Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Picture Polish Forget Me Not

I love this bright blue mani with the bold contrasting lines; I did this way back in September 2016 and cannot believe I haven't shared yet!  If I recall correctly, these were the nails I wore for Polish Con 2016 in Chicago; I remember doing my nails right after packing on Friday afternoon and they were just dry to the touch as I went out the front door!  Here's what I came up with!  

Started with a base of two coats of Picture Polish Forget Me Not, no top coat.

Topped with top coat.

Stamped using an image from Marianne Nails n.46 using FunkyFingers Gesso.

Added a metal stud on accent.

Topped with top coat to finish.

Thinking back, what a great weekend that was!  Well, except the 11 hour drive to Chicago and the 9 hour drive home.  The time difference accounts for leaving Friday night in rush hour traffic and our lovely random vehicle check by customs on our way into US.  The check wasn't the issue or the reason so much for the delay.  The delay was mainly due to a van full of priests that had locked their keys in their vehicle and every custom agent was going to their aid to try to get one of their doors open.  So everyone who was having a random vehicle check had to wait until they were finally on their way.  I guess they had something more important to attend to, more so that the group of us waiting on the customs agents to have our vehicles inspected!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Stars and Confetti!

These were nails I was going to share for Digit-al Dozen indie love challenge but didn't!  Not that I don't love them; in fact, I love this amazing top coat from an indie polish maker; Polished For Days.  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Morgan Taylor Anime-zing Color! no top coat.

Topped with a coat of Polished for Days Confetti.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  These photos unfortunately do not do Confetti justice.

Stamped with an image from BP-64 with FunkyFingers Gesso.  All the nails are using the same image; I just mixed it up how I stamped each finger (which is one of my favourite things to do to give the nails a little bit more interest!).


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Try as I might, I couldn't really capture the awesomeness of Polished For Days Confetti until the next morning, when I was outside and in kind of overcast conditions.  These pictures show it so much better than the artificial lighting.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Digit-al Dozen Does Indie Love; Day 5

Happy Friday the 13th!!!  Hopefully a black cat will not cross your path today, you don't step on a crack, walk under a ladder or break any mirrors!  

This is my final indie love challenge mani for Digit-al Dozen featuring black cats for Friday the 13th on a blue indie polish base as again, only sharing blue mani's for April in support of Autism Awareness. Here's what I came up with!

Started with a smooshy stamper base using assortment of indie polishes:  Girly Bits Denim & Diamonds, Girly Bits Blue Christmas, KBShimmer Sky Jinks, KBShimmer In Yacht Water, KBShimmer My Life's Porpoise and Moyra SP. 22.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using Moyra Stamping Plate 51 - Friends using FunkyFingers Dark Knight.

Moyra Stamping Plate 51 - Friends.  If you have a fondness for cats, this is the plate for you!

Stamped accent using Fig Tree Stamps with CNF 002, another image from Moyra Stamping Plate 51-Friends and Delaney Chats & Chiens 001 using Funky Fingers Dark Knight.

Delaney Chats & Chiens 001.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

The next morning, I decided to topcoat the mani with OPI Matte as there was so much shine on the pictures that they didn't show that well to me.  If that makes sense lol.  I liked how they turned out matte too, especially the distressed base look.

Hopefully you've enjoyed all the indie love mani's this week!  Here's the other ladies day 5 mani's!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Digit-al Dozen Does Indie Love; Day 4

For Day 4 of Digit-al Dozen indie love theme, I'm sharing a few indie products; indie stamping plates and indie stamping polishes.  Nails are blue again as I'm only sharing blue mani's for the month of April for Autism Awareness month.  Here's what I came up with!

This was my first foray using the gradient image on Lina Make Your Mark 03.  Not very successful but I always share the good with the bad.  This is a gradient using MoYou Beach House and MoYou Deep Ocean.  This is a big fail to me; to be honest, I can't even say I've mastered (or even gotten better) at the stamping gradient as any gradients I've done since this (and this is almost a year old), I've just done the more traditional way using a sponge.  I would love that this would work better for me, or even with the fan brush as it would make gradients so much faster, but I honestly have never tried it since.  

Topped with a layer of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

I was thoroughly disgusted with my gradient attempt but as I had already invested my time in doing it, I thought I had better see if I could save it.  So stamped on top of it using another image from Lina Make Your Mark 03 using FunkyFingers Gesso.

This too was a fail as somehow I ended stamping something on my ring finger.  Gaaaa!  So needed to cover THAT up, so stamped using yet another image from Lina Make Your Mark 03 using MoYou Deep Ocean.

While this finally didn't make the nails an utter fail, I thought the nails STILL needed something more.  So stamped for the fourth and final time using an image from Marianne nails n.62 using Moyra SP 05.  I think this is also the first time that I've done a quadruple layered stamped mani (other than when I've stamped single images randomly on nails; then I've probably done 20 or more stamps but this is actually layer on top of layer on top of layer on top of layer. Whew!) 

Topped with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  I do have to say that I really like how this ended up, it was just quite a bit of work getting there.  Just goes to show that with a bit of work, you can save a nail fail lol!

Here's the other ladies Day 4 mani's!

Thanks for looking!