Owl Always Love You

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I was in the mood for playful nails so I dug into my stash of nail decals for something cutesy. A while ago I had a giveaway that went bad because the company that sponsored it (moon sugar decals) never mailed my winner their prize. But since then, the company got a new guy running the show and he made it right by sending the winner her goodies months after the fact. He also sent me a bunch of decals to sample. Some of which are these cute owl designs. I paired them underneath a variety of nail polish colors to get this cool mix n match look….

owl nail decals owl nailsI did the other hand a little different just for fun. I think the yellow nails are my faves.

owl water slide nail decalsAnd on each hand I added a polka dotted heart accent nail using Incoco brand’s ‘Perfect Accents‘ in BE MINE. Perfect Accents are small and inexpensive packs that contain only a few nail appliques so you can achieve a quick and easy accent nail!

I’m glad I did these nails when I did because the very next day I had my surprise bridal shower. I had no idea! I never saw it coming. I’m thankful I wasn’t wearing bare nails for that, especially since I was just coming from the gym and had no makeup on. At least my nails looked good! I’ll be walking down the aisle very soon (11 days to be exact), that’s why I’m calling this design OWL ALWAYS LOVE YOU. Til death do us part, my love! xoxo

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STAMPING- OPI Chevron for #NAILLINKUP

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This is my first Nail Art Ideas Linkup design for the month of March.  I’m excited for the themes we have this month!  Especially AQUA for some reason . 😀

The theme for week 1 is STAMPING so I reachedbm 423 plate for my new Bundle Monster set!  I finally got the Create Your Own 2013 set that I’ve been lusting after.  I’m so excited to use them all!  For this easy chevron I used plate BM-423.

I’ve never done a traditional chevron using little pieces of zig zaggy tape or anything.  I’ve always felt like if I tried I would screw it up!  Me and tape don’t always get along.  So using a stamping plate instead was the perfect solution for me! I generally have good luck with stamping.

Besides my bundle monster plate, I used three different OPIs for this manicure. I like how the different colors coordinate and clash all at the same time for a cool 80’s vibe.  Here’s what I’m wearing:

♥ Did It On ‘Em ♥ Elephantastic Pink ♥ Haven’t the Foggiest 

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Thinking of joining in on the March N.A.I.L. fun?  More info right here- NAILLINKUP.  And don’t forget to check out the other stamping manis >>

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Awesome guest post by Nail Polish Society

 I’m outta town right now!  Hello from Las Vegas!  Since I’m away from my computer I would like to present to you my very first guest post featured on my Craftynail blog!  Let me introduce you to a blog I LOOOOVE called NAIL POLISH SOCIETY!  Emiline, take it away…..
 
Greetings! I’m Emiline Harris from Nail Polish Society. This is my first guest post ever (how am I doing so far?), and I am soo excited to do it for Craftynail!! Jacqui is talented in so many ways, with her creativity, variety, and entertaining posts. As a new blog around town, I am honored by this opportunity!

A little about myself- A few months ago I was really drawn in by all the nail blogs I was discovering. Soon enough I had the itch to start my own blog. In a short time my collection has quintupled (at least)! So why Nail Polish Society? Well here’s a little insider information that I’ve never shared before! The inspiration for my blog name came from my love of organizational societies: National Geographic Society, Dead Poet Society, Relief Society, Jane Austen Letter Writing SocietySociety for Creative Anachronism (it’s a real thing, as I just discovered). “Society” sounds classy, and a place where you can feel included. That’s the environment I want to foster with my blog.

Now on to the important stuff.. the nails! As complex as it looks, this is honestly one of the fastest nail art manicures I’ve done! I’ll give you a little step-by-step, so all you crafty people can recreate it yourselves!

To begin my manicure I applied two coats of Zoya Seraphina on each nail.

 
 

How I did the water marbling for my index and middle fingers:

  1. First I used Scotch tape to mask off the skin around my nails, to make cleanup easier. 
  2. I filled up a plastic cup with luke warm water and alternated drops of Zoya Seraphina, OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!, and OPI..Eurso Euro until I had multiple rings of each color.
  3. With a toothpick I made a design in the rings of color, and dipped my index finger into the water over the area where the design looked the best.
  4. With a toothpick I removed the rest of polish from the surface of the water before taking my finger out.
  5. I pulled off the tape and removed extra polish with my cleanup brush.
  6. I repeated the process, this time creating a different design, for my middle finger.
For my thumb and pinky I did another try of the water spotted technique (you can see my first attempt here.)
  1. First I used Scotch tape to mask off the skin around my nails, to make cleanup easier. 
  2. I filled up a plastic cup with luke warm water and added multiple drops of OPI..EursoEuro
  3. Aiming from a few inches away, I spritzed body spray onto the polish until enough holes appeared.
  4. I dipped my thumb and pinky into the water over the best parts of the design at the same time.
  5. With a toothpick I removed the rest of polish from the surface of the water before taking my fingers out.
  6. I pulled off the tape and removed extra polish with my cleanup brush.

For my ring finger I applied one coat of Sephora by OPI Flurry Up! over the two coats of Zoya Seraphina. It was SO sparkly, I loved it!

 
I finished off the mani with a coat of Seche Vite to seal everything in and speed up drying time.
 

What I used:

Zoya Seraphina- silver

OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!- light silvery blue

OPI…Eurso Euro- bright navy blue

Sephora by OPI Flurry Up!- silver glitter

Seche Vite top coat

What do you think of the medley of designs? I hope you enjoyed it! I would love to see any recreations/interpretation of this, just leave a link on my facebook page, or twitter. Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for reading, and a BIG thank you again to Jacqui! 

OMG, don’t you love these nails and the fact that she made the speckles with scented body spray?!  So crafty!  And I hafta say, I love the name NAIL POLISH SOCIETY.  The appearance of Emiline’s blog is so cool and official-feeling too.  Because I follow her blog I feel like a full-fledged member of her ‘society’.  Ahhh, it feels so good to belong!  lol.  If you are curious to see more of Emiline’s nails, you should def check out this SKULL MANI she came up with.  She did the cutest fashion show with her nail art, inspired by America’s Next Top Model.  You hafta see it.  Thanks to Emiline for helping me out during my hiatus!    -Jacqui