Thursday, December 31, 2009

Black Tie Celebration Nails...Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Years Eve  fellow Konaddicts!  I love this tuxedo inspired new years konadicure!  But it's late,  I must crash out
Hoping tomorrow I will have time to upload the tutorial.
Till then... stay tuned!

Oh, and how cute are the champagne glasses.  Wouldn't be a celebration with out bubbly!
Can you see the other nail with 2010....well there is also an engagement ring there, I'll share the full story later, gotta get some winks in!

Heres What you will need

Konad Image plates m71, m59, m38, konad Special polish in white and black, a silver color for the tips, here i used ICE brand (walmart), and a sheere blush color for the tips.

Here are the steps  to this Konadicure:
1. Paint sheer
2. Stamp the m71 ruffle 2 times vertically down the center of each nail.
3. Paint the tips Silver
4. Stamp tie in Konad SP black on the center of each nail at the smile line.
 Finally, Add bling buttons to the center of each tuxedo.  And stamp wine & bubbles on your black accent nail.

I created an engagement ring because my girlfriend was going to ha surprise engagement party for her soon to be sister in law.  So, it was a little inside joke.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Frosted Snow Flake Nails

Here are the Original Frosted nails I did. I was inspired by all the snow fall in Nebraska! Here I used a couple plates I haven't yet used...turns out, I love them!
I think these nails would be great for New Years and even the rest of winter considdering all the snow the central and east coast has recieved.

I used MULTIPLE images. One i used over the full nail, and the rest over random areas. Heres what you'll need for the look.You will Need plates m63, m20, m59, a sheere blush color, a konad compatible silver color, a konad white special polish, a color for your tips (I made this one here with clear, white, silver, and a china glaze clear, I wanted a frosty light blue) sparkle top coat, and finally a sparkle polish.
Heres How to:
1) Paint sheer blush over the full nail
2) Paint your tips freehand with the light blue ( or other color of your choice)

3) With the silver polish, stamp the swirls from plate m63 over your full nail. Change or rotate the direction on each nail, for interst.
4) in white, stamp the various snowflakes from plates m20 & m59 over each nail. Stamp on the tips and the base of the nail.

Stamp 1/2 the snow flake on one nail tip (running off the tip) and quickly use the remaining image to stanp on another nail. This comes in handy because it makes the design both interesting, and faster because of the many snowflakes you will be adding.

Finish the nails with a glitter polish painted over the smile line!

My Flakey Christmas Birthday Nails!

Happy are some nails I did for Christmas (my birthday). Actually, I did these in Nebraska (while visiting my sis)...then repainted the tips red, and restamped the tips with partial snowflakes. Yeah, I've been sooo busy, I haven't even filled my gel nails for 3 weeks now! yikes.
The tutorial will follow!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Yes Brooke (gethcha nails did) Rocks!

So Brooke of Get Your Nails did gave a terrific tutorial on how to make these DARLING cupcake ornaments! She saw the idea on Etsy...and was inspired to create (an even better) version of her own. I followed her tutorial and had my neice and nephews make these for my sister....WHO LOVES CUPCAKES!
It was a great craft project to do with the kids while I was visiting. So thanks Brooke for the idea and instructions! My sister LOVED them! the kids felt special they could create a gift for thier mom.

Nebraska Snow Cones....

Here are some pictures from my trip to visit my sister in Omaha Nebraska.

There was snow when we arrived, and Charlie (my youngest daughter) loved it! When we were out in the front yard, Charlie was scooping up the snow and eating it. So, I had a plan.....why not have fun with it? It turns out Shari had snow cone syrup left over from summer. So we dug little holes in clean snow, poured in the flavors....and let the kids have at it with spoons! They had so much fun, Shari decided it could become a snow-day tradition. Made for a great time, great snow cones, and great memories!

Here is a picture of my sisters family, and my mom. we went sledding this day. The snow was a real novelty for Charlie & I....but, then again, we don't have to live in it!

