Showing posts with label Digital Dozen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Digital Dozen. Show all posts

A sweet finish to Digital Dozen Childhood theme.

Friday, April 17, 2015

It's the final day of the Childhood Theme for the Digit-al Dozen. I wrapped it up with some simple gumball machine nail art.

Who doesn't remember staring at the gumball machines every time we walked by one? I was taught never to ask, but it didn't stop me from staring a hole through it... Usually my dad got the hint and would ask me if I wanted one. The answer was always "yes, please!"

I used a white base color and various neon shades for the gumballs. The red for the top and bottom is "Hoosier Daddy" from Girly Bits.


Such a fun and simple mani. But one that brings back so many memories. I always hoped for a blue gumball - I loved how they turned my mouth neon blue.


Now let's look at some of the other Childhood memories from the amazing ladies of the Digital Dozen.










Digital Dozen remembers childhood - Tire swing nail art

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's day four of the Digit-al Dozen Childhood theme. I chose to do more detailed nail art than I have created so far for this challenge. I love this tire swing in a tree.

It actually wasn't too difficult I used a larger raggedy brush to dab on the leaves of the trees. I used Zoya Flynn for the brown dirt. Who doesn't remember the worn dirt area under the swing? Then I used Colors by llarowe Mile High Manicure for the blue in the sky. The rest was created using acrylic paints.

This brings back so many memories. A warm summer day in the swing; hair flying as we went to and fro. Times were simple then.

Let's take a look.


Tire swing in a tree nail art

Tire swing in a tree nail art

Now let's look at some of the other Childhood memories from the amazing ladies of the Digital Dozen.








Digital Dozen Remembers Childhood - Day Three Neon Water Marble

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Today is Day Three of the Digital Dozen Childhood theme. I was raised an only child and most days I had to entertain myself. I spent a lot of time with my hula hoops. I remember how bright and neon they were. I hooped for hours everyday. I actually got quite good at it. I was able to hoop with several at a time and could make them raise up to my neck and then my arm, and then even down to my ankles and back up.


Now that I think of it, it was excellent exercise. Maybe I should pick it up again? I said "maybe," so don't hold me to that.

But I do remember how the colors of the hoops mingled together. So to pay tribute to those days I created a water marble with the upcoming Girl Bits Hoop! There It Is collection.

These polishes marbled amazingly well. Let's take a look!


Girly Bits Hoop! There It Is water marble


Girly Bits Hoop! There It Is water marble


Girly Bits Hoop! There It Is water marble

The Hoop! There It Is Collection launches on April 19, 2015. Make sure to check it out!

See the swatches on this post.


Now let's look at some of the other Childhood memories from the amazing ladies of the Digital Dozen.









Digital Dozen Day One Tic Tac Toe Inspired Nail Art

Monday, April 13, 2015


It's Digit-al Dozen time again. The theme for May is "Childhood." For the first post I created some simple nail art inspired by the age-old game - Tic Tac Toe.

I used Colors by llarowe "Broncos Baby!" for the base color. Then I used OPI Alpine Snow for the grid, Xs and Os. I finished it off with a top coat of Girly Bits Polish Matte'rs for a matte finish. It almost gives it a chalkboard look.

This is a really simple mani, but I love the way it turned out.


Nail art inspired by Tic Tac Toe.

What do you think? Check out the other childhood inspired manis created by the talented ladies in the Digital Dozen below.






Mountain Landscape Nail Art: Digital Dozen Day Five

Friday, March 13, 2015

It's the final day of Digital Dozen and I liked the mountain scene I posted earlier so much that I had to try something along the same lines.

This one is a little more abstract. I definitely used the Bob Ross method for some of it. But it worked.

I used Zoya Lillian for the sky and Zoya Rayne for the water. I love how Rayne actually provides the shimmer for the lake. The rest of the scene was created using acrylic paints.



Mountain and lake landscape nail art




I can't wait until next month's Digital Dozen theme. In the meantime, check out some of the other nature-themed nail art looks below.








Layered Floral Nail Art - Digital Dozen Day 4

Thursday, March 12, 2015

It's Day Four of the Digital Dozen Nature Week. I decided to try a new technique. Well, I am sure someone has done it, but it's new to me.

I decided to see what it would look like if I layered designs between top coat. So, it's sort of like a pond mani... but clear.

I started off with a base color of Elevation Polish "Storm in the Morning Light." Then I painted the leaves and stems with metallic green acrylic paint. Then I applied a coat of Seche Vite. After that dried I applied the light purple petals and then another coat of Seche Vite. I repeated that for the dark petals and then the yellow centers. It really does give it a three dimensional look.


