Sunday, May 17, 2015

Palm Trees In Paradise

Hi Everyone!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  I really didn't do much and that's just what I needed.  I spent the day in my pajamas on Saturday.  Yup all day long!  It was glorious!  I made a huge batch of Italian Wedding Soup and I snuggled up with the cats and a wayward chinchilla from time to time and read all day.  I finished 3 books!  It was just so nice.  I didn't have to go anywhere and this is truly how I love to spend my time--wrapped up in a good book OR a few good books.

A short while ago Kelly from Set In Lacquer made the announcement she had a lot of personal stuff going on and was just going to be too busy to keep up with her blogging.  I'm sure she'll be back from time to time to post an occasional awesome mani or two but for now she really needs to focus on some other things and that means blogging is out.  A few of us decided to get together and recreate a mani of Kelly's.  She is pretty amazing and she's a truly super nice person.  I feel honored to call her my friend.  

She has freehand skillz and we all know I do not.  So today I chose to recreate one of her cool mani's with a flair of  my own.  Kelly--while the blogging world will say goodbye to you I'm so thankful you and I are friends outside of the nail polish world.   I'm ever so grateful for that!

Here's the cool mani Kelly did with some of the Elevation Polish Hawaiian Punch Collection
Here's the tribute mani I did 
I had to use stamping because I got no freehand skillz!  Thanks Uber thanks Uber Chic 2-03 for saving the day!
Wouldn't it be great if one day Kelly and I could hang out in our own palm tree paradise??
Yeah I do think that would be great!

Many blessings to you my friend-- thanks for the many great mani's you've done you will be missed!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Digit-al Dozen Does Geometric--Gentleman Start Your Engines!

Hi Everyone!  Hope everyone is having a great day! Tomorrow's Friday so that makes us closer to  Saturday than we were yesterday woot!  I feel like I'm floundering a bit with this challenge compared to all the great things everyone else has done.  I do have a cool mani on today though.    I'm definitely not a Nascar fan at all, no Indy racing fan either BUT I got this awesome plate from Messy Mansion to review and thought it would work perfect with this challenge!!  Check it out!
I used some of the new China Glaze Electric Nights for this baby Daisy Know My Name?, Plur-ple, Red-y To Rave, and Treble Maker.  
I stamped with Messy Mansion MM41 which is all race car related and actually pretty dang cool!



I really dig this one
What do you guys think?  Are any of you race fans?
I'm going to go check out what all the other "drivers" have going on today!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Digit-al Dozen Does Geometric--Circle Girl In A Square World

Hi Everyone!! Happy Wednesday!  Whew I'm a bit frazzled today!  I didn't get home until after 8 pm last night so just no time to do my nails.  I really wanted to read and then I got stuck reading WAY too late.  I did a nice gradient today on my lunch hour and then just popped home and stamped up real quick.  Thankfully I had help from Elevation Polish, OPI and Emily de Molly!

My gradient is Elevation Polish Grand Teton Sunset, OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm and I stamped with Mundo de Unas Lilac and Emily de Molly EDM03
This turned out to be a pretty cool funky geometric mani!
Even the dots are stamping! Woot!
All purplicious too!
I might have even made it under the 30 minute mark with this baby but since I had to split up my time I have no way of knowing LOL!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Digit-al Dozen Does Geometric--Rad Radial!

Hi Everyone!  I don't know if anyone has noticed the radial gradient craze that's been sweeping through Facebook groups or YouTuber's but it's a real thing!  And let me tell you it's not easy!  I don't care how many tutorials you watch or see on how to do this process it is not easy.  While I have long nails I do not have wide nails so I can't just use the flat side of a makeup sponge and but a bullseye circle down.  I have to to think square to get mine to work LOL!

I was feeling pretty happy the other day when I came up with a radial using some of my Nails Inc neons, Portobello, Notting Hill Gate and Westbourne Grove.  I just did some cool black stamping over it with Mundo de Unas black and Pueen 54.  It really rocks!
 Naturally I did neons the night before we had cold and rain so I had to settle for indoor shots-----AGAIN
I really do love how this turned out though
What do you think?  Have you hopped on the radial gradient bandwagon??
I do so love these colors!  I told my friend Ashley the other day it seems like the older I get the brighter I go, I'm seriously worried what my 70's are going to look like!

