So I am back to blogland (yea !) after a week of traveling, having sweet family time at my sister's baby shower last weekend, fighting a cold (again - damn kiddie germs !) and finishing a three month subbing contract at an elementary school library (kids were sooooo fun !). I missed having the time to connect with my new friends out there. It is such a challenge sometimes to take the time to do what I love when the list of have-to's is long. My goal is to post twice a week but that isn't always going to be the case, I guess. I have to remember that this blog is for me, for my pleasure and stop feeling guilty when I don't reach my "goals". Enjoy the process as they say.
I have jumped aboard the GPP Street Team CRUSADE #19 - Cut It Out II http://www.michelleward.typepad.com/how_cool_is_that/ thanks to Michelle Ward's wonderful inspiration and tutorials. I had a blast with the rubber stamps in Crusade 18 so I was anxious to join the fun again.
I headed out to AC Moore with my 50% off coupon (gotta love those coupons !)and bought my stencil cutter and some Plaid stencil blanks, printed out some images to work with, taped stuff down to my glass from an old picture frame and got to melting ! I think I went a little too quickly at first as my lines were a little sloppy but I soon got to flow. I loved the zen quality of burning plastic with my cutter ! Great to do to music, of course ! I was listening to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss today (love that CD!).
Here are my first three stencils :
I don't have any spray paint (maybe I will get some with next week's coupons !) but I tried out my new tools with black acrylic paint and a make-up sponge. I love all three but I think I will use the "zebra" border a lot - I love borders on my journal pages. The little bird is a die cut stencil from a Cricut machine I love having around too. I added some details to it with a Gelly Roll pen. The paper is pages from a old hymn book from a flea market with a wash of acrylic paints.
So I have joined the addiction to stencil cutting ! I can't wait to see what all the other talented Crusader come up with !