Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Getting Giggly With It!

Hi Everyone!  Happy Hump Day!  I had to think long and hard on how I was going to top my awesome dragon scales mani, but really in the end it was that hard at all!  I recently got a few polishes from my friend Jin who is the fabulous blogger Superficially Colorful .  In addition to be a fabulous nail artist she's now making polish and doing a fabulous job at it!  She makes the absolute best thermal polishes hands down!  I have several of her thermals and one of the funnest ones is Giggly.  Giggly is a bright hot pink to dark purple polish with loads and loads of shimmer.  I decided to put it on and do some stamping over it.  And something super fun came out of it!
I love thermals because you get amazing natural gradients from them!

You don't even have to do any work to get them to do it if you have long enough nails!
I decided to haul out the big a$$ Pueen Buffet set and use it.  You all know I am not thrilled with this set as the images are so huge when they don't need to be.  But I do think this stamping doesn't look to bad.  This is from Pueen 65

This is what Giggly looks like when you're warm 
And when you're cold you get this really pretty deep purple
This is the look I got putting my nails against the hot crockpot that was cooking our yummy dinner last night!
All in all thermals are just loads of fun.

If you haven't checked out Jin's store yet please do so!  She has some great polishes!!  Thermals, glitters and deep rich jewel tone polishes that are guaranteed to make your nails look AHmazing!  You can find them all HERE

Next week's Digit-al Dozen theme is another great one!  I've been thinking up some ideas and trying to nail a couple of looks.  I had to haul out the neons last night and then wished it was Summer!!

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

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Dragons Are Not Slaves

Hi Everyone!!! Happy Sunday!  Did I mention to you all that I am totally enthralled with Game Of Thrones?  I got on the bandwagon VERY late, much like Doctor Who LOL!  I just started watching the 3rd season, trying to get all caught up and current and man this show is a heart ripper!  I don't handle the animal deaths nearly as well as I handle the human deaths EXCEPT FOR KHAL DROGO!  I'm not sure what rock I've been living under but I suspect it was the Mick St John Moonlight rock but suddenly I've crawled out from under it and I'm all about Khal Drogo these days.  Man oh man oh man what a man!  I sure hope Lisa Bonet thanks God every second of the day for giving her such a fine, fine, fine man!

Today's theme for Adventures In Stamping is Bad Ass.  Bad ass means a lot of different things to a lot of us but for me what could possibly be more bad ass than dragons????!!!  Seriously people they fly AND breathe fire!  I'm pretty sure I came up with one seriously kick ass--bad ass mani today!
I know right?!  Totally Bad Ass!!!

How sparkly is this base????!!!!!!

I started my base with two coats of Zoya Seraphina, topped with two coats of OPI Servin' Up Sparkle and then topped all that with a Love & Beauty silver holo glitter topper! OH MY GOD!

I stamped with my favorite Messy Mansion plate MM21 and the rest is history!
I absolutely love how this turned out!  I think we all know how much I love my spikes too so this is just all kinds of winner, winner, chicken dinner for me!

Are any of you Game Of Thrones fans?  I have not read the books but I am enjoying the series on HBO very much.  I'm not really a book and movie person, it's usually one or the other for me.  I'm glad I'm just watching the show as now I don't have any preconceived notions as to how someone looks.

I am a bit shocked no one has tried to off George R R Martin!  I mean come on!  He kills off all the good people.  I have in my head how I think the series should go.  I can only hope for his sake that's the route he follows or he'll have a real rebellion on his hands LOL!

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Simple Elegance

Hi Everyone!! Happy Friday!  After last week's short week this one seemed to last forever!  I'm looking forward to some down time and hoping to get some much needed Spring cleaning down around the house this weekend.  

I decided to haul out one of my A Englands for a manicure because every one of them I have is just so lovely.  I love the glowing effect you get with a scattered holo.  A Englands never take away from the gorgeousness of their color with a strong linear holo which is why I tend to love the scattered holos a bit more.

For this one I grabbed my fave--Briarwood and paired it with OPI Honey Rider and some simple stamping
Briarwood is such a gorgeous chocolate cherry type color
I think those might be my favorite type of brown colors the ones with the hint of red in them.
Honey Rider is a lovely gold textured and these two looked great together
And I found another use for the ginormous Pueen Buffet set too, I may get some use with these plates after all.

So I've got Spring cleaning for some plans this weekend how about you all?  Anyone doing anything exciting?

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Flowers at your fingerips

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and great start to the week.  We have been having some sunny days finally--not super warm but it definitely looks like Spring is on the way.  I wanted to do something with the little flowers I got from Amazon so I went with this little flower pastel look.  I don't know I'm not really feeling it, I think I just don't/can't do cute.
I think the purple flower is too big for my pinkie LOL!
It's kind of hard to tell from the lighting but each flower also has white in it so it gives it a more "real" look I think
And they are rubber!  So they apply nicely to rounded finger tips, just make sure you use glue or they'll pop right off LOL!
I think pastels might be starting to grow on me, sort of how neons grew on me.  I'm not going to go crazy though, I'm still a fan of darker colors or nice bright colors.

What do you think of this one?  Do you like the cute look or are you more of a leopard/zebra/spikes/drama queen person like myself???

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

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Good Morning!  A very Happy Easter to everyone this morning!  I hope your day is spent with family and loved ones.  May you feel and receive the many blessings from our Lord on this day and everyday!
Happy Easter to you all!  I'll be celebrating this day looking at a beautiful sun shinning day seeing Spring start to spread, and spending time with my loved ones and friends.  

