Friday, April 14, 2017

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Pastel to Bold Gradient w/something on top!

Hello Dahlings!

This time the Tarts are showing you ideas for
pastel to bold gradients with something nail arty on top.

I did this...

 I figure if I'm going to be looking at the same mani for 1-2 weeks,
it had better be something I really like!

 From left to right ~
Blue Cross Halloween polish from Rite-Aid
Serum No5 Ultra Violet
Born Pretty Store Luminous Hello Kitty #27

I started with my usual franken base.
I did the gradient using a bit of cosmetic wedge,
followed with a coat of Out The Door fdtc.
I stamped the kitties
& added a final coat of Seche Vite to seal it all in.

Oh yeah, it also does this!
Dang if taking gitd pics doesn't show every speck
of polish I missed in clean up! LOL

>^. .^<

I've been getting The Cat Lady Box this year
& Ciri really likes the cat toys!
The human stuff can be hit or miss,
but I have gotten some nifty cat themed toys for me too.

Thanks for stopping by
& please check out
what the other Tarts are up to!
~ Inky

Friday, March 31, 2017

CNT Present~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Green Freestyle

Hello Dahlings!

Today the Tarts have green freestyle manis to show you!

I did this...

 Y'all are getting a 2fer
cuz I needed to swatch some stamping polish

Gold Stamping Polish prototype

 Teal I love You Again is a creamy bright green
that has a subtle gold holo shimmer to it.
It was opaque in one coat, tho' I did 2 cuz that's what I do.

I then added a glitter gradient of Squrttle using the dab method.
Other than poking down a few whisker ends, it dried flat
& no glitter taming polish was necessary.
It has a lovely bunch of small hexes
in metallic green, light blue & aqua, gold holo & white matte.
Gold holo whiskers & green metallic short bars.
Small black squares & large white satin hexes
all in a clear base.

If y'all haven't checked Cutting Edge Nails...what are y'all waiting for?
Sara makes a mighty fine polishes for very reasonable prices
plus she offers a selection of really fun glitters to add to your nail art!

>^. .^<

I wants Squirttley claws, Meowmy!

Thanks for stopping by
& please visit the other Tarts
for more Great Nail Art Ideas!
~ Inky

Friday, March 17, 2017

CNT Presents ~ Spring Animals

Hello Dahlings!

This time the Tarts are sharing ideas for manis
featuring spring animals. 

I did this...

I did the stamping using Rica Blackout

 I started with a splodge of pastel cremes.

 From left to right...
Stampin' Up! Crisp Cantaloupe
Finger Paints Lemon Sour
Stampin' Up! Pistachio Pudding
Color Games Minty Me
Booty Babe Lilac Got Back
Finger Paints Brushstroke Blush

I did have to do a 2nd coat of Brushstoke Blush,
but the rest were opaque in one coat.

 I then added a splodged layer of Hitchhicker Nails gitd sheers.
I then I added a coat of Carpe Noctem Glitter Slayer
& INM Out the Door fdtc.

 I got this set of glow in dark sheer toppers not long after they opened.
They didn't have names nor were they available as singles.
They currently offer several gitd polishes.
The one 2nd from the right was originally purple,
but I added a shaker bead & it reacted with the pigment,
but it still glows just dandy.

These toppers are very sheer
& can easily be applied over any matching polish 
without altering the color much.
They should also work well as tints for lamp lighting.

>^. .^<

Last Monday Mr Inky & I had calzones for lunch at a local restaurant.
I went to eat the left overs last night
& was rudely reminded that he had added anchovies to his.
Blech! Ciri didn't mind & happily licked away.

Thanks for stopping by
& please visit the other Tarts!
~ Inky

Friday, March 3, 2017

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Mixed Tape

Hello Dahlings!

Life overwhelmed me yet again & I missed posting last Friday.
I wore my last challenge mani for 2 weeks!
Good thing I liked it. LOL

This time the Tarts are showing you ideas for a mixed tape mani.
I did this...

My inky lil brain immediately thought of music when I saw this prompt.
 I almost dug out an authentic 80's mixed tape cassette
to use as a prop, but I didn't have the energy today to go excavating
in the crap room where Mr Inky & I store all kinds of archaic stuff
we can't yet part with from out youth.

 The polishes ~
Silk Boxers franken undies

Blue Moon & Jasper are both thermal polishes
& look like the could almost be dupes in the bottle,
but as you can see, Jasper is pink when warm & purple when cold
and Blue Moon is a light blue & blue violet when cold.
No dupes here!

Also, Rica Black out is one of the BEST black stamping polishes!
It's not only uber opaque, it also doesn't stain during clean up.
Methinks a black stamping polish comparison is due!

