BornPrettyStore: Origami Stamping Plate…

So I am seriously in love with this plate! (Sent to me by BornPrettyStore) Please tell me that you guys are too? It has such a variety of cute images and they’re so darn versatile – you could honestly use it for any mood or season. It has it all; flowers, hearts, animals, patterns. Because of the variety of images and endless designs that could be created by using all the different stamping techniques too, I spent a few days creating four completely different looks with it.

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But first up lets have a look at the plate itself. How satisfyingly shiny are new plates once you peel off the blue film! It kills me to have to do this as I’m a bit of a freak, I still have the protective film on my phone screen and one of my watches…

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I’m really digging bees at the moment so the origami image of one was irresistible. I decided to do some ‘reverse stamping’ with it and pair it with an origami tulip. I used one of the patterns from the clouds as a subtle background.

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As you can see the plate performed incredibly well – the images are very crisp and even without a stamping polish, the background pattern worked too. A cute and simple design to start off with!

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Even though the plate is full of origami designs, I chose to avoid them for my next mani. I picked out the little strings of hearts and dots and rather sickeningly paired them with red. It’s no where near valentines day which is maybe why it made me feel so sick but it was to demonstrate that you can use the images for any occasion. Again credit where credit’s due the images are crisp and bold. This time they are stamped with black Konad stamping polish.

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The next image I chose to focus on was the origami star. If you look at the plate, it’s very close to the sting ray and frog so I wonder if it’s intended to be a starfish but I chose to use is an actual star. It would work either way! I kept it very simple, an easy ‘stamp and go’ design. Sometimes I feel, especially with stamping, people show you magical designs that aren’t in everyone’s skill range (or time frame). This is do-able for everyone! Linking back to the seasonality, this would be a suitable design for christmas or the new year?

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For my final design from the plate I went back to reverse stamping, by this I mean stamping the image, ‘colouring’ it in whilst still on the stamping head, then transferring it on to my nails. Roses aren’t really my thing but I thought I could make them cool by placing them on an ombre and using a rough background pattern. I couldn’t get over how crisp the rose picked up, those lines are on point! (That’s what cools kids say yeah?)

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So out of all four designs, which one turned out to be your favourite? Surprisingly for me, my favourite turned out to be the rose design closely followed by the bee! If you would like to try the plate out, BornPrettyStore offer free shipping and the plate is currently on sale – hooray! If you add anything to your basket that’s full priced, use my code ‘AZYW10’ at the checkout to receive 10% off.

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Swimming Gala…

So you may or may not already know that I work as a swimming teacher. At the weekend we held a fun swimming gala for everyone. (With emphasis on the fun, everyone got a participation medal regardless, but also place ribbons in their race.) For the beginners there were noodle horse races and the more advanced swimmers swam either widths or lengths of proper strokes. It was a really good day which ran smoothly only because there was a lot of preparation and thought went in to it (kudos to the boss).

All the swimmers seemed to love it too. It was a nice taster to the competitive world for some of the older children who maybe hadn’t thought about club swimming before, and a pat on the back to all the children for working hard at lessons.

So, confession time who out of you lot can/can’t swim?

Here’s the nails that I wore, they were greatly admired!

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BornPrettyStore: Panda Plate…

So I’m starting off this week with a review about thisย Panda Stamping Plateย from BornPrettyStore. It’s a large rectangle one, covered in cute panda images – 23 to be exact! (That works out to be 13p an image at it’s current sale price, pretty good value no?) It arrives in a cardboard pocket, and is of course covered with the blue protective film that must be removed before using.

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The images lend themselves perfectly to ‘reverse stamping’ or creating ‘stamping decals’ and that’s the technique I decided to go with. I started out with one of the detailed patterns as they have small lines that are tricky to pick up perfectly.

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As you can see, the pandas picked up pretty well! The only one that’s a little touch and go is the central panda but once on the nail it’s barely noticeable. I removed the black hearts, deciding to paint them free-hand later and painted in the panda heads white. I then stamped this on to my nails.

The second image I chose was the panda holding the ‘I love you’ sign, I mean it’s so appropriate for this time of year but so darn cute any other time too! I had a little more difficulty picking up the ‘I love you’ part, again I’m putting this down to the very fine lines however it’s easily corrected by painting the missing parts in if you’re wanting it perfect.

