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71  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Plaid Nails made easy! on: May 01, 2012 07:37:41 PM
Yep, another nail art post and quickie tutorial from me.  The rainbow shatter mani went over quite well with friends, and I decided to try out my art polishes again.  I was going to make a simple pink/blue/purple stripe and do shatter over it again, but I decided to do it plaid instead!  Sorry the photos aren't as nice, I only had my camera phone and office lights.



1. Base Coat
2. First color, vertical stripes leaving spaces between for the third color.
3. Second color, horizontal stripes, leaving a space between.
4. Third color, vertical stripes between the first color stripes to fill in the gap. The 3rd color should be sheer enough to lightly cover the second color and cause the plaid effect to look better.  Let your colors dry about 10 minutes.
5. Clear Top coat of choice and done!
** Before moving on to each step, wait about 5 minutes for the previous color stripes to dry a bit or they will get smeared by the next color application.

I did this in the morning during work between calls... this is when I tend to do most of my art lol.  It gives my nails plenty of time to dry since I'm not doing anything to possibly damage them except typing on a keyboard.
72  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Turquoise/Black Can Can Costume on: April 26, 2012 08:31:15 AM
Thanks everyone!  I plan to make another one eventually now that I have a ruffle root.  That won't be for a while since I have a huge list to work on for Dragon Con already lol
73  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Rainbow Manicure with OPI Shatter on: April 22, 2012 01:27:36 PM
I had pinned this idea on Pinterest and finally decided to try it out.  I'm quite polish obsessed (too much according to DH) and had bought out some of the Color Club Art Club art polishes a while back ($0.50 each on sale!).  I haven't used them yet, because I'm not too steady with the skinny brushes and they sat for a while.  I decided to dig out the neon rainbow colors and give this manicure a try.

1. Clean your nails and give them a good base coat of choice (I used Seche Base Ridge Filler since it's milky white).
2. Remember ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) when making a rainbow.  Obviously, there is no indigo and the red is replaced with hot pink.  Start with the (R) and paint skinny lines from the cuticle to the nail tip and continue with each color until you have a whole rainbow on your nails.  It looks pretty enough like this and you could leave it, but it really pops with the black shatter ;-)
3. After your rainbows have dried about 15-20 minutes, polish on a thin layer of black shatter (I like OPI) and let this dry.
4. Finished with a top coat of choice - I used Seche Vite for an ultra glossy finish.  This could probably look pretty cool finished with a matte top coat, but I happen to love a glossy shine.
5. Clean up shop, chances are, you got a little polish on your cutes and the edges - I know I did.  Use a small angled paint brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean the edges and cuticle areas.

DH loved this so much, he told me not to spend money on a salon mani again LOL  Okay, I'll just buy more polish with it ;-)



74  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Fluffy Pink Layer Cake Dress from "Firefly" on: April 18, 2012 02:15:00 PM
I figured I was in a ruffle mood with my Can Can costume and decided to post this ruffled masterpiece too.  I'm normally not a fan of pink, but I LOVE this costume and the episode ("Shindig").  This was another one that I had to hand ruffle over a 100 yards of ruffles.  I didn't get a ruffle foot until the last layer (birthday gift from my brother and SIL).  All my notes are in the link of my making of page http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/movietvartcostumes/kayleeshindigdress.


My Dress (I had a fun photoshoot in Central Park!)


My Materials and trims


Because I'm forever 'perfecting' my costumes, I made the skirt MUCH larger last year for Dragon Con.  The bottom hem was expanded by about another 24".


The real dress from the show.
75  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Turquoise/Black Can Can Costume on: April 14, 2012 05:36:49 PM
This is actually a costume I made a while back inspired by a beautiful corset my husband got for me as an anniversary gift.  I was watching Moulin Rouge one day and decided that I needed a Can-Can outfit for Dragon*Con and thus this costume was born.  I worked at M&J Trimming at the time and had access to a lot of great trims and bits and got a great employee discount to help with it.
At the time I had to make this, I didn't have a fancy ruffle foot for my machine (lords know I wish I had!), so all 70+ yds of ruffles were HAND PULLED, pinned in place and sewn down.  My back hurts thinking about doing all that to this day lol.  Once I completed the skirt I was able to finish the bodice, make the shorts, garter, hat, jewelry, hair clip, shoe clips, and a cute pouch to hold all the accessories in.
http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/originalcreations/madamezircon




76  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tardis Wallet 2.0 on: April 12, 2012 01:53:07 PM
I love this wallet!  Is it bigger on the inside?  Where did you get the plain base wallet from?  I've been looking for them at stores an am close to just getting a decorated one and ripping off the trim.
77  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Completely Custom Nerd Purse and New Wallet! on: April 12, 2012 01:51:07 PM
Thanks again everyone for the comments.  I'm in the midst of designing a more Louis Vuitton colored version as a commission for a friend.  I'll post pics when it gets completed (probably not for another 4-6 weeks).
78  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: 50's Inspired Ensemble for Toddler on: April 06, 2012 08:15:31 AM
What about a very tiny lace edging instead of hemming?  It should go with the look of the dress without ruining it and it will be much faster than hemming.
79  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 04/01/12 - Craftster Goes Katster! on: April 02, 2012 08:24:28 AM
LOL I noticed the Kitty kibble background first and then saw the name change and my icon change.  Very cute! My little crafty cat approves!
80  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 ;-)
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