Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesdays: Tasting Garlic Through Your Feet!

Have you ever used an essential oil somewhere on your skin, and then been able to "taste" it in your mouth?? It's a strange sensation, and I knew it had something to do with the oil molecules traveling into the bloodstream. In this blog post, Dr Tisserand explains why and how this works, and what it tells us about the best way to absorb essential oils.  Here's an excerpt:

Concerns about how much essential oil is absorbed through your skin and enter your bloodstream (bioavailability), are pertinent to treating internal issues, and for assessing internal toxicity. And if you want higher bioavailability, there are certainly better ways to achieve this. There’s nothing wrong with applying oils to your feet, and some will absolutely be absorbed, but it’s not always an ideal choice.

Check out Dr Tisserand's blog for this article, and for much more great, safe information on using essential oils!

Monday, August 28, 2017

August Paper Pumpkin with Doodles

I have a doodling problem--can't leave anything alone! This month's Paper Pumpkin provided me with so many opportunities to add layers and texture, not only with doodling, but with all the lovely die cut pieces and stamped images.

Most of the cards are already made up, because they will all get USED! Do you have a stockpile like I do? Today is a great day to send a card to someone you've had on your mind.

Here's the video for this month's Paper Pumpkin, and don't forget there is a special going on for new Paper Pumpkin subscribers! Click here to learn the details--offer good till Sept 10.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Daisy Delight Designer Series Paper

Do you have a pile of Designer Series Paper sitting in your craft spot? It's time to use some up! With just a few simple supplies, you can make beautiful cards to spread a little joy.

The easiest way is to cut a width of 5 inches, then one of 4 inches, leaving 3 inches leftover. The 5 inch pieces you'll need to trim to 3 3/4 inches tall, then add a solid layer of 5 1/4 inches by 4 inches. A simple greeting will change that printed paper into a lovely card! If you use a "just because," "thinking of you," or "just a note," you can make that card work for any occasion!

The 4 inch wide set can be cut to 5 1/4 inch height and layered right onto a card base with a sentiment. The 3 inch wide set can be cut to 4 inches height and used either vertically (as in the above picture) or horizontally, with a "layer" of ribbon between it and the white space below.

Those pretty papers deserve some love! You can always use birthday cards, thank you cards, sympathy cards, or the more generic kids listed above. Go forth and CARD!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Migraines

Do you suffer from migraines? My first one occurred when I was about 8 years old, but I didn't know it was anything but a "horrible headache." For years, I suffered with them, not even knowing what they were. As an adult, I finally got a diagnosis, but that didn't really seem to help.

I tried all the suggested things--elimination diets, controlling stress (please tell me how to completely accomplish that!), losing weight, etc. While some things seemed to reduce the frequency, eventually I just got used to 3-4 migraines a month. My worst triggers were hormones and weather-related pressure changes. I could tell you when a storm was coming with more accuracy than the weatherman!

Then last year, I started redox molecule supplementation, and I noticed that my incidence rate was vastly improved! Recently, I ran across an article over at
that explained oxidative stress and migraines in a fascinating way! The author theorizes that migraines may be a defense mechanism against oxidative stress!

Here's an introduction from the article Migraine Trigger: Oxidative Stress

"Oxidative stress is associated with nearly all migraine triggers and many of the conditions linked to migraine (full article). Oxidative stress is a hot topic, not just in migraine research, but in the research of our top-deadly conditions.

"You may not know what oxidative stress is, but you know what antioxidants are. Oxidative stress happens when a molecule loses an electron and turns into a free radical. The free radical then steals an electron from another molecule. This molecule then becomes a free radical and steals from another molecule, and so on. If left unchecked, the damage continues throughout the body.

"Antioxidants donate an electron to that first thief so that it doesn’t go and turn other molecules into thieves (source). Antioxidants are able to stop the downward spiral that leads to oxidative stress, inflammation, and chronic disease."

 Be sure to read the whole article, and browse through his other research! You might especially want to check out Hydrate with Migraine Minerals to Prevent Migraines.

I hope you find some relief from migraine agony. If you have questions, I'd love to chat with you!

Monday, August 21, 2017

July Paper Pumpkin Circles

It's not often that I just make up a kit the way the instructions say, but the July Paper Pumpkin was fabulous! All I added was a bit of twine and some spatters. I loved the wood elements in this kit, as well as the washi tape! It's all so tactile, which is my favorite kind of project!