Floral "layered" nail art





Floral "layered" nail art







I may have to try this with different designs. I kind of like the illusion.

See some more nature-themed nail art looks below.








Floral nail art for Digital Dozen Nature Week: Day Two

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

It's Day two of Digit-al Dozen Nature Week.

Nature means I can create the things I love - florals and landscapes. Today is a fun floral.

I used alcohol inks for the base. To protect my nails and cuticles from getting stained, I applied Crystalline Nail Veil from Color4Nails. However, I didn't get it close enough to the edges and did end up with some staining. But it washed off easily in the shower. 

I used acrylic paints for the flowers and stems. I love working with acrylic paint. It doesn't dry out quickly, which means you can use a very small amount. And if you feel like you really messed it up you can wash it off - providing you applied a good top coat before using the paint.


Floral nail art over alcohol ink base





The Digit-al Dozen is a small group of diverse nail art bloggers that post nail art inspired by a new monthly theme for five days in a row. You can find us blogging away the second week of each month! See the other nature looks below. 







Crystalline Nail Veil was previously provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Digital Dozen Does Nature: Day One

Monday, March 9, 2015


It's another Digit-al Dozen week. The Digit-al Dozen is a small group of diverse nail art bloggers that post nail art inspired by a new monthly theme for five days in a row. You can find us blogging away the second week of each month!

This month's theme is Nature. I am loving this theme. It means I get to create some floral and landscape nail art. I realize there are lots of other things that could fit into this category. But I was excited to do something I love.

This mountain scene was created with Elevation Polish and acrylic paint. I used Elevation Lake of the Isles for the sky and Bohai Sea for the water. The gray in the mountains were created using Thracian Sea. I used acrylic paints for the rest of it. White acrylic paint applied with a QTip made the fluffy clouds.

I hear so many people say they can never create intricate nail art. Well, yes you can. Landscapes and florals are oh-so-forgiving. Mine aren't perfect - and they never will be. To create a landscape scene, simply break it into sections. One element at a time.


Landscape mountain scene nail art

I used a top coat of HK Girl to seal it in and protect the nail art.





Some of these products were previously provided to me for an honest review and some were purchased by me. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.

See some of the other amazing creations of natures by some talented ladies.





Climbing the walls for Digital Dozen Day 4: Floral nail art

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Today is Day four of the Digital Dozen Patterns on Patterns theme. I had a couple of designs finished, but I did this one last night and I liked it so much I had to use it. I am having so much fun with this theme.

I started off with a base coat of Flynn and then added teakwood alcohol ink using a small portion of a cosmetic wedge. Then I used acrylic paints to draw the lines on the brick wall and then the vines and flowers. If you haven't noticed, I am partial to floral nail art. Flowers are so forgiving to create.


Climbing vines and floral nail art


Climbing vines and floral nail art

Now that spring is around the corner - well maybe a long corner, but it's within sight - I will be doing more fun floral manis.


Take a look at some of the other Patterns on Patterns looks below.









The Zoya polish was previously sent to me for an honest review. The other products were purchased by me.

Digital Dozen Day 3: Abstract Nail Art

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I love this month's Digital Dozen theme. Pattern on Pattern has been so much fun. I have tried a few different things and it's been a lot of fun challenging myself to think outside of the box.

Today's post is an abstract geometric design over an alcohol ink marbled background. If you have read recent posts, you will know that alcohol inks are my new go-to technique. You can read more about alcohol inks in a recent post.

My lines are a little rough, but for some reason I like the complete randomness of this design.

Let's take a look.

Random geometric over alcohol ink marble nail art

Random geometric over alcohol ink marble nail art


If you haven't tried alcohol ink, you should. It's actually easy if you have the right products. Color4Nails Nail Veil helps keep the dye off of your skin.

See the other Pattern on Pattern looks from some very talented and creative ladies.






Floral Themed Nail Art for Digital Dozen Day Two

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It's day two of the Digital Dozen, This month's theme is Pattern on Pattern, and you know I couldn't make it very long without creating a floral.

So I created floral nail art over an alcohol ink marbled pattern. Alcohol ink is something I have fallen in love with. I thought it would be difficult, but it's actually very easy with the right tools! See my original post about it here.

I applied teakwood alcohol ink over a base color of Zoya Ana. Then, using acrylic paint, I added the flowers and leaves. I added a top coat of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl and I was done - so simple!

Floral Themed Nail Art over alcohol ink base

Floral Themed Nail Art over alcohol ink base


Are alcohol inks something you would try?

Zoya Ana was provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently. The remaining products and polishes were purchased by me.

Make sure to check out more of the Digital Dozen creations below.






