Glitter Nails

glitter nails

Hi! I come here with a new updo! These are really simple glitter nails that look ‘fantabulous’ when executed. Here’s what you’ll need:

– base coat (a top coat works, too)
– 5 bold colors of polish
– 5 glitter polishes matching each color (ex. pink: purple glitter, metallic gold: gold glitter)
– remover
– q-tips

Let’s begin! To start, paint each nail with the base coat. I use my top coat as a base coat because that works too. This step is not necessary and is usually not used with designs that require lots of layers, but prolong the life of the design.
When that is dry, take out the bold colors. I used metallic gold, peacock blue, hot pink, lime green, and black. This was mostly because I had a lot of glitters in these colors. Paint one color on each nail. If the color is thin, apply a second coat. You want to make sure it is as bright as it can be.
Let that dry completely. Then, take out the glitter polishes. I made sure they correspond to the bold polishes. They were gold glitter, blue/purple glitter, fuchsia glitter, gold/green glitter, and steel colored glitter, respectively. They don’t need to be perfectly the same shade, in fact, they should be a shade off the base polish. Now, brush on the polishes.
Clean up around the edges with the remover and q-tips.
That’s all there is to it! I hope you like this bright, cheery, summer look. It’s super cool and works with any look. Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

References: Me!

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Party Nails

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Hi, everyone! I am back with a new updo! So, these are pretty cool. I’d call them party nails, but if you want to experiment with different colors, I’m sure you’d come up with a new name. Because I am doing party colors, the following supplies are listed below:

– base coat (top coat is an alternative)
– a royal colored (anything eye popping) nail polish
– a lighter shade of that color nail polish
– metallic nail polish
– toothpicks
– top coat
– remover and q-tips for clean-up (if needed)

First, paint all of your nails with a base coat (or top coat). This prolongs the life of the nails. Let them dry completely.
Paint your ring finger the metallic color. I chose a gold because I though that gold looks best with a royal blue. Whatever color scheme you pick, choose your metallic color off of that. Don’t let it dry so quick!
Leave the metallic wet while you do this step. On one side of your nail, divide it by about 1/3. Paint that the royal color and leave it wet. Then, take out your lighter shade. I used a light blue because its a lighter shade of the royal blue. Paint the lighter shade in the middle third. Don’t make the layers too thin, or the next step won’t work. Leave them all wet.
Now, take out the toothpick and place on the edge of the royal color. Slowly rotate your finger and drag the toothpick along the nail, through the lighter color and finally to the other edge. Repeat this dragging technique as many times as you’d like, going downwards.
Do this nail on your thumb, too.
While the two nails dry, do a nice coat of the royal color on the rest of the fingers. I painted my royal blue nice and solidly so the color really pops. Let dry.
Lastly, add a glossy top coat on all the nails. This finishes off the entire look by providing the tiniest bit of sophistication will all the fun we have.
I really thought that these nails truly turned out great. I’m sure yours will, too. I’d like to thank someone I know who introduced me to this design. You can see her blog at http://www.trendsbyranya.wordpress.com. Thanks, and don’t forget to party! (And please comment, too).

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Bubbly Nails

unnamed Hello! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been quite busy. I am going to show you a new updo – these nails! I call these Bubbly Nails. They aren’t that hard. Let’s get started.

Supplies:

– base coat (optional)

– light pastel polish

– black nail polish

– dotting tool or black nail pen

– top coat or matte coat

– cotton

– nail polish remover

First, you can paint a base coat. This step is optional. It just prolongs the life of your nails and protects them.

Paint on the pastel polish. I used a light blue. We are using this color so the black really stands out.

Take out the black polish. On the tips of the nails, add some big circles. You can do that by adding small strokes and then evening them out. Once that dries, take out your dotting tool or black nail pen. I used a nail pen. These are really convenient and aren’t that expensive. Over the big circles, paint medium sized circles. Over those, create smaller and smaller circles until it comes to dots. As you can see, we have created a circle gradient. If you want, you can create a design on the ring finger. I used my nail pen to create a line with loop-di-doos. Then, I filled in some of the circles.

Last but not least, finish it with a sealing coat. I used a matte coat (partly because I was running low on my glossy top coat) for a cooler touch.

And that’s it! I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Stay bubbly, and don’t forget to comment!

References: Me!

