Saturday, December 10, 2016

NEW Crumpets Nail Art Challenge; Christmas Preparations

Today's post is for NEW Crumpets Nail Art challenge and this week, the theme is Christmas preparations! One of the very first things we do in preparation for Christmas is decorate up the house! Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (not shown), then sponged on alternating fingers using Duri Taming of the Shrew and Essence The Green and The Grunge.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

I had made a few stamper decals (forgot to take pix) so applied them on thumb, middle and pinky. Stamped on ring and index.  Plates used were UberChic Christmas 01 (thumb and pinky), Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-01 (index), Marianne Nails n.118 (middle), and Chez D01 (ring).  Used assortment of polishes and acrylic paints.

Added a few dots to the wreath on the ring finger as well as decorated more of the tree using the layering images from CJS C-01.  The star on top of the tree on the index finger is from Marianne Nails n.118.

Clear Jelly Stamper C-01

Using some jelly polishes, painted on the white stamped image on the middle finger, then added a few red dots.  The yellow wasn't the right shade and to me, just put off the whole mani.  

Topped everything off with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on top.

I thought I would share a few pix of our Christmas decorations as well as how we decorate the house up! These aren't from this year, but we pretty much do the same set up every year!

This first pix is at the entrance of the house; a family friend made this quilted tree and it is a cherished decoration.

Opposite the wash stand, right beside the front door is this decoration.

The dining room. 

These are the cute decorations at the centerpiece.

Dining room buffet with my snowman collection on the top shelf and assorted candle holders on the bottom.

Opposite the buffet is this writing stand with a few decorations.

Stair decoration.

Our Christmas tree is in the front living room.

Our Charlie Brown Christmas tree lol.  It's a family joke but this Christmas tree was the one that my family used when I was a kid; when my parents bought a new one, I got it and have been using it for maybe 30 years now.  We fill it up with decorations to fill up all the voids as best we can considering there's only a few branches.  But even though its old and bare, I have no interest in replacing it!  I should also point out that the tree skirt is made by yet another family friend and it is probably 25 years old now.  It graces the bottom of our tree every year.  The tree also is decorated with ornaments I made as a kid, ones my kids made when they were little, old ornaments my parents handed down to me, some friends made and gave to us, as well as more current ones that we have bought.  It's very eclectic with no particular theme or style!

These stockings were given to me by a yet another  family friend at the first Christmas of each of my children. I think I am very lucky to know all these crafty, sewing ladies!

Every Christmas Eve, we line the stockings up on the couch waiting for Santa to fill them.

A couple of my favourite decorations.

In the family room, we have these stockings and Santa hung over the fireplace.

Outside lights.

Here's the other ladies Christmas preparation mani's!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


This is what I was sporting Boxing Day last year at the hubs family Christmas get together but didn't have time to share.  Pretty simple and classic I think!  I also added more images to extend the mani during the busy holiday season....pix is at the bottom of the post!

Started with a base of two coats of KBShimmer Chilly Pepper.

Added a coat of top coat.

Stamped using Chez Noel 003 with an accent of MoYou Festive Collection-0-6 using Girly Bits White Wedding.

Added a coat of top coat to finish.

A day or so later (can't remember but I see tip wear in the pix lol!),  added images from Bundle Monster BM S219 (index), Born Pretty BP-L018 (thumb), Chez Noel 002 (middle) and Chez Noel A001 (pinky) to change it up a little.

Then finished it off with top coat.

It was a great way to extend a mani yet change it up a bit, especially over the holiday season!

I do have new holiday/winter mani's done...they will be shared soon!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Two Brands Collide

Two or maybe even three weeks ago, I had a couple polish orders arrive in the span of a day of two.  I had opened them up and set them aside to put away but when I sat down one night to do my nails, they were still sitting out, these two polishes sitting side by side and I thought, hmmm....they kinda look like they might go together for a mani, so I decided to use them...this is what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Pahlish Garden of Magic, no top coat.

Topped with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Sponged Girly Bits One is Never Un Oeuf.

I had no idea what to stamp on these, but then thought if ever I have done nails that looked like magical dragon skin....or mermaid scales....this has to be it!  So stamped using an image from MOD 80 using CND Gold Chrome using the ever popular scale image.

MOD. 80

Finished with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Overcast skies; showed all the colours just a little bit better!

I cannot believe the shift and shimmer in these nails; they were so cool to look at!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fall Leaves

I know I said I wouldn't post any more fall manis but I did these a couple weeks ago when I thought there was a fall challenge in a nail art group I belonged to so did them....only to discover when I went to post that the challenge had already passed and I felt it was too late to post them!  Derp!  So thought I would share them now anyway!  

Started with a base of two coats of Nerd Lacquer Some Bastard Who's Presumably Responsible; shown with no top coat.

Added a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped with an image from UberChic Lovely Leaves.  I was going to leave it like this as wanted to highlight the base polish but decided to add some more stamping.

UberChic Lovely Leaves

Added some more leaves using a different image from the same UberChic Lovely Leaves plate.  Stamping polishes used are MdU 7, 46, 53, Girly Bits Fire Engine Red, Moyra SP 03 and Kiko 323 (brown for the tree trunk).  

Added a coat of KBShimmer Clearly ton Top to finish.

Have a great weekend and thanks for looking!