Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Busy with the Cricky Sneak Peek

Oh hello! It is sneak peek time!!!  I have spent the last two months creating a new product which will release later in July.  It is a product that I am proud of and very excited about. In fact, I cannot wait for you to see the entire finished product!!

So until the official release, I am going to give you weekly tease-peeks.

This week's peek is called ......... Oops, I cannot tell you the name yet.

Tattoos Safety From HIV (AIDS)

When getting a tattoo, most people fear getting the virus known as HIV, which can lead to the dreaded AIDS virus. Although many fear HIV, it is just one of the many viruses that can result from tattoos. Staph, syphilis, tuberculosis, and hepatitis are all but a few of the other diseases that can result from tattoos. All it takes is a dirty or unsanitary needle and you could wind up contracting one of the deadly viruses listed above.

Tattoos Safety From HIV (AIDS)

Just like other activities, tattooing can be very dangerous. Although tattooing is indeed dangerous, there are ways that you can minimize or eliminate the potential dangers. Each and everyday, tattoo artists have to adhere to a strict code of safety to ensure that the risk of contracting HIV or any other diseases is little to none.

Professional tattoo artists will sterilize their equipment after each use. They use steam pressure autoclave when disinfecting their tattoo guns and needles. Bleach and alcohol don’t sterilize the equipment; they are instead used to prep the equipment. Once the bleach and alcohol have been used on the instruments, they will then be autoclaved, which will sterilize them.

When the tattoo artist does the tattoo, he should always wear rubber gloves that can easily be disposed of. The ointment spreaders and any type of rags that are used should also be disposable. When you walk into the tattoo studio, the floors should be spotless. In the rooms where the tattoos are done, the working area should always be clean and sanitary.

Before the tattooist starts the tattoo, he should always give each customer a brand new set of fresh needles. Then, he should always dip the needle in a small cap of pigment that he just took out of a large squeezable bottle. If the artist dips the needle into the big bottle, you may very well be sharing fluids with those who have had tattoos from that same big bottle.

Tattoos Safety From HIV (AIDS)

Whenever you decide to get a tattoo you should always put safety first. Safety is very important with tattoos, as you could otherwise get a disease or a serious infection. Before you decide on a tattoo studio, you should always make sure that they are clean and sanitary. If you get a tattoo from a studio that is dirty or unsanitary, you could wind up on a never ending spiral of infections and viruses.

Get A Perfect Tattoos for Girls

First start asking yourself why you want a tattoo. This way you can get an idea what it should be about. Is it because you want to express yourself? If so, then think about things that are important to you or things you want to be recognized by. Perhaps you want to make a statement about something you feel very strongly about.

Get A Perfect Tattoos for Girls

Is it because you had a very special person in your life, who you want to honor. Or somebody you admire very much. Then think about the things they liked and had meaning to them. You can do this in combination with their name.

Is it because you want to show your love to someone? The names of your children are very suited for that. If you choose for the name of your partner, then remember sometimes partners are not forever and such a tattoo could be very hurtful for a next partner.

Is it because you know or saw someone with a tattoo which you really liked? Talk to them; ask them where they got it. But try to keep it original by changing it a little bit or browse for similar tattoos.

You could also consider getting a tattoo artist to draw a custom design exclusively for you. This option is more expensive, but then you have something that no one else has.

If you are creative you could also draw one yourself and ask the artist if it is possible to ink it.

Answering these questions will give you an idea in which direction you want to go. But there are more things to consider.

Do you want a color or a black tattoo design? Black tends to give more definition and doesn't fade as much as if you use colors. With colored ones on the other hand you can bring more expression into your design. Generally using colors is more expensive.

Ask yourself before making a choice how big do you want it to be and do you want more then one. If you want more than one, you should think about a theme. You don't want to mix up all kind of different tattoos. Your body is not a trash can. How big or how many you want in a certain body area also determines where it should be placed. Make sure that there is enough room for all the future tattoos.

Also do you want to show your tattoo to the public? If not, better place it on a body part where it can't be seen by others. This is also a good suggestion if you have an employer who will not allow his employees to have tattoos on body parts which can be seen by the public.

The most important thing however is, try to be true to yourself, whatever tattoo design you decide upon. Never let anyone talk you into it. Take your time!

16 Unbelievable Urinals

Tribal Tattoo - Perfect Tattoo Designs

Tribal tattoo designs are one of the most famous and most successful tattoo designs since hundreds of years. Lower back tattoo designs are becoming increasingly popular among the females. Celtic tattoo designs are based on patterns that are thousands of years old and represent the pride and heart of the Celtic people.

Tribal Tattoo - Perfect Tattoo Designs

Star tattoo designs are extremely popular and as such have come to symbolize a different cultural, social and religious meaning for many millions of people. Feminine tattoo designs are becoming a huge hit with women.