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Texture--the greatest sacrifice of all

Hi Everyone--a blessed Good Friday to you all.  For those of us who are Christian today is Good Friday, the day when our Savior took upon the sins of the world and died in order to give us everlasting life.  When I was a young girl growing up I knew nothing about making sacrifices.  You get to live a pretty carefree life when you're young.   As you grow older you start to understand choices and sacrifices and how in life sometimes we don't have a choice and sacrifices have to be made.

Most of us don't have huge life altering choices and sacrifices to make.  Sometimes it's simply I don't have enough money for the this expensive Dior polish so instead I'll buy this similar color in a cheaper brand.  Sometimes it's well we have to eat this month so no nail polish for me.  It could even be do I want to stay up and watch every episode of Doctor Who with David Tennant or do I want to get some sleep?

The sacrifice Jesus made on Good Friday was to die for all of us, so that we would have eternal life--something I never feel quite worthy of, but something I am so grateful for.  The sacrifice he made for me means one day I will be reunited with my sister and my dad--this sacrifice means so much more to me now that I have lost part of my family.

So today, on this last day of Texture week for the Digit-al Dozen I am able to express in my heart and on my fingers this joyous day
He was the one true King and they mocked him by putting a crown of thorns upon his head, yet still he died to save them.  Still he died to save us all.

I hope you all enjoyed Textured Week and seeing our new faces to the Digit-al Dozen group.  I think it's been one of our best weeks ever!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Texture--Too Simple Or Wonderously Simple?

Hi Everyone!  I decided to shoot for something simple today to showcase that even something out of our comfort zone doesn't have to be large and all up in someone's face.  Lately I've been obsessed with watching You Tube videos of all those fabulous talented ladies who are doing roses or flowers or just 3D art in general out of acrylic powder.  They make it look SO easy.  I thought about learning how to do it just for this challenge.  Then after about a week of watching tutorials and feeling totally ready to do it I started laughing.  I mean come on?!  Who do I think I am?!  I can't even free hand for crying out loud.  There is no way I'm going to be able to do some 3D nail art with acrylic.  So I bought some lovely rubber roses!  Yes rubber!  They look so pretty too, they have depth and dimension to them and I found they made this mani look really pretty despite being so simple.
I chose one of my new Rescue Beauty Lounge's to use as a base for this mani.  Forgotten Road, it is SO lovely!
I think these little rubber roses which I found on Amazon are perfect.  They are a blend of white and blue to give it some depth
I did have to use super glue to apply as just sticking these in seche vite didn't work, I lost one doing dishes!
I think this is really beautiful.  What do you all think?  Are you a fan of 3D nail art on nails?

Let's see what everyone else has done for today!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Texture--Is there really a house in New Orleans?

Hi Everyone!  Happy Wednesday!  A good thing the work week is almost over, a sad thing our texture week for the Digit-al Dozen is almost over!  I have enjoyed this week so much and I think everyone is just doing a splendid job so far!  So many great ideas!  Jacki from The Adventures In Acetone is a friend of mine and I kept trying to tell her not to post her awesome mani's on the days I do mine so I can shine for a change LOL!  Truth is EVERYONE has had the greatest mani's this week!  OMG gradients to die for, people thinking way outside the box, it's just been awesome!  Even one of our noobs Sheila from The Pointless Cafe was worried she wouldn't be cutting the mustard and she has done a fabulous job.  I feel very blessed to be in such great company with this group.

That being said up next for me in this challenge is a textured gradient!  You know I love my gradients, you know I love my texture, so why wouldn't I put them both together???  With some stamping of course!
I wanted a little different look so I went for a non textured with some textureds for this gradient look
I did a base coat of Sinful Colors Pull Over and then gradiented with Julie G Hot Cinnamon and Tangerine Dream and stamped with BM402
I think the look has a nice sunrise feel to it.  At first I thought the cream with the textured gradient looked odd but it really grew on me.  I'm sure I'll be doing this again.

Let's head over to see who is wowing me today with their awesome mani's!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Texture--Get The Flock Out Of Here!

Hi Everyone!  Soooooo how about that kick off to Digit-al Dozen Does Textured yesterday?  Oh my goodness we had some fabulous looking mani's yesterday!  I both love and dread these challenges for that very reason--you really have to keep on your toes with these ladies!

So thinking outside the box again today I was like "what can I do that's totally cool????"  I don't want to not be the cool kid at school!  Keeping along the textured line I decided to see if I could do a gradient with some flocking powder.  And yes, yes I could do a gradient with flocking powder . . . check it out!
How's this for some texture???  But wait!  It get's better!  I stamped over it!
ROAR!  How cool is this????!!!!
No a very blended gradient but the stamping ties it together well
I think this one is pretty hot if I do say so myself!
Okay I started off with a studded mani and raised them flocking powder mani let's see what I'm up against today!

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Texture--Let'e Get This Party Started!

Hi Everyone!

It's Digit-al Dozen week AND we have some new faces so OMG I really need to amp up my game!  I felt like I had to pull out all the stops on this one.

I'm sure many of you know I am a HUGE Elvis fan.  Recently I got a clutch on ebay that is not only Elvis, it's got a leather cuff attached by a chain AND studs on it!  OMG this is the perfect purse for me.  So I decided to do a mani to match my purse so I could get off the Texture week in style!

Here's my new purse!

I think I did a spot on job with the replication!
These studs are just so awesome!
Talk about texture!
How about pointy for a texture???!!
I used OPI Atomic Orange, Sinful Colors Wisp and Zoya Robin for my polish
The studs I found on ebay
I've got a few coats of Seche Vite on to keep these babies in place!
What do you think?  How'd I do?  Don't you just love my new purse??? Look at those bedroom eye on The King!

Okay so I've thrown down the gauntlet!  Let's pop over to see what my friends have come up with for Textured Week!