Friday, 18 August 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - The End of Summer

I love summer - well, I love warm weather and we certainly don't get enough of that in England but there is one thing that I do like about the end of summer. All the woollies can come out - as a knitting person, who really prefers a chunky knit to a light weight summer one, I am always happy to get all my jumpers, cardigans, scarves and of course gloves out ready to wrap up against the cold!
So, when it came to this prompt, End of Summer, I decided knitting was the way to go.
I used one of the gorgeous Messy Mansion plates MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque to stamp over my fanbrush mani of brown, green and lilac.
I really like the result, lovely and cosy!!
MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque
MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque
 MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque
 MM85XL with Messy Mansion Bisque


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Nautical

This week's prompt (well, last week's - late again! and too late for the inlinkz) was nautical.
Messy Mansion sent me MM93XL to review a while back so I thought I'd better use it again as it hasn't had a lot of use.
I started with a base of Itsy Nails In Deep, a lovely watery blue, perfect for a nautical mani.
Then I added one of the rope images with Moyou London White Knight.
Then I added the anchors with A England Natasha's Dance. I chose 2 images, the smaller anchors on index and little finger, and the larger images on middle and ring finger.
As a final touch I coloured the larger anchors in with my Sharpies, but the colour wasn't quite close enough and I didn't top coat the final stage for fear of smudging!
The photos aren't brilliant and I think a matte top coat would have helped, but again, I didn't want to smudge the colouring - sorry!!
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL
MM93XL



Thursday, 3 August 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Colour Explosions

This week's prompt was Colour Explosions and as I had just done a black, white and red fanbrush mani I thought that would make a good base to add yellow, green and blue.
I used the splashes of paint image on Lina Make Your Mark 03 with Colour Alike Cobalt Kick, Colour Alike Yellow Glow and Colour Alike Green Light.
I liked it but I did think it needed a bit more colour so I added a second layer with parts of the same image and Colour Alike Fuschsia Flash.
Finally I added a matte topcoat although I think the glossy finish was my favourite.
Fanbrush base
Lina Make Your Mark 03
Lina Make Your Mark 03
Lina Make Your Mark 03
Lina Make Your Mark 03 - double stamped
 Lina Make Your Mark 03



Friday, 28 July 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Beach

This week's prompt was beach - I decided to use Dixie Plate Summer 01 again and went for a selection of images including the very cute flamingo.
I started with a gradient base of Barry M Golden Sands and Polished by Leanne Ocean Breeze - great names for a beach gradient!!
Then I stamped with Barry M Popsicle, because flamingos are pink!
I took a couple of glossy shots and then added matte top coat and took all the photos with my seaside prop - my Albufeira dolphin as it is also pink!
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01

Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01
Dixie Plate Summer 01



Saturday, 22 July 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Sunshine

This week's prompt was sunshine. I searched through all my plates and really couldn't find anything suitable sunshiny and then it occurred to me that maybe a mandala type pattern, stamped yellow on orange or orange on yellow might do the trick.
I had just used Apipila Super Plate B for another mani and spotted an image that I thought would be perfect. So I painted my nails neon orange with 'Ard As Nails Too Shy and then stamped with Esmaltes da Kelly Bee.
I took a selection of pictures including an impromptu shot with some self set poppies in the back garden. To be honest, since I don't like yellow or orange very much I didn't really expect to like these much but I did (not sure the photos really do them justice either, not the right colour combo for my camera or my skin) - but one of the nice things about nail art, you just have to give things a try, they might surprise you! I think it helped that the sun was shining!!
Apipila Super Plate B
Apipila Super Plate B
 Apipila Super Plate B
Apipila Super Plate B
 Apipila Super Plate B
Apipila Super Plate B



Friday, 14 July 2017

Nail Crazies Unite - Ocean Life

This week's prompt was Ocean Life and I couldn't resist using the very cute images on Bundle Monster BM-S166.
Although the colours weren't exactly typical for an Ocean Life mani, I am tight for time again so I used my fanbrush mani as my base. As it turned out I think it looked OK.
I stamped with Messy Mansion Delft Blue and I think that looked great against the silver background.
I do love the cute images on the Fuzzy and Ferocious plates and they always seem to stamp well.
There are not lots of pictures because it was raining, and to be honest all the pictures I took looked the same!
I did go on to colour the images in for another challenge so I have included a mini collage at the end.
Bundlemonster BM-S166
Bundlemonster BM-S166
 Bundlemonster BM-S166


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Beach

Sorry the posting is so late...
This week's prompt (well, last week actually) was Beach (or animal silhouettes) but I wanted to use Dixie Plates Summer 01 so I went with beach!
I used my coral and gold mani from #whencolourscollide as my base. That was Dixie Plates Summer 01 and Avon Gold Leaf over Nails Inc Copacabana Coral.
Then I added Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine. They turned out quite well but really needed a matte top coat to capture the detail on camera.
Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine
Dixie Plates Summer 01
Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine
Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine
Dixie Plates Summer 01 and A England Proserpine