Friday, 27 April 2018

Blog is having a rest

I keep saying it and now I am actually going to give the blog a rest.
I don't have time to do it and really don't enjoy it any more.

Too many other things to do, too little time!

Here is the mani that should have been blogged today - 26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Creatures with scales...
A dragon, obviously!
Dixie Plates Summer 01 with Barry M Bright Lights over fanbrush of Virago The Bus Stop, Nails Inc Madison Avenue and 'Ard As Nails Walking on Sunshine, and sponged A England Symphony in Green & Gold

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Neon Floral

Well this was mad week! Work was busy and of course it was birthday week, so I hadn't really planned what I would do for this mani.
However, during the week I received a beautiful new stamping plate from my lovely friend Iva @secretjewelgarden and I had also ordered a purple neon stamping polish (because I seemed not to have purple???) - that arrived on Thursday so I used the purple neon over a mani I had already done, using the same stamping plate from Iva over my fanbrush mani.
So - stamping plate : Moyra Plate 41 Florality 3, stamping polish : Hit the Bottle High Voltage Violet.
The end result was perhaps not as neon as it could have been but I liked it!
Moyra Stamping Plate 41 Florality 3 with Hit the Bottle High Voltage Violet
Moyra Florality 3 with Hit the Bottle High Voltage Violet

Friday, 13 April 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Things that are round

This week's prompt was Things that are round - I wasn't sure whether to take this literally or try and be clever. I wasn't feeling clever and I do have this great new plate from Clear Jelly Stamper, CJS-53  - a whole plate of dots, rings and circles - of course it was the plate to use.
I started with a pretty holo base. I had just bought A England Shakespeare's Fairies collection and the lightest polish, Titiana Fairy Queen, can also be used as a topper so I tried it over a black base.
I used Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-53 with Painted Polish Stamped in Taupe and basically just tried a few images. I liked it but it didn't feel very balanced across all the nails so I added a second layer of random-ish stamping with Colour Alike Kind of White. I am still getting the hand of clear jelly stamping - the angle of scrape, the scraper, the type of polish - all seem to be a bit more sensitive than conventional stamping so it is still a bit hit and miss. Pictures are also a bit rubbish, light was terrible and the photos are not at all crisp. All good as long as you don't zoom in!
Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-53
Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-53
 Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-53
 Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-53

Friday, 6 April 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Modern Art

I combined 3 prompts for this so I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself.
April is a busy month - it's year end at work, it's a mad mani month when hundreds of people seem to have birthdays and oh yeah! Me - I am going to be 50 - if I have time I need to fit in some celebrating!
Anyway, I started with a base of A England Puck A Fairy, just one coat was enough for good coverage but beware, I didn't have gels on and this did stain a little, so gel base or double base coat next time.
I then did my fanbrush mani with Attitude Masking Tape (most silly name ever) and Barry M Flamingo.
Then I made decals on my Uber Mat with those same three colours. I tried a technique I had seen Kyong Lee do recently, and not dissimilar to the way I sometimes do my fanbrush manis but just using the polish brushes. I cut the decals into thin strips and added them to the center of each nail so the streaks were at 90 degrees to the fanbrush strokes.
Finally I stamped a scribbly image from Lina Make Your Mark 02 with A England Proserpine.
My son is doing GCSE art but I don't think he was really impressed with my efforts..never mind, I really liked them.
Lina Make Your Mark 02 with A England Proserpine.
Lina Make Your Mark 02 with A England Proserpine.
 Lina Make Your Mark 02 with A England Proserpine.
 Lina Make Your Mark 02 with A England Proserpine.
 Lina Make Your Mark 02 with A England Proserpine.

Friday, 30 March 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Pond Mani

This week's prompt was pond mani. I decided to go for something pretty and spring like so I chose Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01.
I started with a dusky pink (slightly purple base) of Kiko 499
I used Avon Iceberg White for stamping and Kandy Colors Grape Much? for the purple jelly layers.
I am never sure if the final layer should be stamping or jelly but I did stamping, jelly, stamping, jelly, stamping and left the final stamp white. The colour difference between 1 and 2 layers of jelly wasn't huge so I thought I'd just end up with a purple mess if I added another jelly layer.
I took a chance on not top coating between stamping but was very careful applying the jelly layers so as not to smudge the stamping.
I didn't take step by step photos but I did take each nail to a different stage and then do a photo.
Finally, not part of the pond mani, I stamped a floral image from the same plate with A England Nocturne because it all seemed too bright and white. I chose a similar sized floral image and I think it worked well. I also added a matte top coat, just to see how it would look.
Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01 with additional stamping
Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01
Pond Mani - Lina 4 Seasons - Spring 01

Friday, 23 March 2018

Nail Crazies Unite - Sweet Fruit

This week's prompt was Sweet Fruit.. well considering how many plates I have you'd have thought I'd have loads of fruit images to choose from - well - no!
Google was no help, so I went back to the plates and dug out Apipila Super Plate A - there is an apple image on there and I can't imagine when else I might get a chance to use it so I went for it.
I am a bit of a naughty person when it comes to healthy eating of fruit and the only thing I do eat is a Granny Smith apple, but I do have one almost every day. I don't like any other kind of apple.
So this turned out to be a really easy mani as I was wearing a green gel base so I used Apipila Super Plate A with Nails Inc Madison Avenue to stamp the apples.
I feel like I cheated but some manis take hours so it is good to fit a quick one in occasionally!
Apipila Super Plate A
Apipila Super Plate A
Apipila Super Plate A
Apipila Super Plate A
Apipila Super Plate A
My nails and my apples !!
Apipila Super Plate A

Saturday, 17 March 2018

26 Great Nail Art Ideas - French with a Twist

I really don't like a conventional French mani - they just don't look right on me and I think possibly even worse when my nails are a bit pointy. Anyway, I was quite pleased with how these turned out.
I had done a St Patrick's Day mani for a collaboration, and it occurred to me it might be quite cool to add the French mani to that.
For the St Patrick's Day mani I used Messy Mansion MM04XL with A England Saint George over Smitten Claddagh.
Then, I sponged A England Saint George over my tips. (Sponged because I didn't trust myself to paint neatly and consistently over all nails!)
Then I used used the same plate to stamp clovers with Messy Mansion Misty Jade over the dark tips. I did think this could end up being a real disaster but actually I think it worked out OK.
Messy Mansion MM04XL
Messy Mansion MM04XL
 Messy Mansion MM04XL
 Messy Mansion MM04XL