Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Butterflies and Sunshine

Happy Tuesday everyone!
It's late today, I'm back at babysitting so I didn't have the time I'd originally planned to sit and blog. I have a new addition to my charges, a four month old, and today was the first day he and mommy had been separated for a significant amount of time. He's a sweet, good boy, but oh my he had a time after a couple of hours not knowing where mama was, though I was happy to see that when he woke up from his nap and she was there, he still smiled at me, bless him.
We've had some lovely sunshine in the Pacific Northwest lately, and having scored myself some lovely Nail Sauce of Jessica, a stunning pink holo from her Heavenly Holo Collection, Dancing Queen from Wingdust on Etsy, and stamping plate NC02 from Nailz Craze on Etsy, I decided that it was time to make a butterfly mani. 
My stamping skills are still in progress, and I'm still struggling with images that have a large area of open polish, however, as this was my first time with this plate, I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I swiped over the stamp again with a black striping brush, and added some rhinestone studs from the Born Pretty Store
I started with two easy coats of Jessica, which went on perfectly. I think her store is down for a bit, and I saw on Instagram today that she's planning on a surprise re-release of Space Junk, so don't miss out on that. 
Then I stamped with NC02 plate and my lovely big white squishy stamper (which I'm slowly starting to get better at) in Sinful Colors Back on Black, and applied a regular coat of Dancing Queen (Fab-u-lous glitter top coat!) and added the studs. I had no trouble with the plate, the image came off clear enough once I got the hang of scraping off the excess polish properly; not too much to make the image too thin, but just right to keep enough to pick up on the squishy stamper. The studs from Born Pretty were easy enough to work with, a bit of top coat on a small tipped dotting tool and they picked right up and were easy to place, and didn't slide around when they weren't supposed to.
I thought I was being clever when I added the studs first then put a top coat on, but after examining them, I think it will be better next time if I use the top coat, then apply the studs and just pray for the best. They didn't seem to look right with the top coat over them.  Ah well, lesson learned, and it didn't look too bad. 

 I was surprised to see that my right hand actually turned out a little better than my left hand, for once this time!! Go figure!


The sun was just fabulous, I couldn't resist taking a picture of the sparkly!






What's on YOUR nails this week?

Til next time friends!
xoxo