Friday, April 30, 2010

General Smash Manager

As I promised earlier today... here's the big news regarding SmashFit.com, but first let me give you a back story.

I am a big believer in the law of reciprocity - what you give, is what you get. I believe that sacrifice is directly linked to success and that the heart of a volunteer is a powerful thing. So with all of these beliefs driving this bus, last year I volunteered to work for Heather Frey of SmashFit.com. I have been working for over a year and a half to increase my health and fitness and had an opportunity to give my time and service to someone with a passion for everyone on the same journey as me... I JUMPED at the chance to volunteer for that. So after devoting time volunteering last year, THIS YEAR I just got me a new title....

I am the new General Smash Manager for SmashFit.com! There will be plenty more info to come as I get ramped in this position, so you all will get to hear about my journey. You will also get tips and hear about all the fun events happening over at SmashFit.com. The site is loaded with useful information, not to mention Heather will match you with the perfect trainer. This one is definitely going to be fun... it's so right up my alley! Let's all get fit together!!! :)

What A Week!!!

I just have soooo much to share... tons of things in the works. So first and foremost I have some exciting news from SmashFit.com. I will be posting that later today. Suffice it to say that I'm going to have to REALLY ramp up my fitness... there's a reason I haven't been posting fitness and nutrition posts. I've been loafing and getting fat... hahahahaha! Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but my awesome, special, fun news makes me feel like I really need to get in gear and focus. Maybe you all can help me, and we can get in gear together! Stay tuned for that....

So on top of that GREATNESS, I get to also announce that I am part of my first design team!!! I've sort of been a Gypsy freak ever since I won mine from the wonderful gals over at Cutting Above, and it's nice to be able to team up with other freaks... hahahahaha! I'm kidding of course. Actually, I'm going to be designing with some AWESOME talent. Our fearless leader is Pam over at TheBugBytes.com and our design team is called The Gyptians (sorry for the Bangles song that might be running through your head right now... it's running through mine also. If it's not running through your head, then you're a lucky young whipper snapper! That song will not leave my brain!!! LOL)! It's a pretty fitting name, and this really is perfect since the team will be putting together design files to give away for free. I've had all my design files posted on my blog for free since I got my gypsy, so this is all really just an extension of what I already do... I LOVE IT! I'm so excited! Pam is so knowledgeable and super fun... this is going to be so FABULOUS!!!

And last, but certainly not least, there are talks with me helping out the good folks over at Cri-Kits.com. Nothing's been finalized yet, but I bought almost all of their pens and after they saw my project post from the other day (you can see it by clicking HERE) asked if they could use my work on their site. I would love to work with them since I just love those gel pens. It took me no time at all to master those pens and I'm already working on MULTIPLE projects to post for you guys in the upcoming weeks. I'm hoping they let me REALLY get my hands dirty over at Cri-Kits.com!!! hahahahaha! I let you all know when the tidal wave hits!

Well, that's all I've got for right now. I'm working on a submission to The Greeting Farm... I'm hoping to win some smack. Click on the link... there's an awesome digi up for grabs!

You all have an awesome Friday and don't forget about my blog give-away. Click HERE to find out how to enter and the HUGE prize haul up for grabs!!! They're my favorites!!! :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

It's All About The Digis

Well, yesterday's project was for a Mother's Day card for my mother... today's project is for a Mother's Day card for my mother-in-law! As you can see, I used the EXACT same materials for this card as I did for yesterdays card. It's nice to use up those scraps. Although I REALLY need to buy new ribbon. What I've got left is lookin very shabby!!! Anyhow, I used the same stuff from yesterday and a new digi stamp (also known as a digital stamp) from Squigglefly.com. What an AWESOME digi stamp site!!! I must have bought half a dozen stamps today; I'm so loving the digi! There's nothing like the immediate gratification of buying then using the stamp right away. And being able to size it to whatever project I'm working on... IT'S GOLD!!! Whether I need a 3" x 3" image, or a 6" x 6" image, I can size to fit with ANY digi stamp. You just can't get that with the beloved rubber or clear stamps. That kind of versatility can't be beat. And I know I've said this before, but the storage for digi stamps ROCKS!!! They take up NO physical space and I just keep an external file with all of them stored there, so if anything ever happens with my computer, I will always have access to my wonderful digi's! :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Draw AND Cut An Image With Your WONDERFUL Cricut

Today I would like to walk you through my adventure to draw and cut the ice cream cone on this card using only my Cricut Expression. But first, I would like to say "Thank you" to Provocraft and the moderators of the Cricut message board for deleting my request for assistance with gel pens from their board. I appreciate the lack of customer service that goes into just about every issue I have had with Provocraft products inspiring me to solve problems on my own and create much more than solutions, but works of art. I would like to believe THAT is the reason that Provocraft neglects me as a customer... not because they are greedy and require that ONLY their products be discussed on the message board while failing to establish cooperative relationships with companies that work to improve upon their products... no, let's believe it's because they are trying to inspire our greatness through poor business practices and that their bottom line is not their only concern. And in no way does the fact that they produce the only product of its kind, have anything to do with their lack of service... nope, in the name of ART, I am believing that I would be treated the EXACT same way if Provocraft had competition (i.e. non-computer based electronic die cutting system). I COULD believe that!!! ;) So thank you Provocraft for being a horrible company with the best product and making me a better artist because of it.
NOW, here's what I discovered about using the gel pens: I have two gel pen holders, also called a gel pen housing. They look very similar to the blade housing in my Cricut Expression but hold mini gel pens that I got at Staples and mini gel pens I got from Cri-Kits.com. So the project for today was figuring out how to draw with those pens, but then go back and cut the image out without cutting any part of the drawn image. I chose the Indie Art cartridge to use today because I LOVE the images on this cartridge and none of the images are really detailed. I figured I needed to keep things as simple as possible since Provocraft/Cricut told me in no uncertain terms that they would not be of any help to me. So I chose the ice cream cone and the skull images. I figured out VERY quickly that drawing the image with the gel pen, and simply cutting it out isn't so simple. The technique I'm describing below is ONLY for a drawn shape that you want to cut out in the shadow feature. Cutting the blackout of a drawn image, while MUCH simpler, doesn't really work with gel pens because the blade just follows the exterior gel drawn lines. The reason that the blackout cut works so well with the Cricut markers (BTW... did I mention that technique is MUCH simpler?) is because the markers draw a thick line while the blade cuts a thin line so the ink is still visible on your work when you're done. But let me show you how to cut an image you drew with gel pens....