 The other stuff ~
I used 2 different widths of graphic art tape to do my stripes.
This is basically vinyl striping tape
from before striping tape was a thing in nail art.
(Yes, I'm old. LOL)
The stamping plate I got the cassette image from is Cheeky CH51.
(I can't like you to a Cheeky website as the seem to be re-branding
& aren't even on Amazon anymore.)

>^. .^<
I've been gutting my crapht room
as prep for deep cleaning & reorganizing.
Ciri & Ziggy decided to see what I was doing
while I moved polish from under my soon-to-go-away desk
to the drawers I used to keep rubber stamps in.
They're not too sure of all the chaos going on. LOL

Thanks for stopping by
& please visit the other Tarts!
~ Inky

Friday, February 17, 2017

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Idea ~ Blue Floral

Hello Dahlings!

Yeah, I took last week off from blogging.
It was my birthday & I didn't feel like doing much of anything.

I am back at this week with my blue floral mani!

 Pussy willows!

 My base color is Bow Paradox 
It's is a light grey when warm/bright blue when cold thermal polish
a dark pink when warm/dark purple when cold in the sun solar polish
plus it has scatter holo.
Yes, both a thermal AND a solar polish in the same bottle!!!

I stamped using Hit the Bottle Smurf Blood.

 I couldn't quite get the solar colors to come out in our weak winter sun.
Washington State is just a few inches of rain away
from setting an all time high for February.
I'm glad I could get this lil bit of wimpy sun this week. LOL
 If you've been around here for a while,
you know that my preferred claw length
can make stamping on them challenging.
Many plates just don't have full nail images large enough to fit my nails
plus finding a stamper that works consistently,
is large enough to cover my nails &  
allows me to place the image where I want it hasn't been easy.
I still love my Creative Shop Space Stamper,
but when using a full nail image
that will just barely fit on the diagonal,
I need to be able to see where the image is going
so I don't get voids around the edges.

Let me introduce you to The Big Bling XL Clear Jelly Stamper!
The bead filled cap on the left is to keep the dust out when not in use.
The fat tube in the middle is both easy to grip
& see through to the design below.
The product blerb at Beautometry 
says the stamping head is 1.2 inches in diameter. 
Nuh uh! That big baby is 1.5"!

This squishy head is plenty large enough to fit my claws & then some,
making both picking up the image & placing it much easier
than with an opaque or smaller clear stamper.
I had been using the Bundle Monster Glass Stamper
& it worked just fine, except for barely fitting my nails.

Just a note...the scraper that comes with the Cleat Jelly XL stamper
is about half the size of my other credit card size scrapers & is stiffer.
It didn't work as well as I'd like, so I used my old Creative Shop Scraper.

I used this most excellent stamper with Creative Shop Plate 60
This is one of my fav plate brands due to it's unusual designs
& the XL full nail images.

>^. .^<

I wants changing colors on my claws too, Meowmy!

Thanks for stopping by
& please visit the other Tarts
for more Great Nail Art ideas!
~ Inky

Friday, February 3, 2017

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Black & White Valentines

Hello Dahling!

The stank of over ripe commercialism is in the air,
but that doesn't mean we can't have fun nails, right?

This go around, the Tarts are showing you ways
to show your romantic side using black & white
you can think of them as templates
& use any 2 colors you prefer.
It's a 2-fer & I did this...

 I went with a forbidden love themed mani
cuz hot & steamy whoopy makes for much better memories
when you're old than flowers & candy. Just sayin.

A word about Straight Up Black ~
while it is very opaque, stamped just fine
& is available for a very reasonable price...
I found it to be a bit of a pita to get off my skin.
You can see a bit of dark staining around the cuticle of my pinky nail.
I used liquid latex on the rest of my fingers
& it made a noticeable difference in my clean up.

 My fav part of this mani?
Look how AWOL glows like an opal in the dark!
Swoon *thunk*

I told y'all I'd show you A World of Laughter soon.
Isn't it awesome?!?

>^. .^<

No kitties this week, just opossum prints on my deck.
I had been wondering if my lil possum girl was still around.
Yep, she is.

Thanks for stopping by
& please visit the other Tarts
for more black & white Valentine's mani ideas!
~ Inky

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Lady Varnishes ~ Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy"Don't Panic" collection!!!

Hello Dahlings!


Kirsten of The Lady Varnishes released a new collection last Friday,
called Don't Panic!,
based on one of my all time fav book/radio/tv/movies called

Not only did she nail the naming & formula as usual...
she made them ALL glow in the dark!

The two polishes I'm about to show you
were a compensation gift for being an over-eager orderer
& missing out on a Facebook fan group discount code by 5 minutes.
I'm reviewing them because I love them,
not cuz I have to or anything.

So what did I do with the polishes Kirsten sent me...

 TA DA!!!
I love the subtle red sparkly bits in the bright yellow of Babel Fish
& the metallic red plus metallic multichrome bits
in the dark brown squishiness of Battle Shorts.

