Friday, September 1, 2017

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Dotting Tools, But Not Just Dots

Hello Dahlings!

Can you believe we're down to the last 3 prompts?
Where the hell as the year gone?
Anywho, for this round we're doing dotting tools,
but not just dots.
I did this...

 Where are the dots?
I didn't make any.
I use my dotters most often
to color in stamped DIY decals
or reverse stamping.
I find it easier than using a tiny brush.

 Cotton Granny Panties franken undies
Nabi Rose Pink #23, Fuchsia #06* & Sky Blue #16
Not Shown ~

*I had a fading issue with both
the Nabi Fuchsia #06 used in this mani
& the Princessa #540-08 neon purple I used last time.
They applied normally, but within a few days
started fading in a rather tie dyed manner. 
I don't know if this was due to sun exposure
(they didn't do this in the past)
or the pigment breaking down with age.
I've had the Nabi gitds for almost 5 years
& the Princessas for over 4 years.
The other colors used didn't have this issue,
but I thought y'all should be aware that this happened.

 They still glowed mighty fine!

>^. .^<

Meowmy's lil helper!

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

Friday, August 18, 2017

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ End of Summer

Hello Dahlings!

Life in the Inky household is finally settling down!
At least enough for me to do my nails
without stressing over what isn't getting done,
cuz I'm taking time for myself to paint my nails.

This time the Tarts have mani ideas featuring the End of Summer.
I did this...

 Western Washington spent several very hot weeks
breathing the smokey air from eastern British Columbia, Canada.
I chose to do a stylized version of our sunsets
during this time for this mani.

 Over a million acres burned & breathing crunchy air really sucked,
but all the particulates in the air did fascinating things for our sunsets.
This is an actual photograph of a sunset, not a moon rise!
I'm just so glad that the fires are out or at least under control
& that the winds have shifted & cleaned the air.

Why did I choose the colors I did?

 To match my new hair colors, of course! LOL

 From left to right ~
Cotton Granny Panties franken
Princessa #540-08
not shown ~

 You had to know by now that this pic was coming! LOL

>^. .^<

Dat crunchy air no tasted good, Meowmy.
Me likes dis catnip toy from da Crazy Cat Lady box much better!

Thanks for stopping by
& please check out the awesome mani ideas
the other Tarts have for you!
~ Inky

Saturday, August 5, 2017

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Colour Explosion


I'm only a day behind on blogging now, sorta. LOL

For Colour Explosion, I did this...

 Somebody in the Stamping 101 Facebook group
posted about the new Sinful Colors LE Hypnotic Transforming top coats
that are part of the Punk Yourself collection.
The reminded me of OPI Spotted, only in colors.
and Mr Inky drove me to 3 different Walgreens so I could get all 10.
Yeah, I'm spoiled...but not rotten.

 The non-existent directions are to apply a thick layer of base color
(any brand will do) & then while the polish is still wet,
apply a just right thin layer of the topper.
If the topper layer is too thick, not much happens. (pinky)
If it's too thin, you may get a dry brushed look. (ring & thumb)
If the base color dries too much, nothing happens
beyond sorta coving the base color. (middle)
If you manage to get it just right...
you should get an effect similar to oil on water
as the 2 polishes sorta repel each other. (index)
Don't over stroke it or the base color could get patchy & pull up.
I think these will be fun to play with
once I practice the technique some more.

pinky ~ base Yolo Yellow/topper Redrum
ring ~ base Mint Apple/topper Rebel Rebel
middle ~ base 24/7 /topper Purpunk
index ~ base Energetic Red/topper Concrete Jungle
thumb ~ base Navy I Do/topper Punk the Town
(mine is an older version without the blue tint)
Creative Shop plate 11.

 Because I can. LOL

>^. .^<

Ooooh yeah...dat's da spot!

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

CNT Presents ~ 26 Great Nail Ari Ideas ~ Sunshine

Hello Dahlings!

My life hasn't really been  my own to command of late,
so while I did get this mani done on time,
the blog post is a wee bit late. Oh well.

So for the sunshine prompt I did this...

 Sunshine on water

Nail art plates used What's Up Nails A019 Beach Mode

Cuz glow in the dark!

>^. .^<

What? Dis not my throne?
Me thinks it is!

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Friday, July 7, 2017

CNT Presents ~ Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Beach or Animal Silhouettes

Hello Dahlings!

This time, the Tarts are sharing manis featuring
animal or beach silhouettes.
I'm giving you a 2fer as this mani was also my 4th of July mani.

 Party Animals in silhouette!

 Bonita red from the 2016 Halloween set
Polish Me To Go Snow Glow
Blue Cross blue pumpkin from 2015?
not shown

A note about the Big Bling...THIS THING IS AWESOME!!!
Not only does it easily accommodate my claws (when I have them),
it picked up those tiny details & made placement very easy.
I started with using the Bundle Monster clear stamper,
since my nails are currently short,
but it had trouble picking up the image,
I couldn't easily see where I was placing said image
& it didn't want to release the polish to my nail.
I highly recommend this stamper to anyone
who has had issues with other stampers!
Just because I can!