I first drew the ice cream cone with black gel pen. The pic here shows the lines that are drawn with the gel pen and then the line that was cut when I cut the same image with the "Shadow" feature depressed. You can see that the shadow cone is slightly larger than the gel pen drawn cone next to it. My directions to cut a shadowed image drawn with a gel pen are for 1.5" images and 3" images (since those were the two sizes I worked on today. Other sizes will require a little trial and error for step 2, see below). Click on pics to enlarge.
Step 1: On your Cricut, exchange the blade housing with the pen housing loaded with your favorite pen per the manufacturer's instructions for the pen housing. Once the pen housing is in place, carefully load your paper. For this technique, make sure your paper is in the top right corner of your mat.
Step 2 for 1.5" image: hit the left arrow on your Cricut directional keys once.
Step 2 for 3" image: hit the left arrow on your Cricut directional keys once and the down arrow twice.
Step 3: Select your image and draw per the manufacturer's instructions for pen housing use. Typically this will require that you lower the speed and pressure on your Cricut. When drawing is complete, DO NOT UNLOAD YOUR MAT.
Step 4: Carefully change the pen housing to the blade housing and depress the "load paper" button again. A sticky note can be used to cover your work while you remove the pen housing so that your image is not accidentally marked with the pen. The sticky note can then be removed before you insert the blade housing. Since the mat is still in the machine, the blade will now return to the top right corner of the mat after you hit the load paper button. Make sure that your speed and pressure are returned to the desired settings for cutting your image.
Step 5: Select the "Shadow" feature for the image you drew and hit cut. You're done. Here's what mine looked like....
I hope this explanation helps everyone else with their Cricut Gel Pen Projects, cuz you won't find help from Cricut.com or Provocraft.


Blog Award Tags... I'm So Sorry!!!

I have received a couple of wonderful blog award tags that went UNRECOGNIZED!!! I am so sorry! This month has been a hectic month and I managed to allow the award notifications to get buried in the comments! I'm such a dork! So my sincere "thank you's" to Pam over at TheBugBytes.com and DanussasNails.blogspot.com for honoring me with these wonderful blog awards. Both sites have WONDERFUL content. Pam has the most incredible crafts (you know how I love those crafts) and I happen to know Pam and she's every bit as wonderful as the crafts she creates! And I'm new to DanussasNails, but the site is incredible and I'm thrilled that someone like her is giving ME an award! I'm thrilled to say the least. Now for the fun.... Here are the award rules:
1. Post the prize on my blog.
2. Mention the blogger who tagged me.
3. Give the prize to 5 friends.
4. Post on my blog the link to their blogs.
5. Announce everyone on their blog.
6. Make a list with 10 things that I like.

So my five blog awards go to:
http://summerthymestudio.blogspot.com/ - With my new Copic obsession... this amazing artist Vicki feeds the new addiction!!! ENABLER!!! hahahahaha!
http://www.cricutinspiration.blogspot.com/ - Another crafter whose blog rocks my socks... Like Pam, I know Mya and her work is out of this world!!!
http://canadiannickelscrapn.blogspot.com/ - Has the greatest scrappin videos! She's funny, fun to watch and just recently got picked for her first design team, so this blog is about to get CRAZY!!! :) Plus, she's a Halloween freak just like me... what's not to love?!?
http://scandalouslypolished.blogspot.com/ - part of a polish (as in nail polish) club called Wicked Vixens. From what I gather, they are like the biker chicks of the nail polish blogger world. Either way, this blogger cracks me up! I look forward to reading her posts every day!
http://blacknailpolishandlipgloss.blogspot.com/ - another Wicked Vixen alum with the rockinest nails ANYWHERE!!! Her blog's got that "darkness" that I love so much... I just gravitate there. Wait till you see her nails... you will too!!! Yah... wicked!!!

And the 10 things I like are:
1. God... You'll see quite a few Bible studies on this blog. I try to devote "connection" time every week to the one who makes EVERYTHING in my life possible.
2. My family... the greatest gift God has ever given me!
3. Sunglasses... designer sunglasses to specific. <--- what?!? I can be shallow if I want!

4. Arts and crafts... I think there may be some hidden "inner child" issues that my subconscious is trying to work through there, IDK! LOL!

5. Music... life would not be worth living without it!

6. Exercise... I've discovered how very important it is just to function every day. Was I really ever a couch potato???

7. Comedy... one of the things that keeps me sane... well, saner anyway. I would not have made it THIS far without it.

8. Quiet Time... usually with a hot bath, meditation music, incense and a hot cup of tea. Soothes my soul!

9. Reading... again, something to fill quiet times when I'm not in the tub! hahahaha!

10. This blog... it is my baby!!! I have been blessed with SOOOO many friends through this blog. The most talented and wonderful people actually read MY blog and tell me how great they think I AM!?!?! I'm thrilled EVERY day I get to log in!

Monday, April 26, 2010

I LOVE WINNING!!!


Ok, so I just won this AMAZING digi stamp from The Greeting Farm!!!! Not only do I adore their stamps because the images ROCK, but also because they are the perfect practice with my copic markers! And this particular stamp already has a home! I'm making it part of my garden page. This little Anya (check out club Anya for all the Anya characters HERE) is going to be transformed into "Farmer Danielle" and posted on my garden layout. Perfect... she looks just like me! hahahahaha! Anyway, I just love winning! Remember folks, you can't win if you don't play, so run over to The Greeting Farm's Blog for all of the upcoming releases, activities, and opportunities to win free goodies! And I'll be sure to post "Farmer Danielle" as soon as she's finished! :)
UPDATE: hahahahahaha... I didn't win THIS digi stamp! hahahahaha! I won a different one from last week. Be SURE to click on the blog link above to participate in THIS WEEKS give away! She sure is cute and I need her to do my scrapbook page so prepare for the competition! hahahahahaha! Although the digi stamp I DID win is AWESOME!!!! I wonder what the odds would be to win two in a row?????

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Eye Of The Tiger

I've done these tiger stripes before for some Halloween nails that I did last year, but in looking at the amazing Color Club neons that I love so much, I was overtaken by the idea of pink on pink... TURNED OUT FABULOUS!!! So the awesomely awesome base pink is Color Club's Pink Lust and the Konad stamp is from image plate M69 in Konad's pastel pink special polish. The butterflies were done with image plate M36 with Konad's black special polish and OF COURSE I used my trusty Seche Vite for the "quick dry". These nails are delicious!!! I just think it's amazing how Color Club just NAILED neons.... all of them.... perfect!