 From left to right ~
Battle Shorts, Babel Fish, Stow Yer Weapons, The Magic Feather
& A World of Laughter. (AWOL is available in gitd!)
Alas where I used AWOL on my decals got trimmed during application.
You'll see it on my soon!
Not shown ~
Rica Blackout is a most excellent stamping polish!
It's fully opaque & cleaned up easily.
Cotton Granny Panties franken undies cuz gitd glows better over white.

Oh? You wish to see how they glow?
Hang on to your knickers!

 Babel Fish is in your face neon yellow when the lights go out
& Battle Shorts is more subdued with gitd glitters.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this mani & the polishes I used!!!
Thank You Kirsten, for making a polish dream come true!

>^. .^<

What's this?
Do I see Dent, Arthur Dent & Ford Prefect?
Taking an intergalactic cruise in your office
is always better with your bestie by your side!

Thanks for stopping by
& treat yourself to
the Don't Panic collection by
the Lady Varnishes today!
~ Inky

Friday, January 20, 2017

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Red & Pink

Hello Dahlings!

This time the Tarts are showing you ideas for red & pink manis.

I did this...

Yeah, I know.
Most of you think Valentine's
when you think about red & pink together.
When do I ever do the 'normal' thing?
My base color is a retired polish called Darkest Love 
I stamped using a prototype stamping polish,
also from Cuttin' Edge Nails.

Sara's prototype stamping polish picked up pretty well
& has a fun pinky purple shimmer to it.
Alas, my nails have gotten long enough again
that the full nail design I used didn't quite fit my nails.
The accent nails are reverse image decals I made
by picking up the image on the stamping head,
letting it dry then adding a thin coat of clear polish.
Once that dried, I colored it the image using a dotting tool.
Once that dried, I added another thin coat of the clear.
Once dry, I trimmed the decals to generally fit around my cuticles
& attached using a thin coat of the clear polish on my nail.
I trimmed the decal from the free edge
& cleaned up & tucked the decal edges using acetone & a brush.

>^. .^<

Ciri is underwhelmed.
He thinks I need to do more cat manis.
What do y'all think?

Thanks for stopping by
& please check out the ideas
the other Tarts have to offer!
~ Inky

Friday, January 13, 2017

My Holidays at the Oregon Coast mani

Hello Dahlings!

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you.
I am indeed posting on a non-challenge week!

Over the Christmas/New Year's holiday,
Mr Inky & I went to the Oregon Coast.
We figured we could vegetate there 
just as well as at home & have better scenery.

I did my nails before we left
& for almost 2 weeks I wore this...

 Not my best mani ever, but fun enough.

and not shown

 Crowd Surf is sorta neon purplish indoors
& a darker red violet in the sun or under uv light.
I was having hit or miss luck with getting the waves
to show up on my nails,
but the whale tale turned out just dandy fine
& the holo sparkle added to the wet & wild effect.

 Blu Lite Special is a gitd dark topper that turns blue in the dark!

>^. .^<

Ciri isn't enjoying the cold weather & may just hibernate until spring.

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Friday, January 6, 2017

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ New Year New You!

Happy New Year, Dahlings!

Did you have a lovely holiday season?
Mr Inky & I spent ours at the Oregon Coast
getting cold & wet, but we had fun anyway.

To start the New Year,
the Tarts are doing New Year New You manis.
What does this mean?
For me it means being the best me I can be
& last year I had to let my nail painting & blogging slide.
This wasn't the best me, but real life was so crazy busy
I just didn't have the time or the energy
to paint my nails often, let alone blog about them.

Life in 2017 should be more 'normal'.
My goal for this year is to paint my nails more often
& blog at least once a week, more if I can manage it.

My mani for this round...

 A yummy blue violet with blue green shimmer base
& a red/violet iridescent flakie glow in the dark topper
with pink holo stamping.
Yep! This is a ME mani. LOL

I used Esmaltes da Kelly plate KN18 for the stamping.

 MGBH is so YUMMY!
It shifts between blue & violet depending on the light,
but isn't a duo chrome. This pic is under my usual LED light.

 This one is with flash & looks much bluer.
The flakies decided to play hide & seek.
I could easily see them with my eyes,
but they hid from my camera.

Nosy Reporter Skills glows blue!
I only used one coat over MGBH
as I was worried 2 coats would hide too much of the shimmer below.
2 coats would have glowed better, but I can live with this.
 This gitd mini is an add-on available
when you buy You're so Predictable.
Each of the different add-on gitd minis
glow a different color & can be used over any polish.

>^. .^<

Alas, our cabin was a pet free zone, so we left Ciri at home.
Cannon Beach was lovely (this is Haystack Rock at sunset),
but not having our fur-babies around is weird.

Thanks for stopping by
& please visit the other Tarts!
~ Inky