Saturday, April 9, 2022

 To celebrate the April release for The Cats Pajamas, I used these adorable digital images to create a scalloped circle shaped card that stands up on its own. How 'stinkin' cute are these sweeties!?

This was a quick and easy one. I folded a piece of 8.5 X 11 cardstock and used a scalloped circle die that I laid slightly on top of the fold and ran it through my die cutting machine. This way, it does not cut through the fold and you can create any shaped card! I used the same die and cut a patterned piece of paper and glued that on top of the folded card base. I printed out the Into The Woods digital images (don't forget the sentiment) and colored them in with copic markers. I used the following:

Skunk: W10, W7, and W1

Squirrel: E23, E35, and E29

I fussy cut out the imagines and used my paper trimmer to cut the sentiment. I die cut a heart out and popped it up with foam tape, and added stickles! I added everything to the card base and viola... The card is complete! :D Quick and easy, but super cute! And the sentiment are just darling. This card will definitely be given to my stinkin' fiance. :D

Here is a close up:

The digital set is so cute and comes with a variety of sentiments. Get yours on the website here:  https://thecatspajamasrs.com/TCP/shop-2/

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

The Cat's Pajamas March Release! // New Design Team!

Hello my crafty friends! I have been lucky enough to be selected for the Cat's Pajamas Desin Team! I am so excited to work with many talented women, and some fabulous products. Here are my first two projects using their files!

Spring is on the way and I have been in the mood to get ready for that warm weather and the Easter holiday! I dont know about you, but I love that Spring represents growth and new beginnings! Today, I have two cards for you that I made with cutables from the March release. For both, I used Spring Animals and Grassy Patches cutting files.

The first card is bright and fun.

I ink blended the background and used a die that cut three different rectangular shapes. I used my cricut to cut out the SVGs of the little chick and bunny. I also ink blended the interior rectangles and I glued the adorable animals inside the first two rectangles. I used the interior rectangle from the top, stamped a sentiment on it, and glued it into the bottom space. I absolutely adore these lil guys, but especially the bunny with such great big ears! Don't you think it adds character? 

I had to use all of the cute lil spring animals so I made another card using the Spring Animals.

For this card, I used masking paper and die cut an oval I had in my stash. I removed the oval masking paper and left on the reverse. I ink blended using Distress Oxides in Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey, and Squeezed Lemonade. I used my Cricut  to cut the cute chickadee and lamb from the Spring Animals SVG cutting files, as well as the grassy border from the cutable file. Before I glued them onto the card, I put the masking tape of the oval back on the card and removed the outside area and used a stencil and stickles glitter gel in the color Nebula to add some shimmer and shine! I removed the masking tape, let it dry, and glued everything together. Lastly, I stamped my sentiment.

Below are the cutable files I used for both cards.

Spring Animals Cutable SVGS 
Spring Animals 



Grassy Patches Cutable SVGs 
Grassy Patches Cutable SVGs

I hope you liked my first two cards with the design team. I could not be more excited to design projects using these fantastic products and work with these terriffic kitties!

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Happy New Year -- GOOD RIDDANCE 2020!

Review for An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks (& Sarah Pekkanen)


4.25 stars. This book kept me intrigued. You typical domestic psychological thriller, but I liked the way some of the chapters were written. It was similar to 'You'... as if you were reading the notes of a therapist, but written out in novel form, not mixed media. The plot twists weren't amazing, but it's hard to read something new when thriller is your favorite genre.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Review for Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier (Release Date - April 2020)

I have not updated my blog in quite awhile. But, after reading this book, I could not help but want to share my opinion with everyone. This book was a 5 star read!!!!!!!!!!! I don't know what it is about thrillers, even though they're my favorite genre, I rarely give them five stars. Maybe because it's often hard to love the characters. A lot of them tend to be unreliable. Maybe it's that everything has been done before. Maybe it's the writing and lack of substance? But, this Thriller was five stars for me. I can't even necessarily pinpoint why.

What I do know, is I was very invested in the story. I feel like I had to know what was coming even though it wasn't necessarily a fast-paced thriller. I think that the story was woven together very well. I did predict half of the twist, but it did not even bother me. The end was very satisfying. Even though most of the characters where bad people, they had very real thoughts. And the author described them in a way that a rational person could understand (with the exception of maybe one). I really loved the story. I already miss reading it and I'm still thinking about it. I am thrilled that I received this as an e-ARC. I'm going to go read everything that this author has written to date! I highly recommend getting your hands on this book as soon as you can! Published by Macmillan

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Review for The Color of the Sun

I recently finished The Color of the Sun by David Almond. It's release date is set for September 2019.