PS. Please ignore my nasty cuticles... I didn't have time today for a full mani. Not that I don't need it! After a weekend of paper crafting a full mani with some TLC for those cuticles is NEEDED, but at least I got to a polish change. Maybe a wax treatment tomorrow?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

My Perfect Copic Storage

I haven't even had these a week and I've already outgrown the cup I was holding these in... HAHAHAHAHA! So I hopped online to see everyone else's storage solutions; you know I'm all about the Feng Shui!!! :) I saw Copic storage ranging from buckets to acrylic pamphlet holders to simple acrylic boxes that are stacked (there were many more storage ideas I saw and EVERY ONE OF THEM WERE BRILLIANT), but I still came back to the same issues:

1. Convertibility - If I'm anything in my craft closet, it's convertible. Everything in there has to serve multi functions... organized while I'm crafting at home and the ability to be whisked away for a crop at a moment's notice... it MUST be mobile.
2. Visibility - Keeping all of my pens in a box is not practical when one is not patient. I am not patient. If I have to dig around to find colors, you can probably bet that I just won't. I really need to be able to see what I want at a glance.
3. Organization - I want, like most Copic users out there, to have all my color families separated. Again, this will keep me from the frustration of having to pick through all my markers.
4. Security - I don't mean lock and key here, I'm just talking about SOMETHING that I can close up so pens won't fall out if I'm traveling, or if I accidentally bump the storage container, I want to be sure my pens won't go flying. Losing these babies would NOT be a good thing.
5. Ease of Use - I need something that is not bulky and awkward to carry. Whether I'm at home or away at a crop, I want to be able to easily handle my Copic markers in one easy "go-to" container.
Well, as you may have guessed from the title of this post... I FOUND MY PERFECT COPIC STORAGE. It is as simple as a utility box. The pic up above shows my Copics sandwiched in between my 12 x 12 papers (in my Crop in Style that attaches to the telescoping handle) and the rolling tote that holds all my embellishments and miscellaneous supplies... ready to "roll" to another crop night. Here are some close up pics.
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Here is the view from the top. My Color-In Chart stores nicely on top for quick reference when picking colors. This container has 4-15 adjustable compartments, I inserted the dividers so that I have 8.
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Here is a view of the side. I can see each and every compartment and all of the markers in it. Each compartment holds about 18 sketch markers each for a total of 144 markers total in the this one small easy to carry container.
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And here is a view with the lid closed. I also want to point out that this container latches definitely making my markers secure. Also, a clear view of my color chart right through the lid without having to open the case if I need it for reference. Is this not the GREATEST COPIC STORAGE EVER!!!???!!! The manufacturer of this utility box is Creative Options and when I outgrow this container, I will SO be moving on to the Grab n' Go system! But for now, I only have 47 markers, so there's PLENTY of room to grow.... well, for now anyway. hahahahaha!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Wicked Style

Wow... side by side there is a HUGE difference!!! The black cat was done with Copic markers and the blonde cat was done with Stampin up markers. Now, I have been trying to shade and blend with Stampin Up markers for quite a while now... which I WAS able to do... just not well. Copics just take everything to a whole new level. I REALLY need to take the certification course! I'm sure there are a ton of techniques I can learn. For now though, I'm just going to keep practicing. I can honestly say that these markers have taken my paper crafting to a whole new level. It's the difference between black and... well, blonde! LOL!
***This stamp came from one of my favorite stamp sets: Pink Cat Studio's Cat Plate 1. This is a really good stamp set because it includes "fashion kitties" as well as "Christmas kitties". It's rare to see sets include everyday use with holiday use... it's kind of refreshing! :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Scandalously Evil Angels

These nail blogs.... I'll tell ya!!! Surfing through them can cause a serious need to RUN out and spend money! hahahaha! I saw this mani done by Evil Angel over at Black Nail Polish and Lip Gloss and was inspired, but only after viewing Scandalous over at Scandalously Polished and her AWESOME halos (holos or holographic)! So what's a girl to do? I say COMBINE!!! So here's my "Splattered" mani! I used Konad image plate M9 and Konad's eggplant special nail polish on top of the most GORGEOUS halo I've ever seen. It reminds me of a fire opal! Don't you think?

  • 1 coat Nail Aid Ultra Rapid Growth
  • 2 coats China Glaze's TTYL
  • Topped with Seche Vite
  • Stamped
  • Topped AGAIN with Seche Vite
So AMAZING!!! I've been wanting to do this "Splattered" mani for a while and finally got inspired by Scandalously Evil Angels! ;)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Please Step Forward!

This is another image that I purchased a while ago to hoard until I got Copics, one of those GORGEOUS images that NEEDS the color and depth of Copic markers. It's Geisha Anya from The Greeting Farm and she's a beauty! I didn't even attempt to color this with regular makers when it arrived some time back... nope, it was just gonna wait! BOY am I glad... it was worth the wait. I did this last night copying someone else's card posted SOMEWHERE online.... I SO wish I could remember where. That particular Geisha Anya project was all in blue, but because I didn't have the coordinating papers in blue, I chose to re-create it in burgundy. And when I say re-create, I mean it! This is ALMOST a perfect dupe (imitation is the greatest form of flattery.... it doesn't have to mean I'm a big ol' copy cat! hahahahaha)! I'm just really, really good! Just kidding. Honestly... it's the original card that was SOOOO good, I just had to duplicate it! I just wish I knew who the artist was. "Would the proud owner of this card in blue, please step forward!?!"

This Is For Vicki

I love, love, love my Copic markers!!! I do not know what took me so long to finally get them! I've known for quite some time how alcohol inks work; there have been projects posted here using Ranger/Tim Holtz alcohol inks to make background papers, etc. So why would I miss the notion that alcohol inks in pens would be the MOST BRILLIANT idea that anyone has ever come up with? You got me... but I did!!! And looking at my FIRST copic project, I am KICKING myself! Honestly it's mostly because of how EASY they are to use. This project took me half the time to complete as the project that I completed using my Stampin Up markers. The blending is effortless and the colors are DEEP but translucent. Where other dye-based markers cover up details, these Copics just sort of swim around them. I DO need a little more practice... this was just my first project, but expect MANY more posts on these wonderful Copics as I complete more projects, add more Sketch markers to my collection and dive into the world of participating in challenges. These are a fun new toy that has TRULY lit a fire!!!

*** I have been planning to make the card pictured since I saw Vicki's Kraftin Kimmie's Charlotte card! To check out this card (and so many OTHER amazing cards of Vicki's) run, don't walk, over to Vicki's blog: Summerthyme Studio. I'd also like to thank Jeanne Streiff for her wonderful Charlotte card that she did as well (I swiped your layout)! You can see more of Jeanne's work over at Inky Paws... she has some really great tutorials there as well! :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

One Got Missed!

