Monday, October 31, 2011

Two posts in one day?! UNheard of!

Soooo I really wanna win some giveaways...who doesn't? I need nail mail. Only ever gotten one package so far. That will change on my birthday however when I get 11, yes thats right, 11! packages cause I am in a Birthday Club from Laquered Me blog.
So hope that I win some of these other blogs challenges before my birthday so I will get some nail mail!

TraceFace Philes has an amazing 2100 follower giveaway! Congratz!

Polished and Not Quite Put Together is having a mini giveaway. With jewelry made with nail polish! WOAH!

Will add more later after Trick or Treating!!!

Yay! Halloween Manis

I have my last two Halloween manis for you and if you are lucky I may even post my bad cell phone pic of one other.
The first one I used It's Alive! by China Glaze. I cut up a few of Claire's Bling Nail Stickers. Then topped with CG Fairy Dust and Seche Vite. I even drew a little spider on my thumb! He's a cute spidey!
Left hand under Ott Light.
R thumb with SPIDER!
R hand under Ott light.
L hand under Ott Light

L in Sun
R in Sun
Next up is my FAAAVVE mani I have ever done I think. Well on the last one I did like the ring finger on my right hand a lot. I never like my right hand but I managed to do a good enough job on these two manis to share it with you.

First I did a basecoat of Essie Demure Vix. I just love this color. Maybe its not right for my skin tone, but I like the way it has a slight plum shimmer to it. I even got it in the next shade darker, Merino Cool, but I haven't worn that one yet.
This is such a pretty color I think. Its like my only nude so it worked. I tried making a franken out of an old Avon french white color and adding a darker plum shade to make it more of a nude, but the consistency was like water so I said forget that!
Next I got out my tools and started using Milani Ready to Wear Red. I used a tutorial from here. Kayla did a great job on hers and I tried to make mine as awesome. I'd been wanting to do a bloody mani for a while, but Batman's grandma died and I didn't think it would be appropriate at a funeral so I waited.
Colors used: OPI Ridge Filling base coat, Essie Demre Vix,
Milani Ready to Wear Red, SOPI Brunette on the Internet,
Shades of the Seasons Shimmery Red, & Posche topcoat.
CVS Acetone

Palette, Orly small dotting tool, Cuticle sticks, (scrapbooking) tweezers
and sponge. Barielle Cuticle gel. I used a paintbrush too to cleanup.

Right hand! All pics taken under Ott light.
I would really have liked to use a different nude color but Demure Vix was all I had so I still think it looks good. I really like it and I think its perfect for Trick or Treating tonight. All my boys thought it was cool and that's all that matters right?

Ok so here is my crappy cell pic of a purple and orange french mani I did for the Halloween season. I had this on my nails when I went to World's of Fun (amusement park) with my sister. We rode roller coasters and walked thru haunted houses and trails there. Its so fun. We do it every October. So this pic was taken after a day of doing all that.
Here is me and my sis!
See the scary face behind us? 
Here we are on the Detonator. A ride consisting of twin 200-foot towers. Riders sit on a chair lift-type seat and are propelled straight up reaching a speed of 45 mph in one second with significant force.-From WoF website
And yes I am wearing a New Kids On The Block T-shirt! Cause I went to that concert and it was  A-MAZ-ING!!
So then we had the funeral to go to. My nails were painted a vampy red because I wanted to still be in the festive spirit but still be appropriate for a funeral.

Spiderman took this pic of me cause he said Mommy is prettys. My sister in law colored my hair too. Notice its darker and redder here than in the WoF pics? Yeah its a pretty dark change for me cause I am so used to being blonde. But everyone says it looks good on my skin tone so I'm rolling with it.
Here is another pic from my iPhone just so I could show off my new hair color.
I did a cool photoshop app on it too.
And here is a 16x20" canvas board I made for Grandma's funeral.
The funeral home makes these boards with pictures on them for the deceased and I made this one myself.
Batman's mom added pictures to it and it was displayed at the visitation and funeral.

Ok well I hope you enjoyed seeing my Halloween manis and a ton of other pics. Tell me what you think!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Two Cards to Share with YOU!

First of all, a BIG shout out to my sister Hannah. She is re-vamping my blog for me. She MADE this background and changed everything up for me cause I am technically ignorant. I am creatively AWESOME but I suck at the HTML stuffs. So Hannah is making it all prettyful and personalized. She is working on a banner for me and it will be the first time I've ever had a banner on my blog! YAY! I can't wait to see it. Its gonna have cards AND polish on it! WOOHOO!! Let me know what you think when its all done!
On to the CARDS!!

Over at The Stamping Boutique, time is running out to get your projects in for the current monthly project! The theme is Think Pink! in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Here is my card for this theme with the Princess Jennifer image. I know I've already posted it here, but I want you to join in on this challenge so look at it again and GET INSPIRED! LOL!

