Midweek Manicure // Candy Cane Accents

It’s time for the Christmas-themed nail art!

Christmas Candy Cane NailsInspired by an image I saw on pinterest. These nails were easy (of course) to create.

I used:

  • Sally Hansen Diamond Strength (as base coat)
  • Essie – Leading Lady (for the glittered polish on my ring finger)
  • Ulta – Snow White (on index finger, thumb and middle finger as a base for the red)
  • Essie – Born to Kilt (on my index finger and over the white on my thumb and middle fingers)
  • Metal nail art studs (on my index and pinky fingers)
  • Striping tape (to mask off space on my middle and thumb nails – after I placed the tape, I pained over it with Born to Kilt, then removed the tape ASAP to reveal the white polish underneath)

Happy Almost Friday!


Seche Vite Top Coat

A Different Kind of Gift-Giving // My Subscription Addiction

I’ve been toying with the idea of gifting subscription boxes this year. I think they’re a fun and unique alternative to traditional gift-giving, and there are some really great subscription boxes out there, for just about anything you can think of. After some googling today, I found this website, that lists just about every subscription box available, ever.

mysubscriptionaddiction.comI spend so much time debating over the perfect gift for those hard-to-buy-for people on my list, and subscription boxes do a lot of the work for you! Some of the companies even allow you to just purchase one or three month subscriptions, as opposed to having to sign up for a yearly or month-to-month subscription. AND there are some coupons for boxes! Just thought I’d share. Happy Hunting!


Hello Foxy Friend

I hope you’ll forgive the iphone photos, but I wanted to share two variations on this cute card I made a few weeks ago. And if you haven’t noticed from my instagram feed I’ll tell you now that I’m currently obsessed with the Hand Lettered Hello stamps and coordinating dies set from Wplus9. :)


I started with a 3 1/2 x 4 7/8″ card base (4bar size) and die cut a large circle in the front panel. I then stamped the cute fox from the Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods stamp set on a piece of scrap paper, and colored him in with Copic markers. I die cut him with the coordinating die set and mounted him on the inner panel of the card, inside the open circle, using some foam tape to give him a lot of dimension. I think he’s just so cute!

Hello Foxy Friend Card

For the sentiment, I used Hand Lettered Hello die from Wplus9. Instead of using colored paper, I created a custom-colored paper myself by coloring on a piece of white card stock (I used my copics for the orange on the first card, and Lake House dye ink for the blue of the second card). Then, I cut a few more “hellos” from some white card stock, and stacked them on top of each other to give the sentiment some dimension (two white ones underneath the colored hello on top). I adhered it to the front of my card base with some Tombow multi mono liquid glue.

Orange Hello

To finish,  I stamped “friend” from the stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink underneath the die cut sentiment. I love how the cards turned out!



I’m in the middle of a Christmas Card making frenzy, and I think this clean and simple one is my favorite so far.

Peace Wreath Christmas CardI stamped the wreath with the  Wplus9 woodland wreaths stamp set, and used the set to build up the wreath with some flowers and berries. Then I stamped the sentiment inside the wreath, and I was pretty much done. I used a clear wink of stella pen to add some glitter around the edges of the card base that are peaking out from behind the white panel, but it unfortunately doesn’t show up in the photograph.The card measures 4″ x 5″.

I think it should be super easy to mass produce this card design, or some sort of variation of it, for the few Christmas cards that I’ll send out this year.




Get Well Soon, Again

Happy Friday! Today, I wanted to share another card I made with the same get well soon stamp set, from Lawn Fawn, that I used in my last card making post.


I made this card for a male coworker, and so tried to give it a more masculine feel. I used a lot of brown paper, and used copic markers to color the cute little bird-nurse. The long horizontal panel behind the bird has clear embossed pill bottles on it, that unfortunately did not translate very well in the photos I took with my iphone.


Here’s a partial list of the products I used:

I’m having so much fun making and sending all of these cards. I hope to share some more soon!


Midweek Manicure // Dragon’s Den

I recently discovered this really great nail wrap company called Scratch. The company partners with different artists each month, who design nail wraps that are almost always incredible. You can buy the wraps individually, or you can subscribe for a monthly mani box, which is what I decided to do (mostly because I wanted all the wraps ever). What’s nice about the monthly service is that you have the option to skip months if you decide that the featured designs just aren’t for you.

dragons den nail wraps

I’m waring the Dragon’s Den wraps that were a part of the October mani box. I love how fun and colorful these are. Even though these were part of a monthly box, you can still buy them individually from the Scratch website, too!

Dragons Den Nail Wraps from goscratchit.com



p.s. This post was not sponsored in any way.

Midweek Manicure // Turquoise Nails

Another water marbling manicure, this time made to look like turquoise. One of my favorites!

turquoise nails

To get the turquoise look, I painted my naiels with a base coat of a turquoise polishes, which I sponged onto my nails to get a hint of an ombre effect. I used China Glaze For Audey and OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook and a cosmetic sponge (you can find a description of the technique here). Then I dropped some black polish (Essie Liquorice in this case) into a cup of room-temp water and used a hairspray and this water marbling technique to get the effect.

Water Marble Turquoise Nails

Thinking of using this technique to create a tortoise shell mani next!