October – Breast Cancer Awareness

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Stamp TV has been doing a challenge a day that has to do with not just Breast Cancer, but all cancer awareness.  They have a special stamp set and patterned paper pack that proceeds go towards research this month, too.

Here are the cards I did for the different challenges:

10-7-14 STV Comfort The first one was to use a comforting thing – I choose music and your favorite hot drink, as well as “Home”.





10-7-14 STV Glitter

This second one was for a challenge to use glitter.  This has glitter everywhere, including the large font words, which I used Stardust pens to make sparkly.

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One of the challenges was to make anything but a card, so I made a ribbon and sent it to a friend that had surgery this week.


One challenge was a pink card challenge.  The base of this one is pink, as well as my pink boot and some of the flowers.

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Another challenge was to choose a word and make the card with that word in mind.  I choose PEACE and came up with a masculine card, as it’s not just women that deal with cancer.


This one was actually the last one that I made as I had a difficult time thinking of something.  The challenge was to make a card that was NOT a square, rectangle or circle.  I kept coming back to boots and one of my friends saying she was going to “kick this.”

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Another challenge was to use a lot of cancer awareness colors, but NOT to use any pink.  There were way too many to choose from.


This was for a sketch challenge.  I flipped the sketch a bit and made it fall.

Hopefully, if you’re a woman, you’ve made an appointment for a mammogram.  Everyone needs to make regular appointments with their doctor to keep watch over their health and try to catch things early.  There are so many diseases, not just cancer, that can be dealt with if caught early, or at least slowed down.  Please take care of yourself.  You are valuable!

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

OPI Mini Nordic Collection

I’ve never tried OPI nail polish before, that I know of.  Granted, as I’ve only been painting my nails for less than a year, that probably isn’t all that unusual.  A few weeks ago, I was able to get the OPI Nordic mini collection with a coupon.  Last night, I tried some of it.

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Now, I wasn’t overly impressed with it.  I absolutely love the color of the second bottle in from the left, the mint green color, so I decided to use that and the brown with the glitter on top.

I did a thin-ish layer first of the brown, and green on every other finger, which went on fairly smoothly, but was definitely see through.  So, I did a second thicker layer.  However, it didn’t really level out well.  I had a couple of fingers that had weird ridges/patches.  I let that dry for a bit and put the glitter over it.  The glitter hid the messiness, but it is very thick and bumpy.  I’m not one that likes texture, I really like smooth nails, so it’s a bit irritating.

Now, I always start with basecoat.  Lately I’ve been using Orly Bonder. I always end with a topcoat, too.  Now, I used Seche Vite for about 1/2 a bottle, then it got all stringy and gloppy.  After trying a nail polish thinner, which did not work, I tried a new top coat.  What I’ve been using is HK Girl.  I’m about 1/3 to 1/2 way through the bottle and it is still in good condition, which is a definite plus.  It smooths things out quite well and dries very quickly.

Except for a couple of times, I do my nails in the evening and let them dry before going to bed.  In the morning, I use my bath scrubbie with soap and water and rub the excess of my fingers.  It works pretty well.

Here is what my hands looked like before this morning’s shower.  The left isn’t nearly as bad as the right.  I am right-handed.

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Here is what they looked like after the shower.  They may have bits of ridges around the edge, but I much prefer nail polish that completely covers my nail.

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These are tiny bottles of nail polish, but I only wanted to try them, so it worked out pretty well.

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I probably won’t go out of my way to purchase more OPI polish, but, as with all polishes, I’m sure some are better than others.  For me, I’ve only had one polish that went on with as many problems (fortunately that one is a tiny bottle that I got on clearance), so I’ll probably stick with others that apply better.

Oh, I did want to say that though the 3rd bottle from the left looks brown in the bottle and pretty much looked brown in the dim lighting last night, it seems to have a bit of gray or black to it, which gives it an interesting color.  I do really like the colors.  The purple is definitely on my try soon list.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

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I have to tell you, at the beginning of day 5, I have a bit of wear at the tips, which is normal as I am not easy on my nails and use my hands for everything, all the time.  However, I only have one tiny chip, which is definitely not usual.  So, this polish really holds up well.  I am quite impressed.

Fall Cards

It’s terrible when you try to be a few months ahead of the game on birthday cards, then realize the end of September that you have no cards for October on.  So, I’m working on getting caught up with the fall birthday cards.

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This is what I came up with for the Inspiration Challenge on MFP SpeedyTV for last week.  Which uses their 2012 Big Dogs set.  Inside there is an image of a boxer with the sentiment for a friend that has a couple of boxers.

Here’s one I did for another friend, also a guy, that has the same birthday as the previous person, just a few years earlier.  The inside will have a fun saying about decorating his cake with leaves.

