Hello my dear friends and a Happy Tuesday to ya! It is STILL raining here in Virginia—I am so sick of the gray, come on! I want some more sun & warmth before fall really comes into town---work with me Mother Nature ok!!
So I’m thrilled that soooooo many of you found my trip home from Ohio so funny-ha ha ha ha, NOT! No just kidding, it WAS pretty funny and I still chuckle to myself when I think about certain parts (if you missed it, read below post lol). A lot of you STILL said you’d want to travel with me but I’m not so sure you REALLY know what you might be committing yourself to LOL!
Ok so I want to talk skincare today with y’all! I have been a skin-freak since I was 12 years old and started getting “TEEN” magazine. I’ve always been obsessed with squeaky-clean, wrinkle-free skin and I’ve tried many things in my 37 years. I also have sensitive skin so I have to be pretty careful with what I use and I use a lot of organic/natural products like Mineral Makeup (a faithful Bare Escentuals customer for 13 years) and Mario Badescu products. I was wearing sunblock on my face/neck long before it was popular and I pride myself on not having very many wrinkles hee hee. BUT I have a genetic problem (thanks Mom & Grandma) that terrorizes us all---I have deep set eyes and my upper eyelids, right under my brow are starting to droop and when I'm really tired I almost cannot open my eyes! It’s a problem, I HATE it, it bothers me A LOT more than anything else and yes it is VAIN but I CANNOT help it LOL! So I was actually researching non-surgical methods like botox and products the past 6 months to fix it. I had researched Nu Skin quite a bit and when I went to the Women’s Show last month in Charlotte they had a booth and well I had to visit them. Of course I didn’t realize they were gonna take off all my makeup, arghhh (yeah thanks Pat - I'm still giving you the evil eye,lol) but they did and OMGoodness I loved the results this machine had in just one treatment. I had heard so many good things about it but until I tried it I just wasn’t sure—and it had fabulous results on my friend Dana too. So yep I bought the whole system and I’m gonna use it every Tuesday & Thursday and I will let you know how my results are in 3 months ok. Apparently the gels you put on are charged when you use the machine and it breaks down the wrinkle enzyme we all have on our skin, it’s a lot of scientific stuff but you can read about the system HERE! I am not a spokesperson for it LOL but I am a real-life user so I’ll let you know my opinion as you know I won’t hold back or lie about it LMBO!! If it works then I will be thrilled cuz’ Botox was an option but not one that I really wanted to try—something weird about putting a known disease into your body KWIM? ucky! And let’s see how I do with a machine that charges electrons and such---hopefully no weird incidents—I’ll be the first woman to be electrocuted by the machine LOL!
-Want to come take a class with me? Cuz I’d love to see you! I have classes coming soon in San Jose, CA / Waco, TX and Chicago and then that’s it for this year. You can see more details at www.cmcroad.com !
-I have added some fabulous new ladies to my CMC Challenge DT and I’d love you to welcome them---see all these ladies bios/work HERE! Also the new challenge is up at the CMC Challenge Group and it’s a fun one—everyone is welcome to join in!
-Books!! My new Book Club pick is up at my BookEndz Group and its one of my all time favorite books—its not a new book but it is FANTASTIC! It’s “The Mercy of Thin Air” by Ronlyn Domingue and perfect for October (no its not a scary read cuz I don’t do scary—read post below lol). I read it about 9 years ago and it was a pick for my old book club and everyone loved it so I’m bringing it back LOL! Right now I’m currently reading “Girls in White Dresses” by Jennifer Close and “The Explorers Code” by Kitty Pilgrim.
Ok so I’m sharing a super fun project with you today, I had sooo much fun making this LOL! For the Magnolia-licious DT Challenge, our lovely hostess Maureen Kuppe challenged us to a sketch, octagons and orange and fall/Halloween. Well I got all of ‘em correct BUT the sketch LOL. I SUCK at following sketches cuz I get an idea and it just goes to pot after that! So I added an octagon in the sentiment so I tried hard LOL! You can find all the challenge details at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog and see the DT’s projects too (yeah they followed the sketch hee hee).
For the background stamp “Haunted House”, which is from Alota Stamps, I embossed it in black Ep powder and then added some color with my old SU markers (Copics can sometimes make black ep bleed so beware). I also added Stickles to the moon and windows for sparkle. The black bats are made with a MS punch and the sentiment is from PTI.
I used this super cute “Brother & Sister” stamp from Magnolia-licious—I love them! I thought they were PERFECT for this card, it looks like they are scared and he’s protecting her right? I love to use stamps meant for other things for OTHER things LOL! (this stamp comes in mini form here too) I colored them with Copics—B16,B13,Colorless / YR18,YR15,YR12,YR00 / E11,E00,R20 / YR24,YR20,E35 / E25,E31,E50 / C9,C7,C5,C3,C1.