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Crafty Exhaustion

Valentine’s Day was a month ago. I had this super-fantastic idea to make cards for everyone I know. Well, not everyone I know. For the people I know and care about at least on some level.

I’m a joy to be with.

Anyway, guess what happened? I managed to make cards for even less than half of my list, sent only half of those and I’ve been crafty burnt out ever since. Good times.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. It was not all wasted effort. At least I came up with the way to use my Instagram-photos in crafting.

Valentine’s Day Wall Art

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valentine day wall art, before picture, thrifty finn

Couple of weeks ago I visited the local recycling center and found couple of wall art pieces I thought would be perfect for creating more of my Instagram- art work. When I got home, I realized that the ones I bought had flocking on them, so my flimsy photo prints wouldn’t work. A little pondering later, I decided to finally dig in my Valentine-themed scrapbook paper stash and set to work. What do you think of the result?

valentine day wall art, thrifty finn

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The papers I used are mainly from Crate Paper’s Fourteen, apart from the blue floral one and the pink glitter papers. The chipboard-accents are from the Fourteen- collection too. The techniques used are basic distressing, inking and paint smudging. I first thought about adding pictures of my godchildren in the frames on the second piece but decided against it just in case I end up selling the set.

I’m very, very pleased with these. Love them, actually. These would make fantastic Valentine’s Day gifts. In Finland Valentine is celebrated as a day for friends, so there’s an excuse to make many. I’m participating in these challenges:

Natalie & Amy Challenge: #29  All About The Love
Craft Your Passion Challenges: #246 Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #44 Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments: Love, Valentine’s Day Challenge
Party Time Tuesdays: January Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
Creative Moments Challenge: #60 Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Challenge #18 Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #124 Valentine or Love Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T Challenge: #296 Valentine’s Day
4 Crafty Chicks: #231 Anything Goes

Winter Wonderland: Lots of Layers

-Thrifty Finn-

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

DIY hair mask

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’:

DIY hair mask

Gorgeous me. Am I classy or what?

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

drippy DiY hair mask

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:

DIY hair mask

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!