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A Little Witch

I bought some new crafty supplies last month, including a cute Gorjuss-stamp which was on sale. I like sales. They are best. Last night I got bitten by a crafty bug and made this Halloween-card. Who knows, I might even send it to someone ;)

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The techniques I used were pretty basic. Distressing, inking….The little witch hat is pieced and is part of a Stampendous Halloween-stamp. For colouring I used ProMarkers as per usual. The doodle stitching was done with .5 Zig Millenium-pen.

I’m participating in these challenges:

Time Out Challenges: #17 ‘Birds of a weather flock together
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #118 2 or 3 Word Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #282 Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving/Bonfire Night
Milk Coffee Challenge: Halloween
Cute Card Thursday: #344 Trick or Treat
Creative Moments: #54 Anything Goes- Halloween
Creative Inspirations: #286 Happy Halloween
Tuesday Throwdown: #281 Halloween Colours
Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge- Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #94 Anything Goes

-Thrifty Finn-

Testing Homemade DIY Hair Mask

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This was the nicest part of my hair.

Few days ago I was despairing about my hair. About week before that, I had decided to risk my hair by re-blonding it because my roots were showing and a trip to a hairdresser was out of question. I KNEW that I was risking it. My hair wasn’t in a very good condition to begin with but vanity took over and I went ahead with the dyeing anyway.

Okay, the first day after the dyeing my hair didn’t look too bad. Mainly because of that extra efficient conditioner you get with hair dye packages. By day three, my hair was a complete frizz fest. In fact, words like fried and pubic hair came to mind. It looked that bad. I tried conditioning it but it didn’t help at all. Insert tears here.

Then I remembered that someone had said that egg masks are really good at fixing hair. I didn’t have anything to lose so I googled some recipes and decided on one by Wikihow that is put on dry hair and left on for 30 minutes.

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All you have to do is whisk them together. I used a fairly large cup and a lollipop stick to whisk :D

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It is quite runny. I tried to spread it by pouring some on my head and then spreading it with my hand. It was quite clear that I would have wasted most of the mix this way, so I used an extra hair dye brush I had in hand to spread it.

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There’s Something About Mary-action going on.

After the mixture was somewhat evenly spread, I took a plastic bag which I slit open from the front and back to make myself a turban to stop the mixture dripping while it ‘developed’:

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Gorgeous me. Am I classy or what?

Don’t move the plastic during that 30 minutes! Otherwise this will happen:

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Don’t they call this money shot in some circles?

Use this 30 minutes wisely. I put on a face mask too and for once let it sit long enough because I had to wait for the hair mask anyway. When the half an hour is gone, the mixture is somewhat set, and you can remove your turban. Your hair should look like this:

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Even more like Something About Mary.

To remove the mask, just rinse it with warm water. Then you can wash and condition it like you would normally. And here’s the result:

My verdict: SUPERB! I wish I could have gotten better picture of the frizz I had before the mask because words can’t describe how different my hair is now. Definitely worth the effort! Maybe now I dare to venture towards DIY facial masks. Have you tried DIY-beauty remedies?

-Thrifty Finn-

Flowers!

Monday is the challenge day! This week’s theme at Craft Your Passion is Flowers and as an extra challenge, you must have flowers in your image, not just in paper or embellishment. This worked out for me pretty well, as my embellishment collection is quite limited.

See, I took some in progress pics! These are the papers I was considering for this card. The digi stamp is by Delicious Doodles.

 In the end I went with the lettering paper by Crate Paper. It gave me this NY loft garden vibe so I kept the entire card simple and the colour palette limited. I so love this paper and I’m totally regretting that I bought only two sheets of it.

 The compulsory close-up! This week’s challenge prizes are from Delicious Doodles and Di’s Digi Downloads. You have till Sunday to participate so go and get crafty!

New Blog Header And Some Other Stuff

 Isn’t it cute? After hours of downloading free clipart and digi stamps, I decided to turn to a surprising source for images, my own hard drive! For the first time of the history of Thrifty Finn, I wanted to try out a photographic collage banner. And let me tell you, it was hard! The result is pretty good although I have some issues with the resolution. You can see that the image above is much sharper than the real banner. I will fix it, just not today. I’m too tired for that now.

What do you think? I tried to represent my different crafts and interests but I think it might have turned out bit girly with the pink circles and everything. The circles are a freebie from Pugly Pixel, so go check her out. The link is on my Crafty Resources- blog list.

Then something much more exciting…I have 100 WordPress- followers! I passed 25,000 views! I think now it’s the time to start thinking about a giveaway don’t you think? Just don’t hold your breath, there’s a chance I won’t get around it until, well, let’s just say I’m big on procrastination.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go and find a picture for this week’s photo challenge.

Till next time!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

Yeah, yeah. I know I’m a week late with this. I had one idea but didn’t have the chance to execute so I decided to skip it. Today, when I began browsing through my Paris photos for the Urban theme, I actually got inspired to do Merge. No worries, I’m still doing this week’s challenge, I’m just going to get the previous one out-of-the-way first.

 Ooh, Notre Dame! To achieve this look I used layers, selective magic wand, pattern I got from Deviant Art and Pioneer Woman Action “Quick Edge Burn”. The photo itself is SOOC and was shot on some random setting accidentally, which gave the photo its bluish tone. Then to finish things off, I merged the layers together. Here’s the original:

Notre DameSigh. I miss Paris. If only I could be there! No wait. I will be! In couple of months! Yay!