Bird tattoo designs are tied to some of the most profound meanings in the tattoo world.

Take care when choosing the tattoo layout because you will have to live with it all your life. It is suggested to think very carefully before choosing to tattoo a name onto your body. Safe bets are the names of your children. They will always be your children. After making the decision to get a tattoo is to look at as many different tattoo layout styles as possible. Whatever you select, its up to you and your individual style is. Along with accuracy you want a design that matches your personality and style with just the right look and feel.

Tribal Tattoo - Perfect Tattoo Designs

It is important before starting the actual tattoo to spend some time thinking about the designs, styles and types of tattoo images you would like to get. One of the best places to look for the perfect tattoo designs is Chopper Tattoo.

soho hearts caught our eye

Dying to know where Roxy Olin got her necklace on last night's episode of MTV's The City? Soho Hearts!

The "Twisted Robe Pearl Multicolor Necklace" ($139) is just one of the pieces from Soho Hearts luxurious & trendy line. Soho Hearts has become a favorite of Hollywood's most stylish starlets including Whitney Port and Kelly Osbourne.

If you missed last night's episode, watch it online at

Beautiful Tattoo Ideas of Girls

Beautiful Tattoo Ideas of Girls: Many designs and images are yet to be discovered. The only medium that can provide an extreme head-to-toe makeover for a person is tattooing.The experience is much like repainting a car, except that tattoos are much more specifically targeted per area on the body.

Beautiful Tattoo Ideas of Girls

Examples of the most prominent (tattoos) designs available for girls are remarkable in the quality of their artistic expression.

Of the best designs that have a place in tattoo culture, some of the more popular images are butterflies in motion, a female figure seeming to emerge from the hand, celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe flying while holding a heart-shaped balloon, a fire-breathing belly button dragon, and a clawing tiger on the arm.

Beautiful Tattoo Ideas of GirlsThese are all worthwhile images. Even more samples seen are a Celtic design on the belly, Biblical passages on the back or leg, a tablet of Egyptian hieroglyphics, or even a treasure map, which can be a bit of clever fun for a girl. In addition, others that have made the ink scene include Buddha laughing, roses, supergirls, angels, fairies, Zodiac signs, shooting stars, Chinese characters, and dolphins on a girl's body.

The optimal signs are those like devil wings, flowing blood, and faux broken ribs. Other commonalities, once reserved for men, are the classic biker tats: Death and demons, barbed wire, evil babies, wizardry symbols, and eagles. The location of a tattoo on a girl retains a lot of meaning. An image on the lower back, for instance, can help accentuate a girl's curves, while others can add to her glamor or provide an erotic quality.

One popular idea is to utilize a tattoo to cover a scar! Tattoos have become remarkably attractive and creative, some even managing to be provocative. Whatever the case may be, a proper image in ink can enhance the image of a girl.

Beautiful Tattoo Ideas of Girls

Cindy Christenden in Miami

This pristine white Miami, Florida home was designed by Cindy Christenden.


Now on to Embracing Etiquette With Teresa...

How to React?

Your dignity relies on how well you handle a response to rude behavior. There are many areas in which you must react appropriately and they include while shopping, at work, when out in public, and phone provocations.

There are appropriate ways to handle rudeness in all areas, and it is important to be respectful and rational in your approach.

Tomorrow we will cover “When Shopping?”

See you soon,

Sexy Asian Girl With Sleeve Tattoo Style

Sexy Asian Girl With Sleeve Tattoo Style

Sexy Asian Girl With Sleeve Tattoo Style

Tiger Tattoo Designs - Meaning and Ideas

One of the most popular type of tattoo tiger tattoo today. They essentially represent power, but also can have other meanings. For the Japanese samurai, the tiger was used as a character. If you are thinking about obtaining a tiger tattoo, you should know that it is usually determined on a fairly large size. Most chose the place for it is the biceps, because the primary importance is power.

When people think about the Tigers, the first things that come to mind are the strength and courage, but there are other things they represent. Beauty, pride, passion and sensuality, are just some of the many symbols of the tiger might suggest. Unfortunate decline in the tigers only have even more popular amongst tattoo enthusiasts. Tigers are one of the endangered species, and there are plenty of people who fight for their protection. There are fewer than five thousand tigers in Asia and the fear that at some point may disappear completely from the surface, which would be incredibly sad reality.

Usually the colors used for tiger tattoos are black, gold and yellow. However, you can find patterns that are much more complex and use other colors too, but remember that tattoos are more difficult it will get more expensive. So the best way to proceed is to get the design that you like, print it and show it to the tattoo artist. If the design is complicated, you should also do your research on the artist. I sure would not want a tattoo go differently than you expected.

