Friday, 20 May 2011

May update - Fit the Third...

As well as May's ATC's I've also done my offering for May's Tag swap too. Now I'm really pleased with these because it's the first time in ages I've actually stamped an image and then coloured it in (thought I'd better seeing as how I'd bought a big pack of Promarkers especially to colour the stamps I'd used lol...)

Right... off we go. The Birthstone for May is Emerald. Many believe that Emeralds have mystical qualities and in days gone by emeralds were prescribed for soothing of the eyes. It is believed that the colour of the emerald is very soothing.

The theme for May is therefore any mystical or fantasy images that you wish - think fairies, wizard, green man, unicorns, enchanted forests etc. Your tags must also include the colour green somewhere - either in the background or embellishments and the twist this month - your tag must also include an eye or something eye related.

Now I don't usually buy stamps that need a lot of detailed colouring in because I'm not very good at it, but this set of clear Papermania fairy stamps (Midnight Fairytale) looked so nice I couldn't resist them... the stamps themselves are coloured in which gives you ideas straight away on what to do with them (handy 'cos I don't have a lot of imagination when it comes to colouring and shading lol...)
 
The watercolour-effect background is done by swiping Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters distress ink pads across a heat sheet and spritzing with water, then dragging the cardstock thru it and drying it a couple of times - so simple but so effective. Why on earth don't I do more of this - its so easy but looks so good! The fairy is stamped in black Memories and coloured with pastel Promarkers... didn't want to use harsh colours to give her a faint and ethereal impression. She is coloured - honest! just looks very faint in the picture, slightly better in real life lol...
 
The 'Believe' word is actually part of a Christmas set, but fits in well with the general theme methinks, the border of flowers just looked right, and to fill the gap in the middle I stamped a Kaisercraft music stave - shame it's not come out very well in the pic but it's in Tumbled Glass distress ink so blending in nicely. And the eye twist? look at the top of the tag, in the sky and clouds... there's a pair of eyes (courtesy of a cover stamp off Craft Stamper some months back...)
 
Hope the recipients like these - I've certainly enjoyed doing them this month!

May update... Fit the Second

Just got back from the vets, my poor little Tommy has spent the nite there and will be there again tonite. He'd not eaten for 2 days and was breathing very heavily and looking very sorry for himself. My friend Tim had called round last nite and took one look at Tommy and within 45 minutes we were at the vets being seen. They stuck him (the cat, not Tim!) into an oxygen chamber overnite and hooked him up to diuretic drugs as he had fluid on his lungs, seems to have done the trick overnite as he's looking much perkier this afternoon.

I'd rung this afternoon to see how he was doing and they said I could come and visit him - so I shot up there for a good long cuddle. I asked whether I should bring him anything: clean pyjamas, grapes, magazines... vet laughed and then said "oooh no, no grapes - they're poisonous..." thats a new one on me so will have to ensure I don't keep any out on the cupboard top in case he eats one... raisins too apparently...

Anyways, hopefully I can bring him home tomorrow, lord only knows how much the bill will be cos it's over £330 already (£104 just for the out of hours consultation - gulp..)... all donations greatfully recieved...

May catch-up...Fit the First...

This is starting to become a habit lol... not posting for a few weeks or so. Gonna have to pull my socks up!

First up - May's "Anything Goes" Atc's...a totally free choice for the theme, so I wandered into the town after work one afternoon for some retail inspiration. Ever been into Hawkins Bazaar? It's a great place to pick up all sorts of useful things for all occasions... my brother and sisters usually end up buying loads of silly presents for us all every Christmas lol... but they do have some little odds and sods that are perfect for crafters.

Like the packs of miniature playing cards - just couldn't resist... so here are some of my ATC's this month...

I started with cream cardstock and used one of TH's new Distress Stains (either Fired Brick or Barn Door - can't remember which!) diagonally across the card. The Joker was stamped in black Memories and covered in Glossy Accents. The playing cards were sorted into suits and hole-punched with my CropaDile, then a matching eyelet holds them together. Or should do, the eyelet shank is a little small so had to use some glue on the last card lol...)

Kept it simple this month!


I'm no poker-player at all, much prefer Blackjack (last year I won 114 euros at a casino in Ostend playing Blackjack!) but apparently this is an ace-high straight flush - or Royal Flush, and is the highest ranking standard poker hand.

Wonder if you get extra points for the matching eyelet??

Mays tags will follow in a short while...