Juggling life through a bi-polar lens. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Mostly trying to tread water in the middle. Creating a likeness to a normal life. Whatever "normal" is...

Friday, 12 April 2013

These are the ATCs I made for this month's swap:

THEME: Rupert Brooke (WW1 poet)

The colouring on all my ATCs is with ProMarkers.
The moon in this one is done with Gilding Flakes.
The poppies are die cut.
I love the way this one turned out.

THEME: Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, Where Have You Been?
The cat & bird are actually details from a Christmas stamp- it also has the word 'Peace' on it and the bird carries an olive branch. I snipped these details off and stitched in some whiskers. The words.... yes, that's what I'd say when Scooby caught mousies :)
THEME: India
 I wanted a peacock for 'India' to show the colours and patterns associated with that country. I tried to suggest the heat with the low sun and the orange sky. It doesn't all come out in the photo, but there are glittery details and the blue is actually a deep purple. I drew the background but the peacock is a digistamp from Digi Darla Designs
THEME: Grandmother's Attic
 I knew I wanted to do a rocking horse for this one but couldn't find an image of one that was just right. Then at the Craft Fair I picked up a postcard from the Guild of British Toymakers' stall- with a rocking horse on the front! This is a detail cut from the postcard. (This rocking horse is the one that featured in the opening scene of The Woman In Black! They restored it and lent it to the film makers.)
The die cut swirl added to his mane is one that I found on the floor at the fair! I dabbed it with brown and gold paint. I stitched all round the card and, to suggest age, I added thick crackle-glaze and beads in one corner. THIS ONE IS MY FAVOURITE!!!
THEME: Mothers
 Another one that's hard to photograph, because it's covered with a self-adhesive glitter film.

THEME: What's Your Fear?
It says "the tops of tomatoes look suspiciously like spiders". I am so scared of spiders. Sometimes, if I am cooking with tomatoes, I'll take off that dried leafy thing from the top and put it down somewhere... then, a few minutes later, I see it out of the corner of my eye and think "EEEK! SPIDER!" ooops..... I drew the tom's and added leaves round the edges- I have never liked this leaf stamp as I think it looks like spider legs. I never thought it would ever come in useful...

Hope you enjoyed looking at my ATCs for this month.
The themes for next month are- Blowing In The Wind, April, Walter de la Mare, Through The Keyhole, Buttoned Up, and a Free Theme on glossy cardstock. I also need to alter 3 bottle caps! Should keep me out of mischief.

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Love, tea & cake,  


Beedeebabee said...

I love them all, Helena! You're so artistic and your imagination is just the best! That swirl you added to the rocking horses mane is fab! Have a happy weekend! xo

Mitch and Molly said...

They are all beautiful but I have to choose the poppy as my favorite because I just love poppies! Sensational job, Helena!

Angel and Kirby said...

There you go again. Amazing me all over!

Feronia said...

These are fantastic, Helena. You truly have such a talent. I especially loved the Rupert Brooke one (my Nan's favourite poet!) and Grandmother's Attic...the rocking horse that moves when no-one is there...brrrr...!

Dragonstar said...

These are so beautiful. You have so much talent!

Everycat said...

I love the Rupert Brooke picture, that's so beautiful, you have a really good eye for composition.

Just dropped by to leave you a big hug and some love Helena, the poem you posted for Scooter on the 1st is beautiful, yes I cried, for all our lost furry darlings, for all the memories they leave us with.

Love from Jane xx

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Love all these atc's Helena. They are fabulous. I thank you so much for your sweet and nice comment on my creativity site. It means a lot for me. You ask for my white pen. I use Uni-ball Sgno broad pen.I have tried many others but that doesn't work always so good. For me is Signo the best one I can buy here. I hope that you can try this one.
My lovely greet

Helena said...

Thank you everyone. I'm still not very confident. It's nice to get feedback :)