Sunday, November 3, 2013

Before & After: Leaf skeletons

Hey there!

So, Halloween is gone, and I need to find a way to make that transition less painful. So today I am doing a mani with non-Halloween skeletons...leaf skeletons.

When I was a little girl, I used to love to pick up leaves that had fallen off of the trees and pull them apart to carefully leave only their 'skeletons'. I thought the leaves were beautiful, and their structure even more beautiful. Anybody else do that when they were kids?

This week's theme in Adventures In Stamping is to pick a plate that ends in '1'. It seems like whenever we have themes like this, my plates that end in the right number never coincide with what I want to do. But this week, miraculously, my new MASH plates came--the ones that go from 50 to 75--and Mash-61 had just the image I wanted. :)

[Hey, by the you want me to do a video/review about those plates?]

Anyway, I started with the lovely Cult Nails Coveted, an ah-maze-ing green flakie filled green jelly that is a nightmare to photograph for some reason; I've tried at least three times to swatch it well, but I think I done good by it this time:



Next I matted the polish; I'm not sure why but matte finishes just feel very 'fall' to me--maybe it's because of the flatter light levels in the fall. Then I stamped the image over each nail in Sally Hansen Red-io Active, Style Steel, and Barry M Gold foil. It's hard to tell the difference between those last two, but the middle finger is the Style Steel:

Which matte topcoat did I use? It's a new one I was just sent for review and I adore it!! I'll be reviewing it shortly, but if you want to know in the meantime...lean in and I'll whisper's Jamberry....:)

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope your November is off to a wonderful start. :)


  1. I thought we all did that with leaves :)
    This is just so pretty.. and that green one is amazing!

    1. Thank you so much!! Yes, that Cult Nails is one of my very favorite flakies...It's even prettier in person. :)

  2. Why let go of Halloween if it makes you happy! I like this & wonder if this image would also work for spider webs?

    Only review those new Mash plates if you are up to enabling me again. LOL
    The Style Steel is slightly more foil-ish, where the Gold Foil is more chrome-ish.
    Anywho, still a fun fall mani. <3

    1. Darn it, you make a good point! <3

      I'm not going to review the Mash plates right now because once I took a closer look at them, I realized I have three plates that are defective. I'm sure they'll replace them, but I don't want to video them when they're like that! But bewared...I maybe might have some MoYou plates to show you...

    2. Curse you evil spawn of nail art happiness! <3


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