Sunday, December 31, 2023

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year's Eve!  As 2023 comes to a close, I wish you all the best in 2024!

Started with a base of two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Dark Hue-mor, no top coat.

Topped with Cuticula Daydreamer for some added sparkle.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Maniology M342

Added fireworks using images from Maniology M341 and MM042 using MdU 38, 68 and 83.

Added numbers and words on thumb from MoYou London Festive-65 using Barry M Silver Foil Effects 319.  I double stamped so they would show up better.

Topped with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

This is one of those mani's that probably would have benefited from a matte top coat but I didn't think of it until later.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful 2024!

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Season's Greetings

It's Boxing Day here in Canada and for me, that is a day to sleep in and take it easy after the hustle and bustle of Christmas Day.  In years past, we would be heading to my husband's family Christmas but his family decided to do things different this year, so it means its a day to chillax at home.  Hopefully you are too today but if not, well, the weekends only a few more days away!  I kind of went crazy with mistletoe nails this year and here is another one!  It didn't turn out as I envisioned but that's OK, I'll try another time!  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Olive Ave Polish Scape, no top coat.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using image from Lina 4 Seasons-Winter 03 and words from Bunny Nails HD-F using Moyra SP02 and SP14.

Used Moyra SP02 for berries on the mistletoes.

Topped with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

 Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 25, 2023

Merry Christmas!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  

Here's yet another mani that I didn't do the shadow stamping very well so I sure hope Santa brought that magnifying glass light that can be used for future mani's!  

Started with a base of one coat of KBShimmer I'll Be Chrome For Christmas, over a coat of white soft focus, no top coat.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

CjS C-64

I did a whole bunch of layered stamping on these nails using assortment of Clear Jelly Stamper plates and I'm have to say I'm surprised that they turned out as well as they did given that I can't see the best to line them up (hence the poor shadow stamping!).  Used CjS C-64 on the middle nails, UC Happy Christmas on pinky, and MoYou Noel 05 on thumb, index and ring finger.  Used Moyra SP14, CjS 062, Painted Polish Blanc Slate and Midnight Mischief, as well as a custom colour using Painted Polish Stamped in Mocha with white to obtain the desired shade.

Added a few snowflakes and mistletoes from UC Merry & Bright on a few nails, then topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Twas The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas,

when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.

He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.

And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

From my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas!

(I did these nails a long time ago and shared them last in 2012 I think, but hopefully you don't mind seeming them again!  I really should do these again as there are so many more nail art images, plus my stamping has evolved a bit since then, but will have to be another year!)

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Tis The Season To Be Jolly!

I've never been an expert shadow stamper but I'm even more rusty than usual as you can see on these Christmas nails.  I did ask Santa for a magnifying lamp to help so hopefully, if I haven't been too naughty, it will be under the tree in a few days!  In the meanwhile, continue to see some less than perfect shadow stamping including on these nails.  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of Fancy Gloss Mint Tree Cakes over a coat of white soft focus, no top coat.  I love these crelly flakies and used the Fancy Gloss ones almost exclusively this holiday season for my nails.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Layered stamped using image from MoYou Noel 5 using Moyra SP 05 and CjS 062 stamping polishes, with accent nail shadow stamped using same polishes and image from Lina 4 Seasons-Winter 03.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Holly Jolly

Greetings!  Sorry for the absence and thanks for sticking around even though there haven't been any posts if by chance you are reading this now!  Work/life was busy and for another assortment of issues that I can't share, I haven't been able to post regularly, even though I've still been doing my nails on a semi-regular basis.  Sometimes just painting them, no nail art (gasp! I know), but simply didn't have time to spare to put into doing blog posts.  I hope to get back to regular posts and will share them as often as I can.  I've done a few Christmas posts and hope to share them in the next few days including this one!  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of Envy Lacquer You Are the Brute Squad (HHC Sept 23) over Zoya Shawn (index and pinky), Fancy Gloss Tree Cakes over white soft focus (ring), Different Dimension Mystery Proto 345 over Sally Hansen CSM Cherry Delight (thumb) and Fancy Gloss Mint Tree Cakes over white soft focus (middle), no top coat.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

CjS C45

CjS C85

MoYou Noel Collection-21

Stamped using images from MoYou Noel 21 (thumb), CjS C-85 (middle, index and snow on index and pinky), CjS C-45 (pinky), using MdU 39, CjS 062 and MdU 9 along with custom mixing for middle image as well by mixing some colours, and Painted Polish Blanc Slate for snowflakes.

Added white dots on thumb and used the Different Dimension Mystery Proto for the berries on all images for some added sparkle. 

Finished with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

 Thanks for looking!