Thursday, September 19, 2019

Happy Autumn!

We're going through a little heat wave this week here in Southern Ontario but the leaves are already turning colour with the cool nights we've had recently. So no time like the present to share a fall mani; Here's what I came up with!


Started with a base of two coats of Color Club Je Ne Sais Quoi, no top coat.


Added a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


After making a stamper decal using an image from What's Up Nails B033, applied it to the ring finger.  Added images from Lina 4 Seasons-Autumn 03 to index, middle and pinky, then image from Lantern & Wren Finally Fall to the thumb.  Used MdU 9, 11, 13, 59 and 107 for all the colours; the black and white are both Painted Polishes.  On the thumb, I reapplied little bits of the ring in different colours for some interest.  Also added some mini leaves from Lantern & Wren Finally Fall to the ring finger for filler.


Lantern & Wren Finally Fall


Lina 4 Seasons - Autumn 03



What's Up Nails B033




Finished with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Deer in the Forest

Ok.  I have to admit I was a noob and did these nails because I thought our last Digit-al Dozen challenge was wood/copper, not wool/copper.  So this was a mani that I did in preparation of the challenge.  Then I needed some more mani inspiration, so googled 7 year anniversary gifts and it kept on saying wool/copper, etc. and when I checked back on our master list of event challenges, in fact it was wool.  Not wood.  To make matters worse, I had set the group FB calendar for the challenge and put wood/copper and if anyone else in the group followed that calendar heading, they might have done a wood mani too.  Thankfully, no one else did and apparently I was the only noob.  

Not to let a mani go to waste, I'm going to share it now anyway!  Here's what I came up with!


Started with a sponged gradient of Fancy Gloss Galaxy Orchid, Imperial and Iris.  Note to self:  in the future, check to see if you are using a thermal polish in your gradient.  I guess I was lucky that my hands are usually cold or the gradient could have turned out a while lot different!


Topped with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Stamped using an image from Stampaholic 7 using Painted Polish Midnight Mischief.


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


I thought it might look cool with a matte top coat so added a coat of Glisten & Glow matte.



Thanks for looking!

P.S.:  In the interest of full disclosure, my nails are a mess right now so I have edited out (as best I can, which isn't very good!) some ouchies on my cuticles.  Yes, they hurt as bad as they look!  I wanted to participate in the challenge (as I did these for DD challenge last week) and didn't have enough mani's to use for the challenge done in advance so had to do my nails as they are.  So sorry you have to look at them!  Just look at the nail art, not the hands lol!






Monday, September 16, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Wool/Copper; Day 5


It's the final day for Digit-al Dozen wool/copper challenge and today's nails are (loosely) based on the copperhead snake.  Loose because the base isn't copper, but the design is based on the scales of the copperhead snake and we have wide interpretation of any challenge!  Here's what I came up with!


Started with a base of two coats of KBShimmer The Eh Team, no top coat.  KBShimmer The Eh Team was an Indie Expo Canada 2019 exclusive that I bought at the event last month.  Remaining bottles were made available for purchase through Harlow & Co. here but it looks like it sold out, sorry. 


Another shot just because my polish application and clean up rarely looks this good!  Clearly, The Eh Team applied itself because you know I couldn't do this decent of a job of it!  


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Stamped using image from UberChic UC Wild Luxury: Cold Blooded using Hit The Bottle Peacock Shimmer.  I also bought this plate at the UberChic booth at IEC 2019 and ironically Hit the Bottle was also in attendance!  I didn't buy Peacock Shimmer at this years event but rather when they attended in 2017.


UberChic UC Wild Luxury:  Cold Blooded



Shadow stamped using same image from UC Wild Luxury: Cold Blooded using Painted Polish Midnight Mischief.  Painted Polish was not in attendance at IEC 2019 but who knows; maybe Lexi will have a booth next year??  Here's to hoping!

