Sunday 11 November 2012

November Nail Art Challenge Day 4

Happy Sunday everyone, and hopefully everyone is taking the time today to remember the fallen who fought for our freedom, whether you are celebrating Remembrance Day in Canada or Veteran's Day in the States, they are the ones that allow us to be able to do the things we do on a day-to-day basis.  I don't know about you guys, but I remember being in school and standing for The Last Post and it would always bring a tear to my eye, even though I don't personally know anyone who fought in the wars or lost their lives.  I am a pretty emotional person though, so maybe that has something to do with it.

Thinking now, I probably should have done some poppy nails for Day 4's design -- delicate print, but I didn't even think of it, to be honest.

For my delicate design, I used Essie Turquoise & Caicos as my base colour and then using Bundle Monster's stamping plate BM-317 and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Snappy Sorbet, came up with this design.  I apologize for them, in the pictures they kinda make you feel dizzy looking at them, they aren't quite as bad in person, lol!  I think it's just the colour combo that makes it like that.

First, I would like to note that Essie Turquoise & Caicos is a BEAUTIFUL colour!  This is 3 coats, but you could probably get away with 2 that are a little thicker.  If you don't have an aqua colour in your collection, I highly recommend this one.  It also turns out that, after I got this in the mail from Nail Polish Canada, my mom said "that looks a lot like the one that I have".. sure enough, we have the exact same polish, hahaha!  Of all the colours of polish out there, we both picked the same one, haha!

This was also my first time using the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes for stamping and I have to say that it turned out pretty great!  There are a few spots that are missing polish, but the places it's missing polish actually looks like it's supposed to be missing, lol!

Also, when I was filtering through the pictures I took, I also noticed that I did the stamping in alternating directions.  This was not intentional, but it's funny how things just work out, lol!

While this stamping job isn't the best, I have to say that I prefer the Bundle Monster plates to the Konad ones I have because the full nail designs on the Bundle Monster plates are bigger and are easier to fit onto the entire nail.  Usually with the Konad designs I always miss and have a big gap on the one side of my nails, lol!

I hope you enjoyed this design as much as I do.  It's so fun to look at :)  And I think that the heart design could be used as "showing my love for those who fought for my freedom" even though the poppy is the traditional symbol for that.

And in the "spirit" of Remembrance Day, I leave you with this:

In Flanders Fields
by Leutenient Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields


  1. Cute! Just love that pattern :-)

    1. Thanks :) I think it would look great in black and white too, that way the hearts would stand out more and wouldn't maybe be as dizzying?

  2. I love this! especially the color combo!

    1. Thanks :) I love it too, though it makes your eyes cross sometimes, lol! The Snappy Sorbet really mutes the colour of Turquoise & Caicos.

  3. Very lovely!!!

  4. This is very cute & I love the polishes you used. They definitely have a delicate look to them.

    1. Thanks Samantha :) I love the stamping design I used and the colours are really soft so I think it works :)

  5. Gorgeous! I need that nail polish in my life! I need to find that plate! I have it but never noticed that pattern on it :P

    1. It's a really cool design, I will definitely be using it for Valentine's Day, or any day I feel the need for a little love on my nails ;)


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