Blog Tour – The One Memory of Flora Banks: Book Inspired Card {giveaway}

Hi all! The end of the The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr tour is quickly approaching and I’m the second to last stop. For the past 3 weeks bloggers have been showing off their creativity and reviews for this unique book and now it is my turn. First a little about the book:

Blog Tour – The One Memory of Flora Banks: Book Inspired Card {giveaway}The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
on Penguin Teen
Amazon, Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. She lives under the careful watch of her parents, in a town she is familiar with, among people who are equally familiar with her story. She has not been able to recall any part of her past since she was ten, when the tumor that was removed from her brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend's boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this singular memory breaks through Flora's fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake and their shared kiss are responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step in reclaiming her life.

With little more than the tattoo "be brave" inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is, how old, where she lives, and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to the land of the midnight sun--Svalbard, Norway. There she is determined to find Drake, and to explore the romantic possibilities and hopeful future that their reunion promises her. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must "be brave" if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

Rich with psychological twists, powerful moments of hope, despair, and confusion, and a landscape very much a character unto itself, FLORA BANKS is an emotionally compelling and immersive read that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the depths of the human heart, and the power of the human mind.


There are a couple of themes I noticed in Flora Banks right away. First Flora talks about being brave (even has it tattooed on her arm to remember) and second writing and notes are very important for her day to day life. Because of these two things I was immediately drawn to make a card that was inspired by Flora and her notes.

First I took my MFT Typewriter Text Background stamp, Gina K. Ocean Mist ink and cardstock, and put it in my Misti to create my panel for my card. I used the blue color because of the similarity to the book cover.

When that was finished I used my Avery Elle Wonky Stitch die with my Big Shot and created a frame. I adhered the frame with my ATG Gun and my card base was ready.

Setting the base aside I pulled out my book stamp from Unity Stamps and my Felicity Jane alphabet stamps. I decided to use silver embossing powder on the stamp of the book to go with the theme of the cover. Once that was done I used my letter stamps and Lawn Fawn Blue Jay ink to create the sentiment for the card.

With the panel finished I used some fun foam and adhered it to the back before inserting the panel on the base of my card in the spot left by the frame. When that was in place I took out some sequins and added a little sparkle.

And there you have my final product (which I will be giving away on Twitter later today).


About Emily Barr

Emily Barr ( began her career as a journalist at the Guardian before realizing that she was drawn more toward books. After taking a year to go backpacking for a column assignment, she returned home with the idea for her first book, the New York Times bestseller Backpack, and never looked back. She has since written 11 additional books for adults. The One Memory of Flora Banks is her young adult debut. Emily lives in Cornwall with her partner and their children. You can follow her on Twitter @emily_barr.








Week One:
May 1 – Butter My Books – Guest Post
May 2 – Novel Novice – Svalbad Travel Guide
May 3 – No More Grumpy Bookseller – Review
May 4 – Pink Polka Dot Books – Review + Favorite Quotes
May 5 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Mood Board

Week Two:
May 8 – Midsummer Reads – Author Q&A
May 9 – Margie’s Must Reads – Review
May 10 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Author Q&A
May 11 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review
May 12 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Guest Post

Week Three:
May 15 – Fiktshun – Guest Post
May 16 – The Book’s Buzz – Guest Post
May 17 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Flora Banks Inspired Recipe
May 18 – Andi’s ABCs – Flora Banks Bookish DIY
May 19 – In Wonderland – Review

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (ARV: $17.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 1, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 22, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about May 24, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Champagne Wishes and Crafty Dreams 21: Recent Cards

Admittedly since my 15 Cards in 30 Days challenge I haven’t made too many cards. Truthfully I have been on a reading binge. First I devoured A Court of Wings and Ruin. Then the Mayhem series by Jamie Shaw came into my life. Because of those books I was more interested in words than glue and stamps. But I have managed to make some (with 2 I can’t show you yet). Here is a look at 6 cards I have recently made:

This one is not my favorite of the bunch. I tried my hand at a watercolor background for the first time. In truth I don’t hate it, but it is something I need to definitely work on.

When I got the April Hero Arts monthly card kit I was inspired by all the fashion and girly images. I had a lot of fun creating this one and I look forward to doing more with this set.

Because of the card above I was inspired to try to find a way to use both of those images again. Originally I stamped these both like this on scrap paper but then an Idea formed and this card was born. It actually is one of my favorites.

I recently watched a Youtube video that used a Snow Marker to make the foam on beer. I was immediately inspired and bought all the products to make one for someone close to me. He’ll love it…I hope. Now I want to use the snow marker on ice cream cards.

I don’t do a lot of prayer/sympathy cards, but I couldn’t not get this stamp from Unity Stamps. It is just so gorgeous and fun to color and come up with designs for. I have so many different things I want to try to do with it, but for now I love this pink combination.

And lastly I made my mom her Mother’s Day card and she loved it.

What do you think of my cards? Any favorites?

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Champagne Wishes and Crafty Dreams 20: 15 Cards in 30 Days

In April I challenged myself to make 15 cards in 30 days. I knew I would be able to do it if I had the time and I was pleasantly surprised when I surpassed my goal. In total I made 23 cards (I can’t share some as they haven’t been given to the people that they were going to). I’m really happy with what I accomplished and if you would like to see all the cards you can on my card Instagram, but today I thought I would share some of my favorites:

Main Stamp: Unity Stamp Company

Main Stamp: Altenew

Main Stamp: The Ton Stamps

Main Stamp: Altenew 1|2

Main Stamp: Hero Arts

Main Stamp: Concord & 9th

Do you have a favorite?

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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.


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.


*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.


*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.


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


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.


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.


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



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.


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


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.


*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.


My Favorite Things Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink
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).


Simon Says Stamp
Lawn Fawn
Hero Arts
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


My Favorite Things
Simon Says Stamp
*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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Champagne Wishes and Crafty Dreams 18: All the Cards (GIVEAWAY)

It’s coming. Soon I’ll be selling my cards on my blog. I’m taking the month of April to really build a stock, and to complete a special request for a friend, but I would say come May you will be able to buy one of my cards if you would like. It is taking me longer than I would like, but creativity is hard sometimes and there are days it just isn’t there. But I promise it will be soon (if anyone is even interested. HA).

In the mean time I thought I would share (once again) some of the cards I have been working on. And ICYMI, I had a cool thing happen to me. I had two of my cards featured on the blog for one of my favorite supply shops, The Ton Stamps. You can check that post out HERE. Now on to the cards:

What do you think? Do you have a favorite?

And since you have been so patient with my posting of all these cards I am going to send a card to one winner. It may be one of the above or it may be something new I create. Since it will just be a mailed card this is open internationally. Giveaway ends April 9th at 11:59PM EST. 

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