This is my first attempt at freehand leopard print! It seems odd that this is something I haven’t tried before, I think it’s because I have quite a few stamping plates with a leopard pattern.
I’m pretty happy with how this turned out, it’s not perfect, and my silver lines are a little bit wobbly, but I think that adds to the charm lol!
This is the stuff I used,
- Sinful Colors – Mauve
- Color Club – The Uptown
- Chanel – Vendetta
- China Glaze – I’d Melt Fop You
- Seche Vite
- Illamasqua Matte Topcoat
- Thin Nail Art Brush
This took less than 10 minutes to finish, I think if I had chosen to do smaller spots it would have taken quite a bit longer. 🙂
I have to say I’m feeling a lot better, I think the horrid ills have finally gone! Yay! 😀
Here are my nails inspired by another rather gory Christmas tradition!
In Germanic mythology Perchta is a white-robed female spirit. She was known as a wild goddess of spinning and weaving.
Perchta roams the countryside during midwinter, and enters peoples homes at Christmas time, she would know whether the children of the household had behaved well and worked hard all year. If they had, they might find a small silver coin next day. If they had not, she would slit their bellies open, remove stomach and guts, and stuff the hole with straw and pebbles.
She would also slit people’s bellies open and stuff them with straw if they ate something on the night of her feast day other than the traditional meal of fish and gruel.
There really are so many really rather gruesome bits of Christmas/Midwinter folklore out there, being dumped in a sack and dragged off to hell, beaten with sticks, eaten by giant cats… It’s all a bit bloody!
Anyway enough blood and guts… For my nails I used O.P.I Solitaire as the base, I’m not really a huge fan of textured polishes but this pearly white with silver glitter really does look like snow.
The snowflakes are from stamping plate QA86 from Born Pretty stamped with I’d Melt For You from China Glaze.
The red drippy french tips are Tip Your Hat this is also from China Glaze.
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
Just a quick post today, as these nails took way longer than I originally thought!
Here are my Patchwork Halloween nails! I think these are cute and I really think they have a cartoon like look, they’re definitely not scary lol!
- Illamasqua – Omen
- China Glaze – I’d Melt For You
- Illamasqua – Alarm
- Hit The Bottle – Black
- Illamasqua – Poke
- Stamping Plate MM22
- Illamasqua – Scorn
- Seche Vite
Grey Water Marble
Today I have these shiny silver studs from Born Pretty to show you!
Born Pretty Nail Art Studs
The studs are made from thin metal, they are really light and slightly flexible while keeping quite a domed profile.
I applied them by pressing them into wet topcoat. You could always use nail glue to apply them if you want them to be a bit more secure.
The studs are available here Born Pretty Triangle Nail Stud and you can get 10% off with the code RPG10!
born pretty nail art studs
For my grey water marble I used
- Sinful Colors – Cool Grey
- Barry M – Grey
- China Glaze – Out Like a Light
I’m really pleased with how well these three shades work together! (does happy dance)
For the french tip the silver polish is I’d Melt For You from China Glaze, and I used french tip guides to keep them all even.
Grey water marble
Hey everyone 🙂
Today I have another mani for the pick and mix challenge! This weeks prompts are fire and three shades of green or yellow, and as I’m really not in a green/yellow mood, it had to be purple! 😀
Messy Mansion MM27
For this I used Sally Hansen HD in Cyber, I’d Melt For You from China Glaze (only because it was on my desk and I didn’t feel like hunting through my collection to find another good silver for stamping) and Konad Special polish in Black.
The stamping plate is MM27 from Messy Mansion, you can find that here, Messy Mansion MM27
Cyber, I’d Melt For You, and Konad Black