Flicks and Dots Floral Nails

I wanted to practice a floral design with flicks in it because I really struggle with paining flicks in designs. They always come out so messy lol.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a bright blue shade. On top of this I used white acrylic paint and a thin paint brush to paint in some flicks on each nail.

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I then took a small dotting tool and a pink shimmery shade to place clusters of dots near where the flicks started from on some nails to make the petals of flowers.

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I then repeated the same with a gold colour. Afterwards I used the opposite colour of the petals to fill in the centers of each flower.

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To complete the design, I used a smaller dotting tool to place rows of shimmery blue dots on each nail to add more detail.

Paper Punch Floral Nails

I saw a video on Instagram a few weeks back where someone used one of those craft paper punches that punch out different shaped from paper to make some nail vinyls. I thought it was a great idea and as I have a few of those punches myself in flower shapes I knew I just had to try it out.

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I started by painting a rectangle of nail polish in a dark pink shade on a silicone mat. Once it was dry I carefully peeled this rectangle away from the mat. I then used the craft paper punch in a flower shape to carefully punch out flowers of nail polish from the rectangle. I found that sometimes the shape did not punch out properly, so you will need to account for punching more flowers than you need. I put the successful flowers to one side.

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On all my nails I painted one coat of a light brown shade just to act as a base to help the holo layer come out more opaque. I then painted 2 coats of a silver holo polish over the top of this.

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Then using a clear polish as if it was glue, I painted onto my nail where I wanted to place the flower. I then carefully placed the flower on top. If there was any overhang or areas to clean up, I carefully removed this using a combination of nail scissors and a flat brush dipped in nail polish remover.

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Where the centre of each flower was I placed a single small rhinestone. I then painted over the entire nail with the clear coat to help everything stick. I repeated this same process on the remaining nails until each nail had a flower on it. On the thumbs I decided to use 2. To finish the design I then coated everything in a layer of quick dry top coat. The main picture on my left hand was taken under artificial light as I felt this showed up the effect of the holo background better.

Purple Flower Nails

I had high hopes for this design, but as always I really fail when it comes to doing little flicks with thin nail art brushes. They always end up to thick no matter how hard I try.

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I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of a very light grayish lilac shade as my background.

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On all nails except the thumb and ring finger nail, I used a very thin nail art brush and painted 2 flicks coming from the one corner in a dark purple colour. I then added 2 more flicks in a lilac shade next to them. I finished off those nails by placing a rhinestone over the corner where all the flicks originated from.

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On the remaining nails I used the same brush and dark purple shade to paint 3 round petals at the base of each nail.

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I then used the lilac shade to fill in some little lines in the base of each petal that I had made. I then finished these nails off by placing 3 rhinestones to make the centre of the flower. I think I would have liked the overall design better if I had gone for the flower design on all nails instead of just the thumb and ring fingers.

Floral Hair Clips

I did quite a few bits of DIY crafts for my wedding last year. One of which were these foam rose hair clips. I wanted to share with you all how I made them as it was actually quite simple.

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I purchased some foam roses online that I liked. They came with metal stems which I was able to remove by carefully pulling them out. These particular roses had a piece of green paper on the underneath to look like leaves. I used this to help hold the clips in place. I then took a plain alligator clip and carefully pushed it between the paper and foam rose to make a space for it to fit properly. I then removed it, being careful not to rip the paper too much. Using a hot glue gun, I covered the top fork of the clip with glue and then quickly pushed it back between the paper and rose before the glue dried. If you feel it does not secure it well enough you can put some additional glue where needed, but be careful to not overdo it.

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I also added a single rhinestone to the top center of each flower. I carefully used tiny amounts of glue in order to glue the petals in the center down more flat. This was to make everything look a lot better once the rhinestone had been placed down as I wanted it to be flat on the side of a petal. I again used hot glue to stick this in place.

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I also made a clip made up of 2 flowers with loops of white organza ribbon in the center. To make this one, I started by making a small loop in the ribbon that the top fork of the alligator clip could fit through. I sewed this together and then sewed several bigger loops going from side to side like a few infinity symbols on top of each other. I then sewed one foam flower to the top and one to the bottom of the ribbon loops. I used the hot glue gun to secure the ribbon loop to the alligator clip. I also added rhinestones to each flower in the same way as I did for the other clips.

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Handmade Wedding Invitation and Guest Book Card

I wanted to share with you all the handmade wedding invitations and ‘guest book card’ that I made for my wedding day last year. If planning my wedding hadn’t have been so hectic (made more hectic by organising my husbands visa application at the same time), then I might have thought about taking some good pictures in order to show a step by step guide.

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For the invitations I was going for a simple but pretty design. I used A5 sized pieces of white textured card. Holding it in portrait orientation, I folded the top down and bottom up into the middle of the card to make 2 flaps.

On the top flap I used sticky sponge pads to stick a small card banner that I purchased which said ‘Wedding Invitation’ on it.

I also purchased some lilac card butterfly shapes. I stuck small silver rhinestones onto the heads of these. To make them more 3D, I slightly folded the wings upwards. I attached one to the top left corner of the card and the other to the opposite diagonal corner.

On the remaining 2 corners I attached small flowers. I made these using a flower shape paper punch to punch out silver and lilac flower shapes. For each flower I put a silver flower shape at the bottom and glued a lilac one on top in the center, making sure that the silver petals were visible in between the lilac ones. I made these slightly 3D by bending the petals up slightly and then glued a silver rhinestone to the center of each completed flower.

