Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Llama nails time periods Imperial China I'll make a man out of you

Hi!

Today's theme in the Llama nails time periods challenge is Imperial China! I really wanted to do Mulan nail art so I looked it up and it is set in Imperial China (if it wasn't I was going to be in trouble 'cause I didn't have any other ideas). My absolute favorite song from the movie is I'll make a man out of you and that's what my nail art is inspired by!


We must be swift as the coursing river (index), with all the force of the great typhoon (thumb, with all the strength of the raging fire (ring), mysterious as the dark side of the moon (middle). And I freehanded a little M for Mulan on my pinkie.


The fire is stamped in several layers in different colors, the water is two blues and a green swirled together with blue glitter on top, and the moon and m were freehanded with a detail brush.


My thumb is by far my favorite of the bunch, it's a mixture of stamping and dotting combined to make my great typhoon. Although I think it looks a bit like a sea urchin shell, which isn't a bad thing in my book!

Here's the ton and a half of polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Orly ever burgundy,
Wet n wild fast dry ebony hates chris,
Konad special stamping polish white,
Konad special stamping polish red,
Crayola pacific blue,
Color Club first looks,
N.Y.C broadway burgundy frost,
Wet n wild fast dry gray's anatomy,
L.A colors art deco dark blue,
L.A colors art deco bright orange,
L.A colors art deco seafoam green,
N.Y.C French white tip,
L.A colors color craze static electricity,
L.A colors color craze current,
Bundle Monster plate BM01,
Shany plate SH03,
Shany plate SH04,
a dotting tool,
a detail brush,
and N.Y.C in a new York color minute grand central station.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 29, 2013

MSMD black dotticure

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I haven't done a MSMD mani in quite a while and today's 365 prompt is to do something black so I combined the two and came up with this! You can see the original mani here on pinterest.


I used six different polishes, and I tried to use mostly metallic finished polishes like in the original mani.
I cycled though all my polishes on each nail, and just kept repeating in the same order to get a bit of a random look.



Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Wet n wild wild shine metallica,
Wet n wild wild shine wild card,
Wet n wild wild shine blue moon,
Wet n wild wild shine lavender pearlescent,
Nina ultra pro gladiator,
Rimmel London 60" camouflage,
Wet n wild fast dry ebony hates chris,
a dotting tool,
and N.Y.C in a new York color minute grand central station.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Weekly wrap up

Hi!

Here's what I've been doing lately:

Reading: Shadow of night by Deborah Harkness,
Watching: Doctor who, Kerero gunso, Lucky star, Black butler, Honey and clover, and Save me! Lollipop,
Listening to: Misery by Maroon 5,
Liking: that it's finally above 60 so Josephine can run around on the lawn,
Disliking:---------
Wearing: a dragon bracelet that a friend gave me for my b-day,
Eating: chicken wontons and clementines,
Drinking: water,
Playing: Mario kart and WOWC,
Making: my first collage I've done in months,
Finding:  this hilarious captain jack moment,
Wanting: more time to read in the day,
Buying: two new pairs of funky jeans,

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Nazca line nail art

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Today's 365 prompt was to make something you can only see from a great distance or height. I thought about maybe doing something with Mount Rushmore or one of those planes that tow a banner, but then I thought of doing the Nazca lines!


My thumb is a condor, my index finger is a humming bird, my middle finger is what is thought to be a symbol representing a labyrinth, my ring finger is a spider (although I always thought is was a ant), and my pinkie is a flower.


I sponged different browns to get an earthy look, and all the details were done with a striping brush.


Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
The color workshop unnamed brown,
Color mates nail art cocoa,
N.Y.C French white tip,
a sponge,
and N.Y.C in a new York color minute grand central station.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tri-polish Challenge April 4

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It's the last day of April's Tri-Polish challenge and this is my favorite of all my April manis! I used my blue and pink polishes to do a pastel rose design. I mattefied it with N.Y.C matte me crazy and I really love how the roses look!


I was switching between blue and pink while I was stamping so some of the roses have purple tinges of color on the edges, I like how that makes the roses look like they're melding into each other.




Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Jordana boy oh boy,
Wet n wild megalast candy-licious,
N.Y.C French white tip,
Bundle Monster plate BM14,
and N.Y.C matte me crazy.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Llama nails time periods medeival

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I was trying to do a French mani today with stamping, but I'm absolutely terrible at placing tip stamps so my nails turned out a little wonky. But they're not too bad right?
I used alternating red and black stamping on each nail and black and red rhinestones.


I stamped a king's golden crown on my ring finger and a queen's white crown on my index finger.
The red stamping didn't show up that well over the black, but it did make the crowns stand out more.


I love how the white crown looks against the black, it gave me some ideas for future manis!


