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Messy Mansion Mondays…..featuring MM06

Hello out there, well instead of collecting Messy Mansion plates, I’ve decieded to try to use them by doing a Messy Mansion themed mani once a week. This also fits the theme for Adventures in Stamping, (AIS), stamping over a green base. Two birds with one stone, well kind of if you consider turquoise to be green.


I’ve started with 2 coats of China Glaze “Custom Kicks”  and sponged Jade “Twist” on the tips. Then I stamped using Ulta 3 “Goldrush Fever” using MM06 using the double strip image. Another layer of stamping using black and the decorative middle image. Finally I added a coat of China Glaze “Fast Forward” quick dry top coat. I have about 13 MM plates so this should keep me busy for a while, then I might move onto Moyou Monday’s!! I really like these nails, they remind me of Victorian wallpaper or something decorative from that era.


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Summer Dragonflies…

While most of you are probably shivering in the Winter cold, some of us are sweltering in a dry hot Summer. This year there has been lots of dragonflies around so what a great  time to finally use my Messy Mansion plate MM17, which also has beetle wings and lady birds on it. I had been wanting to stamp them over a really hot looking background so with a small brush, I painted my nails with red, pink, orange and yellow polish and tried to leave marks like brushstrokes.


Summer dragonflies b'ground

Then I stamped the dragonflies over the top.

Summer dragonflies

I’m happy with how this turned out, unfortunately the pinky smudged a little with top coat, oh well. I used one of my own paintings as inspiration, I called this “Desert Heat” and it came to me when I was half awake, half asleep one day. It is painted in acrylic paint on canvas. Til next time.



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Guest post…

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Hello, today I’m heading over to Dizzy Little Digits while the lovely Denise is away on holiday in Ireland. So pop over to see more of this mani and all the other beautiful Irish inspired nails from other guest bloggers. Love that fluffy white sheep!

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Victorian Era…

IMG_9461 Jack the Ripper

There is a lot of choice for the Victorian Era, but I wanted to show the dark side. So what could be more dark than Jack the Ripper? Since I lost three out of five nails this week, I’ve used fake nails again, but in a different square shape. They are a bit more chunky and don’t sit as flat as the round ones do.

I applied a base of deep blue, Sally Hansen Inst-dry “Blazing Blue”. Over that I stamped the top part of the nail with Color  Club “Worth the Risque”, using plate BM-209. I then stamped over it again with the same plate in the blue, until it was misty looking. On the ring finger I sponged some more “Worth the Risque” so the black silhouette of Jack would stand out.  I painted a skyline, clock tower and Jack in black acrylic paint. Added some lights with touches of Kleancolor “Metallic Yellow”, some more “Worth the Risque” with a fine brush to look like reflections under a bridge.  Then some touches of Revlon Red on Jack’s knife and at his feet to suggest a body. Thanks for looking, I’m hoping to post more often….every second day maybe…..fingers crossed!



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T is for tribal tattoo…


Polish is Color Club “Love ’em, Leave ’em”, stamped with plate A43, brand unknown. My second attempt at stamping, where I’ve patched bits up with a texta, not a good idea, it smudges and the black has a yellowish tinge to it.

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I is for Intricate…

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This was my first attempt at stamping and most of the design did not come out too well, so I handpainted the brown/grey over the top. Hmmmm…I think it looks abit like a henna tattoo, so its also I for Indian.

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