(3.5 stars) While this book starts off on a dark note and does continue to have some dark and deep undertones, it's really a sweet story that involves a colorful and carefully woven tale. It takes place in one day while Davie wanders the town. He is grieving, as he recently lost his dad. Along the way, he goes on many little adventures, comes into contact with a vast amount of unique characters and it ends with an unexpected resolution, as it comes full circle. I thought this was a very clever story and full of color. It's a big quirky and a bit loving. It's a story full of imagination and wonder and I enjoyed it very much.

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July Wrap Up - RECORD READING MONTH! ♥

Woohoo! I made a record for myself. I read 9 books this month! OMG - can it be!? I am up to par with my BookTube friends!? I can't even believe it. Hellooooo life out of Grad School!!!! :) I participated in two readathons this month which really helped (I will post a 'Reading Rush' blog entry soon).

Monthly Stats

Pages Read: 2,513                                                        Middle Grade: 3
Average Rating: 3.94*                                                  New Adult: 1
                                                                                      Adult: 3
                                                                                      YA: 2
Physical Books: 4 
           *Graphic Novel: 2                                             Thriller/Mystery: 2
E-Books: 1                                                                    Gen Fiction: 2 
Audio: 1                                                                        Fantasy: 4
Audio/Physical: 3                                                         Utopian: 1
                                                                                     
                                                                                     

Here are the books I read this July, when I read them, why, and my rating!

No Exit: June 10 - July 5, 2019 for The Book Junkie Trials Readathon ****

No Exit by Taylor  Adams

The Woman in Cabin 10: July 5 - July 14, 2019 for The Book Junkie Trials Readathon ****

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware\

The Tea Dragon Society: July 19, 2019 for The Book Junkie Trials Readathon *****


The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill

Furthermore: July 14 - July 19, 2019 for The Book Junkie Trials Readathon ****

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Stardust: July 20, 2019 for The Book Junkie Trials Readathon **

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Saga: Volume 5: July 27, 2019 for The Reading Rush Readathon ****

Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan

Scythe: July 22 - July 28, 2019 for The Reading Rush Readathon *****


Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Color of the Sun: July 23 - July 31, 2019 for The Reading Rush Readathon (also, a NetGalley read) ***.5

The Color of the Sun by David Almond

November 9: July 21 - July 31, 2019 for no reason (audio book mostly) ****

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Book Junkie Trials -- FIRST EVER Completed Readathon!!!! ♥

So, I have OFFICIALLY completed my very first readathon. I have participated in so many before, but this was the very first one that I finished every single challenge, AND over a week early!!! I guess monthly readathons work so much better for me! Makes sense because I am not an incredibly fast reader like booktubers, and I don't seem to have nearly as much as time as others.

I am super stoked. The books I read are listed below and what challenge was completed for each. GO TEAM MAGE!!!!! :)  (Here is readathon info: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik7ehmYa2yE&list=PL7MSUxj8ZqlqJqR6hoYTmpciBeDGgL13t -- thank you, for ALL of your hard work Rachael Marie!)

Challenge One: Orc Grove: A book that is gruesome, gory, or gritty
I read....


Challenge Two: Ol' Pirate Cove: A book that takes place, at least in part, on sea
I read.....

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Challenge Three: Glimmer: A book that is beautiful or colorful
I read...

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Challenge Four: Draconic Isle: A book that features dragons
I read...

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Challenge Five: The Bookie Grail: Group book - Stardust
I read...



I am so incredibly excited that I finished an entire readathon AND read 5 books in one month thus far! This is so rare for me.

This past weekend was #24in48 readathon so that helped a bit. For that, I read a little over 7 hours in 48. I feel like I can't compete with others in this readathon. I need my sleep, so, I usually don't go past 8 hours. I think my future goal will be 12!

FUTURE PLANS!

Stay tuned for my next blog that will be all about #TheReadingRush, formerly known as Booktubeathon. There is SO much to be excited about this round!!

I also plan on reading #NetGalley reads and really starting to get involved now that grad school is over. I need to get my percentage up and keep my blog up to date. I have also been making lots of cards lately and I havent uploaded any of those pics here. I have been using Instagram for that - Follow my card/book IG account at: books2readcards2make

For all of August and September, I will be participating in the We Be Book'n Bookopoly and am SO excited for that. I created a board and all of my challenges are ready to go. I will create a blog for that as well.

So many incredibly fun things to come!