Mahjong

I FINALLY settled on the center image from Konad plate – m8…after hours of polishing, stamping, removing, retrying, cleaning, repolishing, restamping, RE-removing….etc..  lol

But I couldn’t put it on all my nails because I realized I have no clue what this symbol means/says!!!!!

If you know what this says, LET ME KNOW!!!!  Smile.  I’d like to be “in the know” if I ever use this image again.

Anyway, it looks like tiles from my computer Mahjong game.  And now I feel inspired to go play a round. 

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – “Silver Sweep”
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You know you wanna play too! Smile

 

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Stamping Shortcuts

A lot goes into stamping.  It’s much more difficult than all the konad enthusiasts, nail polish bloggers, and tv commercials let on.  I have much more respect for stampers now. For real.

I couldn’t keep the stamping straight (I tried so hard!) haha…so I had to add some tiny dots to try to distract… lol.  I hope it worked.

OPI – “Tutti Fruiti Tonga”
Konad plate -  m15 (white special polish)
white acrylic paint dots w/super small dotting tool

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I think this is the most delicate design so far.



Now for the shortcut! 

I realized that I would be using WAY too many paper towels, cotton squares and ENERGY at this pace.  So, I came up with the idea to use an acetone soaked sponge to clean the stamper, scraper and plates…as I stamped. 

The apex of this idea came from the Butterfly!  She suggested I use a soapdish as the container to hold the sponge!!!!!!  This child is a genius.  GENIUS!! It’s the perfect shape and the shallow depth accommodates easy swipes of the plates and holder.  No paper towel or cotton square waste! And when not in use, I can cover the top.  SOLUTION!

 
Easy Cleanup for Nail Stamping
 
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Butterflies

The Butterfly and I hung out. Smile Of COURSE we did our nails…and practiced more stamping! And this stamping thing definitely takes practice.

She chose a really pretty blue: OPI – “What’s With The Cattitude”

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Konad plate – m4
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I finally settled on a color to match my dress for the party I attended later that evening. (The Butterfly picked out my shoes).

OPI – “Black Onyx”
Konad plate – m54
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And we didn’t even use the butterfly stamps at all?!?!?

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Signed, Stamped, Delivered…. I’m Yours

I can see this stamping thing getting out of hand very quickly.  lol

I am in love with the idea of stamping now. So many choices!!  I’ve used my stamping kit twice – TWO TIMES – and I have already started searching for more plates.  I’ll have them ordered by the end of next week, I’m sure of it.    This will be fun! Smile

China Glaze – “Concrete Catwalk”
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OPI – “So Many Clowns…So Little Time”
Konad Plate – m36

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I dragged my mother into my manicure practice.  Surprisingly (PLEASANTLY), she went all the way in…. and even let me practice stamping.  YAYYYYY!

OPI – “Bubble Bath”
Konad Plate – m4 & m21
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I’m A Stamper!!!

Okay, Normally I don’t do this… *B2K/R. Kelly remix voice* (yes, that’s a link, lol)

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but Amazon got me!!!!  I was looking for nail tapes… which I, in fact,  did order, but they haven’t arrived….. I think they are coming from somewhere in Hong Kong. The Konad Stamper kit and plates arrived much more quickly. 

OPI – “Gouda Gouda Two Shoes”

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I was against doing my own stamping and resisted this purchase…. but all things in time, I suppose. Here I am practicing my first stamping mani.  Starting off gently:

 

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I do love it already!  The Butterfly and I are going to have a BLAST doing manicures with this!

One day I may graduate to the mind-blowing stamping that heartNAT does.  Her creations are works of pure art! For example:
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Till then….

~~Happy 4th of July!!!~~