Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cristina is a Published Author, and I am Her Friend.

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.

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.

I thought it would be fun to make a card using the card as inspiration. Here is the card I made:
Cristina 3

Here are some amazing crafters who are celebrating the book release also, so check out their blogs too!

I am so honored to have such a talented friend who I hope to meet in 2014 so help me! LOL! Hopefully, I will get my autographed copy in person.  ;)



  1. This is cool that Cristina's crafty friends are promoting her book. :-) I have it on pre-order and I cannot wait to read it. I loved The World in Half. I will do some spruiking across the internet as well. I already tweeted. ;-)

  2. Love your darling card, Wida! It's so sweet! I hope you are doing well after the move!? Meeting Cristina and crafty friends are one the best things about crafting! I have yet to meet yo--> the famous Nurse Practitioner that makes amazing cards!

  3. I love your card Wida and what a nice way to announce the release of Cristina's book.

  4. Such a beautiful card, Wida! I love your CAS design...perfect for the launch of Cristina's new book! Fingers crossed that you do get to meet her this year!

  5. Love the colors in your card. Friends supporting friends...how fortunate we are to live in an age where instant communication can make this happen.

  6. How amazing you are to celebrate the launch of Cristina's new novel in such a fabulous way! Your card is lovely; simple banners transformed to stunning with your infusion of your amazing style and flair! Off to see what the others have created...and then checking out Amazon!! Hugs~c

  7. Love your card, Wida! Simply, perfect! And your little post made me giggle...here's to meeting Cristina in 2014! ;)

  8. This card - Wow!! I loved the awesome cuteness and simplicity of it!! So well done! Thanks for inspiring me! Taunya Butler at daisiesgirl.com


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