Thursday, March 21, 2019

April the Giraffe Gives Birth!

I seen over the weekend that April the Giraffe gave birth to another baby boy on the weekend!  Congrats to Oliver and April!  In all honesty, I didn't follow this birth nearly as much as the last and didn't even know she was pregnant again until about a week ago.  I do however remember being on baby watch for what seemed like months back in 2017 so at least this time, only had to check back to the live feed a few times and seen later in the day on Saturday that the birth had taken place!  I did nails because what better a excuse to use those giraffe stamping images that I probably wouldn't use otherwise!  Here's what I came up with!



Started with a base of two coats of Konad Sandy polish in yellow (sorry, don't know if it has a specific name; I couldn't find anything on my bottle).  As I didn't top coat these nails, I put these under nail dryer for about 10 minutes before stamping.


Stamped using images from Chez Delaney Animaux 004 (middle), Delaney Animaux A001 (pinky and index), Infinity 52 (ring) and MoYou Animal Collection-02.  I used a custom colour of stamping polish by mixing MdU 9 and 23 on the plate each time that I stamped as I didn't have quite the right shade of rusty brown stamping polish that I wanted.


MoYou London Animal Collection-02


Look!  I finally figured out my macro lens!  This was one of the first times I used it for; still needs some work but I see the possibilities of better, close up pictures!  This is a family pix; Oliver, April and new baby or could be April, Tajiri and his new brother!



Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy Spring!!!

It's the first day of spring....well officially this afternoon at 5:58 pm!  

After a long, cold, wet and icy winter, let's hope that spring-like weather is just around the corner!  I did these nails a year ago but didn't get around to sharing them but I do think they are kinda cool so wanted to be sure to get them shared this year!  Here's what I came up with!


Started with a base of two coats each of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Pretty & Polished Walking on Sunshine.


Did a sponged gradient using Pretty & Polished Walking On Sunshine and I'm Kale-ing It With This Color.  Love the gradient!


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Stamped using Lina 4 Seasons-Spring 01 (index and pinky) using Painted Polish Stamped in Greenery and Creative Shop 41 (thumb, middle and index) using FunkyFingers Gesso.


Creative Shop 41




Added few accent dots using CND Bicycle Yellow.


Decided to add dots on all fingers using same CND Bicycle Yellow.


Love!!!


Finished with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


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Monday, March 18, 2019

Pink Smooshy Floral

It looks all nice and warm outside today but it is still chilly!  Hopefully spring will arrive soon!  If only the weather was as hot as these nails!  lol.  Here's to wishing for some warmer weather soon!


Started with a smooshy stamper base using Nubar Amazon Coral, Strawberry, Caribbean Coral and FunkyFingers Gesso.  I just was thinking over the weekend that smooshy stamper method is probably one of my favourite ways to create a base for nail art.  You get some interesting base designs for not much effort.  Except cleanup!  I guess it is the next best thing for those who can't water marble (like me!)


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Stamped using Konad The Most Popular Pattern with floral accents using Marianne Nails XXL 7 using FunkyFingers Gesso.


Finished with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


I did Ms. Cindy just a little different; still like how she turned out though!


Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  

These were the first nails I did for the occasion and my favourite this year.  I also did two other mani's for St. Patrick's Day based upon the polishes I used here; I liked them so much that they needed mani's of their own!  Here's what I came up with!


Polishes used starting at thumb and going clockwise; OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (2 coats), Anchor & Heart Dream Stone (2 coats), Daily Hues What Band is Next? (3 coats), OPI Envy The Adventure (2 coats) and Native War Paints Zombie Unicorns Love Brains (3), no top coat.


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Stamped using images from UberChic UC mini: St. Patrick's Day (thumb, index and pinky), and Messy Mansion MM04 (middle) using MdU 1 and 37.


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Stamped ring finger using UC mini: St. Patrick's Day using Moyra Black Gel stamping polish, then rubbed gold loose powder on it and then dusted off any excess.


Stamped coins from image MoYou Festive 21 using same Moyra gel stamping polish and again rubbed on loose gold powder, rubbed it in etc.  Topped that nail with Shine Topcoat by SOPHi.


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Saturday, March 16, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Nails

When I sat down the night I did these nails, I didn't have St. Patrick's nails in mind but these just evolved once I had picked a base colour (mainly because I couldn't think of many stamping polish colours that would go with it).  To be honest, while the stamping polish looks OK with this base, I was a little hesitant because while it may not seem very obvious here, it is actually a yellow stamping polish.  But it worked and I went with it and the nails are what they are!  Here's what I came up with!


Started with a base of three coats of Borghese Euro Green, no top coat.  Two coats would have been good but you could see some thin spots in the bright lights for photos so added another coat for good measure!


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Stamped using Hit the Bottle The Yolk Is On You! using images from HD-B (thumb) and MoYou Festive-21 on the rest.


Added words from MJ LVIII on middle and ring as well as a few dots for interest, filler and to balance the colours throughout the mani.


MJ LVIII


Topped with a base of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.


If you are out and about celebrating with some green beer, please be safe!  Hopefully you don't drink so much that you start seeing Leprechauns! lol.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Books; Day 4


I know.  This does look like a St. Patrick's Day mani (and I guess it is doing double duty as I do want to get my St. Pat's mani's posted before the 17th!) so I'm using it today for the Digit-al Dozen book challenge.  Thankfully we have a lot of liberty how we interpret the theme so this Irish looking mani is based upon a book that I read from one of my favourite authors, Nora Roberts.  The book is called Irish Thoroughbred and is the first book in the Irish Legacy trilogy.  I've also read Irish Rose which is also part of the trilogy but not the last book, Irish Rebel.  Anyway, here's my final nails for the Digit-al Dozen book challenge!


Started with a base of two coats of Daily Hues What Band Is Next?, no top coat.  This is a perfect base of a St. Patrick's Day (or Irish!) mani.


Topped with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on top.


Stamped using images from MoYou Festive-21 (all fingers except pinky) and CJS H-14 (pinky only as the other image is too big to fit!) using MdU 37.  Added a few smaller shamrocks using different image on same MoYou Festive-21.


Clear Jelly Stamper CJS H-14


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


Here's the other ladies day 5 mani's!
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Hopefully you have enjoyed the book themed mani's and had time to check out all the other fantastic mani's done by the group this month!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Books; Day 3

Today's mani shows my most liked genre of books; romance.  I do a fair amount of reading and I would have to say that my most read genre by far is romance.  Favourite authors are Nora Roberts, Fern Michaels, Lesley Pearce and Maeve Binchy; if you are familiar with them, then you have read the romance lol.  If I have a preference, it's a novel set in a past century because I like to read about how people lived way back when.  I also really enjoyed the Earth's Children series by Jean M. Auel's again because it is set in prehistoric times and I found it fascinating how people lived.  Not lived, survived.  The Earth's Children series isn't romance related but I did enjoy the series.  So here's to some romantic reading!  


Started with a base of three coats of Nubar Grape with accent of two coats of Girly Bits Stayin' Alive.


Topped a couple of the nails with FunkyFingers Unicorn Dust for some layering interest.


Topped with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


Stamped using BundleMonster BM-XL201 on all nails except ring which is BP-L13 using FunkyFingers Gesso.


Finished with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.


I also took a picture of the mani outside; you can see the layering a bit better.  I mean, look at the thumb?  Not bad for a $1.67 polish!!!


Here's the other ladies day 3 mani's!
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