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This one was made using the Signs of Autumn set by Gina K.  I embossed the leaves on the background and some on a separate sheet with green embossing powder, then used watercolor paint to add the fun fall look to the leaves.  Granted, I live in Phoenix AZ, where we don’t really have “fall”, so I’m just creating a fun look using my imagination.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  We are less than a month out from my daughter’s wedding, so I may only be on here sporadically.

Candle Common Sense

This is for those of you that burn candles, as well as for those that are thinking of making candles.

There are several different types of candles.  All involve a fuel source and a wick.  A pillar candle is one that stands on its own.  A container candle is one that is inside a container of some sort and must be burned within that container.  A votive is a special breed.  It looks like a pillar candle, but must be burned within a container.  It needs to be burned inside a container that is almost the same size as the votive itself, width-wise.  Common sense for burning any of these candles is to make sure that the pillar candle is on a plate, or some non-flammable base with room for wax spillage.  All candles need to be on a level surface and out of drafts.  That means you don’t want to burn candles in a room with a fan on, or where people walk by frequently.  If the flame is moving around a lot, the candle won’t burn correctly.

Another piece of common sense for burning candles that you may, or may not have heard is that before burning the candle, the wick needs to be trimmed to 1/4″.  You don’t need to measure it, but trim it as close to that as you can.  After you burn it and then put it out, let it cool, then make sure you trim the wick to 1/4″ inch before burning again.  Do this EVERY time!

When putting out a candle, it’s great if you can cover it and let it go out on its own (when it runs out of oxygen, the flame goes out).  If you need to blow it out, cup your hand on the back side of the candle to catch the hot wax.

This is something else you may, or may not have heard, but you should know.  When you burn a candle, make sure you burn it 1 hour for each inch it is in diameter.  If you have a votive, that needs to burn for at least an hour.  A 3 inch candle needs to burn for at least 3 hours at a time.  After a candle has been burned the first time for the proper amount of time (3 hours for a 3″, 2 hours for a 2″, etc.), put it out and let it harden before burning again.  After that, you can burn it for longer.  However, common sense is that you don’t leave a burning candle unattended.  If you are burning a 3″ candles for 6 hours, it will probably be fine, as long as it is wicked correctly and doesn’t have a draft near it, however, it could also develop a crater in the side and have hot wax running down its side.  That’s why you want it on a plate, or a good base.

This one is for both candle burners and those making candles. . .those metal pieces at the bottom are REALLY IMPORTANT!!!  Those things are called wick tabs and are what keeps the wick upright as the candle burns down.  It doesn’t matter what type of candle you are burning: container, votive or pillar, the tab holds the wick up so it doesn’t tip over and break the container, or light the wax on fire.  Usually, the wick will drown itself in hot wax, but it can start a fire.  Please make sure you candles have a wick tab.  If they don’t, don’t burn it down below 1/4″ base of solid wax.

This one is common sense for anyone who makes candles.  If you’ve made candles more than a couple of times, you should know that the wick that sometimes comes with candle molds is usually for a straight paraffin candle.  If that’s not what you’re making, you’ll need to do some research and find the proper wick for your wax, additives and diameter.

There are a lot of different types of wax, and each type has different properties, so needs a different type of wick and wick size.  I know from experience that it takes a lot of trial and error to get the proper wick for your candles.  And then, if your wax supplier or wick supplier changes, you need to test again.  It’s fun to test great candles, but it is also a lot of time and expense to get it correct.  I’m fine with that as I really enjoy the process of making candles and I love to burn them, too.

If you already know all of this, I’m sorry to bore you, but it amazed me when I looked at 3 sites for making beeswax candles this past week and all 3 had bad info on making candles.  Which made me think of a few common sense things that not everyone seems to know about burning them, too.  Just thought I’d pass on a bit of common sense.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Be careful when burning candles, but do enjoy it.

Just a Quick Card

You probably get a bit tired of all these cards, but here’s a quick one I did for the MFP SpeedyTV Color Challenge, as well as the ScrapZee Monday challenge for last week.

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A blue card with gray stamping and pink leaves.  Okay, I added a bit of pink to some of the shells and the starfish, too.  It worked really well for a get well card for a friend’s wife.  Until I put it in the envelope and a few of the bouganvilla petals got crushed.  I tried, but that’s what happens when using dried flowers.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Circle Card

It was nice to get done with everything at work this morning and get to come home early, as it’s my birthday.

Saw an article on FB this morning about a little boy whose birthday is this week and would really like a lot of cards, so I got to make one for him.  As the MFP SpeedyTV FOSTV challenge that was posted this morning was to make a circle card, I did that.

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Now, to get this written and in the mail for his birthday.

Oh, I also am in the process of making some candles, which is a great thrill to be able to do.  So, it’s a wonderful birthday!

Thanks for spending some time with me today!