I used CTMH papers, vintage ribbon and Copics. The roses are made from the new Art Philosophy cricut cartridge. I seriously rolled them myself! So cool! I love that cartridge!
And here is my Spooky Scarey  card using the Medusa image. Get your projects in for this challenge too as its about over  also!
I used Imaginesce papers. I die cut the image with a Tim Holtz die. I LOVE TIM! Then I freehand cut the purple one b/c I only have the one size. The ribbon is really old from my stash. I hope she looks scarey!
 This month has just gone by so fast. I think, looking back, that the whole year has gone by fast. We just lost my husband's grandma to lung cancer last week. She waited for 3 years for new lungs and then took her name off the list. She was a sweet lady and we will miss her.

Hope you all have a good weekend. Hopefully I will get some pictures uploaded and get some new nail polish posts up this weekend. That's my plan!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Crazy Challenge

The Stamping Boutique is sponsoring this week's challenge at The Crazy Challenge.
I made a cute card using PJL witch for this challenge.
Head on over and enter your card for a chance to win 5 digi stamps from TSB!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Stamping Boutique Challenge #17 Someone Special

Challenge #17 is up at the blog I am a DT member for: The Stamping Boutique

The card I did for this challenge uses the Princess Jennifer Latte Breast Cancer Awareness Digital Stamp. But I changed her to be for Thyroid Cancer too. Since I am a Thyroid Cancer survivor, I made this card for all the special survivors that I have met over my past 5 years in the survivor world.

Click photo for closer looks. The stunning butterflies were cut with my cricut cart "Sentimentals" and colored with a glittery pen. I sprayed the tiny purple butterfly with Tattered Angels spray ink. The frame was cut with Cricut cart for CTMH called Art Philosophy. The purple dp from CTMH was embossed with a folder from The Paper Studio that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I colored the img with colored pencils and copics and all jewels and ribbon are from my stash.

Thanks for looking and be sure to join in the challenge at The Stamping Boutique for your chance to win some amazing images!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Big long lucious nail post!!

I got some nail mail today from my friend Kim...Thank you KIM! You are awesome!

I got a couple polishes that looked similar to some that I already had so I decided to do some comparison swatches. Click the pictures to see them bigger.
The first I want to compare looked really similar in the bottles.
They are Sephora for OPI's Mash-Up
& Wet N Wild Grey's Anatomy.

I just found a blog that already did this comparison so if you want to see what The PolishAholic says about these two, feel free.

OF course the Wet&Wild polish is cheaper, but in my opinion, you don't NEED both of these because they are so similar. But they are NOT completely the same. They are both very pretty duochromes that show different colors in different lights/angles. You can see Silver, lavender, and greenish/blue. They both need at least two coats for opacity. Typically I like to put a glitter on top of my plain/non-glittery polishes, but I think I'd wear this one alone because of its shiny/color-changing goodness.
I think the OPI polish has more pinky tones in it and the W&W has more blue/grey.
Overall, I like them but I am sure I will only use the OPI one more cause I think it looks better with my skin tone.
Next are two gorgeous gold polishes.

The left one (on my middle finger) is Revlon Copper Penny. The other is Sephora for OPI Rumba Romance.
Copper Penny is, as the name suggests, a copper metallic.  It's extremely pigmented and was even and opaque in one coat.  The picture is taken in the sunlight and i think both of these metallics are super shiny even without the top coat.
The color is a beautiful bronzey-pumpkin shade with small shimmery bits! Hello, pumpkin pie! I think this is a FABULOUS fall shade and I am glad to add it to my collection.

Next I have a bunch of glitters. I LOVE spark-EL-IES! I have soooo many glitter polishes. I love to layer them over anything. Here is a swatch of 4 of my glitters.
These polishes are so pretty! I hate that they are so hard to take off, but they are so worth it.
Ulta's After Party is a mix of silver, gold and red micro glitter in a clear base. The polish went on evenly.
Strobe Light, pink and big chunks of silver holographic glitter in a clear base.
Rockstar Pink is a fabulous multi pink glitter. Red, Pink, Purple, Blue glitter in a clear base.
Sinful Colors Frenzy is a clear base with round purple and blue glitter.
  It took me 2 coats to get all the looks you see above.
I think all of these polishes will look great over anything. I am looking forward to trying them all over white and black.

What do you think? Do you have/like/love/hate any of these?

Also check out these AWESOME nail blog giveaways! I totally need to win more polishes. I am totally jonesing for the new OPI Muppets collection. PLLLLEEEEEEAAAAASSSSEEEE make me a WINNER!

Trace Face Philes 1800 Followers Giveaway
Ice Queen's Nail Parlour Falling Giveaway
The Color Palette Blog

Monday, October 10, 2011

More Challenge Cards!!

I got busy this weekend creating cards. My son went with me to a crop on Saturday and we got to spend some time creating together. I will have him finish some stuff he stamped and started coloring so I can share it with you soon. He almost colors better than me. He is an awesome artist and I love spending creative time with him.

