Friday, June 14, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Vacation; Day 4

It's Digit-al Dozen week and our theme this month is vacation.  I love the water, I love being on the water and love looking at it.  I bought a trailer on the lake near Southampton, Ontario about a year and a half ago and that is where I spend most of any vacation I take during the summer.  It is right on the water plus not too far from town, where there is a lighthouse that I like to go look at.  This is what was used for the inspiration behind these vacation nails!  Here's what I came up with!

This is a picture I took last Labour Day in Southampton at the local beach area.  I have a few other pix but this is one I could find readily.

It's #fluidartfriday so thought I'd share a fluid art base! Started with a fluid decal using various blue polishes and dark blue DYI fluid polish.  I loved how this turned out; it is one of my more successful fluids so wanted to find a way to use it somehow!  I made this maybe 10 days ago and it is just at the point of starting to be brittle.  By far it is best to use them within 24-48 hours of making as they are much more pliable and fit to your nail better.  But I used older ones too; they just aren't as easy to work on the nail.

Cut down the larger decal to nail sizes and then applied after a coat of bonder.  Please excuse the ring and pinky finger and the Smurf nails; I guess I must have hit the blue that is a skin stainer on those nails but for some reason, missed it on the other nails.  Even with scrubbing with a cotton swab and remover, I could not get it off.  Hopefully its not that much of a visible deterrent for the rest of the mani!

Applied KBShimmer Clearly on Top to secure the decal to the nail and prep for stamping.  Still Smurf nails lol!

Stamped with images from Sugar Bubbles SB 040 on all nails with accent nail of BM-506 using FunkyFingers Gesso.  Yep, still Smurf nails!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

The next day after showering, I was able to get rid of some of the blue staining so took a few more pictures.

Later that night when I took off the mani, I reallyyyy had Smurf nails!  I didn't keep track of the polishes I used for the fluid art so not really sure which polish it was that was the culprit but after a good scrub with Crest whitening toothpaste, they cleaned up pretty good.

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PS:  I probably won't be able to share my day 5 nails until next week; I don't have the post done yet and usually am not on the net that much during the summer so it will have to wait.  Plus hopefully I'll get Father's Day nails posted! 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Vacation; Day 3

I'm torn about sharing nails for today; it's game 6 in the Raptors v. Warriors tonight and the Raptors could take the NBA Championship...but doing Digit-al Dozen vacation mani's all week soooo, this mani is going to do double duty as in Toronto is a popular vacation destination and when on vacation, you might take in a local sports event or might even take a holiday to see a game specifically and in this case. to go see the Raptors play, right?  Well, that's what I'm sticking with; here's what I came up with for my day 3 mani!  Go, Raptors, Go!

Started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls with accent nails of Color Club Disco Dress, two coats each, no top coat.

Applied a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

I made stamper decals using images from Creative Shop 70 (thumb) and MJ XXIV (index and pinky) using MdU 1 and 2 then filled with Zoya Sonia.  Basketball on pinky was filled in with MdU 13).  And while I'm pretty much a stamping polish snob in that I rarely stamp with regular polishes (well, except FunkyFingers Gesso and Dark Knight which are my go to black and white stamping polishes), I discovered that Zoya Sonia stamped well too; so stamped index with UberChic Sports Fan-01 and Creative Shop 70 (middle). I actually had the hardest time finding a polish that was the right shade of Raptors red based on the examples I could find on the net and to make sure it showed up well enough on the Color Club Disco Dress; this was the closest I could find.  I think it matched pretty good!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Added letters to ring finger using Nailways Back to Basics 123 ABC using FunkyFingers Gesso and did the signature claws freehand on the index finger using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

Added words to middle finger using MdU 2 using same Nailways Back to Basics 123 ABC plate.

Finished with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  And while I would normally be annoyed at the MdU polish feathering on the lettering, I'd like to think today that it is claw marks and the Raps are going to claw their way back and take it in 6!

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Go, Raptors, Go!!!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Vacation; Day 2

This base might look familiar as I shared is last Friday for the #fluidfridayfriends and it's doing double duty as it's also the base for my day 2 Digit-al Dozen vacation mani!  There is nothing I like better when I'm on holiday then sitting by the pool and/or lake and/or ocean and reading and/or swimming and/or drinking.  And while I don't own a boat now, I did up until a couple years ago and again, it was another favourite thing to do when on vacation.  Here's what I came up with!