Spiraling nail art for Digital Dozen Pattern on Pattern

Monday, February 9, 2015


It's Digital Dozen time again. This month's challenge is Pattern on Pattern. I am having fun with this theme.

For today's Pattern on Pattern I used some nail vinyls from KBShimmer. These spiral nail vinyls made creating this swirling look oh-so-easy. Just peel them off and press them on to your dry base color and apply polish. Make sure to peel the vinyls off quickly. If you let the nail polish dry on top, you will end up peeling up a lot more than you wanted to.

Let's take a look.

I started off with a base color of Orly Bling. I wanted to be able to see shimmer through the "swirls." Then I added a rough bulls eye using blue, yellow and green polishes from the Esmaltes Da Kelly Soap Bubbles collection.

Spiral nail art

Then I applied the spiral KBShimmer Nail Vinyls and pressed them down firmly.

Spiral nail art

I painted over the vinyls using Elevation Polish Volcanic Dust. This polish is being discontinued. So if you want it, you better hop on over to Elevation Polish and grab it. Once it's gone - it's gone.

Spiral nail art

This look came out better than I hoped. I love the shine and shimmer the microglitter base color provides.


Is this a look you would try?

KBShimmer Nail Vinyls can be purchased at KBShimmer.com. There are a variety of choices.

The KBShimmer Nail Vinyls were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently. The remaining products and polishes were purchased by me.

Make sure to check out more of the Digital Dozen creations below.






Digit-al Dozen Day Five: Fairy Tale Nail Art

Friday, January 16, 2015

I made it through my first week of Digit-al Dozen. The theme for this month is Fairy Tales and let me tell you... It was hard finding original ideas that I could successfully illustrate. This mani is based on the Frog Prince. 

I am sure you know the story from the Brothers Grimm. But it is about a prince who had been enchanted by a spiteful fairy, who had changed him into a frog. He had to remain a frog until a princess would take him out of the spring he lived in, let him eat from her plate, and sleep upon her bed for three nights. Of course, he found a princess who did this (Although with some convincing) and they married and lived happily ever after.


Fairy tale nail art - the frog prince

I used Zoya Veruschka for the green base color and Zoya Ziv for the gold. I stamped on the crowns, but had to basically paint the design over the top of the stamp so it would show better.


I also combined this with the 13 Days of January Nail Art Challenge. Today's post for that challenge is a green base. So they both fit together!

See the other amazing Fairy Tale manis!







See the other Green Based manis in the 13 Days of January Nail Art Challenge.









Digital Dozen Day Four: Fairy Tale Nail Art

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It's Digit-al Dozen day four and I have almost made it through my first week of the Digital Dozen. The theme for this month is Fairy Tales. This theme is definitely pushing me to try different things. This mani is based on Cinderella. Now, while I could tell you the fairy tale, I am sure you know it. 

It was published by Charles Perrault in 1697, and by the Brothers Grimm in 1812.

I started off with a base color of Elevation Polish "Walk a Little Farther" from the "Journey Told Through Music" collection. This shimmery soft blue has quickly become a go-to-blue for me.


Cinderella Carriage nail art

The accents and the carriage were created with acrylic paints. Everyone creates their nail art in a different way. Some people draw out their ideas in advance. I tend to throw caution to the wind and just dive in.

Check out some of the other Fairy Tale Nail Art created by some talented ladies!




Walk a Little Farther was provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. You can see the full collection and review here.

Digit-al Dozen - Fairy Tale Day 3 nail art

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It's Digit-al Dozen day three. The theme for this month is Fairy Tales. This theme is definitely pushing me to try different things. This nail art is based upon the Russian Fairy Tale - The Tale of Finist the Falcon.

Once upon a time there was a rich merchant who was a widow and had three daughters. He often went on trips and asked the daughters what he should bring them. The oldest daughters always wanted jewels or fine fabrics. The youngest daughter only asked for a feather from Finist the Falcon. 

After many trips and much searching, the father found a merchant who had a feather of Finist the Falcon and he brought it back home to his daughter.

She took it to her room in the castle and whisked it through the air. The feather turned into a fine falcon. She tapped her foot on the floor and the falcon transformed into a handsome man. They talked through the night. However the other sisters became curious and demanded to come in. The man turned back into a falcon and flew out the window. This continued for several nights. The older sisters became very jealous and put knives and sharp objects in the window so when Finist returned he would harm himself. He tried to enter the window and injured himself on the sharp objects and flew away. 

After much searching for him, she found him. However he was under a sleeping spell and she could not awaken him. A tear fell from her eye and landed on his face. He immediately woke up and they returned to the castle and lived happily ever after.

