Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fun with foils!

Hi Everyone!  This week in my advanced nail stamping group our theme is foils.  Stamping over foils or decal method with foils.  Foils are gorgeous BUT topcoat just kills them!  It's the saddest thing in the world.  I feel like I have a pretty good method for using them and it's true that a uv gel topcoat doesn't do nearly as much damage with wrinkling and cracking but man getting off soak off gel is a pain in the keester!

I am lucky enough to own a couple foils that are holo though! So win win for the mani today!

I put on my Elven Gold from Dollar Nail Art.  It's a gorgeous green and gold foil with no holo.  Then I stamped over it with an image from Daschica's SdP I plate.  It's a very celtic look!
Isn't it gorgeous?!
The trick I learned with foils is to have the smoothest surface you can.  I do two layers of foils over basecoat and ridge filler and I think it makes a world of difference
I've heard there are water based varnishes you can find in the craft stores that won't wreck a holo foil.  I might be on the hunt for some and see if it works.  This is our theme all week long so I'm sure I'll be doing some more foils again this week.

I'm definitely going to have to haul this one out again for St Patrick's Day too!

Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

OK from the UK!

Hi Everyone!! Happy weekend!  It's a gorgeous day out here today in Wisconsin!  The sun is shining.  I have the day off AND I have Jill Shalvis' new Lucky Harbor book to read--you cannot ask for me.

Okay you can but still LOL!

Because of the magic of Facebook I have been able to meet some really cool people I would never have the chance to meet in person.  Say what you want about social media but Facebook really has been bringing people together for years now.  One of these people is my friend Sally.  She is a laugh a minute, ALWAYS makes me smile AND she has access to Nails Inc!  Yes I know I can take myself right down to Sephora or Ulta and check them out but nothing is better than nail polish from abroad!

I recently got some beautiful lovelies from my sweet Sally.  Nails Inc Elm Park Road being one of those lovelies.  It's STUNNING!  It's hard to describe!  It's a deep purple with micro glitters than can flash from green to gold depending on the light
I wore this all day on Friday with no stamping over it!  I stared at my fingers all day at work LOL!  Good lord it's heavenly

So yesterday I decided to stamp over it but it took me hours because I really just loved it so much!
I stamped using my new Avon Gold Metallic too! OH MY GOD I love the new Avon Metallics!!!!  I am so glad I snagged 6 bottles of the gold!
I used DRK B image for my stamping.  It's one of my favorite images and I felt it would just look great with this color.  I was right!

I hope you all have a wonderful day.  If you're in the States I hope you are enjoying our Labor Day Weekend.  Please be safe!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Scaley Things!

Hi Everyone!!! Happy Monday!  Tonight I've got my Fantasy Football draft so I thought I'd put on some fantasy nails.  Ah if only mermaids were real!  I think it's no secret that mermaid nails one of my favorites to do and all week last week the theme in the advanced nail stamping group was "scales".  I hauled out my foils as I haven't done anything with them in quite awhile AND discovered I actually have the least amount of cracking with my Rejuvacote over them and then did some stamping
I like this look and how the foils make the scales look real!
Foils are fun and I love stamping over them
With some help from a MoYou Sailor plate this mermaid nails look was easy.  Let's just hope tonight's Fantasy Football draft is just as easy!

Thanks for stopping by!!! I hope you all have a fantastic day!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mesmerizing Gradient

Hi Everyone!!  I hauled out one of the new Marianne's plates I got awhile back and decided to give it a whirl and the results are pretty awesome!  I started with a gradient using some of the Icing polishes from 10.1 Polish.  The Icing collection is a fantastic collection you can use to leadlight.  I know the rage right now is everyone making their own sheer polishes but these are exceptional!  They are made with pigment so instead of just adding some clear to a color you get a more pigmented jelly with these.  I really love them!

I gradiented with Blueberry Blue, Lemon Cupcake and Cherry Blast.  I put down a base of white first as I wanted these to be brighter.  Then I stamped using my Marianne's n04 plate and the results are really cool!
The Marianne's plates are great for me.  The images are too wide and the length is perfect
And it wasn't even hard to get the image centered so that all the nails look uniform
I might try to hypnotize people at work with them today!!! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!!! I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer--Summer Night's Sky!

Hi Everyone!  Happy Saturday!  UG sorry I am way late with my Friday post :(  Work has just been brutal and I had no time to do my nails on Thursday night because I was doing my friend Kate's nails for her and her husband's trip to Disney.  And honestly some things are more important than your nails--like those nails of your friends getting to go on their honeymoon to Disney!

So all that being said man this one was a tough one!  I REALLY wanted to do fireflies but my first attempt was ABYSMAL.  So I took to the internet found this GORGEOUS picture on deviantART by uncubitodehielo88 and freaking fell in love!!  So I tried to recreate it and I really love how it turned out even though it's more a summer night's sky than it is fireflies when it's on my nails.

Here's a pic of uncubitdehielo88's firefly mani
This is a stunning picture that totally say fireflies to me!

Here's my nails which really say galaxy or night sky LOL!
I really love them though, and I got to use one of my first frankens ever my Starry Night dupe--Natural Law.
I used my Mash 63 plate for the celtic look
This mani even says Doctor Who to me a little bit!

I spent many many years camping with my family and there is nothing more beautiful than the summer's night sky especially when you're viewing it during a camp fire!

Since I'm off today with no plans to do a thing I'm going to get caught up with everyone's posts from yesterday!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer--Bubbles!

Hi Everyone!!! Hope you're all having a great week.  We are crazy busy at work right now and sometimes I feel like I might sink if I don't keep moving so I am definitely looking forward to the upcoming weekend!  No plans at all for this week so I might luck out and get to laze around and read.

Today, in the middle of August, we are expected to get a high of 68 degrees.  IN THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST!   It's really hard to think summer for this week's theme when we really haven't had summer here!  I did manage to do this super cute mani though with one of my new Sugar Bubbles plates 
This is my new Sugar Bubbles SB 025 plate--how cute is this??!
I spent many a day in my youth as well as days in my son's youth blowing bubbles on a warm summer day and chasing after them!

Once again I have been completely blown away but the awesome job my fellow companions are doing in this week's Summer theme!   I feel so honored to be among such a group of talented ladies!  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Summer--At the beach!

Hi Everyone!! Happy Hump Day!  My week is short but it still seems like Friday is too far off LOL!  I'm working some long hours this week to make up for being off on Monday so I didn't have a lot of time to put together my mani for today, BUT it seems as though I didn't need it.  

Here's a lovely textured gradient for my day at the beach!
This lovely gradient is OPI Tiffany Case & Solitaire with Zoya Godiva and Bar
I thought about adding some shells but decided against it as I didn't want to take away from the simple beauty of this gradient.

I live on the shores of Lake Michigan so trust me when I say I know the beauty of the beach AND there are absolutely no sharks--ever!

Let's see what everyone else is wearing today!