I was going through old blog posts yesterday and discovered that a blog post GOT MISSED!!! I never posted it. It's been sitting as a "draft" all month! Geez! And this was an important post too! A while ago, Kathleen over at OC Nail Art (and one of my awesome and stupendous sponsors) sent me the Coraline Nail Art set. Being the freak that I am for Halloween I ripped that sucker open and started playing with it IMMEDIATELY! For those who do not know, Coraline is a Tim Burton movie and Tim Burton is a master of the macabre, so since the movie is animated (older children could enjoy, not so much for the younger ones).... OF COURSE there are the most fabulous Halloween images and OF COURSE they appear in BOTH Coraline nail art sets. Being a lover of Halloween, you can imagine my excitement to receive this Coraline set. Thank you so much Kathleen! And thank you for donating a set to give away. If anyone out there hasn't had a chance to enter My Favorite Things Birthday Give-Away, be sure to click this link HERE. On top of a TON of awesome nail and beauty products is the Coraline I Nail Art Set! WOO HOO!!!!
So here is the first mani I did using this set. I did one coat of Color Club's Stuck on You followed by two coats of Color Club's Explosive (the most incredible orange neon) and then one coat of Seche Vite for quick dry. I then stamped the full nail image from Konad image plate M61 in Konad's eggplant special polish, immediately stamping the awesome button and crossbones from Konad's Coraline I Nail Art Set. SURPRISE! This set just happens to be just like the one that some lucky follower is going to receive! WOO HOO!!!! And then I topped the whole thing with another coat of Seche Vite for quick dry. I love that "ghostly" effect from stamping white on top of a dark color. It's just so Halloweenie!! I hope you all like it as much as I do. The next Coraline image I'm gonna try is the black cat. This set is the greatest set EVER!!! Thanx again to Kathleen over at OC Nail Art! WOO HOO<--- sorry, I just had to throw in one more! I'm just THAT excited!

Monday, April 19, 2010

She's So Goth....


This is my little "POE-esque" card. I love, love, love the Creepy Cakes digi stamps from The Greeting Farm and am thrilled that this one worked so well with the ULTRA THICK Diamond Glaze (JudiKins) that I POURED on there. It turned out BEAUTIFUL!!!! I REALLY, REALLY love this card.
I also did another one with Roses... another Goth creation! I'm tellin you, there's a Goth girl screaming to get out! hahahahaha!
I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to do with this one. It's really pretty... I'm gonna have to think on it.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Final Project This Weekend

MY KRAFTIN KIMMIE STAMPS ARRIVED!!!! These are the greatest stamps EVER made!!! Can you tell that I adore these stamps? These stamps are what started the WHOLE Copic marker adventure from a week ago (they are the ones I told you about featured on Summerthyme Studio). Now, my Copics won't be here until Tuesday (fingers crossed), so I didn't even try to work on Charlotte (one of the two stamps I received; she's going to be my first Copic project), but pictured here is my Drucilla done with Stampin Up markers as I ATTEMPTED to blend. It didn't turn out exactly like I wanted it to, but the struggle with blending these markers unsuccessfully will only lend to help me once my Copics arrive. And besides, I wanted this one to show off! After all, there is a story behind me needing this stamp... this card was destined to be made over 15 years ago! :)

Over the years, every time my husband would accidentally hurt me and hear me say, "OUCH", he'd always respond with "Love Hurts!" Of course he'd hug me and do whatever to make it better, but that joke has ALWAYS been present throughout the years. Even when he'd hurt me not-so-accidentally, like when he purposefully hit a pressure point. He knew it would hurt, but he did it anyway... FREAK! His response when I SCREAMED, "THAT FREAKIN HURT" was (you guessed it), "Love Hurts". So you can understand my excitement when I saw this stamp. This isn't necessarily a card that I will send out for ANY kind of special occasion. No, this card is going to be reserved for that ONE circumstance where I'm going to need to apologize for SOMETHING (I'm quite sure I won't have to wait long knowing me) and then I'm going to give this to him with an apology written on the inside. I just know this card will make him smile, and I will be forgiven for WHATEVER IT IS, before he even gets to the inside.

In a VERY sick way, this stamp makes me happy.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Wow! What A Day!!!

I have been in my craft closet ALL DAY!!! Wow! That is a record even for me. I've just had quite a few things piling up that I wanted to get done, after all, I'm preparing for the Copic invasion. I want my workspace free and clear for their arrival. Yah... I really am THAT obsessed! hahahaha! So anyway, a Ms. Denise Hill over at Paper Pastime sucked me in to a challenge of sorts. She used gel pens in her Cricut making the most adorable designs. I mentioned that I had the gel pen assembly since last year and hadn't ever used it... do you think I could just leave it at that? Oh No! I committed myself to making something. So here it is... well, it's the START of something anyway. I'm waiting on some supplies to be restocked at my local Joann's to actually finish what will end up being an awesometripular old world card. But in the meantime, if anyone is intersted in using this design yourself, I have uploaded it to my cut file library that is found in the right margin of my blog at the very top titled NEW My Gypsy Cut Files. The actual file is called Compass.



The carts that I used for this were Graphically Speaking and Hannah Montana.

When It Rains, It Poors

This has got to stop! I'm broke! Stamps, Copic markers, paper, ink... and now *DIGI STAMPS!!! All of this is a must to prepare for when my Copics arrive, but I've GOT to slow down! Isn't it worth it though... check out that pic!!!

Earlier today I mentioned that I would be posting more inspiration that I discovered at Summerthyme Studio... well, here it is! The images in the pic are digi stamps that I purchased from The Greeting Farm. I knew OF digi stamps, but (just like Copics) I didn't see the big draw for digital stamping. OH... do I know better now. Digi stamps are the PERFECT PALETTE for coloring! Not only can you tailor the size of the image (which I'm still trying to perfect), but you can print multiples which is an awesome convenience for anyone who makes multiple cards. <---- insert guilt trip here for anyone who does not make multiple cards to send to Cards For Soldiers! hahahaha! And the BEST discovery that I've found is that my laser printer's toner sets and DOESN'T MOVE or bleed. The images pictured were colored with Stampin Up markers and not only was the "stamped" image solid and uniform, but it was super simple to color over without worry that it would smear. Now, I haven't tried it with Copics YET (PULEEZE come next week... didn't I already say that in the last post?), but I'm almost positive that if water-based, dye ink won't smear it, neither will quickly evaporating alcohol-based ink. But we will see. For now, I'm LOVING the .2 seconds it takes to get a beautiful and solid image to color and shade.