For this nail art I used Elevation Cerra Torre 2 for the base color and then applied a newspaper print. I wanted to show that it is a story. Then I stamped feathers using Fancy Gloss Dark Chocolate. For the window scene, I created the arched window outline using Elevation Tettegouche and Temperance. The flowers and trees were created using acrylic paints.
 
Finist the Falcon nail art with stamped feathers
Finist the Falcon nail art


Finist the Falcon nail art with stamped feathers
Finist the Falcon nail art


What do you think? Check out the other fairy tale manis created by the talented ladies in the Digital Dozen below.





Digital Dozen: Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood

Monday, January 12, 2015

I am so excited. This is my very first post for the Digit-al Dozen. I am ecstatic to be joining these very talented ladies. The Digit-al Dozen is a small group of diverse nail art bloggers that post nail art inspired by a new monthly theme for five days in a row. You can find us blogging away the second week of each month!

The theme for this month is Fairy Tales. Why couldn't it have been floral? Well, it did push me to try different things. My first Digital Dozen post is The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood.

I decided to make the wolf the primary focus. Little Red Riding Hood is there, but as a secondary feature.


Little Red Riding Hood is a fairy tale that is common in many cultures.
The story revolves around a girl called Little Red Riding Hood, after the red hooded cape she wears. The girl walks through the woods to deliver food to her sickly grandmother. In most versions of the story, she had the order from her mother to stay strictly on the path.

A mean wolf wants to eat the girl and the food in the basket. He secretly stalks her behind trees, bushes, shrubs, and patches of little and tall grass.


The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood Nail Art with a glossy top coat
The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood Nail Art with a glossy top coat

I used Darling Diva Alchemist as the red for this mani. It's the perfect holographic red. Then I used Colors by llarowe Vincent for the black on the ring finger. Now for the nail art.

I lightly sponged on some gray acrylic paint for the background of the wolf. Then using white paint I added some definition for the eyes. I added some varying shades of gray for the area around the eyes. I used white paint for the whites of the eyes and then a black dot. The glowing eyes were created by using polishes from the Esmaltes Da Kelly Soap Bubbles Collection.


The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood Nail Art with a matte top coat
The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood Nail Art with a matte top coat
The red in Little Red Riding Hoods cape is Alchemist and Fancy Gloss A Sailor's Love. Then I used acrylic paints for the detail in the hood and in her face.

I love the way the wolf is towering over her. And his eyes just glow!


What do you think? Check out the other fairy tale manis created by the talented ladies in the Digital Dozen below.



Some of the polishes in the nail art created above were sent to me for an honest review.

2014 highlights and favorite nail art looks

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close. This year had some great moments - in blogging and in real life. It was great to spend it with you and share nail successes and fails. Some of you I have been able to meet in real life and it was a moment I will cherish. 

I'm going to share my favorite four nail art looks for the year in a bit. But first I want to share a few highlights from the year.

One of the top items for the year is the fact that I drastically improved my photos. Some of you may remember how warm and orange they were in the past. That is behind me now thanks to some help from some friends who let me bug the heck out of them and ask for days on end "how about now?" Thank you Sheila and Ashley for the patience and help. That is also the reason I am only picking four nail art looks from the year. I simply can't bear to look, or share, those "orange" photos again.

Another huge highlight of the year was being able to meet some fellow bloggers and indie makers and share a campsite at a Wyoming campground. It was a great time despite the weather and I have some wonderful memories from the excursion. It warmed my heart to know that the camping trip inspired a phenomenal polish from Elevation Polish and that it was created by a very talented lady. This polish is my most cherished polish as it was inspired by that very trip. Well, that and it is my dream polish. 

Take a look at this amazing polish. It it amazing. I can't put it on any "top" lists though because it isn't available to the general public. A few of you were lucky enough to win it though!


It was inspired by this memorable trip. 



Another thing from this year is that the Set in Lacquer household welcomed a new member to its family. Cricket joined us and is keeping the entire household hopping.



Then most recently, I joined the Digit-al Dozen - The Digit-al Dozen is a small group of diverse nail art bloggers that post nail art inspired by a new monthly theme for five days in a row. You can find us blogging away the second week of each month. I hope I can keep up with these talented ladies! It's quite an honor to be accepted into this group - it's also quite intimidating!

Now for my four favorite nail art looks from 2014.

My positive favorite is this landscape mani.



Second: is this plaid nail art. I'm not sure why, but I love this look.


Third: I love this turquoise look.


Fourth: This feathered nail art look using real feathers.


I look forward to 2015 and the memories that will be made. What were your highlights from 2014?


 

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