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St. Patrick’s Day Nails

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Happy St. Patrick’s, everyone! I got ‘lucky’ that these nails turned out so great. The following supplies are shown below:

– base coat (optional)

– light green polish

– dark green polish

– dotting tool

– gold polish

– golden green sparkles

– top coat (optional)

– nail polish remover

– q-tips

Let’s begin! First, paint all of your nail with a clear base coat. You can also use a clear top coat as a base coat. This base coat extends the life of your nail designs.

Paint all of your nails a light green. This will be a base color for the nails. For the thumb, I painted a shamrock. I actually used a green magnetic polish without the magnetic effect because it was my best dark green. I took the dotting tool and made 4 big dots, not to close to one another. In the middle, I filled it in. Lastly, I added a stem to the shamrock.

Now, take out your golden polish. I used a metallic gold polish because of all the luck gold coins and stuff. Take your dotting tool and dip it in the gold. Drag it along the tips of your 4 fingers. Yay, french tips!

Take out the glitter. Mine was a greenish – dull gold type of glitter. You want to use a chunky, confetti type. Apply it on your 4 fingers. Try not to get it on the french tips.

Dip a Q-tip in some remover and clean up around the edges of all fingers. You want to have a nice and clean look. Since we already added a glitter to the 4 fingers which acts as a top coat, I just applied a clear top coat to my thumb.

I hope you like that your nails can be as lucky as you are on St. Patrick’s Day! I would say to carry around a 4-leafed clover, but with this winter we’ve been having, it’s probably better to just carry around a gold coin or horseshoe. Thanks, and don’t forget to stay lucky (and comment)!

References: Me!

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Mini Book

Picture 016Picture 017Picture 018 Hi, again! I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been really busy. To relieve all that stress, I thought, “Why not do some crafting?” I saw this idea on another blog which had a video and step by step instructions. I love crafting mini things, so I thought that this one was exceptionally cute. Here is the link to create this mini book:( http://www.paperkawaii.com/2011/07/25/mini-origami-book-tutorial/ ) Her book is just origami and for display, so she glues all of her papers together. In my book, I can draw in it (the drawing of the girl in the dandelion garden is my 4th page drawing). I skipped the step of gluing the papers together. It depends on what you want to do. My pages are different shades of brown – just for a little bit of a vintage look. For my cover, I used red organic paper from Sikkim (another one of my trips a couple years ago). To finish it off, I added a little embroidery floss and cute stickers. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and don’t forget to add a little of your own flair! Thanks, and don’t forget to comment! References: Me and http://www.paperkawaii.com/2011/07/25/mini-origami-book-tutorial/!

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Nani Bird

Nani Bird

Hi, everyone! I have been making these for quite a bit of time. These little creatures are called ‘nani birds’. I’m sure some of you already know what this is. If not, they are pretty cool! To pull them up, just type ‘nani bird’ or ‘nani bird template’ on your online browser. Pick the template you like most. There will be blank templates too. In my picture, the 2 on the left were done by me. The one the most left was done in silver marker. The other one was done in marker (imitation of bird domo). The blank templates just look white.
The printed templates already have a design on them. My printed ones are the two on the right. I really liked the black and white one – the designer offered patched wings, a tail, and more. The other one is a sleeping birdhouse with a mustache. I have an affinity for this kind of weirdness.
These birds are a bit hard to understand at first. The toughest part is the beak. Make sure you fold all the sides before gluing. When, gluing, all the tabs should match up nicely. If you have questions, I would love to answer them. Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

References: Me!

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Glass Stones

Glass Stones

Hi guys! Rhea here! I have been doing these for a long time and wanted to share with you.
So, these are glass stones with something on the underside. I am not going to list the supplies because a lot of them are optional.
First, take a glass stone. You can find these in craft sets or in home decor sections. You can choose to paint them or glue something on the underside. The ones in the picture have something glued. Think about your design before hand. Keep in mind that everything will be in reverse. Since it is on the underside, paint backwards. This especially applies to letters. Also, remember to paint foreground first. For example, say I was painting a smiley face. I would paint the eyes and mouth with black paint first and let it dry. Then, I would go ahead and paint the underside yellow. From the bottom the entire stone would look yellow, but flip it over and voila! The smiley face would appear! You can do this with any design, just remember foreground, middle ground, background – not the way you would usually draw it.
These are an amazing piece of art that can magnify beautifully. You can do so many things with them. Make some nice jewelry or refrigerator magnets. You can even just leave them around and they will still look nice!
This is one of my favorite crafts. I hope you have fun and don’t forget to comment! Bye for now!

