Sharing Another Passion: Essential Oils

Roller Bottles

 

Most of my regular blog readers know that in addition to my crafting, I also work as a Doctor of Chiropractic.  Therefore, I am always interested in anything that can help my family, friends, and patients.  We have used essential oils in our practice sporadically for over 10 years.  However, I’ve decided within the past year to really learn more about using oils and implementing them into our everyday lives.

So yesterday, I posted the picture above to show some of the roller bottles that I have made to get us ready for back-to-school.  Let’s just say there was a good response to the post and a lot of questions that were difficult to answer with just a comment.  I promised to share the instructions for making the roller bottles and the exact “recipes” that I used for each formula.

I personally use Young Living Essential Oils, so you’ll find that some of the blended oils may be different if you use another brand. The best way to get started with Young Living is to sign up as a member to receive discounts and rewards. You can sign up by clicking HERE and my member number is 10892376. A starter kit will provide you with many of the oils I use in my roller balls, as well as many other fabulous products to try.
In addition to the oils, you will need glass roller bottles and a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils.
Here are direct links to the products I use (affiliate links):
Roller bottles: http://amzn.to/2vxqlMR

Fractionated Organic Coconut Oil: http://amzn.to/2fFyj0U

 
Directions: Place labels on bottles first. Fill the bottles about 2/3 full with Coconut Oil. Add drops of essential oils as indicated. If needed, add more coconut oil to fill bottle, allowing space for roller ball top. Place top and shake before use.

And here are the essential oil blends I am using:

FOCUS: 5 Drops Orange, 5 drops Peppermint. I use this for homework time, placing it on her wrists and allowing her to breathe it in.  I may also diffuse this blend while we do homework.
MUSCLE RUB: 10 Drops Peppermint, 10 Drops Wintergreen, 5 Black Pepper, and 5 Clove. Perfect for minor muscle aches. Rub directly on sore muscles.
HEALTHY SKIN: 10 Drops Lavender, 10 Drops Cedarwood, and 10 drops Tea Tree. I apply this directly to my skin in the morning before my moisturizer. There is a noticeable difference in my skin’s appearance when I use this versus when I forget.
HEADACHE HELPER: 6 Drops Lavender, 10 Drops Peppermint, and 5 Drops Frankincense. I rub this on my wrist, neck, and temples if I have a headache or neck pain.
ALLERGY RELIEF: 10 Drops Eucalyptus, 10 Drops Lavender, and 10 Drops Frankincense. Roll on bottom of feet, wrists, and near nostrils. Use consistently several times a day for best results. (Alternative: 10 drops Lavender, 10 Drops Lemon, and 10 Drops Peppermint–be careful using peppermint near the nose and eyes as it can be irritating to the delicate tissues)
ITCH STICK: 5 Drops Lavender, 5 Drops Purification, and 3 Drops Peppermint. I’m still recovering from a few mosquito bites and this really helps stop the itch.
Let me know if you try any of these blends and how they have worked for you.   Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions.

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Coffee Cafe in Celebration of the 300th Sketch for Freshly Made Sketches

Coffee Cafe FMS300

I think my crafty mojo decided it needed an end of summer vacation.  I’ve got so many new goodies to play with in my stamp room, but unfortunately I’ve had no time or energy to speak of lately.  This always tends to happen when life gets hectic and I’ve found a few tips that help with getting my mojo back .  I’ll be sharing those tips at the end of this post, but my first tip is to attempt a simple project.  I find that picking a single stamp set that I haven’t used and pairing it with a sketch  is a great way to start.  For today’s card, I’m using the Coffee Cafe photopolymer bundle and the 300th sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

FMS300

I’m not much of a coffee drinker.  I might partake in the occasional cappuccino, but that’s about it.  However, this stamp set is absolutely adorable and hard to resist.  I love the coordinating Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and there will even be an additional stamp set to coordinate with the dies coming in the Holiday catalog.  You’ll definitely want to add it to your wish list!

Coffee Cafe FMS300

As you can see, the layout is very simple.  The card base is Crumb Cake card stock.  The layers of designer series paper measure 2″ x 4-3/4″ and 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″.  I accented the card with a corrugated heart, a Garden Green enamel heart, and some linen thread.  The larger coffee cup was stamped in Early Espresso ink onto Crumb Cake (cup) and Early Espresso (lid), then die cut with the Big Shot.  If you are wondering about the smaller cups, they were simply die cut directly from one of the patterns in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  You’ll find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

 

 

