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61  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Kaylee Frye Layer Cake Ombre Nails on: March 25, 2012 11:17:27 AM

 
Ombre nails made easy (but messy). In order from cuticle to tip... OPI DS Refelction, Essie Exotic Liras, OPI DS Sensation, OPI Strawberry Margarita, and Essi Luxe Effects Shine of the Times. They were painted onto the make up sponge, and then 'stamped' onto the prepped nail (ridge filler as a base coat). I repeated this for each nail.
I then used q-tips and a thin angled paint brush to clean up the polish from my fingers themselves (you WILL get a LOT of polish on your fingers doing it this way). It's a little time consuming, but the end result is pretty!
Afterwards I brushed on a very thin coat of OPI DS Sensation since it is very sheer and a coat of the Essie Luxe effects. A clear coat was added to protect all that hard work.
You can do this with any color combo, but I was feeling in a very Kaylee Pink mood today. I call these the Layer Cake nails ;-)
62  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Think Pink for Spring Polka Dots on: March 22, 2012 07:00:17 PM
Very cute! I might need to check that brand out!
Thanks!  Click here and use coupon code SHAREONMARCH to get your maven box for only ONE PENNY (ues $0.01)!  That coupon should still be good, but I wouldn't sit on it for too long.  Their polishes go on so smooth and last really well.
63  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Think Pink for Spring Polka Dots on: March 21, 2012 10:49:53 AM
I've recently become a but obsessed with the Julep nail polishes and their Maven program.  Today when i came to work, there was a Maven box waiting on my desk (I had been on vacation) with some beautiful spring shades inside.  I ended up using the "Alicia", a soft salmon color, as my base coat.  Alone it was beautiful, but I felt I needed something else with it.  I happened to have two Essie polishes in my purse (Luxe Effects "Shine of the Times" and "Exotic Liras").  I tried the "Shine of the Times" over the "Alicia" on a plastic spoon I had in my desk drawer - it was beautiful, but not quite what I was looking for.  I took out the "Exotic Liras" and decided I had to have polka dots!  It worked so well on my Dalek Nails (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403749.0) so I wanted to do it again.  I used a pearl head pin to create the dots by dipping it in the polish and then dotting the nail.  After it dried for an hour, I added a clear coat to seal it.  I can't stop staring at my nails while typing LOL
64  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gathered Clutch on: March 11, 2012 09:57:29 AM
I'm OBSESSED with Doctor Who lol. You should see the rest of my desk! I got the mug from thinkgeek.com for around $16, and they have a BUNCH of DW stuff, too.
I have their 10th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver at work and hubby has the "Angels stole the phone box" tee lol.  We're working on getting an Amy Pond costume together for me and maybe a Jack Hotness, er Harkness for him.  We have friends doing Rose and the 10th Doc.
65  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Completely Custom Nerd Purse on: March 10, 2012 01:07:31 PM
Did I read that right? First ever purse. It's truly fantastic, kudos to such a structured design, love it!
Yep, my first purse :-D  I love purses and my hubby has yelled at me for having too many.  This was my way around buying a new one.  He LOVES is since it's geeky and I made it.  Good thing he doesn't know how much I really spent making it lol.

**I also added a picture recently of the new wallet I just made today  Cool
66  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gathered Clutch on: March 10, 2012 12:54:39 PM
Great clutch!  I was so inspired and loved that tutorial you use linked to, I made two of my own.  They are VERY easy to sew up if you aren't making the inner pockets, and it only took maybe an hour tops to make each of them.

PS: I must have your TARDIS mug hehe
67  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: the "betsylu" ruby red slippers on: March 09, 2012 08:09:24 AM
Love the shoes!!!  I'm going to have to pick up some of that!  Working with the loose glitter is annoying, though it looks nice and is fairly cheap - it's not the best for shoes from what I've found.

I'm not very tall, 5"7", but am taller than my husband and most of his family.  I was recently chastised for wearing 7" heels to a family affair because I'm "tall enough already"  Roll Eyes  Hubby didn't mind, left his head at a 'comfortable' level to my chest for dancing LOL  Grin  Embrace the tall and show off the long legs that others wish they had  Wink
68  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Completely Custom Nerd Purse on: February 28, 2012 07:57:17 AM
Thanks everyone!  I've taken it to work (where everyone else is a geek too) and it was well received.  I've already got requests from friends to see if I can make more lol
69  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Completely Custom Nerd Purse and New Wallet! on: February 26, 2012 08:21:05 PM
I just wanted to share my first ever purse.  I've made basic envelope style clutches in the past, but this was my first ever involved purse like this.  I used Spoonflower to print a fabric I designed on a cotton/canvas (which I still backed in heavy weight fusible interfacing).  I drafted the pattern from scratch by looking online at a purse I liked and tweaked it to suit my wants.  I used a faux leather piping and used coordinating pleather trims on the body and to make the handles from.  I have D-Rings on the sides that a removable cross-body strap goes on.  The inside is lined in a very pretty wavy patterned satin and I have a cell phone pocket, 3 CC slots, and on the opposite side - a large inset pocket for my keys and gum collection.  I made the straps from welting cord and wide pleather trim.  I made them long enough to sit comfortably on my shoulder and not be too tight (a common problem I have with store bought purses).  The bag is about 12" wide x 9" high x 5" deep at the bottom.  I've never made a purse before, I've done PLENTY of costume and clothing work, and I figured it couldn't be that much harder.

The symbols on the purse mimic the LV style layout, they are the Rebel Bird (think Princess Leia and her Rebel friends), the Imperial Cog (for Darth Vader and the Empire), the Naboo Royal Crest (for Queen Amidala), and an "SW" in classic Star Wars font.



EDIT 03/10: I just made a wallet to go with it using the tutorial http://www.noodle-head.com/2010/04/gathered-clutch-tutorial.html and omitting the inside pockets (for time's sake).  I made one for my friend as a thank you gift (she took care of our cat at her clinic) but her looks more like the tutorial one and not like mine.  I made mine to coordinate with the purse by adding the piping and changing the direction of the gathers, I also added the strap.  The lining is the same that I used in the purse too.


70  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Geek Chic Glitter Flats on: February 26, 2012 08:07:21 PM
I saw this adorable pair of ballet flats on Etsy done up all glittery and geeky.  I wanted them really bad, but not for the asking price.  Being my crafty self, I went out and made my own pair for much less.  I actually found a pair of glittery ballet flats at Payless, so the messiest part was already done for me.  I did also get a plain pair for another project later on. 
I drew my design onto the shoe first, and then used modge podge to adhere the glitter.  After the red rebel symbols dried enough, I painted a thin black line around the outer edge to make it pop more.  I then added the glittery stripes on the sides and hit up newly done areas with some acrylic sealer spray.  None of that glitter is coming off, even after scraping with my fingernail.

I have a thing for showing off my geeky ways, but I still want to look somewhat fashionable ;-)  I want to get a finer glitter for my next pair of shoes, I'll probably try that Martha Stewart glitter I read about in other glitter shoe posts.
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