I'm not sure if this is the best picture I could have shared but you can actually see the base polish and the first stamped polish well in this pix which is why I chose it to share.


Finished with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.


Hopefully you've enjoyed the Digit-al Dozen's 7th anniversary theme of wool/copper!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Wool/Copper; Day 4

I'm catching up on my Digit-al Dozen posts but still hope to get them done in the next few days!  This is what I came up with for day 4!




Started with a base of two coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Shock Wave, no top coat.


 Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


 Stamped with images from Creative Shop 86 (pinky and ring), Creative Shop 55 (middle and thumb) and BP-59 using Painted Polish Midnight Mischief.


BP-59


Creative Shop 86


 

 

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Filled in the sheep on the ring, pinky and thumb using Painted Polish Blanc Slate then dabbed Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Sugar Fix to mimic wool texture on those images and Sally Hansen Lick-O-Rich on the index finger.


Decided to add a few dots for added colour, filler and interest using MdU 97.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a good pix of the dots before I top coated, which eliminated a lot of the texture on the sheep.


 Finished with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

 
 Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Wool/Copper; Day 3

I'm running a bit behind but this is my day 3 mani for Digit-al Dozen wool/copper challenge!  Here's what I came up with!


Started with a base of two coats of KBShimmer Run It's The Coppers, no top coat.


Added a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


After making a stamper decal using Delaney Automne 001, applied to pinky.  Stamped image from UberChic UC Lovely Leaves on thumb, Chez Delaney Halloween 004 on index, Lesly LS-21, and UberChic UC Halloween 04.  Stamping polihses used were MdU 2, 8, 9, 11, 22, 48 and 53.  Also added some hand painting on the index and middle finger. 


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.


Thanks for looking!

Note regarding the thumb image:  I have used this image a few times now; it is one of my all time fall favourite images to use.  In the past, I have dotted the plate with the different colours, scraped and then stamped whatever the affect of the scrap is but I find the colours really intermingle and aren't as nice as they could be.  I usually go back and dot in the the 'leaves' with the individual colours as it is rarely the look I'm going for.  For this mani, I did a couple dots of yellow for example, scraped and stamped.  Then cleaned the plate, did a couple dots of red in different locations on the plate different than the yellow, scraped and stamped.  And so on for all the colours.  The end result was clear colours intermingled well for the fall leaves.  I never thought of this until this year but I like the end result a lot more than in past years so we will using this method going forward.  Hopefully it will help someone else out!


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Wool/Copper; Day 2

For today's Digit-al Dozen wood/copper theme, I'm sharing these sweater nails.  Sweaters can be made from wool so they are theme appropriate, so I thought I'd share them now!  Here's what I came up with!


Started with a base of one coat of B Polished Bad Ideas, which was from September 2018 Polish Pick Up, no top coat.


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Stamped with MdU 73 using image from Lina Make Your Mark 02, with accent of Lina Make Your Mark 04 using Funky Fingers Gesso.


Double stamped all fingers except accent using same Lina Make Your Mark 02 plate using Funky Fingers Gesso, then added a few complimentary dots on accent nail using MdU 73 for interest and filler.


Here's the sweater I was wearing that I did the nails to match!



Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.


Thanks for looking!

P.S.  I recognize my sweater is not made from wool.  I've taken some liberties with the theme!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Wool/Copper; Day 1


It's Digit-al Dozen week and the group is celebrating our 7th anniversary!  Our theme this month is wool/copper so we will be sharing wool/cooper related mani's all week!    Here's what I came up with for day 1!


Started with two coats of Blush Lacquer Rose Gold Garden, no top coat.  Now, in all fairness, this polish isn't described as copper but in certain lights, it has shades of copper and with our loose DD guidelines and how we interpret the challenges, I'm going with it!


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top. I love his unique colour; I think I need to use it again sometimes soon for a fall mani!

 
 Stamped with an image from Lina Feeling Shapely! 08 using FunkyFingers Dark Knight.


Thanks for looking!