Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen Does Gradient--Floral

Whelp I'm late with day 5 but I have a good reason!!  I but my thumb yesterday right on the side and it hurt SO DANG BAD and I will totally admit I was afraid of acetone!   I pretty much babied it all day today and managed to take off my gradient stamped lines without crying too much.  Not sure why the hell I thought a gradient would be a good idea because I'm not using latex at all for my mani's these days so yep polish ALL over my skin and more importantly my cut.

I managed to survive!! And my mani is really quite lovely. It was basically born out of sheer laziness though. Sitting next to me on my little tv stand is some polish I've used and haven't put away yet.  Sitting out were Nails Inc Wellington Square and it reminded me of a mani I had done ages ago with similar colors so I snagged a dusky turquoise--Sinful Savage for my gradient.  And yep it is as lovely as before. Again born out of sheer laziness I grabbed the nearest plate to me ( I still have plates tucked in a tote bag I haven't put away from move yet) and it was my VL4 plate.  So this really lovely mani is all because I was too lazy to really get up and look around for some polish and plates to use
I just love reverse stamping images don't you?
Even with the black this is still such a delicate look
I also love how the coral and turquoise overlapping create a purple
I actually wanted to do a glitter gradient tonight and even toyed with a magnetic gradient today but in the end sheer Saturday laziness created this mani for me!
This week was a great week!  So happy with how all mine turned out and really loved what everyone else came up with!


Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen Does Gradient--Yellow And Blue Make Green!

Hi Everyone!  I am posting this late today and I am so dang tired!  One of my chinchillas was up at 3 freaking am this morning rearranging his cage.  I don't know what his deal is but dude thinks he's some of sort of Feng Shui Master and does this a few times a month. I should have just taken him out and put him in the little cage aka jail but nope I kept hoping hushing him and scolding him was going to work but NOPE.  So I basically had about 4 hours of sleep last night. I am dragging my butt right now like nobodies business.

Luckily I was able to get a mani done last night to post today AND it turned out great!  I'm pretty sure I am going to bed and the ripe old time of 6pm tonight though so tomorrow's isn't going to be done until way late lol

For today I decided to do gradient stamping. I'd like to say I just mixed good old Mundo Yellow and Turquoise on the stamping plate and it made green but no I used Avocado which I just adore and DRK B for today's mani. My stamping is over the base of OPI DS Fantasy another polish I just adore
I love this line effect don't you?
This is a great image for showing off some gradient stamping but also allowing the base color to show through
I've got my mani station all set up now too and added two desk lamps and I am much happier with my pictures.  I might decrease my bulb wattage though as it might be a smidge too bright
I think this type of image is totally "me" unlike yesterday's dainty--lacey stamping

My girls have been totally nailing it this week!  Vic's animal print was spot on and you know you have to see some animal print from her but everything she does is awesome. Carmina and Cathy both have been showing off some flawless gradients with bright colors--I just love them!  Ashley is killing it with her faux water marble and she is NAILING the stamping which trust me is big for her.  Michaela did a fabulous mermaid mani as did Amber--I mean really Amber is kicking ass this week with ideas and colors.  Jacki's been doing AHmazing stuff with drugstore polish!  Yes you heard me drugstore polish which means it's available to anyone and everyone and look at what you can do with it!!! Rose Lynn and Marisa both doing some super cool stuff with such bright colors. Amanda is coming up with some cool double stamping. Shelly is nailing with some radials and watermarble AND video to boot and Tammy and Serene are just my long time stamping heroes I mean really everything they do I adore.  This group is full of special women who are just lovely inside and out


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen Does Gradient--Lacey Does It!

Hi Everyone!! Happy Wednesday!!  When I look at today's mani I feel like I can hear Monty Python in the background saying "And now for something completely different"  today's mani is night and day from my spiked mani of yesterday and it's also 100% not my style.  I really wanted to do a lace manicure though especially after seeing the one Jacki from Adventures In Acetone did--Jacki is SO DANG COOL but mine just did not come up cool at all.  Nor did they come out looking like a fairy tale wedding dream which is what I was picturing when I did them.  Instead they are just meh, and pretty colorless and boring.


I'm pretty sure I am just WAY TOO PALE for this look
Or my nails might be too long to pull off this look
I did a subtle gradient with OPI Bubble Bath and Alpine Snow and then stamped over it with Girly Bits White Wedding and Marianne n68 which is a lovely all lace image plate
I showed this to my niece Alex who is getting married next year and told her I wasn't a huge fan of it but to keep it in the back of her head for a wedding mani and bless her heart she said she thought it needed some sparkle!  Girl after my own heart LOL
Alas this did not stay on long enough for any added sparkle hopefully I'll remember it when I do the nails for the wedding LOL

This week has still been pretty amazing. My partners in crime have been doing an AHmazing job as always.  That dang Copycat Claws is KILLING it.  I wish I was her or rather that I lived next door to her so she could do my nails everyday LOLOLOL. She's Canadian though aka too cold for me ahaha.  Really though it's too cold in Canada and since I live in Wisconsin that is saying a lot.