For the inside of the invitation, I designed and printed the text for the invitations on the computer and then printed this out onto lilac coloured card. I designed it in a way so that when it was cut out, it could be glued into what becomes the middle of the centre section of the card when it is unfolded. I made sure it was a bit smaller than this centre section so that it left an even white border around the lilac insert.

I used A6 sized silver envelopes that I purchased to house the completed invitations.

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This ‘Please sign our guest book’ card was made out of left over materials that I had from the wedding invitations.

I cut the white textured card into A6 size and then folded it in half so that the fold was across the top of the card when standing it on the table.

I made a label on the computer that was roughly half the size of the front of the white card and printed this out onto lilac card. I cut this out and stuck this onto a piece of silver card. I then cut out the silver card so that it was a little bigger in order to make a silver border around the lilac card. I then glued this onto the front of the white card.

I then completed the card by attaching a small paper flower near the top corner that I had made in the exactly the same way as I did for the wedding invitations.

I ended up making quite a lot of these paper flowers and using them for other decoration on the day. One example of this was for a banner that I had purchased on eBay. The banner was made from lilac card cut out to the shapes of the letters used in the banner that were hung on thin ribbon. I felt it was a little plain and so I attached some of the flowers that I had made onto each of the letters. However for these flowers I only used one layer of the silver card instead of layering it up like I did with the invitations. You can see a picture of this below.

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LED Tea Light Rose Candle

For my latest crafty time activity I decided to make some of these gorgeous rose LED tea lights that I stumbled across at this link on Pinterest. The tutorial looked just too good to not try out and share.

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They are actually quite simple to make. All you need is some LED tea lights. Ones with a switch at the bottom, rather than the twist kind is better, as you will be covering the sides of the light. I also went for the kind where the LED flickers like a real candle. As well as this you need some plastic spoons (I used clear ones to make them more ‘invisible’), some fabric rose petals in the colour of your choice (I went with pink to match my living room), and a glue gun.

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You take your plastic spoons and remove the handles. Then glue a petal to the back of each spoon. You then glue these around your tea light, placing the bottom of the spoon around halfway up the side of the tea light. Then you repeat the same, but you glue this layer around the bottom of the side of the tea light. When placing the spoons, do them in the same direction so that the petals overlap each other on the same side. When placing the last spoon in a row, make sure that it overlaps on the correct side, but then underlays the petal on the opposite side. I found I needed 8 spoons in total (4 in each of the 2 rows).

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Then to complete the rose, place more rows of petals going around (without spoons) in the same direction in order to cover the remaining gaps and the tea light. I found for the size of mine meant that I needed to add 2 more rows. I therefore did a row of four petals and then I used 8 petals for the most bottom most row. If you glue only the one side of the first petal in the row, then I found this makes it easier to overlap it over the last petal that you place.

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Dried Petal Nails

I was given a nail art gift a while back that came with a few polishes and some little pots of dried flowers. I thought that as spring is here, it would be the perfect time to try it out.

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Firstly, I painted my nails in 2 coats of my base colours. For the thumb and ring finger I went with a light pink. For the rest of the nails I went with a light purple.

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Next I decided how I would place the dried flowers and laid them out. I painted my nail with clear polish and then using tweezers I placed the flower on the nail. Anything that was sticking over the nail I trimmed down with nail scissors. I then covered this with my top coat to seal it in.

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It was at this point that I realised that the more 3D the flower was, the harder it was to get it to stick down. I wanted to be able to cover the flower fully with my top coat and have it flat against the nail to increase its durability. When trying to do this the more intricate flowers became a bit messy, because it was so hard to get them to stick down flat.

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Due to this, I changed my plans a bit. Originally I was going to place 2 different flowers on each nail and have them overlap. But I changed this to just one in order to prevent everything becoming too much of a mess. The small pink flowers that I used were the easiest to stick down as they were made up of just one layer of petals.

Rose Nails

I’ve been wanted to try a rose design for a long time, but it has always looked like it can be too easy to mess the whole thing up lol.

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First I added by background to each nail. I put one coat of a dark blue and then went over this with a multi coloured glittery nail polish.

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Next, I put a light pink circle on each nail where I wanted the rose to be. Next to this I added 2 light green triangular shapes in order to make leaves.

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On the leaves, I put a thin dark green line down the middle. Then on the roses, I took a dark pink and a thin brush to start adding in the detail for the petals. To do this I did a small ‘c’ shape in the middle and a slightly larger one opposite, but facing it. I then added 3 more curves roughly around the outside of the flower.

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To finish the design off I added in some highlights in a similar way. I used a shimmery white shade and added little curves near the darker curves that I had already placed. Overall I’m happy with how it turned out, and it wasn’t as hard as I expected.

Cute Purple Flower Nails

I’ve been feeling in the mood for flowery designs lately because of the change in seasons.

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For this design I firstly painted all my nails in a dark purple colour.

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Then using a large dotting tool I placed a white dot on the nail and dragged it down slightly. I then repeated this with 4 more dots going around in a circle. I did this to all nails, placing the flowers in a slightly different place on each nail.

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Once this was dry I used a smaller sized dotting tool and repeated the same thing over the middle of the white dots in a dark purple colour. This is to make a flower with white and purple flowers.

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I then added a white dot in the centre of each nail and went over the top of this with a pink colour containing glitter. The white helped it to stand out better.

Subtle Spring Flower Nails

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.