The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

It has been a really LOOONG time since I last blogged, but I have been busy reading, stamping and living life.  I LOVED this book!  The 57 Bus is a nonfiction, young-adult book.  The book opens with the best first chapter I have ever read.  In fact, I read it aloud to my 7th and 8th grade students as an example of cliffhanger, interesting word choice and stimulating non-fiction.  The crime that changes lives involves a lighter, a skirt, a bus, Sasha and Richard.

I learned about community and stereotypes.  I learned about agender and race.  I hope young adults read this book and learn also!

The card I made uses the polished stone technique as a background and the “Enjoy Life” stamp set.

Enjoy Life - Polished Stone Technique - K's Kards - Kristin Willberg - Stampin' Up

I wanted the background to represent fire so I used a technique called polished stone that I found on YouTube.  Here’s the link: Polished Stone technique.  Melissa Kerman talks about using a foil paper, but it just needs to be a glossy paper (Stampin Up’s glossy paper is now discontinued).  On the 5×3-3/4″ glossy paper, I used four ink refills that are discontinued colors because those were the only ones I had.  They are yellow, orange, red and pink.  The “Enjoy Life” stamps are inked in black Memento ink.

The card base is Real Red (looks pink in photo) cut to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, then folded at 4-1/4.  Once I made the polished stone front and stamped the “Enjoy Life” sentiments, I added a couple of black faceted dots and some black 1/2″ ribbon.

Product List

Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill

Hello Honey Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

Hello Honey Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill

Stampin' Trimmer

Stampin’ Trimmer

I hope you have a chance to read this book that reiterates the saying: think before you do.  Be kind!

Make sure to check out the Stampin Up website.  The new holiday catalog will be released on September 4 and I think it is one of their best.  A little something for everyone!

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