>^. .^<


Thanks for stopping by
& please check out what ideas
the other Tart's are offering!
~ Inky

Friday, June 23, 2017

CNT Presents ~ Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Going on Holiday

Hello Dahlings!

This time the Tarts have manis for you
featuring the concept of Going on Holiday!
This was an easy one for me
as I went to Vancouver B.C., Canada last week with Mr Inky.
He went to a work related conference
& I endeavored to enhance Canada's economy with my tourism.

Here's are my nails...

 Canada is 150 years old, eh?

 Um editing software decide to go bonkers on me
& create this unwanted collage of my nails.
At least you can see how strong Pure Glow Getter is in the dark.
That you can easily tell I stamped with red
is totally due to the bright glow,
not from any special editing on my part.
All I tried to do is crop the damn pic.

>^. .^<

Le Sigh!
Ciri has managed to get himself injured again & has a Popeye leg.
The good news is that he licked it until it drained.
I clipped the fur & have been helping him clean it.
It is getting better & we avoided going to the vet this time.
Oh & he's totally grounded. 
I don't let injured or ill cats go outside to play.

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

Friday, June 9, 2017

CNT Presents ~ Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Water

Hello Dahlings!

This go around, the Tarts have manis featuring water for y'all
& this is great cuz I now has MERMAID HAIR!!!
Sometimes, life just works.

 And sometimes it doesn't.
Yes, I'm sporting shorties due to a nail line break. Blerg!
Who cares? Not me when I have nail art like this!

The Lady Varnishes Buddy Blue, Moonglow & Murky Dismal
from the 2016 Color Kids collection.
with Creative Shop plates 51 & 52 .
While it was quite opaque & mostly did just fine,
the Moyra No 07 tended to be a wee bit liquidy 
& the stamping blurred due to smooshing on a couple of nails.

 See? Mermaid Hair with nails to match!
I needed a break from my usual pink, purple & blue.
Also, Mr Inky found me a hair salon,
so he doesn't have to help me do my hair!
Amber at Salon Smitten did a fab job bleaching
& dying my mop of fine hair.
I will be going back in August!

 Did you really think I'd forgo the glow? LOL

>^. .^<

I has glows too, Meowmy!

Thanks for stopping by
& please check out what water mani ideas 
the other Tarts have concocted for y'all!
~ Inky

Friday, May 26, 2017

CNT Presents ~ Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Lilac, Pink & Gold

Howdy Dahlings!

This go around, the Tarts are sharing manis featuring lilac, pink & gold.

I did this...

 Yeah, I had a lil bit of a nail accident & had to chop my claws.
I'm not sweating it, much, cuz I know they'll grow back.

 My base color is Whimsical Ideas by Pam Pocket Full of Posies,
the Funky French tips are done with Pam's Nugget,

>^. .^<

Enjoy some cute!

Thanks for stopping by
& please check out what the other Tarts
Have to share with y'all!
~ Inky

Friday, May 12, 2017

CNT presents ~ Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Yellow & One Bold Color

Hello Dahlings!

Yellow is not my fav color
& sometimes the best laid plans of mice & moms go awry.

Um...yeah, I did this...

 The green is nigh on a neon,
but almost completely failed to show up over the yellow.
So it goes.

Creative Shop plate 06

 I like it much better in the dark!

>^. .^<

Spring has sprung!
How can I tell?
Ziggy & Luna have found the cat nip bush.

Thanks for stopping by
& please check out the other Tart's!
~ Inky

Friday, April 28, 2017

CNT Presents ~ Work Appropriate Nail Art

Howdy Dahlings!

April is an insane work month for me & while I love what I do,
it trashes my cuticles. So I'm apologizing for them up front.

That said, I'm self employed & work appropriate nail art for me
is whatever coordinates with whatever colors
my hair is sporting at the time.
So I'm probably not the best source for this prompt. LOL

Anywho, I did this...

 Not as out there as most of my manis.
Plus maybe, just maybe, work appropriate for some of you?

 Sinful Colors Thera-pewter
from their LE Stoned Crystal Shimmer collection.
The Lady Varnishes Nosy Reporter Skills
from the Megamind collection.
Whimsical Ideas by Pam Head in the Clouds
from the just released Spring Collection.

 I started with my usual frankenbase,
then added 2 coats of Thera-pewter.
This polish looks gray in the bottle,
but can appear gray lavender or even taupe-ish,
depending on the light. It has soft silver flakies.

I then added a coat of Nosy Reporter Skills for a bit more sparkle.
Alas, my camera didn't want to pick up the blue, red & purple
iridescent flakies in this clear base topper one my nails,
just in the bottle.

And this is why I added Nosy Reporter Skills!

>^. .^<

 I wants out!

Meowmy? Is you not paying attention?
I saids...I WANT OUT!!!
For all Ciri's cleverness,
he still hasn't figured out the cat door.
Good thing I installed pet screen! LOL

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

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