heavy Weight Card Stock
This is a must for card bases. An A2 size card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) is an average size card and is made using a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock that is  simply cut in half. This means you get two card bases out of one piece of paper which gives you more for your money. I tend to like a top folding card so I cut mine down on the 8 1/2 side at the 4 1/4 inch mark and score at 5 1/2. The weight of the card base is important as it is the structure of your card.

Suggestions:

*Neenah Solar White 110 lb.
Simon Says Stamp 120 lb.
Stampin’ Up Whisper White Thick Card Stock

Lighter Weight Card Stock
Now that your card base cut down and ready to go you need some lighter weight card stock to work on your actual design with. Now here you have a variety of options. I recommend getting a lighter weight white card stock to match your bases, but you can also go crazy with the colors. I have a variety of colors from different shops that are all awesome. Some companies even have sample color packs that I highly recommend for a new card maker.

Suggestions:

Neenah Solar White 80 lb.
*My Favorite Things
Simon Says Stamp
Gina K. Designs

 

Envelopes
For a while I was using my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to make my own envelopes. It was fun and is a useful tool if you need a weird shaped envelope. But I wasn’t able to seal them easily this way. Since then I have smartened up and realized just how cheap you can buy envelopes for and how many awesome colors you can get. I still use my punch board, but my life is so much easier now that I have discovered the simple way of ordering them instead.

Suggestions:

Simon Says Stamps
My Favorite Things
*Cards & Pockets
Gina K. Designs

 

Good Scissors
Good scissors are a must. They can make or break a card design sometimes. You need ones that fit your needs and I suggest having a few different kinds. You honestly don’t want to know how many I have.

Suggestions:

*EK Success Cutter Bee Precision
Tim Holtz Snips
DIY Rose Gold

 

 

Adhesive
In order to put your card together. I use a lot of different kinds because it is needed for different things. And sometimes I just use what is one hand. It all depends on my mood. I just know it should be strong.

Suggestions:

ATG Gun
Scotch 3M Foam Tape
*Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Tombow Mono Multi
Glossy Accents

Stamping:

Acrylic Blocks and/or Stamp Positioner
Truthfully I would be lost without my stamp positioner. I use it a lot to make multiply cards that are all the same design, to line things of straight or just to get a good stamped impression. I use my acrylic blocks a lot too, but my stamping tool is more important to me. I admit that I tried to by the mini one first. Sadly I realized by trying to save money with the small one I ended up spending more because I needed the bigger option. If you buy a stamping positioner I recommend getting the big one first. And for acrylic blocks? Get a variety of sizes.

Suggestions:

*Original Misti Stamping Tool
Hampton Art Stamp Perfect
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
Fiskars Stamp Block Set
Lawn Fawn Acrylic Blocks

 

Black Ink
Probably one of my most used card making products are my black inks. I have a variety in my stash and all are used for certain things. Some inks will smear if you use them with alcohol markers or watercolors. Others are made just for those products. Some inks are the perfect ink for sentiment stamping and some are just a nice, bold, black. I personally have about 4, maybe 5, different black inks and at one point of another I have used them all.

Suggestions:

My Favorite Things Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink
Memento TUXEDO BLACK INK PAD
Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink Pad
*Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink

 

Color Inks
I’m obsessed with colored inks. I actually have a ton of full sized ink pads from The Ton Stamps (they are my favorite for full sized pads). But for people starting out I recommend you start with ink cubes. A lot of popular craft companies sell their regular sized ink pads in cube sets of 4 (usually).

Suggestions:

Simon Says Stamp
Lawn Fawn
Hero Arts
*Altenew
Gina K. Designs
My Favorite Things

 

 

Good Quality Stamps
I admit I didn’t think I would get into stamping when I first started. I’m not sure what I thought would happen, but not my love of all things stamps. At first I just bought really cheap stamps and didn’t worry about it. But the more I started to work on cards the more I realized the more expensive ones are such great quality and they will last so much longer. It is really hard to part with the money sometimes but in the end I have decided it is in the best interest of my card making and will be worth it in the long run

Suggestions:

My Favorite Things
Simon Says Stamp
Altenew
*The Ton
Lawn Fawn

 

 

And there you have the basics I think you need to start making your handmade cards. Honestly these are just suggestions with my favorites marked in bold and starred. The links aren’t places you need to buy these things. I suggest you shop around for the best price unless something is exclusive.

I have a bunch of other supplies I could recommend if anyone is interested. Just let me know in the comments. The important part…HAVE FUN!

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Preorder Opportunity – A Court of Wings and Ruin (Blue Bunny Books)

 

On May 2nd, Sarah J. Maas’s final book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Wings and Ruin, will be released. Blue Bunny Books, an adorable independent book store in Dedham, MA, has a great opportunity for you.

All ACOWAR preorders will be signed and personalized by Sarah Maas. And any orders of Sarah’s other books will only be signed. Books will ship out after May 10th.

With book signings hard to come by or even get to this is a great way to add a signed book to you collection.

For more information please go HERE.

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