*"Digi" is short for digital; they are digital images that you download on your computer and print out on your printer. Because I printed my digi stamps onto cardstock, I had to use the "bypass" tray on my laser printer otherwise the thick cardstock would have jammed my printer. Be sure to check that your printer can handle thick cardstock before printing your digi stamps onto it.

2 in 2

Problem: After never entering design challenges, I've entered 2 card challenges in the past 2 days! Wow... this is entry number 2! If this is how I am in just two days, then I'm scared!!! This challenge is sponsored by Amy's Paper Romance which is one of the MANY new craft resource sites that I've discovered on Ms. Vicki Garrett's WONDERFUL blog... Summerthyme Studio. You NEED to check her out along with all her incredible resources. But, WHOA MAN! What is this lady doing to me?!? She's got me buying new stamps, buying Copic markers (PULEEZE let them come next week!!! I wanna work with Copics soooo bad!), entering design challenges... yah, that's the story I'm stickin to.... "SHE'S" got me doing it!!! It's a fun adventure, so for now I'm rollin with the inspiration. I needed a little kick in the pants to get moving in my craft closet. And finding new art mediums is JUST what the doctor ordered, so "Thanx" Vicki! I'll be posting another new find found on Summerthyme Studio later today. They will knock your socks off! They knocked mine off! hahahahaha!

So here is my Coffee Break card for the C4C33 challenge... I love it and this is yet ANOTHER project I want to redo when my Copics arrive. I can already tell that 33 markers WILL NOT be enough!!!! ;)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Life Will Be Better With Copics

See... this is why I NEED Copic markers! Try as I might to blend and shade, my Stampin Up markers just aren't going to get the job done which is why I ended up highlighting with a gel pen. Life is going to be so much easier with Copics! I cannot wait to redo this card with Copics!!! Can you hear me pouting??? Hahahaha, I'm counting the days. In the meantime, I spent the day today trying to work with what I had (a WHOLE LOT of Stampin Up markers and ink pads) and this actually turned out pretty cute. I love the whole "Party In The Park" theme. I love how some projects start off one way and end up going a whole other direction. I started with this little guy (From a Greeting Farm discontinued set called Happy Chef) with a chef's hat and a cupcake, but then when it came time to decide a background, I hit a brick wall. So I grabbed some cardstock and started doodling and the park scene just sort of took form. Well there you go! Nix the hat, add a present and have the tag of the present JUMP out at you with the greeting and DONE! Yep... cute will be WICKED AWESOME when I redo this with Copics! Yes, I'm still pouting.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Whammy!

So that friend I was helping the other day with her scrapbook page sent me a message today asking about her layout and how her pictures should appear on her page, color or black and white? My answer was BOTH. That led me to one of my FAVORITE You Tube channels: Stamp TV. I cannot seem to get enough of this channel. Gina K has some of the most amazing scrapbooking and crafting techniques that I've ever seen. Now I, myself, wasn't particularly interested in doing any "spotlighting" (click the link above for that featured video) like I was advising my friend to do, but watching this video... yet again.... got the circular visual in my head and then the mention of a bouquet of flowers, well, I was a goner. Add to that the new blog that I just started following by the incredible artist Ms. Vicki Garrett and WHAMMY... here's the project that just had to be freed!
I love how dramatic I can be! hahahahahaha! Anyway, I hope you all love this. Oh! I almost forgot to mention the original inspiration for this project... my new CTMH demonstrator Lori who doesn't really demonstrate (because she lives out of state) anything for me which is EXACTLY what I was looking for in a demonstrator!!! No pressure, regular monthly orders and fantastic service.... you guys really need to check her out! Tell her FitterTwit sent ya! ;)
*** I'm tagging Cricut for this post because I used my Spellbinders Large Circle Nestabilities (the largest one) and then cut a 4.25" circle on my Expression in black using the George and Basic Shapes Cartridge... that cart is a serious staple of mine!

My Adventure Into Copics

I FINALLY placed my first order for Copic markers. I have been OBSESSED with these markers since last year. I have researched compatible stamping inks, papers and tools. I've researched project colors and popular artists who use Copics (check out anime). I have read blog after blog with a common vein running through each in the comments: what colors are the best for beginners?

While one blogger nailed the answer with, "It depends on what you will be coloring," I decided that I'd share where I started, what colors I started with and why. I plan on mastering this Copic thing and sharing the journey with all of you. If anyone has Copic resources they'd be willing to share, PULEEZE email me at fittertwit@yahoo.com. So here we go!

I started with specific color families and a budget of $150. After pricing at Oozak.com (free shipping with $50+ order), Dick Blick's, CarpeDiem.com and Joann's, I finally decided on CarpeDiem.com. Honestly, I have a 50% off coupon for Joann.com that actually worked on the Copic Sketch 36 Basic pack (that was on sale which is why I'm so surprised) bringing the price down to $90 +/- which would have meant that each marker was just over $2.50 each (tax and shipping not included), but the pack WAS basic and all the colors were preselected and not necessarily coordinating. Which is why I went to CarpeDiem.com. Now, I just placed the order so I can't yet say how fast or slow shipping is, but I CAN tell you that I purposefully sent "rapid fire" questions to Carpe Diem's customer service and all three of my emails this afternoon were answered within about an hour. None of the responses were particularly friendly, but none of them were rude either. I would say they were direct. I had read that the customer service was not stellar with very s-l-o-w communication, but I actually found the opposite to be true, so I'm hoping that the opposite will be true regarding the shipping and I will get my order quickly. We'll see. The shipping was free for me because I ordered over $100 in open stock Copic Sketch markers. Actually I ordered 33 markers and my total came to $132.10 (final price). So I can honestly say that so far I'm impressed. Super quick communication and great pricing... while it's no "50% off", it IS the cheapest price I've found on open stock (U-pick) Copic Sketch markers without a special coupon or discount code. Here was my order:

0- colorless Blender: this is a MUST HAVE to lighten/remove Copic marks, C0- This is the only "cool" gray marker I ordered, BV000, BV01, BV08, E00, E09, E11, E21, E27, E33, E35, E39, E50, E51, N1, N3, N9, R14, R20, R24, R27, R29, R30, RV34, V17, Y13,Y38, YG63, YR21, G09, G21, and G24.

