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Today’s prompt for the Bundle Monster Halloween challenge is Jack O’Lanterns! I loved carving pumpkins when I was little. The activity will always hold a special place in my heart because I did it with my mom. She would cut open the pumpkin and removed the innards. I was absolutely fascinated by the newspaper absorbing the moisture so I threw the guts on and watched the mess. At least I kept everything on the newspaper! We didn’t do scary so our carvings were always cute or funny. This was my first lesson in candle management. In the beginning, my mother reminded me to blow out the candle before  bed then she stopped to see if I remembered on my own. If I didn’t, she turned off the foyer lights so I saw the glow and remembered. It’s funny how certain memories just pop up randomly but I guess that’s the importance of remembrance and keeping those who are no longer here close to us.

Now that I’m done rambling and being a sap on to today’s manicure…


I had an idea: “nimbus” gold to mimic a glowing candle inside the Jack-O’-Lantern. I am okay with the final results but I don’t think I achieved what I wanted. I think I should have used a different base coat so that gold popped more but, at the same time, I wanted a subtle glow. I am really happy with my stamping, I am finally think I’m getting better at it.

I hope you like it!


Bundle Monster's 30 Days of Screams - Jack o' Lanterns | The Rite of Aging

I started with one coat of Color Club Almost Famous and two coats of Sephora by OPI Cab Fare as my base.

I “nimbus-ed” with Zoya Goldie.

I stamped with Bundle Monster plate BM-305 and Milani Black Swift.

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.