Saturday, 17 February 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Love, but no pink or red

This week's prompt was Love, but no red or pink so I have gone with blue, green and grey.
I started with a base of a new thermal, 'Ard As Nails Umbrella which is a medium denim blue when cool and pale grey when warm.
I stamped my favourite image from Dixie Plates Love 2018 - the patchwork heart image with Esmaltes da Kelly Frogger.
The stamping was a bit too subtle over the blue phase, I can see it but not very clear for the camera. It was much clearer in the warm, pale grey, phase.
It's very cold here so I had to sit waiting anxiously for my hands to warm up before it got too dark to take photos, oh the dilemmas of a nail painting woman!
In the end I could not get a pure warm state photo, even the next day when it was a bit warmer but you get the idea, I hope!
Dixie Plate Love 2018
Dixie Plate Love 2018
 Dixie Plate Love 2018
 Dixie Plate Love 2018


Friday, 9 February 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Anti Valentine Hearts

This week's prompt was Anti Valentine Hearts. I went for non Valentine colours, bright cobalt blue over a lovely grungy fanbrush base!
The base was purple, with grey and khaki green - I really liked it!! And, I thought the bright blue looked great over it. The hearts didn't print perfectly - I do have a problem with hearts (and dots) that don't stamp 100% unless I scrape in 3 different directions but I was using Colour Alike Cobalt Kick and generally Colours Alikes dry too quickly for much faffing around with the scraper. I don't mind too much, the imperfection gives them a bit of depth.
I used Dixie Plates Love 2018, there are some really cute Valentinesy images on here so I must use it as much as I can this month!
Dixie Plates Love 2018
Dixie Plates Love 2018
Dixie Plates Love 2018
Dixie Plates Love 2018
Dixie Plates Love 2018
Dixie Plates Love 2018



Friday, 2 February 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Black and Neon

This week's prompt was black and neon so I started with a black base and stamped using 3 neons on the same image in a fairly random way.
I used Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01 and the image I chose has some finely etched areas. Possibly not the best image for the neon stamping polishes as they dried very quickly and the pickup was not perfect but the overall look was good if you don't look too close.
I stamped with Colour Alike Green Light, Fuchsia Flash and Electric Orange and I tried to avoid mixing the colours.
I do like a nice dark mani and I wore this one for 3 days!
Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01
Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01
 Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01
 Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01
 Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01
 Dixie Plates Mega Mani Mix 01


Friday, 26 January 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Winter Animals

This week's prompt was winter animals. I have a bit of a thing for arctic foxes so I used one of my favourite Messy Mansion images to stamp white foxes over my fanbrush mani.
I did the fanbrush as a gradient this week with the intention of it being some sort of sunrise or sunset.
I used Messy Mansion MM34 with Avon Iceberg White.
Very simple mani but I thought it was cute!
Messy Mansion MM34
Messy Mansion MM34
Messy Mansion MM34
Messy Mansion MM34




Friday, 19 January 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Embellished / 3D

This week's prompt was Embellished or 3D. Anyone who knows me will know I hate anything 3D on my nails so I googled embellishments to see if I could interpret it any other way.
To my delight, the definition I found said "make (something) more attractive by the addition of decorative details or features" - see! no mention of having to stick anything on!
I had just done my Friday fanbrush mani and I just received my new Big Bling Clear Jelly Stamper and a gorgeous snowflake plate, Clear Jelly Stamper CJS - C14 so I have embellished my fanbrush mani with the addition of beautiful snowflakes!
The stamper worked first time, no priming needed but I still need to master the art of picking up the smaller images.
My Moyou London White Knight has pretty much dried up so I stamped with Colour Alike Kind of White which is one of my favourites for good crisp white stamping.
I did not do any layering as I felt it wouldn't look great over the fanbrush, not all the images on the plate are for layering (or certainly they don't have to be layered). I do love a snowflake mani, the best thing about winter!!!
Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-C14
Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-C14
 Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-C14
 Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-C14
 Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-C14


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Gold Snowflakes

This week's prompt was Gold Snowflakes and as soon as I saw the prompt I knew exactly what I was going to do.
One of the few improvements on IG is the facility to save a post, and back in December I saw something I really loved and saved it! A stunning gold and purple snowflake mani by Manuela @manumanufatti.
I started with a base of  'Ard As Nails Starlight, a stunning multichrome which goes from green through red to purple. Interestingly it looks mostly red/green indoors and the purple is only apparent outdoors.
I then stamped my snowflakes with Hehe Fairytale 003 and Colour Alike Supernova. Super Nova is a gold green duochrome but it looks gold often enough to be used here I think.
I have included Manuela's mani here so you can see my inspiration.
Hehe Fairytale 003
Hehe Fairytale 003
 Hehe Fairytale 003
 Hehe Fairytale 003
Inspired by @manumanufatti
  Hehe Fairytale 003



Saturday, 6 January 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Metallic + one colour

This week's prompt was Metallic + one colour. It was probably inevitable that I would choose blue and I did just happen to have the gorgeous A England Katherine Parr waiting in line to be worn!
One of my most exciting Christmas presents was the gift of stamping plate designed by my lovely friend Natasha Dauncey in collaboration with Clear Jelly Stamper.
Natasha loves all things Moroccan, so not surprisingly the plate is a lovely combination of Moorish layering images - (the plate is CJS LC-26).
My choice of stamping polish was perhaps not so Moroccan but I don't have that many chrome/metallic polishes - I chose Barry M Liquid Chrome Bright Lights and 2 True Pro Metallica Athena.
I need some more practice as my layering and lining up is by no means perfect but I was really happy with the overall look of the mani.
Clear Jelly Stamper CJS LC-26 with Natasha_dauncey
Clear Jelly Stamper CJS LC-26 with Natasha_dauncey
 Clear Jelly Stamper CJS LC-26 with Natasha_dauncey
 Clear Jelly Stamper CJS LC-26 with Natasha_dauncey
 Clear Jelly Stamper CJS LC-26 with Natasha_dauncey
 Clear Jelly Stamper CJS LC-26 with Natasha_dauncey
Clear Jelly Stamper CJS LC-26 with Natasha_dauncey