The thumb's stamping came out the best placement wise, I was trying to have the rhinestones in the dip of the stamping image but it didn't work out that well as you can see.



Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Wet n wild fast dry ebony hates chris,
Orly ever burgundy,
Konad special stamping white,
Nina ultra pro gladiator,
Bundle Monster plate BM08,
Shany plate SH25,
and N.Y.C in a new York color minute grand central station.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New nail polish storage

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I've been keeping my polish inside two hatboxes, and I'd almost run out of room. The hatboxes were also adding to the clutter in my room, so I've been looking for some new containers. Michael's recently had a 40% on all their home d├ęcor and I got these two new boxes for my polish!


The suitcase was ten and I think the little flip top box was three dollars. The suitcase has Jules Verne esque pocket watches and hot air balloons on it, and the little one has postcards and travel stamps in French on it.

Everything fit neatly inside, I'm keeping all my stamping and nail art tools in the little one, and my normal polish in the suitcase. I'm very happy with my new polish storage!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tri-Polish challenge Day 3 April

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I haven't done a mani featuring my orange polish yet so after flipping through my stamping plates I settled on this leopard stamp. All I can think when I see this is Cheetos, I'm not sure if that's good :), but it did turn out nicely!


This is a Shany plate, I like how their images tend to be larger so they're easier to use. A lot of my Bundle Monster plate's images are too small to use on my thumb nails, but these work great!



Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Wet n wild wild shine sunny side up,
Konad special stamping polish black,
Shany plate SH25,
and N.Y.C in a new York color minute grand central station.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sgt. Frog nail art

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I just started watching Sgt. Frog subbed a couple weeks ago, and I realized since there's five frogs they'd be perfect for nail art! I used a striping brush and a dotting tool for everything, I didn't want to have a different base color for each nail so I just used a sheer french mani polish.


My index finger is Kururu, my middle finger is Kerero, my ring finger is Tamama, and since he's forgotten so easily I put Dororo on my pinkie.  :)


Giroro is my favorite of the invaders so he got to be on my thumb so he could have more detail.
Surprisingly I think Giroro was the easiest to paint and Dororo the hardest. I just couldn't get Dororo's mask right, but I think it turned out OK at the end.

Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
N.Y.C kisses,
N.Y.C French white tip,
Color mates winey the pooh,
Color mates nail art lime,
Color mates nail art tangerine,
Color mates nail art red shimmer,
L.A colors color craze static electricity,
Petites color fever vintage gray,
Lotus herbals colour dew deep sea,
Wet n wild fast dry ebony hates chris,
Wet n wild wild shine blue moon,
Essence colour & go little miss sunrise,
a striping brush,
a dotting tool,
and N.Y.C in a new York color minute grand central station.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Weekly wrap up

Hi!

Here's what I've been doing lately:

Reading: Torment Lauren Kate,
Listening to: Daddy's money by Ricochet,
Watching: Sgt.frog, Kotoura-san, Honey and clover, Black butler, Lucky star, Shugo clara, Lupin the III: The Castle of Caligliostro,
Eating: almond windmill cookies,
Drinking: mint tea,
Wearing: shorts and t-shirts,
Buying: a pink and white heart patterned pair of flats,
Disliking: that EA is getting rid of the sims social :(,
Liking: that the forest of hands and teeth is being made into a movie,
Finding: these funny songs,
Making:-----




Josephine figured out how to burrow in between my pillow and it's case and proceeded to go to sleep,
so I had to take some pictures!


Thanks for reading!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tri-Polish challenge Day Two

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I haven't done a gradient in a quite a while so I decided to see if I could meld pink and turquoise together! I started with my turquoise base and sponged different concentrations of my pink and turquoise polishes over it.


I think this is one of the better gradients I've done, I think I just needed more practice!




I'm thinking about doing a newspaper mani for one of the next days, I haven't decided which polish to use though.

Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Wet n wild megalast candy-licious,
Jordana boy oh boy,
a sponge,
and N.Y.C in a new York color minute grand central station.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tri-Polish Day One April Pink, Turquoise, and Orange

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The colors for this month's Tri-Polish challenge are pink, turquoise, and orange! Not what I would of picked but they're definitely better than last months coral, purple, and blue. I haven't done a serious stamping mani in a while so I decided to try combining the different polishes on the same stamp.
I haven't tried using two colors at once before, I think it came out as a success!


I did mostly blue on my thumb and a little pink, and then mostly pink and a little orange on my index finger, and so on so forth.



This stamp reminds me of a faded mosaic, I might try this with blue and purple melded together.


Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Jordana boy oh boy,
Wet n wild wild shine sunny side up,
Wet n wild megalast  candy-licious,
N.Y.C French white tip,
and N.Y.C in a new York color minute grand central station.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pyramus and Thisbe nail art

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It's time for another Llama nails time periods nail challenge and today's theme is Ancient Rome! I did a bit of research to see if women colored or painted their nails back then and they did but it wasn't very common, they used crushed beetles to stain their nails red.
I didn't think that would make very attractive nail art so I decided to go with one of my favorite myths, the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe.
I first heard this myth at a constellation/star talk and I thought it was just really beautiful but very sad too.


I started with a base of green and stamped a darker green leaf image over it for the mulberry leaves. I used a dotting tool for the different berries and I did some entirely red and some white with the red splashed on them.




Here's a brief telling of the myth (you can see the entire page on Wikipedia here)

Pyramus and Thisbe is the story of two lovers in the city of Babylon who lived in connected houses, but were forbidden by their parents to be wed, because of their parents' rivalry. Through a crack in one of the walls, they whisper their love for each other. They arrange to meet near Ninus's tomb under a mulberry tree and state their feelings for each other. Thisbe arrives first, but upon seeing a lion with a mouth bloody from a recent kill, she flees, leaving behind her veils, which the lion takes in it's jaws and tears and covers them in blood and then wanders away. Pyramus arrives and is horrified at the sight of Thisbe's veil, assuming that a fierce beast had killed her. Pyramus kills himself, falling on his sword in proper Roman fashion, and in turn splashing blood on the white mulberry leaves. Pyramus' blood stains the white mulberry fruits, turning them dark. Thisbe returns, eager to tell Pyramus what had happened to her, but she finds Pyramus' dead body under the shade of the mulberry tree. Thisbe, after a brief period of mourning, stabs herself with the same sword. In the end, the gods listen to Thisbe's lament, and forever change the color of the mulberry fruits into the stained colour to honour their forbidden love.

Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
CQ golden green,
N.Y.C French white tip,
N.Y.C broadway burgundy frost,
Crayola sea green,
Rimmel London 60" second camouflage,
Bundle monster plate BM05,
a dotting tool,
and N.Y.C in a new York color minute grand central station.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Cartoon spiked mani

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These are a spin on the nails I posted yesterday, I wanted to see what would happen if I painted more than one spike coming from the top of the nail and I thought these colors would look nice together!
They black trim ended up making them look a bit cartoonish but I think I like that about them.


I started with a base of my sheer purple polish and then I used nail art polishes for the purple and black. If it weren't for the smudged lines on my index finger, I'd almost think this was a tape mani!




Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
Color mates nail art black,
L.A colors art deco magenta,
N.Y.C kisses,
and N.Y.C color in a new York minute grand central station.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Evanora inspired nail art

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A friend recently took me to see Oz the great and powerful, and I immediately noticed that Evanora was sporting some wicked looking nail art.
I wasn't able to tell if the colors were black or emerald, but I though emerald would look better so that's the one I went with. I started with a base of a sheer purple toned French mani polish, then I used a striping brush to add the emerald. And I used the striping brush again to add the gold trim.


From a distance away these look pretty wicked, up close they're a bit more tame.


I'm thinking these would look great in black and dark purple, I love the spiky-ness of them!


And since these are wicked witch nails I had to do a claw pose!


Here's the polishes I used:

L.A colors basecoat/topcoat,
N.Y.C kisses,
Sally Hansen Insta-dry jumpin' jade,
Nina Ultra pro gladiator,
a striping brush,
and N.Y.C in a new York colour minute grand central station.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Weekly wrap up

Hi!

Here's what I've been up to lately:

Reading: A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness, At The Sign Of The Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper, and The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne,
Watching: Kerero Gunso, The Wallflower, Honey and Clover, Snow white and the Huntsman, Pysch, Shugo Clara, Squid girl,
Listening to: Smile By Uncle Kracker and E.T by Katy Perry,
Eating: leftover easter bunny cookies,
Drinking: black pomegranate tea,
Finishing: my t-shirt quilt,
Playing: Super Mario Bros snes,
Wearing: my sweatshirt with the kangaroo pocket so I can carry Josephine around,
Buying: pretty new boxes to store my polish in,
On my nails: Oz the great and powerful inspired mani,
Liking: that someone pinned this hilarious moment from angel,
Finding: out that the same person who played the 7th doctor played Radagast the brown,
Disliking:------
Wanting: this awesome necklace,

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Finished!

Hi!

I just finished sewing the binding onto my T-shirt quilt! I didn't want to quilt it because some of my t-shirts have rhinestones, so I finished it by sewing buttons in the corners of each block.



This is my backing, I wasn't sure what color I was looking for at first because there isn't much of a color theme to my quilt, but then I found this! I love the little crocodiles and elephants, and I got extra to make pajama pants but I ended up using that for the binding since I couldn't find another fabric I liked.


Here's a close up of the buttons on the corners of each square (the grey looking smudge is a shadow, the whole block is lemon yellow).


Thanks for reading!