Stamped Tips Nails

I bought a nail stamping plate that was full of designs for stamping the tips of your nails. I thought it would be a quick and easy way to do designs on the tips without needing to tape off areas etc. However, I did have a bit of trouble trying to place the design correctly on the nail. I’m still learning and improving with my stamping techniques.

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It was either ending up wonky or being off centre. I also tried by aiming the centre of the design at the centre of the tip and then rocking back and forth to place it at the sides. However I found that whatever side I placed last was ending up with a gap/crease in it. It was so frustrating lol, and the funniest part was that the design looks so plain in the end.

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I think that it might be worth using the stamper to make nail stickers one time and seeing if this makes it easier to position perfectly. That experimentation can wait for another day though.

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So for this design, I painted all nails in 2 coats of a light aqua green kind of shade.

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I then used my chosen design and a white polish to stamp the pattern onto the tips of each nail.

Vice Versa Floral

For this stamped design I wanted to use just 2 colours and have some nails the opposite way around to the others. However the purple came out a lot lighter in colour when stamping than when used as a background colour.

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I started by painting my thumb and ring finger in 2 coats of a white polish.

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I then painted all remaining nails in 2 coats of a dark purple shade.

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Once this was all dry, I took stamping plate #56 by Born Pretty and used a floral pattern from this along with the white polish to stamp over the purple nails.

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Then I used the same pattern with the purple polish to stamp over the white nails. I think I should have used a lighter shade of purple for the background colour as this way the stamping might have matched in shade a lot better.

Leafy Green Nails

This weeks design uses a leafy pattern from a stamping plate mixed in with a bit of everything lol (glitter, negative space, rhinestones, etc)

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I started by painting my thumbs and ring fingers with a sheer nude shade to improve their overall natural look. On the little fingers I painted 3 coats of a glittery shade with a tourquise base. On the remaining fingers I painted 2 coats of a dark green shade.

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On the index fingers I placed a single small rhinestone on each. I then coated everything with a quick dry topcoat. On my middle finger I used a leafy pattern from ‘Born Pretty’s’ stamping plate #19 and a white polish to stamp the design over the entire nail. I then coated it in top coat.

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I then took some masking tape and I lay down a strip on the table. I took a 2p coin and placed it on top of the tape near the one end. Using a pencil I drew around the side of the coin that was nearest to the end of the tape. I then moved the coin about an inch along the tape and drew around the same side again. I repeated this so that I had 8 curves drew onto the tape which I then cut these out to make 8 guides to use on my thumbs and ring fingers.

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I then used these guides by placing them so that the curved edge went across the middle of the nail and that the tips of the nails were left uncovered. I then used the same dark green shade to fill in the tips of the nails in green before removing the tape and adding a top coat. When everything was dry I applied the remaining strips of tape back onto the same nails in the same position. I took the same stamping pattern and white polish to stamp onto the green tips that I had created. I removed the tape and then used a thin paint brush to paint a white line over the edge of the green tip before finishing it off with a top coat.

Sunflower Nails

I have this yellow textured nail paint by Barry M which I have really wanted to try in a design lately. This sunflower design is what I came up with.

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I started by painting my thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a dark purple shade and all other nails in 2 coats of the yellow textured shade.

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On the purple nails I then used a thin brush and a yellow acrylic paint to paint on the petals for the sunflowers. After this had dried I went over it again to make the colour stand out more.

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I then mixed a little of an orange shade into the yellow to make it a slightly darker shade. I painted one thin line in this shade down the middle of each petal.

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I then took a dark brown and used a dotting tool to fill in the centre of the flowers. I made this brown lighter by mixing some of the left over yellow shade with it. I then used a tiny dotting tool to add the detail to the centre of the sunflowers.

Chrome Blue Floral Stamped Nails

This week’s design is a simple stamped design over a chrome metallic blue background.

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I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of the chrome blue shade.

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I made sure that this was fully dry. I then used a small floral design on a Konad stamping plate I got as part of their French Manicure stamping set.

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I found that due to the triangular shape of this design, that the best place to place this design on the nail was near the base so that the one point of the triangle was pointing down the middle towards the tip of the nail. However I made sure to leave a little gap near the base of the nail before the stamped design starts. I used a plain black colour to stamp the design.

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I then finished off the design by placing a small ‘petrol black’ coloured rhinestone at the middle of the very base of each nail in the gap that I had left.

Coconut and Strawberry No Bake Cheesecake

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Today we have another ‘no bake’ cheesecake. I’m a bit addicted to these at the moment, and so is my family. This is the cheesecake my husband requested for his birthday. He really liked the coconut in the base of my coconut lime cheesecake so I decided to do that again. This time though I paired it with Strawberry as this is his favourite fruit at the moment.

