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Celebrate National Taco Day + “Taco ‘Bout How Awesome You Are” Card Giveaway

According to, Americans consumed over 4.5 billion tacos last year. With so many different ways to eat them, people could have tacos daily for a week and not eat the same kind. We love tacos at our house. And we prefer soft tacos over hard.

So, in honor of Taco Day, I created a card to celebrate friendship…and tacos. 

I didn’t have any taco stamps, so I created the words on a transparent canvas in PicMonkey and printed them out on a sheet of cardstock. I traced a circle around the words and cut them out, then I scored the bottom and curled it under. Using a scalloped oval punch, I punched out several ovals and cut them in half for the lettuce. I cut out two circles for tomatoes and cut them into quarters. I cut a strip of cheddar-colored paper then used my scissors to cut fringe-like pieces to resemble cheese. 

I cut a coral-colored sheet of cardstock at 4.25″ x 11″ and scored it at 5.5″. The cream-colored base is cut at 4″ x 5.25″. I used Stampin’ Up!’s Work of Art and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets for the chevron inked in Stampin’ Up!’s Pumpkin Pie and the splatter stamp in Crumb Cake. At first, I was a little bummed when I smeared a little ink on the cream-colored base, but then I realized tacos are messy anyway, so the imperfections fit right in with the card. I adhered a matching cream-colored base on the inside of the card and used the same chevron and splatter stamps to decorate it. 

This card could be used for birthdays, congratulations, or thinking of you. Anytime you want to “taco ’bout how awesome” someone else is. You could even tuck in a gift card for that person’s favorite Mexican restaurant. 

I’m not sure about you, but as a former early childhood educator, when I think about tacos, dragons come to mind. What? You think that’s weird? Dragons do love tacos! How do I know? Well, because of the fantastic book called Dragons Love Tacos written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. 

Here are two facts you need to know: Dragons LOVE tacos–all kinds of tacos, BUT watch out for the spicy salsa. Otherwise, you’ll be in red-hot trouble!

If you like that book, then you will want to read the sequel: Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel.

How about you? How do you like your tacos? Hard or soft shells? Chicken, pork, beef, or beans? Have you witnessed a dragon eating a taco? Share your responses on my Facebook Author Page. I’ll choose one commenter to receive a 6-pack of “Taco ‘Bout How Awesome You Are” cards…and maybe something a little extra…

I’ll post that winner and the winners of my other two card giveaways: National Read a Book Day and Hug Your Hound Day in my monthly newsletter going out this week. If you’re not a subscriber, have no fear–you can subscribe here: Subscribe to Lisa’s Newsletter

Celebrate National Taco Day, but beware of dragons eating spicy salsa!

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Bella & Friends cards

Hug Your Hound Day is an unofficial holiday created by behaviorist Ami Moore to encourage dog owners to provide the best mental and physical care for their pooches. Dog lovers don’t need a specific day to snuggle up with their furry friends.

I wasn’t always a dog lover. I liked dogs, but it wasn’t until I got Penny, my chihuahua-mix, that I realized the depth of my canine compassion. 

Our youngest son had gone off to college, and I struggled with empty nest syndrome. Also, I was writing my fourth novel, Lakeside Redemption, at the time and had been doing a lot of research on dogs and canine handlers. I told Hubby we needed a dog. 

My mom had adopted Penny from a local animal shelter, but after several months, she wasn’t able to keep Penny in her apartment due to Penny’s dislike of other dogs in the building. I had cared for Penny while my mom was in the hospital and having to give her back broke my heart. So when Mom called and asked if I could take her, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. She’s been my sidekick for the past three years.

In honor of canines, I created a set of 8 cards using the Bella & Friends stamp set from Stampin’ Up! layered on Moonlight Designer Series Paper (retired) and Michael’s Recollections paper for the solid base layers. I used Stampin’ Up! Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, and Basic Gray inks along with Basic Gray baker’s twine.







Recently I read Sit, Stay, Love by Dana Mentink and absolutely loved it. A charming book with a sweet romance and an adorable rascal of a dog named Tippy. I was thrilled to see she had other books in the series: Fetching Sweetness, Paws for Love, and a free novella, Love at First Bark. So, if you love dogs, consider buying this series. 

To celebrate Hug a Hound Day and our precious pooches, I’m giving away the set of 8 Bella & Friends cards and a surprise treat for your favorite dog to one subscriber from my newsletter mailing list. If you would like to participate in the giveaway, you can sign up here: HUG A HOUND DAY GIVEAWAY. I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday on my Facebook Author Page. 

Click to Tweet: Love #dogs? Enjoy Bella & Friends cards @StampinUp & Love Unleashed by @DanaMentink #reading #hugahound

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Celebrate National Read a Book Day with Cards & a Giveaway!

I love to read! How about you? 

In fact, my love of reading led to my desire to become a writer. One author’s words changed my life. 

But reading and writing aren’t my only loves. I’m a creative who loves to play with words, photos (scrapbooking), and fibers–paper and yarn. Crafting is my therapy. Cheaper than a weekly visit to a counselor, and a lot healthier than chocolate…although, chocolate is involved when I’m crafting with friends.

As someone who loves books, words, and paper, I figured the best way to celebrate National Read a Book Day was by stamping a set of cards. I was inspired by cards I’d found on Pinterest that led me to Pink Paper BakeryUsing her card as inspiration, I dug through my box of scraps (filed by color in a photo box from Michael’s) and pulled out five coordinating papers in 8 color families to make this set of 8 cards.

I used white cardstock cut at 8.5″x 5.5″ and folded as my base and then I added a cream-colored layer cut at 5.25″x4″. Each stack of books is bound together and tied with a tag that reads, “hello, my friend” from the Stampin’ Up! Tap Tap Tap stamp set. If you would like complete instructions on how to create these cards, contact me and I’ll send you the PDF tutorial.  

What better way to celebrate National Read a Book Day than to recommend a great read?!? Here are new releases from some of my favorite authors:

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he’s remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana’s rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can’t seem to find his footing–or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him.

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret–one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.

When Ella’s brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park’s most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn’t so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he’ll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder–and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella’s secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other–even when disaster happens again?

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make  an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

Their Ranch Reunion by Mindy Obenhaus

Single mom Carly Wagner is surprised to learn she’ll have to share ownership of the home she’s inherited with her first love—and first heartbreak—Andrew Stephens. The man who fled their tiny Western town is back and standing in the way of her dreams to expand her B and B. Now a successful businessman, Andrew has eight weeks to buy Carly out. But Carly’s too stubborn to persuade—and too beautiful to ignore. When fire ravages her inn and she and her daughter move into their shared property, Andrew’s in over his head. Time is running out and Andrew must decide: leave and chase another deal…or stay and chase Carly’s heart.


To help you celebrate National Read a Book Day, I’m giving away this set of 8 cards and a $10 Amazon gift card to one reader! This contest is open to US residents only, and it ends at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. To enter the giveaway, click here to sign up: ENTER NATIONAL READ A BOOK GIVEAWAY. The winner will be announced on my Facebook Author Page next Wednesday. 

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