So if you think the tiger represents you and you like the look of this type of tattoo, I see no reason why you should not do. Many people choose a design based on what they believe and less on what it looks like.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Great Symbol Of Chinese Culture - Dragon Tattoos

Dragons have been also termed as a symbol of Earth, Water, Underworld and Sky. It is regarded as neither culturally far ranging character whose bad temper is interpreted as neither good nor evil. Even the forces of nature are not regarded as human hearted since they represent the cycle of life and death which is followed by birth and renewal. It is said that natures nurtures and nature destroys and so does the dragon.

The Great Symbol Of Chinese Culture - Dragon Tattoos

One of the common images of dragon resembles some sort of reptilian creature with lizard like features which dominates the image. The dragon tattoo images features the forked tongue which is common to reptilian creatures.

They are regarded as a symbol of mischief, wisdom, good, evil, adventure and strength. The type of images that are chosen depends upon the personal choice of the person which several men choosing tattoo designs that are either red or green and several women choosing tattoo designs which are either blue, purple or pink in color. The colors are as important as the design of the dragon tattoos.

If you consider the Chinese mythology then dragon tattoos are regarded as ancestors of the Chinese people since these creatures were symbols of supernatural and imperial power.

Fire spitting dragons have been associated with lightning water dragons which were regarded as guardians of lakes, streams, rivers and individual pools. Chinese and Japanese folk stories are filled with stories of creatures with special quests at the end of their journeys which were transformed into dragons but the fact is that dragons have grown out of human imagination.

Yes, Even More Vegas Layouts

I am still scrapping away on the Vegas/Grand Canyon trip.  I am not sure if I am even halfway finished yet.  I did order close to 300 photos for the digital photos.  What was I thinking????  Oh yes, that my memory is failing and my scrapbooks will capture my memories for me.

I only had enough photos of the New York, New York casino to justify a single page layout.  Fortunately MFK reminded me that I had this map and I WOULD want to scrap the map.  Great idea Kathy!  Plus it gave me a matching page. 

I used Destinations cartridge for the Statue of Liberty cut on the NY, NY page.  I am soooo please that I purchased that cartridge. It has a lot of useful cuts. 

The Welcome to Las Vegas cut is from SCRAP YOUR TRIP, one of my favorite online scrap stores.  Julie always has the best custom made die cuts and the best papers for any travel of special interest.

Don't forget to leave a comment under the previous post if you are interested in being in the drawing for a $25 Custom Crops Gift Voucher!  The drawing will be held on Thursday!

Winner for the Wags 'n Whiskers blog hop!!!

I was one of the lucky blogs that gets to choose a winner from the Wags 'n Whiskers blog hop this past weekend! The winner will receive two digital images of their choice from the brand new collection, Let's Party!! So without any further ado, here is the winner!!!

And lets go find out who #30 is......

A huge CONGRATS Cathy! Please contact Nikki at  with your choice of two digital images from the new collection which you can see right HERE!

Thanks so much to everyone that played along! Have a fabulous week! Hugs!

Dream lookbook shoot :: All my local favorites

I feel so lucky to know such talented ladies in the Portland, OR area. I was absolutely thrilled to have a chance to work with all of them on a recent shoot for the new Twigs & Honey lookbook (coming soon!). I hope to make this a habit! ;)

Accessories: Twigs & Honey
Photography: Lisa Warninger
Styling & Flower garland: Chelsea Fuss
Dresses: Elizabeth Dye
Makeup/Hair: Madeline Roosevelt
Models: Olivia Bee (top) and Kate Troedsson
Thank you!! (Also, thank you to Jade for being the third lovely model: photos to come! and Amy, my big sista, for being an awesome assistant)

tattoo for a back girl

tattoo for a back girl

Tribal Cat Tattoo With Back Body Girl

Tribal Cat Tattoo With Back Body Girl

Papertake Weekly - In stitches

It's time for a new challenge at Papertake Weekly, and this week we're sponosred by Simon Says Stamp!! Dawny is challenging us to use stitching on our project, and it can be any kind of stitching. Either actual stitching or faux with a pen or rubons. I used machine stitching on this one. I chose this adorable digi image from Whimsey Stamps. I knew as soon as I laid eyes on this image that it was going to be perfect for this wedding card.

The cardstock is Bazzill and papers are digital from Nitwits. Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts (of course). I used lots and lots of Kaiser flat backed pearls on this one. I didn't have any of the swirls, so I just made my own. I think they turned out ok, huh? What do you think? The bow is made from May Arts Silk Ribbon, and I hung a heart and key charms from it. Made a matching envelope box to go with it, and called this one done!

That's it's for today! Please be sure and pop over to Papertake Weekly to see the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team. Then grab you paper and glue, and maybe you'll stitch your way to a prize from Simon Says Stamp!! Thanks for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!