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Ingredients

For the Coconut Biscuit Base:

  • 100g Digestive Biscuits
  • 50g Granulated Sugar
  • 50g Unsalted Butter
  • 75g Desiccated Coconut

For the Cheese and Strawberry Filling:

  • 500g Cream Cheese
  • 150g Icing Sugar
  • 5 tbsp Strawberry Juice (we will take this from the strawberries we use for the topping)
  • 200ml Double Cream

For the Coconut and Strawberry Sauce Topping:

  • 25g Desiccated Coconut
  • 300g Strawberries
  • 25g Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour
  • 50ml Water

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Method

For the Coconut Biscuit Base:

1) Start by greasing a 9 inch sandwich tin with butter.

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2) Remove the base of the tin and draw around it onto greaseproof paper. Cut this out and stick it to the buttered side of the base. Measure and cut out a strip of greaseproof paper long enough and wide enough to cover the inside edge of the tin as well before putting the base of the tin back inside.

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3) In a large mixing bowl, add the digestive biscuits. Using the end of a rolling pin, gently bash the biscuits until they have completely turned into evenly sized crumbs.

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4) Add the sugar and desiccated coconut to the crumbs and mix together.

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5) Put the butter into a small saucepan and melt on the hob over a medium heat. Pour this into the crumb mixture and stir in to mix it evenly between the crumbs.

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6) Put all of the biscuit mixture into the sandwich tin. Press it down firmly across the entire bottom of the tin with the back of a spoon making sure that the surface is smooth and even. Place the tin into the fridge.

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For the Cheese and Strawberry Filling:

1) In another large mixing bowl add the cream cheese and icing sugar. Cream the two together with a fork.

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2) Wash and cut the stems from your strawberries. Place them into a small saucepan and mash them roughly with a potato masher. It doesn’t matter if there are some lumps left, you can mash it to your preferences. This will form the base of the sauce for the topping.

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3) Take a tablespoon and dip it just into the surface of the strawberry mash. Wiggle it from side to side a bit to fill the spoon with the juice from the strawberries. Try to avoid any lumps as you just want liquid. Put about 5 tbsp of this into the cheese mixture and mix together.

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4) Then add the double cream to the cheese mixture. Whip this together with a fork for a couple of minutes or so. You will find that the mixture firms up.

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5) Remove the sandwich tin from the fridge and spoon the cheese mixture on top of the biscuit base. Spread the mixture out smoothly and evenly with the back of a spoon across the entire sandwich tin.

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For the Coconut and Strawberry Sauce Topping:

1) Evenly sprinkle the desiccated coconut over the top of the cheesecake making sure all areas right up the the edge are covered. Reserve a couple of tablespoons worth of the coconut for later. You could press this down gently into the surface of the cheese cake with a flat palm of your hand if you prefer. Then pop it back into the fridge.

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2) Add the sugar, cornflour and water to the saucepan with the strawberry mash in it. Put the saucepan on the hob over a medium heat. Keep stirring the mixture together for around 10 – 12 minutes. At first the mixture will have a strange colour to it but as it cooks you will find that it gets darker. The strawberries will soften and the mixture will thicken a little into a sauce. You may find you need to reduce the heat a little towards the end, and when you are happy with the consistency, remove the saucepan from the heat and allow it to cool down fully. The sauce will get thicker as it cools and sets so don’t keep it on the hob for too long.

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3)  Once cooled, remove the cheesecake from the fridge and spoon the strawberry sauce into the middle of it. Spread it out with the back of the spoon, but leave a gap of about 2cm from the edge so that you can see the cheesecake and coconut underneath.

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4) Finish the cheesecake off by garnishing it with the remaining dessicated coconut. Sprinkle it over the top of the strawberry sauce. Then put it back into the fridge for at least a few hours to set. You could also try freezing the cheesecake and removing it from the freezer about 30 mins before you want to serve it.

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When you are ready to eat it, carefully push the base of the tin upwards and out from the rest of the tin. Then carefully remove the greaseproof paper from around the sides before cutting into it. We stuck some candles into ours as it was instead of a traditional birthday cake for my husband. The whole family loved it. Enjoy!

Duochrome Gem Nails

For this design I wanted to try out some large square nail gems that I had. I tried to make them look like large gems on necklaces on the nails I used them on.

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I started by painting my thumb and ring finger nails in 2 coats of a mint green colour.

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I then painted the rest of the nails in a purple textured polish with gold flecks of glitter.

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On the mint coloured nails, I used a small dotting tool to place an arrow of dots in gold coming from the base of the nail towards the middle of the nail.

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I then placed the large square duochrome effect nail art gem over the point where the gold dots formed the point in the arrow. I placed it on an angle so that it looked like a big diamond shaped gem on the end of a necklace.