Prepare to be wowed and check out what everyone else has done today!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen Does Gradient--Matchy Matchy Spikes!

Hi Everyone!  I really wanted to think outside the box for this week's Gradient theme.  I mean everyone knows what a gradient is, these days I'm pretty sure everyone has done a gradient for a mani and I think we all know I have done a ton of gradients on my nails.  So for today I really wanted to do something different.  I got an idea to try to do a spiked gradient as I was inspired by a purse I have. I'm happy to report that YES you can do a spiked gradient!

For this mani I used a basecoat of the very lovely What 'Choo Fell Over For by Paintbox Polish.  I stamped with Born Pretty Store BPL-006 and also Mash 29 with my trust Mundo Black
How fierce is this?????
I used a few different size and color spikes for my gradient accent nail
This is the cute purse I have I tried to match
If it wasn't super late at night I'd have my son snap a picture of me modeling it but it's WAY late
I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.  Right now I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to go to bed with this on and wake up with it still on LOL!
All I can say is no one better hack me off tomorrow or they will be sorry ahahaha!

What do you think?  Is this something you could wear??




Monday, April 11, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen Does Gradient--Monkey See Monkey Do Monday Shanna's Nail Art

Hi Everyone!  Happy Monday!  This week is gradient week for the Digit-al Dozen and I got do to do triple action with this one!  My mom, sister, and I along with our friend LuAnn went to the Shedd Aquarium on Saturday and we had so much fun.  I wanted to be able to sport some underwater nails and lucky for me I found a super cute mani done by Shanna of Shanna's Nail Art all the way back from 2014 that I could use for a Monkey See Monkey Do Monday mani AND it fit this week's theme as well!

I had a HORRIBLE time trying to get pictures of this mani though!  Seriously!  It's a gradient that on my camera never looked like a gradient!  No matter where I went to get pictures of it, it did not show the gradient.  I took some barely passing pics at work, took a few ok ones with my cell phone and then the nightmare began trying to move them from one place to another UG.  I ended up having to use flash for this which I'm usually never a fan of

Here's my Shedd Aquarium mani complete with mermaid!  It really did turn out cute
I basically just used Bundle Monster BM501 for entire mani, I added a mermaid I had from a no name plate as for some reason I lost BM510!!! I've never lost a plate in my life but when I tried to find it it was no where to be found!
The turtle is from the same Bundle Monster set he's on BM503 he was a great little added touch
My base is just a simple gradient of China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Pacific Blue.  Mundo black for the stamping with the fabulous crystal stamper from  Girly Bits to help me place all the teeny fish exactly where I wanted them.

Here's a side by side picture of both mani's
This really was a perfect mani to wear to the Aquarium and I got several compliments on it

This week should be a good week!  I'm going to try to do a couple of things that are really outside the box for our gradient week.  Hopefully they both turn out!  

Please head over and check out what my crew came up with for today!


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Better Late Than Never!

Hi Everyone!  I've been sort of slacking in posting my mani's lately UG. I will try to work harder to get that done.  I'm a pretty big procrastinator and sometimes that works to my advantage.  I bought Girly Bits Jiminy Christmas several months ago with the sole purpose of using it in a St Patrick's Day mani but then I never used it!  UG it is SO gorgeous too.  A really pretty bright kelly green micro holo glitter. It would have been awesome for St Patrick's Day LOL.  Well St Patrick's Day is long over but I hauled it out and put it on and did some really simple stamping with Marianne's XXL3 and Mundo de Unas Avocado

Taking pics inside without the sun doesn't really do this cool polish justice
Isn't the name adorable????? I love it!
This could almost be a dragon mani!
I think out of all the Mundos Avocado is my favorite.  It's such a cool green.  Plus who doesn't love avocados???
I love finishes like these, I'm all about the sparkle!
I loved this mani so much I even thought about wearing it a couple more days but we are going to the Shedd Aquarium on Saturday so I had to do some kind of under water scene LOL.

What do you think?  Isn't amazing how simple stamping can be so cool sometimes??

That's for stopping by!! Hope you all have a great day!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Because he died, I live

As a Christian I always find this day so difficult.  Good Friday is the day we celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  It seems so wrong to celebrate the death of our beloved Savior. But today we know because he died and took on the sins of the world this allows us to live on eternally.  As someone who has loved ones in Heaven this is something that gives me hope each and everyday.  Because I believe Jesus died for my sins I will be reunited once again with my beautiful sister, Lisa and my Dad.  Nothing gives me greater joy.

On the day my Savior died to forgive my sins I am humbled. I've never felt worthy of such a sacrifice
Thanks for stopping by!