CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 2 – Snowflakes

Hello all!

Today brings the second prompt for the 12 Days of Christmas challenge, which is ‘snowflakes’.  This is another where I couldn’t even hope to top a past design—my Doctor Who snowflake nails are still kind of awesome in my opinion—so I stuck to stamping for this one.  I did decide to challenge myself a bit more by doing a pond mani though.  I unfortunately didn’t have a plain blue jelly that was a light enough color to use, so I had to improvise.

I ended up using Pretty Jelly Curiouser and Curiouser, Sassy Pants Polish Saber the Moment, and a white stamping polish for the snowflakes accent nail and used Saber the Moment and the white for the pond technique on the other snow nails.

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It actually turned out pretty well.  I like it.  I was worried that the shimmer of Saber the Moment wouldn’t really work well for a pond mani but it actually made it look more shiny like snow, as I had hoped.  The pictures don’t look quite as nice as it did in person, but you can still see the layers pretty easily.

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 1 – Snow day

Hi everybody!  Despite my best intentions, it has been a pretty good while since I last posted anything.  I’ve been very busy preparing for a review panel and marking papers, so busy that I missed the first few days of this year’s Challenge Your Nail Art 12 Days of Christmas.  It was really fun last year and I’m sort of sad that I’m late posting for the first few days.  Oh well, story of my life.  I’m going to play catch-up though, and hopefully keep on top of the rest of the prompts!

Anyway, the prompt for Day 1 was Snow Day, so I combined a little snowball fight and snowman scene with some stamped snowflakes.  That pretty holo blue in the background is ILNP Peri Me, and it looks especially great with those snowflakes.

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CYNA-12-Days-of-Christmas-2015-Day-1-Snow-Day-3I actually really like how this turned out.  Not a bad start to this year’s challenge, even if I am three days late!

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 11-Presents!

Okay, who doesn’t like Christmas presents?!  I know I do!  Even though I turn 25 in 6 days, I still get an obscene amount of Christmas presents from my parents and I can’t say that I don’t enjoy it.  So yeah, I was a bit fond of today’s prompt.

I wavered between doing the simple, classic present mani (with solid colors and taped ‘ribbon’) and doing intricate stacks of wrapped packages, but in the end settled somewhere in the middle.  I couldn’t do the taped ribbon look since all of my striping tape is in England, but that worked in my favor anyway because I wanted to try my hand at patterned wrapping paper.  My family has never been one for solid-colored wrapping paper and instead we go for Santas, snowmen, and penguins.  Especially penguins.

So, I started off with SquareHue Revontuli and SquareHue Joulupukin Pajakyla as my base colors.  I wasn’t in the mood to properly swatch Joulupukin Pajakyla, but did feel that it deserved to be seen at least once without the nail art hiding it.  See that pretty little shine from the microglitter?  Gorgeous!

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After I finished ogling the pretty colors on my nails, I painted snowmen, trees, snowflakes, stripes, and ribbons/bows using those two polishes plus LynBDesigns Defender of the Downtrodden, Pure Ice Black Out, Sinful Colors Cloud 9, SquareHue Sampokeskus, and a teensy touch of LynBDesigns Tasting the Stars.

I apologize for the quality of these photos, the sun was out when I started painting, but was gone by the time I finished.  So that photo of the SquareHue colors was with sunlight, but everything else was with a very yellow lightbulb.  My attempt at color-correcting just sort of made everything too bright. :/  But, at least the photos being this bright lets the details be seen, so I decided to leave them like this.  Sorry!

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Quality of the photos aside, I am so happy with these!  Okay, maybe there’s a little too much going on in the background of at least one of them, but I have no problem with that whatsoever.  I especially liked the little snowmen, and the tree nail was actually really pretty before I covered it up with the ribbon.

And that’s Day 11 done.  I can’t believe there’s only one day of the challenge left!  What in the world am I going to do for freestyle nails?

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 1-Snowflakes!

Well, since things with the Challenge Your Nail Art group are a little different this month, the next challenge is already upon us!  Instead of a handful of daily prompts at the end of the month, we’re doing 12 days of Christmas/winter themed prompts every other day from today until the 23rd.

As you can see, today’s prompt is snowflakes.  Is it weird that the first thing that came to mind was Doctor Who?  Maybe not, if you consider the fact that I saw these photos on my phone the other day.  I had almost forgotten that I made these for my sister last year!

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There were a couple more, but I think you get the point.  I wanted to do Doctor Who snowflakes on my nails.  Nothing less would do for this prompt.

So, using ellagee Trenzalore as a background color, I painted fragments of some of these designs using FingerPaints Paper Mache.  Then because I didn’t want to do Adipose and failed spectacularly at both Cybermen and sonic screwdrivers, I used the same colors, plus Sally Hansen Black Out and OPI OPI…Eurso Euro to make a little scene with a snowy TARDIS.

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Not quite what I originally intended, but I really don’t care because these are kind of awesome!  I’m glad I decided for a return to nerdiness for the start of this challenge.  It’s been too long, and these turned out pretty dang well.  I can’t even figure out which of the three snowflakes is my favorite, I’m so happy with how they all turned out!

Definitely worth all the trouble.  I think I might do a nerdy spin on a few more of the prompts now.  Maybe not tomorrow’s, but anyone who knows Doctor Who probably knows what I’m thinking for Day 3. 🙂