Simple Get Well Soon Cards

Recently, I’ve gotten really into card making. I’ve been paper crafting off and on for a while (wedding favor labels, Christmas ornaments, etc.) and I’m lately just really enjoying stamping, coloring and assembling cute cards. While on vacation with my hubby a few weeks ago, I picked up some very cute Lawn Fawn stamps and coordinating dies, and used them to create some get well soon cards that I thought I’d share (one I sent to a church friend who hasn’t been feeling well as of late).

Get Well Soon

 

 

Get Well Soon - Lawn Fawn Stamps

In addition to the stamps and dies, I used an assortment of watercolor paints, distress inks, twine, watercolor paper, cardstock, foam tape and scissors to create the cards. If anyone is interested in a fuller list of supplies, or a step-by-step post, please let me know!

Get Well Soon Handmade Card

Get Well Soon Stamped Cardkimberly

Midweek Manicure // Neon Gradient + Leopard

Happy Wednesday! This week’s midweek manicure is one I did quite a while ago, but forgot to post! It’s another one inspired by @ninanailedit on instagram. I saw it and wanted to try it. It’s so different from designs I usually do, but once I’d finished it I was in love.

 

Neon Gradient NailsI used:

  • Base coat (any old base coat will do)
  • Nina Ultra Pro Punki Purple
  • China Glaze Pelican Gray
  • Essie Butler Please
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Black
  • Top Coat (I like Seche Vite best)

Gradient Nails with Leopard Print

After a base coat, I stamped on a sponge gradient onto each nail. I made sure the gradient ran perpendicular to my nail bed, which isn’t typical for a gradient (and I think that’s part of why I ended up liking this mani so much). To create the sponge gradient, I painted a stripe of Punki Purple, Recycled and Butler Please onto the sponge. I didn’t get a picture of it, but this photo shows how that works:

sponge gradient tutorial from layniefingers.com

After I’d finished all the sponging, I went back and drew on some leopard spots with my I Heart Nail Art pen. A thick top coat with Seche Vite made it all come together.

Leopard Print Gradient Nails

In love! I hope you like it, too.

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Blue Waves

A simple, quick manicure this week. I saw this photo on instagram, and had to recreate the design.

Blue and White NailsI used:

  • Base Coat
  • Ulta – Snow White
  • Sally Hanson Complete Salon Manicure – Please Sea Me
  • Seche VIte Top Coat

After a base coat, I painted each nail white. Using a curved stroke, I painted a the blue onto each nail, leaving about 1/3 of the white showing. I finished it all off with my favorite top coat.

This design can certainly be done with all kinds of color combinations. The blue and white reminds me of ocean waves. Although, I had one woman tell me she thought it looked like I’d painted eyeballs on my nails…

kimberly

 

 

Midweek Manicure // In the Sea

It’s hard to believe we are coming up on the last unofficial week of Summer. The months have flown by, and I only just recently went to the beach for the first time all season (it was well worth the wait). So, I suppose this mani marks the last of my summer-themed designs. I can’t say that I mind too much, though, because Fall is my favorite season. I love seeing the trees explode with color and the cooler weather suits me just fine.

In the Sea NailsI used:

In the Sea Water Decal Nails

This mani called for a lot of accessories, and I just had fun and got creative with placement. After painting my ring and thumb with Turquoise and Caicos and the rest of my nails with Marshmallow, I proceeded to cut out various motifs from the decals and place them on the nails I’d painted white. I saved the turquoise nails for a multitude of studs and pearls, which I affixed using the Seche Vite top coat. If you find that your nail studs don’t stay in place with a topcoat, try using a bit of nail glue.

Now it’s time to go and enjoy the last fleeting days of summer (I think another beach trip is in order).

kimberly

A Weekend In Nantucket

A few weekends ago, I headed down to Nantucket for a mini-reunion with two college friends who I hadn’t seen in quite a while. I was doubly excited because this was also my first time visiting the tiny island.

Ferry to NantucketThe 2-hour ferry ride to Nantucket was actually very nice and relaxing. I stayed on the top deck for most of the ride and enjoyed the views.

