Have you ever heard of the legend if the Christmas Spider?
I think the Christmas Spider is a really lovely Christmas story.
“According to ancient storytellers, there once was a widow living in her cramped, cold hut with her children. One day, a pine cone dropped from the tree outside and took root. The children, excited by the prospect of a tree for Christmas, tended the seedling and made plans about how they would decorate the tree. Poverty was a way of life for the small family, and when Christmas approached, the widow knew that they would not be able to decorate the tree. The children and the widow accepted their fate and went to bed on Christmas Eve, the tiny tree branches bare.
But the household’s spiders heard the children’s sobs and spun intricate webs on the tree. Early on Christmas morning, the children cried, “Mother, mother wake up and see the tree. It is beautiful!” The widow rose to find that during the cold night a spider had spun its web around the fragile branches. As the rays of the sun crept along the floor and silently climbed the tree, the glow touched the threads of the web turning each one into silver and gold, and, as the story goes, from that day forward the widow never wanted for anything.”
This version is from Ukraine.com
For My Christmas Spider Nails I started with the lovely Beauty Never Fails from A England.
Then using I’d Melt For You from China Glaze and Golden from Revlon I stamped the gold and silver Spider Webs.
The web image Is from Stamping plate HD04.
Hardly anyone I know has heard of this story so If you are interested here’s a bit of further reading 🙂
Christmas Spider Wikipedia Page
msichicago Holiday Traditions
Grüß Vom Krampus or Greetings from Krampus!
Here are my nails form the weekend. As Krampusnacht is on the 5th of December I just had to wear some Krampus inspired nail art! 🙂
If you’re not familiar with the legend of the Krampus, he is the devilish companion of St. Nicholas.
St. Nicholas brings gifts and rewards to good children each year on December the 6th and leaves punishing the bad children to The Krampus! The wicked child would be beaten with a bundle of birch sticks, whipped with horsehair, then thrown into a wicker basket and taken down to Hell for a year.
If nothing else it’s definitely a terrifying way to get your kids to behave! Lol!
I spent ages trying to draw a tiny Krampus on my nail, but it really didn’t go well I decided to see if I had any stamping plates with suitable images, and I did! 🙂
The goat skull is from Plate MM11 from Messy Mansion and the tree branches are from plate 14 from Moyou mother nature collection.
I used Lots of Red Polishes for the base of this Manicure
- Barry M Red Glitter
- Chanel Dragon
- Chanel Rouge Noir
- Color Club Rad-icle Gypsy
- Illamasqua Scarab
I smooshed them all together on the back of a stamping plate then used a stamper to splat it onto my nails! It’s a really fun technique, but it is incredibly messy 🙂
for the stamping I used Hit The Bottle Black and Seche Vite to finish it all off
Have you been good this year or did the Krampus Come to get you?
Here is a pretty lace stamping plate that has been sent to me from Born Pretty!
You can find the plate right here Lace Stamping Plate. The first thing I have to mention is the image on the Born Pretty store page is a slightly different plate, so for my review I’m using an image that’s the same on my plate BP-L020 and the one on the website.
There are loads of really lovely images on this plate, a lot of them perfect for leadlighting and reverse stamping.
While I was playing with this plate I noticed that to fit the images on my thumb I had to stretch the image, for the most part it was fine but the the images with more detail ended up looking rather distorted.
Another thing I found, was that I got a much cleaner image pickup by scraping across the plate, so side to side rather than up and down. I have no idea why!
The polishes I used are
A England Jane Eyre
- Illamasqua Load
- Illamasqua Muse
- Illamasqua Omen
- Illamasqua Ouija
- Illamasqua Prosperity
- Hit The Bottle Black
- Seche Vite
This is a really pretty plate, if the images where a couple of mm wider it would be the perfect size!
You can use the code RPG10 for 10% off your Born Pretty order!
While I was hunting around in my nail polish collection it occurred to me that I hadn’t worn any of my Nails Inc polishes in ages.
So here is Clifford Street! The image I used is from the Moyou Mother Nature 14 plate.
The trees are getting very bare I wanted something leafy, especially the tree outside my kitchen window, as it lost all of it’s leaves over night!
This macro is definitely the truest colour, my camera (phone) picked up a lot of the purple in this polish.
I had forgotten how pretty Clifford Street is, greyed out purple with iridescent gold glitter and a slight purple shimmer, it really is a perfect autumn shade!
With the macro shot you really can see how bad my stamping was this morning lol.
This mani only took around 15 minutes including drying time!
I think the tiny birds are really cute! 😀
Today I have a lovely stamping plate to show you that has kindly been sent to me to show all of you from Born Pretty
I decided to team it up with some brown shades for a really autumnal look!
Here is the plate! It ia Qgirl-029 and it is available right here Qgirl-029 and if you use the code RPG10 you’ll get 10% off your order!
as well as the Qgirl stamping plate I used
- Illamasqua – Faithful
- Revlon – Varnished
- Color Club – Black-ish
- Hit The Bottle – Black
- Seche Vite Topcoat
I have to say this stamping plate is really nicely etched really crisp edges and the images transferred to the nail really easily!
I realized that I haven’t created any candy corn nail art this year oO so here are some Candy Corn Coffin nails! 😀
That random bit of thread is really annoying, the more I look at it, the more it looks like a creepy spider leg Ugh!
The polishes and other stuff I used are
- Messy Mansion – MM11
- Bundle Monster – BM-402
- Hit The Bottle – Black
- Sally Hansen – Lite
- Rimmel – Shirley Temple
- Sinful Colours – Snow Me White
- Colour Club – Antiquated
- Seche Vite
Starting with a white base I used Lite, Shirley Temple and Snow Me White for the gradient, then using Hit the bottle black for the coffins.
The little coffins are from Plate MM11 the larger coffin is from BM-402. then using a tiny brush I added the gold detail with Antiquated.
Then finished it off with a layer of topcoat!
I hope you have a lovely Halloween weekend! 😀