Monday, July 24, 2017

Two Types of Ink - The Life She Was Given

Welcome to this week's installment of Two Types of Ink.  Today I'll be talking about the amazing new novel by Ellen Marie Wiseman called THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN.  I have to admit that I've had What She Left Behind in my To Be Read (TBR) stack for a year so I was really excited to get the opportunity to read this one early.  Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the advanced copy. I've always been a sucker for circus stories, proven by my read of The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff earlier this year.  I like the complex characters that come to life in this environment. 

THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN was a very good use of my reading time. This is the story of a girl sold to the circus by her mother and another girl who runs away from her mother.  Told from both perspectives in alternating chapters, Wiseman captures the complexity of girls coming of age who must look to themselves for guidance as they can't get it from their parents.  The plot of this story is so engaging and the visuals are sharp and concise.  You can smell the peanuts and taste the tears.  I loved every word and every plot twist.  I really thought I knew how the novel would end and was completely wrong.  Wiseman delivers characters you raise in your heart and a story your mind will never forget.

Pick this one up at Amazon or another book store near you!  It's book birthday is Tuesday, July 25th!

As for the inspiration, I originally intended on going literal and using circus papers and sentiments but everything I had was retired.  So I decided to focus on the elephant that is one of the central characters in the story and capture the red and white big top in the color choices. 

I used Tabs for Everything because I wanted to use the Amazing You saying that fit perfectly into the story.  The glitter paper is because of the glitz of the circus as they try to dazzle you. 

Finally, I wanted a background but didn't have any papers to use and I wanted more texture on the card.  I also wanted to play a little so I finally broke out my decorative masks and embossing paste.  As I have heard others say, it's important to get the mask into water and wash it off quickly after you pull it off the project so that it can be cleaned.  This meant putting a dish of water on my crafting table - thank goodness Michael was napping so it didn't get spilled since you know that is a HUGE no no for me!  I did two pieces of cardstock with this pattern.  By the time I finished the second one, the first one was already dry.  You have to try this product out!

  • Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Ink: Smoky Slate
  • Stamps: Tabs for Everything
  • Big Shot: Cutting Mats, Magnetic Platform, Stitched Shapes Framelits
  • Accessories: Embossing Paste, Embossing Knives, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, 3/4 Circle Punch, Starburst Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Metallic Enamel Shapes, Dimensionals, Adhesive
Hope you enjoyed this project the way I enjoyed this amazing story.  Until next week!


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Have a craftastic day,

Have a craftastic day,

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