I did a fluid art base using Orly Dazzle, OPi Suzi-San Climbs Fiji-San and OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours, then topped it with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  I already shared the base of these nails here if you're interested in them without stamping.  Stamped using images from Infinity 61 using FunkyFingers Gesso.  Topped with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

I thought that the base and the shimmer from the Orly Dazzle may show up a little better with matte top coat, plus I received my Glisten & Glow order and wanted to give their matte a whirl, so topped with a coat of Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.  I had ordered this because I had read somewhere that it can be used for stamping to make the image matte; I haven't done that yet but will be soon!

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P.S. I do not wear bikini's the the beach; however, I have a lot of tankinis and separate bottoms so that counts for the image, right??

Monday, June 10, 2019

Digit-al Dozen Does Vacation; Day 1

It's Digit-al Dozen week and our theme this month is vacation!  So I did some pretty literal vacation nails featuring travelling any place in the world, flying or cruising; however, you do it, its up to you!  This covers even if you stay-cation!  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Fancy Gloss Neon Blue and a gradient of Fancy Gloss Tiffany and Cornflower.  Unfortunately, my base wasn't dry on the gradient and some lifted but I knew I'd be stamping on top enough to cover it so I left it but it does have a bald spot in some of these pictures.

I had made a couple fluid art decals but not all the area of the decals worked so cut out a couple of the areas and decided to use them as accent nails.  Then topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using AK 19 using MdU 52 on index and middle; the rest are UberChic Vacation Mode using MdU 1 and 11.

AK 19.  I love these small images for my small nails.  I love too how I can pretty much get the entire world on two nails versus other plates where I can't fit them on all five!  It leaves for some other images to make the nails more interesting!

UberChic Vacation Mode.  If you are going on vacation, this is pretty much the only plate you need.  It has oodles of vacation imagery!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Green Floral and Stripes

Sometimes I surprise myself when a mani is finished; I start with one thing in mind and it ends up totally different!  This is one of those; this really isn't my 'style' of nails but I loved how it turned out when it was all done.  In fact, I've done a few spins on this mani since (some shared already, some not) but this was the one that started it.  It's obviously my style now lol!  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Turtle Tootsies Turn Off The Lights!, no top coat.  I picked this up last year at 2018 Indie Expo Canada in Toronto.  2019 IEC will be held on August 18th with workshops taking place on August 17th.  Do you plan on attending?  

Topped with a thin layer of Fiendish Fancies Princess Without A Voice.  This was a press sample that I received at 2018 Indie Expo Canada; I liked it so much that I bought a full size bottle!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped stripes using Lina Born To Sail 01 using EdK Lili and flowers using Lina Feeling Shapely! 08 using FunkyFingers Gesso.

Added dots to flower centers using EdK Lili.

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

While I liked the look of the nails, I decided to add more flowers to the striped nails; used same image from Lina Feeling Shapely! 08 using FunkyFingers Gesso, then stamped using EdK Lili.  Topped with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

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Friday, June 7, 2019


I'm kinda obsessed with fluid art right now; I love all the different looks that the fluid art creates!  Plus an interesting base for stamping!  So I again did a mani based upon the colour palette chosen for this week!  

Here's the colour palette for this week.
I used Orly Dazzle, OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours and OPI Suzi-san Climbs Fuji-san with clear DYI fluid polish.

The results!  The decals are like mini pieces of art so had to share!

I cut out the pieces I wanted to use on my nails with extra options.

After doing a quick base coat of Orly Dazzle and OPI Suzi-san Climbs Fiji-san on each nail depending on which decal I planned on applying to each finger, applied the decals made and cleaned with acetone.

Applied KBShimmer Clearly on Top to secure and finish.

Normally I would stamp on these and in fact I did, but I'm sharing next week as these nails are doing double duty for fluid art Friday as well as Digit-al Dozen week!  Stay tuned!

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

GlamNailsChallenge-Tropical Leaves

I'm running late with the #glamnailschallenge for June 5th; the prompt was tropical leaves!  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a sponged gradient of Fancy Gloss Neon Orange, Neon Orange/Yellow and Neon Yellow.  These are the brightest neons I have seen; my fingers were just glowing!  These Fancy Gloss neons gradient flawlessly and without virtually any effort; they are so highly pigmented that I only had to sponge each finger once or twice to get all this colour.  I was seriously impressed!  I found that they were a bit thick to just apply to the nail so did add a few drops of thinner but it didn't seem to affect the coverage; I added enough just to make them a little bit more fluid if that makes sense.  

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

My nails look so much nicer this way; maybe I should do all swatches with this pose lol.  But seriously, just trying to show how glowy these neons are!  So bright!

Stamped using images from MoYou Tropical Collection-12 (pinky and index) and MoYou Tropical Collection 28 (the rest) using MdU 2.

MoYou Tropical Collection-12

MoYou Tropical Collection-28

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

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