So lets start off with my favorite card I made this weekend. This is my Breast Cancer card. I have a dear friend that is a SURVIVOR and everytime I see something pink for BC I always think of her. So here is a card in her honor~ Love you SUE!!

The image is from The Stamping Boutique. Pattern paper from CTMH, colored with Copics. Vintage ribbon from my stash.
Entering this card into these challenges:
The Stamping Boutique-monthly contest
Cooking it up with Katie - Fab, Fun, & FLOWERS!!

Digi Stamps 4 Joy Challenge #29
I Brake for Challenges-Girl Power
Sassy Studio Designs #93
Party Time Tuesdays #36
Inky Impressions-support
Lexi's Creations Challenge 50
Di's Digi Designs-girly
My Sheri Crafts- Think Pink
Prairie Fairy Fridays #63
Guylou's Inimitability-BCA
Jellypark Challenges-pink & ribbon
Inkspirations Color challenge #90
Delightful Challenges-dimensional
One Stitch At A Time-Anything Goes

Next up is another cute image from The Stamping Boutique. This is my purple Christmas Joy card. Princess Jennifer is colored with Copics & Colored pencils and a glittery pen for the fur. There is an adhesive ribbon on the left from my friend's stash, (Thanks Christy!) Glittery brad, flower, swirl & clear circle from my stash. Pearls from CTMH.
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Hanna & Friends-BINGO (Glimmer, Ribbon, and pearls)
Crafty Cardmakers #53
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge 99
One Stop Craft Challenge week 152
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #155
Bah Humbug Challenge 40
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge
Christmas Stampin' -Purple Passion
Cuddly Buddly Challenge 15
Stempelsonnen Challenge shopping

My next card is really cute I think. It is a fancy fold card. I made it a stairstep card. I have only made one other stairstep card before this one.

I used the Autumn Froggy image from The Stamping Boutique, 2 fibers & 1 button & Jewels & felt from my stash, Basic Grey pp, I cut out the branch in the back and the lattice scallop border with cricut Art Philosophy cart.
I am entering this cute creation into the following challenges:
The Stamping Boutique/Crafters Cafe-Oct progressive challenge
Dutch Dare Card Challenges-special fold
Moving Along with the Times-Autumn Leaves
Paper Crafting Journey- Die Cuts or Punches
PaperPlay Challenges-Autumnal colors
Crafting For All Seasons-Fall flowers/pumpkins
Crafts & Me-use a digi
Fresh Brewed Blog-pumpkins
Little Darlings Challenges-Fall or Halloween
My Mum's Craft Shop-All Creatures Great and Small
The Paper Shelter-Halloween
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges-Anything Goes
Scrap Creations-Fall
Papertake Weekly-Anything Goes
Fussy &Fancy Friday Challenge-Fall or Halloween
Card Makin Mamas-Fancy Fold
Mami Doodles-Mother Nature
Sew Many Cards-Yellow, Brown, Burnt Orange
Stampin for the Weekend-Colors of Autumn
Stampin with the Dragon-Fall
TotallyPaperCrafts #87 Animals
Crafty Boots Challenges-Zoo or Animal
Creative Stamp Friends-Autumn
NettieG's Digital Gems-Fall
Stamps R Us-Autumn/Fall
Gingerloft Challenge-Orange
Designed 2 Delight-Falling Leaves
Send a Smile 4 Kids-Fall colors

Pink for a Cure

My nails were pink this week because October is Breast Cancer awareness month and I wanted to kick it off right by showing my  support.

The polishes I used are Sally Hansen Flame Opal for the base pink. Then Wet N Wild Sparked for the pink sparkles. Then I drew on a white ribbon with an art pen. Then I added a butterfly to my thumb. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Challenge Card

The Kaboodle Doodles Challenge this week is a color challenge (reds/pinks/purple and neutral of your choice) and the winner will receive three awesome images from Stamp Insanity Store.

I made this little card with an image from The Stamping Botique.  I used some felt stuff and CTMH papers. The image is colored with colored pencils.

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

My Last "Normal" Mani for the year

My nails are really pretty right now, but I am very excited because soon they will be painted very festive.
I plan on doing Halloween nails the rest of the month and then Fall/Thanksgiving nails, then of course Christmas/Winter nails for December and a New Years Eve/My Anniversary mani that will be HUGE I tell ya!

So send me some festive ideas and if you see a NYE idea PLEASE let me see it! I will send a gift to the best idea sent to me. Contest closes NYE and you will get your gift in January!!! Put links in the comments for me!

Here is my lovely mani that will be replaced tomorrow by a Halloween mani.

I used Butter London Victoriana over a base coat of course...Then one coat of Sally Hansen Ice Queen, then for extra sparkle, I added one coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust. And topped with a coat of Seche Vite. It was pretty for a few days but I MUST do Halloween! I could barely wait for October to start. I almost did it in September but I made myself wait.