I'm Back...but Not Totally up & Running:(

Hey, back from Nebraska! Lucky to get back dumped snow the morning we were to fly home and caused flight delays.
My camera is out of my postings will have pictures i took with my iphone and my mother-in-laws camera. Neither have a good lens for close ups! so that's what I mean by not up and running totally.
I got a beautiful new Mac...but sadly I don't really know how to use it! So , again, I'm surfing from lap top to desk top, camera to phone.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Kiddie Konadi #3 Easy & Cute

I have to update this later...I am off to Nebraska, brrrrrrrr ( visiting my lovely big sis! Can't wait I misss her & Her Beautiful Kids... Anyhow, its late/early (2:00 am) but I wanted to post images so I could edit once there.

looks like i forgot to add the picture of image plate m39...

might for now...need to get some winks in!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Kiddie Konadi #2

Seriously...two easy steps to an adorable Kiddie Konadi????? Yeah, really. What a basic konadi, but this swirl design makes quite an impact when used in contrasting colors. As you know Konad dies quickly, so again- you're not investing too much time in a manicure that may get smudged a touch or chipped....ahhhh kids! You can only keep them still for so long!
Here's what you will need:
A base color, I used an NYC in black, Konad SP Polish in white, and Konad Image plate m9
And here is how easy it is!

1. Paint nails with the base color
2. Stamp swirl design on all the little fingers!
Here's a great tip.....
because little fingers have tiny nail beds, SAVE EVEN MORE TIME with your full image. After picking up your image, stamp the first nails, then QUICKLY rotate your stamper and use the remaining image on the next finger! You can get 2 fingers done in one image stamping!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Kiddie Konadi #1

As promised, I am going to feature a series of kid friendly Konadicures...Kiddie Konadi's. I think we ladies enjoy using Konad products and creating Konadi's for ourselves and friends, but our daughters love them too.

I have a 3 year old and a 6 year old who love having their nails done! I like to make their nails extra special by applying a Konad nail art design to them. Of course you all know how fast and easy it is, so it is no no big deal or waste of time to glam them out.

So, get out your Konad- and spend some good old fashioned girl bonding time with your little one. My girls like to pretend we are in a salon an create an elaborate story for who we are, our names, dolly's names and ages, and the "specials" of the day. They even create names for the specials...very sellable indeed!

Here is what you will need: Base color, plates m57, & m3, Konad special polish in black and white. Glitter polish for tips.

1. Apply base color

2.Stamp first image in white over full nail, then follow with the bows in black. I like to place them diagonally, but you should do them however you find them pleasing.
3. Paint the tips with a sparkle color similar to the base color. But you could create an entirely different look by using a contrasting or even solid tip color.

Readers Rock!

I thought I would take a Moment to say..... You readers all ROCK!
Thanks for reading my blog, and all your input. I appreciate that you carve out a little morsel of time in your day to take a peek @ my blog. So, thanks!

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Sheer Blush Colors I Use

I Keep getting requests for the name of the sheer blush color I use for the base color with french tip designs. I have used both store bought colors, and ones I have "frankened" myself.
Here is the China Glaze polish I use...though it has a slight peachy color to it. you can see what I mean in this picture above. Recently I have add a few drops of a china glaze color ( red one...don't have the name off hand) to "blush" it up to my liking.
Here is a picture of the one I have made. It seems really pink in the bottle, but goes on sheer and light pink. Just the perfect color to make your nails look fresh.

Make it yourself. You will need a clear bottle of polish, slightly emptied. Add a few drops at a time of any nude/beige color you have. Then add a couple drops of red to the drop at a time until you get the desired color. I don't have an exact recipe here (much like my cooking) just work it to your's not a science. Don't forget to swatch it now and again during to process to check the color.
Good luck, now go franken your own!

Friday, November 20, 2009

m45 Black & White

I have only ever done this plate design once, but i definitely like it. It could be done 2X in different colors, slightly offset to make it look like plaid. I plan on trying this technique for Christmas.

