When someone says "Skeleton Key", what do you think of? What colors come to mind? Black and white, sepia, darkness, spooky. This is what I think of.
So I had to make an ATC using a book page and a skeleton key. I also read the profile of the person to whom I was sending this and she's a huge Edgar Allan Poe fan. But it's spring! It's sunny (well, it's always sunny here so that doesn't mean much) It's just not skeleton key weather.
Only after the ATC was complete did I read the book page that I used. (I have discovered that when I do anything that requires a book page, I just have to put it down without looking otherwise I'll end up reading the story) It was torn from a Reader's Digest Condensed Book and I don't know what this story is about but on the page it's talking about blood and bubbles and smearing so I guess it is true: Where there are skeleton keys there is darkness whether you planned it or not.
This ATC swap was tough! I did learn something about myself though:
There are so many directions a Night Vale ATC can go in. Dog Park, Angels, Spiders, Carlos. Yep I'm a Nerd Girl.
Actually it's really worse than all that because on April 1st, I have tickets to see Night Vale performed live! I am more excited than Cecil was the first time Carlos actually called him!
Enough of that. Here's the ATC. I regret having waited until the last to make it because it should have been so much more, but as you know I have been in Altered Book heaven recently and now the piper must be paid!
This postcard is flying long and far from me - all the way to Hungary. There's that poet again!
This is for the Bookpage + Clipping challenge on Swap-bot. Fortunately, I have lots of pages that I took out of a Reader's Digest book for the Altered book class. I must say, some of those stories are a bit peculiar especially when reading only one page out of a hundred!
This postcard challenge was called Craft Leftovers. In my case that would be spelled Crap-ht Leftovers. You know the stuff - all those bits and baubs that you don't want to throw out, will probably never use but is not bona fide trash.
The best piece I found in the box where I toss such things was a sliver of a dictionary page that had to have come from the pug piece earlier this week. It was the intact definition of the word puke. Not something you want to sent to a stranger.
Another great discovery was that in mouse print on the bottom of the pages of some freebie magazine I picked up somewhere are these great useless facts. The two I chose were "The average woman consumes 6 lbs of lipstick in her lifetime" (Here's one time I'm happy to be well below average! Gotta wear it to eat it and I can't stand the stuff) and "5,840 people with pillow related injuries checked into U.S. emergency rooms in 1992." Hmmmm.
In the Webster's New American Dictionary, the word 'Pug" for which the second definition is 'boxer' is followed by "Pugilism', a noun defined as 'boxing' and 'Pugnacious', an adjective meaning combative.This makes me wonder what the origin of the word 'Pug' really is. 'Pug' is preceded by 'Puffin' so no clues there. But I digress.
I made a card and matching envelope for a woman who I don't know and will probably never meet who likes pugs. One thing led to another and now I'm going to have to become an amateur etymologist.
I am so pleased with how these turned out!
The background from the card goes back to this post. I found a pug picture in one of the zillion calendars I've recently purchased at the thrift store so I used the big picture for the envelope (the address will go in the speech bubble), and the little one on the card with some kissy lips I cut out of a Carmex ad. My favorite element though is the tape transfer of the dictionary definition. Tape transfers are my kryptonite du jour.
I finished up the February round robin and it's bitter-sweet.
This is for a three-person round robin hosted by Jackie Wright on the Artistic Treasure Swap page on Facebook. This particular tangle was started the first week of February by Mildred Galliher who created the Zentangle Explorations page back in 2013.
Sadly, Mildred passed away on February 12th. Now that this is complete, I'll sent it on to Jacki who was friends with Mildred.
There's a lot that can be taken from this - Don't go to bed angry. Never leave someone you love without telling them you love them. Maybe it just boils down to this - Do your best. Do your best (creating, loving, living, you fill in the blank) every day because you don't know if there will be another one.
The second challenge is for a swap. It was a 4x6 ZIA that had to be on green card stock or have green ink. I'm not crazy about this color green, but I do love my white gelly pen. I think I need to buy a backup next time I'm out!