You'll notice that a majority of the colors I chose begin with the letter "E". Those are Earth tones that range from muted skin tones to reds and browns. I concentrated much of my order to this color family for this reason. The "E's" definitely give you more bang for your buck. I did not include any blues in this initial order. My only reasoning is that SOMETHING had to get cut with the small budget I had and the R's and E's, I knew, were going to be a priority on this first order simply because of the versatility. Now, if I trusted my blending ability, I would have nixed the BV's and V's (purples or violets and blue violets) and went ahead and gotten the blue colors understanding that blue and red mixed makes purple. But since I've never worked with alcohol based markers... I just don't trust my blending ability until I've worked with them and have a project that I NEED those purples for, so purple won. I rounded off my order with some neutral grays, some greens and some yellows. The only colors that got pulled completely was the blue color family. My second order will make up for that... I've already started to put that order together. I will be including quite a few blues along with more "cool" grays and a couple "warm" grays. Hopefully my piggy bank fills back up quickly. I'm anxious to figure this out and share with all of you! :)

*** Copic Sketch and Copic Ciao markers have the same nibs at each end. The body styles are different, the Sketch holds more ink and also has more colors to choose from. The final difference, and the reason I chose Sketch over Ciao, is the Sketch markers can be used in the Copic air gun which is on my wish list. For the average scrapper, the Ciao is all they will ever need and have a smaller price tag. I hope this info helps others who may be interested in this Copic adventure.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ultra Rapid Growth - Day 5

Yesterday was my final day for the Nail Aid's Ultra Rapid Growth nail treatment that is available at Walmart (STILL NOT AT MINE THOUGH... UGH)! Yep... this one gets many, many high fives!!! This product not only worked as a nail treatment, I will continue to use this product as a base coat. You guys can judge for yourselves as far as the growth goes. Below are the day 0 and day 5 pics.... but that "rubbery" base layer is the "GETCHA" for me! I haven't used anything like this product. My nails feel stronger and the polish goes on sooooo smoothly. As far as using this product as a topcoat... well, if I'm trying to grow my nails out quickly, then ABSOLUTELY I will use it as a topcoat as the directions tell you to do. I couldn't master the top coat application so that I didn't get ANY bubbles though, so as soon as I get my desired length (which for me is NOW) I will be switching back to my beloved Seche Vite (which I did today). The pic at the top shows this mornings mani using Ultra Radip Growth as a base, 2 coats of OPI's Suzie Says Feng Shui (which I bought solely for its name) and 1 coat of Seche Vite. I stamped the cute little sea horse from Konad image plate M27 using Konad's special polish in white and then topped that with another coat of Seche Vite. They are crystal clear with no bubbles... well, other than the bubbles that appear with my little sea horsey! :)

This pic was taken the day before I started the Ultra Rapid Growth.








This pic was taken yesterday... day 5.


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Gratitude

I'm going to keep today's post short and sweet. I was working on a die cut for an old friend I used to go to high school with. She's putting together a scrapbook page about her family and we got to talking about Bible versus that would go with her title: Gratitude. Well, today I want to share the Bible verse that popped into my head. James 1:17 - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. I love this scripture so much and I've spent some time thinking about it. In an ever changing world where life can (and certainly does) shift in a matter of seconds, there IS one constant that never changes and is never shadowed... God. I can't speak for anyone else, but I am grateful for that comfort. Well, then there's the part about God sending down gifts!!! Woo Hoo!!! God, can I please have the entire set of Copic Sketch Markers? What!?! That would be a PERFECT gift!!! One person's marker is another person's Ferrari! LOL! ;) Have a great one guys... here's to gratitude for us all!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Day 3 Ultra Rapid Growth

Well, today is day three of my Nail Aid Ultra Rapid Growth test and I've gotta say... I see a difference! Do you? It looks and feels like I've gotten quite a bit of length in three days. I love how the product feels when I put it on as a base coat and my last Konadicure lasted every bit of the three days before it was time to remove and reapply... which is better than some nail products out there that AREN'T nail treatment products. There is one thing that I'm noticing when applying the Ultra Nail Growth as a topcoat (per package instructions), I'm noticing air bubbles. There are only a couple of them on very few nails, but they are there. It COULD be simply that I'm applying it too thickly. I've never used this product before and I might need to change up my normal application slightly. I will give that a try on my day 5 mani... I'll let you know. Honestly, I can already tell you that this product is getting some serious high fives from me with or without the bubbles (if you click on the pic to enlarge, you will see the few bubbles, but you will also see how great my nails look inspite of them). I am just LOVING the texture of the product and the feeling of "flexible strength" this product is giving me. To get this look:

  • Base coat: Nail Aid Ultra Rapid Growth
  • 2 coats of China Glaze IX (a GORGEOUS deep chocolate that is almost black)
  • 1 coat Seche Vite
  • Fauxnad image plate #F02 stamped with China Glaze GR8
  • Top coat: Nail Aid Ultra Rapid Growth
So yah, as I said, I'm definitely giving this product a high five. Not bad to achieve it in only three days! LOL! I do also want to note that I'm still using cuticle oil (my own personal recipe) daily that may or may not be assisting in the results that I'm getting, but I AM noticing growth and my nails have never looked better. I do believe my cuticles are looking better too! :) We'll see how they look at day 5.

*** I was informed that Nail Aid's Ultra Rapid Growth AND Maximum Iron Hardener ARE both available at select Walmart stores now. I guess it's just not at mine right now or maybe they are sold out... which... based on the results I'm getting, well, I can see why! :) But for any of you who might be interested, BOTH PRODUCTS are included in my blog give-away along with a ton of other goodies. To enter My Favorite Things Birthday Blog Give Away, click on this link HERE. Good luck to everyone who enters! May 7th is the deadline for entries.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Obsessed

What is it with this Twilight epidemic??? Geez! I feel like a teenager every time I see trailers. And then of course I run to the previously released DVD's (that I just HAD to own and watch at 12:01 a.m. the day of their release because freakin Blockbuster just HAS to have those stupid DVD release parties and even though I KNOW that I'm going to be waiting in line with five million screaming teenagers... and their mothers.... to pick up my PRE-ordered copy, I'm totally game because suddenly I'm one of them) so that I can RE-absorb all the Twilight goodness before the release of the next film in the theater. Except this time, not only am I currently re-watching Twilight and New Moon, I'm ALSO re-reading Eclipse... that's after just finishing Breaking Dawn. Yah, I'm obsessed. And while I say that I feel like a teenager, the weird thing is, I wasn't like this AT ALL as a teenager. I couldn't be! My family didn't have the money to purchase multiple books and then the corresponding movies in their timely release. And even more than that, EVERYTHING was slower. Books took years to become movies and then a few more years beyond that to make it to video... that's right, I said video! I totally just dated myself! First, mentioning that I actually watched movies on video and, second, by the use of the word "totally". Well, so anyway, by the time it all came full circle, the actors that would be playing beloved characters would have been too old and probably forgotten to make it to a second and third film. And, when I was a teenager, very few of us had the commitment to stay crazed for that long before the next "tall drink of water" entered the picture. Now, everything is so fast and so accessible! We CAN all afford (time and money) to indulge in a little obsessing. So here I am... totally obsessed! And because I know there IS an epidemic... I thought I'd include the sneak peek trailer for Eclipse. Enjoy!