Here's what you will need: m20, m45, a sheer blush ( I used china glaze here, but i have added more red to it so it has a more blushed color) any white for the french tip, SP in black, and a polish pen stripe brush for the aqua line & dots on flower.
Here's how to do it:

1. Polish your tips white and stamp tip design m45 over the white.

2. Clean the smile line to wipe off any extra white. Paint sheer blush on the bottom 1/2 of your nail.

***** If you have a steady hand, and can paint a french tip freehand WITHOUT having to clean up the smile line, then go ahead and start with the sheer, then paint the tips, and follow with the stamp....actually, because you will be painting the stripe over the smile area, you don't have to be perfect. I originally planned on just doing the tips, that's why I did it in this particular order. The stripe was an afterthought.

4. Stamp m20 flowers on your thumb

5.Finally use the polish pen/skinny brush to paint a line along your smile. finish with dotting the center of your flowers with a co-ordinating color or the same color.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Grey Floral Leopard

Its been a long time since I have blogged. Believe it or not...I have been doing everyones' nails...gels too, plus my own, so I have been spending waaaay too much free time playing, not blogging. I am putting aside a day to upload pics and design the demos. I may save them so I can post more regularly. Thanks for peeking in to see what I finally posted.
I did these on my mom. Wild for her, I know...but she loved them anyway.
Here are the supplies I used: plates m31 & M57, a base gray color (drugstore find Sally Hansen Gunmetal) Konad SP polish in black & white. you can add crystals to the flower to finsh.

Here's how to create these nails.

1. Apply base color

2. Stamp leopard print over entire nail. Layer white flower over each nail. I used just one of the flowers from the image. to do this, either paint only one flower & scrap away from the other ( avoiding it) or simply just remove the unwanted flower.

3. Bling. Add crystal to flower center. If you don't have any crystals...simply drop a dot of your favorite sparkle/glitter polish.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Super Spiderific!

I have totally fallen I love with the the spider designs. Pretty much most of the halloween designs have incorporated at least one of the spiders.

This lace design is also one of my favorites.  So I have done atleast 4 halloween Mani's with the lace. The lace below is done the Konad Black Gold color where the spiders are black.

Both designs re pretty basic.
1. Paint blush over full nail
2. Paint tips.
3. Stamp tip design over tip or along the time line.
4. Stamp on little spiders
5. Add a crystal to each big spider!
Super spideriffic!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Blood Dipped Tips

I'm Finally getting around to blogging the tutorial for these pretty basic and fast nails. I originally found the base nail design (bloody tips) on another nail blog. SADLY.........I cant remember where I originally saw it, though I have searched. SO if any one recognizes this design...
PLEASE COMMENT BELOW WITH LINK, i want the designer to be properly credited.
Any how, when I saw it, I loved the design immediately. So, when Halloween designs were swirling in my head, I remembered the wonderful bloody tips! Here I simply added the skull, and created an accent nail
Thank you Trinca for finding this picture and web page. Nihrida created this amazing manicure: the original manicure I used for my inspiration.
Very Beautiful, and the red is SO VIVID, way better than mine.. If I had I remembered where I found it in the first place..I'd have read to see what red she used. Please visit her website to see all her amazing work. I'll never forget her website now....because I'm gonna add it to my Blogroll.
Here's what you'll need:
Black base color, red polish for accent nail, and tips. White & Black SP polish, and plates from the BOO! Kit. m13, m28
here's how to create the look:

1. Polish all nails with 2X base color

2.Stamp images. I do this first because the painted tips take a while to dry. Rather than wait the drying time before konadding, save time, konad first!

3. Polish tips with red in a sloppy bloody pattern, being careful around the skeleton image.

Of course this idea occurred to me AFTER this konadi....on the next Konadi I did for my M-I-L. But, i think it would look great on these nails!

Crystal Caviar Cuticles

Working with Caviar beads is a little challenging.  You need enough gel under them to help them stick, but not so much that they drown and ...