Today’s tutorial was about recycling a craft tool that most of us would routinely throw away. That tool is a homemade stencil to use with glitter paste. I usually find myself taking the instructions from the tutorial and somehow making my cards a way more difficult to execute. By this, I mean that I select an image that has to have parts masked off, or I make mine into a shaker card, or I use a cover die that I want to pop up and it has lines that are 1/8th of an inch wide…………., you know the routine. Today was different though……………………not only did I stay simple (sat on my hands so that I didn’t add more embellishments), but also I didn’t even alter the glittery mess around the circle. I decided that the uneven scattered look suited the image I used and went well with the odd circle stencil that I used in the second card.
I think this is the earliest time in the day that I have managed to post to the gallery.
Yesterday was the day for the fall crop put on by Scrapshotz online store. It is always fun to meet up with crafters that I haven’t seen for a while.
One of my favourite stamp companies is The Ton, and Scrapshotz has begun to carry their stamps. So today I am posting a card I made with one of many great The Ton stamps. I am not a watercolouring expert by any stretch of the imagination, but as someone pointed out, this large face stamp is a good place to start practicing. I used a rose gold embossing powder to outline the poinsettia which is also from The Ton.
It is funny how some things surprise you. When I was planning our trip to the British Isles this year and selecting tours to take, Dublin was the only stop where I had not eagerly selected a tour. I had been to Dublin before and had taken a hop on hop off tour that hit all the highlights of the city. In the end, I thought that since Ireland is famous for beer drinking, a pub crawl might be a fun alternative way to spend the afternoon. I was surprised to find out that the pub crawl I chose was not an ordinary pub crawl but a LITERARY PUB CRAWL. Apparently, many of the famous Irish writers got their inspiration while drinking a pint or two or three. It made sense then to learn more about these writers, while enjoying beer in a few pubs. How perfect is that? I love literature and my partner loves beer. It turned out to be one of the best tours of the trip.
So far I have completed three double page layouts of the crawl. I am posting the last one I made as I am loving the Guinness beer and beer wave that I made. I shamelessly stole the beer wave idea from a card on a The Ton bloghop, but I can’t find it again to give proper credit to the designer.