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Awesome news!

My friend and fellow cardmaker, Cristina Kowalczyk, has some exciting news. She’s also an author (she writes under her maiden name – Cristina Henriquez), and her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, comes out TODAY! To celebrate, I, along with a few other crafty friends, are helping her spread the word about her book.


Henríquez 12.11

Ben Fountain said it was “a triumph of storytelling,” Heidi Julavits called it “extraordinary,” and Amazon editor Chris Schluep chose it as his “must read for summer,” saying, “This novel snuck up on me. It’s moving and beautifully written, never overwrought, and I read it virtually in one sitting. It’s compelling, tragic, sometimes funny, uplifting and heart-wrenching. I can’t stop thinking about these people.”

Cristina is giving away 5 signed, first-edition copies of The Book of Unknown Americans. And because this is all about spreading the word, there are four ways to enter.

  1. Tweet about The Book of Unknown Americans (#UnknownAmericans)
  2. Write a Facebook post telling your friends about the book
  3. Pin the cover of the book on Pinterest
  4. Or simply leave a comment on Cristina’s blog

If you do all four of those, that’s four entries! (On Cristina’s blog, submit one comment per entry. For example: “I tweeted!” “I put it on FB!” “I pinned it!” etc.)

From all the comments on her blog, Cristina will choose 5 people to win a copy of the novel. Plus, one lucky person will win the grand prize, a signed book plus a giant stash of craft supplies – stamps, dies, inks, you name it!

For more info about the book and other ways that you can show your support, head over to Cristina’s blog. (comments here are closed because you need to go to Cristina’s blog to comment!)

So proud of my friend–this is such an amazing accomplishment!

Congratulations, chica!!! Standin’ “O”!!!


Proud members of the Cristina Henríquez Street Team:

Julie Ebersole

Virginia Lu

Maile Belles

Debby Hughes

Wida Miller

Laura Bassen

Jennifer McGuire

LIVE CLASSES: Seattle area, Saturday June 7 2014

I’m teaching a few live (and fun!) classes at Impress once again!

120 Andover Park East
Tukwila, WA  98188

Please contact the store directly to register and reserve your seat! Space is limited to 20 adults!




You will use a variety of watercolor techniques to create these beautiful designs! You’ll learn about the types of inks that work well for watercoloring stamped images, and how to maximize your stamping supplies to achieve gorgeous results! ($32.00) *Please bring detail scissors, a small paper trimmer and your preferred adhesive

  • 10:00-12:00     Sat. June 7      Tukwila




These card designs will feature a medley of on-trend stamping and die cutting techniques, embellishments and styles! Join me as we mix things up to create these striking all-0ccasion cards! ($32.00) *Please bring detail scissors, a small paper trimmer and your preferred adhesive

  • 1:00-3:00     Sat. June 7     Tukwila


Hope to see you there! :)


Winner of free seat to Watercolor for Cardmakers

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner of this Giveaway–life happened.


And the winner of the free seat to Watercolor for Cardmakers is:

Melania Deasy

Congratulations, Melania! An email has been dispatched to you and the lovely folks at Online Card Classes will help you get all hooked up! I hope you enjoy it–it’s my favorite coloring method and the class is going to be AMAZING!!!

Thank you to all that entered the drawing!


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