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The plate certainly lives up to it’s name as the results are pretty darn cute! One problem with directly stamping the ‘I love you’ note on to your nail is that it’ll be back to front, I learned that the hard way, so I had to create that as a decal and place it on my nail the right way around.

The second design I chose to do with the plate involved using one of the images with larger spaces, to test out how well they scraped – would they be patchy? No, definitely not!

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I used a BornPrettyStore Silicone Matย which will be reviewed fully next week to create the decals on. (You can just sneakily see in the background of this photo. I’ve maybe already ruined the surprise, as it clearly works well…)

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I’m going to say it again, but how cute! The plate is certainly worth the money, there’s a lot of fun and versatile images. It’s actually a perfect ‘scrape and go’ plate, apply a white base and stamp away – instant pandas!

If you order anything through BornPrettyStore, be sure to use my code ‘AZYW10’ to receive 10% all full priced items when you check-out.

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BornPrettyStore: Fuzzy Flocking Powder..

So today I’m reviewing a pot of ‘Fuzzy Flocking Powder‘ sent to me by BornPrettyStore. It comes in a little screw-cap tub within a plastic pocket which helps keep all the fibers that might escape away from everything else.

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When I saw the colour of the powder, which is option #4, I immediately knew what it was destined for – anyone else see that colour as bear?

I firstly outline the desired shape in brown polish, but it wasn’t enough for this bear to be fuzzy, he had to have dimension too! So I painted up a few layers of UV cured gel to create a 3D head shape.

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Once I was happy with it, I painted a thin layer of UV polish over the shape and tipped the flocking powder over it. I tapped off the excess and then stuck it back under my UV light. Once it was fully cured I used a soft nail brush to dust off any loose flock: by using UV cured gel rather than polish I believe it help the flock stay stuck. (Top tip – do the flocking part over a piece of paper, that way you can tip the extra flock back in to the tub with ease, without it being all over your work area too!)

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He’s still not finished though, he was missing his eyes and nose of course. Again I used cured UV gel to give them dimension and ta-da!

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Didn’t he turn out cute and super fuzzy! (I unfortunately see him as part squirrel or something though…)

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As you can see, the flocking powder has done a really good job at covering the whole area and retaining it’s own colour – you’d bearly (haha) know that there was such a dark brown underneath.

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If you’re not keen on using the flocking powder in such an extravagant (ridiculous) way and are looking for a quick and easy design, then I suggest you try the fuzzy leopard look! I used normal polish for this and even though the coverage isn’t as good, the fuzz is definitely noticeable.

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Have you tried flocking powder before, if so what do you think of it? Do you prefer the bear or the leopard print design? If you place an order with BornPrettyStore, use the code ‘AZYW10’ at the checkout to receive 10% off all full priced items in your basket! Yaaay!

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Alpaca Trekking…

So yesterday I was out walking an alpaca which is certainly not a normal Sunday activity for my boyfriend and me. I got partnered with a six year old male called ‘Columbo’ and my partner got paired with ‘Spirit’ who is also six and of above average height for an alpaca.

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Naturally, I painted my nails to suit the occasion but was way too excited on the day to remember to get a side by side shot. I managed to get them just slightly included as I took a snap of Columbo though. Wasn’t it weird that I got partnered with a brown alpaca on the day!

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It was great fun and just something different to do! If you’re in Scotland and fancy giving it a try too, it would make for a great gift, head on over to ‘Netherfield Alpacas‘.

Jam Jar…

So it’s my birthday on Sunday, hip hip hooray. As I’m going out for a ‘few drinks’ with friends on the Saturday night, my dad figured it would be safer to take me out for my birthday lunch today so I’d actually be able to enjoy the food without a hangover.

He took me to a restaurant that we’ve both been to before and enjoyed; it serves good food and has such a cozy atmosphere thanks for it’s wood burning stove and rustic decor, which is perfect for this time of year. ย It’s called the ‘Jam Jar‘ and is located in Bridge of Allan. Now it totally makes sense as to why I have a jar of jam on my nails right!

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