Well hello to you all!
It's been a hell of a week so far.
Absolutely love when my yearly physicals roll around all at the same time.
Had to get my tetanus shot as it's been 10 years already, so had that in the left arm. Then the blood work was drawn for all the cholesterol and whatnot checks also in the left arm. While in the middle of thinking on this project, the phone rings and it's the hospital on the line and a very frantic and nervous woman asking me if I'm having heart palpitations and finding it difficult to move my joints. No hello, no nothing, just instantly asking those questions. I said, "To be honest, I just started, right after you said that!" She said, "You need to get to the Emergency Room ASAP, we think you're on the verge of having a heart attack."
I said, "WHAT??? I'm not having ANY of those symptoms!"
Apparently my potassium levels were red flag high and so I either could rush to the ER and have tests run OR I could go back to the lab and have the blood drawn again. I chose door number 2.
1 hour later, I'm back at home again, now with a completely sore left arm and a new puncture wound in my right arm, when the phone rings again. It's the same lady from before; only this time, she's completely calm. She begins by apologizing for alarming me earlier and then tells me that all my blood work is absolutely normal and my potassium levels are perfect; I am not going to be having a heart attack anytime in the near future. Apparently, the phlebotomist who drew my blood earlier, left the tourniquet on too long and that causes the potassium levels to rise. I did not know that.... but now I do.
Then it was off to have the boobies flattended...(Gotta Save Second Base!)
So what does that have to do with me being a dork?
Well, my arms are completely sore and my body feels like a human pin cushion, and when I went to the store to buy bleach for this project, I could barely bend my arms and this particular jar of bleach was the one I could reach.
Our theme this week for Onion, Mitza Pitza, and Quirks this week is....
Use Bleach and Another Medium
Here's the ridiculous part. After realizing that I wasn't going to have a heart attack, I set out to make a very fun and colorful tag filled with bleached stamped images. So, I stamped and stamped and stamped and guess what? Nothing! The more I stamped with bleach, the same the paper stayed. Eventually I finally yelled in defeat, "What the heck is the deal???" That's when I spun the chair around to read the bottle and the jar I had grabbed was color safe bleach!!!! DORK!!!! No friggin' wonder it wasn't working.
So now my poked and prodded arms are really sore as I've been pushing down with all my strength to get the bleach to take to the paper and nothing, not now, not ever....
if you use color safe bleach on acetate, it really does give a beautiful charred brown appearance seen in the upper top right and lower left bottom of the tag.
The go anywhere tag was created by painting a butterfly stamp with acrylic blue paint and then adding a painted layer of REGULAR bleach on top of that and then stamping it onto the colored cardstock and you can see here that the bleach worked much better.
My initial inspiration was the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 and the latest June tag here; which is why I decided on the dragonfly. Upon further inspection, I really think the warped acetate and spastic coloring along with the sporadic movements and design, rather summarize the week I've had.
Next week I'm off to have my annual pap smear test run.
Last year, right after I had it done, they called to tell me that the results came in and I had strep throat!
Thanks for letting me rant a bit...LOL...and for visiting. Be sure to check out what I'm certain will be the inspiration you're looking for over at Sue's blog here and Mitra's blog here.
Hugs n' Happy Stamping,