References: http://cheriesparetime.blogspot.com

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Newspaper Flowers

Newspaper Flowers

Hi guys, Rhea here! I have been wearing these and all my friends have gone crazy over them. These are the following supplies:

-newspaper
-wire
-scissors
-glue stick
-markers
-bowl of water
-paintbrush

1) Take your wire and find the length of however long you want your stem to be. Add about a 2 inches to it and cut it off. Make a knot so the know is about an 1.5 inches into the wire. Set it aside.
2) Take your newspaper out. Cut out circles slightly bigger than quarters. Take a colored marker (I recommend a darker color) and color around the sides. Don’t color too much, bot don’t color too little (look at the picture for help). Repeat on the other side.
3) Take your paintbrush and dip in a little water. Brush the water on the marker of the newspaper to make it bleed. Repeat on the other side if needed. Set it aside to dry. Make about 12-16 petals depending on how big you like your flower to be.
4) Once your first petal dries, take out your glue stick and wire stem. Apply glue on the bottom half of the petal. Applying the first petal is the hardest step so be careful. Take your stem on the shorter side of the knot and wrap your petal on the wire so it looks like a burrito with a stick that dropped into it. Apply a little more glue on the bottom half of your new ‘burrito’ and fold it around again. This is your starting petal.
5) Keep taking your dry petals and wrapping them around the middle. Don’t do it like how you did to the first petal. Just wrap it around the center – applying glue on the bottom half and wrapping them around. Usually, there are 3-4 petals on each circle of petals. Once you think you are reaching your last 8 petals, listen in.
6) Wrap it on the same way. When it is on, take the upper part of the petal and curve it slightly outwards. Do this for your whole circle. Then, stick on the last 4 petals around. Curve them out the same way, but more outwards than your previous 4. They should look a lot like roses by now!
7) Are your hands really icky by now? They probably are. These are really hard flowers – they require tons of patience. Go wash your hands and let the flowers dry. In the next few hours (or the next day) go check on them. They should be hard and molded. They shouldn’t be sticky. You can slide them off and attach them to something (I made a hairband) or you can leave them and use them in a pretty vase around the house. Also, they make great presents!
I hoped you like this updo! Don’t worry if you didn’t get it! Keep trying with practice and you’ll get the hang of it. Bye for now! Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

References: www.polyvore.com

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Newspaper Nails

Newspaper Nails Hi, again! I found the latest updo! It was something super cute and thought that I would share it! So these are newspaper nails. You are going to need the following supplies:

-newspaper

-any colored nail polish (preferably white)

-rubbing alcohol or mouthwash

-cotton buds

-clear top coat

-scissors

You want to start off by painting your nails white. You can work with another color too, but white usually looks the best. Make sure they are completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Take your newspaper and cut out a little portion bigger than your nail. Rest it on top of your nail. Take your cotton bud and dip it in your alcohol or mouthwash. This is the part that I messed up on. My rubbing alcohol wasn’t strong enough but I tried everything. I even dipped the newspaper in the liquid! So, you want to make sure your rubbing alcohol is strong. Though, I prefer mouthwash with the alcohol in it. Some people like to dip their nail in the liquid, but I wouldn’t do that. It’s bad for your nails. Instead, take your dipped cotton bud and press on top of the newspaper. Press on the nail and add more of needed.

Wait for about 15 seconds of pressing and peel it off. The ink will have transferred! You can finish it off with a shiny topcoat or matte topcoat – whatever you’d like! You can add your own flair too! Such as, studs, gems, glitter, french tips, etc… I don’t like to add flair for this particular design because it gets a tad overdone. Though, matte with french tips does sound nice…

Anyway, finish it off and you have super cute vintage nails! Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

References: nail-designs-spot.blogspot.com

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Perler Beads Bracelet

Perler Beads Bracelet

Hi, guys! So, I saw this cool idea and I thought I would try it out. I love Perler Beads and thought this is pretty creative. First, lay out your beads on some wax paper. Don’t put them right next to each other. Then, preheat the oven to 400′ F (200′ C). Pop them then in for about 5 minutes. Pay close attention. Some may become pretty flat. Certain colors melt faster. So, take out the colors that are totally flat. The others can stay in for a few more minutes. Pay close attention! When you’re done, string them on elastic and you have a stylish accessory! Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

References: craftgawker.com

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