The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Teaser Trailer in HD



Trailer Park Movies MySpace Video

Where God Is Present

I'm tagging this post under Bible Study, but a Bible study isn't really a part of today's blog post. It's really just an observation that struck me this morning while I was in the garden.



First off: MY FIRST SPROUT OF 2010!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!

And of course its Zucchini! I love zucchini and seemed to have mastered growing it last year with my first garden ever. So I'm not surprised that I'm pulling it off again this year. But while I was in the garden this morning it hit me how our creator... call Him whatever is applicable to your particular faith, made us to constantly be creating (*please note here that I'm not taking any glory from God, I'm only referring to the work I'm doing with my hands. But I will add that it is my own personal belief that there is the power of creation in our free will). Moving the soil of our lives around, burying seeds and watching it grow.... creating something of beauty that is useful. Of course we can't forget that we need to pull a few weeds, cut back over-growth and occasionally completely eradicating the garden is necessary to rebuild the soil. And EVEN complete eradication doesn't entirely remove what's unwanted which is why you have to keep working the soil. But it's so amazing to me how things we planted so long ago take root and even when the soil isn't being worked and you think nothing is happening, a plant springs where you didn't think one would be. Case in point... the freakin mint from last year that I eradicated into the soil that made it's debut again this year all on it's own. It wasn't watered, fed or nurtured in any way and STILL it comes back demanding to be dealt with. There's a lesson here, as I look at this picture of the mint that is invading the dirt where my new path was built. So I'll just have to think on that lesson as I dig up this mint and move it to a more appropriate location. Or maybe I'll just leave it there and see what it will do, either way, it was nice to spend this morning where God was present. This organic gardening is really agreeing with me. I might head out this afternoon to plant some radishes. :)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Nail Aid's Ultra Rapid Growth

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Huh! So, I had to remove the nail polish that I was wearing yesterday to apply the Nail Aid Ultra Rapid Growth to test, and since the directions say that you can apply one coat followed by color.... OF COURSE I had to do another Konadacure!!! And since I won't be wearing this longer than 3 days (also per directions), I thought it would be fun to do a Halloween theme.... you all KNOW how much I ADORE Halloween (in April???)!!! And these are super fun. So here's how:

1 basecoat of Nail Aid's New Ultra Rapid Growth (available at your local Walmart VERY soon)
2 coats of Orly's Mirror Mirror
Konad for the web is found on IP S6 and done with Konad's White Special Polish
Konad for the spider is found on IP M1 and done with Konad's Black Special Polish
1 topcoat of Nail Aid's New Ultra Rapid Growth

This is the FIRST time that I've ever used this product. So far I LOVE it. Now I'm trying it to really measure the actual growth since the box says "Longer nails in just 5 days" so we'll have to see about that. Today's day one, but I CAN say that the base coat was AWESOME!!! I put it on and gave it a couple of minutes to dry. When I felt the basecoat, it felt like there was rubber on my nail. The box also says, "Fills in ridges for smoother nails" and I can see why. Depending on how this wears, this MIGHT be my new base coat. I don't have ridges to fill, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how durable this basecoat felt. And knowing that Orly has a tendency to be thicker than most polishes (which makes for a frustrating application sometimes), the polish went on super smoothly. Now as a topcoat, it has pretty good shine for a nail treatment polish... I was surprised. And it wasn't too terrible brushing over the Konad Special Polish. Topcoats sometimes make the Konad Special Polish smear... which DID happen with this one but I was lucky that it occurred on the hand that doesn't get photographed. I can see that there wouldn't be ANY issue as a topcoat over regular nail polish. The topcoat dried to the same wonderful "rubbery" texture as the basecoat. This polish just seems REALLY substantial... I guess that's the best word I can use to describe it. It goes on the same consistency as any polish really, but dries feeling slightly thicker. I'm really excited to see what my nails look like in 5 days. Monday I'll post again and we can ALL see the progress on day 3 and then I'll follow up with my final review on day 5.

Thank you to Nail Aid for giving me the Ultra Rapid Growth and the Maximum Iron Hardener to try, and thanks for sending the extras to give to my blog winner. I don't know when they are slated to hit the Walmart shelves (I didn't see it there yesterday), but I'll let you all know as soon as I do. If this is anything like all the other Nail Aid products I've tried, I'm sure that I will LOVE the results in 5 days!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

PRIZE HAUL PIX FOR MAY 7TH

Ok... here we go! Here are the pix for the goodies that one lucky follower is going to win on May 7th!!! So exciting!!! To enter the drawing, click on this link: HERE.





I will be posting the results of my test run with the Nail Aid Ultra Rapid Growth next week. I put 2 coats on tonight and will follow up with a coat every night for three days and then I'll remove it and start over. I'm supposed to have longer stronger nails in 5 days... we'll see!!! Honestly, with the AWESOME experiences I've already had with Nail Aid's products, I'm pretty confident that this will do everything it says it'll do. But to make sure, I took before pics. The Ultra Rapid Grow and the Maximum Iron Hardener (also by Nail Aid) are both new products that are available at Walmart. The lucky winner on May 7th gets a bottle of each! :)

Two items in the prize haul didn't make it into the pics: the Seche Vite Topcoat and the Soaptopia Double Bubble 2-Soap Gift Box. The Seche Vite hasn't arrived yet and the soaps will be in gift certificate form. Just know when YOU win, those two items will also be included. Wow, looking at these pics I realized that this is a HUGE give-away. Every item is brand new and FULL SIZE!!! I don't think I was expecting small sizes of anything, but once I got it all gathered for the pics, I kept having to step back to get everything in. NICE! Did I mention how excited I am???? :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

My Favorite Things Birthday Give-Away!!!