I'm popping over to get out the res of the gals!


Monday, May 11, 2015

The Digit-al Dozen Does Geometric--Monkey See, Monkey Do Monday--online search!

Hi Everyone!  OMG can you even believe how long the title of today's post is??  This week is the Digit-al Dozen's Geometric week.  I don't know about anyone else but when I found out about it I just UG.  Even though I have a million zillion plates with geometric designs you just really want to come up with something cool and original.  Thankfully since it's Monday I didn't have to come up with anything original at all!  All I had to do was recreate something I found online for Monkey See, Monkey Do Monday post WOOT!

So a super duper long time ago when I first started  stamping my nails I found this picture online.  I saved it onto my computer where it's sat for four years now.  I recently ran across it while cleaning up some of my computer pictures and thought "hey! this would be perfect for geometric week" and so I recreated it!
I seriously first fell in love with this design when I first got into "stamping" 
I basically never tried to recreate it because A I really don't like dotting and B I really don't like tape mani's LOL!
Aaaaaaand I was basically too lazy to tape this which is why my lines aren't as sharp as they could be
Black and white though how cool is that???!
This was honestly a perfect mani to do to kick off geometric week!

Here's the picture I found years ago.  I tried to find it again doing a search but it didn't come up! There's is no watermark to be found on this baby--such a shame as I'd love to credit the original owner of this kick ass mani.  If you know who it is please let me know!
I tried to recreate the hand pose as well, mine didn't turn out so great
What do you think??? Here they are side by side
I can't wait to check out what everyone else came up with for their first day!!!!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

But mom all the cool kids are doing it!

Hi Everyone!  Hope you are all having a great day.  Nice and sunny out here today and we are officially in the mid  60's! Woot! So a really lovely Spring day out here today.

We had another quick flash challenge in the Advanced Nail Stamping Group and this time it was either double stamping or double processed stamping.  Double Processed stamping is one of those weird things where I'm just not sure why we are actually trying such a thing.  It's basically getting an image within an image.  There are a few videos on it out there on Youtube.  I actually checked out the videos by both Nailstamp4fun and Opal Hazlett.  Both of them of have some great videos on the process.  I didn't find it hard to do at all but I used Mundo de Unas polishes and because they dry a little slower they might really be the key in getting this look to work.

So I wasn't too original in my design I basically did polka dots within roses. Yes I could have just as easily dotted after stamping my roses but I didn't have to with this technique.  I decided to pair these double processed accent nails I did with my new 6 Harts Polish Swim Through The Deep Skies.  While it isn't anything super great to write home about, this is a really cute mani!
6 Harts Swim Through The Deep Skies is a really lovely blue
Don't you just love that logo??!!!
Really a lovely color for both Spring and Summer
My accent nails are  China Glaze Secret Periwinkle stamped with Mundo de Unas Navy.  To get my double processed look I chose Uber Chic 1-03 for my polka dots and MoYou Pro 07 plate.
It's definitely cute.  It was definitely easier than stamping little tiny dots inside of the roses but I'm still not sure what the real purpose of this process is
What I did find is that it seems best to use a larger blank type image with something really small.  I did want to try to do neon leopard print inside of roses but I haven't tried it yet.  When I do you'll be the first to know!

What do you think of this look?  Have you tried double processed stamping?  Do you think it's awesome or just ho hum?

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

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ahhhhhhhh Elevation Polish!

Hi Everyone!  Happy Wednesday to all!  Hope everyone is having a great week so far.  I decided to do some gradienting with my favorite Elevation Polishes!! And then just to be different and edgy I decided to top it with the gorgeous 23k gold leaf topcoat Hidden Falls and I just love how this turned out!

Here I did a gradient with China Glaze New Birth and then Elevation Polish Storm In The Morning Light and Definition: The Vivid Unknown then topped with Elevation Polish Hidden Falls
I worried the gold over the cooler blueish colors might not look as good as a silver leaf would have.
 But I totally feel that was an unwarranted fear!  I think it looks great!
I really wanted to try to stamp over it but I ended up just not having the time
Thankfully this gradient doesn't need any stamping at all!

What do you all think do you like the gold leaf over these blue colors or do you think silver would have been a better choice?

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope everyone has a fantastic day!