Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Nail Challenge Collaborative Presents: Tea Party - Doilies and Flowers

I am back with another NCC design!  This tea party theme has really brought out the creativity in the ladies.  I am really impressed with the designs this month!  Way to go ladies!

I knew that at some point I would do doilies. You can't have a tea party without some doilies!  

I started with two coats of Barry M Coconut.

I added my doily patterns using White and MoYou Bridal 06. It is hard to see the patterns in the images.  I thought that the white would show up a little better. 

You can't have doilies without flowers! I used Passion Fruit and Pomegranate with images from MoYou Mother Nature 02.

To tie it all together I added a tea cup.  This image came from MoYou Tourist 01 and I filled it in with Cancun.

It didn't turn out exactly as I would have liked but it does feel like a tablecloth.  Plus it is bright and fresh!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Moroccan Architecture

Today's design is inspired by Moroccan Architecture.  Maybe you saw the nail art contest that Nail It! Magazine is hosting???  I entered the first round and decided to continue into the second.  The Mood Boards they are using have some fantastic inspiration.  Here is what I came up with:

I started with two coats of OPI Angel with a Leadfoot.

I added my outlines using Black Onyx, MoYou Explorer 07 and MM13.

I began filling in my images with I Can Teal You Like Me.

My first accent color is Incognito in Sausalito.

My second accent is DS Sapphire.

I think these look pretty cool!  Can you tell how much I love the new leadlight technique????  Plus I am even venturing out and using non-sheer polish.  So many more possibilities!!

If you don't mind, maybe you can come over and give me a like on Instagram.  Maybe that will increase my chances! :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Summer - Butterflies

Time to wrap up the week!  And a great week it was!
My last design is inspired by a piece of furniture.  It is a simple design, but there is something about the color combo that really makes this design stand out.

The base of my design is two coats of Orly Purple Crush.  These photos do not do justice to this lacquer!  It is vibrant!

I added my butterflies and dots using Essie Good as Gold.  The butterflies are from RA119.

You really need to see this in person! The gold with the vibrant purple is amazing!

So did you catch on to my little extra with each design??  Each one of my designs included a Doctor Who reference.

Monday - the TARDIS
Jr-31 and butter LONDON Blagger

Tuesday - Weeping Angel
Jr-31 and OPI Umpires Come Out at Night

Wednesday - Eleven's Logo
Jr-31 and Barry M Mushroom, Blue Plum and Blood Orange

Thursday - River Song Quote
Jr-31 and Milani Ink Spot

Friday - Eleven's Outfit
Jr-31 and Essie Good as Gold

If you are a Whovian, like me, you know that the new season starts next week! I am so excited to see new episodes and a new Doctor!  Adding the images was a way to share my excitement.  Stay tuned, next week I will have a special design just for the new season!
Will you be watching?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Summer - Lemons

Today I present my favorite design for the week!
This entire summer I had a lemon background on my phone.  It was so bright and fun.  I started thinking how could I transfer that onto my nails.  In the end, I came up with something that looks nothing like my background, but very summery!

My design started with two coats of Milani Spotlight White.

I had the brilliant idea to use Yellow Mark!  Isn't it perfect?!?!?!

I added some leaves using a small nail art brush and Showy Sea-Green.

These turned out so much better than I thought they would!  I was really worried about the leaves but they look so cute!  Using the texture really made this design special!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Summer - Flowers

I normally wouldn't do flowers for a summer theme, however I came across an image that I knew I could do.  You all know that my free hand skills are quite sad.  I can do some things like dots and lines (most of the time).  I had great hopes for this design!

For my base I applied two coats of Barry M White.

I used my thinnest striper and Guava to add the veins of the petals.  I decided to limit myself to one petal per nail.  I felt that more than one, or the entire flower, would have looked crowded.

I used Lemon Ice Cream for the centers of my flowers.

I added my dots using my smallest dotting tool and Espresso.

I love how crisp this looks! The colors seem to jump off the nail.  I got a little stressed doing this design.  As I always do when free handing.  Once I told myself that it didn't need to look exactly like the image things went so much smoother.  Just a helpful tip if your also stress out over nail art.  Images are inspiration and you don't need to stress yourself out making a recreation!

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