Friday, August 16, 2019

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Gradient, double stamped patterns for Digital Dozen does patterns

Here is a mani that I did several months ago and it just so happened to fit the 'Patterns' prompt. The background is a pretty vertical gradient across all five nails using the Pretty Serious Pastel Pets collection. I then stamped with black polish and the Color Club Harp on It from their original Holo Hues collections in 2015. I've seen other people stamping with Harp on It and it's always looks amazing, but I'm not sure it was the best choice. I might have to go though all my holo polishes to see which one is the best for stamping.





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Thursday, August 15, 2019

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Circle pattern for Digital Dozen does Patterns

For day 3, I found my inspiration via a google image search. I often do this to see what might jump out at me.  This time I just googled the word 'patterns' and scrolled through the image results.  Not too far down I found this pattern.  Knowing I had a stamping plate with an image that would make it easy work, I was set.

I created these using white stamping polish and creating stamping decals.  I also like to cheat taking photos like this where I just pull the image up on my ipad and then photograph my nails on top of the image. So easy!








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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Dotty pattern for Digital Does does Patterns

Here we go with day 2 and I've done a simple framed dotty pattern.  I painted a very faint black tint on my nails first so it's not a full on negative space look.  I just mixed that sheer tint up using about 10 drops of black polish into a full bottle of clear polish.

I'm pretty pleased how thin the frame ended up being too, usually I end up with a big chonk of a line, but some how this time it stayed thin.






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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Grey or rainbow? Digital Dozen does patterns

Hello blog readers, is anyone out there?  I'm back for another week of posts for the Digital Dozen, which I believe is the only think keeping this little old blog alive at the moment.

As always, I;m still busy doing nail art several times a week, and photographing it, but editing those photos and posting them is a whole 'nother business.

Lets get to the nails shall we?  I really loved these, it was kinda like I wanted to be boring and dull with monotone grey nails, but nope that's just not the way I roll and I had to have the holo peaking through underneath. 

This month's theme for the Digital Dozen is patterns, which is a super easy one and a really fun one to do as well.  Clearly my pattern for day one is stripes.






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Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Negative space dotticure for Digital Dozen does Christmas in July

It's been while since I've done a negative space design.  My nails here almost look invisible.  I did two coats of two different sheer OPI shades, I think they were Glints of Glinda and one of the ones from the ballet collection.

Then I just did some basic dots using two shades of green, red and some gold.  Super quick effort to do a Christmas in July look.






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Friday, July 19, 2019

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Wrapped presents for Digital Dozen does Christmas in July

Here is my Day 3 look for the prompt, Wrapped Presents. I really was trying to think of ideas that were still be bit Christmassy, but not obviously christmassy that made everyone wonder what was going on with my nails.  

I loved the metallic blue on blue stamping here. It was subtle but still noticeable. I used some striping tape for the ribbons, and I wish I was able to use the same striping tape to make the bows, but that was never going to work, so I just freehand painted those on with a gold polish that was a very similar colour to the gold tape.

I have to say, I wish my Christmas presents under the tree looked this fancy.  We generally dont put a huge amount of effort into the wrapped, cause the kids just rip straight into them, perhaps as they get older and the present get down to more single expensive gifts rather than toys, then we might have fancy wrapped presents. 





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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Wintry snow falling trees for Digital Dozen Christmas in July

Did a miss a day, whoospie, I don't even know where that day went! I still have 5 mani's for the theme though, so it will just take a bit longer to get them posted.

For Day 2 of the Christmas in July prompt I went with a wintry gradient, stamped with bare looking trees and some white glitter to represent snow.  I can hardly imagine what a white Christmas would be like, it's so foreign to me. Cold weather on the brink of snow is just what it feels like outside a the moment, so these nails felt totally appropriate without anyone asking me about wearing actual Christmas nail art.






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Monday, July 15, 2019

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Pastel candy stripes for Digital Dozen Christmas in July

It must be time for another Digital Dozen nail art week, because I sure haven't been posting here any other time. My bad. I have a few draft manis that are so super pretty that I've worn recently I really need to edit them and put them up.

This week's theme for nail art with the Digital Dozen is Christmas in July.  Tell me, do you celebrate a Christmas in July event?  There are certainly a few events going on around town, and also at the snowy mountains. I guess people around here like to try out what it would be like to have a Christmas event when it's really cold and possibly snowing.  It will also be fun for my friends in the northern hemisphere to think about what it must be like to celebrate Christmas at the beach or when it's scorching hot outside.  