The last several Paper Pumpkin kits have really knocked it out of the park. There's a great special on right now, if you've never tried Paper Pumpkin before. A self-contained kit arrives every month, and you'll love having the projects prepared for you!

Click here or go to  to start your subscription with the code HALFOFF0917 

With Paper Pumpkin, you'll save time and money while you build a collection of crafting supplies. Every month you'll receive a unique stamp set with an ink spot (that won't repeat a color in a 12-month period). In no time at all, you'll have a variety of stamps and ink to use on other projects. In addition, your first kit includes a free clear stamping block that you'll use every month.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Watercolor Soft Sayings Mask

You may already know that the Soft Sayings kit is one of my favorite things from the Stampin Up Catalog! One of the main things I loved was one of the card overlays. I wanted to use it as a mask. [For those of you like me who hate the idea of using one up that way, remember that you can order a kit refill with more overlays for just $21!]

First I coated it with gloss gel (you could use Mod Podge) to make it a bit more durable. When that dried, I placed the mask over watercolor paper and used a makeup sponge to add Berry Burst and Lemon-Lime Twist inks.

For the card on the left, I removed the mask and spritzed the card front with water--just a little, till the ink started to blend a bit. After it dried, I added a sentiment from Rose Wonder (stamped with the MISTI, so I could re-stamp on the bumpy watercolor paper) in black. Then matted it with Berry Burst cardstock and mounted it on Thick Very Vanilla cardstock. Which reminds me that I need to order more of that!

For the card on the right, I left the mask on the watercolor paper when I spritzed the water. This gave the image clearer lines and made it more defined. When it dried, I mounted it on Gold Glimmer Paper and a Thick Very Vanilla base.

I love both these cards. I can't decide which one I like better! But I'll probably be making more just like this, in different color combinations.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Cell Function and Redox Signaling

Every function of your body--reasoning, heart beating, breathing, bending, sleeping--relies on cell communication. When that communication network is damaged, you and your body just don't feel as good as your should. And you don't function the way you want to!

Cellular communication happens through redox signaling molecules. A byproduct of the energy-producing process of your mitochondria, redox molecules tell your cells when there is a problem and how to fix it. If there aren't enough redox molecules, cell repair and replacement becomes sluggish, and your systems don't work the way they should.

I was born with a genetic immune disorder. I received gammaglobulin shots every month for the first 5 years of my life. As antibiotics became more widely available, they were deemed the correct therapy for keeping me alive.

Unfortunately, they didn't help me be healthy. Asthma attacks, migraines, allergies, inability to fight infection, and a general lack of energy have dominated my health for as long as I can remember. I experienced a small stroke nine years ago, which was a huge setback. My health was fragile. 

Until I started supplementing my redox signaling molecules last year. Then everything changed!

I still get headaches, but I've only had 2 migraines in the last year, instead of 2 or 3 a month. I still catch viruses, but I'm only "a little bit" sick instead of down and out for weeks. I have experienced enormous recovery of my lung capacity, which has been a particular blessing to me as a singer. I have seen improvements I never dreamed of, and I now believe I will live to see my grandchildren.

ASEA redox supplement does not treat or heal any condition, but it enables your cells to begin healing themselves.

I'd love to tell you more of my story, but I'd rather hear yours! Leave a comment or contact me if you have a story to tell or questions about how YOU can feel better!

If you'd like to read medical studies about redox signaling, go here on Google Scholar. Or read about the Nobel Prize in Science for Redox Signaling here.

You can see more on my Ask Amy ASEA Facebook page, too.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ink Spot Designs

Ever since I bought my MISTI, I've been using my ink spots more than my full-size ink pads. They are so handy. Some I make with the Uninked Stampin Spots (p 201), and others have come from Paper Pumpkin kits or other card kits from Stampin Up. Several ink spots were sitting out on my desk recently as I played with my July Paper Pumpkin and color combinations, and these cards were the results.

I stamped each color two or three times, to give it a very imperfect look. I didn't want anything too symmetrical. Then black ink--either for stamping or doodling--was really all that was needed. The color combinations are: Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Lemon-Lime Twist; and Soft Sky, Lemon-Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, and Berry Burst.

Stamps for the first card are from my go to stamp set lately: Soft Sayings!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Lavender for friends

Daisy Delight was one of the first sets I ordered from the new catalog. Focused on the daisy images, I didn't realize there are several other florals, stems, and sayings.

 After seeing a project using the lavender stems and blossoms, I couldn't resist making these cards!

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Elegant Eggplant Solid Baker's Twine
Elegant Eggplant Solid Baker's Twine