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Skull Nails with Washi Tape

Oct 11 2014

Skull Nails with Washi Tape

I grabbed this washi tape with a skull design to decorate my presents for my Halloween goodie swap partner. Then I remembered seeing a tutorial for using washi tape designs as nail art, so I thought I’d try it! I went off of this tutorial.

Washi tape is masking tape made of rice paper that comes in all kinds of cute designs. I’m gonna need to get some more of this stuff. You can do so many cute things with it! Just type “washi tape” in Pinterest and you’ll see.

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Things I used that aren’t in the picture: nail polish remover, pointy q-tips, a silver sharpie, a sharp pencil, a nail file and scissors.

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First you have to paint your nails. I allowed my nails to still be a little tacky (just a little) when I put the tape on them. When they dried all the way, it made them stick on even stronger. I chose to just put them on my middle finger and thumb nails, since those are my biggest nails and the skulls are kinda big. If it was a design like stripes, floral etc, I would have put them on all of my nails. I painted these nails an off-white instead of black, because the tape is a little see-through!

Before the polish dries all the way on my skin, I dipped a pointy q-tip in nail polish remover and got rid of it around my nails the best I could.

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You then stick the tape on your nail, and be careful to position it where you want it on your nail. You press it down around your nail and use a sharp pencil to press it down against the edges of your nail.

I used a silver sharpie to give it an outline, so I knew exactly where to cut. You’ll need to be able to cut out the exact shape of your nail from the tape. I made sure the inner edge of the sharpie lines were where I needed to cut.

Pull the tape off of your nail slowly, so you don’t bring up pieces of polish with it. Carefully cut out the nail shape you traced.

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Once you have it cut out, stick it back on your nail, and make sure the edges meet the edges of your nail. Do a little trimming if you need to before you smooth it down on your nail.

Do a little trimming along the top edge of your nail and smooth it down. To make it a smooth edge, file the edge of your nail just a little bit.

After it was all smoothed out, I still had to do a little filling in around the edges, because I could see a lot of white. I used a black sharpie to do that.

Seal it over with a clear top coat, and your washi nail design is done!

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This was my first try at washi tape on my nails. It looks a little rough up close, but the skulls still look pretty awesome. I did the dishes today and the edges aren’t starting to peel up or anything. I also thought having tape on your nails would feel weird, but I feel no difference.

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My Halloween kitty Selene got comfy on my tissue paper while I was wrapping the presents for my Halloween swap buddy.

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Come Join the 2014 Halloween Goodie Swap!

Aug 24 2014

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Last year’s Halloween Swap was a big hit. We’re doing it again this year, but we’re keeping it all within our Halloween Goodie Swap Facebook Group, to make it easier to keep in contact with everybody.

Last year a few people didn’t get a package in return, because their partner never sent them one. That sucks, and we’re making sure that doesn’t happen this year by having everyone get a tracking number when they ship their package.

How the Swap Works

The rules changed a little this year — if you want to participate, you’ll need to join the FB group. From there, you can pick your own partner or ask who still needs a partner. You can have more than one partner if you’d like. You’ll have to send each partner their own package, but you’ll get double the goodies in return!

The swap will go for 7 days leading up to October 31st. Each day, you’ll open an individual (small) package marked day 1, day 2, day 3 and so on. Each day’s goodie has a theme. This year, the themes are:

Day 1 – Something “creepy crawly” or gross.
Day 2 – Something old OR something glittery.
Day 3 – Something involving your partner’s favorite scent.
Day 4 – Something handmade (by you or someone else).
Day 5 – Something Halloween-themed involving your partner’s favorite color.
Day 6 – Something Halloween-themed that you can wear.
Day 7 – Your partner’s favorite candy or baked item.

Hopefully everyone who wants to participate will have a partner by September 15th, which gives you plenty of time to gather the goodies, wrap and label them, and ship them out (in one box that holds all of them). You partner would then open each one on the appropriate day, and instagram/tweet/blog/facebook pictures of the goodies you sent them.

This is a lot of fun to do, and we’ve already started pairing up on the FB page. If you think you might want to participate, please read the necessary rules and guidelines to find out all details before joining the group. We need to make sure it’s completely safe and fair for everyone!

I’m putting this out nice and early so we can get as many people to participate as possible. The more the merrier! Come check out the Group Page.

Angie’s Fashion and Beauty Wishlist – Unintentionally 90’s

Aug 23 2014

I just realized I’m a “90’s kid” cliche…

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  • Spice Girls Jersey!!! from So You Think You Can Hot – I watched “Spice World” last week with my cousin, and it took me back! Ah, 1997…
  • Daisy chain choker from LaaLoo – This is pretty 90’s too, isn’t it? The daisy thing was huge back then, and daisies are still my favorite flower.

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  • Guatemalan recycled rainbow bag – These designs are so pretty and cute! What really sold me on these are where my money would go for purchasing them… “Handcrafted by CreArte, an organization dedicated to improving the living conditions of small Guatemalan handicraft producers. CreArte works with organized producers and local fair trade organizations to foster sustainable development and an equitable distribution of income and opportunities.”
  • Guatemalan recycled rainbow cosmetic bag – Go to Global Girlfriend for more info!

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  • Pandora lipstick by Impulse Cosmetics – “Our lipsticks are creamy and moisturizing while giving you that opaque finish you crave in one swipe!” I really want to try a whole bunch of them, but in due time. I love berry colors like this one.
  • Naked2 Basics Palette from Urban Decay – I learned about this from Kandee Johnson’s review. I used a Naked palette (the first one) and I know the quality of these are superb. I want to try to do my eyebrows up a better way, namely with the two darker shades.

My First eBook! The Creative Blog Content Guide + Printable Workbook

Aug 18 2014

The Creative Blog Content Guide EbookThe Creative Blog Content Workbook (to be used with the The Creative Blog Content Guide Ebook!)

Thank goodness for the lull in my work load these past few months (never thought I’d say that), or I wouldn’t have had the time or energy to write this.

This ebook is +23,000 words, 11 Chapters (not counting the intro and outro) and is chock full of ideas for brainstorming and creating engaging and original blog content. There’s also a free workbook to help you with the activities that the ebook walks you through, so don’t forget to download that, too!

I’m selling it through PayHip, which is a new website connected to PayPal. It supports all of the ebook file formats, and it’s very inexpensive to use. They only take 5% of the sale, and only when it sells. You can easily set up coupon codes, too!

I’m offering a coupon code that knocks 30% off of the price (originally $10, so it goes down to $7) until October 1st, if you subscribe to my email updates over on my business website. You’d get the weekly newsletter — “The Honeycomb Journal”, the free email course — “The 7 Day Social Media Helper Course”, along with the 30% off coupon code. Lots of goodies for my subscribers!

If you’d rather, I’m also offering a 25% off social sharing discount, which becomes available to you if you share the link to the ebook on Twitter or Facebook. Just click the link down below to go to the product page, and click on the button to the right of the page that says “Share to get 25% off”.

Click here to buy The Creative Blog Content Guide and share for 25% off, or click here to subscribe to the Buzz Copy email updates and get your 30% off coupon code!



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