Card Crafting with Jennifer

Jennifer came to me with an idea about creating a crafty, card making post for each other’s blog. Since we are both card making book lovers it was perfect. So come and say hello to Jennifer from YA Book Nerd and check out her Etsy shop when you are done.

Andi and I are teaming up to showcase each other’s work. We both make handmade cards, but we have different styles. Card making is addictive, once you get going, it’s hard to stop.

How I got started: one Christmas season, I decide to make the cards we send out. And I never looked back. I love making Christmas cards. It’s my favorite time of year, I put on some Christmas music and let my creativity flow. I just bought some new clear stamps and I’m excited to create something magical with them!


Here’s one of my favorites from last year

Because Halloween is my husband’s favorite time of year, I make Halloween cards too.

Andi’s gotten me hooked on washi tape – which is super fun to play with for cards.

She also introduced me to the Misti Mini which helps me create cards like these:

This is the first one. How you bean?

And then I went a little crazy with some Paris card making. Can you tell that I adore Paris?

As you can see, I’m addicted to stickers, washi tape, stamps, and pretty paper. That’s what I use in the majority of my cards. Sometimes I use embossing powder for that special pop. I have a slice machine and sometimes craft special objects with that.

But I’m always happy to test out new ideas, which is why I love following Andi. She makes awesome and colorful cards.

A few years ago, I created an Etsy shop for my cards and other crafty items. I make earrings and some other jewelry. And because I love Christmas so much, I paint some ornaments and make gift tags too.

Please give my shop a look

If you like my cards, earrings, or Christmas items: here’s a small code: ANDIABCS10 that will give you 10% off.And check out my blog: https://yabooknerd.blogspot.com/ to see Andi’s fabulous cards.

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Thanks for the fan idea and for stopping by, Jennifer!

Please go and checkout her Etsy shop and be sure to use your special code only Andi’s ABCs readers will get.

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Jane, Unlimited: The Umbrella Card Set {+Giveaway}

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. When I started  the book (truth: I am still reading it as it is a long one, but really enjoying it) I honestly had no idea what I was going to do for my blog post. I was thinking review but I knew a lot of people would be doing that plus if you have seen my other posts you know how terrible I have been at that lately. I wracked my brain for an idea and then as I read a huge theme in the book jumped out…umbrellas. Jane has a thing for umbrellas and suddenly I had an idea. I would make an umbrella card set.

First it started with the umbrella stamp above. I stamped it once as it is and let it sit overnight. Note: The stamped umbrella is actually plain with no design. When I was looking at it the next day I thought about how I could try and stamp a pattern of some sort in each umbrella. First I did it over the line which was fine, but a little bother some. I tried wiping the ink away and that worked but not perfectly. and then I hand an idea and I just used paper to block the lines and it was perfect!

Since Jane has so many different umbrellas in her life I decided to do 4 different patterns for the card set. I did a floral, a polka dot, a stripe and a coffee bean. When the ink on the panels were dry I colored each one accordingly and stamped a coordinating sentiment. Then I cut them small to put a mat of color behind them to fit the theme. I attached the panel to the mat, the mat to the card base. I added some sequins for sparkle and matched an envelope to each one and done. Jane, Unlimited Umbrella cards.


Jane, Unlimited: The Umbrella Card Set {+Giveaway}Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Published by Kathy Dawson Books
on September 19th 2017
Amazon, Goodreads

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family's island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.

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About Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master's from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Her epic fantasy novels set in the Graceling Realm--GracelingFire, and Bitterblue--have won many awards and much high praise, including picks as ALA Best Books for Young Adults, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Booklist Editors Choice, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. In addition, Graceling was shortlisted for the William C. Morris Debut Award and Fire is an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner.

Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. (ARV: $18.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on September 11, 2017 and 12:00 AM on October 9, 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 October 11, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Week One:
September 11 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style Files
September 11 – The Bookiemoji – Review
September 12 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Playlist
September 12 – Wandering Bark Books – Review
September 13 – Sarcasm & Lemons – Umbrellas Jane Would Make for YA Characters
September 13 – Arctic Books – Review
September 14 – Book Nerd Addicts – Review
September 14 – In Wonderland
September 15 – YA Book Central – Excerpt
September 15 – My Friends are Fiction – Promo
 
Week Two:
September 18 – YA Bibliophile – Review
September 18 – Across the Words – Umbrellas, A History
September 19 – The Eater of Books! – Mood Board
September 19 – NovelKnight
September 20 – Great Imaginations – Review
September 20 – The Wednesday Blog for Books – Review
September 21 – Icey BooksJane, Unlimited Quote Candy
September 21 – A Page With a View – Favorite Quotes
September 22 – A Thousand Books to Read – Review
September 22 – BookCrushin – Review
 
Week Three:
September 25 – Teen Librarian Toolbox
September 25 – The Young Folks – 10 Reasons to Read Jane, Unlimited
September 26 – Live Love Read – A Mood Board for Every Story
September 26 – No BS Book Reviews – Review
September 27 – Andi’s ABCs
September 27 – The Novel Hermit
September 28 – Paper Trail YA – Review
September 28 – Swoony Boys PodcastJane, Unlimited Fan Cast
September 29 – I Am A Reader
September 29 – Fiction Fare – Review
 
Week Four:
October 2 – Don’t Fold the Page
October 2 – Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile – Characters & Tea
October 3 – MuggleNet – Review
October 3 – Xpresso Reads – Top 10 Awesome Umbrellas
October 4 – The Book Wars – Review
October 4 – Once Upon a Twilight – Guess the Story in GIFs
October 5 – Mundie Moms – Review
October 5 – YA Romantics – Review & Quiz
October 6 – Bookworm Everlasting – Book Photography
October 6 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Bookish Style Board

 

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Cards by Andrea S. – New Stock

Last week I posted about a sale I’m having in my card shop, Cards by Andrea S., where you can save 15% off your purchase. (You can find details HERE.) With the code winding down I thought I should add some new stock.

What did I add you ask (okay, maybe you didn’t, but I’m showing you anyway)? Well I added these new gems:



The fruit cards  there is an option to buy 2 for a discounted price and that is before the 15% off. And the Boston and NYC skylines there is a custom option to change the color if you would like. Slowly but surely more and more will be added.

I’m not gonna lie, starting an Etsy store is a slow process. It is hard to get word out and to get people to buy and set reasonable prices for what you do. But I love it so I keep doing it. If there is anything you would love to see in the shop that you would want to buy, just tell me and I can work on it.

So what do you think of the new addition?

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Cards by Andrea S. – Etsy Sale (ends 8/13/17)

As you may have heard, especially if you follow me on Twitter, I have an Etsy shop, Cards by Andrea S., where I sell some of my handmade cards. It isn’t something I set out to do when I started to make cards but I decided to take a chance and try it out. It’s been a fun learning experience and everyday I’m think of ways to make the shop grow.

Since August is my birthday month I am doing a sale for 15% off your order with the code birthday15. The code will end 8/13/17, my birthday, so make sure you shop soon!

What kind of cards will you see at Cards by Andrea S.? Here is a sample:

If there is a specific card you need you can always message me and we can work it out. 🙂

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