Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Lazy Days of Summer Are Over!

Today was back to high school for my youngest son and thousands of others; I thought instead of doing a more traditional back to school mani that I'd do a kids at play and the end of summer fun kind of mani instead.  But if the truth be known, if my son is any indication of today's youth, he spent a good portion of the summer either on the computer or playing video games versus outside at play like these kids! This is probably more typical of kids in my day when we were outside from morning to dusk! 

Started with a base of one coat of Chaos & Crocodiles Unicorn Symphony, no top coat.

Did a sponged gradient using Colors by Llarowe That Bloo is Mine and Chaos and Crocodiles City in the Clouds and Unicorn Symphony.

I loved how this gradient turned out!  If it wasn't so down to the wire that I did these last night and wanted to post for first day of school today, I would have done a nautical mani for sure!  Next time!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top before stamping.

Stamped using images from FUN 16 and Pet'la LE Silhouette.  It was an afterthought to do the tree images on the middle and ring but I think it is so cool how split between the fingers!  Stamping polish is Funky Fingers Dark Knight. 

FUN 16

Filled in some black voids with brush and polish as well as did kite string (and didn't line it up very well from thumb to index....that kite isn't going any place lol!).  But it looks like the kinds on the index are manning the kite and the kids on the thumb somewhat look like they are fishing.  I'll go with it!

Top coated with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

I like this pix simply because it looks like the kids are playing at night and the stars are twinkling in the night sky in the back ground.  But of course, children should be home this late at night! 

I thought the stamping would show up a little better without glare and gloss so used a coat of OPI matte to finish it off.

Sorry for the mess of my nails; I cringe looking at them but still like to do my nails anyway!

Thanks for looking!


  1. Awe - this is a refreshing change to the school ABC's and it is so gorgeous!! Yes that gradient needs to be re-lived!! :) The tree split between nails really gives the design depth! And, I was too busy looking at the design and reading to notice anything else! ;)

  2. Yeah, I agree with you. My son is only eleven, and the time that he spent outside this summer is nothing like when I was a child. You're nails bring back such fond memories of the good olé days!

  3. Awesome nail art! I love the gradient and the stamping plate. You've created amazingly beautiful manicure.


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