BeetleUnfortunately, it was a pretty rainy weekend, but we were still able to enjoy ourselves and made the best of it. We stayed in my friend Kasey’s apartment which was walking distance to the downtown area. On the first night Kasey and I had dinner at Millie’s. I ordered the Tuckernuck tacos and of course had to order their signature Madaket Mystery to drink – don’t ask me what’s in it. One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new restaurants; Millie’s did not disappoint.

Starbuck House NantucketOn my first full day on the Island, Kasey gave me a great little walking tour. Our first stop was at the Museum of African American History, which unfortunately was not open at the time, but resides within a newly restored meetinghouse (so far I have to go back to Nantucket if only for another dinner at Millie’s and a visit inside this Museum). We also spent some time enjoying the many historic and notable houses along the streets, like the Starbuck house (above). Yes, those Starbucks.

WIdow's WalksWIdow’s Walks, everywhere.

Nantucket GiftshopOf course we visited several shops. I was able to exert some self control and survived this sopping trip only having bought a magnet, a sticker and a bookmark. What I realty wanted was this bird beautiful birdhouse. I don’t even really LIKE birds, but this simple clay abode was calling my name. I’ve started to realize that the best way to avoid frivolous purchases while on vacation is to pack your bag so full of your own clothes and necessities that there’s not even a remote possibility of anything larger than a bookmark, magnet or sticker fitting inside your weekender tote.

Birdhouse in NantucketNantucket

Nantucket ArchitectureOur day also involved a trip to the ferry docks to pick up the third amiga, Rebekka, and a trip to the Cisco Brewery (add that to my list of things to do again).

Guitar BuddyKasey even serenaded us with some Darius Rucker on guitar while we waited for the rain to stop and the sun to come out again.

The Old Mill WindmillMore sightseeing included a trip to see this windmill – the Old Mill. I later learned that this mill is the oldest functioning windmill in the country, built in 1746. After taking a few photos of the mill, we headed to east to the village of Siasconset.

SiasconsetSconset NantucketSankaty Lighthouse‘Sconset is where the Sankaty Head Light is located. I promise the lighthouse is not leaning – that’s just my handy camera work.

Sankaty Head LightSee?

Mystery BerriesStrolling the roads along the shore in ‘Sconset we saw these berry bushes(??) everywhere. I’m still not sure what they are. If someone knows, will you please tell me? I’m very curious.

Goodbye NantucketSunday afternoon, after an ice cream treat at the Juice Bar, it was time to get back on the ferry and start the trip home.

Nantucket SoundSteamship Authority Ferry FlagThe weekend went by in a flash, but I had a fantastic time discovering a new place and reminiscing with old friends!

kimberly

 

Midweek Manicure // Ombre Palm Trees

My first attempt at a palm tree gradient!

Palm Tree Gradient Nails

I used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Peach of Cake
  • China Glaze – Refresh Mint
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen – Black
  • Cosmetic Sponge
  • Seche Vite Top Coat

After using a cosmetic sponge to create the gradient effect as a base color for my nails (there are lots of tutorials for this on youtube), I free-handed some palm trees. Using the I Heart Nail Art Pen (once again) made creating the palm trees very effortless, but I think I might prefer to use a thinner, more precise striping brush the next time around. I feel like the trees lack a bit of definition and the color was pretty thin in some spots.

Ombre Palm Tree Nails

Sad to think that it’s almost time to wrap it up with these summer-themed manis!

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Floral Water Decals

I’m really into nails decals and wraps lately. I stocked up on a bunch from Daily Charme and have been having a lot of fun incorporating them into different mani’s.

Tulip Water Decal ManiI used:

  • China Glaze Strong Adhesion Top Coat
  • Tulip Water Decals from Daily Charme on my middle and ring fingers
  • China Glaze Pelican Grey on my pinky and index fingers
  • Zoya Jinx on my thumb
  • A single silver nail stud on my thumb
  • Seche Vite top coat

Water Decal Mani

And then, of course, I felt the need to switch it up a bit, and used an I Heart Nail Art pen in White to doodle over the top of each nail.

Floral Decal Nails

Hope everyone is having a great week!

kimberly