Sunday, October 21, 2012

AIS: Halloween - Stamping With Mash Plates 48 and 29 Over OPI Skull and Glossbones

       It is Sunday and that means it is time for another stamping challenge in Adventures In Stamping, a group that I am in on Facebook.  Today's voted on theme was Halloween.  I am getting a little Halloween'd out with all of these other challenges I am involved with and wasn't going to participate until I remembered that I had a skull stamp in my collection that would never be used otherwise.  You see, I am not a skull person.  I don't understand why they are on everything right now, like the mustache.  But, to each their own.  I wasn't even sure how to use the skull in a mani when my husband grabbed the three plates I playing around with and told me what I should do.  The accent nail was his idea, except for the multiple stamping of the flames, and the little squirly q's were my idea.
     I just picked up Skull and Glossbones at T.J. Maxx for $3.99 yesterday and thought it would be perfect for a mani with a skull on it.  Upon further google searches, I am not even close to the only one who thought this was a good idea.  :-)  As described by Scrangie, Skull and Glossbones is a "ghostly light grey cream."  I thought this was going to be a three coater but after the second coat it has reached full opacity.  OPI is my favorite brand of polish and I really liked this more than I thought I would.  The half price price tag helped a lot, too.

Base coat: Sally Hansen Triple Strong Advanced Gel Nail Fortifier
Base coat: Skull and Glossbone from OPI - 2 coats
Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top coat
Stamping plates: Mash 29 & 48
Stamping colors: Lightning and Heat Flash from Sally Hansen Insta-Dri and Stamp me! Black from Essence
Top coat: L.A. Colors Rapid Dry Top Coat

Taken inside without flash

This is how I came up with the little curls on the sides of each nail

I hope you guys enoy this!  Feel free to comment, I read each and every one of them.  They make me  happy!

F is for... Finger Paints Flakie Polish

     This post if for the ABC Nail Art Challenge I am participating in with the Facebook Group Llama Nails.  This week's letter is F.   It took me all week and then some to figure out what I was going to do for this mani.  I then remembered that I had received one of my biggest lemmings, Finger Paints Twisted.  I first learned about Twisted from Colette of My Simple Little Pleasures when I first started my obsession with polish.  I had been into nail art for about a month or two and had heard about a water marble.  I had been told to watch her video's on YouTube and started following her, I was hooked.  She posted a video about her going out on Christmas Eve and about how excited she was that she found the Finger Paints Special Effects line that was scheduled to be released in the next week.  I had never heard of a Sally's before and didn't put to much thought into trying to find these because I would surely be able to find them soon enough.  Boy, was I wrong.  These are all very hard to find a few months after the release.  Especially Twisted.  You will see why when I show you the pictures.  I was lucky enough to stumble upon someone selling it in one of the polish exchange groups I am in on Facebook.  When I thought this had arrived at my house my husband stole the package and made me chase him all around the house, and I DO NOT run.  That is how excited I was to get this polish!

Base coat: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Hardener
Base color: Black Creme from Wet N Wild - 2 coats
Flakie: Twisted from Finger Paints - 1 coat
Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

These were all taken outside in indirect light

I hope you like this post!

You can check out the other F posts using the links below.  Have a great day!


SassyNails Nail-Aween Nail Art Challenge: Day 5 - Ghosts and Goblins

     Hey everyone.  It has been a few days since I have posted anything, but for good reason.  On Friday my friends and I took their kids out to a pumpkin patch close by and they do this corn maze every year.  This is one of the things I really look forward to every fall.  Escpecially since this year they did a Pac Man maze!  I love Pac Man!  Whenever I go to our local bowling alley I play Pac Man and Centipede for ever.  But really, who can resist those awesome, classic arcade games?!   
     The inspiration for these ghosts came from another YouTube video from IHaveACupcake.  Here is a link to the video.  I just thought these were so cute and I knew there was no way I would be able to do a goblin so I went with these.
     Unfortunately, I went a little to thick on my base color and never let it fully dry before applying the glow in the dark layers an it chipped off rather quick at work the next day.  :-(  Oh well. 

Base coat: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Hardener
Base color: Ibiza from Zoya - 1 thick coat followed by Go With The Glow from Wet N' Wild Fantasy Makers - 3 coats
Ghosts: Titanium White acrylic paint from Artist's Loft and Lamp Black (eyes)
Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

Taken inside without flash

Taken inside with flash

I tried so hard to get a picute of these glowing in the dark but my camera is part of my phone and the light from the screen would cancel out the glow in the dark and only take black pictures.  :-(  Just know that it was really cute.

This challenge is being put on by SassyNails and it is a self paced challenge.  We have until the end of October to create our ten manicures.

Check out all of the NailAween Nail Art Artists!