Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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31DC2014 Honor Nails You Love

Yay we did!  We made it to the end of the challenge.

Today is Honor Nails You Love day.  This prompt is so easy, yet so hard.  I have so many manicures that I have snapshot-ed on my ipad because of their total awesomeness, so finding inspiration was easy.  Settling on just one to recreate is so hard!

In the end I went with a mani that I loved because a) it was gold and just felt like a 'me' mani and b) it was something that I had tried before and failed!  This is a white and gold mani featuring stamping with foils!

The nails I'm loving are by Eleonora over at Nail Art Stamping Mania.  I used the same stamping image from QA65 from the Born Pretty Store. I didn't have the other image she used on the middle two nails, so I just used a different stamp, but still placed Swarovski crystals in the centre.

I followed her video tutorial on how to stamp with the foils, and whilst it was a little tricky I was able to get a result I was very happy with.  The only down side is that the stamping image is a little small for my thumb, so I didn't get full coverage with the foil stamping.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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31dc2014: Inspired by a Tutorial

I'm going to keep this short tonight.  Both my kids have the flu so I didn't sleep much last night. Hubby stayed home from work to look after them whilst I put in an epic 10 hour work day in prep for our major project going live on Friday. I'm totally wiped out and glad the challenge finishes tomorrow.

For inspired by a tutorial I have created a mani that I originally saw by @Coewless, and then traced back to @JudyRox, who had a video tutorial.  My lines don't have the same neatness and sharpness that both those ladies do, but I'm still happy with the mani none the less.

Here is the insta tutorial from JudyRox.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

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31dc2014: Inspired by the Supernatural

Inspired by the supernatural is probably the hardest prompt for me to think of something for.  Infact I wonder how this prompt ever made it into the 31 day challenge, because I can think of so many other prompts that I would have chosen before supernatural. Anyway, it is what it is, and this year I have done some watercolour ghosts.

I started with a base of Ulta3 It's a bit grey and then applied matte top coat.  Next I got some watered down white acrylic paint and painted some ghostly figures using the same technique that you use when doing a water colour bubble manicure.  

I really like how the middle finger turned out. There is something about it that reminds me of Samara from The Ring - which completely freaked me out!  The others look a little more alien like with their bald heads and black googly eyes - but either way, they are supernatural enough for me.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

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31DC2014: Inspired by a Flag

Inspired by a flag day. I find this one a bit of a weird theme to create nail art for.  I've done the Australian flag to death, so I want to steer clear of that, and it seems weird to do another countries flag when it's not their national day. So as I normally do, I did some googling for some inspiration, but that didn't lead me anywhere.

What caught my attention was an animated TV show that was on in the background.  That triggered a memory and I knew which flag I would do.  

I'm not going to tell you just yet what flag this is, because I want to see if anyone else out there knows.  I'll post the details of the flag in the comments section tomorrow - so let me know if you think you know what this flag is and what is it from.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

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31DC2014: Inspired by Artwork - Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly

When you think about well known Australian artists, there are only a few that jump to the forefront of your mind.  The artwork that I have depicted on my nails is surely one that every Australian will recognise.  I attempted a recreation of Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly.

This was all free hand painted with nail polish, not acrylic paints. I used a whole range of colours and brands to create this, so I wont bother listing them off.

Can you all believe we are nearly at the end of the challenge!  Only a few more mani's to do and we are done!  I have a huge project at work finishing up and going 'live' next Friday, so after that I'm planning to spend lots of time catching up on everyone's mani's linked through the inlinkz for the challenge.

Image credit: National Gallery of Australia.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

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31DC2014: Pattern - Tartan stamping over Sizzle

We are nearing the end of the challenge and I'm starting to feel a little wiped out from it all.  Or maybe it's just because I have a head full of snot from yucky spring cold!  Either way, I went with an easy mani for this one.  Simple pattern stamping over a gorgeous polish.

The pattern I've chosen is tartan or is it plaid? I dunno I get those two confused.  Anyway it's an easy stamp that looks great.  This design is from Born Pretty Stamping plate QA96. It stamped really nicely for a cheap plate. I used Mundo de Unas Black stamping polish.

My base polish is a new collaboration shade from Picture Polish called Sizzle by Cosmetic Sanctuary.

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Here are some bonus swatch photos of Sizzle.  This a a stunning bright and saturated pink crelly polish with a subtle holo.  I'm not completely sure if this is the bijou holo or the other fine scattered holo flakes, but the holo appearance in this one is less noticeable than in the other scattered holos by Picture Polish - not that that takes anything away from this polish, as it's a delight to to put on and such a fantastic bright colour.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

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31DC2014: Inspired by Fashion

A few weeks ago I saved a URL with a whole bunch of red carpet dresses from the Emmy Awards.  when it was time to do my nails for this prompt, I scoured through that long list of photos ready to be inspired by something.  Sadly I wasn't inspired by any of them.  Most of the dresses were just a single colour, which didn't leave me with much to work with.

Enter my saved photos of Modcloth dresses that I had on my ipad as nail inspiration.  This one again caught my eye - Modcloth's Spellbinding Ability Dress.

I started with a gradient that went from white to dark pink, I used Picture Polish Bright White, Flirt and Vampire.  I then stamped some white roses and leaves over the top using an image from DRK-A plate.  Next I painted over some of the white using pink and orange polish, but still leaving enough of the white showing through to see the rose patterns.  I'm really happy with how well it matched the dress.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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31DC2014: Inspired by a book: The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

What's the last book you read?  I'm not much of a book reader - not enough time left it the day for it for me.  So it comes as no surprise to me that the last book I read was something I read to the kids. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back to be exact.

Just so it's clear, I don't much fancy myself as much of a free hand nail artist.  That's why I love using stamping and decals, unfortunately there wasn't any full sized stamps or decals that matched in with my theme (well except for the Cat's hat), so free hand it was!

I used the Cat's Hat image from MJ XIII plate from My Online Shop and coloured it in for some advanced stamping. I then free handed the Cat's face in under the hat.  I'm pretty happy with how his face turned out, especially when looking from a distance.  Up close you can see that my lines are rather thick - I really need to buy an ultra fine nail art brush (anyone got any recs?)

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