Spilt Petrol Nails

For this design I wanted to try out some ‘petrol’ effect rhinestones that I had bought ages ago but never got around to using.

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I started by painting my ring and index fingers in black. All other nails I painted in a peach shade.

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On the ring finger, I completely covered the entire nail with the rhinestones.

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On the middle finger I placed one rhinestone in the middle near the base of the nail. On the thumb nail I did the same, but I also placed 2 smaller rhinestones next to this in a line going towards the tips.

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On the index and little fingers, I painted one coat of a duochrome flakie polish that contained green and orange colours. I then went over this with a different duochrome flakie polish that contained more pink and blue pastel shades.

Pink Lace Nails

This week’s design is a simple nail stamping design using a darker pink lace pattern over a lighter pink base.

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I used Konad’s plate M57 for this simple lace design. It came as part of their French Nail Art set.

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I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of a shimmery light pink shade. I then went over this in 1 coat of a sort of off white semi-transparent white shade that has very fine blue shimmer in it that you can see when the light hits it at certain angles. I used this because I wanted to lighten off and make the base colour a bit cooler, as well as to add more depth to the design.

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This was because I was using a darker pink colour for the stamping and I wanted to make sure it stood out. This shade was one that came with my stamping set.

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I used a lace type pattern on the stamping plate and used the stamper to carefully place it along the tips of the nails. I did mess up with the placement on some of the nails, as I wanted it to be as close to the tips as possible. I think using a clear stamper over the one that came with my stamping set would have been the better option with avoiding this problem.

Coconut and Lime No Bake Cheesecake

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Today we have another ‘no bake’ cheesecake which is more tropical than last time as it is coconut and lime flavoured. I added desiccated coconut to the biscuit base for this cheesecake which made it taste so good.

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Ingredients

For the Coconut Biscuit Base:

  • 100g Digestive Biscuits
  • 50g Granulated Sugar
  • 50g Unsalted Butter
  • 75g Desiccated Coconut

For the Cheese and Lime Filling:

  • 500g Cream Cheese
  • 150g Icing Sugar
  • Juice of 2 small Limes
  • 200ml Double Cream

For the Coconut and Lime Topping:

  • 25g Desiccated Coconut
  • Zest of 1 Lime

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Method

For the Coconut Biscuit Base:

1) Start by greasing a 9 inch sandwich tin with butter.

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2) Remove the base of the tin and draw around it onto greaseproof paper. Cut this out and stick it to the buttered side of the base. Measure and cut out a strip of greaseproof paper long enough and wide enough to cover the inside edge of the tin as well before putting the base of the tin back inside.

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3) In a large mixing bowl, add the digestive biscuits. Using the end of a rolling pin, gently bash the biscuits until they have completely turned into evenly sized crumbs.

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4) Add the sugar and desiccated coconut to the crumbs and mix together.

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5) Put the butter into a small saucepan and melt on the hob over a medium heat. Pour this into the crumb mixture and stir in to mix it evenly between the crumbs.

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6) Put all of the biscuit mixture into the sandwich tin. Press it down firmly across the entire bottom of the tin with the back of a spoon making sure that the surface is smooth and even. Place the tin into the fridge.

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For the Cheese and Lime Filling:

1) In another large mixing bowl add the cream cheese and icing sugar. Cream the two together with a fork.

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2) Zest one lime onto a plate. Cut the other lime in half. Then from each half cut a thin slice. Cut these slices in half and leave them aside with the zest on the plate.

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3) Squeeze the juice from the 2 remaining halves of the lime. Cut the zested lime in half and squeeze the juice from this as well. Add this juice to the bowl and stir into the cheese mixture.

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4) Then add the double cream to the cheese mixture. Whip this together with a fork for a couple of minutes or so. You will find that the mixture firms up.

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5) Remove the sandwich tin from the fridge and spoon the cheese mixture on top of the biscuit base. Spread the mixture out smoothly and evenly with the back of a spoon across the entire sandwich tin.

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For the Coconut Lime Topping:

1) Evenly sprinkle the desiccated coconut over the top of the cheesecake making sure all areas right up the the edge are covered. You could press this down gently into the surface of the cheese cake with a flat palm of your hand if you prefer.

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2) Then sprinkle the zest you kept aside over the top of the cheesecake.

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3) Finish the cheesecake off by garnishing with with the 4 small slices of lime that we put aside earlier. Then put it back into the fridge for at least a few hours to set. You could also try freezing the cheesecake and removing it from the freezer about 30 mins before you want to serve it.

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When you are ready to eat it, carefully push the base of the tin upwards and out from the rest of the tin. Then carefully remove the greaseproof paper from around the sides before cutting into it. This makes a great dessert for after a family Sunday Dinner. Enjoy!