For today's mani I went with some non traditional shades of Christmas colours, for a pastel candy striped look. Normally I'd do this with red and rich green, but this time I've gone with pastel pink and mint.  Just looking at these I reckon a candy like this would be delicious, I can just imagine how minty they would be.






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Saturday, June 15, 2019

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Snowflake nail art for Digital Dozen does Vacations

Amidst all those beautiful summery and warm vacation nails, I bring you a sparkly negative space gradient with snowflakes.  It's winter here in Australia, and it's been bloody cold and a little moist too, which meant the snow fields actually opened a week early this year.  The snow fields are only about two hours drive from our place, and we did venture out a last year to take the kids to the snow so they could go tobogganing. 

I don't think we will be heading to the snow this year though. I very much prefer summer vacations, and would rather save my leave at work to go somewhere warm.  I think that all we will get in for vacations this year will be a trip up north to the Gold Coast in Queensland, stay with family and take the kids to the theme parks.







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Friday, June 14, 2019

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Tropical palm leaves for Digital Dozen does Vacations

I'm a cheater. I'd love to tell you that I stamped this super cool design, but in fact they are water decals. They are from a huge sheet I got from the Born Pretty Store in about nineteen forever ago. I think the sheet (which has at least 10 designs for 10 nails) cost me $1.  So all in all, the decals used for this full mani cost me about 10 cents.

I like that the pattern is continuous across the nail, and also that is is rather simple that had I had similar palm shaped stamping plates, I could have actually achieved this look.  Perhaps I should have just said, yeah, I stamped these so I don't look like I cheated too much on this prompt for today.







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Thursday, June 13, 2019

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Nautical nail art for Digital Dozen does Vacations

It's no surprise. I do love me a nautical holiday. Specifically, I love going cruising.  Our first cruising holiday was way back in the early 2000's some time where my hubby and I cruised around the Mediterranean. We went to Egypt to see the Pyramids, to Turkey, Greece, Venice and Cyprus. It was truly amazing. It was only a small boat, something that I would never go on now days, but the itinerary was incredible.

Since then we have cruised to New Zealand and seen the beautiful Fjords. To Tasmania in Australia, several times to the Pacific islands around New Caledonia and Vanuatu, around Hawaii and most recently on both the East and West of the Caribbean.  I love all the places that cruises take without needing to unpack. Plus all the activities on board mean the kids are always entertained and we can really relax.  And I haven't even mentioned all the food and drinks!

Sadly we don't even have another cruise holiday planned yet. We are still paying off the huge USA trip from last year. I'd love to cruise from Australia to Hawaii via Tahiti, or do one up to the glaciers in Alaska, or even one that goes around Australia. Hmmmm, so much holiday fun to be had and so little money to do it all.






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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Beach nail art for Digital Dozen does Vacations

I'm so happy with how this mani turned out.  Firstly I found the perfect colours to achieve what I wanted. I used a few picture polish cremes for the gradient and a clear textured top coat from Dance Legend that can turn any colour into a textured polish.  Then I managed to actually do some water spotting to get the sea foam to look good. Plus, check our the name of the Picture Polish shade I'm holding - Salt Water! Yay me! I'm winning today.

Also, don't you just love the gold shell charms on the textured sand. Also a few little pearls thrown in.  Seriously, this mani just screams summer holiday's at the beach.  Which sadly is a long way from where we are right now. It's the beginning on winter here down under, and I'm currently snuggled under a big soft squishy blue blanky to keep me warm. 






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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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Pastel gradient with palms for Digital Dozen does Vacations

I'm back, which must mean it's another Digital Dozen week. I'm certain that the Digital Dozen posts are the only thing that keep this blog alive these days.  Which is a little worrying, because last month the Digital Dozen, was only about four bloggers.  So lets hope there will be a few more participating this month, and also that we are able to recruit some new nail art bloggers that might be interested in a monthly challenge.

This months theme is Vacation.  It's interesting because we don't really use the word Vacation much here in Australia. It's definitely Holiday! School holiday's, going on holiday's etc.  

For my first look, I've gone pretty simple, with a pretty pastel gradient and some silhouetted palm trees that I painted freehand.  I loved these so much that I wore them a whole week.  Can I just say that wear on this mani was phenomenal. I'm not sure what the combo was, as I had a mix of JOSS base coats, Pretty Serious and Picture Polish cremes and Seche Vite top coat, but I had zero chips at the end of a full seven days!





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I live in Canberra, Australia with my husband, Mr Ten and Miss Eight. My blog is all about nail polish, and a few other bits in between. You can contact me at morenailpolish@iinet.net.au