Coffee Cafe FMS300

Tips for Getting Your Crafty Mojo Back

  1. Clean your work area.  I know this one stinks!  However, I find that if I’m avoiding my craft room, it’s usually because I don’t want to tackle the mess.  It’s much easier to create when your work area is clear.
  2. Don’t look at blogs, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. for ideas.  Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it?  Besides it being a huge time trap, it can also be overwhelming and even demoralizing when you compare yourself to others.  This is why I suggest picking a suite of products and combining it with a sketch instead.
  3. Use a project kit.  When I’ve really hit rock bottom, I’ll grab a kit.  It might be a Paper Pumpkin kit or a card kit from the catalog, but all the hard, creative work is done.  Sometimes, you just need to simply enjoy making something, anything before you can put forth effort to create on your own.
  4. Grab a friend.  Crafting is always more fun with a buddy.  Earlier this summer, I met members of my downline at a coffee shop early on a Saturday morning.  We had a card swap and just enjoyed sharing ideas for an hour.  I know that everyone left inspired to create.  Why not send a card like the one I’ve shared above to your crafty friends and see who might like to spend some time getting inky?

 

I’d love to hear from you.  What do you do to get your creative juices flowing?  Leave me a comment below.

I should have at least one more post for you this week.  Don’t forget to check out the BOGO sale on Facebook.  There are still over 100 great stamp sets to choose from.

Thanks for stopping by!

Product List

Big Shot

$110.00

Linen Thread

$4.50

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Whole Lots of Lovely #TGIFC 120 Sketch Challenge

Sympathy TGIFC120

Hi Everyone!  I’ve been swamped at work the past few weeks so there hasn’t been much time to stamp lately.  Sadly, we’ve had several patients experience the loss of a family member within the last month and I am out of sympathy cards.  My husband let me know that my next stamping project needed to be restocking our sympathy cards at the office.  I needed something quick & easy, but still beautiful.  The Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper was a perfect fit with the sympathy greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  I paired those two with this week’s sketch from TGIF Challenges to create this clean & simple card.

TGIFC120

I plan to recreate this card with multiple patterns of the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.  Here are the measurements that I used:

Polka Dots:  1″ x 4-3/4″

Floral:  2″ x 4″

Whisper White:  4-1/4″ x 11, scored at 5-1/2″ (card base)

Whisper White:  4″ x 5-1/4″ (front layer)

Sympathy TGIFC120

I stamped the greeting, label outline, and a couple of leaf images, then die cut with the Rose Garden Thinlits dies and the Big Shot.  An additional flower was die cut from Tangerine Tango to place behind the sentiment.  All in all, this card took just a few minutes to create.

Sympathy TGIFC120 close-up

If you love sketch challenges, color challenges, technique challenges, and more, be sure to check out the TGIF Challenges blog.  We post a new challenge each Friday and our designers are amazing with their inspiring projects.  You are welcome to upload your creations to our blog using the INLinkz at the end of each challenge.  We announce a winner every Friday, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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Big Shot

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BOGO Stamp Sale

BOGO Stamp Sale

Over 100 Retired Stamps Available!

Please Read: You’re Guide To Shopping

  • VISIT (and LIKE) my FACEBOOK Page to view the BOGO album.
  • To secure a stamp set, comment SOLD. If someone has already commented SOLD, you may comment NEXT to be placed in line if the sale falls through.
  • Once you have marked an item as SOLD, you will have 24 hours to shop my online store. You will select and purchase NEW stamps and accessories for an amount equal to or slightly greater than the retired items you have secured.
  • I will ship your retired stamps within 7 days of purchase.

A few more things…….

  • Most of these stamps are used and you will notice some staining at times.
  • If you do not complete your purchase within 24 hours, I will remove your SOLD comment and offer it to the next person in line.
  • US customers only
  • Email me at melissa@thestampdoc.com or private message me on Facebook with any questions
  • I will be adding bundles to the sale next month
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Monday Montage 98

Welcome back to the Monday Montage blog hop! Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring paper craft projects. Be sure to visit all the stops….you don’t want to miss anything!

 

I have just returned from a relaxing weekend at the lake with my family and friends.  Since I didn’t do any stamping this past week, I am sharing my Card Club projects from July.   We had a Christmas in July theme and I focused on using the Merry Mistletoe stamp set on all of the cards.  These are quick and easy cards that you can whip up with a minimum of supplies.  I’m listing the basic supplies used below.  Of course, I also used punches and dies, but you could easily substitute whatever you already own to recreate any of the cards.  A simple square shape would even work for most of the greetings and/or focal points.

Product List

Merry Mistletoe Merry Mistletoe Merry Mistletoe Merry Mistletoe Merry Mistletoe

 

The tutorial for this collection of cards will be available in the blog sidebar tomorrow.  It includes all the measurements, so you don’t have to figure it out for yourself.  My customers really enjoyed this class and the simplicity of the cards.  I hope you do, too!

You can click the Back button to visit Kaitlyn’s amazing blog or the Next button to see what wonderful project Wendy has to share.

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