It started raining Thursday night and I don't think it has stopped. The forecast is for rain all weekend - so it will be a good time to get things done around the house. I have a few more photos of interesting things I saw in Italy to share. This doorknocker is a little odd, in a charming sort of way. I like the beaded background octagon and I think it would make a great frame. I have a lot of photos of doorknockers that I have taken over the years and I am thinking about making them into a poster to frame.
This letter slot also has an attractive frame and some interesting swirls. It was set into a large rock wall with nice colors and textures.
The most elaborate frame by far is this "Farmacia" sign. The shape would be easy to recreate but the dragon-like creatures at the top are much more complicated. Look around as you are out and about - I am always surprised at how many design ideas are right under our noses.
Between laundry and other chores on Friday, I spent a little time in my craftroom and made this test cut of another stencil design from a Dover image collection. I altered the shape a little to make it fit on a 5 x 7 card.
I cut the card with my Cameo and used a double cut on this thick shimmer cardstock. The cut was nearly perfect but a few spots needed to be "encouraged" to separate. I think it may be time to change the blade on my machine (I am still using the original blade and I have cut many projects). I'll show the finished card and more details soon.
A little enabling...
This weekend is the last chance to buy the Artiste cartridge and get both the Stamp of the Month and It's Your Day, the special double stamp set for National Stamping Month pictured above (until September 30th). You can get the cartridge bundle with the chipboard and the three included stamp sets for $99 and add the extra sets for just $10 more ($5 each) for a total of $108 plus tax and shipping. This bundle can only be purchased through a CTMH consultant and my friend Melanie Brown would be happy to help you with any questions. All of the details are on Melanie's blog HERE and you'll find the bundle on her Close to My Heart website HERE.
A little more enabling...
Dollar Days are back at Lettering Delights. This is a great time to stock up on their digital products at a bargain price. They are also running a sweepstakes to win a Bind-it-All prize package worth over $100. The contest is on Facebook HERE. Just click the image above to start shopping! There are some special codes to help you save even more. You can save 30% off a $20 or more purchase with the coupon code: SaveBushel and save 40% off your $50 purchase with the coupon code: Save Barrel.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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