Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fireworks On Canada Day!

One of the best things about Canada Day (besides getting a day off), is the awesome fireworks displays! We are lucky that we pretty close to where a huge display is set off in our city.  With this in mind, I did this mani! Thankfully, the rain held off last night; the hubs and DS2 watched them and said that the display was great, as usual! (Yes, this is my last Canada Day post for this year; I had more planned and even got a custom red and white Girly Bits polish made but just too busy last few days to do new mani's!)

Started with a base of two coats of Misslyn Universe on all fingers except middle which is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls then top coated with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped fireworks using Chez Fete001 and Chez Fete 002 on all fingers except middle using Funky Fingers Gesso.  Middle images are MJ XX (maple leaves) and Canadian Nail Fanatic 001 with Fig Tree Stamps, using red Konad special polish. I had initially planned on using red and white fireworks on the dark base but the red wouldn't show up.  Had I been home when I did this, I would have used an assortment of Mundo de Unas polishes in bright fireworks colours!

Top coated middle finger with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!  These are the nails I'm wearing today; I did these on the weekend and they are still going strong!  I've been working pretty long hours; getting home late and then too tired to do my nails so they have been getting lots of wear!  It's a good thing I love how these turned out!

Started with a base of two coats each of OPI Red and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using images from my custom plate, Canadian Nail Fanatic 001 with Fig Tree Stamps using Mundo de Unas Red (#9).  Middle finger is topped with Girly Bits Canadian, eh? (might have done some white glitter placement there just to get right sprinkle of white lol).  I have a recent love of nail studs; added a few to index and pinky.  I had painted over a couple of white nail studs with OPI Red for the red ones as I don't have red in my stash.  Let's just say it is so much easier to buy the colour you need but this worked in a pinch.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Have a fantastic Canada Day!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Canada Day Nails!

With Canada Day around the corner, I started wearing Canada Day mani's this weekend.  I've also been sharing throwback mani's on IG all weekend; I'm amazed that I have done some variety with the limited Canada Day images for stamping.  With the lack of Canada Day images available in mind, I had a custom plate made through Fig Tree Stamps (go to bottom of post for pix); here's the first mani I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats each of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Duri Taming of the Shrew, topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

I had some difficulty in stamping with the custom plate; I couldn't get that good results with my usual squishy stamper other than this image.  I initially thought this was all I was going to be able to share!

But after more trying, eventually did this.  Used Konad red and Funky Fingers Gesso, using image from Canadian Nail Fanatic 001 with Fig Tree Stamps.  Girly Bits Canadian, eh? is on accent.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

This is the final proof of the plate.

And the final product!**  I'm sorry, I was so excited when I got the plate that I went right away to swatching and forgot to take better pix to share.  The image plate is about the size of the large Apipila plates (not the XXL size); I was so happy with the number of images that were able to fit on the plate!  I have to say it is so cool being able to pick images and have them made onto a plate!  I have commented often that there is a lack of Canada Day and Remembrance Day images and was so happy to have the plate made with some! And the great thing too is the size of the images can be customized to fit your nails!  There's lots of times that there might be a word or an image and it doesn't fit on my nails; well, not now as you can pick the size of the images!

This was me sampling more with the plate.  I found that a firmer stamper with thicker polish such as Mundo de Unas worked the best.  I used the purple Messy Mansion rectangle stamper here; it doesn't facilitate stamping with darker polish though so I need to get a firmer lighter stamper.  The partial images shows were because the stamper picked up two images; not that there were mis-stampings.  Overall, once I figured out the stamper and polish to use, the plate worked well!  I myself prefer a squishy stamper so would prefer slightly deeper etchings, I think, but happy that I do have a stamper that works anyway!

I have plans for another plate in the near future; I have suggested images or themes to plate makers with specific images or themes but they have not materialized (I guess what I like isn't popular lol!), so will be having another one made for sure! I'm so glad there is this option available!  Fig Tree Stamps has a shop on Etsy; they are based in UK but shipping was around 4-5 days to Canada.

Thanks for looking!

**purchased by me

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Graduating Class of 2015!

Congrats to the Class of 2015!  Today's the last day of school for my kids; I have a teen who graduated high school this year so thought it would be fitting to do a graduating school mani!  

Started with a base of CND Anchor Blue, CND Flashpoint, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and CND Bicycle Yellow; all are two coats topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top except Anchor Blue, which is one! 

Stamped using MJ L except congrats on thumb which is Bundle Monster BM H23.  I wanted the full image of the cap and words but could not get the image or the diploma on the same plate to transfer no matter what polish or stamper I used.  Not very impressed.  I don't understand it either because I've used the image before and didn't have issue.


Bundle Monster BM-H23

Added a few dots for filler using same base polishes.

Topped with KB Shimmer Clearly on Top to Finish.

Congrats to all grads this year and good luck to you in your endeavours!

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