Subtle Spring Flowers

Now that spring is kind of here, I thought I would do a spring themed flower design.

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First, I painted all nails in one coat of a nude shade as it makes your nails look better than if they are just left natural.

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Next I painted diagonally across the bottom halves of each nail with a light brown shade. I wanted the colours to be subtle and neutral so that the flowers stood out more.

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Then taking a smallish dotting tool, I dotted 5 dots in a circle in a lilac colour along the line where the 2 base colours met and to the left side of the nail. I repeated this with a light blue colour, but placed it in the middle of where the 2 base colours met. Then again I repeated the same, but with a yellow colour and to the right side of the nail.

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Lastly, I finished the flowers off by placing a small white dot in the centre of each one.

Monarch Butterfly Nails

For this design I attempted a monarch butterfly wing design.

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This design wasn’t too hard to pull off. I started by painting all my nails in a yellow colour.

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Then using a makeup sponge, I sponged a gradient in orange onto the bottom halves of each nail.

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I then took a black nail art pen to outline where I wanted the black areas of the wings to be. I then filled in the outline at the tips of the nails with black nail polish.

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Finally, I used a small dotting tool and a white colour to add some dots over the black area at the tips of each nail.

Watermelon Biscuits

I recently stumbled upon this video: Watermelon Cookies. I thought they looked so cute and cool, so I had to try them for myself.

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You basically make a biscuit dough and separate it into 3 parts. The biggest part you colour red and make into a cylinder shape. Then you make a flat plain layer to wrap around. Then make a flat green layer to go around that. You then cut it into slices and cut each slice in half to get your segments. Then add some chocolate chips for the seeds.

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I converted the recipe from the video from cups to grams as best as I could using online calculators. However I found I needed to add more flour than what it calculated.

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Next time I make these biscuits I will use 150g of sugar, 150g of butter and 300g of flour. When I made mine I also used almond flavouring instead of vanilla to give it a subtle ‘battenberg’ taste.

Butterfly and Heart Necklace

It’s been ages since I have been able to find the time to do any jewellery making. I was recently talking to a friend who I used to do jewellery making with sometimes about this and we decided to put aside a bit of time one weekend to get re-aquantied with our old hobby. Especially as we had just done a big bead shop not long before the last time I made anything.

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I made this long delicate shell butterfly and glass heart necklace.

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I wanted a necklace that was long enough to just fit over my head, as it saves me precious seconds in the morning when getting ready. My timing in the mornings has always been an epic fail. I have always been more productive in the evenings and night times.

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The image below is a pair of earrings and bracelet that my husband made for me at the same time as he wanted to see what this whole jewellery making thing was all about.

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Shimmery Lilac – Lost nail art pictures

This is the last of my posts for my lost images. For this one I used a grey base on all nails. I then used Barry M’s ‘Silvery Lilac’, which is a kind of duochrome glitter that subtly changes between silver and purple. I applied this to the base of each nail using a make up sponge.

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The grey I used was actually a matte shade, but I find it chips to easily without using a top coat. Therefore what I did was applied my normal topcoat at the end, and then added a matte top coat on top of that. However, I wish I had left this design as a glossy finish. This was because you could see the purple in the glitter really well against the grey background. However when I made the design matte, it made everything too flat and so the silver in the glitter stood out more than the purple. I will have to try this design again sometime in the future.

Lightning and Sparkles

This was a simple design using some nail art vinyls I got recently in the shape of lightning bolts.

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First I painted all nails in one coat of a white base colour to help the yellow go on in less coats. Then I painted one coat of a yellow over the top of this. If I were to just leave it like this, I would of needed another coat of the yellow. But as only a small area of this would be exposed in the end, I left it as it was.

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Next, I worked on one nail at a time, after they had been left to dry for a long time. I took my lightning bolt nail art vinyl and placed it on the nail in the area I wanted.

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I quickly painted over the top of the whole nail in a purple shade that was packed with multicoloured glitter flakes. As soon as I had painted one coat I immediately painted a second so that it was not too transparent.

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I then carefully removed the nail art vinyl before it had chance to dry too much. After a couple of minutes, I then added my top coat to this nail. I then repeated this same process on the remaining nails.

Pastel Candy – Lost nail art pictures

This one reminded me a little of those humbug mint boiled sweets, but a colourful version. I firstly painted all nails in a white.

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Then using a striping brush I painted pastel lilac and peach coloured lines going down lengthways on each nail.

Daisy Nails #2

Ever since my last design based on daisies, I’ve wanted to do another design that involves daisies.

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For this one I wanted to take inspiration from a top I have with a daisy pattern on it.

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First, I painted all nails in 2 coats of a dark blue shade.

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Next I took a small dotting tool and a white nail polish. I made the petals of 3 small flowers going down along the one side of each nail.

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I did this by placing a cluster of 5 small dots in a circle to make a kind of rounded point star shape.

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Lastly in the centre of each flower I used the same dotting tool to place a gold dot in order to make the centre of each daisy.