IT IS ON!
Ok... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! I get to give stuff away! And not just ANY stuff.... MY FAVORITE STUFF!!!! Well, not ALL my favorite stuff, but certainly my favorites for at least ONE of my obsessions: NAILS!!! Maybe next year for my birthday I will be giving away craft supplies and exercise equipment... that would be AWESOME!!! But, this year's birthday give-away is HUGE with my favorite nail and beauty products and is open to ALL my followers. You guys are the best and deserve the best, so here is what ONE lucky winner is going to score:

The Prize Haul:

Konad Nail Art Stamping Set - Coraline I (I am addicted to Konad and I LOVE this set)
Konad Nail art image disc - M63 (A little something extra from Kathleen... thank you)
Fragrance Oil Set, types: China Rain, White Linen, Obsession (I love these for my relaxing baths)
Nail Aid Nail Treatment Set including: Pink Natural Growth Therapy, Instant Wrap, Clear Liquid Bandage, Cuticle Cure, Peeling Nail Intense Repair Gel, Maximum Iron Hardener and Ultra Rapid Growth (these are THE GREATEST nail treatment products I have EVER used... if you have a nail issue, Nail Aid has an answer. I use MANY of their products and will be reviewing a couple of new ones in the upcoming days)
Soaptopia: Double Bubble 2-Soap Box (all natural, handmade and smell better than parfum... I LOVE THEM)
OPI Nail Polishes: Lunch At The Delhi, Your Royal Shyness and Mad As A Hatter (I dream about Mad As A Hatter... don't judge me)
China Glaze Nail Polishes: Liquid Leather, Innocence and Fairy Dust (the shimmer of the Fairy Dust will be seen on quite a few of my manis, however I have been using Northern Lights and just recently found Fairy Dust. I love it even more than Northern Lights because of the higher concentration of ultra fine glitter... I loves me the bling! So Fairy Dust is actually a new favorite and will be replacing Northern Lights as soon as I've used the last of it)
Zoya Nail Polishes: Richelle, Jo and Harley (the slight shimmer in Harley makes this gray GORGEOUS)
Seche Vite: Topcoat
Cuticle Oil: FitterTwit's homemade blend of Soybean Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rose Absolute Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oil ( I apply this first thing in the morning before my shower and last thing at night before I go to bed. After my shower I follow up with regular hand lotion and continue with lotion throughout the day whenever I think about it, or whenever my hands have been in water)

Rules:1. You MUST be a follower of this blog through Blogger or Google Friends Connect to win.
2. You must leave a comment below with the following information: name (can also be your Google Friend Connect name) and any optional entries that you may have... see the list below.

Entry Options:1. Everyone who is a follower and leaves a comment on this post is automatically entered to win. (1 entry for every comment)
2. Optional: Post a blog announcing to your readership about this awesome give-away. Please provide a link to verify the posting. (2 additional entries)
3. Optional: social media shout-outs including any forums, Facebook or Twitter mentions. Please provide a link to verify your shout-outs (1 additional entry PER shout-out).
4 Optional: Add Fun And Mental Changes to your blog roll. Please provide a link to verify. (3 additional entries)

Restrictions:
1. MUST be a follower to win. While all comments are appreciated, only comments from registered followers will be entered to win the prize haul.
2. The winner must email fittertwit@yahoo.com within 72 hours of the winning announcement post with contact information and mailing address. If the winner fails to contact, a new random winner will be announced... again, with 72 hours to contact.
3. No other restrictions.

How The Winner Will Be Chosen:
1. 10 comments will be picked at random by random.org
2. From those 10, all applicable and verifiable entries will be tallied and entered into Random Name Picker (for example: 1 automatic + 3 Tweets + 1 blog post = 6 total entries)
3. ONE winner (THE WINNER) will be chosen by Random Name Picker.

Deadline:


This give-away is open until Friday, May 7th. The winner will be announced Monday, May 10th. Good luck to EVERYONE!!!

Thank you to OC Nail Art, Nail Aid and Soaptopia for your generous donations in my Favorite Things Birthday Give-Away. While I have purchased and used your products for years, I just want you all to know that I'm NOT AT ALL ENVIOUS that someone is going to be getting all MY favorite things for FREE... NOT AT ALL ENVIOUS... hahahahaha! No really folks, I'm super excited to give this stuff away. This really is an AWESOME birthday gift to be able to do this! I can't wait to see who wins!!!

*** To see prize pics, click HERE!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

So I'm reading Breaking Dawn on the Kindle (love it***) that I got for my birthday and AS ALWAYS when reading the Bella-Edward-Jacob saga, I feel compelled to dip into the black nail polish. Seriously... I have such a goth girl inside underneath all those freckles and pink skin!!! But I don't want to just pull a full-on black mani with it being Easter and all, so I "spring'd" it up with a GORGEOUS dusty pink chrome by Creative called Strawberry Smoothie. I think I was able to "bunny" this one up quite nicely in spite of the black!!! So, HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!


I used the Northern Lights glitter topcoat to give this one even more of a festive sparkle for the holiday and of course, nothing shows off it's awesomeness like a blurry action shot! Check it out (click on the picture to enlarge it... trust me, the enlarged picture RAWKS!). The black was done with Konad's special polish with image plates M71 and M19.

*** And yes, I had a little drama with Amazon while waiting to get my Kindle (I would put the link here so you can read the blog post about it, but as I ended up having to nibble on some crow over my AMAZING impatience, I'm conveniently going to skip that step here!), but since receiving it I'm more than a little obsessed! Breaking Dawn will be my fourth book! Wow! 1496 to go! :)

Friday, April 2, 2010

ANOTHER Give-Away???

I am SOOOO freakin excited!!! This month is my birthday month and next week I will be kicking off ANOTHER give-away. That's right, I'm stretchin, but I get to give away the presents which is a birthday gift all its own! And this one is SOOOO worth it because it's all my favorite stuff! Check out the prize haul: So far I have a Konad Coraline Nail Stamping Set generously donated by OC Nail Art along with one of my NEWEST favorite Konad image plates, #M63. Truth be told, they are all my favorites... but don't tell my husband!!! ;)

Whoops! I got side-tracked... ON TOP OF THAT, I also have a collection of fragrance oils that I love to add to my bath water. ON TOP OF THAT, I have A TON of Nail Aid products that was another generous donation by Nail Aid. Not only did they donate EVERY ONE of my favorite nail treatments, they also donated two products that are newly available at Walmart that I haven't even tried yet... that's like 7 different Nail Aid products!!! Oh, and I'm not done! There will also be nail polish in assorted colors (of course my favorites) and a Double Bubble 2 Soap Box given by Soaptopia (love, love, love those hand made soaps!!!). And I'm STILL not done!!! Just wait to see the FULL inventory of the prize haul with my OFFICIAL announcement... it will also include the qualifications to win. And the ONLY restriction on this upcoming give-away: you must be a follower to win. Could you just die?!? This is going to be SOOOOO great! Stay tuned!!!