Stamping! And cats! And purple! Oh my!
Things went a bit mad after I posted Day 4 and I’ve not been very well but I’m not giving up. The plate I used for Day 5 is probably the closest thing to perfect I’ve ever own. I own hundreds of plates but if I had to choose only a few that I could keep this would definitely be on the list (along with Apipila Plate B – you’ll see that one soon, I promise!) This is Messy Mansion MM48 and it is the plate which started my love affair with Rainbow Connection.
Behold! Since last I posted stamping decals I’ve worked out how to do them properly.
I buy a lot of polish and associated things from the Facebook group UK Only Polish & Beauty Swaps and Sales. I picked up a load of packets of fimo slices and I’ve been itching to use them for ages. For the yellow nail prompt I borrowed an idea for cocktail nails that I really, really liked from Glowstars last year and came up with these – glasses of fizzy lemonade!
Oh boy, editing orange photographs is horrible. I swear it has taken me longer to edit these pictures than it took me to actually paint the design. Ugh. I’m glad today is over!
Traditionally the 31 Day Challenge happens in September – this is when everyone else did it. I too did it, after a fashion. I more or less kept up with the actual nail designing from day to day – I just didn’t manage to post any blogs on the subject. I’ve done too much lovely work to hide it all away though, so as of today I’m having my only little 31DC2015. I hope you don’t mind!
So in amongst working on the 31 Day Challenge for this year (I realise everyone else did this in September, but life has a way of not giving me a break and I’m still doing it!) I’ve been reorganising my picture folders. It turns out I have a lot of really cool designs I never got around to posting. I’m not in the habit of wasting work so I’ll be sharing them with you anyway! Here is one from last year’s 31 Day Challenge that never made it as far as the blog. The theme was Half Moons.
I’d hoped that when I finally posted back in February I was back but it was not to be – life has just been too hectic! I have something for you today, and it is stamping. My stamping plate collection has exploded over the last several months, as has my stamper collection… but more on that another time. When I picked up a few of the most recent Barry M offerings, the Speedy Dry collection, there was one plate that jumped right out at me and begged to be paired with them:
Forgive me, for it has been nearly THREE months since my last post. This has been in no small part due to moving house (again) and starting a new job – there just does not seem to have been any time for nail painting. I’m hoping that now things are settling down I will be able to get back to some nail art! I’ve missed it!
The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted that I have updated my Instagram now and again, and I managed to post four different Christmas manicures over December which did not make it to the blog, so I haven’t been completely lost in the nail art wasteland.
As for what’s on my nails right now? I’m cheating at the moment – I’m wearing these gorgeous press on nails from Elegant Touch. My friend loved the design and bought them for me last month and they were perfect when I needed something for work on Thursday. 🙂 These are the easiest things to stick on – they come with tabs that clearly display the number so you don’t spend ages trying to find the correct size. (Please forgive my awful cuticles!)
What’s on your nails right now?
I’ve only posted once in November? No! What a ridiculous month it’s been!
If you’ve got a free weekend (I haven’t 😦 ) then you might like to have little look at this competition by Quiz Clothing and Beauty UK – you’d better be quick though, because the entries close tomorrow!
One of my favourite ways to create nail art is to be inspired by pretty things. I posted a design back at the beginning of November inspired by a gorgeous Quiz Clothing dress I bought for my cousins wedding. Quiz Clothing agree this is a fabulous idea and are running a competition asking bloggers to be inspired by their beautiful dresses and create some gorgeous nails!
I quickly rustled up another Quiz Clothing inspired nail design to show you that it needn’t be complex in order to be gorgeous!