Monday, November 10, 2014

Digit-al Dozen Does Thankfulness; Day 1

Welcome back to Digit-al Dozen Challenge week!  This month, our theme is Thankfulness; each of the ladies are going to share what they are thankful for.  Today, I'm thankful for my family!  No, I don't have 10 children as I count on my nails (and two husbands by the look of it!), but rather this mani represents family in general including extended family such as parents, silbings, grandparents as well as other extended family (although I do have to admit I do have a couple relatives that I can live without and know I will never see again as long as I live...but that's another story).  But overall for the most part, I'm thankful for the family that I have.  Those who know me well will now that my childhood was far from perfect or idyllic but it was what it was and shaped me into the person I am today. I'm thankful for the life I had as a child including spending so much time with my grandparents and exposure to a large circle of aunts, uncles and cousins.  I'm thankful for the man I married (although that thankfulness will vary day to day, week to week, year to year...I'm sure anyone who is married can relate to this!) as well as the three children brought into this world who I am very proud of. They are far from perfect either, but I'm even thankful for that; they have taught me to be patient and to enjoy life in the moment and to appreciate life as it is and not to sweat the small stuff (although my husband still has to learn this!)  But overall, I have a blessed life; while there has been ups and downs my whole life, I still have to think that life could have been a whole lot worse and many, many more have had harder childhoods or adult lives so again, I'm thankful for the one I've lived.....or rather, am living!

Here's what I came up with for Day 1!

Started with a base of skittles; polishes used starting from thumb and going clockwise are Sally Hansen Insta-dri Fast Fuchsia, Maybelline Color Show Sweet Clementine, Wet nWild Mega Last On A Trip, Revlon Sassy and Sally Hansen Insta-dri Lightening; all two coats, no topcoat.

For some added base interest, added a layer of NYX Crystal, topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 

Stamped using Marianne Nails n.01.

Marianne Nails n.01

Added images from MJ JR-24 and JR-30 using black Konad special polish.

MJ JR-30

Added KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.  Unfortunately, my stamping on the thumb wasn't the best and I had hand painted in some of the body on the far right; THEN it smeared when I top coated it.  Tried to touch it up a bit but not the best job.  (Ahem, am thankful for polish remover and clean up brushes!)

While this was OK, I thought the mani didn't translate that well for pix so decided to matte it using OPI matte.  I think this was a better choice to finish it as you could see the glitter interest a little better!

Can I also add that I'm thankful that there are plate makers out there that make incredible images like this?  I know these family related images are ones that I've wanted for a long time for Family Day mani's, etc.  So great that those who do nail art stamping have so many options to create fabulous theme nails!

Here's what the other ladies have to be thankful for on Day 1!

Thanks for looking!


  1. A fabulous mani for all those special people in your life!

  2. i prefer matte version , and i like it a lot ! thanks !

  3. This is fantastic! I love everything about it! The colors, glitter, stamping! Awesome!

  4. this is so sweet! I love the tribute to the family that surrounds you. I'm grateful for my family, too

  5. This looks really great! I love the final mani but I also liked it with just the white stamp :)

  6. Beautiful mani and sentiment. And I love the NYX with it.

  7. These look so pretty! And the matte version is totally fab!

  8. Wait what? Those aren't your kids and husbands? ;) I love it! I like the matte version best, makes everything pop better!

  9. This reminds me of the Partridge Family or something!! looks awesome!

  10. i love that you have so many layers to your mani, whereas I'm like "I'll plonk that on" lol xx

  11. I love how brightly colored this manicure is! Beautiful inspiration too :)


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